The Cathedral of St. Philip - Atlanta, GA

Pastoral Care

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Pastoral care emergency line: 404-365-1003

Upcoming Pastoral Care Events

Caring Cathedral Lunch & Learn

Third Thursdays, 12:30 p.m.

The Cathedral community cares! This monthly lunch-and-learn series supports our care for others and for self through presentations on topics like mental health, addiction, marriage, stress and anxiety, family transitions, and more. Contact Canon Cathy Zappa,, for more information.

"This is Us"

Thursday, October 20
12:30 p.m. – 1:30 p.m.

Our time together will focus on the causes of stress and anxiety and explore both psychological and spiritual ways we can better manage it in ourselves and support those who struggle around us. This conversation will be led by Christy Gituku Ed.S., LPC, Director of the Cathedral Counseling Center. 

All Saints Requiem

Sunday, November 6, 4 p.m.

On the first Sunday in November at 4 p.m., the Cathedral Choir and Schola will sing at our annual Requiem Eucharist for all those who have died this past year. During that Eucharist, we will read the names of those members, family, and friends who have died in the past year. It is a great way to remember a loved one as the holiday season approaches. 

Blue Christmas service

Wednesday, December 21, 6 p.m. in St. Mary's Chapel

For many of us, Christmas is a tough time, and can be the occasion for “feeling blue” in the midst of the culture focused on being happy and celebrating. At such times, we need to take time to acknowledge our sadness, loss, and grief. The anguish of broken relationships, of unemployment, the weariness of ill health, the loss of a loved one, and even the loss of a dear family pet – all can contribute to a feeling of being alone, of “feeling blue,” in the midst of the season around us. We invite you to this service to move from “feeling blue” to experiencing the wonder and hope of Christmas. 


Ongoing Pastoral Care 

The pastoral care department offers many ways to be involved in congregational care. In addition to volunteers, we are always looking for names of parishioners to call or visit. To reach the on-call clergy person, call the Pastoral Care Emergency Line by dialing 404-365-1003.


Prayer List

The Cathedral has an active prayer list that is prayed by many different groups. We also include the list in our Sunday services. We encourage parishioners to add their names or the name of someone else (with their permission) to the prayer list. 

Grief Support Group

Dates TBD

In partnership with Hospice Atlanta, the Cathedral hosts a grief-support group, open to anyone grieving the death of a loved one. Contact Canon Cathy Zappa,, for more information.

12-Step Groups

Alcoholics Anonymous: Tuesday, 7 p.m. and Wednesday, 7 p.m., Lanier House
Peachtree Al-Anon Family Group: Thursday, 10:30 a.m., Lanier House 
Emotions Anonymous: Wednesday, 6:30 p.m., Room 120

Emotions Anonymous ( is a 12-Step program adapted from AA that supports individuals with emotional difficulties in their efforts to live a more manageable life. The only requirement for EA fellowship is the desire to become well emotionally. 

Dementia Caregiver Support Group

Thursdays, 1 – 2 p.m.

This group offers emotional support, practical information, and supportive companionship for dementia caregivers. It is led by an experienced facilitator and dementia caregiver, Roy Kerfoot, and sponsored by Piedmont Sixty Plus. The group usually meets at Second Ponce de Leon Baptist Church (across the street from the Cathedral); however, for the time being, it is meeting online. For more information and for the Zoom link, contact Canon Cathy Zappa, or Roy Kerfoot at

Lay Eucharistic Visitors

These volunteers participate in the Sunday Eucharist when they are sent out to take the sacraments to those who are sick or unable to attend church.  This group of volunteers is also invited to participate in the monthly Pastoral Care Guild meetings. In addition to volunteers, we are looking for names of parishioners to visit.

Community of Hope

Community of Hope is a program in lay pastoral care, which supports lay leaders and caregivers through intentional community, education and reflection, and spiritual formation. Participants meet on twelve Sunday afternoons, from September – May. 

Funeral Guild

This guild provides important assistance, hospitality, and worship support for pastoral liturgies. Click here for more information about funerals. 

Senior Community

Clergy and other volunteers regularly visit the Cathedral Towers, Canterbury Court, Lenbrook Square, and Peachtree Hills Place.

Then the Spirit said to Philip, “Go over to this chariot and join it.” So Philip ran up to it and heard him reading the prophet Isaiah. He asked, “Do you understand what you are reading?” He replied, “How can I, unless someone guides me?” And he invited Philip to get in and sit beside him. —Acts 8:29-31

The Cathedral offers the values of Philip the Deacon—grace, excellence, and hospitality—in the midst of difficulty and transition. Philip had the grace to baptize the eunuch. He had the excellence to explain the gospel. Philip had the hospitality to join the Ethiopian eunuch; he got up into the chariot with him (Acts 8:26–40).

After Philip baptizes the Ethiopian eunuch, scripture says he is “snatched up” and disappears. This serves as a reminder that our mission is to offer care during transitions. The pastoral care department does not have the experience, personnel, or resources to provide long-term care, case management, or financial assistance. However, we do have the ability to connect you with agencies whose mission is to provide such care.


We believe that pastoral care is rooted in the grace of Christ, so we draw upon the sacraments and sacramental rites in the Book of Common Prayer.


We will offer excellent care and guidance through counseling sessions, classes, programs, pastoral visits, workshops, and worship. 


Clergy, counselors, staff, and volunteers will be present with you during life’s difficulties and transitions.

We hope that you will participate our pastoral offerings and experience the grace, excellence, and hospitality of the Cathedral.

Pastoral Care Team

Cathy ZappaThe Rev. Cathy ZappaCanon for Liturgy and Pastoral Care
404-365-1043 sermons »

Hillary JonesHillary JonesProgram Coordinator for Pastoral Care and Worship

Juan SandovalThe Rev. Juan SandovalDeacon for Hispanic Ministries and Pastoral Care
jsandoval@cathedralATL.orgsermons »