USCCB Denounces Cancellation of DACA Program
"The cancellation of the DACA program is reprehensible. It causes unnecessary fear for DACA youth and their families. These youth entered the U.S. as minors and often know America as their only home. The Catholic Church has long watched with pride and admiration as DACA youth live out their daily lives with hope and a determination to flourish and contribute to society: continuing to work and provide for their families, continuing to serve in the military, and continuing to receive an education. Now, after months of anxiety and fear about their futures, these brave young people face deportation. This decision is unacceptable and does not reflect who we are as Americans.
The Church has recognized and proclaimed the need to welcome young people: 'Whoever welcomes one of these children in my name welcomes me; and whoever welcomes me does not welcome me but the one who sent me' (Mark 9:37). Today, our nation has done the opposite of how Scripture calls us to respond. It is a step back from the progress that we need to make as a country. Today's actions represent a heartbreaking moment in our history that shows the absence of mercy and good will, and a short-sighted vision for the future. DACA youth are woven into the fabric of our country and of our Church, and are, by every social and human measure, American youth.
We strongly urge Congress to act and immediately resume work toward a legislative solution. We pledge our support to work on finding an expeditious means of protection for DACA youth.
As people of faith, we say to DACA youth – regardless of your immigration status, you are children of God and welcome in the Catholic Church. The Catholic Church supports you and will advocate for you."
Official regarding Priest Changes and Assignments
Read more here on the Chancellor's page.
Congratulations and God Bless you, Bishop Steven!
Cardinal Blase Cupich's Homily from the Ordination Mass will be published in our next issue of the Wyoming Catholic Register near the end of June.
Visit Bishop Steven's blog bishopsteven.dioceseofcheyenne.org
Pictures from Vespers CLICK HERE
Pictures from Ordination and Installation CLICK HERE
Pictures from Mass of Thanksgiving CLICK HERE
Video of the Ordination Mass CLICK HERE
Catholic Rural Life Mass
See photos here from the Mass and fellowship celebration!
Douglas, WY shooting
Read Bishop Etienne's letter to the Diocese regarding economic and employment hardships in the State of Wyoming. Spanish version also attached.
Tribute to Fr. Dan Colibraro, who passed away.
Catholic Home Missions newsletter article
The Diocese of Cheyenne was recently featured in the Catholic Home Missions newsletter Neighbors. There are some wonderful things going on in our Diocese, and you can read about them in the newsletter here...
Holy Door Opening at the Chapel of the Sacret Heart
Last year, Pope Francis declared that a Holy Door should be designated at Catholic cathedrals, and other important shrines and churches throughout the world as an important part of the Jubilee Year of Mercy celebration. On December 12, 2015, Bishop Etienne opened the Holy Door at Saint Mary’s Cathedral in Cheyenne. And now, we are blessed to have another Holy Door opening in our diocese at the Chapel of the Sacred Heart in Grand Teton National Park.
What is a Holy Door?
“A Holy Door, or porta sancta, has been used by Christians since the 15th Century as a ritual expression of conversion. Pilgrims and penitents pass through it as a gesture of leaving the past behind and crossing the threshold from sin to grace, from slavery to freedom, and from darkness to light. Often, these rituals are associated with prayer, pilgrimage, sacrifice, confession, and indulgences.” – Deacon Doug Vlchek (Our Lady of the Mountains Church)
The Chapel of the Sacred Heart
The Holy Door at the Chapel of the Sacred Heart will be officially opened by Bishop Paul Etienne in a special ceremony during Holy Mass at 5:00pm on May 7, 2016. Everyone is invited to attend and take part in this very special event.
“As we walk through this Holy Door, we are once again to engage our hearts and imaginations to realize the life long journey of our pilgrimage of faith.” - Bishop Paul Etienne
The Holy Door at the Chapel of the Sacred Heart will remain open throughout the summer and will be officially closed on October 29, 2016. Visitors and pilgrims who wish to visit and pass through the Holy Door at the Chapel may do so any time, day or night, during this period. Printed information about the Jubilee Year of Mercy and how pilgrims can receive a plenary indulgence by passing through the Holy Door will be available at the Chapel.
Masses are held at the Chapel at 5:00 pm on Sundays from June 12 to September 25. Confession is available prior to Sunday Masses, from 4:00 to 4:45 pm.
For more information contact Our Lady of the Mountains Catholic Church in Jackson, Wyoming at: (307) 733-2516 or at www.olmcatholic.org