Dear brothers and sisters in Christ,
This is an update to the Covid-19 situation.
The State of Colorado is now limiting assemblies of people to no more than ten in any one space or room, with some notable exceptions. Unfortunately, churches are not exempted. I will note that in times past people were encouraged to attend church and pray for the end of whatever pestilence or plague afflicted the nation. Under the current circumstances, which include the threat of hefty fines and substantial jail terms for violations, as well as the State of Colorado taking physical control over the church building, we will try to accommodate the Governor while still exercising our Constitutional right and sacred obligation to worship God and consecrate the Sacrament.
As such, we will add a Mass at 11:00 on Sunday, and another mid-week Mass at 6:00 pm on Wednesday. All services will be Low Mass for the time being. With the number of parishioners who have decided to stay sheltered, our attendance at the 7:30 Mass should not be an issue. If the expected number of parishioners who attend the 9:30 Mass divide between the 9:30 and 11:00 Sunday, and the 6:00 pm Wednesday Masses, we should be able to stay below the maximum number of attendees. We can only ask that you consider attending one of the additional Masses if you normally attend the 9:30 Mass.
If you have any questions or suggestions, please let me know.
The remainder of suggestions remain in place:
- If you feel sick, exercise Christian Charity and stay home.
- If you are in a high risk group, shelter in place.
If you wish to find accurate information on the virus, I strongly recommend going to the website of Johns Hopkins University. They have what is, I believe, the most accurate and non-biased information available concerning the virus:
Some additional resources for "social distancing" worship:
- The Book of Common Prayer on-line: http://commonprayer.org/offices.cfm
- Cradle of Prayer (audio of the Daily Offices): https://cradleofprayer.org
- St. Matthews Church Newport Beach (updates from Bp. Scarlett and streaming services): https://stmatthewsnewport.com/coronavirus/
Stay safe, use reasonable precautions, and try to stay calm as well. God bless you all.
Your servant in Christ,