The Consecration of a virgin is one of the oldest sacramentals in the Church, and one of the fruits of Vatican II was the restoration of this profound blessing on virgins living in the world. The promulgation of this restored rite for women living in the world was on May 31, 1970.
The Archdiocese of Galveston-Houston operates the beautiful Camp Kappe grounds in Plantersville, Texas. The 130 acres is a haven for weekend retreats and is the home of the School of Environmental Education (S.E.E.).
Three years ago, Daniel Cardinal DiNardo outlined a plan on how Catholic people and parishes in the Archdiocese can move towards a future that embraces a spirituality of communion. Fast forward through group listening sessions where the faithful shared their pastoral hopes and needs, creation of the Archdiocesan Pastoral Plan, and the formation of Parish Action Plans, about 40 parishes have shared their successes embracing spirituality of communion. Recently, their 43 success stories were added to the Archdiocesan website under Pastoral Plan.
Rhonda Gruenewald, a parishioner at St. Cecilia Catholic Church, took inspiration from Pope Francis, who said “No vocation is born of itself or lives for itself. A vocation flows from the heart of God and blossoms in the good soil of faithful people,” and wrote “Hundredfold, A Guide to Parish Vocation Ministry” in an effort to encourage and develop vocation ministries in every parish.
Last year, Pope Francis called for a renewed commitment to Vatican II’s Constitution on the Sacred Liturgy, which defines the Liturgy as “the summit toward which the activity of the Church is directed... the fount from which all the Church’s power flows” (CSL 10). The pope called for a renewal in the “commitment to receive and implement” the document’s teaching in a fuller manner.
Usually teenagers spend their summer weekends shopping, watching movies, playing video games or spending time online. However, for more than 3,100 area youth talked about and celebrated their faith at the Archdiocese of Galveston-Houston’s 59th Archdiocesan Youth Conference (AYC) July 31 to Aug 2.
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