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Matthew MarieOur Lady of Lourdes, Vidor, celebrated the solemnity of the Assumption of Mary with a festival sponsored by the Latin Mass Society of Beaumont. The festival, organized by John and Peter Morrell, was an evening of food and fun with a petting zoo, pony rides and the Kona Ice truck.  “We organized this festival as a way to facilitate community life at the parish,” John Morrell said.  The food was provided by the Knights of Columbus Council 5789 and was all free to everyone who attended. Continue Reading »

Blessing the RosaryOn Aug 17, Father Antony Paulose, CMI, and Our Lady of the Assumption Parish, Beaumont, welcomed home Father Michael Slovak, SOLT, to celebrate Mass for the feast day of the patron saint of the parish. At the end of Mass, Father Slovak blessed a 120-foot field rosary that was put together by the youth group with materials provided by the Knights of Columbus Council 5035. Following Mass, lunch was provided by the KCs.   Continue Reading »

By Catholic News Service

WASHINGTON (CNS) — In their 2014 Labor Day statement, the U.S. bishops denounced the fact young adults have “borne the brunt” of unemployment and underemployment in this country and around the world.

“Our younger generations are counting on us to leave them a world better than the one we inherited,” wrote Miami Archbishop Thomas G. Wenski, chairman of the U.S. bishops’ Committee on Domestic Justice and Human Development. Continue Reading »

Eternal Word Television Network is airing a new series, “The Universal Church,” that focuses on stories of hope and goodness witnessed by Catholic Extension. The Diocese of Beaumont receives grants from Catholic Extension to partially fund various projects, ministries, parishes and schools. Continue Reading »

By Francis X. Rocca Catholic News Service

VATICAN CITY (CNS) — The Vatican called on Muslim leaders to condemn the “barbarity” and “unspeakable criminal acts” of Islamic State militants in Iraq, saying a failure to do so would jeopardize the future of interreligious dialogue.

“The plight of Christians, Yezidis and other religious and ethnic communities that are numeric minorities in Iraq demands a clear and courageous stance on the part of religious leaders, especially Muslims, those engaged in interfaith dialogue and everyone of goodwill,” said a statement from the Pontifical Council for Interreligious Dialogue released by the Vatican Aug. 12. Continue Reading »

orange st maryMary Church in Orange was burglarized last week. Many items such as a monstrance, chalices, ciborium, candlesticks, and patens were stolen. The Orange Police Department is investigating. The incident happened after the conclusion of Sunday Masses on Aug. 3 and before the afternoon of Aug. 7 when the burglary was discovered. Daily Masses are held in the chapel. The church is in the Old Orange Historic District. More than 100 years old, it is the oldest Catholic parish in Orange County and the third oldest in the Beaumont Diocese. Founded by Father Vital Quinon, St. Vital was dedicated Aug. 22, 1880. When a new church building was constructed in 1912 after a fire it was renamed St. Mary.

By Cindy Wooden Catholic News Service

Pope says memorize the beatitudes, assess your care for the needy

Pope says memorize the beatitudes, assess your care for the needy

VATICAN CITY (CNS) — Christians should memorize not only the Ten Commandments but also the beatitudes, which Jesus taught as the path to true happiness, Pope Francis said.

At his weekly general audience Aug. 6, the pope said he was so serious about the need for Christians to know the text of the beatitudes from Matthew 5:3-12 — “Blessed are the poor in spirit …” — that he would read each one out loud and have the crowd repeat it.

More than 6,000 people filled the Vatican audience hall and its atrium for the pope’s first general audience after a month-long break. Continue Reading »

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