COVID 19 Guidelines

Our Queen of Peace safety guidelines are in keeping with the most current guidance from civil and public health authorities and are in alignment with the bishops of Florida. Our procedures may be updated as we pass through different phases of recovery from the pandemic. Thank you in advance for your understanding and cooperation. It is crucial that we approach this next phase with patient, loving and charitable hearts.

If you are sick or part of a vulnerable group, we invite you to participate in one of online Masses or attend daily Mass. All are precious in God’s sight you are very dear to us! If you’re not ready to come back to church just yet we will continue to have online options or you might consider coming to a smaller gathering like one of our daily Masses.

Regardless of which method of participation is best for you at this time, thank you for continuing to pray, to serve, and to share. Thank you and God bless you!

Update: January 5, 2022

Message from Father Al:

Dear Brothers and Sisters,

God is good – all the time!

I am so grateful for the expressions of concern and prayer I have received from Queen of Peace and our Gainesville area Catholic community at my diagnosis and early days of convalescence from COVID. Thank you from the bottom of my heart.

Fr. Figi George, who is also fully vaccinated and boosted, tested positive for COVID yesterday.  At my diagnosis on December 31st, he began a precautionary quarantine and our weekend Masses were covered by our good friends from Holy Faith and Holy Family, Williston.
We are grateful for the assistance of our brother priests throughout our deanery and we are working on coverage for the Masses.  Please note that today’s confession and adoration are canceled. 

Thank you for your continued prayers for all who have been impacted by the virus and those who work tirelessly to combat it.

We both will of course follow our doctor’s orders and keep you informed.

Jesus, we trust in you.

 May God bless you and keep you,
 Father Al, a loved sinner
Queridos Hermanos y Hermanas,

¡Dios es bueno todo el tiempo!

Estoy muy agradecido por las expresiones de preocupación y las oraciones que he recibido por parte de  Queen of Peace y de nuestra comunidad Católica del área de Gainesville por mi diagnóstico y convalecencia por  COVID. Gracias desde el fondo de mi corazón.

Padre Figi George, quien también está completamente vacunado y reforzado, dio positivo al COVID ayer. En mi diagnóstico el 31 de diciembre, Padre Figi comenzó cuarentena por precaución y nuestras misas del fin de semana fueron cubiertas por nuestros buenos amigos de Holy Faith y Holy Family, Williston.

Estamos agradecidos por la ayuda de nuestros hermanos sacerdotes de nuestra área.   Estamos trabajando en la cobertura de las misas. La confesión y la adoración de hoy están canceladas.

Gracias por sus continuas oraciones para todos los que han sido afectados por el virus y para aquellos que trabajan incansablemente para combatirlo.

Por supuesto, ambos seguiremos las órdenes de nuestros médicos y los mantendremos informados.

Jesús, en ti confiamos.

Que Dios te bendiga y te guarde,

Update: August 18, 2021

Update to the COVID‐19 Safety Plan for Diocese of St. Augustine Effective August 21, 2021

Due to the alarming increase of COVID ‐19 cases and hospitalizations – the following guidelines are to be implemented for the Diocese of St. Augustine by August 16, 2021.

We encourage everyone who is eligible and with the consultation of their medical doctor to receive a vaccination. Those who are ill or have severe underlying health conditions are encouraged to participate in the Mass via live stream from the safety of their homes.

Social Distancing:

  • Those with serious health conditions should consult their physician before attending gatherings where contact with others could put them at risk.
  • Social distancing should be maintained and observed by all when possible. Family members may sit together.


  • Because not all members of our communities are vaccinated (for COVID‐19), and some people may have conditions that require them to use a mask (such as underlying medical conditions), it is strongly encouraged that all parishioners wear a mask during Mass.
  • There should be no physical contact during the sign of peace.

It is recommended that Communion only be received in the hand. If Communion is administered on the tongue, those parishioners wishing to receive the  Eucharist on the tongue should wait until the end of the Communion line.

Update: May 15, 2021

In keeping with CDC and Diocesan guidelines, wearing masks when when indoors is recommended. Do not put masks on children younger than two years old. Baptismal fonts are in operation and Holy Water is available. Hand sanitizer is provided and recommended. All other Diocesan protocols remain in place.