Dear Catholic Center Alumni, parents, and friends,
We love to share the ways our community life is thriving. The beginning of the new year was packed with events that catered to both community-wide and class-specific
events, including a minute-to-win-it tournament, celebrating the Presentation of the Lord at Candlemas, and delicious community dinners. We hear all the time that students gain so much from life at the CC. We are lucky to afford the opportunity to grow together
as a community! Enjoy this February newsletter and be sure of our prayers for you.
St. Valentine's Dinner
Marianna Godfrey, Arch'23
In my first year at Tech, I had heard about the Valentine’s Day dinner at the Catholic Center but was too nervous to attend, as I didn’t know many people who would be attending or what to expect. Afterward,
I heard that everyone had a great time! So when the signup was posted for this year, I knew I wanted to go.
Going into the event, I wasn’t too sure what to expect, but I was pleasantly surprised! Upon entering, we were greeted and escorted to our tables where we were served drinks. The gentlemen of the Catholic
Center were so attentive and gracious, going out of their way to ensure that everyone had a good time.
Before the dinner was served, the Grand Knight, Michael Smith, gave a sincere speech about the evening, about the gentlemen recognizing the beauty and goodness of women, and for us to be willing to
receive what the men had prepared for us. This was something that I had rarely encountered before in my life and was moved by the gentlemen's intentions.
The rest of the night included a great dinner, dancing, and photo booth which were all extremely fun. My favorite moment of the evening was when we received handwritten letters from the gentlemen. Each
included a personal note and the prayers that the men had said for us. I truly value prayer in my life and knowing that someone was praying for me meant a lot.
I want to thank the gentlemen of the Catholic Center for a fun and memorable night, and especially Michael for all of his hard work and planning. These gentlemen are truly gifts that show us kindness
and generosity. I am so happy that I attended the event, and definitely won’t forget it!
Makaela Edmonds, CE'23
The homeless ministry works to serve the people on the streets of Atlanta. Usually, we join groups in the area during their events, such as Mercy Missions. Items such as food or water,
are given out to people, and the volunteers have conversations with the people as well. There are many organizations that serve the homeless, but one of our goals is to make the people feel seen and known through asking about their life and if they have any
This semester, we are continuing to volunteer with Mercy Missions while looking to expand to other groups like Atlanta Missions or Seven Bridges also. We hope to do more "in-house" homeless
ministry by preparing food bags and distributing them ourselves. Thus far, we have had a couple food packing events where we spent time making rosaries and personal notes to distribute. This experience has allowed me to encounter the homeless in a new way,
and I feel grateful that I have the opportunity to serve this population with other students!
Tune into Our Community
If you ever wanted a sneak peek into our community, tune into our Helluva Catholic Podcast. It's not just for students. In addition to homilies, we upload content from Book reviews to Renew talks. This
is a great way to be a part of our community from a distance.
You can find us on Spotify, Google Podcasts, Soundcloud, and and Apple Podcasts. Enjoy your listen!
“What a great favor God does to those He places in the company of good people!”- St. Teresa of Avila
SEEK is a conference that gathers students across the nation for prayers, inspiring talks, fellowship, and of course, a way to encounter Christ in a life-changing way. This year, Focus hosted another SEEK conference, and our own
Focus Missionaries helped orchestrate the semi-virtual event at Camp Hidden Lake. While we couldn't join students from other states, our community was joined by students and missionaries from GCSU. Over 130 students were
able to attend! We are grateful to have five Focus missionaries serve on our campus. They were the ones behind the scenes orchestrating the logistics, marketing, and personally inviting as many students as they could.
This was a beautiful opportunity for students to learn about faith and to be encouraged in their unique vocation. Included in the weekend itinerary was a men and women's religious life panel. The women's panel included the Sisters of Life, a Missionary Benedictine
Sister, and Sister Servants of the Eternal Word. Other events included inspiring speaker sessions, the Sacraments and community prayer, and small group sessions. It was a beautiful weekend to encounter the Lord in a new way!
The Catholic Center community has collectively provided the funds to meet 73% of our goal this fiscal year. We are most
grateful for your prayers and for helping our students grow closer to the Lord by your financial assistance!
If you would like to make a monthly or recurring donation to support our ministry, please use the link below, or contact Madeline Robertson at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Thank you for thinking of and praying for us!
Thanks to the generosity of alumni, parents, friends, and students, we were able to raise enough money to replace our basement and kitchen floors! This update was much needed and funded through the #iGiveCatholic campaign. Thank
you to all who supported us during the Giving Tuesday event! Your donations made all the difference!
Please know that we pray for our alumni, parents, and friends of the Catholic Center every day. If there are specific intentions we can offer in a Mass, please let us know here.
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We hope you enjoyed this Good Word Newsletter. Be assured of our prayers for you!
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Atlanta, GA 30313