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By Laura Ieraci Catholic News Service

cns-logoVATICAN CITY (CNS) — The church today is called to be frank and courageous, just as the apostles were after the Resurrection, said Pope Francis at his first daily Mass after a two-week break for Holy Week and Easter.

“Even today, the message of the church is the message of frankness and Christian courage,” the pope said April 13. In attendance at Mass at the Domus Sanctae Marthae were the nine members of the pope’s advisory Council of Cardinals, who were to begin another round of meetings that day.

Reflecting on the day’s first reading (Acts 4:23-31), the pope said the apostles Peter and John were simple men, without a formal education. But by the Holy Spirit, they were granted strength and courage. Continue Reading »

By Tom Tracy Catholic News Service

Chicago-based bullying expert Jodee Blanco meets April 8 with participants at the National Catholic Educational Association's annual convention, held this year in Orlando, Fla. Bullying was a popular workshop topic at the April 7-9 convention. (CNS photo /Tom Tracy)

Chicago-based bullying expert Jodee Blanco meets April 8 with participants at the National Catholic Educational Association’s annual convention, held this year in Orlando, Fla. Bullying was a popular workshop topic at the April 7-9 convention. (CNS photo /Tom Tracy)

ORLANDO, Fla. (CNS) — “Bullying” can be a testy topic for which few agree on any single definition, let alone the best way to respond once it happens in or around the classroom.

Still, no fewer than six presenters at an annual convention for Catholic educators took on the problems and controversies surrounding student and school-related bullying during the National Catholic Educational Association’s gathering at the Orange County Convention Center in Orlando April 7-9.

Frank DiLallo, a diocesan case manager and consultant to Catholic schools in the Diocese of Toledo, Ohio, said he defines the phenomenon as one causing physical or emotional harm to a student and one also interfering with learning. Continue Reading »

Strengthening the Church at Home” are powerful words to live by. The Catholic Home Missions second collection scheduled for April 25 & 26 in the Beaumont diocese does just this. Your generous contribution to this second collection helps sustain nearly 45 percent of all dioceses in rural and struggling areas in the United States and its territories, like the Diocese of Beaumont.

Your contributions and much more come back to the Diocese of Beaumont in the form of grants each year. In the last five years, Catholic Home Missions Office has awarded grants totaling $315,000 to the Diocese of Beaumont. In our 2014/15-fiscal year, Home Mission grants helped the Beaumont diocese respond to the needs of Campus Ministry at Lamar University, Family Life Ministry’s marriage retreats and anniversary celebrations and catechists’ training and evangelization leadership team training. It also helped the Hispanic Ministry reach out to the growing Hispanic population of more than 89,000 to provide them with the tools to become full participants in parish life, including parish leadership. Continue Reading »

By Carol Glatz Catholic News Service

Pope Francis looks on as he leads his general audience in St. Peter's Square at the Vatican Feb. 5. (CNS photo/Paul Haring) (Feb. 5, 2014) See POPE-AUDIENCE Feb. 5, 2014.

Pope Francis looks on as he leads his general audience in St. Peter’s Square at the Vatican Feb. 5. (CNS photo/Paul Haring) (Feb. 5, 2014) See POPE-AUDIENCE Feb. 5, 2014.

VATICAN CITY (CNS) — In a moving ceremony that recalled how Jesus loved the world so deeply that he lowered himself to serve and died for everyone’s sins, Pope Francis washed the feet of 12 prison inmates, plus a small toddler who lives with his incarcerated mother.

“Jesus loved us, Jesus loves us, but without any limits, always, all the way to the end,” he said during the Holy Thursday Mass of the Lord’s Supper April 2.

“He does not tire of loving anyone, he loves all of us” so much that he gave his life in order “to give life to us, for each one of us … for you, for you, for me, for them,” he said, pointing to the men and women inmates gathered in the “Our Father” chapel in Rome’s Rebibbia prison complex.

The pope arrived at the prison to the cheers and shouts of hundreds of prisoners chanting “Francesco” and applauding as they stood along metal barricades lining a prison courtyard. Continue Reading »

IMG_3213Hundreds filled St. Anthony Cathedral Basilica, Beaumont, March 3 as one of the principal liturgies of the diocese, the Chrism Mass, was celebrated. The Chrism Mass celebrates the mission of the Church and the diversity of the diocese.

During the Mass, the priests of the diocese renewed their priestly promises. Bishop Curtis Guillory, SVD, said that the priests have been transformed by the Holy Spirit through their promises.

During the Mass, Bishop Guillory consecrated the Sacred Chrism used in anointing in the sacraments of baptism, confirmation, holy orders, and in dedication of churches. The Oil of the Sick and the Oil of Catechumens were blessed. Continue Reading »

chrismSoutheast Texas Catholics are invited to join Bishop Curtis Guillory, SVD, at the annual Chrism Mass March 31 to share in the liturgy to consecrate the chrism and bless the oils used in each parish and mission in the Beaumont Diocese.

The Diocese of Beaumont will celebrate the Chrism Mass on the Tuesday of Holy Week, March 31, at 6:30 p.m. at St. Anthony Cathedral Basilica, 700 Jefferson St., Beaumont. Continue Reading »

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