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August 18, 2015

Parishes embrace spirituality of communion

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.

August 18, 2015

National Religious Retirement office gives $24M to orders in need

The National Religious Retirement Office (NRRO) distributed $25 million in financial assistance to 394 religious communities across the country.

August 18, 2015

Local author’s new book encourages families to promote parish vocations

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.

August 18, 2015

Fount of the Church’s power flows through Liturgy

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.

August 18, 2015

More than 3,100 Archdiocesan youth ‘filled with joy,’ gather in faith

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.

August 18, 2015

Catholic Schools Office unveils new look, continues tradition

Last month the Catholic Schools Office (CSO) of the Archdiocese of Galveston-Houston unveiled a new logo and a fresh look for Catholic education. The CSO also has a new look of its own, with a revamped department structure that will help emphasize the importance of Catholic education and improve support to the respective school staffs and communities.

July 14, 2015

Catholic Summer Immersion gives youth chance to serve the Archdiocese

Catholic Summer Immersion (CSI) is a five-day service learning experience which highlights Catholic social teachings, corporal works of mercy, beatitudes and the call to serve.

July 14, 2015

Bringing the Local, Universal Church together as one: Solidarity with the Catholic Church in China

"The Catholic Church in China is alive and well!" This was the message learned by some 50 attendees at the June 27 day-long China Church Forum held at Ascension Chinese Mission Church in Houston.

July 14, 2015

Compassionately bringing a new continuum of care for elders

Focusing on finding new ways to improve the level of care provided to seniors has been a mission of St. Dominic Village in the Archdiocese of Galveston-Houston for 40 years.

July 14, 2015

Five Minutes with Father Italo Dell'Oro: Finding a new mountain to climb

When Father Italo Dell’Oro, C.R.S., first arrived in Galveston-Houston in 1992, his initial assignment was as pastor of Assumption Church in Houston. Growing up in Valmadrera, Italy, the Somascan priest was an avid rock-climber and mountaineer during his teen years on the pristine countryside of Lake Como. He wasn’t familiar with topography of the Bayou City upon arrival.

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