New windows reflecting ‘heavenly Denver’ to be blessed

Julie Filby

Sixteen new stained glass windows being installed at Our Lady of Loreto Church in Foxfield will be blessed at 11 a.m. Mass March 9.

“They’re stunning,” pastor Msgr. Edward Buelt said of the pieces of contemporary theological art.

The new windows, designed by Littleton born and reared artist Scott Parsons and fabricated at the Derix Glass Studios in Taunnesstein, Germany, were designed to complement the natural elements of stone and wood in the 2003 Romanesque style church.

They depict a variety of theological imagery including: five circular dome windows portraying the heavenly Jerusalem as revealed in the Book of Revelation, namely the Lamb of God seated on his throne and the tree of life; one circular window that represents the marriage of the Lamb of God to “the heavenly Denver”; and 10 rectangular windows that illustrate the nine ranks of angels and St. Michael the Archangel.

Derix is installing the windows along with a local team. The installation is expected to be completed later this week. All are invited to the church at 18000 E. Arapahoe Road for the blessing. For more information, visit www.OurLadyofLoreto.org or call 303-766-3800.

Look for more in-depth coverage of the new stained glass windows in next week’s Denver Catholic Register.

COMING UP: Colorado Catholic bishops remember Columbine on 20th anniversary

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Colorado’s bishops have issued a joint statement recognizing the 20th anniversary of the April 20, 1999 shooting at Columbine High School that claimed the lives of 12 students and one teacher. The full statement can be read below.

This week we remember the horrific tragedy that occurred at Columbine High School 20 years ago. In life there are days that will never be forgotten; seared in our minds and
on our hearts forever – for many of us in Colorado that day was April 20, 1999.

As we mark this solemn anniversary with prayer, remembrance and service let us not forget that there is still much work to be done. Violence in our homes, schools and cities is destroying the lives, dignity and hope of our brothers and sisters every day. Together, as people of good
will, we must confront this culture of violence with love, working to rebuild and support family life. We must commit ourselves to working together to encourage a culture of life and peace.

Nothing we do or say will bring back the lives and innocence that were lost 20 years ago. Let us take this moment to remember the gift of the lives of those we lost, and let us, as men and women of faith, take back our communities from the fear and evil that come from violence like we witnessed at Columbine. Our faith in Jesus Christ provides us with the hope and values that
can bring peace, respect and dignity to our homes, hearts and communities.

Our thoughts and prayers are with the Columbine community and all those affected by violence
in our communities.