No on Physician- Assisted Suicide

By Jenny Kraska, Executive Director, Colorado Catholic Conference
Ballot proposals are always important policy questions for the State of Colorado. Too often, however, voters overlook them. Voters often will choose candidates for the offices at the top of the ticket and ignore issues that appear later on the ballot.

It is vitally important for voters to understand the significance of what ballot proposals would mean for the direction of our state and how important it is to vote on them – especially Proposition 106.

This November Colorado voters will be asked to vote on Proposition 106 to determine whether or not physician- assisted suicide should be legalized in this state. This is a poorly written proposal that invites abuse of the most vulnerable. To sanction the taking of innocent human life is to contradict a primary purpose of law in an ordered society. This law would be bad for patients, bad for doctors, bad for families and bad for Colorado.

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What can you do to help defeat Proposition 106?

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None of us can afford to be silent on this issue.  Already our opponents have set aside $5 million dollars and are expected to invest even more money in making Colorado the next assisted suicide state. 

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Diocese welcomes two new seminarians

By Fr. Carl Wertin, Assistant Director of Vocations
“He called them” (Matthew 4: 21). Just as Jesus called his first disciples so he calls each of us Catholics living in the Diocese of Pueblo to follow him. Williams Ospino and Gino DeVore have been called, in a special way, by Jesus to follow him to the seminary for discernment and formation towards ordination to the priesthood.

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Bishop Reflects on Physician-Assisted Suicide

By Most. Rev. Stephen J. Berg
I pray that this finds you and your loved ones safely guided by and held in the hands of Our Lord. I always look forward to the fall season, with the change of colors in the trees, the crisp weather and the approaching winter, with its particular Colorado beauty.

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New patronal icon at Christ the King Parish

July 23 Bishop Berg joined the Christ the King parish community in Pueblo to celebrate its 60th anniversary as a parish and bless its new image of Christ the King.

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VBS in the San Luis Valley: Alamosa Deanery hosts three

By Peggy Haslar
Three Alamosa Deanery parishes became high-spirited Vacation Bible School venues this summer with a little help from baseball and the big sea. Many San Luis Valley children look forward to their local parishes hosting a church-sponsored week of games, crafts, stories and snacks during their summer break.

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The Catholic Foundation awards grants for 2016

By Steven Chargin, Exec. Director
The Catholic Foundation is pleased to announce its grant awards for 2016. This year, 36 organizations and Catholic schools received a total of $94,300 in grant awards.

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I came that you might have life and have it more abundantly

By Ginny Revel
These words of Jesus from John 10:10 have been a daily inspiration to Joe Doak for the past several decades. Through good times and bad times alike, Joe has relied on God’s strength to support and guide him.

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Pastor Installation

Bishop Stephen Berg installed Fr. Edmundo Valera pastor at St. Paul the Apostle in Pueblo West on August 21. Here he stands with Fr. Valera and servers from the Mass.

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Teens encouraged to attend regional conference

By Martha Sandner
October 1 marks the fifth annual Southwest Catholic Youth Conference (SWCYC) to be held at the Farmington(N.M.) Civic Center, from 10 a.m. to 9 p.m. This awesome event that reaches out to nearly 1,000 youth each year is sponsored by LifeGuard of Durango.

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Don’t miss important news from the Diocese of Pueblo!

The diocese now offers a free monthly email blast that contains news, upcoming diocesan and parish dates, a message from Bishop Berg and more.

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Diocese receives generous grant for Benedictine Oblate in Prison Program

By Katie Chrisman
Thanks to a generous donation from Catholic Extension, the Diocese of Pueblo was able to breathe new life into a longtime prison ministry offering, the Benedictine Oblate in Prison Program.

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St. Philip Parish Annual Picnic

St. Philip Parish in Cedaredge recently held its annual picnic in the park. It was a time for the parish community to come together outside of church to enjoy each other’s company and good food. Submitted by Sandy Steighner.

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2016-2017 Bishop's Calendar

September 12 – 15
USCCB Committee Meetings, Washington, DC

September 16
Mass with students at Holy Family School, Grand Junction

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Corpus Christi procession

Bishop Stephen Berg starts a procession with the Blessed Sacrament for Corpus Christi Sunday, this year held on May 29.

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Official Appointments

CHANCELLOR’S OFFICE
September, 2016
1. Rev. Carlos Alvarez has been appointed Pastor of St. Joseph’s Parish in Grand Junction.  This appointment takes effect August 8, 2016.
2. Rev. Edmundo Valera has been appointed Pastor of St. Paul the Apostle Parish in Pueblo West.  This appointment takes effect August 8, 2016.

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Outdoor Space Dedication

Bishop Stephen Berg spent time with parishioners at St. Mary in Montrose on August 6. After celebrating Mass, he dedicated the Knights of Columbus pavilion and Stations of the Cross along a quarter mile pathway.

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Knights of Columbus help Theatine seminarians

On August 7, the Durango Knights of Columbus Council #1408 celebrated a Corporate Communion at St. Margaret Mary Parish in Cortez. 

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Blessed Sacrament sisters celebrate 60 years in Pueblo

Bishop Stephen Berg was the main celebrant at a Mass on June 25 at St. Mary Help of Christians in Pueblo  to honor the 60th anniversary of the Servants of the Blessed Sacrament. Seven priests concelebrated.

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