Bishop dedicates new St. Jude Church, which will point parishioners to holiness

The exterior of the new St. Jude Parish in Mansfield.

Lay Vincentians continue to carry out charitable acts inspired by Saint Vincent de Paul

Vincentians work hard on a regular basis to keep food stocked for Society of Saint Vincent de Paul food pantries. 

Bishops Olson, Farrell address unaccompanied immigrant children crisis in joint press conference

By Joan Kurkowski-Gillen
Correspondent / North Texas Catholic
July 22, 2014

Bishop Kevin Farrell of Dallas and Bishop Michael Olson of Fort Worth discussed the collective response of local Catholics to the Texas border crisis and appealed for more volunteer attorneys to represent unaccompanied minor children in immigration court during a joint press conference held July 21 in Dallas.

As Catholic leaders voiced their concern for the more than 57,000 unaccompanied minor children who entered the U.S. since October 2013, Governor Rick Perry announced plans to deploy 1,000 National Guard troops to curb the flow of immigrants crossing the U.S.-Mexico border.


Six Jubilarians collectively celebrate 365 years of service to their congregation and society

By Joan Kurkowski-Gillen
North Texas Catholic
July 9, 2014

FORT WORTH — Sister Mary Dorothy Powers still remembers in vivid detail her first day as a Sister of St. Mary of Namur.

And, according to Sr. Dorothy and fellow jubilarians, Sister Devota Sweeney (75 years), Sister Mary Elaine Breen (60 years), Sister Jane Conway (60 years), Sister Joan Markey (60 years), and Sister Mary Jean Warmuth (60 years), it’s a life full of purpose, new challenges, and service to God.

El Tiempo Ordinario no es simplemente ‘ordinario’

Por Padre Carmelo Mele, OP
North Texas Catholic

June 16, 2014

El tiempo ordinario en el vocabulario de la Iglesia no refiere a lo que pensemos. No es simplemente el tiempo común que pase antes de que volvamos a celebrar el nacimiento del Señor y, entonces, sus grandes actos de la salvación. No, el tiempo ordinario, que estamos comenzando de nuevo estos días, en un sentido no es ordinario por nada. Más bien, es el tiempo en que somos para encontrar a Jesús.


Books show Blessed Mother still very much relevant today

Reviewed by Allan F. Wright
Catholic News Service
July 25,  2014

Books show Blessed Mother still very much relevant today Mary: Virgin, Mother and Queen: A Bible Study Guide for Catholics by Father Mitch Pacwa, SJ. Our Sunday Visitor (Huntington, Indiana, 2014). 160 pp., $9.95. Visiting Mary: Her U.S. Shrines and Their Graces by Julie Cragon. Servant Books (Cincinnati, 2014). 145 pp., $15.99. Mary: Help in Hard Times -- Stories and Prayers by Marianne Lorraine Trouve, FSP. Pauline Books and Media (Boston, 2014). 114 pp., $7.95.

Film 'Mary of Nazareth' now available for parish, school screenings

By Winston Pierre
Catholic News Service
July 31,  2014

WASHINGTON (CNS) -- Viewing the movie "Mary of Nazareth" at a parish or school screening will enable Catholics to have a greater and a more profound understanding of the mother of God, said Anthony Ryan, director of sales and marketing for Ignatius Press..

Ohio order's straw-bale house shows off energy-efficiency in design

By Dennis Sadowski
Catholic News Service
July 30, 2014

TIFFIN, Ohio (CNS) -- One Ohio religious order is hoping its energy-efficient straw-bale house will sprout ideas in the minds of visitors to reduce fossil fuel consumption and even invest in renewable forms of energy for heating and cooling their homes.

New radio program covers life issues, ways to spread culture of life

By Linda Reeves
Catholic News Service
July 8, 2014

FORT PIERCE, Fla. (CNS) -- A new radio program launched in the Palm Beach Diocese in June with a focus on shedding light on pro-life issues, and sharing ways to get involved in promoting the culture of life in the not-so-pro-life world.