St. Peter, Gunnison holds first international fiesta

Gunnison bishopFather Andres Ayala-Santiago, pastor of St. Peter’s Catholic Church, and the parishioners are so very grateful to the people of Gunnison, Crested Butte, and Lake City as well as to the many visitors for the wonderful support in making the first International Fiesta Fundraiser a great success. Approximately 200 people attended the beautiful outdoor bilingual Mass in Bill’s Park.  The international foods and music were enjoyed by many.

Bishop Stephen Berg was the main celebrant of the Holy Mass honoring St. Peter, the patron saint of the church, and Father Andres concelebrated the Mass with him. Deacon Lloyd Hawes, eight altar servers and the Knights of Columbus assisted.

The 14 tables of international food included specialty foods and desserts from various countries. They food was  Polish, Slovenian, Colombian, Italian, Mexican, El Salvadoran and American.  The children enjoyed playing games which included a piñata and playing “catch” with Father Andres using water-filled balloons.


Cathedral of the Sacred Heart exceeds DMF goal for five consecutive years

DMF Fathers DayFor the fifth year in a row, the Cathedral of the Sacred Heart in Pueblo met and exceeded its DMF Goal. Working hard to come up with new ideas to get parishioners enthused about the campaign, the Cathedral DMF Committee introduced three programs to keep interest alive each year.

The main program to raise funds for the DMF Campaign is our “heart tree.”  Every person who makes a pledge to the DMF has his/her name put on a red heart, which is placed on the heart tree.  It is an exciting witness as parishioners watch the bare tree branches fill up with hearts each week during the DMF campaign.  People look forward to seeing their names added to the tree and this acts as an incentive to make a pledge.

The second program is conducted during the month of May and features a “Mother’s Day garden.”   Parishioners are asked to purchase a flower to honor their mothers.  These flowers are placed in the garden and displayed during the entire month of May.


Newman Baccalaureate Mass inspires ASU students to serve

ASUCatholic graduates from Adams State University were honored and blessed at a baccalaureate Mass held on May 8, Mother’s Day, at Sacred Heart Parish in Alamosa one week before Commencement.  All liturgical ministries, including music ministry, were performed by ASU students.   Fr. Michael Chrisman inspired the graduates with a call to be Christ-like in serving others.

Nursing major Katherine Wartman recalls having a feeling of “immense gratitude” during the Mass.   A young wife and mother of three, Wartman added, “Our faith helps us to see that our accomplishments come from Christ, and our knowledge and skills are to give to others.” 

Another graduate, Beth Streeter said, "It was comforting to graduates being reassured that God is always present in our lives, even in the unsure transitional period every student faces after graduating.  She continued, "Father Michael knows how to relate passages to struggles we go through today and is always encouraging."



Three attend Jubilee for Deacons at Vatican

deaconsBy Deacon Jerry LeBlanc

From May 27 to May 29 Deacons Vince Rogalski, Price Hatcher and Jerry LeBlanc and their wives attended the Jubilee for Deacons in Rome.  The Holy Father invited a variety of different groups to Rome during this Year of Mercy.

During their time in Rome, the deacons attended two catechetical talks.  The first talk was titled The Deacon:  Image of Mercy for the Promotion of the New Evangelization at the Basilica of Santa Maria Sopra Minerva.  The following day the talk was The Deacon:  Called to be a Dispenser of Charity in the Christian Community.  Approximately 2,000 deacons from around the world participated in this event.   Prior to traveling to Rome they visited the Cathedral in Orvieto, the Basilica of St. Francis and the Basilica of St. Clare in Assisi.