Call to Charity: Contraception Deception

Date 07.15.14

(Larry's column appeared in the July 16 edition of the Denver Catholic Register.)

I read recently about a “remote control contraceptive chip” and wondered: where does it go after that, when is enough enough?

Sex is a beautiful, amazing thing. And the Catholic Church is an amazing proponent of it, within marriage, when it’s honored for what it is, which is a beautiful act of creation given to us by Jesus Christ and God our Father.

Charity begins when we stop objectifying our spouses. It begins when we stop forcing one another to contracept. It’s in not sleeping with your spouse-to-be. This has to go both ways. Men and women have to take responsibility.

That’s where charity begins. When we do that, then we will start to be charitable in a way that matters with the people we love the most. And when you’re charitable with the people you love the most, guess what happens? Then you’re charitable to other people, whom you may not love quite as much or know quite as much. But then you’ll start to understand charity and then you’ll start to share it.

All these things are being ripped away from us in society as the family breaks down before our eyes, in large part because of the contraceptive, narcissistic, commercialization of sex.

And who pays the price? Women in poverty.

In remarks to the Knights of Columbus, to young people at Theology on Tap and on EWTN, I’ve discussed aspects of this sad scenario. First we ask women to contracept. If that contraception fails, we ask them to abort. And if they decide not to abort, then what happens? At Catholic Charities, we have a bird’s eye view of this. They may be ostracized and suffer domestic abuse from their partners, who don’t want them to keep the child. If they live with their parents, who don’t want them to keep the child, then they’re kicked out of the house, which leaves them homeless.

So now they’re pregnant and they’re homeless and they have no one who loves them to care for them.

That is a human tragedy. And it won’t be solved by remote control.

 

Call to Charity: Time for brave hearts

Date 04.01.14

(Larry's column appeared in the March 26 edition of the Denver Catholic Register.)

"We treat Jesus and refer to him all the time as if he's just a woman, feminine all the time: he's weeping all the time and he never picks a fight and he certainly never wins any, and he's just so nice, like a greeting card...No! He is a lion, he is fierce. There is a reason that every single man I have ever met on the planet loves the movie 'Braveheart.' And every single normal woman I have ever met on the face of the earth loves every single man like that."

That's Gianna Jessen, who spoke to 850 people March 8 in Denver at the Catholic Charities Beacon of Hope Gala for Lighthouse and Women's Services. Jessen is an abortion survivor who says she has the "gift of cerebral palsy" and refers to herself as "God's girl." The gala raised more than $500,000 for a range of women's services provided by Catholic Charities, including the Lighthouse Women's Center, which offers a lifeline to women in crisis pregnancies, right across the street from Planned Parenthood.

Following Jessen on stage, I remarked that the new face of poverty is a single woman and her child, and that the thing that is missing is men. They're just not there.

We need men to focus on their families and to provide an example, to stand up and be counted as the Christian men that we are, to not be afraid to use the word 'Jesus' in a daily conversation, to bring our faith into our daily lives.

This is an era of absent men.

It takes a brave man to be charitable and to put his family first. Because society tells us to put yourself first. To be a steward, to be a warrior for Jesus, a man must defend and protect his family. Are you loving your family and raising your sons to be honorable men, to love women, to defend women? Are you raising your sons and daughters to be chaste and—if called to marriage—to seek a spouse for lifelong marriage? Are we open to God's gift of children and not mangled in the false promises of contraception and abortion?

It's time for brave hearts.

With three weeks left in Lent, resolve to write down your answers to those questions, one each week.

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See videos and a media gallery from the Lighthouse and Women's Services gala.

Calling all Prayer Warriors

Date 04.09.14

Click here for information and registration for Savers of Souls. Here is more background on the effort to pray for an end to abortion.

Colorado Gives Day an amazing success

Date 12.17.13

By Julie Filby (December 11, 2013, Denver Catholic Register)

Some 88,000 Coloradans came together to raise more than $20 million for 1,442 nonprofits during Colorado Gives Day, a 24-hour online fundraiser, held Dec. 10 on the website www.coloradogives.org.

This year’s $20 million display of generosity exceeded last year’s donations of $15.4 million during the 24-hour window.

Of that total, more than $144,000 was donated to Catholic Charities of the Archdiocese of Denver. 

“We’re overwhelmed with gratitude for the response,” said Lori Kennedy, vice president of development for Catholic Charities. “Colorado Gives Day is a perfect opportunity for Catholic Charities to connect people with a ‘need to give’ with those with a ‘need to receive.’ 

“God is good!”  

The amount donated to Catholic Charities—which helps fund their 30-plus ministries throughout northern Colorado—has continued to grow each year the agency has participated in Colorado Gives Day: last year’s total was $104,000; in 2011 $50,000; and in 2010, their first year to participate, $20,000 was raised.

 

Dec. 10: Colorado Gives Day

Date 10.24.13

What is Colorado Gives Day?

Colorado Gives Day is an annual, 24-hour "virtual" fundraiser through which Coloradans support local charities with online donations.

Thousands of non-profits participate each year.

Last year, Catholic Charities of Denver raised over $100,000 in just ONE DAY! Donations to Catholic Charities via Colorado Gives Day support all 30 of our ministries and programs, serving an average of 50,000 people each year.

How does it work?

  • Donations can be scheduled ahead of time starting Friday, November 1st. To preschedule your donation visit www.coloradogives.org/CCDenver  
  • Donations to Catholic Charities can be processed online only at www.coloradogives.org/CCDenver 
  • Donations made to Catholic Charities on Colorado Gives Day, Tuesday, Dec. 10th will have NO CREDIT CARD FEES!

Why give this way?

Colorado Gives Day is the perfect way to process end-of-year donations!

All donations made via Colorado Gives Day on Tuesday, December 10th:

  • Have NO CREDIT CARD FEES
  • Are INCREASED through Colorado Gives Day incentive program
  • Can be scheduled at any point for withdrawal starting Friday, Nov. 1st

Questions?

Feel free to email us at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or call 303-742-0828, or visit www.coloradogives.org/CCDenver

Dec. 18: Lou from Littleton Radio-A-Thon

Date 12.13.13

DONATE ONLINE*

[Click Here]

Donate by Phone | Call (303) 996-6087

Donate by Text | Text "LOU" to 50155

Donate Drive-By | Drop donations at 2310 Lawrence Street in downtown Denver

**Gifts of $250 or more qualify for 25% Enterprise Zone Tax Credit on state income taxes.

ONLINE AUCTION: Click to place bid

About this event 

Every year, Tom Manoogian, better known as ESPN Radio's "Lou from Littleton," reserves a full day to broadcast live from Catholic Charities' Samaritan House Homeless Shelter.

Included among this year's distinguished radio guests will be the Denver Broncos and Denver Nuggets' great Bill Hanzlik.

Lou will also take a special peek into life at Samaritan House by interviewing several of the shelter’s current staff and residents.

Wednesday, December 18, 2013

5:00 a.m. to 9:00 p.m.

LISTEN LIVE on ESPN Denver FM105.5 or FM102.3

LISTEN LIVE ONLINE at http://www.espndenver.com/

Online Auction of Sports Memorabilia

Are you a sports fan? Don't miss our online auction. 

Click here to peruse this year's auction items featuring a variety of collectible sports memorabilia!

Many auction items will be publicly displayed at Samaritan House on Wednesday. Swing by the shelter anytime on December 18. Go shopping - and see firsthand how your donation will help the homeless men, women and children living at Samaritan House!

Lou from Littleton 2011 Auction Item at Samaritan House

Support the Homeless

It costs $9,000 a day to run Samaritan House, so we need your support!

Funds raised during this year's Lou From Littleton Radio-A-Thon will help to feed, shelter and clothe the homeless men, women and children living at Samaritan House.

Samaritan House supplies approximately 50% of the shelter housing available to families in the Denver area. The shelter operates 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, rain or shine, and continually operates at full capacity.

Learn more about Samaritan House Homeless Shelter at www.ccdenver.org/samaritanhouse.

Donations

Gifts of $250 or more qualify for the Enterprise Zone Tax Credit, which offers a 25% cut on your state income taxes. Learn more at www.ccdenver.org/EZTaxCredit.

Click here to DONATE ONLINE

To make a donation by phone, call (303) 996-6087.
(NOTE: this number is only active on the day of the event)

To make a donation by text message, text "LOU" to 50155.

To make a donation in person, please drop off your donation at Samaritan House Homeless Shelter, located at 2301 Lawrence Street in downtown Denver.

Questions?

Please call 303-742-0828 or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .

Denver Catholic Charities awarded $1.8 million to help with flood relief

Date 11.22.13

Charities’ 3-year, long-term recovery program to build on earlier efforts

Denver Catholic Charities awarded $1.8 million to help with flood relief

Catholic Charities USA has named “Catholic Charities of the Archdiocese of Denver” as recipient of a $1.8 million grant, in support of their extensive and ongoing relief and recovery efforts surrounding Colorado’s recent flood disaster.

September’s week-long series of massive storms devastated significant portions of northern Colorado, with flooding and mudslides damaging or destroying nearly 20,000 homes. In total, 24 counties in Colorado – over 4,500 square miles – were negatively affected, with Boulder, Larimer and Weld counties experiencing the greatest damage.

Denver Catholic Charities’ President and CEO Larry Smith expressed his sincere gratitude upon announcement of the award.

“Without Catholic Charities USA, our efforts to help those in need would have been greatly limited. We are grateful for the opportunity to expand our program capabilities, in an ongoing effort to assist victims in regaining and sustaining their physical, social, economic and spiritual well-being.”

Nevertheless, Smith notes that the need is still great, not only for additional donations to support long-term flood relief but the rest of Charities’ ministries as well.

"While this $1.8 million grant is great news, Catholic Charities still faces a shortfall,” said Smith. “We're seeking to raise an additional $1 million by the end of this year to securely fund all our ongoing ministries, many of which directly support our efforts towards long-term flood recovery."

“True recovery – whether from natural disaster or personal crisis – can take years,” Smith concluded. “But with the invaluable support of our community’s time, talent and treasure, we trust that we can help all those in need, every step of the way.”

Thanks to nearly $700,000 in donor support thus far, Denver Catholic Charities has acted as one of Colorado’s primary early responders to the disaster, assisting approximately 1,300 households in Boulder, Larimer, Weld and other affected counties with financial assistance, distribution of donated goods and relocation to nearby temporary housing. All of these services have occurred in addition to and in coordination with Charities’ broader spectrum of ongoing ministries in Family and Childcare Services, Women's Services and Shelter Services.

Charities’ 3-year, long-term recovery program will build on earlier efforts to provide financial assistance in the form of rent and deposits, utilities, fuel and household furnishings. Case management and counseling will assist victims in locating affordable housing, replacing or filing legal documentation, and employment services. Counseling will also address any expressed emotional, psychological and/or spiritual trauma surrounding the disaster. All of this work will continue in collaboration with Charities’ local partners, including local Red Cross and United Way chapters and various federal, state, and county offices.

As the charitable arm of the Archdiocese of Denver, and inspired by God’s love and compassion, Catholic Charities extends the healing ministry of Jesus Christ to the poor and those in need. We serve people of all faiths, or no faith, with equal dignity, respect and compassion in imitation of Jesus Christ. For more information, visit www.ccdenver.org.

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Gala mobilizes time, talent, treasure for women in need

Date 03.24.14

Over 850 guests gathered March 8 for the 3rd Annual Beacon of Hope Gala, in support of Catholic Charities' Lighthouse & Women's Services.

Together, they pledged time, talent and treasure in a remarkable display of support for women and children in need, particularly those vulnerable to abortion, homelessness and poverty.

  • Raised $500,000 in fund support. 
        Your donation is appreciated. Click here to donate.
  • Mobilized 264 prayer warriors.
        Want to join? Contact Volunteer Coordinator Mark Hahn at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
  • Inspired 104 volunteers to give service.
        Want to volunteer? Contact Volunteer Coordinator Mark Hahn at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Video Archive | 2014 Beacon of Hope Gala

Lighthouse & Women's Services | Saving Women & Children

Event proceeds will collectively support the following Catholic Charities ministries:

Media Archive | 2014 Beacon of Hope Gala

Join our Monthly Stewardship Program

Date 09.16.13

Join our Monthly Stewardship Program

We are kicking off our stewardship program for monthly giving. Join today to help us continue extending Jesus’ love and compassion to the poor and those in need within our community. Your monthly commitment secures your continual support of our mission.

For more information or to enroll, contact Wendy Oldenbrook by calling
720-377-1383 or by email at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .

Join our Mother Teresa Prayer Society!

Date 06.16.12

Join our Mother Teresa Prayer Society!

The mission of the Mother Teresa Prayer Society is to foster organized, spiritual support for Catholic Charities’ staff, volunteers and those we serve, and to pray for those who ask for our prayers.

Why Mother Teresa?

Mother Teresa of Calcutta provides a perfect example for how we must pursue our own mission here at Catholic Charities. She constantly insisted that “everything begins with prayer.” 

Ultimately, it was her prayer that strengthened her to love like God and to serve like Christ as she tirelessly served the poorest of the poor. She is the perfect model for us!

What do members do?

Members are asked to pray for Catholic Charities and those we serve on a daily basis.

New members will receive a prayer card to guide them in their daily prayer, along with a Mother Teresa necklace medallion, which will serve as a reminder of their commitment to the society.

General intentions will be emailed to Society members once each month, and specific intentions will be emailed as necessary throughout the year.

Catholic Charities will accept members’ prayer intentions and offer them during our weekly Mass in our chapel. They will remain near the tabernacle for several days after having been presented.

How to sign up

Please email your full name, preferred email address, mailing address and phone number to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .

Please mention “Website” in your message so we know how you heard about the society!

Join Pope Francis in the culture of encounter

Date 06.30.14

(Larry's column appeared in the June 18 edition of the Denver Catholic Register.)

As Catholics, we all know we should have a preference for the poor. What does that look like? Pope Francis calls it a culture of encounter rather than a culture of exclusion. Volunteering is one way you can show your love and preference for the poor. And we have a new way to do that through Catholic Charities.

Volunteering can take many forms. Last week, 15 people (including yours truly) committed to raise money for Catholic Charities homeless shelters by riding the six-day, 471-mile Ride the Rockies bike event. Nearly 300 people have donated to Team Samaritan House, raising more than $28,000 to support five homeless shelters in northern Colorado, which serve those in the greatest need.

Other volunteers, as always, are giving of themselves through the many ministries of Catholic Charities, to serve lunch, make dinner or drive someone who needs a ride to the doctor, or to Mass. Others volunteer as part of Savers of Souls, taking turns praying in front of Planned Parenthood (across from our Lighthouse Women's Center) for an end to abortion every hour of every day it is open.

To see all the volunteer opportunities—and express in action your preference for poor—we invite you to go to the Catholic Charities website and click on "Volunteer" to see our new Volunteer site.

There you can register and review dozens of volunteer opportunities to find one that fits you. We will be working throughout the Archdiocese of Denver to assist parishes in their volunteer efforts, since charity begins at home—and in your parish.

Join Pope Francis in the culture of encounter and help us help those who need the love and mercy of Jesus Christ. A hair stylist—who every month cuts the hair of residents at the Samaritan House homeless shelter in Denver—said it well. "I don't have money to give," she said. "But I have a talent."

Please think of us, pray for us, and if you feel so moved, also send a donation of whatever size fits your budget. Thank you and God bless.

K-LOVE interview with Lighthouse Women's Center Director Lynn Grandon

Date 08.05.13

An unplanned pregnancy can be a scary situation for any woman especially a young teenager. For these women Lighthouse Women's Center has become their beacon of light and in many circumstances their only comfort. Listen to Lynn Grandon discuss the vital need for Lighthouse Women's Center and other free, accessible women’s services. 

New CEO named for Catholic Charities of Denver

Date 04.26.13

Laurence M. Smith named president and chief executive officer

Catholic Charities and Community Services of the Archdiocese of Denver, Inc. announced today the appointment of Laurence M. Smith as its new president and chief executive officer.

Smith brings to the position over 25 years of combined corporate experience in executive management, leadership, sales, marketing and operations, as well as a deep conviction and commitment to the Catholic faith.

When asked about leading a faith-based nonprofit, Smith responds energetically.

“I’ve spent most of my professional career championing products,” he says. “I am excited and honored by this opportunity to turn my focus full-time to championing the charitable mission of Jesus Christ in service to the poor.”

Smith will assume his duties May 6.

Most Reverend Samuel J. Aquila, Archbishop of Denver, expressed his wholehearted support.

"Larry brings an enthusiasm for serving the poor and real leadership skills. He'll guide Charities' staff, supporters, and all Catholics towards a true model of Catholic charity," said Archbishop Aquila.

“I have every confidence in him, and know that he will help all of us to exercise the Church's preferential option for the poor.”

Robert Scott, who has served as interim president of Charities since last December, will continue to serve the agency as a member of its Board of Directors.

“From the beginning, we believed the Holy Spirit was the most important member of our search committee,” Scott says. “I believe he brought Larry to us as the clear choice to lead Catholic Charities in the years that lie ahead.”

Born in St. Louis and a graduate of the University of Missouri, Smith is a devoted, life-long Catholic and active member of St. Thomas More Catholic Parish in Centennial.

Smith will succeed Dr. Jonathan Reyes, who served as CEO and president from 2009 until December 2012 when he accepted an executive role within the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops in Washington, D.C.

Olympic Gold Medalist Missy Franklin and family to serve Thanksgiving dinner to Denver homeless

Date 11.27.13

Olympic Gold Medalist Missy Franklin and family to serve Thanksgiving dinner to Denver homeless

Olympic gold medalist Missy Franklin and her family will once again donate part of their Thanksgiving Day to serve a holiday meal at Catholic Charities’ Samaritan House, a shelter for Denver’s homeless.

The meal will take place on Thanksgiving Day, Thursday, November 28 from 11:00 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. at Samaritan House, located at 2301 Lawrence Street in downtown Denver. [NOTE: Franklin will be available for media interviews from 10:30 a.m. – 11:00 a.m., prior to the meal.]

The dinner will be prepared under the direction of Samaritan House Executive Chef Dave Uelze, in partnership with associates from The Westin and Sheraton downtown hotels.

Franklin returns home from California for the holiday. She is now in her freshman year at the University of California, Berkeley on athletic scholarship. Despite her short time in Denver, she remains committed to the mission of Samaritan House.

Commenting on her participation in last year’s holiday meal, Franklin said “I’m very, very fortunate and there aren’t as many people as fortunate as I am. I just want to share my happiness with everyone else.”

Samaritan House’s Thanksgiving Dinner is an annual tradition, now in its twelfth year. Nearly 200 of the center’s resident men, women and children attend the meal each year.

Located in downtown Denver, the Samaritan House was built in 1986 and was specifically designed and constructed for service to the homeless. It can accommodate over 350 men, women and children each night. There are separate facilities for single men, single women and families with children. Residents receive a bed, food and clothing while participating in the shelter’s 120-day Levels Program, which offers a structured path towards obtaining stable income and housing.

On-site services include one-to-one case management, medical care, child care, life skills classes and referrals for employment, housing, social service assistance and educational opportunities. The center also coordinates an active children's program and an age-appropriate program for teens.

All of Samaritan House’s services occur in coordination with Catholic Charities’ broader spectrum of ongoing ministries in Family and Childcare Services, Women's Services and Shelter Services.

To learn more about potential volunteer opportunities, visit www.ccdenver.org/volunteer.

As the charitable arm of the Archdiocese of Denver, and inspired by God’s love and compassion, Catholic Charities extends the healing ministry of Jesus Christ to the poor and those in need. We serve people of all faiths, or no faith, with equal dignity, respect and compassion in imitation of Jesus Christ. For more information, visit www.ccdenver.org.

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Media RSVP Requested:
Lori Kennedy, Vice President of Charitable Giving, Catholic Charities, Archdiocese of Denver
Email: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. ■ Office: 720-377-1383 ■ Cell: 303-641-013

**NOTE: Media access to Samaritan House kitchen will close at 11:00 a.m. out of privacy for our residents and to accommodate event logistics. Media are invited to arrive at any time before 11 a.m. for interviews and camera shots.

Pro-Life Boot Camp draws nearly 100 teens

Date 02.05.14

Pro-Life Boot Camp draws nearly 100 teens

Lynn Grandon takes a different approach when teaching teens about love, sex and babies. And it appears to be working.

Nearly 100 eighth- through 12-graders attended the third annual Pro-Life Boot Camp on Saturday, January 26 at St. Thomas More Church in Centennial.
 
According to Grandon, program director of Respect Life Resources of Catholic Charities of the Archdiocese of Denver, the boot camp seeks to educate attendees on the medical and Catholic perspectives on conception and abortion.

"Rather than bombarding today's youth with a list of do's and dont's," said Grandon, "our office instead seeks to empower youth with sound reasoning that allows them to make sound decisions for themselves."

The boot camp included lessons on embryology, as illustrated with soft fetal models and 3-D ultrasound imaging.

Grandon regularly travels to local Catholic schools throughout the year to deliver presentations on the truth about the conception of life – and how to respond to today’s most common abortion arguments.

To learn more about the Respect Life Resources office, visit www.ccdenver.org/respectlife or call 303-742-0828 ext. 2122.