Second Collection Next Weekend

Next week our special collection will support the Catholic Campaign for Human Development. Forty million people in the United States live in poverty. This collection supports programs that empower people to identify and address the obstacles they face as they work to bring permanent and positive change to their communities. Learn more about the Catholic Campaign for Human Development at www.usccb.org/cchd/collection.

Advent Gathering Canceled

In light of the increased cases of COVID-19 locally, we have decided to cancel the Advent gathering scheduled for November 22nd. We will have the books and the Advent wreath supplies in the back of church this weekend and next weekend at both masses. Participation in our Rejoice! Advent Meditations with the Holy Family program is our way of celebrating Advent “together”. Please enjoy these daily devotions with your family!

Second Collection This Weekend

As Pope John Paul II said, “The responsibility for the seminary belongs to the entire Christian community”. We are blessed in this Archdiocese with almost 50 men who are responding to a call for priestly service to the people of God in the Archdiocese of Atlanta. Though this generous gift of God is a blessing for this Archdiocese, it does pose a challenge to us. These men need both our financial support and our prayers. Please provide a sound future for the seminarians here in the Archdiocese of Atlanta by giving generously to the Archdiocesan Seminarians’ Collection this weekend.

OKMS Thanksgiving Meals

Please see the flyer HERE regarding OKMS Thanksgiving meals. While monetary donations may always be made to support OKMS, it is important to note the school is specifically looking for complete dinner donations for Thanksgiving. Parishioners who wish to help out are to purchase all of the items on the list for a complete dinner; then box the items themselves at their own homes. We encourage you to drop off your completed meals at Orchard Knob Middle School from 7:30 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. by November 19th. However, complete boxed dinners may be dropped off at the church by November 17th. We … Continue reading

Centering Prayer Group Continues

Our Centering Prayer group continues to meet on Mondays at an earlier time (4:00-5:00 pm) via Zoom so we can stay connected and support each other in our practice. After the initial Centering Prayer period, we are experiencing “lectio divina,” a way of praying the Scriptures that lets God speak to us through God’s inspired Word and then our response to the Word received. All are welcome to join us! Please contact Susan Brace for the Zoom link: susan.r.brace@gmail.com or 423-681-8284.

Lobster Dinner at OLMCC

We are thrilled to report we received enough RSVPs to hold the Lobster Dinner on Saturday,  November 7, in Fr. Shuler Hall. Those who have RSVP’d should look for more information to follow regarding the event. Per Fr. Mark’s request: No discussion of the election results, please! Let us simply enjoy each other’s company and be thankful for God’s many mercies. Seating will be arranged so as to allow adequate spacing. Hand sanitizer and masks will be available. Casual dress. BYOB.

Sunday Mass Dispensation Extended

The dispensation from the obligation to attend Sunday Mass for persons with health reasons or concerns remains in effect for all in the Archdiocese until further notice. Because of this, those wishing to participate in Mass and receive Holy Communion can do so by attending any Mass any day of the week. The obligation to keep a holy Sabbath remains, and Catholics are reminded that, even while homebound, they are to devote themselves to, among other practices, personal prayer, meditation on the readings from the Sunday Mass and the making of a spiritual Communion. While those who are at high risk or who care for someone at … Continue reading

Weekend Worship Aids Available Here

Worship Aid link for this week’s Mass We are pleased to provide you with worship aids to use during Masses. Please print at home and bring it with you for use during Mass. We kindly ask that you take your copies with you when you exit the church so we can continue offering these aids.