Colorado Lebanese Festival From Then Until Now: THE SECRET OF THE LEBANESE VALUES of Food, Faith, Family, and Fun
Success upon Success! First, nothing can happen in a Lebanese context, and especially in a Maronite Parish, without Mar Sharbel, the Sign of the Cross, Jesus and Mary, the Blessed Sacrament, Saint Rafka and all the Saints. Literally. The Colorado Lebanese Festival blends these key elements of our Faith with our Food, our Family, and the Fun we have when we all come together. Every year at our Festival, our multi-generational families come together with good friends and grow our Traditions, our generational memories, and our Families. They grow like the Cedars of Lebanon, rooted in the Gospel. Moreover, the Festival allows our Values of Food, Faith, Family, and Fun; and our Cultural Traditions to reach out to our neighbors with a spirit of solidarity, joy, and prosperity, regardless of color, religion, race, culture, language, or politics. Read More
Young Lebanese actor, singer and influencer Wissam Saliba stands as St. Rafka’s Mission of Hope and Mercy ambassador of advocacy and good will.
Eastern Catholic patriarchs urge international action on genocide of Christians in Middle East : News Headlines
Concluding a meeting in Dimane, Lebanon, the patriarchs of the Eastern churches in communion with Rome have issued a “prophetic appeal” warning agains a “plan of genocide” that threatens to eliminate the Christian presence in the Middle East.
In their statement the Eastern Catholic prelates urge international leaders to bring an end to the warfare in their region. They encourage Pope Francis to bring world leaders together to plan action to protect the Christians in the Middle East. Read More
URGENT: Terrorists target Coptic Christian children and pilgrims in Egyptian bus ambush — WARNING GRAPHICS
Denver – “The children were shot one-by-one,” says Fr. Andre Mahanna, Director of St. Rafka’s Mission of Hope and Mercy who has been speaking with sources on the ground in Egypt since the attack this morning.
“The death toll, is higher than you think,” reports Mahanna. Read More
A small group of individuals, led by Father Andre Mhanna and representing the Apostolic Union of the Clergy and Laity and the Apostolate of Our Lady of Hope, went to Washington D.C. to raise awareness of the plight of the Christian refugees in the Middle East, as well as to support religious freedom. During this time, the group educated several legislators and staff members about the Christian persecution in the Middle East and the need for the respect for religious freedom. Read trip summary
Pope Francis and Pope Tawadros words sent by our committee in Egypt during the visit of the Holy Pope to the Coptic church in Egypt [Arabic Transcript]. Read the words
“Maronite Church to declare this year as the Year of Witness and Martyrs” Bishop Elias Zaidan to the Clergy of the Eparchy of Our Lady of Lebanon at the Occasion of Thursday of Mysteries – April 2017
Historical Ecumenical dinner and joined declaration to support the protection of Christians and other minorities in the Middle East
Historical Ecumenical dinner and joined declaration to support the protection of Christians and other minorities in the Middle East at Saint Rafka Maronite Church hosted by Bishop Elias Zaidan, Eparchy of Our Lady of Lebanon, Presided by archbishop Samuel Aquila of Denver Roman Catholic Church, along with Guest of Honor Metropolitan Isaiah of the Greek…