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The Newsletter of
St. Catherine’s Episcopal Church, Marietta, Georgia
May 6 - 19, 2017

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Clergy Letter

Town Hall
Fr Dean's Leavetaking
Rite 13
Spaghetti fundraiser
Cats on Wheels
YF Picnic
Book Fund
Summer's coming
Lemonade Brigade
Ministry Quarterly

Habitat build
Outreach collection
Family Promise
Elizabeth Inn

Amma Susan retires
Seen around St. Cat's
Ministry focus

Links for LAMB
Safety Village
Emmaus House 13th
Mothers Day Service
Wellness tips

Youth Sunday
Summer Outreach
College bridge



5/6 – Rite 13 Banquet

5/7 – Rite 13 Ceremony;
Parish Town Hall

5/10 – WNL Youth & Explorers

5/13 – Cats On Wheels @ Maggiano’s;
Interfaith Friendship Tea

5/14 – Mother’s Day;
Youth Sunday

5/17 – Spaghetti Fundraiser;
WNL Youth & Explorers

5/19 – Preschool graduation

5/20 – Parish workday;
Young Families Picnic

5/21 – Last Day of Church School;
Graduate & Acolyte Recognition;
The Extension dinner


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Godspeed, Amma Susan!

Amma Susan to retire August 1

By Father Dean

For almost nine years, if you have been at worship at St. Catherine’s she has been the kindly, smiling face who stood in front of the altar, looked out at you all, and said, “Whomever you are, and wherever you are on your spiritual journey, you are welcome at this table.” If you happened to be in the hospital, or sick at home, or even on your hospice bed facing the end, she has been the quiet, comforting presence who lovingly reassures you with her smile, and says heartfelt prayers for peace, and for confidence in God’s loving care. You have visited her in her office for spiritual guidance and comfort; you have learned much about our faith in the classes she has taught; you have gained vision from the time she has spent planning and executing Adult Education classes and events; you have had your perceptions stretched and boundaries widened with her faithful work in the interfaith and ecumenical networks; you have followed her lead in such diverse parish programs as Stephen Ministry, MUST Ministries, and Family Promise. And, throughout it all, you have enjoyed her good, good company!

In a few short months, our associate rector, Amma Susan Johnson, will be leaving our presence to take a well-deserved retirement. She has been ordained for twenty years next month, serving the church not only as associate, but as rector during some of the most turbulent years of change in the church’s history. She has wisely chosen not to be too hasty about what happens next, but rather, to be quiet and listen for the spirit to direct her in this next adventure of her life.

There will be many opportunities, formal and informal, to bid farewell to this faithful priest in the weeks and months ahead. Her last Sunday with us will be July 30. But for now we lift up her life and ministry with a sense of thanksgiving to God, who gives us what we need.

And so as the ancient Celts would say, Godspeed, Amma Susan! May the God who so richly gave you to this parish, now richly envelop you in his love and care, as you go forth to your next adventure!

See Amma Susan’s letter announcing her retirement below in this newsletter

Parish Town Hall Meeting

Sunday, May 7, 10:30 am — Announcement of Rector-Designate for St. Catherine's

You are invited to a Town Hall meeting at 10:30 am when our Vestry will announce the Rector-Designate who will join us this summer, and share some stories and background on our search. If you know of someone in the parish who does not receive or check their email, please give them a call to let them know of this meeting. We will also send the announcement by email on Sunday afternoon to inform those who will not be present.


  • Holy Eucharist regular times: 8:00, 9:00, 11:15 am
  • Breakfast 8:30 am
  • 10:00 am - No Adult or Youth Church School. Catechesis (children) will meet at their usual time and the Rector-Designate announcement will be shared with them during their class.
  • 10:30 am - Town Hall meeting

Father Dean's Leave-Taking: Sunday, June 4

With a grateful heart for his wonderful love and service to St. Catherine's, we announce Interim Rector Father Dean Taylor's Leave-Taking will be Sunday, June 4, the Day of Pentecost.

Plans are being made now for a Farewell Luncheon to follow the 10:30 am service this day, please watch for details.

Photo by Bill Ivey

Rite 13 Ceremony Sunday, May 7

By Mary Lou Shannonhouse

In our society, the line between childhood and adulthood is often a fuzzy one. Unlike other cultures, we don’t have formalized rites of passage that define the points along the path to adulthood. We need ways to tell our young people they are making progress; they are growing and learning; they are becoming adults. The Journey to Adulthood program that St. Cat’s utilizes attempts to do just that.

During the 9:00 am Eucharist on May 7 we will celebrate an important Rite of Passage with our Rite 13 teens. During the ceremony, we recognize the gift of womanhood and manhood that God gives to each one of us. Please keep these young people in your thoughts and prayers as they prepare for this ceremony. Also, please plan to be with us to witness this important event and support these teens on their journey into adulthood:
Leah Banko, Ingrid Blackwood, Amanda Braman, Rett Brogdon, Connor Buckalew, Sebastjan Hutton, Gavin LeBlanc, Jordan LeGarde, Justin Kerr, Michael Kerr, Jake McGhee, Drew Michalak, Jake Michalak, Maxwell Morey, Sidney Nabinger, Connor Pyburn, Willow Riney, Sydney Spessard, Emily Travis, Aubrey Ward, J.P. Westin, Shep Worden, Riley Yucius, Maddie Zimmerman.

  • Celebration Dinner Saturday, May 6, 6:00 pm - 9:00 pm in the Parish Hall
  • Ceremony Sunday, May 7, at the 9:00 am service

Recognizing our graduates - send names by May 14

We will recognize all graduates, preschool through graduate school, at services on Sunday, May 21. Please send in names by May 14 – fill out the Volunteer Opportunities form in your bulletin or contact Becky Adams in the office at with the graduate's name, grade & institution, and if a high school graduate what their post-graduation plans are.

Spaghetti Dinner Fundraiser May 17

Benefit for Children's Miracle Network

Please join us on Wednesday night, May 17 for a fundraiser spaghetti dinner to benefit the Children's Miracle Network Hospitals of Georgia. Parishioner Kelly Donoghue is once again raising money for this important cause and would appreciate your support. Dinner will be served in the Parish Hall from 5 to 7 pm. Please invite your friends and neighbors!

Parish Workday May 20

Our next Parish Day of Service will be Saturday, May 20 at St. Catherine's from 8:00 am to 11:00 am. Everyone is invited to join the Facilities and Grounds volunteers to clean up, fix up and spruce up our church home. To find out more please contact Tami Mace, 404-457-9437, or Bill Sapp at

Cats On Wheels lunch May 13

Join us at 11:30 am on Saturday, May 13 for our next pay-your-own lunch gathering, this time at Maggiano's -- the Cumberland Mall location, 1601 Cumberland Mall SE, Marietta, (770) 799-1580, RSVP so we can save you a seat, contact Alan Certain,, 404-661-2200.

Cats On Wheels is our fellowship group for active senior adults and we welcome you! Contact Alan to be on the mailing list for our next events coming soon.

Young Families Bring-Your-Own Picnic

Saturday, May 20

All Young Families parents & kids (families with children age 12 & younger), join us on the picnic & playground area at the rear of the church for fellowship and play as we celebrate the end of the school year. Bring a picnic for your family and get ready to have fun with new and old friends Saturday, May 20 from 11:00 am to 1:00 pm. Contact Jenna Parker with any questions at

Calendar planning -- 2017-18 dates wanted now

Attention all St. Catherine’s ministries, groups and committees: Make sure that rooms, resources and publicity will be available for you and your activities! Your church staff is having a calendaring retreat day soon with our new Rector to plan out the coming year. We need to know of ALL meetings and events for your group—tentative or confirmed, one time or on-going—from June 2017 through May 2018.

Communication about this will be more important than ever in the coming year! Remember, if your activity is not scheduled on the church calendar, another event may occur at the same time and/or the space you need may be in use by others. Please send all information as soon as possible, by May 31, to Rose Wolfe,

St. Catherine's College Book Scholarship Fund

In 2001 St. Catherine’s began to award college book scholarships to our fine young adults who are headed to college to continue their education. Each summer we presents this awards to our rising college freshmen. It has been a wonderful gift to our parish and to each of these young people. However, income to the Fund continues to struggle to keep up with the wonderful growth of our Youth program.

The St. Catherine’s College Book Scholarship Fund began as the Dorothy Hanson Memorial Fund, in memory of the mother of parishioner Dani Dickson, and is funded each year by individual gifts. To date, we have presented over 100 scholarships totalling more than $20,000. At this time we are able to give small scholarships only to our first-year college students, but with additional gifts to this fund, we hope to expand either the amount of the gift of have the ability to help support them each year of their college careers.

How can you help? We are now collecting gifts to the Fund (tax deductible). Please make checks to St. Catherine’s and denote it in the memo line for "College Book Scholarship Fund." And please keep the fund, its purpose and future, and the young people who benefit from it in your prayers.

Wednesday Night Live in Easter season

WNL for Explorers (children) and Youth will meet 7 to 8 pm on May 10 and on May 17 to conclude for the school year. See below in this newsletter in Youth News for summer Youth activites.

Summer is coming!

Mark your calendar for these activities and schedule changes for the end of the school year and the start of summer:

  • Sunday, May 14 – Mother’s Day
    - Youth Sunday - youth preachers at all services, and serve at 9:00 service
  • Wednesday, May 17
    - Last day for WNL (Wednesday Night Live) for Youth and Explorers
  • Sunday, May 21
    - Church School - final day for the school year
    - Graduates and Acolytes Recognition
  • Sunday, May 28
    – Worship times change to summer schedule beginning this day: 8:00 am and 10:30 am
    - Tuscany Tour Choir performs at 10:30 service
  • Sunday, June 4 - Day of Pentecost and Father Dean's Leave-Taking
    - Baptism
    - Farewell Luncheon for Father Dean following 10:30 service
  • Sunday, June 18 - Confirmation

Lemonade Brigade needs you

It's a fun way to meet people! The Lemonade Brigade serves refreshments (lemonade, water, cookies) to everyone after 10:30 am Sunday service on the brick walk in front of the church. Individuals and families are needed to work on a rotation schedule -- if we have enough volunteers you'll only work one or two days this summer. Please sign up on the Volunteer Opportunities form in your bulletin, or contact Deana De La Barre, or Janet Livingston,

The Day of Pentecost - Sunday, June 4

  • Worship times: 8:00 am and 10:30 am
  • Remember to WEAR RED or other bright, "fiery" colors

“Come, Holy Spirit, fill the hearts of your faithful; and kindle in them the fire of your love. Alleluia.” Pentecost, seven weeks (50 days) after Easter Day, is a prominent feast in the Christian calendar to commemorate the descent of the Holy Spirit upon the remaining eleven Apostles of Christ after the Resurrection of Jesus. During the service this day we will hear the story from the Acts of the Apostles in as many different languages we can muster so we can experience the “amazement and perplexity” of this "Birthday of the Church." A main sign of this feast day in Western churches is the color red to symbolize joy and the fire of the Holy Spirit. Red banners (as on our cross) are often hung to symbolize the blowing of the "mighty wind" of the Spirit, and words or symbols such as doves or flames may be used related to the church and the Holy Spirit.


Foreign language and sign language readers needed

Our custom during worship on the Day of Pentecost is to have people read one of the scripture lessons in as many languages as possible. If you speak any foreign language or sign language, please let us know and we will provide you the translation by mail or email ahead of time. Check the Volunteer Opportunities form in your bulletin or contact Rose Wolfe in the church office,

Ministry Teams Quarterly Meeting - Tuesday, June 6

7:00 pm in the Parish Hall

All leaders of St. Catherine’s ministry teams and committees, please be sure to be present at this important meeting as we begin planning for August activities and the coming year. Anyone who is interested in the ministry work of our church is welcome to attend.

Hero Central VBS - registration now open

By Jenna Parker

"Hero Central" Vacation Bible School uses epic music, spectacular science, crafty crafts, heroic recreation, and fantastic Bible stories to help kids discover their strength in God! VBS this summer is Monday through Thursday, June 12-15, 9:00 am to noon. St. Catherine's VBS is for children age 4 by July 1 (potty-trained), through rising fifth graders. Cost is $35 per child.

-> Register children now at

Volunteer help needed

Youth and Adults! If you would like to serve the youngest members of our St. Catherine's community, please sign up by contacting Jenna Parker at or Susie Davis at

Stewardship 365

By your Stewardship Committee

Time for a financial checkup? We have experienced a slight downturn in our financial giving mostly due to pledgers who have missed a payment or two. You can access your church financial statement on line through The City,, or, if you are not on The City, you can contact Becky in the church office (, 770-971-2839) and she will email or snail-mail one to you.

You can also set up regular giving on a particular day of the month in The City. Check it out today and if you have questions about how to set up your online payments in The City – please feel free to contact Nelson Gale,


Habitat House Build - construction underway

This year's 10-week home build kicked off with the wall-raising on April 29. We will provide volunteer workers on Saturdays, including May 6, May 20, June 10, and July 8. In addition we will provide breakfast and lunch for 40 people on site on May 20. The Dedication Ceremony will be held Sunday, July 23 at 3:00 pm. The build site is at 433 Lee Road in Mableton, just down Lee Road from last year's home site. See Connie Bergeron and David Daniels on Sunday or contact Connie at 404-819-0891,, to sign up to build and/or help with May 20 meals. The coalition is also offering special Habitat T-shirts at a cost of $15 each to help with funds needed for this build.

St. Catherine’s is now a five year member of the Cobb Interfaith Habitat Coalition (CIHC), a consortium of area churches, mosques, synagogues and companies to build a new Habitat for Humanity home each year. Your engagement with Habitat for Humanity is greatly appreciated!

Introducing this year's Future Homeowner!

Ms. Lynch is originally from Cleveland, Ohio, and a mother of five. When asked what she wanted to share with you she stated the following: “I’ve been through a lot of trials in my life starting with having to leave Ohio due to a toxic relationship. At the time, I had four teenage sons and one daughter. My most challenging time was when we were evicted– not knowing where to go, I had to rely on my faith, rely on God. Eventually we lived in a two-bedroom apartment, but I knew I couldn’t stay in Cleveland and live. Moving to Atlanta changed my life; it was the best thing for us. All of my children are adults now, and I’m a grandmother. My oldest son tells me that moving here changed his life; he would’ve been either dead or in jail. Each of my children have their own story; we’ve been through a very trying journey, and have endured. Now is our time to be joyful, and to move forward, and Habitat is part of that. I can’t believe it! I’m so grateful, and so thankful!”

Photos - Raising the walls on Day 1 of construction on April 29 (pictures by Connie Bergeron)

May Outreach Collection

Spring Cleaning Drive for New American Pathways

By Christy Luttrell

During May our Outreach collection is a Spring Cleaning Drive for New American Pathways. We are collecting the following items now through May 30: toilet paper, paper towels, tissues, cleaning spray, dish soap, sponges, and diapers. There is also a poster on the Outreach bulletin board with coupons for items wanted in this drive. Please feel free to take a coupon!

New American Pathways is an Atlanta-based nonprofit center that helps refugees through their journey to US Citizenship. The organization provides complementary services ranging from initial resettlement to literacy, employment, youth education and school services, and immigration and citizenship assistance. For more information please check out their website at . The staff and refugees at New American Pathways were greatly appreciative of our Outreach drive which we held for them in February. Items were much needed and used immediately. Thank you for your support! If you have any questions, please feel free to contact Christy Luttrell at

Family Promise Golf Tournament June 19

We are pleased to invite you to participate in the Family Promise of Cobb County Second Annual Golf Outing, “Keeping Our Children on Course.” This event serves as Family Promise’s primary fundraiser of the year. It is a day filled with golf, friends, and great food. You can participate in multiple ways – become a sponsor, ask your favorite local business to be a sponsor, donate raffle items, or get a group to come and play at this terrific course. Get all the details and register at . For sponsor information please talk to Richard or Eleanore Pearson at 678-290-0097,

Serving at Elizabeth Inn

Many opportunities to serve at MUST Ministries' Marietta shelter. Daughters of the King were the dinner team serving on April 28. From left to right: Jeanette, Nancy, Janet, Deb and Tracy (photo by Janet Livingston)


Amma Susan announces her retirement

My Beloved Brothers and Sisters of St. Catherine’s,

I am writing to share with you my plans to retire from active ordained ministry on August 1, 2017. That date will be the anniversary of 20 years of my ministry as a parish priest and follows the 20th anniversary on June 8th of my ordination to holy orders. My last Sunday at St. Catherine’s will be my leave-taking service on July 30th.

My decision to retire has been brought about by several life events. The chief catalyst was my father’s death a year and a half ago. His passing brought home to me, in a very personal way, that “Life is short, and we do not have much time to gladden the hearts of those who journey with us.” My son’s bout with throat cancer a year ago further imprinted that truth within me, even as we rejoice at his being cancer free today. The third event was my daughter’s announcement that she is expecting a baby in early July. These life events, teamed with being blessed to have my 91 year old mother still this side of heaven, have increased in me the desire to have more time to spend with my family, all of whom live at some physical distance from me. In addition, I am approaching my 71st birthday on July 26th. When I am not looking in the mirror or climbing stairs, it is easy to convince myself that I am too young to be this old. However, arthritis and the increasing number of grey hairs frosting the auburn ones on my head have impressed upon me the wisdom of the church canon that requires her clergy to retire by their 72nd birthday.

It has been my intention, since Father Jim retired in 2015, to stay with St. Catherine’s during the search for her next rector, to love and care for you during that time and to provide continuity and a non-anxious presence during the interim period. That search process is nearing its completion, and I feel confident that by the time of my Leave-taking Service on July 30th, that I will have had some time to help with the transition of your pastoral care to our new rector.

My plans are to stay in Marietta, for this is my community. I have resolved to wait a year before getting involved with retirement commitments. That year will be filled with travel to spend significant time with my family members. The Diocese requires when a priest retires that they refrain from participating in the life of their last parish for a reasonable amount of time. This is necessary to allow for your new clergy to establish a pastoral relationship with the parish. I will not be attending worship at St. Catherine’s, or officiating at weddings, baptisms or funerals. I will be able to maintain my friendship with you outside of St. Catherine’s. I can be a guest in your home but that will not include discussing any church matters. In time, I hope to return to worship in our midst again as another member of the parish.

With this letter comes my heartfelt gratitude to St. Catherine’s for the love that you have shared with me and my beloved, departed husband, Roy, in our 9 plus years of ministry among you. The beautiful way you enfolded Roy in your arms of love and included him in this community of faith, all while his dementia made it difficult to do so, is forever emblazed upon my heart and I am deeply grateful. The Lord has used you in countless ways to deepen my faith in and love for Him through your love, prayers and abiding presence and support.

As your associate rector, I have had the great joy and blessing of serving alongside you in ministry these past 9 years. We have worshipped, laughed, played and cried together. It has been my great honor to officiate at your weddings, baptisms and funerals. Most humbling of all, I have been privileged to stand with you in times of pastoral need, as we have prayed together at hospital bedsides and before surgeries, rejoiced together at the birthing of your babies and stood together on holy ground at the dying of loved ones as they have passed from this life to the next. I am humbled and deeply thankful for the many wonderful ways you have opened your hearts and homes to me and called me your friend. You will always abide in a very special place in my heart.

I look forward with joy to the next chapter in my life even as I grieve taking my leave from you for a season. I know God has wonderful things in store for this corner of the vineyard we lovingly know as St. Catherine’s. I ask God’s blessing upon the journey we have shared and upon St. Catherine’s as you venture forward on the next exciting stage of that journey with your new Rector.

With a grateful heart,
Amma Susan Johnson+
May 3, 2017

Volunteer Corner: "Part 2: Living Longer, Living Better… Volunteer! "

Ken Denton, Al Jones, Fred Massey, Mel Paris, Bob Pepper, Hale Sanders, Bill Selby… Can you guess what these seven men have in common? They are all grandfathers (or they could be). The other thing they have in common is that the last time a crew worked on the Youth House Expansion this group of grandfathers— and one youth - Forrest Tummler (thank you Forrest!) — were the crew that showed up.

The article I referred to in the last Wheel newsletter and in this writing is from Guideposts magazine. The article said, “Studies have shown that seniors who volunteer have fewer physical limitations, lower rates of depressions, better cognitive function and longer lives than non-volunteers.” I personally know all seven of these men, (I am happy to say one of them for 51+years), and I can honestly say they are all physically able, happy, smart and fun men. So based on this I have to believe everything the Guideposts article says is true. The article also says, “The more we give, the happier we feel.” I also know that on the Saturday these men were working there was a lot of laughter and smiles on faces.

The value of volunteering can benefit everyone, regardless of age. Ask a member of the Choristers or an Acolyte if they enjoy the way they are able to share their gifts. I have no doubt they will say “Yes!” I am proud and thankful for all of our volunteers, but I am especially proud of this group of grandfathers that showed up to volunteer and add years to their lives. Thank you, gentlemen.

Looking for a way you can lend a hand? Send me an email, stop me at church. I am more than happy to help.

Interested in finding your purpose for ministry? Contact Pat Pepper, Coordinator of Volunteer Ministry, 770.971.1269 or to get connected!

Seen around St. Cat's

Photos by Connie Bergeron, Bill Ivey, Beth Lee. See more in the albums at Photo Albums.

Litury of Light in Catechesis on April 23
At the Sip & Swirl April 27 - Tasting led by Hans Kraeger (r);
Thanks to Nelson & Emily Gale (r) for hosting at their lovely
home, with Al & Sue Jones, Rick & Tracy Buckalew

April 30 - Thank you to our Nominating Committee

Do you know about these ministries?

In our Parish Cycle of Ministries, we celebrate the life and work of these ministries in the upcoming weeks. Please read on to find out about each and consider if you’d like to become involved.

  • May 8-14: Youth Ministry — This week we celebrate the life and work of our Youth Ministries, providing Christian formation and fellowship for youth through grade 12 with the Journey to Adulthood curriculum (J2A) in Church School, Wednesday Night Live meetings, and opportunities in programs in the diocese and beyond. Adult volunteers are needed as class leaders, activity helpers, trip chaperones and more. Training is provided. To find out more about being part of this ministry please contact Youth Director Sally Paris, 770-971-2839,
  • May 15-21: Choristers — This week we celebrate the life and work of Choristers of St. Catherine’s, our choir for boys and girls grades 3-12. This group leads worship for 9:00 service all but one Sunday per month, September through May, plus the Christmas Eve 5 pm service. Rehearsals are Wednesdays 6:15-7:00 pm. To find out more about being part of this ministry contact Director Jana Williams, 678.461.9656,


Letters have been received from the following to acknowledge gifts from our parish:

  • Communities In Schools of Marietta/Cobb County on April 12, for donation of books and school supplies.


5th Annual Links for LAMB Golf Tournament May 9

Come to this annual event hosted by St. Aidan's, St. David's, and the Episcopal Church of the Holy Spirit, on May 9 at the beautiful Bradshaw Farms. All proceeds directly benefit the children of the LAMB Institute. Cost is $150/player and includes covers greens fees, cart fee, driving range, all contests, continental breakfast, hot buffet lunch, and drinks. Sign up online by visiting or email the tournament coordinator at


"With a Song in My Heart" - Michael O'Neal Singers, May 12

the full MOX chorus, withthe Tyrone Jackson jazz trio and vocalists Katherleen Bertrand and John LaForge, prsent favorites from the Great American Songbook. You'll hear Embraceable You, Night and Day, Unforgettable, I'll Be Seeing You, Oover the Rainbow and much more! Friday, May 12, 8:00 pm at Roswell United Methodist Church, 814 Mimosa Blvd., Roswell. Tickets are $20 ($15 students and seniors) pre-purchase, or $22 ($17) at the door. For details and to purchase tickets online please visit


May 13 Grandparents Day at the Cobb County Safety Village

Kids, bring your grandparents to the Cobb County Safety Village on Saturday, May 13, from 9 am to noon. It is located at 1220 Al Bishop Drive, Marietta 30008. Five 30-minute interactive programs: Bus, Lake, and Firework Safety; Safety Village Puppet Show; Rules of the Road; Fire Extinguisher Training; Sparky’s House Tour for Kitchen Safety, Slips and falls prevention, Home Escape Plan. Registration is required (no fee), call 770-956-7827. For more information about Cobb County’s Safety Village go to . Offered in partnership with Safe Kids Cobb County, Wellstar the Good Life Club.


Dismantling Racism and “13th” – May 16 at Emmaus House

The Commission on Dismantling Racism for the Diocese of Atlanta and Emmaus House invite you to watch the ground-breaking film, “13th,” and participate in a discussion afterward on Tuesday, May 16 at 6:30 p.m. at Emmaus House (1017 Hank Aaron Drive Southwest, Atlanta, GA, 30315). There is no charge for this event which is made possible by the Annie E. Casey Foundation. Everyone is invited and welcome!


Mother's Day Service of Prayer and Healing at All Saints

A special healing service will be held this Mother’s Day, May 14, at All Saints Episcopal Church, 634 W Peachtree St NW, Atlanta, . Mother’s Day is traditionally a day when we celebrate and honor remarkable women in our lives. For some, however, it can be a difficult day on which they grieve a mother or grandmother now gone, a child that has been lost, or mourn the hopes and dreams of parenthood and traditional family life that are unattained. The service will recognize that this day is not one of joyful celebration for everyone, but that there is comfort and compassion in the community of faith. All are invited.


Wellnes Tips

SLIP - Senior Lifestyles & Injury Prevention
The aging process affects visual, cognitive, and psychomotor skills, and even simple tasks of daily living can put older adults at risk for injury. Come and learn more at a free program on Monday, May 8, 10:30 am - 12:30 pm at Senior Wellness Center (Walton Room), 1150 Powder Springs Street, Marietta. Topics will be: “Balance Your Life” fall prevention, “My Home, Safe Home” home safety, “On the Right Road” motor vehicle safety, and “Stepping Out Safely” pedestrian safety. Registration is required (no cost, limited seating), contact Lisa Ulbricht at 770-793-6079 or Hosted and sponsored by Cobb County, Wellstar Kennestone Trauma Center, and Society of Trauma Nurses.


If you have a name to be added to the Prayers please fill out the Volunteer Opportunities form in your bulletin, or contact the church office, 770-971-2839, Names will remain on the Prayer Chain list for one month unless indicated for a longer period.

ALL MEMBERS OF THE ARMED SERVICES: Pat McDougald, Pat McDougald, Tom Blackstock; Josh England, Jake England, Lucas Elgie, Andrew Hutton, Taylor Bacon, Ryan Johnson and Zach Hurley.

OUR NATION AND ITS LEADERS: Donald, our president, Nathan, our Governor, members of Congress, and this Country.

DECEASED: Margaret Morton, grandmother of Harriett Pyburn

THOSE IN NEED OF PRAYER: Mel Paris, Alpa Chandra, Chuck Zimmerman, Ruth Cehelnik, The Church Family, Shelley Ransdell, Kathleen Iacobelli, Chubby Rice, Riley Devault, Steve Burkholder, Ashley & Matt Moody, Vanessa Williams, Audrey Nesbit, Elizabeth Ivey, Kristi, Nancy Anderson, Julie Brannock, Steve Robinson, Roger Motter, Betty Robinson, Paul Manno, Edie Teal and family, Jan Pienezza, Wes Woodruff, Mark Pendroid, Roger Irwin, Jim Raasch, Janice Larkin, Joyce Hendricks, Warren Martin, Dan Montgomery, Elizabeth Keeley, George Alexander, Margaret, Warren Martin.

BIRTHDAYS: (5/8) Madison Handell, (5/10) Jim Voyles, Jamie Brownlow, Elizabeth Blackstock, (5/12) Ken Minzenberger, Mary Lou Shannonhouse, (5/13) Kristina Higgins, Ginny Lummus, Laurel Smith, (5/14) Dean Motter, Suzanne Gardiner, Michelle Zimmerman, Michael Wherry, Abi Trono, Madi Trono, (5/15) Dani Dickson, Deelee Freeman, Todd Hitchins, (5/16) Hans Kraeger, (5/17) Linda White, (5/18) Rachel Bottoms, (5/19) Cheyne Thompson-Quartey.

ANNIVERSARIES: Bill & Tinka Ivey (5/14), John & Kelly Iacobelli (5/16), Nelson & Emily Gale (5/17)

(5/7) Randy Satterfield; Barbara Saunders; Ellen & Tess Sauve; Lisa Scheidt; Daniel, Marianne, Samuel & Noa Schlossberg.
(5/14) Sue Schnorf; Jim, Lizzy & Robbie Schultz; Garrett Scott; Jerry & Linda Scott; Hannah Seger.

We love to recognize birthdays and wedding anniversaries for everyone in our parish! We have a year-round calendar to pray for these special dates, send birthday cards, and publish in our bulletin and newsletter. Would you like your birthday or anniversary included in our remembrances? Please send names and dates to us using the Volunteer Opportunities form in your bulletin, or contact the church office.


Please let the church know when you or a loved one has a medical procedure, an illness, a life transition, or other special need. We are here to serve you. Please allow us the opportunity to share your experience and offer our support. Simply contact the church office at 770-971-2839. Thank you.

St. Catherine's Calendar

Holy Baptism

Date coming up: June 4 (Pentecost). To schedule a baptism please contact the church office for the customary booklet about Holy Baptism and to arrange a date.

Two-Week Look Ahead

Below are the next two weeks of events and activities, correct as of publication date. For the entire up-to-the-minute parish calendar, go to Calendar.

Saturday, 5/6 Saturday, 5/13


Stephen Leaders
Rite13 Banquet

CGS Level 1 Training
Youth Sunday Rehearsal
Cats On Wheels @Maggiano's
Friendship Tea
Sunday, 5/7 Sunday, 5/14


Holy Eucharist
Holy Eucharist/ Rite13 Ceremony
Town Hall Meeting
Holy Eucharist
Girl Scouts
Girl Scouts


Youth Sunday
Holy Eucharist
Holy Eucharist/ Youth Sunday
Church School
Holy Eucharist

Monday, 5/8 Monday, 5/15

CGS Catholic
Adult Christian Formation
Men's Book Study
Women's Bible Study
Boy Scouts


Women's Book Study
CGS Catholic
Finance Committee
Stephen Ministry
Invitation Ministry
Christian Formation
Boy Scouts

Tuesday, 5/9 Tuesday, 5/16


Bible Study
Staff Meeting
Master Planning
Youth Committee


Bible Study
Staff Meeting
Family Promise Committee
Wednesday, 5/10 Wednesday, 5/17
Preschool Program
Executive Committee
Tour Choir
WNL Youth & Explorers
Chancel Choir


Wheel Articles Due
Preschool End of Year Party
Spaghetti Dinner Fundraiser
Tour Choir
WNL Youth & Explorers
Chancel Choir

Thursday, 5/11 Thursday, 5/18

Father Dean's day off
HR Committee
Calling & Caring
Men's Bible Study

Father Dean's day off
Men's Bible Study
Friday, 5/12 Friday, 5/19

Amma Susan's day off
Men's Bible Study
Women's Bible Study
Preschool Beach Lunch
A.A. Women’s Meditation


Amma Susan's day off
Last Day of Preschool
Men's Bible Study
Women's Bible Study
Preschool Graduation
A.A. Women’s Meditation

Future planning

Please hold these dates:

  • Sunday, May 14 - Youth Sunday
  • Saturday, May 20 - Parish Workday 8-11 am; Young Families Picnic 11 am
  • Sunday, May 21 - Last Day of Church School; Graduate & Acolyte Recognition
  • Sunday, May 28 - Summer worship times schedule begins (8:00 & 10:30 am)
  • June 2-4 - Youth Beach Trip & Retreat
  • Sunday, June 4 - Day of Pentecost/Baptism; Father Dean’s Leave-taking Service and Farewell Luncheon
  • Tuesday, June 6 – Quarterly Ministry Teams meeting, 7 pm
  • June 12-15 - Vacation Bible School
  • June 14-21 - Chancel Choir trip to Tuscany International Choral Festival
  • Sunday, June 18 – Confirmation / Bishop Visitation, Forum & breakfast
  • Monday, June 19 - Family Promise Golf Tournament
  • Tuesday, June 20 – Blood drive 3-7 pm
  • Sunday, July 30 - Amma Susan’s Leave-taking Service


By Youth Director Sally Paris,

-> Youth Calendar online

-> Photo albums

Upcoming Events

We will gather the first and third Wednesday of each month this summer, 5-7 pm unless otherwise noted.

May 6 - Rite 13 Banquet
May 7 - Rite 13 Ceremony
May 10 - WNL and Youth Sunday rehearsal
May 14 - Youth Sunday
May 17 - WNL
May 21 - Graduate & Acolyte Recognition; Last Day of Church School
May 25 - Summer worship schedule begins - 8:00 & 10:30 am
June 2-4 - Youth Beach Trip
June 7 - Movie Night
June 12-15 - VBS
June 18 - Confirmation
June 21- Braves vs. Giants at the new Suntrust Park
June 25-30 - Diocesan Mission Trip
July 5 - X-drenaline
July 10-14 - EYE Episcopal Youth Event
July 19 – Kickball


Youth Sunday - May 14

All Youth, please sign up for a role for Youth Sunday by emailing Sally. You may serve as readers, chalice bearers, ushers, acolytes, greeters, lead the music and more. All roles are important! We will rehearse at WNL May 10 at 7:00pm.


Youth House construction help needed!

As we continue to work on the Youth House Expansion it is becoming exponentially more important for youth and their families to be involved in finishing the process. The best way to stay in the know for schedule/details is to be on the Youth House Construction email list from Fred Massey -- to get on his list contact him at


April Lock in

Fun was had!! 4-square, lunch packing service project, Compline at the bonfire... and more! (photos by Sally Paris)

Summer Outreach Opportunities

  • MUST Summer Lunch - Wednesdays, June 28 and July 5, 9:30-11 am: Come join the St. Cat's family in packing 1,000 lunches for students in Cobb County through the MUST Ministries Summer Lunch Program. Meet in the Parish Hall.
  • Rise Against Hunger (aka Stop Hunger Now) - Saturday, July 29 at 1:00pm: Catch up with parishioners old and young as we all gather in the Parish Hall to pack 20,000 meals to be shipped internationally through Rise Against Hunger (the new name for Stop Hunger Now). It's a great way to regroup after the summer break and start your 2017-18 school service hours with a bang!


A Bridge from Congregation to College

For all graduating seniors, the diocese would like to help you connect to a young adult community as you enter this exciting phase of your life. Please fill out our form at .


Vacation Bible School is coming

Youth! Are you interested in helping out with HERO CENTRAL VBS this summer, June 12-15? You should sign up with this link: .

Wheel schedule:

Next publications:

  • May 19
  • June 2
  • No publication June 16
  • July 7

The Wheel is published two times per month on Fridays. All editions are in electronic form (HTML) posted on our newsletter page and distributed by email to all members subscribed to the "Parish Announcements" email list. Printed copies of each newsletter are available for pickup at church in the foyer on the Welcome Table or in the nearby wall rack. We welcome contributions of articles and photos of interest to the parish. Articles and photos are due by midnight on Wednesday 2 days before the publication date. Please submit items via email (below) or to Editor Karen Manno's mailbox at church.

The Wheel: get every issue!

Does everyone in your family receive The Wheel, St. Catherine's newsletter? Is everyone subscribed? Email is a primary means for our parish communications. You may sign up on on our Subscription page. Or you may send the names and email addresses of everyone who would like get their own copy to Karen Manno at the email address below, or note them on the Volunteer Opportunities form in your bulletin, or contact the church office at 770-971-2829. You'll receive your online version via email, and you can find all current and prior issues of The Wheel on our website at

Editor: Karen Manno, or 770-973-8668

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571 Holt Road, Marietta, Georgia 30068