The office of intercultural and ethnic diversity of the Catholic Archdiocese of Atlanta is holding several events in the celebration of the Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. holiday.
Young adults enjoyed brunch and assembled travel hygiene kits for those in need on the afternoon of Jan. 13 at Our Lady of Lourdes Catholic Church, 25 Boulevard NE, Atlanta.
A Eucharistic Celebration will be held Saturday at 1 p.m. at the Catholic Shrine of the Immaculate Conception, 48 M.L.K. Jr. Drive SW, Atlanta. Archbishop Wilton D. Gregory will be the principal celebrant, and Fr. Rey Pineda will deliver the homily.
Attendees are encouraged to bring canned goods, clothing or cleaning products for donation to the Society of St. Vincent de Paul Georgia. The archdiocese’s MLK theme for this year is “If One Member Suffers, All Suffer Together; If One Member is Honored, All Rejoice Together,” based on 1 Corinthians 12:26.
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American Red Cross Blood Drives are scheduled at several area churches during the coming week.
On the schedule are:
•All Saints’ Episcopal Church, 634 W. Peachtree Street NW, Atlanta, Sunday, 8 a.m.-1 p.m.
•Fayette Family Church, 1729 Hwy 54 West, Fayetteville, Tuesday, 10 a.m.-3 p.m.
•World Changers Church International, 2500 Burdett Road, College Park, Wednesday, 10 a.m.- 3 p.m.
•Greenville United Methodist Church, 502 N. Talbotton St., Greenville, Thursday, 1- 6 p.m.
Blood drives also were held Jan. 15 at St. Gabriel’s Catholic Church in Fayetteville and on Jan. 16 at First Christian Church of Tyrone.
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The Georgia Power Foundation has donated $50,000 to St. Vincent de Paul Georgia to help provide support to furloughed and unpaid federal workers and contractors in Georgia impacted by the partial government shutdown.
Through the fund, impacted families can ask for assistance by submitting a request to firstname.lastname@example.org . Each email request should include the requestor’s name, contact information – address, email and phone number – and a brief summary of situation.
A St. Vincent de Paul Georgia caseworker will reach out within 24 working hours.
“We understand the shutdown may have affected federal workers, contractors and their families across the state,” said Paul Bowers, Georgia Power chairman, president and CEO. “We hope this partnership with St. Vincent de Paul Georgia will help provide some peace of mind during this time.”
St. Vincent de Paul Georgia is a Catholic organization that helps people in need.
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The ATL Airport Chapel is looking for serious volunteers who can commit to serving one day per week at the chapel.
The chapel is particularly looking for volunteers “who love our troops and can help with Honor Guard ceremonies for our fallen heroes,” said Adrien Neely, chaplain at the chapel. Preferred as volunteers who be veterans who are willing to pass a background check.
For more information, contact Neely at 404-762-1051.
The chapel’s interfaith chaplains and volunteer associates offer a ministry of compassion and physical assistance to more than 60,000 airport employees and more than 200,000 passengers throughout the year.
The chapel staff and volunteers also work closely with the airlines to help render honor to family members and military escorts at the time of transfer of remains of military personnel who have lost their lives in a war zone.