Fr. Gaitley urges crowd to keep trying and trusting

By Katie Chrisman

Fr. Michael Gaitley, MIC, a nationally-known speaker and author, was in the diocese November 3 to 6 to give a talk based on his book, 33 Days to Merciful Love. He gave talks at four locations in the diocese - Pueblo, Alamosa, Durango and Grand Junction. This event was a part of the diocese’s ongoing celebration of its 75th Anniversary.

He used stories and humor to speak about the life of St. Therese of Lisieux, one of the patronesses of the Diocese of Pueblo, and how her “little way” is an encouragement for all on the faith journey now in this “time of mercy.” He emphasized trust and continually trying to become a saint, adding stories about St. Therese’s own brokenness. “Therese teaches us not to be discouraged,” he said.

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Bishop shares Christmas message

By Bishop Stephen J. Berg

I send you heartfelt greetings in this joyful preparation of Advent, looking toward the coming, new season of Christmas. The celebrations of our 75th Anniversary are drawing to a close. The prayerful reflection and activity of the past year have been felt in every deanery of the diocese. We have chosen this year to remember who we are as intentional disciples of Jesus. We have entered a new vision of Hispanic leadership through Encuentro V.

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Putting faith into action through Christian Service Ministry

By Ginny Revel

As staff liaison to Grand Junction’s Immaculate Heart of Mary’s Christian Service ministry, pastoral assistant Bev Goodrich has been intimately involved with this ministry’s programs for many years. She and the other members of this service and social justice committee have fond recollections of all they’ve accomplished in improving the situations of the Grand Valley’s neediest.

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Anniversary Timeline

February 26: opening vespers held at the Cathedral.

April 23 - May 6: Treasures of the Church Relics Tour featuring Fr. Carlos Martins of the Companions of the Cross, held in five locations.

May 7: Diocesan relics of Sts. Blaise and Lucy unveiled at the Cathedral.

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OBITUARY: Rev. Raymond Grimes: 1922 - 2017

Reverend Raymond P. Grimes entered into rest on September 12, 2017, at the Bent County Nursing Care Center in the presence of his dear friends and parishioners. Father Grimes was preceded in death by his parents and some of his siblings. He is survived by his sister Margaret Kieffer and numerous nieces and nephews.

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Looking Forward: 2017 and Beyond

“I keep hearing about the Bishop’s new strategic plan. What’s going on, and how does it affect me, my family, pastor, and parish?”

Our Holy Father, Pope Francis, set the stage in 2013 when he said: “I dream of a ‘missionary option,’ that is, a missionary impulse capable of transforming everything, so that the Church’s customs, ways of doing things, times and schedules, language and structures can be suitably channeled for the evangelization of today’s world” (The Joy of the Gospel, no. 27).

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St. Therese school bids farewell to Monsignor Marvin Kapushion

By Nadine L. Montoya
Principal, St. Therese Catholic School

The students, faculty and parents said their heartfelt farewell to a person who dedicated nearly two decades of his life to St. Therese Catholic School in Pueblo.

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Thank you Diocese of Pueblo! 

We are 81% of the way to our goal for the year.  That number will reach 95%, if all those who have pledged fulfill their pledges.  As the year draws to a close, please prayerfully consider an additional gift to help support the critical ministries of our diocese.

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Msgr. King retires from chancery work; Msgr. Nunez appointed vicar general

Monsignor James E. King has announced his retirement from the positions of vicar general, chief financial officer and other positions related to the diocese. The official date of his retirement was November 1, 2017. Msgr. King will continue to serve as pastor of Our Lady of the Meadows and Holy Rosary in Pueblo. 

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Vocations Awareness Week brings lively participation

By Edie Knellinger
Vocations office

The week of November 5 to 11 marked the 41st observance of Vocations Awareness Week across the United States. In the Diocese of Pueblo, we are blessed with joyful, committed and involved clergy who inspire single men and women of Southern Colorado to consider the priesthood and religious life through their Godly example.

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Pagosa Mission celebrates 100 years

St. Francis of Assisi Mission in the Pagosa Springs area celebrated its 100th anniversary with a celebration on October 8. Bishop Stephen Berg traveled to the area to celebrate Mass for parishioners, along with a procession with their patron St. Francis, followed by a barbecue and potluck.

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Weekend retreat to be offered to college students

By Andrea Stanton

Mesa Catholic is working together with Alamosa, Durango, Gunnison and Pueblo to host “Rocky Mountain Awakening 4” retreat February 23 to 25, 2018 in Cedaredge. Awakening is a three day, uplifting, high-energy retreat specifically designed for and run by college students.

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Diocesan youth attend NCYC in Indianapolis

Pueblo representatives walk in Lucas Oil Stadium at the National Catholic Youth Conference. Seventy people from Pueblo and Lamar traveled to Indianapolis for NCYC from November 16-18. Photo by Natalie Hoefer/The Criterion.

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Catholic Foundation encourages year-end giving

By Diana Maal
Development Coordinator, Catholic Foundation

As we enter the middle of Advent and approach Christmas and make plans to celebrate with friends and family, we must not forget that this special season is also a time to give.

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