On the Road

Reflections of the Father’s Love

Written by: Denise Serafini on Thursday, June 08, 2017

On Wednesday, June 7th we presented our program to the parishioners of St Pius X Church in Aurora, Colorado. We were greeted by Vladimir, the pastor’s assistant, an accommodating and helpful young man. He was very quick to assist us in getting all of our equipment into the church and want to be as much a part of the process as possible since he knew he would have to leave for assigned duties shortly after the the program was set to begin. Jean was quick to engage him in setting the relics onto the pedestals and allowing him to have a private time to venerate before the parishioners arrived. He was most grateful to have had the time to take a group of holy cards and touch them to each relic as he reverently approached them. While I was giving directions to the sir knights for the processional and presentation of the relics, Father Jorge joined us to discuss his role in the program. What a congenial and welcoming priest with a broad smile and engaging personality. He was considerate of his parishioners and asked if we could have a slightly delayed start to accommodate late arriving individuals that are part of working families. As he expected, parishioners filed in throughout the meditative portion of the program.

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Called to Imitate the Disciples

Written by: Denise Serafini on Wednesday, June 07, 2017

This is the second time we have been invited to come to the St. Vincent de Paul church in Denver. It was our inaugural event for our Year of Mercy Tour in 2016. The theme last year was Celebrating Mercy and of course this year we have the Call from the Crucified Heart, highlighting Jesus’ words to us from the cross and Mary’s role as she accompanied Jesus to Calvary. Titus Conwell, the sir knight that helped us with this year’s tour, was someone we had met on our previous visit. We had a little lull in the stream of the faithful that were coming in for veneration and Titus was the one that lead us in the rosary. Titus was one knight that stood out for us because of his demonstration as a truly prayerful individual. You could tell he prayed the rosary often by the way the recitation of the mysteries, decades and followup prayers flowed off his tongue. Titus brought the icon of the Holy Family along for this event that we might offer our prayers in support of the culture of life. The dedication was made during the introduction. The mission of this parish is to “Go and make disciples” (Mt. 28:19), and with the guidance of the Holy Spirit, and the intercession of the Blessed Virgin Mary, to build the Kingdom of God. In our presentation this year, we highlight the relic of the Holy Apostles, encouraging the faithful to recognize that we are all called to discipleship. We are called as the disciples were to be examples of the faith. We are also called to step out in support of the principles of our faith on issues of life, marriage and family. Like the Apostles we are also inspired by the Holy Spirit, although it may not be as obvious as it was for them at Pentecost. The fire of the Holy Spirit comes upon us in terms of inspiration to be witnesses of His love, joy and mercy in our works of kindness and service to our fellow man.

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​Celebrating Pentecost in the Cathedral

Written by: Denise Serafini on Tuesday, June 06, 2017

Our first event in Colorado occurred in the Cathedral Basilica of the Immaculate Conception in Denver on Saturday, June 3. After we unloaded and set up the majority of our equipment, we had the privilege of attending the Anticipated Mass in celebration of the great feast of Pentecost. In Father John Kirby’s commentary of June 4th, he notes, “As the Spirit came upon Mary and the apostles over two thousand years ago, the Church was born into her mission. And the Holy Spirit still comes among believers today, and among all men and women of every people and creed. The Spirit continues to labor among all people seeking to show us the face of mercy and love and to guide us along the true path of reconciliation and peace.” These are the gifts embodied in the overall mystery of salvation which is the fulfillment of the birth. life and ultimate crucifixion of Our Messiah. The Apostles are charged with he propagation of the Word. Like the apostles, we are also called to be disciples in Christ as examples of the faith in our actions, enlightened by the Holy Spirit to be God’s reflection of His love and mercy.

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Adored and Loved be Jesus

Written by: Denise Serafini on Monday, June 05, 2017

Sometimes I think I’m making stops at churches on these tours just to learn more about the saints. The church we visited on Tuesday, May 30 was named in honor of St. Viator. Not only did I get to learn about this saint I discovered that there is an entire community of Viatorians. The name "Viator", in Latin, means preacher. Viator was a lector or catechist at the cathedral of Lyons, and was held in high esteem by the then bishop and the faithful. Viator made a decision to follow his bishop and mentor, Justus to Egypt to live as a hermit. Both died at the monastery of Scetes, present-day Wadi El Natrun. The Viatorians have a special love for the Word of God, as it is read, interiorized, shared, and celebrated. This Word is the real basis of their spiritual life. They use the Word as the source for a lively interest in liturgical life and the Holy Eucharist. In it, they find the source of accomplishment for their personal relationship with the Lord and of their communion with the People of God. They celebrate the Eucharist daily and foster a special devotion to the Blessed Sacrament. Their charism and spirituality is centered on the Viatorian Community motto, “Adored and Loved be Jesus”.

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Witnesses of Faith

Written by: Denise Serafini on Saturday, June 03, 2017

​We arrived at St. James the Apostle Church on Tuesday, May 30 immediately after our tour of the Pregnancy Services Center. This church is in an extremely poor section of Las Vegas and the priest that presided over the event was Fr. James Michael Jankowski. Father Jim, as he is more familiarly known, was very accommodating and had a great voice for the reading of Jesus’ words to us from the various scenes in His Passion. Joining us for the event was a Syrian family that had driven from California to Las Vegas specifically to attend this event. It’s at least a three-hour ride. This family was there to pray, not only for themselves, a family displaced from their war-torn country, but also for all those that they had to leave behind, in the danger, fear and desolation that is currently plaguing their homeland. These people have a first hand appreciation for their faith and what it means to be persecuted for their beliefs. They were victimized while they were in Syria and had to bear the host of unknowns associated with being brought to a country with which they are totally unfamiliar, and take on the challenges of resettlement here. Because they had arrived early we had the opportunity to chat with them before the event began. Jean talked with them even more than I did to gain a first hand understanding of the challenges they face. The mother, who speaks fluent English, told how the rosary was her only source of hope to deal with the trials of assuring that she, her husband and two sons would be brought to safety.

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A Mission to Save Lives

Written by: Denise Serafini on Saturday, June 03, 2017

On Tuesday, May 30 we were invited by Dave Ryan, Past State Deputy of Nevada from the Knights of Columbus, to tour the First Choice Pregnancy Services Center. As part of their activities to support life, the Knights of Columbus in Nevada has provided a brand new ultrasound machine for the facility. The venter provides complete, accurate information, free lab-quality high-sensitivity pregnancy tests with immediate results, pregnancy consultation, and state-of-the-art ultrasound services to women and couples who are making decisions about unintended pregnancies. The workers and volunteers at this facility are faced with all sorts of personal stories and crisis situations everyday. Supported by volunteers, free-will donations and organizations like the Knights of Columbus, workers at these centers meet the challenges to save babies and mothers on a daily basis. They also deal with the issues of maintaining a top rate facility while assuring financial stability.

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