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It’s a call for help Betsy Kopor never tires of answering. At least 400 times a year, women suffering from post-abortion trauma phone her Rachel Ministries office hoping to find forgiveness and peace. “I hear the pain they have been living with for years,” says Kopor, who founded the ministry in 2001. “Most of the people who call had an abortion five to seven years ago. They tried to live with it, and get past it, but couldn’t.”
More than 150 pro-lifers from all over the diocese convened in front of Planned Parenthood in Southwest Fort Worth for the kickoff of 40 Days for Life, an ecumenical peaceful prayer vigil that takes place 24/7 throughout the course of 40 days, encouraged the participants — which included families, college students, professionals, teenagers, and children — on Sept. 24.
Those who walked by Arlington’s St. Maria Goretti Parish Sept. 28, perhaps got a glimpse of some odd visitors to the church, which is administered by Franciscans of the Third Order Regular. They might even have seen pastor Father Jim Gigliotti, TOR, and parochial vicar Father David Morrier, TOR, ministering to these peculiar guests.
As the fall semester begins, Debbie Neely, the director of the Midwestern State University Catholic Campus Ministry in Wichita Falls, and eight of her students are reflecting on and sharing their experiences of their first mission trip to Guatemala. “I learned so very much — to be grateful for what you have and to try to give back, as much as you can,” said Justin Veitenheimer, a 23-year-old MSU senior from Windthorst, majoring in special education. Veitenheimer said he felt a lot of what he experienced involved, “looking back at yourself and seeing how you live and then seeing materially, how little they have — but their spiritual lives are 10 times greater.”
Having earned the distinction as the “Cooking Priest,” Father Leo Patalinghug has discovered the right recipe for teaching the word of God in a most palatable way. If you were to write it on your recipe file index card, it might go something like this: “Directions — Start with two parts Gospel, mix in delicious meal ingredients, sprinkle on some humor, and bring the entire mixture up to high heat with the help of the Holy Spirit.”