St. Francis de Sales Catholic Church
St Francis de Sales Catholic Church is the only parish in the Archdiocese of Atlanta dedicated to the Extraordinary Form of the Roman Rite. With the permission of the Archbishop of Atlanta and in accord with the wishes of recent Popes St. John Paul II and Benedict XVI, we offer the Traditional Latin Mass daily according to the Missale Romanum of Pope St. John XXIII and the other sacraments according to the liturgical books in force in 1962.
All visitors are welcome to the parish--especially non-Catholics! On Sundays after the 9:30am and 11:30am Masses you are invited to join us in the parish hall for refreshments and social time, and you are encouraged to introduce yourselves to the priests who also come to the socials when they are not in the confessionals between Sunday Masses. You are also welcome to call the priests to make an appointment to see them during the week, or just stop by during the week to see them after they have made their thanksgivings after Mass. New parishioners may register by completing a Registration Form, which is also available in the vestibule, by visiting the parish office on weekdays, or by registering here online.
April 4, 2020
Dear St. Francis de Sales parishioners,
Please know that in conjunction with the order that Governor Kemp issued to shelter-in-place, Bishop Konzen has put in directives for the Archdiocese. In his directives he states: "At this time, we cannot open churches for prayer or adoration and be in compliance with the mandate to shelter in place. We are looking into ways to comply with the shelter-in-place order that would allow us to reopen our churches on a limited basis, but any activity that would encourage people to leave their homes between now and April 13 (the duration of Governor Kemp’s order), would be unwise."
As such, please know that St. Francis de Sales will be closed until further notice. The Holy Sacrifice of the Mass still continues to be offered for all our faithful. However, palms will not be blessed or distributed this Palm Sunday. We will hold on to them and hope to distribute them at a later time.
In addition, Bishop Konzen has given a dispensation for all Catholics in health care professions from the discipline of Fast and Abstinence on Good Friday, April 10, 2020.
The early Christians of the Church were under persecution, but they did not allow it to make them lose their peace with God. Many of them persevered in their faith and won the crown of martyrdom and entrance into the Kingdom of Heaven. This is not a direct persecution on the Catholic Church. Mass has not been suppressed and the Holy Sacrifice of the Mass still continues. This Palm Sunday, we should meditate on the Passion of Our Lord. He offered up His sufferings and death for God’s greater glory and for our spiritual good. Just as Our Lord told Pilate when He was condemned to Crucifixion, the only reason he had authority was because God gave it to him. We know that God works through reality and we know that God is allowing these circumstances to occur and that they ultimately come from God.
This is the cross that God has laid upon us this Lenten Season. We’re not all going to come down with a virus. And we’re not all going to die from it. But we do have to bear it. And we need to offer up our sufferings great and small to Our Lord. We don’t want to let this opportunity of bearing this cross and growing in virtue to pass us by. We don’t want to lose our peace with God. We need to spiritualize our challenges such that they are meritorious for us in gaining heaven.
You all remain in our prayers and are remembered fondly in the Holy Sacrifice of the Mass. May you have a Blessed Holy Week.
God bless you,
Dear St. Francis de Sales parishioners,
Please know that as a directive from the Archdiocese, Bishop Konzen has postponed public Masses through the First Sunday of Easter (Low Sunday), April 19, 2020. If we should be granted the ability to return to public gatherings sooner, we will, of course alter this plan. As always, the priests continue to privately offer the Holy Sacrifice of the Mass for your sanctification.
Please also know that Cobb County has limited gatherings to ten persons. The church is open daily from 8:00am – 5:00pm. If there are already ten people in the church when you come to visit please come back at another time.
Up to this time in Lent, Holy Mother Church has asked us to turn our eyes upon our own soul and look deep and search out our own shortcomings and sins. This Passion Sunday, the Church asks us to raise our sights and fix our eyes on the olive grove in Gesthemane, the blood-strewn streets of Jerusalem, and the barren mount of Calvary, with its three crosses standing forth, black and cruel against a grey sky.
In the Gospel for Passion Sunday, Our Lord angered His listeners by telling them He was the Eternal Son of God, and that, as such, He pre-existed their father Abraham. The people took up stones to throw at Him and He hid himself and went out of the temple.
It is a terrible thing to think that anyone would be so bold as to dare to stone the Savior of the world, the very Son of God. But when we commit a deliberate mortal sin, we not only stone Him, but crucify the Son of God again. We should resolve never to stone Our Lord by venial sin or crucify Him by mortal sin.
“We ought to conform to God’s will in all public calamities such as war, famine, and pestilence, and reverence and adore His judgments with deep humility in the firm belief that, however severe they may seem, the God of infinite goodness would not send such disasters unless some great good were to result from them. Consider how many souls may be saved through tribulation which would otherwise be lost, how many persons through affliction are converted to God and die with sincere repentance for their sins. What may appear a scourge and punishment is often a sign of great grace and mercy.
As far as we are personally concerned, let us mediate well on this truth of our faith that the very hairs of our head are numbered (Matt. 10:30), and not one of them will fall except by the will of God. In other words, we cannot suffer the least harm unless He wills and orders it. Relying on this truth we can easily understand that we have nothing more or less to fear in times of public calamity than at any other time. God can just as easily protect us in the mist of general ruin and despair as He can deliver us from evil while all around is peace and content. The only thing we need to be concerned about is to gain His favor, and this is the inevitable effect of conforming our will to His. Let us therefore hasten to accept from His hand all that He sends us, and as a result of our trustful surrender He will either cause us to gain the greatest advantages from our misfortunes or else spare us from them altogether.” (Trustful Surrender to Divine Providence, The Secret to Peace and Happiness by Fr. Jean Baptiste Saint-Jure, S.J. and St. Claude de al Colobiere, S.J.)
May God bless you,