Guidelines for Resuming Mass Obligation

After a most challenging year, we are looking forward with great anticipation to the restoration of the Sunday/Holy Day Mass obligation on Pentecost weekend, marking another step in the path toward normal parish life. In preparation for this milestone, Abp. Aquila sent a letter to the priests of the archdiocese laying out some guidelines for parishes. Here are some key excerpts from that letter:

  • “The distribution of the Precious Blood remains suspended.”
  • “Limited pre-recorded and livestream Masses may continue for the benefit of those not able to attend in person.”
  • Parishioners are reminded that “they are excused from the [Mass] obligation for serious and grave reasons, including illness.”
  • “It seems prudent for the faithful to wear face masks while entering, moving about, going forward for communion, and exiting indoor spaces.”
  • “Whether or not to be inoculated with a vaccine for COVID-19 is a personal healthcare decision… the bishops of Colorado have affirmed that receiving certain COVID-19 vaccines is morally acceptable.”
  • “No person should be required to get the vaccine, nor should inoculation be used as a requirement for participation or admittance in either public or church sponsored events.”

If you have any questions or concerns, please contact the parish office at 303.798.8506.

You can read Abp. Aquila’s decree on the restoration of the Mass obligation here. Visit the Archdiocese “Reencounter the Mass” page here.