MABLETON—Today the parish celebrates the 19th anniversary of the consecration of its church, which was done solemnly by Archbishop John F. Donoghue, the former archbishop of Atlanta who in 1994 invited the Priestly Fraternity of St. Peter (FSSP) to say the traditional Mass in his archdiocese, created St. Francis de Sales Parish in 1999, and then consecrated the church in an epic five-and-a-half-hour ceremony in 2000.
The pastor, Fr. Joseph DeGuzman, FSSP, will offer a sung Mass at 7:30 pm tonight in thanksgiving to almighty God for the many blessings He has bestowed on this community over the last 25 years, and especially for granting the parish this sacred place of worship.
At the start of Mass, the choir will sing the words of Jacob from Genesis 28:
Terribilis est locus iste: hic domus Dei est et porta cœli: et vocabitur aula Dei.
How awesome is this place! This is none other than the house of God; this is the gate of heaven; and it shall be called the court of God.
The church was consecrated by the archbishop on Sunday, Oct. 8, 2000. The ministers included the founding pastor, Fr. Mark Fischer, FSSP, as deacon of the Mass, and Fr. Christopher Blust, FSSP, as subdeacon.
Photos from Oct. 8, 2000: