THERESA WARD

Special to the Herald

Faith Formation In Times of Coronavirus

Parishes weigh the pros and cons of online and in-person faith formation classes
August 21, 2020  |  By THERESA WARD

COLORADO SPRINGS. When Colorado was ordered to shut down all gatherings in March to stop the spread of COVID-19, parish faith formation had to shut down too. Parish formation teams across the diocese realized that their work of spreading and teaching the faith was more important than ever, and many of them went to extraordinary means to get the good news to their students, whether they shared the same space or not. All of them discovered that faith could not be cancelled or postponed by a pandemic. Faith formation directors from two parishes of the diocese shared their experiences and plans with the Herald.


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June 5, 2020  |  By THERESA WARD

COLORADO SPRINGS. Looking at the school disruptions caused by the COVID-19 worldwide pandemic of 2020, some of the students that have suffered the most are the seniors whose final semesters and graduations were effectively cancelled in order to stop the spread of the virus. Two graduates and their parents discussed their experiences with virtual graduations and shortened or cancelled sports seasons.


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May 1, 2020  |  By THERESA WARD

COLORADO SPRINGS. Education didn’t stop when Colorado Governor Jared Polis ordered all schools closed because of the Coronavirus pandemic.


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November 1, 2019  |  By THERESA WARD

COLORADO SPRINGS. “Mercy” was the theme of the evening Oct. 11, as the Catholic Outreach to Northern Ukraine (CONU) celebrated 25 years of ministry to the Catholic community of Northern Ukraine. The event at Holy Apostles Parish, which featured special guests from Ukraine, music, and sharing from the audience about receiving and giving mercy, both celebrated and challenged the people gathered to extend God’s love through acts of mercy towards their fellow men and women.


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September 6, 2019  |  By THERESA WARD

COLORADO SPRINGS. Members of the Colorado Springs Council for Black Catholics were happy on Saturday, July 27, when five visitors showed up to the regular meeting at Holy Apostles. Two came from Castle Rock because they were looking for a connection and cultural identity in the Catholic Church. Two were from Holy Apostles Parish and one was a member of the military stationed in Colorado Springs; all were looking for a sense of belonging in the community.


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August 16, 2019  |  By THERESA WARD

The Diocese of Colorado Springs has no less than seven diocesan preschools. All are state-licensed preschools and either stand-alone or are part of a pre-kindergarten through eighth grade school. They provide a variety of options for parents in terms of programs, but all agree that ages three to five is a great time for young children to learn how much God loves them.


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July 5, 2019  |  By THERESA WARD

COLORADO SPRINGS. Orchestrating 22 major conferences on Catholic education has given Therese Lorentz and the St. Thomas Aquinas Society an abiding faith in the providence of the Holy Spirit and a profound appreciation for his sense of humor. Preparing for the July 31- Aug. 4 “Christ the King of Mercy,” Conference at the Pikes Peak Center, the society faced adversity, overcame it and arranged five days of continuous spiritual education by nationally and internationally known speakers, including Jesuit Father Mitch Pacwa, Father Piotr Prusakiewicz, H. Anthony Chan, Father Stephen Imbarrato, Tony Melendez, Patricia Sandoval and Kelly Nieto.


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May 3, 2019  |  By THERESA WARD
COLORADO SPRINGS. Corpus Christi parishioner Heather Grady, a mother of two young children, recently found herself looking for a way to connect with other mothers. Not only was she interested in cultivating friendships, she wanted to learn from older, more experienced mothers.
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January 18, 2019  |  By THERESA WARD
COLORADO SPRINGS. A person thinking of committing suicide is often deeply depressed and unable to seek help by themselves. The actions of a concerned friend can save their life, said Angel McGrady to the Tapping into Theology gathering Jan. 8 at the Pikes Peak Brewing Company in Monument. McGrady also spoke on how to administer the “QPR” method of assistance to a person in danger of suicide.
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September 21, 2018  |  By THERESA WARD
COLORADO SPRINGS. A three-day retreat titled “Holy Spirit 101” will take place Sept. 28-30 at Holy Apostles Parish. During the retreat, participants will learn how to begin operating in the Pauline charisms of healing, prophecy, word of knowledge and more. In accordance with Catholic teaching, and in cooperation with Catholic Charismatic Renewal Services and the Diocese of Colorado Springs, Arise Worship Ministries will present the retreat.
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July 6, 2018  |  By THERESA WARD
The St. Thomas Aquinas Society, begun in 1991, has hosted a series of conferences and events over the years.  Most notable are the 20 major conferences which have brought in many speakers of national and international renown.  These conferences have always been three-day events until now with the 21st annual conference, “God the Father of Mercy/Our Lady of Fatima” which will be held at the Pikes Peak Center from August 1-5. Admission is free, donations gratefully accepted.
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May 18, 2018  |  By THERESA WARD
COLORADO SPRINGS. Preschoolers who shared snacks out of their backpacks with firefighters were a small part of an outpouring of generosity that happened when the Divine Redeemer community mobilized to help a member of the parish staff who lost her home in a wildfire.
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March 2, 2018  |  By THERESA WARD
COLORADO SPRINGS. A diocesan-wide group that helped lay people grow in their faith recently held their final retreat on Feb. 17. Participants and the team who staffed the retreats met for a farewell party in the home-like upstairs meeting room of Mary’s House on the grounds of Holy Apostles Parish, remembering the blessings of the past seven years.
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February 16, 2018  |  By THERESA WARD
CASTLE ROCK. For a woman facing an unplanned pregnancy, an ultrasound image of her unborn child can serve as truth in love. The opening of a new pregnancy center in Castle Rock, which was aided by the Knights of Columbus at St. Francis of Assisi Parish in Castle Rock, allows women facing unintended pregnancy in Douglas County to receive medical services and life-affirming counseling without having to drive to Denver or Colorado Springs.
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February 2, 2018  |  By THERESA WARD

COLORADO SPRINGS. Holiness and fun were the twin themes of the High School Rally that took place Jan. 19-21 at the Great Wolf Lodge in northern Colorado Springs.

The event, titled “Rooted in Christ,” from Colossans 2:7, offered the students a chance to hang out with friends, enjoy an indoor water park, and take part in retreat events that involved worship, catechesis, and for some, a life-changing experience of the power and love of the Holy Spirit.


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