Archive for June, 2011

Evangelization is a word Catholics have been hearing more and more over the last few years. It was certainly heard a lot at an event hosted by the Archdiocese of Galveston Houston July 15-19 called Unity Explosion.

The Unity Explosion is a convention that acts as a forum for African America Catholics to learn more about being catechists and evangelizers. (more…)

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Nominate before it’s too late!

Still haven’t gotten your nominations in yet for the 2011 Stewardship Awards? You’re in luck. We’ve extended the deadline for nominations to July 6!

Nominate that faithful steward in your parish for the Msgr. Richard DeStefano award, or nominate your parish for the Bishop Curtis J. Guillory Parish Award. Why not both? (more…)

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When Charley Messina began working for the Diocese of Beaumont in 1997 the position of director of the office of construction didn’t even exist. Now, after overseeing more than $35 million worth of projects, not including hurricane repairs, Messina is retiring.

“Before I was here the pastors of all the parishes oversaw their own projects. Bishop (Joseph) Galante saw that the diocese needed someone who was familiar with aspects of construction and renovation to handle projects,” Messina said. (more…)

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Catholic Relief Services is still at work managing various relief efforts in Japan following the tsunami earlier this year.

Millions of households were affected, with more than 370,000 houses and other buildings destroyed. The government of Japan responded effectively to immediate needs, but some gaps still exist which Caritas Japan is filling. (more…)

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By John Thavis Catholic News Service

VATICAN CITY (CNS) — The Vatican and other Christian representatives have issued a series of recommendations for evangelization in multifaith societies, rejecting aggressive or coercive methods but defending the right to profess, propagate or change one’s religion.

The principles were outlined June 28 in a document titled, “Christian Witness in a Multi-Religious World: Recommendations for Conduct,” issued jointly by the Pontifical Council for the Interreligious Dialogue, the World Council of Churches and the World Evangelical Alliance. (more…)

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In recognition of National Men’s Health Month, the Gift of Life, through its continued partnership with Baptist Hospitals of Southeast Texas and the Baptist Cancer Center provided free prostate cancer blood test screenings to nearly 250 medically underserved eligible Southeast Texas men in Beaumont, Port Arthur and Orange. (more…)

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Parishioners at Sacred Heart-St. Mary, Port Arthur, celebrated the feast of Corpus Christi June 26 with a procession around the neighborhood.

“This is a day of peace and unity for all of us to come together and celebrate our faith with our church family,” Missionary of St. Paul Father Charles Atuah, said. (more…)

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