RUSTY KERN

RUSTY KERN
January 17, 2020  |  By RUSTY KERN

LIMON. The Union Pacific Railroad still thunders past the small town of Limon, 72 miles east of Colorado Springs. Years ago, frequent stops of passenger trains encouraged growth and the founding of the place, but now it’s the highway that brings visitors. Making their way along Interstate 70, travelers come in for a landing to be served by a bright new cluster of gas stations, gift shops, and several chain hotels. Locals enjoy good work here, and many will attend Mass today at Our Lady of Victory, a handsome red brick church founded in 1925. Today — Dec. 15, 2019 — is a special day, and people and luminaries stream in from all over.


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When Life Gives You Lemons

Disastrous hail storm becomes opportunity to refurbish St. Paul Church
October 18, 2019  |  By RUSTY KERN

COLORADO SPRINGS. Under the tightly attached black shroud that served as a roof, Deacon Dick Bowles was preparing for the 5:30 p.m. Mass on June 16 inside St. Paul Church. A new roof was scheduled to be put on the next day, but this evening, it consisted only of paper-thin tarps and long felt strips. 


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June 1, 2018  |  By RUSTY KERN
COLORADO SPRINGS. Proclaiming that “the moment has come — finally!” Holy Cross Father Ron Raab, pastor of Sacred Heart Parish in Colorado Springs, swung open the church’s giant, handmade doors May 23 and a crowd of more than 200 people on hand for the church’s rededication streamed in for their first look at the renovated church.
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March 19, 2018  |  By RUSTY KERN
COLORADO SPRINGS. Mike Hergott, a member of Knights of Columbus Council No. 13981 at Sacred Heart Tri-Community Parish in Colorado Springs, stood on the lakeshore at Cheyenne Mountain Resort and scanned the dark water apprehensively.
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August 4, 2017  |  By RUSTY KERN

COLORADO SPRINGS. Sacred Heart Parish in Colorado Springs is undertaking a major restoration of the church’s interior — 95 years after its last renovation in 1922.

“I am thrilled to put a process in place to make the church last for another 100 years,” said Holy Cross Father Ron Raab, pastor of Sacred Heart. “This is my real goal.”


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June 2, 2017  |  By RUSTY KERN
MANITOU SPRINGS. Members of a vibrant and determined community turned out on a stormy evening May 18 to celebrate the accomplishment of preserving Our Lady of Perpetual Help Church and to see Chuck Smith, parishioner and retired architect, receive an award from the Manitou Historic Preservation Society. Other parish leaders were also honored at the event.
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St. Mark choir makes special appearance at Sacred Heart

‘Lord’s Dinner’ serves up songs with hot meal
December 16, 2016  |  By RUSTY KERN
COLORADO SPRINGS. “Join me in singing ‘Silent Night,’ one of the most beautiful carols ever written,” said Diana Corliss to everyone gathered while dinner was served to a group of homeless and vulnerable people at Sacred Heart Parish in Colorado Springs on Dec. 4. 

As the sweet strains of “Silent Night” began, priests, volunteers, the homeless and infirm all sang together in a reminder of what Christmas is all about. 

It occurred at an event called The Lord’s Dinner, held each Sunday at Sacred Heart. Volunteers from area churches take turns preparing and the serving the meal.


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