Bishop Michael Sheridan is the bishop of Colorado Springs, diocese in which the STEM school falls.
In a May 8 statement, Sheridan echoed Bishop Dewane's sentiments that lamented the frequency of school shootings.
"I am deeply saddened and disturbed by the shootings that occurred yesterday at STEM School in Highlands Ranch," he said.
"I call on all the faithful in our diocese to pray and offer sacrifice for the students, teachers and families impacted by this tragedy, that through the Divine Mercy of Jesus Christ, they may find healing and consolation."
Archbishop Samuel Aquila of Denver said in a statement posted to Twitter on May 7 that "my heart goes out to all those school children, parents & teachers who were killed & injured in the tragic shooting at #STEMSchoolHighlandsRanch. Let us pray for them in this time of sadness and grief."
Bishop Robert Cunningham of Syracuse, New York also tweeted his condolences.
"Yesterday a tragic shooting took place just miles from Columbine High School. Along with the @USCCB I call on Catholics around the country to pray for the deceased, injured, and for healing in their community," he said on May 8.
At St. Mark's Catholic Church on Thursday, the day of prayer and counseling included adoration in the morning, Mass at noon, more adoration in the afternoon, and then a prayer service in the evening, which included counselors, priests, and fire and police chaplains who were available to talk with people.
"All of us are just here to listen, to talk, to allow everyone to come together, whether you and your kids were and are directly affected or if it was indirect. We are a family and we come together always, but especially in times like these, because one of the ways that God's compassion is felt to us and known to us is with each other," Bierbaum said in his homily during the noon Mass on Thursday.
Pax Christi, another nearby Catholic parish, hosted an hour of adoration and confessions on Thursday night for those impacted by the STEM shooting.
Ave Maria Catholic parish in Parker, Colorado hosted a night of prayer and conversation about the STEM shooting on Wednesday, May 8.
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"I had always hoped I would never have to face a situation like the one we are facing in our community today. Whether your kids attend STEM or if you know someone who does, this has impacted our community, our youth," Angelle M. Schott, MSW, the youth ministry coordinator for the parish, said in a post about the event on Facebook.
"I am not pretending to know what to say or even how to say it but I want our youth to know they are loved and to give them a safe place to share their concerns, worries, and/or fears without judgment," she added.
Fr. Bierbaum told CNA that he was aware that times of tragedy like these are usually critical moments in people's faith - it can draw them closer to God or push them further away.
He said that he encourages Catholics dealing with tragedy to beg God to make his presence felt in their lives during these times. He also said he wanted to emphasize that death and tragedy are not what God wants.
"God doesn't desire death. This was not his plan," Bierbaum said.
"(God) gives everyone complete and total free will because he wants us to love him freely, and the counterpoint to that is that free will can be used evilly, and Satan wants to take advantage of that," Bierbaum said.