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Bishop Olson blesses foundation stone for Eastland family and youth center

Father VJ and Bishop Olson

EASTLAND — Four parishes share a single vision of having a place for community and religious education. 

One Bread, One Body, June 20

June 20, Twelfth Sunday Ordinary Time 
Cycle B Readings:
1) Job 38:1, 8-11

Psalm 107:23-26, 28-31
2) 2 Corinthians 5:14-17
Mark 4:35-41

De Leon couple recognized for 53 years of service to Our Lady of Guadalupe Church

Joe and Lila Reyna

DE LEON — De Leon resident Lila Reyna began teaching Catholic children before the town’s Catholic church, Our Lady of Guadalupe, even existed.

Hope comes from noticing God at work even in small things, pope says


VATICAN CITY (CNS) — For those who learn to look carefully, the world is filled with signs of God's presence, and noticing those signs is the best way to get over feelings of disappointment, Pope Francis said.

Texas city's ordinance creating 'Sanctuary for the Unborn' takes effect

March for Life protestors

LUBBOCK, Texas (CNS) — After a federal court dismissed Planned Parenthood's challenge to a Lubbock ordinance that declares the city a "Sanctuary for the Unborn," a lawyer with the Chicago-based Thomas More Society said he believes these sanctuary cities have solid footing in Texas law.

Saint Barnabas

Saint Barnabas

Catholics celebrate the memory of St. Barnabas on June 11. 

Take 5 with Father: United with God Every Day

Fr. Bose Jujuvarapu, HGN

Meet Father Bose Jujuvarapu, HGN, parochial vicar of Sacred Heart Parish in Seymour and St. Mary of the Assumption in Megargel, who said, “When I celebrate Mass, I touch God every day; I’m united with God every day. It’s the greatest joy you can imagine.”

One Bread, One Body, June 13

June 13, Eleventh Sunday Ordinary Time 
Cycle B Readings:
1) Ezekiel 17:22-24

Psalm 92:2-3, 13-16
2) 2 Corinthians 5:6-10
Mark 4:26-34

La Ley de Igualidad no se Trata de la Igualidad o Dignidad Humana

La Cámara de Representantes de los Estados Unidos aprobó en marzo de este año la Ley de Igualdad por un margen de dieciocho votos. Esta legislación modificaría la Ley de Derechos Civiles del 1964 y pretende abordar cuestiones de discriminación por la orientación sexual y la identidad de género en muchas áreas de la vida pública.

‘Eucharistic consistency’: What the US bishops will discuss at their meeting next week


Washington, D.C. — The U.S. bishops next week will deliberate and vote on whether to draft a teaching document on the Eucharist — despite the recent request of some bishops to delay such a discussion.

Twin seminarians following one after the other into the priesthood

Ben and Luke Daghir

WASHINGTON (CNS) — Not a day goes by that identical twins Luke and Ben Daghir don't get confused for each other.

Eucharist is bread of sinners, not reward of saints, pope says

pope behind monstrance

VATICAN CITY (CNS) — People's hearts and the entire church must be wide open to wonder and devotion to Christ and ready to embrace everyone — sinner and saint alike, Pope Francis said.

What the new revisions to the Code of Canon Law mean for safeguarding

book - code of canon law

VATICAN CITY (CNS) — The new series of laws and provisions set out in the revised section on crimes and penalties in the Code of Canon Law will help the Catholic Church in its efforts at safeguarding, said two canon lawyers.

'Solidarity in Freedom' is theme of USCCB Religious Freedom Week June 22-29

religious freedom demonstrators

WASHINGTON (CNS) — The U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops invites Catholics "to pray, reflect and act to promote religious freedom" during Religious Freedom Week, which is set for June 22-29 and has as its theme "Solidarity in Freedom."

Bishop Olson urges quick response in support of maintaining Hyde Amendment protections

US Capitol

FORT WORTH — Bishop Michael Olson on May 31 called upon the faithful to visit to sign a petition in opposition of removing Hyde Amendment protections from the United States' fiscal year 2022 proposed budget.

Restrictions on travel from India leave local pastors stranded abroad

Fr Lucka distributes communion

FORT WORTH — When Father Benjamin Hembrom, TOR, left for India after celebrating Easter Mass with his St. Thomas the Apostle parishioners April 4, he had no idea the month-long vacation would end with a travel ban preventing him from returning to North Texas.

One Bread, One Body, June 6

June 6, Blood and Body of Christ  
Cycle B Readings:
1) Exodus 24:3-8

Psalm 116:12-13, 15-18
2) Hebrews 9:11-15
Mark 14:12-16, 22-26

Rosary marathon to end with prayers that Mary undo 'knots' tied by COVID-19

Mary undoer of knots

VATICAN CITY (CNS) — Pope Francis will conclude the Catholic Church's monthlong Rosary marathon with special prayers to Mary, Undoer of Knots, one of his favorite titles for the mother of Jesus.

Getting Sunday right: Family rediscovers the power of the Sabbath

family at dinner table

ST. PAUL, Minn. (CNS) — Scripture makes clear that the Sabbath is a day of rest. But for most Americans, including many Catholics, it ends up being a day of restlessness.

On Memorial Day, trumpeter to mark a year of playing 'Taps' daily

man with trumpet

BAY SETTLEMENT, Wis. (CNS) — When Bob Tuszynski heard about a request in May 2020 for buglers and trumpeters to perform "Taps" at 3 p.m. on Memorial Day, he jumped at the opportunity.

Arlington native Christopher Kellerman, SJ, to be ordained to the priesthood

Christopher Kellerman

Four Jesuits of the USA Central and Southern Province will be ordained to the priesthood on Saturday, June 12, 2021, in New Orleans. One of these men, Christopher Kellerman, SJ, is a native of Arlington.

Grads credit Catholic program and schools with helping them succeed

Isabel Vera

It took Isabel Vera nine years from the time she dropped out of community college until she returned to school, and help from the Rural Vocation program, part of Catholic Charities Fort Worth’s Northwest Campus, made it possible.

Father David Bristow, pastor emeritus of St. Mary of the Assumption, dies at 81

Fr. David Bristow

Father David Bristow, pastor emeritus of St. Mary of the Assumption Parish on Magnolia Avenue in Fort Worth, died May 22, 2021 at 81.

One Bread, One Body, May 30

May 30, Trinity Sunday 
Cycle B Readings:
1) Deuteronomy 4:32-34, 39-40

Psalm 33:4-6, 9, 18-20, 22
2) Romans 8:14-17
Matthew 28:16-20

Up to heaven, down to earth

cloud staircase

I was recently listening to a presentation on some of the great Old Testament figures by Bishop Robert Barron.