Our next Dinner & Doctrine will be tonight, January 18th. Fr. Gaurav Shroff will speaking about The Holy Sacrifice of the Mass. The Men of St. Luke will be providing the dinner, and parishioners are asked to bring a side or dessert. Babysitting will be provided for our younger children.
This weekend, (January 21st-22nd), after all the Masses, we’ll be offering you the opportunity to sign up to take home the Elijah Cup for a week to remind you to pray for more vocations to the priesthood, permanent diaconate, and religious life. This ministry has already borne much fruit in our parish, as we now have 3 young men accepted into the Vocations Program for the Archdiocese of Atlanta. *Elijah Cup Sign-ups will also be available this Wednesday, January 18th, during Dinner & Doctrine.
Join us on Sunday mornings at 9:15am in Parish Hall as we begin our study of St. Peter, first pope and cornerstone of the Catholic faith. Light breakfast and coffee will be served. If you have questions or would like more information, please contact our Director of Adult Faith Formation, Miriam Berry, at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Sunday, January 29th, is the 2nd Annual Side by Side Souper Bowl Sunday Lunch at Dahlonega Baptist Church from 11:30am-3:30pm. Lots of soup, cornbread, desserts, tea, and coffee. Cost is $5.00 per person or $10.00 per family. Tickets can be purchased after weekend Masses or at the door. All monies go toward the funding of the upcoming Side by Side day of service on April 29th.
In response to the Bishops’ request for prayer for the defense of life, marriage, and religious liberty, we will be holding a parish-wide time of Eucharistic Adoration with a Rosary and Benediction on Sunday, February 5th, 2017, from 10:00-10:30am. Our PSR classes will be attending and all parishioners are invited to join us for this important time of prayer.
The Men of St. Luke will be going on a weekend retreat, February 10th-12th, 2017. It will be at the Monastery of the Holy Spirit in Conyers, GA. The theme for the retreat is: “Growing in Prayer with the Saints.” If you are interested in attending, please contact Patti at the Monastery Guesthouse at 770-760-0959. There is a $30 non-refundable registration fee.
It is a tradition here at St. Luke’s for the finance committee to publish the parish finances for the previous fiscal year July 1 through June 30. As your new pastor, I will continue to make the report available. I personally thank the finance committee for their continuous work in regards to our financial matters. Many thanks to Ruth Bohac, our business manager, for her tedious work as well. You can view our Income and Expense Statement and our Balance Sheet here.
I thank all of you for your generosity and deep love for our parish. Our St. Luke family is very generous and consistent when it comes to parish stewardship. May we continue to grow and build our capital reserves in the next fiscal year. Through the intercession of St. Luke the Evangelist, the patron of our parish, may we all continue to formulate a blue print for future fiscal matters.