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MABLETON–Thanks to the financial donations and hard work of many parishioners, air conditioning is now operating in the parish gymnasium, which is where the parish has been having its Sunday Masses since the public were again allowed in May to attend.

The gymnasium has proved to be a gift from almighty God for the parish since it is much larger than the church and allows the faithful to assist at Holy Mass while maintaining social distancing. The main obstacle for many people for assisting at Mass during this time has been the high heat and humidity of the Georgia summer.

With air conditioning now providing a very comfortable atmosphere in the gym, we hope that all parishioners will be able to return to Mass, noting that those who are sick should stay home. Further, the archbishop of Atlanta has dispensed the Sunday obligation to assist at Mass through Sunday, Aug. 30. The archdiocese statement on Sunday Mass attendance includes: "Those who are healthy, willing and able to comply with safety protocols and who wish to attend Mass are encouraged to do so. Those who are at high-risk of complications from COVID-19 or who are caretakers for the vulnerable are encouraged to participate in an online or televised liturgy."

MABLETON–St. Francis de Sales Catholic Church welcomed its new pastor Sunday, Aug. 2. Fr. Robert Dow, FSSP, arriving the night before from Montreal, celebrated a solemn high Mass Sunday morning and preached at all of the Masses. He takes over the parish from the out-going pastor, Fr. Joseph DeGuzman, FSSP, who had spent the last five years at the parish.

He mentioned in his introductory comments that he looks forward to meeting and getting to know of all of his parishioners, and pledged to do his best to lead them to Christ. 

MABLETON–Just before Fr. DeGuzman's departure at the end of June, he took one more step to prepare the parish for the future. He started the process of installing air conditioning units in the gym. With the help of the technical experts of the archdiocese and the members of the parish finance council, the project reached its next step this week: the AC units are now under construction in Texas. 

While they will not be ready in time for the upcoming heat wave, we do expect them to be operating within a few weeks. We all would like them to be operating today, but the process does take time, and we wanted to announce this now so that parishioners (and future parishioners) would take heart that relief from the heat is on the way.

We consider it a wonderful gift from almighty God that in the midst of the difficulties caused by coronavirus, despite the requirements of social distancing, because of our gym we are able to accommodate just as many people as normal for Sunday Mass. The heat is a problem for many people, but by making this upgrade to the parish property, we see it providing a short-term benefit to us, as well as making this building more useful to the parish year-round.

May 23, 2020

Dear St. Francis de Sales parishioners,

Please know that under the directive of Archbishop Gregory Hartmayer we will be opening our church building on Monday, May 25.  Please also know that dispensation from your Sunday obligation has been extended through June 28.

If you are sick please stay at home.  If you feel that you are at high risk to infection or have any other concerns please know that you are not required to be here at this time.  

If you are able, please come to Mass during the weekday rather than Sunday to help mitigate crowding.  It is our hope that we will not have to implement a reservation system at this time.  Weekday Masses will be held in the church.  Sunday Masses will be in the gym.  Mass times for Sunday have been temporarily shifted to 8am, 10am, and 12pm to give us time to clean in between Masses.  We have not resumed the Sung Mass at this time.  

You are also encouraged to submit your offertory online or via mail to help us with our collection under these directives.  

Individuals and families must maintain a distance of six feet from other individuals and families.  Upon entering the building for Mass, please fill in the front row first and work your way back when filling in the space.  Archdiocesan regulations indicate that everyone attending Mass must wear masks upon entering the church (except while receiving communion).  Parents may judge whether it is appropriate or not for their young children to wear a mask.  Those with medical conditions that prohibit them from wearing a face covering are not required to wear a mask.

Weekday Confessions will be at regular times before Mass and by appointment.  Confessions will be heard in the cry room.  Please know that we are still working on the details to hear Confessions on Sundays.

Thank you for your prayers and patience in these times.  More information will follow as we work our way through these new directives.  As always please know that you are remembered in our prayers and in the Holy Sacrifice of the Mass. 

May God bless you,

Fr. DeGuzman


May 16, 2020

Dear St. Francis de Sales parishioners,

Please know that no new directives have been issued as of late and St. Francis de Sales remains closed through the month of May. 

“We ought to conform to God’s Will in interior trials, that is to say in all the difficulties met with in our spiritual life, such as temptations, scruples, anxieties, aridity, desolation and so on.  Whatever immediate cause we may attribute to these states of mind, we must always look beyond to God as their author.  If we think they come from ourselves, then it is true to say that they have their origin in the ignorance of our mind, the over-sensitiveness of our feelings, the disordered state of our imagination or the perversesity of our inclinations.  But if we go back farther, if we ask where the defects themselves come from, we can only find their origin in the will of God who has not endowed us with greater perfection, and by making us subject to these infirmities has laid on us the duty of bearing all the consequences of them for our sanctification until He is pleased to put an end to them.  As soon as He judges it the right moment to touch our mind or heart, we shall be enlightened, fortified, and consoled.”

“Even if we suppose that our disturbed state is the work of the devil, it must still be attributed to God.  Does not the history of Job show that Satan has no power over us unless God gives it to him?  When Saul was beset by temptations of jealousy and hate towards David, the Scriptures tell us, the evil spirit from God came upon Saul (1 Kings 18:10).  But if the spirit was from God how could it be evil?  And it was evil, how could it be from God?  It is evil because of the devil’s evil and depraved will to afflict men in order to bring them to perdition, and it is from God because God allows him to afflict them in His plan of salvation for them.”

“Moreover we learn from the principles of our Faith and the teaching of the Saints that often God Himself by His immediate action withdraws the visible effects of His grace for purposes in accordance with His wisdom and goodness.  How many persons who have become lukewarm and careless in their duties are roused by the awareness of God’s absence and are able to regain the fervor they had lost!  How many more have been led to practice the highest virtue by interior trials!  Who can measure the degree of heroic virtue saints like St. Ignatius, St. Teresa, or St. Francis de Sales attained by this means?  We must consider it the action of a Providence unceasingly attentive to the welfare of His children, who feigns to abandon them in order to rouse them from slumber or increase their humility, self-distrust and self-renouncement, their confidence in God, submission to His Will and perseverance in prayer.”

“Everything is meant for our good, and such trials ought to be counted as special graces from God.  Whether or not they are sent as a punishment for our sins, they come from Him and we should thank Him for them, placing ourselves entirely in His hands.  It we bear them with patience we shall receive greater grace than if we were filled with a sense of fervent devotion.”

(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.)

Thank you again for all your prayers and continued generous support in these times.  As always, please know that the Holy Sacrifice of the Mass continues to be offered for you and that you are fondly remembered in our prayers.   

May God bless you,

Fr. DeGuzman


May 9, 2020

Dear St. Francis de Sales parishioners,

Please know our new Archbishop Gregory Hartmayer recently installed on May 6th has issued no new directives with regard to the Archdiocese of Atlanta.  Therefore, St. Francis de Sales remains closed through the month of May.  If the sheltering-in-place and social distancing guidelines are altered significantly during this time, the Bishops of the Archdiocese will reexamen the possibility of congregating at churches.  For a fuller explanation of their decision please see the website for the Archdiocese of Atlanta, archatl.com/covid-19/

“Those deceive themselves who believe that union with God consists in ecstasies or raptures, and in the enjoyment of Him.  For it consists in nothing except the surrender and subjection of our will with our thoughts, words, and actions, to the will of God and it is perfect when the will finds itself separated from everything, and attached only to that of God, so that every one of its movements is soley and purely the volition of God. This is the true and essential union which I have always desired, and which I constantly ask of the Lord.  Oh, how many of us there are who say this, and who think we desire only this!  But, wretched that we are, how few are ever to attain it!”  -St Teresa

“This Saint never ceased to wonder at the great privilege which man possesses in being able to united himself to his Creator, and at the wonderful desire which so great a sovereign entertains to see him untied to Himself.  This, therefore, was the object of her keenest desires, and for this she strove more ardently than for anything else.”

“St. John the Baptist abode in the desert for twenty-four years.  God knows how his heart was touched with love for his Savior even from his birth, and how earnestly he desired to enjoy His presence; and yet, devoted to the simple will of God, he remained there discharging his duty, without even once seeing Him.  And after he baptized Him, he did not follow Him, but continued in his office.  What can we say of all this, if not that his was a spirit detached from all things and from God Himself, to perform His will?  This example, says St. Francis de Sales overwhelms my soul with its grandeur.”  (Cultivating Virtue:  Self-Mastery with the Saints)

St. John the Baptist is considered one the greatest saints of all time.  His greatness, as with all the saints, consists in conforming his will to God’s will.  John the Baptist was not called to follow Our Lord the way the Apostles were.  He remained at his post fulfilling the will of God, preaching the coming of the Messiah, baptizing in the Jordan, and dying as a witness to the faith in his martyrdom.  That was his part in the role of Salvation History which he fulfilled.  In these times that God has placed us in, we know that if we trust in Him and conform our wills to His, that He will help us to persevere through these trials and sanctify us. 

Thank you again for all your prayers and continued generous support in these times.  As always, please know that the Holy Sacrifice of the Mass continues to be offered for you and that you are fondly remembered in our prayers.   

May God bless you,

Fr. DeGuzman


May 2, 2020

Dear St. Francis de Sales parishioners,

Please know that St. Francis de Sales remains closed through the month of May.  If the sheltering-in-place and social distancing guidelines are altered significantly during this time, the Bishops of the Archdiocese will reexamen the possibility of congregating at churches.  For a fuller explanation of their decision please see the website for the Archdiocese of Atlanta, archatl.com/covid-19/

“Our greatest fault is that we wish to serve God in our way, not in His way – according to our will, not according to His will.  When He wishes us to be sick, we wish to be well; when He desires us to serve Him by sufferings, we desire to serve Him by works; when He wishes us to exercise charity, we wish to exercise humility; when He seeks from us resignation, we wish for devotion, a spirit of prayer, or some other virtue.  And this is not because the things we desire may be more pleasing to Him, but because they are more to our taste.  This is certainly the greatest obstacle we can raise to our own perfection, for it is beyond doubt that if we wish to be Saints according to our own will, we shall never be so at all.  To be truly a Saint, it is necessary to be one according to the will of God.” 

“The greatest fault among those who have a good will is that they wish to be something they cannot be, and do not wish to be what they necessarily must be.  They conceive desires to do great things for which, perhaps, no opportunity may ever come to them, and meantime neglect the small which the Lord puts into their hands.  There are a thousand little acts of virtue, such as bearing with importunities and imperfections of our neighbor, not resenting an unpleasant word or a trifling injury, retraining an emotion of anger, mortifying some little affection, some ill-regulated desire to speak or to listen, excusing an indiscretion, or yielding to another in trifles.  These are things to be done by all; why not practice them?  The occasion for great gains come but rarely, but of little gains many can be made each day; and by managing these little gains with judgment, there are some who grow rich.  Oh, how holy and rich in merits we should make ourselves, if we but knew how to profit by the opportunities which our vocation supplies to us!” -St. Francis de Sales (Cultivating Virtue:  Self-Mastery with the Saints)

In these times we are particularly tested both in everyday virtues, such as patience and kindness, which we have ample opportunities to practice and in virtues which we may not call upon on a regular basis, such as perseverance and magnanimity.  Let us not let the opportunity pass us by to praise God, by accepting these crosses He places before us, so that we can continue our growth in virtue, for our spiritual good and His greater glory. 

Thank you again for all your prayers and continued generous support in these times.  As always, please know that the Holy Sacrifice of the Mass continues to be offered for you and that you are fondly remembered in our prayers.   

May God bless you,

Fr. DeGuzman


April 24, 2020

Dear St. Francis de Sales parishioners,

Please know that the bishops of the Archdiocese of Atlanta have determined that the churches in the Archdiocese will remain closed through the month of May.  If the sheltering-in-place and social distancing guidelines are altered significantly during this time, they will reexamen the possibility of congregating at churches.  For a fuller explanation of their decision please see the website for the Archdiocese of Atlanta, archatl.com/covid-19/

“The Lord sends us tribulation and infirmities to give us the means of paying the immense debts we have contracted with Him.  Therefore, those who have good sense receive them joyfully, for they think more of the good which they may derive from them than of the pain which they experience on account of them.” – St. Vincent Ferrer

This Saint unfolded this same sentiment more fully in a sermon which contained this pleasing parable:  There was a king who had in prison two men who both owed him large sums of money.  Seeing that they were unable to pay because they possessed nothing, he threw down a purse full of money upon each of them with so much force that they both felt the pain.  One, angry at the blow, showed his impatience without making any account of the purse; but the other, not regarding the pain, recognized the favor done him, and taking the purse, gave thanks to the king and paid his debt with the money.  “Now, precisely the same thing happens with us,” added the Saint.  “We all owe heavy debts to God for the many benefits we have received from Him, and for the many sins we have committed against Him, nor have we anything of our own to pay them.  Therefore, moved by pity for us, He sends us the gold of patience in the purse of tribulations, that we may use it to pay our debts.  Whoever will not do this only increases his debts and renders himself, at the same time, more displeasing to God.” 

The example of the two thieves crucified with Our Lord confirms this truth.  By his patience, one paid his debts and gained Paradise; while the other, by his impatience, made himself more than ever a debtor, and obtained for himself eternal pains.   (Cultivating Virtue:  Self-Mastery with the Saints)

Thank you again for all your prayers and continued generous support in these times.  As always, please know that the Holy Sacrifice of the Mass continues to be offered for you and that you are fondly remembered in our prayers.   

May God bless you,

Fr. DeGuzman


April 18, 2020

Dear St. Francis de Sales parishioners,

Please know that in Bishop Konzen’s most recent letter to the priests the Archdiocese of Atlanta will continue suspension of public gatherings including Masses until further notice. Therefore, St. Francis de Sales continues to remain closed until further notice.  Please do check the parish website for updates. 

“Generally speaking, one day of adversity can be of more profit to us for our eternal salvation than years of untroubled living, whatever good use we make of it.” 

“It is common knowledge that prosperity has the effect of softening us.  When a man is materially well off and content with his state, it is a great deal if he takes the trouble to think of God two or three times a day.  His mind is so pleasantly occupied with his worldly affairs that it is easy for him to forget all the rest.  Adversity on the other hand leads us as if naturally to raise our eyes to Heaven to seek consolation in our distress.  Certainly God can be glorified whatever condition we are in, and the life of a Christian who serves Him when fortune is favorable is most pleasing to Him.  But can he please Him as much as the man who blesses Him while he is suffering?  It cannot be doubted that a man who enjoys good health, position, wealth and the world’s esteem, if he uses his advantages as he ought, attributing them to God and thanking Him for them, by doing so glorifies His Maker and leads a Christian life.  But if Providence takes away what he has and strikes him down, and in the midst of his reverses he continues to express the same sentiments, returning the same thanks and obeying his Lord with the same promptness and submission as he did formerly, it is then that he proclaims the glory of God and the efficacy of His grace in the most convincing and striking manner.”  

“Judge then what recompense those persons will receive from the Christ who have followed  Him along the way of His Cross.  On the judgement day we shall understand how much God has loved us by giving us the opportunities to merit so rich a reward.  Then we shall reproach ourselves for complaining at what was meant to increase our happiness, for grieving when we should have been rejoicing, for doubting God’s goodness when He was giving us concrete evidence of it.” 

“It is clear from this that whatever the manner of our life we should always accept adversity joyfully.  If we are leading a good life adversity purifies us, makes us better and enables us to acquire greater merit.  If our life is sinful it serves to bring us to repentance and obliges us to become good.”  (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.) 

Thank you again for all your prayers and support in these times.  As always, please know that the Holy Sacrifice of the Mass continues to be offered for you and that you are fondly remembered in our prayers.   

May God bless you,

Fr. DeGuzman


April 11, 2020

Dear St. Francis de Sales parishioners,

We wish you all Blessed Easter! 

Please know that in Bishop Konzen’s letter of appreciation to the priests on Holy Thursday, he stated that “There is, at the moment, no way to know when these circumstances will improve, but we know that we will return one day to the fullness of the Church’s life as we have known it.”   This being the case, St. Francis de Sales continues to remain closed until further notice.  Please do check the parish website which we will update should anything change. 

“Our trials are never greater than our strength to bear them.  We should not let ourselves be troubled when we are sometimes plagued with adversity, for we know that it is meant for our spiritual welfare and carefully proportioned to our needs, and that a limit has been set to it by the wisdom of the same God who has set a bound to the ocean.  Sometimes it might seem as if the sea in its fury would overflow and flood the land, but it respects the limits of its shore and its waves break upon the yielding sand.  There is no tribulation or temptation whose limits God has not appointed so as to serve not for our destruction but for our salvation.  God is faithful, says the Apostle, and will not permit you to be tempted (or afflicted) beyond your strength, (1Cor.10:13) but it is necessary for you to be so, since through many tribulations we must enter the kingdom of God (Acts14:21) in the steps of our Redeemer, who said Himself, Did not the Christ have to suffer all these things before entering into his glory?  (Lk.24:26).  If you refused to accept these tribulations you would be acting against your best interests.  You are like a block of marble in the hands of the sculptor.  The sculptor must chip, hew and smooth it to make it into a statue that is a work of art.  God wishes to make us the living image of Himself.  All we need to think of is to keep still in His hands while He works on us, and we can rest assured that the chisel will never strike the slightest blow that is not needed for His purposes and our sanctification; for, as St. Paul says, the will of God is your sanctification.”  (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.) 

Thank you so much for all your prayers and support in these times.  As always, please know that the Holy Sacrifice of the Mass continues to be offered for you this Easter Octave and that you are fondly remembered in our prayers.   

May God bless you,

Fr. DeGuzman


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,

Fr. DeGuzman


March 28, 2020

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,

Fr. DeGuzman


March 20, 2020

Dear St. Francis de Sales parishioners:

Thank you for your prayers and continued support of our parish.

As we know, in this season of Lent any penances and mortifications we impose upon ourselves are not necessarily to weaken our body, but to lift up our soul. And we know that the best penances for us to bear and accept are the ones that God Himself gives us. We know that God works through reality, and that He is allowing these events to take place for His greater glory and our own spiritual good. As such, we need to spiritualize these challenges such that we are able to uproot our vices, grow in virtue, and gain merit for heaven.

We know that to be a good Catholic we have to do more than just show up for Mass on Sunday and not think about God for the rest of the week. Our faith has to permeate our week and our lives.

As we have to practice social distancing, we cannot have too many people in too small a space. Therefore, we cannot have organized activities such as Rosary groups in the church or other group prayer. This does not mean that you cannot pray your Rosary. But if you do, please do so in silence to yourself. This also gives the opportunity for other parishioners to practice their private Lenten devotions such as Stations of the Cross, spiritual reading and meditation. Silence is conducive to prayer.

As you all know you have been dispensed from your Sunday obligation. The priests are still offering their daily Masses for you and we are available for confessions by appointment. This includes if you want to go to confession on Sunday. Confessions must be made by appointment. The church is open daily from 8am – 5pm and you are welcome to come in for prayer, but we cannot have too many people here at the same time.

You are encouraged to keep the Lord’s day holy and the whole week by watching the Latin Mass on livemass.net, reading through the Mass readings and meditating on them along with the daily readings in the Liturgical Year Project available on our website or other spiritual books. You are also encouraged to make spiritual communions and pray your family rosary.

We are approaching Laetare Sunday, halfway through Lent, when we read of the miracle Our Lord performed of the multiplication of the loaves and the fishes. The following week on Passion Sunday, Our Lord hid Himself, because they took up stones to cast at Him and He went out of the temple. We also know of His Passion and Death. But we also know of His Resurrection to everlasting life.

Holy Mother Church has been through epidemics before. That’s why we have those prayers. And we know that these trials too shall pass, giving us a renewed appreciation of the Holy Sacrifice of the Mass and of Our Lord in the Most Blessed Sacrament. Please know that the Holy Sacrifice of the Mass still continues and that you are in our prayers and that we offer our private Masses for you during these times.

God bless you,

Fr. DeGuzman


March 16, 2020

Dear St. Francis de Sales parishioners:

Please know that all public Masses in the Archdiocese of Atlanta including St. Francis de Sales are cancelled from March 17 - April 5 by order of Bishop Konzen.  You are dispensed from your Sunday obligation. You may stream the Latin Mass at livemass.net.

In addition all parish activities are cancelled during this time.  This includes CCD, Knights of Columbus, Legion of Mary, Inquiry class, confirmation class, Guild of St. Stephen, Squires, etc.

All meetings with priests will be conducted over the phone. Confessions are available by appointment. The church will be open daily from 8am - 5pm for prayer. Please practice social distancing. Adoration on Thursdays from 10am to 3pm is still available.

Please know that you are in our prayers and that the priests will be offering their private Masses for you during this time.

God bless you,

Fr. DeGuzman

MABLETON–This story about Ash Wednesday at St. Francis de Sales Catholic Church appeared on WSB-TV's 11 pm news on Feb. 26, 2020.