Today we as a church celebrate the Solemnity of the Ascension. The Bishops of the Province of Denver, the Diocese of Cheyenne, Wyoming; the Archdiocese of Denver, the Diocese of Colorado Springs and the Diocese of Pueblo several years ago transferred this beautiful Solemnity in place of the Seventh Sunday of Easter. In celebrating the Ascension, we have to remember – as the Bishops stated in their letter years ago, “that Christ does not exit time, he becomes its center!” It is a good week to prayerfully reflect on – Is Christ the center of your life?
Yesterday I had the privilege of attending the Graduation of 13 of our parishioners from the Denver Catholic Biblical School. To graduate from this School, one must study all aspects of the Bible and Church teachings for four years. I am very proud that we now have 13 of our parishioners who are “Scripture Scholars!” Congratulations to Marilyn Eisele, Linda Fox, Mary Hart, Michael Kilman, Sheri Kilman, Tim Kilzer, Arline King, Lynne Liotta, Wendy Logue, Mary Ann Rasmussen, Debbie Ray, Nancy Stockmoe and Mary White. Congratulations on your graduation! As Saint Jerome reminded us “Ignorance of Scripture is ignorance of Christ.”
I know that there are others who have formally studied the Sacred Scriptures, so please email me with your studies. It would be our hope that we can begin to offer “mini courses” in Sacred Scripture along with the many other Scripture Classes offered here on a ongoing basis. I am very grateful to Jamie Crane, who is a graduate of the Denver Catholic Biblical School and to Jan Redmond for her fidelity to organizing and teaching Sacred Scripture Classes throughout the years. Thanks to all of you who regularly participate in studying Sacred Scripture