2018 Lent Penance Services

Alamosa Deanery 

Thursday, March 22 at 6 p.m.
Our Lady of Guadalupe, Conejos

Thursday, March 15 at 6 p.m.
Sacred Heart Church, Alamosa  

Durango Deanery

Thursday, March 1 at 6:30 p.m.
Sacred Heart and St. Columba (held at St. Columba)
Will be part of the St. Columba retreat with Fr. Greg Ames.

Thursday, March 22 at 6 p.m.
John Paul II, Pagosa Springs

Grand Junction Deanery

Wednesday, February 21 at 6 p.m.          
Sacred Heart, Paonia

Tuesday, February 27 at 3 p.m.          
St. Philip Benizi, Cedaredge

Wednesday, February 28 at 6 p.m.          
St. Michael, Delta

Thursday, March 1 at 6 p.m.          
St. Mary, Montrose

Thursday, March 8 at 7 p.m.        
Our Lady of Fatima, Olathe

Wednesday, March 14 at 6 p.m.          
Queen of All Saints, Crested Butte

Thursday, March 15 at 6:30 p.m.        
St. Peter, Gunnison

Thursday, March 15 at 6:30 p.m.        
Sacred Heart, Fruita

Thursday, March 22 at 1 p.m.          
Holy Family Catholic School Lenten penance service

Thursday, March 22 at 6 p.m.        
Immaculate Heart of Mary, Grand Junction

Friday, March 23 at 6 p.m.          
St. Joseph, Grand Junction

La Junta Deanery

Wednesday, March 21, 6 p.m.
St. Peter, Rocky Ford 

Thursday, March 22, 6 p.m.
St. Francis de Sales/ Our Lady of Guadalupe, Lamar

Tuesday, March 27 at 6 p.m.
Our Lady of Guadalupe/St Patrick, La Junta

Holy Trinity, Trinidad – Additional private confessions scheduled. Call the parish office at 719-846-3369 for details.

Pueblo Deanery

Wednesday, February 21 at Noon
St Joseph, Pueblo

Wednesday, February 28 at 6:30 p.m.
St. Pius X , Pueblo

Thursday, March 1 at 6:30 p.m.
St. Paul the Apostle, Pueblo West

Wednesday, March 7 at 12:30 p.m.
Cathedral of the Sacred Heart, Pueblo

Wednesday, March 7 at 6:30 p.m.
Christ the King , Pueblo

Tuesday, March 13 at 6 p.m.
St. Leander, Pueblo

Wednesday, March 14 at 6 p.m.
St. Benedict, Florence

Thursday, March 15 at 5:30 p.m.
St. Mary, Walsenburg  

Thursday, March 15 at 6 p.m.
Shrine of St. Therese , Pueblo

Saturday, March 17 at 8:45 a.m.
St. Mary Help of Christians, Pueblo

Monday, March 19 at 6:30 p.m.
St. Francis Xavier, Pueblo

Sunday, March 25 at 5 p.m.
St. Michael, Canon City

Tuesday, March 27 at 7 p.m.
Our Lady of the Meadows, Pueblo

Wednesday, March 28 at 6 p.m.
St. Aloysius, Rye

33 Days to Merciful Love: Talks by Fr. Michael Gaitley, MIC

Who were Saint Blaise & Saint Lucy?

Saint Blaise
All ancient martyrologies, as well as the Greek synaxaria, agree that St. Blaise was born in Armenia and was made a bishop of the See of Sebaste.  Legend tells us that he was also a physician.  His episcopal dignity did not prevent him from withdrawing to a cave on Mount Argeus where not only men but animals sought healings.
During the persecution of Lucinius, he was discovered by hunters who were searching for wild beasts for the games in the arena.  Argicolaus, the governor, failed in several attempts to make him apostatize.  While in prison he cured a child who was in danger of death from choking on a fishbone.  This led to the practice of invoking St. Blaise for maladies of the throat.  The use of candles during the blessing of throats is commemorative of the wax tapers given him to dispel the gloom of his prison. 
The saint suffered various torments, including the tearing of his flesh with hooks, and iron combs such as were used in processing wool.  The saint was finally beheaded in the year 316.  In iconography the saint is depicted as a bishop holding a crozier.  He is sometimes seen holding lighted candles or the hooks or comb with which he was tormented.
                                                           (Joan Carroll Cruz, Relics ©1984 Our Sunday Visitor)
Saint Lucy 
According to the traditional story, Lucy was born to wealth in Syracuse, Sicily about the year 283.  She consecrated her virginity to God and meant to distribute her fortune to the poor, but was refused permission by her mother, Eutychia.  During a pilgrimage to Catania, to the shrine of St. Agatha, who had been executed 52 years before, the mother was miraculously cured of an ailment.  Lucy seized the opportunity to gain permission to distribute her wealth, but the amount of the inheritance is said to have stirred the greed of a youth to whom Lucy had been unwillingly betrothed.  He denounced her to the Governor of Sicily, who was active during the persecution of Diocletian.  She was first condemned to a house of immorality, but this could not be enforced since she stood immovable.  [...]  Finally she was beheaded at the age of 20 in the year 303. 
The saint is depicted in art with a palm and with two eyes on a dish.  The custom of invoking her for eye disorders derives from the legend that she plucked [out] her eyes when they were admired by a suitor smitten by her beauty.  Another legend has it that her eyes were extracted by a tyrant.
                                                                  (Joan Carroll Cruz, Relics ©1984 Our Sunday Visitor)


Holy Road Trip


HRT MapGet away and experience the holiness in our own backyard.  This overnight journey to the San Luis Valley will remind you of how beautiful and sacred Colorado is.  The first site is 216 miles (4 hours) from Grand Junction.  Head south on US Highway 50.  Take the scenic route through Lake City or continue to Gunnison.  Ol’Miner Steakhouse in Gunnison is a good lunch stop.   Take the Saguache cut off to La Granita Trading Post.  There are affordable places to stay the night in Alamosa.   Hop in the car and explore these holy places.




75th Anniversary


Diocese 75thWelcome to the Diocese of Pueblo's 75th Anniversary page!

We look forward to celebrating with you over the course of 2017. Please continue to check back for updates as they are made available.

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Our History

The announcement of the creation of the Diocese of Pueblo came from Pope Pius XII by decree in late 1941 followed by the announcement from the Holy Father of the appointment of  Reverend Joseph Willging, a priest of the Diocese of Helena, Montana, as Pueblo's first bishop.  Bishop Joseph Willging was ordained on February 24, 1942 and later installed as Bishop of Pueblo on March 12, 1942 at the Cathedral of the Sacred Heart in Pueblo. 

Read more about the history of the Diocese of Pueblo.

Key Dates

February 24, 1942: Ordination of Bishop Joseph Willging

March 12, 1942: Instllation of the Bishop Willging, first bishop of Pueblo

March 1959: Sudden death of Bishop Willging

October 6, 1959: Installation of Bishop Charles Buswell, second bishop of Pueblo

September 10, 1980: Installation of Bishop Arthur Tafoya, third bishop of Pueblo

December 10, 2009: Installation of Bishop Fernando Isern, fourth bishop of Pueblo

February 27, 2014: Installation of Bishop Stephen Berg, fifth bishop of Pueblo