Reopening Protocols

Phase Four

(Revised May 20, 2021 and Updated August 5, 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.

From Archbishop Hartmayer:

On May 22, prior to the celebration of the Vigil of Pentecost, the general dispensation from the obligation to attend Sunday Mass in the Archdiocese of Atlanta. While the general dispensation will lift, I will put into place some exceptions for certain circumstances. They are outlined below. We are also making changes to our general guidelines and procedures. They are outlined after the exceptions.

While the general dispensation is removed, there are specific instances where the dispensation will still be applicable, as well as some circumstances in which there is no obligation in the first place. One does not have an obligation to attend Mass on Sunday in the following circumstances:

  1. You are ill or you have a health condition that would be significantly compromised if you were to contract a communicable illness (i.e., you have underlying conditions or are in a high-risk category). Please use the dispensation and do not attend Mass.

  2. You are experiencing flu-like symptoms.

  3. You have been exposed to someone who has tested positive or you have reason to think you might be asymptomatic of a contagious illness.

  4. You care for the sick, homebound, or infirm.

  5. You are pregnant.

  6. You are 65 years of age or older (per the CDC’s recommendation of high-risk individuals).

  7. You cannot attend Mass through no fault of your own (e.g., no Mass is offered, you are infirm, your ride did not show up, the church was at capacity).

  8. You have significant fear or anxiety of becoming ill by being at Mass.

These categories will be reviewed in due course and revised as needed.

Persons legitimately dispensed from the obligation to attend Mass are still to observe the Lord’s Day by participating in a broadcast of the Sunday Mass or by spending time in prayer and meditating on Scripture, either individually or as a family.


We still  encourage masks, but will only require for those ages two and up who are not fully vaccinated

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. 

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:​

CAPACITY & SEAT RESERVATION

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

  • 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.)

MASS ARRIVAL PROCEDURES

  • Doors open 30 minutes prior to the start of Mass and ushers will seat your household.

  • Every pew will now be used but social distancing will be maintained within each pew

  • Families/households may sit together. 

  • Don’t be late!  

MASS PROCEDURES

  • Masses will be conducted as you have seen on the Live Stream with reduced volunteer lay ministers.

  • 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.

COMMUNION PROCEDURES

  • 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 for those required to wear masks. 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.

MASS DISMISSAL PROCEDURES 

  • 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.

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

CHURCH CLEANING PROCEDURES

  • We will continue to implement the latest guidance for cleanliness and sanitization practices.

  • Parish staff and volunteers will be required to 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.

SACRAMENT OF RECONCILIATION

 

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 Portuguese on Saturdays from 6:30pm to 7:00pm and Tuesdays from 6:30pm to 7:15pm.

  • 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).

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