Limited Public Masses during the pandemic.
4:30pm – Mass in English.
7:30am – Mass in Spanish
9:30am – Mass in English.
11:30am – Mass in Spanish.
1:30pm – Mass in Spanish.
5:00pm – Mass in Spanish.
Monday: 8am (English) and 6pm (Spanish)
Tuesday: 8am (English) and 6pm (Spanish)
Wednesday: 8am (English) and 6pm (Spanish – beginning December 16)
Thursday: 8am (English) and 6pm (Spanish)
Friday: 8am (English) and 6pm (Spanish)
And please read this letter.
Dear Parishioner of St. Anthony of Padua,
The grace of the Lord Jesus Christ, the love of God, and the fellowship of the Holy Spirit be with you all. The day has arrived when the Archdiocese of Denver has decided to resume public Masses. However, all of us need to keep in mind that Masses will be offered with some restrictions and changes to help to still mitigate the pandemic caused by the Covid-19. What are these restrictions?
- The Masses will be offered with limited number of people. Please, do not be upset and resentful if you will not be able to be inside the church for Mass. Remember that our Archbishop, Most Rev. Samuel J. Aquila, has granted to us a general dispensation from obligation of participating in the Sunday Mass. At this delicate time, you do not commit a sin if you do not come to Mass. However, I still invite you to live Sunday as a day dedicated to the Lord. Please, read the biblical Sunday readings for Mass and reflect on them; follow our Masses on our Facebook page at 9:30am in English and 11:30am in Spanish. You may also read life of the Saints or other catholic spiritual book. Pray with your family or, if you live alone, pray by yourself. Do not allow that Sunday is a day without the Lord. You may also consider attending the daily Mass (read this letter to find out when daily Masses are celebrated). And prepare yourself for attending Mass just once or twice during the month of May.
- Social distancing will be practiced.
- Have your face mask. Anthony parish wants you to have your mask with you.
- Communion will be on the hand. The Archbishop, using the article of Canon Law which says, “A diocesan bishop, whenever he judges that it contributes to their spiritual good, is able to dispense the faithful from universal and particular disciplinary laws issued for his territory or his subjects by the supreme authority of the Church (Can. 87 § 1)” wants us to receive the communion on hand. If you do not feel like receiving the Holy Communion, you may consider waiting some time in order to receive the communion on your tongue.
- The following are encouraged to stay at home:
– The sick
– The elderly
– People with underlying medical conditions
– Family members who live with elderly people or those who are at risk
– People who have access to those at risk in nursing institutions
– People who have upper respiratory or flu like symptoms
– People who live with someone with upper respiratory or flu like symptoms
– People with COVID-19 or live with someone with COVID-19
– People who have been exposed to someone with COVID-19
- Requested “Containment Practices” for those attending Mass:
– Family members sit together
– Sit in every other pew
– Cough in your sleeve
– Place your contribution envelope in the basket provided as you exit the church. The ushers will not “take up the collection” during Mass
– No hand holding during the Our Father
– Sign of Peace is omitted
– Form a single file line with 6-foot intervals when processing forward to receive Holy Communion
– Follow the instructions of the ushers
– Avoid gathering in the vestibule or near the doors of the church following Mass
– If requested, assist with sanitizing the church and other public areas following Mass.May God bless you abundantly,
Fr. Wojciech – Pastor