Important Updates Concerning Operations of the Parish
Fr. Scott Bailey
Updated October 8th
We are going to open seating in several more pews of the church, allowing us to accommodate more households. Our goal is to have as many households as possible while maintaining safe distances from one another.
7:30am and 5:30pm Sunday Masses
Beginning this weekend, there will be no sign-up necessary ONLY for the 7:30am and 5:30pm Masses on Sundays. Those who come to the 7:30am or 5:30pm Sunday Masses will be seated in assigned sections as they arrive at the door – much like a restaurant would seat people. When we reach our allowable seating capacity, we will have to turn people away. We are trying this process as an experiment. If it becomes too difficult to manage, or if we are regularly turning away people at the doors because the church is full, then we will likely reinstate the sign-ups for those Mass times. Online registration will continue for the 4:00pm Saturday and the 9:00am & 11:00am Sunday Masses.
Communion on the tongue
Beginning this weekend at all Masses, there will be one minister distributing Holy Communion at the back of the church near the sacristy for those who wish to receive on the tongue. Between each communicant, the minister will use hand sanitizer. This will be the only station at which people will be allowed to receive on the tongue.
REMINDER: As we increase the number of people in the church, it is important that we all wear our masks at all times in the church, covering our mouth AND NOSE. This is a directive from the archbishop for the proper wearing of masks, to ensure that all of our parishioners feel safe to attend Mass. I know of higher-risk parishioners who have not yet come to Mass because they are concerned that people won’t be taking proper measures to ensure their safety. Wearing the mask over the mouth AND NOSE is a sacrifice that we all make out of love for our brothers and sisters. Thank you for helping to make Mass at Risen Christ a place where everyone feels safe and welcomed.
Limited public Masses – Due to attendance restrictions at this time, households must sign-up to attend Mass. The link to the sign-up form is on this website’s homepage. For those who cannot attend in person, video of the weekend Mass continues to be available on the parish website beginning at 4:00pm on Saturdays.
Daily Masses have Resumed – Daily mass is back! No need to sign up. Just show up and wear your mask. Daily mass is offered Mon-Fri at 6:30 AM, 8:00 AM, and 12:15 PM. Saturday daily mass is offered at 8:30 AM.
What should we do on Sundays, when we cannot attend Mass? Make the day holy. Use it well by spending some time in prayer, especially with Scripture. You can set aside some quiet time to read and reflect on the readings from Mass ( Daily Readings). I encourage you to make a prayer of spiritual communion, since you will be unable to receive the Lord in the Eucharist. The Lord can fill your heart in a powerful way when you invite him in with faith! There is a simple prayer for spiritual communion HERE. The archdiocese website also has links so that you can watch Mass online and utilize Magnificat online for free.
Penance & Anointing of the Sick – Confessions are available in the CHURCH at our normally scheduled times. Masks must be worn by all who come to confession. Please follow the signs in the church when you come to confession. Our priests continue to offer the anointing of the sick for those who are in danger of death.
Church and Adoration chapel- You are welcome to pray before the Tabernacle in the chapel or in the church. The church is opened daily at 8:00am. For your safety, we sanitize the church daily.
The parish office will be open on Mon., Wed., Fri. ONLY – If it is necessary for you to meet with an employee in person on a different day of the week, you must schedule an appointment. You can find contact information for our employees on our staff page under the “about” tab.
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Social media – You can connect with us and follow us on Facebook HERE and now on Instagram HERE. We regularly post things that are inspirational and informational, which you can share with your friends.
Resources from the Diocese – The Archdiocese of Denver has created a webpage dedicated to Coronavirus prevention and resources. That can be found HERE. For information about the reopening of public Masses, go here – https://denvercatholic.org/guidelines-for-returning-to-limited-public-masses/