Rejoicing for the gifts which God has given the diocese

By Most Reverend Stephen Berg
I pray that your summer has been restful and that you were able to find some time for a vacation. I was blessed to be with my family this summer for a wedding in Port Orchard, Washington, and then to have a week with my mother and several siblings and their children in Billings. 

As our family grows these times are precious, and we were able to visit and get caught up in care, love and support. In returning to Pueblo for the past several weeks, I am happy to report that much work has been done in planning our next months of reflection and celebration of the 75th anniversary of our diocese.

We have now just ordained seven new deacons. Congratulations to them, their wives and families, and to the parish communities who have supported them through their formation for these past four years. 

This 75th anniversary year is important to us in so many ways. Allow me to list some exciting upcoming events. We will celebrate the Feast of St. Therese of the Child Jesus co-patroness of our diocese, at the Shrine of St. Therese in Pueblo, September 30 and at the Cathedral on October 1. On October 8, I will travel to the Pagosa Springs area to celebrate Mass at St. Francis of Assisi (patron saint of Colorado) Mission. This year is the church’s 100th anniversary. We will re-consecrate our diocese to our Blessed Mother, October 13, on the 100th anniversary of Our Lady of Fatima, at Our Lady of Fatima Mission in Olathe. We will begin to pray through the 33 Days to Merciful Love self-directed retreat with Fr. Michael Gaitley, which will be presented in Pueblo, Alamosa, Durango and Grand Junction in the first week of November. This 33 day retreat centers on the spirituality and self-giving of St. Therese, and it will be available to everyone in the diocese. I will celebrate a special Mass on the Solemnity of All Saints at St. Therese Mission in Vineland, with a prayer of consecration for all those who will make the 33 day retreat. We will celebrate Mass at the Cathedral on the feast of St. Nicholas, December 6, the anniversary date on which our diocese was formally announced in Rome, followed by an open house at the Catholic Pastoral Center. On the weekend of December 10, I will celebrate Masses with our two parishes of Our Lady of Guadalupe in Lamar and La Junta. On the Feast of Our Lady of Guadalupe, December 12, we will begin with Mananitas at Sangre de Cristo parish in San Luis, and then celebrate Mass that evening at Our Lady of Guadalupe in Conejos, the oldest established parish in Colorado. Throughout all of these events the pilgrim image of Our Lady of Guadalupe, blessed at the Congreso held in Gunnison in June, will travel to be finally installed in the Catholic Pastoral Center at the closing of the year. 

As I said before, I pray that this summer you were able to have some rest and a vacation. I invite you now to consider another vacation, a vacation in prayerful celebration with our family, our diocese, through the months ahead. With special thanks to all who are making this possible, and under the intercessions of Our Lady and St. Therese, please join me in rejoicing for the gifts which God has given to our diocese these past 75 years, and in looking forward to working ever more closely together in the mission of Jesus Christ!