EPIC: A Journey Through Church History begins August 29, 2013

If you were asked about . . . The Crusades, The Inquisition, The “Dark Ages”, The Galileo Affair, What would you say?

Do you know your family history? The history of the Church is the story of our family. It is the epic story of our ancestors in the Faith – the heroic men and women who shaped civilization and spread the Gospel throughout the world. Knowing this story is crucial to our identity as Catholics.

Just as we would uncover exciting and interesting stories of our ancestors through the study of our family genealogy, we can uncover our Catholic past through the study of Church history.

Many in our society misunderstand and even attack our Church for the supposed misdeeds of the past. Topics such as the Crusades, the “Inquisition”, and Galileo are used in an attempt to discredit the Church and her role in the world. What is the truth concerning these events and individuals? How can you answer the objections?

Join us for this exciting journey through Church history and you will:

  • Learn about the major people, places, and events of the two-thousand years of Church history.
  • Remember the 12 time periods of Church history using a unique color- coded system.
  • Learn the true story of the Crusades.
  • Discover the revolutionary character of the Protestant Reformation.
  • Discover the massive persecution of Christians in the 20the century.
  • See the workings of the Holy Spirit throughout Church history . . . and much more!

For Whom:  For all of us interested in Roman Catholic Church history

What:  Twenty, fifty-minute DVD presentations by teacher and historian, Steve Weidenkopf, followed by small group discussion.  There is no assigned “homework.”

Where:  Ave Maria Catholic Church – St Joseph’s classroom

When: Thursday evenings – August 29 – February 6, 2014 (20 weeks) 6:30 – 8:30 PM

Cost of study materials – $35.00

Registration: Before August 5, for workbooks to be ordered in time. Payment to be made at the first class.

Contact: Peter Maggio at 303-646-6270.


About Steve Weidenkopf . . .

Steve Weidenkopf has a gift for making Catholic Church history come alive for any audience. He currently serves as a lecturer in Church History for Notre Dame Graduate School of Christendom College.


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The Bible Timeline

The Great Adventure: A Journey through the Bible Returns!

Have you have ever wanted to read the Bible, but did not know where or how to begin, then The Bible Timeline Parish Study is for you.

The Bible Timeline makes reading the Bible not only easy, but exciting. In this study, you will learn the major people, places, events and themes of the Bible— getting the “big picture” of salvation history. Perhaps for the first time in your life, you will understand the overview of the Bible story. This then makes your Bible reading and even the Sunday Mass readings come alive like never before.

Many Catholics are not familiar with the Bible, and getting started can be adaunting project. Unfortunately, one of the greatest stumbling blocks to reading the Bible is the Bible itself…it was not assembled with the modern reader in mind. We are used to starting a book at the beginning and reading through to the end. Events in the story tend to follow each other in a linear fashion and build on each other. But the Bible is not like that.

The Bible is comprised of seventy-three books, grouped together by literarystyle…history, poetry, wisdom or prophecy. This made sense to the Jewish scholars who arranged them, but then they knew the story. Modern Catholics do not always enjoy this luxury. We have heard the Scriptures proclaimed all our lives at Mass, but always in small pieces. We’re missing the big picture with all of the pieces framed inside.

Our study will concentrate on fourteen books in the Bible, twelve books in the Old Testament and two in the New Testament. These fourteen books will have a rough sequential knowledge of the history of the people of Israel and the beginnings of the Christian Church. The Bible tells us more than just a piece of human history. It’s salvation history: the history of God’s relationship and dealings with creation and mankind.

Course Outline

 Early World and Patriarchs – Genesis  Egypt and Exodus  Desert Wanderings – Numbers  Conquest and Judges – Joshua and Judges  Royal Kingdom – 1 & 2 Samuel  Divided Kingdom – 1 & 2 Kings  Exile – 2 Kings  Return – Ezra and Nehemiah  Maccabean Revolt – 1 Maccabees  Messianic Fulfillment- The Gospel of Luke  The Church – Acts of the Apostles

Our format will consist of a weekly reading at home, answering workbook questions, class discussion of the questions and viewing a DVD, presented by Jeff Cavins. Jeff is a noted Catholic instructor, who will provide that week’s study assignment in more detail with an easy to understand approach.

The Bible is not just any story—it is your story. Discover how to read it. Discover God’s plan for your life as you discover his amazing story in The Bible Timeline.

Join us and learn the major people, places, events and themes of the Bible.

The Bible Timeline study will be offered at Ave Maria Catholic Parish, 9056 East Parker Road, Parker, Colorado. Our first class begins on Monday evening, August 27 from 6:30 to 8:30 in the St. Dominic’s classroom. Our course of study will continue for twenty-four weeks and end on March 4, 2014. The cost is $50.00 and covers the binder, workbook and all materials. Payment to be made at the first class.

To learn more, call or e-mail Peter Maggio at 303-646-6270.

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Christ Renews His Parish: Fall 2013

Christ Renews His Parish (CRHP – pronounced “chirp”) is a parish-based spiritual renewal process that has existed since 1989 and is recommended by the renewal office of the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops. CRHP is a unique weekend of fellowship and spiritual growth offering time to relax, pray, and reconsider priorities. It is also a time to get to know other men in the parish as well as an opportunity to examine and rediscover your own relationship with our Lord. CRHP is a weekend of reflection on spiritual and real life issues.

The weekend is ideal for those seeking to grow their in their faith no matter where they are on their journey. The next men’s weekend is October 26th – 27th and the women’s is October 5th – 6th. [Kevin – I’m guessing on the women’s dates but accuracy isn’t critical for our purposes.]

What happens during the weekend? You will have the opportunity to learn how other parishioners of our Faith Community live their faith in the modern world while building some great friendships. Your level of participation is entirely up to you; but no matter how much you participate you’ll find the experience deeply fulfilling. And yes, we have a little fun as well. This process is just one way to stop our busy lives, see past the pains and lies, and know God, not just experience Him.

So in the words of our Savior we too, invite you, “Come and you will see”, Jn 1:39.

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The Night Watchmen: A Call to the Men of Ave Maria

Mathew 26:36-46

“36 Then Jesus went with them to a place called Gethsemane; and he said to his disciples, “Sit here while I go over there and pray.” 37 He took with him Peter and the two sons of Zebedee, and began to be grieved and agitated. 38 Then he said to them, “I am deeply grieved, even to death; remain here, and stay awake with me.” 39 And going a little farther, he threw himself on the ground and prayed, “My Father, if it is possible, let this cup pass from me; yet not what I want but what you want.” 40 Then he came to the disciples and found them sleeping; and he said to Peter, “So, could you not stay awake with me one hour? 41 Stay awake and pray that you may not come into the time of trial; the spirit indeed is willing, but the flesh is weak.” 42 Again he went away for the second time and prayed, “My Father, if this cannot pass unless I drink it, your will be done.” 43 Again he came and found them sleeping, for their eyes were heavy. 44 So leaving them again, he went away and prayed for the third time, saying the same words. 45 Then he came to the disciples and said to them, “Are you still sleeping and taking your rest? See, the hour is at hand, and the Son of Man is betrayed into the hands of sinners. 46 Get up, let us be going. See, my betrayer is at hand.” ”


Men of Ave Maria,
Our parish is in need of your help. In the scripture passage above, Jesus asks His disciples to stay awake and watch with Him. When He returns, He finds them sleeping. We have been called as a parish of Perpetual Adoration, and we have been caught sleeping.

Perpetual adoration is defined as: “The practice of the continuous exposition and adoration of the Eucharist, twenty-four hours a day. During perpetual adoration, a specific person performs adoration for a period of one hour or more, so there is always at least one person who performs adoration during each day and night.” It is during the night, while we are sleeping, that our Lord is so often left alone, and why The Night Watchmen exists.

Working on a rotation basis, the ministry begins with a group of 12 men representing the 12 disciples, with one group assigned to each day of the week for a total of 84 men. Each week, 6 of the men (in the 12 man group) will have an hour of adoration on that night covering the hours of 11pm-5am. Active rotations start with the 11pm time slot in week 1, 12am in week 2, and continuing to the 5am time slot in week 6.

Example: Friday (D1-D12 represents the Disciples, YOU)

D1 11pm-12am, D2 12am-1am, D3 1am-2am, D4 2am-3am, D5 3am-4am, D6 4am-5am. D7-D12 will be off rotation. The next week every man will shift to the next scheduled hour and D6 will begin his 6 week break while D12 will be scheduled 11pm-12am and begin his 6 week rotation of Adoration.

While Adoration provides for a myriad of personal and spiritual benefits, our parish family also benefits from the availability of a man to provide security during late hours for the church, and comfort for those individuals who might want to Adore during late hours but unwilling to go alone. Finally Our Lord will not find the men of Ave Maria Parish sleeping anymore. He is calling on all men in our parish to be the men He intended us to be and by spending time with Him we will hear His call. In the words of Pope John Paul II:

“We will go throughout the city, we will pass among the people assailed by thousands of everyday problems, we will go to meet these brothers and sisters of ours and we will show the Sacrament of Christ’s presence to all: ‘Behold the bread of angels, the bread of pilgrims; the true bread of children.’ 
In this bread the Almighty, the Eternal, the thrice Holy has made Himself close to us, has become ‘God-With-Us,’ Emmanuel.”


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Music Ministry

We know Ave’s Got Talent : show us your stuff at the Fall Festival Talent Show!
If one of your favorite parts of the Fall Festival each year is the entertainment, maybe you’ve got what it takes to join the festival entertainers? Auditions will be held in July for performers of all kinds: comedians, jugglers, gymnasts, pianists and bands would make for great entertainment – what do you have to offer? Bring it! Start warming up those pipes (and keys and muscles and jokes) to share your talent with the Fall Festival throngs. Stay tuned for the specific evenings in July and save the dates for the Fall Festival weekend, September 7th and 8th. Contact June M. Record-Curlee, Coordinator of Liturgical Music at JRecord-Curlee@avemariacatholicparish.org for details.

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Are you looking for a great preschool?  Will your child be 3 or 4 years old by October 1, 2013?  If so, Ave Maria Catholic Preschool has a place for you!  Please call Beth Bowie today for more details: 720-842-5416.

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