Monthly Archives: August 2015

How to Prepare for the World Meeting of Families



World Meeting of Families Catechesis Series
The USCCB is excited about the World Meeting of Families (WMOF) being held in Philadelphia in September 2015.  We are presenting a series of short articles focused on the WMOF Catechesis Love is our Mission: The Family Fully Alive and its implications for our daily lives. We will follow the timing suggested by the Archdiocese of Philadelphia by exploring one theme each month leading up to the World Meeting.

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Memorial of St. Monica


“St. Monica was married by arrangement to a pagan official in North Africa, who was much older than she, and although generous, was also violent tempered. His mother Lived with them and was equally difficult, which proved a constant challenge to St. Monica. She had three children; Augustine, Navigius, and Perpetua. Through her patience and prayers, she was able to convert her husband and his mother to the Catholic faith in 370. He died a year later. Perpetua and Navigius entered the religious Life. St. Augustine was much more difficult, as she had to pray for him for 17 years, begging the prayers of priests who, for a while, tried to avoid her because of her persistence at this seemingly hopeless endeavor. One priest did console her by saying, “it is not possible that the son of so many tears should perish.” This thought, coupled with a vision that she had received strengthened her. St. Augustine was baptized by St. Ambrosein 387. St. Monica died later that same year, on the way back to Africa from Rome in the Italian town of Ostia.”  (Catholic Online)

Teach your children how to pray!’ Pope tells parents

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By Ann Schneible

Vatican City, Aug 26, 2015 / 09:27 am (CNA/EWTN News).- On Wednesday, Pope Francis continued his weekly catechesis on the family, saying that parents have the responsibility to teach their children to pray.

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USCCB President Welcomes Pope Francis’ 2015 Visit to the United States


“Pope Francis made his intention to travel to the United States for the 2015 World Meeting of Families. . . public on November 17, 2014, in an address to the Colloquium on the Complementarity of Man and Woman at the Vatican.

Archbishop Joseph E. Kurtz, president of the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops welcomed the news. ”

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Catechist Days are Upon Us!


Two Catechist Days will be held this weekend.  One will be at Christ, the Incarnate Word, (8503 S. Kirkwood, Houston, TX  77099). The other will be held at Mary Queen Catholic Church in Friendswood (606 Cedarwood Dr., Friendswood, TX).  Both begin with registration at 8:00 a.m.