April 27, 2016

Dearest Parishioners,                                                                                               

You will recall that a few weeks ago we conducted a general survey of the Congregation to gauge our new direction for achieving our two most important parish objectives, worship and education. Having sought broad-based consensus (597 surveys were returned, 110 of which were from our Hispanic families) I am now prepared to reveal our new weekend Mass and Faith Formation schedule.


To be implemented on the first full weekend of August, 6 & 7, 2016:


Saturday: Vigil Mass at 5:00 pm


8:00 am (folk music) Mass

Parish School of Religion: 9:15 am – 10:30 am

10:45 am (traditional music) Mass

Parish School of Religion: 12:15 pm – 1:30 pm

1:45 pm Mass in Spanish

5:00 pm (contemporary music) Mass

Life Teen (high school students): 6:30 pm – 8:30 pm


Parish School of Religion:

Elementary School Classes: 6:15 pm – 7:30 pm

Edge (middle school students): 7:00 pm – 8:15 pm

Monday 6:15 pm PSR and Wednesday 4:30 pm PSR will be discontinued.

REGISTRATION FOR PSR (2016 – 2017) has already begun for students/families currently enrolled in classes this year.  Open registration for new students/families will begin the week of Monday, May 9, 2016.

In either case, please come by the Parish Offices during the work week to register and pay your fees.  You may do so by credit card, check or cash.  These fee increases were approved by the Parish Finance Council on 3/26/16 and the Parish Pastoral Council on 4/26/16.  Note that there have been no fee increases for SPX PSR in over 5 years.  With costs of our educational materials ever-rising, it necessary and just that we increase our fees this year.


There will be a slight increase in PSR fees this year.

Number of Students             Registration Fee        Registration Fee        Sacramental Prep.

BEFORE 7/31/16      AFTER 8/1/16          Fee (1st Eucharist

and Confirmation.

One Student                           $75.00                        $90.00                      $35 per student

Two Students                        $125.00                      $140.00                      $35 per student

Three +  Students                 $175.00                      $190.00                      $35 per student


Families in hardship will be offered one of two payment options based on specific need:

Option 1: Payment Plan, with 50% deposit at time of registration and a signed payment plan agreement, split into 3 payments, with final payment balance paid-in-full no later than December 31, 2016.

Option 2: Scholarship Application, with approval of up to 50% by Director of Religious Ed or Youth Minister; Scholarship Application over 50% by approval of the Pastor only.

These fee increases and payment options are based on current practices in area parishes, particularly St. Oliver Plunket (Snellville) and St. James (McDonough).  St. Oliver’s charges $75 for 1st student, 2 for $125, 3+ $175, with an additional $15 registration fee per family.  St. James’ charges $75 for 1st student, 2 for $150, 3+ for $225, plus $45 Confirmation Prep and $40 for First Eucharist Prep fees.

Please Note: Past-due fees (for this current class year, 2015 – 2016)) must be paid-in-full before registration for the upcoming class year can be processed.  Please make arrangements with the PSR Office to fulfill your current financial obligations.

Your Brother on the Journey,

Father Greg Goolsby, Pastor