Adult Education Programs, Speaker Events and Parish Missions

For more information about these Adult Education Programs and Speaker Series Events, contact Deacon Mike Bickerstaff, Director of Adult Education, at (678) 832-1228.

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Surviving Divorce

For Men and Women Seeking Hope and Healing Following Divorce

12 Weekly Sessions Beginning August 14, 2017
Monday Evenings from 7 to 9 P.M.
St. Peter Chanel Classroom 6/7

Facilitators: Stephanie Holden and Jack Dudley

Divorced? The twelve-week Surviving Divorce program begins on August 14, 2017 from 7 to 9 P.M. in classroom 6/7. The cost of the program for participants is simply your commitment to participate in the entire series and includes the Surviving Divorce Personal Guide and all program materials. Find comfort and counsel consistent with Catholic Church teachings. Online Advance Registration Required (below) or call Deacon Mike Bickerstaff at 678-832-1228.

Is anyone in your family divorced? Please give them a copy of this bulletin or invite them to the twelve-week Surviving Divorce program.

St. Peter Chanel Catholic Church is pleased to announce that we are again offering this highly-effective program that will bring hope and healing to those who have experienced the pain and loneliness of a broken marriage. Surviving Divorce features twelve video presentations that cover topics such as shock and grief, anger and forgiveness, money issues, dealing with children and a former spouse, and annulment and remarriage.

This program is for the newly separated and divorced and those still struggling with issues many years later. It will help them find answers to their questions, restore their hope, and begin authentic healing.

Surviving Divorce will help you:

  • Work through the emotional upheaval of separation and divorce.
  • Find personal healing and hope.
  • Discover a deeper understanding of God’s love for you.
  • Gain wisdom and comfort from experts and others who share your experiences.
  • Navigate new concerns like custody, court hearings, and finances.

Advance Registration Required

Contact Deacon Mike Bickerstaff, (678) 832-1228, or register online.

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Speaker Events

We are glad to offer Major and Special Guest Speaker Events at various times during the year. These take the form of conferences, days of reflection, panel forums, parish missions, plus Faith@Work and Marriages Are Covenants events.

Check back for news about our next speaker event.

Contact Deacon Mike Bickerstaff at 678-832-1228 if you have any questions.

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Marriages are Covenants


Jeff Armbruster, Catholic Author and Speaker
"How We Discovered (and God Revealed)...
What We Always Hoped For in a Loving Marriage"

Saturday Evening, November 11, 2017 from 7 to 8:45 p.m.
In McNamee Hall at St. Peter Chanel Catholic Church

Talk ♦ Prayer ♦ Q&A ♦ Fellowship

Admission is Free – All Adults Are Welcome!


Talk Description:

Over nearly a half century of marriage to his best friend, Jeff has learned many valuable lessons in love and life, some learned the easy way, some not so easy. He will be sharing some of those lessons and drawing on reflections from his new book, “Live Humbly, Serve Graciously – Reflections on Baptism, Mission and Service,” and from Allen Hunt’s two new books on marriage and life lessons and Peter Kreeft’s, “The God Who Loves You.” The evening event will include both presentations and small group discussions.

Life-long loving marriages don’t just happen – they require a great deal of work on the part of both husband and wife. Fulfilling sacred marriage vows is about living to the fullest the mystery of sacrifice, service, humility and love, modeled for us by Jesus.

As disciples of Christ, we must be guided by our Baptismal responsibilities (to be priest, prophet and king). Blessed John Henry Cardinal Newman’s prayer, “The Mission of My Life,” begins with the thoughts, “God has created me to do Him some definite service. He has committed some work to me He has not committed to another. I have my mission.” This awareness has been profoundly helpful to us as a married couple. If we choose to live as married persons, all of the challenges we face must come together in the relationship we have with our spouse.

Speaker Bio:

Jeff Armbruster is an active member of Mary Our Queen , Catholic Church in Norcross where he is an Extraordinary Minister of Holy Communion, active in the Sponsor Couple program and the Archdiocese of Atlanta’s Catholics Come Home Initiative. He has taught training courses and given seminars, workshops, missions and other presentations at numerous Catholic churches around metro Atlanta.

Jeff is the author of Some Practical Lessons in Leadership—Observations from Daily Life and his latest work, Live Humbly, Serve Graciously—Reflections on Baptism, Mission, and Service.

Jeff and his wife Laurel have two married children and three grandschildren, so far!

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Parish Missions

A parish mission is an opportunity for ongoing conversion – deepening one's relationship with Jesus Christ and advancing in the prayer and spiritual life – in a community setting.

Parish missions at St. Peter Chanel generally last three or four nights, are often led by clergy or religious and take place twice each year – once during the Lenten Season and once in the Fall. Our most recent mission was for Lent 2016 - Fr. Dan Lanahan OFM presented "Living the Joy of the Gospel in the Jubilee Year of Mercy."

Parish Mission for Fall 2016:

Mission Priest:
Time & Place:

Fr. Tim Hepburn
October 24-26, 2016
7:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. in the Main Church

Parish Mission for Lent 2017:

Mission Priest:
Time & Place:

Fr. James DiLuzio, CSP
March 20-22, 2017
7:00 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. in the Main Church
Following the 8:30 a.m. Mass in the Main Church

Parish Mission for Lent 2018:

Mission Priest:
Time & Place:

Fr. John E Collins, CSP
March 12-14, 2018
7:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. in the Main Church
Following the 8:30 a.m. Mass in the Main Church


Check back for more information about this mission.


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For more information about these Adult Education Programs and Speaker Events, contact Deacon Mike Bickerstaff, Director of Adult Education, at (678) 832-1228.