As part of my studies in the seminary I spent a semester in Israel which was a great experience but I became desperately homesick. This was before the internet and cell phones so my only communication with the family was snail mail and a once a month collect call from a payphone. After that semester I was so anxious to get home but I had purchased a month long "eurorail" pass before the semester so I felt like I had no choice but to travel to Europe to spend four more weeks abroad and use the month long train pass. My first intended stop was Rome because I had never been there before and I had a couple good friends who had been studying at the American seminary there; it was on that occasion when I fell in love with that city. Even though I had a train pass that would get me anywhere and everywhere in Europe I chose to spend three of the four weeks in Rome, so bewildered was I of the capital of Italy.
Monday | 8:00am | St. James
Tuesday | 8:00am | St. James
Wednesday | 8:00am | St. James
Thursday | 8:00am | St. Elizabeth
Friday | 8:00am | St. James
Saturday | 4:30pm | St. James
Sunday | 8:30am | St. Elizabeth
Sunday | 10:30am | St. James
Saturday | 3:30pm | St. James
Wednesday | 8:30am-8:00pm | St. James
Just a word about the vestment the bishop will be wearing at Mass this morning; it may look familiar because it is the same vestment St. John Paul II is portrayed as wearing in our stained glass window. Our former bishop, Bp. Schnurr was the executive director of World Youth Day Denver in 1993, when Pope John Paul II said the closing Mass for that event he wore this very vestment. At the end of the program the Pope gave the vestment to Schnurr as a token of appreciation for the success of the program. Fast forward many years later, when Schnurr became our bishop he showed me the vestment which I immediately salivated over! The bishop had appointed me to be his point person for Vocations for the diocese and he told me that as soon as we get 25 seminarians studying for our diocese he would give me the pope's vestment! We got there! And when we did we had the highest number of seminarians in the country per capita of any diocese in the country, and the bishop gave me the pope's vestment which now is a major second class relic of my favorite saint and favorite pope. The last time it was worn was ten years ago after JPII was beatified, and at that time I decided never to wear it again, but it seems most appropriate to have it worn today by our new bishop at the blessing of the sanctuary that portrays the great saint wearing this very vestment. St. John Paul the Great, pray for us!
08/11/22 11:22 am
It was about 92 degrees outside, gas prices were nearing $5 a gallon, I needed groceries, and the store was about one mile from my home. I was frustrated, and I can get stubborn sometimes. I grabbed a water bottle, put on my walking shoes, and headed out that door. No way would I fill up my gas tank at that price.
Betsy KneepkensRead More
08/11/22 11:20 am
In the aftermath of the June 24 Dobbs decision overturning Roe v. Wade, perhaps nothing has so perfectly encapsulated the inarticulate rage against America’s pro-life community as the targeting of pro-life pregnancy centers.
Not only have they been the target, across more than 20 states, of vandalism, firebombing, or threats of violence, they have also been denounced by governors and U.S. senators. In some places, laws have been proposed targeting these facilities. Members of Congress have pressured Internet search giant Google to doctor its search results and ads to suppress them. And of course there has been plenty of biased media coverage joining in the pile-on.Read More
08/11/22 11:19 am
By Edie Heipel
Catholic News AgencyRead More
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