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Each year Catholic schools all over the nation come together under one banner to recognize the importance of Catholic education. Catholic Schools Week includes special events and activities for students at local schools to celebrate their Catholic faith, service and learning. (more…)

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Father Sinclair Oubre, pastor of St. John the Evangelist, Port Arthur, stopped by St. Anthony Cathedral School, Beaumont, to give a talk about vocations during Catholic Schools Week. After his presentation he showed off his motorcycle to the students. (more…)

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Students at St. Anne Catholic School, Beaumont, began Catholic Schools Week with a school wide prayer service. Afterwards students were treated to donuts in the cafeteria before returning to classes. (more…)

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Students and former students gathered Jan. 29 in the chapel at the Lamar University Catholic Student Center to celebrate the feast of St. Thomas Aquinas. Bishop Curtis Guillory, SVD, celebrated Mass with those in attendance.

“St. Thomas was very famous for his teaching which was funny because when he was a student he was a very poor student. That always gave me hope when I was a student and I would always think of St. Thomas,” Bishop Guillory said. (more…)

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New organ gets a workout at concert

St. Mary, Fannett, was filled with beautiful music Jan 28 as Southeast Texans gathered for the dedication recital of the new Phoenix organ. St. Mary sponsored the evening along with the Beaumont Chapter of the American Guild of Organists.

St. Mary recently purchased and installed a 2-manual, 46-stop Phoenix organ, the first Phoenix in Southeast Texas. (more…)

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Retreat seeks to educate catechists

“We are called to community. That is what the Church is. We have to foster a communal life in our parishes. It’s in community that we grow and in community that we find out who we are,” Father Neil Arce said to catechists Jan. 28. Catechists from throughout the diocese gathered at St. Mary, Fannett, for a catechist retreat. The event was sponsored by the office of Lifelong Catholic Formation/Education and led by Father Arce, pastor of St. Louis, Winnie. (more…)

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By Francis X. Rocca Catholic News Service

VATICAN CITY (CNS) — Insisting on the Holy See’s continuing commitment to transparency and rectitude in economic affairs, the Vatican’s spokesman downplayed references to “corruption” in a letter apparently sent to Pope Benedict XVI by a Vatican official who is now apostolic nuncio to the United States.

Jesuit Father Federico Lombardi, director of the Vatican Press Office, criticized as “partisan,” “partial and banal,” an Italian television news program, which, on Jan. 25, broadcast portions of letters addressed to Pope Benedict and Cardinal Tarcisio Bertone, the Vatican Secretary of State. (more…)

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