Reopening Letter 05/20/2020
Dear Saint Pius X Family,
We are very excited to once again be able to open our doors for public mass and prayers. As we reopen our doors there will be new guidelines put forth by our bishops in order to ensure public safety and the ability to continue gathering in our parishes.
The dispensation from the obligation to attend Sunday Masses for everyone in the Archdiocese of Atlanta remains in effect until June 28th. Because of this, those wishing to participate in the Holy Mass and receive Holy Communion can do so by attending any Mass any day of the week. This will help our communities manage the number of attendees for Mass during weekends. Everyone who is sick, whether it is a chronic illness or just a fever, is encouraged to stay at home and continue to participate in a televised or live-streamed celebration of the Holy Eucharist. With these cautions in mind, here at St. Pius X we are excited to begin welcoming you back into our sanctuary every day of the week beginning on Monday May 25th. We can’t wait for you to join us as we all follow the recommendations made by our Bishops so that we can once again come together around the altar of our Lord while ensuring everyone’s safety. In person Masses will look a little different than you’re accustomed to in the coming weeks. Here’s what you need to know to be prepared.
Everyone must wear a mask to enter the building at all times. Please be prepared and bring your own mask, as we do not have an abundance available to give away. In addition, we will be providing hand sanitizer at the main entrance for everyone to use each time you enter the building.
Monday through Saturday, the Main Sanctuary will be open for private prayer beginning at 10am. You may bring in your own personal prayer resources such as a journal, rosary, or a spiritual book, however you MUST take them with you when you leave. Materials you leave behind will be thrown away during the daily sanitizing of the Sanctuary.
We will be offering daily Masses Monday through Friday only at 6:30pm. On Wednesday and Thursday, Mass will be bilingual.
Adoration of the Blessed Sacrament will be offered in the Sanctuary before weekday masses Monday through Friday, from 5:30pm to 6:25pm. Reconciliation will take place during Adoration in the Cana Room from 5:30 pm to 6:15pm next to the sanctuary to allow us to keep social distance, while maintaining privacy.
We will resume our normal Sunday Mass schedule with limited seating available on a first come first served system. The schedule begins with a 5pm Saturday vigil Mass and ends with 5pm Sunday evening Mass. You will be asked to sanitize your hands when you arrive, and we encourage you to bring your own sanitizer to also allow you to sanitize before and after receiving communion. You may begin arriving for Mass 30 minutes before it is scheduled to start. When you arrive, please use the marked lines to help maintain 6 feet of distance between your family and others. Wait to be escorted to the best available seat by one of our volunteer ushers. In accordance with the recommendations from the Archdiocese and local health officials we have removed all hymnals and missalettes from the pews. We encourage you to bring your own worship aids or download an app to follow along with the Mass. Apps like Laudate and iBreviary make this easy. If you bring printed worship aids, please remember to take them with you and do not leave them in the pews when you exit.
Because the clergy will be the only ones distributing Holy Communion, we ask that you remain in your pew until an usher directs you to communion. We strongly urge you to receive Communion in your hands with due reverence and respect.
At the end of mass, please remain in your pew until an usher directs you out of the building. We will be leaving by sections.
We want to extend our sincere gratitude and a huge thank you to the many parishioners who have continued to offer their gifts, talents, and treasure to our parish during these last few difficult months. Many have helped us to keep contact with our parishioners. Many parishioners have mailed in their offertory donations or signed up for our online giving system, and it is because of your generosity that we are able to continue to serve you. As we begin to reopen, you are welcome to give using the baskets that will be by the doors of the Sanctuary on Sundays or in the secured box in the narthex during the week. You may also sign up for online giving using the link on our website.
We expect seating at Sunday masses to be very limited, and you are encouraged to attend Mass and receive the Eucharist on any day of the week. In the event that you arrive for a Sunday Mass after all available seats are filled, you are welcome to live stream outside or in your car and receive the Holy Eucharist after the church has been emptied. You are also welcome to come back for a Mass later in the day or during the week. We will continue to live stream Sunday Masses at 11am in English and 1:00pm in Spanish as well as all of our weekday Masses.
We appreciate your understanding as we do everything we can to keep our community safe. We will be spraying to sanitize the sanctuary daily and between each Sunday Mass. Throughout each day, we are also diligently cleaning all surfaces you may come in contact with. Please pay attention to the marked signs and do not enter areas of the church property that are currently closed such as downstairs classrooms or the parish hall.
Lastly, for those who want to receive Holy Communion but are not comfortable coming inside the Sanctuary yet, we will offer outdoor, drive-in Adoration followed by the distribution of the Blessed Sacrament on Mondays and Fridays from 9am-10am in the back parking lot by the community garden beginning Monday May 25th. To receive communion, you must be wearing a mask and you will be asked to step out of your car.
Once again, we are very excited to reopen our doors and to have the opportunity to worship together around the altar of our Lord. Please continue to pray for us as we continue to pray for you. May God bless you and keep you safe. Love and Blessings,
Fr. Juan and Father Adam.