The fact that adventurous men from India with strong spiritual character are going forth as priests throughout the world to spread the Good News should come as no surprise.. Many Catholics may not know it, but India’s first missionary arrived in 52 A.D., more than 1,400 years before Christians set foot in the New World. Christians do, however, know this missionary’s name — Thomas the Apostle.
There is a certain maritime feel inside the office of Fr. Hoa Nguyen, pastor of St. John the Apostle Catholic Church in North Richland Hills. A ship’s wheel is prominently centered on the front wall of his long, narrow workspace. On the “port” side, a beautiful oil painting depicts Jesus reaching down to pull up his faltering apostle, Peter, from the white-capped swells in the Sea of Galilee.
The line outside St. Andrew’s food pantry begins to form hours before the doors open at 12:30 p.m. “They like to visit with one another,” explains Pattie Watson, observing the camaraderie of senior citizens, low-wage workers, and disabled clients who come to the parish each week for groceries.
COLLEYVILLE -- On Sunday, April 19, at Good Shepherd Church in Colleyville, some 150 youth members of Campfire Girls, Girl Scouting, Boy Scouting, and Venturing received Catholic religious emblems. Presiding over the presentations was the Most Reverend Michael Olson. Scouting leaders Teresa Harner, John Cuccaro, and John Ryan coordinated the awards.
As Chuck Pelletier prepared to give the opening remarks at the annual Rosary Vigil for Life outside Planned Parenthood on Good Friday, his thoughts turned to another gathering years earlier.