From language contests to sports, these students are winners

2014 CJCL convention

Linguistic prowess 
Latin language students at Holy Family High School in Broomfield participated in the annual Junior Classical League convention in Estes Park. Students earned ribbons for academic and creative competitions. Latin language students also joined Spanish and French language students for the World Language Day at the University of Northern Colorado in Greeley. Tenth-grader Kylie Prymak, pictured above, and 12th-grader Palmer Fallet, were among students who competed in academic tests, arts and crafts, native speaking, wardrobe and other categories.

Annie Nguyen - President's Volunteer Service Award 2014

President’s award
Holy Family High School senior Annie Nguyen received the President’s Volunteer Service Award for her for exemplary volunteerism. Nguyen has helped Holy Trinity Parish’s religious education program in Westminster and answered phones at the Good Samaritan Medical Center in Lafayette. She said it is “better to get out in the community than to stay at home, and it is a nice way to get to know people.”

Saraiah Morton
Try prayer—it works

Seventh-grader Saraiah Morton (top, far right) of St. Louis School in Englewood won second place in a national contest called “Try Prayer! It Works!” Sponsored by Family Rosary, a ministry that encourages family prayer, the competition asks students across the nation to express their faith through art, poetry and prose.

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The junior varsity girls’ basketball team from St. Louis School in Louisville finished first in the JV Division 4 class of the Catholic Schools Athletic League last season. The team of fourth- and fifth-graders won all regular season games followed up with an undefeated playoff and championship tournament. Members of the undefeated Lady Crusaders are pictured here: (front row from left) Addy Dalton, Kelly Bondurant and Bitsy Hayes; (back row from left) Kaitlyn Owens, Abby Coufal, Jaelen Giron and Marissa Frotten.

STMAcademicDecathlon2Academic decathletes shine in Cali
The Catholic Schools Academic Junior High Decathlon team from St. Thomas More School in Centennial, who finished first in the archdiocesan competition March 1 at St. Mary School in Littleton, competed at the California state competition April 5 in San Bernardino, Calif. Representing the only archdiocese outside of California, the seventh- and eighth-graders competed against nine other schools in a Logic Quiz, individual quizzes and the Super Quiz. The team is pictured here: (front row) Will Dennen, Justin McMichen, Gabrielle East, Makena Baldwin (Super Quiz captain), Lauren Olczak and Megan Rider; (back row) Sean Zoellner, Henry Holt, Gigi Pacheco, Rachel Searle, Theresa Nelson (Logic Quiz captain) and Mary Oancia. Nelson placed second in the fine arts category, Dennen placed third in literature, and overall the team placed sixth. Coaches included Cathy Dennen, Caroline McMichen, Robbin Yeager; and school sponsors are Barbara Markulik and Barbara Bafundo.

COMING UP: Colorado bishops issue letter on the Hyde Amendment and other pro-life Congressional policies

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We, the Catholic bishops of Colorado, urge Congressional Representatives to support the Hyde Amendment and the Walden Amendment. We also ask the Faithful to sign The United States Conference of Catholic Bishops (USCCB) petition to lawmakers encouraging them to preserve the Hyde Amendment, which can be accessed at:, and to contact their Congressmen and women to support the Hyde and Walden amendments.

The House Appropriations Labor and Health and Human Services subcommittee recently passed a spending bill that strips protections for pre-born children, healthcare providers,and American taxpayers by excluding pro-life provisions, including the Hyde and Weldon amendments.

The Hyde Amendment, which prohibits taxpayer dollars from being used to fund abortion in most cases, except for rape and incest, has received bipartisan support since its inception in 1976 – including by pro-abortion administrations. Hyde is critical in saving lives. The Charlotte Lozier Institute estimates that approximately 60,000 pre-born babies are saved every year because of the Hyde Amendment.[1] This is the first time in 40 years that the Hyde Amendment was not included in the annual appropriations bill[2] and failure to include pro-life amendments will only further increase divisions in our country.

The Weldon Amendment prevents any federal programs, agencies, and state and local governments from discriminating against health care practitioners and institutions that do not provide abortion services. It ensures that pro-life individuals and organizations can enter the health care profession without fearing that the government will force them to perform a procedure that violates their well-founded convictions. It has also received bipartisan support and was added to the appropriations bill every year since it was first enacted in 2005. [3]

Congress’ recent actions endanger the lives of pre-born children and infringe on the rights of millions of Americans who do not wish to participate in the moral evil of abortion. A recent Knights of Columbus/Marist poll found that 58 percent of Americans oppose taxpayer funding of abortions[4] and a 2019 Gallup poll shows that 60 percent of Americans think abortion should either be illegal or only legal in a few circumstances.[5]

The government should neither use taxpayer funds for the killing of pre-born children nor compel medical practitioners and institutions to violate their well-founded convictions. Congress must uphold these long-standing, common-sense bipartisan policies that promote a culture of life in our nation.

Human reason and science affirm that human life begins at conception. The Church objects to abortion on the moral principle that each and every human life has inherent dignity, and thus must be treated with respect due to every human person. There has never been and never will be a legitimate need to abort a baby in the womb.

It is critical that Congress continue its long-history of supporting policies such as the Hyde and Walden amendments, and that all Colorado Catholics and people of good will make their voice heard in supporting these life-affirming policies.

Sign the petition to Congress here:

Contact your Congressional Representatives here:

Sincerely yours in Christ,

Most Reverend Samuel J. Aquila
Archbishop of Denver

Most Reverend Stephen J. Berg
Bishop of Pueblo

Most Reverend James R. Golka
Bishop of Colorado Springs

Most Reverend Jorge Rodriguez
Auxiliary Bishop of Denver