Study Days held in Pueblo

By Dcn. Stephen Escalera
The 2016 Spring Study Days took place May 9 to 11 at St. Pius X parish in Pueblo. This year’s theme was “Ministry in Our Culturally Diverse Parishes.” Doctors Arturo Chavez and Valentin Ekiaka of the Mexican American Catholic College led clergy and lay ministers from across the Diocese as they reflected on how to effectively minister to our diverse parishes.

Dr. Chavez presented first and spoke of the need for church ministers to have “intercultural competence.” He explained how Christ-centered servant leadership requires an awareness of the gifts and differences in the many cultural backgrounds present in our parishes across the diocese. The Church must be ready and willing to serve the needs of the people and not vice versa.

Dr. Ekiaka presented next and pointed out as a Church we are one. Regardless of our diversity, we experience a unity in the Body of Christ. Our mission to spread the Gospel message applies across cultural barriers. While our experience of faith is mediated by our own cultures, we are called by Christ to be one in faith in him.
Both doctors encouraged those present to take this message with them as they went forth. All were invited to allow the message to progress from their heads to their hearts and finally to their feet. Our actions must reflect our commitment to minister to all our brothers and sisters in Christ and indeed, the entire world. But, as our Bishop so insightfully reminded us, we do not go alone.

Check out more photos from Study Days in our new gallery feature: www.dioceseofpueblo.org/gallery

Bishop reflects on “Amoris Laetitia”

By Bishop Stephen J. Berg
Dear Brothers and Sisters in Christ,
I send you Greetings in Our Lord! I wish to thank all of you who worked so hard this year to prepare our candidates for their reception of sacraments throughout this spring. Congratulations to all of our newly baptized, those who have received their first communions, and to our newly confirmed. We praise God for all of you! At this time I wish to share with you some brief thoughts on Amoris Laetitia, “The Joy of Love,” which is the Apostolic Exhortation of Pope Francis given in response to the recently concluded worldwide Synod on the Family.

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St. John Neumann marks end of year

By Joyce Baca Anderson, principal
As we come to the end of the school year, it is a time to celebrate all our students’ growth in mind, body and spirit. It’s a busy and fun time of year as we culminate our learning activities through celebrations, recognition assemblies, fun enrichment activities, and student-led conferences.

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St. Joseph parishioners walk for crops

On April 30 an estimated 70 brave souls from St. Joseph, Pueblo, Sacred Heart, Avondale and St. Therese, Vineland went on an eight-mile walk for the annual St. Isidore pilgrimage. Temperatures that morning were in the mid-to-low 40s. The group set out to pray and bless the farmers’ fields for moisture and an abundance in crops. St. Isidore of Madrid is the patron saint of farmers and for the harvest. His feast day was on May 15.

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The bells of St. Mary ring at St. Joseph Parish

By Barbara Lhommedieu
One would not think that Muscatine, Iowa and Pueblo, Colo. would have very much in common. However, these two cities are united in faith and in the chiming of bells. On June 19, the church bells that chimed at St. Mary’s Catholic Church in Muscatine, Iowa, will sound permanently in their new bell tower erected at St. Joseph Catholic Church.

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Knights go above and beyond for San Luis, Diocese of Pueblo

By Michelle Sandoval
On the last Friday in April, at the request of Father Francisco Quezada, a group from the Highlands Ranch Knights of Columbus Council 1498 stopped by the chancery for a quick visit with Bishop Stephen Berg and Monsignor Jim King. It was quick because they were on a mission. They were headed south to San Luis with the supplies and energy to complete much needed repairs to the hall at the Sangre de Cristo church. This story actually starts some months ago when Council 1498 began plans for their annual black tie fundraising gala. During this gala, the group typically does a paddle raise, where people simply donate money without receiving anything material in return.

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Public invited to Memorial Day Mass to honor priests and religious sisters

Bishop Stephen Berg will be the main celebrant at an outdoor Memorial Day Mass to pray for the priests and religious sisters of the Diocese of Pueblo buried in Roselawn Cemetery in Pueblo. The Mass will be celebrated on Monday, May 30 at 9:30 a.m. at the bishop’s mausoleum near the entrance of Roselawn. In case of inclement weather, Mass will be held at nearby St. Joseph Parish.

Music will be provided by the music ministry from St. Joseph Parish. The graves of the priests and sisters will be cleaned and decorated by members of the Knights of Columbus councils in Pueblo and the Serra Club of Pueblo. A Knights of Columbus Honor Guard is expected to also be present.

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Confirmation 2016

Casta Marable from St. Bartholomew Parish in Bayfield poses for a “selfie” with Bishop Stephen Berg following her confirmation on April 9 at St.Columba.

Bishop Stephen Berg speaks to the confirmandi ahead of confirmation at St. Columba in Durango.

Students from St. Peter in Gunnison stand with pastor, Father Andres Ayala-Santiago and Bishop Stephen Berg, following their confirmation in Montrose on April 23.

Diane DeField, left, serves as sponsor to student Maggie Golob, a parishioner at St. Paul the Apostle in Pueblo West.

JayDee Lopez of Our Lady of Guadalupe/St. Patrick in La Junta is confirmed by Bishop Stephen Berg while sponsors Tanya Martinez and Eric Lopez look on.

Confirmandi at Holy Trinity in Trinidad celebrate following confirmation on May 5. Along with Bishop Stephen Berg, they are pictured with Brother Harry Gonzeles, director of religious formation, pastor Fr. Steve Murray, parochial vicar Fr. Carl Wertin and Deacon Phil Martin.

Confirmandi from Sacred Heart in Alamosa at the parish’s confirmation on April 20. They are pictured here with parish administrator Father Michael Chrisman, Bishop Stephen Berg and Father Derrek Scott, dean of the Alamosa deanery.

 

 

 

 

 

“Why aren’t you Catholic?” - A faith journey that defined a calling

By Ginny Revel
Everyone, whether they acknowledge it or not, has a faith story.

Victoria Grasmick’s began with her baptism into a Catholic family in Taos, NM. She fondly recalls praying the rosary as a little girl with her great grandmother, Daphne. Both the devotion and her great grandmom left a lasting impression on her heart and soul.

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Parish Festivals 2016

Many of the parishes in the diocese hold festivals or celebrations throughout the summer months. Consider bringing your family to one of these festivals to support our local parishes. Please check the parish’s website for more detailed information as it gets closer to the event.

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Serra Club honors religious sisters in Pueblo

The Serra Club hosted its annual Sister Appreciation Dinner on April 3 at the Cathedral of the Sacred Heart in Pueblo. The evening included vespers followed by social and dinner. This event annually honors religious sisters in the diocese.

LifeGuard hosts Dr. Alveda King

On Feb. 20, LifeGuard held its 8th annual fundraising banquet at the Fort Lewis College ballroom in Durango, with guest speaker Alveda King, niece of Rev. Martin Luther King, Jr.  Over 200 were in attendance to hear Dr. King encourage all to “stand in the gap” for the protection of the unborn.  Her personal story, as well as years of experience with civil rights and pro-life work provided the basis for an excellent and informative address. S

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ASU students participate in Alternative Spring Break

By Shirley Atencio
An enthusiastic group from Adams State University journeyed through the Mexican Sonoran desert during Alternative Spring Break 2016. Sightseeing, community projects, service, and Holy Week observances filled a week that passed all too quickly. The group included 10 students, an ASU staff member, La Puente staff member, and Catholic campus minister Shirley Atencio. Bahia de Kino, a small fishing village off the Sea of Cortez, was the final destination.

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Promotion of vocations comes in many forms

We are pleased to introduce the newest member to join the diocesan team. Michelle Sandoval is the new manager of fundraising and grant writing. Michelle began in February and brings with her an extensive non-profit background. In addition to serving in positions of leadership with community groups such as parent-teacher organizations and sports booster groups, Girls Scouts, the Pueblo Continuum of Care (an association dedicated to serving the homeless and at risk populations of Pueblo), the Latino Chamber of Commerce and the Greater Pueblo Chamber of Commerce, she has served on the boards of directors for the Pueblo Downtown Association, the Pueblo Rescue Mission and the Pueblo Community Health Center (PCHC).

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Catholic Foundation launches new website

By Steve Chargin
The Catholic Foundation’s new website is up and running! Thanks to a generous donor, we were able to have the website professionally designed by a local company. Among other new features, there is updated information about recent Catholic Foundation grants and activities and users can now customize their online giving choices, such as designating a special gift to the Msgr. Delaney Humanitarian Fund. The Catholic Foundation is also pleased to partner with business sponsors who are well known throughout the diocese, and we gratefully recognize their ongoing support by providing links to their respective websites.

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Grant writer joins diocesan staff

We are pleased to introduce the newest member to join the diocesan team. Michelle Sandoval is the new manager of fundraising and grant writing. Michelle began in February and brings with her an extensive non-profit background. In addition to serving in positions of leadership with community groups such as parent-teacher organizations and sports booster groups, Girls Scouts, the Pueblo Continuum of Care (an association dedicated to serving the homeless and at risk populations of Pueblo), the Latino Chamber of Commerce and the Greater Pueblo Chamber of Commerce, she has served on the boards of directors for the Pueblo Downtown Association, the Pueblo Rescue Mission and the Pueblo Community Health Center (PCHC).

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