Saint Francis de Sales, Mableton
The Saint Francis de Sales Latin Mass community was established by
Archbishop John F. Donoghue for those who desire the traditional Latin Rite in
the Archdiocese of Atlanta. Mass is celebrated regularly at the church in
Mableton. Membership is offered to all of the Archdiocese of Atlanta who desire
to participate in the venerable Latin Rite of the Catholic Church, and who wish
to partake of the fullness of the Church's rich liturgical tradition.
During renovations, 1999.
For the first five years of its existence, the community met in
various places for Mass. Originally Mass was celebrated once a month at
Sacred Heart in downtown Atlanta. In the meantime
Father Mark Fischer, F.S.S.P., took up residence at a house in Alpharetta owned
by the Archdiocese of Atlanta, where he set up a chapel in the basement for
daily and Sunday Mass. At the same time a second, Sunday afternoon Mass was
celebrated weekly at Saint Joseph Maronite parish in the Little Five Points
area of Atlanta. Eventually the archdiocese assigned the Alpharetta property to
a new parish elementary school, so Father Fischer accepted the hospitality of
Father Richard Wise and took up temporary residence at Saints Peter and Paul parish in Decatur, where he could
celebrate daily Mass. At the same time he arranged the use of a Decatur funeral
home chapel for the regular Sunday morning Mass. While these various
arrangements did serve the spiritual needs of many throughout
north Georgia (as well as a few regular participants
from Alabama and South Carolina), it left the congregation divided into two
geographical units and dependent on the hospitality of others.
In January 1999, the community purchased a former Protestant
church in Mableton, west of Atlanta, and began the appropriate
renovations for the celebration of the Latin
Mass. On January 29, 1999, Archbishop Donoghue elevated the community to the
status of personal parish and appointed Father Fischer as the first pastor.
During early 2000 the parish engaged in a further renovation of
the church interior.
The Priestly Fraternity of Saint Peter
The Priestly Fraternity of Saint Peter is a society of Apostolic
Life of Pontifical Right. It was founded in 1988 by Pope John Paul II for the
express purpose of preserving the traditional Latin Rite, according to the Moto
Proprio Ecclesia Dei. The Fraternity provides chaplains to bishops and
dioceses who request us to come for those who have a legitimate desire for this
form of worship and spirituality. The Fraternity is active in America, Canada,
Switzerland, Germany, Austria, Belgium and France. Seminarians are trained in
the fraternity's seminaries in the USA and Germany.
Renovation of the church interior, 2000.
Directions to the Church
Proceed on Interstate Highway 20 east of Atlanta to exit number 49
-- Fulton Industrial Boulevard (state highway 70).
If coming from the west (Birmingham) turn left on Fulton
Industrial and proceed to the third traffic light (Martin Luther King Jr.
If coming from the east (Atlanta) turn right on Fulton
Industrial and proceed to the second traffic light (Martin Luther King Jr.
Turn left on Martin Luther King Jr. Drive. NOTE: This road changes
name to Mableton Parkway one mile later as it crosses the Chattahoochee River.
It changes again to Floyd Road as it crosses Bankhead Highway.
Proceed 5.8 miles on MLK / Mableton Pkwy. / Floyd Rd. to Landers
Turn right and proceed three tenths of a mile. The church is on