At 17, Matthew Blake was living the dream of most young baseball players. A stroke of luck got him in Minute Maid Park prepping dugouts as a teenage batboy for the Houston Astros and their visiting teams.
The Blessed Virgin Mary might have the best views of all Galveston Island, sunrise or sunset. But for now, the statue of St. Mary, Star of the Sea, has been temporarily removed from atop the historic St. Mary Cathedral Basilica as both the statue and church receive facelifts.
Archbishop Emeritus Joseph A. Fiorenza was among the three honorees at the ceremony hosted by the Catholic Mobilizing Network on the World Day Against the Death Penalty, Oct. 10, at the Vatican Embassy in Washington. Other honorees were Karen Clifton, founder of the network, and Sister Helen Prejean, a sister of St. Joseph of Medaille who is a longtime opponent of capital punishment.
Since 1981, Camp Kappe Youth Retreat Facility has offered youth and young adults in parishes and parochial schools in the Archdiocese opportunities to attend youth retreats, summer camps and spiritual-growth programs operated by the Office of Adolescent Catechesis and Evangelization.
The missionary spirit of the Catholic Church was celebrated during the month of October in the Archdiocese, as well as in Rome. These events highlighted the Extraordinary Month of Mission that Pope Francis asked all dioceses to participate in through prayer, education and acts of charity.
At least 17 theaters in Galveston-Houston will host a one-night-only showing Oct. 28 of a new film on the life of St. Faustina Kowalski, the Polish nun whose visions of Jesus led to the Divine Mercy devotion, alongside about 683 screens across the U.S.
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.
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.