Spring ushers in Italian, Willy Wonka-themed fundraisers

Catholic schools in the Denver Archdiocese will offer entertainment-filled nights this spring in benefit of their mission to provide a solid parochial education.  Below are some fundraisers local schools are hosting that provide scholarship assistance, assist with improvement projects and advance quality education.

Arrupe Jesuit High School
Support the education of economically disadvantaged students this year at Arrupe’s fundraiser called “A Noteworthy Magis Night” in Denver. On Feb. 22, the school will feature keynote speaker, Joe Theismann, former quarterback for the Washington Redskins. The evening will begin 5 p.m. with a cocktail hour and auction followed by dinner and a live auction in the Plaza Ballroom inside the Sheraton Downtown Denver Hotel, 1550 Court Place. Tickets are $200 per person. For more information, call 303-455-7449 or visit www.arrupejesuit.com.

Holy Family High School
Support this school’s excellence in education at its annual Tiger Gala called “Start Spreading the News” in Westminster. The gala begins 5 p.m. April 5 with cocktails and auctions at Westminster Westin Hotel, 10600 Westminster Blvd. Dinner follows at 7 p.m. Tickets are $100 per person. For more information, call 303-410-1411.

Nativity of Our Lord School
Join this school for a “Knight with Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory,” which includes auctions, dining, dancing and live music by The Hazel Miller Band Feb. 22. The night begins 5 p.m. at Sports Authority Field at Mile High, 1701 Bryant St. in Denver.  Purchase tickets at Nativity of Our Lord Parish, 900 W. Midway Blvd. in Broomfield or online at www.nool.us. Tickets are $95 per person or $950 for a table of 10 attendees. Call 303-641-3667 for details.

Our Lady of Lourdes School
Join this school for a casino night during its annual fundraiser March 1 themed “Denim and Diamonds.” The night begins with Mass at 4:30 p.m. in the church. Guests may then enjoy cocktails and a silent auction at 5:30 p.m. before dancing, dinner, live and silent auction and casino tables. Tickets are $55 per person. The event will be held in the school gymnasium at 2256 S. Logan St. in Denver. Reserve your tickets by calling 303-722-7525.

St. Catherine of Siena School
Buy your tickets now for this year’s Bella Notte (Italian for “beautiful night”) fundraiser March 1 benefiting St. Catherine of Siena School. A school alumnus will speak during the night’s soiree that includes dinner and live and silent auctions. It will be held at the PPA Event Center, 2105 Decatur St.  in Denver. Tickets are $65 per person or $120 per couple. Visit www.saintcatherine.us or call 303-455-9090 for tickets and information.

St. Pius X School
Get prepared to roll the dice at St. Pius X’s annual Winterfest called “Casino Night.” The night includes casino games, a cork pull, live auction and mystery balloons. This year the fundraiser is 6 p.m. Jan. 25 at the Summit Conference and Event Center, 411 Sable Blvd. in Aurora. Tickets are $40 per person. Purchase at www.tinyurl.com/StPiusWinterfest2014 or call 303-364-6515.

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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