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Holy Thursday Mass of the Lord's Supper- Jueves Santo de la Cena del Señor
Thursday April 9
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Good Friday of the Passion of the Lord-Viernes Santo de la Pasión del Señor
Friday April 10
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Easter Vigil in the Holy Night - Vigilia Pascual en la Noche Santa
Saturday April 11
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Easter Sunday Mass - Domingo de Pascua
Sunday April 12
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Upcoming Liturgical Guidelines during the Coronavirus Situation

My brothers and sisters in Christ,

Quoting from the referenced decree above: "Easter is the heart of the entire liturgical year and is not simply one feast among others. The Easter Triduum is celebrated over the arc of three days which is preceded by Lent and crowned by Pentecost and, therefore, cannot be transferred to another time." The decree is attached for your reference.

Because of the COVID-19/coronavirus situation, the following guidelines for liturgies are promulgated for the Archdiocese in accordance with the decree of the Holy See of March 19, 2020 ("In Time of Covid-19"). These instructions apply to the Cathedral and parish churches.

1) Chrism Mass: postponed to a later date to be determined.

2) Passion (Palm) Sunday and Paschal Triduum

a. General

i. Liturgies are to be celebrated without physical participation of the faithful.

ii. The faithful should be informed of the times of celebration so that they can prayerfully unite themselves in their homes.

iii. Live (not recorded) televisual or internet broadcasts are helpful, if possible.

iv. Resources are to be provided to support family and personal prayer.

b. Passion (Palm) Sunday: Recommended is to bless the palms as normal in the Mass without the faithful and allow persons to retrieve them individually during the week. As a sacramental, it may provide some comfort to the faithful.

c. Holy Thursday

i. The faculty to celebrate Mass in a suitable place, without the people, is granted in an exceptional manner to all priests.

ii. Washing of feet, already optional, is to be omitted.

iii. At the End of the Mass, the procession with the Blessed Sacrament to the place of repose is to be omitted and the Blessed Sacrament is to be kept in the tabernacle.

iv. Priests unable to celebrate Mass should instead pray Vespers of the day.

d. Good Friday

i. The Archbishop/Parish Priest will celebrate the Passion of the Lord in the absence of the faithful.

ii. In the Universal Prayer, a special intention for the sick, the dead and for those who feel lost or dismayed is to be added (cf. Roman Missal, no. 13).

e. Easter Vigil & Easter:

i. To be celebrated only in Cathedral and parish churches.

ii. At "The Solemn Beginning of the Vigil or Lucernarium" the preparation and lighting of the fire is omitted, the Paschal Candle is lit, the procession is omitted and the Easter Proclamation (Exsultet) follows.

iii. The Liturgy of the Word takes place.

iv. Regarding reception into the Church for catechumens and candidates, see (f) below.

v. For the "Baptismal Liturgy" the "Renewal of Baptismal Promises" alone is necessary (Roman Missal, no. 55).

vi. The "Liturgy of the Eucharist" then follows.

vii. Those clergy who have absolutely no possibility of uniting themselves to the Paschal Vigil celebrated in a church should pray the Office of Readings for Easter Sunday. The faithful are also encourage to read from the rites if possible.

f. Reception of Catechumens and Candidates: In order that those being received into the Church are not deprived of the attendance and support of friends and family, such reception is to be delayed until such time that the current COVID-19 crisis is alleviated and a fuller celebration possible. On a designated Sunday, Archbishop Wester will grant an indult for sacraments normally received at the Easter Vigil to be celebrated. This will also allow pastors more time to complete validations of marriage for those in irregular situations.

As the current crisis situation develops, please be alert for any future changes to these instructions. And let us continue to pray that our Loving Lord will keep all of humanity safe from COVID-19 and that He will also grant us the gift of peace as we place all our trust in Him.

Sincerely yours in the Lord,

Most Reverend John C. Wester

Archbishop of Santa Fe


Archbishop Wester's Pastoral Letter: Plenary Indulgence During COVID-19 and General Absolution

March 23, 2020

My Dear Priests, Deacons, Religious, and all Brothers and Sisters in Christ,

During these days of uncertainty and even fear, I am eager to remind you that Our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ, promised that "...I am with you always..." (Matthew 28:20). Christ fulfills his promise in many ways and especially through the ministry of the Church. This ministry takes many forms, including the sacrament of reconciliation, the anointing of the sick, the pastoral care of persons who are dying and the final rites for the dying. In all our care, it is the mercy of God that we celebrate and that gives us hope.

Another expression of God's mercy is the granting of indulgences, which reduce the punishment that our sins deserve. These indulgences are efficacious because of the superabundance of grace merited by Christ's death on the cross and the graces accumulated by the virtues and prayers of the saints. At the same time, the one receiving the indulgences is not an idle spectator. The Christian who receives the indulgence must perform some action that springs from his or her spiritual life. Usually, this action consists of saying certain prayers, professing the Creed, participating in Eucharistic adoration, or visiting a parish Church on its titular feast. However, the indulgence is granted by the Good Shepherd who cares for His sheep and not because we have earned it.

With these thoughts in mind, I would like to promulgate the following summary of an instruction from the Holy See regarding the Sacrament of Reconciliation and indulgences. You remain very much in my fervent prayers as I ask for yours. In the midst of these fretful times, we continue to take comfort in the Lord's promise to be with us always until the end of the age. May God bless you and keep you safe and healthy.

Your brother in Christ,

Most Reverend John C. Wester

Archbishop of Santa Fe

Summary of an instruction from the Holy See regarding the Sacrament of Reconciliation and indulgences


1) Sacrament of Reconciliation: Prudence should be adopted in individual celebration; e.g., in a ventilated place outside the confessional, suitable distance, use of protective masks, etc. Priests must take care that, whatever method is used, it must not endanger the sacramental seal and necessary discretion.

2) General Absolution: In case of sudden need to impart absolution to several faithful together due to: 1) imminent danger of death; 2) insufficient time to hear individual confessions; 3) grave necessity, priests are to:

a. Inform the Archbishop if possible. If imparted due to insufficient time or ability to inform the Archbishop beforehand, do so as soon as possible;

b. Accompany the general absolution with a reminder that they are obliged to seek individual sacramental confession as soon as possible if they are able and the sacrament is available. I emphasize that general absolution should be imparted only in those cases where the current pandemic and/or the imminent danger of death make it is necessary. This would include, but is not limited to, circumstances where the priest cannot enter a ward with dying COVID-19 patients or even with those who will hopefully recover but would be comforted by the absolution of their sins.

I emphasize that general absolution should be imparted only in those cases where the current pandemic and/or the imminent danger of death make it is necessary. This would include, but is not limited to, circumstances where the priest cannot enter a ward with dying COVID-19 patients or even with those who will hopefully recover but would be comforted by the absolution of their sins.

3) If Sacramental Absolution—Individual nor General—Not Available: The faithful are reminded that perfect contrition, coming from love of God as beloved above all else, expressed by a sincere request for forgiveness and accompanied by a firm resolution to have individual sacramental confession as soon as possible, obtains forgiveness of even mortal sins.

4) Special Indulgences: From the authority of the Supreme Pontiff, the Apostolic Penitentiary grants a plenary indulgence, which removes all temporal punishment (Purgatory) due to sin:

a. General requirements:
i. Offer this trial on the occasion of this epidemic in a spirit of faith in God and charity towards their brothers and sisters; AND

ii. Have the will to fulfil the usual conditions for a plenary indulgence of sacramental confession, Eucharistic communion and prayer according to the Holy Father’s intentions, as soon as possible.

b. Specific Works: A plenary indulgence is granted to 1) the faithful suffering from Coronavirus and are subject to quarantine by order of a health or civil authority, 2) as well as for health care workers, family members and all who expose themselves to the risk of contagion for the care of the sick, if, along with the general requirements of (a) above, with a spirit detached from any sin, they unite spiritually through the media to:

i. The celebration of Holy Mass, OR

ii.The recitation of the Holy Rosary; OR

iii. The pious practice of the Way of the Cross, or other forms of devotion; OR

iv. At least recite the Creed, the Lord’s Prayer and a pious invocation to the Blessed Virgin Mary.

Specific Works for the for ANY of the faithful: On the occasion of the current world epidemic, a plenary indulgence is granted under the same conditions as in (4) a.) above to the faithful who, imploring from Almighty God the end of the epidemic, relief for those who are afflicted, and eternal salvation for those whom the Lord has called to Himself:

i. Offer a visit to the Blessed Sacrament, or Eucharistic adoration, or the reading of the Holy Scriptures, for a least a half an hour; OR

ii. Recite the Holy Rosary, make a pious exercise of the Way of the Cross, or recite the Chaplet of Divine Mercy.

The Church prays for those who find themselves unable to receive the Sacrament of Anointing of the Sick and of the Viaticum, entrusting each and every one to divine Mercy by virtue of the communion of saints and granting the faithful a Plenary Indulgence on the point of death, provided that they are duly disposed and have recited a few prayers during their lifetime (in this case the Church makes up for the three usual conditions required). For the attainment of this indulgence the use of the crucifix or the cross is recommended.


Archbishop Wester's Pastoral Letter: Navigating Through the COVID-19 Pandemic in Faith

March 15, 2020

My dear Brothers and Sisters in Christ,

As we navigate these stormy waters of the COVID-19 crisis, we find ourselves tossed about by fear, anxiety, doubt and confusion. It is not easy to fight an enemy that we cannot see and yet fight it we must since for a few, lives lay in the balance. As Catholics, we prudently rely on the scientific and medical communities to steer us clear of disaster and help us find safe shores. But we also recall that it was the Lord who calmed the storm for the disciples. We must also rely on God’s grace since ultimately we walk “…by faith, not by sight.” (2 Cor. 5:7) As your bishop, I wish to assure you that I stand with you during this health crisis, praying for you and doing all that I can to protect and comfort you, my brothers and sisters in Christ, as well as those in whose midst we live here in New Mexico. In turn, I am deeply grateful for your support and the assurances I have received these past few days.

As people of faith, we are challenged to respond to what has now been labeled a “pandemic” with a common sense approach recommended by health professionals and yet at the same time trusting in Divine Providence, which, as Shakespeare has Hamlet say, “shapes our ends, rough-hew them as we will.” When does science end and faith begin? Or, are they both at play at the same time?

Many have thanked me for cancelling church services for a time while others have scolded me for doing so. The reasons are mixed but they all point to a similar conundrum that lies at the intersection of faith and reason. While there is not much I can do to find a vaccine for COVID-19, I do hope by this letter to give a context to the decisions I have made thus far in responding to the current crisis. It is a kind of Lenten longing that we face these days.

Of paramount importance is that the cancellation of church services, including the celebration of the Eucharist, does not mean that we have ceased to provide pastoral care. This epidemic has disturbed all of our lives, so it is even more critical that we care in a special way for the spiritual life granted us by grace. It is my desire and that of all our priests, deacons, religious and lay leaders to continue to care for our Catholic faithful. That care will be immediately expressed in our prayer as well as in ongoing pastoral ministry. As you know from the statement of March 13, 2020, individual confessions will continue to be heard as long as parishioners abide by the core instructions of washing hands before and after being in church, keeping the proper social distance and not touching the face, etc. Priests will continue to provide the Sacrament of the Sick and the Last Rites, carefully observing the proper protocols and being sure to properly dispose of the oil used. The Archdiocese of Santa Fe and many of its parishes are providing televised, taped and livestreamed Masses so the faithful can pray with the celebrant from home and make a “spiritual Communion.” Funeral services (without Mass) may be held with a very small number of congregants. Prayers are being disseminated through our communications department. And our priests and other church leaders are creatively reaching out to our people in caring and creative ways. We are the People of God, brothers and sisters in Christ, who continue to deepen the bonds that unite us, despite services being cancelled and despite the challenges posed by this pandemic.

In addition, there are some specific points that I would like to pose for your consideration as well, hoping that they will assist you in coming to a deeper understanding of the temporary restrictions in place. We must exercise great caution that amid all the clamor and confusion we attentively hear the Word of God who stills our restless hearts.

1. Some have objected to the cancellation of Masses and therefore the inability to receive Holy Communion.

I am deeply grateful for the devotion to the Eucharist expressed by these parishioners. As the Second Vatican Council said in Sacrosanctum Concilium,”… the divine sacrifice of the Eucharist, is the outstanding means whereby the faithful may express in their lives, and manifest to others, the mystery of Christ and the real nature of the true Church.” It is the source and summit of all we are as Catholics. I am therefore most sympathetic with the sentiment expressed by these faithful. At the same time, it is important to remember that these Masses were only cancelled when it was absolutely clear that our people would be put at risk if they gathered for Mass. Viruses are communicated very easily in groups, especially in large numbers. We are keeping our churches open for individual prayer and/or confession but even this is a risk, mitigated, but not eliminated, by the washing of hands and not touching the face. On the spiritual plane, Jesus is present to us in many ways: in prayer, as we read the scriptures, in doing acts of charity, in contemplation, etc. Indeed, Christ is closer to us than we are to ourselves. I understand that it is a great sacrifice not to have the Mass even for a short time but we must not overlook the many ways Christ is present to us.

2. Some are concerned about the obligation to attend Mass on Sunday.

Due to the emergency we are experiencing, all Catholics are excused from the obligation to attend Sunday Mass by the law itself. This obligation is suspended in cases of moral or physical impossibility, and may also be dispensed for a just cause when it is for the spiritual good of the faithful. In addition, the Church also has the obligation to protect those who are most vulnerable and those who care for the sick. Therefore, under Canon 87 §1 (cf. canon 1245), I have dispensed Catholics from the obligation to attend Sunday Mass for the next two Sundays (March 22, March 29) and will re-evaluate the situation in two weeks’ time. While failing to fulfill one’s Sunday obligation without proper cause is grave and serious our current epidemic is just reason for my dispensation.

I would strongly recommend that our faithful gather on Sunday to pray over the Gospel of the day, either individually or as a family. As I have mentioned, the Archdiocese of Santa Fe, along with many parishes, is making livestreamed Masses available. There will be a Sunday Mass livestreamed from the Cathedral Basilica of St. Francis at 10:00 a.m. for the next two Sundays and beyond, if necessary. (This is NOT a scheduled Mass at the cathedral. I will celebrate this Mass privately and it will be livestreamed for the faithful.) In addition, individuals or families can pray the rosary, the Liturgy of the Hours (available online) or use other prayers such as those attached to this letter. I also recommend that we all consider special Lenten practices to accompany our prayer by which we seek God’s grace during this difficult time.

3. Some have expressed the notion that they are not afraid of the corona virus and would rather trust in God and receive Communion.

Grace builds on nature. Or, as St. Thomas Aquinas puts it, “Grace does not destroy nature but perfects it.” In the article I have appended to this letter by Bishop Raymond Centéne in the Diocese of Vanne in northwest France, the point is made that this thinking tends toward Fideism, i.e., the belief that knowledge depends on faith or is somehow secondary to the world as we know it. Instead, grace builds on and perfects nature. We cannot live our lives of faith without grounding them in reality. We cannot help others if we are so sick that we are bed-ridden. Faith compliments reason and we Catholics are called to see how faith calls us to live reasonably, using the creation God has given us as a pathway to our final home in heaven. In other words, it is not reasonable to risk sickness and even death on the premise that faith has called me to do so. Even Our Lord condemns this kind of fideism, this unthinking legalism, when he challenges the Sabbath laws. Reason and common sense are not antithetical to faith. It is also important to remember that it is not just my life at stake here. If I take imprudent risks, I can also infect and jeopardize another person. Even though one longs to receive Holy Communion and has a right to do so, that person must not fail to take into consideration the good of the community.

After all is said and done, we are called to be a people of faith. In this critical time as I struggle to understand our Lord’s hand in the drastic measures that must be taken, I am aware that our Eucharistic Fast, this abstinence from the Church’s celebration of the Eucharist, is an invitation to our deeper appreciation of the Eucharist itself. I believe that we are being called to reflect on the Stripping of the Altar that happens after the Holy Thursday Mass of the Lord’s Supper. The absence of the Eucharistic celebration all the way to the Easter Vigil is a sober time when we join our Lord in the tomb and no Mass is celebrated throughout the Church. It is a time for each of us to grow in appreciation of the Lord’s real presence in the Body of Christ, the Church, if even by its absence we keep vigil at the tomb. This is our Good Friday as we await the Easter promise.

In the attached article from the New York Times, Dr. McCaulley reminds us that in Jesus’s final discourse in John’s Gospel, the disciples are told that it is better if Jesus is absent for a while so that he can send the Holy Spirit. As Dr. McCauley puts it: “The point is that the loss of his physical presence through his death, resurrection and ascension would lead to an even deeper communion with God. It is possible that, strangely enough, the absence of the church will be a great testimony to the presence of God in our care for our neighbors.” As members of the Body of Christ here in the Archdiocese of Santa Fe, we are present to one another in our absence, we are united in our social distancing and we care for one another by staying home.

I cannot begin to tell you how grateful I am to our priests, lay leaders, deacons and religious for their service during these difficult times. I am also grateful to my colleagues at the Catholic Center and to the other religious communities that grace our archdiocese. The Catholic Church is no stranger to epidemics and plagues. Throughout our history we have endured calamities galore and have passed through them with God’s grace and the good will and pastoral outreach of so many dedicated men and women. This time is no different. Let us continue to pray for one another, asking God to deliver us from the scourge of illness and to especially help those who have been affected and all those on the medical front lines. Please refer to our website for prayers that you can download and pray during the current crisis. You can also contact Ms. Celine Radigan at 505-831-8231 if you have any questions, comments or concerns. I have appended some articles that you may find helpful as well.

I pray that the Lord of Life and All Healing will raise his arms of benediction over us and the whole world in our time of need. And may Nuestra Senora de la Paz, who has been with us in this sacred place since 1598, intercede for us, her children, as we seek her help and guidance. May God bless you and may Mary, Health of Christians, pray for us.

Your Servant in Christ Jesus,

Most Reverend John C. Wester

Archbishop of Santa Fe


Mandatory Child Protection Training for all parish volunteers

The Archdiocese of Santa Fe has recently changed the policy for training regarding the Abuse Awareness Training.  Participation in the training program is required for all volunteers whether or not their ministry involves contact with children.  They are expected to participate in the Archdiocese training before volunteering.  Training must be repeated every 5 years.  Please note that if you do not attend this training or complete the training online you cannot be an active volunteer at San Isidro Church.  Please call the office at 505-471-0710 or if you have any questions.


To complete the training on-line, go to the Archdiocese website at

On the left side of the page you will see different categories….scroll down to children and youth prevention….under that heading you will see Virtus and Virtus in Spanish

Click on the one that you want to take the training in and that link will take you directly into the training.

You will create a user name and id.

You will submit information to run your background and you will electronically sign the Virtus Code of Conduct.

You cannot use a phone or ipad, it must be a computer.  It is preferred that you use a home computer, because you are running your background you want to use a computer that is safe.

At the end there is a printable certificate.

If there are any problems call the Virtus help desk at 1-888-847-8870.


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