Fr. Raphael Eagle, dedicated hospital chaplain and joyful friar, dies at 77

By Joan Kurkowski-Gillen
North Texas Catholic

March 21, 2017

THE COLONY — Visiting hospital patients on a daily basis — particularly sick and dying children — is a daunting task. Father Raphael Eagle, TOR, coped with the challenges of that ministry in a special way.
 

If you're baptized, you're a missionary!

By Father Thomas Craig
North Texas Catholic

March 29, 2017

Beginnings are sometimes mysterious. Telling people I meet in our parishes and Catholic schools that I am the Director of the Diocesan Office of Pontifical Missions, results in polite puzzled looks — what is that?

 

Cartoonist Gary Cangemi, creator of 'Umbert the Unborn,' dies at 62

By North Texas Catholic
March 29, 2017

Dedicated pro-life activist and cartoonist Gary Cangemi died in Scranton, Pa., March 18 after a sudden illness. He was 62. The talented graphic artist is the creator of “Umbert the Unborn” — a comic strip published regularly in the National Catholic Register and 100 diocesan newspapers and magazines (including the North Texas Catholic), church bulletins, and newsletters around the world.

FIAT mission trip makes big impact in rural parishes

By Crystal Brown
North Texas Catholic
March 22, 2017

PENELOPE — For a group of University of Texas at Arlington students, spring break wasn’t about finding a sunny destination or taking the great American road trip. Rather, these students dedicated their time away from the classroom to helping rural parishes in the Diocese of Fort Worth as part of the Faith In Action Together (FIAT) young adult mission.

Couples celebrate silver, golden anniversaries at annual Mass

By Lance Murray
North Texas Catholic
March 17, 2017

FORT WORTH — Love was in air March 12 during the Silver and Golden Anniversary Mass at Our Lady of Fatima Church — the love of married couples, and their love of God. "A sense of trust in God and being companions to each other has been foundational to your married life," Bishop Michael Olson told the couples and their families.

Archdiocese announces beatification date for Oklahoma priest

By Rhina Guidos
Catholic News Service
March 16, 2017

WASHINGTON (CNS) — The Archdiocese of Oklahoma City announced that one of its native sons, Father Stanley Rother, a North American priest who worked in Guatemala and was brutally murdered there in 1981, will be beatified Sept. 23 in Oklahoma. "It's official! Praised be Jesus Christ!" the archdiocese announced on March 13.

Hardened hearts can turn believers into atheists, pope says

By Junno Arocho Esteves
Catholic News Service
March 23, 2017

VATICAN CITY (CNS) — Not listening to God's voice can distance Christians from Him and lead them instead to seek solace in worldly idols that offer only doubt and confusion, Pope Francis said. When Catholics are "deaf to the word of God," their hearts are hardened, the pope said March 23.

St. Patrick's Day: A growing tradition for Fort Worth cathedral

By Crystal Brown
North Texas Catholic
March 20, 2017

FORT WORTH ­­­— Hundreds gathered for the third annual Saint Patrick's Day celebration at the St. Patrick Cathedral Pastoral Center March 17. Amid the festively green room, families gathered for a pot-luck meal, children had their faces painted, and Irish dancers entertained.