Bishop Berg will celebrate installation, oversee groundbreaking of new parish hall
by David Tesitor
WALSENBURG — The Most Reverend Stephen Berg, Bishop of the Diocese of Pueblo, will officially install Father Stephen Olamolu as Pastor of the Spanish Peaks Catholic Community this Sunday, January 14, 2018. Bishop Berg will conduct the installation at St. Mary, Our Lady of Sorrows in Walsenburg at Mass at 10:30 am.
Father Olamolu has served as parish administrator for St. Mary, Our Lady of Sorrows for the past two years. In his appointment as pastor, he will serve St. Mary, Our Lady of Sorrows in Walsenburg, Sacred Heart Catholic Church in Gardner, Christ the King Catholic Church in La Veta, and St. Anthony of Padua Catholic Church in Aguilar.
Since Father Olamolu’s arrival, his openness, warmth, and commitment to the community has been instrumental in bringing back members to the parish. He has helped with many fundraising efforts which included projects to repair the stucco on the aging church building, replace the weathered doors, add cushions and padded kneelers in the pews, and renovate the confessional. Most recently, he has renewed parishioners’ desire to construct a new parish hall, a project in the planning stages for over 15 years. So far, $230,000 has been raised, while the estimated cost with overrides is $290,000, leaving $60,000 outstanding for fundraising. Plans are underway to raise the remaining money through a project of offering for sale engraved bricks to current and former members of the community. The bricks will become part of a memorial wall inside the hall. Father Stephen is confident God will provide and has no doubt the project will be fully funded in a short period of time.
Bishop Berg will also attend the ground breaking ceremony for the new parish hall, scheduled to open in late spring or early summer. The groundbreaking will follow Mass at approximately 11:45 am.
The Spanish Peaks Catholic Community invites people of all faiths to join them and Bishop Berg in celebration of the Holy Mass and the ground breaking which follows. A coffee and doughnut reception will follow at Mazzone Hall, across the street from the church.