Fifth-graders 
Bitsy Hayes and Owen
Bernica work in the new
computer lab at St. Louis School in
Louisville.School News

New computer lab enhances Louisville school

There is a new state-of-the-art computer lab at St. Louis School in Louisville, thanks to the generosity of donors, the school reported. “Generous donors gave over $20,000 in paddle raiser donations for new technology,” according to Sister Ernestina Edoziem, when they were inspired by a video promotion shown at the annual Angel Auction Gala last… Read more »

Father James Thermos, center, prays the rosary while walking on the St. John Paul II Center campus with first-year seminarians in the spirituality year, a year of contemplation which was instrumental to his own vocation to the priesthood.Local

Priest thankful for second chance at vocation

The U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops is holding National Vocation Awareness Week Nov. 2-8 to raise awareness and encourage prayers for vocations to the priesthood and consecrated life. Father Jim Thermos nearly missed his vocation. “Looking back I realize it came very close to passing me by,” he said. In reflecting on his own calling… Read more »

Archdiocese of  Denver Catholic elementary schools are one of the country’s leading participants
in the Play Like a Champion Today initiative founded to
promote a positive culture in sports for young people.School News

How to be a champion on and off the field

In the world of youth sports, there can be many hurdles. Early specialization, unrealistic expectations, excessive pressure, hazing, bullying, coaches teaching skills but not sportsmanship, and pushy parents can be among the obstacles that keep a child from experiencing some of the primary benefits of athletics: fun, development, competition and teamwork. Since implementing a faith-based… Read more »

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Catholic schools are Christ-centered, not test-centered

Archdiocese of Denver schools aren’t “test-centered factories,” but rather Christ-centered communities that seek the “formation of the whole child,” concluded Superintendent Richard Thompson at the end of a week-long on-site review of the Catholic educational system in northern Colorado. An external review team from the accreditation agency AdvancED visited both archdiocesan high schools and six… Read more »

Father James Thermos, center, prays the rosary while walking on the St. John Paul II Center campus with first-year seminarians in the spirituality year, a year of contemplation which was instrumental to his own vocation to the priesthood.

Priest thankful for second chance at vocation

The U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops is holding National Vocation Awareness Week Nov. 2-8 to raise awareness and encourage prayers for vocations to the priesthood and consecrated life. Father Jim Thermos nearly missed his vocation. “Looking back I realize it came very close to passing me by,” he said. In reflecting on his own calling… Read more »

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Celebrating St. John Paul the Great

The seminarians and priests of St. John Vianney Theological Seminary held a celebration honoring the first feast day of John Paul II, canonized last April, on the grounds of the St. John Paul II Center for the New Evangelization in southeast Denver Oct. 22. This is a special day of celebration for us as we… Read more »

Dr. Peter Kreeft engages with the crowd at the Gospel of Life Conference Oct. 25 at Risen Christ Parish in southeast Denver.

Conference tells faithful how to pick the right weapon for battle

While the United States faces serious attacks on religious freedom Catholics must develop a stronger relationship with Jesus Christ and fight the cultural war with truth, love and prayer, said renowned Catholic author Peter Kreeft. “Since you are fighting Christ’s war use Christ’s weapons,” Kreeft told about 250 participants at the Gospels of Life Conference… Read more »

Kelly Archer, a missionary with Christ in the City, talks with a needy person in Civic Center Park Sept. 13 during its monthly Saturday “Lunch in the Park” outreach.

Response to poor should be personal (with video)

Christ in the City missionaries give free lunches at a downtown park not only to feed the homeless physically but spiritually. Some 200 homeless and needy savored a lunch in Civic Center Park downtown Sept. 13 during the Catholic missionary groups’ monthly Saturday outreach. The missionaries and volunteers spent time with the homeless over its… Read more »

St. Rafka lies in bed at St. Joseph Monastery in this archived photo.

Lebanese saint’s relics to make historic Denver visit

Pieces of bone from the remains of the Lebanon-born St. Rafka, proclaimed by St. Pope John Paul II as the “sixth wound of Christ” for the pain she endured from a shoulder wound akin to Christ’s, will be flown to the Denver International Airport Oct. 25 after touring the country. It is the first time… Read more »

Father Emilio Franchomme, pastor of St. John the Baptist Parish in Johnstown.

Growing pains in Johnstown eased, but not gone

In a town where the population has nearly tripled since 2000, growth is both a blessing and a challenge, according to Father Emilio Franchomme, pastor of St. John the Baptist Parish in Johnstown. The Catholic community of 300-plus families moved from their church home of 40 years at 809 Charlotte Street in August, to a… Read more »

MANY COME TOGETHER to make up the team of volunteers at St. John’s Food Bank that help feed Longmont’s hungry: John Tipton, shift manager, coordinates drivers at the warehouse Sept. 9; Mike Hults, loads the van from Community Link in Boulder with food boxes that he will help deliver with his team; and 3-year-old Aleena Delisle volunteers with her mother Beth Delisle each week distributing food.

Longmont food bank delivers more than food

The food bank at St. John the Baptist Parish in Longmont provides between 11,000 to 14,000 pounds of food each week to anywhere from 200 to 350 families. It’s not only the numbers that make it a special operation, but the relationships behind those numbers. St. John’s Food Bank employs a unique model of delivering… Read more »

The new Holy Name Church in Steamboat Springs.

New mountain church offers ‘spiritual recreation’

(UPDATED Oct. 2, 2014 with photos from Sept. 14 dedication, photos by Shannon Lukens) Every summer thousands of Colorado families head over Rabbit Ears Pass to Steamboat Springs to mountain bike, fly fish, hike Fish Creek Falls, and soak in the hot springs. During the winter, skiers and snowboarders flock to the mountain resort on… Read more »

Fifth-graders 
Bitsy Hayes and Owen
Bernica work in the new
computer lab at St. Louis School in
Louisville.

New computer lab enhances Louisville school

There is a new state-of-the-art computer lab at St. Louis School in Louisville, thanks to the generosity of donors, the school reported. “Generous donors gave over $20,000 in paddle raiser donations for new technology,” according to Sister Ernestina Edoziem, when they were inspired by a video promotion shown at the annual Angel Auction Gala last… Read more »

Archdiocese of  Denver Catholic elementary schools are one of the country’s leading participants
in the Play Like a Champion Today initiative founded to
promote a positive culture in sports for young people.

How to be a champion on and off the field

In the world of youth sports, there can be many hurdles. Early specialization, unrealistic expectations, excessive pressure, hazing, bullying, coaches teaching skills but not sportsmanship, and pushy parents can be among the obstacles that keep a child from experiencing some of the primary benefits of athletics: fun, development, competition and teamwork. Since implementing a faith-based… Read more »

CATHOLICEducation_COLOR

Catholic schools are Christ-centered, not test-centered

Archdiocese of Denver schools aren’t “test-centered factories,” but rather Christ-centered communities that seek the “formation of the whole child,” concluded Superintendent Richard Thompson at the end of a week-long on-site review of the Catholic educational system in northern Colorado. An external review team from the accreditation agency AdvancED visited both archdiocesan high schools and six… Read more »

"L FOR LORD!" Sixth-graders from Archdiocese of Denver Catholic elementary schools enjoy praise and worship music at the Focus 11 gathering at Holy Trinity School in Westminster Oct. 8 led by, from left, Phil Perez, Father Jim Crisman, Father Luis Granados, Sister Mary Elisha, R.S.M., Sister Luz Angélica Quñonez Rivera, M.C.M. and Father Joseph Mary Elder, O.F.M. Cap.

11-year-olds and 11th-graders focus on vocations

Last week, nearly 1,000 sixth-graders from Archdiocese of Denver Catholic elementary schools and 145 young women, juniors from Bishop Machebeuf and Holy Family High Schools, had an opportunity to learn about religious vocations at Focus 11 gatherings at Holy Trinity Parish and School in Westminster. “FOCUS 11 is an opportunity for 11-year-olds and 11th-graders to… Read more »

Pope Paul VI, pictured here, will be beatified by Pope Francis Oct. 19.

Health-care professionals inspired by Paul VI praise his beatification

Pope Francis will beatify Pope Paul VI Oct. 19 during the closing Mass of the extraordinary Synod of Bishops on the family. Pope Paul’s connection with themes raised at the synod Oct. 5-19 include his best-known encyclical Humanae Vitae, the 1968 letter affirming Church teaching on marriage, family life and contraception. Many dignitaries will attend… Read more »

Pope Francis speaks to the synod of bishops Oct. 10 inside the Vatican's Paul VI Hall.

Vatican clarifies report from synod’s first week as a ‘working document’

After the summary document released Oct. 13 by the III Extraordinary General Assembly of the Synod of Bishops generated worldwide media attention, a Vatican press office statement released today clarified the purpose of the document. “In response to reactions and discussions following the publication of the Relatio post disceptationem (report post discussion) and the fact… Read more »

Opening Mass in St. Peter's Basilica for the 2014 Extraordinary Synod on the Family on Oct. 5.

Be frank, humble – Pope Francis tells bishops at synod launch

Vatican City, Oct 6, 2014 / 07:45 am (CNA/EWTN News) – During the opening session for the extraordinary synod on the family, Pope Francis told participants not to be afraid of saying what they truly think, and that only by doing this can they reach real conclusions. “You have to say all that which in… Read more »

The U.S. Supreme Court refused to review cases on same-sex 'marriage' today, effectively opening the door to legalized marriages to same-sex couples in many states including Colorado.

Marriage defined by God, not state, say bishops

Colorado’s Catholic bishops responded today to the U.S. Supreme Court’s refusal to hear “marriage” amendment cases calling it a “disappointing” decision that will have a lasting and profound impact on the family. “The decision by the Supreme Court is disappointing and advances a misunderstanding of the institution of marriage,” the bishops said in a joint… Read more »