When the Alliance for Catholic Education (ACE) teachers arrived at All Saints School 17 years ago, the pastor, Father Stephen Jasso, TOR, quickly noticed a change in the student body. Youngsters at the Northside campus were more reverential at Mass and had a better understanding of the Eucharist.
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.
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.