With tears in his eyes, Nelson Olavarria spoke of the pride he felt in his son Gerry’s inclusion in the mural depicting the miracle of the loaves and the fishes hanging behind the altar of the new Mary Queen Catholic Church. Olavarria’s pride was made sweeter, because his 32 year-old son, severely disabled with cerebral palsy and confined to a wheelchair, looks normal.
May 13 is Mother's Day, an annual holiday when mothers are typically given flowers, gifts and taken out to a nice dinner. But mothers do more than work, chores, cook, clean, give hugs and punish mischief. They mold their children's spiritual lives. Mary, Jesus' mother, was a pillar of strength, accepting every challenge in her journey of faith.
The Easter Triduum is the most important part of the Church year. From Holy Thursday through Easter Sunday, Catholics around the world commemorate the suffering, death and resurrection of Lord and Savior Jesus Christ.
The Vatican’s Feb. 21 announcement that George Arthur Sheltz was to be the next auxiliary bishop of Galveston-Houston honors not only a man born and bred in the Bayou City, but one whose family has served the local Church for generations.
While Bishop-elect Sheltz has many family and friends as companions on his faith journey, there are certain saints who he also looks to as models of holiness. Who inspires our next auxiliary bishop? Bishop-elect Sheltz named five men and women whose lives encourage him.
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