Back to Mass – Volunteers Needed!

As we plan for the reopening of public Masses at Saint Jude, many hands (and feet) will be needed!  In order to ensure safety for everyone, we need a team of 9 helpers at each daily and each Sunday Mass.

Everyone will be trained for every position, but you will be able to sign up for a specific position and Mass time via a Sign-Up Genius.  Please keep in mind that while working a Mass, you will not be able to sit with family members. We thank you for helping our parish get Back to Mass!

Priest Reassignments

A message from our pastor, Monsignor Joe Corbett

On Friday, May 15, 2020, the Archbishop of Atlanta, Most Reverend Gregory John Hartmayer, OFM Conv, announced the 2020 priest assignment changes for parishes in the archdiocese. Father Roberto Suarez, Chaplain to the Brazilian Community at Saint Jude the Apostle – and previously Parochial Vicar to the Hispanic and Anglo communities – has accepted a new assignment in the archdiocese. Effective July 1, 2020, his new assignment will be Parochial Vicar at Saint Lawrence Church in Lawrenceville, Georgia.

Father Vanderley Oliveira will be assigned to serve our Brazilian community. He is a priest of the diocese of Barra do Pirai-Volta Redonda in Brazil. He visited our community earlier this year. Presently, he is serving in a parish in Brazil while waiting for his visa. When it is granted he can take up his new assignment here in Atlanta.

At this time it is not possible to say when we will be able to host a public gathering to thank Father Roberto for his service to the Hispanic, Brazilian, and Anglo communities of our parish.

Finally, for several months now, the whole world has been dealing with life under lockdown. All of our lives have been disrupted by this pandemic. We cannot see it, we do not fully understand it, yet it has brought the whole world to a standstill. Please know that during this time you have been in my prayers at daily Mass. And I hope that you have been able to watch our Masses online every week via our parish website.

If your parish can be of assistance to you in any way please do not hesitate to call or email us here at the church office.

God Bless You,
Monsignor Joe Corbett
Pastor

Parish Book of Intentions – Submit Online

Our Parish Book of Intentions is located next to the Tabernacle. While our Church building is closed, you may submit your intentions online. They will be printed and placed in the book, as well as offered with the other intentions of our parish at each Mass.

 

Pope Francis Encouraging Praying of the Rosary in May

Pope Francis is encouraging the faithful to pray the rosary during the month of May for an end to the COVID-19 coronavirus pandemic. The month of May is a time Catholics traditionally express, with particular intensity, their love and devotion for the Blessed Virgin Mary. He suggests praying the Rosary either in a group or individually.

Pope Francis has also published new prayers that include specific intentions for those who are sick, for those who care for them, for those who have died and those who mourn for them, for scientists seeking cures and vaccines, and for government leaders who must find a way to protect their people. Learn more about Pope Francis’ request and see the prayers here.

The Knights of Columbus is live streaming a daily Rosary from the Saint John Paul II National Shrine during the month of May at 8:00 pm. 

 

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
Pastor

Need to Reach the Parish Office?

While our front desk is now physically closed, all of our staff are working and can be reached by email. For a complete staff listing, visit the staff page on our website.
You can still reach us by phone by calling the main parish office number at 770-394-3896.  Thank you!

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.