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Archive for January, 2012
Students and former students gathered Jan. 29 in the chapel at the Lamar University Catholic Student Center to celebrate the feast of St. Thomas Aquinas. Bishop Curtis Guillory, SVD, celebrated Mass with those in attendance.
“St. Thomas was very famous for his teaching which was funny because when he was a student he was a very poor student. That always gave me hope when I was a student and I would always think of St. Thomas,” Bishop Guillory said. (more…)
St. Mary, Fannett, was filled with beautiful music Jan 28 as Southeast Texans gathered for the dedication recital of the new Phoenix organ. St. Mary sponsored the evening along with the Beaumont Chapter of the American Guild of Organists.
St. Mary recently purchased and installed a 2-manual, 46-stop Phoenix organ, the first Phoenix in Southeast Texas. (more…)
“We are called to community. That is what the Church is. We have to foster a communal life in our parishes. It’s in community that we grow and in community that we find out who we are,” Father Neil Arce said to catechists Jan. 28. Catechists from throughout the diocese gathered at St. Mary, Fannett, for a catechist retreat. The event was sponsored by the office of Lifelong Catholic Formation/Education and led by Father Arce, pastor of St. Louis, Winnie. (more…)
By Francis X. Rocca Catholic News Service
VATICAN CITY (CNS) — Insisting on the Holy See’s continuing commitment to transparency and rectitude in economic affairs, the Vatican’s spokesman downplayed references to “corruption” in a letter apparently sent to Pope Benedict XVI by a Vatican official who is now apostolic nuncio to the United States.
Jesuit Father Federico Lombardi, director of the Vatican Press Office, criticized as “partisan,” “partial and banal,” an Italian television news program, which, on Jan. 25, broadcast portions of letters addressed to Pope Benedict and Cardinal Tarcisio Bertone, the Vatican Secretary of State. (more…)
By Nancy Frazier O’Brien Catholic News Service
BALTIMORE (CNS) — Father Jeffrey N. Steenson is finding that there are a lot of new roads to travel and new questions to resolve since his Jan. 1 appointment as head of the Houston-based Personal Ordinariate of the Chair of St. Peter for former Anglicans who want to become Catholics.
The former Episcopal bishop of the Rio Grande, who was ordained a Catholic priest of the Archdiocese of Santa Fe, N.M., in February 2009, was to be installed in his new post Feb. 12. Also in February, a class of about 40 former Episcopal priests will begin an intensive, Internet-based course of studies to become Catholic priests within the ordinariate. (more…)
By Carol Glatz Catholic News Service
From bishops to religious and the lay community, “All elements of the great mosaic of the church must feel themselves strongly called on by the Lord’s mandate to preach the Gospel, so that Christ may be proclaimed everywhere,” the pope said in his message for World Mission Sunday. (more…)
Guest speaker Jose Ahumada, leader of Zarza, a contemporary Christian band, spoke about the migration experience.
“This is an important issue that is often overlooked or even ignored. These people, and I was one of them, are coming here seeking a better life, not only for themselves, but for their families as well,” Ahumada said. (more…)