Transfiguration Catholic Church Welcomes You Back! Gathering for Mass Guidelines and Updates

This document was last updated, October 1, 2021 at 10:00 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

MASS SCHEDULE
▪ Daily Mass:
Monday 9:00 a.m., Tuesday 9:00 a.m., Tuesday 6:30 p.m. (Español), Wednesday 9:00 a.m., Wednesday 6:30 p.m., Thursday 9:00 a.m., Thursday 6:30 p.m., Friday 9:00 a.m.
▪ 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 at Mass only for 11:00 a.m. (Nursery is NOT available for All Masses at this time.)

GENERAL INFORMATION

Do I need to wear a mask?
No – And Yes.
Mask Wearing is Strongly Encouraged for ALL who enter the parish. (Archdiocese of Atlanta 8/13/2021)
Read More Here : https://archatl.com/2021/08/current-guidelines-for-parishes-regarding-covid-19/
en Español : https://archatl.com/es/2021/08/directrices-actuales-para-las-parroquias-sobre-covid-19/

You are able to come and go from church, church offices and ministry meetings with masks optional if you are fully vaccinated. Masks are strongly recommended.
Starting July 1, we welcomed those who are fully vaccinated to attend Mass with Masks Optional. The weekend Mass procedure changed July 3/4. A section of the church remains “Social Distance” with masks required and Hospitality Minister assisted seating. Those who are fully vaccinated are welcomed to seat yourself, and attend Mass with Mask Optional, enter and exit the church as usual. 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:

  1. 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.
  2. You are experiencing flu-like symptoms.
  3. You have been exposed to someone who has tested positive or you have reason to think you might be asymptomatic of a contagious illness.
  4. You care for the sick, homebound, or infirm.
  5. You are pregnant.
  6. You are 65 years of age or older (per the CDC’s recommendation of high-risk individuals).
  7. 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).
  8. 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. The Social 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. 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 the Social 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.

Current Seating in the Sanctuary – 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 Hospitality Ministers will assist with seating.
The other half of the church will be the “Safe and Reasonable” section where masking will be optional to those who are fully vaccinated. You will seat yourself, enter and exit the building and approach the altar for communion as usual.

Hospitality Ministers will continue to greet and assist in seating as needed.

8/13/21 * Masks are STRONGLY recommended to all those who enter the parish.
You are welcome 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 the hospitality ministers 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.

In-Car Communion is only offered at the 5:00 p.m. Vigil Mass on Saturday Nights.

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. All are encouraged to make your contributions online. (Here)

Bulletins will be distributed to everyone at the conclusion of Mass.

Digital Versions of Song Sheets and Bulletins available – see BULLETIN or SONG SHEET to see them

If you are returning to church for the first time, please take a moment to review our protocols and procedures, listed below.

Please note: if we receive notice of a COVID exposure/positive test result, details will be posted on www.transfiguration.com,
check the CURRENT EVENTS button on the homepage.

Stay tuned for more details. This message is available on the CURRENT EVENTS button on the webpage and MyParish App.

To become a Hospitality Minster for Sunday Mass or funerals and weddings, please contact Dan Marcacci, dmarcacci@transfiguration.com.


OUR PROTOCOLS: (effective October 1, 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). Masks are strongly recommended for all who enter the parish however, individuals without masks will be allowed inside the church. Masks will be optional for those adults who are vaccinated. 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

• You may seat yourself. Hospitality ministers will continue to assist in seating the “Social Distance” section.
Please let the hospitality ministers know 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 the Social Hall if capacity is reached.


Inside the church

• You will seat yourself unless you chose to sit in an area that requires assistance 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. Please observe proper hand hygiene and sanitizing. (at all times)
• 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. Online Giving options available at transfiguration.com.
• 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 hospitality ministers to dismiss your pew to approach the altar for communion.
• 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 a hospitality minister before Mass begins for extenuating circumstances.
• The Precious Blood will not be offered.
• The Precious Body will 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. Hospitality ministers will dismiss the Social Distance pews
  • For the safety of all, only the Priest, Deacon, Altar Servers 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.
Mask Wearing is Strongly Encouraged for ALL who enter the parish. (Archdiocese of Atlanta 8/13/2021)
Read More Here : https://archatl.com/2021/08/current-guidelines-for-parishes-regarding-covid-19/
en Español : https://archatl.com/es/2021/08/directrices-actuales-para-las-parroquias-sobre-covid-19/
You are able to come and go from church, church offices and ministry meetings with masks optional if you are fully vaccinated. Masks are strongly recommended.
Starting July 1, we welcomed those who are fully vaccinated to attend Mass with Masks Optional. The weekend Mass procedure changed July 3/4. A section of the church remains “Social Distance” with masks required and Hospitality Minister assisted seating. Those who are fully vaccinated are welcomed to seat yourself, and attend Mass with Mask Optional, enter and exit the church as usual. 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?
More opportunities to help during Liturgy will become available through the Liturgy Department. 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?
At 5:00 p.m. Saturday Vigil 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
•The Precious Body will be be distributed into your hands. The Precious Blood will not offered.

Are you having drive up confessions?
Yes – we are offering drive-up Reconciliation as weather permits. Masks are encouraged. Priests will wear a mask.
Inclement weather instructions will be posted for attendees.
• Reconciliation is available on Saturdays from 3:30 p.m. and, on Tuesdays at 5:00 p.m.
• Priests leave after all confessions are heard to prepare for Mass. We ask that you ARRIVE at the start time.
• Reconciliation is also available by appointment. Call the church office, 770-977-1442

Are you offering…

Anointing of the Sick?
• Contact Liana, lvalentinscott@transfiguration.com, to request an anointing.

Baptisms?
• At this time, Baptism is not offered during Mass. To schedule a Baptism, contact Linda, lrega@transfiguration.com

Funerals?
• Contact Dan, dmarcacci@transfiguration.com

Adoration of the Blessed Sacrament?
• Adoration Chapel Hours: Monday – Friday 9:00 – 9:00 p.m. and Sunday 6:00 – 9:00 p.m.
(unless the Chapel is needed for Liturgical events, which will be posted) Come spend some time with Jesus.

Ongoing updates:

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.
  • All Faith Formation Classes are being held in person beginning August 15
  • Nursery will be available for Faith Formation beginning August 15. (Announcements about Nursery for Mass will be announced here)

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 • Cough
Fatigue • Shortness of breath • Muscle pain Sore throat• Chills
• 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.

Transfiguration