September 17, 2021  |  By MOST REV. JAMES GOLKA

Greetings brothers and sisters in Christ. These first letters which I am addressing to the diocese are a simple attempt to help each of us better prepare for an experience of Communion with our Lord at Mass.

Today I want to say a brief word about the Liturgy of the Word. This is the part of Mass where we are invited to listen with attention and receive God’s word during the readings.

September 3, 2021  |  By MOST REV. JAMES GOLKA

Greetings brothers and sisters in Christ. In my last letter, I proposed that we might take time to better understand what happens at the Mass.

We do not simply “go” to Mass but rather we participate in an event of communion with our Lord. This event of communion has the power to change our very being. Today, I would like to look at how regular experience of the Sacrament of Penance (going to Confession) can help us better be prepared to receive our Lord and to let our Lord receive us.

August 20, 2021  |  By EXCMO. y RVDMO. MONS. JAMES GOLKA

Saludos, hermanos y hermanas en Cristo.  Me siento humilde y contento de ser llamado a servirles como obispo.  Gracias por la amable bienvenida y especialmente por su apoyo orante. 

Mi primera impresión de nuestra Diócesis de Colorado Springs es que Dios está obviamente obrando de muchas maneras.  Estoy agradecido por el ministerio de tantos sacerdotes, diáconos y religiosos dedicados.  Estoy quizás más impresionado por el testimonio y el servicio fiel de tantos laicos dedicados y dotados.  Por favor, sepan que los guardo a todos en mis oraciones diarias.  Honestamente, estoy impaciente de ver lo que Dios tiene reservado para nosotros.  Juntos podemos esperar y esperar que Dios cumpla los planes de Dios si solo confiamos y lo permitimos.

August 20, 2021  |  By MOST REV. JAMES GOLKA

Greetings brothers and sisters in Christ. I am humbled and overjoyed to be called to serve with you as Bishop. Thank you for the kind welcome and especially for your prayerful support. My first impression of our Diocese of Colorado Springs is that God is clearly at work in many ways. I am grateful for the ministry of so many dedicated priests, deacons and religious. I am perhaps more impressed by the witness and faithful service of so many dedicated and gifted lay persons. Please know that I keep you all in my daily prayers. I honestly cannot wait to see what God has in store for us. Together may we hope and expect that God will accomplish God’s plans if we but trust and allow.


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.


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.


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.


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.

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.

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