Scouting can be a vibrant addition to youth ministry efforts at any parish. Whether it’s Boy Scouts, Girl Scouts, Troops of St. George, American Heritage Girls, or any number of other Scouting options available today — when a Catholic parish sponsors them, they are enhanced by religious emblems programs, celebration of the Eucharist, leadership and discipleship training.
It seems obvious why a seminarian would want to study theology in Rome, right? At least that is what I thought when I accepted the invitation to continue my seminary formation at the Pontifical North American College in Rome.
When St. Martha Catholic School in Kingwood flooded during Tropical Storm Imelda, it seemed like a bad dream for school Principal Jessica Munscher and parish pastor Father T.J. Dolce. They just flooded five months ago.
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.
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