Make sure your kids aren’t caught bored this summer

Although our wonderful state continues to surprise us with snow days and low temperatures, summer fun is closer than you think and registration for summer activities has begun. It’s not too early to plan ahead.

Here are some options for summer activities happening around the archdiocese.

Steubenville of the Rockies

For the 23rd year in a row, high school students are invited to join a powerful weekend at the Steubenville of the Rockies Conference held at the Crowne Plaza DIA in Denver.

It’s a weekend full of inspiring speakers, Eucharistic adoration, energizing music, fun and fellowship with over 2,000 other Catholic teenagers from across the country. If you’re not in high school but still want to attend the Steubenville Conference, you can be part of the Mercy Squad for young adults ages 18-25.

Registration for the Steubenville of the Rockies Conference is now open. Secure your spot and learn more at

Highlight Catholic Sports Camps

Formerly known as Frassati Sports and Adventure Camp, Highlight Catholic Ministries has expanded their programs to include sports camps for both boys and girls.

Started in 2016 as a ministry of Our Lady of Lourdes Parish, Frassati Sports Camp is the boys’ division of Highlight that includes baseball, basketball, soccer and more. Badano Sports, named for Blessed Chiara “Luce” Badano, is the girls’ division of Highlight that was just launched in 2018.

All camps include prayer, drills, Catechesis, contests, games, Catholic mentoring, speakers, giveaways, and prizes.

For registration and details about the summer camps, visit

Annunciation Heights

If you’re looking for a place where you or your little ones can encounter God through the beauty of creation, Annunciation Heights is the way to go.

Annunciation Heights is a Catholic youth and family camp located in the heart of Colorado’s majestic Rocky Mountains. The Summer Camp programs include activities such as hiking, climbing and zip-lining, along with daily Mass, confession, formation and prayer.

This year, there will be six camps from June to July for campers in 4th to 12th grade, in addition to three family camps.

Registration for Annunciation Heights Summer Camp 2020 is now open, and space is limited. Register by visiting

Totus Tuus

Totus Tuus (Latin for Totally Yours) is a fun and energetic summer catechetical program for first graders through 12th graders across the country. The program consists of sending college students and seminarians from across the U.S. in teams of four to host events to help youths develop a relationship with Jesus Christ and learn a vibrant example of faith from young adults.

This year will mark 20 years that the Totus Tuus program has been in the Archdiocese of Denver. Parishes can apply for a Totus Tuus program to be held at their parish, and young adults can also apply to be instructors.

For more information about registration and participating parishes, visit

COMING UP: Q&A: USCCB clarifies intent behind bishops’ Eucharist document

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Last week, the U.S. bishop concluded their annual Spring meeting, during which much about the Church in the U.S was discussed. In particular, the bishops voted to draft a document on the meaning of Eucharistic life in the Church, which was approved by an overwhelming majority.

Since then, speculation about the nature of the document has run rampant, the chief of which is that it was drafted specifically to instigate a policy aimed directly at Catholic politicians and public figures whose outward political expressions and policy enactment do not align with Church teaching.

The USCCB has issued a brief Q&A clarifying the intent of the document, and they have emphasized that “the question of whether or not to deny any individual or groups Holy Communion was not on the ballot.”

“The Eucharist is the source and summit of Christian life,” the USCCB said. “The importance of nurturing an ever
deeper understanding of the beauty and mystery of the Eucharist in our lives is not a new topic for the bishops. The document being drafted is not meant to be disciplinary in nature, nor is it targeted at any one individual or class of persons. It will include a section on the Church’s teaching on the responsibility of every Catholic, including bishops, to live in accordance with the truth, goodness and beauty of the Eucharist we celebrate.”

Below are a few commonly asked questions about last week’s meeting and the document on the Eucharist.

Why are the bishops doing this now?

For some time now, a major concern of the bishops has been the declining belief and understanding of the Eucharist among the Catholic faithful. This was a deep enough concern that the theme of the bishops’ strategic plan for 2021-2024 is Created Anew by the Body and Blood of Christ: Source of Our Healing and Hope. This important document on the Eucharist will serve as a foundation for the multi-year Eucharistic Revival Project, a major national effort to reignite Eucharistic faith in our country. It was clear from the intensity and passion expressed in the individual interventions made by the bishops during last week’s meeting that each bishop deeply loves the Eucharist.

Did the bishops vote to ban politicians from receiving Holy Communion?

No, this was not up for vote or debate. The bishops made no decision about barring anyone from receiving Holy Communion. Each Catholic — regardless of whether they hold public office or not — is called to continual conversion, and the U.S. bishops have repeatedly emphasized the obligation of all Catholics to support human life and dignity and other fundamental principles of Catholic moral and social teaching.

Are the bishops going to issue a national policy on withholding Communion from politicians?

No. There will be no national policy on withholding Communion from politicians. The intent is to present a clear understanding of the Church’s teachings to bring heightened awareness among the faithful of how the Eucharist can transform our lives and bring us closer to our creator and the life he wants for us.

Did the Vatican tell the bishops not to move forward on drafting the document?

No. The Holy See did encourage the bishops to engage in dialogue and broad consultation. Last week’s meeting was the first part of that process. It is important to note that collaboration and consultation among the bishops will be key in the drafting of this document.

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