On April 3, Governor Gordon extended the prohibition of gatherings of more than ten people and other social distancing measures through April 30. Thus, the suspension of public Masses in the Diocese of Cheyenne, as well as the other directives in the March 20, 2020, Policies and Procedures Document, are extended through April 30, 2020.
The faithful are dispensed from the obligation to attend Sunday and Holy Day Mass while the public celebration of the Mass is suspended. Also, the Sacraments of Reconciliation and Anointing of the Sick continue to be suspended, except for serious illness and danger of death. If you need a refresher of the March 20 directives, go to: COVID Policies.
Recently, some people have expressed concern about being forgiven of sin for Easter. The teaching of the Church is that forgiveness of all sin is granted to anyone who makes an examination of conscience and a sincere Act of Contrition; this forgiveness includes even “mortal sins if it includes the firm resolution to have recourse to sacramental confession as soon as possible” (Catechism, 1452).
Each morning I pray for everyone in our Diocese as I celebrate Mass. In a particular way, I ask the Lord to bless the sick, healthcare workers, civic leaders and all who are most affected by COVID-19. Let us be one in heart through unity in prayer and charity toward our neighbor.
In this Great Week, be confident of the power flowing from the cross and resurrection of Christ. Even though we are prohibited from gathering in Church, the paschal mystery is at work. Christ’s redemption is greater than all sin, sickness, death or evil. Grace is always greater!