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Parents’ Night Out: Pajama Party for the Kids

We are Having a Pajama Party & Your Kids are Invited

Drop off your kiddos in their PJs on December 16 for a fun evening of pizza, crafts, popcorn and a movie while you enjoy a night shopping or kicking back with some hot chocolate in front of your fire. Kids 4 years old through 5th grade are invited.

Click below for more information and to register for this FREE event sponsored by the Faith Formation Department!

The Giving Tree

The St. Benedict Christmas Giving Trees are beautifully decorated and up in the narthex, filled with over 1,400 tags requesting gifts for families in need from the Missionaries of Charities, St. Vincent de Paul, and our local parish community.

Please take a tag and return your gift to the appropriate collection bin by the PLC (with the tag attached and unwrapped) no later than December 17th.

Questions? Contact Lynn/Pat at

Advent Penance Services at Area Churches

Consider participating in a penance service at a nearby church within your local area. Lines for reconciliation tend to be quite lengthy during the Advent season.

December 6 | Good Shepherd at 7:00 pm

December 13 | St. Jude at 6:30 pm  

December 14 | St. Brendan at 7:00 pm   

December 18 | St. Andrew at 7:00 pm  

December 19 | St. Thomas Aquinas at 7:00 pm

December 20 | St. Brigid at 6:30 pm

St. Benedict Blood Drive with the American Red Cross

Sunday | December 10
8:00 am – 2:00 pm
in the Parish Life Center

Supporting the American Red Cross blood drives held at St. Benedict provides parishioners with an easy and consistent opportunity to support the community with much needed blood donors. The American Red Cross is continually improving their donor management process. A donor with a donation appointment who has completed their Rapid Pass – Health History Questionnaire before they arrive should be able to get registered and complete a blood donation within just 30 minutes.

Sign ups will be in the narthex, or to schedule an appointment scan the QR code below to reserve your spot.

Breakfast with Santa

Ho! Ho! Ho! Santa is coming to
St. Benedict Saturday, December 9th from 8:30am-11:00am!

Make plans to join Santa, Mrs. Claus and the elves in the Parish Life Center for a FREE pancake breakfast, Christmas
carols & pictures with Santa!

Need more information?
Contact Edith Berardi at

2023 St. Benedict Advent Programs


Auxiliary Bishop, Most Reverend John Nhan Tran will be speaking at 7:00pm on the topic of “Journey to the Inn” as we prepare for our journey toward Christ’s birth. This program will conclude with Adoration of the Blessed Sacrament.


Join us for an evening of Advent Stations—a program of scripture, reflections, and prayer helping us to connect how God prepared the world to receive his Son through the foreshadowing in the Old Testament to the fulfillment of his promises in the New Testament. This program begins at 7:00pm.


Commemorating the 800th anniversary of the first live nativity by St. Francis in Italy in the year 1223, we will honor his tradition by installing our parish nativity on the altar prior to the 3:00pm vigil Mass. More details on how you can be a part of this procession will be coming soon!

2023 remains a challenging year for most families.  The need for assistance has grown tremendously and leaves many of us counting our blessings.
The Giving Tree Committee along with Father Paul have decided to continue to focus on supporting the children at the Missionaries of Charity and families in our local area.

You may adopt a child on this link…  

Spaces fill up quickly, so adopt early.  If you plan on adopting multiple children, we ask that you adopt either the entire family or a select number of children within one family.  “Adopting” means providing a top, bottom, package of socks, and package of undies for that child. These donations should be put in gift bags and placed in the bins inside the PLC. Don’t forget to add a tag with the child’s code!

Ultimate Celtic Adventure Tour 2024
to Scotland & Ireland
Led by Father Paul Flood & Donal Noonan

April 8-20, 2024
11 Nights Tour of Scotland & Ireland to include hotels, breakfast daily, 7 dinners and magnificent sightseeing

Tour Cost Per Person
(Land Only Cost)
$4639 Twin/Double Basis
Single Room Supplement $1099
(Book early, limited available)

Airfare on request basis.
Please email for more information
(Approximate cost $1510-$1650)

The St. Benedict Columbarium and Memorial Garden will be a sacred resting place on holy ground for cremated human remains with the same dignity of a cemetery.  A place for our loved ones to rest until our Lord comes again, a place at home in our beloved community and Church.  Our columbarium will offer a very peaceful place for you to come and pray and ask God to intercede for your loved one.  The opportunity is here for you to purchase one of a limited number of niches in the Columbarium.  Our beautiful sacred resting place will be located adjacent to the Stations of the Cross.

The proposed parish columbarium offers these benefits:

Perpetual Care

The Code of Canon Law requires the Catholic Church to perpetually maintain its places of burial.  Hence, care will always be assured.


Proximity on well-lighted Church grounds assures optimum security.


With your final resting place only a few feet away from the Church, your family and friends attending Mass will be able to visit the columbarium which is a brief walk away.


Our columbarium design fits perfectly into existing space, offering a serene, peaceful environment for meditation and quiet reflection.

St. Benedict is required to comply with all Archdiocese of Atlanta columbarium requirements before construction can begin.

The outdoor columbarium altar can be used for

· Memorial Service for All Souls Day

· Services for Urn Placement in Niche

· Veterans Day Memorial Services

Cost will include up to two urns in one niche, engraved face, perpetual care fund and all other costs associated with the columbarium.

Registration is open for our CHILDREN’S CHOIRS and our TEEN CHOIR; please check the music ministry section of our parish website for more information if you have kids between Pre-K and 12th grade who might be interested in singing or playing an instrument with us!