Diocese of Colorado Springs will not have public liturgies for Holy Week and Easter

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

March 20, 2020

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COLORADO SPRINGS. Most Rev. Michael J. Sheridan of the Diocese of Colorado Springs announced that, in compliance with federal and state guidelines prohibiting gatherings of more than 10 people due to the coronavirus pandemic, Holy Week and Easter liturgies will not be celebrated publicly this year. Holy Week and Easter Masses will be recorded and be available for viewing on the diocesan website, www.diocs.org.

In response to Governor Jared Polis’ directive that gatherings of more than 10 people cannot take place, I am joining with Archbishop Aquila of the Archdiocese of Denver and Bishop Berg of the Diocese of Pueblo in deciding that the we will not hold public Holy Week and Easter liturgies,” Bishop Sheridan said. “Holy Thursday, Good Friday and the Easter Vigil — which together comprise the Triduum — are three of the most important days in the Catholic Church’s liturgical year. These holy days cannot be cancelled or postponed, and it causes me great pain that our faithful will not be able to join each other in attending these liturgies at their parishes. However, I encourage all Catholics to continue observing the penitential practices of Lent over the next several weeks, and to unite themselves in their homes with the events of Holy Week through television and the internet.”

Diocese of Colorado Springs cancels all public Masses effective March 13

COLORADO SPRINGS. Most Rev. Michael J. Sheridan of the Diocese of Colorado Springs announced that all public Masses in the diocese are canceled effective immediately through March 31 in order to prevent the further spread of coronavirus.


“In response to Governor Jared Polis’ directive that gatherings of more than 250 people should be avoided, I am joining with Archbishop Aquila of the Archdiocese of Denver and Bishop Berg of the Diocese of Pueblo in deciding that the public celebration of Mass will cease immediately, continuing until March 31,” Bishop Sheridan said. “While I regret this drastic action, I believe it is necessary to protect the health and safety of all in our diocese. All Catholic parishioners are dispensed from their obligation to attend Mass during this period and should confirm confession times with their local parishes. In addition, anyone who has questions about scheduling a wedding or funeral should contact their parish office.”