This document was last updated, July 2, 2021 at 11:30 a.m.
We are very excited to be able to gather in the sanctuary again for Mass. It looks a little different to ensure everyone’s safety.
Your safety continues to be our highest priority. Allow for grace as we navigate through this new chapter! Thank You!
Continue to pray for an end to the pandemic, for all who are sick, and our first responders.
If you plan to attend Mass at Transfiguration, PLEASE read this entire document for instructions and answers to Frequent Questions.
Coming to Mass
▪ Daily Mass: Monday – Friday, 11:00 a.m., Church
▪ Weekend Masses: Saturday: 5:00 p.m., Sunday: 8:00 a.m., 11:00 a.m., 2:00 p.m. (Spanish), 5:00 p.m.
▪ Signing for the deaf and hard of hearing at the 11:00 a.m. Sunday Mass
▪ Nursery is NOT available at this time
Do I need to wear a mask?
No. And, yes. Beginning July 1, you will be able to come and go from church, church offices and ministry meetings with masks optional if your are fully vaccinated. You are also welcome to attend Mass with masks optional if you are fully vaccinated. The weekend Mass procedure will change on July 3/4. Half of the church will remain “Social Distance” with masks required and usher assisted seating. The other half of the church will be mask optional for anyone who is fully vaccinated, seat yourself, all pews used, approach the altar and depart from Mass without restriction. We are making this change to open the church more fully and welcome as many back to table of Sunday Mass.
Am I required to attend Mass?
Read Archbishop Hartmayer’s Letter on the updates to Dispensation beginning May 23, 2021 (Pentecost Sunday) for the Archdiocese of Atlanta HERE. Masses can be viewed online at https://video.ibm.com/channel/transfiguration-catholic-church
While the general dispensation is removed, there are specific persons for whom the dispensation will, for the time being, still be applicable, as well as persons for whom there is no obligation in the first place according to the norms of canon law. One does not have an obligation to attend Mass on Sunday or a holy day of obligation in the following circumstances:
- You are ill or you have a health condition that would be significantly compromised if you were to contract a communicable illness (i.e., you have underlying conditions or are in a high-risk category). Please use the dispensation and do not attend Mass.
- 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 care for the sick, homebound, or infirm.
- You are pregnant.
- You are 65 years of age or older (per the CDC’s recommendation of high-risk individuals).
- You cannot attend Mass through no fault of your own (e.g., no Mass is offered, you are infirm, your ride did not show up, the church was at capacity).
- You have significant fear or anxiety of becoming ill by being at Mass.
For questions about how these might apply to you, please contact your pastor. These categories will be reviewed in due course and revised as needed.
Persons legitimately dispensed from the obligation to attend Mass are still to observe the Lord’s Day by participating in a broadcast of the Sunday Mass or by spending time in prayer or meditating on Scripture, either individually or as a family.
MAINTAINING OUR FACILITIES
The church maintains a high level of cleanliness. The Maintenance staff works to clean and sanitize the church. This includes all surface areas and restrooms. After each Mass, the church and restrooms will be cleaned. Classrooms remain closed for meetings. When required, classrooms and meeting rooms are sanitized. Bishop Hall is cleaned and sanitized when needed. Remember, if you choose to attend Mass, there is always risk of exposure to illness.
• Bathrooms will be sanitized between Masses
• Water fountains are turned off
HOW WILL THIS WORK?
At Daily Mass, you will seat yourself maintaining safe social distances. Begin with Center section until it is full, then fill the Font side seating. Communion will continue to file Back Pews of the Church to Front Pews of the Church. Please EXIT Mass from front pews to back, maintaining safe social distances.
Saturday Night Vigil and Sunday Masses, we will fill the Church first and then Overflow seating in Bishop Hall. This means, to increase your odds to getting a seat in the sanctuary an early arrival would be ideal. Note: Please do not arrive earlier than 30 minutes before Mass time.
Beginning July 3/4 – We will offer two seating areas for Mass, Half of the church will remain “Social Distance ” area with masking required for all over the age of 7 years and usher assisted seating.
The other half of the church will be the “Safe and Reasonable” section where masking will be optional to those who are vaccinated or recovered from Covid. You will seat yourself, enter and exit the building and approach the altar for communion without usher assistance.
Ushers will continue to greet and assist in seating as needed.
Please continue to wear a mask as long as you feel you need to. You may sit anywhere in the church with a mask on. Masks will be optional for those fully vaccinated, but you must wear a mask if you are seated in the “Social Distance” section of the church. This includes instances of being seated in the Social Distance section after all other areas of the church are filled to capacity.
Families returning to church are encouraged to let an usher know if they would like to sit near an exit or end of a pew.
You may sit with a friend who is not a member of your household if you arrive together to be seated.
On Saturday and Sunday, the In-Car Mass and Communion are still available.
The KoC will continue to direct you in the parking lot.
Offertory Baskets will remain at the greeter table. Please leave your offertory envelope in the baskets, or make your contributions online.
If you are returning to church for the first time, please take a moment to review our protocols and procedures, listed below.
Stay tuned for more details. This message is available on the CURRENT EVENTS button on the webpage and MyParish App.
OUR PROTOCOLS: (effective July 3/4, 2021)
Before you leave home:
• Take everyone’s temperature; if 99.6 or higher, do not attend Mass.
• Get your face masks ready (one for every person in your group). Individuals without masks will be allowed inside the church. Masks will be optional for those adults who are vaccinated or recovered from. Seating cannot be guaranteed based on capacity; you may have to be seated where a mask is required. (The Archdiocese of Atlanta recommends masks for all those over the age of 7 yrs.)
• Bring personal hand sanitizer for use immediately before and after Communion.
• The Restrooms at Transfiguration are available, but only sanitized between Masses.
Arriving at Transfiguration
• Enter through the main church doors by the St. Francis fountain. All other entrances will be locked. Do Not Enter through the Choir Area Doors, the back parking lot doors, or any other marked exit doors.
• You may seat yourself. Ushers will continue to seat the “Social Distance” section.
Please enter through the doors marked “Social Distance” if you prefer to sit in a masked area.
• Arrive 15-30 minutes before Mass begins to be seated.
• Overflow seating will be opened in Bishop Hall if capacity is reached.
Doors will be shut once Mass begins.
Inside the church
• You will seat yourself unless you chose to sit in an usher assisted section or you are seated in the section because of capacity.
• We cannot accept all requests for specific seating locations. If you have extenuating circumstances or a family with young children, please allow us to try to accommodate you. We ask that you be patient with us as we maximize capacity of the church. We are trying our best to accommodate all!
• Hand sanitizing stations are in the foyer.
• All aisles are one way, please follow an usher’s direction for which way to go.
• The collection basket is in the foyer (baskets will not be passed during Mass at this time) Place donations in the basket before entering the sanctuary.
• As always, there is no food or drink allowed in the sanctuary.
Changes during Mass
• Please refrain from physical contact for greetings, the Sign of Peace, and The Our Father
• Please allow ushers to dismiss your pew to approach the altar for communion.
• Usher assisted sections will direct seating and communion using one-way aisles
• Those in line for Communion should maintain a safe social distance from others in line.
• We may be unable to bring communion to the pew bound at this time. Please see an usher before Mass begins for extenuating circumstances.
• The Precious Blood will not be offered.
• The Precious Body must be received into your hands.
- Proper procedure for receiving Communion while masked:
- Masks should be worn when approaching the altar for Communion
- Use your hand sanitizer to wash your hands before you get in the Communion line
- Receive the consecrated host into your hands, please hold your hands flat, one on top of the other to receive the Eucharist.
- Step 6 feet to the side, Lift your mask, Consume the host, Reposition your mask, Return to your pew, Use your hand sanitizer to wash your hands
- At the conclusion of Mass, At the conclusion of Mass, please depart your pew in an orderly fashion through the front doors. Ushers will dismiss the Social Distance pews
- For the safety of all, only the priest and Director of Ceremonies (DC) will be allowed in the sacristy area.
- Printed bulletins will be available as you exit Mass.
- Go directly to the parking lot. Maintain a safe social distance from others.
FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS
Do I have to wear a mask?
No, and Yes. Beginning July 1, you will be able to come and go from church, church offices and ministry meetings with masks optional if your are fully vaccinated. You are also welcome to attend Mass with masks optional if you are fully vaccinated. The weekend Mass procedure will also change on July 3/4. Half of the church will remain “Social Distance” with masks required and usher assisted seating. The other half of the church will be mask optional for anyone who is fully vaccinated, seat yourself, all pews used, approach the altar and depart from Mass without restriction. We are making this change to open the church more fully and welcome as many back to table of Sunday Mass.
What can I do to help at Mass?
We need many ushers to help make these new procedures run smoothly. All are welcome! Please click HERE to sign up. More opportunities to help during Liturgy will become available. They will be announced accordingly.
I did not make a reservation. Can I still come to Mass?
Yes, no reservations are needed. Seating inside the sanctuary of Transfiguration will continue until we reach capacity; then, others will be directed to Bishop Hall to watch a livestream of Mass and receive Eucharist until that capacity is reached.
If both halls are filled, you will be invited to watch in the Car Communion line or return for a different Mass.
What is Car Communion?
On Saturday and Sunday ONLY, Communion will be distributed in the parking lot to those who have been parked and streaming the Mass.
• We are NOT offering drive-up Communion- you must be parked in the designated area to receive. To receive Communion, step out of your vehicle and a Eucharistic Minister will come to you
• Communion will only be distributed into your hands
• All communicants should wear masks. Receive communion, lift your mask to consume and replace mask. (for the safety of our Extraordinary Minister)
Are you having drive up confessions?
Yes – we are offering drive-up Reconciliation as weather permits.
Inclement weather instructions will be posted for attendees.
• Reconciliation is available on Saturdays from 3:30 – 4:30 p.m. And on Tuesdays at 5:30 p.m.
• Priests leave promptly at 4:30 p.m. on Saturdays and 6:15 p.m. on Tuesdays to prepare for Mass
• Reconciliation is also available by appointment. Call the church office, 770-977-1442
Are you offering…
Anointing of the Sick?
• Contact Liana, firstname.lastname@example.org, to request an anointing.
• At this time, Baptism is not offered during Mass. To schedule a Baptism, contact Linda, email@example.com
• Contact Rod, firstname.lastname@example.org
Adoration of the Blessed Sacrament?
• Adoration is offered after the 11:00 a.m. weekday Masses, in the Church, 11:45 am-12:45 pm. The Blessed Sacrament is Exposed directly after Mass.
Adoration Chapel Hours: Monday – Friday 1:00 – 9:00 p.m. and Sunday 6:00 – 9:00 p.m.
Phase 2 began August 15, 2020
- Celebrations of First Eucharist, Confirmation and OCI-A Liturgies have taken place, please see the website if you are interested in becoming Catholic or receiving Sacraments.
- Religious Education classes – will be offered in person beginning August 2021. See the link here.
- Weekday Preschool – following the Catholic Schools Protocols set by the Archdiocese of Atlanta. (Enrollment information)
Phase 3 began May 2021
- Parish Offices are open to the public from 9:30 a.m. – 3:30 p.m Monday – Thursday, 9:30 a.m. – 2:30 p.m Friday.
- Eucharistic Ministers are serving in each Mass
- The Font is full and running (Holy Water is available)
- Ministry meetings are now taking place on the Parish Campus in a limited capacity. Please contact the Parish Offices for scheduling. Ministry leaders have been contacted and supplied with scheduling information.
Who should NOT attend Mass at Transfiguration in person right now:
• Anyone who has a temperature of 99.6 or above, is feeling unwell, or exhibits symptoms of illness
• Anyone who has been exposed to COVID-19
• Anyone exhibiting any COVID-19 symptoms:
• Temperature of 99.6 or above
• Loss of taste/smell
• Shortness of breath
• Muscle pain Sore throat
• Anyone who has traveled internationally or to any location identified as a hot spot for COVID-19 in the last 14 days
Frequent updates will be provided as new information becomes available.
Thank you for your patience and understanding.
God’s blessings to you and your family.