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Father Robert Reycraft Retires June 2017
Father Robert Reycraft, Pastor

Father Robert J. Reycraft, pastor of St. Louis for 18 years, retired June 14, 2017. A native of Chicago, Father Reycraft originally came to Colorado as a member of the U.S. Air Force and was stationed at Lowrey for three years. During that time he completed a year of college at CU, but found his real interest was in the priesthood. He attended St. Thomas Seminary and theology school earning a Master's degree in Theology. Ordained May 31, 1975, he served at numerous parishes throughout the archdiocese including St. Joseph in Ft.Collins; Holy Ghost, Holy Family and Guardian Angels parishes in Denver, as well as St. Anthony's Parish in Sterling. Among his many accomplishments on behalf of the St. Louis parish are the Pro-Life memorial, the refurbished church interior with its new altarpiece, the stained glass windows, and expanded parish involvement from the Knights of Columbus Council to the Croatian mission, Corpus Christi procession, Totus Tuus program and many facilities enhancements at St. Louis School. Father Reycraft's pilgrimage tours to historic churches throughout Colorado and to the Holy Land left a lasting impact on many members of the St. Louis community.

World Youth Day moves to Panama in 2019
World Youth Day 2019

The following is Pope Francis' message to youth following the 31st World Youth Day in Kraków.

"In Kraków, we took as our guides Saint John Paul II and Saint Faustina Kowalska, the apostles of divine mercy, in order to offer a concrete response to the challenges of our time. We had a powerful experience of fraternity and joy, and we gave the world a sign of hope. Our different flags and languages were not a reason for rivalry and division, but an opportunity to open the doors of our hearts and to build bridges.

At the conclusion of the Kraków World Youth Day, I announced the next stop in our pilgrimage, which with God's help will bring us to Panama in 2019. On this journey we will be accompanied by the Virgin Mary, whom all generations call blessed (cf. Lk 1:48). This new leg of our journey picks up from the one that preceded it, centred on the Beatitudes, and invites us to press forward. I fervently hope that you young people will continue to press forward, not only cherishing the memory of the past, but also with courage in the present and hope for the future. These attitudes were certainly present in the young Mary of Nazareth and are clearly expressed in the themes chosen for the three coming World Youth Days. This year (2017) we will reflect on the faith of Mary, who says in the Magnificat: "The Mighty One has done great things for me" (Lk 1:49). The theme for next year (2018) – "Do not be afraid, Mary, for you have found favour with God" (Lk 1:30) – will lead us to meditate on the courageous charity with which the Virgin welcomed the message of the angel. The 2019 World Youth Day will be inspired by the words "I am the servant of the Lord. May it be done to me according to your word" (Lk 1:38), Mary's hope-filled reply to the angel."

Catholicism by Father Robert Barron

The Catholicism series of DVDs was presented at St. Louis and is highly recommended to those who would like a better understanding of our faith. Created by Father Robert Barron, rector of Mundelein Seminary in Chicago, Catholicism is an intimate journey, capturing “The Catholic Thing” in all its depth and beauty in a style that is both faithful to timeless truths, while simultaneously speaking in the language of contemporary life. If you have not had a chance to experience this remarkable journey, the DVD series is available at several sites online.

100th anniversary celebratory Mass with Archbishop Chaput
100th anniversary celebratory Mass with Archbishop Chaput. Father Robert Reycraft, pastor, to the left.
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The Catholic Foundation

St. Louis Parish has partnered with The Catholic Foundation to provide for future needs and ministries.  The Catholic Foundation of Northern Colorado stewards the St. Louis Parish Fund. 

The Catholic Foundation of Northern Colorado was established in 1998 as a framework for current and deferred major gifts and endowments to Catholic organizations. Please visit the Catholic Foundation website or contact Jean Finegan at The Catholic Foundation at 303-468-9885 for more information on how your gifts through the Catholic Foundation benefit St. Louis Parish.

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RICA Right of Christian Initiation for Adults
RICA is for adults who have not been baptized, who wish to join the Catholic Church or for those who may need one or more sacraments, such as Confession, Eucharist or Confirmation. For information, call Marilane McCarthy @ 303-232-4533.
Prayer Network Prayer Requests, Mass Intentions
If you have a special prayer request or need some extra prayers said for your special intention, call Margaret at 303-781-3523.

Mass intention dates are available. To schedule a Mass, call the Parish Office at 303-761-3940.
Bonfils Blood Drive 2017 Blood Drive Dates
Bonfils Blood Center will be conducting blood drives at St. Louis on Sunday, April 23; Sunday, Sunday, September 17 and Sunday December 17, 2017.