Catholic Schools Week

Bishop Stephen Berg celebrated Catholic Schools Week Mass with students from St. John Neumann and St. Therese on February 2 at the Shrine of St. Therese in Pueblo. In conjunction with his Diocesan Ministry Fund tour, Bishop Berg was also able to celebrate Mass at Holy Family in Grand Junction on January 30 and at St. Columba in Durango on January 31. Catholic Schools Week occurs annually across the nation as a week to celebrate the value of Catholic education in the Church and society. In addition to Mass, all four schools celebrated with special activities for the students. This year’s theme for Catholic Schools Week was: Learn. Serve. Lead. Succeed.

Holy Family Catholic School

School Name:
Holy Family Catholic School
Location:
786 26 ½ Rd. Grand Junction, CO 81506

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Durango Knights assist local family

The Durango Knights of Columbus Council #1408 were approached this past fall to assist a parish family in preparing their recently-purchased home for the upcoming winter.  The husband recently suffered from a heart condition and his wife was confined to a wheelchair.  The home would require a great deal of patchwork and remodeling to be ready for a Colorado winter. 

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St. Columba Catholic School

School Name:
St. Columba School
Location:
1801 E 3rd Ave. Durango, CO 81301

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Penance Services

Parishes across the diocese will be hosting penance services throughout the Lenten season. Parishioners are encouraged to avail themselves of the sacrament as preparation for the joyous Easter season. As more dates are collected, they will be added to the website: www.dioceseofpueblo.org/2018-lent-penance-services.

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St. Therese Catholic School

School Name:
St. Therese Catholic School
Location:
320 Goodnight Ave. Pueblo, CO 81004

Principal: Nadine Montoya
Number of students: 137
Number of teachers: 17
Grades served: Preschool through 12th Grade
School motto: The mission of St. Therese Catholic School is to provide for the academic and spiritual growth and the development of each student within an environment formed by the values of sacred scripture and the traditions of the Catholic Church.

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Four Levels of Happiness: Helping to transcend and transform

By Ginny Revel

“True happiness (joy) is derived from a life of service and helping others.”

According to the theory of the Four Levels of Happiness, as introduced in the Grand Junction Deanery’s January 5 presentation by Deacon Dan Leetch, the goal as Christians is to transcend the lower levels (1 – immediate gratification and 2 – personal achievement/ego) and rise to level 3 (good beyond self) and ultimately to the 4th level of happiness, which is the ultimate good of communion with God.

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St. John Neumann Catholic School

School Name:
St. John Neumann Catholic School
Location:
2415 E. Orman, Pueblo, CO 81004

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Join us at an upcoming Four Levels of Happiness presentation

Presentations on the Spitzer Center’s The Four Levels of Happiness will be held throughout the diocese in the coming months. Deacon Dan Leetch, the director of pastoral services for the diocese, will serve as the facilitator to a video presentation by Father Thomas Spitzer, the founder and president of the Spitzer Center.

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Strategic Plan & Stella Maris FAQs

1. Why a Strategic Plan?

“Without a vision, the people will perish.” (Proverbs 29:18) Bishop Berg, as carrier of the vision, is leading us into a “future full of hope” (Jeremiah 29:11). Pope Francis is providing the inspiration, who in The Joy of the Gospel (EG) taught us: “Each particular Church, as a portion of the Catholic Church under the leadership of its bishop, is likewise called to missionary conversion.

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Father William Gleeson: 1938 - 2018

Father William Thomas Gleeson passed away February 7 in Pueblo. He was born September 13, 1938 in Jersey City, N.J. to James Francis Gleeson and Mary Elizabeth (Reidy) Gleeson. Fr. Gleeson was the youngest of four siblings, two brothers (James F. and John J.) and one sister (Mary P.). He came to Pueblo in 1957 as a student and went on to attend seminary at Immaculate Conception in Conception, Missouri, which he completed in 1966.

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Bishop explains diocese’s future plans

By Bishop Stephen J. Berg

As I write this, we just received the first real snow of the winter here in Pueblo, where we are presenting the annual Youth Fest for middle school and high school students over the weekend. I have recently returned from visiting many of you all over the diocese, as several of the Catholic Pastoral Center (CPC) staff and I traveled throughout the diocese for our annual DMF tour.

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Bishop wraps up successful tour, looks forward to Diocesan Convocation

By Michelle Hill
Director of Development

On January 29 Bishop Stephen Berg launched his annual DMF tour in the Grand Junction Deanery at St. Mary in Montrose. This year’s tour encompassed far more than just DMF information. Bishop Berg shared his vision for the diocese, a vision that will guide us through the next three to five years.

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The Catholic Foundation Continues to Promote Catholic Education

By Diana Maal
Development Coordinator, The Catholic Foundation

An important aspect of the Catholic Foundation’s mission is to assist diocesan Catholic schools, primarily in the area of tuition assistance through our grants program. Since the year 2000, the Catholic Foundation has awarded nearly $200,000 in tuition assistance for families.

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Grand Junction Deanery hosts catechetical day

By Carol Schneider
Director of Religious Education St. Joseph, Grand Junction

Among the many challenges that face today’s Church, engaging families in parish life is certainly at the top. This was the focus of the first Grand Junction Deanery Catechetical Study Day on January 27. Presenter Kathy Hendricks is a national catechetical consultant for William H. Sadlier and is the author of numerous books regarding strategies for engaging the family in parish life and in bringing faith to center stage within the family.

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