We are happy to announce that we have started public Masses on Monday, May 25.
There are new protocols that we must follow in order to offer Mass. These procedures will be re-evaluated weekly. If you would like to attend Mass, please read through this message. Thank you for your patience.
The Sunday Mass schedule will be:
Saturday: 5:00 p.m.
Sunday: 7:00 a.m. (the 7:30 a.m. Mass is moved to 7:00 a.m.)
Sunday: 7:00 a.m. outdoors at the columbarium
1:00 p.m. outdoors at the columbarium
Wednesday: 7:00 p.m. outdoors at the columbarium
In case of rain, the Spanish Masses will be moved indoors. This means that in case of rain, the 7:00 a.m. Mass in the gym will be in Spanish, rather than a livestreaming of the English Mass from the church.
LIVESTREAMING We will livestream the 9:00 a.m. Mass on our Facebook page.
Out of concern for the well-being of all in our communities, everyone is urged to monitor carefully and abide by the directives of federal, state and local authorities, as well as guidelines from the Centers for Disease Control, and the Archdiocese of Atlanta.
DISPENSATION: The dispensation from the obligation to attend Sunday Mass remains in effect for all in the Archdiocese through Sunday, June 28.
Because of this, and due to our limited seating capacity, those wishing to participate in Mass and receive Holy Communion can do so by attending any Mass any day of the week.
All are encouraged to take their temperature before leaving home and to avoid coming to church if the temperature is 99.6 or greater. Anyone who is not feeling well should remain at home, out of concern for others. Those who are at risk or concerned that they or their family might become sick should stay at home and view live-streamed or online Masses.
Please understand that we are not a medical institution, and do not claim to be trained in sanitization procedures. We cannot provide a 100% sterile environment, ever. By entering our property, you are agreeing to accept certain risks. We encourage you to bring your own hand sanitizer and personal protection equipment.
CAPACITY & SEAT RESERVATION
SEATING IN THE CHURCH: Masks should be worn by all congregants in the church. Please put on your mask before getting in line to enter the church.
We will be operating at severely reduced capacity in the church. This means seating for 115 people in the church and narthex. This will be re-evaluated weekly.
In order to accommodate this limited seating, we have partnered with an online reserved seating company. You will be able to reserve a seat online; please print your reservation and bring it with you. We will make announcements as soon as this system is up and running. The announcement will be made on our website, Facebook page, myParish App, and via direct email. To join our email list, please visit: https://gsrcc.net/2020/03/18/we-are-here-for-you/
The pews will be sprayed with CDC approved sanitizer before each Mass. Please understand that we are not a medical institution, and do not claim to be trained in sanitization procedures. We cannot provide a 100% sterile environment, ever. By entering our property, you are agreeing to accept certain risks. Please bring your own personal protection equipment including hand sanitizer.
OUTDOOR SEATING: The outdoor speakers in the courtyard will be on during Mass. You are welcome to bring your own chair to the courtyard, spaced 6 feet from those around you. Masks will not be required outdoors.
GYM: Masks will be required in the gym. We will set up a large video screen in the gym, where we will broadcast the Mass from the church. Since we do not have the ability to sanitize every chair in the gym, we ask that you bring your own chair, and take it with you after Mass. Please distance your family 6 feet from others around you.
BEFORE YOU ARRIVE
- Wash your hands.
- Face coverings are required in the church and gym.
- The cry room is closed.
- Please bring your own hand sanitizer that can be used before receiving Holy Communion.
- Do not bring items that contain bleach into the church as this will damage the pews.
- Masks should be worn as soon as you enter the line to go into the church or gym.
- Please arrive 30 minutes before Mass begins to stand in line.
- The main doors of the church will open 30 minutes prior to the start of Mass.
- The pews will be numbered. An usher can help you find your seat.
- The holy water fonts remain empty.
- Masses will be conducted with reduced liturgical volunteers.
- Eucharistic ministers will use hand sanitizer prior to communion and wear a mask during distribution of communion.
- In the church building, please keep your face mask on for the duration of Mass.
- Shaking hands at the Sign of Peace or hand-holding during the Lord’s Prayer has been suspended.
- Baskets will not be passed during the offertory. You will be able to place your gift in a designated basket or drop-box in the narthex or on the sanctuary steps, as you arrive or as you leave, but we strongly encourage online giving through our website: https://osvonlinegiving.com/26
- Missals have been removed. If you prefer to read along, you may print the readings at home to bring with you, and take with you when you leave.
- For the time being, Holy Communion should be received in the hand only.
- For the time being, the precious blood will not be offered to the congregation.
- Please use hand sanitizer before communion.
- Please maintain 6’ distance from others during communion. There will be a single communion line in the center of each main aisle.
- In the church, masks should be worn in the communion line. After the priest offers you communion, please step to the side, remove your mask, consume the Holy Eucharist, and then re-mask as you head back to your pew.
- After the final blessing, please remain in your pew. Each pew will be cleared in order from back to front.
- All exits of the church will be utilized during departure.
- Clergy will not shake hands, they will wave as you exit.
- Please do not congregate outside.
CHURCH CLEANING PROCEDURES
We will continue to implement cleanliness and sanitation practices, including disinfecting pews between every Mass.
Disinfecting bathrooms, door handles, and other frequently touched surfaces occur throughout the day.
Please follow the CDC recommendations regarding your own health. If you fall into an “at-risk” category, please stay home and join us online.
The parish facilities will remain closed for all other activities, meetings or events.
Please be patient with us. We are all new to this situation. These procedures will be re-evaluated and updated as needed.