On the Road

​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 the 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.

We were joined by the Cathedral Rector and Pastor, Father Ronald Cattany and Deacon Derek. It seems that our visit came on the heels of a few other relic tours and there were lots of questions. I think that the program we have in conjunction with the relics presentation makes our delivery a different process and experience than would generally be expected. I was pleased that Father Cattany was happy to take on the readings for the voice of Jesus and the Deacon Derek did the Eucharistic prayers. This is the first time we had all but the meditations read by the presiding clergy. It was wonderful.

The Cathedral is located right in the heart of the city of Denver and is surrounded by the evidence of significant poverty in the lives of people that take up residence in general proximity to the church. As an inner city parish, the Cathedral is a true partnered member of the community, providing lunches to the poor and homeless.

The Cathedral is currently undergoing exterior renovations so there is scaffolding that covers most of it. However from the inside you can definitely see why their windows are considered some of the finest in the world. There are 75 windows, each uniquely crafted with beautiful colors and dyes. This Cathedral is especially noted for having more stained glass windows than any other church of any denomination in America.

This event not only had participation from the Catholic faithful, it also had a contingent of observers from the Church of Latter Day Saints. These young men were all well dressed and appointed and they had lots of questions. Jean, as per her usual commitment to helping people learn beyond their current understanding of the Passion of Our Savior, walked with them through the line of displayed relics, providing added information and responding to their inquiries. We are all brothers and sisters in Christ. Jean’s gift is evident in how she evangelizes the faith to all, regardless of their religious affiliation.

Unfortunately I had no time to get pictures at this event. We were short of a couple of knights to present the relics for veneration so I simply took on that task instead of my normal activities which includes taking a few snaps. In place of photos of individuals at the event in veneration, I thought I would share some of the photos that the Cathedral has on their website highlighting their incredibly beautiful stained glass windows.