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: St. Scholastica parish in Erie has served community for well over 100 years

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For more than a century, St. Scholastica Catholic Church has served the faithful in the northern community of Erie, Colo. Over time there have been many changes to the structure of the parish, but it still stands on the same foundation that Benedictine pastor Father Cornelius Enders set in place in 1899.

Vibrant, spiritually alive, and welcoming is how St. Scholastica can be described. For years, the church formed part of a circuit assigned to one priest of different parishes and missions, but four years ago, Father Robert Wedow was assigned to St. Scholastica as its first full-time pastor in history.

Since day one, Father Wedow knew there was a lot of work to do for the growing community: “To do what Jesus told us. To go to the ends of earth and baptize all the nation,” said Father Wedow to the Denver Catholic about his mission.

In order to accomplish that mission, he and the pastoral council came up with a parish plan that consists of three goals for the church.

“One of the goals is what we call our spiritual needs, to understand and begin to use our resources to meet the spiritual needs of the people of Erie. The second one is the evangelization of ourselves and others. And the third one is the development of our parish so that we will put ourselves to be able to have a brand-new parish,” he said.

The altar at St. Scholastica was recently renovated and blessed by Archbishop Samuel J. Aquila. The Erie parish has served the community for over 120 years. (Photos by Brandon Young)

When he first became the pastor of St. Scholastica, Father Wedow noticed things in the church that required maintenance and renovations in order to keep serving the community in Erie. Among those renovations were the floors, the carpet and the altar of the church that was starting to break apart. On Oct. 13, after months of hard work and dedication, parishioners and friends attended a special ceremony in which Archbishop Samuel J. Aquila dedicated the new altar at St. Scholastica, one of the biggest renovations.

For a parish of approximately 200 families, St. Scholastica offers a wide range of ministries to meet the needs of the whole family. From youth groups, bible study and the Knights of Columbus, the community stays involved and keeps growing bigger and stronger.

To serve the community and continue evangelizing, the church holds a variety of fun events throughout the year where parishioners have the opportunity to help others while having a good time. Among these events is St. Scholastica’s Annual “Cookies and Caroling,” where the community gathers to make delicious cookies, then goes door to door and hands them out to the neighbors while caroling and wishing them a Merry Christmas.

“I personally think what’s unique about my parish is the powerful love of the volunteers and the way in which they show their love for God and for their neighbor,” Father Wedow said.

Although there is still much work to be done in the 120-year-old parish, Father Robert continues to work hard and does everything in his hands to meet the needs of his growing community.

“It’s a great privilege for me to be able to serve the people of Erie and to be a part of this growing community. May the joy of seeing the face of God overwhelm us all, as we celebrate the true gift of Christmas at Christmas night mass,” concluded Father Wedow.