Father Christopher Stainbrook still remembers the trepidation his parishioners felt when St. Timothy, an Anglican congregation, decided to join the Catholic Church as part of the Ordinariate of the Chair of St. Peter.
Catholic parishes in the nine-county Northwest region of the Diocese of Fort Worth are working with Catholic Charities Fort Worth (CCFW) to establish a permanent facility or “service hub” in Wichita Falls in the next few years. “This expansion is necessary because the rural counties are underserved, usually due to their remoteness and relatively sparse populations,” said Father Jack McKone, pastor of Sacred Heart Church in Wichita Falls. For the past few months, representatives of several parishes in the area have participated in the Northwest Services Strategic Planning Committee. CCFW Director of Parish Relations Laura Sotelo told the North Texas Catholic that CCFW formed this committee of parish and community leaders to help develop a business plan for its future location.
“We want people to know that Respect Life in our diocese is alive and well; vibrant and ongoing,” said Mike Demma, director of the diocesan Respect Life Office, in a recent interview. With Jan. 22 marking 41 years since Roe v. Wade legalized abortion in the U.S., the office is encouraging pro-lifers throughout the diocese to participate in a number of events, including the Dallas March for Life and Rally Jan. 18, the Annual Respect Life Mass to be celebrated 7:30 p.m. Jan. 24 at St. Patrick Cathedral in Fort Worth, and the Texas Rally for Life in Austin Jan. 25.