COVID-19 Update #3
Friday, March 13 | 3:20 PM
During this time of uncertainty, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) encourages, among other things, social distancing -- the avoidance of public places, large crowds and refraining from being in close proximity to others.
It is with this understanding that I urge the parishioners of Most Blessed Sacrament Catholic Church to apply the principle of social distancing by staying home this weekend.
Instead of going to Mass this weekend, I encourage you to take some time to reflect on the readings for the Third Sunday of Lent. You may also appreciate viewing a video reflection on the readings.
Canon Law states that if, for a grave reason, attending Sunday Mass is not possible, one should make time for prayer and spiritual reflection alone or as a family (see Canon 1248.2).
Although our diocesan administrator, Bishop Joel Konzen, has not yet suspended public Masses in the Archdiocese of Atlanta, I am convinced that current circumstances related to COVID-19 are sufficiently grave to apply Canon 1248.2 as individuals.
Absent a diocesan-wide suspension of public Masses, I am obliged to maintain our regular schedule of Sunday Eucharist. However, I will continue to do all I can to promote social distancing and drastically reduce the number of people congregating on our parish campus this weekend.
Please know that if you are scheduled for a liturgical ministry (lector, usher, sacristan, choir, etc.) you are encouraged to stay home. I've instructed the parish staff to stay home this weekend as well.
Do not hesitate to contact me directly if you have any questions or concerns.
In the Lord,
Father Desmond Drummer