Growth of the Parish Boosts FSSP
MABLETON—St. Francis de Sales and many other parishes of the Priestly Fraternity of St. Peter (FSSP) across North America have recorded major growth over the past year, a recent article reported. The FSSP published a story Thursday reporting that St. Francis de Sales had grown from 460 to 600 in the last 12 months, a 30-percent increase.
2019 Parish Picnic
SMYRNA—Hundreds of parishioners gathered at Tolleson State Park on Sunday afternoon, Oct. 6, for the annual parish picnic. The Knights of Columbus organized the food, while families ate together and children and adults alike played volleyball, frisbee, and soccer. The picnic was blessed with beautiful weather, and people lingered well into the evening enjoying each other's company. Be sure to join us for our next parish event, our All Saints Party on Sunday, Nov. 3.
Celebration of the 19th Anniversary of Church's Consecration
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:
Young adults pray the Rosary, go to Braves game
ATLANTA—An Atlanta area's group of young adults attached to the Latin Mass—called Juventutem Atlanta—gathered at St. Francis de Sales Catholic Church yesterday to pray the Rosary and listen to a talk from their chaplain, after which they drove over to SunTrust Park for a tailgate-style picnic and to watch the Atlanta Braves play the San Francisco Giants. They car pooled to the stadium, where they saw the Braves win handily, 8-1. The group was nearly 30 young adults.
Upcoming Juventutem Atlanta activities include:
* Oct. 5 (First Saturday): meeting for the 7 am Mass at St. Francis de Sales Catholic Church, a quick breakfast (bring your own) at the church, then head to a construction site in Mableton to help on a Habitat for Humanity project.
* Nov. 5: meeting for the Rosary at 6:30 pm at St. Francis de Sales Catholic Church, then head to Kennesaw State College Music School for a choral concert.
Pilgrims go to Hanceville
CULLMAN—Young adults from St. Francis de Sales Parish and six other parishes made a pilgrimage Saturday to the Shrine of the Most Blessed Sacrament in Hanceville, Alabama, part of the monastery founded by Mother Angelica of EWTN fame, and to the Ave Maria Grotto in Cullman, Alabama. The pilgrimage was organized by the Atlanta chapter of Juventutem International, which organizes monthly events for young adults ages 18 to 35 who have a devotion to or an interest in the traditional Latin Mass. Each month's activities include both a spiritual dimension and a social dimension.
"It was peaceful, it was beautiful. The silence especially spoke to me," said Tristan Smith, 25, who just moved to Atlanta from Washington, D.C.
The group assembled for Mass at 7 am at St. Francis de Sales, received the special blessing for embarking on a pilgrimage, then drove with their chaplain, Fr. James M. Smith, FSSP, assistant pastor of St. Francis de Sales, in a 15-passenger van and four cars.
The group heard a conference from Dr. David Anders, host of Called to Communion on the EWTN Global Catholic Radio Network, which is a show for non-Catholics. He spoke to them about the importance of living a rightly ordered life, especially in marriage, and how he discovered that that was possible by following the teachings of the Catholic Church. Dr. Anders recently published a book, The Catholic Church Saved My Marriage.
After lunch at Luna's BBQ in Hanceville, the group returned to the shrine to adore our Lord in the Blessed Sacrament exposed in the gloriously beautiful church, then recited the Divine Mercy chaplet with the cloistered sisters who live at the shrine. After some free time and a visit to the shrine's gift shop, they drove to Cullman to tour the Ave Maria Grotto.
While they drove, they heard a reading from Humility of Heart by Fr. Cajetan de Bergamo, and sang the Rosary.
On Sept. 21, Juventutem Atlanta plans to attend a baseball game at SunTrust Park, home of the Atlanta Braves, who at press time remain in first place. Juventutem Atlanta organizer, Bryan Lester expects at least 20 people for next month's event, but urges all those planning to come to reserve their $15 tickets now before the Braves' dynamic pricing system causes the price to increase.