Archbishop Hartmayer announced the next step forward to the full reopening of our churches. Effective May 22, the general dispensation from the obligation to attend Sunday Mass will expire in the Archdiocese of Atlanta.
The following guidelines will be effective May 22 at All Saints:
- Mass schedule will remain the same for now as will the current streaming schedule.
- Masks are required and hand sanitizer will be offered. Parishioners will continue to enter the church through the Narthex.
- Pew barriers will be removed (except for the first 2 pews behind the music instruments), however we ask that you exercise personal responsibility and maintain a suggested distance of 3 ft between you and others.
- The Holy Water and missalettes will return.
- No procession of the gifts currently and the offertory collection baskets will remain as is.
- Communion will be offered in the hand only. Communion will return to its normal place in the Mass on June 6 (Corpus Christi).
- Altar serves as available (will continue to sit off the altar). Lectors will not yet return.
- Adoration will remain the same for now.
- Education and spiritual ministries will begin in September.
Click here to read Archbishop Hartmayer’s letter regarding return to mass.
Listing of specific instances and exceptions where the dispensation is still applicable at this time:
- You are ill or have a health condition that would be significantly compromised if you were to contract a communicable illness.
- You are experiencing flu-like symptoms.
- You have been exposed to someone who has tested positive or you have reason to think you might be asymptomatic of a contagious illness.
- You are a caregiver for the sick, homebound, or infirm.
- You are pregnant.
- You are 65-years-old or older (per the CDC’s recommendation of high-risk individuals).
- You cannot attend Mass through no fault of your own.
- You have significant fear or anxiety of becoming ill by being at Mass.