Diocese program and federal regulations aim to curtail payday lending abuses

By Matthew Smith

North Texas Catholic
October 20, 2017

FORT WORTH — The Texas Catholic Conference of Bishops and Diocese of Fort Worth applauded recent Consumer Financial Protection Bureau restrictions on payday and auto title loan lending companies, calling them an important step toward curbing abuses against borrowers.

All Saints' Father Stephen Jasso: Be close to God in the face of tragedy

By Violeta Rocha
North Texas Catholic

October 20, 2017

FORT WORTH — Fear can paralyze us in the face of tragedy, but being close to God gives us the strength to move forward and help our brother in need, notes Father Stephen Jasso, TOR, pastor of All Saints Parish in Fort Worth.

Fr. Ivor Koch, former pastor of Sacred Heart Parish, dies at 86

By Jenara Kocks Burgess
North Texas Catholic
October 20, 2017

WICHITA FALLS — Many members of Sacred Heart Parish will remember Father Ivor Koch as a priest who deeply invested his God-given talents in the parish while encouraging parishioners to do the same.

The Holy Land without Christians? Franciscans bolster minority

By Joan Kurkowski-Gillen
North Texas Catholic
October 11, 2017

FORT WORTH — As the Franciscans prepare to celebrate the 800th anniversary of their arrival in the Holy Land, the order’s effort to keep the Christian faith in the places it was born has never been more important.

Why are you on the sidewalk? 40 Days with the Saldana family

By Susan Moses
North Texas Catholic
October 19, 2017

FORT WORTH —  According to Catherine Saldana, her participation in pro-life ministries “couldn’t have been more obvious.” Twelve years ago, she was praying that God would show her how He wanted her to serve Him. She saw a poster for the Good Friday Rosary Vigil for Life and the light bulb went off.

Fort Worth Diocese welcomes Don Wagner as new CFO

By Jacqueline Burkepile
North Texas Catholic
October 2, 2017

FORT WORTH — The Chief Financial Officer in any organization undertakes great responsibility to those around him. In the diocese, the CFO administers diocesan finances under Bishop Michael Olson’s authority, protects Church assets, and works to understand its imminent financial needs.

Experts bring end-of-life issues, faith to forefront

By Juan Guajardo
North Texas Catholic
September 28, 2017

IRVING — Palliative care, hospice, life expectancy, and death aren’t typically go-to subjects when gathered around the coffee table. Or anytime. But perhaps they should be, said Father Tad Pacholczyk during the second “Do No Harm” conference series.

Youth overcome distance, experience universal Church at Deanery Mass

By Jenara Kocks Burgess
North Texas Catholic
October 4, 2017

WICHITA FALLS — Bringing teens together to experience the universality of the Catholic Church can be challenging for rural parishes one or two hours apart and as many as three hours from major events near the diocesan offices in Fort Worth.