Important Updates Image

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

This document was last updated, September 2, 2020, 3:30 p.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. That is our highest priority. Please have PATIENCE as we navigate through this new chapter. 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, you MUST read this entire document for instructions.

MASS SCHEDULE
▪ 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

GENERAL INFORMATION
Am I required to attend Mass?
• Archbishop Gregory J. Hartmayer firmly prays and hopes that this period of restricted activity will be used as an occasion for all in the Archdiocese of Atlanta to nurture their relationship to Jesus Christ through personal prayer, devotions, spiritual reading and attendance at Holy Mass and adoration for those who can attend safely. He does, however, extend the period during which persons with health reasons or concerns are dispensed from the Sunday obligation, now through Monday, September 28, 2020. He continues to urge all who are sick or suspect any threat of sickness to attend Mass virtually.
• Those who choose to participate in Mass and receive Holy Communion can attend any Mass any day of the week (not limited to Sunday)
• Masses can be viewed online at https://video.ibm.com/channel/transfiguration-catholic-church

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

MAINTAINING OUR FACILITIES
The church has been deep cleaned and sanitized. This includes all surface areas and restrooms. After each Mass, the church will be sanitized. Remember, if you choose to attend Mass, there is always risk of exposure to illness. Bathrooms on the first floor will be limited to 1 person at a time.
• Bathrooms will be sanitized after each use and between Masses
• The second floor, including bathrooms, is closed to the public
• Water fountains are turned off

HOW WILL THIS WORK?
Below are the details of what to expect with this new Mass experience. If you prefer, you can click HERE to watch a video.

Make a reservation to attend Mass:

  • Go to https://www.signupgenius.com/go/10c0a4aadaa2fa20-imcoming
  • Enter your name, the day and time of the Mass you will be attending, and the number of people in your family group (Please note: the reservations help us to prepare for how many to expect at Mass and also provide information in case we need to contact trace.)
  • If you can’t use SignUp Genius, email the information to Joyce, jguris@transfiguration.com
  • Using the reservation system enables us to contact you in case of exposure.

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)
  • For the safety of all, people without masks will not be allowed inside the church
  • Masks must be worn from entry to exit – if someone in your group cannot keep a mask on for the entire time, do not attend Mass (The Archdiocese of Atlanta requires masks for all those over the age of 7 yrs.)
  • Bring personal hand sanitizer for use immediately before and after Communion
  • Use the bathroom at home because facilities at church will be very limited

Arriving at Transfiguration

  • Arrive at least 15 minutes, but no more than 30 minutes, prior to the Mass start time
  • Enter through the main church doors by the St. Francis fountain
  • All other entrances will be locked
  • Doors will be locked once Mass begins

Inside the church

  • Your group will be directed and escorted to a pew
  • We cannot accept requests for specific seating locations
  • Hand sanitizing stations are located in the foyer
  • Pews are roped off to accommodate social distance seating (6 feet apart)
  • Family groups will be seated together
  • All aisles are one way
  • There is no holy water in the font
  • New Mass programs are supplied for each Mass (no reuse)
  • The collection basket is in the foyer (baskets will not be passed during Mass)
  • Place donations in the basket before entering the sanctuary
  • As always, there is no food or drink allowed in the sanctuary

Changes during Mass

  • There will be no physical contact for greetings, the Sign of Peace, and The Our Father
  • Everyone must wear a face mask except:
    • The priest while saying Mass
    • The choir while singing
    • The CDC does not recommend masks for those under the age of 2, the Archdiocese of Atlanta requires masks for all those over the age of 7 yrs.
  • Singing by the congregation is discouraged at this time
  • There will be three Communion stations
  • Ushers will direct parishioners using the one-way aisles
  • Those in line for Communion should maintain a 6-foot distance from others in line
  • We are unable to bring communion to the pew bound at this time
  • The Precious Blood will not be offered
  • The Precious Body must be received into your hands
  • Proper procedure for receiving 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, REMAIN IN YOUR PEW
    • Ushers will dismiss the pews in an orderly fashion

Leaving the church

  • The priest will not be in the foyer after Mass
  • For the safety of all, only the priest and Director of Ceremonies (DC) will be allowed in the sacristy area
  • Printed bulletins will be distributed as you exit Mass.
  • Go directly to your vehicle
  • Do not gather in the mall area
  • Maintain a 6-foot social distance from others

FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS

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.

I did not make a reservation. Can I still come to Mass?
If you arrive at Transfiguration without a reservation, you will be asked to wait until all those with reservations have been seated
• If there is room, you will be welcomed in
• If our social distancing capacity has been reached, you may watch Mass on your phone in your car in the church parking lot.

Using the reservation system enables us to contact you in case of exposure.

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
• 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 Reconciliation

Reconciliation
• Reconciliation is available on Saturdays from 3:30 – 4:30 p.m.
• Reconciliation will be OUTSIDE in the mall area with 6-foot social distancing
• Priests leave promptly at 4:30 p.m. to prepare for Mass
• Reconciliation is also available by appointment. Call the church office, 770-977-1442

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

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

Funerals
• Contact Rod, rvoss@transfiguration.com

Adoration of the Blessed Sacrament
• Come and pray, Monday – Friday, 9:00 – 10:45 a.m. until Monday, September 7..
• Beginning Tuesday, September 8, Adoration will be after the 11:00 a.m. weekday Masses, in the Church, 11:45 am-12:45 pm. Come and pray!

What about…?

Phase 2 will begin approximately August 15 and includes plans for:

  • Re-opening Adoration
  • Celebrations of First Eucharist, Confirmation and OCI-A Liturgies
  • Religious Education classes
  • Weekday Preschool

Phase 3:

  • Re-opening the parish offices (we are all working remotely, so email or call)
  • Ministers of Caring
  • Ministry meetings

Frequent updates will be provided as new information becomes available.

Please be patient and forgiving.
We are doing our best to make this a safe experience for all.
God’s blessings to you and your family.

Transfiguration