November 6, 2020  |  By FATHER TAD PACHOLCZYK

Virginia State Health Commissioner Dr. Norman Oliver told a local news station in August 2020 that he planned to mandate COVID-19 immunizations for Virginians once a vaccine becomes available to the public. The following day, the Governor, Ralph Northam, pulled rank on the Commissioner and announced there would be no vaccine mandate after all. The Health Department walked back the Commissioner’s earlier comments while the Governor’s Office issued a statement focusing on vaccine accessibility and fair distribution, not a mandate.


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November 6, 2020  |  By AMY PARTAIN

COLORADO SPRINGS. Dreaming big requires sacrifice. Maryn Pierce, a senior at St. Mary’s High School, knew this before the COVID-19 pandemic swept across the world, but it is a lesson that has reared its head again and again over the last several months. Despite the constant adjustments, Pierce continues to pursue her dream of standing on the podium at the US Figure Skating Championships.


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November 6, 2020  |  By VERONICA AMBUUL

COLORADO SPRINGS. With new cases of coronavirus on the rise in Colorado, it could be another six months before long-term care facilities — including nursing homes, assisted living facilities, senior residences and rehabilitation centers — will be open to outside visitors. When that does finally happen, however, the Diocese of Colorado Springs will have a plan in place to better reach Catholics who are unable to regularly attend Mass.


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November 6, 2020  |  

HAYS, Kansas. Father Myron G. Flax, O.F.M.Cap., of Via Christi Village Care Center in Hays, Kans., a veteran of 39 years as a Catholic missionary in the South Pacific, and eldest member of the Capuchin Province of Mid-America, died Oct. 4, just four days after his 92nd birthday. Mass of Christian Burial was celebrated Oct. 12 at Basilica of St. Fidelis in Victoria, Kansas. Burial Followed in St. Fidelis Cemetery in Victoria.


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November 6, 2020  |  By VERONICA AMBUUL

Editor’s Note: Following is the next installment of the Herald’s monthly series profiling priests and deacons serving in the Diocese of Colorado Springs. Featured this month is Father Francisco Quezada, pastor of St. Patrick Parish.

Father Francisco Quezada is a native of Corpus Christi, Texas, and was the third oldest in a family of six children.

“My vocation was born from us attending Mass together early on Sunday mornings, all six of us,” Father Quezada said.


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November 6, 2020  |  By CHERITH MARCHASE

SECURITY. Nearly 20 years ago, Nick Venetucci and his wife, Bambi, donated 15 acres of land on the Venetucci Farm property in Security for the construction of a new Catholic church to serve the Fountain Valley. Bishop Michael Sheridan and Father Bill Carmody celebrated a Blessing of the Land on May 9, 2004, and along with the Building and Grounds Committee, they led the official groundbreaking ceremony on July 7, 2007.


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November 6, 2020  |  By JOSEPH McALEER, CATHOLIC NEWS SERVICE

NEW YORK. The title may be an oxymoron, but there’s nothing paradoxical about “Honest Thief” (PG-13, Open Road); it’s a solid, entertaining action thriller.


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THE CATHOLIC REVIEW: On Fraternity and Social Friendship

Pope’s latest encyclical is dense and wordy but does not deviate from Church teaching
November 6, 2020  |  By DEACON RICK BAUER

When we first heard that Jorge Bergoglio would be our pope, his devotion to his namesake, St. Francis, became an opportunity to learn more about this beloved saint. Pope Francis’ reflection on the care of creation and our shared earth, “Laudato Si,’” (2015), was titled after a song of St. Francis. And so, it was to be expected, on that saint’s feast day this year, an encyclical on human community and solidarity was signed by Pope Francis.


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November 6, 2020  |  By EXCMO. y RVDMO. MONS. MICHAEL SHERIDAN

Mientras escribo este artículo en la víspera de un día de elecciones trascendente, me recuerda lo importante que es nuestra fe para nuestra vida cotidiana.  Especialmente en estos días sin precedentes de encierros y restricciones a las reuniones, es fundamental que nos reunamos en un espíritu de humildad y caridad.


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November 6, 2020  |  By MOST REV. MICHAEL SHERIDAN

As I write this article on the eve of a momentous election day, I am reminded how important our faith is to our daily lives.  Especially in these unprecedented days of lockdowns and restrictions on gatherings, it is critical that we come together in a spirit of humility and charity.


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October 16, 2020  |  By JOHN MULDERIG, CATHOLIC NEWS SERVICE

NEW YORK. “The family that prays together stays together.” Although he popularized rather than originated that pithy saying, the sentence aptly sums up the message of Holy Cross Father Patrick Peyton (1909-1992), who advocated it both tirelessly and with great success.


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October 16, 2020  |  By KATIE PREJEAN MCGRADY

We fled.

We woke up early, checked the weather reports, turned on the news and hastily packed the car, cramming in essentials: wedding photos, clothes, toddler toys, infant car seat in case the baby in my belly decided to come early.

And we left our home behind, a Category 4 hurricane barreling toward our beloved town.


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October 16, 2020  |  By DEACON RICK BAUER

The year 2020 has been a bad one for statues. We witnessed the tearing down of many in the South, originally hoisted in honor of former Confederate Army generals, and I was pretty okay with their removal.


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