The Good Word 2016 September

GTCC Alumni e-Newsletter
September 2016       Vol. MMXVI        Issue 4

(August 18-28, 2016)

Freshmen Welcome Weekend 

The Catholic Student Organization hosted a 3-day welcome weekend exclusively for the new students at Tech. On Thursday, August 18, a cookout was held; Friday, a midnight breakfast and movie night; and on Saturday, a scavenger hunt all around campus. These events were spearheaded by the newly organized Freshmen Events committee, a subcommittee of the CSO that is focused
on planning events for GT Class of 2020 throughout the schoolyear.


Mass and Community Building

On Sunday, the Georgia Tech Catholic Center welcomed back the student body to start the fall semester! Students, new and old, packed the chapel for our four Sunday Masses. Father Joshua Allen welcomed back his flock and imparted words of counsel and wisdom, particularly for students new to the Catholic Center and new to Georgia Tech. The leadership of the Catholic Student Organization spoke at each Mass, introducing students to the Catholic Center and announcing the roll-out of the Catholic Center’s new smartphone app. Each Mass was followed by delicious food and community-building.

Team Trivia!

Team Trivia at the Catholic Center was a hoot! Put on by the Georgia Tech council of the Knights of Columbus, 9 teams competed in a challenging and fun-filled Monday night of trivia. Topics included sports, pop culture, music, Georgia Tech, and of course, Catholicism.
Game Night

Game Night was spent playing lots of party games including Balderdash, Reverse Charades, the Human Knot, and more! Students of all years came to enjoy fellowship and friendship through games that never get old.
Outreach Night


Welcome Week at the GTCC wouldn't be the same without a day of giving back! Outreach Night consisted of making meat and cheese sandwiches and writing letters for the homeless at St. Francis Table, as well as decorating wooden crosses to be given as gifts to the residents Our Lady of Perpetual Help Cancer Home, and making rosaries. It was a great way to serve the community while making new friends.



This praise and worship night was graced with the presence of Fr. Gaurav Shroff, Parochial Vicar at St. Andrew's, who talked about Mother Mary! Musician Patrick Williams provided inspirational music and songs. It was a fruitful night for the Catholic soul. S'mores were also served after the event, as an opportunity for students to pause and recollect that night - infusing community building with spiritual growth.



For the first time ever, the GTCC held it's own version of "Family Feud"! Families went head to head as they competed to match answers to nationwide surveys. GTCC Feud was hosted by comedian, Alex Tatum, making it a night full of fun and laughter!
Piedmont Park/James of Mosaics
The students of the Catholic Center set off in the morning for some fun in the sun at Piedmont Park. Later that Saturday, the warm glow of the patio’s ambient lighting set the mood for Music and Mocktails Night, featuring artist and 4th year architecture student, James Morse. James gave a 2-hour long concert, performing a mix of popular covers and songs from his new album, The Desert.
Ministry Fair and
Grad Student Cookout

After each Mass, students were given the opportunity to sign up for various groups and programs offered by the Catholic Center. These included signups for Eucharistic adoration, the Alpha/Omega mentorship program, FOCUS bible studies, and the Georgia Tech council of the Knights of Columbus. After the 5:30 Mass, students were treated to a cookout of epic proportions, put on by the grad student group of the Catholic Center.
The End of an Era for our A/C System
The 31 year old air conditioning system in the GTCC Chapel is once again down. We may be able to resurrect it one last time, but its demise is imminent. Fr. Josh continues to celebrate Mass despite the heat. Funding for a new A/C system would be over and above our Operational budget. If you feel called to support its replacement and bring relief to the flock in the newly dubbed ‘Burning Furnace of Charity’ Chapel, we would be deeply grateful.

Donations can be made here by selecting Burning Furnace of Charity Fund. Thank you and God bless!
Upcoming Events

October 1 - Family Weekend Tailgate at the CC (GT vs. Miami)

October 29 - Homecoming Tailgate at the CC (GT vs. Duke)

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