Archive for August, 2010

By Catholic News Service

CASTEL GANDOLFO, Italy (CNS) — When attending Mass and receiving the Eucharist, Catholics must be filled with gratitude for God’s great gifts, Pope Benedict XVI told a group of his former students.

“Despite the fact that we have nothing to give in return and we are full of faults,” the pope said, Jesus “invites us to his table and wants to be with us.” (more…)

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Sour Lake parish blesses new building

Parishioners at Our Lady of Victory, Sour Lake, had reason to celebrate Aug. 29 when the new education and office building was dedicated and blessed. In 2008 the education building was struck by lightening and lost in a fire. (more…)

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By Carol Zimmermann Catholic News Service

Members of the Missionaries of Charity look on during a service in Calcutta, India, Aug. 26, the 100th anniversary of the birth of Blessed Teresa of Calcutta. (CNS photo/Deshakalayan Chowdhur, pool via Reuters)

WASHINGTON (CNS) — Thirteen years after her death, the impact of Blessed Teresa of Calcutta’s work and prayer is still felt around the world.

Mother Teresa would have turned 100 Aug. 26. The order she started 60 years ago — the Missionaries of Charity — continues its outreach to the “poorest of the poor.” Her spiritual life also continues to gain attention as her sainthood cause progresses. (more…)

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Collection looks after priests

Priests often encourage their parishioners to give generously to charities and religious organizations. In September parishioners will have a chance to give back to their priests.

Sept. 18-19 a second collection will be taken up in parishes and missions throughout the diocese to benefit the Infirm Priests’ Fund. The fund covers costs that retired or disabled priests might incur such as medical expenses and assisted living. (more…)

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Student center deals with construction

Despite the construction at the Catholic Student Center at Lamar University, Beaumont, students are still hanging out and studying. They’re just doing it in a small office behind the center now.

Liz Puglia, director of campus and young adult ministry, said that with the student center off limits the students have been making due with the small office, 1019 Colorado, behind the center. (more…)

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By Nancy Frazier O’Brien Catholic News Service

WASHINGTON (CNS) — A federal judge ruled Aug. 23 that the Obama administration’s guidelines for funding embryonic stem-cell research violate federal law and stopped such funding while a lawsuit against it continues. (more…)

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Register today for silent retreat

Women throughout Southeast Texas still have time to register for the silent retreat for women Sept. 10-12 at Holy Family Retreat Center, Beaumont. The theme will be The Things We Already Know and it will be presented by Paula D’Arcy.

“I always hope that the experience of silence opens people to a very deep conversation with God,” D’Arcy said. (more…)

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