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April 3, 2020  |  

Quarantine and forced isolation do not have to be an obstacle to daily participation in the Holy Mass. Many dioceses and Catholic media outlets are offering ways to follow the Mass online or on television. Of course, it’s not always easy to be attentive and pious when attending Mass in this way. So here are some suggestions for how to do so with more devotion under these circumstances:


 

Virtual Easter

Catholics face reality of observing Holy Week from their living rooms
April 3, 2020  |  By VERONICA AMBUUL

COLORADO SPRINGS. With churches in the Diocese of Colorado Springs prohibited from holding public Masses until at least the end of April, Bishop Michael Sheridan and parish pastors are making plans to celebrate Holy Week and Easter liturgies in front of video cameras so that parishioners can participate via YouTube, Facebook, or other social media platforms.


 
April 3, 2020  |  By AMY PARTAIN

COLORADO SPRINGS. In the last month, life has changed for Americans. Our current situation of social distancing and stay-at-home orders has, at the very least, disrupted plans and, at the worst, has completely changed lives. Life for those who attend St. Mary’s High School has, of course, also been affected. As plans are shifting, one thing remains consistent for those associated with St. Mary’s — the community.


 
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April 3, 2020  |  

Photos from a few parish events around the diocese in late Feb. and early March.


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April 3, 2020  |  

Quarantine and forced isolation do not have to be an obstacle to daily participation in the Holy Mass. Many dioceses and Catholic media outlets are offering ways to follow the Mass online or on television. Of course, it’s not always easy to be attentive and pious when attending Mass in this way. So here are some suggestions for how to do so with more devotion under these circumstances:


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2020 PARISH LENTEN AND HOLY WEEK SCHEDULES

(All parishes in Colorado Springs unless otherwise noted. Subject to change. Check with parish.)
April 3, 2020  |  

Editor’s note: Due to the cancellation of public Masses and other group events in the diocese through April 12, the Lenten parish schedules have been adjusted to reflect ongoing confession times and online events. Please visit www.diocs.org regularly for the latest changes and updates.


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Virtual Easter

Catholics face reality of observing Holy Week from their living rooms
April 3, 2020  |  By VERONICA AMBUUL

COLORADO SPRINGS. With churches in the Diocese of Colorado Springs prohibited from holding public Masses until at least the end of April, Bishop Michael Sheridan and parish pastors are making plans to celebrate Holy Week and Easter liturgies in front of video cameras so that parishioners can participate via YouTube, Facebook, or other social media platforms.


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April 3, 2020  |  By AMY PARTAIN

COLORADO SPRINGS. In the last month, life has changed for Americans. Our current situation of social distancing and stay-at-home orders has, at the very least, disrupted plans and, at the worst, has completely changed lives. Life for those who attend St. Mary’s High School has, of course, also been affected. As plans are shifting, one thing remains consistent for those associated with St. Mary’s — the community.


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OPINION / COMMENTARY
April 3, 2020  |  By SEAN WRIGHT
The Joy of Easter Eggs

The Lord is risen!” “The Lord is risen, indeed!”

Christians around the world share this sign and countersign when greeting each other throughout Eastertide. For the Church, the Bride of Christ, the Resurrection is an event too glorious to observe on a single day.


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April 3, 2020  |  By CHRISTINA CAPECCHI

Stephanie Weinert’s Instagram followers have come to expect unfiltered captions to go with her pretty pictures. That’s why she has amassed 7,000 followers, who click on images of her five young children and, in doing so, access her tips on skincare, home decor and liturgical living.


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March 20, 2020  |  By DEACON RICK BAUER

In the midst of the coronavirus pandemic, churches are shuttered, and we huddle in our homes, afraid of cellular microbes we barely understand. The old and infirm at greater risk, we worry for our loved ones and our faith community. Things may well get worse before they get better, but we are of a faith that has endured greater storms than we face even now. So as we hunker and bunker down, work from home, rush through the grocery stories looking for toilet paper (no, stop that!), we know that “everything works together for good for those who love the Lord and are called to his purpose” (Romans 8:28). Perhaps time at home means more time with family.


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March 20, 2020  |  By KERRY PEETZ
BLESSINGS IN BLOOM: Yellowjackets

Springtime is close at hand and along with spring comes those dreadful yellowjackets. These yellow- and black-banded insects win first prize, by far, for the top “stinging” pest in Colorado. By understanding them a bit more it may help us to avoid these troublesome wasps and enjoy a sting-free season.


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March 6, 2020  |  By CHRISTINA CAPECCHI

There comes a moment when something clicks. At a book club or a Bible study. In a carpool circle or a coffee shop. A connection is made, and a gathering turns into a group, taking on a life of its own.

 Elizabeth Tomlin has experienced it many times, and as a nomadic army wife, she’s come to rely on it.


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ARTS & CULTURE
April 3, 2020  |  By SISTER HOSEA RUPPRECHT, CATHOLIC NEWS SERVICE
FEATURED MOVIE REVIEW: I Am Patrick

NEW YORK. The reasons the church continues to honor the Apostle of Ireland more than 1,500 years after his death shine forth in the film “I Am Patrick” (Unrated, CBN), a docudrama that will be screened in theaters on dates to be announced.

Written and directed by Jarrod Anderson, the profile — subtitled “The Patron Saint of Ireland” — seeks to debunk many of the myths and legends that have grown up around its subject over the centuries. The goal is to capture who Patrick really was as a man and a follower of Christ.


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March 20, 2020  |  By JOHN MULDERIG, CATHOLIC NEWS SERVICE
FEATURED MOVIE REVIEW: Emma

NEW YORK. “Emma” (PG, Focus) is a delightful screen version of Jane Austen’s classic novel, lovely to look at and abounding in gentle humor.

Only the momentary introduction of a bit of visual earthiness, presumably meant to balance off the overall painterly elegance of the picture, hinders endorsement for younger viewers. That’s a shame because this is otherwise a perfect entree into Austen’s delicate world.


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