Loveland parish capital campaign will accommodate growing community

Moira Cullings

During Dick and Sue Reznik’s time in the military, they found themselves moving frequently and simply passing through Catholic parishes as a result.

It wasn’t until they retired and moved to Loveland six years ago that the couple discovered a sense of home at St. John the Evangelist Catholic Church.

“We found that in so many ways, St. John really demonstrated the love of Christ and really brought to life the love in the city of Loveland,” said Dick.

“We were blown away that as new retirees, we had an opportunity to really become involved in church life much more so than we were able to do while we were in the military.

“We really found in St. John’s a place to establish our faith roots,” he said.

St. John the Evangelist has been a welcoming community for countless parishioners since it was established in the early 1900s.

Consequently, the current church building, which was constructed in 1969, has undergone the wear and tear that comes with the busy life of a parish.

That’s where the “Blessed Past, Faithful Future” capital campaign comes in.

“This is the next step to be faithful to the gift of faith and the community that we’ve received here in Loveland and will hopefully set us up for the next 50 years,” said pastor Father Steve Adams.

Co-chairmen of the capital campaign are the Rezniks, along with Becky and Lou Gerken, who have belonged to the parish for 40 years.

“We believe this campaign is critical for our parish to flourish and transform the lives of future generations here in Loveland,” said Becky.

“Our hope is to welcome new families and individuals, as well as long-time parishioners, to practice and share their faith more fully,” she said.

St. John the Evangelist plans to build a more accessible fellowship hall, parish office building, rectory and youth room, as well as enlarge its nursery. It will also remodel its meeting rooms and renovate the interior of the church.

The interior renovations are particularly essential for this project, as the parish seeks to “bring it up to the standards of the 21st century,” said Dick, particularly with modern audio-visual equipment.

The co-chairs hope the upgrades will enhance parishioners’ faith experience.

“We want the inside of our sanctuary to reflect the beauty of the liturgy and enable a deep relationship with Christ and the sacraments,” said Lou.

This capital campaign is essential for St. John the Evangelist, particularly because it’s the only Catholic parish in Loveland, where the population is somewhere between 75-80,000.

Because of this, “tradition is really important,” said Father Adams. “This is the only place for Catholic sacraments. It’s the only place for Catholic Eucharist.”

One key aspect of the renovation project is creating a “one-stop location for all of our parish family to access those resources under the church umbrella,” said Dick.

This will make it easier for parishioners to access all the parish has to offer.

“Any big function that the church doesn’t really have a place for typically can go to the Knights Hall, which is a very old structure across the street,” said Sue. “It’s hard in the snow for the elderly to get across the street for any kind of function.”

The new fellowship hall will be attached to the church so parishioners don’t have to walk outside to get there.

“This will allow us to do a whole lot more outreach and evangelization,” said Father Adams, “which is exactly where the Church needs to be right now.”

For the Rezniks, getting involved in some of the ministries the parish has to offer, and particularly this capital campaign, has been a blessing.

“It’s been a really unique opportunity to meet more people that we haven’t met and get involved with something that’s so important for our church,” said Sue.

The Gerkens, whose three daughters grew up at St. John Catholic School and whose six grandchildren currently attend it, are also grateful to be a part of this undertaking.

“We are excited about the current capital campaign and are thankful to those who, years ago, had a vision to pass their faith on to future generations here at St. John’s,” said Lou.

“It is time for us to carry that vision forward.”

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To donate to St. John’s “Blessed Past, Faithful Future” campaign, visit saintjohns.us/campaign.

COMING UP: Late St. Joseph deacon ‘reached out into the peripheries’ during ministry

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Deacon Maclovio (Max) Sanchez, 87, passed away peacefully in Olathe, Kansas on April 30. Deacon Sanchez was assigned to St. Joseph’s Parish in Denver throughout his diaconal ministry.

Maclovio Sanchez was born on May 21, 1931 in San Luis, Colorado, to Estevan and Emily Sanchez. He was baptized at Most Precious Blood Parish in San Luis, Colorado, on June 2, 1931 and grew up in Walsenberg, Colorado.  He graduated from St. Mary’s High School in Wasenberg.

On April 24, 1954, he married Mary Frances Marquez at Holy Rosary Parish in Denver.  Over the 65 years of their marriage, the couple was blessed with three children: Martin, Debra and Joshua. They also had numerous grandchildren and great grandchildren.

In Denver, Max worked for Midwest Liquor Company, delivering products to the area stores. But his love was directed towards the poor communities in the metro area.  Max was vice chairman of the Coalition for the Westside Betterment and President of the St. Vincent de Paul Society Food Bank. He and his wife were also very involved in the parish at St. Joseph’s.

On March 22, 1975, Maclovio was ordained a deacon at the Cathedral Basilica of the Immaculate Conception by Archbishop James Casey. This was only the second class of men ordained in the archdiocese at the time. He was immediately assigned to St. Joseph’s Parish where he also conducted numerous Spanish Missions and served at the Westside Action Center. Retiring from ministry in 1993, he continued to serve at St. Joseph’s Parish as long as his health would allow.

“Deacon Max reached out into the peripheries and brought the lost back into the Church,” said Deacon Joseph Donohoe, Director of Deacon Personnel. “We have been blessed to have such a dedicated Cleric and Servant of the Church in Denver.”