Current information April 9, 2020 [6:40PM]

Live-streaming Holy Week Services on Twitter

The system is now ready for live-streaming on the Santa Maria de la Paz twitter account:
You may view each of the scheduled services below on your phones or computers at home. PLEASE NOTE: You DO NOT need a twitter account to view.  (Make sure your audio is not on mute.)

The following is the live-streaming schedule:
  • Holy Thursday Mass of the Lord's Supper - Thursday, April 9, 2020 - 7:00PM
  • Good Friday Service - Friday, April 10, 2020 - 3:00PM
  • Easter Vigil - Saturday, April 11, 2020 - 8:00PM
  • Easter Sunday - Sunday, April 12, 2020 - 9:30AM

For those of you who are unfamiliar with Twitter or viewing a "live-stream" video...Once you click on the above link and are directed to the Twitter page, you will see the following on your screen.  The live stream will begin shortly before the scheduled service.  Click on the pscp link. You may have to refresh your browser if you do not immediately see the video.



The very first Easter was not in a crowded worship space with singing and praising. On the very first Easter the disciples were locked in their house. It was dangerous for them to come out. They were afraid. They wanted to believe the good news they heard from the women, that Jesus had risen. But it seemed too good to be true. They were living in a time of such despair and such fear. If they left their homes their lives and the lives of their loved ones might be at risk. Could a miracle really have happened? Could life really have won out over death? Could this time of terror and fear really be coming to an end?

Alone in their homes they dared to believe that hope was possible, that the long night was over and morning had broken, that God's love was the most powerful of all, even though it didn't seem quite real yet. Eventually, they were able to leave their homes, when the fear and danger had subsided, they went around celebrating and spreading the good news that Jesus was risen and love was the most powerful force on the earth.

This year, we might get to experience a taste of what that first Easter was like, still in our homes daring to believe that HOPE is on  the horizon. Then, after a while, when it is safe for all people, when it is the most loving choice, we will come out, gathering together, singing and shouting the good news that God brings life even out of death, that love always has the final say!

This year we might get the closest taste we have had yet to what that first Easter was like.         - Author unknown

The Parish Office will be CLOSED
Thursday, April 9th through Monday, April 13th.  


Fr. Joel is accepting appointments to hear confessions and is available on Monday and Tuesday from 3:00pm to 4:30pm.  You may call the Parish Office at 473-4200 to make an appointment for confession.


Sunday, April 5th, we celebrate Palm Sunday which begins Holy Week. It is the day that we remember and celebrate the day Jesus entered into Jerusalem as Savior and King. As Jesus rode a donkey into the town of Jerusalem a large crowd gathered, took palm branches and went out to meet him. The people cried out "Hosanna! Blessed is he who comes in the name of the Lord!" 

BLESSED PALMS will be available outside of the church beginning Sunday, April 5th at 2:00PM.  They will be available throughout Holy Week.  If you are able to stop by to pick one up, we encourage social distancing as we keep each other safe.  


For God did not give us a spirit of cowardice but rather of power and love and self-control. -2 Timothy 1:7

In peace I will lie down and sleep, for you alone, LORD, make me secure. -Psalm 4:9

So humble yourselves under the mighty hand of God, that he may exalt you in due time. Cast all your worries upon him because he cares for you. -1 Peter 5:6-7

Do not fear: I am with you; do not be anxious: I am your God. I will strengthen you; I will help you; I will uphold you with my victorious right hand. -Isaiah 41:10

Trust in the Lord forever! For the Lord is an eternal Rock. -Isaiah 26:4

Do not let your hearts be troubled. You have faith in God; have faith also in me. -John 14:1

The community spread of the coronavirus throughout New Mexico has forced us to continue with the cancellation of daily and weekend Masses through and perhaps even beyond Easter Sunday.  This means that the Paschal Triduum services - Holy Thursday, Good Friday, and the Easter Vigil - as well as the Easter Sunday Masses will be cancelled.  The cancellation of these in-person gatherings does not mean a suspension of worship. We encourage you to take advantage of on-line Masses offered through EWTN, Sunday TV Mass on KRQE, and the various religious offerings of videos, audios, and e-books through FORMED.ORG and other Catholic on-line sites. 



ALL activities over the next few weeks have been cancelled including Religious Education, Adult Religious Education, Youth Confirmation, Adult Confirmation, RCIA, Hispanic Ministry, Safe Environment Training, Choir practice, committee activities & meetings, Home Masses, etc. 

Additional cancellations:

  • Pilgrimage to Chimayo (please call the Parish Office to request a refund)
  • Cancer Healing Rosary & Mass
  • Annual Seder Meal
  • Tenebrae & Mimes Passion

Visitation and distribution of Communion in nursing homes, hospitals, and to the homebound will be suspended during this time.

The Parish Office will be open during normal business hours during this time.  Lenten Crosses may be picked up and placed during normal business hours.

The weekly bulletin will continue to be published and will be available electronically on our website.  A limited number of paper copies will also be available in the Parish Office.


From the Archbishop's letter to the faithful..."All are urged to read at least the Mass readings of the day and to meditate on them with their families and friends, praying for a quick end to our current situation and for the welfare of all. Other possible family and personal devotions include: Praying the rosary, stations of the cross and other prayers; Reviewing daily Mass readings (may be found on the USCCB website; Additional scriptural, theological or catechetical reading..."

Parishioners at Santa Maria de la Paz are encouraged to take advantage of especially during this time. It is provided FREE to our parishioners. FORMED provides the very best Catholic content from more than 60 organizations to help us explore our faith. There are thousands of movies, children’s programs, ebooks, and audio from which to choose.  Here are a few suggestions during this Lenten Season:

Stations of the Cross by
St. Alphonsus Liguori

Forgiven: Answering Common Questions about Confession by Dr. Edward Sri

Why do we confess our sins to a priest? Is this sacrament some arbitrary requirement or does it have an inner logic? The answer to these and many more questions about Confession begins and ends with love.

If you have not already set-up an account in FORMED, go to and enter parish code 2PX32G.


Due to the temporary suspension of all Masses within the Archdiocese of Santa Fe, Mass intentions scheduled for Masses at Santa Maria de la Paz will be honored at private Masses offered by Fr. Daniel and Fr. Joel.


A spiritual Communion can be of value to anyone who desires a deeper union with Christ. It can be made at any time of the day or night. It is especially appropriate for those who find themselves unable to physically receive the Eucharist. For example, those who are not yet Catholic, those who have been away from the Church for a long time and who have not yet made a good confession, those who are living in a state of serious sin, as well as those who are sick or housebound.

How does one make a spiritual Communion? Simply by desiring it. One formal prayer is “O Jesus, I turn toward the holy tabernacle where you live hidden for love of me. I love you, O my God. I cannot receive you in Holy Communion. Come nevertheless and visit me with your grace. Come spiritually into my heart. Purify it. Sanctify it. Render it like unto your own.” One need not use a formal prayer, however. A simple “Lord Jesus. Come into my heart” is sufficient, as is imagining Jesus coming into one’s heart. As with any other spiritual habit, the more one does it, the easier it will become. There is no limit to the number of times we can ask Jesus to meet us. He desires to be with us. (

Dear Jesus, it is my desire to receive You in the Holy Eucharist, but I cannot. I therefore now welcome You into my heart in the same prayer and intention as if You were coming to me in Holy Communion.  I offer you my thoughts, words and actions of this day in reparation for the offenses against Your Sacred Heart, and I ask You to conform my heart to Yours. Amen


The weekly television Mass is broadcast for persons who can’t attend Mass at their Catholic parish (usually for health reasons).

KRQE Channel 13 Sunday morning at 6:30AM
or on 
Relevant Radio

In lieu of Mass, prayer is more important than ever. Here are some ways to stay connected as a community in prayer.

EWTN Daily Mass Reading




Dear friends in Christ,
Welcome to Santa Maria de la Paz, a Catholic faith community that serves many and welcomes all. We are a parish that has been blessed with a history of outstanding parishioner commitment, investment and involvement. It’s our spiritual home where each lives for the other and all live for God.

Whether as a current member of our parish family or an individual searching for a parish, I hope and pray that you find this community of faith warm, welcoming and committed to the Gospel of Jesus and His church. Our parish family is encouraged to seek a deeper understanding of what it means to use our time, talents and treasure by serving our church in one or more of our many ministries and by being good stewards. Our parishioner’s presence enriches us and builds up the life of the Church.

We are blessed to be one of eight churches in our community that founded the only regional Catholic elementary school in our Archdiocese; Santo Nino Regional Catholic School was open in 2006.  We are also blessed to support St. Michael’s High School, a high school rich in Catholic tradition. When you have some time, please visit both schools either in person or on the web by clicking the links below. Prayerfully consider the strong academic environment of Santo Nino and St. Michael’s for your students; I assure you it’s a wonderful opportunity for a child in the early years of their formation. 

So as you glance through our website, you will find the elements of our faith community that we hope will lead you to a deeper relationship with God, engage you in a greater sense of community with others and inspire you to wider service to our sisters and brothers.

So once again welcome, we are glad to have you with us as we journey together in and with the Lord of life, love and all good and wonderful things as Jesus is our past, present and future.

Please know you are always in my prayers.
Fr. Daniel M. Balizan

Mass Schedule 

Saturday   5:00 pm
Sunday   7:30 am; 9:30 am; 11:30 am, Bilingual; 5:00 pm, Life Teen
Monday   5:30 pm Via Crucis
    6:00 pm [misa en espanol]
Tuesday 12:15 pm
Wednesday   8:25 am 
Thursday  12:15 pm
Friday   5:30 pm Stations of the Cross
    6:00 pm Mass

Sacrament of Reconciliation

Saturday 3:30 pm or by appointment                        

Parish Office Information

11 College Ave. Santa Fe, NM 87508
(505) 473-4200
FAX: (505) 473-1602 

Monday - Thursday 9:00 am to 12:00 pm  
(Closed for lunch)
1:00 pm to 5:00 pm                                       
Friday 9:00 am to 12:00 pm




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