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Seminarians visit Cassata students and leave an important question

FORT WORTH — Seminarian Sam Maul said that he could pinpoint the exact moment he began thinking seriously about becoming a priest, and he was the same age as many of his listeners at Cassata Catholic High School in Fort Worth.

One Bread, One Body, January 20

January 20,  Second Sunday Ordinary Time   
Cycle C Readings:
1) Isaiah 62:1-5
Psalm 96:1-3, 7-10
2) 1 Corinthians 12:4-11
Gospel) John 2:1-11

Take 5 with Father: Universal Messenger

Meet Father Philip Brembah, pastor of St. Vincent de Paul Parish in Arlington, who says "it doesn’t matter where you come from or where you live, we all gather around the same table, the altar of sacrifice of the Lord."

Pope advances sainthood causes for 17 women

VATICAN CITY (CNS) — Pope Francis advanced the sainthood causes of three women and recognized the martyrdom of 14 religious sisters who were killed during the Spanish Civil War.

Pueblo Bishop Stephen Berg returns to spur holiness, conversion at annual MLK Mass

BEDFORD — Loving people of all races and prayers for a genuine conversion of the heart, one soul at a time, was prominent in the message shared Jan. 12 at St. Michael Parish in Bedford during the 33rd Annual Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Memorial Mass.

Shutdown won't deter crowds from marching for life in nation's capital

WASHINGTON (CNS) — Neither snow nor sleet — nor partial government shutdown — will keep pro-lifers away from the nation's capital for the March for Life Jan. 18.

National Catholic Office for the Deaf convenes in Fort Worth

FORT WORTH — For most, it was their first rodeo. And they loved it. About 130 members of the National Catholic Office for the Deaf (NCOD) gathered in Fort Worth for their annual Pastoral Week from Jan. 10 – 14. 

Despite high turnover, number of Catholics little changed in Congress

WASHINGTON (CNS) — In most election cycles, there may be 30 to 50 new members of Congress. For 2019, there are 89 — and a 90th may yet be headed for Capitol Hill based on how a disputed House election in North Carolina plays out.

Fr. Jerome LeDoux, beloved former pastor of Our Mother of Mercy Parish, dies at 88

FORT WORTH — When Our Mother of Mercy parishioners learned former pastor, Father Jerome LeDoux, SVD, lay near death in a Lafayette, Louisiana hospital January 7, members of the Monday night worship group that he started gathered to pray for him.

Sister Pimentel disappointed about not being able to address president

MCALLEN, Texas (CNS) — President Donald Trump got a brief look at the work of a well-known Catholic Charities-run refugee center in South Texas during a daylong trip to the border.

Mirar de Nuevo

Se me hace muy difícil creer que la Navidad ya casi está aquí; ha llegado demasiado repentinamente este año. El Adviento se ignora debido a las mil y una cosas a las que se escucha más que a los villancicos. Algo se ha perdido y ha sido difícil vislumbrar a Belén en el horizonte.

A walk in the garden

A couple of weeks ago I was on a personal retreat, and during a particular prayer session, the speaker wanted me and my fellow retreatants to imagine ourselves in a garden walking with Jesus.

Mercy unchained: How priests and deacons minister to imprisoned Catholics

When Father Richard Collins walks into one of the county, state, or federal prisons served by the Diocese of Fort Worth, he doesn’t worry about the welcome he’ll receive.

One Bread, One Body, January 13

January 13,  Baptism of Jesus   
Cycle C Readings:
1) Isaiah 40:1-5, 9-11
Psalm 104:1-4, 24-25, 27-30
2) Titus 2:11-14; 3:4-7
Gospel) Luke 3:15-16, 21-22

Fr. Tom Craig, dedicated pastor and mission worker, dies at 66

FORT WORTH — Father Thomas James Craig kept the various diplomas he earned in a box, but he framed his baptismal certificate and displayed it in his office.

Mind, body, and soul: Notre Dame teacher combines passions for fitness, faith, and family

WICHITA FALLS — As parents walk their children to the entrance of Notre Dame Catholic School in Wichita Falls at 7:30 a.m., they are greeted by name by fellow students.

Dog's job at Oregon Catholic hospital: Comforting kids in emergency room

PORTLAND, Ore. (CNS) — Wrangler doesn't have an MD and he can't write prescriptions, but he works hard to help children who are injured or ill and often scared.

Church works with parents and schools to protect our children

While our Church and schools are integral to the education and formation of children, parents and other family members play an irreplaceable educational role.

Sacrificing our time for good

In 1456, St. John of Capistrano, a Catholic priest, led an army of Hungarian Christians in Belgrade against Mohammed II and his Turkish fleet, who were on the verge of invading Vienna and Rome.

U.S. bishops take part in weeklong retreat about clergy sex abuse crisis

WASHINGTON (CNS) — The U.S. Catholic bishops are taking part in a closed-door retreat Jan. 2-8 at Mundelein Seminary at the University of St. Mary of the Lake near Chicago to prayerfully consider ways to rebuild trust over the clergy sex abuse crisis.

"Nothing left but prayer"

ALEDO  —  Carl and Heather Storrie, members of Holy Redeemer Parish in Aledo, believe in the power of prayer. They also believe in miracles — the miracles of physical healing, of unsurpassed community support, and of conversion.

One Bread, One Body, January 6

January 6,  Epiphany  
Cycle C Readings:
1) Isaiah 60:1-6
Psalm 72:1-2, 7-8, 10-13
2) Ephesians 3:2-3, 5-6
Gospel) Matthew 2:1-12

Prayer involves recognizing self as God's beloved child, pope says

VATICAN CITY (CNS) — Christians are not better than other people, but they do know that God is their father and they are called "to reflect a ray of his goodness in this world thirsting for goodness, waiting for good news," Pope Francis said.

Louisiana parishioners find 'I prayed' stickers help evangelize

BATON ROUGE, La. (CNS) — An Election Day mistake opened the door wide for some real evangelization.

In Christmas message, pope prays for peace, brotherhood

VATICAN CITY (CNS) — Delivering his formal Christmas message and blessing, Pope Francis prayed for a world where all people would recognize that they are brothers and sisters and would work for justice and for peace.