Proceeds from Jan. 7 Mexican rodeo to benefit Denver Catholic en Espanol

Denver Catholic Staff

The National Western Stock Show of Jan. 7 will be dedicated to Catholic families and will serve as a fundraiser for the Archdiocese of Denver.

Those who attend will enjoy a night of Mexican Rodeo Extravaganza, with cowboys, mariachis, folkloric dances, horses, and much more. As in previous years, the night will feature the show of “charro” (cowboy) horsemanship by Gerardo “Jerry” Diaz, “el charro de corazón.”

Diaz belongs to the fourth generation of “charros,” continuing the family tradition began by his great grandfather 150 years ago.  He is best known for his experience and skill in horseback riding, and for his dedication to the “charro” tradition as member of the National Western Stock Show.

The National Western Stock Show, established in 1906, is a 16-day event during the month of January. It’s among the most popular professional rodeo shows in the world and one of the biggest in the country. The event is considered the greatest commercial fair in Colorado, drawing more than 650,000 visitors every year.

The cost per ticket is $19, of which $3 will be donated to the Archdiocese of Denver. Each ticket includes grounds admission for the whole day. To buy tickets, visit www.tinyurl.com/NWPROMO and use the promo code [Catholic].

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.