Natural Family Planning (NFP) Awareness Week

Sunday, July 23- Saturday, July 29, 2017

Say “Yes” to God’s Plan for Married Love is the theme of Natural Family Planning Awareness (NFP) Week, July 23-29, a national educational campaign of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops (USCCB) on the Catholic teaching on married love and the gift of human life. NFP is the general title for the scientific, natural and moral methods of family planning that can help married couples either achieve or postpone pregnancies. The annual campaign, which began in 2002, promotes awareness of NFP methods. For more information on NFP Awareness Week, please visit To get involved in our parish ministry, please contact Kelly Castleberry at 678-438-5431 or

Job Openings – Preschool

Saint Jude Preschool
Assistant and Substitute
Teachers Applications

Do you enjoy working with young
children? Our Saint Jude Preschool is
currently accepting applications for assistant and
substitute teachers. Hours are
8:30 am – 1:00 pm, Monday through
Friday. Prior preschool experience
not needed. Please contact Angela
Rahn at or
770-394-3896 ext. 296 to setup an

Job Opening – Director of Operations

Saint Jude the Apostle Catholic Church, located in Sandy Springs, Georgia seeks a Director of Operations. The Director of Operations serves in a key parish management position. Together with the Pastor, the Director of Operations manages the parish and staff to ensure that the administrative, financial, facility, pastoral and sacramental needs of the parish are sustained. This position directs these efforts with the Pastor and through liaising with the parish Pastoral, Finance and Stewardship Councils. Applicant is required to have knowledge of the Roman Catholic Church and its mission. Qualified candidates must possess the following: Bachelor’s Degree in Business Administration (Finance, Management, Accounting) or a relevant field; minimum five years of related work experience; staff management and supervision experience; effective decision-making skills; excellent oral and written communications skills; experience with financial reporting and budget preparation; knowledge of Microsoft Office suite. All interested candidates should submit a resume’ and cover letter with salary requirements to Kathleen Woods.

Not Catholic? Learn more about our Rite of Christian Initiation program

Wondering about the Catholic faith and want to explore the possibility of joining the Church?
Inquiry sessions are available to answer your questions. Inquiry is the first part of the RCIA (Rite of Christian Initiation for Adults) – the process by which people become members of the Roman Catholic Church. RCIA sessions meet on Monday nights beginning in September and culminating at Easter with the reception of the Sacraments.

Catholic and interested in completing your sacraments? Completion of the sacraments is both important and easier than you might think. RCIA may or may not be the correct vehicle for you. Let us answer your questions and go over the programs available to you so you can receive the graces God has for you in the sacraments.

For more information or to discuss special needs, complete an Inquirer Form or contact Alix Shattuck (770-394-3896 x237).

Can you help?

It’s not too late to pledge to this year’s Archbishop Annual Appeal.

Through this appeal, countless people around north and central Georgia are supported in the many ministries of our Archdiocese, including seminarian and diaconate education and priest retirement care, as well as the Archdiocesan respect life, prison, disabilities, peace and justice, and hospital ministries.

In addition, this appeal supports campus ministries at our colleges, religious education in our parishes, marriage and family ministries, as well as refugee and immigration services, veteran’s care and English language education. Our Archdiocese is busy at work spreading Christ’s love. Saint Jude has always risen to our responsibility to the call. Our Archdiocese is working hard to spread Christ’s love to our neighbors– will you help?



Bishop Zarama to become Bishop of Raleigh

From Archbishop Wilton D. Gregory:

Pope Francis has honored The Archdiocese of Atlanta with the gift of Bishop Luis R. Zarama to become the new Bishop of Raleigh.  How fortunate that local Church is to receive such a devoted and generous servant minister.   The Holy Father has chosen well even though his decision takes a deeply beloved brother and friend from our midst.

I join Bishop-Elect Shlesinger and all of the clergy, religious, and faithful of The Archdiocese of Atlanta in assuring Bishop Zarama of our prayers and warmest best wishes as he begins this new service to Christ’s Church. While we will have time to celebrate his appointment to The Diocese of Raleigh before he takes leave for his August 29th Installation, we promise him our affectionate best wishes and congratulations on this happy moment for him and for all of God’s People in The Diocese of Raleigh.

Flying on Sunday? Many airport chapels offer Mass

Flying on Sunday and need a place for Mass? A recent study revealed that 40 percent of major US airports have chapels offering Sunday Mass times for travelers and airport employees.

Taking data from the 30 busiest airports in the U.S., the Pew Research Center identified airports offering Mass and other forms of Christian worship as well as Jewish and Muslim prayer services.

The 2015 Pew study found that more than half of the largest hub airports in the U.S. contain chapels. Eighteen out of the 30 busiest hubs in the nation have chapels orientated towards some faith, and 14 of those have regular services. Four airports have irregular prayer services and offer rooms for mediation. Additionally, 12 airports offer Catholic Mass.

Among the airports absent from the list was Los Angeles International, the second largest airport in the nation.

The study only considered data from large hubs, those that handle at least one percent of annual passenger boarding in the U.S. These airports range from Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International, where 45 million people travel annually, to Portland International, where more than 7 million travel.

The first airport chapel was instituted at Boston’s Logan International Airport a little over 60 years ago, according to the Pluralism Project by Harvard University. Titled “Our Lady of the Airways,” it was a Catholic chapel, like many to follow. Airports saw a rise in chapels from the ‘60s until the ‘80s.

Chapels with services from various different religions became popular in 1990s. Dallas/Fort Worth International has an interfaith chapel for each of its five terminals.

Some airports, including smaller hubs in Florida and New York, have religiously neutral “mediation rooms,” which offer no services but only a space for prayer or reflection.

Other airports have places of worship associated with distinct religions. For example, John F. Kennedy International includes a Catholic Church, Protestant chapel, synagogue, and mosque and has services multiple times throughout the day.


Pope Francis names North Carolina priest auxiliary bishop for Atlanta

From Catholic News Service

WASHINGTON (CNS) — Pope Francis has appointed Father Bernard E. Shlesinger III, a priest of the Diocese of Raleigh, North Carolina, to be an auxiliary bishop of the Archdiocese of Atlanta.

Bishop-designate Shlesinger, 56, is currently the director of spiritual formation at St. Charles Borromeo Seminary in Philadelphia.

The appointment was announced in Washington May 15 by Archbishop Christophe Pierre, apostolic nuncio to the United States.

Bishop-designate Shlesinger’s episcopal ordination will take place at Christ the King Cathedral in Atlanta, but the date has not yet been announced.

“I warmly welcome him to the Archdiocese of Atlanta and I look forward to working with him in service to this local church,” Atlanta Archbishop Wilton D. Gregory said in a statement about the newly named bishop.

As a Raleigh diocesan priest, Bishop-designate Shlesinger “comes to us from a diocese within the ecclesiastical province of Atlanta where he has longed enjoyed the endorsement of the bishops of our province and the well-deserved respect, admiration, and affection of the clergy, religious and faithful of the Diocese of Raleigh,” the archbishop said.

“Ned is a man of prayer, prudence, and apostolic zeal,” added Archbishop Gregory, who has headed the archdiocese since 2005. “He is eminently qualified to assume these new responsibilities as auxiliary bishop in Atlanta, and I welcome him with an enthusiastic and jubilant heart. I am certain that we all will come to know and love him and discover how truly fortunate we are to have been sent this man of faith and pastoral skill.”

Since 2013, Bishop-designate Shlesinger has been director of spiritual formation in the theology division of St. Charles Borromeo Seminary in Wynnewood, Pennsylvania, in the Archdiocese of Philadelphia. Before that he served in many different capacities in the Diocese of Raleigh including as a pastor, a member of the priests’ council, and director of vocations and seminary formation, 2007-2013.

“We have been blessed to have him with us for the last four years as director of spiritual formation,” said the seminary’s rector, Philadelphia Auxiliary Bishop Timothy C. Senior. “As you know, we were expecting him to return home for a new assignment in the Diocese of Raleigh. (He) will surely be a shepherd after the heart of Jesus, and the church will be blessed by his generous service as a successor to the apostles.”

Father Shlesinger is a retired U.S. Air Force pilot, serving from 1983 to 1990, when he retired with the rank of captain. He flew the C-130E Hercules while stationed at Pope Air Force Base in Fayetteville, North Carolina.

Born Dec. 17, 1960, Bernard E. “Ned” Shlesinger was raised in Northern Virginia. He is the youngest of six children of Bernard E. Shlesinger Jr. and Rita Belmont Shlesinger.

He earned a bachelor’s degree in agricultural engineering from Virginia Tech in Blacksburg in 1983. He went on to attend Theological College in Washington, where he studied pre-theology and philosophy. He attended Pontifical Gregorian University in Rome, earning a bachelor of arts degree in sacred theology in 1995. That same year he then began studies for a licentiate of sacred theology Pontifical University of St. Thomas Aquinas, also in Rome.

He was ordained a priest June 22, 1996. His assignments after ordination included as parochial vicar at St. Mary in Wilmington, North Carolina, 1996-1998; pastor at Our Lady of Guadalupe Parish in Newton Grove, North Carolina, and assistant vocations director, 1998-2007; and administrator at Maria Reina de las Americas in Mount Olive, North Carolina, and two mission churches, 2010-2012.

The Archdiocese of Atlanta currently has one active auxiliary bishop, Bishop Luis R. Zarama. It encompasses just over 21,000 square miles across 69 counties in north and central Georgia and is home to 1.1 million Catholics, out of a total population of about 7 million.

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Contributing to this story was Matthew Gambino in Philadelphia.

Global Catholic population exceeds 1.28 billion

The five nations with the most Catholics are Brazil, Mexico, Philippines, the United States and Italy…click here for full article.

The number of baptized Catholics grew one per cent in a year to reach 1.285 billion as of December 31, 2015, the Vatican has reported. Full article…