UPDATED: Wednesday, February 3, 2021 10:00 a.m.
** Please note that Archbishop Samuel Aquila of the Archdiocese of Denver has extended the dispensation from the requirement to attend Mass on Sundays and Holy Days, having considered the severity of the pandemic. Therefore, there is currently no obligation to come to Mass in person.
Of course, the celebration of the Mass is the source and summit of our Christian life; it feeds, nourishes, and encourages us as disciples of Jesus. As important as the Mass is for us as Catholics, this dispensation allows us to exercise prudence and caution in this time of pandemic, freeing us from the obligation to attend Mass. Nonetheless, as disciples, we must continue to seek the Lord Jesus and engage our Christian lives through prayer, reading Scripture, and other spiritual practices. **
Notre Dame Catholic Parish is committed to following all federal, state, county, and municipal requirements, recommendations, and policies to prevent the spread of COVID-19.
As such, we have adopted the following regulations and ask all those who come to our campus to abide by them:
- Due to state guidelines:
- Notre Dame’s maximum capacity for religious gatherings is seventy-five (75) people. This most directly applies to our worship: daily and on Sundays, as well as for other sacramental celebrations and funerals.
- A mask is required at all times on our campus, inside the church and other facilities, and outdoors on church property for the duration of your presence at Notre Dame. This applies for all persons, vaccinated or unvaccinated.
- Social distancing practices are in full effect. A number of pews in the church are blocked off to ensure that all present are a minimum of six feet away from the next person/group. Please only sit in open pews.
- Members of the same household may sit together, but those of other households are required to practice social distancing.
- In other buildings and rooms on our campus (e.g. Sacred Heart Hall, the school gym, the Ministry Center), we ask that all maintain a minimum distance of six feet from other individuals and groups.
- This applies for all persons, vaccinated or unvaccinated.
- Confessions are being heard on Saturday mornings, from 8:30 a.m. until 10:30 a.m. in Sacred Heart Hall and/or the Marian side chapel. This is to ensure health, safety, and privacy. Since the confessionals cannot be cleaned after each penitent exits, a larger, open space that also provides privacy is needed.
- Penitents are required to wear a mask to Confession and sit in the provided chair which is properly distanced from Father, who will also be wearing a mask.
- Sign-ups are required for all Sunday Masses, including the 4:00 p.m. Saturday evening anticipatory Mass.
- Parishioners are invited to sign up for ONE (1) weekend Mass in each two-week period via a Flocknote invitation. This is to allow as many parishioners as possible to attend Mass in person while respecting the Governor’s maximum occupancy guidelines. Our maximum occupancy at Notre Dame is seventy-five (75) persons.
- Please be sure to sign-up for Mass ahead of time and update your reservation should plans change. This updating will allow others to attend Mass in the event that you, a member of your family, and/or your entire family cannot. You can update your reservation by clicking the link in your confirmation email from Flocknote or by calling the parish office at 303-935-3900 Mon-Fri, 8:30 a.m. – 5:00 p.m. If you have need of updating your reservation after business hours on Friday or on Saturday, please call 303-742-2357.
- To sign up to receive Notre Dame Catholic Parish’s Flocknote messages to your email and/or cell phone, click here.
- Those who attend Masses are asked to use disinfecting wipes provided at the entrance to the church to sanitize the area in which they sat after the conclusion of Mass.
- It is most helpful if you and your families arrive at least TEN (10) minutes early for any Mass or service. This will give us time to adjust safety planning and ensure that everyone is properly distanced.
A number of ministries at Notre Dame have chosen to suspend ministerial activities during the COVID-19 pandemic; however, the Parish Pastoral Council, Finance Council, and St. Vincent de Paul Society, as well as the Lectors, Sacristans, and some outreach and hospitality ministries continue to serve the parish in various capacities, while implementing all necessary, responsible, and prudent precautionary measures.
For more information about how Notre Dame is responding to the COVID-19 pandemic and creating a safe environment to return to worship, prayer, and service in a responsible manner, feel free to call the Parish Offices at (303) 935-3900.
To learn more about what the Archdiocese of Denver and the State of Colorado have mandated, required, and recommended, visit the following:
State of Colorado COVID-19 DIAL – As of February 1, 2021, the City and County of Denver was in “Level Orange: High Risk.” For more information about policies, requirements, and allowances, visit the State’s website (linked above), scroll down to the DIAL table, and take note of the column marked “Level Orange.”