On Dec. 13, some of the 50,000 Filipino Catholics in the Archdiocese will begin celebrating Simbang Gabi, a beloved Filipino Christmas tradition that consists of a novena of Masses held in anticipation of the Nativity and to honor the Blessed Virgin Mary.
While the Feast Day of Our Lady of Guadalupe is Dec. 12, thousands of devoted members spend the entire year practicing dances in her and her Son’s honor, sewing costumes, praying Rosaries and raising funds as part of the Asociación Guadalupana.
The annual Retirement Fund for Religious collection will be held Dec. 7 to 8 in parishes of the Archdiocese of Galveston-Houston. The parish-based appeal is coordinated by the National Religious Retirement Office (NRRO), and proceeds help hundreds of U.S. religious communities to care for aging members. Some 30,000 senior Catholic sisters, brothers and religious order priests benefit.
The mission of The Cardinal’s Circle is to help Inner City Catholic Schools (ICCS) maintain a standard of academic excellence in curriculum and staff, and provide tuition assistance required by a large portion of their student population.
In his final address as president of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops, Cardinal Daniel N. DiNardo of Galveston-Houston told his fellow bishops that it has been “an honor to serve you, even in the difficult times.”
When disaster strikes, such as the recent flooding in the Houston area from Tropical Storm Imelda, Catholic Charities leaps into action immediately to provide help through its human-service programs. These are essential to immediate relief from disasters and for the more persistent challenges that arise during recovery.
Catholic Charities is one of 60 ministries supported by the Diocesan Services Fund.
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.