Father Bill Carmody is the Diocese of Colorado Springs’ own pro-life legend. From his appointment as Director of the Respect Life office shortly after his ordination in 1990 until his death in 2016, Father Bill was God’s megaphone for the protection of life in our diocese, in Colorado, and in the nation.
For many years, Father Bill celebrated Mass on the sidewalk in front of Colorado Springs’ Planned Parenthood facility — first on Colorado Avenue and then, from 2010-2015, on Centennial Boulevard.
After the tragic shooting at Planned Parenthood in November 2015, it was decided to discontinue the celebration of Mass on the sidewalk. That is when the concept of Respect Life Masses throughout the diocese developed as a pilgrimage opportunity for the faithful.
That practice continues. Priests and pastors throughout the diocese have warmly embraced the opportunity to celebrate life and address life issues as a part of weekly Respect Life Masses.
Most of these Masses are celebrated on Friday mornings, but occasionally a pastor will select a different day and/or time to accommodate the parish schedule.
Many of our Respect Life activities take place out in the elements, on the sidewalk near Planned Parenthoods and other facilities. But these Masses offer a great opportunity for those who don’t feel called to sidewalk ministry, or who live far from the abortion facilities, to participate in the Respect Life Apostolate by praying and participating in Masses for Pro-Life intentions.
I invite you to clip the schedule, put it near your calendar, and join us in praying for life at one, some, or all of these Masses (all parishes in Colorado Springs unless otherwise noted):
July 1 — Newman Center, noon.
July 9 — Sacred Heart, Colorado Springs, 8 a.m.
July 16 — Ave Maria in Parker, 9 a.m.
July 23 — St. Mark in Highlands Ranch, 8 a.m.
July 30 — Holy Apostles, 5:30 p.m.
Aug. 6 — Sacred Heart in Cheyenne Wells, 9 a.m.
Aug. 13 — St. Francis of Assisi, Colorado Springs, 8:30 a.m.
Aug. 20 — Our Lady of the Woods in Woodland Park, 9 a.m.
Aug 27 — St. Joseph in Salida, 9 a.m.
Sept. 3 — St. Augustine in Kit Carson, 10:45 a.m.
Sept. 10 — Our Lady of Guadalupe, 8 a.m.
Sept. 17 — Vietnamese Holy Martyrs, noon.
Sept. 24 — Ave Maria in Parker, 9 a.m.
Oct. 1 — Our Lady of the Visitation in Elizabeth, 8 a.m.
Oct. 6 — St. Catherine of Siena in Burlington, 6:30 p.m.
Oct. 14 — St. Charles Borromeo in Stratton, 6:30 p.m.
Oct. 22 — St. Mark in Highlands Ranch, 8 a.m.
Oct. 29 — Corpus Christi, 8 a.m.
Nov. 5 — Our Lady of the Pines, 8:30 a.m.
Nov. 12 — St. Mary of the Rockies in Bailey, 8 a.m.
Nov. 19 — Holy Apostles, 5:30 p.m.
Nov. 26 —St. Paul, 8 a.m.
Dec. 3 — Our Lady of Victory in Limon, 9 a.m.
Dec. 10 — St. Dominic in Security, 8 a.m.
Dec. 17 — St. Francis of Assisi in Castle Rock, 9 a.m.
Dec. 28 —Mass of The Holy Innocents, St. Peter in Monument, 5:30 p.m.
(You may also download the list of Respect Life Masses by going to https://www.diocs.org/Pastoral-Services/Respect-Life/Upcoming-Events-Flyers and clicking
(Julie Bailey is Director of the Respect Life Apostolate of the Diocese of Colorado Springs.)