Published February 4, 2010
The Atlanta Guild of the Catholic Medical Association will hold its annual White Mass and banquet program on Saturday evening, Feb. 20, at Mary Our Queen Church in Norcross.
The Mass, which takes its name from physicians’ white coats, will be celebrated at 5 p.m. by Archbishop-emeritus John F. Donoghue and concelebrated by Father David Dye, administrator of Mary Our Queen. The vigil Mass will include a special consecration for all health care professionals attending to the Sacred Heart of Jesus through the Immaculate Heart of Mary. The guild’s annual banquet, catered by Petite Auberge, will follow in the parish hall. Steven White, M.D., a pulmonologist from Daytona Beach, Fla., and past president of the Catholic Medical Association, is the guest speaker.
In 2004, White formed a task force within the CMA of physicians and health care policy groups to study the flaws in the American health care delivery system and develop ways to improve them to provide greater access and more affordable care for all, while preserving patient privacy and the doctor-patient relationship. The CMA believes the Catholic Church has a great deal to contribute to the health care debate from its principles of social justice to its long history of providing health care.
The CMA, founded in 1932, is the largest national organization of Catholic physicians and is based in Philadelphia. Its mission is for its members to witness to the truths of the Catholic faith as applied to the science and practice of medicine. Locally, its members are active in medical missions, marriage preparation, teaching natural family planning, and speaking on various life issues.
Advance registration is required for the banquet and program. The deadline for registration is Tuesday, Feb. 16. The dinner is $50 per person or $90 per couple. Checks may be made out to CMA-Atlanta and sent to 2167 Northlake Parkway, Suite 105, Tucker, GA 30084. To register using a credit card, call (770) 491-0353, Monday through Friday, from 7:30 a.m. to 4 p.m.