COVID-19 Prayer, Response, Resources

COVID-19

We face an unprecedented situation in our world today with the spread of a mysterious virus. The Archdiocese of Atlanta remains committed to the mission of the church. We will continue to bring Christ into the world. How we do that may change as this situation evolves, but the mission remains the same.

This page of the website will be continually updated to reflect what actions we are taking as we move forward. We hope you will join us in prayer, action and joyful hope in the resurrection.

Let nothing disturb you,
Let nothing frighten you,
All things are passing away:
God never changes.
Patience obtains all things
Whoever has God lacks nothing;
God alone suffices.

St. Teresa of Ávila

Updates
  • March 27, 2020
    The Most Rev. Joel M. Konzen, SM, released the following instructions about Holy Week to pastors and parish leaders on Friday, March 26.
  • March 25, 2020
    Catholic Charities continues to serve, but has had to modify how those services are offered. See what is still available how to access them.
  • March 16, 2020
    Dear Friends, As we walk through this Lent, we have an opportunity to embrace sacrifice and ministry in a whole new way.
  • March 13, 2020
    Dear Friends, During Lent we are called to live the gospel of Jesus Christ more fully.
  • March 13, 2020
    WASHINGTON – Earlier today, Archbishop José H. Gomez of Los Angeles, president of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops (USCCB), issued a reflection and prayer on Coronavirus (COVID-19). His statement is part of the USCCB’s ongoing engagement on the issue over the last several weeks.
  • March 12, 2020
    After discussions with medical experts, health departments, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, and pastors and worship offices, we are putting these conditions in place to address the ongoing spread of the COVID-19 virus in the Archdiocese of Atlanta. Some of these have already been instituted. Others are being added at this time.

For daily updates on COVID19:

Health Resources

CDC Nonpharmaceutical Interventions (NPIs)

Protect yourself and others from getting and spreading respiratory illnesses like pandemic flu.

Nonpharmaceutical Interventions (NPIs)  are actions, apart from getting vaccinated and taking medicine, that people and communities can take to help slow the spread of illnesses like pandemic influenza (flu). NPIs are also known as community mitigation strategies. When a new flu virus spreads among people, causing illness worldwide, it is called pandemic flu. Because a pandemic flu virus is new, the human population has little or no immunity against it. This allows the virus to spread quickly from person to person worldwide. NPIs are among the best ways of controlling pandemic flu when vaccines are not yet available.

This website provides decision makers, planners, and public health professionals with educational tools, resources, pandemic planning guides, checklists, and select research about the types of NPIs and how they work in different settings.

Last Updated: March 13, 2020

Communication Materials

CDC offers free resources including video, fact sheets, and posters. Below are links to current communication tools and resources available for use and distribution.

Last Updated: March 13, 2020

Educational Materials

Protecting yourself and others from respiratory illnesses like the flu starts with you. The following are educational materials such as factsheets, videos and trainings on nonpharmaceutical interventions (NPIs) that you can print, watch, act on, and share with others.

Last Updated: March 13, 2020

Handwashing: Clean Hands Save Lives

Handwashing can help prevent illness. It involves five simple and effective steps (Wet, Lather, Scrub, Rinse, Dry) you can take to reduce the spread of diarrheal and respiratory illness so you can stay healthy.

Last Updated: March 13, 2020

How to Hand Wash Catholic Style

Provided by the Catholic Diocese of Dallas these printable signs might prove helpful at your parish, school, or organization.

Last Updated: March 13, 2020

Medical Decision-Making and End-of-Life Issues: Guidance for Catholic Leaders & Families

As we face the realities of a pandemic, pastoral leaders and families need an understanding of Catholic teaching on medical decision-making and end-of-life issues to offer ethical and compassionate counsel.

Last Updated: March 19, 2020

Spiritual Resources

4 Steps For Making A Spiritual Communion

Last Updated: March 18, 2020

Act of Consecration to the Immaculate Heart of Mary

Last Updated: March 25, 2020

Act of Spiritual Communion Prayer

This prayer was written by St. Alphonsus Liguori

Last Updated: March 18, 2020

Acts of Spiritual Communion

A partial indulgence is granted to the faithful who, using any duly approved pious formula, make 1) an act of spiritual communion; 2) an act of thanksgiving after Communion (e.g. Anima Christi; En ego, O bone et dulcissime lesu).

We are providing this information in a downloadable version that can be distributed as needed.

Last Updated: March 12, 2020

How to Hand Wash Catholic Style

Provided by the Catholic Diocese of Dallas these printable signs might prove helpful at your parish, school, or organization.

Last Updated: March 13, 2020

Keeping the Lord Jesus at the Center

Some spiritual resources to assist families and individuals who are unable to participate in Mass on Sunday or other days due to health concerns, caregiving responsibilities, or in view of dispensations given in the Archdiocese of Atlanta due to public health concerns and safety (for updates, check here).

Last Updated: March 16, 2020

List of Masses livestreamed or broadcasted

A list of masses that are being broadcast or live streamed.

Last Updated: March 18, 2020

Liturgical Press – Give Us This Day

Liturgical Press is open (albeit many working remotely) for your questions and concerns. We are providing free access to a digital file for Give Us This Day, which includes the daily Mass texts. While it is not a replacement for community worship, we hope this resource will provide support for the challenges ahead. Here’s the link that you can forward to your parishes to use during the coming months.  We join you in prayer for a swift resolution to the current crisis.

Last Updated: March 17, 2020

Pope Francis Prayer for COVID-19

CNS Translation of the prayer Pope Francis recited by video March 11.

Last Updated: March 11, 2020

Prayer For A Pandemic

Last Updated: March 11, 2020

Resources for Prayer and Engagement during Coronavirus

Resources for Prayer and Engagement during Coronavirus provided by the USCCB through their Catholic Current.

Last Updated: March 18, 2020

Stations of the Cross Video

Join the parishes of the Archdiocese of Atlanta as we pray the Stations of the Cross together this Lent.

Last Updated: March 24, 2020

St. Joseph Novena

The bishops of the Archdiocese of Atlanta ask you to join us in a novena to St. Joseph for his intercession during this time of pandemic.

We ask that you recite this litany and chaplet every day for nine days, starting on the Feast of St. Joseph, Thursday, March 19.

We will join you in prayer.

Litany of St. Joseph

The bishops of the Archdiocese of Atlanta ask you to join us in a novena to St. Joseph for his intercession during this time of pandemic.

We ask that you recite this litany and chaplet every day for nine days, starting on the Feast of St. Joseph, Thursday, March 19.

We will join you in prayer.

Last Updated: March 19, 2020

St. Joseph Chaplet

The Chaplet of St. Joseph consists of a medal, five beads, and a circlet of seven sets of seven beads separated by a single large bead, 61 beads in all.

Last Updated: March 19, 2020

At-Home Faith Formation

Free Resources to Support At-Home Faith Formation For Ministry Leaders and Parents/Guardians

** Resources will continue to be added to the list below as appropriate. **

Parents & Ministry Leaders

Dear Ministry Leaders and Parents:

The Coronavirus or COVID-19 has caused many challenges for our homes, parishes, schools, and communities. Jesus reminds us especially in these times: Be not afraid! The Church’s mission of evangelization and faith formation continues even in difficult times. Leaders and parents are being called to a new level of creativity in making use of available resources at home and online. At the same time, for parents, this is an opportunity to be renewed in the mission of being the first and primary teachers of your children. You can do this!

Below are suggestions for various resources that can assist leaders and parents in advancing faith formation and prayer in homes. We encourage parents/guardians whose children have been enrolled in a parish religious education or faith formation program to be in contact with your local Parish Catechetical Leader (Director of Religious Education, Coordinator of Religious Education, Youth Minister, etc.) for particular guidance and recommendations.

Homes as Safe Havens

Safe Haven Sunday – Homes Should be Safe Places

When accessing and relying upon technology more frequently in the home, it is important for parents and guardians to be smart and safe with technology use. The Archdiocese of Atlanta is observing Safe Haven Sunday on March 22, 2020. Please see the resources available to help parents navigate and lower the risk of online exposure to pornography and other dangerous content. In particular, view the video message from Bishop Konzen (in Spanish by Bishop Schlesinger).

The website Clean Heart Online for the Archdiocese of Atlanta has many resources for parents, leaders, and more. In particular, sign up for a free 7-day package of email tips to help you with the latest parental control ideas for your home: The Safe Digital Family Challenge. Also, if you are looking for ways to limit the digital intake over the next several weeks, sign up for 7 days of emails (free, of course!) offering tech-free family activities and conversation starters: Digital Detox.

Senior Ministry

Catholic Charities Atlanta Services

Catholic Charities is continuing our important work by serving clients remotely through the mail, phone and distance learning. Our focus for many services is on current clients with a wait list for new ones. We realize that many families need supplies and assistance due to layoffs. We are continuing to take these calls, working with our partners and doing our best to assist families with the help they need. This link will provide more information of services available and how those in need can contact Catholic Charities.

Last Updated: March 25, 2020

Medical Decision-Making and End-of-Life Issues: Guidance for Catholic Leaders & Families

As we face the realities of a pandemic, pastoral leaders and families need an understanding of Catholic teaching on medical decision-making and end-of-life issues to offer ethical and compassionate counsel.

Last Updated: March 19, 2020

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