Two Archdiocesan-wide events will highlight Poverty Awareness Month, as designated each January by the United States Council of Catholic Bishops (USCCB) to draw attention to the plight of poverty in America.
Catholic schools around the nation will band together to observe the contribution that these institutions of education make to the world around us. Along with many U.S. Catholic schools, the Archdiocese will celebrate Catholic Schools Week from Jan. 31 to Feb. 6. This year’s theme for this annual occasion is “Catholic Schools: Communities of Faith, Knowledge and Service.”
For Robert and Donna Stokes it was love at first sight when they met more than 50 years ago while standing in a cafeteria line at the University of Houston. Ten months later, they were married at St. Patrick Catholic Church in Galveston.
Every Saturday from Sept. 19 through Oct. 17, groups of Catholic young adults ages 18 to 35 spent their day building a house in honor of Pope Francis. On Dec. 19, many of the 300 volunteers returned for the blessing and dedication of Pope Francis House, presided by Msgr. Frank Rossi, pastor of St. Michael Church in Houston. In addition, the volunteers had the opportunity to meet the family who will be moving into the home.
From the very beginning of the Catholic Church in Texas, religious men and women have helped to build the local Church. While today communities serve in a variety of ministries, in the early years their work was more concentrated, particularly in the areas of mission and parish work, of education, and of health care and social service work.
"Catholic education is one of the most important challenges for the Church, currently committed to new evangelization in an historical and cultural context that is undergoing constant transformation,” Pope Francis stated in an address to participants in the plenary session of the Congregation for Catholic Education (Feb. 2014).
Drums, costumes, music and dancing of centuries-old Mexican tradition filled the streets of downtown Houston Sunday, Dec. 13, for the Archdiocese’s annual city-wide celebration of the Feast of Our Lady of Guadalupe.
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.