Colorado Catholic dioceses cancel all Masses; New Life switches to online services

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COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. — The bishops of Colorado’s three Catholic dioceses have canceled all public Masses, and Colorado Springs’ New Life Church is switching to online services for the weekend.

The Archdiocese of Denver made the announcement on its website Friday. The closure includes the dioceses of Colorado Springs and Pueblo. The dioceses said parish offices will remain open for now. There’s no word on when Masses will resume.

New Life Church pastor Brady Boyd said the church will not hold in-person services at any of its seven congregations this weekend. The church will stream a weekend service on its website at 9 a.m. and 11 a.m. Sunday.

Boyd said the church’s offices will remain open, and some small group ministries will continue as normal.

Friday morning, Colorado Gov. Jared Polis called for the cancellation of gatherings of more than 250 people. Polis said he is reaching out to event organizers, faith leaders, and others to discuss those cancellations.

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