El Paso Catholic Diocese To Allow In Person Christmas Services
El Paso's Catholic Churches have been closed to the public during the COVID 19 pandemic but, they will be open for Christmas.
Catholic church services for Christmas Eve and Christmas Day will take place as they normally would this year, despite area Catholic churches having been locked down due to the COVID 19 pandemic. The number of people allowed into the in-person Christmas services will be limited with the churches allowing only 25% of their normal capacity. According to our news partners at KVIA, this is what El Paso's Bishop had to say:
"The danger of the presence of this virus in the El Paso community is still of great concern," Bishop Mark Seitz cautioned, but added, "This is not a time for the El Paso community to let its guard down, but the diocese believes that if cases continue their decline, the diocese can safely relax restrictions." - KVIA
Disinfecting and social distancing policies will be in effect during the masses and KIVIA reports that the diocese has spoken with the city of El Paso to have those attending masses between 10 pm and midnight exempted from El Paso's curfew.
For those unwilling or unable to venture out to these masses or who are afraid they won't get in due to the capacity limitations, KVIA will be televising some services. According to their Facebook page, they will broadcast a Christmas Eve children’s mass live at 5 p.m. on the El Paso Las Cruces CW (7.2). A Christmas Eve mass in English will be broadcast live at 9 p.m. Christmas Eve on KVIA. (Channel 7 for most of us.)