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MABLETON–The funeral for long-time parishioner Marie Serredell (1924-2021) will be held Saturday, Jan. 30, at 11 am. Please pray for the repose of her soul, and for the comfort of her family. 

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Oct. 4, 1924 – Jan. 19, 2021

From an obituary provided by her family:

Marie E. "Francis" Serredell of Elma, Washington, passed away with her son by her side peacefully in her sleep at home on Tuesday morning, Jan. 19, 2021. She was born in Chillicothe, Missouri, to Joseph Johnston Cornett and Martha Ellen Trimbel Cornett on October 4, 1924. Out of 12 siblings, she was the only surviving. 

She grew up on a farm in Grand Pass, Missouri, and noted many times her mother prepared meals for 18 people on a wood stove to be shared on a trestle table. They had livestock, chickens, and mules to plow the lower 40 acres of bottom land. Her father owned the local Shell gas and grocery store and was also a justice of the peace for the town.  

She married Robert John Serredell, Sr., in 1948. He was in the Coast Guard and after their Dec. 2, 1948, wedding, they deployed to his first assignment in Ketchikan, Alaska. At age 60, he died after 38 years of marriage in 1986.

Having been a Baptist most of her life, she attended her son's reception into the Catholic Church in 1986. Two years after moving to Georgia in 2005, she approached one of the priests at St. Francis de Sales Catholic Church in Mableton, Georgia, and requested instruction in the Faith. 

Having suffered a stroke that left her bedridden a couple of years ago, she bore her suffering while praying daily rosaries, reciting the Divine Mercy chaplet, and watching the Masses on EWTN daily.

She is survived by her son Robert J. Serredell, Jr., of Mableton; daughter Martha Jo Oliver and granddaughter Serra Marie of Anchorage, Alaska; daughter Linda Marie and son-in-law Donald Eugene Willis II, and grandson Donald E. Willis III of Anchorage, Alaska; Angela Marie Willis of Elma, Washington and great-granddaughter Hailey Marie Carlton of Olympia, Washington; and many nieces and nephews. 


MABLETON–We are very happy to publish some photos below of recent weddings here at St. Francis de Sales Catholic Church. You can read about each of the couples on a new section of the website for publishing the Banns of Marriage

RECENTLY ADDED: On November 21, 2020, Adam Markich married Sydney Rose:

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On August 22, 2020, Luis Ortiz married Emily Koschler:

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On Sept. 12, 2020, Séan Drop married Alexandra Russell:

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On Sept. 19, 2020, Patrick O'Reilly married Montana Haygood:

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May God bless these couples and help them to grow together in sanctity as they seek him above all things. 

MABLETON–Juventutem Atlanta, the parish’s young adult group, visited beautiful Amicalola Falls today for a hike and a picnic. The group gathered at St. Francis de Sales Catholic Church in the morning for Mass, then carpooled to the state park. After hiking to the top of the falls on the well-maintained trail, they enjoyed a picnic lunch. 

Juventutem Atlanta is part of an international organization of young adults who attend the Traditional Latin Mass. All young people ages 18 to 35–regardless of which parish they attend or even which religion they have–are welcome to attend the groups monthly activities. For more information about their activities, visit their website at http://www.juventutematlanta.com


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MABLETON–The Catholic education program (CCD) at St. Francis de Sales Catholic Church will resume Sunday, Oct. 18, with classes starting at 9:15 am. Over the next two weeks, the annual meetings of catechists and parents will be held to prepare for the 2020-2021 program.

Parents planning to enroll their children in the no-cost program must register them in advance by filling out forms, which are available here.

Some of the forms can be completed electronically through the website, but some require a physical signature and must be downloaded and submitted on paper to the parish office. These forms will also be available at the church.

The adjustment to the Sunday Mass times allows this year’s classes to operate for a full hour between the 8 am Mass and the high Mass, which will now be at 10:30 am. The classes will be from 9:15 to 10:15 am, allowing those who attend the 8 am Mass to go to CCD afterwards, or those who go to the high Mass to go to CCD before Mass.

F0r any questions, please contact Mr. Randal Mandock, the parish’s director of religious education, at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

MABLETON–With the return of our Catholic education program (CCD) just around the corner, and the need for more time between Sunday Masses for confessions, Fr. Robert Dow, FSSP, has announced an adjustment to the Sunday Mass schedule.

Starting Sunday, Oct. 18, the schedule will be as follows:

  • 8 am Low Mass
  • 9:15 to 10:15 am CCD
  • 10:30 am High Mass
  • 1 pm Low Mass

This slight adjustment to the schedule shifts the high Mass 30 minutes later, which helps the priests to hear more confessions between Masses, and enables the CCD program to have a full hour between the 8 am and 10:30 am Masses.

The CCD program provides a much-needed remedy to the lack of good Catholic education for children in our society today. More information about the program is available here on the parish website, and registration forms for the new academic year will be available beginning Saturday, September 26.

The website also provides an electronic calendar of the parish Mass times, allowing users with smart phones, tablets, and computers to see not only the Sunday and daily Mass times in the calendar on their own devices, but it also provides the names of the feasts for each day, helping parishioners to better pray with the mind of the Church. To subscribe to this service, visit this page, and select "subscribe" at the top of the page for either the Mass Schedule or Bulletin Events.