Parishioners at Our Lady Queen of Peace Church in Wichita Falls clapped and shouted joyfully as Mistress of Ceremonies Noel Filer announced, “This is the day the Lord has made; let us rejoice and be glad in it,” at the beginning of the program celebrating the dedication of the parish’s newly built Family Life Center on Divine Mercy Sunday. “Today, of course, is Mercy Sunday,” said Bishop Michael Olson during the program. “And it’s appropriate that we dedicate this family life center because the family really is the first place we experience God’s mercy."
On Saturday, April 11, a new chapter began for St. John Paul II Catholic Church in Denton. The parish celebrated the groundbreaking for its new chapel and campus center, which primarily serves students, faculty, staff, alumni, and friends of the University of North Texas and Texas Woman’s University.
More than 140 women traveled from across the diocese to attend the third annual Day of Reflection at St. Patrick Cathedral. But the March 19 gathering, hosted by the Diocesan Council of Catholic Women (DCCW), held particular meaning for one participant.
After years away from the faith, Evelyn Douglas is coming home. “I was baptized Catholic, but my parents weren’t church-going people,” the mother of two said after a Mass celebrated by Bishop Michael Olson. “When I married, I became a Methodist like my husband to keep the family together.”