December 2012

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News from the Community
Classes and Services
Meet our Staff
Upcoming Events
Change a Life
End of Year Giving
CSJD GED Graduation
GED Graduation 2012
Please make an end of year gift to Centro San Juan Diego and help us continue our mission of empowering Hispanics through education, so they become faithful and integrated leaders in the Catholic Church and in the society.  
 News from the Community
Stay fit during the Holidays with Weigh and Win

Weigh and Win is a program available to the general public for FREE through made possible by initial funding from Kaiser Permanente.  Weigh and Win helps people achieve and maintain a healthy weight through daily emails or text messages, a weekly journal, 24/7 health guide, and access to personal trainers.  Participants can track their progress through photographed weigh-ins at kiosk located throughout the community.  Motivation is kept high with monetary incentives based on weight improvement and opportunities for prizes just for participating.
Enrollment is easy!  Just log on to


 Weigh and Win
Classes and Services
 � Pastoral Institute: Foundations of Christian Life, Pastoral (Minister) Certification, Hispanic Culture, Religious Studies, and many other courses on Catholic Faith Formation.

Contact: Alfonso Lara


� Bienestar Family Services offers:


- GED Preparation

- Computer Training

- Citizenship Preparation

- Small Business Training

- Finance Classes

- Elementary, Middle and High School equivalent adult education in Spanish certified by the Department of Education in Mexico (S.E.P.).

- Online Degrees

- Legal Night ...and more!

For information about the classes please contact Sylvia Gould or Alejandra Bravo at 303-295-9470 ext 176.


� Hispanic Youth Ministry

Contact: Liliana Flores


� Family Ministry

Contact: Sister Martinez


� Charismatic Renewal Movement

Contact: Abram Leon

Merry Christmas!
"That the word of the Lord may speed on and triumph" (2 Th 3:1): may this Year of Faith make our relationship with Christ the Lord increasingly firm, since only in him is there the certitude for looking to the future and the guarantee of an authentic and lasting love.  
BENEDICTUS PP. XVI. Rome, October 11, 2011.
Centro San Juan Diego Staff 2012
Centro San Juan Diego Staff, June 2012. Photo by Manuel Martinez
Hispanic Insight
by Luis H. Soto, Executive Director
Mary: in the heart of the moon 
A few weeks ago I had the good fortune of visiting Mexico City and participating in a pilgrimage to the Basilica of Our Lady of Guadalupe. As always, the experience was much more profound than I could ever express. I brought with me the various intentions of friends and relatives, and along with my own prayers, I laid them at the altar of the Virgin of Tepeyac.
Incidentally, my stay in Mexico coincided with a perfectly horizontal waning crescent moon (the same moon depicted in the image of Our Lady of Guadalupe), and I couldn't help but admire the beauty of this physical phenomenon of such great relevance to the essence of Mexico. I also had to reflect on the profound significance of this moon to the Mexican people.
Most people, including even Mexicans themselves, are not familiar with the origin of the word "Mexico." It comes from the N�huatl word Meshico, which literally means "the navel of the moon." This phrase is translated more figuratively into English as "heart of the moon." Given Mexico's location closer to the equator, the waxing crescent doesn't appear tilted, as it does in the United States, but instead with both peaks pointing up. Continue reading...
Meet our Staff
Msgr. Jorge De los Santos, Vicar for Hispanic Ministry
As vicar for Hispanic Ministry I have the responsibility of representing the Archbishop before the Hispanic Catholic community in the Archdiocese of Denver. I am the one person that takes entire responsibility for the wellbeing of the Pastoral Care of the Church for the Hispanic Community.
As Vicar for Hispanic Ministry I have the responsibility of supervising the activities of Centro San Juan Diego and the Pastoral Ministry of the Office of Hispanic Ministry.
Favorite Book: El Se�or Jesus (Lord Jesus) by Enrique Ponce de Le�n, S.J.
Maria Ines Ramirez, Administrative Assistant for the Office of Hispanic Ministry
Hello Everyone. Some of you that come to Centro often, might not see me there, since my office is located in the John Paul II Center in the Archdiocese of Denver, but as you may be aware the Office of Hispanic Ministry and Centro San Juan Diego go in hand in hand.  It has been a true joy and blessing to be part of the wonderful team of Centro San Juan Diego for the past two years.  As Administrative Assistant I have the privilege of coordinating several events for our Hispanic Community like our Annual Catechetical Congress and our biggest Archdiocesan event which is Living the Catholic Faith Conference.  It makes my day to see that the hard work is paid off when I see that our events are full to its capacity and that our people are being evangelized.  In a personal note I am married to my longtime friend and elementary schoolmate Uriel.  We have an extraordinary daughter Jaqueline that keep us on our feet at all times, and our baby Angel that is looking down on us from heaven.  

Favorite food:  "La comida de mam�"  (Moms homemade food)
Place I'd like to visit:  Rome, Italy  
News and Events 

 AARP Tax-Aide
Volunteer Opportunity

Volunteer with Centro San Juan Diego and become a Certified Tax  Preparer.

Tax Season is around the corner so we are getting ready for our 3rd year offering the community FREE tax preparation services, but we need YOUR help. We are looking for volunteers, preferably bilingual, to become certified tax preparers for the 2013 tax season and we are asking your help to spread the word. Please contact Laura Becerra for more details.


Jugueton 20123rd Annual Jugueton Toy Drive - Thank you to all the companies and individuals that brought toys this past Saturday, 12/15/12. The event was a complete success, all of the toys are being distributed to identified families in need including migrant, immigrant and low-income families. Also we would like to recognize the work of our volunteers and sponsors who worked hard to make this event possible. Thank you!

Jugueton Sponsors and Volunteers
Sponsors and Volunteers posed together for a group photo.

 Please visit Latin Life Denver for more pictures of the event.

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Jugueton 2012
Follow this link to more beautiful pictures of the this event. Enjoy!
Vino y Chocolate 2012
 This year's Vino y Chocolate Toy Drive was transformed with gorgeous table settings from Latin America. So take a look and get inspired! 
Vino y Chocolate 2012
Theme: Pi�ata Navide�a
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