March 20, 2020
Dear Brothers and Sisters in Christ,
Be Not Afraid! In these times of uncertainty and change, it may be difficult to hear these words of Christ. But they are absolutely necessary. Be Not Afraid! Each day seems to bring new information that can overwhelm us unless we keep our thoughts and prayers focused on Christ.
The COVID-19 situation is causing both the government and the Church to take unprecedented steps to protect the health and safety of the most vulnerable among us. With the Archdiocese of Denver and the Diocese of Pueblo, we have tried to take uniform and prudent steps to achieve this goal. In the days and weeks to come, our parishes and our communities will face challenges that can only be successfully addressed together.
As Pope Francis said, parishes are the field hospitals for the souls of the faithful. This is true now more than ever. I am working with pastors to address issues related to administering the sacraments, finances, and human resources. The bottom line, however, is that our parishes cannot continue to minister effectively without your support. Please remember that your pastors are 100% dependent on your stewardship to pay for all their ministries, their staff, and maintaining parish facilities.
We are one body in Christ, and none of us stand along. Please prayerfully consider how you can support your parishes and your communities. We must love the Lord our God with all our hearts, souls, and minds, and love our neighbors as ourselves. Please pray for me and know that you are all in my prayers in these trying times.
COVID-19 Pastoral Letter