Members fight to reopen small Denver Catholic church

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Members fight to reopen small Denver Catholic church

Phil Baca plays a guitar and sings during a Christmas Eve candlelight vigil and a tradition called Las Posadas, where churchgoers re-enact Mary and Joseph’s search for a place to stay in Bethlehem at Our Lady of Visitation Church in Denver. Members of the Denver Catholic church built by Hispanic families are fighting to re-open their parish over a year after it was closed by the archbishop.
Sandy Garcia joins other parishioners during a Christmas Eve candlelight vigil and a tradition called Las Posadas, where churchgoers re-enact Mary and Joseph’s search for a place to stay in Bethlehem at Our Lady of Visitation Church in Denver. Members of the Denver Catholic church built by Hispanic families are fighting to re-open their parish over a year after it was closed by the archbishop.
Esperanza Garcia, left, portraying the Virgin Mother Mary, and Chips Portales, playing her husband, Joseph, take part in a Las Posadas, which commemorates the couple’s journey from Nazareth to Bethlehem in search of shelter, during a Christmas Eve candlelight vigil at Our Lady of Visitation Church in Denver. Members of the Denver Catholic church built by Hispanic families are fighting to re-open their parish over a year after it was closed by the archbishop.
Flames from candles burn in paper cups during a Christmas Eve candlelight vigil and a tradition called Las Posadas, where churchgoers re-enact Mary and Joseph’s search for a place to stay in Bethlehem, at Our Lady of Visitation Church in Denver. Members of the Denver Catholic church built by Hispanic families are fighting to re-open their parish over a year after it was closed by the archbishop.

Members fight to reopen small Denver Catholic church

Phil Baca plays a guitar and sings during a Christmas Eve candlelight vigil and a tradition called Las Posadas, where churchgoers re-enact Mary and Joseph’s search for a place to stay in Bethlehem at Our Lady of Visitation Church in Denver. Members of the Denver Catholic church built by Hispanic families are fighting to re-open their parish over a year after it was closed by the archbishop.
Sandy Garcia joins other parishioners during a Christmas Eve candlelight vigil and a tradition called Las Posadas, where churchgoers re-enact Mary and Joseph’s search for a place to stay in Bethlehem at Our Lady of Visitation Church in Denver. Members of the Denver Catholic church built by Hispanic families are fighting to re-open their parish over a year after it was closed by the archbishop.
Esperanza Garcia, left, portraying the Virgin Mother Mary, and Chips Portales, playing her husband, Joseph, take part in a Las Posadas, which commemorates the couple’s journey from Nazareth to Bethlehem in search of shelter, during a Christmas Eve candlelight vigil at Our Lady of Visitation Church in Denver. Members of the Denver Catholic church built by Hispanic families are fighting to re-open their parish over a year after it was closed by the archbishop.
Flames from candles burn in paper cups during a Christmas Eve candlelight vigil and a tradition called Las Posadas, where churchgoers re-enact Mary and Joseph’s search for a place to stay in Bethlehem, at Our Lady of Visitation Church in Denver. Members of the Denver Catholic church built by Hispanic families are fighting to re-open their parish over a year after it was closed by the archbishop.
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