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Thursday, September 11, 2014

From Fr. Brad’s Blog


Each year for the last several years, I have had the privilege of climbing 110 flights of stairs in the Denver Firefighter Memorial 9-11 Stair Climb. Each climb begins with the first few steps as you can see in the picture. I was very honored to walk in honor of my brother priest Father Mychal Judge who was the first recorded death on September 11th – 13 years ago. One of the greatest blessings for Fr. Judge was to walk with the firefighters and their families and I can tell you from my 15 years of being in the fire service – that is one of my greatest blessings as well.

At every Mass that I am privileged to say each day I always include a particular petition. “In your charity, please continue to pray for the protection of all of the Firefighters, Police Officers, Sheriff’s Deputies, State Troopers, Corrections Officers, EMS workers, Dispatchers, Military Men and Women who are stationed in harm’s way that the Lord will protect them as they protect us. Let us pray to the Lord.” I ask you to join with me daily in praying for them and their families!

Please continue to pray for all of the Chaplains, that the Lord will guide their ministry and give them strength in facing difficult situations.

Fr. Brad

Thursday, August 28, 2014

Pray for our new Seminarian Brandon Allen, Matt Kane and all of the Seminarians for our Diocese of Colorado Springs

As our parishioner Brandon Allen enters the Seminary and as parishioner Matthew Kane returns to the Seminary for his Second Year, please daily pray for both of them. Please pray for all Seminarians for our wonderful Diocese of Colorado Springs! My God who has begun the good work in them bring it to completion! Take time to enjoy Cardinal Dolan’s words!

Thursday, August 21, 2014

Greetings and Peace from Ireland!

As you know I am on pilgrimage in Ireland and will be returning home on Friday night. It has been a great pilgrimage. The first several days I was able to concelebrate Mass with Bishop Sheridan. He is a wonderful preacher and a man of deep prayer. Since I am on the extended pilgrimage, I get a few more days in Ireland. It has been a great pilgrimage and I have really learned a lot about the faith of the Irish. Barry, our driver and guide from Select Travel has been phenomenal. Now we travel to Powers court where I walked around with 27 years ago with my dad.

My prayers, love and thoughts continue to be with you!
Fr. Brad

Friday, July 4, 2014

Happy July Fourth!

I sincerely hope that you are having a great Fourth of July! The freedoms that we so wonderfully enjoy here in the United States have come with a price. On this July Fourth I want you to remember a great Priest Fr. Emil Kapaun, who died as a prisoner of war in 1951. Please take a moment to watch this short documentary trailer.

God Bless You!
Fr. Brad

Sunday, June 29, 2014

Knight’s care for their deceased brother Knight!


On the Solemnity of Corpus Christi our parish lost a wonderful parishioner and faithful Knight named Dan Valdez. I really will miss Dan as he had a depth of faith, especially as he struggled with his final illness. I will miss him as he was so very faithful in bringing Holy Communion out to the sick and suffering, especially at Brookside Nursing Home. Every time that I would say Mass there, Dan was my altar server and guide. After Mass, he would patiently lead me around the nursing home in search of those residents who missed Mass and wanted to receive the Sacrament of the Sick and Holy Communion. Fitting to his service Dan passed away on Corpus Christi Sunday. I can’t think of a better day to go home to God, especially for a man of faith so dedicated to the Eucharist.

Dan was also a Knight of Columbus and was very active in Council 8909 here at the Parish. What tremendously impresses me about this particular council is that when a Knight passes away and has the Vigil and Rosary the night before the Funeral, that our Knights will remain all night long in prayer and maintain that presence until the time that the funeral begins. God Bless our Knights for this very moving gesture. I cannot help but think of the power of those many prayers for the repose of the soul of the deceased knight.

Thank you Knights for being such great men of faith and beginning this very important tradition!

In Christ, Fr. Brad

Thursday, June 12, 2014

May Fr. Walker Rest in Peace!

Your prayers are requested!

Fr. Kenneth Walker

Father Kenneth Walker was killed during an apparent burglary in Phoenix yesterday. He was 28 years old and had been ordained for two years. Father was a member of the Priestly Fraternity of Saint Peter. His Pastor, Fr. Joseph Terra is in critical condition this morning as a result of injuries sustained in that apparent burglary. Please pray for the repose of the Soul of Father Kenneth and for a full recovery for Father Terra. The Priestly Fraternity of Saint Peter serves in our Diocese as well and they are great priests! Pray for them as they begin this very difficult time of grief.

Eternal Rest grant unto them O’ Lord and let perpetual light shine upon. May Fr. Walker Rest in Peace! Amen!
Thanks, Fr. Brad

Monday, May 12, 2014

Congratulations to Newly Instituted Acolytes!

This past Saturday, May 10th, Bishop Michael Sheridan instituted 13 men as Acolytes in service to our Diocese. Among the thirteen were three men from our Parish, Keith Harmon, Gil Lindeman and Alfredo Medina. Along with their families and others, Deacon Tom and Lynne Liotta, and I were present to be part of this historic event! This is the first class of Instituted Acolytes.

“The acolyte is appointed in order to aid the deacon and to minister to the priest. It is his duty therefore to attend to the service of the altar and to assist the deacon and the priest in liturgical celebration, especially in the celebration of the Mass. He may also, to the extent needed, take care of instructing other faithful who on a temporary basis are appointed to assist the priest or deacon in liturgical roles by carrying the missal, cross, candles, etc…or by performing other such duties. He will perform these duties more worthily if he participates in the Holy Eucharist with increasingly fervent devotion, received nourishment from it and deepens his knowledge about it.”

As one set aside in a special way for service at the altar, the acolyte should learn all matters concerning public divine worship and strive to grasp their inner spiritual meaning: in that way he will be able each day to offer himself entirely to God, be an example by his gravity and reverence in the Church, and have a sincere love for the Mystical Body of Christ, the people of God, especially for the weak and the sick. In accordance with the ancient tradition of the Church, institution to the ministry of Acolyte is reserved to men.”

Congratulations to Keith, Gil and Alfredo as you service at the Altar as an instituted Acolyte!

Fr. Brad

Thursday, May 1, 2014

Happy Feast of St. Joseph the Worker!


I am enjoying the last few hours of a visit to Notre Dame Seminary in New Orleans. I will be heading back to Castle Rock in a few hours. I have been visiting Roy Recio-Mirabent who will be ordained as a Deacon later on in May and who will be assigned to us as a Transitional Deacon for 5 months! I have spent a few days here learning about the expectations of this wonderful seminary for Roy’s pastoral experience. This morning, after a nice long jog (in humidity!) I very much enjoyed a nice breakfast while overlooking the Garden of Saint Joseph!

I really admire Saint Joseph who was a man of deep prayer, a kind of quiet man, but a devoted foster father to the Lord, who was a great and kind teacher! It is also a day that I give thanks for my own dad, Don Noonan who passed away over 10 years ago. I miss him deeply! Thank God for the gift of Fathers in our life! I am very grateful that I have a very wise and caring Bishop in my life. I am grateful for the gift of Bishop Sheridan in my life!

I ask you to pray daily for our Seminarians here in New Orleans, in Rome, in Denver, in St. Louis and in Boston! May they be inspired by the life of Saint Joseph!

Fr. Brad

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