Coronavirus Advisory

Dispensation from the obligation to Attend Sunday Mass to Remain in Effect Through July

June 25, 2020

My Dear Brothers and Sisters of the Diocese of Savannah,

Due to continuing concerns about the number of COVID-19 cases in the state of Georgia, the dispensation from the obligation to attend Sunday mass will remain in place at least through the last Sunday of July (7/26/20).

All of the guidelines and best practices that were implemented to keep our places of worship safe and healthy remain in effect, and we continue to work to decrease any possible risk to you and your families. Additionally, Governor Brian Kemp’s Executive Order - Empowering a Healthy Georgia, permits meetings of up to 50 people if social distancing can be observed. Parishes may resume meetings and other church gatherings within these guidelines at the discretion of the pastor.

I would like to remind everyone that if you are ill, do not come to church. Any parishioners who are uncomfortable about attending Sunday Mass due to the coronavirus or the safety measures implemented at your local parish are excused from their obligation to attend. In addition, if parishioners are in the higher risk category due to current illness, age or suffering a chronic health condition or compromised immune system, they are also asked to remain at home.

We ask everyone to take whatever precautions they deem necessary to feel safe during the crisis.

Our Lady of Perpetual Help, pray for us!

May the Lord Jesus bless you and your loved ones and keep you all safe. With prayers for each of you, I am

Sincerely Yours in Christ,

Very Reverend Daniel F. Firmin, J.C.L.
Diocesan Administrator
Diocese of Savannah