Holy Week Mass Options: In-person, online and TV

Archdiocese of Denver

All parishes in the Archdiocese of Denver will be celebrating Holy Week Masses in-person. Please check with your local parish for schedules and specific guidance and protocols for attending.  

All Catholics in the Archdiocese of Denver are currently dispensed from the Sunday and Holy Day obligation, however Catholics who are healthy and without additional risk factors are encouraged to attend in-person Masses, space permitting at their parish.   

For Catholics with health risk factors, who care for people with increased risk factors, or anyone who is sick, symptomatic or has recently been exposed to the Coronavirus, there are a variety of options for watching Masses at home. 

Many of our parishes are still live-streaming Masses on their websites and social media, and the following Masses are available from the Archdiocese of Denver:  

Tuesday, March 30, 11 a.m.: Chrism Mass (Archbishop Aquila) –  
Watch it live at archden.org and Facebook 

Thursday, April 1, 5:30 p.m.: Holy Thursday (Archbishop Aquila) –  
Watch it live at archden.org and Facebook 

Friday, April 2, 3 p.m.: Good Friday (Archbishop Aquila)  
Watch it live at archden.org and Facebook 

Saturday, April 3, 8:30 p.m.: Easter Vigil (Archbishop Aquila) –  
Watch it live at archden.org and Facebook 

Sunday, April 4: Pre-recorded Easter Mass 
5 a.m.: English on KWGN Channel 2 (Fr. Randy Dollins) 
7 a.m.: English on PBS 12 (Fr. Randy Dollins) 
7 a.m.: Spanish on PBS 12.2 (Bishop Rodriguez)  
Also available online at Facebook and YouTube 

COMING UP: From rare books to online resources, archdiocesan library has long history of service to students

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National Library Week, observed this year from April 4 to April 10, is the perfect occasion to highlight the essential role of libraries and library staff in strengthening our communities – and our very own Cardinal Stafford Library at the Archdiocese of Denver is no exception.  

Since 1932, the library has served as a religious, intellectual, and cultural resource for seminarians and students at St. John Vianney Seminary in Denver.

As the library of the seminary, we are always responsible for the four dimensions of the priestly formation of our seminarians. The library is charged with being responsible to all the divisions of the Seminary: the Lay Division (Catholic Biblical School and Catholic Catechetical School), the Permanent Deacon Formation Division, and the Priestly Formation Division, said Stephen Sweeney, Library Director. 

In addition to being one of the main resources to the seminary, the Cardinal Stafford Library serves the needs of other educational programs in the Archdiocese of Denver, including the St. Francis School for Deacons, the Biblical School, the Catechetical School and the Augustine Institute. While the library is currently closed to the public due to the COVID-19 pandemic, it was previously open to anyone, giving people access to more than 150,000 books, audios, and videos. 

The Cardinal Stafford Library was named after Cardinal J. Francis Stafford, Apostolic Penitentiary at the Vatican and former Archbishop of Denver from 1986 to 1996. He was a dedicated advocate of the library and of Catholic education.

In 1932, the library was established by two seminarians, Maurice Helmann and Barry Wogan. While they were not the first seminarians to conceive the idea of establishing a library, they are considered the founders for undertaking its organization.  

Since its founding, the library has grown and compiled a fine collection of resources on Catholic theology, Church history, biblical studies, liturgy, canon law, religious art, philosophy, and literature. Special collections include over 500 rare books dating back to the early 16th century and many periodicals dating back to the 1800s. The oldest publication in the library is a book on excommunication published in 1510. The Cardinal Stafford Library is also home to various relics and holds bills personally written by some of those saints.  

Over the past few years, the library has undergone a process of beautification through various renovations that include improvements in lighting, flooring, and even furniture restoration. During these difficult times, libraries are doing their best to adapt to our changing world by expanding their digital resources to reach those who don’t have access to them from home. 

The Cardinal Stafford Library provides a community space; we subscribe to about 200 print journals and have access to literally thousands more through online resources available on campus computers, Sweeney added. “I have been the Library Director for almost 11 years. I absolutely love my work, especially participating in the intellectual formation of the faithful from all of the dioceses we serve”.  

For more information on the Cardinal Stafford Library, visit: sjvdenver.edu/library 

Featured photo by Andrew Wright