MOST REV. MICHAEL SHERIDAN
Bishop of the Diocese of Colorado Springs
June 18, 2021 | By MOST REV. MICHAEL SHERIDAN
This year, 2021, is a very significant one for me. This year marks 50 years of priestly ordination, 24 years of service as a bishop, and retirement from full-time ministry. As you might imagine, these days have been times of prolonged reflection on my life as a Christian and as a priest. Allow me to share some of those reflections with you.
May 21, 2021 | By MOST REV. MICHAEL SHERIDAN
As was announced several weeks ago, the bishops of Colorado’s three dioceses will rescind the general dispensation from Sunday Mass attendance that has been in effect for more than a year. Beginning on the Solemnity of Pentecost, May 23, the Church in Colorado will return to the long-standing obligation to attend Mass on Sundays and Holydays of Obligation.
April 16, 2021 | By MOST REV. MICHAEL SHERIDAN
Fifty-eight years ago, as the Second Vatican Council was underway, Pope Paul VI called for an annual World Day of Prayer for Vocations to be observed on the Fourth Sunday of Easter, commonly called Good Shepherd Sunday.
April 2, 2021 | By MOST REV. MICHAEL SHERIDAN
Holy Baptism is the basis of the whole Christian life, the gateway to life in the Spirit, and the door which gives access to the other sacraments. Through Baptism we are freed from sin and reborn as sons of God; we become members of Christ, are incorporated into the Church and made sharers in her mission . . . (Catechism of the Catholic Church, No. 1213).
March 19, 2021 | By MOST REV. MICHAEL SHERIDAN
Several years ago I led a pilgrimage to Ireland. The most memorable experience of those days in the land of my ancestors was the time that we spent in an area that called us back to the time when the Irish people suffered under the penal laws imposed by England.
March 5, 2021 | By MOST REV. MICHAEL SHERIDAN
The so-called Equality Act of 2021 (H.R. 5) has passed the U.S. House of Representatives and is now on its way to the Senate for their approval. If passed into law, this piece of legislation would strike at the heart of religious freedom in our country. President Biden has promised to sign the bill. As Catholics, we should be very concerned.
February 19, 2021 | By MOST REV. MICHAEL SHERIDAN
Almost one year has elapsed since the COVID-19 virus began to attack our world. It has been a year of terrible sickness and death for many people. It has been a year of living in isolation and fear. Worst of all, it has been a year in which the celebration and reception of the Eucharist is but a memory for many Catholics.
February 5, 2021 | By MOST REV. MICHAEL SHERIDAN
It’s old news by now, but I believe it’s worth repeating. On Jan. 19, the day before the inauguration of Joseph Biden as only the second president to profess to be Catholic, the bishops of the United States received a copy of the traditional letter of congratulations from the president of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops, Archbishop José Gomez of Los Angeles. The letter was embargoed until the next day.
January 15, 2021 | By MOST REV. MICHAEL SHERIDAN
On Jan. 31, the Church throughout the United States will begin the annual week-long celebration of Catholic Schools Week. This is a time in which all of us can give thanks for the gift of Catholic schools, which have played such an important role in the lives of many of us.
A Pastoral Letter on the Eucharist from Most Reverend Michael J. Sheridan
December 18, 2020 | By MOST REV. MICHAEL SHERIDAN
COLORADO SPRINGS. Bishop Michael Sheridan issued a pastoral letter on the Eucharist dated Dec. 18 titled “A Hunger for the Bread of Life.” The letter outlines the factors that should be considered in attending Mass during the pandemic, including health concerns.
November 20, 2020 | By MOST REV. MICHAEL SHERIDAN
Dear Brothers and Sisters in Christ,
As we approach Thanksgiving Day, I take this opportunity to express my thanks to those who have contributed so generously, and in so many ways, to the mission of the Church in our diocese. I am especially grateful to those who have contributed to the construction of the Newman Catholic Student Center at the University of Colorado in Colorado Springs (UCCS).
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.
October 2, 2020 | By MOST REV. MICHAEL SHERIDAN
For many weeks now, virtually every bishop in the country — myself included — has been bombarded with letters asking that we speak loudly and clearly regarding the upcoming presidential election. We expect those letters every four years, but this year’s elections are particularly critical.
September 18, 2020 | By MOST REV. MICHAEL SHERIDAN
There was a time when voting for one or another political party or candidate was an exercise of the virtue of prudence. The Catechism of the Catholic Church defines prudence as “the virtue which disposes a person to discern the good and choose the correct means to accomplish it.”
September 4, 2020 | By MOST REV. MICHAEL SHERIDAN
Our observance of Labor Day moves us as Catholics to reflect on the meaning of human labor in light of Sacred Scripture and the teachings of the Church.
How are we to understand the role of work in our lives? Does work actually help to fulfill our role as cooperators with God in perfecting creation — or is work little more than necessary drudgery?
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