Archive for July, 2015

By Catholic News Service

cns-logoJAMESTOWN, Va. (CNS) — The identities of four men discovered almost two years ago at the site of Jamestown’s historic 1608 church have been identified and one of the men had been buried with a silver box that is “likely a Catholic reliquary.”

The Smithsonian Museum of Natural History and the Jamestown Rediscovery Foundation at Historic Jamestowne announced the men’s identities July 28. (more…)

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El departamento de respuesta a desastres de Caridades Católicas del Sureste de Texas continua proveyendo ayuda a cualquier persona de los seis condados de Jasper, Newton, Tyler, Hardin, Jefferson, Chambers y Liberty que fue afectada por las inundaciones que ocurrieron en mayo y junio.

Tara Byars, coordinadora del programa de respuesta a desastres para Caridades Católicas, dijo que hubo familias en el condado de Liberty que reportaron de tres a nueve pies de agua en sus hogares, y que tuvieron pérdidas totales de los contenidos de sus casas.

El condado de Liberty ha recibido ayuda federal para individuos y dueños de casa. Los afectados pueden llamar diario a FEMA al número (800) 621-3362 de 7 a.m. a 10 p.m. o visitando al sitio web www.fema.gov/apply-assistance. También se puede contactar con Byars al número (409) 924-4426 o por  su correo electrónico tbyars@catholiccharitiesbmt.org. Caridades Católicas también está dando ayuda limitada.

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The disaster response team of Catholic Charities of Southeast Texas is continuing to provide assistance to anyone in the six counties that were affected by the Memorial Day floods and the flooding that occurred in mid-June in Jasper County. Residents of Jasper, Newton, Tyler, Hardin, Jefferson, Chambers and Liberty Counties who have had damage are eligible to apply for assistance.

Tara Byars, disaster relief coordinator for Catholic Charities, said families in Liberty County reported anywhere from three to nine feet of water inside homes that left homes devastated and caused a total loss of the contents of the homes.

Liberty County has been granted federal assistance for individuals and homeowners, and those affected can call FEMA at 800-621-3362 toll free from 7 a.m. to 10 p.m. daily or go on the FEMA website at https://www.fema.gov/apply-assistance, or contact Byars at (409) 924-4426 or tbyars@catholiccharitiesbmt.org. Catholic Charities is providing limited assistance.

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Following the flooding that took place at St. Francis of Assisi Church, Buna, work is underway to repair the damage from several inches of water that seeped into the church and hall.

In the overnight hours of June 17, water from the swollen rivers that had been compounded by rain that began June 16 and continued until June 18 flooded the buildings causing damage to floors and walls.

Father Delphyn Meeks, pastor, said that contractors are currently in the process of replacing floor tile and sheet rock and it will still be a while before repairs are completed.

During the closure for repairs, parishioners are encouraged to attend either St. Maurice, Mauriceville, at 6:30 p.m. Saturday or 10:30 a.m. Sunday or St. Mark the Evangelist, Silsbee, at 4:30 p.m. Saturday or 9 a.m. Sunday, 11:15 a.m. Sunday in Spanish. For more information on Mass and confession times at St. Maurice or St. Mark, visit the diocesan website at www.setxcatholic.org/parishes.

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By Catholic News Service 

cns-logoLAFAYETTE, La. (CNS) — Bishop Michael Jarrell of Lafayette offered prayers and sympathy to the victims of a multiplex cinema shooting July 23 in Lafayette in which two were killed and nine wounded.

“On behalf of the Catholic faithful in the Diocese of Lafayette, we offer our deepest sympathies to the families of the victims of the shooting at the Grand Theater in Lafayette,” Bishop Jarrell said in a July 23 statement. “We are all shocked and saddened by this tragedy. We pray that everyone affected by this horror may feel the comforting presence of our Lord Jesus surrounding them during this difficult time.”

The gunman, identified as John Russell Houser, 59, opened fire about 20 minutes into a screening of the movie “Trainwreck.” Of the 13 shots he fired, 11 hit audience members who were watching the film. (more…)

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By Patricia L. Guilfoyle Catholic News Service

This is a screenshot of the website goodiswinning.aleteia.org. During Pope Francis' visit to the U.S., Aleteia.org's digital campaign will spread the message "Good Is Winning," an effort to highlight acts of mercy, kindness, courage and dignity in everyday life. (CNS photo/"Good Is Winning" campaign) See POPE-SOCIALMEDIA July 23, 2015.

This is a screenshot of the website goodiswinning.aleteia.org. During Pope Francis’ visit to the U.S., Aleteia.org’s digital campaign will spread the message “Good Is Winning,” an effort to highlight acts of mercy, kindness, courage and dignity in everyday life. (CNS photo/”Good Is Winning” campaign) See POPE-SOCIALMEDIA July 23, 2015.

CHARLOTTE, N.C. (CNS) — A broad digital media project to coincide with Pope Francis’ visit this fall to the United States aims to recruit and interact with young people, particularly those who do not think of themselves as religious.

These “nones,” as researchers have called them, are especially found among the millennial generation, generally defined as those who came of age around the year 2000.

A 2014 Pew Research Center study found that the number of people who define themselves as “nones” grew from 16 percent in 2007 to 23 percent in 2014. Among millennials, the Pew survey showed a sharp decline in the percentage of people who say they’re Catholic, in comparison to older generations. In the three older generations the survey considered, 20-23 percent of adults said they are Catholics, but among millennials, it was 16 percent.

This youthful, religiously unaffiliated demographic presents a golden opportunity for the Catholic Church’s new evangelization, said Kathleen Hessert, founder of Charlotte-based Sports Media Challenge. Hessert, a parishioner of St. Gabriel Church in Charlotte, is leading a national digital evangelization initiative by the global Catholic network Aleteia.org in conjunction with the pope’s Sept. 22-27 trip to Philadelphia, New York and Washington. (more…)

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