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About La Salette

Named for Mary’s mother, St. Ann is staffed by the Missionaries of Our Lady of La Salette, an order that is dedicated to the ministry of reconciliation. Our community is invited to bring people together, provide support to those in need and share the love of Christ with everyone. La Salette missionaries serve all over the world, and are called to share the message of Mary’s grace. The hammer and pincers on the La Salette cross represent the sins of humanity that put the nails into the hands of Jesus and the good actions we do that remove the nails from his hands.

In 1846, in La Salette, France, the Blessed Mother appeared to two children. She told them to “make known to all my people” her message. Inspired by Mary’s call for reconciliation with God, the Missionaries of La Salette were founded in 1852 as “ministers of religion” to be “faithful dispensers of the mysteries of God.” Their charisms (a spiritual gift from God granted to the recipient for the benefit of others) focus on reconciliation and the Eucharist.
Today, the Missionaries of La Salette are active in many areas, from caring for the spiritual needs of the order's shrine visitors and parish community members, to serving as chaplains, teachers, youth ministers and counselors. The Province of Mary, Mother of the Americas, there are approximately 120 members serving in the United States and Canada, as well as in Argentina and Bolivia. They work with bishops, clergy, parishioners, pilgrims and others throughout North America and the mission region in South America. There are more than 1000 missionaries serving in 27 countries around the world.

Establishment of the parish

Realizing the building and growth in Cobb County and particularly in East Cobb, the Archdiocese of Atlanta purchased 7.18 acres of land at the corner of Bishop Lake Road and Roswell Road for a future parish on April 11, 1976. 

On July 3, 1978, Archbishop Donnellan established the fifth Catholic church in Cobb County. The announcement was made in The Georgia Bulletin on July 6, 1978 (Vol. 16, No. 25). In announcing the new parish, the archbishop said: "The continued growth in the number of Catholics in Cobb County makes it necessary to consider two additional parish centers from which to minister to the needs of the faithful. Already existing parishes have grown beyond the point at which those needs can be adequately met. For this reason it seems appropriate at this time to establish one new parish and to realign the boundaries of another relatively new one. After consultation with the pastors of the area and the Archdiocesan Consulters, I hereby establish a new parish in the area of Bishop Lake Road in northeastern Cobb County. This parish will be comprised of territory formerly contained within the boundaries of Holy Family Parish."

The new parish was entrusted to the Missionaries of Our Lady of La Salette, headquartered in Hartford, Ct. Father Thomas J. Carroll, MS (from Waterbury, Ct.) was appointed as the first pastor, and Brother Peter Collins, MS (from Lowell, Ma.) was appointed as Pastoral Associate. The first Masses were held on the weekend of August 19 and 20, 1978 at Mt. Zion United Methodist Church, 1770 Johnson Ferry Road. St. Ann's is deeply indebted to Reverend James H. Griffin and his congregation for extending hospitality, graciousness and spirit of ecumenism. 

The first name for the new parish was The Bishop Lake Catholic Church. On September 20, 1978, after consulting the parishioners, the archbishop placed the new parish under the patronage of St. Ann, mother of the Blessed Virgin Mary. A home was purchased in Arthur's Vineyard subdivision at 3803 Vineyard Court. Parishioners arrived on September 6, 1978, to clean and prepare the home to be the first parish rectory, which opened the next day.

The Catholic Church of St. Ann is a La Salette parish family dedicated to reconciliation through worship, word, works and sacrament.

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