Colorado’s generosity breaks record

Julie Filby
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Some 88,000 Coloradans came together to raise more than $20 million for 1,442 nonprofits during Colorado Gives Day, a 24-hour online fundraiser, held Dec. 10 on the website

This year’s $20 million display of generosity exceeded last year’s donations of $15.4 million during the 24-hour window. Of that total, more than $144,000 was donated to Catholic Charities of the Archdiocese of Denver.

“We’re overwhelmed with gratitude for the response,” said Lori Kennedy, vice president of development for Catholic Charities. “Colorado Gives Day is a perfect opportunity for Catholic Charities to connect people with a ‘need to give’ with those with a ‘need to receive.’

“God is good!”

The amount donated to Catholic Charities—which helps fund their 30-plus ministries throughout northern Colorado—has continued to grow each year the agency has participated in Colorado Gives Day: last year’s total was $104,000; in 2011 $50,000; and in 2010, their first year to participate, $20,000 was raised.

Launched by Community First Foundation in 2007, Colorado Gives Day has raised more than $73 million for area charities in the last six years. This year’s campaign included several Catholic nonprofit organizations, as it does each year, such as Dominican Sisters Home Health Agency, Seeds of Hope, Mount St. Vincent Home, St. Vincent de Paul Society and Catholic high schools.

COMING UP: Relics of St. Anthony of Padua to visit Denver Oct. 14-23

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For the first time, relics of St. Anthony of Padua, beloved as the “finder of lost things,” will travel from Italy to the Archdiocese of Denver for veneration at seven parishes, including the Cathedral Basilica.

The Messenger of Hope tour, set Oct. 14-23, includes two first class relics of the Franciscan friar who died in 1231 and was canonized just 11 months later by Pope Gregory IX, faster than any other saint. Franciscan Father Mario Conte, executive editor of Messenger of St. Anthony magazine, will accompany the relics.

“St. Anthony’s reputation as a finder of lost things dates to an incident in the saint’s life,” he explained. “A novice who had grown tired of religious life decided to leave the Franciscan community, but before leaving he took St. Anthony’s psalter.… Anthony prayed that the psalter would be found and returned to him.

“Anthony’s prayers were answered,” he continued. “The novice returned the psalter— and returned to the order.”

The Franciscans urge the faithful to ask for the saint’s intercession for more than the loss of material things, but also for those who have lost peace of mind or a sense of direction, and for a just society where no one is forgotten or lost.

Prayer petitions will be accepted by Father Conte, who will take them to St. Anthony’s Basilica in Padua, where the relics are housed, and place them at the saint’s tomb.

Box: St. Anthony Relics

The relics will be on display at the following churches; call for veneration and Mass times:

Oct. 14 – St. Rafka Maronite Church, Lakewood, 720-833-0354

Oct. 15 – St. Anthony of Padua, Denver, 303-935-2431

Oct. 16 – St. Michael the Archangel, Aurora, 303-690-6797

Oct. 17 – St. James, Denver, 303-322-7449

Oct. 18 – All Souls, Denver, 303-789-0007

Oct. 19-20 – St. Elizabeth of Hungary, 303-534-4014

Oct. 21-23 – Cathedral Basilica of the Immaculate Conception, Denver, 303-831-7010