Connected by faith: Three new priests ordained for Diocese of Fort Worth

By Joan Kurkowski-Gillen

North Texas Catholic

May 25, 2016

FORT WORTH — The bond of faith that brings families together was evident May 21 as people from different parts of the U.S. and the world gathered inside St. Patrick Cathedral to witness the ordination of three young men to the Sacred Order of the Priesthood.

Deacons gather in Rome, share reflections on ministry, challenges

By Cindy Wooden

Catholic News Service

May 29, 2016

ROME (CNS) — Thousands of permanent deacons and their wives began their Year of Mercy celebration by cutting straight to the heart of what it means to be a deacon, how the ministry impacts their families, and the challenge of explaining their vocation to others, including bishops and priests. The deacons and their families gathered May 27 for the three-day Jubilee of Deacons.

Pope writes most tender answers to kids' hardest questions

By Michelle Francl-Donnay

Catholic News Service

May 27, 2016

"Dear Pope Francis" by Pope Francis. Loyola Press (Chicago, 2016). 76 pp., $11.55. The car was always the place for the hard conversations when my sons were young. The questions would come from the back seat when I least expected it. I can still remember the rainy night I was driving down Montgomery Avenue when my oldest son, then 12, asked me why God let evil things happen.

Superintendent Pelletier looks back on year filled with success, tragedy

By Joan Kurkowski-Gillen

North Texas Catholic

May 17, 2016

FORT WORTH — Perhaps the opening words of the Charles Dickens classic “A Tale of Two Cities” best describes Jennifer Pelletier’s first year as school superintendent in the Diocese of Fort Worth: It was the best of times and the worst of times. “It’s been a year packed with ups and downs,” admits Pelletier who found inspiration in trying moments.

 

St. Andrew School Girl Scouts collect 370 shoes for charity

By Susan Moses

North Texas Catholic

May 25, 2016

FORT WORTH — Take five fifth-graders, add 370 pairs of shoes, and what do you get? One important lesson in the power of teamwork, plus the highest award that a Girl Scout Junior can achieve. Not to mention hundreds of individuals grateful for a pair of shoes. Girl Scout Troop 3021, based at Saint Andrew Catholic School, started brainstorming the project last fall. 

Sacred Heart Church in Wichita Falls to celebrate 125 years of faith, service

By Jenara Kocks-Burgess

North Texas Catholic

May 17, 2016

WICHITA FALLS — Sacred Heart Church is celebrating 125 years of faith, decades of hope, and families of love with many events throughout 2016, but their biggest event will be on the Feast of the Sacred Heart. “This celebration speaks to us of the hope that we have as a Catholic community,” said Father Jack McKone, pastor of Sacred Heart Church. 

Archbishop, immigrant advocates decry plans for stepped-up raids

By CNS Staff

Catholic News Service

May 25, 2016

WASHINGTON (CNS) -- Archbishop Jose H. Gomez of Los Angeles said in a May 25 statement that a planned increase in federal immigration raids is "yet another depressing sign of the failed state of American immigration policy." The raids were announced in mid-May. Auxiliary bishop Eusebio L. Elizondo, of Seattle, echoed those comments.