March 16, 2020
The church will be opened at 9:00 a.m. each day for private prayer. The Blessed Sacrament will be exposed during this time - you are encouraged to pray often for the safety of God's people and spending time before the Blessed Sacrament, and any other devotions, are great sources of God's grace as we place our trust in God.
Confession will also be available as needed. Please call the Parish Office to schedule a time, 505-983-5034.
Celebration of the Mass, and other events, are still cancelled until further notice. Participation in the Holy Mass can be accessed through different websites. Mass can be viewed through the Archdiocese of Santa Fe at archdiosf.org/covid-19 or listened to on Catholic radio at 98.9 FM. Mass intentions already scheduled are being remembered in private Mass every day.
Please continue to exercise hygienic precautions issued by the CDC and other medical professionals.
Be assured of my prayers and spiritual support throughout this challenging time.
March 18, 2020
The Lunch Kitchen will be open on Mondays, Tuesdays, and Thursdays, 11:15-12:15 during COVID-19. Sack lunches will be provided, however, no one will be allowed inside Lamy Hall except for Volunteers and Staff. The monthly food giveaway, scheduled in March for the 19th, will also be conducted outside at 3:00 p.m. Hygienic precautions remain in effect.
March 26, 2020
We have been instructed to close the church to all activities for the next few weeks. The Parish Office will be closed to the public but open to a couple of staff members on Mondays and Thursdays. There is a mail slot near the front doors of the Office if you would like to leave your offertory envelopes. Baptisms, confirmations, first holy communion, and weddings will be postponed until further notice. We will inform you in the weeks to come how the sacraments will be administered. All other information is still in effect. Please see the Bulletin for more information. Thank you all for your prayers and support.
April 13, 2020
You can now “Empty Your Rice Bowl” virtually.
Instead of dropping your Rice Bowl off at the parish, there is another way you can give! Rice Bowl helps us to be in solidarity with our brothers and sisters in need. Give your 2020 Lenten Rice Bowl Contribution here: https://archdiocesesantafegiving.org/virtual-crs-rice-bowl. We encourage you to donate what you have collected during Lent. It is more important now than ever before! If you prefer to bring your Rice Bowl to the office, please come on Mondays or Thursdays and drop off your donation in the box placed in the vestibule. Thanks!
April 16, 2020
From the Archdiocese Offices: "There is a FAKE website going around www.nmcovid19.org that is trying to tell people if they fill out the survey they can get Personal Protective Equipment. It is a mining site to gather data. DO NOT USE IT!! The State Fusion Center, part of the Homeland Security Bureau, is working to take it down along with their Facebook and Twitter accounts."
May 18, 2020
We are in the process of determining the best and safest way to open the church for Masses again. When we have a plan in place, we will post it on this website as well as the weekly Bulletin and other means through which we can reach our parishioners. Please stay tuned for that information and let your non-technology friends and family know we will be in touch. God bless you!
May 21, 2020
My brothers and sisters in Christ,
As we continue our courageous response to the coronavirus (COVID-19) and to the manifest changes it has created in our daily lives, we want to give thanks to God for the gift of being able to return to our places of worship. We know and believe that "our help is in the name of the Lord Who made heaven and earth", Who promised to be with us till the end. This is a profound sentiment that is transmitted to us each time we gather to worship as Catholics, and which gives us tremendous consolation in knowing and experiencing His enduring presence.
On Wednesday of last week, the governor issued a revised public health order that permits houses of worship to open for services but only at 25% capacity. On Thursday of last week, Archbishop John Wester issued a statement lifting the suspension of public Masses in Catholic parishes, allowing for the public celebration of the Holy Mass, again with the stated 25% of total occupancy. Below are the general requirements that parishes are encouraged to observe in light of the reopening.
A quick note: It is important to remember that the dispensation from Sunday obligation continues to remain in effect for all persons who are sick, have a compromised immune system, or are simply afraid to venture out into the public at this time.
Here at St. John the Baptist, we will resume our normal weekend Mass schedule with Saturday vigil Mass, May 23rd at 4:00 p.m., and Sunday, May 24th at 9:00 a.m. and 11:00 a.m. Because of the occupancy limitations, we will limit the number of parishioners to 100 in the church. Please be very aware that we are limited to this number which is mandated by the public health order. The side chapel will be closed to all parishioners. If possible, parishioners are asked to bring their own hand sanitizer.
The following points are also very important:
Lastly, I am extremely grateful to all who have responded to the ongoing commitment of tithing. It is a sign of your continuing and enduring love for your parish home. It has made my job much easier.
My staff, the parish volunteers, and I will continue to serve you to the very best of our ability. Please be patient as we adapt to these (what we hope will be) temporary circumstances.
Sincerely in Christ,
Fr. James Sanchez
These new procedures are subject to change as we go through implementation.