In life, sometimes the most difficult decisions people face involve impending death. Pain and grief can’t always be avoided. Some of it can be mitigated in the end-of-life decisions one makes for themselves and loved ones. But in doing so, one must neither prolong pointless suffering nor hasten death — in accordance with the Catholic faith.
In the words of St. John Paul II, all members of the family are responsible for making the family a “school of deeper humanity” (Saint John Paul II, Apostolic Exhortation, Familiaris Consortio, Second Vatican Council, GS, 52). He defines this as the day-to-day commitment to the caring and loving of children, the sick and aging, and sharing “goods, of joys and of sorrow.”
Matt Garcia-Prats, the principal of our Lady of Guadalupe Catholic School in east Houston, couldn’t have put it more bluntly. “In reality if we didn’t have The Cardinal’s Circle we wouldn’t exist,” Garcia-Prats said.
With the motto “Bear Fruit with Steadfast Endurance” (Luke 8:15), St. Mary’s Seminary is commemorating its 60th anniversary on Memorial Drive with a year-long celebration of remembering the past, anticipating the future and treasuring the present.
“It is only through the grace of the Almighty’s Holy Spirit that we are here this evening as members of the Roman Catholic Church and Black Americans!” Those words still echo as they were proclaimed several years ago by a Black Roman Catholic priest during a parish mission.
As the Catholic Church prepares to celebrate the Year of Consecrated Life, the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops’ (USCCB) Committee on Clergy, Consecrated Life and Vocations is promoting “Days with Religious” initiatives and resources to help families learn about the consecrated life of religious men and women. Activities will focus on sharing experiences of prayer, service and community life with those living a consecrated life.
View an online calendar of upcoming events held by parishes, ministries and organizations Around the Archdiocese and find out how to submit event information for upcoming issues of the Texas Catholic Herald.