From: Tracy Murphy
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To: Tracy Murphy
Subject: Parish Link: Feb. 2, 2011

Sorry we’re late! Archdiocesan offices were closed yesterday, due to inclement weather

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This Sunday: World Day of Prayer for Consecrated Life

A Bulletin Announcement & Prayer of the Faithful, to use during this weekend’s Masses (Feb. 5 & 6)

BULLETIN ANNOUCEMENT: “They left everything and followed Jesus.” If you are seeking greater simplicity of life and a closer following of the Lord in prayer and action, consider that He may be calling you to the priesthood, diaconate or consecrated life. For more information on vocations visit and click on “Vocations” on the left or contact the Vocations Office at the Archdiocese of Denver, 303-282-3429 or

PRAYERS OF THE FAITHFUL: That all those called to follow Jesus in the priesthood or consecrated life will allow the Holy Spirit to strengthen them each day in their vocation and mission, we pray to the Lord.



Change their life! Tell them about “The Living the Catholic Faith Conference”

Please put posters & registration brochures out for parishioners!

Every parish’s DRE should have received a handful of registration brochures, and a few posters, in November. If you haven’t already, please make these materials available to your parishioners! If you need more, email us at


The Living the Catholic Faith Conference (March 11-12) change lives each year. It has something for every parishioner, with presentation topics on the new English translation of the Roman missal, on busy parenthood, on being a “single” Catholic, on courtship and marriage, on raising pure and chaste teenagers, and much, much more!


Keynote speakers include: Archbishop Dolan of New York, Scott Hahn, podcasting-priest Father Barron, who’s Word on Fire Ministry is sweeping the country, and liturgy expert Sister Kathleen Harmon. Learn more at Tools for parish promotion (e.g., web banners, bulletin text, and other materials) available on “Downloads” page on conference website.



Colorado Catholic Conference urges action on abortion bills

Contact your representatives now!

On January 20, three new bills on important pro-life issues were introduced into Congress: The No Taxpayer Funding for Abortion Act (H.R. 3), the Protect Life Act (H.R. 358), and the Abortion Non-Discrimination Act (H.R. 361).  For full details, and to learn how YOU can take action, visit the Conference’s website at or visit this direct link:






Nervous about funeral planning? Workshop this Saturday.

Plan ahead…so that when the time comes, you know what to do.

This week’s Feb. 2 issue of the Denver Catholic Register (DCR) offers two features on funeral planning. It can be very difficult to plan a funeral in the first days after losing your loved one. It’s best to plan ahead, so that you have one less thing to worry about. This Saturday’s Funeral Workshop will help you. See page 2 (or click here). Also on page 2, reporter John Gleason writes of how the Archdiocese of Denver’s cemeteries care for the poor, even in death. For more information, call the Office of Liturgy at 303-715-3221 or email



Valentines Day fun!

Spark the EVERLASTING flame in your marriage!

Several parishes are sponsoring Valentine’s Day parties on Saturday, Feb. 12. Assumption of Denver, St. Frances Cabrini and St. Mary in Littleton, and St. Joan of Arc in Arvada are all hosting Valentine’s Day dances; most include dinner. Refer to the “Gatherings/Fundraisers” section of the Denver Catholic Register’s Bulletin Board for full details – page 14 of your print version, or online at



Special ENDOW Class to teach about new Roman Missal translation

Understand the Mass à  understand the changes

ENDOW is offering a special class titled “Mysterium Fidei: The Rites and Prayers of the Holy Mass,” to be led by Sr. Esther Mary Nickel, RSM. This course will lead students to a greater understanding of the history and theology of the liturgy, in the context of the new translation, which is scheduled for implementation into all Masses beginning Nov. 27 of this year. The class consists of eight, two-hour classes, to be held on Wednesday afternoons, beginning Feb. 16 in the JP II Center. Cost is $60. Register online at or call (303) 715-3224.



Attend Catholic Psychotherapy Conference [March 25-26]

Do you work in mental healthcare? Consider attending!

On March 25-26, Denver will host the annual Catholic Psychotherapy Conference, themed: “Implementing the Catholic Faith into Your Practice: Psychotherapy in the Service of the Church.” Talks, workshops and networking opportunities, including presentations by three of Colorado’s four bishops: Denver’s Archbishop Charles J. Chaput, O.F.M. Cap., and Auxiliary Bishop James D. Conley, and Colorado Springs’ Bishop Michael J. Sheridan. Get more info or register at Read more in Jan. 19 DCR at



Help needed for new marriage ministry

Can you / your spouse help?

Retrouvaille Ministry is resurrecting its Colorado chapter, and is in need of 15 to 20 married couples to help present the program. If you are a couple who has experienced Retrouvaille, or Marriage Encounter, or simply interested in helping couples in hurting and troubled marriages, please contact Bill & Arlene Newlin at 303-973-2206 or Training and workshops will be provided. Learn more at



Learn how to help someone struggling with addiction

For priests, pastoral / professional counselors and affected family members

The National Center for Intervention will offer a course on understanding addiction and the intervention process on Feb. 19-20 at the Denver Family Institute, 7200 E. Hampden Ave., Denver. The course is open to priests and others in ministry, family, friends and professionals to teach them how to help loved ones, co-workers or parishioners who are struggling with alcoholism, drug problems, gambling issues, eating disorders or other self-destructive behaviors. To sign up email, call 303-882-5266 or visit For additional resources or information on the nature of alcoholism, contact Stephen Wilkins, St. Vincent de Paul parishioner, at 720-366-4736.



A blog for adoptive and foster parents

A resource for parents

Carol Lozier, LCSW, a psychotherapist in private practice, created a blog titled "In My Child's World: Strategies For Foster and Adoptive Parents To Reach Their Child." Lozier's blog is geared to educate families and others on the unique needs of foster and adopted kids through practical strategies, guidance and support. The blog is packed with beneficial information to help both parents and children to receive the emotional support they need. Visit Lozier's  blog at Contact the author with questions at



Conference for Divorced Catholics

For those suffering from divorce

The Journey of Hope 2011 Conference will be held March 4-6 in Atlanta, GA. So many Catholics fall away from the Church as a result of separation, divorce and remarriage without a declaration of nullity. Misconceptions about the Church’s teachings on these subjects often cause Catholics to bear the pain, shame and suffering of their circumstances on their own, without the support of the Church. This conference is for Catholics who have fallen away from the Church or for those who still attend but might be questioning the relevance of the Church at this stage in their lives. It is especially for all those who seek support from the Church and want to understand and follow her teachings. For more information, visit or call 1-888-654-3397.



Follow us on FACEBOOK!

Did you know that the Archdiocese of Denver – AND Archbishop Chaput! – are on Facebook?!

If you, or your parish, currently has its own Facebook page, we encourage you to swing by our site and “Like” us so that you can “Chat” with us!


§         Archdiocese of Denver’s Facebook page at::

§         Archbishop Chaput’s Fan Page at:


For those of you who are interested in learning more about Social Media (think Facebook, Twitter, blogs, etc.), we also invite you to search and join the Facebook Group called “Social Media for Catholics,” created by EWTN’s Michelle Laque Johnson. This community has proven an invaluable resource to us here in the Denver Communications Office!







Learn about more upcoming events at or in Denver Catholic Register’s Bulletin Board at For a complete calendar of archdiocesan events, visit


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