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One Bread, One Body, March 24

March 24,  Third Sunday of Lent   
Cycle C Readings:
1) Exodus 3:1-8, 13-15
Psalm 103:1-4, 6-8, 11
2) 1 Corinthians 10:1-6, 10-12
Gospel) Luke 13:1-9

Local pilgrims pray Stations of the Cross over day’s journey to five northwest parishes


WINDTHORST — On a sunny, windy Saturday during Lent, parishioners from St. Mary in Windthorst and Our Lady Queen of Peace and Sacred Heart, both in Wichita Falls, set out to pray the Stations of the Cross during a pilgrimage to five churches deep in the Northwest Deanery.

One Bread, One Body March 17

March 17,  Second Sunday of Lent   
Cycle C Readings:
1) Genesis 15:5-12, 17-18
Psalm 27:1, 7-9, 13-14
2) Phil 3:17-4:1
Gospel) Luke 9:28-36

Middle school students rally for Christ

FORT WORTH — Onstage, a lively duo armed with a guitar and ukulele invited middle-school students up alongside them to play fake instruments in front of a crowd of their cheering peers.

Colorado Civil Rights Commission drops complaint against cake baker

WASHINGTON (CNS) — One of the commissioners of the Colorado Civil Rights Commission called Jack Phillips’ religious freedom a sham, a “despicable piece of rhetoric” simply meant to conceal prejudices.

That God may be glorified

There are many tales and legends of this “apostle to the Irish” but perhaps the most significant one is how the relationship between Patrick and this once-heathen people began.

Church architecture draws us toward Christ

We often hear the phrase: “beauty is in the eye of the beholder.” Beyond the premise of this phrase, natural beauty owes its existence from the author of beauty, God the Father. When the fall of Adam and Eve resulted in a fracture of this beauty, God provided the ways and means for man to resuscitate himself and eventually rediscover his identity through His Son Jesus Christ.

Why one Alabama man is suing on behalf of an aborted fetus

MONTGOMERY, Ala. (CNA) — In what is believed to be the first case of its kind in the United States, an attorney will represent the estate of an aborted child, after the father filed a wrongful death lawsuit on behalf of the six-week-old fetus.

El dolor, la Cuaresma y la redención

"¿Qué haces para el dolor?", mi amiga de muchas décadas Emma Gómez me preguntó un día. Como ella siempre ha sido ejemplar católica, aunque ahora a los 91 años ya no le permiten manejar auto para asistir a la Misa y recibir Comunión diariamente, le di la respuesta del catecismo: "Lo ofrezco a Dios".

Four CRS staffers, humanitarian workers aboard Ethiopian jet that crashed

WASHINGTON (CNS) — Four Catholic Relief Service staff members on their way to a training session in Nairobi, Kenya, were among the passengers aboard an Ethiopian Airlines flight that crashed moments after takeoff in the east African nation.

Abby Johnson reminds herself of greater good as ‘Unplanned’ delves into darker side of her past

Imagine the darkest, most vulnerable, and undeniably regrettable times of your life. Now imagine a movie being made for the whole world to see that part of your history that might be better left forgotten.

Lenten staple prompts a grammar debate: Are they fish 'fries' or 'frys'?

NEW ORLEANS (CNS) — Lent is here. So is the salvation of many a harried Catholic couple with three or four mouths to feed on a seafood-only Friday night — the parish fish fry.

What I taught my son about his masculine vocation

There is a genuine sense of truth, beauty, and goodness when a parent witnesses the development of his own child, especially their understanding and relationship with God.

A sacrament of global proportions

WICHITA FALLS — At first glance, Sunday, March 3, may have seemed like any other Sunday at Midwestern State University Catholic Campus Center (CCC) in Wichita Falls for Jose “Rodrigo” Quezada Jarquin as students warmly greeted him and others with hugs and cheek kisses before Mass.

Diocese begins golden anniversary celebration with 40 hours of Adoration

FORT WORTH — The Eucharist makes us the Church. This truth is timeless and universal, but it’s been selected as the theme for a specific and local occasion — the 50th anniversary of the Diocese of Fort Worth.

Officials decry proposed payday lending rule changes, tout diocese’s alternative programs

FORT WORTH — The statistics are grim for a desperate borrower. With exorbitant interest rates on small payday or car title loans sometimes topping 500 percent, an average of 74 individuals each week had their vehicles repossessed in the Fort Worth area in 2016.

Bible Marathon aims to help 'reignite' love for God's word, says priest

ST. MARTINVILLE, La. (CNS) — This year marks the third time the Bible will be read publicly from cover to cover without pause in the square of the Diocese of Lafayette's oldest church parish, St. Martin de Tours, founded in 1765.

One Bread, One Body, March 10

March 10,  First Sunday of Lent   
Cycle C Readings:
1) Deuteronomy 26:4-10
Psalm 91:1-2, 10-15
2) Romans 10:8-13
Gospel) Luke 4:1-13

Keys to a lasting marriage

When “beanpole” Ray Cartier first saw wife-to-be Karen in a room of 300 women at a freshman dormitory dance at Texas Woman’s University in Denton, the young man dressed in Air Force blue was inexplicably drawn to the brunette with glasses.

Congress and infanticide

Catholic philosopher Peter Kreeft once found himself arguing with an abortion supporter, and said to her: “Give me one argument that defends abortion that doesn’t also defend infanticide.”

Build His Kingdom Together on March 30

KELLER — When Jesus was asked which was the greatest commandment in Matthew 22, he replied, “Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind.” The second? “Love your neighbor as yourself.” 

El Pastor Siervo

Muchos de nosotros ya conocemos bien la historia. Pero el Obispo Michael Olson recuerda hasta el más mínimo detalle. Hace cinco años, el entonces Monseñor Olson entró en su oficina de la Universidad de Dallas. Notó que habían dejado un mensaje de voz y descolgó el teléfono para escucharlo. Era un mensaje del Nuncio Apostólico en los EE. UU., alguien que jamás lo había llamado antes.

Building unity by supporting the community

KELLER — Guillermo “Willie” Muñoz isn’t exaggerating when he says that the Knights of Columbus “totally changed my life.”

Ash Wednesday ... SOMETHING

When I was in college there was a group of students who didn't always practice their faith, but when Ash Wednesday rolled around all decided to band together in giving up a few particular sins common among college students.

The Game of Lent

A Protestant pastor among my Facebook friends once declared that he didn’t want to hear what anyone else was giving up for Lent. He asked if people had forgotten Matthew 6. That’s the chapter in which Jesus tells people to act as if they weren’t fasting when they were. The pastor clearly felt vexed, and was a little rude about it.