July 19, 2019
Check this article and radio story produced by WABE on the Archdiocese of Atlanta's Laudato Si Action Plan and subsequent justice work. Kat was interviewed for this piece.
Free Composting Workshop
UGA Cooperative Extension DeKalb County is hosting a free composting workshop for urban gardeners. In this workshop, they will have a compost education and demonstration covering a host of techniques and issues.

The workshop will be held at 735 Fayetteville Road SE, Atlanta, GA, on Thursday, July 25, 6:30-8:30 p.m.
USCCB Statement on ICE Raids
Cardinal DiNardo, President of the USCCB, has issued a statement condemning the planned enforcement actions and the climate of fear they have created as well as the Administration's new Interim Final Rule to limit asylum.
Starve Wars Planning Committee
We are already planning to make next year's Starve Wars bigger and better than ever! If you are interested in serving on a Starve Wars planning committee, please let us know! Please specify whether you would like to help with team building or fundraising.
Is your parish hosting a social action event or program? We would love to help you get the word out about it. Contact us with the details!
Where We've Been
Last Tuesday, Jayna began serving as a sacristan for the daily noon Mass here at the Chancery. Chancery staff are relied upon to serve as lectors, sacristans, altar servers, and extraordinary ministers in order to facilitate the celebration of our daily Masses. Jayna will be the sacristan for Tuesday Masses, while Kat lectors on Mondays.

That evening, Jayna had a conference call with Michael Trujillo, St. Philip Benizi staff, and interested volunteers to further discuss piloting the CRS Chapter model in their parish.

After the success of the first co-hosted webinar on Open Wide Our Hearts, a follow up was held last Wednesday afternoon, which Jayna attended. The webinar was presented by the Catholic Mobilizing Network, the National Federation of Catholic Youth Ministry, the United States Catholic Mission Association, and the USCCB. We will provide a link to the archived webinar in out next newsletter.

That night, Jayna attended the Summer Respect Life Holy Hour hosted by the Respect Life Ministry. Joey Martineck, Director of Respect Life, gave an opening address. Bishop Ned led Adoration and Vespers and offered a reflection on not treating God’s will in our lives as an “inconvenience” and to allow it to guide us in our call to respect and uphold human life and dignity. 

Michael Trujillo and Jayna were with Father Bryan Small at Sts. Peter and Paul in Decatur last Thursday morning. We will be meeting at Father Bryan's parish for our first Global Solidarity Ambassador Fall Retreat in September. He walked through the available meeting space with them before having lunch together.

Like St. Philip Benizi, Most Blessed Sacrament has been identified as one of our parishes to pilot the new CRS Chapter model. Jayna, Michael Trujillo, Father Desmond Drummer, and interested parishioners had a conference call last Thursday evening to discuss introducing the program in their parish.

Kat and Jayna attended the weekly Office of Life, Dignity, and Justice staff meeting on Monday Morning.

On Tuesday, Kat had a 2020 Census Complete Count meeting to further discuss increasing participation in the upcoming 2020 U.S. Census.

In an ongoing effort to partner with our permanent diaconate, Kat had a conference call on Wednesday with Deacon Randy Ortiz from St. Brigid in Johns Creek that focused on an Archdiocesan Care for Creation Committee and other topical social justice issues.

Due to the increased number of requests Kat has received to speak locally, regionally, and nationally, she attended a keynote speakers' workshop and training yesterday in order to better provide information that brings about action.

Kat has been spending the last few weeks working on a number of presentations that we will share with our network as they become available. She is also available to come give these in your own community. Coming next week is an advocacy webinar that will give a grounding in what advocacy is and how to engage in it. She is also finalizing a presentation on building a diocesan/parish campaign to fight human trafficking that she will give at the Social Action Summer Institute next week in Salt Lake City. Other presentations include steps to build a Creation Care team, "man-to-man" human trafficking training, and a presentation to catechists on Catholic Social Teaching and meaningful relationships that she will be giving at the Atlanta Catechist Conference next month.

Over the last two weeks, Jayna has been working with Jonathon Hanten in Communications to beta test a new e-mail marketing platform for the Chancery. The look of our newsletter may change as we continue to test the new platform.
Recent studies, including IHTI's nationally-representative survey of 8,201 U.S. men, find that 5-6% of U.S. men have bought sex in the past year.

An additional 30% say they might buy sex in the future
“if the circumstances were right.”
Social Action in the Parish
With 103 parishes and 1.2 million Catholics in the Archdiocese, we know there's a lot going on to keep track of. Let us worry about that for you!
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Save the Dates
Global Solidarity Ambassador Fall Retreat
Saturday, September 28, 11:00 a.m.
Sts. Peter and Paul Catholic Church
We will conclude our retreat with the parish 5:00 p.m. Vigil Mass. 
Father Bryan Small will offer a blessing for our Global Solidarity Ambassadors at the Mass.

Green Mass
Friday, October 4, 12:10 p.m.
Shrine of the Immaculate Conception
Principal Celebrant: Bishop Ned Shlesinger

World AIDS Day Mass
Sunday, December 1, 5:00 p.m.
Immaculate Heart of Mary Catholic Church
Principal Celebrant: Bishop Ned Shlesinger