Monthly Archives: May 2015

Regional Flooding: A statement from Cardinal DiNardo


“While we continue to offer our prayers for those who have suffered in the recent rains and flooding, we also want to offer our help. Agencies affiliated with the Archdiocese of Galveston-Houston, particularly Catholic Charities, are available to provide assistance to those in need.”

Catholic Charities is coordinating with local agencies to help with disaster response for those affected by this week’s storms. To learn more, visit

Pope urges engaged couples to take time, be open to God’s surprises.


By Laura Ieraci
Catholic News Service

VATICAN CITY (CNS) — Couples who are seeking to marry, even those who have lived together, should value their engagement period as a time to grow in mature love and in profound knowledge of each other, said Pope Francis.  To read further go to…

Day of Prayer for Caregivers of Children and Adults with Disabilities.

Are you suffering as you are caring for someone else? Maybe you feel like crying and calling for your mom to help you like when you were a little child. Come to your Mother. Imitate Mother Mary as you meditate in your heart on the mysteries of redemptive suffering. She is the nurse par excellence who will teach you compassion. Facilitated by Rev. David Bergeron, CC, on Saturday, August 8, 2015 at the Cenacle Retreat House (420 N. Kirkwood, Houston, 77079). For more info or to register, visit


Photo exhibit of His Holiness Pope Francis visiting Israel on display at St. Vincent de Paul

About the Photo Exhibit
The photo exhibit highlights His Holiness Pope Francis’ historic visit to Israel in 2014. The images were captured by an official photographer of the Israeli government who had virtually unrestricted access to the time Pope Francis spent with former President of Israel Shimon Peres; Israel Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu; and Greek Orthodox Patriarch Bartholomew of Constantinople, as well as leaders of the Muslim and Jewish faiths. The encounters occur among some of the holiest Jewish and Christian sites.

Highlights of the Exhibit
• Pope Francis exchanging warm greetings with former Israel Pres. Shimon Peres
• Pope Francis is also photographed praying alone and with Patriarch of Constantinople Bartholomew I in the Church of the Holy Sepulchre, where they kneeled together before the Stone of the Anointing.
• Pope Francis is pictured on the Temple Mount and praying at the Western Wall.
• At the Western Wall, he is affectionately and simultaneously greeted by Rabbi Skorka and Imam Dr. Aboud.
• Prime Minister Netanyahu was with Pope Francis when he laid a wreath on the grave of Zionist Visionary Binyamin Ze’ev Herzl and visited a Memorial to Victims of Terrorism on Mt. Herzl.

The exhibit will be open to the public through the month of May.

St. Vincent de Paul Catholic Church Family Center, 6800 Buffalo Speedway, Houston, TX 77025

“Please, thank you and sorry” – 3 key words for family life

Pope Francis dedicated his catechesis on Wednesday to family life and highlighted the importance of the three words “Please, thank you, and sorry” in living that family life in a good and holy way.

“These three key words for the family are simple words, and perhaps at first they make us smile. But … perhaps our education neglects them too much. May the Lord help us to restore them to their rightful place in our heart, in our home, and also in our civil co-existence”.


Summer Formation Opportunities

Don’t miss out – or miss sharing with others – the many opportunities we have this summer for formation.

The summer intensive program runs June 1-25 and July 20-25.  It includes FTCM content courses (both all of v2.0 and the introduction of v3.0), sexuality catechesis modules, and a special module for Catholic School teachers on how to integrate a Catholic Identity across the entire life of the Catholic School.

Information and registration is at or view the brochure: OEC-SummerIntensiveBrochure2015

Also, we have two advance Biblical Studies courses.  The Historical Books of the Old Testament will be July 11 & 18 and the Prophets of the Assyrian Period will be August 8 & 15.  Information and registration is at or view the brochure: Biblical-Studies-Summer-2015

Fatima ‘lifts veil’ on evil, Christian persecution, says cardinal

our lady fatima

By Laura Ieraci, Catholic News Service Home Page.   “The so-called “secrets” of Our Lady of Fatima tell of today’s Christian persecution, in addition to the martyrdom of the past century, said Cardinal Angelo Amato.”   To read the full story go to:

Rome prepares for Holy Year of Mercy – with ice cream

ice cream

Rome prepares for Holy Year of Mercy – with ice cream :: Catholic News Agency (CNA)

.- Pilgrims and tourists strolling down the streets of Rome in the coming months may come across an unexpected treat – a special “Jubilee of Mercy Ice Cream,” created in honor of the upcoming Holy Year.”  To read more go to: