Reopening Protocols

Phase Three

(Revised April 13, 2021)

Please read through all the requirements for attending Mass . Thank you.

Lea todos los requisitos para asistir a Misa. Gracias.

Leia todos os requisitos para participar da Missa. Obrigado.

Archbishop Gregory J. Hartmayer, OFM Conv. has announced on September 25, 2020, the dispensation from the obligation to attend Sunday Mass will now remain in place until further notice. We will continue to monitor guidance from the Centers for Disease Control and the Georgia Department of Public Health and make changes as needed.

The archbishop encourages those who are healthy and are not burdened with the fear of being exposed to the virus to begin returning to Mass and receive the grace of the Sacraments of Reconciliation and Eucharist.


The archbishop stated,


"Watching the celebration of the Mass on the computer or TV cannot become a substitute for receiving the sacraments.  When ill or in a vulnerable category for being infected or infecting others, the sick person should always remain at home. This pandemic should not make us lazy regarding our spiritual life. Our children are back in school and many people have returned to work outside the home. We still need to be extremely cautious and practice proper protocol. I suspect more of us can return to Sunday or weekday Mass than are currently attending. I am grateful to all our priests and lay faithful for making it possible and safe to attend Mass. I appreciate the patience of our people during this unprecedented time. Please continue to be safe."

Based on Archdiocesan and CDC guidelines, we recommend the following not attend Mass at Holy Family in person right now:

  • Anyone considered "at greater risk" or vulnerable

  • Anyone who cannot or should not wear a face mask

  • Anyone who is immunocompromised or has underlying health conditions

  • Anyone who has been exposed to COVID-19

  • Anyone feeling ill or exhibiting any symptoms of COVID-19 or a temperature of 99.6 degrees F 

  • Anyone who has traveled to a location identified as a hot spot for COVID-19 within the last 14 days


You are reminded to follow CDC recommendations regarding your own health. If you fall into an “at risk” category, please stay home and join us by Live Stream.

Our Mass schedule will continue to allow for safe entry/exit before and after Mass, as well as sanitizing of pews and other surfaces between Masses. 

Our Mass schedule will incorporate an option in the Parish Center to see the broadcast of the Mass taking place in the Church. Communion will be available in the Parish Center.  This will fulfill your Sunday obligation. The Liturgy Schedule is linked here:​

  • This is part of Phase 3 of our parish reopening and will continue to have many updated protocols that all parishioners must follow to attend Mass. These procedures will continue to be reevaluated. To attend Mass please read through the details below – thank you for your patience and compliance.


  • For now, weekend and weekday Masses will continue to have a limited capacity.

  • The Nursery will be closed, and the cry room and narthex will not be available for seating.

  • Reservations are no longer required and will now return to first come, first serve. Arrive early!  Doors open 30 minutes before Mass. Overflow for the Sunday Masses is available in the Parish Center. If the number of attendees increases significantly, we may have to return to the reservation system for Mass.

  • If required, Mass registration will be available on our Eventbrite page. (E.g.: First Communion Practice & Mass.)


  • Wash your hands.

  • Please use your restroom at home.  There will be limited access at church – only one person or family in the restroom at a time.

  • For ages 2 and up (per CDC guidelines) face masks are required on our campus and during Mass.

  • The Nursery is closed, and the cry room and narthex are closed for seating during the Mass.

  • Bring your own hand sanitizer that can be used before and after receiving Holy Communion.

  • Do Not bring items that contain bleach into the sanctuary as this will damage the pews.


  • For ages 2 and up (per CDC guidelines) face masks are required and should be worn as soon as you exit your vehicle.

  • Entry into Mass will be through the narthex doors which will open 30 minutes prior to the start of Mass.  Entry into the Parish Center will be from the courtyard entrance. The Handicap entrance for the Parish Center is through the Education Building.

  • Ushers will seat your household.

  • The Church and Parish Center will be seated to fill the open pews from front to back.

  • Every other pew will be closed and social distancing will be maintained.

  • Families/households may sit together. 

  • There will be no seating in the narthex or cry room. The Nursery will be closed.

  • The holy water fonts remain empty.

  • Don’t be late!  


  • Masses will be conducted as you have seen on the Live Stream with reduced volunteer lay ministers. There will be no altar servers, choirs, or lay sacristans.

  • Communion will be distributed by clergy only.

  • Please keep your face mask on for the duration of Mass.

  • There is to be no physical contact between households at the Sign of Peace or hand holding during the Lord’s Prayer.

  • Baskets will not be passed during the offertory. You will be able to place your weekly gift in a basket as you enter or exit the Church or Parish Center, but we strongly encourage online giving through our Online Giving System.


  • Archbishop Hartmayer has advised that communicants are strongly urged to receive Holy Communion in the hand.

  • The precious blood will not be offered to the congregation.

  • Use of personal hand sanitizer before and after communion is strongly encouraged.

  • There will be a single communion line in each side aisle. Ushers will provide direction.

  • Masks should be worn in the communion line. The desired manner of receiving the sacred host at Holy Communion is for the communicant to pull down the mask just before facing the distributor so that the host may be easily placed in the hand or on the tongue and consumed immediately. Then re-mask as you head back to your pew.


  • After the final blessing, parishioners must remain in their pew.

  • Pews will be dismissed in an orderly fashion starting in the rear of the Church or Parish Center and then moving forward. 

  • You must exit your pew when prompted. Private prayer is not available after Masses to allow the church to be cleaned for the next Mass.

  • Only the back wooden doors of the church will be utilized during Mass dismissal.

  • You can drop off your weekly offertory as you depart.

  • Clergy will not shake hands. They will wave as you exit.

  • Please do not congregate outside but head directly to your vehicle to allow the next Mass to start on time.


  • We will continue to implement cleanliness and sanitization practices, including cleaning pews in between every Mass.

  • Disinfecting bathrooms, door handles, and other frequently touched surfaces occur throughout the day.

  • Parish staff and volunteers will be required to wear face masks, wash hands, and will follow all recommended health and safety procedures.

You are reminded to follow CDC recommendations regarding your own health. If you fall into an “at risk” category, please stay home and join us by Live Stream.



Confessions are available on a first come, first serve basis Wednesday Evenings from 5:30PM-6:30PM and Saturday Mornings from 9:45AM—10:30AM in the Hospitality Room in English & Spanish. No longer in the Parish Center. Reconciliation will be offered in Portugues on Saturdays from 6:30PM - 7:15PM. Please wear a mask to confession and maintain social distance from others in line. 

  • The confessionals will be arranged so that your confession will be private while maintaining social distance.

  • Please stay 6 feet apart when waiting in line (markers will be on the floor).

  • Please return to your vehicles after your confession.  Do not stay inside any church buildings to do your penance, and avoid the temptation to mingle.

  • Please wash your hands before coming to the church and after your departure.

  • In the event of a sacramental emergency call 678-744-2600. 

3401 Lower Roswell Road

Marietta, GA 30068

Tel:  770-973-0038

Holy Family Catholic Church Office Hours:

Monday - Thursday: 9AM to 4PM

Friday: 9AM to 1PM

Reception Office Hours:

Monday - Friday: 9AM to 1PM

Tel:  770-973-0038

The Parish Offices are closed to the public and we are continuing to work remotely, but remain open for business by phone or email. We may also be contacted through the Contact Us form on this website.

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