Archive for March, 2012


Southeast TexasCatholics are taking 24 hours for prayer and fasting at St. Anthony Cathedral Basilica,Beaumont, March 30, in an effort to preserve religious freedom. Events began atmidnightand are continuing for 24 hours. The celebration of Mass with BishopCurtis Guillory, SVD, will begin at12:10 p.m.

Bishop Guillory is joining bishops across theUnited Statesin asking Catholics to observe the day of prayer and fasting for national leaders and for the complete protection of religious freedom. (more…)

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By Catholic News Service

WASHINGTON (CNS) — Just in time for Mother’s Day, U.S. Catholics parishes will be able to celebrate the new Rite for the Blessing of a Child in the Womb.

The Vatican has given its approval to publication in English and Spanish of the new rite, which was approved by the U.S. bishops in November 2008, the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops announced March 26. (more…)

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Bulldogs help out Southeast Texas

Folks at Msgr. Kelly Catholic High School, Beaumont, take their volunteering seriously. Every student at Kelly as well as the teachers and a few parents descended on Southeast Texas March 27 during Spring Into Action, a full day of volunteering at more than 40 organizations. Students helped clean St. Anthony Cathedral Basilica, Beaumont, they fed, bathed and played with dogs at the Humane Society of Southeast Texas and planted a garden at St. Anthony Catholic School, Beaumont, among many, many others. (more…)

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Those who attended the St. Anthony Cathedral Basilica, Beaumont, Lenten Mission March 26 got a crash course in sainthood from Jesuit Father T.J. Martinez as he presented “Jesus in Your Busy Everyday Life.”

Father Martinez emphasized how every saint had a personal relationship with the Lord.

“It is a personal relationship to Christ that comes first. The holy acts come later. Someone’s piety doesn’t make them saintly. Your piety is saintly if it comes from a profoundly deep relationship with Jesus Christ,” Father Martinez said. (more…)

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By Francis X. Rocca Catholic News Service

SANTIAGO DE CUBA, Cuba (CNS) — Celebrating an outdoor Mass on his first day in Cuba, Pope Benedict XVI acknowledged the struggles of the country’s Catholics after half a century of communism and described human freedom as a necessity for both salvation and social justice.

The pope spoke March 26 in Antonio Maceo Revolution Square, in Cuba’s second-largest city. He had arrived in the country a few hours earlier, after spending three days in Mexico.

The Vatican had said the square would hold 200,000 people and it was full; several thousand also filled the streets leading to the square. Cuban President Raul Castro, who welcomed the pope at the airport, sat in the front row for Mass. (more…)

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Bishops call for immigration reform

U.S. bishops have once again raised the issue of immigration reform and have encouraged leaders in the U.S. to work toward reform.

Congressional leaders should “build consensus” toward reform of the nation’s immigration laws, said Cardinal Timothy Dolan of New York, president of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops, and Archbishop José Gomez of Los Angeles, chairman of the USCCB’s Committee on Migration, in a March 22 letter. (more…)

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St. Joseph celebrated in Orange

Parishioners and guests turned out to eat good food and see friends at the St. Mary, Orange, St. Joseph Altar March 18. (more…)

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