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August 18, 2017  |  By KATARINA IVANCIK
COLORADO SPRINGS. The old adage “actions speak louder than words” applies perfectly to the latest addition to the Corpus Christi Parish grounds.  The support of the diocese for families, especially mothers, who have lost children has always been expressed verbally, but recently the Corpus Christi Youth Group (CCYG) has taken action to visually demonstrate the love and support of the diocese by installing a garden for mothers who are grieving the loss of a child. 
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August 18, 2017  |  By AMY PARTAIN
COLORADO SPRINGS. The Project Lead the Way (PLTW) engineering program at St. Mary’s High School will be fully in place this fall with the addition of the fourth course completing a highly successful four-year roll out. The PLTW engineering program strengthens St. Mary’s already strong STEM (science technology engineering math) offerings.
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Father Pacwa speaks to packed crowd at Pikes Peak Center

Fatima messages are relevant today, says noted speaker
August 18, 2017  |  By ANNA MARIA BASQUEZ
COLORADO SPRINGS. The three Portuguese children to whom the Blessed Mother appeared six times in 1917 were not chosen at random but rather were open to Mary’s messages because of the spiritual preparation they had undergone — a lesson that we should all take to heart, Jesuit Father Mitch Pacwa told a record-breaking crowd at Pikes Peak Center in downtown Colorado Springs on Aug. 4.
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August 18, 2017  |  

COLORADO SPRINGS. Those who are mandated by their parishes as Extraordinary Ministers of Holy Communion (EMHCs) are asked to consider volunteering 4-8 hours per month at area hospitals.  With the growing population in the Pikes Peak region and expanding hospital sites, the need for EMHCs is great. Those who are interested should contact Chaplain Theresa Gregoire in the Spiritual Care Department of Penrose-St. Francis Hospital at theresagregoire@centura.org.  


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August 18, 2017  |  

MONUMENT. The Colorado Springs’ Catholic Committee on Scouting’s annual Religious Awards retreat will take place Oct. 14 from 9 a.m.-3 p.m. at St. Peter School, located at 124 First St. in Monument. The retreat is for Catholic and non-Catholic Christian girls and boys in the various scouting programs who wish to work on the religious awards of their faith. The retreat will also offer an alternate awards session for the Footsteps of America Saints, Women in Scripture and/or Models of Faith patch series. Cost is $15 for early registration or $20 for registrations received after Oct. 11. Lunch is provided. Scouts in grades K-3 must be accompanied by a parent or guardian. For more information, contact Curtis O’Connell at 719-590-1104 or cjocs@comcast.net. The registration form can be downloaded at http://www.co-springs-ccs.org


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August 18, 2017  |  By KATARINA IVANCIK
COLORADO SPRINGS. The old adage “actions speak louder than words” applies perfectly to the latest addition to the Corpus Christi Parish grounds.  The support of the diocese for families, especially mothers, who have lost children has always been expressed verbally, but recently the Corpus Christi Youth Group (CCYG) has taken action to visually demonstrate the love and support of the diocese by installing a garden for mothers who are grieving the loss of a child. 
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OPINION / COMMENTARY
August 18, 2017  |  By FATHER TAD PACHOLCZYK
Couples who struggle to get pregnant are turning with greater frequency to the in vitro fertilization (IVF) industry for assistance. In some cases, they can end up feeling they are “too pregnant” when twins, triplets or quads arise.
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August 18, 2017  |  By ANDY BARTON
A recent study, paid for by a cannabis advocacy group, is touting the positive economic impact of legal marijuana in Colorado. The group’s goal is to convince voters in cities like Colorado Springs to allow for the recreational sale of the drug. There are smart, thoughtful people on both sides of this debate and perhaps even more who do not give it much thought. Yet, from a Catholic perspective as well as that of an agency working on the front lines with our poor and homeless, it is clear that legalizing marijuana is bad for our community, and it is particularly bad for those we serve.
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THE CATHOLIC REVIEW: Better or Bitter?

Suffering as a Redemptive and Transformative Experience
August 18, 2017  |  By DEACON RICK BAUER

The mettle of our spiritual life is proven not during the times of great joy or spiritual conversion, but more often we find our greatest maturity in times of suffering. Such was true in the life of St. Paul, but like us, he realized the ultimate purpose of his trials only afterwards, through the insights of life’s rear-view mirror, as he writes to the church in Corinth:

And to keep me from being too elated by the abundance of revelations, a thorn was given me in the flesh, a messenger of Satan, to harass me, to keep me from being too elated. Three times I begged the Lord about this, that it should leave me; but he said to me, “My grace is sufficient for you, for my power is made perfect in weakness.” I will all the more gladly boast of my weaknesses, that the power of Christ may rest upon me. For the sake of Christ, then, I am content with weaknesses, insults, hardships, persecutions, and calamities; for when I am weak, then I am strong. 2 Corinthians 12:7–10 (RSV2CE)


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August 18, 2017  |  By ROB FAUGHNAN
In 1994, I was 16 and I was sent on a “mission trip” to the Philippines with 20 or so other youth from an evangelical church. We were going to save the Filipinos one city at a time. I remember the plane ride being interminable; no matter how many movies I’d watch or how often I checked the seatback GPS, we never seemed to leave the Pacific Ocean. Finally we arrived to Osaka, a layover before Manila
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ARTS & CULTURE
August 3, 2017  |  By JOSEPH McALEER
FEATURED MOVIE REVIEW: War for the Planet of the ApesNEW YORK. Monkey business turns deadly serious in “War for the Planet of the Apes” (PG-13, Fox), the climactic installment of the rebooted film franchise based on the work of French science-fiction author Pierre Boulle (1912-1994).
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