In Response to the Tragedy in Florida…from our Principal

The below message  was sent to all school parents from our Principal, Patty Childs, after the school shooting tragedy in Florida. Written Thursday, Feb. 15. We thought this was appropriate for all parish families.

Dear St. Jude Family,

I tried to write this email on Wednesday evening but I just couldn’t find the words.  School administrators have written similar emails far too often in the past years and it frankly sickens my soul.  On Wednesday, just seven weeks into this new year, we witnessed the eighth shooting at a U.S. school that has resulted in injury or death.  During these same few weeks there have been eight additional shootings reported that did not result in harm and there have been two suicides by gun shot on our school grounds … that’s 18 gun related acts of violence at schools in 45 days!

It is impossible to make sense of these numbers or understand the horrific loss of life.  I know that we join together to offer prayers for those who have died and for the parents and loved ones left to grieve.  We pray for these school communities who will be forever changed because of inexplicable anger, hatred, and despair.

As in other times of horrific events, it is important to limit your child’s exposure to media coverage. If they are aware of the events, it is most important to assure them that they are safe and can always come to you or another trusted adult for reassurance.  Remind them that they are safe at school … we have protocols in place that are practiced.  If your child asks questions, those questions should be answered but as simply as possible … it’s o.k. to say “I don’t know or understand myself” and it’s always appropriate to turn to prayer.

Included are several links from our National Catholic Education Association (NCEA) that you may want to check out.  We are here to support each other … please reach out to me, Mrs. Perez, Mrs. Aragon, Monsignor Corbett, or your teachers if you need to talk through concerns.

http://www.cbn.com/spirituallife/prayerandcounseling/bain-school-shooting.aspx?mobile=false&u=1

http://www.catholicworldreport.com/2017/10/05/how-should-a-catholic-respond-to-mass-shootings/

https://www.loyolapress.com/our-catholic-faith/family/praying-as-a-family/turning-to-god-in-times-of-tragedy

Here are two additional links (sent by the Swift School to families)

http://www.nasponline.org/resources-and-publications/resources/school-safety-and-crisis/talking-to-children-about-violence-tips-for-parents-and-teachers

https://www.nbcnews.com/better/health/how-mental-health-experts-talk-their-kids-about-school-shootings-ncna845586

We join in prayer ….

Lord, we pray for those who have been devastated by recent tragedies. We remember those who have lost their lives so suddenly. We hold in our hearts the families forever changed by grief and loss. Bring them consolation and comfort. Surround them with our prayers for strength. Bless those who have survived and heal their memories of trauma and devastation. May they have the courage to face the days ahead.

Help us to respond with generosity in prayer, in assistance, and in comfort to the best of our abilities. Keep our hearts focused on the needs of all the community. We ask this in Jesus’ name. Amen. Association of the Miraculous Medal.

In prayer and sorrow,

Patty Childs

Principal

Saint Jude Hiring for Nursery

Do you enjoy working with young children? Saint Jude the Apostle Parish nursery is looking to hire those who enjoy caring for God’s youngest children, ages walking to 5 years old. There are opportunities to work Sunday mornings and during other pre-scheduled weekday and evening times. If you are interested in learning more about employment with our parish nursery please contact Nursery Manager, Donna Lucarini at   dlucarini@judeatl.com or 770-722-5056. To apply click HERE for a copy of the application. 

Diocesan Sales Representative Opening

Join Our Winning Team…Diocesan is now hiring!

Join a Catholic Family Business and leading provider of communications solutions as an Ad Sales Professional.

Do you attend this Parish? Would you like to sell advertising on the Church bulletin for this Parish and others like it? If you have what it takes to increase advertisement support for your bulletin, then contact us today.

We are seeking a Sales Representative for our North Georgia sales territory.

Requirements include previous print advertising experience, availability for overnight travel during your workweek, high energy, enthusiasm, bilingual English/Spanish a plus.

In return, Diocesan offers a generous commission schedule, medical & prescription coverage, 401K with company match, automobile & cell phone allowance with the ability to live your faith in your business life.

To learn more about this full-time ad sales opportunity please contact John Cardenas at 407-717-0655 or jcardenas@diocesan.com.

Lent 2018

The liturgical season of Lent begins this coming week with Ash Wednesday. Our Ash Wednesday Mass schedule and well as Lenten guidelines and resources can be found here.

Influenza Guidelines from the Archbishop

From Archbishop Gregory:

Many parts of the country, including Georgia, have been hit particularly hard by influenza this winter.  We continue to monitor both the guidance of the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops and our local situation.  We will be in touch immediately if it seems appropriate to take more significant steps, such as temporarily suspending Communion from the chalice or on the tongue.

At this point, anyone experiencing flu-like symptoms should be advised not to attend Sunday Mass (or other parish activities), partake from the chalice or participate in the exchange of the Sign of Peace.  The possibility of infection with influenza represents a sufficient reason not to attend Sunday Mass, and obviates the Sunday obligation.

The USCCB Secretariat on Divine Worship has posted vital information regarding the flu:  http://www.usccb.org/prayer-and-worship/sacred-art-and-music/influenza-and-the-liturgy.cfm  I urge you to familiarize yourself and your parish family with the information presented there.

Archbishop’s Annual Appeal – Donate Now!

The Archbishop’s Annual Appeal is the main funding source for all of the ministerial, outreach, education, formation and discipleship work of our archdiocese.  Our 2018 parish goal is $243,600. Any monies donated in excess of that amount will be returned to our parish for our use.  Learn more and donate here.

 

Become a Eucharistic Adoration Guardian – New Hours Begin in February!

Will You Not Watch One Hour With Me?

Additional Adoration hours are being added to the Eucharistic Adoration schedule.  12 new Holy Hours will begin each Sunday following the 7:00 pm Portuguese Mass and will continue throughout the night and into Monday morning. Consider taking one of these special hours in the quiet and peacefulness of our Church in front of the Blessed Sacrament. View all Eucharistic Adoration hours and sign up as a guardian today. Additional hours begin Feb. 18, the one year anniversary of our Perpetual Eucharistic Adoration!

Civil Air Patrol Cadet Earns Rare Honor

Cadet Col. Harrison Tyler Holberton, a Roswell resident and the cadet commander of the Civil Air Patrol’s Sandy Springs Squadron, earlier this month received the patrol’s highest cadet honor, the Spaatz Award, during a ceremony at Fulton Science Academy Private School in Alpharetta.

The squadron is based at St. Jude the Apostle Catholic Church in Sandy Springs.

Read the complete article.