Sister to give class on ‘Hebrew Experience’
The Community of the Beatitudes, at St. Catherine of Siena Parish in Denver, will offer two separate opportunities for people to learn about Jewish feasts, study the Hebrew alphabet, learn the Hail Mary in Hebrew, and understand Church teaching on Israel—through a course called “The Hebrew Experience.”
The Hebrew Experience will run for four weeks from 9 a.m. to noon on consecutive Saturdays from Aug. 18 through Sept. 8; and a separate session for seven weeks from 6:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. on consecutive Wednesdays, from Oct. 3 through Nov. 14. All classes will be held at St. Catherine of Siena School in Denver.
The course will be taught by Beatitudes Sister Magdalit Bolduc. Sister Bolduc served as a pilgrimage guide in Israel for 12 years, from 1988 to 2000. There she discovered the Jewish people, their history and the Jewish roots of Christianity.
The first class will serve as an introduction, as well as start the alphabet and Hail Mary. Sessions will continue by studying the feasts of Pessach, Shavuot, Sukkot and Rosh Hashanah-Kippur; and the final class with feature a multi-media presentation “A Man Had Two Sons.”
The program is open to the public, and the cost of $150 includes materials. St. Catherine of Siena School is located at 4200 Federal Blvd. in Denver, adjacent to the church. To register, call 303-455-9090 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Post-abortion ministry offers its first retreat in Spanish
A healing retreat for women and men struggling with the pain of abortion was conducted in Spanish for the first time in the Archdiocese of Denver this summer.
Four women attended the Rachel’s Vineyard Español weekend June 29-July 1. It was initiated by Rosalinda Lozano, ministry facilitator, who was inspired to bring the retreat to the Denver area after meeting Spanish-speaking women during parish-based sidewalk counseling training.
“I met two women who were post-abortive, Spanish–speakers,” she told the Denver Catholic Register. “They asked me where they could get help for feelings of suicide… I gave them information about Project Rachel and Rachel’s Vineyard, but neither were offered in Spanish.”
According to the 2010 U.S. Census about 20 percent of Denver’s population speaks Spanish.
Lozano, along with one of the women, attended a Rachel’s Vineyard Español retreat in Phoenix, as well as completed requirements dictated by the national organization to bring the ministry to Denver. The team now consists of three women and two men.
Spiritual direction for the inaugural retreat was provided by Father Victor Salomon, director of Hispanic outreach for the international pro-life ministry, Priests for Life.
“His presence was a blessing!” said Lozano. “His strength, humility and commitment to the healing of post-abortive women and men is unmeasured.”
The group is seeking a local Spanish-speaking Catholic therapist for their next retreat which is planned for Nov. 16-18. For more information call 877-464-0300 or email ElVinedoDeRaquel@comcast.net.
SVDP Society names new executive director
Chris Strassburger is the new executive director of the Denver Metro Council of the St. Vincent de Paul Society, a spokesman said. Strassburger is a member of St. Mary Church in Littleton. He previously worked as director of donor relations for the Mile High United Way and as vice president of development for Easter Seals of Colorado. He replaces Steve Pratt, who served seven years as executive director.