Analyzing ruling's implications will take time, say Church officials

Catholic News Service

June 29, 2015

WASHINGTON (CNS) -- Analyzing the ramifications of the June 26 same-sex marriage ruling for the Catholic Church at the national, state, and local levels will take time, said Archbishop William E. Lori of Baltimore.

Texas Knights of Columbus lead as organization sets new charity record

By North Texas Catholic
July 6, 2015

As Catholics throughout the United States prepare for Pope Francis’ visit this summer, the Knights of Columbus has been preparing in a special way, with record-setting charity. With Texas leading the way, the Knights of Columbus set a new all-time record in 2014 for charitable donations and service hours with $173,550,680 in donations and more than 71.5 million hours of service. Texas Knights raised more than $9 million and notched 4.5 million hours of service. 


During mission trip, young adults learn what a simple 'fiat' can do

By Christina Benavides
North Texas Catholic
July 2, 2015
Father James Pemberton

CISCO -- Unlike most mission trips, the FIAT (Faith in Action Together) experience is one that focuses on serving locally — albeit in places that are still hours away from home. On this year’s trip, young adults hosted a two-day mini-retreat for Father James Wilcox’s confimation students, and they helped the pastor of the four rural parishes with beautification and clean-up of the churches. We asked University of Texas at Arlington student, Christina Benavides, a member of the school’s University Catholic Community, to share her experiences from the trip May 16-21.

New Catholic Bytes podcast offers different, entertaining way to learn about Catholic faith

North Texas Catholic
July 2, 2015

Catholic Bytes, a new Catholic podcast that offers short (5-10 minute), dynamic talks about the faith, launched June 29. Produced in Rome, the podcast hit the ground running, airing six episodes in its first week.  Deacon George Elliott, co-founder and director, said “The goal of Catholic Bytes is to offer dynamic catechesis for people on the move. Most people do not have time to sit down and study the faith..."

Pope will visit as pastor, not politician, says Washington cardinal 

By Richard Szczepanowski
Catholic News Service
July 1, 2015

WASHINGTON (CNS) -- Pope Francis will make history during his visit to Washington in September, when he becomes the first pope to address a joint meeting of Congress and he offers the first canonization Mass to be celebrated in the United States. Washington Cardinal Donald W. Wuerl outlined details of the pope's Sept. 22-24 visit to the nation's capital at a news conference at the Cathedral of St. Matthew the Apostle in Washington.

Mary Goosens named new CFO, COO for diocese

By Joan Kurkowski-Gillen
North Texas Catholic
July 1, 2015

FORT WORTH -- For the average person, understanding complicated spreadsheets, profit and loss statements, and the financial jargon that goes along with them is never easy. Mary Goosens is gifted with the ability to help people with limited business acumen learn about finances in language that’s clear and succinct.

Top U.S. bishops unwavering in support of traditional marriage

By Mary Rezac
Catholic News Agency
June 23, 2015

ST.LOUIS (CNA/EWTN News) -- In their spring general assembly held June 10-12, just four months before the Synod on the Family in Rome, top U.S. bishops took a united stand in support of marriage and family life as the Church has always understood it. “We need to be more effective in our communication of the meaning of marriage," said Archbishop Joseph Kurtz of Louisville, president of the U.S. bishop’s conference.