This week’s edition of the Denver Catholic Register has a color photo of our altar on the front, and a nice article with a black and white photo on page 5. Here’s our version of roughly the same image in color:

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Here is an excerpt from the DCR article:

Holy Trinity Church unveils new worship space

By John Gleason

Last month, parishioners at Holy Trinity Parish in Westminster marked the completion of a $2.6 million remodel of their worship space.  The newly renovated church, located at 7597 Federal Blvd. in Westminster, was celebrated in a series of thanksgiving Masses and receptions on May 15-16.

Founded in 1948, this was the first time the church proper had undergone any remodeling, according to Holy Trinity pastor Father John Hilton.

“Oh we’ve rearranged the furniture a few times,” he said with a chuckle, “but this is the first major renovation that’s been done to the church.”

Prior to the remodeling of the worship area, Holy Trinity Parish built a multi-purpose parish hall in 2007 which can be used as a meeting hall, socialization area and gymnasium. The following year, the parish renovated their adoration chapel.

In the last decade, Holy Trinity has seen its population more than double.  Today 2,600 families attend Mass there, so an increase in the size of the worship space was of primary importance.

To do this, part of the existing west wall was knocked down and other walls were extended to increase the size from 7,000 to 9,000 square feet, allowing for more pews on the main floor and another 40 added to the choir loft.

Confessionals near the altar were removed allowing for the addition of new windows to provide more natural light to the area.  The confessionals were relocated at the rear of the church. A bell tower was also added.

Integration Design Group was the architect of the project; construction was handled by R.N. Fenton and Company of Denver.

See the whole article here:


Thanks to Allan Eckert, here’s an image from the back of the church. This was taken on opening weekend, 16-May-2007:

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If you are only going to read one thing today, please read “Taking Chance” by LTC Michael Strobl USMC.

Chance Phelps was wearing his Saint Christopher medal when he was killed on Good Friday. Eight days later, I handed the medallion to his mother. I didn’t know Chance before he died. Today, I miss him.

Over a year ago, I volunteered to escort the remains of Marines killed in Iraq should the need arise. The military provides a uniformed escort for all casualties to ensure they are delivered safely to the next of kin and are treated with dignity and respect along the way.

This was posted on Blackfive on 27 Apr 2004.  HBO later made a touching movie with Kevin Bacon.

Thanks to all veterans.

23 Apr 04

The Holy Trinity by José de Ribera (1591 – 1652).
Oil on canvas, 1635
226 × 118 cm
Museo del Prado, Madrid, Spain

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Click the links below to visit other images of the Holy Trinity on this site:

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Compare to the before version:

In today’s bulletin, Father Hilton writes:


The celebration for the opening of our new church last weekend was an event that I will never forget. The smiles on your faces, the sound of our voices ringing out in song and the wonder in the eyes of the children made all the hard work worthwhile. And it was hard work! Three days before opening, the marble workers were still installing the altar, the church was completely covered in marble dust and none of the statues had been set into place. On Wednesday, John and Marcia Sand brought in a crew and all of them worked like crazy to clean the church. I am so grateful to them! I am grateful to Diana Thurber and all who assisted her in preparing and serving the wonderful receptions in the Fr. Puhl Center; the food was delicious and the decorations beautiful. Thank you. I extend my thanks to Jackie Bell, Sarah Haywood and their choirs for the splendid music during the Holy Masses.

It is absolutely necessary that I close by giving thanks to the wonderful staff that serves us at Holy Trinity. They have worked far beyond the call of duty and their countless hours spent in preparing for our church opening have been a remarkable labor of love. I am particularly grateful to Denise Walton, our Business Manager, and Mark Von Tilius and Jay Martinez, our heads of the maintenance staff – without their dedication to this parish, the new church would never have been ready on time or have turned out as well as it did. Thank You!

For Pentecost

For Pentecost, is it worth remembering that the burden of the Holy Spirit is an honor and a danger. Every one of the Apostles except St. John the Evangelist died a martyr’s death.

  1. Peter was crucified upside down
  2. James the Great (Son of Zebedee) was beheaded
  3. James the Younger was cast off the Southeast pinnacle of the Temple. When the 100 foot drop did not fully kill him, he was beaten to death with clubs.
  4. Andrew was crucified on an X shaped cross after being scourged. He preached to his tormentors to his last breath.
  5. Bartholomew had his skin flayed off
  6. Jude Thaddeus was shot through with arrows
  7. Simon the Zealot was crucified
  8. Phillip was beheaded
  9. Thomas was stabbed to death with a spear
  10. Matthias was stoned then beheaded.
  11. Matthew was killed with a sword
  12. John the Evangelist was thrown into a vat of boiling oil. When he miraculously survived he was sent to prison on the Isle of Patmos where he died years later.
  13. Mark was dragged to death by horses.
  14. Luke was hanged to death
  15. Paul was beheaded

The blog for the Archdiocese of Washington is the source for this list, and the following meditation:

What will you suffer for handing on the faith? The martyrs went to death to proclaim Christ but some us cannot bear if some one merely raises an eyebrow at us or scoffs. Merely being less popular or excluded from  the world’s admiration is too high a price for many. The next time you recite the Creed at Mass remember those words are written with blood. The next time you kids protest going to Church or your teenager scorns the faith you insist they practice, remember that others have faced far more formidable does than an unhappy child. The next time you are challenged for your faith and merely have to  risk ridicule, remember others suffered (and still suffer) prison. Many were (and still are) killed for it.

Good words!