Dede Chism, left, and Viviana Paredes, stand outside Bella Natural Women's Care. The two ministries partnered to more effectively serve Latina families.Local

God among Us and Bella establish alliance to benefit Hispanic families

“God among Us,” a ministry that focuses on the integral development of Hispanic families, has been strengthened by its alliance with Bella Natural Women’s Care and Areté, a Catholic psychology center. Jorge and Viviana Paredes, founders of “Dios entre Nosotros” (Spanish for “God among Us”) established the ministry and formed alliances with these institutions specializing… Read more »

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Spend $2, help a needy student succeed

While shopping for school supplies, Catholic Charities suggests parents toss a few more items into the cart to help a less fortunate student. An added pack of pencils for $2.75, a Hello Kitty backpack for $5 or a notebook for $2 can greatly support children in area schools experiencing homelessness or poverty. Catholic Charities is… Read more »

Ignatius Press is inviting stores to participate in its Catholic Store Month in July when increased discounts will be offered to stores and customers.Local

Catholic Store Month to offer radical discounts

Catholic publishers and other suppliers are firming up their special offers for the inaugural Catholic Store Month, which begins July 1 and runs through the entire month. “As we said when this initiative began, Ignatius Press recognizes the urgent need to help Catholic stores compete in the wider retail marketplace,” said Anthony Ryan, Ignatius Press… Read more »

The Community of the Beatitudes helps young adults grow in their faith and discern their vocation through retreats in Denver and through international pilgrimages, and more recently with their new book on discernment.Local

Local book helps youth navigate discernment pitfalls

Today’s young adults are sometimes called the ‘maybe’ generation for avoiding decisions about their vocation, said Father Anthony of the Transfiguration. Habits of hiding behind short term goals, letting failures drag one down, and taking bad advice from friends are just a few of the pitfalls that can ensnare the journey to discovering one’s vocation…. Read more »

Dede Chism, left, and Viviana Paredes, stand outside Bella Natural Women's Care. The two ministries partnered to more effectively serve Latina families.

God among Us and Bella establish alliance to benefit Hispanic families

“God among Us,” a ministry that focuses on the integral development of Hispanic families, has been strengthened by its alliance with Bella Natural Women’s Care and Areté, a Catholic psychology center. Jorge and Viviana Paredes, founders of “Dios entre Nosotros” (Spanish for “God among Us”) established the ministry and formed alliances with these institutions specializing… Read more »

Ignatius Press is inviting stores to participate in its Catholic Store Month in July when increased discounts will be offered to stores and customers.

Catholic Store Month to offer radical discounts

Catholic publishers and other suppliers are firming up their special offers for the inaugural Catholic Store Month, which begins July 1 and runs through the entire month. “As we said when this initiative began, Ignatius Press recognizes the urgent need to help Catholic stores compete in the wider retail marketplace,” said Anthony Ryan, Ignatius Press… Read more »

The Community of the Beatitudes helps young adults grow in their faith and discern their vocation through retreats in Denver and through international pilgrimages, and more recently with their new book on discernment.

Local book helps youth navigate discernment pitfalls

Today’s young adults are sometimes called the ‘maybe’ generation for avoiding decisions about their vocation, said Father Anthony of the Transfiguration. Habits of hiding behind short term goals, letting failures drag one down, and taking bad advice from friends are just a few of the pitfalls that can ensnare the journey to discovering one’s vocation…. Read more »

Archbishop Samuel Aquila shakes hands with inmates at the Jefferson County Detention Center June 17.

Archbishop celebrates Mass, shakes hands with prisoners

Archbishop Samuel Aquila visited prisoners confined at Jefferson County Detention Facility in Golden this week—the first time since becoming archbishop in Denver. “Every guy was so excited to see the archbishop,” said Father Scott Bailey, secretary to the archbishop. “It meant a lot for the guys.” About 23 inmates, who are a part of the RCIA… Read more »

Father Joseph Meznar

Priest spent ministry serving Holy Rosary

Father Joseph Meznar once wrote he wanted to be a priest so he could see Christ. While attending Holy Thursday Mass at Holy Rosary Parish with his mother when 5 years old, the young Meznar asked her what the priests saw when they looked toward the altar. His mother, Mary Rose, said, “Jesus.” “At that… Read more »

Archbishop Samuel Aquila will ordain 11 men to the permanent diaconate June 20.

11 men prepare for diaconate ordination

After years of study and guidance from the Holy Spirit, 11 men will be ordained into the permanent diaconate June 20. Archbishop Samuel Aquila will ordain the men during a 10 a.m. Mass at the Cathedral Basilica of the Immaculate Conception in downtown Denver. Those to be ordained deacons are: August Leonard Cordova, Michael John… Read more »

Five newly-ordained priests pray before the congregation during Mass May 16 at the Cathedral Basilica of the Immaculate Conception. Photo by Daniel Petty/Denver Catholic

PHOTO GALLERY: Priests urged to configure heart to Christ

Before five of Denver’s new priests lay prostrate before the altar of Christ, Archbishop Samuel Aquila reminded them the priesthood is a gift. “It is not something you merit, it is not something that you work for, but rather it is a gift that is bestowed upon you,” Archbishop Aquila told the five seminarians during… Read more »

Ecumenical Prayer Breafast on May 15 at St Rafka Maronite Catholic Church  Lakewood, Colorado

Want to help Mideast Christians?

Christians in the western world sat helpless as they watched 21 Egyptian Christians beheaded by the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS). “Their blood confesses Christ,” Pope Francis said in response to the atrocity in February. Calling the murdered “martyrs,” the pope urged that the deaths stir ecumenical unity, saying, “It makes no difference… Read more »

A young student works at her desk.

Spend $2, help a needy student succeed

While shopping for school supplies, Catholic Charities suggests parents toss a few more items into the cart to help a less fortunate student. An added pack of pencils for $2.75, a Hello Kitty backpack for $5 or a notebook for $2 can greatly support children in area schools experiencing homelessness or poverty. Catholic Charities is… Read more »

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PHOTO GALLERY: Broadening horizons

Students at Sts. Peter and Paul School in Wheat Ridge celebrated Culture Day May 8 by learning about the culture and traditions of Australia, South America, Africa, India, Japan and Russia through song, dance, games and food. The intent is to expose students to the various cultures of the world for a better understanding and… Read more »

Sister Elizabeth Youngs, SCL, sits in her office with going-away gifts from students and faculty at area schools.

Sister Youngs’ final assignment: listen to God

Sister Elizabeth Youngs’ parting words for Denver’s faithful are, “Listen to God and be quiet, and be open to what God is calling (you) to do.” Especially for women considering a religious vocation, Sister Youngs of the Sisters of Charity of Leavenworth, urged intentionally spending time with God. Before her departure from a 14-year term… Read more »

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5 patron saints for students

The traditional patronage of many saints could be extended to cover modern-day issues that students face. Here are five that we propose. 1. Patron saint of simplicity – St. Francis of Assisi With members of the millennial generation favoring minimalism and simplicity, over luxury and status, who better to emulate than St. Francis? The Italian friar and… Read more »

A youth enjoys the outdoors during a Camp Wojtyla summer camp in the Rocky Mountains. Pope Francis' encyclical on ecology drew reactions from people worldwide.

Self-sacrifice key to creation woes, theologian says

The world is abuzz over Pope Francis’ papal letter on ecology that drew strong reactions from theologians and politicians. The pope’s second encyclical, titled Laudato Si (Praised be): On the Care of Our Common Home, urges the world to engage in a dialogue about humanity’s responsibility to protect God’s creation. It’s a subject all too… Read more »

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An unlikely patron of ecology

St. Thérèse of Lisieux has a penchant for showing up in unexpected places. In 1927, the Carmelite nun who never lived outside her native France, and entered a cloister at 15 and died at 24, was named the co-patron of missions with the great missionary St. Francis Xavier, who traveled extensively and is credited with… Read more »

Collapsed buildings in the town center in Patan, Kathmandu, Nepal after a 7.8 magnitude earthquake struck Nepal and India April 25.

Faithful asked to help relieve suffering of Nepal

The U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops has asked all bishops in the country to take up a special collection to provide humanitarian relief and pastoral support for the residents of Nepal, reeling from the April 25 earthquake. “We are asking that all of our parishes take up a relief collection sometime during the month of… Read more »

Francis Cardinal George gives the opening address at the Institute for Priestly Formation Symposium at St. John Vianney on February 19, 2015.

Archbishop Aquila remembers Cardinal George as a ‘true shepherd’

Archbishop Samuel Aquila remembers Cardinal Francis George, the retired Archbishop of Chicago who lost a years-long battle with cancer April 17, as “a true shepherd and faithful son of the Church.” In a statement released that afternoon, the archbishop praised the cardinal’s life as “a testament to his love for Jesus Christ and devotion to… Read more »