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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.
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.