A Message from Office of the Archbishop – Aug. 25, 2020 – Mass Dispensation extended through September2020-08-31T20:08:03+00:00


Date: August 25, 2020 

To: Priests, pastors, parish communicators, men and women religious, school 

presidents and principals, Catholic Charities Atlanta, chancery staff and clergy 

From: Maureen Smith, Director, Office of Communications 

Re: Mass Dispensation extended through September 

Archbishop Gregory J. Hartmayer, OFM Conv., has announced that the suspension of the obligation to attend Sunday Mass has been extended until Monday, September 28, and the suspension will be reviewed again at the end of September. 

The archbishop encourages those who are healthy and are not burdened with the fear of being exposed to the virus to begin returning to Mass and receive the grace of the Sacraments of reconciliation and Eucharist. 

The archbishop stated, 

“Watching the celebration of the Mass on the computer or TV cannot become a substitute for receiving the sacraments. When ill or in a vulnerable category for being infected or infecting others, the sick person should always remain at home. This pandemic should not make us lazy regarding our spiritual life. Our children are back in school and many people have returned to work outside the home. We still need to be extremely cautious and practice proper protocol. I suspect more of us can return to Sunday or weekday Mass than are currently attending. I am grateful to all our priests and lay faithful for making it possible and safe to attend Mass. I appreciate the patience of our people during this unprecedented time. Please continue to be safe.” 

Find the full guidelines for in-person parish operations here

Find the Office of Formation and Discipleship’s fall Faith Formation resources here: 

Guidance for Parishes – Considerations for Faith Formation and Beyond 


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