Wherever there is life, there is need. Needs are part and parcel of human history. The growth of the Catholic Faith in Georgia is the result of people’s need for more and larger Catholic parishes. Here in Dunwoody, All Saints Catholic Church has been part of that response. Way back in 1977, one hundred Catholic families needed a place to worship. They came together in a spirit of faith, working with other families who later joined them, and today we worship and learn in the space they provided. That space has served us well for more than thirty years, with various updates along the way.
There are numerous examples of our meeting past needs:
In 2009, Msgr. Kiernan looked into expanding the administration building, only to find that the present structure was unable to support a larger second story and the cost of adding a simple office or classroom to the structure was just cost prohibitive.
Arriving at All Saints just over three years ago as the new pastor, my goal is for All Saints to continue to meet the needs of our growing community. Dunwoody is no longer the same as it was in the 70’s. To help with this, the Finance Council established a Planning and Development Committee to develop immediate and long range goals for the parish. To date, on their recommendations and approval, we have implemented a more interactive Youth Program, including XLT. This program draws an average of six hundred teenagers once a month. Our similar program for college students and beyond drew five hundred college students on December 8, 2013. Also, a new full commercial kitchen was installed in the former racquet ball court enabling us to accommodate the Lenten Fish Fry, Breakfast with Santa, Parish Appreciation Dinner and Dance, etc. in our gymnasium. Also, our exercise room was upgraded to a Health and Wellness Center.