Are you a volunteer at your parish? If so, why do you volunteer? Many people who have taken their baptismal call very seriously take time out of their very busy schedule to serve others through ministries in their parish. Some people spend a couple of hours volunteering, some are gone from their home and families for a week at a time to serve in various ministries. What makes people volunteer with such joy?
While they still don’t receive the recognition of well-known traditions like the Advent calendar, Jesse Trees are very much taking root in parishes and households in the Archdiocese of Galveston-Houston.
During the last days of Advent, it is part of the Church’s tradition to add the “O Antiphons” — the seven prayers that form the basis for the familiar Advent hymn, “O Come, O Come Emmanuel” — to prayer.
The 24th annual collection for the Retirement Fund for Religious will be taken up Dec. 10 and 11 in the Archdiocese of Galveston-Houston. Sponsored by the National Religious Retirement Office in Washington, D.C., the appeal asks Catholics to share in the care of more than 34,000 women and men religious past age 70.
As we near Thanksgiving Day, many tend to reflect on the abudance of blessings in one’s life. Thanksgiving often prompts people of faith to help those in need during the holiday season. The Herald asked several organizations and agencies to share opportunities for local Catholics to bless others during Thanksgiving — or any time of year.
Thousands have gathered and followed in procession for the annual Archdiocesan celebration of the Feast of Our Lady of Guadalupe over many decades. The end result is always the same — a faithful community showing their strong devotion to the Patroness of the Americas.
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.