Slovenian and Croatian immigrants in Denver, as well as Slavic communities in Pueblo and Leadville, painstakingly raised the funds to build a church of their own and looked forward to the dedication ceremony planned for Sunday, April 18, 1920. The Preseren Glee Club from Pueblo was to sing the Mass, several Slovenian societies, as well as the Knights of St. John, and clergy from both Colorado and Wyoming were expected.
But on Friday, April 16th, snow began to fall steadily across Colorado and reached a depth of nineteen inches by Saturday afternoon. Trains and streetcars were unable to run and so the ceremony was rescheduled for July 4, 1920.
Sunday, July 4, was a glorious day. As Bishop Tihen blessed the building, he praised the parishioners for their sacrifices and reminded them that poor people, rather than princes, built the great churches of Europe.
Since its dedication, Holy Rosary has nourished the faith of its congregation and the Globeville neighborhood. Holy Rosary was set to commemorate this milestone on Sunday July 12, 2020, but has tentatively rescheduled the celebration for October.
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