The floodwaters didn’t care Hurricane Harvey had flooded the parish, a community of more than 650 families, two years ago. Imelda brought six to eight inches of water into the parish buildings while drenching the entire parish campus with several feet of water. But because of Harvey, parish leaders knew what to do.
The U.S. Church can be led by Latino Catholics, a director of cultural diversity with the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops (USCCB) told about 250 primarily Hispanic lay ministers, deacons and priests at the Archdiocese of Galveston-Houston Hispanic Ministry Conference Sept. 21.
Men and women newly released from incarceration, if left unaided, could eventually return to a life of violence and crime on the streets to survive, possibly even returning to prison. By providing the compassionate love of Christ through a “hand up” approach instead of giving them a “hand out,” they can make a better transition back into society and lead productive lives as citizens.
In St. Pope John Paul II’s address to World Youth Day 2002, he urged the youth to become a “new generation of builders. Moved not by fear or violence but by the urgency of genuine love, they must learn to build, brick by brick, the city of God within the city of man.”
This year the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops (USCCB) chose the catechetical theme of “Stay with Us.” This theme comes from the Emmaus story which we read at Mass every Easter season (Luke 24:13-35).
As missionaries, we are called to respond to God’s love for us by sharing His love with others. Touched by God’s love, our lives should reflect God’s love in our homes, at school, at our places of work and in our communities. Mission is not a place we go; it’s who we are.
This year, we are celebrating two separate but complementary mission events. The first one is the designation of an “Extraordinary Month of Mission” by Pope Francis. He has asked us to renew our missionary awareness and commitment in prayer and action, as we commemorate the 100th anniversary of the Apostolic Letter Maximum Illud of Pope Benedict V.
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.