COPING WITH COVID-19 PANEL DISCUSSION
For your convenience, the August 12, 2020 webinar was recorded. The following medical experts from our community shared the latest information about COVID in Colorado and how we move forward safely at home, work and school. In addition to the video below, many resources were compiled here: Coping with COVID Resources August 2020.
+ Ms. Christine Miller, Director of Emergency, Critical Care and Women’s Services at Littleton Adventist Hospital
+ Dr. Will Payne, a pediatrician at Advanced Pediatric Associates and MPB parishioner
+ Dr. Laura Luzietti, Executive Director and Medical Director of Every Child Pediatrics
+ Mrs. Heidi Baskfield, Vice President of Population Health at Children’s Hospital
MASSES AT CHURCH:
Please note that we will have sign-ups for those who feel ready to begin attending mass at the Church. Many of the practices put in place will seem a lot less “friendly” than our usual atmosphere, but this is necessary at this time.
BUT PLEASE READ THE FOLLOWING CAREFULLY:
SHOULD I ATTEND MASS?
This will perhaps be the most difficult issue for people to understand. The obligation to attend is still suspended at this time and may be for some time to come. This does not mean “I don’t have to go, but a really good Catholic would go anyway.” It is going to be a bit new for us to make this type of decision. The Church wants you to evaluate for yourself your personal risks, your personal medical health, your own beliefs of the dangers presented by the pandemic at any given time. From there, you alone should decide whether or not you are ready to come to a room with 100 people in it for close to an hour.
If you decide to stay home and join us for our online mass while someone else decides to come back, it does not make either of you the “better Catholic.” If your feeling that you are drawn to come back at this time outweighs your concerns, then you can make that decision as well.
REGISTERING TO ATTEND MASS
In order to attend Mass you MUST register ahead of time. There will be a volunteer and/or staff member at the entrance of the Church to “check-in” those who have signed up. While this seems “out of place” at a church, it is necessary for now. We will be able to welcome 100 people into the Church for each Weekend Mass (which will be inclusive of everyone in the church, including lectors, Eucharistic Ministers, etc.) and 25 seniors or vulnerable people for Weekday Masses.
The dispensation from the Sunday and Holy Day obligation to participate in the Mass remains in effect until further notice.
WANT MORE RESOURCES?
IMPORTANT PHONE NUMBERS
- Colorado Crisis Service | 24-hour phone number at 1-844-493-8255 or text at 38255.
- National Suicide Prevention | 24-hour hotline in both Spanish and English at 1-800-273-8255.
- Safe2Tell Colorado | 24-hour hotline in both Spanish and English at 1-877-542-7233 for Students to anonymously report anything that threatens you, your friends, family or community, e.g. bullying, suicide, drug use, etc.
HOW CAN YOU HELP?
Connect with our Homebound during the COVID-19 crisis.
Many of our parishioners are isolated in their homes or nursing facilities at this time. As we know, it’s easy for our vulnerable to feel cut off from family, friends, and community while keeping safe. We invite you to help us stay in touch with our homebound through cards and/or check-in calls. If you and your family would like to participate in this service project, please contact Christine Maschka at email@example.com.
If you or someone you know is feeling isolated and in need of support, please contact Christine at the above email address.