The annual Retirement Fund for Religious collection will be held Dec. 7 to 8 in parishes of the Archdiocese of Galveston-Houston. The parish-based appeal is coordinated by the National Religious Retirement Office (NRRO), and proceeds help hundreds of U.S. religious communities to care for aging members. Some 30,000 senior Catholic sisters, brothers and religious order priests benefit.
Colorfully costumed dancers and music highlight the annual Archdiocesan Celebration of Our Lady of Guadalupe set for Sunday, Dec. 8 in downtown Houston. Up to 1,000 Danzantes and Matachines (indigenous folk dancers), wearing elaborate headpieces and traditional Aztec-style dress, will process from 1700 San Jacinto St. to the George R. Brown (GRB) Convention Center.
In late June, the Archdiocese of Galveston-Houston received an allegation of abuse against Most Reverend George A. Sheltz, our Auxiliary Bishop and Chancellor. The Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith has determined that the allegation against Bishop Sheltz is manifestly unfounded. Bishop Sheltz is now restored to full public ministry.
The St. Mary, Star of the Sea statue atop St. Mary Cathedral Basilica (2011 Church St., Galveston, Texas 77550) was temporarily removed Sept. 24 from the church building structure for restoration and is available for public visitation.
Every day, firefighters dedicate themselves to protecting the lives of residents and their property. The Archdiocese of Galveston-Houston will thank and pray for all firefighters from area departments and volunteers at the Annual Archdiocesan Firefighter Mass set for 11 a.m. Sunday, Oct. 13.
Daniel Cardinal DiNardo, archbishop of Galveston-Houston and president of the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops issued the following statement today upon the death of William Cardinal Levada.
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