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On a hot June morning in Rome, Gloria Mendoza and her husband Agustín Quezada, parishioners at Immaculate Conception Church in Denton, experienced an inspirational surprise: Pope Francis picked their six-month-old baby, Santiago, out of a crowd and blessed him during the Wednesday papal audience in St. Peter’s Square.
Catholic singer and songwriter Matt Maher recently shared his thoughts about being a Catholic in the primarily non-Catholic Christian contemporary music scene with the North Texas Catholic. Maher was in the area with Christian contemporary musician Toby Mac’s “Worship, Stories, and Songs” tour. Two of the three Texas stops on the tour were within the diocese’s boundaries — Memorial Auditorium in Wichita Falls and First Baptist Church in Lewisville.
Dr. Robert Parkey, president of the newly-formed Catholic Medical-Dental Guild of Wichita Falls, said the idea for the organization, the first of its kind in the Diocese of Fort Worth, started with a simple conversation 10 years ago at the Catholic Medical Association’s national meeting in Boston with a fellow doctor who is now a priest and the pastor of St. Mary Parish in Windthorst, Father Michael Moloney.
Since the mid 1960s, St. John the Apostle Church in North Richland Hills has withstood the test of time. Structurally sound and strengthened by a solid parish community formed five decades ago, this house of God has welcomed generations of faithful Catholics who continue to fill its pews. On Oct. 18, it was standing-room-only at St. John the Apostle, when more than 800 faithful gathered to celebrate the 50th anniversary of their parish.
Where can you find young pilots, nurses, teachers, engineers, social workers, police officers, software developers, and information technology professionals — not to mention priests — mixing and mingling in one place over free drinks and appetizers? A Young Catholic Professionals (YCP) event, that’s where. Founded in 2010 by Jennifer Baugh, a young Catholic from the Diocese of Dallas, the ministry is dedicated to encouraging “young adults in their 20s and 30s to have a deeper relationship with the Lord and to be courageous witnesses in imitation of Christ” as well as reminding young professionals of their responsibility to “apply our Catholic faith to all aspects of our lives — at work, at home, and in all our interactions,” as Baugh stated recently in an interview for the National Catholic Register.