March 30, 2020  |  By DEACON PATRICK JONES

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March 20, 2020  |  By JOHN MULDERIG, CATHOLIC NEWS SERVICE

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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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 HEATHER DAVIS

CRIPPLE CREEK. St. Peter Chapel in Cripple Creek has seen a resurgence in attendance in the past few years. Not only was the church itself remodeled, a new community hall has been added to the property.


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March 20, 2020  |  By KERRY PEETZ

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 20, 2020  |  By AMY PARTAIN

COLORADO SPRINGS. If life were going according to schedule, this week St. Mary’s High School students would have been working to stay focused as they approached spring break. On Wednesday, most would have participated in the sacrament of reconciliation, and Friday they would have celebrated Mass together before parting ways for the last break before the end of the school year. Instead, students have been at home this week, continuing their studies through online learning as the COVID-19 virus has, at least temporarily, changed the face of life in the US.


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Going viral

Diocese cancels public Masses, other events to limit exposure to virus
March 20, 2020  |  By VERONICA AMBUUL

COLORADO SPRINGS. In response to health officials’ recommendations that large group events be cancelled to limit the spread of coronavirus, the bishops of Colorado on March 13 ordered that all public Masses and other group meetings at parishes cease until the end of March.


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March 20, 2020  |  By EXCMO. y RVDMO. MONS. MICHAEL SHERIDAN

Les escribo esta carta sólo tres días después de que anunciáramos que las misas y otras reuniones más grandes se suspenderían hasta el fin del mes. Nunca hubiera pensado que estaríamos en una situación como esta. Pero aquí estamos, y espero que todos intentemos sacar el máximo provecho de ello.


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March 20, 2020  |  By MOST REV. MICHAEL SHERIDAN

I am writing this letter to you only three days after we announced that Masses and other larger gatherings would be discontinued until the end of the month. I would never have thought that we would be in a situation like this. But here we are, and I hope we will all try to make the best of it.


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Father William Vollmer dies at age 88

Father Vollmer was a former pastor in Castle Rock and Black Forest
March 20, 2020  |  

PARKER. Father William Vollmer, a longtime pastor in the Diocese of Colorado Springs, died March 7 at age 88. Burial took place at Queen of Heaven Cemetery in Elizabeth.

A memorial Mass will take place at a later date. 


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March 20, 2020  |  By VERONICA AMBUUL

COLORADO SPRINGS. On March 1, Holy Apostles Parish celebrated the grand re-opening of its parish library, which is located on the lower level of the church building.

The library was closed during the month of February, during which time it underwent a complete remodeling and reorganization.


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March 6, 2020  |  

COLORADO SPRINGS. Sister of St. Francis of Perpetual Adoration Dolores Smagacz died Feb. 28 at St. Francis Nursing Center. She was 84 years old. Mass of Resurrection was celebrated on March 3 at St. Francis of Assisi Parish, followed by burial in the Mount St. Francis Cemetery.


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March 6, 2020  |  By AMY PARTAIN

COLORADO SPRINGS. Two events that happen only once every four years — the U.S. Olympic Marathon Trials and Leap Day — occurred on the same day this year, Feb. 29. Yet, the United States’ most exclusive marathon was especially memorable for Colorado Springs runner Stephen VanGampleare, a 2008 graduate of St. Mary’s High School, who qualified for the trials for the first time. Van Gampleare finished 58th out of 175 men with a time of 2:20:15 at the trials, which were held in Atlanta.


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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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