Phase Two Reopening

(Revised July 28, 2020)

We continue to be open for Mass and Confessions only at this point.  All classes, meetings, and other functions are either suspended or continue online for now.

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

Lea todos los requisitos para asistir a misa antes de registrarse. Gracias.

Leia todos os requisitos para participar da Missa antes de se registrar. Obrigado.

On June 24th, Archbishop Gregory J. Hartmayer  extended the dispensation from the obligation to attend Mass through Sunday, August 30, 2020. Those who are healthy, willing and able to comply with safety protocols and who wish to attend are encouraged to do so. Those who are at high-risk of complications from COVID-19 or who are caretakers for the vulnerable are encouraged to participate in an online or televised liturgy.

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

  • 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 (beginning July 4, 2020) 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. 

  • Saturday at 7:30PM (Portuguese) – Also available via live stream, and overflow in the Parish Center

  • Sunday at 8:30AM (English)  - and overflow in the Parish Center

  • Sunday at 10:30AM (English) – Also available via live stream, and overflow in the Parish Center

  • Sunday at 12:30PM (Spanish) – Also available via live stream, and overflow in the Parish Center

This is part of Phase 2 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.
 

CAPACITY & SEAT RESERVATIONTION

  • 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.

  • To safely accommodate those attending Mass and avoid disappointment, reservations are required for weekend Masses. Weekday Masses (Monday – Saturday morning) will be available first come first serve until further notice.  If the number of attendees increases significantly, we may have to return to reservations for daily Mass.

  • We are using an online reservation system in order to plan for the safety and well being of all those who come into our church.  Please understand we will do our best to safely seat everyone, but due to social distancing requirements, a reservation may not guarantee a seat.  Please don’t arrive late.   Later arrivals may need to be seated in the Parish Center.  Use the link below to sign up for the Mass you wish to attend:

  • Those who show up without a seat reservation, will be asked to wait in a standby line for the Parish Center overflow Mass and will be seated only if capacity is not met. Reservations are required for Weekend Masses.  If you need assistance, call the office by noon on Thursday.

  • Registrations for each weekend will open the prior Wednesday at 10AM, and close at 12 Noon on Friday.  Once the church has reached its maximum, registration will open for the Parish Center.  Parish Center reservations will close on Saturday at noon

BEFORE YOU ARRIVE

  • You need to use the reservation system to resrve a seat.

  • 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.

MASS ARRIVAL PROCEDURES

  • 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 15 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!  

MASS PROCEDURES

  • 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.

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. 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. 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.

CHURCH CLEANING PROCEDURES

  • 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.

 

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 Parish Center. 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. 

* There will be no confession on Saturday, August 1 or August 8

3401 Lower Roswell Road

Marietta, GA 30068

Tel:  770-973-0038

Holy Family Catholic Church

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

info@holyfamilycc.org

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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