Ancient rites, new priests

By Joan Kurkowski-Gillen

North Texas Catholic
May 25, 2018

FORT WORTH — Edna Moon gave birth to seven children and every time the baby was a boy, she asked God to send her a priest. Alana and Mike Demma, the parents of six boys, had similar hopes.

Msgr. Publius Xuereb celebrates half-century of priesthood

By Joan Kurkowski-Gillen

North Texas Catholic
May 16, 2018

ALEDO — The reasons why Holy Redeemer parishioners love and respect their pastor, Monsignor Publius Xuereb, are as plentiful as the wildflowers that spring up near the rural Aledo church each May.

Confirmation: sealed by the Holy Spirit

By Lance Murray
North Texas Catholic
May 21, 2018
FORT WORTH — One by one, the young Catholics came forward in the sanctuary, their sponsors’ hands firmly planted on their shoulders. Bishop Michael Olson waited at the foot of the altar to anoint the candidates with chrism while saying their Confirmation name.

St. John Paul II Vocation Monstrance travels through diocese

By Mary Lou Seewoester
North Texas Catholic
May 16, 2018

FORT WORTH – Father Nghia Nguyen, vocations liaison for the Diocese of Fort Worth, believes it’s important to “create a culture in the diocese where we all pray for vocations.” That is why the planners of the Vocational Awareness Program requested the Pope St. John Paul II Vocation Monstrance.

The final bell, part 1 of 3

By Susan McFarland
North Texas Catholic
May 22, 2018

NORTH RICHLAND HILLS –  “Our world has to be a better place with these students spreading the word of God’s love wherever they go,” Mary Lou Ruiz, retiring teacher at St. John the Apostle said.

The final bell, part 2 of 3

By Susan McFarland
North Texas Catholic
May 23, 2018

FORT WORTH — “I consider teaching in a Catholic school a ministry. We begin each class with prayer and write about quotes from the saints weekly,” said Galine Baker, retiring teacher at St. Andrew.

The final bell. Retiring teachers, part 3 of 3

By Susan McFarland
North Texas Catholic
May 24, 2018

NORTH RICHLAND HILLS — “I love preparing students for the sacraments. Their innocence and enthusiasm about their love of God is heartwarming,” said Susan Overcash at St. John the Apostle.

The Easter People — converts to the Catholic Church

By Susan Moses
North Texas Catholic
May 8, 2018

FRISCO — Robert Powell, a fundamentalist Bible-based Protestant, was intrigued when Pope Benedict XVI resigned and the College of Cardinals assembled to select a new pope.