Job Opening at Saint Jude

Saint Jude is hiring for a part-time front desk. receptionist. This position is responsible for warmly greeting visitors, answering the phones, handling routine questions about the parish, assisting with Mass intentions, scheduling room reservations and other administrative support as necessary. See full Job Description.

Download Job Application

Hurricane Relief – How to Help

Hurricanes Harvey and Irma brought widespread flooding and damage throughout Georgia, Florida and Texas. Many families will need short-term and long-term recovery services to rebuild their lives.

To help hurricane victims, please donate to Catholic Charities

PSR Catechists Needed

Over 400 children attend our religious education classes each Sunday. If you have a gift of teaching, please prayerfully consider sharing our faith with them. Our PSR Faith and Life program needs additional catechists to teach religious education in our K-6th grade classes. No prior experience needed and we provide all the tools to make you successful. Learn more and sign up here.

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?



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.

– – –

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…