In consideration of health care workers in the Archdiocese of Atlanta who are on the front line of this pandemic and whose adherence to the discipline of Fast and Abstinence might present a special challenge in light of their consuming schedules, a dispensation from these obligations is hereby granted by Bishop Konzen to all Catholics in health care professions on Good Friday, April 10, 2020.
Message from the Archdiocese of Atlanta and Bishop Konzen as of April 3:
“As you know, Georgia Governor Brian Kemp has issued a shelter-in-place order for our state. While it is regrettable that this order will be in place for Holy Week, we feel it is imperative to protect our congregations and be good citizens during this time of crisis.
At this time, we cannot open churches for prayer or adoration and be in compliance with the mandate to shelter in place…any activity that would encourage people to leave their homes between now and Monday, April 13 (the duration of Governor Kemp’s order), would be unwise.”
Therefore, Saint Jude church will be closed beginning immediately and until further notice. Please continue to stay home and be safe.
We are still accepting Mass Intentions. Please call our parish office at 770-394-3896 and leave a message at ext. 240. We will return your call to confirm your Mass Intention.
The Holy Family Counseling Center is offering tele-mental health sessions online during this time. Their therapists are trained in Tele-Mental Health and can provide sessions online by offering phone therapy sessions as well as video conference sessions on a HIPAA compliant platform for clients. This type of therapy, although not as ideal as face to face sessions, offers a viable alternative to assists clients with the stress and anxiety that they may be feeling during this difficult time.
Please prayerfully consider making a monetary donation to the Knights of Columbus food drive for the Community Assistance Center (CAC).
Imagine an organist gently playing “It Is Well with My Soul.” Sprays of flowers fill the air with their scent – this is a big affair. Now picture yourself in a pew at St. Jude the Apostle Catholic Church in Sandy Springs, crowded by 800 or so mostly elderly friends of the deceased.
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
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.