The Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Atlanta  

Saint Francis de Sales, MabletonSaint Francis de Sales, Mableton

January 29, 1999
587 Landers Drive
Mableton, GA 30126
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Parish Information

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.

Saint Francis de Sales, Mableton Renovations

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.

Interior of St. Francis de Sales

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. Drive).

If coming from the east (Atlanta) turn right on Fulton Industrial and proceed to the second traffic light (Martin Luther King Jr. Drive).

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 Road.

Turn right and proceed three tenths of a mile. The church is on the right.