Eastern Orthodox Archbishop Alexander blesses Nikki Kruse as she venerates a relic of the True Holy Cross in the chapel at Denver International Airport on Dec. 16, the day the archbishop brought the relic to Denver for his parish, Church of the Resurrection in northwest Denver.Local

Relic of the True Holy Cross on display for veneration

A relic of the True Holy Cross will be available for veneration at the Eastern Orthodox Church of the Resurrection in northwest Denver, starting Christmas Eve and running through the month of January. The relic is recognized by the Eastern Orthodox Church as an authentic piece of the True Holy Cross, according to Eastern Orthodox… Read more »

Volunteers, from left, Jim Carrey, Joe Gillach and Kelly Tillery sort produce at Harvest of Hope Pantry in Boulder.Parish News

Creativity feeds Boulder food pantry’s strategy

Two years ago when St. Thomas Aquinas Catholic Center and Sacred Heart of Jesus Parish in Boulder combined their food banks and opened the Harvest of Hope Pantry, the goal was to better serve the working poor and homeless. Now the focus includes offering healthy options and recipes to clients beyond canned and packaged foods…. Read more »

The Advent wreath at the Cathedral Basilica of the Immaculate Conception.Local

The next best thing to being there

Faithful who are unable to attend a Christmas liturgy will have a few opportunities to celebrate the birth of Christ this year. The Archdiocese of Denver’s Office of Communications will stream live on the Internet Archbishop Samuel Aquila as he celebrates Midnight Mass from the Cathedral Basilica of the Immaculate Conception. A special hour-long Mass… Read more »

Film crews tape an interview with Clarissa Lucas and her two children for the documentary "Lost in America," in which she shares her experiences as a homeless woman on the streets of Denver.Local

‘God did it all’; homeless mom given a second chance

Second chances have come by Clarissa Lucas more than once over the last 13 years. This holiday season, the 33-year-old is grateful for another chance to escape a time of living under bridges, using drugs and being behind bars in prison. The mother of two, ages 9 and 12, known on the streets as “Glitterbear,”… Read more »

Eastern Orthodox Archbishop Alexander blesses Nikki Kruse as she venerates a relic of the True Holy Cross in the chapel at Denver International Airport on Dec. 16, the day the archbishop brought the relic to Denver for his parish, Church of the Resurrection in northwest Denver.

Relic of the True Holy Cross on display for veneration

A relic of the True Holy Cross will be available for veneration at the Eastern Orthodox Church of the Resurrection in northwest Denver, starting Christmas Eve and running through the month of January. The relic is recognized by the Eastern Orthodox Church as an authentic piece of the True Holy Cross, according to Eastern Orthodox… Read more »

The Advent wreath at the Cathedral Basilica of the Immaculate Conception.

The next best thing to being there

Faithful who are unable to attend a Christmas liturgy will have a few opportunities to celebrate the birth of Christ this year. The Archdiocese of Denver’s Office of Communications will stream live on the Internet Archbishop Samuel Aquila as he celebrates Midnight Mass from the Cathedral Basilica of the Immaculate Conception. A special hour-long Mass… Read more »

Film crews tape an interview with Clarissa Lucas and her two children for the documentary "Lost in America," in which she shares her experiences as a homeless woman on the streets of Denver.

‘God did it all’; homeless mom given a second chance

Second chances have come by Clarissa Lucas more than once over the last 13 years. This holiday season, the 33-year-old is grateful for another chance to escape a time of living under bridges, using drugs and being behind bars in prison. The mother of two, ages 9 and 12, known on the streets as “Glitterbear,”… Read more »

Staff and volunteers work on Divine Mercy Supportive Care's future facility at 6261 S. Lakeview St. in Littleton Dec. 12, including from left: John Stapleton and Zach Taudien, seminarians; Religious Sister of Mercy Esther Mary Nickel; Father Jim Thermos; Kevin Lundy, DMSC CEO; and Cathleen Connor, R.N., director of clinical services for DMSC.

Divine Mercy hospice, nuns find answer to prayer

A new partnership between Discalced Carmelite nuns and a Catholic hospice will aid both parties and ultimately help to protect life at its natural end. Those involved say the union is providential. Nuns of Carmel of the Holy Spirit Monastery in Littleton have given use of three buildings and some land they couldn’t care for… Read more »

Volunteers, from left, Jim Carrey, Joe Gillach and Kelly Tillery sort produce at Harvest of Hope Pantry in Boulder.

Creativity feeds Boulder food pantry’s strategy

Two years ago when St. Thomas Aquinas Catholic Center and Sacred Heart of Jesus Parish in Boulder combined their food banks and opened the Harvest of Hope Pantry, the goal was to better serve the working poor and homeless. Now the focus includes offering healthy options and recipes to clients beyond canned and packaged foods…. Read more »

The “Archangels” stained glass window at Our Lady of Loreto Church in Foxfield by
artist Scott Parsons is among those recently honored.

Loreto windows shine

The stained glass windows installed at Our Lady of Loreto Church in Foxfield earlier this year have been recognized by Faith & Form magazine and the Interfaith Forum on Religion, Art and Architecture (IFRAA), a branch of the American Institute of Architects. The international award, in the category of Religious Arts-Visual Arts—as determined by a… Read more »

Archbishop Samuel Aquila prays, joined by Carmelite Sisters and parishioners, during a reception at Our Lady of Mount Carmel Parish to celebrate the community's 120th anniversary Dec. 7.

PHOTO ALBUM: Mount Carmel celebrates 120 years in north Denver

The community at Our Lady of Mount Carmel Parish in the Denver Highlands neighborhood, at 3549 Navajo St., celebrated its 120th anniversary Dec. 7. Events included a morning Mass, in Italian, celebrated by Archbishop Samuel Aquila, followed by a reception in the parish hall organized by the Men’s Club and Altar and Rosary Society. The… Read more »

Greeter Thomas Gunning welcomes parishioners
to Sunday Mass at St. Thomas More Church in Centennial Nov. 30.

How to welcome Christmas Catholics

Every Christmas, churches fill beyond capacity with congregations made up of weekly Mass-goers, “Christmas Catholics,” Christians on-the-fence, lapsed Catholics, non-believers and everyone in between. Infrequent Mass-goers don’t always know the words to prayers during Mass, some don’t realize preparing for the liturgy is generally best done in silence, and others are not accustomed to genuflecting,… Read more »

Catholic Families Night - Denver Nuggets

PHOTO ALBUM: Catholics night at Nuggets, St. Sebastian receives donation

Archbishop Samuel Aquila, right, is interviewed on a Denver Nuggets pregame show Dec. 14 on Altitude Sports by host Bill Hanzlik, center, and reporter Blake Olson. Students from area Catholic schools participated in a fan tunnel, flag presentation, scrimmage and other events at the basketball game that raised $12,644, through tickets sales, given to the… Read more »

Students for Life president Stanci Snow stands in front of the group’s Planned Parenthood Project display Dec. 4 on the University of Northern Colorado campus in Greeley.

Planned Parenthood exposed at UNC

As University of Northern Colorado students prepared for final exams, members of the Students for Life Club took a break in their studies and braved the cold Dec. 4 to host the Planned Parenthood Project display from the national Students for Life of America organization on the Greeley campus. Using Planned Parenthood’s annual reports and… Read more »

Youth basketball players at St. Louis School are one of many recipients of donations from the St. Sebastian Project. The organization, which aids athletic programs at area Catholic schools, will receive a portion of ticket sales from the Dec. 14 Nuggets game.

Nuggets game a slam dunk for families

Organizers behind the inaugural Catholic Families Night with the Denver Nuggets Dec. 14 want to give participating youths from area schools a memorable experience. “We hope it’s one of those experiences they may never forget—that they had a chance to get on the court where the Denver Nuggets play,” said Jeff Stemper, one of the… Read more »

Bus drive Danny Kenny, here with students at Our Lady of Lourdes School, recently helped
the school acquire a larger bus.

More students can catch a ride to Lourdes thanks to bigger bus

Each school day, a bus picks students up from the parking lot of St. Frances Cabrini Parish in Littleton and drives them 15 miles to their Denver school, Our Lady of Lourdes. Until recently, the number of children that could ride the bus was limited by its capacity: 38. But now capacity has nearly doubled… Read more »

Elementary-school youths in Africa show their chastity pledge cards after Universal Chastity Education director Andrew Dernovsek, kneeling center, and Jude Tadeo, kneeling in black jacket, presented about abstaining and God’s plan for marriage this year.

Chastity education reducing teen pregnancy in Africa, US

A Ugandan youth chastity program traveled around Colorado this month to share the message that abstaining from sex until marriage is not only possible, but it can open doors. Education, healthy choices and happiness are a few of the benefits of chastity—a part of the message that has reached more than 500,000 youths in Africa… Read more »

John and Carol Saeman greet Pope Francis April 11, 2013, during a private audience in Clementine Hall in the Apostolic Palace following a gathering of The Papal Foundation.

Denver couple reflects on Pope Francis’ call to uplift the poor

Catholic philanthropists John and Carol Saeman say that helping the poor requires a “fundamental change” in how society responds to poverty–a change that, in their understanding of Catholic teaching, means a focus on limited government and free enterprise. They noted that Catholic social teaching rests on the principles of human dignity, solidarity, and subsidiarity. “Solidarity stipulates… Read more »

Martha Moran, with her six-year-old son Tonatiuh listens to President Barack Obama's speech on executive action for immigration policy reform Nov. 20 at a workers' union in New York City.

Immigration reform needs legislative involvement, archbishop says

While the United States is in urgent need of immigration reform, changes should be made through the legislative process, Archbishop Samuel Aquila noted in the wake of President Barack Obama’s executive action last week that offered some temporary relief to an estimated 5 million undocumented immigrants who live in fear of deportation. On Nov. 20,… Read more »

The CD cover for “Habemus Papam,” a compilation of music from the Sistine Chapel Choir from events surrounding the election of Pope Francis.

Bring the sounds of the Sistine Chapel to your home

Sacred music from the Pontifical Sistine Chapel Choir used during the ceremonies surrounding the election of Pope Francis will be released for the first time, as announced by the Holy See Nov. 13. The double CD “Habemus papam” (“We Have a Pope”) is the first historical documentation of music of a conclave, according to maestro… Read more »

Focus

Advent

The Advent wreath at the Cathedral Basilica of the Immaculate Conception.

The next best thing to being there

The liturgical season of Advent is a time for prayer and preparation for the celebration of the Nativity. Local priests weighed in on ways to make it a prayerful time.
Nativity Scene flickr Raúl Hernández González
Greeter Thomas Gunning welcomes parishioners
to Sunday Mass at St. Thomas More Church in Centennial Nov. 30.

How to welcome Christmas Catholics

Quilts and other handmade goods will be for sale at area parishes and ministries this Advent season.

Thinking outside the mall

Jamal Bannoura, and his sons George and Fadi, carve products of olive wood from Bethlehem for their family business Bethlehem Handicrafts.