Parishioners of Our Lady Queen of Peace Church in Wichita Falls filled the pews on Sunday, Jan. 26, to celebrate Mass and then a groundbreaking for their new Family Life Center with the then Bishop-elect of the Diocese of Fort Worth, Michael F. Olson. Bishop-elect Olson had, years earlier, served his internship year as a seminarian at their parish. Bishop Olson was ordained the fourth bishop of Fort Worth just four days later on Wednesday, Jan. 29. “...We come with gratitude in our hearts, and we come with our particular needs today and ask God to bless the new Family Life Center that this parish has begun for the good of its life as a local church as well as in fostering the spread of the Gospel,” said Bishop-elect Olson, during the opening prayer.
The cavernous church of St. Vincent De Paul Parish in Arlington resounded with ancient drumming, solemn spirituals, and the joyous strains of Gospel music as people from around the diocese gathered for the 28th Annual Martin Luther King, Jr. Memorial Mass Jan. 11. From the entrance procession to the final sending forth, voices and hands were raised in celebration, praise, and thanksgiving to God for this great American leader and favored son within the African-American community.
More than 100 Catholics from the Diocese of Fort Worth joined their voices with several thousand pro-life supporters at the Texas Rally for Life on the steps of the State Capitol in Austin Jan. 25 in loud approval of comments from elected officials and other speakers. They traveled to Austin on buses chartered by the diocese’s Respect Life Office. That office’s director, Mike Demma, said this was the first Texas Rally for Life bus trip to Austin that the diocese has organized. Past trips were undertaken by parishes and church-related organizations.