Let me introduce myself, I am Father Jude Shayo, the priest at St. Patrick's Catholic Church at Moody Air Force Base.  We welcome all military affiliated members to join us at Mass.  If you are new to our community, please introduce yourself to me this Sunday.

Our faith community is dedicated to creating an environment of fellowship through worship, outreach and services.  I encourage you to become active in our ministries.  Becoming part of our ministry is a great way to get to know people while becoming an active member of the church.  In addition, service gives you a
creative outlet to living your baptismal commitments, helps the parish in fulfilling its pastoral obligations, and gives us the opportunity to get to know you personally.

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Address:  23 WG/HC, 5120 Austin Ellipse, Moody AFB, GA  31699


Phone Numbers:  Office: (229) 257-3211, Fax: (229) 257-3646

Office Hours
  Monday through Friday, 9:30 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.


Upcoming Holy Days

Click here to view upcoming Holy Days of Obligation

Sundays and Holy Days

Religious Education

Religious education (RE) is held 9:00 a.m. to 10:15 a.m.
(Sep - May).  Classes are for children 3 years of age through adult.  To register or for more information call the Base Chapel at 257-3211 (CCD registration is open year round)


Click here for the Religious Education Registration Form


Confession:  9:30 a.m. to 10:00 a.m. or by appointment

Mass on Sunday:  9:30 a.m.


Daily Mass:  Normally, Mass is celebrated Monday through Thursday at 11:30 a.m. in the Blessed Sacrament room. 


Palm Sunday Mass (9 Apr):  9:15 am

Holy Thursday Mass (13 Apr 17):  7:00 pm followed by Adoration

Good Friday Service (14 Apr 17):  7:00 pm

Easter Vigil (Saturday): 8:00 pm

Easter (16 Apr 17)  9:30 am

Stations of the Cross:  Fridays at 6:00 pm.  Join us for a potluck meatless meal in the Social Hall.  Please share your time and talent by bringing a meatless dish.

Deepen the SeasonLiving Faith, the Word Among Us and the Little Black Lenten Book are available for pick-up in the foyer.  These are useful books that contain the daily Scriptures and meditations that go along with our Lenten journey.


Ascension Mass

25 May 17 at 5:30 pm

Click here to learn more about the Feast of the Ascension


What is Lent?

Lent is the forty-day period (or season) lasting from Ash Wednesday to
Holy Thursday.  Easter always falls on a Sunday between March 22 and
April 25, roughly corresponding to early spring in the Northern Hemisphere.  This year Easter falls on 4 Apr 2010.

Ash Wednesday, which may fall anywhere between February 4 and March 10, occurs 46 days before Easter, but Lent is nevertheless considered to be 40 days long, due to the fact that Sundays in this season are not counted among the days of Lent.  The traditional reason for this is that fasting was considered inappropriate on Sunday, the day commemorating the Resurrection of Jesus. 

Lent is a time of preparation for Holy Week, which recalls the events linked to the Passion of Christ and culminates in the Easter, the celebration of the Resurrection of Jesus Christ.  It is a special time of seeking God; it is a time to renew our quest and nourish our faith.

As a Catholic you have certain obligations during Lent and Easter.  Click here to learn more.

Click here to learn ...

- The History of Lent

- Why do we Need to Make Time for Lent?

- Questions you should answer during Lent

- Customs during Lent

- Abstinence

- Charity

Ash Wednesday

Ash Wednesday marks the beginning of the Season of Lent.  It is a season of penance, reflection, and fasting which prepares us for Christ's Resurrection on Easter Sunday, through which we attain redemption.

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- Why we receive the ashes

- Who may receive ashes?

- Tradition

- Why Ash Wednesday is not a Holy Day of Obligation

Holy Thursday

Holy Thursday or Maundy Thursday marks the Beginning of the Sacred Triduum (Holy Thursday, Good Friday and Holy Saturday) and is one of the most complex and profound of all religious observances.  It celebrates the institution by Christ Himself of the Eucharist and of the institution of the priesthood for in this, His last supper with the disciples, a celebration of Passover, He is the self-offered Passover Victim, and every ordained priest to this day presents this same sacrifice, by Christ's authority and command, in exactly the same way.  The Last Supper was also Christ's farewell to His assembled disciples, some of whom would betray, desert or deny Him before the sun rose again.

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Good Friday

Good Friday (also called "Great Friday" or "Holy Friday") is the most somber day of the entire year.  A silence pervades, socializing is kept to a minimum, things are done quietly; it is a day of mourning; it is a funeral.  The Temple of the Body of Christ is destroyed, capping the the penitential seasons begun on Septuagesima Sunday and becoming more intense throughout Lent. Traditional Catholics wear black, cover their mirrors, extinguish candles and any lamps burning before icons, keep amusements and distractions down, and go about the day in great solemnity.

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Easter is the greatest feast day of the year.  On this Sunday, we celebrate the resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead.  Easter Sunday comes at the end of 40 days of prayer, fasting, and almsgiving (Lent).  Through spiritual struggle and self-denial, we have prepared ourselves to die spiritually with Christ on Good Friday, the day of his Crucifixion, so that we can rise again with him in new life on Easter.

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Lent and Easter Obligations

Christian faithful are to do penance through prayer, fasting, abstinence and by exercising works of piety and charity.   All Fridays through the year, and especially during Lent, are penitential days.

Click here to learn more about ...

- Abstinence

- Fasting

- Easter Duty

- Distribution of Ashes

- Time of the Easter Vigil

40 Ways to Get the Most Out of Lent

Click here to learn how you can get the most out of Lent

Family Activities

Click here to read about some family activities you can participate in during the Lenten season


St. Patrick's life and example gives us much to commemorate:

v Faith in God

v Charity toward those who have not been charitable to you

v Commitment to the welfare of others  

Click here to learn more about St. Patrick

Click here for St. Patrick's Prayer of the Faithful


Prayer Requests 

Do you have a prayer request?  Then visit our prayer request page and let us and others pray with you.

Why do we pray?  We pray to be in communion with God; to raise our mind and heart to God in thanksgiving; to praise His glory and to request good things from God.

Can't we simply pray for ourselves?  The answer is "Yes" and you're encourage to do so but James 5:16 states we must also pray for one another and that the fervent prayer of a righteous person is very powerful.  With this in mind, we want to join you in your prayers.


Click here to visit our Prayer Request Page


Eucharistic Adoration of the Blessed Sacrament

Let us come and worship to the Blessed Sacrament and encounter the royal presence of our Divine God on 13 Feb 17, from 6:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m.  Novena/prayers will be provided.  Adoration is offered every second Monday of the month.

Afghan Partner Program

Why?  The United States is partnering with Afghanistan to fight terror in their home country.  This has been a major US security objective since 2001.  The US Air Force is currently training Afghan Air Force pilots and maintainers at Moody AFB in the A-29 Super Tucano.  The students are here anywhere from 6 months to a year.  They are here without their families and do not have the transportation to go off base.

One of our objectives while they are here is to give them a favorable impression of the United States that they can take with them back to Afghanistan.  There is a lost of misinformation in Afghanistan about who Americans are.  What they know comes from movies and very bias media coverage.  We want them to see the America that we love and provide them with somewhat of a home away from home.

What?  We are asking local families to sponsor anywhere from 2-4 Afghan students.  This consists of keeping contact with them and including them in some of your family activities.  This could include picking them up and bringing them to your home to eat and hang out or taking them our to eat.

Who?  These young men are 18-30 years olds.  Some are married and have children; however, most of them are single.  They have been vetted and are true Afghan patriots.  They speak very good English and are extremely courteous and kind.  On a personal level, they are not a lot different then young American military men.

When?  There is no hard and fast requirement for when or how often you would meet with your students.  They only requirement is to send in a quarterly report (on a pre-formatted form) to the program director, outlining the activities from that quarter.  Ideally, we'd like sponsors to be active in the students' lives, checking on them weekly and meeting with them regularly.

How?  Contact the program director, MSgt Teddy Hambright at (229) 257-8110 or james.hambright@us.af.mil and he will add your name to the list as a sponsor and will put you in touch with your students.  You will need to provide a copy of your driver's license for a background check.  If you are not military, he can also provide you with base access.

Thank you for your consideration.  I believe this program is great for the Afghans, the US Air Force, and for this community.

  Vacation Bible School

Mark your calendar for VBS:  "Maker Fun Factory - Created by God, Built for a Purpose" which will be held 5-9 June. 

At Maker Fun Factory, kids discover that God made them - and for a purpose! Kids participate in memorable Bible-learning activities, sing catchy songs, play teamwork-building games, make and devour yummy treats, experience one-of-a-kind Bible adventures, collect Bible Memory Buddies to remind them of God’s love, and test out Sciency-Fun Gizmos they’ll take home and play with all summer long. Plus, kids will learn to look for evidence of God all around them through something called God Sightings.  Each day concludes with the Funshop Finale that gets everyone involved in living what they’ve learned.

If you have any questions or if you're interested in volunteering, please see Christine Johnson or e-mail her.

  Are you the next parish president?

Our current parish president, SMSgt Paul Jones, will soon retire.  The community will need someone to volunteer as president.  If you are active duty or a spouse of any active duty member, please consider helping us in this position.  See Fr. Shayo for more information.

New Parishioners and Those Leaving

If you are new to the parish or are leaving us, please inform Fr. Shayo.

  Parish Council

The next Parish Council meeting is scheduled for 6 April at 6:00 p.m. in the chapel conference room.  Any parish member may attend.


New Year's Brunch

The parish hosted a brunch after the Solemnity of Mary, Holy Mother of God Mass, held on New Year's Day.

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Christmas Play

The youth of the parish performed a Christmas Play on Christmas Eve in the chapel.

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"Recognizing the needs of others is a sign of genuine conversion, which only happens when the heart is ready to be changed by Jesus.  Conversion and forgiveness of sins are two aspects of mercy.  How often do we tell ourselves:  ' must change; I cannot continue like this.  On this path, my life will not bear fruit.  It will be a useless life, and I will not be happy.'  Jesus invites us to change our lives.  On this path,, my life will not bear fruit.  It will be a useless life, and I will not be happy.'  Jesus invites us to change our lives.  He, with the Holy Spirit, plants in us the seed of this restlessness in order to change our lives a little bit for the better.  Just open the door, and he will do all the rest.  He does everything.  But open wide the door, so that he can heal us and carry us forward.  Jesus won people over with kindness, with love."


If you are new to the community, please introduce yourself to Father Shayo.  We invite you and your family to become active members of our faith community and want you to feel at home and experience the life of the Spirit in this parish.

We ask that you register your family with the Chapel.  Registration forms are located on the wall by the bulletin board in the foyer or you can download the form from this site.  Once completed, give your form to Father Shayo; an usher; or Ms Christine Johnson, our Religious Education Coordinator. 

You may also obtain additional registration information from the Parish Coordinator at (229) 257-2580.

The liturgical weekly readings are available to you online.  We've also provided a link for you in the event you want the readings read to you.

Click here to read or listen to this week's liturgy

Click here to read the New American Bible on line

Click here to read the Catechism of the Catholic Church on line


Origin of the Ten Commandments:  Moses was sent by God to set the Israelites free from slavery.  Three months after leaving Egypt, Moses was called to the top of Mt Sinai to receive the Ten Commandments, which were etched in stone tablets.  The commandments are fundamental obligations of our religion and morality

Click here to learn more about the Ten Commandments


You will need at least 6 months prior to the wedding ceremony for planning and preparation.  Contact Father Jude for more details.


Baptism classes are held on the third Thursday of each month in the conference room of the chapel.  The next class will be held on 28 Jan 16 at 6:00 p.m. 

Call Anna at 257-3211 to schedule yourself for the next class.   

Click here to learn more about our seven Catholic sacraments


Prayer Requests - Do you have a prayer request?  Let Father Jude know.  E-mail your prayer request today, click here


Prayer Journal - Keeping a journal is a meaningful prayer practice, which can open your mind and heart so you're better able to hear what God really wants of you.   

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Other Prayer Pages

v How to Pray   v Prayers   v Stations of the Cross   v The Rosary


Purchase fund requests must be made no later than 5 days prior to the event. 

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                                                                                                          Last Updated:  19 Mar 17
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