Archdiocese – The district for which an archbishop is responsible. The word diocese comes from the Greek word meaning "administration." A diocese is a geographical area under the administration of a bishop. Each diocese is divided into local parishes. – www.churchyear.net
Apostolic Letter - Apostolic letters are documents issued by the Pope or in his name. The letters of the Apostles to Christian communities or those in authority, i.e. the Pauline Epistles, including the Epistle to the Hebrews, together with the seven Catholic epistles of the other Apostles. – www.catholic.org
Daniel Cardinal DiNardo – His Eminence Daniel Cardinal DiNardo is the metropolitan archbishop off Galveston-Houston and pastor to its 1.3 million Catholics (and over 4 million non-Catholics) and more than 400 priests in nearly 150 parishes and 60 schools spread over 8,880 square miles. His seats are St. Mary Cathedral Basilica in Galveston and the Co-Cathedral of the Sacred Heart in Houston.
Discernment – Spiritual discernment is faithful living and listening to God’s love and direction so that we can fulfill our individual calling and shared mission. There is discernment of gifts, spirits, actions, intents, and the course of the times we live in. –Henry Nouwen
Discipleship – Discipleship is the process of embracing the life and ethic of Jesus Christ, because of the hope laid out in the Gospel. – www.theopedia.com
Exhortation – A discourse or address conveying urgent advice or recommendations. The Greek word translated "exhortation" (paraklesis) signifies, originally, "a calling near or for" (as an advocate or helper who should appeal on one's behalf), and carries the twofold sense of "exhortation" and "consolation" (which see). www.biblestudytools.com
Formation – The Church's catechetical mission aims to help the faithful of all ages to grow in both human and Christian maturity, enriching the whole of life with the leaven of the Gospel. Consequently, appropriate goals and content will embrace all the faith dimensions of an adult life—for example, understanding and be communicating the faith, skills needed for personal growth, the experience of family life, relationships, public service, and concern for the common interest. www.usccb.org
Incarnation – The Incarnation of the Son of God is the terminology used to describe what happened when the second person of the Trinity, the eternal Son of God, "became flesh" as he was miraculously conceived in the womb of the Virgin Mary according to the Bible.
Liturgical – Related to our specific way of performing the Eucharistic service. On the one hand, liturgy often means the whole complex of official services, all the rites, ceremonies, prayers, and sacraments of the Church, as opposed to private devotions. Even in Western Rites, the word "official" or "canonical" will do as well as "liturgical" in the general sense, so that we too may use Liturgy only for the Holy Eucharist. – www.newadvent.org
Parish Pastoral Plan. A prayerful and methodical practice by which the pastoral council assists their pastor to establish spiritual priorities and goals through listening, discernment, and prioritization. It addresses the current parish community’s spiritual needs and lays the path for how best the parish is going to achieve its mission, leading parishioners in furthering their call to Jesus and their ability to lead others to Jesus.
Pope Francis- Jorge Mario Bergoglio was elected the 266th pope of the Roman Catholic Church in March 2013, becoming Pope Francis. He is the first pope from the Americas.
Pope John Paul II- Pope John Paul II was born Karol Józef Wojtyla on May 18, 1920, in Wadowice, Poland. He was ordained in 1946, became the bishop of Ombi in 1958, and became the archbishop of Krakow in 1964. He was made a cardinal by Pope Paul VI in 1967, and in 1978 became the first non-Italian pope in more than 400 years. He was a vocal advocate for human rights and used his influence to effect political change. He died in Italy in 2005. It was announced in July of 2013 that he would be declared a saint in April of the following year.
Pope John Paul VI - Blessed Paul VI, original name Giovanni Battista Montini (born September 26, 1897, Concesio, near Brescia, Italy—died August 6, 1978, Castel Gandolfo; beatified October 19, 2014; feast day September 26), Italian pope of the Roman Catholic Church (reigned 1963–78) during a period including most of the second Vatican Council (1962–65) and the immediate postconciliar era, in which he issued directives and guidance to a changing Roman Catholic church. His pontificate was confronted with the problems and uncertainties of a church facing a new role in the contemporary world.
Spirituality of Communion –Recognizing the Divine presence within ourselves and within others, drawing us to love, united us as the Body of Christ. –Deacon Ed Kleinguetl, St. Martha’s Church Kingwood