Archive for February, 2011

By Nancy Frazier O’Brien Catholic News Service

WASHINGTON (CNS) — As Lent begins with Ash Wednesday March 9, Dan Misleh wants to remind Catholics that it is not just about giving up chocolate or ice cream for 40 days.

Instead, the executive director of the Catholic Coalition on Climate Change would like to see Catholic families and individuals make some permanent sacrificial changes that will also contribute to a more sustainable and more just world. (more…)

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Sister Bernita Hessling dies

Dominican Sister Bernita Hessling, who served in the Diocese of Beaumont during the 1980s, died Feb. 22.

Sister Hessling was born October 18, 1933, in Peoria, Ill., to George and Eva Hessling. Her parents; three sisters, Christine Wood, Theresa Hessling, and Marilyn Hessling; and a brother, George Hessling, preceded her in death. (more…)

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Father Eugene Moynihan passes away

Josephite Father Eugene Moynihan died at the age of 85 Feb 17 in Baltimore, MD.

Eugene Robert Moynihan was born in Cleveland, Ohio, June 15, 1925, to George Moynihan and Margaret Casey Moynihan. He was a veteran of World War II fighting with the 399th Infantry Regiment of the 100th Infantry Division. (more…)

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Youth in the Diocese of Beaumont got a chance to praise, worship and be inspired Feb. 23 courtesy of Doug Tooke and David Casey. The two performed at Nederland High School in a concert sponsored by the Office of Youth Ministry.

Bishop Curtis Guillory, SVD, opened the evening by offering a prayer that the youth would be lifted up and inspired before the evening’s song and presentation began. (more…)

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By Cindy Wooden Catholic News Service

VATICAN CITY (CNS) — Lent is a time for self-examination and to let go of all traces of selfishness, which is the root of violence, Pope Benedict XVI said.

“The greed of possession leads to violence, exploitation and death,” which is why during Lent the church encourages almsgiving, “which is the capacity to share,” the pope said in his annual message for Lent.

The text of the pope’s message for Lent 2011, which begins March 9 for Latin-rite Catholics, was released at a Vatican news conference Feb. 22. (more…)

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The Marriage Ministries from Blessed Sacrament and Our Mother of Mercy, Beaumont, came together to give married couples from their parishes a special night out in honor of the upcoming Valentine’s Day.

More than 20 couples enjoyed a special evening at Our Mother of Mercy with dinner, fellowship, prayer and some tips on keeping their marriages strong. Couples of all ages attended with the youngest being married for a year and one couple having been married for 52 years. (more…)

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More than 120 people from 10 parishes throughout the diocese tried to keep their balls out of the gutters Feb. 12 as they tried to raise money at this year’s Bowling for Birthright, the annual diocesan high school bowling tournament.

This year’s tournament was held at Star Bowl, Beaumont. Bowlers were required to obtain at least three sponsors pledging a minimum of one cent per point scored for their total three-game series score.

All funds raised benefited Birthright of Beaumont, Inc. (more…)

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