IMPORTANT ARCHDIOCESE OF ATLANTA UPDATE
Brothers and sisters,
As promised, we are sharing information as we are receiving it from the Archdiocese of Atlanta. We received notice last evening from Bishop Konzen of what was surely a difficult and challenging decision. But in alignment with the direction received by government authorities, as more current data and information become available regarding the Coronavirus, COVID-19, the following conclusion was reached:
Effective Tuesday, March 17, we will suspend all public Masses for the next three weeks
including the weekends of March 21-22; March 28-29; and April 4-5.
As new information and directives come out from the government, we will continue to evaluate and revise our provisions. Please let your people know, the Sacrifice of the Mass will continue. Our priests will still be offering private Masses for those in their care.
The Archdiocese of Atlanta is going to step up efforts to make spiritual resources available to you during this time. You can check our website (
) for updates on current directives as well as a list of
Masses offered online
via live-stream, broadcast, or social media. These Masses are private and the faithful should only participate online. The faithful can also find online a collection of prayer and spiritual resources as well as ideas for home catechesis. Bishop Shlesinger and I will partner with other clergy at the chancery to offer a livestream Mass from the chapel at the chancery office as well as periodic video messages to the faithful. Look for those messages to begin Tuesday, March 17.
Churches will remain open for prayer and adoration. We ask that you practice social distancing when utilizing these spaces. Do not come if you are sick or if coming will put you at great risk of becoming sick. Churches may choose to move adoration from a small chapel into the main sanctuary where people can spread out.
In-person parish faith formation opportunities should be suspended during this time. This does not, however, mean that faith formation should cease. The
has resources for individuals and parents who wish to stay engaged in this way. Parish staff and volunteers can minister to their communities by calling people at home, checking on the elderly or otherwise marginalized, and seeking opportunities to use technology to connect individuals and communities.
So, what does this mean for us at St. Francis? As Bishop Konzen mentioned in his letter, there will be no Communion Services, no Mass, no Penance Service this Thursday night, no Stations of the Cross on Friday, nor anything else scheduled in the Church other than daily Adoration, from Monday-Friday, from 9 AM – 12 Noon.
All ministry activity will discontinue, and there will be no meetings at the Church, or in Marian Hall, until further notice. The office will be closed, but emails will be monitored, and messages can be left for sick calls, for those in dire circumstances.
As Bishop Konzen also mentioned, opportunities to continue your spiritual walk this Lent will be available on the Archdiocese website,
Let us continue to pray for one another, our parish, the universal Church, and our world, for a swift end to this pandemic, and a restoration of worship and daily life. We will endeavor to keep you updated on any changes as they become available. PLEASE....use caution and prudence during this time.
Jim Gioia Office
on Tuesday, March 17 at 12:07PM