Effective March 13
This information is current as of 7:00 pm, March 13, 2020. Further guidance and details forthcoming and may supersede the guidance given. The bishops of the three dioceses of Colorado have announced that all public Masses have been canceled, effective immediately. This includes daily Masses. Parish offices will remain open for now. NOTE: When Mass is unavailable, the Catholic faithful are released from their Sunday obligation. Masses At this time, we have determined that it is our responsibility to do our part to prevent the spread of COVID-19. The sacrifice of the Holy Mass will continue, but its public celebration will be suspended until it is deemed safe to hold large community gatherings. We ask all of the faithful to continue to keep the Lord’s day holy and to join their sacrifices to the Mass from their homes.
Funerals/Weddings (Consult your pastor) A private celebration of the Mass, not open to the public for a reduced number of people (immediate family and friends) is permissible. If held, people should be able to be spaced out at least 6 feet apart. It is recommended to use the Rite outside of Mass for brevity and to reduce proximity to others. All Other Gatherings (Consult your parish) Other meetings, activities, prayer groups/gatherings are discouraged, but they remain at the discretion of the pastor. If held, people should be able to be spaced out at least 6 feet apart.
Churches (Consult your parish) Churches are to remain open following established operating hours, those making visits should be advised to spread out. Offices (Consult your parish) Persons able to work remotely are encouraged to do so. Essential personnel who come to work should exercise caution. We will continue to update the ArchDen.org/Coronavirus website with more information.
Countries that took aggressively proactive measures in stopping the spread of the virus saw cases stay within treatable limits. Countries, like Italy, did not react fast enough and have been overwhelmed with COVID-19 patients in addition to those who might be expected to seek care under normal circumstances.
COVID-19 is highly contagious, and while symptoms can vary widely, it is a serious and potentially fatal disease. By being proactive in stopping the spread of the virus, you can help save someone from unneeded suffering or death.ArchDen.org