Because of my family’s tradition, I am drawn toward Nativity sets during the Christmas season. This year, however, as I notice the Holy Family on display, I have a heightened awareness of recent headlines, especially the many people fleeing Central America.
I realize that there are actually two Christmas seasons. The commercial driven Christmas that ends on Dec. 24 and the Christmas of the Catholic Church, which begins with the vigil Mass on Dec. 24. The first is a season that has been distorted by commercialism, secularism and relativism.
The names ring out, “David Porter, Thomas Myers, Diana Rodriguez…” Mostly men in the mix, but several women, of all races, including Asian. They are among 60-plus homeless people who died in the streets of Houston in 2018 remembered Nov. 29 at an Interfaith Homeless Memorial Service.
Archbishop Emeritus Joseph Fiorenza thanked firefighters at a Mass Nov. 25 honoring their service in protecting residents and their property as well as charitable work, including collecting toys for children at Christmas.
’Tis the season for charitable giving! One of the largest events in our Archdiocese of Galveston-Houston is Steps for Students. This 5K walk/run is a celebratory race that allows the Archdiocese’s 59 Catholic schools to raise funds while also making a wonderful show of support for Catholic education in downtown Houston.
Looking at the altar, Thelma Kidonakis watched Daniel Cardinal DiNardo elevate the Eucharist during the Mass of Dedication for the parish’s newly built church sanctuary on Nov. 8. Kidonakis, with the hundreds of other parishioners who filled the new pews and made it standing room only, attended the first Mass in the sanctuary.
Preserving the legacy that Catholic schools provide for future leaders of the Church is the responsibility of all the faithful, clergy and laity alike, according to the United States bishops. Making a Catholic education available, affordable and accessible to all Catholic families, including those who are poor and middle class, continues to be of utmost importance.
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.