Bishop Rodriguez to celebrate annual young adult Mass Oct. 20

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Denver Catholic Young Adults, in conjunction with Hispanic Youth Ministry of Denver, extends an invitation to all young adults in the area to celebrate a night of prayer and fellowship with Bishop Jorge Rodriguez on Oct. 20.

The celebration will begin at 5:30 p.m. with Adoration of the Blessed Sacrament and confessions, followed by a bilingual mass that will begin at 6:30 p.m. To conclude with the celebration, attendees can enjoy a gathering with food and dancing where they will have the opportunity to socialize with other young people.

The Mass will be held at the Cathedral Basilica of the Immaculate Conception in downtown Denver and aims to unite all young adults in the diocese and help establish relationships with others regardless of language or culture.

The Denver Catholic Young Adult Network (DCYA) is a platform of events and ministries that strives to bring young adults to an encounter with Jesus, his church, and the authentic Christian community. They seek to educate young adults in their late teens, 20s and 30s, married or single, to discern God’s plan for them in their lives and help them accept their mission.

The Hispanic Youth Ministry Network in Denver works together with youth (preteens, teenagers and young adults), parishes and leaders who are motivated and involved in promoting and spreading a personal relationship with Christ in search of true conversion. The ministry addresses the needs of youth through retreats, meetings, training, leadership development, and more. They also focus on the Christian life of the preteen by forming and following up to his/her adult life.

Both ministries are pleased to invite you to participate in this eucharistic celebration and witness the love of God. Young adults that wish to attend this free event do not have to belong to any ministry.

Young Adult Mass
Sunday, Oct. 20
5:30 p.m. adoration
6:30 p.m. Mass
Cathedral Basilica of the Immaculate Conception
1530 Logan St., Denver

COMING UP: Late-term abortion ban reaches signature goal

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Late-term abortion ban reaches signature goal

Volunteers gathered nearly 50,000 signatures for Initiative 120 within two-week cure period

Aaron Lambert

In a final push, supporters of the initiative seeking to prohibit abortions after 22 weeks in the state of Colorado have gathered enough signatures to qualify for the November ballot.

During a two-week cure period granted after falling short of required signatures to get Initiative 120 on the ballot, over 400 volunteers worked diligently and collected over 48,000 signatures by May 28, nearly three times the amount sought during the cure period. The Due Date Too Late campaign spearheaded the charge to gather signatures with support from Catholic Charities’ Respect Life Office and other pro-life communities across the state.

“I am overjoyed to hear that so many Coloradans have signed the petition to successfully place Initiative 120 on the November ballot,” said Archbishop Samuel J. Aquila, who expressed his support for the initiative early on. “Protecting children in the womb is an essential part of building a society that treats all life, no matter its age or ability, as sacred. God has given each person a dignity that comes from being made in his image and likeness, and the degree to which our laws reflect that will be the degree to which we experience true freedom and happiness.”

Initiative 120 would prohibit abortion in Colorado after 22 weeks, with an exception for the life of the mother. According to a recent Gallup poll, 74% of Americans believe that there should be limitations on late term abortion. Due Date Too Late submitted the bulk of the needed petition signatures in March but fell short 10,000 signatures after review by the Secretary of State. The cure period began on May 15, with Due Date Too Late needing to collect those 10,000 additional verified signatures of registered Colorado voters during the 15-day cure period to meet the 124,632 threshold and qualify for the November ballot.

“We are thrilled to take this next step towards protecting lives in Colorado by exceeding our goal of signatures we are turning into the Secretary of State,” said Lauren Castillo, spokesperson for the Due Date Too Late campaign. “We are thankful to have this opportunity to work together with communities across the entire state of Colorado. The hundreds of volunteers we have who are so passionate about ending late-term abortion are helping to make this a reality.”

Due Date Too Late will be turning in the notarized packets containing almost 50,000 signatures on May 29 at 2 p.m. to the office of the Secretary of State to assure that the ballot initiative will meet the statutory threshold.

The field collection effort by Due Date Too Late went forward amid a recent executive order by Gov. Jared Polis regarding how petition signatures may be collected. Under Gov. Polis’ order, he declared that ballot initiatives could gather signatures electronically in response to the coronavirus pandemic; however, Initiative 120 was the only ballot initiative that wasn’t allowed to collect signatures electronically because it was in a cure period.

Editor’s Note: An earlier version of this story stated over 30,000 signatures were being turned in, based on the information that was available at the time of publication. The actual number is closer to 50,000. The story has been updated to reflect this fact.