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. 

Catholic Charities and Bishop Olson share ways to assist unaccompanied immigrant children

By Joan Kurkowski-Gillen
Correspondent / North Texas Catholic
July 17, 2014

Tom Strittmatter knows the importance of opening your heart and home to a young, parentless refugee.

The St. Rita parishioner and his wife, Sharon, have welcomed three children into their family since joining Catholic Charities Fort Worth’s International Foster Care program four years ago. “They are very appreciative of what we do and what the program does,” Strittmatter said during a July 15 press conference at Catholic Charities Fort Worth headquarters. The media event, which included remarks by Bishop Michael Olson and leaders from Catholic Charities Fort Worth and Catholic Charities of Dallas, focused on local efforts to assist unaccompanied children involved in the current Texas border crisis.


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.


Our sense of touch is key for how we encounter the world around us

By Jeff Hedglen
North Texas Catholic
June 17,  2014

I recently went on a mission trip with some college students to Moore, Oklahoma. We spent the week building fences for people whose homes had been destroyed as the result of an F5 tornado in May of 2013. We were there a week before the one-year anniversary of that devastating storm. Many things that week made a strong impression on me, but the biggest impression came in an unexpected moment.

Supreme Court: Closely held companies can’t be required to cover contraceptives 

By Patricia Zapor
Catholic News Service
June 30,  2014

WASHINGTON (CNS) — In a narrowly tailored 5-4 ruling, the Supreme Court June 30 said closely held companies may be exempted from a government requirement to include contraceptives in employee health insurance coverage under the Religious Freedom Restoration Act.

Two books take different approaches to lead people to Jesus

Reviewed by Eugene J. Fisher
Catholic News Service
July 3, 2014

Two books take different approaches to lead people to Jesus Jesus: A Pilgrimage by James Martin, SJ. HarperCollins (San Francisco, 2014). 510 pp., $27.99. Under the Influence of Jesus: The Transforming Experience of Encountering Christ by Joe Paprocki. Loyola Press (Chicago, 2014). 178 pp., $15.95.

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.