The Cathedral of St. Philip - Atlanta, GA

Pastoral Care

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Pastoral care emergency line: 404-365-1003

Suicide Intervention Training

Friday – Saturday, September 23 – 24
8 a.m. – 5 p.m.

Whether at work, at home, with friends or teammates, or in more formal helping roles, many of us have been, or will be, called upon to respond to someone who is experiencing a mental-health crisis or considering suicide. The Cathedral is hosting a two-day workshop in one of the world’s leading suicide-intervention models, Applied Suicide Intervention Skills Training (ASIST). ASIST teaches individuals to provide a skilled intervention to a person who may be having thoughts of suicide and develop a collaborative safety plan to keep them safe and alive. The cost is $150 for Cathedral members, and continuing education credits are available.  Please register by September 9 here. Once you register, you will receive an email for a link to pay for the workshop. Contact Hillary Jones, or 404-365-1038, with any questions

Prayer Shawls and Blankets

The Prayer Shawl Ministry is a group of creative and prayer-filled knitters who minister directly to fellow parish members, friends, and neighbors. The St. Anne’s Guild has a Prayer Blanket ministry, also, and would love to share the blankets they have blessed and prayed over with anyone who is suffering or grieving. Prayer shawls and blankets are distributed personally by parishioners and clergy and are available by request. For further information regarding participation or to request a shawl or blanket, please contact Canon Cathy Zappa.

Grief Support Group

The Cathedral hosts a grief support group, facilitated by Hospice Atlanta and open to all who are grieving the death of a loved one. The group meets in the Lanier House on second and fourth Sundays, from 2–3:30 p.m. Feel free to come as you can, and plan to wear a mask. For more information, contact Canon Cathy Zappa.

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

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 Zappa
The Rev. Cathy Zappa

Canon for Liturgy and Pastoral Care 
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Hillary Jones
Hillary Jones

Program Coordinator for Liturgy and Pastoral Care 
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Juan Sandoval
The Rev. Juan Sandoval

Deacon for Hispanic Ministries and Pastoral Care
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Congregational 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.

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.

Senior Community

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

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. 

All Saints Requiem

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.