Family tradition: Rosary vigil on Good Friday for the unborn

By Joan Kurkowski-Gillen
North Texas Catholic

April 19, 2017

FORT WORTH — When Pat Pelletier and her late husband, Chuck, held the first local prayer vigil outside an abortion clinic 33 years ago, they were joined by a few like-minded pro-life supporters who brought their families, rosaries, and candles to the evening gathering.

At 'mother of all vigils,' U.S. Church welcomes thousands of new Catholics

By Catholic News Service

April 18, 2017

WASHINGTON (CNS) — During what the Roman Missal describes as the "mother of all vigils," the U.S. Catholic Church welcomed thousands of new Catholics at the Easter Vigil April 15 in churches big and small across the country.


Jeff Hensley retires as editor, leaves behind legacy

By Joan Kurkowski-Gillen
North Texas Catholic
April 21, 2017

FORT WORTH — After almost 30 years of producing one of the country’s most respected diocesan newspapers and magazines, Jeff Hensley, editor of the North Texas Catholic, retired March 31. Many who consider the Catholic journalist a mentor, teacher, advisor, and friend recently reflected on Hensley’s legacy.

Niece of Fatima visionaries reflects on her remarkable family

By Elise Harris
Catholic News Service
April 20, 2017

FATIMA, PORTUGAL (CNA/EWTN) — The niece of Blessed Francisco and Jacinta Marto has voiced excitement for the coming canonization of her relatives, sharing stories of the time of the Fatima apparitions and personal memories of what it was like growing up in a family that had saints among its members.

To give is to live

By Kathy Cribari Hamer Beck
North Texas Catholic
April 6, 2017

Abby, about 17-years-old, once threw her shoe at the lead singer in a rock concert. It wasn’t a cultural insult, she didn’t go to jail; “and I didn’t throw it at him,” she reminds me repeatedly. “I threw it to him. “The first time I went to ‘Austin City Limits,’” she described, “I saw Conor Oberst (her favorite musician) on the other side of a fence, and I threw my shoe over the top for him to sign.

Lent is over. Now what?

By Matt Hadro
Catholic News Agency
April 19, 2017

Chocolate bunnies and marshmallow Peeps have graced the shelves of U.S. stores for weeks in anticipation of Easter, but now that the actual Easter Season has begun, how should Catholics observe it? “We cannot, as Christians, walk out of Easter liturgy and wash our hands of the business. Our life is forever changed...,” said Fr. Hezekias Carnazzo, director of the Institute of Catholic Culture.

Stewardship a way to give thanks to God, speaker tells ministry leaders

By Matthew Smith
North Texas Catholic
April 4, 2017

FORT WORTH — Admittedly, it’s a challenge many dioceses face. “Stewardship is a tough one,” said Tracy Gomes, stewardship committee member at St. Michael Church in Bedford. “Everyone instantly goes to money.”

Seder celebration builds community, connects past to present

By Susan Moses
North Texas Catholic
April 12, 2017

BURLESON — Steve Gats is making his grandfather proud. Jewish by birth, he converted to Catholicism 13 years ago, and he honors his Jewish heritage by hosting a traditional Passover Seder each year at St. Ann’s Parish in Burleson.