Venturing forth

Several faithful held cellphones aloft to record the August 11 Mass at St. Patrick Cathedral. Such gestures, normally ill-advised, were understandable given the day’s importance.
During the Mass, concelebrated by Bishop Michael Olson and several priests, 15 diaconal candidates from the Class of 2020 received the Ministry of Acolyte. Another 11 underwent the Rite of Admission to Candidacy, making up the class of 2022. All 26 took major steps in their journeys toward the permanent diaconate.

Diocesan conference stresses inclusion of parishioners with disabilities, special needs

FORT WORTH — Before a crowd of catechists, parents, mental health professionals, directors of religious education, and parish leaders, Jason Whitehead, diocesan director of Faith Formation, read aloud from a pastoral document published last year by the U.S. Catholic bishops.

Night in a Box opens insights into homelessness

WICHITA FALLS — Heat, cold, hunger, and uncertainty were some of the challenges teenagers from Our Lady Queen of Peace Parish youth group faced as they lived in cardboard boxes and tents outside their Wichita Falls church for one night, in a gesture of solidarity with the homeless.