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  • June 23, 2017

    The annual Peter's Pence Collection will take place in parishes across the Archdiocese this weekend, June 24-25.

    Participation in the Peter’s Pence Collection gives us an opportunity be a witness of charity to our brothers and sisters around the world. Gifts to this annual collection help our Holy Father, Pope Francis, to support victims of war and natural disasters and others most in need of assistance.

    The Peter’s Pence Collection unites us in solidarity with the Holy Father and his works of charity toward those who are suffering around the world. Pope Francis reminds us that true power lies not in amassing possessions and resources for ourselves but in giving. “We must never forget that true power, at any level, is service, whose bright summit is upon the Cross . . . it means entering the logic of Jesus who kneels to wash the Apostles’ feet,” he said. Your contributions to the Peter’s Pence Collection join with the power of Christ to give support to those in need.

    Join Pope Francis and be a witness of charity throughout the world. You can participate through your donations, prayers, and outreach to spread the message of the love of Christ. Please be generous in the Peter’s Pence Collection. 

  • June 20, 2017

    Updated: June 23, 2017

    Brian Johnson, the Director of the Office of Adolescent Catechesis and Evangelization for the Archdiocese of Galveston-Houston, died June 19, 2017. The Baltimore native was 52 years old.

    During his time as the OACE director, Johnson helped revolutionize the summer Archdiocesan Youth Conference (for high school teens) into one of the largest annual assemblies of its kind. Johnson was also a key contributor in the creation of a Catechetical Framework for Lifelong Faith Formation, the tool by which catechesis is organized and structured in the Archdiocese.

    Throughout his nearly three decades in youth ministry, Johnson's spirit, determination and commitment touched and influenced the lives of countless young people. "Brian's leadership and engaging presence was an inspiration to the youth of our Archdiocese. He had a profound impact on not only the young people he served and their families, but also on the formation of youth ministry leaders," Cardinal DiNardo said. "The Archdiocese is very grateful for his service to the local Church. He will be truly missed."

    In the last chapter of his life, Johnson dedicated himself to the renovations and expansion of Camp Kappe. He was passionate about transforming the campus into a space that would meet the needs of our youth for many years to come.

    Cardinal DiNardo has asked the faithful to pray for the Johnson family and the OACE staff.


    We would like to update you regarding Brian Johnson’s funeral arrangements.  Because Brian was a native son of Baltimore, there will be services held in both the Archdiocese of Galveston-Houston and the Archdiocese of Baltimore.  His funeral arrangements are provided below:

    Archdiocese of Galveston-Houston

    Tuesday, June 27, 2017

    Visitation:  6:00 p.m. – 7:00 p.m.
    Vigil:  7:00 p.m. – 9:00 p.m.
    St. Mary of the Purification Catholic Church
    3006 Rosedale Avenue
    Houston, Texas  77004

    Wednesday, June 28, 2017

    Memorial/Funeral Liturgy:  9:30 a.m.
    Sacred Heart Co-Cathedral
    1111 St. Joseph Parkway
    Houston, Texas  77002

    Following the Memorial/Funeral Liturgy in Houston, Brian’s remains will be transported to Baltimore.

    Archdiocese of Baltimore

    Saturday, July 1, 2017

    Wake:  9:00 a.m.
    Mass:  10:00 a.m.
    St. Matthew Catholic Church
    5401 Loch Raven Blvd
    Baltimore, Maryland  21239

    Burial: Dulaney Valley Memorial Gardens

    Repast: St. Matthew after burial - light refreshments

     

    In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to:          

    Camp Kappe Youth Retreat Center
    Archdiocese of Galveston-Houston
    c/o Office of Adolescent Catechesis and Evangelization
    2403 Holcombe Boulevard
    Houston, Texas 77021

    Msgr. O’ Dwyer Retreat House
    Archdiocese of Baltimore
    P. O. Box 310
    Sparks, Maryland 21152

     

     

    Cards and Condolences for Brian Johnson can be sent to his sister at

     

    Mrs. Renita Woodus
    5 Aspen Glen Court
    Owings Mills, MD 21117

     

     

    Please continue to keep the Johnson Family and the staff of the OACE in your thoughts and prayers at this time of sorrow.

  • June 16, 2017

    The Archdiocese of Galveston-Houston continues to prepare the men who will shepherd the city’s rapidly growing 1.7 million Catholics at St. Mary’s Seminary in Memorial. On the weekend of the Feast of Corpus Christi (June 17-18), the local faithful will have the opportunity to directly support Archdiocesan seminarians with the Corpus Christi Collection.

    All monies collected this weekend at Archdiocesan parishes will go to support St. Mary's Seminary. This effort provides funds to operate the Seminary and facilitate formation for seminarians studying at St. Mary’s

    The seminary is designed as a prayerful place for meditation and spiritual formation, which is essential to the formation of a seminarian. The seminary is unique in that the seminarians live here, study here and worship here. The architecture allows the seminarians space for thoughtful contemplation and also for social gatherings.

    The seminary also houses the Archdiocese’s permanent diaconate program and the University of St. Thomas School of Theology, he said.

    The current seminary on Memorial Drive was built in 1954 and it is an aging facility which requires constant maintenance. Parish support is necessary to continue the effective operation of our seminary. Our seminarians come from all walks of life and want to give back to the community and do so as part of their formation process.

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  • August 16, 2106

    Surrounded by busy to-do lists and personal goals, it is easy to lose ourselves in ourselves.

    Surrounded by busy to-do lists and personal goals, it is easy to lose ourselves in ourselves. We can narrow our vision to what only matters to us. That overly individualistic concern divorces us from each other, deepening oneself in isolationism.

    The Catholic understanding of the human person, however, rivals the intense individualism of our time; instead it sees the human person as a social being, created to live with and for others. We naturally desire communion with others. The human person finds fulfillment in self-gift. This self-gift includes self-emptying. 

    This is what makes the love of Christ so total and complete, because He poured Himself out, in life and death. He sought communion with us through self-gift, which continues in the Eucharist. Likewise, we can find communion with others through our gift of self. 

    Almsgiving is the material donation to the needy. It can also include the gift of talents and time. I find that almsgiving is primarily a material avenue of fulfilling our call to love. However, we need the experience of love and mercy in order to perpetuate love to others. Our charitable actions must be informed and guided in prayer. 

    Almsgiving has the capacity to be more than the giving of our surplus resources. It is a much nobler practice to combine the giving with prayerful sacrifices. We can give a homeless person a meal, but how about also fasting from one meal as a sacrificial giving of ourselves, so that another can eat. Almsgiving can be both a prayer and a work. 

    Often we can find ourselves stopped on the street, caught off guard, and having “nothing to give them.” I found that every time I would venture downtown people asked for help, so I started carrying non-perishable food items, like a granola bar or bottle of water. 

    This practice will be different from person to person as we are all asked to give to our capacity. The other avenue of almsgiving is through the systematic support of a charity or institution, whether a financial donation or volunteering.

    My personal experience of recent has mostly been downtown during the past two summers. When I have the time on a Sunday afternoon, I’ll fix a meal, park downtown, and walk around until I encounter someone that needs it. The one rule I’ve made for myself is that anyone I meet, regardless if I have anything I can give them, I always ask their name. They are no longer “homeless man,” rather they carry with themselves a personality, identity and a name. Often this kind of encounter invites a conversation, allowing for authentic kinship and communion. 

    There was one Sunday I gave a man a meal I cooked. His body was racked with wounds and scars. He smiled, took the meal and thanked me. I crossed the street and another individual, who had seen what I did and appreciated it, started a conversation with me. His name was Josh and he was trying to get back home. He told me his story and asked me to pray with him. We also talked about life, education, prayer and even the possibility of him returning to the Catholic Church. He was very happy to meet me and wished me the best. An hour and a half later, we said goodbye and parted ways. 


    I discovered as I walked away, praying for him, that one man was fed physically and the other was fed spiritually. In both situations there was self-gift and the marvelous beauty of communion was revealed. That beauty I’d prefer over anything else. 

    David Mannino is a seminarian at the Office of Adolescent Catechesis and Evangelization.
  • June 13, 2017

    Hay varias cosas excelentes sucediendo en la iglesia a nivel local, nacional e internacional en la que los jóvenes adultos (18 a 30 o mas) son los protagonistas.

    Hay varias cosas excelentes sucediendo en la iglesia a nivel local, nacional e internacional en la que los jóvenes adultos (18 a 30 o mas) son los protagonistas.

    Primero, a nivel local, tenemos la reunión más grande de jóvenes adultos en una serie de presentaciones este Verano “Café Catholica” donde alrededor de 700 jóvenes asisten cada noche. El tema de este año es “No Tengas Miedo” y se dará en tres lugares diferentes (oeste, centro y norte) para servirle mejor a los jóvenes adultos.

    El equipo se inspiró en este tema porque en Noviembre del 2016 el Papa Francisco anunció que la Virgen María estaba en el corazón de los temas de la Jornada Mundial de Jovenes (JMJ), que fueron tomados del Evangelio de San Lucas: en el 2017 el tema de JMJ es “El poderoso ha hecho cosas grandes por mi. ¡Santo es su Nombre!” (Lc 1:49); 2018 “No temas, Maria, porque has encontrado el favor de Dios” (Lc 1:30); y 2019 “Yo soy la servidora del Señor, hágase en mi tal como has dicho.” (Lc 1:38)

    Los temas son una continuación de las reflexiones que empezó el Papa Francisco por los últimos tres años, que se enfocaron en las bienaventuranzas. El Papa Francisco invita a los jóvenes a que tengan “memoria del pasado, fuerza en el presente y que tengan esperanza en el futuro.”

    Los temas “tienen la intención de dar un tono Mariano a la jornada espiritual por los tres próximos años” y al mismo tiempo de inspirar las tres virtudes teologales: fe, caridad y esperanza.”


    Café Catholica es un evento gratis en ingles que incluye confesiones a las 5:15 p.m., Misa a las 6:15 p.m., cena a las 7:15 p.m. y platica a las 8:15 p.m. Este año se presentara en la parroquia de San Cirilo de Alexandria (26 de Junio), Centro Católico Carismático (10, 17 y 24 de Julio) y en la parroquia de San Simón y Judas (31 de Julio). 

    Tenemos la bendición de tener una presentadora internacional, la Hermana Bethany Madonna, Sister of Life de Nueva York quien también fue presentadora principal en la Jornada Mundial de la Juventud en Polonia y ella compartirá el tema “No temas al llamado de Dios.” 

    También tendremos a dos presentadores nacionales: al Padre Agustino Torres, fundador de Corazon Puro, NYC presentará en ingles el 17 de Julio acerca de relaciones “Buscando Una Verdadera Conexión” y también dará una charla en Español para los jóvenes el 18 de Julio en la cancillería de St. Dominic de 7 a 9:30 p.m. 

    El otro presentador es un joven, Kevin Becker, que recibió un milagro del Beato Pier Giorgio Frassati. Tendremos a dos presentadores locales: a Julie Fritsch, directora de la oficina de Pro-vida que hablara sobre “Nuevas Fronteras en Defensa de la Dignidad Humana” y Padre Luke Millette, vicario judicial, que presentará acerca del llamado a la santidad usando como ejemplo a un joven adulto que fue beatificado, el Beato Pier Giorgio Frassati, patrón de los jóvenes adultos.

    Y finalmente tendremos el honor de tener a Daniel Cardenal DiNardo que celebrara Misa y dará un mensaje a los jovenes adultos el 24 de Julio en el Centro Católico Carismático. Para más información visite www.cafecatholica.com o llame al 713-741-8778.

    Segundo, a nivel nacional, estamos en medio del proceso del Quinto Encuentro, una iniciativa de la Conferencia de los Obispos de los Estados Unidos y la meta general es discernir formas en las que la Iglesia en los Estados Unidos pueda responder mejor a la presencia de los Hispanos/Latinos y como ellos pueden responder como discípulos misioneros al llamado de la nueva evangelización. Los jóvenes y los jóvenes adultos están al centro de este proceso o Encuentro. Para más información visite www.vencuentro.org.

    Tercero, a nivel internacional, el Santo Padre a pedido a toda la Iglesia dirigir su atención a los jovenes (16 a 29 años de edad). El Papa Francisco escogió como tema de la próxima Asamblea General Ordinaria del Sínodo de Obispos en Octubre del 2018 “Los jóvenes, la fe y el discernimiento vocacional.”

    El Vaticano sacó un documento preparativo para este Sínodo y mandó un cuestionario a todos los obispos del mundo para ser contestado este verano. Para más información o para contestar el cuestionario visite www.archgh.org.

    Te animo a que invites a cualquier joven adulto que conozcas en tu vida a que sea parte de estas oportunidades a nivel local, nacional e internacional. Ellos pueden asistir a Café Catholica, ser parte del Quinto Encuentro en su parroquia o contestar el cuestionario en preparación al siguiente sínodo. 

    Gabriela Karaszewski es la directora de Oficina de Jóvenes Adultos y Pastoral Universitaria.

  • June 13, 2017

    There are some great things happening in the Church at the local, national and international level in which the young adults (18 to 30-plus) are the protagonists.

    There are some great things happening in the Church at the local, national and international level in which the young adults (18 to 30-plus) are the protagonists.

    First, at the local level, our largest gathering of young adults, the Café Catholica dinner/speaker series, begins this month, where each night averages 700 young adults.

    This year’s theme is “Be Not Afraid” and will be held at three different locations (west, central and north) in an attempt to better serve our young adults.

    The team was inspired by this topic because on November 2016 Pope Francis announced that the Blessed Virgin Mary is at the heart of the themes for the upcoming World Youth Days (WYD), which are taken from the Gospel of Saint Luke: In 2017 the WYD theme is “The Mighty One has done great things for me,” and “Holy is His Name” (Lk 1:49); 2018 “Do not be afraid, Mary, for you have found favor with God” (Lk 1:30); and 2019: “I am the servant of the Lord. May it be done to me according to your word.” (Lk 1:38)

    The themes are a continuation of the reflections begun by Pope Francis for the last three years, which focused on the Beatitudes. Pope Francis invites young people to have “memory of the past, courage for the present and to have/be hope for the future.” The themes “are intended to give a clear Marian tone to the spiritual journey of the next three years and at the same time they are inspired by the three theological virtues of faith, charity and hope.”

    Café Catholica is a free event and you may show up at any time. It includes 5:15 p.m. confessions, 6:15 p.m. Mass, 7:15 p.m. dinner and 8:15 p.m. keynote speaker.

    The locations this year will be St. Cyril of Alexandria (June 26), Catholic Charismatic Center (July 10, 17 and 24) and St. Simon and Jude in The Woodlands (July 31).

    We are blessed to have an international speaker Sister of Life Bethany Madonna from New York City, a keynote speaker at World Youth Day in Poland. Sister Madonna will speak July 31 on “Be Not Afraid of God’s Call.” We will also host two national speakers including Father Agustino Torres, CFR, founder of Pure Heart in New York City who will speak July 17 about relationships “Seeking a Real Connection” and young adult Kevin Becker July 10 will share his testimony about a miracle related to Blessed Pier Giorgio Frassati.

    We will also host two local speakers, Julie Fritsch, director of the Office of Pro-Life Services, will speak June 26 on “New Frontiers in Defense of Human Dignity,” and Father Luke Millette, judicial vicar, who will speak with Becker July 10 about our call to sainthood by using the example of a young adult who was beatified by the Church: Blessed Frassati, patron of young adults.

    Finally Daniel Cardinal DiNardo will celebrate Mass and give an address to all the young adults on July 24 at the Charismatic Catholic Center. Visit www.cafecatholica.com or call 713-741-8778 for more.


    Second, at the national level there is a Fifth National Encuentro, an initiative of the United States Conference Catholic Bishops to discern ways in which the Church in the United States can better respond to the Hispanic/Latinos presence, and to strengthen the ways in which Hispanic/Latinos respond to the call of the new evangelization as missionary disciples serving the entire Church. The youth and young adults are at the center of this process or Encuentro. For more information visit www.vencuentro.org.

    Third, at the international level, the Holy Father has asked the entire Church to direct their attention to young people (16 to 29 years old). Pope Francis chose the theme for the next Ordinary General Assembly of the Synod of Bishops in October 2018 to be “Young People, Faith and Vocational Discernment.” The Vatican put out a preparatory document for this Synod and sent a questionnaire to be answered by all the bishops in the world this summer.

    We encourage you to answer the survey at www.archgh.org.
    I encourage you to invite any young adult you know in your life to be part of these exciting opportunities during the summer at the local, national and international level.

    They may attend Café Catholica or be part of the Fifth National Encuentro at their local parish or answer the questionnaire in preparation towards the next Synod. 

    Gabriela Karaszewski is the director of the Archdiocesan Office of Young Adult and Campus Ministry.

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