Persistently low enrollment and other serious financial challenges, further aggravated by the COVID-19 pandemic, have forced the Archdiocese of Galveston-Houston today to announce it is closing four Catholic schools following the current academic year. The Catholic Schools Office started informing the Pastors and Principals of the respective school communities April 20. Our Lady of Mt. Carmel, Queen of Peace and St. Francis of Assisi Catholic Schools in Houston and St. Pius V Catholic School in Pasadena were informed of this painful but necessary decision.
Daniel Cardinal DiNardo, archbishop of Galveston-Houston and former president of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops, joins Archbishop José H. Gomez of Los Angeles and current president of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops in inviting the faithful to join them in a moment of prayer on Good Friday (April 10) to pray the Litany of the Sacred Heart.
We concerned that religious nonprofits will be disqualified and/or severely deterred from applying for forgivable loans under CARES. We ask you to contact your member of Congress and advocate for SBA regulatory and other agency guidance that will ensure the inclusion of faith-based nonprofits in this program. We have created a tool for you to easily contact them via OneClickPolitics, which you can access HERE.
While the hardships and precautionary restrictions placed upon the public during the COVID-19 pandemic have been burdensome and a source of sorrow for many, especially those who feel separated from communities of faith and places of spiritual refuge, a beautiful side effect has been the creative outpouring of opportunities for people of faith to spiritually join together to confront the current situation.
On this Feast of the Annunciation of the Lord, the Catholic bishops of Texas offer some words of living faith and hope to our people in this extraordinary time of anxiety and illness. While we are facing so many unknowns, we can be certain of God’s faithfulness. The Annunciation of the Lord is a feast of hope in God's goodness and power to intervene on our behalf.
In our daily prayers let us implore Jesus to pass through our cities and communities as He did in the gospel with His divine healing for victims of this new disease and protection for the courageous doctors, nurses and other volunteers who are ministering to them.
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