Bernie Langfield, center, enjoys her retirement party at Regis University Oct. 29 with Jesuit Father John Fitzgibbons, left, and friends.School News

‘Everybody loves Bernie’

“Everybody loves Bernie”; “We love you”; and “You will be missed” were some of the phrases floating around the room at Regis University’s retirement celebration for Bernie Langfield Oct. 29. After 37 years of service to Regis’ faculty, alumni and students, the 93-year-old retired from her job at the university. “You touched the lives of… Read more »

Jo Ellen Kopatich leads the youth bell choir during practice at St. Frances Cabrini in Littleton. She will be honored with the St. Cecilia Award Nov. 22 for her dedication to music ministry.Local

Music like a bit of heaven, parish musician says

Jo Ellen Kopatich believes children’s choirs give a glimpse into heaven. “Whenever I hear a children’s choir, I think that’s almost the way heaven’s going to be—that beautiful, innocent sound. I’m drawn to that.” After 24 years of directing the children’s choir at St. Frances Cabrini in Littleton, Kopatich will be honored for her contributions… Read more »

Youth pray during the 10 a.m. Sunday Mass Nov. 16 at Queen of Vietnamese Martyrs Church in Wheat Ridge before a series of classes on faith, the catechism and culture led by the Vietnamese Eucharistic Youth Movement. The youths attend the classes weekly.

Local Vietnamese church hosts hundreds for catechesis, culture

A Vietnamese parish in Denver has a rising number of young adults returning to volunteer at its church, eager to pass the faith on to the next generation of youths. For more than 30 years, the Vietnamese Eucharistic Youth Movement (VEYM) has led youths ages 6 to 18 in learning to live virtuous and faithful… Read more »

Jo Ellen Kopatich leads the youth bell choir during practice at St. Frances Cabrini in Littleton. She will be honored with the St. Cecilia Award Nov. 22 for her dedication to music ministry.

Music like a bit of heaven, parish musician says

Jo Ellen Kopatich believes children’s choirs give a glimpse into heaven. “Whenever I hear a children’s choir, I think that’s almost the way heaven’s going to be—that beautiful, innocent sound. I’m drawn to that.” After 24 years of directing the children’s choir at St. Frances Cabrini in Littleton, Kopatich will be honored for her contributions… Read more »

Father David Songy, O.F.M. Cap.

Denver psychologist-priest to head international treatment center

Longtime Denver priest Father David Songy, O.F.M. Cap., spiritual director and prefect of studies for the archdiocese’s Redemptoris Mater Archdiocesan Missionary Seminary, has been named president of a leading international treatment and education center for priests and religious. Father Songy, 54, a clinical psychologist with a wealth of seminary formation and counseling experience in both… Read more »

Youth pray during the 10 a.m. Sunday Mass Nov. 16 at Queen of Vietnamese Martyrs Church in Wheat Ridge before a series of classes on faith, the catechism and culture led by the Vietnamese Eucharistic Youth Movement. The youths attend the classes weekly.

Local Vietnamese church hosts hundreds for catechesis, culture

A Vietnamese parish in Denver has a rising number of young adults returning to volunteer at its church, eager to pass the faith on to the next generation of youths. For more than 30 years, the Vietnamese Eucharistic Youth Movement (VEYM) has led youths ages 6 to 18 in learning to live virtuous and faithful… Read more »

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Arvada parish hosts public witness for life

In honor of Respect Life month, parishioners from Spirit Of Christ Parish in Arvada hosted a prayer service for life Oct. 14, including a public eucharistic procession. “It was a beautiful event beginning with Mass, walking two miles around Lake Arbor and concluding with Benediction in the beautiful chapel,” according to Maribeth Lavender, respect life… Read more »

This graphic shows the answers of pastors across the country when asked: What's the greatest challenge facing your parish in the next 5 years?

Pastors reveal greatest challenges to parishes

Pastors surveyed across the country this year relayed to the Center for Applied Research in the Apostolate (CARA) that financial matters worry them most. While the causes for their worries varied by region, 21 percent of priests reported to the research center that “financial issues” pose the greatest challenge to their parish in the coming… Read more »

PHOTO ALBUM: Relics make historic Denver visit

St. Rafka Maronite Parish, an Eastern-rite church in communion with Rome, hosted the reception of relics of the Lebanese-born St. Rafka Oct. 25-26. Father Andre Y-Sebastian Mahanna, pastor of St. Rafka Church, brought the relics flown in from the Lebanon Beirut International Airport to the church with Father Paul Azzi, a Lebanese Maronite monk, and Sister… Read more »

Bernie Langfield, center, enjoys her retirement party at Regis University Oct. 29 with Jesuit Father John Fitzgibbons, left, and friends.

‘Everybody loves Bernie’

“Everybody loves Bernie”; “We love you”; and “You will be missed” were some of the phrases floating around the room at Regis University’s retirement celebration for Bernie Langfield Oct. 29. After 37 years of service to Regis’ faculty, alumni and students, the 93-year-old retired from her job at the university. “You touched the lives of… Read more »

PRESENTATION of Our Lady School at 660 Julian St. in Denver will be occupied by Escuela
de Guadalupe, an independent Catholic school with a dual-language program, beginning next school year.

Independent Catholic school to move into archdiocesan school

Beginning with the 2015-2016 school year, a different Catholic school will occupy the building at 660 Julian St. that is currently home to Presentation of Our Lady School. At Masses last weekend, Father Edward Poehlmann, pastor of Presentation of Our Lady Parish, announced that—after consulting with the parish finance and pastoral councils and leadership of… Read more »

Jason Carrigan walks his daughter, Lila, and other students back to class after recess outside St. Mary School in Littleton. Carrigan is one of many dads who volunteer at the school as part of its new Watch DOGS initiative for male role models to be present at the school.

St. Mary’s lets the DOGS in

Students at St. Mary School are talking about and welcoming the new kids they’ve seen walking the halls. The “new kids” at the Littleton school are student’s dads, who began to volunteer this school year for a day of patrolling and classroom aid through its new program Watch DOGS (Dads of Great Students). “The kids,… 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 »

A rural Nigerian woman with children in the Diocese of Idah. Magnificat Maternal Health Program was established in Idah to reduce the high maternal and infant mortality rate there.

Hope for a nation in crisis

While his country “bleeds and burns” from terrorist-driven violence and chaos caused by the Islamic militant group Boko Haram, one Nigerian priest continues doing good with a passionate commitment to life. Father Simeon Omale, 40, is a parish pastor, university professor and health director for the Diocese of Idah in rural Nigeria. He was in… Read more »

Pope Francis celebrates Mass at St. John Lateran Basilica in Rome June 16.

GUEST COLUMN: Teen follows path of Church through history

I was fortunate to be one of 30 juniors from Holy Family High School traveling with our theology teacher, Dave Good, on his annual pilgrimage to Italy last June. His second cousin, Father Kevin Fazio, along with other members of his family, was also able to join us. Over 10 days, our group toured Assisi,… Read more »

Father Baptist Fernandes, Archbishop Samuel Aquila and Father David Wathen celebrate Mass Oct. 28 in the Franciscan  Cenacle Chapel in Jerusalem, near the Upper Room.

Archbishop prays for his flock in Holy Land

As part of a recent pilgrimage to the Holy Land and Jordan, Archbishop Samuel Aquila celebrated Mass Oct. 28 in the Franciscan Cenacle Chapel in Jerusalem, near the Upper Room where Christ celebrated the Last Supper. He was joined by concelebrants Carmelite Father Baptist Fernandes, of St Thomas More Parish in Centennial and Franciscan Father David… Read more »