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Depicted in sacred hand-carved sculptures, marble statuary, stained-glass windows, and framed artwork, Jesus and the saints joined 2,000 parishioners of St. Jude in Mansfield in the 27,000-square-foot church during a special dedication Mass and consecration on April 12. After Bishop Michael F. Olson handed over the keys to the front doors to pastor Father George Foley parishioners followed a Knights of Columbus honor guard procession into the church.
For Margie Gomez, the man born Karol Jozef Wojtyla in Wadowice, Poland was a saint long before plans for his canonization on April 27, 2014 were announced,insists the St. Andrew parishioner who stood inches from Pope John Paul II when he visited San Antonio in 1987.
Monsignor Ray Mullan was a young theology student in South Africa when Pope Pius XII died Oct. 9, 1958. The weeks that followed the funeral were full of anticipation as the seminarian — and the rest of world — wondered who would succeed him.
Best-selling Catholic author Jason Evert recently released a book published by Totus Tuus Press and Lighthouse Catholic Media: Saint John Paul the Great: His Five Loves. A nationally known chastity speaker who gave his first talk at Fort Worth’s Nolan Catholic High School in 1999, Evert always wanted to write a book about the man he considers his hero. Vatican plans to canonize the Polish prelate, along with Pope John XXIII on April 27 — Divine Mercy Sunday — provided the motivation to get it done.
Inmates of the James V. Allred Prison Unit in Iowa Park who take part in the Diocese of Fort Worth’s prison ministry read last spring that the newly-elected Pope Francis washed prisoners’ feet during Holy Thursday Mass: They were more than impressed. Some of them were moved to express their appreciation to the Pope for directly ministering to people in prison, said Deacon Russell Detwiler, chaplain for the ministry.