Effective Friday, March 27, the suspension of public Masses in the Archdiocese is extended through the First Sunday after Easter (Divine Mercy Sunday), hence through April 19.
The Archdiocese of Atlanta is increasing efforts to make spiritual resources available to you at home during this time. You can check their website for updates on current directives as well as a list of Masses offered online via live-stream, broadcast, or social media.
2020 Holy Week & Easter Announcements
Palm Sunday and Holy Week
Our pastor will celebrate the liturgy for Palm Sunday of the Passion of Our Lord for the intentions of the parishioners privately with other priests. Palms will not be blessed at this time but kept, blessed, and distributed at an acceptable time in the future.
Holy Thursday, Mass of the Lord’s Supper
The Congregation for Divine Worship and Discipline of the Sacraments has granted the exceptional faculty to priests to celebrate Mass, without the presence of parishioners. The Blessed Sacrament will be placed in the tabernacle after Mass.
Good Friday, Passion of the Lord
Our pastor or another priest will conduct the celebration of the liturgy in PRIVATE.
Easter Vigil and Easter Sunday
Our pastor or another priest will conduct the celebration of the liturgy for the intentions of the parishioners in PRIVATE.
LENTEN EVENTS & RESOURCES
More Lenten resources from Strong Catholic Family Faith
– Lenten Guidelines –
Lent is a season of prayer, fasting, and almsgiving. In order to see that our preparation for Easter has a communal, and not just an individual dimension, the Church gives us certain norms for a common Lenten observance. The Lenten guidelines for the Archdiocese of Atlanta are as follows:
The following fasting and abstinence regulations are observed throughout Lent:
- Abstinence from meat is observed on Ash Wednesday, Good Friday and all the Fridays of Lent by all Catholics 14 years of age and older.
- Fasting is observed on Ash Wednesday and Good Friday by all Catholics who are 18 years of age but not yet 59 years of age. Those bound by this rule may take only one full meal. Two smaller meals are permitted as necessary to maintain strength according to one’s needs, but eating solid foods between meals is not permitted.
- Those who are sick, pregnant, or nursing, or whose health would be adversely affected by fasting or abstinence should not consider themselves bound by these norms.
- During the season of Lent, we are all called to embrace penances and to perform works of charity that reflect our desire for conversion of heart. Let us all pray fervently for those Catechumens and Candidates who will celebrate the Easter Sacraments with us this year. May this Lent lead us all to a deeper union in Christ and with one another.
The Church’s official position on penance and abstinence from meat during Lent
Catholics between the ages of 18 & 59 are obliged to fast on Ash Wednesday & Good Friday. In addition, all Catholics 14 years old & older must abstain from meat on Ash Wednesday, Good Friday and all the Fridays of Lent.
Fasting as explained by the U.S. bishops means partaking of only one full meal. Some food (not equaling another full meal) is permitted at breakfast and around midday or in the evening—depending on when a person chooses to eat the main or full meal.
Abstinence forbids eating meat, but not of eggs, milk products or condiments made of animal fat.
Each year in publishing the Lenten penance requirements, the U.S. bishops quote the teaching of the Holy Father concerning the seriousness of observing these days of penance. The obligation to do penance is a serious one; the obligation to observe, as a whole or “substantially,” the days of penance is also serious.
But no one should be scrupulous in this regard; failure to observe individual days of penance is not considered serious. Moral theologians remind us that some people are excused from fasting and/or abstinence because of sickness or other reasons.
In his “Apostolic Constitution on Penance,” Pope Paul VI did more than simply reorganize Church law concerning fast and abstinence. He reminded us of the divine law that each of us in our own way do penance. We must all turn from sin and make reparation to God for our sins. We must forgive and show love for one another just as we ask for God’s love and forgiveness.
The Code of Canon Law and our bishops remind us of other works and means of doing penance: prayer, acts of self-denial, almsgiving and works of personal charity. Attending Mass daily or several times a week, praying the rosary, making the way of the cross, attending the parish evening prayer service, teaching the illiterate to read, reading to the blind, helping at a soup kitchen, visiting the sick and shut-ins and giving an overworked mother a break by baby-sitting—all of these can be even more meaningful and demanding than simply abstaining from meat on Friday.