Archive for May, 2012

Mary Catherine Cormier dies

Mary Catherine Cormier, the wife of the late Deacon Roy Cormier and longtime parishioner of St. Mary, and then Sacred Heart-St. Mary, Port Arthur, passed away May 30.

The funeral will be held Saturday June 9 at Sacred Heart-St. Mary, 920 Booker T. Washington Ave., Port Arthur, at 10 a.m. The body will arrive at the church at 8 a.m.
“She was a great woman and support for me while I was pastor at St. Mary’s. She suffered greatly over the last fifteen years or so with her diabetes,” Father Sinclair Oubre, pastor of St. John the Evangelist, Port Arthur, said.


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By Carol Glatz and Cindy Wooden
Catholic News Service

VATICAN CITY (CNS) — Vatican spokesman Father Federico Lombardi confirmed that Paolo Gabriele, the pope’s private assistant, was arrested after private Vatican documents were found in his possession in connection to the so-called “VatiLeaks” scandal that began in January.

Father Lombardi said Gabriele was arrested the evening of May 23 by Vatican police after they found the illegally obtained documents in his home, which is on Vatican territory. He was still under arrest as May 26, the day the Vatican statement was issued. The dark-haired assistant can often be seen with the pope sitting in the front seat of the popemobile, next to the driver during papal general audiences on Wednesdays. (more…)

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By Carol Glatz
Catholic News Service

VATICAN CITY (CNS) — The Vatican said it is committed to restoring a sense of trust and transparency as it seeks the truth behind leaks of letters written by Vatican officials to each other and Pope Benedict XVI.

Paolo Gabriele — the pope’s private assistant accused of having a cache of illicitly obtained Vatican documents — was still under arrest and would face his first round of formal preliminary questioning by Vatican judges “later this week or early next week,” Jesuit Father Federico Lombardi, Vatican spokesman, said May 29.

The spokesman confirmed that an unspecified number of other individuals also had been questioned by Vatican police recently, a process that could be expected to continue, but no one else had been charged or arrested. (more…)

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HOUSTON – In light of the news that 43 dioceses, hospitals, schools and church agencies around the nation filed lawsuits May 21 saying the Department of Health and Human Services mandate violates religious freedom, Cardinal Daniel DiNardo, of the Archdiocese of Galveston-Houston, issued a statement of support. (more…)

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WASHINGTON—Cardinal Timothy M. Dolan of New York, president of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops, in a May 21 statement applauded 43 dioceses, hospitals, schools and church agencies for filing 12 lawsuits around the nation saying the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services mandate violates religious freedom. (more…)

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St. Joseph, Port Arthur, celebrated the feast of its patron saint May 20 with a St. Joseph festival. The event began with a procession around the church grounds which depicted different moments in St. Joseph’s life. There was also live music and excellent food. (more…)

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Augustinian Father Severiano Fernandez died May 20 at Christus Hospital-St. Elizabeth, Beaumont, due to complications from a series of strokes.

Father Fernandez, ordained July 1964, has been in residence at Cristo Rey, Beaumont, since March 1, 2012. The Augustinian Fathers have served in Southeast Texas for decades.

The reception of the body at Cristo Rey will take place May 23 at 7:30 p.m. A rosary in English will be at 8 p.m. followed at 9 p.m. by a rosary in Spanish.

The Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated May 24 at Cristo Rey, 767 Ave. A, Beaumont, followed by burial in the priests section of Magnolia Cemetery, 2291 Pine St., Beaumont.

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