April 6, 2017  |  By MOST REV. MICHAEL SHERIDAN
We stand once again at the threshold of our annual celebration of Holy Week, so-called because in this week we commemorate the great mysteries by which we were saved — the passion, death and resurrection of Jesus Christ.  This is indeed a “holy week.” It is the holiest of all weeks.
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Archbishop Chaput surveys modern culture in new book

Sheep and Wolves, Serpents and Doves
April 6, 2017  |  By DEACON RICK BAUER
COLORADO SPRINGS. Recently, several prominent Catholic commentators have written books warning people that the cultural assumptions that once guided our lives in America are losing their validity, while at the same time offering advice for living in a world of less religious identity and greater moral confusion. These books include Rod Dreher’s “The Benedict Option: A Strategy for Christians in a Post-Christian Nation” and Anthony Esolen’s “Out of the Ashes: Rebuilding American Culture.”
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Four-year ‘encuentro’ process begins in the U.S.

‘Encuentro’ aims to engage Hispanics with Church in U.S.
April 6, 2017  |  By RHINA GUIDOS, CATHOLIC NEWS SERVICE
WASHINGTON.  In Spanish, the word “encuentro” means encounter and in the modern church in the U.S., it refers to a series of meetings that will take place over the next four years aimed at getting to know Latinos and producing more involvement in the church of its second largest and fastest growing community.
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March 17, 2017  |  By JOHN MULDERIG
NEW YORK. With a thematic agenda that takes it beyond the usual confines of its genre, and a story driven forward by sustained, nervous dread -- an emotion skillfully conveyed from the characters to the audience — “Kong: Skull Island” (PG-13, Warner Bros.) is an impressive monster movie. 
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2017 PARISH LENTEN SCHEDULES

(Including Holy Week)
March 17, 2017  |  

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March 17, 2017  |  
I have met several priests over the years who ended up leaving the active ministry of the priesthood. Two of them have been on my mind and in my prayers recently, having left the priesthood and the Church over issues connected to homosexuality.
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March 17, 2017  |  By KERRY PEETZ
During this blessed month of March, we participate in our traditional Lenten rituals. We keep our Lenten promises and contemplate good and evil. We ask ourselves, how can we be better neighbors, help others and help ourselves to grow closer to God? Is it a coincidence that, when Easter finally arrives, there is new growth, budding branches, green grass and new plant life emerging from the earth?
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March 17, 2017  |  
COLORADO SPRINGS. Partners in Housing will hold a Mother’s Day event for 60 single mothers who are homeless and participating in the agency’s one-year housing program. The goal is to create a “family day” of fun and education on Mother’s Day, May 14, for mothers and their children who have experienced the trauma of homelessness and, in many cases, domestic violence. The agency is looking for donations of flowers that the children can give to their mothers and personal hygiene items for gift baskets. For more information, contact Dianne Reitan at 719-473-8890 or dreitan@partnersinhousing.org
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March 17, 2017  |  
COLORADO SPRINGS. The 2017 Notre Dame Hesburgh Lecture, sponsored by the Notre Dame Club of Colorado Springs, will take place April 6 at 7 p.m. at Marian House soup kitchen, 14 W. Bijou St. The featured speaker will be Notre Dame economics professor James Sullivan. Together with Bill Evans, he is the co-founder of the Wilson Sheehan Lab for Economic Opportunities, a research center that works with service providers and government agencies to find research-driven solutions to poverty in the U.S. Sullivan and Evans have worked with Catholic Charities agencies across the nation.  For more information, contact Colin O’Neil at colino53@hotmail.com.
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March 17, 2017  |  By FATHER ROBERT CAMPAGNA, OFM
"Rebuild my Church.” That was the call and will of God as St. Francis first “heard” those three powerful words. He would hear that request more than once, as he prayed in a worse-for-wear battered old chapel with all but a holy Icon remaining on the wall. So Francis took to repairing the chapel, and did so with great care and prayer.
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