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chrismSoutheast Texas Catholics are invited to join Bishop Curtis Guillory, SVD, at the annual Chrism Mass March 31 to share in the liturgy to consecrate the chrism and bless the oils used in each parish and mission in the Beaumont Diocese.

The Diocese of Beaumont will celebrate the Chrism Mass on the Tuesday of Holy Week, March 31, at 6:30 p.m. at St. Anthony Cathedral Basilica, 700 Jefferson St., Beaumont. (more…)

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Blessing of palms begins Holy Week

A cross surrounded by palms stands inside St. Jude Thaddeus ChurchThe courtyard of St. Jude Thaddeus, Beaumont, was filled with parishioners as Father Rodel Faller blessed the palms before the processional into the Palm Sunday Mass March 29.

Eucharistic ministers and lectors passed out palms to those in attendance. After the palms were distributed, the parishioners processed into the church to begin the service, which included the Gospel reading of the Passion of Jesus.

Palm Sunday is the first day of the Holy Week before Easter.

 

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Putting faith in action in Austin

IMG_3056 A delegation of 100 Southeast Texas Catholics joined Bishop Curtis Guillory, SVD, earlier this month in letting Texas legislators know their position on issues such as end of life, payday lending and tax credits that affect Catholic schools. The local delegation joined bishops and nearly 3,500 Catholics from across the state for Catholic Faith in Action Advocacy Day in Austin on March 24.

Payday loans were the heart of the bishop’s speech at a noon rally on the South Capitol steps. The group of Texas bishops each rallied the crowd on separate issues on the Texas Catholic Conference’s legislative agenda. (more…)

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IMG_2672La Conferencia Hispana de Familias tuvo una asistencia de cienes de familias de toda la diócesis, cuyas se juntaron para oír presentadores sobre temas que afectan a la comunidad Hispana en el Sureste de Texas.

Las personas que asistieron tuvieron la oportunidad de ir a diferentes mesas de varias organizaciones y proveedores de servicios. La mesa de la oficina de Corresponsabilidad y Comunicaciones tenía un recorte del Papa Francisco de tamaño donde las personas se podían tomar “selfies” con él.

A los padres se les presentó información a través de varios presentadores, como los  Lucia y Ricardo Luzondo quienes dieron el discurso de apertura y Dorothy Ruiz quien trabaja en control de Misiones en NASA. El propósito era educar e informar sobre la importancia de la fe y la unión familiar, y la importancia de ayudar a los hijos a sobresalir y soñar. (more…)

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The Spirit of the Lord GOD is upon me, because the LORD has anointed me. Isaiah 61:1

Southeast Texas Catholics are invited to join Bishop Curtis Guillory, SVD, at the annual Chrism Mass March 31 to share in the liturgy to consecrate the chrism and bless the oils used in each parish and mission in the Beaumont Diocese.

The Diocese of Beaumont will celebrate the Chrism Mass on the Tuesday of Holy Week, March 31, at 6:30 p.m. at St. Anthony Cathedral Basilica, 700 Jefferson St., Beaumont.

Within the Chrism Mass is seen the rich diversity of the diocese in the many liturgical ministers who participate and in the music. (more…)

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As sacred sites are being destroyed in areas of the Middle East, the annual Good Friday Collection April 3 will offer an opportunity to unite the faithful of Southeast Texas with the Christians in the Holy Land to help protect shrines, fund schools and provide assistance, such as housing and food, for the poor and needy who might otherwise flee the lands.

“Presently, there are millions of refugees fleeing Syria and Iraq,” said Cardinal Leonardo Sandri, prefect of the Congregation for the Oriental Churches. “This year [the collection] presents a precious opportunity to become pilgrims in faith after the example of the Holy Father. It is a chance to become promoters of dialogue through peace, prayer and sharing of burdens.” (more…)

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By Nate Madden Catholic News Service

Groom, bride hold hands on wedding day

A groom and bride hold hands on their wedding day. Catholic marriages in the United States are at their lowest point since 1965. (CNS file photo/Jon L. Hendricks)

WASHINGTON (CNS) — The number of Catholic marriages in the United States is at its lowest point since 1965.

Georgetown University’s Center for Applied Research in the Apostolate keeps records of Catholic Church statistics going back to 1965, tracking such things as the total number of priests, the Catholic population of the United States, and the number of baptisms and marriages per year.

The statistics show that while there were over 420,000 Catholic marriages in 1970, that number has dwindled to just over 154,000 for the year 2014.

“There’s no definitive answer” for this trend, according to Mark Gray, a senior research associate and poll director at the center. He cited some of the leading hypotheses about the decrease.

“We’re seeing an increase in cohabitation,” he said, which can “create a hurdle to receiving the sacrament of marriage, depending on the parish or diocese’s policies,” Gray said in an interview with Catholic News Service. “There’s also the notion of a destination wedding trumping the traditional notion of getting married within the church.” (more…)

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