The Shrine relies heavily on community donations to meet the growing need for emergency food assistance. Donations of canned goods and dry food are accepted every Sunday for the Food Pantry at the front entrance of the Church. Just ask an usher for the location of the wicker basket. Refer to the bulletin and the sign on the wicker basket for the specific needs of the current month.
In respect to our shared Earth environment we ask that you do not donate EPS foam plate, bowl or cup products.
For more information about the Food Pantry please contact the Shrine Office at 404-521-1866.
The Haiti Outreach group communicates with our sister parish Notre Dame de la Nativite in Malfety. Our parish has a regular collection to support our community in Haiti. We share our common experiences both personal and faithful - a community to community connection. Thus, we are creating an opportunity to nurture real and long-term relationships.
The Giving Tree is a Christmas collection of gifts donated by parish members supporting various ministries such as St. Vincent de Paul and the GA Alliance for Children.
Habitat for Humanity is a Christian housing ministry that serves low income families through homeownership. Habitat for Humanity works through local Habitat affiliates and the Shrine volunteers with Habitat Atlanta.
Families are chosen for the Habitat program based on three main criteria: Need for decent housing, Ability to pay back the 0% interest mortgage provided by the affiliate, and willingness to partner with other volunteers that will build the house. Families in Atlanta put in 250 sweat-equity hours working on their future home. The new homeowner then maintains current payments on their property and pays for all home upkeep.
There are many different things to do on a Habitat build, so no special skills are required and volunteers have some choice in which tasks they sign up for.
At the Shrine, we raise the cost of a collaborative build with other churches and build every other year. If you are interested in participating in a future build you are invited to submit your name to h.
Morning Sandwich Ministry
The Morning Sandwich Ministry provides a basic breakfast of a sandwich and a cup of coffee to those in need from the parish hall, each weekday from 9:00 AM to 9:30 AM.
A group of one to four people will handout the sandwich and possibly give out additional snacks. Children of any age may participate and MUST be supervised by their own parent or guardian at all times.
Donations of sandwiches are always needed. A great service project idea for younger students is to get together at their home school or parish to make sandwiches for donation and then have them delivered to the Shrine by arrangement with the Office.
To sign up for this ministry, contact the Church office at 404-521-1866.
There are approximately 14,000 homeless people in the city of Atlanta. Each year from November 1 to March 31, The Shrine ministers to a small portion of the homeless along with numerous organizations and churches by being a part of the Central Night Shelter. The Shrine hosts 30-35 of the 100+ guests and by providing sack lunches, dinner and overnight assistance for approximately 30 of the 150 nights.
Night Shelter Footcare is an opportunity to be with guests at our Shelter and respond to the Gospel's call to be in the company of and serve the poor.
This very rewarding experience is available on Wednesday nights, November 1 through March 31. Some required training is provided so that volunteers can take care of guest's weary feet.
St. Vincent de Paul Society
Members of the Shrine’s Society of St. Vincent de Paul (or "Vincentians") are men and women who strive to grow spiritually by offering person-to-person service to individuals in need in our community. It is this personalized involvement that makes the work of the Society unique. An essential precept of the Society's work is to provide help while conscientiously maintaining the confidentiality and dignity of those who are served. This aid may take the form of intervention, consultation, or often through direct dollar or in-kind service.
We are part of an international society of friends united by a spirit of poverty, humility, and sharing, which is nourished by prayer and reflection, mutually supportive gatherings, and adherence to the founding principle of charity.
The list of services of the Society of St. Vincent de Paul in the United States is endless. No work of charity is foreign to the Society. To quote our patron, St. Vincent de Paul: "Charity is infinitely inventive."
The Shrine's St. Vincent de Paul group meets every first and third Sunday of the month in the Parish Center from 9:45AM to 10:45AM. The monthly door collection is every third Sunday after both of the Masses.
Check donations for this worthy charity can be made out to the St. Vincent de Paul Society of the Shrine I.C. and either mailed to the Shrine (48 Martin Luther King Jr. Dr. SW, Atlanta, GA 30303) or put into the Sunday collection basket.
If you are interested in joining the Shrine's St. Vincent de Paul group you can contact them by calling the Parish Office at 404-521-1866.
Thanksgiving Food Baskets
For the Thanksgiving holiday the Shrine family shows its appreciation for God's generosity by collecting food and supplying other families with a Thanksgiving meal through the St. Vincent de Paul ministry and the Fulton County Sheriff's Department.
Parishioners are requested to take a shopping bag and fill it with the items requested on the provided list.