The Latest From Archbishop Gregory's
Georgia Bulletin Column,
Each year the rather restrained season of Lent is interrupted by two extremely festive events—the feasts of St. Patrick and St. Joseph—coming annually in rapid succession. On these two days, we tend to set aside our penitential feelings to praise God for sending these two wonderful men into the heart of the Church. Saints are very important to Catholics, and Patrick and Joseph are among the most popular of them all. Saints give all of us reasons to believe that holiness is attainable and tangible in the lives of those that we honor.
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My name is Juan Jose Teran. I am from Mexico but I have lived in Georgia for the past fourteen years. Six years ago, I joined the vocations program of the Archdiocese of Atlanta and I hope to be ordained a priest this June. I am currently finishing my last year of theology at the University of Saint Mary of the Lake/Mundelein Seminary in Chicago. I am ready to head back to enjoy the nice weather, the nice food, and the wonderful people of Atlanta. All these years at Mundelein have been a great experience for I have been guided to discern God's will for my life. And, I am so grateful for the gift of vocation, especially because I have been able to discover that God's desires and my own desires met when I started seriously thinking about the priesthood. I am also very grateful because throughout this time of formation and discernment, I have been accompanied and strengthened by the prayers of the Archdiocese of Atlanta family, my family. Thanks for your prayers and support.
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The annual Jubilee Mass will take place on Wednesday, May 11th, at 10:30 a.m. at the Cathedral of Christ the King. Archbishop Gregory will celebrate the Mass which honors the priests of the Atlanta Archdiocese who have 25 (silver) and 50 (gold) years of service to the church. The silver jubilarians are Fr. Balappa Selvaraj, Fr. John DeVore, Fr. Jacques E. Fabre and Fr. Roy Arthur Lee. The gold jubilarians are Msgr. William G. Hoffman and Fr. Denis F. Dullea. Whether you are coming to support a silver or a gold jubilarian, we invite all parishioners to attend this year’s Jubilee Mass to show the love and appreciation we have for our Archdiocesan priests.
Calling all Volunteers! Start your summer off right by volunteering for this year’s Eucharistic Congress, June 24th and 25th. Over 600 volunteers are needed to make this event a success and there are a variety of ways to volunteer, such as, working with children in the Adore! Track or serving as an Usher during Mass. For more information, follow us on facebook or click here.
Don’t miss the last week of the Young Adult Ministry’s Holy Grounds Lenten series. On April 13th, gather with fellow Catholics at Holy Spirit Catholic Church to listen to Terry Trout, who was awarded the Women in Technology (WIT) Woman of the Year award in 2008, provide a testimonial on the role faith can play in achieving success in the business world.
Looking for a fun way to spend your Sunday? Consider participating in Catholic Day at Six Flags on May 1st! Gates will open early (8:30 a.m.) we will be celebrating Mass at 9:00 a.m. in the park. Last year, the event was a huge success, so don’t forget to register before the April 22nd deadline.
Catholic Charities Atlanta will host a conference for Adoptive Families on May 14th at the Cathedral of Christ the King. The conference topic is: “KEEPING THE CONNECTIONS IN ALL ADOPTIONS”. This conference is for all persons who have “adoption” in their lives. Click here for more information.