Father James Weldon Pemberton, a priest of the Catholic Diocese of Fort Worth, died Saturday, April 4 in Fort Worth, at the age of 81, after a lengthy illness. Fr. Pemberton will lie in state at Thompson’s Harveson & Cole, 702 Eighth Ave., Fort Worth, from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tuesday, April 7. A Vigil will be held for Fr. Pemberton at Most Blessed Sacrament Church, 2100 N. Davis Dr., Arlington at 7 p.m. April 7. Fr. Pemberton’s Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated at 10 a.m. Wednesday, April 8 at Most Blessed Sacrament Church in Arlington, Burial will be in Mount Olivet Cemetery on Fort Worth’s near North Side.
The Diocese of Fort Worth had a strong presence at the Texas Capitol in Austin Mar. 24 when Bishop Michael F. Olson was joined by more than 50 area faithful, including several youth, for the 2015 Texas Catholic Conference (TCC) Faith in Action Advocacy Day. Through the TCC the bishops of Texas act together to advocate for state policies and programs that support the life and dignity of every person from conception to natural death.
If you want to know the true mission of Catholic education, just chat with an elementary or secondary schoolchild attending St. Joseph Catholic School in Bryan, Texas.
“Ask any student walking down the hall what Ms. Pelletier is trying to do, and he or she will stop, roll their eyes and say, ‘make me a saint,’” says Jennifer Pelletier, sharing what’s become an accepted truism at the school where she has served as president since 2013.