Monthly Archives: March 2016

Reminder-Art Contest


Art Contest EntriesThere is still time to enter the Year of Mercy Art Contest.  Here are some of the beautiful entries we have received so far.

As a reminder:

The theme is Works of Mercy: Corporal and Spiritual.

Art:                               Any medium; including video or multi-media (maximum length 5 minutes)

Pre-K3 through K

Grades 1-3

Grades 4-6

Writing:                                              Maximum wording

Pre-K3 through K            ½ page hand written or 50 words

Grades 1-3                          200 words – 12pt Times New Roman font, double spaced, 1” margins

Grades 4-6                          500 words – 12pt Times New Roman font, double spaced, 1” margins

Submissions will be judged based on the following criteria:

  • Creativity
  • Catholic content and engagement with the theme: Works of Mercy

There will be a 1st, 2nd and 3rd place winner in each age/grade grouping for art and writing entries

(1 winner for both languages) = 18 total winners.

Prizes to be awarded are:

3rd place          Letter from Cardinal DiNardo and a $25.00 gift card

2nd place          Letter from Cardinal DiNardo and a $50.00 gift card

1st place          Photo with Cardinal DiNardo (to be in the TX Catholic Herald) and a Kindle Fire HD

To access all contest information click here:



Alleluia! He is Risen!


“The Gospel of Easter is very clear: we need to go back there, to see Jesus risen, and to become witnesses of his Resurrection. This is not to go back in time; it is not a kind of nostalgia. It is returning to our first love, in order to receive the fire which Jesus has kindled in the world and to bring that fire to all people, to the very ends of the earth.” (Pope Francis, Easter Vigil Homily, 2014)


Holy Saturday-Blessing of the Baskets


In Slavic countries the blessing of Easter foods was an important tradition. In some places the blessing of special Easter food takes place on Holy Saturday. Among the Slovaks a basket containing lamb meat (which of course signifies Jesus, the Lamb of God), boiled eggs, dyed and plain, Pascha (a special Easter bread), and other foods, is taken to the church in the afternoon where the priest blesses it, using the prayer.

Bless, O Lord, this creation that it may be a means of salvation to the human race, And grant that, by the invocation of Thy Holy Name, it may promote health of body, and salvation of soul in those who partake of it, through Christ our Lord.

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Good Friday


Busted Halo® has created a series of virtual stations designed for personal devotion. These stations relate to Jesus’ teachings about the Kingdom of God and the reason his vision of this Kingdom led to his death. Find a quiet place to watch these stations, and as you do the devotions be open to how God is speaking to you through the Stations of the Cross.

Images of the Stations of the Cross from the Pope John Paul II Cultural Center in Washington, D.C., were created by Pittsburgh artist Virgil Cantini and courtesy of Catholic News Service and photographer Bob Roller.

All music by Kevin MacLeod (

Pope condemns ‘cruel abominations’ of Belgium attacks


CNS photo/Francois Lenoir, Reuters

A man places flowers on a street memorial March 23 following bomb attacks in Brussels. Three nearly simultaneous attacks March 22 claimed the lives of dozens and injured more than 200. (CNS photo/Francois Lenoir, Reuters) See POPE-BRUSSELS-BOMBINGS March 23, 2016.

VATICAN CITY (CNS) — Assuring his prayers for the victims and families of the terrorist attack in Brussels, Pope Francis condemned the “cruel abominations” and prayed for the conversion of those who adhere to violent fundamentalism.

“To all, I ask that you persevere in prayer and in asking the Lord in this Holy Week to comfort the hearts of the afflicted and to convert the hearts of those people taken in by cruel fundamentalism,” the pope said at the end of his weekly general audience in St. Peter’s Square March 23. For complete article go to:

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