Carson Valley Catholics gathered at St. Gall Catholic Church for a Mass 5:30 p.m. Thursday on the resignation of 85-year-old Pope Benedict XVI.
At his last Angelus in St. Peter's Square, Pope Benedict said he would continue to serve the church after his resignation.
"At this moment in my life the Lord is calling me 'to scale the mountain,' to devote myself even more to prayer and meditation," he said in a statement posted on the Vatican website. "But this does not mean abandoning the Church; indeed, if God asks me this is precisely so that I may continue to serve her with the same dedication and the same love with which I have tried to do so until now, but in a way more suited to my age and strength."
Benedict was elected pope on April 19, 2005, and announced he would resign on Feb. 11.
His successor will be selected by a conclave that will begin no later than March 20.