My Dear Brothers and Sisters in Christ,
I invite you to join me on an important journey to build a Pastoral Plan that identifies and the addresses the current and future pastoral needs of the Archdiocese of Atlanta.
Our first step in this journey will be to survey active, inactive, and former Catholics to identify the key issues that we should focus on during the next five years.
I am asking you to take just 15 minutes or less to complete the survey, available on the archdiocesan website at: ARCHATL.COM/PASTORALPLAN
This survey will only be available from March 6 to 23rd. Your support and assistance in this pastoral planning process will ensure that we are faithfully engaged in the sacred mission the Lord Jesus entrusted to our local Church.
My prayers and blessings are with you and your family.
Sincerely Yours in Christ,
Wilton D Gregory Archbishop of Atlanta
This Lenten season, Catholic Relief Services (CRS) invites us to reflect on our own personal struggles, meditating on the Seven Sorrows of Mary and the suffering of our neighbors around the world. To meditate on Mary’s pain also makes us sensitive to the reality of suffering as part of our human experience. We are then invited to become aware of and embrace the suffering of our neighbor, of our brothers and sisters around the world, with open hearts.
Second Sorrow of Mary - The Flight into Egypt-(Mt 2:13-15)
When they had departed, behold, the angel of the Lord appeared to Joseph in a dream and said, “Rise, take the child and his mother, flee to Egypt, and stay there until I tell you. Herod is going to search for the child to destroy him.” Joseph rose and took the child and his mother by night and departed for Egypt. He stayed there until the death of Herod, that what the Lord had said through the prophets might be fulfilled, “Out of Egypt I called my son.”
1. How must it have been for Mary to leave her family and everything familiar to her and migrate to another land?
2. Have I ever made a decision that took me far from my family and my comfort? If so, what animated and sustained my
courage during my flight?
3. How do I welcome the migrants and immigrants in my community?
PRAY: Our Father… Hail Mary… Glory be…