Parish Reaffirms Commitment to Spiritual and Physical Health of Parishioners
As the weather has started turning more toward typical winter temperatures and we have been forced to move activities indoors more frequently, we have received several inquiries from parishioners regarding coronavirus safety. Here at St. Brendan's, we are committed to both the Spiritual and Physical Health of our parishioners, visitors, staff, and priests. We offer a wide range of options and are making every possible effort to help prevent the spread of the virus.
We follow the guidelines provided to us from the Archdiocese of Atlanta (based on the most recent CDC and World Health Organization WHO recommendations), to the best of our abilities within our physical and financial boundaries. We strongly request that anyone who is experiencing ANY coronavirus symptoms, or who may have been in contact with friends, family, or relatives who are experiencing symptoms (especially if they have tested POSITIVE or are waiting for their Covid-19 test results), to NOT come to St. Brendan's until the appropriate recommended quarantine time has elapsed. The following are the most common symptoms outlined by the CDC: Cough, Shortness of Breath or Difficult Breathing, Fever or Chills, Muscle or Body Aches, Vomiting or Diarrhea, or New Loss of Taste or Smell.
We request and highly recommend that all parishioners, visitors, and staff follow all CDC and WHO recommendations: including wearing a face mask, frequent washing of hands, using hand-sanitizer, and maintaining a social distance of at least six feet apart at all times (within reason). We will continue to celebrate Masses and reconciliation outdoors for additional safety as long as the weather allows. We ask that parishioners, visitors, and staff provide their own masks and hand-sanitizer, however, we have a limited supply of masks available if you forget yours. We have placed several large bottles of hand-sanitizer in key places throughout the building, and we do our best to keep the restroom soap dispensers full and paper towels available for frequent hand washing.
We have a third party, contracted cleaning crew that cleans the church at night, Saturday through Wednesday each week. Our St. Brendan's maintenance staff is generally here from 6:00 a.m. - 10:00 p.m. daily, providing various cleaning functions within the church and on campus. We make every effort to keep the church and buildings as clean as possible within our financial limits and the physical time constraints of our Masses each weekend. We simply do not have time to clean the main sanctuary and narthex between every Mass.
Together we can keep St. Brendan's a safe and nurturing place for everyone. But it takes ALL OF US doing our part. Please take the recommendations seriously. Be considerate and have a genuine concern for those around you, as others may have unseen pre-existing conditions and to whom the coronavirus may pose particularly serious risks. For those who do not feel safe or comfortable coming to Mass at St. Brendan's in person, we offer daily Livestreaming of Mass to watch in the safety of your home. If you have been in contact with someone you suspect are showing symptoms, or you yourself are experiencing symptoms, PLEASE do not come to church. Take advantage of the livestreaming option that we offer.
We pray for the well-being of all of our community and a quick end to this pandemic. Together we will get through this. To each of you we say thank you for your continued support and prayers.