4/27/2020: Suspension of public Masses extended through May 8
The Archdiocese of Denver has extended the suspension of public Masses through at least May 8, from the previous suspension end date of April 30. However, we are currently in the process of developing guidelines and protocols to resume public Masses in a manner that will protect the health and safety of our parishioners, priests, and other necessary staff, and also be in compliance with Colorado’s “Safer-At-Home” order, which limits groups to 10 or less in close quarters.
4/8/2020: Suspension of Public Masses Extended Through April 30
In Colorado, a statewide stay-at-home order is in effect through Sunday, April 26, and similar city orders are in effect through April 30. All previous guidance and protocols for parishes, including no public Masses, will remain in effect until April 30 as well. When Mass is unavailable, the Catholic faithful are dispensed from their Sunday obligation. Online Masses will continue to be offered by both the Archdiocese and local parishes.
3/23/2020: Cancelation of Public Masses extended through April 17, 2020
In Colorado, an order has been issued that there are to be no public gatherings of 10 or more people through at least April 17, 2020. In compliance with that order, we have extended the cancelation of public Masses through April 17 as well. This unfortunately includes Holy Week Masses. When Mass is unavailable, the Catholic faithful are dispensed from their Sunday obligation.
A live stream of the Triduum celebrated by Archbishop Aquila will be available online, along with Palm Sunday and the Chrism Mass.
Parishes are able to live-stream (but not record) Holy Week Masses.
Parishes are encouraged to celebrate the Rites of Christian Initiation during the Pentecost Vigil on May 30.
3/13/2020: Public Masses Cancelled
The bishops of the three dioceses of Colorado have announced that all public Masses have been canceled, effective immediately. This includes daily Masses. Parishes offices will remain open for now. More information will be posted shortly….NOTE: When Mass is unavailable, the Catholic faithful are dispensed from their Sunday obligation.
This decision was made in the interest of the common good after the governor of Colorado ordered the cancellation of all public gatherings of 250 or more people. We are acting out of prudence and in charity to our communities to do our part to mitigate the spread of this virus. We have the examples of countries from around the world, where those who took proactive steps quickly are seeing far better outcomes.
3/13/2020: Schools Begin Closing
On March 12, numerous school districts around the state of Colorado announced that they will be closing for the next 2-3 weeks. Our Catholic Schools system spans the entire area of the Archdiocese, so our individual schools have been encouraged to take similar measures to the school district they are in. Individual schools will be communicating directly to parents and families the steps they are taking, and how they will handle the time outside of the classroom.
3/11/2020: Archdiocesan Events Cancelled
Effective March 11 – March 25, the Archdiocese of Denver has canceled all Archdiocesan sponsored large events and all non-essential Archdiocesan activities and meetings. We are recommending parishes and schools to also postpone/cancel large events, non-essential events and meetings, and non-essential school events and activities.