- Sep 30, 2020
Who is the Angel St. Uriel?
Q. This week we celebrate the Feast of the Archangels: St. Michael, St. Gabriel, and St. Raphael (September 29). I recently read a reference to St. Uriel as an additional archangel. Who is this angel? A. The archangel names Michael, Gabriel, and Raphael all appear in Scripture, but Uriel (as an archangel) does not. The name means in Hebrew “God is my light,” and it comes down to us from ancient rabbinical tradition that developed after the Jews returned from their long exile
- Sep 28, 2020
2019-2020 Parish Annual Report
Dear St. Catherine Parish Family, I am pleased to present our Parish Annual Report for the 2019-2020 fiscal year. We have had another wonderful year together. There have certainly been many challenges, but I am grateful for the Lord's providence and for your support. Please take a moment to review the annual report, and feel free to contact me if you have any questions. Sincerely in Christ, Fr. Neil
- Sep 25, 2020
Men and Women of Faith
Please join us as we begin a new season of Men and Women of Faith. On October 10th, we welcome Hal Plummer, Superintendent of Schools for the Archdiocese of Atlanta. Hal will be speaking to the men of our parish about the "Lost Art of Traditional Catholic Manliness". On October 24th, Sandra McKay, founder of Holy Family Counseling will be speaking to the women of our parish on "The COVID Syndrome: Protecting Our Mental, Physical, and Spiritual Health. Men and Women of Faith
- Sep 23, 2020
Did Padre Pio Affirm the Existence of Aliens?
Q. Someone told me that St. Pio of Pietrelcina (Padre Pio) once affirmed the existence of intelligent life on other planets. Is this true? A. According to the late Msgr. Corrado Balducci (1923–2008), a member of the Vatican Curia and long-time exorcist for the Archdiocese of Rome, St. Pio (feast day this week, September 23) did in fact affirm the existence of extraterrestrial intelligence. In a paper entitled “Ufology and Theological Clarifications,” presented at Pescara, Ita
- Sep 18, 2020
What are the Seven Sorrows of Our Lady?
Q. This week we observed the Feast of Our Lady of Sorrows (September 15). What specifically are those sorrows she endured? A. When the Blessed Virgin Mother, along with St. Joseph, presented the infant Jesus to God the Father in the temple in Jerusalem, the aged prophet Simeon declared that a “sword” would pierce her heart because of sorrowful events to come in her Son’s life. This occasion, along with six other such events, are commemorated in special devotions to the Sorrow
- Sep 9, 2020
Why do we Celebrate the Name of Mary?
Q. Why do we celebrate the Feast of the Most Holy Name of the Blessed Virgin Mary? A. The Feast of the Most Holy Name of the Blessed Virgin Mary is an optional memorial celebrated this week (September 12). The feast was first celebrated in the 1500s in Spain and the Kingdom of Naples. In 1683, in response to an invasion of Austria by Muslim armies from the Ottoman Empire (based in Turkey), the forces of the Holy Roman Empire, under the command of the Polish king John III Sobi
- Sep 3, 2020
Why Do We Call Liturgical Chant "Gregorian"?
Q. Why do we call liturgical chant “Gregorian”? A. Christian liturgical chant has existed in various forms and languages since ancient times, with roots in the chant of the Jewish synagogue. Gregorian chant came to be the predominant form in the Western Catholic tradition. It’s a form of unison singing, unaccompanied and rhythmically free, used for centuries in the liturgy of the Catholic Church, both the Mass and the Divine Office. Gregorian chant is named after Pope St. Gre
- Sep 1, 2020
Dispensation and Mass Schedule
Dear St. Catherine Parish Family, Archbishop Hartmayer has extended the dispensation from the obligation to attend Mass in the Archdiocese of Atlanta until further notice. The archbishop has made it clear, however, that it is his desire that those Catholics who are not at serious risk of illness return to the Eucharist as soon as possible, and he has reminded us that watching Mass via live stream is not a substitute for attending Mass in person. For the last several months I