relic5Southeast Texans gathered April 17 to witness history as a relic of a soon to be saint – Blessed Pope John XXIII – was enshrined at St. Anthony Cathedral Basilica, Beaumont. The relic is a zucchetto worn by Pope John XXIII that was given to Father Michael Jamail, vicar general, in 1960 by a fellow classmate in seminary.

“It gives me great pleasure to know that it is here in our Cathedral now and it will be here for a very long time,” Father Jamail said. Continue Reading »

retouched-IMG_0361Our Mother of Mercy Parish, Beaumont, held a reenactment of Jesus’ triumphal entry into Jerusalem on Palm Sunday.

The parishioners gathered to follow Jesus on the horse and sang as they paraded around the block of the parish. Continue Reading »

By Carol Zimmermann Catholic News Service

usccb-logoWASHINGTON (CNS) — Responding to concerns about Catholic involvement with Girl Scouts, a U.S. bishops’ committee released key points from its dialogue with Girl Scout leaders outlining major concerns of church leaders and the national organization’s responses.

The aim of the resource, issued April 2 by the bishops’ Committee on Laity, Marriage, Family Life and Youth, was not to support or oppose Catholic involvement with Girl Scouts of the USA, known as GSUSA, but to provide local bishops, pastors, youth leaders and parents with necessary information to determine their level of involvement. Continue Reading »

By Carol Glatz Catholic News Service

cns-logoVATICAN CITY (CNS) — Meeting four victims of human trafficking, dozens of religious sisters and senior police chiefs from 20 countries, Pope Francis praised their coordinated efforts to fight against a “crime against humanity.”

“Human trafficking is an open wound on the body of contemporary society, a scourge upon the body of Christ,” he said. Continue Reading »

principal1There will soon be a new face behind the principal’s desk at St. Anne Catholic School, Beaumont, but it will be a familiar face to a lot of the staff. Alison Kiker is a parent of students at St. Anne and a former coordinator for Title 1 schools for the Beaumont Independent School District.

“I am beyond excited, thrilled and honored to be starting here at St. Anne. I have two daughters here so we have been part of the St. Anne family for years. I know many of you through my children and I’m looking forward to working with you,” Kiker said.

tcadp4The death penalty may not be at the forefront of today’s headlines but it’s an issue close to the heart for many Southeast Texans. Kristin Houle, executive director of the Texas Coalition to Abolish the Death Penalty, came to Lamar University, Beaumont, March 26-27.

March 26 Houle spoke at the Catholic Student Center to students and local supporters about the state of Capital Punishment in Texas. Continue Reading »


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