Phase One Reopening

at Holy Family Catholic Church

We are reopening 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.

Archbishop Hartmayer of the Archdiocese of Atlanta, has granted us permission to begin the reopening of public Masses.  We will begin on Tuesday, May 26th with daily Mass at 9am. However, the obligation to attend Mass remains suspended  through June 28, 2020.  The faithful are not required to attend Mass, though we encourage your participation by live stream, which will remain available. Based on Archdiocesan and CDC guidelines, we recommend the following not attend Mass at Holy Family in person right now:

  • Anyone age 65 or older

  • 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.

 

A new weekend Mass schedule will allow for safe entry/exit before and after Mass, as well as sanitizing of pews and other surfaces between Masses. Our new Mass schedule will be:

  • Saturday at 7:00PM (Portuguese) – Also available via live stream.

  • Sunday at 8:30AM (English)

  • Sunday at 10:30AM (English) – Also available via live stream.

  • Sunday at 12:30PM (Spanish) – Also available via live stream.

 

This is part of Phase 1 of our parish reopening and will have many updated protocols that all parishioners must follow to attend Mass. These procedures will be reevaluated weekly. If you would like to attend Mass please read through the details below – thank you for your patience and compliance.

CAPACITY & SEAT RESERVACAPACITY & SEAT RESERVATIONTION

  • For now, weekend Masses will be limited to 100 persons, while daily Mass will be limited to 50.

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

  • Because it is impossible to accommodate all our parishioners for Sunday Masses, we are asking parishioners to request a reservation online before each Mass. To accommodate and avoid disappointment, reservations will need to be made in advance. 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 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 remain in a standby line and will be seated only if capacity is not met.

  • Registrations for each weekend will open the prior Wednesday at 10am and close at 12 noon on Friday

  • Registrations for weekday Masses will open on Thursday the week prior, and close at 12 noon on the workday prior. 

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.

  • Anyone who has not registered will wait in the stand-by line for both weekday and weekend Masses.

  • Ushers will seat your household.

  • The church will be seated to fill the open pews from front to back.

  • Every other pew will be closed.

  • Families will be seated in the center sections while individuals and couples will be seated in the  two outer sections.

  • 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, 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. After the priest offers you communion please step to the side 6 feet away, remove your mask, consume the Eucharist, and 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 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

Confession is be available on a first come, first serve basis in the Parish Center on Wednesday Evenings from 5:30PM-6:30PM and Saturday Mornings from 9:45AM—10:30AM. 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

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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