Where to celebrate the feast of Our Lady of Guadalupe this year

Denver Catholic Staff

Below is a list of parish events happening around the archdiocese to celebrate the feast of Our Lady of Guadalupe Dec. 12.

Parish-Shrine of Our Lady of Guadalupe: 1209 W 36th Ave, Denver, CO 80211.

5 a.m. Songs to Our Lady; Masses in Spanish: 6 a.m., 7 a.m., 8 a.m., 9 a.m., 10 a.m. (bilingual), 11 a.m., 12 p.m., 1 p.m., 2 p.m., 3 p.m., 4 p.m., 5 p.m., 6 p.m., 7 p.m., 8 p.m. A mariachi band will play at all Masses.

Annunciation: 3601 Humboldt St, Denver, CO 80205.

6 p.m. Mass in Spanish followed by a play of the Apparitions of Our Lady.

Holy Rosary: 4688 Pearl Street, Denver, CO 80216.

6 p.m. and 8 p.m. Masses sin Spanish.

St. Dominic: 3053 West 29th Avenue, Denver, CO 80211.

6 p.m. Procession with “matachines” dancers; 7 p.m. Mass in Spanish followed by play of the Apparitions and Songs to Our Lady; 8 p.m. Dinner with groups from Peru, Brazil and Bolivia, and Mexican folkloric dances.

Saint Joseph: 600 Galapago Street, Denver, CO 80204.

7:45 a.m. Mass in English; 6:30 p.m. Mass in Spanish

Our Lady of Peace: 1311 Third Street, Greeley, CO 80631.

4 a.m. Songs to Our Lady, native dances and food; 12 p.m. Mass in Spanish; 5 p.m. Procession to Island Grove Park; 6 Mass in Spanish at Island Grove Park presided by Bishop Jorge Rodriguez.

Our Lady Mother of the Church: 6690 East 72nd Ave, Commerce City, CO 80022.

5 a.m. Songs to our Lady with mariachi; 6 a.m. Mass in Spanish; 7 a.m. social gathering; 8 a.m. Mass in English; 7 p.m. Mass in Spanish; 8 p.m. social gathering.

Sacred Heart of Jesus: 1318 Mapleton Avenue, Boulder, CO 80304.

4:50 a.m. Songs to Our Lady followed by the Rosary; 7 a.m. Mass in Spanish; 8 a.m. Social gathering with tamales and hot chocolate at the Jubilee Hall; 8-10 a.m. Dance performances.

St. John the Evangelist: 1730 West 12th Street, Loveland, CO 80537.

5-7 a.m. Songs to Our Lady with mariachi followed by social gathering and hot beverages; 4 p.m. Rosary; 5-6 p.m. Dances to our Lady; 6:15 p.m. Mass in Spanish followed by social gathering.

St. Mary: 790 E 7th St, Rifle, CO 81650.

4 a.m. Songs to Our Lady with mariachi; 5 a.m. Mass in Spanish; 7:30 a.m. Mass in English; 6 p.m. Mass in Spanish.

St. Michael the Archangel: 19099 E Floyd Ave, Aurora, CO 80013.

4 a.m. Songs to Our Lady and Mass in Spanish with mariachi; 7 p.m. Mass in Spanish with mariachi and Coronation of Our Lady of Guadalupe.

St. Michael: 678 School Street, Craig, CO 81625.

4 p.m. “Matachines” dancers; 5:45 p.m. Rosary and flower offerings; 6:30 p.m. Mass in Spanish with mariachi followed by social gathering and dinner at parish hall (bring dessert).

St. Nicholas: 520 Marion Avenue, Platteville, CO 80651.

5:30 a.m. Songs to Our Lady beginning outside; 7 a.m. Last prayer of the novena; 6 p.m. Mass in Spanish followed by a social gathering and blessing of images.

St. Stephen Protomartyr: 1885 Blake Avenue, Glenwood Springs, CO 81601.

5 a.m. Mass in Spanish followed by Songs to Our Lady; 7:30 a.m. Mass in English; 2 p.m. play of the Apparitions of Our Lady of Guadalupe; 7 p.m. Mass in Spanish. “Matachines” dancers, food and talks will take place all day at the parish center.

St. Therese: 43 Kingston St, Aurora, CO, 80010.

5:30 p.m. Rosary; 6 p.m. Mass in Spanish followed by dinner and dance performances.

COMING UP: Why 42 had to be impeached twenty years ago

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Twenty years ago this month, I found myself seriously double-booked, so to speak.

The editing of the first volume of my John Paul II biography, Witness to Hope, was entering the ninth inning, and I was furiously engaged in exchanging edited and re-edited copy with my editors in New York. At the same time, the Clinton impeachment drama was cresting. And as I had long done speechwriting for Congressman Henry Hyde, chairman of the House Judiciary Committee, I spent week after week of split time, working on John Paul II from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., then switching to impeachment for a couple of hours before returning to Witness to Hope in the evening.

It was not the optimal way to work but it had to be done, even if it seemed likely that the president would be acquitted in a Senate trial. On December 19, 1998, the House of Representatives voted two articles of impeachment and senior House members, including Mr. Hyde, solemnly walked the two articles across the Capitol and presented them to the Senate’s leaders. On toward midnight, Henry Hyde called me and, referring to Senate Majority Leader Trent Lott, said, “We’re not going to make it. Trent won’t fight; I saw it in his eyes.” After a long moment I replied that, if we were going to lose, we had a duty to lay down a record with which history would have to reckon.

Which is what the great Henry Hyde did during the January 1999 Senate trial, where he bent every effort to prevent the proceedings from descending into farce.

For Hyde, the impeachment of President Bill Clinton was an unavoidable piece of nasty business. It was not a matter of partisan score-settling, nor was it a matter of punishing a president for gross behavior with an intern in the White House. It was a matter of defending the rule of law. As Henry put it to me when it seemed clear that the president had perjured himself and obstructed justice, “There are over a hundred people in federal prisons for these crimes. How can the chief law enforcement officer of the United States be guilty of them and stay in office?”

Impeachment is a political process and it was clear by mid-fall of 1998 that the politics were not breaking toward removing the president from office. They had been pointed that way over the summer, though. And as the pressures built, it seemed as if the Clinton presidency might end as Richard Nixon’s had: Party elders, in this case Democrats, would go to the White House, explain that it was over, and ask the president to resign for the sake of the country. Then around Labor Day that year, Maureen Dowd of the New York Times and other columnists began suggesting that, if Clinton were impeached and convicted, the sexual revolution would be over, the yahoos of reaction would have won, and we’d be back to something resembling Salem, Massachusetts, during the witchcraft insanity.

That was preposterous. It was also effective. And within days, at least in Washington, you could fill the templates shifting: This wasn’t about the rule of law, it was about sex and the yahoos couldn’t be allowed to win. (That Henry Hyde was the leader of the pro-life forces in Congress neatly fit this storyline, of course, abortion being a major plank in the platform of the sexual revolution.)

So once the game was redefined — Are you for or against the puritanical yahoos? — there was little chance to wrench the political process back to what it was really about: the rule of law. In his opening speech during the president’s trial, Henry Hyde tried valiantly to refocus the argument, insisting that high office did not absolve a man from obeying his constitutional oath to faithfully execute the laws of the United States and his oath swearing to tell the truth to a federal grand jury. To suggest that it did was to “break the covenant of trust” between president and people, dissolving “the mortar that binds the foundation stones of our freedom into a secure and solid edifice.”

It wasn’t a winning argument. But it was the right argument. And on this 20th anniversary, the nation should remember with gratitude those like Henry Hyde who, under fierce assault, stood for the rule of law.

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