Each year, the students of St. Laurence Catholic School in Sugar Land combine social studies and social teachings to not only discuss the Catholic response to some of the big issues that confront the world, but to make a difference, as Christ teaches each of us.
Pope Francis declared this Jubilee Year of Mercy as a time for people to be close to those who are suffering “so they can feel the warmth of our presence, our friendship and our fraternity.” The Holy Father believes this is an opportune time to increase collaboration between pastors and laity in the mission of “affectionately and tenderly caring for the sick and dying.” (Vatican Radio, 8/18/15)
For all the attention Pope Francis’s encyclical “Laudato Si,’” on Care for Our Common Home” has gained, little has been made of the connection among Catholic tradition, the natural world and science that the document addresses. Technology, creation and theology are key components of the encyclical, the most recent document in the evolutionary line of Catholic social teaching dating to several popes, according to Sister Damien Marie Savino, FSE.
This week is the summit of the Liturgical Year — the Easter Triduum. Across the world, from St. Peter’s Basilica to churches here in the Archdiocese of Galveston-Houston, The Triduum begins with the Mass of the Lord’s Supper on Holy Thursday and ends with evening prayer on Easter Sunday.
It takes a lot to take care of a city as big as Houston. More than two million people live and work in and around the city, and many of them struggle to access the resources, care and support they need. At the historic heart of Houston philanthropy, two organizations began caring for the less fortunate back when Calvin Coolidge was president and a ticket to the movies was just 25 cents.
The sugar was still piping hot when Bessie Spedale started pulling apart pieces of the pinolata dessert. First using her hands to separate the mixture of caramelized sugar and fried dough, she grabbed two forks and crafted small bite-sized portions of the Italian sweet.
After visits to America, Canada, Europe, Asia and Australia, two first-class relics of St. Anthony of Padua returned to the United States for a 10-day tour of the Archdiocese of Galveston-Houston that began Feb. 19 at the Co-Cathedral of the Sacred Heart in Houston.
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