Daughter of St. Gianna to Speak at Three Atlanta-Area Parishes

Dr. Gianna Emanuela Molla, daughter of St. Gianna, will speak at three Atlanta-area parishes next month: St. Brigid, Holy Trinity and Holy Spirit.

Dr. Molla was born on April 21, 1962 to St. Gianna Beretta Molla, an Italian wife, mother and pediatrician. St. Gianna died one week following the birth of her daughter – April 28, 1962 – after suffering through a high-risk pregnancy during which she was encouraged to terminate the pregnancy to save her own life.

During her presentations, Dr. Molla will speak about her “saint mom,” family life and efforts with the St. Gianna Beretta Molla Foundation to honor, perpetuate and spread around the world the memory, testimony and spirituality of her mother; particularly through the “Ponte Nuovo Project,” where Dr. Molla hopes to restore the holy places of her mother’s life, including the creation of an international center of prayer, study and spirituality that will welcome pilgrims from all around the world.

Saturday, November 4th – 6:00 p.m.
St. Brigid Catholic Church
3400 Old Alabama Road
Johns Creek, GA 30022
Contact: Donna Ortiz – dortiz@saintbrigid.org

Sunday, November 5th – 6:00 p.m.
Holy Trinity Catholic Church
101 Walt Banks Road
Peachtree City, GA 30269
Contact: Terri Thomas – tthomas@holytrinityptc.org
RSVP at www.holytrinityptc.org under “News and Events”

Monday, November 6th – 7:00 p.m. in McDonough Hall
Holy Spirit Catholic Church
4465 Northside Drive, NW
Atlanta, GA 30327
Contact: Kim Schulman – kschulman@hsccatl.com
RSVP at www.hsccatl.com

St. Vincent de Paul

The monthly meeting for our local Society of St. Vincent de Paul will be Tuesday, October 10th at 6:30pm in the Library. If you would like to get involved with this ministry that serves those in need within our community, feel free to attend our meeting to learn more!

Come And See!

The Office of Vocations is once again participating in a “Come and See” weekend at St. Joseph Seminary College in Saint Benedict, Louisiana on November 3-5, 2017. Those men ages 16-25 who may be interested in attending should register at calledbychrist.com or contact the Office of Vocations at (404) 920-7460.

Attention: Knights of Columbus!

The exemplification of the Second (Formation) and Third (Knighthood) will be conducted on Saturday, October 14th, 2017 at St. Vincent de Paul Catholic Church, 680 West Memorial Drive, Dallas, Georgia at 9:00am. If you are interested in advancing to the Second and Third Degree of the Order, please contact Grand Knight Bill Leis at bill.leis@gmail.com or Membership Director Ed Sacco at saccobss@outlook.com as soon as possible. We will meet at the church and depart by 7:00am. The ceremonies should last approximately two hours and a meal will be provided following the Third Degree. Those members who have not attended a degree exemplification in a while are also invited to attend as observers to support the candidates being advanced in the Order.

It’s Time For A New Parish Directory

Can you believe it has been four years since we had our parish directory published? We have witnessed many changes and welcomed many new families to our parish since then, so we are coordinating with LifeTouch to produce a new parish directory! Photo dates will be November 19-21 (Sunday through Wednesday), November 24/25 (Friday/Saturday), and December 5-9 (Tuesday—Saturday). Save these dates now, and we will have more information here in the bulletin in the coming weeks! This is also the perfect opportunity for holiday family photos and gift giving!

Growing in Faith and Service – Giving our Time, Talents, & Treasure

The annual Fall Time & Talent letters and forms were mailed out this week to all registered parishioners. We will have parishioners speaking at each Mass, with Time being the topic on September 16th/17th and Talent being the topic on September 30th/October 1st. Each parishioner is asked to complete the yellow Time and Talent brochure inserted in the mailing and turn them in the weekend of September 30th/October 1st. You may place them in the collection basket or the basket in the vestibule. Please pray about this and consider how you can give back to God what he has given you in the form of your special talents. Every one of us has been uniquely blessed. God calls us to be his prudent servants.

OLPH Cancer Home Ticket Sales

Each year, Our Lady of Perpetual Help Cancer Home Auxiliary sponsors a major fundraising event to help the Sisters at the Home with operating maintenance. Last year’s sales were great, but this year we are striving to do even better. Charlene Lambert will be in the Papal Hallway selling raffle tickets ($5 for a book of six tickets) again this weekend (September 16-17). Prizes include gas cards and a getaway for four to the Biltmore Estate in Asheville, NC. A winner will be drawn at the OLPH luncheon on October 7th. With your help and support we can succeed in this endeavor of love.

Nativity of the Blessed Virgin Mary – September 8

The Church has celebrated Mary’s birth since at least the sixth century. A September birth was chosen because the Eastern Church begins its Church year with September. The September 8 date helped determine the date for the feast of the Immaculate Conception on December 8. Scripture does not give an account of Mary’s birth. However, the apocryphal Protoevangelium of James fills in the gap. This work has no historical value, but it does reflect the development of Christian piety. According to this account, Anna and Joachim are infertile but
pray for a child. They receive the promise of a child who will advance God’s plan of salvation for the world. Such a story, like many biblical counterparts, stresses the special presence of God in Mary’s life from the beginning. Saint Augustine connects Mary’s birth with Jesus’ saving work. He tells the earth to rejoice and shine forth in the light of her birth. “She is the flower of the field from whom bloomed the precious lily of the valley. Through her birth the nature inherited from our first parents is changed.” The opening prayer at Mass speaks of the birth of Mary’s Son as the dawn of our salvation, and asks for an increase of peace.

Blue Mass on September 20th @ 6:00pm

Father Timothy will be celebrating a Blue Mass for all public safety officials and first responders on Wednesday, September 20th at 6:00 pm. In the United States, the Blue Mass tradition began in 1934, when Father Thomas Dade of the Archdiocese of Baltimore formed the Catholic Police and Fireman’s Society, and celebrated the first Blue Mass for police officers and firemen that year.