Woman Sitting Down in Prayer Silhouette

Column: Courage and perseverance

“Courage and perseverance have a magical talisman, before which difficulties disappear and obstacles vanish into air.” -John Quincy Adams Summer is not usually a time of year filled with lots of activity in the public square.  It’s a time for families to take vacations, for kids (and teachers!) to enjoy being out of school, generally… Read more »

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Four saints with laughably ridiculous names

If the Church is a hospital for sinners, then these saints are the foreign night-shift nurses whose name you can’t pronounce. They’re dedicated, they love you, and you can’t help but giggle every time you hear their name come over the PA system. Much like my analogy, our spiritual lives would fall apart if these… Read more »

Dan Burke, president of the Avila Institute and executive director of the National Catholic Register, gave a talk Aug. 14 at St. Mary Parish in Aspen.

Future of Christianity lies in drawing near to Christ, says speaker

In today’s anti-Christian culture, Catholics no longer have the option to be idle and indecisive about living their faith, said author and speaker Dan Burke. During his talk Aug. 14 at St. Mary Parish in Aspen on “The Future of Christianity?”, Burke said he told faithful it’s time to act. “Cultural Catholicism isn’t going to… Read more »

woman pregnancy test

Column: But then God made me wait

In my last column, “Why I didn’t want to wait,” (Denver Catholic, May 9-15, 2015), my story left off with my husband, Kenn, and I discerning that we would be open to accepting children loving from God right from the moment we said our vows. Well, we didn’t get pregnant on our honeymoon. Or in… Read more »

Woman Sitting Down in Prayer Silhouette

Column: Courage and perseverance

“Courage and perseverance have a magical talisman, before which difficulties disappear and obstacles vanish into air.” -John Quincy Adams Summer is not usually a time of year filled with lots of activity in the public square.  It’s a time for families to take vacations, for kids (and teachers!) to enjoy being out of school, generally… Read more »

saints

Four saints with laughably ridiculous names

If the Church is a hospital for sinners, then these saints are the foreign night-shift nurses whose name you can’t pronounce. They’re dedicated, they love you, and you can’t help but giggle every time you hear their name come over the PA system. Much like my analogy, our spiritual lives would fall apart if these… Read more »

Dan Burke, president of the Avila Institute and executive director of the National Catholic Register, gave a talk Aug. 14 at St. Mary Parish in Aspen.

Future of Christianity lies in drawing near to Christ, says speaker

In today’s anti-Christian culture, Catholics no longer have the option to be idle and indecisive about living their faith, said author and speaker Dan Burke. During his talk Aug. 14 at St. Mary Parish in Aspen on “The Future of Christianity?”, Burke said he told faithful it’s time to act. “Cultural Catholicism isn’t going to… Read more »

woman pregnancy test

Column: But then God made me wait

In my last column, “Why I didn’t want to wait,” (Denver Catholic, May 9-15, 2015), my story left off with my husband, Kenn, and I discerning that we would be open to accepting children loving from God right from the moment we said our vows. Well, we didn’t get pregnant on our honeymoon. Or in… Read more »

Deacons were honored this year during Deacon Day held Aug. 7 at St. Elizabeth Ann Seton Parish.

Deacons have their day

Deacons from across the Archdiocese of Denver gathered for a special Mass with Archbishop Samuel Aquila and were honored for their service to the Church. The annual Deacon Day Mass was held Aug. 7 at St. Elizabeth Ann Seton Parish in Fort Collins. The evening began with Mass followed by dinner. Archbishop Aquila delivered a… Read more »

The choir at Our Lady of Mount Carmel Parish in Littleton practices a one-of-a-kind sound for a Mass July 16.

Sounds a lot like love

A holy man once said that singing is a lover’s thing. Out of the utter depths of love, St. Augustine wrote, singing is produced. In their own expression of love for Mary and gratitude for their church, the choir at Our Lady of Mount Carmel Parish in Littleton performed a one-of-a-kind sound during a solemn… 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 »

Seminarians from Denver in the Archdiocese of Puebla take part in a Eucharistic procession.

Seminarians pilot Puebla program

St. John Vianney Theological Seminary tried a new Spanish immersion program this summer, hoping to familiarize future priests with both the Spanish language and popular Hispanic piety. Father Jim Crisman said in the past, seminarians have gone to Puebla, Mexico, and stayed with host families. This year, the seminarians were welcomed into Puebla’s Seminario Polifoxiano…. Read more »

A young student works at her desk.

Spend $2, help a deserving 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 »

Sister Blandina Segale

Nuns, guns and the Wild West—the tale of Sister Blandina

Billy the Kid, a notorious bank and stage-coach robber of the Wild West, met his match in the most unlikely of people when he met Sister Blandina Segale. According to legend, and to Sister Blandina’s journal and letters, one of Billy the Kid’s gang members had been shot and was on the brink of death… Read more »

Dr. Mary Gatter, a senior official at Planned Parenthood, talks about the sale of baby parts in an undercover video. Congress announced an investigation after the videos and others were released.

Planned Parenthood sets price for aborted baby organs

An undercover video released July 21 allegedly shows a senior official at Planned Parenthood flippantly discussing monetary compensation for aborted baby organs, and the alteration of abortion procedures to ensure that the organs are intact. “It’s been years since I talked about compensation, so let me just figure out what others [Planned Parenthood affiliates] are… Read more »

Pope Francis arrives in Ecuador from Rome, Italy during his trip to South America.

Pope Francis visits ‘young Church’ with great wealth

In July, Pope Francis made an apostolic visit to Latin America, visiting Ecuador, Bolivia and Paraguay in nine days. Below we are publishing highlights of the pope’s homilies and addresses, in which he speaks on the family, his own sinfulness, and the constant presence of Mary in our lives. Ecuador: “Family is the nearest hospital”… Read more »

AT EVERY TIME AND IN EVERY PLACE

Believers embrace #MissionofJoy

Social media users responded enthusiastically to the #MissionofJoy campaign, on the same day as the U.S. Supreme Court’s ruling on same-sex unions. Author Sherry Weddell said the most important aspect of the campaign—and for Christians in general—is to remember hope. “God is still here. We are not helpless,” Weddell said. The #MissionofJoy campaign is a… Read more »