The Texas Department of Criminal Justice estimates that each year approximately 25 percent of the 11,000 women released from its prisons, and state and country jail systems, return to the Houston area. Traditionally, a limited number of resources has been available to help these women successfully transition back into society after incarceration.
Around this time of the year every parish, big and small, is starting a new season by planting a spiritual field of seeds which, with great care, will yield a rich harvest of faith in the hearts of the faithful, especially the young. This is the season of blessings. What a prospect to witness many laborers in God’s vineyard tirelessly tilling the ground, preparing the seeds and faithfully nurturing the parishioners’ spiritual growth throughout the year!
One would affirm the belief with the power and grace of the Blessed Trinity guiding Holy Mother the Church that we would be safe from all harm, division and scandal in spite of our human deformities. However, once again we are finding ourselves submerged in a turbulent sea of embarrassment, calamity and tribulation.
Make no mistake about it, not only is this a moral failure on the part of those priests and bishops involved, it is a criminal act. I weep. I weep for the children, adolescents and for their families and loved ones. I weep knowing of the lifelong physical and psychological scars frequently caused by abuse. As a survivor myself I bear those scars.
Archbishop Emeritus Joseph A. Fiorenza will offer Mass at Corpus Christi Catholic Church, located at 9900 Stella Link Rd. in Houston, in honor of clergy and religious who are 2018 jubilarians within the Archdiocese.
To serve the local Church within the vast geographical boundaries of the Archdiocese, the need to form more men who are called to be the face of Christ through the ministry of the Permanent Diaconate is even greater.
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