September 20, 2019  |  By AMY PARTAIN

COLORADO SPRINGS. Since it was dedicated in 2006, The Grace Center has always been about community. In fact, the community aspect of the center was so important that it is part of the facility’s proper name: The Grace Center for Athletics and Community Service.

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.

August 2, 2019  |  By AMY PARTAIN

COLORADO SPRINGS. In September of 1885, the Sisters of Loretto opened the doors of their first Colorado Springs school, which would eventually become St. Mary’s High School, with the desire to provide a Catholic education in an intimate environment. The goal to bring affordable Catholic education to the Colorado Springs community has not changed in 134 years. This September St. Mary’s will host its 43rd Golf Classic, an event that started in the 1970s to raise funds for tuition assistance, continuing to support the original mission of the school.


Falling in love with Jesus

Catechesis of the Good Shepherd makes Christ’s love tangible to kids
June 7, 2019  |  By LINDA OPPELT

COLORADO SPRINGS. To fall in love with Jesus and to know, beyond any doubt, that Jesus loves you, is an amazing and awesome gift. That is one aim of Catechesis of the Good Shepherd, not so much a program as a methodology that recognizes and respects the deep religious capacity of children. Another major aim of it is to prepare children to participate within the life of the Church.

Introduced into a few diocesan Catholic schools in 2012, Catechesis of the Good Shepherd (CGS) has earned accolades and much enthusiasm.

June 7, 2019  |  By AMY PARTAIN
COLORADO SPRINGS. Middle School STEM Camp at St. Mary’s High School is going to be bigger and better than ever — literally. The 2019 camp has been expanded to five days and the hours have been extended too, running 8 a.m.-4:30 p.m. each day from July 8-12.
May 17, 2019  |  By AMY PARTAIN
COLORADO SPRINGS. When Colleen Carroll Campbell arrived at St. Mary’s High School in the fall of 1989 as a sophomore, she thought nothing about her drive for perfection. In fact, if anything, she thought striving for perfection pushed her to achieve her goals. Her dream was to become an actress and those first-place finishes at speech and debate tournaments would only help her on the quest. Now, as a journalist and mother of four, Campbell explores perfectionism in her new book, “The Heart of Perfection: How the Saints Taught Me to Trade My Dream of Perfect for God’s,” which will release on May 21.
April 19, 2019  |  By AMY PARTAIN
COLORADO SPRINGS. As Ben Bodnar and Daniel Zill entered their second season on the forensics team at St. Mary’s High School in the fall of 2018, both knew they wanted to try a new event, duo interpretation. Together they looked at pieces and chose Wayne and Shuster’s “Rinse the Blood Off My Toga,” a parody of ancient Rome and Julius Caesar with a bit of Shakespeare thrown in, for its general story and fun lines. As they began those early practices of the piece in the fall, they had no idea that it would take them to the finals in the CHSAA State Speech and Debate Tournament in February, where they eventually placed fourth.
April 5, 2019  |  By AMY PARTAIN
COLORADO SPRINGS. In 1969, Neil Armstrong famously made “one small step for man, one giant leap for mankind” when he became the first person to walk on the moon during the Apollo 11 mission. Fifty years later, St. Mary’s High School, inspired by that famous scientific event, hopes to make one giant leap for its students at this year’s “Out of This World”-themed Annual Gala. Funds raised during the 2019 special Gift from the Heart appeal at the gala will be used to bring the school’s science labs into the 21st century. The gala is Saturday, April 27, at The Antlers Hotel and will include dinner, a silent and live auction, dancing and more. For more information about the gala, to register online or to donate to the Gift from the Heart appeal, visit
March 15, 2019  |  By AMY PARTAIN
COLORADO SPRINGS. Mercy is an important theme in our Christian faith. We ask for it from God and he expects us to show it to others. Divine Mercy is the central theme of the live multimedia production “Faustina,” produced by Saint Luke Productions. A week before the Lenten season began this year, St. Mary’s High School students and area Catholic seventh- and eighth- graders learned more about the origins of the liturgical feast of the Divine Mercy through this production, which was hosted by St. Mary’s High School.
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