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February 7, 2020  |  By MICHELE MASON

COLORADO SPRINGS. “What happened to the strong man?”

     “I’m sorry — but what strong man? What are you talking about?”

     “You know,” she said. “The statue of the muscular, demonic figure that used to be perched on the roof. I walk by here all the time, and I always see it. It’s not there today. What happened to it?”

     “There never was any statue.”

This conversation, as shared in the book “40 Days for Life” by David Bereit and Shawn Carney, really happened. No one else had seen that demon, but this woman had seen it on the roof of the abortion clinic time and time again as she walked past the clinic. After the abortion center was closed and the building was prayed over, the physical representation showing a spiritual reality was gone.


 
February 7, 2020  |  

COLORADO SPRINGS. The Serra Club of Colorado Springs will hold its annual Anniversary Dinner and Silent Auction on Feb. 24 in Julie Penrose Hall at St. Paul Church. Bishop Michael Sheridan will celebrate Mass at 5 p.m., followed by a wine social, silent auction and catered dinner. Cost is $45 per person; attendees can bring a priest or religious sister for an additional $25. Checks should be payable to: Serra Club of Colorado Springs, 228 N. Cascade Ave., Colorado Springs, 80903. RSVPs are requested by Feb. 14. For more information, contact SerraCOSprings@DioCS.net or 719-576-0641. The Serra Club supports vocations to the priesthood and religious life in the Diocese of Colorado Springs.


 
February 7, 2020  |  By VERONICA AMBUUL

COLORADO SPRINGS. When Keith and Veronica Deardorff and their seven children moved to Colorado Springs two years ago due to Keith’s military service, it didn’t take long for members of Holy Apostles Parish to reach out to them.


 
IN THE NEWS...
February 7, 2020  |  
Sister of Charity Rosalie Riggio dies at age 90

DELHI TOWNSHIP, Ohio. Sister of Charity of Cincinnati Rosalie Riggio died Dec. 25, 2019, at the age of 90 at Pikes Peak Hospice. Sister Rosalie was born on May 8, 1929 to Joseph and Mary (Glaviano) Riggio in Jansen, Colorado. She was the fourth child of six, with two dying at birth. She was a Sister of Charity for 72 years. When making vows she chose the name Joseph Maureen.


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February 7, 2020  |  

COLORADO SPRINGS. The Community of the Teresian Carmel and the Little Way Secular Discalced Carmelites are accepting aspirants during the Feb. 22 meeting at Holy Apostles Church. Aspirants will journey one year to discern whether they have a vocation in Carmelite spirituality. Deadline to apply is Feb. 18. Those who are interested should contact David Bell at david.bell@ieee.org or Mary Frances Harrison at maryfran_1@msn.com. 


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February 7, 2020  |  

COLORADO SPRINGS. In celebration of the Feast of Blessed Michael Sopocko, Divine Mercy of the Rockies will host a Mass and Holy Hour at St. Patrick Church on Feb. 15 at 8 a.m. A continental breakfast will be served following the holy hour. Afterwards, an “All Hands” meeting will take place where participants will receive updates on Divine Mercy initiatives in the diocese. Those who plan to attend are ask to RSVP to divinemercy@diocs.org. 


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February 7, 2020  |  By AMY PARTAIN

COLORADO SPRINGS. On Jan. 24, St. Mary’s Athletic Hall of Fame inducted Paul Weatherly, class of 1974; Lanny Whiteside DeRoeck, class of 1990; Andy Nigro, class of 2004; Rachael Broerman Friedrich, class of 2007; and Andrew Cornella, class of 2011. The St. Mary’s Athletic Hall of Fame honors those who have made outstanding contributions to St. Mary’s athletics.


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February 7, 2020  |  By JULIE BAILEY

DENVER. “Every Life if a Gift” was the theme for the 2020 Celebrate Life Rally and March in Denver on Jan. 11. The Respect Life Apostolate for the Diocese of Colorado Springs chartered a bus and took 51 devoted pro-life warriors from around our diocese and Pueblo to celebrate the gift of life.


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OPINION / COMMENTARY
February 7, 2020  |  By BISHOP ROBERT BARRON

I saw the film “1917” on the vigil of the Feast of the Baptism of the Lord, and I think there’s a connection between the movie and the liturgical celebration. Bear with me.


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February 7, 2020  |  By CHRISTINA CAPECCHI

The snow has begun. It is expected to last 18 hours, piling nine inches high and crippling weekend plans. The streets are emptying, the collective dash to the grocery store completed.

But here in our cul-de-sac, the party is about to begin.


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January 17, 2020  |  By CHRISTINA CAPECCHI

I’m beginning the new year with a clean office. It seems a good place to start, a practical way to set me up for any other resolutions I make.


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ARTS & CULTURE
February 7, 2020  |  By JOHN MULDERIG, CATHOLIC NEWS SERVICE
FEATURED MOVIE REVIEW: Dolittle

NEW YORK. Exactly a century ago, British author Hugh Lofting published “The Story of Doctor Dolittle,” the first in a long series of books for children that have won lasting popularity for their protagonist, a physician-turned-veterinarian who has, need it be said, the unique ability to communicate with the critters he treats.


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January 17, 2020  |  By CATHOLIC NEWS SERVICE, JOHN MULDERIG
FEATURED MOVIE REVIEW: A Hidden Life

NEW YORK. In 2007, Franz Jagerstatter (1907-1943), a devoutly Catholic Austrian farmer martyred by the Nazis for his stance as a conscientious objector, was declared blessed. In the luminous, though deliberately paced, drama “A Hidden Life” (PG-13, Fox Searchlight), writer-director Terrence Malick paints a striking and memorable portrait of Jagerstatter, one that will be especially prized by believing viewers.


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