Resuming In-Parish Worship
Holy Mass and the Sacrament of Reconciliation (confession):
Our regular Holy Mass and Confession schedule has resumed. Confessions will be heard in the church
at the regularly scheduled times. Click here to go to our parish calendar.
The dispensation from the obligation to attend Sunday Holy Mass will now remain in place until
further notice. The Archdiocese of Atlanta will continue to monitor guidance from the Centers for
Disease Control and the Georgia Department of Public Health and make changes as needed.
Archbishop Hartmayer encourages those who are healthy and are not burdened with the fear of
being exposed to the virus to begin returning to Holy 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."
Protocol for attendance at Holy Mass
Parishioners should check their temperatures as well as that of all family members before leaving home. If a parishioner is ill or has a fever of 99.6°F or greater, they should remain at home until fully recovered.
Parishioners are strongly urged to use hand sanitizer before and after receiving the Host. Please provide your own alcohol-based hand sanitizer or wipes so that this can be accomplished at your seat.
Parishioners will be seated on a first-come, first-seated basis. Seating will take place first in the nave (church). Once the seating capacity is filled in the nave, parishioners will be directed to the outside glass doors of Our Lady of Guadalupe Religious Education Building. An usher will then assist with seating in Simpson Hall, using the same first-come, first-seated procedure.
Once the seating has reached capacity in both buildings, parishioners who have not been seated will be invited to return to their cars to watch Holy Mass on a streaming device (either live-streamed at 9:00 a.m. on Sunday, or recorded at other Holy Masses). At the time of Holy Communion, a minister will come outside to the front of the church, on the cement pad, to distribute the Holy Eucharist.
A mask is required for everyone age seven and older.
Reception of Holy Communion
All parishioners, seven and older, must wear a mask, and are to form one line, using the social distancing protocol.
Those who are not receiving Holy Communion may cross their arms over their chest to indicate this but should walk through the Communion line so that social distancing can be observed in the rows.
For those receiving Holy Communion in the hand (which the Archbishop has strongly urged but not required), communicants should stop six feet away from the minister. The minister will say “The Body of Christ” then communicants respond “Amen”. Communicants should pull their mask down, step forward and make a “throne” with their hands at chest level (place one hand on top of the other completely straight and flat). The minister will reverently place the Host in their hand, without touching their hand. Communicants should consume the Body of Christ, replace mask and return to their seat.
For those who are receiving Holy Communion on the tongue (which is permissible), they should again stop six feet away from the minister. The minister will say “The Body of Christ” then communicants respond “Amen”. Communicants should pull their mask down, step forward and get in position to receive (standing or kneeling). Communicants should be careful not to move their head while the minister is placing the Host on their tongue, so as to minimize the risk of the minister touching their tongue. Communicants should replace their mask and return to their seat.
If the minister does touch the hand or the tongue of the communicant, the minister will immediately sanitize his or her hands.
Please remember that we are doing everything we can to keep the environment safe, but it is up to the individual to make the decision to attend Holy Mass. Due to the pandemic there are risks associated with being in a public space. Each person must make his or her own decision.