Endurance and Hope

Tuesday, May 19

This post was provided by Rich Taylor



Congratulations to Graduates

by Rich Taylor



Here we are once again smack dab in the middle of graduation season.  Yet something seems different. Yes, our parish is blessed with many young promising people who are graduating from kindergarten to elementary school, from high school to universities, from universities to countless graduate programs, and from those, they are setting out to change the world! 


These parish youth are bad... bold... wise...  They know how to keep their heads up and keep it together.  One thing for sure, they have made and will continue to make us extremely proud!  


So why, you may ask, does this year seem so different?  It’s because these young people have faced challenges that at their ages, that we couldn’t even imagine.  The High School grads were born and grew up in the wake of 9/11.  They are graduating in the midst of a devastating pandemic. They had no athletics recognition dinners, proms, graduation parties or formal in-person graduation ceremonies. 


At home they taught themselves, calculus, physics and advanced chemistry, and never missed a beat. They stoically and confidently continue striding into the future ready to create new realities for the rest of us.


With all of those accomplishments, you’d think there would be parties and ticker tape parades and balloons galore!  Certainly there’d be hugs and gifts and friends dapping them up and telling them how proud they are of the graduates!?!?! 


Alas, in the age of covid-19, except for small family gatherings, this is not happening.


As a parish, let’s not allow the current situation to steal these superstars’ thunder!  Let’s celebrate them and make sure they know we are thinking about them and have their backs whatever may come in the future. Let’s let all let these heroes know how proud we are that they are our future.


These young people know adversary and have faced it with courage and devotion.  In a commencement speech tonight I heard a young lady cite one of my favorite quotes.  She quoted James Baldwin saying “Not everything that is faced can be changed, but nothing can be changed until it is faced.” Well, these young folks are no strangers to facing challenges, and I can’t wait to see the world they change!


Graduates, please remember to always be your bad, bold, wise, hard, tough, strong, cool, calm, beautiful selves!  You are going to change the world!











Monday, May 18

This post was provided by Lyndon Batiste


Mary Had A Baby

arranged by Wendell Whalum

performed by Morehouse College Glee Club








Sunday, May 17

This post was provided by Rhonda Haney


Words of Wisdom from Mahatma Gandhi



Image source: The Daily Quotes via QuotesGram

Saturday, May 16

This post was provided by Father Desmond Drummer


To the People of the Archdiocese of Atlanta








Friday, May 15

This post was provided by Monica Woodson


This song reminds me God is in charge at all times. It gives me hope. Helps me keep faith. Love you, church family!
- Monica Woodson

Oceans (Where Feet May Fail)

by Hillsong United





Thursday, May 14

This post was provided by Father Desmond Drummer


Today is a day of prayer, fasting and service for people of all faiths as the global human family seeks to overcome COVID-19. Click HERE to learn more about the interfaith day of prayer.

A Prayer of Solidarity

from United States Conference of Catholic Bishops


For all who have contracted coronavirus,
     We pray for care and healing.

For those who are particularly vulnerable,
     We pray for safety and protection.

For all who experience fear or anxiety,
     We pray for peace of mind and spirit.

For affected families who are facing difficult decisions between food on the table or public safety,
     We pray for policies that recognize their plight.

For those who do not have adequate health insurance,
     We pray that no family will face financial burdens alone.

For those who are afraid to access care due to immigration status,
     We pray for recognition of the God-given dignity of all.

For our brothers and sisters around the world,
     We pray for shared solidarity.

For public officials and decisionmakers,
     We pray for wisdom and guidance.

Father, during this time may your Church be a sign of hope, comfort and love to all.
     Grant peace.
     Grant comfort.
     Grant healing.
     Be with us, Lord.





Wednesday, May 13

This post was provided by Father Desmond Drummer


Pope Francis joins with the Higher Committee for Human Fraternity to call people of all faiths to unite in solidarity on the day of prayer, fasting and service on Thursday, May 14 to overcome the pandemic. 

How will you participate?

Learn more by clicking HERE.


Invitation to Pray on 14 May

from Pope Francis