Statement of Need

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:

  • When All Saints was built there were only two preschool programs in the Archdiocese. Today there are several, including the Preschool at All Saints. As a parish, we answered that need in 2006 by modifying our Athletic Center.
  • In 1997 the Archdiocese of Atlanta had a major Capital Campaign to meet the growing and larger needs of the Archdiocese. They called it “Building the Church of Tomorrow” and portions of the funds raised by parishes remained in the parish to answer a parish’s particular need. Msgr. Kiernan, coming to the Mission Territory of Savannah/Atlanta Diocese in 1949, had both experience and observation that many of the living quarters for priests left much to be desired. Hence, he allocated these funds to build a rectory which is one of the best in the Archdiocese.
  • Also, back in 1977, few ever heard of having a columbarium in a parish. In December, 2010, All Saints answered that need and today we have a beautiful resting place for our dear departed. Today it is part of normal conversation at All Saints.
  • Using funds from the “2005 Our Heritage, Our Future Campaign”, Msgr. Kiernan replaced the heating and air condition units in the church and administration buildings, purchased a new organ and doors for the church, and resurfaced the parking lot adding new concrete curbs and gutters.

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.