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Please pray for the repose of the soul of Father Mathew Kavipurayidam, TOR, parochial vicar at St. Thomas the Apostle Pa...
06/19/2020

Please pray for the repose of the soul of Father Mathew Kavipurayidam, TOR, parochial vicar at St. Thomas the Apostle Parish in Fort Worth. He also served as pastor of St. Catherine of Siena Parish in Carrollton from 2004-2014.
Obituary and funeral details to follow.

Bishop Olson said, "I am grateful for today’s decision by the U.S. Supreme court that prevents the termination of the De...
06/18/2020
High court rules against Trump administration's plan to end DACA

Bishop Olson said, "I am grateful for today’s decision by the U.S. Supreme court that prevents the termination of the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program. As I have said in solidarity and communion with my brother bishops united with the Holy See, to deport people who came to our country as children and who no longer speak the language or understand the culture of where they were born would be cruel and unjust.
It is time for Congress to act responsibly in a bi-partisan manner to work with the President on comprehensive immigration reform to protect families vulnerable to separation, to maintain firm borders for national security, and to provide for the peaceful flourishing for the economic and common good of our society."
Read more about the Supreme Court decision:
https://www.northtexascatholic.org/national-news-article?r=0HK4NO9M2H&send_to=%2Fnational-news

WASHINGTON (CNS) — In one of the most anticipated cases of the term, the Supreme Court June 18 ruled against efforts by the Trump administration to end the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program, known as DACA.

An Italian bishop holds an outdoor Mass to thank the doctors and nurses who cared for him during the 47 days he was hosp...
06/18/2020
Death cannot keep people from God, says bishop recovering from COVID-19

An Italian bishop holds an outdoor Mass to thank the doctors and nurses who cared for him during the 47 days he was hospitalized with COVID-19. After being intubated 17 days and almost dying of the coronavirus, he said the thing that really takes his breath away is how much God loves and cares for each person.
https://www.northtexascatholic.org/national-news-article?r=MGEVC2CA1G&send_to=%2Fnational-news

ROME (CNS) — A bishop in northern Italy who had been intubated for 17 days and almost died of COVID-19 celebrated an outdoor evening Mass June 14 with doctors, nurses, hospital staff and Caritas volunteers who have been helping others during the pandemic.

Two authors dig through the records of the Vatican Apostolic Archives to investigate various controversial episodes rega...
06/17/2020
Corrected history: Authors debunk myths tied to church controversies

Two authors dig through the records of the Vatican Apostolic Archives to investigate various controversial episodes regarding the history of the church.
Here's what they found:
https://www.northtexascatholic.org/national-news-article?r=KYZ9L44TG4&send_to=%2Fnational-news

VATICAN CITY (CNS) — The Inquisition, the Crusades, the trial of the Knights Templar, the condemnation of Galileo Galilei and the role of Pope Pius XII during World War II are just a few "hot" historical events in the life of the church that can still today ignite controversy and fiery debate.

Carlo Acutis, an Italian teenager who used his computer programming skills to spread devotion to the Eucharist, will be ...
06/16/2020
Young Italian tech whiz to be beatified in October

Carlo Acutis, an Italian teenager who used his computer programming skills to spread devotion to the Eucharist, will be beatified Oct. 10, 2020, the Diocese of Assisi announced.
https://www.northtexascatholic.org/national-news-article?r=YBN2OEDY5F&send_to=%2Fnational-news

VATICAN CITY (CNS) — Carlo Acutis, a 15-year-old Italian teenager who used his computer programming skills to spread devotion to the Eucharist, will be beatified in October, the Diocese of Assisi announced.

Join us in welcoming Wendy Collins, director of stewardship and parish relations in the Advancement Foundation, to the d...
06/15/2020
New director Wendy Collins views stewardship as a way of life

Join us in welcoming Wendy Collins, director of stewardship and parish relations in the Advancement Foundation, to the diocese.

https://www.northtexascatholic.org/local-news-article?r=GBHUJW1N2W&send_to=%2Flocal-news

FORT WORTH — For those who know her, St. Elizabeth Ann Seton Church parishioner Wendy Collins' June 1 appointment as director of stewardship and parish relations in the Advancement Foundation supporting the Catholic Diocese of Fort Worth likely comes as no surprise given her longstanding p...

Catholic Diocese of Fort Worth
06/15/2020

Catholic Diocese of Fort Worth

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Young Jesus and the Body and Blood from Tomics Comics
06/14/2020

Young Jesus and the Body and Blood from Tomics Comics

On this Solemnity of Corpus Christi, Bishop Michael Olson tells us how the graphic teaching of the eating of Jesus' Body...
06/14/2020

On this Solemnity of Corpus Christi, Bishop Michael Olson tells us how the graphic teaching of the eating of Jesus' Body and the drinking of His blood shouts to us to see that the Eucharist is both our salvation and our mission to transform the world. Full homily: https://fwbishopolson.blogspot.com/

Callie Nowlin reflects on today's Gospel, saying, "Belief in the real presence is first and foremost an act of faith. An...
06/14/2020
Lectio Divina: Bring Him all the praise you know

Callie Nowlin reflects on today's Gospel, saying, "Belief in the real presence is first and foremost an act of faith. And today we are reminded not to take this act of faith lightly, or without thought."
More:
https://www.northtexascatholic.org/local-news-article?r=6MQ6HQ7IR5&send_to=%2Fsearch-news%3Fquery%3Dcallie%2Bnowlin%26x%3D10%26y%3D7%26646_page_number%3D3

Callie Nowlin, MTS, a convert turned Latin teacher, catechist, and blogger helps us meditate on the Gospel reading from the Solemnity of the Body and Blood of Christ.

"Justice is the need and responsibility of everyone. Peace is the need and responsibility of everyone. We can only achie...
06/13/2020

"Justice is the need and responsibility of everyone. Peace is the need and responsibility of everyone. We can only achieve them if we work towards them together and we cannot achieve them without recognizing that justice and peace come from God and we need Him."
Find Bishop Olson's June 13 pastoral letter on racism, his homily from the Mass for the repose of the soul of George Floyd, and Superintendent of Catholic Schools Jennifer Pelletier's letter here:
https://www.northtexascatholic.org/local-news-article?r=QBFTUDI7NQ&send_to=%2Flocal-news

The State Department released a report on religious freedom around the world. China, Nigeria, India, Vietnam and Saudi A...
06/12/2020
State Department report: China among worst offenders of religious freedom

The State Department released a report on religious freedom around the world. China, Nigeria, India, Vietnam and Saudi Arabia are among the worst offenders.
Please pray for everyone experiencing religious persecution.
https://www.northtexascatholic.org/national-news-article?r=T0QW0EQ0TA&send_to=%2Fnational-news

WASHINGTON (CNS) — Top U.S. State Department officials singled out China as one of the world's worst offenders of religious freedom because it had subjected religious minorities to imprisonment and forced labor.

"Rather than placing our hopes in the limited promises of this world, the pandemic reminds us of our vulnerability and o...
06/11/2020
Spiritual lessons from the pandemic

"Rather than placing our hopes in the limited promises of this world, the pandemic reminds us of our vulnerability and our need for our true Savior, at every moment of our life."
More from Fr. Tad Pacholczyk, Ph.D., on spiritual lessons from COVID-19:
https://www.northtexascatholic.org/bioethics-article?r=YLP0LOGWZQ&send_to=%2Fbioethics-news

The COVID-19 pandemic has left many of us with a great deal of uncertainty: uncertainty about how contagious the virus is and about the best way to treat it; uncertainty about how long our personal immunity will last after we get infected.

06/10/2020
Congratulations and thank you to Fr. Joy Joseph, TOR, pastor of Holy Cross Parish in The Colony, for 25 years of priesth...
06/09/2020
Consecrated in the womb: Father Joy Joseph of Holy Cross Parish celebrates his 25th anniversary

Congratulations and thank you to Fr. Joy Joseph, TOR, pastor of Holy Cross Parish in The Colony, for 25 years of priesthood.
May the Lord continue to bless you and your ministry of sacrament and service.
Read about this Franciscan friar:
https://www.northtexascatholic.org/local-news-article?r=EE6P9EOKVA&send_to=%2Flocal-news

THE COLONY — The calling of Father Joy Joseph, TOR, pastor of Holy Cross Parish in The Colony, began in his youth.

See George Floyd through the eyes of his friend Bishop Frank Nubuasah of Gaborone, Botswana, and read the one touching t...
06/09/2020
Bishop from Botswana writes farewell letter to friend George Floyd

See George Floyd through the eyes of his friend Bishop Frank Nubuasah of Gaborone, Botswana, and read the one touching task that the bishop assigns him.
Lord, have mercy on the soul of George Floyd.
https://www.northtexascatholic.org/national-news-article?r=44D68R90T0&send_to=%2Fnational-news

CAPE TOWN, South Africa (CNS) — In a "farewell letter," a bishop from Botswana recalled meeting and befriending George Floyd and his family on a visit to the United States.

Catholic Diocese of Fort Worth
06/07/2020

Catholic Diocese of Fort Worth

The Solemnity of the Most Holy Trinity

“Everyone who glorifies the Father does so through the Son in the Holy Spirit; everyone who follows Christ does so because the Father draws him and the Spirit moves him.” - Catechism of the Catholic Church 259

#FortWorthDiocese

Do you think St. Joseph told Jesus some punny dad jokes?
06/07/2020

Do you think St. Joseph told Jesus some punny dad jokes?

Please pray for the repose of the soul of Father James O'Toole.During his 56 years as a priest, Father O’Toole spent 21 ...
06/05/2020

Please pray for the repose of the soul of Father James O'Toole.
During his 56 years as a priest, Father O’Toole spent 21 years as an Air Force chaplain and another three decades serving North Texas parishioners. But the Philadelphia native considered a brief stay in India, where he volunteered in Mother Teresa’s home for the dying, as the high point of his ministry.
Read his full obituary and funeral details:
https://www.northtexascatholic.org/local-news-article?r=XWZ03MXRZH&send_to=%2Flocal-news

Superintendent of Catholic Schools Jennifer Pelletier finds lessons in racial injustice and civil unrest following the m...
06/05/2020
An open letter on what George Floyd's death can teach us

Superintendent of Catholic Schools Jennifer Pelletier finds lessons in racial injustice and civil unrest following the murder of George Floyd.

https://www.northtexascatholic.org/inspiration-article?r=W0TSW41PCR&send_to=%2Finspiration-news

As the superintendent of 19 wonderfully diverse schools, and more importantly, as a teacher who is called to form our students into their very best relationship with God, I would be remiss if I did not address the tragedy of George Floyd’s death which has enveloped us all in anger, confusion,....

Please pray for the repose of the soul of Fr. James O'Toole. An obituary and funeral details to come.
06/04/2020

Please pray for the repose of the soul of Fr. James O'Toole. An obituary and funeral details to come.

Please pray for the repose of the soul of Rev. James O'Toole. Fr. James died Wednesday, June 3. Mass of Christian Burial and interment details to come.

Pope Francis addressed the U.S., saying, "My friends, we cannot tolerate or turn a blind eye to racism and exclusion in ...
06/04/2020
Pope prays for U.S., calls racism a pro-life issue

Pope Francis addressed the U.S., saying, "My friends, we cannot tolerate or turn a blind eye to racism and exclusion in any form and yet claim to defend the sacredness of every human life. At the same time, we have to recognize that 'the violence of recent nights is self-destructive and self-defeating.'"
See the video and more comments:
https://www.northtexascatholic.org/national-news-article?r=CE28GHS2J5&send_to=%2Fnational-news

VATICAN CITY (CNS) — Observing with great concern the social unrest unfolding in the United States, Pope Francis said no one can claim to defend the sanctity of every human life while turning a blind eye to racism and exclusion.

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Over the past year, informed Catholics and Christians in the West have watched helplessly as the Communist government in China has cracked down harder and harder on our Chinese brothers and sisters in Christ. Of course, the Church has been persecuted in China for decades. But, these latest attempts to squelch the independence of the Church are coming in spite of the recent agreement the Vatican signed with China’s communist government. Or, could it be, as some suggest, that the latest persecution against Chinese Christians is coming at least, in part, because of the recent agreement the Vatican signed with the communist government? Now, a letter from Cardinal Zen to the rest of the Cardinals in the world, clearly delineates his grievances with the new Sino-Vatican Agreement. It also brings new light to the questions ('Dubia') he posed to Pope Francis about the Agreement in July (but, which have, to-date, gone unanswered). One of the most striking insights the Cardinal makes about the new Sino-Vatican Agreement can be found in the second paragraph of his letter: "From my analysis of the document of the Holy See (June 28, 2019), “Pastoral guidelines of the Holy See concerning the civil registration of clergy in China,” it is quite clear that it encourages the faithful in China to enter a schismatic church (independent of the pope and under the orders of the Communist Party)." This is a devastating insight, and the good Cardinal, and faithful Catholics and Christians in China, now needs our support, both moral and prayerful. This petition, therefore, both supports Cardinal Zen and his quest to stop the "murder of the Church in China," as well as Chinese Catholics and Christians as they face an intensifying crackdown. To sign the petition go to the Life Site web page.
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