AACCW members ‘gather in the Grace of Mary’

PEACHTREE CITY—In his homily at the 61st annual convention of the Atlanta Archdiocesan Council of Catholic Women (AACCW), Archbishop Wilton D. Gregory acknowledged the “lots and lots of little things of charity” practiced by council members. “Your outreach to women expecting children and their newborns; even the little things that you do, you fashion them into great signs of his love and generosity for his people,” said Archbishop Gregory. “At…Keep Reading

Community Thanksgiving service offers time for collective prayer

ALPHARETTA—St. Thomas Aquinas Church hosted the ninth annual Alpharetta Community Thanksgiving Service the evening of Tuesday, Nov. 14. Five other houses of worship participated in the night of prayer, music and messages of unity. Members of Alpharetta Presbyterian Church, St. Aidan’s Episcopal Church, The Bahá’í Community of Alpharetta, the Islamic Center of North Fulton, and St. James United Methodist Church joined St. Thomas Aquinas parishioners for the service. Highlights included…Keep Reading

St. Jude the Apostle students witness baptism of coach’s daughter

SANDY SPRINGS—Participating in God’s sacraments is one of the beautiful blessings enjoyed as Catholics, and sharing those sacraments with family and friends is a tenet of the faith. The students of St. Jude the Apostle School in Sandy Springs were privileged to participate in the sacrament of baptism Oct. 27 when the school’s physical education teacher Chris Fason and his wife, Megan, chose to have their infant daughter, Andrea Grace…Keep Reading

Seeing with the eyes of Christ

I must admit that I usually feel as though I am preaching to the choir on occasions such as this. I realize that the audience gathered before me this evening is populated with quite like-minded people, most of whom were scandalized and offended by expressions of racial bigotry and violence the likes of which have recently become too much a part of our public arena. You are also particularly embarrassed…Keep Reading

Amid hurricane’s devastation, Puerto Ricans’ spirit seen shining through

SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico (CNS)—Above all material and financial considerations after Hurricane Maria’s severe damage in Puerto Rico, one must highlight the brotherly spirit shown by the island’s people during the ongoing recovery period, said the island’s top Catholic pastor. Although the church’s financial burden has obviously become heavier as it strives to meet the increased emergency material needs of the faithful, it is the people’s “huge capability for solidarity”…Keep Reading

The Senior Side: Retirement planning vs. financial planning

“Too many people enter retirement with no plans beyond having enough money to make it to the end.”Dave Bernard There is a difference between retirement planning and financial planning. Over the years “retirement planning” has become synonymous with “financial planning.” In fact, most books on retirement planning actually deal almost exclusively with financial planning. Don’t get me wrong, financial planning is vital, but there is much more to retirement planning…Keep Reading

What is happening at Mass?

As many Catholics know, the Second Vatican Council famously referred to the liturgy as the “source and summit of the Christian life.” And following the prompts of the great figures of the liturgical movement in the first half of the 20th century, the Council fathers called for a fuller, more conscious and more active participation in the liturgy on the part of Catholics. That the Vatican II dream of a…Keep Reading

A legacy of sharks, dragons and snowball fights

It’s been a little over two years since my husband, Jef, died, and not a day goes by that I don’t think about him. I’ve finally reached the point where I can look at his photos without crying and savor memories of the beautiful life we shared. Fortunately, the Lord has renewed hope in my heart, so I know someday I will see him again. The readings on All Souls’…Keep Reading

Puerto Rico recovery effort shows ‘a church that walks with the poor’

LAS MARIAS, Puerto Rico (CNS)—By joining forces to create coalitions on behalf of those who are suffering in the wake of Hurricane Maria, the Catholic Church in Puerto Rico has been fulfilling Pope Francis’ expressed wish to see “a church that walks with the poor.” At the parish level, that cooperation has been notable at Immaculate Heart of Mary Catholic Church in Las Marias, a small town nestled in Puerto…Keep Reading

Decorating our lives with the signs of faith

It is now the season for retrieving those outdoor home decorations that we stored away last year! I suspect that all of you have seen the signs of the obligatory period for setting out ornaments for the seasonal changes that we are about to undergo. Pumpkins and gourds, bales of hay and cornstalks indicate the autumn celebration of the harvest. Halloween decorations introduce witches and tombstones, along with spiderwebs and…Keep Reading