Plans are underway to commemorate the Diocese of Pueblo’s 75th anniversary in 2017. As we prepare for the new year, continue to watch parish bulletins for more information and stay tuned for the February 2017 issue of Today’s Catholic for additional coverage on the history of the diocese and ways to become involved in this anniversary celebration.
By Bishop Stephen J. Berg
Dear Brothers and Sisters in Christ,
Greetings in our Lord! The blessings of Advent are upon us: Prepare the way of the Lord! Part of my preparation this season involves a recent birth in my family. We received news of a new baby girl born the day after Thanksgiving. Zèlie (the name of St. Therese’s mother) arrived as my mother’s 49th grand or great grandchild. I was especially touched to hear of the transparent, wonder-filled reaction from the new father, my nephew, who said “Grandma, she is perfect! She has ten fingers and ten toes! Her eyes are so open! Our lives are going to change!” As prepared as he thought he was for this birth, something amazing happened to him. A child truly does change one’s life.
By Peggy Haslar
Sacred spaces silently witness to Christ, lifting our hearts to heaven. Their stories make visiting any church a more prayerful experience. Among the treasures at St. Joseph in Monte Vista are its stained glass windows, created by San Luis Valley artist Kay Malouff.
By Bishop Stephen J. Berg
I want to thank all of you who worked so hard to fight Proposition 106 (Physician Assisted Suicide) on November’s ballot. We were disheartened as the proposition passed by a wide margin in spite of our efforts. The indication of the voters’ decision to pass this initiative seems to be that this “right to die” is acceptable as a personal choice which must now include a right to assistance in suicide under certain circumstances.
Reverend John Michael O’Flynn passed away peacefully in his sleep on October 11, 2016 in his homeland of Ireland. His funeral was celebrated in his home town of Silvermines, Co Tipperary, Ireland on October 13, 2016. Deacon Steven Lumbert represented Bishop Stephen J. Berg at the funeral in Ireland. A memorial service for Fr. O’Flynn was also held on November 3, 2016 at the Cathedral of the Sacred Heart in Pueblo.
By Father Matthew Wertin
The infamous Titanic had only 20 life boats, capable of safely carrying just over 1,000 passengers, despite the fact that the fateful voyage included in excess of 2,200 people aboard. When the ship started to sink, some brave men made attempts to help women and children first, but for the most part everyone was trying to save themselves. Many of the lifeboats ended up only half-way filled, as they quickly rowed away out of reach from the other survivors in the water, mainly due to a fear of being swamped by drowning victims. In fact, only two lifeboats made any effort to return to the wreck and retrieve others, some at the cost of their own lives.
By Steven Chargin, Executive Director
The faithful throughout the diocese will soon receive the Catholic Foundation’s annual appeal letter. This year’s letter highlights the 46 parishes, organizations and Catholic schools that recently received grants from the Catholic Foundation, so please be sure to look through the letter and see how we have touched the faith lives of so many. Perhaps your parish or another nearby organization was blessed to receive a grant. We simply ask, “Will you help us?”
By Ginny Revel
Joy and excitement were palpable at the dedication of the new Sacred Heart Church in Fruita, on the sunlit afternoon of September 17. There was also a strong sense of community and homecoming, evident in the comments of the parishioners as they described their emotions about this event.
LifeGuard of Durango sponsored its fifth annual Southwest Catholic Youth Conference in Farmington , N.M. on October 1. Each year, the event brings together youth from the four corners area for a day of prayer, speakers and fellowship. One group in attendance from the Diocese of Pueblo was from Sacred Heart Parish in Durango. Their group consisted of 18 students, four chaperones/drivers and two religious brothers. They are pictured here with Bishop Stephen Berg, one of the speakers at the event.
Rev. Matthew Wertin, Director of Vocations
December has arrived, but the first semester for William Ospino and Gino DeVore, the seminarians for the Diocese of Pueblo, is coming to a close. As we thank God for the formation that they have already received, we also ask God and find ways ourselves to support these and future seminarians. Supporting a seminarian can often be a perplexing task for some. In hopes to assist more of us to take part in this work, I offer the following tips on supporting seminarians.
By Deacon Dan Leetch
On Thursday October 27 Bishop Stephen Berg celebrated the first “Blue Mass” in over 10 years at the Cathedral of the Sacred Heart in Pueblo. This Mass, named because of the predominant color of police, fire, sheriff and department of corrections uniforms, is celebrated for the protection of these brave men and women who daily risk their lives for the safety and security of all.
The Diocese of Pueblo will be accepting applications for admission to formation for the permanent diaconate beginning in January 2017. A series of information sessions are scheduled to answer questions that you and your wife may have as you discern a vocation to the diaconate. An explanation of the process of formation, as well as the steps in the application process will be detailed at these sessions. The sessions are for you and your wife to get answers to any questions you have about the permanent diaconate. See the schedule below for a session in your area.
By Joyce Baca Anderson, Principal
The third through eighth grade students at St. John Neumann Catholic School in Pueblo decorated a three-foot Christmas tree for Bishop Berg. The students made ornaments which are all symbols of the Christian faith.
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By Rev. Matthew Wertin
In a recent transfer of precious historical objects, from a bank safe-deposit box to a safe in our own archives at the Catholic Pastoral Center, inventory was taken and it was discovered that we possess two very rare, first-class relics of St. Blaise and St. Lucy.
Monsignor Marvin Kapushion was honored for his many years of his stewardship to the St. Aloysius Parish in Rye. For over 10 years, Monsignor asked to have the ambo look more consistent with the base of the altar. His vision finally came to fruition on October 16 at the 8 a.m. Mass when the new ambo was presented to Msgr. Kapushion.
By Dcn. Stephen Escalera
The 2016 Pueblo Deanery Catechetical Enrichment Day took place November 19 at Holy Family parish in Pueblo. The topic for this free diocesan-sponsored event was Pope Francis’ Apostolic Exhortation “Amoris Laetitia” or “The Joy of Love.”
Three members of the Pueblo Serra Club received state awards at the Denver District 6 Serra Convention on October 15 at the Shrine of St. Anne in Arvada. There are nine Serra clubs in Colorado.
Sister Betty Werner, O.P., longtime diocesan educator at the Catholic Pastoral Center plans to retire after 15 years of service in the Diocese of Pueblo. Sister Betty has been with the diocese 15 years, serving in several roles within lay ministry and education. The last five she served as the director of online education with the University of Dayton programming.