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Saturday, April 19, 2014

Holy Week 2014

It is Good Friday Morning as I have a few moments to write to you. Some people are in the Church walking the Stations of the Cross. Some people are walking the Stations of the Cross outside on our Stations of the Cross and Prayer Path. It is supposed to be 78 degrees today.

Last night we had a full church for our Holy Thursday Mass. Father Carlos preached a great homily and it was, as always, a profound experience for me to be the Main Celebrant and to wash the feet of 12 good, holy people. It is a joy to be a priest serving in this Parish and serving as a Fire Department Chaplain. It was so heartwarming to see so many people stay in our chapel of repose and pray after the Mass. I had asked them to pray for some of my brother priests who are struggling with illnesses at this time. If you get a chance please pray for Father Bill Carmody and for Father Anthony Gagliardo.

Tonight we have the very moving Good Friday Service at 7pm. Tomorrow we experience the emptiness of the Tomb, the Blessing of Easter Food, and the Easter Vigil. Our Church is open, please stop by.

Sunday we celebrate Easter! We celebrate our Lord’s Victory over death! I hope that Easter brings you great joy!

Fr. Brad

Wednesday, March 26, 2014

Happy Third Week in Lent!

I am just so very proud of our parishioners here at Saint Francis! It is so great to see such a depth of spirituality and attention to spiritual matters here in this parish! Let me give you some of what I enjoy seeing here. On Ash Wednesday we began our Lenten Journey with record numbers attending the different Masses! Great job SFA! At all the Masses on the Second Sunday of Lent Fr. Daniel (our Lenten Retreat Master) invited the parishioner to come to the Lenten Retreat which was four nights –Sunday, Monday, Tuesday and concluding on Wednesday. Over 450 people came to the retreat each night! Wow! Great job SFA! This last weekend we kicked off the new SYMBOLON Online Faith Formation program. I have already received a flurry of emails from parishioner who have started this wonderful program. Great job SFA!


What is the Symbolon program, and why do I personally want you to invest an hour of your week for faith formation?

The great thing about this program is that it is completely on line. It was developed by the Augustine Institute just north of us in Denver. You simply go to the website, enter in the Access Code and Password and the learning begins. What I love about this program is that it is all there – there is a 10 minute overview of the material – reflection questions for you to get the “blood flowing” – a twenty minute presentation on the subject of the session and some questions for you to answer.

All you have to do is to send me a quick email at and let me know as you complete each of the 18 topics. I will personally give you a gift and a thank you card after you have completed the sixth and the twelfth lesson – and when you have completed all 18 – You get a big gift from the Parish, and a personal thank you letter from Bishop Sheridan!

Remember that an educated Catholic is our best Catholic! Anytime that you have questions on this email at the email above and we’ll help you! Please invest one hour for 18 sessions and learn about your faith! Remember that you can do this as a “Catholic Family Hour” as well! If you forget the password and log in info, email me and I will send it to you

You’re the best!
Fr. Brad

Wednesday, March 5, 2014

Daily Lenten Meditations!

Today we as a Church begin the discipline of Lent! I personally love the Season of Lent as it is a holy time to more reflectively look inwardly! Here’s some resources and tips that I like to follow to have an even more holy Lent!

  • Out of my library I like to get back out a book entitled “Daily Lenten Meditations from Pope John Paul II. I like to take time each day to prayerfully read the daily meditation. The Psalm for the day to reflect on is Psalm 50 “Create in me a clean heart, O God, and put a new and right spirit within me.” As I go through the day, I like to remember that psalm. Lord put that “right spirit within me!”.
  • I like to pick up reading each day from the Imitation of Christ, from Thomas a Kempis. It is set up for a daily reflection.
  • As a priest, each day I begin with Morning Prayer and continue with Evening Prayer and end with Night Prayer. You can also do this at home with E breviary. I am kind of old fashioned and I the same 4 volume set that I got in the Seminary.
  • A holy hour each day before the Blessed Sacrament. Remember that our church is open from 6am until 9pm daily. Our Blessed Sacrament Chapel is open 24 hours a day.
  • Frequent Confession.
  • Giving something up for Lent that is difficult.
  • I also try to pick something up to do during Lent – Some Charitable act each day done privately for the benefit of others.

As Pope John Paul II reminded us in today’s reading from his book “The journey to which Lent invites takes place above all in prayer… Christian communities must become authentic “schools of prayer” in these weeks.

Have a great Ash Wednesday and a Holy Lent!

Fr. Brad

Tuesday, February 25, 2014

12 Acts of Kindness from Police Officers:

Please take 2 minutes to watch this video. The last act of kindness show on the video shows Officer Jeremy Henwood purchasing cookies at McDonalds for a hungry kid. Moments later Officer Henwood was shot and killed while on patrol. You get to see his last act of kindness. Eternal rest grant unto him O Lord and let perpetual light shine upon him. May he rest in Peace! Amen. What we do here on earth echoes in Eternity!

Don’t be afraid to practice Acts of Kindness!

12 Acts of Kindness from Police Officers

Thanks, Fr. Brad

Tuesday, February 4, 2014

Rest in Peace Honorary Firefighter 8 year old Tyler Doohan!


Friends, relatives and Firefighters paid their respects to Tyler Doohan, an 8 year old New York Boy who helped rescue six relatives from a fire but then perished while trying to save his Grandfather. At his Funeral Mass at Saint John of Rochester Catholic Church, Tyler was honored with a firefighter’s funeral. I would encourage you to take time to read the news reports of Tyler’s heroic actions. As firefighters and sheriff’s deputies were responding to a 4:45am emergency call, Tyler was able to wake up 6 other people in the small trailer including a 4 year old and a 6 year old. Tyler then went back into the blaze to rescue his grandfather who was unable to get out of the trailer on his own. They unfortunately both succumbed to the heat and the smoke. From the initial reports it appeared that Tyler was trying to lift his grandfather when he succumbed to the heat and the smoke.

My heart and my prayers go out to Tyler’s family and his community. God bless Tyler for showing such courage at such a young age! Eternal Rest grant unto Tyler O lord and let perpetual light shine upon him! May he rest in Peace. Amen.

Fr. Brad

Thursday, January 30, 2014


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Saturday, January 25, 2014

“Lumen Gentium” – a Light to the Nations!

Today we celebrate the Third Sunday of Ordinary Time. Last Sunday readings served as a call for all of us to be “Lumen Gentium” – a Light to the Nations! This Sundays readings continue that great theme that we are called to follow the Light of Christ and be the Light of Christ to the World.

Today in our Gospel we hear those great words addressed to Peter and his brother – Come follow me! Upon hearing that we heard that Peter and Andrew left everything and followed Christ. So great was the call by Jesus and the response by Peter and Andrew!

The reality of the situation is that Jesus calls each of us by name. After the call he says those same words for us – Come Follow Me! I would encourage each of you to prayerfully reflect on two things – The Lord’s call and your personal response. Jesus is calling each of you to do some work in the life of the Church. He is calling you by name. He knows your good points, bad points and in between points. He knows you and calls you!
Do not be afraid to follow that Call! Like Peter and Andrew, can we give up everything and follow the Lord? Be not afraid to follow the Lord, with all of your heart, with all of your strength and will all of your mind!

I would encourage you to read the mediation “Some Definite Service” written by John Henry Cardinal Newman! For your convenience I have added it as an insert in today’s bulletin. Please take time prayerfully to read it and to consider it.

Be not afraid to follow the Lord! You will never be disappointed in where the Lord will lead you!

Fr. Brad

Saturday, January 4, 2014



I want to wish you a very Happy, Healthy, and Holy New Year to each of you! As we enter into this very holy year of 2014, my prayers and my thoughts go out to each of you. While I actually wanted to write this to you on the 1st of January, I have been out on the road a lot visiting our parishioners who are sick and caring for our parishioners who have died. Eternal Rest grant unto them O’ Lord and let perpetual light shine upon them. May they rest in peace! Amen! I very much hold their families in my heart!

Of course January 1st was a Holy Day of Obligation and our 9am Mass was full! Thanks be to God! It was a great sign to me of the spiritual health and vibrancy of our Parish! I am so proud of each of you! Keep doing the great work that you are trying to do and keep following the Lord!

In the homily, I touched upon the depth of prayer that our Blessed Mother had and I pray that each and every one of us in 2014, grows in the depth of prayer and cultivates a deep prayer life. During the homily I also encouraged us as we think of New Year’s resolutions to set some “spiritual resolutions.” For example, one resolution is to grow in our knowledge of the Faith. I truly believe that “an educated Catholic is our best Catholic.” (to paraphrase the old slogan from the Men’s Wearhouse.) How is this to be done? – I would recommend the Symbolon Program which we will formally launch on February 1st. It is a 18 week – 1 hour a week- wonderful program that you can do online. It is a gift from our Bishop Michael Sheridan and the Augustine Institute of Denver. I would encourage each family to have a “Catholic Family Hour once every three weeks. It is so easy – You get online. –you watch a 10 minute online presentation – have a discussion – the questions are right there –watch a 20 minute presentation – answer a few questions amongst yourself – and check that you completed that presentation. It is great, solid, Catholic Teaching that you can do as a family. We will provide a “lifeline” for you to call and either myself, Fr. Carlos or Deacon Tom, or Deacon Tim will be there to help you out. Complete the program and you will get a personal letter, certificate and a gift from Bishop Sheridan.

I would encourage you in your prayer life to consider this resolution and also come up with other resolutions for this very holy year of grace of 2014!

Thanks for all that you do in the life of this very vibrant Church!

Fr. Brad

Monday, December 23, 2013

Merry Christmas!

In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. He was in the beginning with God. All things came into being through him, and without him not one thing came into being. What has come into being with him was life, and the light was the light of all people. The light shine in the darkness and the darkness did not overcome it. (John 1:1-5)


Merry Christmas!

What a precious gift that we have in our Lord. For God so loved the world that he sent his only Son into the world that we may have life. (John 3) Sometimes when I watch tv, or read the news, I can get overwhelmed by the amount of dark things happening in the world. It is so easy to be discouraged and to lose hope. Yet the message of Christmas is that of the Light of Christ coming into the world and piercing the darkness with his beautiful light.

We recently saw that in West Reading, PA. where over 10,000 carolers surrounded Delaney Brown’s home to sing her Christmas Carols. Delaney is 8 years old and dying from Leukemia. I recently witnessed it in Colorado Springs where a young girl was shivering on the streets, standing next to her family, following a traffic accident. The Colorado Springs Fire Lieutenant noticed this, took off his bunker coat and saw that she was kept warm until they could move to the warmth of a nearby restaurant. I see that Christ like light on the faces and the care given by our Saint Vincent de Paul Society as they feed the poor. We saw that last year with the New York City Police Officer who gave new shoes to a homeless Man.

I would encourage each of us to mirror the light of Christ in a world that really needs to see that light. Don’t be afraid to be that light to others. Don’t be afraid to turn that first impulse to do the right thing into action for the good of our brothers and sisters.

Merry Christmas!
Many thanks for all that you do to bring the light of Christ out into the World!

Fr. Brad

Thursday, November 28, 2013

Happy Thanksgiving!


It is hard to believe that today is Thanksgiving already. How time flies when you are having fun! First of all I would like to encourage you on Thursday to join us for a Special Thanksgiving Mass at 9am. It is important for us to stop and give thanks to God. I would also encourage all of you to daily get into the practice of “moments of Gratitude.” It is an easy practice to get into. Each day during the day just stop and say thanks to God for the blessings that you have received during the day. To give you a concrete example, today:

  • I said Thank you God as I got up for the gift of life.
  • I said Thank you God for the gift of the place, as I looked out the window.
  • I said Thank you God for the gift of my dogs.
  • I said Thank you God for the gift of this parish as I walked to the office.
  • I said Thank you God for the gift of my most wonderful Staff as I walked into the office.
  • I said Thank you God for the working with Firefighters as I thought about Last night’s dinner in a fire station.
  • After a parishioner asked me about my recent surgery, I said Thank you God for the gift of such kind parishioners.

It is an easy habit to get into – Moments of Gratitude – and I would ask you to get into this very important habit.

Thanks, Fr. Brad

Monday, October 21, 2013

Thanks for the great walk Cary Sloan!


The picture above shows Cary and I walking together two years ago at the ALS walk in Denver. This past Saturday our paths here on Earth separated as Cary went home to God. I will miss him tremendously! I have had the privilege of serving as a Fire Chaplain for the past 14 years and all that time knowing Cary who was a Driver/Engineer with the Colorado Springs Fire Department. When I moved here to Castle Rock, Cary was kind enough to buy breakfast and take me on a personal tour of the Town of Castle Rock. I have been able to walk closely with him, Janet his loving wife and his kids since his diagnosis of ALS over two years ago.

It is a holy walk serving as a Fire Chaplain and walking in the good times, the bad times and the in between times with Firefighters and their families. I also get to walk with Police Officers as well. It is a holy walk for me – one that I am always grateful for. My life as a Priest has been forever changed by this holy walk! I have met some incredibly great people, like Cary who inspire me to be a better person. I am always inspired by their courage, their care for others without counting the cost and their ability to go above and beyond.

Thanks for the great walk Cary Sloan! I miss you tremendously! I know that our paths will reconnect when God calls me home and I look forward to continuing the walk. Until then, know that I will never forget you and am forever grateful that we had the chance to walk. Your picture will always be on my desk!

Fr. Brad

Monday, October 7, 2013

Many thanks to all of you who made our 125th Anniversary weekend the great weekend it was!!!

20131006_154344_resizedI personally want to say thanks to all of you who made our 12rth Anniversary the great weekend it was! Marilyn, Lynne and crew worked for months to get our history book together and it looks great!

On Friday evening Bishop Sheridan was with us for the Dedication of the new Bell Tower and a special 125th Anniversary Mass. Thanks Bishop for being with us. Thanks Don Billings and Choir for the great music! Thanks to all of our Altar Servers and others who made the evening so special. On Saturday Evening our Knights hosted a Dinner/ Dance and it was a great event. Many thanks! Our parishioners were treated to a free breakfast on Sunday Morning thanks to our Young people who put the breakfast on and to our Knights for cooking hamburgers and hot dogs during the afternoon and the early evening. Many Thanks! Our Hispanic community was also very much present with preparing free burritos and entertained us with great music and dancing! Many thanks!


Between Deacon Tom, Fr. Carlos and I we also blessed lots of animals! Many thanks to all of you who took time to bring your animals over for a special blessing on this the Feast of Saint Francis!

Thanks to all of you who make our parish the very vibrant parish that it is!!!

Deo Gratias!
Fr. Brad

Friday, September 6, 2013

Saturday September 7th, 2013 to be a day of prayer and fasting for peace in Syria

Our Holy Father asks for Saturday September 7th, 2013 to be a day of prayer and fasting for peace in Syria!

Our Holy Father has called on Catholics worldwide to engage in a day of prayer and fasting for peace in Syria. On Sunday September 1st he said:

“To this end, brothers and sisters, I have decided to proclaim for the whole church on 7 September next, the Vigil of the Birth of Mary, Queen of Peace, a day of fasting and prayer for peace in Syria, the Middle East and throughout the world, and I also invite every person, including our fellow Christians, followers of other religions, and all men of good will to participate, in whatever way they can, in this initiative.

On 7 September, in Saint Peter’s Square, here from 19:00 until 24:00 (1pm – 6pm EDT) we will gather in prayer and in a spirit of Penance invoking God’s great gift of peace upon the beloved nation of Syria and upon each situation of conflict and violence around the world. Humanity needs to see these gestures of peace and to hear the words of hope and peace! I ask all of the local churches, in addition to fasting, that they gather to pray for this intention.

Please take time tomorrow and during the week ahead to pray for peace and to fast in solidarity with our Holy Father.

In Christ, Fr. Brad

Monday, August 26, 2013

Deo Gratias!

solanus_casey1I am in the midst of reading a book about the life of Father Solanus Casey who was a Franciscan Capuchin priest. Fr. Solanus was a very humble priest who many people sought out for prayer, consolation and comfort in the midst of difficulties. When little miracles would happen in their lives, Fr. Solanus was apt to say (or write in his journal) Deo Gratias! Of course this means “Thanks be to God!”
I hope that each and every one is able to say Deo Gratias, many times during the day.

I encourage you to start a journal and to count the abundant blessings from Almighty God. Something like:

  • Teens and adults returned from workcamp! Deo Gratias!
  • Matt Kane entered the seminary today! Deo Gratias!
  • Knights ordered their new mobile kitchen! Deo Gratias!
  • Met Greg Archer before Mass today. Heart had stopped. Neighbor did CPR. Castle Rock Fire did CPR and got him to the hospital. Great save -Successful Surgery! Deo Gratias!
  • Met Fr. Don Brownstein after 11:30 am Mass today. Suffered from sudden illness, almost died. Now up and walking around! Looks great! Deo Gratias!
  • Ran in Reece’s Roundup! Met Reece before race! He is stable! Deo Gratias!
  • Prayed with Cary Sloan! He is able to communicate via a retina eye display! Deo Gratias!
  • Several volunteers are helping paint downstairs! Deo Gratias!
  • Our volunteer groundskeepers are taking care of the garden! Deo Gratias!
  • Was with Father Quezada as he was installed by Bishop as the new Pastor of St. Mark Parish! Great picnic afterwards! Deo Gratias!

I humbly recommend this beautiful practice! By the way, am learning a lot of great things about this wonderful priest! I have some prayer cards from the Father Solanus Guild! I am happy to share them with you.

Deo Gratias!

Fr. Brad

Sunday, August 11, 2013

Knights Supreme Convention Highlights – “The best is yet to come!”

I returned Wednesday night from attending the Knights of Columbus Supreme Convention held in San Antonio, Texas. It was a great convention! There were so many highlights for me personally. I had the privilege of concelebrating Mass with over 100 of my brother priests, and in front of us around the altar were almost 100 Bishops, Archbishops and Cardinals. The homilies were excellent, the convention speakers were excellent. I had the privilege of saying hello to Cardinal McCarrick (now retired) whom I admire very much for his inherent goodness and holiness. I got to say hello to Bishop Conley who used to be here in Denver who years ago gave us as diocesan priests an excellent retreat! I got to say hello to Archbishop Chaput now in Philadelphia, for whom I pray for every day. It was so cool to spend time with my brother priests from around the country and around the world and listen to their stories. It was great to spend time with the State Officers from Colorado and their families. They are remarkable men and women of deep faith.


Our convention started with a wonderful address given by Supreme Knight Carl Anderson. He began his remarks by saying “our order is stronger than ever before and the best is yet to come!” He then focused on the Charitable works of the order. Did you know that for the 13th year In a row that the Charitable contributions given by the Knights have grown? While charitable giving has increased around 2% last year, charitable donations from the Knights grew by 6% last year. Charitable gifts from the Knights increased by $9.4 million last year to a record $167.5 million dollars. Wow!

Volunteer time donated by the Knights also climbed to a new record high reaching over 70 million hours! Isn’t that an incredible statistic!

Coming back on the plane I prayerfully reflected about what I have seen here in Colorado, and in the parishes that I have been at, regarding the abundant generosity of the Knights. For example here at Saint Francis our Knights, right before I left to go to San Antonio, helped at Reece’s Roundup (continuing to help Reece and his family as they battle SMA.). A group of Knights and their families were going to Denver to help people with disabilities. A group of Knights and their families have been working all week long at the Douglas County Fair. A group of Knights and their families helped out on Saturday with our Food Pantry. A group of Knights and their families are helping out next week at our annual Parish Picnic. We are truly blessed to have the presence of the Knights in our parishes here in my parish and in our Diocese!

Being a Knight of Columbus has certainly made my life better and my faith stronger. I would encourage Catholic Men to consider joining the Knights. Call me at 303-688-3025 or email me at and let’s chat! Don’t be afraid to follow the Lord!

Fr. Brad