On Tuesday, April 16, at least 1,725 faithful attended the Mass presided by Auxiliary Bishop George A. Sheltz to witness when all of the oils used in sacramental ministry throughout the 10-county Galveston-Houston Archdiocese were blessed and the Sacred Chrism was consecrated by Bishop Sheltz. Daniel Cardinal DiNardo preached the homily for the Mass and attended the entirety of the hours-long Mass in choir. The Chrism Mass was his first public-facing ministry appearance since suffering a mild stroke March 15 while leading the Stations of the Cross at the very same Co-Cathedral.
With the celebration of Passion (Palm) Sunday this past weekend, the Church has begun its annual immersion into the mysteries of Holy Week. Christians around the world, from St. Peter’s Basilica in Rome to local parish churches in the Archdiocese of Galveston-Houston are preparing to follow the Way of the Cross through the Passion, the Death and ultimately the Resurrection of the Lord.
Praying the Rosary under the rotunda of the State Capitol and singing “Ave Maria,” faithful from the Archdiocese of Galveston-Houston joined at least 2,000 Catholics in royal blue T-shirts that proclaimed Catholic Advocacy Day on March 26 in Austin.
Father Reginald Samuels, publicly announced by Daniel Cardinal DiNardo as the new Vicar for Catholics of African Descent at the Mass of Remembrance for Martin Luther King Jr. in January, is now busy meeting with community leaders and forming a plan of action.
On March 16, the Sisters of Charity of the Incarnate Word (CCVI) held a symposium, “Called to Conversion: A Catholic Ecological Awakening.” More than 160 people gathered to listen to local Catholics who have taken on the role of leading efforts to educate others about the current global environmental crisis.
End of life decisions are often difficult conversations. From care to medical directives to funeral arrangements, none of it is easy. Finding ways to leave a legacy is one way the faithful can make their mark on their faith.
As Catholic schools remain committed to the evangelizing mission of the Church to educate young people and form witnesses who transform the world, preparing them to stay “unapologetically Catholic” is vital.
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