Archbishop Samuel Aquila - against physician-assisted suicide bills - video clip screenshot
Archbishop Samuel J. Aquila speaks out against physician-assisted suicide legislation.

“If this legislation becomes law, it will place the lives of the vulnerable in the hands of the insurance and healthcare industry, whose profit-driven culture would incentivize doctors to prescribe death.”
– Archbishop Samuel J. Aquila

On Wednesday, two identical bills that aim to make physician-assisted suicide legal in Colorado were introduced in the State Senate and House, Senate Bill 25 and House Bill 1054. A law allowing physician-assisted suicide would further entrench a culture of death in our laws here in Colorado, demean the lives of vulnerable patients, exposing them to exploitation and corrupt the medical profession, whose ethical code calls on physicians to serve life and never to kill.

“God has taught us not to kill.”

“God has taught us not to kill,” said Denver Archbishop Samuel J. Aquila in a video against the bills. “They make it easier for people with bad intentions to prey upon the disabled.”

This bill was assigned in the House to the Judiciary Committee and in the Senate to the State, Veterans and Military Affairs Committee.  Please call members of these committees and your own representative and senator to ask them to oppose physician-assisted suicide bills HB 1054 and SB 25.

It’s easy: Tell your legislators to oppose physician-assisted suicide

Find contact information for your representatives on the Colorado Catholic Conference website’s “Voter Voice” page or call the Conference at (303) 894-8808. Get more information about this legislation and what can be done to stop it here in Colorado at ArchDen.org/life.

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Fr. Steven Voss

Dear Friends,

Thank you for your prayers! I have been back in the offices for more than a week now, following a short trip to the hospital for a blood-sugar issue created by a prescribed medication.

I look forward to kicking off the new school year at Saint Joseph Catholic School and continuing our drive to be an amazing parish that truly enables pathways to salvation. We have more exciting projects planned along these lines, and I think you will be pleased.

Meanwhile, please remember that my door is always open.

Again, thank you for your prayers.

Yours in Christ,

Fr. Steven

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Fr. Steven Voss - Pastor - Saint Joseph Catholic Church - Fort Collins - Colorado - 80521
Fr. Steven Voss

Dear Friends,

Each of us is blessed by the great mercy and love that God pours out throughout our lives. I can attest to this in my own life. Thanks to the generosity of the Order of Malta I have been given an extraordinary opportunity to participate in their pilgrimage to the Shrine of Our Lady of Lourdes in France, April 28 through May 6.

As you know, I have been battling cancer for approximately one year. Although treatment has posed some expected issues for me, thanks to your prayers I have been able to attend to my duties as Pastor with only a slight reduction in my schedule. In general, I continue to feel well and I recognize this as a true grace and blessing. I have a very capable team of doctors caring for me with the hope that a newly started drug regimen will reduce the tumor so that it can be successfully removed. Modern medicine works wonders; however, the healing power of God is at the heart of all cures.

I invite you to “walk” with me to Lourdes in prayer:

  • The Religious Sisters of Mercy of Alma Michigan (http://www.rsmofalma.org/) have invited you to join them in prayer for my complete healing through the intercession of Venerable Catherine McAuley, their founder. I became good friends with the Sisters of Mercy through the Seminary. Prayer cards are available at the Altar of Mary and the entrances of church.  Through your prayers you can help me heal, and at the same time participate in the beatification process of Venerable Catherine McAuley.
  • Members of the parish will begin a Novena to Our Lady of Lourdes for healing on April 23, nine days before my visit to the Sacred Grotto. If you would like to pray the Novena, you can find it at https://www.ewtn.com/Devotionals/novena/lourdes.htm. We also have copies of the novena at the west entrance to church for those who do not have access to the internet. The ending novena prayer along with a rosary will be said after the 12:10pm Mass on Friday, May 1, 2015.

I invite you to walk with me in prayer for your own intentions for your loved ones who are ill.

  • We have provided petitions to Our Lady of Lourdes at the Altar of Mary. Please fill out a petition and place it in the basket at the altar of Mary. I will present them to Our Lady of Lourdes in the Sacred Grotto.

My health, like everything in our lives, is in the hands of the merciful Lord. His will be done!

In Christ,

Fr. Steven