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One Bread, One Body, November 18

November 18, Thirty Third Sunday Ordinary Time    
Cycle B Readings:
1) Daniel 12:1-3
Psalm 16:5, 8-11
2) Hebrews 10:11-14, 18
Gospel) Mark 13:24-32

Carolyn Jones, assistant director of finance, retires after 28 years

FORT WORTH — When Carolyn Jones began working for the Diocese of Fort Worth 28 years ago, she did not foresee herself becoming the Assistant Director of Finance for Fiscal Management.

Protecting God's Flock

FORT WORTH — A dozen years ago, then Vicar General Father Michael Olson and Chancellor Father E. James Hart painstakingly went through hundreds of personnel files of all the priests who had served in the Diocese of Fort Worth, whether currently active, retired, or deceased.

Bishops give go-ahead to diocese's Sister Thea Bowman sainthood effort

BALTIMORE (CNS) — The U.S. bishops gave their assent to the canonization effort launched for Sister Thea Bowman by the Diocese of Jackson, Mississippi.

Immaculate Conception students pack boxes with care

DENTON — For the second year, students at Immaculate Conception Catholic School in Denton conducted some research: how much joy could they squeeze into a shoebox?

Bishops vote to let Vatican inquiry proceed without commenting


BALTIMORE (CNS) — The U.S. bishops Nov. 14 defeated a resolution to encourage the Vatican to release all documents related to the investigation of allegations of misconduct by Archbishop Theodore E. McCarrick.

Explore the San Antonio mission trail by bicycle

For adventurous Catholics seeking to experience the grandeur of God and to follow a spiritual path that literally winds its way deep into the heart of Texas, such a journey begins in San Antonio.

Rosary maker grows own beads

SAVAGE, Minn. (CNS) — For most of his life, August Bueltel of Savage rarely held a rosary.

Now, he grows them. In the backyard of his modest home, the 90-year-old waters and nurtures waist-high plants known as "Job's Tears." He picks the round grains when they ripen in late summer and uses them for rosary beads.

Temporary mobile health clinic for the poor opens in St. Peter's Square

VATICAN CITY (CNS) — As workers were getting St. Peter's Square ready for this year's Nativity scene, nearby a large mobile health care facility was set up and running to serve the city's homeless and poor.

Vatican asks USCCB to delay vote on sex abuse response proposals

BALTIMORE (CNS) — At the urging of the Vatican, the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops will not vote on two proposals they were to discuss at their Baltimore meeting regarding their response to the clergy sex abuse crisis.

Cardinal: Delay in vote on abuse response proposals a 'bump in the road'

BALTIMORE (CNS) — A Vatican-requested delay in adopting practices that are expected to boost accountability among U.S. bishops in their response to clergy sex abuse is a "bump in the road," said the president of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops.

Cardinal: Delay in vote on abuse response proposals a 'bump in the road'

BALTIMORE (CNS) — A Vatican-requested delay in adopting practices that are expected to boost accountability among U.S. bishops in their response to clergy sex abuse is a "bump in the road," said the president of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops.

Spiritual reading and the saints

As a student in elementary school, my teachers highlighted the importance of reading – often using this phrase, “reading is fundamental.” However, despite their repeated encouragement, I never quite understood how necessary reading was until I was of college age. 

How do you make a marriage last?

Karen and I have been married happily for 54 wonderful years. For the past 39 years we have been a volunteer Marriage Preparation Team in the Catholic Church, doing our best to assist couples who are about to make the commitment to love each other faithfully for the rest of their lives through the sacrament of Matrimony. The question we are asked most often is, “How do you make a marriage last that long?” 

Special delivery: Vatican Christmas stamps feature inmate's art

VATICAN CITY (CNS) — As the Christmas season draws near, the Vatican postal service prepared a unique set of commemorative stamps designed by a talented, yet unlikely, artist: a prisoner serving a life sentence.

Jews and Christians: a brief history of frequently contentious brothers

That’s not Christianity, we say. The Tree of Life killer had as part of his social media profile: “jews are the children of satan. (john 8:44) [sic].”

Priest uses his mother's sauce recipe to help the needy, evangelize

LEXINGTON, Ky. (CNS) — When Father Jim Sichko recalls Tuesdays during his childhood in Orange, Texas, he can almost smell the aroma of his mother's homemade tomato sauce wafting through their home.

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.

They cut us to ribbons

This story is true. 

I know it’s true because it happened to me. I ask no one to believe it; however, I must relate it so that those who have faith in the Good Lord will be strengthened in their faith.

One Bread, One Body, November 11

November 11, Thirty Second Sunday Ordinary Time    
Cycle B Readings:
1) 1 Kings 17:10-16
Psalm 146:7-10
2) Hebrews 9:24-28
Gospel) Mark 12:38-44

'Sand Nativity' scene to display in St. Peter's Square

VATICAN CITY (CNS) — Although sand castles and sculptures usually conjure up images of hot summers on the beach, the Vatican will unveil a massive Nativity scene made entirely of sand during the cold Roman winter.

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.

Msgr. Joseph Schumacher, Fort Worth priest, dies at 86

FORT WORTH — Msgr. Joseph Arthur Schumacher, 86, a longtime priest for the Diocese of Fort Worth, died Nov. 1, 2018.