Current information

Mass in Church during COVID-19 Pandemic;
1st Phase of Return

New message from Fr. Daniel (May 20, 2020) on regarding the opening of the
church for Mass this weekend. 

Please listen to a message from Fr. Daniel on as we prepare to worship together beginning the weekend of May 23rd and 24th.

On Saturday, May 23rd and Sunday, May 24th,
our parish family will begin a limited return to celebrating holy Mass with a congregation at Santa Maria de la Paz! 
Praised be Jesus Christ! Alleluia!

Given the recent announcement from the Governor of New Mexico allowing Church’s to gather at 10% building occupancy and the directives received from the Archdiocese regarding Mass during the COVID-19 pandemic, Santa Maria de la Paz will begin to worship together for each regularly scheduled Mass (Saturday, 5:00PM; Sunday 7:30AM, 9:30AM, 11:30AM and 5:00PM) the weekend of May 23rd and 24th in addition to Tuesday, Thursday and Friday daily Mass at 12:15PM.  We will adhere to the current public health order and obey social distancing guidelines for the health and safety of all. SMDLP staff are currently preparing the Church with social distancing and protective measures and are working on ways to ensure that the church and other public areas including the restrooms are properly sanitized after each Mass.

10% Occupancy
Due to the 10% occupancy limitation we will ONLY allow 90 parishioners at each Mass.  This will be done on a first come first serve basis.  We will only have one door unlocked which will be the EAST door of the church and will have a Minister of Hospitality at the door counting each parishioner as they enter.  If parishioners line up prior to the doors opening, every effort should be made to adhere to the 6 ft. social distancing rule. 

Face Masks Required
Parishioners MUST wear a face mask prior to entering the church and during Mass.  If you are not wearing one you WILL NOT be allowed to enter.  This is for your protection and the safety of others.  We also ask that you DO NOT bring children less than three years old to Mass.

Social Distancing
The church pews will be taped off to comply with 6 ft social distancing. We ask that those in the same household sit together and adhere to the social distancing measures when finding a place to sit.  The couch area in the Gathering Space is also taped off not only to prevent parishioners from sitting there but as a reminder that we must not congregate.  When you enter the church, you may greet one another, but please go immediately to a seat in the Sanctuary and refrain from visiting with others in the Gathering Space. 

Liturgical Ministers
We will have a few changes during Mass and you will not see the number of servers and liturgical ministers that we normally have. The current schedule for liturgical ministers has been removed from Ministry Scheduler Pro (MSP) and the ministers required for each Mass will be scheduled through the ministry leaders.

Communion will be distributed at three stations in the church at the end of Mass as parishioners prepare to exit. The host will only be received in the hand in order to decrease the possibility of cross-contamination. All communicants MUST be masked, receive the host in their hand, and step aside PRIOR to lifting the mask for consuming.

After Mass
Parishioners should depart immediately after Communion and avoid socializing in the Gathering Space and/or the parking lot.

Stay Home if Sick
If you are sick, feel uncomfortable attending a large gathering or have a compromised immune system PLEASE STAY HOME.  The dispensation from the Sunday obligation is still in effect and if you are not one of the first 90 to show up for Mass, this dispensation applies to you as well.  We will also continue to offer a Sunday 9:30AM live-stream Mass via Twitter for those who choose to stay home.

Confessions will continue on an appointment basis only.

Votive Candles for the Intentions of Our Parishioners


During this time of COVID-19 pandemic when we are physically separated as a church community, we will honor each parish family with the lighting of a votive candle. Beginning on Monday, May 11, votives in the San Jose Chapel and the Marian Shrine will be lit for the intentions of a group of parishioners (selected in alphabetical order). The candles will be lit on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays. The schedule will be published in the bulletin each week beginning May 10.

In addition to the intentions of each family, the votive candles are lit as a symbol of light in this time of pandemic darkness and give honor to and seek the intercession of San Jose and Santa Maria de la Paz for the full recovery of those impacted by COVID-19 in any way.

Live-Streaming Mass

Santa Maria de la Paz will continue to live-stream the
Sunday 9:30AM Mass via Twitter. 

Parishioners may access SMDLP's live-streaming  at  Please note: You DO NOT need a twitter account to view the live-stream.


Fr. Joel is accepting appointments to hear confessions and is available on Monday and Tuesday from 2:00pm to 4:00pm.  You may call the Parish Office at 473-4200 to make an appointment for confession.


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   5:45 pm [misa en espanol]
Tuesday 12:15 pm
Wednesday   8:25 am [during Santo Nino Regional School year]
Thursday  12:15 pm
Friday 12:15 pm

Sacrament of Reconciliation

Saturday 3:30 pm or by appointment                        
  By appointment only

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 4:00 pm                                       
Friday 9:00 am to 12:00 pm




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