Pope Francis calls for respecting silence during Mass

ROME – Pope Francis continued his catechesis on the Holy Eucharist by encouraging priests not to be in a hurry and neglect the moment of silence following the Mass’s opening prayer.

To read more go to: https://cruxnow.com/vatican/2018/01/10/pope-francis-calls-respecting-silence-mass/

Dominican sisters help educate Iraqi children returning home

.- When Iraqi residents fled their homes during the Islamic State invasion, they left behind their houses, neighbors, and day-to-day lives.

While some refugee camps offer classes for children, challenges abound and students often fall behind.

Now, a group of Dominican sisters in one Iraqi town is working to help educate displaced children as their families return to their homes and work to rebuild their lives.

To read more go to:

https://www.catholicnewsagency.com/news/dominican-sisters-help-educate-iraqi-children-returning-home-13421

 

Catholic Relief Services – Rice Bowl Project

CRS 2018 Rice Bowl

Are you ready to encounter Lent with CRS Rice Bowl?  This Lent, join the more than 14,000 families and faith communities for a faith-filled experience that offers the opportunity to engage daily in the spiritual pillars of Lent:  prayer, fasting and almsgiving.  Ready-made lessons and materials/resources such as prayers, pulpit announcements, prayer intentions, Stations of the Cross, stories of hope, videos and more are available at no cost.

In addition, the Mission Office is offering two free workshops (English and Spanish) to aid you and your team in preparing and implementing the CRS Rice Bowl program without a hitch.  Here are the registration links:

English Workshop (Jan. 19 at 8:30 am) – http://archgh.cvent.com/2018CRSRiceBowlWorkshop

Spanish Workshop (Jan. 18 at 6:30 pm) – http://archgh.cvent.com/2018CRSTallerPlatodeArroz

For more information please contact the Mission Office at 713-652-8231 or hochoa@archgh.org.

Plato de Arroz – Programa cuaresmal de fe en acción de Catholic Relief Services

Únete a casi 14,000 comunidades de fe en 180 diócesis alrededor de los Estados Unidos y juntos  serviremos a nuestros hermanos y hermanas más necesitados alrededor del mundo mientras formamos a nuestras familias y comunidades de fe en solidaridad global.  Te invitamos a ser parte de la Cultura del Encuentro como discípulo misionero con Catholic Relief Services (CRS) esta cuaresma a través del programa  Plato de Arroz.  El programa consta de lecciones ya listas y materiales/recursos tales como oraciones, Via Crucis, historias de esperanza, videos, etc. disponibles sin costo alguno.

Con el fin de facilitarte la preparación y puesta en acción del programa, la Oficina de Misiones ofrece un taller en español el jueves 18 de enero, 2017 de 6:30 a 9:00 pm.  Aquí está el enlace para registrarte:

http://archgh.cvent.com/2018CRSTallerPlatodeArroz

Otro taller se ofrecerá en inglés el viernes 19 de enero de 8:30 am a 12 del mediodía:  http://archgh.cvent.com/2018CRSRiceBowlWorkshop

Para mayor información comunícate a la Oficina de Misiones al 713-652-8231, hochoa@archgh.org.

National Migration Week January 7-14

On the World Day of Peace, Pope Francis invited us to, “embrace all those fleeing from war and hunger, or forced by discrimination, persecution, poverty and environmental degradation to leave their homelands.”

Respond with meaning

Communities can respond to Pope Francis’ invitation by commemorating National Migration Week from January 7-14. National Migration Week is a chance to reflect on the circumstances confronting migrants—including immigrants, refugees and survivors of human trafficking. It is a special opportunity for the Church in the United States to live out the Share the Journey campaign, a global effort to show love and honor the dignity of our migrant and refugee neighbors.

Get resources

Visit sharejourney.org to download Justice for Immigrants’ National Migration Week toolkit, including sample petitions and ideas to engage your community.

Free Online Training Available-Curriculum Framework

If you are a Parish Catechetical Leader and would like to become better acquainted on the Catechetical Framework for Lifelong Faith Formation, we have a free online course designed to provide you with a basic understanding of the Framework, and how to start its implementation in the parish. To access it, simple click this link and register for the course. You may share this link with catechists also. Please note, this training does not replace the catechetical module “Introduction to the Framework.”

http://www.houstoncatecheticalconnection.org/register-for-curriculum-training/