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Mass Attendance Update: May 21, 2020
Dear Parish Family,
As you are aware, on Monday, May 18 Archbishop Hartmayer announced that churches may begin to allow limited numbers of parishioners to attend Mass in person as early as next Monday (May 25).
This announcement also came with a strict number of requirements for each parish to adhere to – including deep and frequent sanitizing of the Church, limiting the number of parishioners in attendance to allow for proper social distancing, required sanitizing wipes and gels for the assembly, a long list of liturgical concerns, and best practices for the continued good health of priests who are either over 60 or have underlying health concerns which is the case with all of us at OLA.
Just this past weekend a Texas parish has had to close after its 5 priests tested positive for COVID-19 after resuming public Masses on May 2. One priest has died, possibly related to COVID-19.
In a meeting with fellow priests from the Central Deanery yesterday, grave concerns were expressed by my brothers about their ability to obtain the needed sterilizing materials – most are on back order – and to adequately make preparations to safely and efficiently open. We have to deep clean before and after each liturgy! My staff and I have those same concerns and we do not feel that it is prudent to begin inviting additional parishioners to be physically present at Mass at this time.
Barring unforeseen circumstances – and with the utmost concern for the health and well being of our parish community - we will begin allowing limited numbers of parishioners to attend Mass in person on the weekend of June 13 and 14. There will be two Masses on the weekend and Mass livestreaming will continue. Daily Mass will not resume until we feel that we can safely do so - livestreaming daily Mass will continue.
More details will be provided in upcoming bulletins, in the e-news, and on our website. Please do not text/email myself, the clergy, or staff asking for specific details - we will notify you when plans are in order.
If you do not currently receive the parish e-news, I strongly encourage you to sign up now. That is how the registration link to attend Mass will be distributed. .
If you attend Mass at OLA, but are not registered, I encourage you to register in our parish because it will be parishioners only.
Please pray for our parish clergy and staff as we begin making plans for these Masses. You will remain in our prayers.
Yours in Mary, Our Mother,
Liturgy, Meeting, Events Updates
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The Parish Office is closed through Sunday, May 31. Parish Staff will be working remotely during this time. We will be checking our voicemail remotely, but please communicate via email.
The staff email addresses can all be found on the parish website: https://www.olachurch.org/parish-staff.
The Church is CLOSED until further notice. Out of a desire to protect our community, the church is closed. No one is to enter without permission from Father Jim.
All Public Masses, Meetings, and Events Cancelled from now through Sunday, May 31.
In Need of Assistance?
Need Assistance Picking up Groceries/Medicines?
If you are 60+, have underlying health problems, or are othewise one of the more vulnerable who are at higher risk from the COVID-19 virus and you need help with groceries or picking up your medications, please email Sarah Cash at email@example.com.
Need Someone to Talk to?
Stephen Ministry is a one-to-one care giving ministry. Reach out to our Stephen Ministry if you want someone to listen and walk with you through troubled times, such as grieving from loss of a loved one, of a job, divorce, health issues, loneliness, living in a time of pain or lack of direction. All is confidential.
Our Stephen Ministers are especially concerned about those who may feel isolated or lonely during this time.
If you would like to receive a weekly phone call from a Stephen Minister, please contact the Parish Office at 404-261-7181, ext 128 or firstname.lastname@example.org
Need Help Understanding Technology?
The COVID-19 crisis forces all of us into new and very different ways of taking care of ourselves and communicating. OLA parishioners can already use technology to participate in daily mass, which addresses our spiritual nourishment and enriches our connection as an OLA community in the midst of COVID. There are additional ways to address our physical and social nourishment with the help of technology.
But the use of some of these online sources can be a challenge for some. With that in mind, OLA’s Wednesday Men’s Group and Saturday Men’s Discipleship Group now volunteer to support OLA parishioners in need of technical guidance and encouragement. The focus will be limited, to include Zoom and Skype for communication, online grocery ordering, and online ordering for meal delivery and takeout through Grub Hub, DoorDash, and Uber Eats.
The “Technology Coach” can help set up user accounts, walk you through using the program, and answer questions you have. If you would like assistance from an OLA Technology Coach email Matt at OLAWednesdayMensGroup@gmail.com. Be sure to include your name and phone number, and a technology coach will call you within 24 hours to assist. Allow us to keep you connected during this isolating time.