In the Texas Medical Center alone, currently nine priests provide pastoral care and the Sacrament of Reconciliation, Sacrament of Anointing of the Sick, and the Eucharist to the Catholic patients and hospital staff. Sixty trained pastoral visitors assist them by providing the Eucharist and pastoral care. The Catholic Chaplains Corps is one of 60 ministries supported by the Diocesan Services Fund (DSF).
For these heroic acts of bravery, Supreme Knight Carl Anderson presented the Caritas Award to Paul and Jacob Cortez during a visit to Bishop Byrne Council 2077 in Houston Sept. 23. The award, named after the first principle of the Knights of Columbus, recognizes extraordinary works of charity and service, and bears the image of the Good Samaritan.
There is a fairly good chance that if you are reading this newspaper you are aware of the Catholic Church’s passionate and unremitting stance on the dignity of life. Life is a gift, and the Giver is good. The majority of young people today know this perhaps even more instinctively then previous generations.
As described in Evangelium Vitae, our primary task must be to accept, love and serve all our brothers and sisters. As Catholics, we recognize that is those who are weakest who have the greatest right to our service.
Surviving a disaster is different for everyone. No two people will experience it in the same way. Though our experiences are uniquely individual, we survived Harvey collectively, as members of cities and as parishioners of faith communities.
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