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Religious brother uses gifts as liturgical artist to heal wounds of racism

Brother McGrath poses with his artwork

PHILADELPHIA (CNS) — As the nation continues to grapple with the issue of racism, an acclaimed liturgical artist and retreat leader is using his gifts to foster healing and justice.

One Bread, One Body, August 2

August 2,  Eighteenth Sunday Ordinary Time
Cycle A Readings:
1)  Isaiah 55:1-3

Psalm 145:8-9, 15-18
2) Romans 8:35, 37-39
Matthew 14:13-21

Show grandparents, the elderly that you care, pope tells young people

Grandparents interact with their grandchildren through a window

VATICAN CITY (CNS) — Pope Francis called on young people to reach out to their grandparents or the elderly who may be lonely or on their own.

Young Catholic Professionals overcome obstacles presented by coronavirus

young lady on zoom

FORT WORTH — COVID-19 has led to wide-scale restrictions, especially with in-person events, but Young Catholic Professionals in the Diocese of Fort Worth has thrived online, restarting old events and creating new activities catering to young adults in the new virtual environment.

Baby bump: Loreto House expands pregnancy care center and adds second location

Loreto House staff with excavator

DENTON — The Metroplex will soon have double the diapers, formula, and baby clothes needed to serve moms and dads faced with unplanned pregnancy. 

Eastland’s St. Francis Xavier Parish reaches milestone anniversary amidst pandemic

EASTLAND — The terms “tight-knit community” and “service minded” arise again and again when Father Vijaya “VJ” Mareedu, SAC, and others at St. Francis Xavier Parish in Eastland are asked about their parish and town.

Protections against predatory lending practices rescinded, but Vincentians offer alternatives

FORT WORTH — “As a teacher I knew better but, at the time, it was all I could do.” That’s how Debbie O. described the financial crisis that sent her to a well-advertised title loan company for some quick cash.

One Bread, One Body, July 26

July 26,  Seventeenth Sunday Ordinary Time
Cycle A Readings:
1)  1 King 3:5, 7-12

Psalm 119:57, 72, 76-77, 127-130
2) Romans 8:28-30
Matthew 13:44-52

True to the mission: Gabe Gutierrez named TCU campus minister

Gabe Gutierrez

FORT WORTH — In the Texas Christian University Newman Center on Berry Street, a former retail space with horned-frog purple walls, Gabe Gutierrez is getting acclimated to his new office and position as TCU campus minister.

Panelists at CCFW forum agree: pandemic disproportionately affects vulnerable populations

man in car gets coronavirus testing

FORT WORTH — “It’s been said that when America catches a cold, the Black community gets pneumonia,” Bob Ray Sanders, communications director for the Fort Worth Metropolitan Black Chamber of Commerce, told the Second Annual Inclusion Forum hosted by Catholic Charities Fort Worth (CCFW).

Jesus in Disguise

To be a Christian in the Roman Empire was to be an outlaw. From AD 64 to 313, Baptism could be a death sentence. 

Vatican releases guide on how leaders must handle abuse allegations

VATICAN CITY (CNS) — The Vatican's Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith released a 17-page document offering a step-by-step guide for how bishops, religious superiors, and canon lawyers are supposed to handle accusations of alleged abuse by clerics against minors.

Dallas-Fort Worth is a major hub for human trafficking and here’s how to fight it

FORT WORTH — Stopping human trafficking through education and smart interventions is the goal of a new program in the Diocese of Fort Worth.

One Bread, One Body, July 19

July 19,  Sixteenth Sunday Ordinary Time
Cycle A Readings:
1)  Wisdom 12:13, 16-19

Psalm 86:5-6, 9-10, 15-16
2) Romans 8:26-27
Matthew 13:24-43

Priest donates kidney to help mom lead life she imagines for her family

INDIANAPOLIS (CNS) — Like many parents, Rebeca Barcenas had this one overwhelming prayer that she continually shared with God.

Meet the Class of 2020 deacon candidates

The 2020 Class of Deacons for the Diocese of Fort Worth made their profession of faith and their oath of fidelity to Bishop Michael Olson at St. Patrick Cathedral on June 24, 2020. (NTC/Juan Guajardo)

The first group of permanent deacons to be ordained in eleven years for the Diocese of Fort Worth will receive the sacrament of Holy Orders on Monday, August 10, 2020.

Schools find creative ways to teach, foster spiritual growth, and thrive during pandemic

A Nolan graduate receives her diploma at Globe Life Field on July 2020

FORT WORTH — While a global pandemic presented many challenges to schools in the Diocese of Fort Worth, educators found creative ways to support learning, encourage community, and continue to thrive in a difficult season.


How does a parent develop charisms within the family?

The term household proposes multiple definitions with respect to who or what makes up a household. Whether a household is viewed as a community or family, there exist multiple understandings of how one would define a household or family structure.

Flannery O'Connor documentary opening in mid-July at virtual theaters

Flannery O-Conner

WASHINGTON (CNS) — "Flannery," a documentary about the life and writings of Catholic writer Flannery O'Connor, opens in select virtual cinemas nationwide July 17.

Navy revises policy on service members attending services off base

In this 2015 file photo, Navy Cmdr. Tracie Severson at the U.S. Naval Academy in Annapolis, Md., tells a group of priests how military chaplains have impacted her life.

WASHINGTON (CNS) — A prohibition by some U.S. Navy commands against active service members participating in off-base indoor religious services over coronavirus fears has now been revised, allowing attendance at places of worship where congregants can maintain social distance and wear face coverings.

#iGiveCatholic raises awareness, gives opportunity to give thanks, give back

student at St. George Catholic School

FORT WORTH — Faithful in North Texas will soon be able to tap into a convenient, community-driven way of giving financial support to local Catholic parishes, nonprofits, and schools.

Supreme Court decisions on contraceptives, Catholic schools called a win for religious freedom

A man stands with a cross in front of the Supreme Court

WASHINGTON (CNS) – On July 8, the U.S. Supreme Court announced two decisions that strengthened religious freedom. 

COVID-19 and the virtue of prudence

Dominican sisters praying

As countries face the prospect of "reopening" life after COVID-19, many decisions about the "new normal" must be taken.

A faith enduring persecution - the Vietnamese Catholic community survives and thrives

Fr. Hua Nguyen holds up the book of the Gospels

The forceful communist takeover of the South Vietnamese capital of Saigon on April 30, 1975, touched off an exodus of biblical proportions.

What Father Tolton might say about today's racial injustices

Father Augustus Tolton

CHICAGO (CNS) — Father Augustus Tolton, the first identified Black priest ordained for the United States, would likely be disappointed by what he sees going on in the United States today, said Father David Jones, pastor of St. Benedict the African Parish in Chicago.