Sister Bernice Knapek, 77, passed away Sept. 29

by Joan Kurkowski-Gillen
North Texas Catholic
September 30, 2015

FORT WORTH -- Joyful. That's how Nancy Eder described longtime friend Sister Bernice Knapek, SSMN, 77, who passed away Sept. 29 surrounded by her biological family and her religious family, the Sisters of St. Mary of Namur.

Church and society must learn from families, pope says at audience

By Cindy Wooden
Catholic News Service
October 7, 2015

VATICAN CITY (CNS) -- Society and the Church have much to learn from the family and, in fact, the bond between the Church and the family is "indissoluble," Pope Francis said. Families bring needed values and a humanizing spirit to society and, when they mirror God's love for all, they teach the Church how it should relate to all people, including the "imperfect," the pope said Oct. 7 during his weekly general audience before an estimated 30,000 in St. Peter's Square.

Matt Maher to perform charity concert at St. Mary's in Windthorst

by Jenara Kocks Burgess
North Texas Catholic
October 8, 2015

Father James PembertonWINDTHORST -- Dusty Sternadel, a lifetime resident of Windthorst, said she, her husband Brandon, and the Windthorst Community Center Board hope that having Catholic contemporary Christian recording artist Matt Maher perform at St. Mary’s Parish Hall and Gym in Windthorst will help them raise money to build the first-ever Windthorst Community Center. "There are a lot of things we have in Windthorst that are great, but there are a lot of things that we don't have," she said.

'Mutts' comic strip features quotes from Pope Francis

By Mark Pattison
Catholic News Service
October 6, 2015

WASHINGTON (CNS) --Those uninterested in the news coverage of Pope Francis' U.S. visit might have ditched the front page and turned to other sections of the newspaper for a break. Not likely.

Patrick McDonnell, creator of the "Mutts" comic strip that appears in 700 newspapers, used the week of Sept. 21 — the week of the papal visit — to feature seven quotations from Pope Francis' encyclical "Laudato Si'."

Catholic feminist sees beauty of marriage, pitfalls of 'gospel of me'

By Lou Baldwin

Catholic News Service
October 9, 2015

PHILADELPHIA (CNS) -- Helen Alvare is a law professor at George Mason University, a consultant to the Vatican and the U.S. bishops about marriage and life issues, and has been a recognized defender of Catholic teaching on marriage and the family for many years. She also is a wife and mother. But being an expert on such issues wasn't always the case for her. She remembers at age 10 or so, not yet appreciating her mother really was something — she was a loving wife and parent.

Pope tells Synod Fathers to learn from the Holy Family

By Ann Schneible
Catholic News Agency
October 4, 2015

Father James PembertonVATICAN CITY (CNA/EWTN News) -- Pope Francis on Saturday presided over a candlelight vigil for the Synod on the Family, calling on the Synod Fathers to listen to families, including the Holy Family, over the course of their deliberations.  “The family is a place of discernment, where we learn to recognize God’s plan for our lives and to embrace it with trust,” the pope said. “It is a place of gratuitousness, of discreet fraternal presence and solidarity...”   

NCCW provides resource on domestic violence awareness

By Catholic News Service
October 12, 2015

WASHINGTON (CNS) -- The National Council of Catholic Women has developed a resource manual called "Women Healing the Wounds" that provides information about the impact of domestic violence and the church's response to it.

The 52-page document in English and Spanish is available to download free at in the site's "Spotlight" section. It includes a customizable safety flier, a section on teen-dating violence, various resources and Catholic teaching.