Pastoral care emergency line: 404-365-1003
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.
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
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, czappa@cathedralATL.org, for more information.
Alcoholics Anonymous: Tuesday, 7 p.m. and Wednesday, 7 p.m., Lanier House
New Beginnings: Family Al-Anon: Wednesday, 7 p.m., Room 120
Peachtree Al-Anon Family Group: Thursday, 10:30 a.m., Lanier House
Families Anonymous: Thursday, 7 p.m., Lanier House
Brain Injury Survivors Support Group
Second and fourth Mondays of the month, 6 – 8 p.m.
Brain Injury Survivors offers peer-to-peer group therapy led by Cathedral member, author, and aneurysm survivor Denzil Strickland. Starting on October 23, meetings are on the second and fourth Mondays of each month from 6 to 8 p.m. We focus on providing emotional support as well as sharing tools for getting better. Caregivers are welcome. For more information, see braininjurysurvivors.net or contact Canon Cathy Zappa, czappa@cathedralATL.org.
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.
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.
This guild provides important assistance, hospitality, and worship support for pastoral liturgies. Click here for more information about funerals.
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
Hillary JonesProgram Coordinator for Pastoral Care and Worship