St. Mary of Joy School is a dream that is becoming a reality for the Diocese of Masaka, Uganda, in East Africa, and for diocesan priest Father Athanasius Kasekende, the visionary of the project. And it is coming into being, thanks primarily to the passionate efforts of Robert Gieb and his wife Mary, who have championed this mission project for the past nine years.
Sacred Heart Church hosted the 100th anniversary celebration of Catholic Daughters of the Americas St. Mary’s Court 249 on Dec. 6 with Mass and dinner. Sacred Heart parishioners founded Court St. Mary’s 249 in Muenster on Dec. 6, 1914.
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.