Good Friday Dispensation for Health Care Workers

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.

Church Building Now Closed

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.

 

Want a Mass Intention?

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.

Holy Family Counseling Center – Online Tele-Mental Health Sessions

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.

To take advantage of these services or have any questions, please visit their website here, call them at 678-8494 or email their Intake Coordinator, Paige Brown.

 

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

Parish Office Update

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.