The keynote address was an hour long, and yet the audience sat mesmerized. They were silent most of the time, as the speaker, Pam Tebow, spoke of motherhood, mission, and ministry, and they laughed uproariously as she told anecdotes, and sang children’s scripture melodies she had once composed. It was The Bishop’s 9th Annual Catholic Pro-Life Banquet, and the record crowd of more than 700 people got their money’s worth. They were there to hear stories of life — “God Stories” of life, Tebow had called them — and the audience ate them up, like a second dessert.
St. Thomas the Apostle Parish is months away from starting construction on a larger church, but parishioners have already made history at the 30-acre site that will become their new home. Almost 1,000 people turned out for two open air Masses celebrated Sept. 30 and Oct. 1 at the Bowman-Roberts Road property. The liturgies were part of a weekend Fall Festival organized to raise money for the building fund.
More art historians may visit Lindsay now that St. Peter Church was recognized with a Preservation Project Award from Historic Fort Worth, Inc. One of the “painted” churches of Texas, the landmark is already listed in the National Registry of Historic Places. Former pastor Father Ray McDaniel accepted the honor from guest presenter and author George Bristol during a Sept. 28 ceremony at the Fort Worth Community Arts Center, located in Fort Worth’s cultural district.