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Spiritual fruits of Pentecost

Jesus assured his disciples he would not leave them as orphans; he promised the Father would send another Advocate to be with them always (Jn 14:16-18). That promise was kept on the day of Pentecost, considered the birthday of the church, when Jesus' followers received the Holy Spirit. We who believe are also blessed with the indwelling presence of the Holy Spirit.

Glorious things are said of you, O City of God

The intent of establishing this memorial in part is to highlight that Mary has been our Mother from the foundations of the Church. This was true not just at Pentecost, which we celebrate the day before this memorial; but as we can see in this Gospel reading, it can be traced to the very sacrifice on the cross.

Living in Him and for Him

The joy of the Resurrection of Our Lord Jesus is the foundation of Christian life; men and women, as disciples of the Risen Lord, freely choose in joy to live daily in Him and for Him.  

Statement on Santa Fe High School Shooting

FORT WORTH — On behalf of the members of the Catholic Diocese of Fort Worth, I offer prayer for the healing and safety of all involved and affected by the tragic and senseless school shooting in Santa Fe High School. We pray for those affected by this violent act and for all victims of violence, in whatever form.

Pope Francis: A Man of His Word

NEW YORK (CNS) — Veteran filmmaker Wim Wenders respectfully profiles the current successor of St. Peter in the well-crafted, sometimes moving documentary "Pope Francis: A Man of His Word" (Focus). Though Wenders also provides some narration, as his title suggests, he largely lets the pontiff speak for himself.

St. John Paul II Monstrance travels through diocese ahead of Vocation Awareness Program

FORT WORTH — Father Nghia Nguyen, vocations liaison for the Diocese of Fort Worth, believes it’s important to “create a culture in the diocese where we all pray for vocations.”

Msgr. Publius Xuereb celebrates half-century of priesthood with sacraments, smiles, and songs

ALEDO — The reasons why Holy Redeemer parishioners love and respect their pastor, Monsignor Publius Xuereb, are as plentiful as the wildflowers that spring up near the rural Aledo church each May.

One Bread, One Body, May20

May 20, Pentecost     
Cycle B Readings:
1) Acts 2:1-11
Psalm 104:1, 24, 29-31, 34
2) 1 Corinthians 12:3-7, 12 -13 or  Galatians 5:16-25 
Gospel) John 20:19-23 or John 15:26-27; 16:12-15 

Fertile ground: Diocese digs deep into Humanae Vitae at its 50th anniversary

FORT WORTH — Gracie Morris did not feel tired as Bishop Michael Olson and Dr. Janet Smith spoke about Humanae Vitae for five hours. The 17-year-old from St. Mary the Virgin Parish in attended the April 28 conference after getting home from her school prom in the wee hours that morning. And the night before, she’d been up late studying.

Encouragement a strong factor in priesthood discernment, study finds

Washington D.C. (CNA/EWTN News) — A strong majority of the 430 men who are about to be ordained to the Catholic priesthood in the United States come from families where both parents were Catholic, and had several friends encouraging them in their vocation.

The King ascends his throne

How fitting it is to end this series on the liturgical year with the Feast of the Ascension of Jesus Christ. Frequently this year we have meditated together on the reality of Christ as King of heaven and earth, as King of our souls, and as King of the Jews. 

How to widen our hearts on Mother's Day

Has your parish's blessing on Mother's Day included prayers for women who long to have a child or women who have lost a child?

Get out of the boat

Right before the start of last Advent, my beloved pastor at my parish received the call that he was going to be made a provincial for his religious order. He would be leaving St. Catherine of Siena Parish in Carrollton and moving back to India to serve the people there. The call came quite suddenly and he was to be moving in less than a month. 

What works? Fort Worth delegates compare notes on Hispanic Ministry with 18 dioceses

SAN ANTONIO — Excited. Honored. Joyful. That’s how 40 delegates from the Diocese of Fort Worth described their participation in the V Encuentro Region X Conference held April 13-15 in San Antonio.

Catholics get chance to celebrate, think about Mary with new feast day

WASHINGTON (CNS) — The Catholic Church doesn't often add new celebrations to its pretty full liturgical calendar, but this year's new feast day, Mary, Mother of the Church on May 21, has Catholics gearing up to mark the day or at least think a little more about Mary.

One Bread, One Body, May13

May 13,  Ascension Pentecost Novena-Day 3   
Cycle B Readings:
1) Acts 1:1-11
Psalm 47:2-3, 6-9
2) Ephesians 4:1-13 or 1:17-23 
Gospel) Mark 16:15-20 

The Easter people

Robert Powell, a fundamentalist Bible-based Protestant, was intrigued when Pope Benedict XVI resigned and the College of Cardinals assembled to select a new pope.

London waste company discovers relic of St. Clement in the trash

London, England (CNA/EWTN News) — You know the old saying — one person’s trash is another person’s 2,000 year-old sacred bone fragment of an early pope.

Stewardship's role in purposeful living examined during day of renewal

ARLINGTON — K.I.S.S, or “Keep it simple, sister,” provided an oft repeated tagline as Sister Mary Michael Fox, OP, of the Dominican Sisters of St. Cecilia Congregation in Nashville discussed stewardship during April 28's Purposeful Living Stewardship Day of Renewal at St. Maria Goretti Church in Arlington.

Speaker Paul Ryan gives House chaplain his job back

WASHINGTON (CNS) — Jesuit Father Patrick Conroy, chaplain for the U.S. House of Representatives who said he had been forced to resign, was reinstated to his post by House Speaker Paul Ryan May 3.

Living Easter happens when we help others carry their crosses

Is there anything more joyous than to hear, “He is risen!”? What family hasn’t rejoiced when a loved one has healed from a critical illness, returned to life after a battle with depression, a divorce, or job loss, or reached significant milestones in addiction recovery?

Changed for eternity — Jonathan Demma

Deacon Jonathan Demma remembers the moment when becoming a priest was cemented into his soul.

One Bread, One Body, May 6

May 6,  Sixth Sunday of Easter   
Cycle B Readings:
1) Acts 10:25-26, 34-35, 44-48
Psalm 98:1-4
2) 1 John 4:7-10 
Gospel) John 15:9-17 


Eighth Grade Mass and Vocation Day reminds students they are loved and called by God

FORT WORTH — Rose Parker, an eighth-grader at Notre Dame School in Wichita Falls, is prayerfully considering the possibility of becoming a religious sister.

The ear of the pope

As the director of campus ministry at the University of Dallas, Nick Lopez talks with young people every day. Why was March 19 different? Along with 300 young adults from around the world, Pope Francis was listening.