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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October 16, 2020  |  By KERRY PEETZ
BLESSINGS IN BLOOM: Peppers

Hot, mild, pickled, Pueblo, Hatch, bell, Anaheim, jalapeno, home grown. Peppers are loved by almost everyone. And if you don’t like to eat them, they can be beautifully displayed when strung and hung as ristras. Fall is the time to celebrate the pepper. We are very blessed to live in a state that farms some of the best peppers on the planet. Pueblo Chili #1! Boooo-Yah!


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October 16, 2020  |  By BISHOP ROBERT BARRON

Every four years, Catholics face an intense dilemma in regard to the vote. There are ardently Catholic Democrats who wonder how their co-religionists could possibly choose a Republican candidate, and there are ardently Catholic Republicans who express precisely the opposite opinion.


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October 15, 2020  |  By ANDY BARTON

Somehow, I have been expecting some event that would get things back to normal. Last spring, I thought it would be the arrival of warm weather. Later, I thought it would be the fall when children returned to school. Recently, that new marker was Christmas, with a vaccine approved for use. But this past Sunday, as I looked around at yet another socially distanced Mass, I finally accepted that no such event was coming. We will not, one Sunday all of the sudden, start sitting next to each other in pews, without masks like we did last February.


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October 2, 2020  |  By CHRISTINA CAPECCHI

Paula Kraus wasn’t afraid to utter the wish burning on her heart, the one that seizes so many preparing to lose a loved one.


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October 2, 2020  |  By RICHARD DOERFLINGER

Today, our nation mourns the loss of a trailblazer, not only in the field of law, but in the history of our country.”

So begins President Donald Trump’s proclamation on the death of Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg, ordering the American flag to be flown at half-staff around the world in her honor.


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October 2, 2020  |  By BRITTANY VESSELY

November 3 is drawing near for arguably one of the most vitriolic presidential races in the United States’ history, but the presidency is not the only ballot measure of utmost concern for Coloradans. This year, the people of Colorado have the opportunity to ban late-term abortion after 22-weeks’ fetal gestation, promoting the value of life for our culture and affirming the countless preborn children whose lives came to a brutal end before their first breath.


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September 18, 2020  |  By DEACON RICK BAUER

A few weeks ago, I served with Bishop Sheridan and Father Kirk Slattery of St. Gabriel the Archangel Parish in a COVID-delayed Confirmation Mass for 53 young people.

 Most of the time I worry about getting the sequences, prayers, and actions right as a deacon. What struck me at this Mass was the homily of the Bishop. The exact words escape me now, but his opening words to the young people were “Are you ready?”


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September 18, 2020  |  By KERRY PEETZ
BLESSINGS IN BLOOM: The Big Chill

This year, in our diocese, we lost between 10 and 20 percent of our ash trees. While that may not seem like a lot, it really is. Fluctuating temperatures are a major factor to consider while living here and trying to decide what to plant in our landscapes. Recent record-breaking lows with snow in early September can have a major impact on what survives and what will perish in the garden.


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September 18, 2020  |  By FATHER TAD PACHOLCZYK

Several popular myths about COVID-19 vaccines have been gaining traction on social media in recent months, particularly in regard to messenger RNA (mRNA) vaccines being developed by Moderna, Sanofi, Pfizer and a handful of other companies. I would like to consider five of these myths:


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September 18, 2020  |  By KATIE PREJEAN MCGRADY

We were newlyweds, and as a late wedding gift, a priest friend invited us to attend our bishop’s annual fundraising gala. A black-tie affair, my husband needed a tuxedo and I a gown. Off to the department store we went, a bit reluctant to spend money on fancy clothes we thought we’d never wear again.


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September 4, 2020  |  By CHRISTINA CAPECCHI

The color-coded books first caught my eye.

It’s become one of my favorite flourishes in interior design, one that always stops me in my Instagram scrolling. And here it was, on the cover of a book titled “Theology of Home: Finding the Eternal in the Everyday.” Four built-in shelves held coordinating books: reds, whites, greens and blacks. From there, my eye wandered to the massive stone fireplace with a Blessed Mother icon above it and a crackling fire below. 


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August 21, 2020  |  By DEACON RICK BAUER

One solace we find in times of testing and during a global pandemic is the comfort of spiritual reading. From the Sacred Scriptures to the Catechism of the Catholic Church, from books about and from the saints, from the wise priest or the careful and diligent scholar, we cherish the gift of the printed page (and in whatever else an electronically read or audibly listened form it may take), we abide in Christ, gird the loins of our spirit, and ponder life’s mysteries with words that those wiser can provide. Is it thus true that in reading, we can be guided into heaven at the end of our days? The authors of the three books reviewed here would argue that we can.


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