Dear St Mark Family,
In light of the rapidly changing coronavirus event, the bishops of Colorado have, out of an abundance of caution, united in the decision to cancel the following liturgies, events and gatherings. Please find below particular instructions regarding diocesan policies:
- All public Masses (daily and weekend) will be cancelled from March 13th to March 31st 2020. Father Bierbaum will continue to offer the Sacrifice of the Mass privately. In these Masses, he will offer all of the intentions and needs of the parish. Even though your physical participation will be suspended, please know that the power of the Holy Sacrifice of the Mass will continue to be poured out.
- During this time, Father will offer confessions on Saturdays from 2:30pm – 4:00pm and Sundays 10am – Noon.
- Please contact the office for all Sacramental Emergencies, especially if there is a danger of death. Visitation and distribution of Communion in nursing homes, hospitals, and homes will be suspended during this period.
- All Parish events, including large meetings, family catechesis, adult formation classes, fish frys, Stations of the Cross, and the Lenten Penance Service will be canceled during this time period.
Parishioners, of course, are dispensed from their Sunday obligation to attend Mass.
In lieu of Mass, prayer is more important than ever. Here are some ways to stay connected as a community in prayer.
The daily Mass readings can be accessed here: Daily Mass Readings
Mass can be viewed on the EWTN Catholic Network. Here is link to watch live. Mass is at 6am and 10am. In lieu of receiving the Eucharist, you are encouraged to make a spiritual communion. Live EWTN Link
We invite everyone to pray a daily Rosary.
As a community, let us all join in prayer at 3pm each day to pray the Chaplet of Mercy. Here is the link to the prayers of the Chaplet: Chaplet of Mercy Link
At this time, the parish offices will continue to be open. While we are not obligated to attend Mass, maintaining our tithe is still critical to the ongoing mission of St Mark and the Church. Especially in these times of uncertainty, the mission of the Church will continue unabated. Tithe Online Here
In conclusion, Father invites us to pray the following prayer for healing and protection in these challenging times.
PRAYER OF HEALING AND PROTECTION
Lord Jesus Christ, Savior of the world, hope that will never disappoint us, have mercy on us and deliver us from all evil. Please overcome the scourge of the Coronavirus, and of all flu viruses and illnesses. Heal the sick. Preserve the healthy. Support those who work for the health of all. Show us your face of mercy. Save and protect us in your great love. We ask you this through the intercession of Mary, your mother, and ours, who faithfully accompanies us. You who live and reign with the Father and the Holy Spirit, one God, forever and ever. Amen. (Archbishop Bruno Forte)