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Holy Family celebrates 75 years

FORT WORTH — From 65 families in 1942 to almost 2,500 families today, parishioners at Holy Family Parish have plenty of reasons to celebrate the church’s 75th anniversary.

Friars in historic California mission briefly evacuate after fire fears

WASHINGTON (CNS) — Franciscan friars from a historic mission were among the thousands of residents who evacuated, seeking shelter during a spate of wildfires that threatened California in December.

Companies admit illegal fetal tissue sales, end California operations. Is Planned Parenthood next?

ORANGE, Calif. (CNA/EWTN News) — The trade in fetal tissue from aborted babies proved costly for two bioscience companies who will admit fault, cease California operations, and meet the terms of a legal settlement close to $7.8 million in value for violating state and federal laws against the purchase or sale of fetal tissue.

One Bread, One Body, December 17

December 17, Third Sunday of Advent    
Cycle A Readings:
1) Isaiah 61:1-2, 10-11
Luke 1:46-50, 53-54
2) 1 Thessalonians 5:16-24
Gospel) John 1:6-8, 19-28


Clothed in Christ: Two novices don Carmelite habit

ARLINGTON — Assuming a new name was “thrilling,” agreed Sister Lucia of the Holy Eucharist and Sister Marie Therese of the Holy Face of Jesus.  They likened it to Jesus changing Simon’s name to Peter — a new name symbolizing a new mission.

Most merciful mother: Local faithful honor Our Lady of Guadalupe

FORT WORTH  — Monica Lopez knows the power of devotion to Our Lady of Guadalupe. Four years ago, the mother of three school-age children was diagnosed with stage four breast cancer. She believes praying for the intercession of the Virgin Mary, who appeared to Juan Diego in 1531, spared her life.

Commentary: Tolerance, wedding cakes, and a free society

Washington D.C. (CNA) — This week, the Supreme Court heard oral arguments in the case of Masterpiece Cakeshop v. Colorado Civil Rights Commission. The result of the case, which is expected to be delivered this summer, is likely to have considerable impact on the future of free speech, religious liberty, and free enterprise in the United States.

Educator and pastoral associate Sister Mary Helen Fuhrmann, SSMN, dies at 82

FORT WORTH — Heaven gained a special saint today. Those poignant words expressed the sorrow and loss felt by parishioners at St. Mary Parish in Gainesville, and others in the Diocese of Fort Worth, after learning of the unexpected death of Sister Mary Helen Fuhrmann (nee Maria Agatha), 82, on Dec. 4.

Take a walk on the path of Advent

As Christmas nears, we get inundated with messages emphasizing the materialism of Christmas. There's so much to do. It's easy to succumb and begin to dread what's ahead.

Prepare the way of the King

John the Baptist, along with the Blessed Virgin Mary, is one of the two reoccurring figures in Advent to emulate during this time of penance and waiting. They are both our guides and exemplars of faithfulness, hope, and love in this season.

Mideast Christian leaders to Trump: Jerusalem move could have dire results

JERUSALEM (CNS) — In an open letter to U.S. President Donald Trump, Christian leaders in Jerusalem said U.S. recognition of the city as the capital of Israel could have dire regional consequences.

Pope's letter to Argentine bishops on 'Amoris Laetitia' part of official record

VATICAN CITY (CNS) — Describing them as "authentic magisterium," Pope Francis ordered the official publication of his letter to a group of Argentine bishops and their guidelines for the interpretation of Amoris Laetitia (The Joy of Love), his apostolic exhortation on the family.

Lego kit brings mystery of the Mass into homes of families around world

ST. PAUL, Minn. (CNS) — Stephen and Jennifer Maas' family business, Domestic Church Supply Co., carries one product: a Lego kit that brings the mystery of the Mass into the living rooms of families around the world.

Be watchful and stay awake!

At this beginning of the Advent season, we hear first from our Lord, Jesus Christ. And it is He who reminds us that our season of waiting is not merely a waiting of four weeks before Christmas morning.

One Bread, One Body, December 10

December 10, Second Sunday of Advent    
Cycle A Readings:
1) Isaiah 40:1-5, 9-11
Psalm 85:9-14
2) 2 Peter 3:8-14
Gospel) Mark 1:1-8


DACA beneficiary awaits future with faith, hope, and song

FORT WORTH — For most of her life, Carolina Imperial considered herself a caged songbird. “I felt so tied up.”

No dispensation for this year's Christmas Mass on Monday

WASHINGTON (CNS) — Although Christmas this year is the day after the fourth Sunday of Advent, Catholics looking to count a Sunday evening Mass Dec. 24 for both that Sunday obligation and Monday's Christmas Mass obligation will have to think again.

Angel figurines deliver message of love at Ohio senior care facility

BEDFORD, Ohio (CNS) — Sister Helen Scasny studied the wall of glass-enclosed cases stretching from floor to ceiling inside the entrance of Light of Hearts Villa, a senior care center in Bedford. Almost 900 angel figurines of various ages, sizes and materials crowded well-lit shelves, but Sister Helen wouldn't choose a favorite among them.

Study shows Guadalupe devotion lessens health issues caused by stress

JACKSON, Miss. (CNS) — A good talk with your mother every day could improve your health. At least, that's what's happened for immigrants in one Mississippi community.

Catholic Charities Fort Worth empowers refugees toward self-sufficiency and integration

FORT WORTH — Several years ago, Shalaina Abioye, director of Refugee Services for Catholic Charities Fort Worth, provided a client with an intangible gift that affected her deeply as well. “I gave him hope,” she recalled.

The difficult life of a Catholic missionary in Burma

Yangon, Burma (ACI Prensa) - As Pope Francis continues his visit to Burma – also known as Myanmar – this week, he is encountering a country where life for Catholics can be difficult.

An Advent meditation: Memory and hope

"So ... what are you giving up for Advent?"

Tests offer new information on date of site believed to be tomb of Christ

WASHINGTON (CNS) — Scientists who helped restore a shrine above the site believed to be the place where Christ was buried say testing of samples has dated the tomb to at least the fourth century. 

Catholic liturgies avoid Christmas decorations, carols in Advent

WASHINGTON (CNS) — During the weeks before Christmas, Catholic churches stand out for what they are missing.

Pope arrives in Bangladesh, praises country's welcome of Rohingya

DHAKA, Bangladesh (CNS) — The government and people of Bangladesh have shown exemplary generosity in welcoming hundreds of thousands of Rohingya refugees from Myanmar, despite great demands placed on already limited resources, Pope Francis said.