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Mission Statement
The Catholic Shrine of the Immaculate Conception strives to live the Gospel of Jesus Christ as a welcoming community of diverse Christians, seeking spiritual growth and providing compassionate outreach.

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St. Francis Table
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Crowd gathering on a Saturday morning, waiting to be admitted to St. Francis Table.
History
St. Francis Table began operation on Holy Saturday, April 10, 1982 during the period when Franciscans Friars staffed the Catholic Shrine of the Immaculate Conception in Atlanta. The name, St. Francis Table originated with the Franciscans who live their lives in imitation of St. Francis of Assisi.
St. Francis Table was started in response to the fact that there was a need for food for the hungry on Saturday. While various churches offered food during the week, there was no food program running on Saturday.
Today
Currently, St. Francis Table feeds 300 to over 500 people every Saturday. The only requirement for the people to be fed, is that they are hungry. Several organizations including parishes, religious denominations, colleges, high schools and companies participate in preparing the food. Large groups of volunteers are encouraged to schedule their volunteer time through the Shrine office. The maximum number of volunteers that are schedulted to work each week is 40. Please contact the Shrine Office at (404-521-1866) if you want to schedule a group to work on a Saturday.
Volunteering
St. Francis Table begins operation at 7:00AM each Saturday morning. At this time volunteers prepare sandwiches, if they have not been donated. Sometimes other churches or organizations donate the sandwiches. Soup is prepared from ingredients that are either donated or are, primarily, purchased from the Atlanta Community Food Bank (AFCB). No fish or shellfish is used. Coffee is put on to brew, cold drinks are prepared and the cups, bowls, spoons and napkins are assembled and set out by the volunteers.
The guests are invited in at 10AM. They enter through the door located on the Martin Luther King Boulevard side of the Shrine. They each receive a meat and cheese sandwich, bowl, cup, spoon and napkin. After they are seated, the volunteers serve the soup from large pitchers. Each person is fed until they have their fill, they leave through the door on the parking lot side of the church and as they leave through the parking lot door they are given desserts. After each group leaves, the next group is let in. The kitchen stays open and serves soup and sandwiches until 12:00 noon when clean up begins.
Additional Outreach
St. Francis Table also runs both a Food Pantry and a Morning Sandwich Ministry.
The Food Pantry is scheduled from 10:00AM – 11:30AM on Monday, Wednesday, Thursday, and Friday. Written referrals are required from participating agencies to receive food from the pantry. Some of the referring agencies include Atlanta Outreach Project, Living Room, Making a Way, Mercy Care, Quest 35, Quest Village, Veteran's Empowerment Organization, and Welcome House. More information can be found on our Food Pantry page.
The Morning Sandwich Ministry is scheduled from 9:00AM to 9:30AM on Monday through Friday. No referrals are required for the Morning Sandwich Ministry. More information can be found on our Morning Sandwich Ministry page.
Support
The St. Francis Table, Food Pantry, and Morning Sandwich Ministry are funded through donations from parishioners and friends of the Catholic Shrine of the Immaculate Conception.
How can you help us?
  • An Online Giving donation is available through St. Francis Table.
  • Sign up to serve for Saint Francis Table on a Saturday by calling the Shrine Office at 404-521-1866 and making a reservation. Many Saturdays are booked months in advance, so call to check availability.
  • Organize a food drive for the Food Pantry.
  • Make meat and cheese sandwiches (no condiments) and deliver them to the church for Saturday morning or for use in our daily Morning Sandwich Ministry. (please call the Shrine Office and arrange for the delivery of your offering so that we can be sure someone will be onsite to receive it).

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