Roxanna Young, director of Flourishing Tree, visits with a client through a car window

Two acts, one purpose: the Chrism Mass

By Susan Moses
North Texas Catholic

May 30, 2020

KELLER — Two acts set the Chrism Mass apart from every other Mass celebrated during the liturgical year. First, and the source of the Mass’ name, the bishop blesses the oils to be used in sacraments throughout the diocese.

Father Jonathan Wallis leads procession at 50th anniversary

Pope Francis prays for U.S., calls racism a pro-life issue

By Carol Glatz
Catholic News Service

June 3, 2020

VATICAN CITY (CNS) — Observing with great concern the social unrest unfolding in the United States, Pope Francis said no one can claim to defend the sanctity of every human life while turning a blind eye to racism and exclusion.

Fr. James O'Toole, Air Force chaplain and diocesan priest, dies at 83

By Joan Kurkowski-Gillen
Catholic News Service 
June 5, 2020

Father James O'TooleFORT WORTH — During his 56 years as a priest, Father Jim O’Toole spent 21 years as an Air Force chaplain and another three decades serving North Texas parishioners.

Tangible, Physical, Personal: New Catholics encounter sacramental grace 

By Susan Moses
North Texas Catholic
June 3, 2020

Fr. John Robert baptizes Devin HernandezFORT WORTH — Samuel Stroud said, “I’ve been waiting to get into the Catholic Church for four years. What’s another 50 days?”

Harmonizing: the challenge of a man with two vocations

By Kiki Hayden
North Texas Catholic
May 4, 2020

deacon Kevin BagleyFORT WORTH — One evening while the kids were asleep, Kevin and Donna Bagley sat in the living room, listening to the whir of the dishwasher in the kitchen. “He looked like he was contemplating… deep in thought,” recalled Mrs. Bagley.

Identical twins with identical GPAs share valedictory honors

By Jenara Kocks Burgess
North Texas Catholic 
May 19, 2020

Andrew and Thomas KochWICHITA FALLS — As identical twins, Andrew and Thomas Koch share even more than most siblings do. Now, with the same GPA — 4.0508 — they are co-valedictorians of Notre Dame Catholic High School in Wichita Falls.

Pray for humility, humanity, and hope, says Bishop Olson

By Susan Moses
North Texas Catholic
June 4, 2020

Bishop OlsonFORT WORTH — Bishop Michael Olson of the Diocese of Fort Worth celebrated Mass at St. Patrick Cathedral on June 4 for the repose of the soul of George Floyd, for the consolation of his family, and for peace and an end to civil discord.

Path to the altar is slightly altered: seminarian formation in the pandemic

By Joan Kurkowski Gillen
North Texas Catholic
May 4, 2020

Deacon Linh NguyenFORT WORTH  — Years from now, when Deacon Brett Metzler looks back on preparing for the priesthood during the 2020 pandemic, there’s an image seared into his soul that he’ll never forget.