Mask Policy Revised

Oct. 16, 2020

Dear Parish Family,

Just this morning, we received communication from the Archdiocese of Denver letting us know that there has been further discussion with the Tri-County Health Dept. regarding the interpretation of the state-wide mask mandate. Tri-County officials have shared that their interpretation of the mandate does NOT allow for people who are seated and socially distanced to lower their masks inside public places.

Therefore, the new guidelines we were going to implement this weekend at certain Masses that would allow for lowering of masks, have been rescinded. We will return to our former policy of mandatory face coverings at all times when inside the church building. We are very sorry for the inconvenience and confusion, however we are committed to following the guidelines to the best of our ability and working to help keep our
parishioners and visitors safe at all times.

God bless you,

Fr. Javier Nieva, DCJM

NEW: Guidelines for Face Coverings at Church

Following the guidance from the Archdiocese, and in compliance with the ongoing state mandate, here are the new guidelines for wearing face coverings at Mass and other events:

  1. You must wear a face covering when entering, leaving, and moving around inside the church.
  2. At SOME Masses (see below), you may remove your face covering while seated or standing in your pew, as long as you are not singing. If you are singing, you must replace your face covering until you are finished singing.

Schedule for this new policy:

  • Face coverings removed while seated or standing in the pew: Saturday 5:45 pm, Sunday 9:30 am and 5:00 pm.
  • Face coverings required at all times: Saturday 4:30 pm, Sunday 7:30 am, 11:30 am, and all daily Masses and other events (e.g. Thursday “Adoratio”)
  • There are no changes to outdoor Masses.

See the full explanation here.

Upcoming Proposition 115 Events

We’re all in this together!  Hold fast and fearlessly promote the Gospel of LIFE—especially THIS MONTH. LET’S MAKE HISTORY IN COLORADO!

  • ‘YESon115’ signs:  The Parish Office still has a few yard signs.  Drop in to pick one up.
  • Additional  signs: A different variety of Proposition 115 sign will be available until gone after all masses the weekend of October 10/11.
  • Cards to be distributed after all masses:  October 10/11.
  •  Honk & Waves4–6:00 pm, October 9 (Friday) and 10 (Saturday), at Bowles and Wadsworth, NE corner. Contact John Spelic (
  • Briefing by Dan Caplis, October 13, Tuesday, 6:55 pm. Dan Caplis, a Colorado attorney and afternoon radio host on 630 KHOW, is providing an exclusive briefing on Proposition 115, the effort to end late-term abortion at the ballot. The event is free but you must register to be on the call. Vist:
  • Do you have questions about Proposition 115? October 14, Wednesday, 6:30 p.m. in Joachim Hall. Michelle Stanford will present information and be available to answer questions. Contact Linda at the Parish Office ( 
  • ‘Unplanned’, the movie: October 16, Friday, 7:00 p.m. in Ave Maria Hall. The movie ‘Unplanned’ will be shown. If you have not seen the movie, come watch. If you have some friends on the fence, please invite them. Here is a link to the Unplanned website:

Celebrate with the Knights of Columbus

Please join Knights of Columbus in celebrating the beatification of the founder of the Knights, Servant of God Fr. Michael J. McGivney:

  • Oct 29 at 7:00 p.m. Adoration and Holy Hour
  • Oct 31–Nov 1 at all Masses: Blessing of the Knights of Columbus and testimony.
  • Oct 31–Nov 1 at the 9:30 am Mass: K of C Color Guard (reserved seating)

Supreme Knight Carl Anderson said, “For members of the Knights of Columbus and many others, the news of the beatification is a time of great joy and celebration. Father McGivney ministered to those on the margins of society in the 19th century, and his example has inspired millions of Knights to follow his example in their own parishes and communities.”

We of St. Mary Parish have seen the same dedication and spirit of our own Knights of Columbus.  Just as Father McGivney served his flock during the pandemic of 1890, our Knights have consistently helped not only our parish but the wider community as well, often behind-the-scenes.

To learn more about the Knights of Columbus, go to To join St. Mary’s KofC, contact Mitch Walker ( or Doug Linhardt (

Updated Mass Attendance Guidelines

COMMUNION ON THE TONGUE: Following the Archbishop’s directive, we have developed a procedure for those who wish to receive Holy Communion on the tongue: 1) please wait and take your place at the end of the line, and 2) only receive from the priest. Following this procedure will help keep the distribution of Holy Communion safe and efficient for all. Thank you for your help!

FACE COVERINGS AT MASK: We will issue further guidance on Monday. In the meantime, masks or other face coverings are still required at Mass. Although the Archbishop has issued new guidelines concerning masks at Mass, he has left the implementation to the discretion of individual pastors. Again, we will issue our updated guidance on Monday. Thank you for your patience!

Best Wishes, Vinny!

A note from Fr. Javier

Dear Parish Family,

It is with both joy and sadness, that I share with you today the announcement of the upcoming retirement of Vinny Boscia, the Director of Facilities and Maintenance for the parish and the school. Over the past 14 years that Vinny has been on the staff, he has cared for the grounds and the buildings as if they were his own.

His knowledge, dedication and hard work has seen the parish through the last two major church renovations and the list of projects he has coordinated and problems he has solved over the years are too numerous to count. Priests, staff and volunteers alike have always known that Vinny could be counted on to respond to any maintenance need, from a broken toilet to a snowed in parking lot.

I wish to express my appreciation to Vinny for the amazing work he has done taking care of our parish home. He has the heart of a servant and will be greatly missed. God willing, Vinny will remain on staff through the end of November or early December while we search for a replacement to take over his tool belt. Please join me in thanking him for all that he has done.

Fr. Javier Nieva, DCJM
Parish Administrator