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: Catholic Baby University prepares parents for the real deal

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Heidi and Jim Knous had no idea that something like a Catholic childbirth education existed. But not long after finding out the great news that they were expecting their first child, Brady, they came across an article in the Denver Catholic introducing Catholic Baby University — a program designed to teach expecting parents the nuts and bolts of both childbirth and Catholicism.

“I think it’s special because it gives you an opportunity to step back from all the registries and baby shower… and to really take time to come together as a couple to think about this vocation, what parenthood is … and how you want that to look for your family,” Heidi said.

“I think there’s a lot of distractions when you’re about to have a child,” Jim added. “Everybody knows it’s going to be tough and you’re going through a lot. Everybody’s trying to tell you, ‘You should do this, you should do that.’ But Catholic Baby U really gives you a solid understanding of what having a child is going to be like and includes the values that we learned as a family in raising a baby in the Catholic faith.”

Jim and Heidi Knous and their son Brady, are parishioners at Our Lady of Lourdes Parish in Denver. (Photo provided)

 

The Catholic Baby University holistic program for parents — offered both as a weekend retreat or a six-class series — is the result of the partnership between Rose Medical Center and the Archdiocese of Denver and was inspired by the previously-founded Jewish Baby University.

The classes touch on topics dealing with childbirth instruction, postpartum experience, baby safety and the Catholic faith — and they are taught and facilitated by certified birth and safety instructors, mental health professionals, and members from the Office of Evangelization and Family Ministry of the Archdiocese of Denver.

“Statistically, people become more religiously involved when they have children, so we want to respond to people’s desires to reengage their faith with the coming of their child,” said Scott Elmer, Director of the Office of Evangelization and Family Life Ministries of the Archdiocese of Denver and also a facilitator of the program, in a previous interview. “We want to be there to welcome them, celebrate the new life, and give them the tools they need to incorporate God into their home life.”

For Jim and Heidi, who are parishioners at Our Lady of Lourdes Parish, the experience of having both the childbirth and Catholic aspects in this preparation did not disappoint, as they learned from each one.

“It was a great opportunity to come back and think about things from a basic level again and how to bring our child into the faith — things that you haven’t necessarily thought of or how you would teach a child something, [like praying],” Heidi said.

“Something we learned [that really made me reflect] was that the bond between me and Brady and between Heidi and Brady are very different. It happens at very different times,” Jim shared. “Right away when Heidi finds out she’s pregnant, then her bonding with Brady already starts all the way until Brady’s born. As a dad, it doesn’t start until he is born and I’m actually holding him.”

Heidi assured the concept of “gatekeeping” also helped them prepare for parenting better.

“[Gatekeeping] is when, as a mom, you get really wrapped up in, ‘Only I know how to change baby diapers, only I know how to feed the baby, only I know how to do this,’” Heidi explained. “And I am someone who I could’ve seen thinking that I could be the only person that knew how to take care of [my child]. But gaining that understanding helped us co-parent a lot easier from the very beginning because I was aware of it.”

“I would tell [expecting couples] that Catholic Baby University is a great place to start, to gain community, to meet other people that are in a similar place that you are in; having people in the same room who are just as excited, just as terrified who also want to learn,” Heidi concluded. “It’s just a really awesome opportunity to take advantage of.”