All in all, I think there were about 40 of them, many of them looking quite relaxed wearing jeans and running shoes. Some sported mustaches while others were clean shaven. There were Koreans, Hispanics, Vietnamese, Anglos and African-Americans. Their ages varied perhaps from the early 20s to the mid-30s—maybe one or two of them in their 40s.
The young men who participated in our annual discernment retreat this year were quite characteristic of the Church in North Georgia.
The Georgia Catholic Conference is sponsoring the first Faith & Public Policy Workshop of 2012, to be held on Jan. 7 at St. Ann Church in Marietta.
Speakers at the workshop will include Frank Mulcahy, executive director of the Georgia Catholic Conference, Mary Boyert, director of the archdiocesan Respect Life Ministry, Kat Doyle, director of Social Justice Ministries for the Archdiocese of Atlanta, and Pat Chivers, director of archdiocesan Communications and Advocacy.
The workshop, which will be translated into Spanish during the session, will explore Catholic social teaching, faithful citizenship and current public policy issues.
The archdiocesan Martin Luther King, Jr. Weekend Celebration will include the 28th annual Mass celebrating the life and legacy of King on Saturday, Jan. 14, and a youth celebration on Sunday, Jan. 15, as well as a new partnership this year—a food drive sponsored by the archdiocesan Office for Black Catholic Ministry (OBCM) together with the Society of St. Vincent de Paul Atlanta.
The Mass on Saturday, Jan. 14, will be celebrated by Archbishop Wilton D. Gregory, at 1 p.m. at the Shrine of the Immaculate Conception, located at 48 Martin Luther King, Jr. Drive, SW, Atlanta. The guest homilist for the Mass is the pastor of Our Lady of Lourdes Church, Dominican Father Jeffery Ott.
The Respect Life Ministry of the Archdiocese of Atlanta is sponsoring several activities in January, including a lock-in for teens and a Mass, to observe the 39th anniversary of the legalization of abortion in the U.S.
On Sunday to Monday, Jan. 22-23, the Rise Up for Life Pro-Life Lock-in for Teens will be held at Our Lady of Mercy High School, Fayetteville. The event, co-sponsored by the archdiocesan Respect Life Ministry and the Office of Formation and Discipleship, will begin with Mass celebrated by Bishop Luis R. Zarama. All teens are invited to attend the lock-in, which will include worship, fellowship and education, as well as an opportunity to advocate for life at the state Capitol.
The Rosary for Life and the annual Mass for the Unborn will take place on Monday, Jan. 23, at the Shrine of the Immaculate Conception, Atlanta. All are invited to the day’s events, which include Mass at 10 a.m., preceded by a Rosary for Life at 9:30 a.m. Archbishop Wilton D. Gregory will serve as the main celebrant for the Mass, which will be concelebrated by priests of the archdiocese.
Following Mass, the Together for Life Memorial Service, sponsored by Georgia Right to Life, will begin at noon on the steps of the Georgia Capitol, followed at 1 p.m. by the annual police-escorted silent memorial walk. The one-mile walk begins and ends on the steps of the Capitol.