Longtime deacon and father of 10, Henry Wertin, was ordained to the priesthood on February 5 at the Cathedral of the Sacred Heart in the Pueblo. Father Henry Wertin joins his two sons, Father Matthew, pastor of Our Lady of Guadalupe/St. Patrick in La Junta, chancellor and vocations director and Father Carl, associate pastor of Holy Trinity in Trinidad and associate vocations director, as a priest in the diocese. Father Henry Wertin has been assigned parochial vicar at St. Joseph in Grand Junction and sacramental minister at Immaculate Heart of March in Grand Junction.
I was born January 5, 1953 to Francis and Agnes Wertin and am the third of 11 children. All of us are still alive except for my Dad. I was baptized 13 days after I was born. I was raised to honor my father and mother and as such learned the basics and the values from them. Dad showed me how to work and Mom showed me how to take care of the other children. Our family attended Mass together every week and my parents taught me to love the Church and respect the priest and sisters.
By Ellen Cummings
Sister Rose Pacatte, FSP, a national speaker and recognized expert on faith and the media, will present a four-session Lenten retreat at St. Pius X parish in Pueblo March 3 to 6. This retreat is based on the film The Way starring Martin Sheen. This film is a powerful and inspirational story about family, friends and the challenges all face in an ever-changing and complicated world.
By Bishop Stephen J. Berg
Over the years I have learned to enter into the season of Lent with a sense of joy and peace. It was not always so. I am sure that we all share memories of abstaining from habits and luxuries, of making resolutions, all of which remind of us of our human weakness and tendency to fail.
Universal Chastity Education (UCE) held a chastity talk for the youth of St. Benedict in Florence on January 17. Andrew Dernovsek shared the story of his conversion to the Catholic Church, and his personal chastity testimony. He also shared stories of various people around the globe who have chosen chastity.
By Ginny Revel
What a magnificent opportunity to make a pilgrimage to a Holy Door during this Extraordinary Holy Year of Mercy! The faithful in the Grand Junction Deanery have the Holy Door at Immaculate Heart of Mary parish available as a site for prayer, reflection, repentance and the reception of God’s unending mercy. Not only can we pilgrims gain an indulgence there, but we can have our hearts enlarged by the desire to receive mercy and then shower it on all with whom we come in contact.
In light of the most recent proceedings in the Colorado state legislature on physician assisted suicide, the diocese will host keynote speaker, Wesley Smith, who will talk in two locations on “What ‘Right to Die’ Laws really mean.” Mr. Smith is lawyer and author of several books on this controversial topic.
An Interview with Father Matthew Wertin
The Extraordinary Jubilee Year of Mercy (December 8, 2015 – November 20, 2016) is now well underway. A special feature called for by Pope Francis is the Missionaries of Mercy, but “Who are they?” and “What does this mean for us?”
By Joe Warner
After years of prayer and planning, parishioners of Sacred Heart in Fruita are well on the way to realizing their dreams of a new church. Construction of the 300-seat, 10,000-square-foot structure, is progressing rapidly. Offices, classrooms and a parish hall are included in the design. Current estimates call for completion and occupancy sometime this fall.
By John Brainard - Director of Diocesan Schools
We have once again celebrated Catholic Schools Week, a time when our Catholic schools, St. Columba in Durango, Holy Family in Grand Junction, St. Therese, and St. John Neumann in Pueblo, are recognized as vital communities of faith, knowledge, and service within our diocese. The value of Catholic schools was made clear by the Holy Father as well as the U.S. bishops.
By Deacon Scott McIntosh
The nine permanent deacon candidates for the Diocese of Pueblo were installed in December to the ministry of reader by Bishop Stephen Berg at the Cathedral of the Sacred Heart in Pueblo. Their installation as readers marks the next step in their four-year formation journey to become permanent deacons for the diocese. If it be God’s will, these men will be ordained in the Spring of 2017. Please continue to keep them in your prayers as they continue on their road toward ordination.
This year’s annual Study Days will take place May 9 to 11 at St. Pius X parish in Pueblo. This year’s presenters will be Dr. Arturo Chavez, president and CEO of the Mexican American Catholic College in San Antonio, Texas. Accompanying him will be Dr. Valentin Ekiaka, an associate professor at MACC. They will present on the theme, “Ministry in our Culturally Diverse Parishes.”
The Catholic Foundation is pleased to announce the first of its grants from the Msgr. Howard Delaney Humanitarian Fund. Some of the initial grants were presented to the Tom & Louie Cupboard Food Drive, Pueblo ($1,500), St. Vincent de Paul Food Pantry at St. Joseph’s Church, Blende ($500) and the ministry of the S.O.L.T. Sisters in Capulin ($1,500). The Humanitarian Fund will help carry on Msgr. Delaney’s great love and care for those most in need for years to come. If you would like to make a donation in honor of Msgr. Delaney, please send your gift to the Catholic Foundation office at 101 N. Greenwood St., Pueblo, CO 81003, or visit our website at catholicfoundationdop.org to make a donation online.