Please see Bishop Konzen’s Decree for Healthcare Workers which grants healthcare workers a dispensation from fasting and abstinence for Good Friday. We are all deeply appreciative of their work and sacrifice at this time.
Please click the link to view Mass for this Sunday.
Pursuant to Governor Kemp’s Executive Order to Ensure a Safe & Healthy Georgia, our Parish Offices and Church will be closed until at least Monday, April 13. Our staff is working remotely; you may call us at 770-253-1888 or email us at firstname.lastname@example.org during our usual business hours: Monday through Friday from 9:30am to 3pm.
Please stay in touch with us through our website www.smmcatholic.org, and watch Sunday Mass online on our SMM Catholic YouTube Channel. As the days go by with forced isolation, St. Mary Magdalene will be providing more opportunities for parishioners to stay in touch electronically, while respecting all physical separation requirements.
Fr. Terry will be providing a recorded Mass available the morning of Palm Sunday and Easter Sunday, as well as the following Sundays until we can once again gather as a community. He asks that, for the Sacred Triduum: Holy Thursday Mass, the Veneration of the Cross on Good Friday, and the Easter Vigil, please join in union with the bishops of the Archdiocese streaming live at https://archatl.com/covid-19/holy-week-triduum-easter/.
Know that we are praying for you, and especially for all those directly affected by the COVID-19 virus. May there be a speedy end to this pandemic, and may we all grow spiritually from the sacrifices we have made.
Please use this link: https://archatl.com/covid-19/holy-week-triduum-easter/ to watch the bishops of the Archdiocese of Atlanta celebrate the liturgies of the Sacred Triduum at the Cathedral of Christ the King. The Easter Vigil will be celebrated on Saturday, April 11, at 8 pm. There are other resources available on this page to assist you in prayerfully celebrating Holy Week and Easter in your homes.
Fr. Terry will be celebrating Palm Sunday Mass and Easter Sunday Masses privately, but they will be uploaded to our YouTube Channel on each of the Sunday mornings.
Watch Sunday Masses with Father Terry on our SMM Catholic YouTube Channel: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCaSrHAB7mPlnAegmqLLM6Vg
Watch the Fifth Sunday of Lent Mass here.
My Dear Parishioners and all People of Good Will,
In these uncertain times, we are all struggling with what the future holds, and the normal means by which we deal with those struggles seem to be taken away from us. As your pastor, I have a responsibility to provide you with comfort and spiritual guidance.
Because we cannot gather as a community to share, we have to find other ways of sharing our fears, anxieties, joys, and accomplishments.
I realize the announcements of the Archdiocese of Atlanta and the State of Georgia place a burden on all of us who wish to come together to share the Word of God and the Body of Christ as we usually do as a parish community. For example, it was a difficult decision to keep the church building closed on the weekends, but the chances of large crowds coming on the weekend is much higher than during the week and we are trying to honor the directives of the government and the church to keep people safe.
Fear can be a powerful, debilitating force, especially when those who should provide solutions and understanding, like journalists and government leaders, tend to amplify our fears, rather than helping us deal with them calmly and rationally. Let us, then, help each other by reaching out to friends and neighbors and by reassuring each other that we are here, together in spirit, if not in body.
Thankfully, in this century, we are able to communicate and pray with one another through video and audio technology. Many friends and organizations are setting up times to pray together online or on apps. We are not allowed to live broadcast parish Masses, because if people knew where and when Mass was being recorded, the temptation to go to church and congregate would defeat the purpose of cancelling public Masses. If you have a suggestion of gathering the faithful to a “virtual” prayer or support meeting, please let us know at email@example.com
As we continue with this enforced distance from the sacraments, parishioners are inspiring me to find new and creative ways of gathering the faithful, not physically, but electronically, in addition to the options already available through our website and the archdiocesan website, archatl.com.
I think it was part of God’s plan that this pandemic occurred during Lent, because we can truly commune with Christ “in the desert.” We really are experiencing the retreat of Lent, not only from daily life and routine, but also from the comfort and certainties of life as usual.
Fr. Terry Crone
Have Beautiful Plants All Summer Long, and support a good cause! Leave behind the hassle of garden centers and planting—shop the St. Mary Magdalene Council of Catholic Women’s Spring Plant Fundraiser! Orders will be taken through March 26, 2020. Plant pick up day is April 18, between 9-11 am.
To order online click here: https://www.osvhub.com/st-mary-magdalene-cath-church-1/forms/smmccw-spring-plant-sale
For more information, contact Kathy Holcomb at firstname.lastname@example.org or call/text 513.850.1888.
As directed by Bishop Konzen, Administrator of the Archdiocese of Atlanta, in an effort to stem the spread of disease, all parishes in the Archdiocese, including St. Mary Magdalene, will be suspending all public Masses, Communion Services, Stations of the Cross, Adoration, Bible Studies, Faith Formation, Preschool, and all other meetings at our Parish facility until further notice.
Confessions are available individually by appointment.
The Church will be open for individual prayer on Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Fridays from 9:30am – 3pm and Thursdays from 9:30am to 7pm. The Blessed Sacrament will be present in the tabernacle, but will not be Exposed in the monstrance.
Parish Office hours will be 9:30am to 3pm, Tuesday thru Friday (closed on Monday).
As we will not be taking a collection at Masses on the weekends, but we still have expenses each week, please consider sending your donation to us through Online Giving, bank bill pay, or by mail. You can find a link to online giving on our website at www.smmcatholic.org.
For the most up to date information on the Corona Virus and its effects on the diocese, please go to the Archdiocese of Atlanta website at https://archatl.com/covid-19/
In the words of Bishop Konzen, “We can still unite in prayer. We can still care for our neighbors. We are still the Body of Christ. We are challenged to find non-traditional ways to connect with one another. It is a sacrifice, for sure, for all of us to alter our participation in the Eucharist, a sacrifice as unwelcome as it is new. Still, we understand that it is, for the time being, a cross we bear in a spirit of self-denial, an emptying of ourselves in imitation of Our Lord’s privation as He faced His Passion. We know that we can hope in the Resurrection. Let us bring that hope to our neighbors and our communities through our sacrifice, our service, and our prayer.”
Bishop Konzen has granted all Catholics in the Arch. of Atlanta a dispensation from the obligation to attend Sunday Mass for March 14-15, 21-22, and 29-30.
Please see the Georgia Bulletin article here that gives further details.
At this time, Masses at St. Mary Magdalene will take place as scheduled.