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Archive for December, 2011

Reaping the benefits, more to harvest

The Church in Southeast Texas is reaping benefits from the Together For God’s Good Work capital campaign, but the total harvest is still a few years away. And, in order to see that completed harvest, pledges have to be completely paid.

The news this week from the Office of Stewardship and Communications indicates that despite a sluggish economy, parishioners’ commitment to the future of the local Church remains high. (more…)

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SEATTLE (CNS) — Elsa and Donny Finkbonner of St. Joseph Parish in Ferndale had no doubt that their young son’s recovery from a deadly flesh-eating bacteria almost six years ago was a miracle.

On Dec. 19, Pope Benedict XVI confirmed that when he signed a decree acknowledging a miracle attributed to the intervention of Blessed Kateri Tekakwitha in the recovery of Jake Finkbonner from the rare and potentially fatal disease, necrotizing fascilitis. (more…)

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By Catholic News Service

CAGAYAN DE ORO, Philippines (CNS) — Church agencies teamed with international aid groups and the Philippine government to assist tens of thousands of people left homeless in northern Mindanao by flash flooding caused by an intense tropical storm that left at least 1,000 people dead. (more…)

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By Cindy Wooden Catholic News Service

VATICAN CITY (CNS) — When young people recognize the dignity and beauty of every human life, including their own, and are supported in their natural desire to make the world a better place, they become agents of justice and peace in the world, Pope Benedict XVI said.

Peace and justice are built on “a profound respect for every human being and helping others to live a life consonant with this supreme dignity,” the pope said in his message for the World Day of Peace 2012. (more…)

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Silsbee celebrates Our Lady of Guadalupe

St. Mark the Evangelist, Silsbee, got a visit from parishioners at Cristo Rey, Beaumont, to help celebrate the feast of Our Lady of Guadalupe Dec. 18. The matachines began during the procession at Mass and afterward parishioners gathered in the parish hall to watch a few dances and eat breakfast. (more…)

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Leadership Dinner kicks off BFA

The 2012 Bishop’s Faith Appeal kicked off at the Leadership Dinner Dec. 13 at Holy Family Retreat Center, Beaumont.

The evening started off with a workshop focusing on BFA led by Letty Lanza, director of Stewardship and Communications. Lanza focused on how those who are new to working with BFA and how they can use their talents at their parishes.

After the workshop attendees gathered for dinner and were introduced to the 2012 BFA chairs Frank and Cathy Zummo. (more…)

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By Catholic News Service

Bishops' concerns rise over growing infringements on religious liberty

WASHINGTON (CNS) — Concerns that religious liberty is being eroded by government action and policymaking prompted the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops to open a campaign in 2011 to head off what they consider dangers to the rights of people of faith and conscience.

The bishops’ concerns deepened as the year progressed, leading to the formation of an Ad Hoc Committee for Religious Liberty in September.

The 10 bishops on the committee are working to shape public policy and coordinate the church’s response on the issue.

Bishop William E. Lori of Bridgeport, Conn., was named to chair the committee and he wasted no time in taking the bishops’ concerns to various public forums. (more…)

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