Pope invites all to join him in prayer at same time March 25

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(CNS) — Pope Francis has invited Christians around the world to respond to the coronavirus pandemic by joining him at the same time in praying the Lord’s Prayer at 7 a.m. Eastern time (noon in Rome) on Wednesday, March 25, the solemnity of the Annunciation of the Lord.

“To the pandemic of the virus we want to respond with the universality of prayer, compassion and tenderness,” Pope Francis said March 22 after reciting the Angelus prayer to an empty St. Peter’s Square in Rome.

“Let’s stay united. Let us make those who are alone and tested feel our closeness,” as well as doctors, nurses, other healthcare workers and volunteers.

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Adoration Suspended

March 23, 2020

Dear Saint Jude Family,

As we continue to make our way in this uncertain time, I have made the difficult decision to suspend Adoration of the Blessed Sacrament at Saint Jude until further notice.  This decision was not made lightly; as you know I am a firm believer in the power of Adoration.

However, because numbers in the church are starting to increase even though health officials plead for us to stay home, we will discontinue Adoration as of 6:00 pm Monday, March 23. I want you to know how proud I am of our parish and the number of you who have made Adoration a part of your life these past few years.

I encourage you to continue your hour of prayer each week from your home. Consider setting up an “Adoration” space in your home. Light a candle or find a quiet space and continue to spend your special hour with Christ, who knows full well the sacrifices we are all making right now for the greater good of society.

While our doors will be open, I ask that you please make every effort to pray at home instead of coming to the church.

We will make it through this. And when we do, we will come back together as the Body of Christ stronger than ever before.

May God Bless you,
Monsignor Joe Corbett

Novena to St. Joseph – Begins Thursday, March 19

The bishops of the Archdiocese of Atlanta ask you to join us in a novena to St. Joseph for his intercession during this time of pandemic. We ask that you recite this litany and chaplet every day for nine days, starting on the Feast of St. Joseph, Thursday, March 19. You can find more information on litany and the chaplet here. 

How to Connnect With Us

New to our parish? See more on how to become a registered parishioner and how to get involved! 

Our parish uses many sources of communication to keep you up-to-date on events, activities, cancellations, and other important news.  In this time of uncertainty because of COVID-19, it is our commitment to sharing updates as we receive them.  Our sources include:
Website, bulletin, parish-wide emails, our parish app, and Facebook.

If your email or home address has recently changed, please update your parish record here.

If you are not currently receiving our parish-wide emails, or do not have our parish app, or do not follow us on Facebook – read below how you can sign up!

Parish-Wide Emails
Our weekly and as-needed emails through Constant Contact provide you with the most timely information on parish activities. We send a weekly email every Friday with time-sensitive information on upcoming events and programs for the coming week. Special announcements/news updates are sent out as needed. We anticipate we will be sending a number of these special announcements over the next weeks as the COVID-19 situation evolves. We also send funeral announcements as needed and other group-specific emails periodically (example: Life Teen, Welcome Alumni, Men’s  Club, etc.)
If you are not receiving these emails from us, there are easy steps you can take to ensure that you get these important updates. Learn more here.

Parish App
We routinely send important and time-sensitive messages through a push notification on our parish app that will display on your phone.  In addition to this feature, it is a great resource by providing daily Mass readings, Catholic news, a comprehensive list of prayers (including the Order of the Mass), convenient prayer and Confession reminders, our bulletins, a link to our full calendar, free catholic podcasts, writings, and other Catholic media sources. You can also find a church to attend when traveling. You have Catholic content at your disposal all the time!

The app can be downloaded to your phone or tablet in multiple ways:

  • If viewing this on your phone, click here to find it.
  • Search “myparish” in your app store.
  • Send “App” to 88202.

Our parish bulletin is published weekly. We are still printing a limited number of bulletins. You can pick up a hard copy in the church vestibule or in the lobby of our parish office. You can also view it online at our website here or on our parish app. You can also sign up to receive the bulletin via email here.

Our Facebook page is another source of timely information for our parishioners. This can include updates and photos for events and activities, as well as Archdiocesan and other resources of interest. Like us here.

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Our New Archbishop!

Welcome Archbishop Hartmayer, OFM, Conv.

From Bishop Konzen, Administrator of the Archdiocese of Atlanta, Thursday, March 5…This morning Pope Francis named Archbishop Gregory John Hartmayer, OFM, Conv., as the seventh archbishop of the Archdiocese of Atlanta. Archbishop Hartmayer is currently the Bishop of the Diocese of Savannah and will succeed Archbishop Wilton D. Gregory, who served as Atlanta’s archbishop from January 2005 to May 2019.

This is something of a homecoming for Archbishop Hartmayer, who served as pastor of St. Philip Benizi in Jonesboro for 15 years and as pastor at St. John Vianney in Lithia Springs for a year before being called to be the bishop of Savannah. I warmly welcome him as an episcopal colleague who will join Bishop Bernard E. Shlesinger, III and me in caring for this wonderful Catholic community.

We are looking forward to formally welcoming our new shepherd at his installation on Wednesday, May 6, at St. Peter Chanel Catholic Church in Roswell. I ask you to keep Archbishop Hartmayer, Bishop Shlesinger and me in your prayers as we prepare for that happy day.

You may view Archbishop Hartmayer’s introductory press conference this morning at 9:30 a.m. here or watch live on the Archdiocese of Atlanta Facebook Page.

To learn more about Archbishop Hartmayer, visit the Georgia Bulletin online. This page will be updated regularly.


Scout Sunday Mass – Sunday, February 2

Please join us for the annual Scout Sunday Mass on Sunday, February 2 at 11:30 am. Boy Scouts, Cub Scouts, and Girl Scouts from our parish and school who completed requirements will be receiving their Catholic Religious Awards. If you are a if you are a former Boy Scout or Girl Scout, or alumni of Saint Judge Boy Scout Troop 623, please plan to join us for this special mass!

Artsy Market – Call for Vendors

The ARTSY Market, our annual Women of Saint Jude Spring Art and Gift show, will be on Thursday, March 12 and Friday, March 13.  The show highlights gifts for spring events such as First Communion, Mother’s Day, and Graduation. Vendor applications are due on  February 15.

Catholic Schools Week

Since 1974, National Catholic Schools Week is the annual celebration of Catholic education in the United States. It starts the last Sunday in January and runs all week. The theme for the National Catholic Schools Week 2019 is “Catholic Schools: Learn. Serve. Lead. Succeed.” Learn more about our National Blue Ribbon School of Excellence here.