At the age of 7, a boy from an impoverished family in India is sent to live in an orphanage after his father dies. He resides there until age 13, when priests from the Society of the Catholic Apostolate (SAC), better known as the Pallottines, reach out and bring him into their school. The Pallottine fathers see something holy and reverent in the teenager who grew up among the poorest of the poor in India. And they are quite right in this case.
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.
For children who have suffered unimaginable deprivation and loss as a result of war, famine, and disease, a safe, comfortable home and the routines of a happy family life are gifts that are never taken for granted.
Velma Smith, a catechist for 30 years, attends the University of Dallas Ministry Conference (UDMC) for one very important reason. “Our religion is an ever-learning religion,” says the St. Bartholomew parishioner. “You can never grasp all that the Catholic Church has to offer.” The largest Catholic ministry conference in the Southwest gives Smith the opportunity to hear nationally-recognized speakers, network with other teachers, and pick up books and ideas she can use in her classroom.
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.