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The Newsletter of
St. Catherine’s Episcopal Church, Marietta, Georgia
May 20 - June 2, 2017

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St. Catherine's home


Clergy Letter

New Rector
YF Picnic
Mowing 101
Fr Dean's Leavetaking
Summer's schedule
Lemonade Brigade
Ministry Quarterly
Book Fund
Blood drive
Choir tour
Youth House
Council delegates
Amma Susan retirement
Glare reduction

Holy Comforter
Save It Forward
Family Promise
Rice Bowls report
Summer Lunch
Outreach collection
Habitat build

Sermons online
Seen around St. Cat's
Ministry focus

Wellness tips

Party w Fr. Dean
Braves game
Summer Outreach
College bridge



5/20 – Parish workday;
Young Families Picnic

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

5/25 – Elizabeth Inn laundry team

5/26 – Elizabeth Inn breakfast team

5/28 – Change to summer worship schedule - Holy Eucharist 8 & 10:30 am;
DOK Installation;
Tuscany Tour Choir;
Elizabeth Inn dinner team

5/31 – Youth picnic w Father Dean @East Cobb Park

6/2-4 – Youth Beach Retreat;

6/4 – Day of Pentecost; Baptisms;
Father Dean’s Leave-Taking;
Farewell Luncheon


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New Beginnings

By Amma Susan

I recently returned from a pilgrimage to Iona, Scotland. Legend has it that this little island in the Western Hebrides was the birthplace of Christianity in Scotland in the 6th century. So Iona was the place of new beginnings for a whole people and for many others, as Christianity spread from this tiny island to the mainland. Since that time Iona has been a place of pilgrimage for people like me who come from the four corners of the earth seeking healing, peace and new birth for themselves. How fitting that God provided me the opportunity to come to this island on retreat with John Philip Newell and 30 other pilgrims around the theme of new beginnings, just after I announced to the vestry my intention to retire in August.

As I stepped off the ferry onto the wharf at Iona, I was surrounded by earth, sea, wind and sky on that thin place between heaven and earth.

God’s presence was almost tangible, revealed in the glory of creation all around and in the faces of my fellow pilgrims. I came seeking rest and peace and a chance to ponder the new beginning that this next chapter in my life will bring. I also held St. Catherine’s in my heart as you stand perched upon a new beginning of your own.

On Wednesday, our group set out on a 7-mile pilgrimage to St. Columba’s Bay, where Columba first landed on Iona. Columba was in the line of the high kings of Ireland. He was sickened by the loss of life in a battle that ensued over a disputed copyright and in penance, vowed to leave Ireland and establish a monastery where he could no longer see his homeland. Iona was that place. For that reason, St. Columba’s Bay is known as the place of new beginnings.

The shore of Columba’s Bay is covered with millions of beautiful stones that have been rounded and smoothed by the ocean tides and sand. We were invited to choose two of these stones. One was to represent something we were letting go of or leaving behind. That one we threw into the sea. The second stone represented some new beginning that we wanted to embrace. That one we took with us. My first stone was hard to throw away at first, for it represented the leave-taking from St. Catherine’s and active ministry, and passing the baton to those who will come after me. My body tells me it is time, so setting down the daily workload will not be difficult. Saying good-bye to you, however, will be very difficult. The second stone represents the new birthing that will come with retirement and the longed for reconnecting with my family. I know it will be life giving.

I came away from the bay of new beginnings renewed in spirit and excited about the rebirthing that retirement will bring. I am also excited for St. Catherine’s as you embark upon your new beginning with Mother Sarah Fisher. I know that God has wonderful and exciting new ministry in store for you to do together in the coming days and years. As we stand poised to step out upon these new beginnings, know that I will always hold you in my heart, as I offer this mother’s parting blessing from the Carmina Gadelica:

The blessing of God be to thee,
The blessing of Christ be to thee,
The blessing of Spirit be to thee,
And to thy children,
To thee and thy children.

The peace of God be to thee,
The peace of Christ be to thee,
The peace of Spirit be to thee,
During all thy life,
All the days of thy life.

The keeping of God upon thee in every pass,
The shielding of Christ upon thee in every path,
The bathing of Spirit upon thee in every stream,
In every land and sea thou goest.

The keeping of the everlasting Father be thine
Upon His own illuminated altar;
The keeping of the everlasting Father be thine
Upon his everlasting altar.

New Rector of St. Catherine’s: The Reverend Sarah Fisher

By Your Vestry & The Nominating Committee

We are excited to announce The Reverend Sarah Fisher as our Rector-Designate. Sarah will join us beginning at worship services on June 11.

A native of Athens, Georgia, and a graduate of Agnes Scott College and the General Theological Seminary in New York City, Sarah has served churches the Dioceses of Chicago and Atlanta, as well as a sojourn as a chaplain in a Level 1 Pediatric Trauma Center. Sarah delights in working with children, youth and adults alike. She has served on the God Squad team for several Happenings. Early in her ordained life, she discovered a curiosity about and interest in stewardship, and now serves as the Vice President of TENS, The Episcopal Network for Stewardship.

Sarah comes to us from St. Patrick’s Episcopal Church in Dunwoody, where she has had a partnership with the rector to chart a new path and direction for the parish. She has been a driving force behind the unity of staff. She has a gift for ministering to the marginalized. Her passion is evident as she talks of her work with Malachi’s Storehouse, a ministry through St. Pat’s that is dedicated to addressing food insecurity in Metro Atlanta.

We have fallen in love with Sarah, and are thrilled to welcome her to St. Catherine’s with open arms. We are excited for you to meet her, too.

Our 55 years of history – blooming where we’re planted and growing to be this vibrant parish here in East Cobb – has been the result of the work of many people and much prayer. Blessings continue to be poured out upon us, thanks be to God!

Mother Sarah's first Sunday at St. Catherine's will be Sunday, June 11.
A Welcoming Reception will be held between the two services this day, on the pavers in front of the church from 9 to 10:15 am.

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 with our Facilities and Grounds team to clean up, fix up and spruce up our church home. Projects we will be working on will include:

  • Sand and prepare railings in front, back and at side of youth house for new paint
  • Sand and prepare the front doors of the church for fresh varnish
  • Replace blinds in Conference room
  • Dust in high windows of narthex and various dusty spots

Coffee and donuts will be aplenty - come out and join in the fun! To find out more please contact Tami Mace, 404-457-9437, or Bill Sapp at

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

Grass Mowing 101

By Stephanie Yucius

Would you like to learn more about how to mow the grass at St. Catherine’s? Then that opportunity is just around the corner – there will be a training on the grass mowing at St. Catherine’s on Sunday, May 21 after the 9 am and 11:15 am services. Meet in front of the church on the pavers to learn where the mowers are kept, how they are started, where we actually mow and most of all how your generosity of your energy and time will continue to keep St. Catherine’s beautiful!

-> Help is needed at church to mow our lawns and maintain our planting beds year-round! Please email Tami Mace if you can lend a hand –

Father Dean's Leave-Taking

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

  • Youth Party with Fr. Dean Wednesday, May 31 - 6:00-8:00 pm at East Cobb Park

Youth! You are all invited to join us at East Cobb Park for a party with Fr. Dean. We won't be saying goodbye, but celebrating the time that he has spent with us. We will provide hotdogs and hamburgers. Please bring a side or dessert to share!

  • Sunday, June 4 - Farewell Celebration and Luncheon for Father Dean

Everyone is invited to join us in celebration and thanks for the ministry of The Rev. C. Dean Taylor, our spectacular Interim Rector, on Pentecost, June 4. Following the 10:30 service, we will share a farewell luncheon on the grounds of St. Catherine’s. A main dish provided by Williamson Brothers and beverages will be provided. You are invited to help by bringing:
-> Last names beginning with A-S - bring a side dish, salad, or vegetable and members with
-> Last names beginning with T-Z - bring a dessert

Please contact Sally Paris at, Jenna Parker at, or Pat Pepper at with any questions.

Calendar planning -- 2017-18 dates wanted by May 31

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,

Worship times change to summer schedule May 28

Activities and schedule changes for the start of summer:

  • Sunday, May 21
    - Church School - final day for the school year
    - Graduates recognized at all services
    - Acolytes recognition at 9 and 11:15 services
  • 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


Summer Sunday worship schedule

Each week starting May 28 through June and July!

  • Holy Eucharist at 8:00 am and 10:30 am
  • Breakfast by Breakfast Angels each 1st and 3rd Sunday, 9:00-9:45 am in the Parish Hall
  • Lemonade Brigade offers refreshments in front of the church on the brickwalk following 10:30 service
  • Church School does not meet during the summer


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

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.

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.

Blood drive next date: Tuesday, June 20

Our June blood drive will be 3:00 to 7:00 pm in Parish Hall -- add the date to your calendar now! Reservations are helpful to get you in and out in the shortest time but are not required, all donors are welcome the day of the event. You can reserve a time now by going to and enter our sponsor code: STCATS. Help is also need for greeting donors, setup and clean up, please contact Jennifer Massey, / 404.375.8327.

Chancel Choir departs June 14 for Tuscany

Tour Choir at 10:30 service on May 28

By Jana Williams

This summer, 19 members of the Chancel Choir, with 10 other St. Catherine’s parishioners and friends, will travel to Tuscany, Italy on June 14 – 21. Our “Tour Choir” will be singing at St. James Episcopal Church in Florence, Italy as well as the Tuscany International Choral Festival. In preparation for these performances, the Tour Choir will sing at St. Catherine’s in the 10:30 am service on May 28.

The Tuscany International Choral Festival takes place each year in the town of Montecatini Terme. Community, church, youth and school choirs are invited to participate in an effort to encourage peace and understanding. This year, choirs are from Italy, the USA, North Cypress, Germany, Hungary and France. The Festival begins with an opening ceremony that includes a welcome from the Mayor and a torchlight procession. The following day concerts are given at the Tettuccio spa and the Piazza del Popolo. The Festival concludes with a dinner at the Villa Medici for all the choirs and participants. The closing ceremony culminates with a group sing in the Villa's gardens.

After the Festival ends on Saturday, the Tour Choir is excited to sing in the 11 am Sunday mass at St. James Episcopal Church in Florence. We hope to make bonds of friendship with these brothers and sisters. We will continue exploring the nearby towns of Lucca, Pisa, San Gimignano, Siena and vineyards in Montecarlo. All of us going on the trip plan to learn as much as we can about the people, music, history, art, architecture, culture and cuisine of this beautiful region while also enjoying getting to know each other better.

We have already had a wonderful time getting ready for our journey and rehearsing our music. Please keep all on our trip in your prayers.

-> Listen to the Chancel Choir sing one of the songs we'll perform at the Tuscany International Choral Festival: " My God is a Rock" arranged by Jay Althouse (performed at May 14 11:15 service).

Youth House construction

As we continue to work each week on the Youth House Expansion everyone, including youth and their families, can 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

Represent St. Catherine's at Diocesan Council

The Vestry will elect five lay delegates to represent St. Catherine's at this year's Diocesan Council on Friday & Saturday, November 10 –11 at First Baptist Church, Gainesville. Delegates must be confirmed communicants of St. Catherine's "in good standing" (meaning that they "pray, work, and give for the spread of God's Kingdom" on a regular basis) and are required to attend all meetings in the given year including pre-council convocation meetings. Information about Council will be available on the Atlanta Diocese website at

If you are interested, please check the Volunteer Opportunities form in your bulletin or contact Sr. Warden Bill Ivey, Jr. Warden Stephanie Yucius, or our clergy.


Retirement Celebration for Amma Susan July 29

Save the date for a very special retirement celebration for Amma Susan on Saturday, July 29, 6:00 pm. Her last Sunday with us will be July 30. Details to follow!

Glare Reduction Project to proceed

By Bill Ivey

Ever since we built the new addition of our church over 15 years ago, people have been “blinded by the light” on certain Sundays throughout the year. Our choir members and musicians, clergy, acolytes, layreaders and parishioners have all struggled with the bright sun shining in their eyes or reflecting off white linens on the altar, paper bulletins and sheet music. We’re going to address those conditions on Tuesday, May 30.

Under the leadership of Bill Selby (who has worked on this issue since 2005), we have found a solution that will help minimize the glare problem and cut out the UV rays. We’ll treat all the high clerestory windows in the sanctuary with a very effective product from 3M that eliminates the glare while letting us enjoy the beauty of the outdoors. We will still see out, but the glare of the sun will be reduced by 85%. A test of the product on one corner of one window has resulted in approval by the Vestry to proceed with this project.

Hero Central VBS - register now

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


Fun with friends of Holy Comforter Church

By Harriett Pyburn

Holy Comforter church members are going bowling on May 25 at Midtown bowling alley after breakfast (10ish). Saint Catherine's is partially sponsoring this event. Alexis and Tamika would love it if any of our members could come for fellowship and bowling. Please contact Harriett Pyburn,, if you would be interested and able to attend. More joint activities will be coming up… On a weekday in August (to be announced), we will be hiking and picnicking with Holy Comforter at Red Top Mountain State Park. Then in the fall on October 7 will be the second annual bingo and BBQ party in the St. Catherine’s Parish Hall, so mark your calendar.

Holy Comforter Episcopal Church is a diverse worshipping community in the heart of Atlanta. About 60% of this congregation live with mental illness. The Friendship Center is part of the outreach ministry of Holy Comforter.

Summer Save it Forward email list

By Harriett Pyburn

Every week, we are given the opportunity to shop for the Save it Forward food pantry of MUST Ministries, which serves families in crisis in Cobb County and Marietta City schools by providing 50 pounds of food monthly throughout the year. Each week, we are given a shopping list for Publix and Kroger, and shoppers can purchase the items (always less than $6) and return to St. Catherine's at their convenience. Traditionally, the shopping lists have included coupons in addition to BOGO items / sale prices, etc. This summer, however, the shopping lists will not include coupons (due to a current smaller supply of coupons, they are being used by the warehouse shoppers only). As a result, we now have the convenience of being able to EMAIL you the weekly shopping lists. You do not have to pick them up at the outreach table or remember to take them into the store with you — how wonderful!

Would you like to be added to this email list? If so, please let Harriett Pyburn know ( You will receive one email a week with the current week's shopping list for both Publix and Kroger. Pick which store works best for you. You are not obligated to shop each week (or ever). Just participate when it works for you. Food may be returned in the marked bins across from the parlor at your convenience. The bins are collected weekly.

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 come and play at this terrific course, and participate in multiple ways – become a sponsor, ask your favorite local business to be a sponsor or donate raffle items.

Get all the details and register at . The committee also needs raffle items which can include gift cards ($20/$25) from restaurants, grocery stores, movie theatres, book stores, etc. The items can be placed in the FP mailbox in the print room at Church or be given to Eleanore or Richard Pearson. Need any further info? Contact Richard or Eleanore Pearson at 678-290-0097,

Rice Bowls success!

By Molly Banko

During Lent, St. Catherine’s Church and Preschool partnered with Rice Bowls, a faith-based non-profit in Spartanburg, S.C. to raise funds for a network of orphanages overseas. Plastic “rice bowls” were taken to homes, filled with change, and returned on Easter. Together we raised $886.27! These funds will supply much needed food to a network of orphanages in Haiti, India, Africa and other areas of the world where the HIV/AIDS crisis and other factors have greatly marginalized the lives of children. Thank you to everyone who participated in this important outreach opportunity!

Summer Lunch Program coming up

Wednesday, June 28 AND Wednesday, July 5

Add it to your summer activity schedule! St. Catherine’s will again make 1,000 lunches on two dates for the MUST Ministries Summer Lunch Program. The work will begin at 9:30 am in the Parish Hall each date. This is a fun activity for all ages! This program has been sponsored by MUST Ministries since 1995. During the summer months children who are eligible to receive a free or reduced lunch during the school year can have a free lunch delivered to them. Learn more about it on the MUST website at To help contact Jennifer Massey,, 404.375.8327

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

Habitat House build - construction proceeds

This year's home is well underway at the build site on Lee Road in Mableton. We will provide volunteer workers on Saturdays, including 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. See Connie Bergeron and David Daniels on Sunday or contact Connie at 404-819-0891,, to sign up to help. The coalition is also offering special Habitat T-shirts at a cost of $15 each to help with funds needed for this build.


Sermons online

Did you know that you can find audio recordings of past Sunday sermons on our website? You'll find them on the Sermons page at Check here to listen to the latest entries:

  • Sally Paris' May 7 sermon on Rite 13 Sunday
  • Youth Sunday sermons on May 14 by Matthew Dirksen and Nick Vavra

And many more! Thank you to Bill Ivey for his continuing work to make these recordings available.


We are proud of our graduates! (Below – graduating from /continuing to)


Paris Brennan - St. Catherine’s Preschool
Sylvie Clare - Casa Montessori
Jillian Fulcher - St. Catherine’s Preschool, Addison Elementary
Hillyear Jones - St. Catherine’s Preschool
Logan Pepper - Kids-R-Kids Pre-K
Thomas Reeves - Preschool
Annie Vogt - St. Catherine's Preschool
Thomas Zigliara - St. Catherine’s Preschool


Caroline Greene - Addison Elementary, Daniel Middle School
Bradley McGee - Kincaid Elementary, Simpson Middle School
Bryce Pyburn - Eastside Elementary, Dodgen Middle School
Caroline Spessard - Eastvalley Elementary


Leah Banko - Dodgen Middle School, Walton High School
Amanda Braman - Mount Paran Christian School, continuing to Mount Paran H.S.
Michael Kerr - East Cobb Middle School, Wheeler Magnet High School
Jake McGhee - Simpson Middle School, Wheeler Magnet High School
Willow Riney - East Cobb Middle School, Wheeler Magnet High School
Sydney Spessard - East Cobb Middle School, Wheeler Magnet High School
Emily Travis - JJ Daniel Middle School, Lassiter High School
JP Westin - Faith Lutheran Middle School, Wheeler Magnet High School
Riley Yucius - Dodgen Middle School, Walton High School


Alison Adams - North Cobb International Studies Magnet School, UGA
Matthew Dirksen - Wheeler Magnet High School, Mercer University
Rose Friend - Pope High School, UGA majoring in Mathematics
Sofia Jones - Walton High School, Armstrong Atlantic State University
Alea Katie Legg - Wheeler Magnet High School, Georgia Tech
Isabelle Sandoval, Hebron Christian School, Kansas State
Harrison Smith - Lassiter High School
Josephine Grace Tinkey - Midland Valley High, Aiken Tech
Forrest Tuemmler - Wheeler Magnet High School, UGA
Nicholas Vavra - Walton High School, Kent State


Anthony Friend - Georgia State University, B.S. in Economics, minor in Political Science
Mason Derreck Lewis - Point Park University, job on the National Tour for Pippin
Ryan Olliffe - Georgia College and State University, B.S in Education and Spanish
Blake Sherry - UGS, B.S. in Forestry
Ryan Smith - University of Alabama
Kate Thomas - Mercer University, B.S. in Engineering and Masters in Engineering Management
Shirley Childs - Education for Ministry, St. Catherine’s
Amy Morris - Education for Ministry, St. Catherine’s
Paula Morris - Education for Ministry, St. Catherine’s
Ina Bachmann - Catechesis of the Good Shepherd Level One Catechist Formation
Amy Mikkelsen - Catechesis of the Good Shepherd Level One Catechist Formation

Honoring our Acolytes and Acolyte Masters

By Sally Paris

The word “acolyte” is derived from the Greek word akolouthos, meaning companion, attendant, or helper. We have 29 Acolytes currently serving at the altar on Sunday mornings. Acolyting is a great way for the young people in our church to serve our church and the Lord. Acolytes are welcome to serve from 3rd through 12th grade and we have even welcomed in our first group of adult acolytes.

Many thank yous to Acolyte Master Frank Adams! He has been gracious enough to serve for several years. He is rolling off at the end of this school year and we are grateful for the service he has given to this ministry.

Over the summer we will welcome three new adults who will work with our acolytes. Our two new acolyte masters are Sara Thomas and Randy Satterfield. Sara will serve the youth primarily at the 9:00 service while Randy will serve the youth at 11:15. They will work together to make sure our acolytes are trained and prepared and will put together the schedule for those serving as acolytes. Rebecca Riney is joining the team in a new capacity. She will be in charge of planning fellowship events for the acolytes throughout the year. We are so excited for another new year in this ministry!

Our acolytes will be recognized for their faithful service at the 9 and 11:15 services on May 21. St. Catherine’s is blessed to have had 29 acolytes during the past year who have been our constant companions, attendants and helpers! We are so thankful for the gifts of their time and talent.

Special Thanks to Our Graduating Senior

Alison Adams

Our Returning Acolytes

Grace Adams
Spencer Banko
Thad Barrington
Garrett Brogdon
Connor Buckalew
Ann Davis
Riley Devault

Coleman Dupuis
Stephanie Gardiner
Sebastian Hutton
Kathleen Iacobelli
Justin Kerr
Henry Michalak
Jake Michalak

Nick Muckerman
Wyatt Pitts
Bryce Pyburn
Willow Riney
Chandler Sherry
Caroline Spessard
Sydney Spessard

Foster Walton
Becca Westin
JP Westin
Nat Whitlow
Riley Yucius
Charlie Zimmerman
Maddie Zimmerman

Volunteer Corner: "Many hands"

Mama always said, “Many hands make light work,” and this weekend you will have several opportunities to lend a hand:

  • Parish Day of Service Saturday, May 20 , 8:00-11:00 a.m. - Did you know we don’t have a company that maintains things in our buildings and grounds? Just an hour or two of your hands will make a big difference.
  • Youth House Expansion Project, Saturday, May 20, 8:00-4:00 and Sunday May 21, 10:00-2:00. Skilled and unskilled, you are needed.

This is your opportunity to say Yes. This is a time when you can enjoy the company of your St. Catherine’s family and at the same time make a difference. Your time is valuable and when you give an hour or two you are truly giving a gift. It’s a gift that is needed, a gift that is valued and a gift that once you give it away you will be glad you did. If you have any questions please reach out to me. I am here 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 Bill Ivey. See more in the albums at Photo Albums.

Youth Sunday, May 14

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 22-28: Chancel Choir This week we celebrate the life and work of Chancel Choir, for adult singers and youth past the age for Choristers. This choir leads worship for 11:15 service, September through May, plus special services. Rehearsals are Wednesdays 7:15 pm and Sundays 10:30 am. To find out more about being part of this ministry contact Director Brian Williams, 678.461.9656,, or ask any choir member.
  • May 29-June 4: Fellowship Committee — This week we celebrate the life and work of the Fellowship Committee. This group plans a variety of offerings to build community and provide opportunities for fun and fellowship for adults, youth and children. The committee also oversees the kitchen and Parish Hall activities and supplies. Many hands are needed to help plan and carry out these events, and new ideas are invited. For information please contact Deana De La Barre, or Janet Livingston,


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

  • The Extension on March 10, for gift of $300.


Wellnes Tips

  • Lactose intolerance
    Lactose intolerance is a common problem affecting millions of Americans. One concern for both children and adults with lactose intolerance is getting enough calcium from a diet that includes few or no dairy products. Consider the following tips if you are lactose intolerant: look for lactose-treated milk and other dairy foods; try using lactase tablets before eating foods with dairy (check with your health care provider first); and choose non-dairy foods containing calcium such as greens, canned salmon, almonds, certain kinds of tofu and soymilk, and calcium-fortified breads and juices. Source: National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases
    Few people know the symptoms of stroke. Learning them could save your life or the life of a loved one. F.A.S.T. is a simple test to help you recognize stroke symptoms: F = FACE: Ask the person to smile. A = ARMS: Ask them to raise both arms. S = SPEECH: Ask them to repeat a simple sentence. T = TIME: Call 911 if the person has trouble with any of these tasks. Describe their symptoms to the dispatcher and mention the possibility of stroke. If there is any doubt, don't wait; CALL 911. Remember, strokes strike fast. Source: National Stroke Association


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.

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

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

FOR THOSE IN NEED OF PRAYER: John & Jackie Clark, Eleanor Pearson, Bill Krupp, Elspeth De La Barre, Candy, Suzanne Gardiner, Jerry Scott, Kaye Cagle, Jennifer, Susan, Margaret Skromme, Alpa Chandra, Chuck Zimmerman, Ruth Cehelnik, The Church Family, Shelley Ransdell, Chubby Rice, Steve Burkholder, Ashley & Matt Moody, Vanessa Williams, Elizabeth Ivey, Nancy Anderson, Julie Brannock, Roger Motter, Betty Robinson, Edie Teal and family, Jan Pienezza, Wes Woodruff, Mark Pendroid, Roger Irwin, Jim Raasch, Janice Larkin, Elizabeth Keeley.

BIRTHS: Stella Kendrick Pierce on May 8, daughter of Jeff and Jessica Pierce and granddaughter of Jan and Chris Potter.

BIRTHDAYS: (5/21) Joan Thurston, Gordon O’Neill, Maria Salgado, (5/22) John Fulcher, (5/23) Mike Burnaugh, Frank Adams, Forrest Ettel, (5/24) Katie Hale, (5/25) Peter Britt, Piper Brennan, (5/26) Juan Sandoval, Caroline Brennan, (5/27) Karen Maxwell, (5/28) Nancy Certain, Jason Snape, Jennifer Vavra, Sullivan Thomas, (5/29) Isaac Bachmann, (5/30) Tanya Bowers-Dean, (5/31) Shelley Ransdell, Susan Vavra, Coleman Dupuis, (6/1) Jane Smith, (6/2) Tillie Carter, Fran Brooks, Matthew Gonzales, Emily Travis.

ANNIVERSARIES: Peter & Colleen Morich (5/21); Sara & Kevin Thomas (5/21); Norma & The Rev. George Alexander (5/22); Bill & Beverly Fambrough (5/22), Alan & Nancy Certain (5/28), Jenna & Regan Parker (5/29), Harry & Jennifer Tear (5/29), Neil & Susannah Campbell (5/29), Fred & Elizabeth Lopez (5/30), Scott & Laura Butzen (5/30), Hans & Karen Kraeger (6/2).

(5/21) Bill & Barb Selby; Chuck & Jan Severs; David & Mary Lou Shannonhouse; Margaret Shaw; Terry & Cindy Sheehan.
(5/28) Kevin, Lee Ann, Blake & Chandler Sherry; Michael, Jennifer, Katherine & Sarah Sherwood; Chuck & Linda Shrake; Mark, Harriett, Elizabeth & Abigail Singleton; Richard Sjoblom.

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, 5/20 Saturday, 5/27


Parish Workday
YF Picnic

DOK Rosaries
Sunday, 5/21 Sunday, 5/28


Church School Last Day
Graduate & Acolyte Recognition

Holy Eucharist
Holy Eucharist
Church School
Holy Eucharist
5th/6th Grade Outing
Girl Scouts
Women's Extension Dinner


Summer Worship Schedule Begins
Holy Eucharist
Holy Eucharist / DOK Installation
Jubilate Gathering
Elizabeth Inn

Monday, 5/22 Monday, 5/29

Boy Scouts

Memorial Day
Church Office Closed

Tuesday, 5/23 Tuesday, 5/30


Bible Study
Staff Meeting/Lunch
MUST Laundry Team


Bible Study
Staff Meeting
Family Promise Group
Wednesday, 5/24 Wednesday, 5/31
MUST Breakfast
Tour Choir


Wheel Articles Due
S. Leaders Meeting
Youth w Fr. Dean @East Cobb Park
Tour Choir
Chancel Choir

Thursday, 5/25 Thursday, 6/1

Father Dean's day off
Men's Bible Study

Father Dean's day off
Friday, 5/26 Friday, 6/2

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


Amma Susan's day off
Rite 13 Beach Trip
Women's Bible Study
A.A. Women’s Meditation

Future planning

Please hold these dates:

  • Sunday, June 4 - Day of Pentecost / Father Dean’s Leave-taking Service and Farewell Luncheon
  • Tuesday, June 6 – Quarterly Ministry Teams Meeting 7 pm
  • Sunday, June 11 – Mother Sarah Fisher’s first Sunday at St. Catherine’s; Welcoming Reception 9-10:15 am
  • June 12-15 - Vacation Bible School
  • June 14-21 - Chancel Choir travel to Tuscany International Choral Festival and St. James Episcopal, Italy
  • Saturday, June 17 – Cats on Wheels day trip to Monastery of the Holy Spirit, Conyers; Home Buyer’s Workshop 9-5 pm
  • Sunday, June 18 – Bishop Wright visitation and Breakfast Forum; Youth & Adult Confirmation at 10:30 service
  • Monday, June 19 - Family Promise Golf Tournament
  • Tuesday, June 20 – Blood drive 3-7 pm
  • Wednesday, June 21 - Youth at the Braves Game
  • Wednesdays, June 28 and July 5 – MUST Summer Lunch making 9:30-11 am
  • Sunday, July 23 – Habitat House Dedication 3pm
  • Sunday, July 30 – Amma Susan’s Leave-taking Service
  • Sunday, August 6 - Fall/School-year worship schedule begins


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 21 - Graduate & Acolyte Recognition; Last Day of Church School
May 31 – Party with Fr. Dean at East Cobb Park
June 2-4 - Youth Beach Retreat
June 7 - Movie Night
June 12-15 - VBS!
June 18 - Confirmation at 10:30 service
June 21 - Braves vs. Giants 7pm
July 5 - X-drenaline
July 19 - Kickball


Party with Fr. Dean!

Wednesday, May 3, 6:00-8:00pm

Youth! You are all invited to join us at East Cobb Park for a party with Fr. Dean. We won't be saying goodbye, but celebrating the time that he has spent with us. We will provide hotdogs and hamburgers. Please bring a side or desert to share!


RSVP for Braves Game

Wednesday, June 21 -- game is at 7:35; we will meet at St. Catherine's at 6:45. Tickets are $20. Please bring money for snacks if you would like them. Friends are always welcome to join! RVSP by June 7th so that Sally can buy tickets!


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


Vacation Bible School needs you

Youth! Are you interested in helping out with HERO CENTRAL VBS this summer, June 12-15? You should sign up with this link: . Training sessions will be Saturday, June 10, 9:00 - 11:00 am / Sunday, June 11, noon - 2:00 pm.


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.
  • In the Diocese: atlSERVE Mission Week - June 25-30, for 6-12th grade – This is our local summer mission week. What started as a 2 parish venture between Holy Innocents' and All Saints' Atlanta has turned into a local Diocesan Youth Mission Week. All Saints' lets us use their incredible youth space to live for a week and youth from all over the Diocese come together to serve the communities of Atlanta in various ways. The intention of our work is centered around relationships and how we all find God in all people. Cost $275 (scholarships available) . Get info and register at .


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 .

Wheel schedule:

Next publications:

  • June 2
  • No publication June 16
  • July 7
  • July 21

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