Updated Guidelines for Masses During the COVID-19 Pandemic

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Mass Schedule: Weekend Masses – Saturdays, 6pm (English); Sundays, 9:30am (English), 12:15pm (Spanish); Weekday Masses – Monday, Tuesday, Thursday and Friday at noon; Wednesday, Eucharistic Adoration/Benediction at 5pm, Mass at 6pm.

Safety Measures:

  1. You are encouraged to wear a mask to protect everyone.
  2. We plan to have someone at each entrance to open the doors for everyone (Volunteers are welcome). Plan to arrive at the latest 5 minutes before Mass, so you do not have to touch door handles. Inner doors will remain open before and after Mass. Need to remain closed during Mass to keep cool air.
  3. Bulletins will be handed out by a greeter with gloves.  
  4. There will be no holy water in the fonts.
  5. There will be blue tapes behind pews to indicate seating positions. Kindly sit facing a blue tape. Ushers will be handy to adjust some blue tape spacing based on some family sizes. If all positions have been taken by the time you arrive, you are welcome to join the next Mass or worship from home.
  6. Thanks to one of one of us, we now have long-handled baskets. Therefore, we will have our regular offertory collection during Mass.
  7. There will be no hymn books in the pews and there will be no singing of hymns. Instead, hymns will be played from the sound system and we are welcome to join quietly from our hearts. We will be projecting some of the responses and commons of the Mass on a screen.
  8. The sign of peace will be by a wave of hands.
  9. Holy Communion is only in one form, the Sacred Host. Reception is by hand. Those wanting to receive in the tongue will, however, not be refused. There will be only one line for communion. There will be blue tapes on the floor to mark interpersonal distances in the Communion line.  
  10. The faithful should remove their masks before coming forward for Holy Communion.
  11. There will be no receiving of Holy Communion with gloves.
  12. We encourage people to use our sanitizer stations as needed.
  13. Needing to visit the restroom, take a sheet of disinfectant wipe, available in the narthex, for opening all doors leading to and back from the parish hall/restroom. Dispose properly, once back in the narthex.
  14. Socializing and visiting after Mass need be done with a good distance.
  15. We welcome volunteers to help us disinfect the Church after each Mass.
  16. If feeling sick or uncomfortable coming to Mass yet, it is better to stay home and join us online. Livestream of our Masses will continue as usual.
  17. If unsure and concerned about crowds at weekend Masses, kindly come to weekday Masses.
  18. Note that the priest is not allowed to wear a mask or gloves during the Mass. We erroneously did it before, but not anymore. However, we will take all precautions to ensure both due reverence and safety in the consecration and ministering of the Most Holy Eucharist.  

We are glad to be back together. May God keep all of us safe.  God bless you all.

Fr. Paulinus

Pautas actualizadas para las Misas durante la pandemia de COVID-19

Horario de Misas: Misas de fin de semana – sábados, 6pm (inglés); Domingos, 9:30 am (inglés), 12:15 pm (español); Durante la semana: lunes, martes, jueves y viernes al mediodía; Miércoles, Adoración / Bendición Eucarística a las 5pm, Misa a las 6pm.

Medidas de seguridad:

1. Se le recomienda usar una máscara para proteger a todos.

2. Planeamos tener a alguien en cada entrada para abrir las puertas a todos (los voluntarios son bienvenidos). Planee llegar a más tardar 5 minutos antes de la misa, para no tener que tocar las manijas de las puertas. Las puertas interiores permanecerán abiertas antes y después de la misa. Necesitan permanecer cerradas durante la misa para mantener el aire fresco.

3. Los boletines serán entregados por un recibidor con guantes.

4. No habrá agua bendita en las fuentes.

5. Habrá cintas azules detrás de los bancos para indicar las posiciones de los asientos. Amablemente siéntese frente a una cinta azul. Los ujieres serán útiles para ajustar el espaciado de la cinta azul en función de algunos tamaños familiares. Si todas las posiciones han sido tomadas cuando llegue, puede unirse a la próxima misa o adorar desde casa.

6. Gracias a uno de nosotros, ahora tenemos cestas de mango largo. Por lo tanto, tendremos nuestra colección de ofertorio regular durante la misa.

7. No habrá libros de himnos en los bancos y no se cantarán himnos. Proyectaremos algunas de las respuestas y los comunes de la Misa en una pantalla.

8. El signo de la paz será por un movimiento de manos.

9. La Sagrada Comunión es solo en una forma, la Sagrada Hostia. La recepción es a mano. Aquellos que quieran recibir en la lengua, sin embargo, no serán rechazados. Solo habrá una línea para la comunión. Habrá cintas azules en el piso para marcar las distancias interpersonales en la línea de Comunión.

10. Los fieles deben quitarse las máscaras antes de presentarse a la Santa


11. No habrá recepción de la Sagrada Comunión con guantes.

12. Alentamos a las personas a usar nuestras estaciones de desinfección según sea necesario.

13. Si necesita visitar el baño, tome una hoja de toallita desinfectante, disponible en el nártex, para abrir todas las puertas que conducen hacia y desde el salón parroquial / baño. Deseche correctamente, una vez de vuelta en el nártex.

14. La socialización y las visitas después de la misa deben realizarse a una buena distancia.

15. Damos la bienvenida a voluntarios para ayudarnos a desinfectar la Iglesia después de cada misa.

16. Si todavía se siente enfermo o incómodo al asistir a Misa, es mejor quedarse en casa y unirse a nosotros en línea. La transmisión en vivo de nuestras misas continuará como de costumbre.

17. Si no está seguro y le preocupan las multitudes en las misas de fin de semana, por favor venga a las misas entre semana.

18. Tenga en cuenta que al sacerdote no se le permite usar una máscara o guantes durante la misa. Lo hicimos erróneamente antes, pero ya no. Sin embargo, tomaremos todas las precauciones para garantizar la debida reverencia y seguridad en la consagración y el ministerio de la Santísima Eucaristía.

Estamos contentos de estar de vuelta juntos. Que Dios nos mantenga a todos a salvo. Dios les bendiga a todos.

Padre Paulinus


We thank God for being able to reopen our church for Mass, starting this Monday, May 25, 2020. The Bishops wisely followed the government guidelines to close the churches for our safety and good health. As we reopen slowly, we will have to do everything to ensure maximum protection for all our parishioners coming to Mass. The situation has been described as a war against an invisible enemy, and it remains so. A good number of our parishioners are at high risk regarding this disease. We will, therefore, strictly follow the CDC general safety guidelines for gathering. 

We will always spread out as much as possible based on the number of people in church at any time. The sign of peace will be by a wave of hands; the virus cannot take away our joyful sharing of peace with one another. As before, the Holy Communion is only in one form, the Sacred Host, and by hand only. We encourage people to use our sanitizer stations as needed. If for some reason, you are not comfortable coming to church yet, the diocesan administrator has extended the dispensation from the Sunday obligation through June. Kindly worship from home as we keep everyone in our prayers.

Our usual Mass schedule for weekdays and Sundays will fall back in place, at noon daily, except Wednesday. On Wednesdays, we begin our usual Adoration/Benediction at 5:00pm and Mass at 6:00pm. On Sundays, 9:30am (English) and 12:15pm (Spanish). We will be communicating the new dates for our First Communion and Confirmation. The Solemnity of Ascension, according the diocese of Savannah practice, is moved from Thursday to this Sunday, May 24.

“After conferring with the College of Consultors, I would like to announce today that in the Diocese of Savannah, the suspension of the public celebration of Holy Mass will be lifted on Monday, May 25, 2020, while the dispensation from the obligation to attend Sunday mass will remain in place at least through July 27, 2020. The churches will reopen at the discretion of the Pastor on Monday, May 25, 2020 for personal prayer and daily mass.” —Very Rev. Daniel F. Firmin, Administrator, Diocese of Savannah

As we keep everybody in our prayers, we appreciate your offertory support to our parish by mail: 807 3rd St South, Cordele, GA 31015. The Diocese has also made it possible for you do online giving by visiting: https://apps.diosav.org/online-giving

Please make sure you select Cordele- St. Theresa and it will be sent to our Parish.

God Bless you all!


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Divine Mercy Sunday

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Divine Mercy Sunday is the Sunday after Easter and is a special celebration and opportunity to receive the mercy of our Lord. We will pray the Chaplet of Divine Mercy on Sunday afternoon at 3:00pm in the church. All are welcome to attend.

For more information about Divine Mercy Sunday and the graces available on the feast day, here is an excerpt from EWTN website:

During the course of Jesus’ revelations to Saint Faustina on the Divine Mercy He asked on numerous occasions that a feast day be dedicated to the Divine Mercy and that this feast be celebrated on the Sunday after Easter. The liturgical texts of that day, the 2nd Sunday of Easter, concern the institution of the Sacrament of Penance, the Tribunal of the Divine Mercy, and are thus already suited to the request of Our Lord. This Feast, which had already been granted to the nation of Poland and been celebrated within Vatican City, was granted to the Universal Church by Pope John Paul II on the occasion of the canonization of Sr. Faustina on 30 April 2000. In a decree dated 23 May 2000, the Congregation for Divine Worship and the Discipline of the Sacraments stated that “throughout the world the Second Sunday of Easter will receive the name Divine Mercy Sunday, a perennial invitation to the Christian world to face, with confidence in divine benevolence, the difficulties and trials that mankind will experience in the years to come.” These papal acts represent the highest endorsement that the Church can give to a private revelation, an act of  papal infallibility proclaiming the certain sanctity of the mystic, and the granting of a universal feast, as requested by Our Lord to St. Faustina.

Concerning the Feast of Mercy Jesus said:

Whoever approaches the Fountain of Life on this day will be granted complete forgiveness of sins and punishment. (Diary 300)

I want the image solemnly blessed on the first Sunday after Easter, and I want it to be venerated publicly so that every soul may know about it. (Diary 341)

This Feast emerged from the very depths of My mercy, and it is confirmed in the vast depths of my tender mercies. (Diary 420)

On one occasion, I heard these words: My daughter, tell the whole world about My Inconceivable mercy. I desire that the Feast of Mercy be a refuge and shelter for all souls, and especially for poor sinners. On that day the very depths of My tender mercy are open. I pour out a whole ocean of graces upon those souls who approach the fount of My mercy. The soul that will go to Confession and receive Holy Communion shall obtain complete forgiveness of sins and punishment.* [our emphasis] On that day all the divine floodgates through which grace flow are opened. Let no soul fear to draw near to Me, even though its sins be as scarlet. My mercy is so great that no mind, be it of man or of angel, will be able to fathom it throughout all eternity. Everything that exists has come forth from the very depths of My most tender mercy. Every soul in its relation to Me will contemplate My love and mercy throughout eternity. The Feast of Mercy emerged from My very depths of tenderness. It is My desire that it be solemnly celebrated on the first Sunday after Easter. Mankind will not have peace until it turns to the Fount of My Mercy. (Diary 699)

Yes, the first Sunday after Easter is the Feast of Mercy, but there must also be deeds of mercy, which are to arise out of love for Me. You are to show mercy to our neighbors always and everywhere. You must not shrink from this or try to absolve yourself from it. (Diary 742)

I want to grant complete pardon to the souls that will go to Confession and receive Holy Communion on the Feast of My mercy. (Diary 1109)

As you can see the Lord’s desire for the Feast includes the solemn, public  veneration of the Image of Divine Mercy by the Church, as well as personal acts of veneration and mercy. The great promise for the individual soul is that a devotional act of sacramental penance and Communion will obtain for that soul the plenitude of the divine mercy on the Feast.

*The Cardinal of Krakow, Cardinal Macharski, whose diocese is the center of the spread of the devotion and the sponsor of the Cause of Sr. Faustina, has written that we should use Lent as preparation for the Feast and confess even before Holy Week! So, it is clear that the confessional requirement does not have to be met on the Feast itself. That would be an impossible burden for the clergy if it did. The Communion requirement is easily met that day, however, since it is a day of obligation, being Sunday. We would only need confession again, if received earlier in Lenten or Easter Season, if we were in the state of mortal sin on the Feast.