The Catholic Church in the United States will celebrate National Vocation Awareness Week, Nov. 1 to 7. This observance, sponsored by the U.S. bishops' Committee on Clergy, Consecrated Life and Vocations (CCLV), is a special time for parishes in the U.S., including those in the Archdiocese of Galveston-Houston, to foster a culture of vocations for the priesthood, diaconate and consecrated life.
On Sunday, Nov. 22, at 3 p.m., the Archdiocesan and Catholic Schools Choirs, along with the St. Laurence Chamber Singers, will present the seventh annual In Memoria concert of sacred music at the Co-Cathedral of the Sacred Heart, located at 1111 St. Joseph Pkwy. in downtown Houston.
Sisters and religious priests gathered with many religious and friends at All Saints Catholic Church on Sunday, Oct. 11, for the annual Archdiocesan Celebration of Jubilees. This is the Year of Consecrated Life, and the church was filled — a gracious tribute of both faithful and religious to the beauty of lives consecrated in service and ministry.
Young adults age 18 to 39 encounter many life experiences and critical decision-making during these years. For decades, the Catholic Church has recognized the need to provide a supportive and nurturing parish life environment to help these young adults in their faith journey.
While it is difficult to think of one's own mortality, the faithful should not be afraid to confront death. "Death is just a change, it is not an end," said Gus Hollis, director of Catholic Cemeteries at the Archdiocese. "Looking at death in context of faith, your life goes on with God and it is not broken."
Linda described herself as a good Catholic who went to Catholic schools from kindergarten through college and always deferred to her parents. As a young woman, she married, soon became pregnant and gave birth to her first child. But an unexpected second pregnancy in the wake of that birth gave her pause. Linda said she and her husband worried about providing for a second child, and on her mother’s advice she had an abortion.
The purpose for Pope Francis calling for a Year of Mercy this December is to allow the grace of God’s unconditional love and genuine mercy to come alive around the world. In several papal addresses and at the World Meeting of Families Congress in Philadelphia, the Holy Father emphasized the importance of bringing God’s healing grace to families, the “sanctuary of life and love,” who sometimes are broken and hurting.
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