Parishes with active HIV/AIDS Ministries
- Basilica of the Sacred Heart of Jesus (Atlanta)
- Holy Cross (Atlanta)
- Holy Spirit (Atlanta) – Gift of Grace
- Immaculate Heart of Mary (Atlanta)
- Our Lady of Lourdes (Atlanta) – Simon’s Call
- Saint Ann (Marietta)
- Saint Lawrence (Lawrenceville)
- Saint Oliver Plunkett (Snellville)
- Saint Philip Benizi (Jonesboro)
- Saint Thomas the Apostle (Smyrna)
- Saint Thomas More (Decatur)
The heart of our response [to those with HIV/AIDS] must be unqualified respect for the value of human life and for the dignity of the human person… By serving individual persons with AIDS… we as Church respond to the moral imperatives of our Creator.
—Cardinal Roger Mahony, 1986
The Archdiocese of Atlanta’s HIV/AIDS Ministry support is inspired by Catholic social teaching, acknowledging the God-given dignity of each human being and advocating for just programs which allow access for all people to prevention education, early testing, healthcare treatment (including medications), spiritual accompaniment, and support for all our brothers and sisters infected and affected by HIV and AIDS.
As Catholics, we believe that our faith communities are well-positioned to positively respond to the crisis with our teachings, ministries and structures to promote the Catholic HIV and AIDS prevention, awareness and education message.
We invite Catholic ministries, lay ecclesial ministers, parishes and schools to establish creative collaborations for integrating the response of the Catholic Church to the HIV and AIDS crisis into their particular programs and ministries.
HIV and AIDS are sensitive topics to discuss because so many of our values relating to life, death, sexuality, responsibility and drug use may be revealed in the discussion.
Documenting a Crisis
HIV infection rates in Georgia are at crisis levels, particularly in the Black community. To examine this crisis, local photographer Asha Stuart directed this documentary in conjunction with TIME Magazine. Click here to read more about the crisis and Asha’s story.
Annual World AIDS Day Mass
Each year on December 1st, the Archdiocese of Atlanta celebrates a diocesan-wide World AIDS Day Mass. This is a chance for people from across the Archdiocese of Atlanta to come together in community, remembering and praying for those we have lost due to HIV/AIDS and those currently living with HIV/AIDS; their families, friends and caretakers; those who work to find a cure and those who work to bring about just programs and systems associated with HIV/AIDS
The annual World AIDS Day Mass is typically held at a parish with an active HIV/AIDS Ministry. Please contact Justice & Peace Ministries if your parish is interested in hosting this Mass.
*Note: While this organization is based in and serves the people of Britain and Ireland, there are resources available on the theology of HIV/AIDS Ministry as well as prayers for World AIDS Day, while other resources offered can spark ideas for your own ministry.