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.

How the Catholic Church is fighting loan sharks in Texas

By Mary Rezac
Catholic News Agency/EWTN
October 6, 2015

DALLAS (CNA/EWTN News) -- Lenders charging exorbitant rates on payday loans in Arlington, Texas have a new force to contend with in their fight against regulation: the bishops of the Catholic Church. Last week, the Texas Catholic Conference — which serves as the public policy voice for the Catholic bishops of the state — announced it would join several local payday lending opponents in an effort to regulate payday and title loan lending.

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.

'Unite suffering' with those grieving, archbishop tells Oregon Catholics

'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'."

Expert: Healing possible for victims, perpetrators of domestic violence

By Laura Ieraci

Catholic News Service
October 2, 2015

PHILADELPHIA (CNS) -- Help and healing is possible for Catholic families suffering with violence in the home, said psychologist Christauria Welland. A presenter at the World Meeting of Families in Philadelphia, Welland's session "When the Wound Comes From Within: Domestic Violence in Catholic Families" was the only session on violence within the home. In an interview with Catholic News Service Sept. 24, Welland said no firm statistics exist on domestic violence in Catholic families.

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. 


By Ed Langlois

Catholic News Service
October 3, 2015

PORTLAND, Ore. (CNS) -- St. Joseph Parish in Roseburg hosted an emotional Mass the evening of Oct. 1 for 10 people who died in a shooting that morning at Umpqua Community College. Auxiliary Bishop Peter Smith traveled from Portland for the liturgyAuthorities in Roseburg, 180 miles south of Portland, identified the shooter Oct. 2 as 26-year-old Chris Harper Mercer, a student at the college, but did not give details about him.