St Clare Catholic Church – Dec 16

Greetings to our parishioners and loved ones of St. Clare Catholic Mission. As we enter this final week of Advent in preparation for the celebration of Christmas, I want to thank all of you for your support and the building of our new community in Acworth. I will give a brief announcement this weekend about the status of our property search and follow up during our Town Hall meetings scheduled after the January 17-18 Masses in a few weeks.

I want to thank Deacon Tom Ryan for preaching last weekend – a break for Fr. Mark. Most of you do not know this, but every week after the 10:00am Mass he then travels to Dogwood Assisted Living Center in downtown Acworth to celebrate a Communion Service for the residents there. Thank you Deacon Tom for your service to us and the people of Acworth.

We have a request from Holy Family Counseling Center, a Catholic-based counseling group who would like to set up a presence in the Acworth/Kennesaw area and are looking for potential office space to lease. If we have any parishioners, or if you know of anyone who might be able to assist with renting office space for one of their counselors, please email Fr. Mark, and I will forward to them.

We are continuing to register more families each week, and our community continues to grow. A big welcome to all or our new parishioners. I heard from several of you that envelopes finally arrived this week. We will begin recording our own collections in January. For those of you who are doing on-line giving – please continue to do so with St. Catherine until we have our system in place to handle these – I anticipate having this transition complete in January for a February spin-off.

We are taking Mass intentions for those who desire. To request a Mass intention please email Carol Donofrio at: Or you may call her during business hours at 770-422-5633.

Finally, we look forward to starting our Saturday Vigil Masses on January 10, 2015 at 5:00pm. These will be held at St. Teresa Episcopal Church, 5725 Fords Road, NW, Acworth, GA 30101. Thank you to St. Teresa for allowing us to rent their facilities.

Yours in Christ,
Rev. Mark Starr, Administrator
St. Clare of Assisi Catholic Church – Acworth