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  • April 17, 2014
    Blessed John Paul II High School students, in the spiritual giving of Blessed John Paul II, helped a family in need this weekend. The students committed the full weekend of work in hopes of giving an elderly man a chance to bring his wife home from the nursing home.
  • April 16, 2014
    St. Patrick School fourth fifth grade students performe the Passion Play on Monday April 14
  • April 16, 2014
    More than 70 students from Incarnate Word Academy High School’s Mission Team are spreading God’s love and serving others throughout Holy Week in Big Wells, Asherton, La Pryor, and Batesville, Texas.
  • April 14, 2014
    A widower honoring his late wife and a Chinese graduate student are among the thousands of new Catholics joining the Catholic Church in the United States at Easter. All have participated in the Rite of Christian Initiation of Adults (RCIA), a process of conversion and study in the Catholic faith for catechumens and candidates coming into full communion with the Church.
  • April 11, 2014
    During this holy season of Easter, Relevant Radio offers a unique listening experience to grow in your Faith. Father Francis Hoffman “Father Rocky”, Executive Director of Relevant Radio, presents “Close to Jesus to the Last: The Passion of Christ in Five Parts.” Tune in on Monday April 14–Friday, April 18 at 9 a.m. or 6 p.m. CT to hear Father Rocky.
  • April 11, 2014
    During this holy season of Easter, Relevant Radio offers a unique listening experience to grow in your Faith. Father Francis Hoffman “Father Rocky”, Executive Director of Relevant Radio, presents “Close to Jesus to the Last: The Passion of Christ in Five Parts.” Tune in on Monday April 14–Friday, April 18 at 9 a.m. or 6 p.m. CT to hear Father Rocky.
  • April 11, 2014
    St. Gertrude Parish and School Festival, to be held on Sunday, April 27th, will include a live auction. Items to be included are a T-shirt quilt, a Brighton purse, and a handmade mesquite cross.
  • April 11, 2014
    On April 27, Divine Mercy Sunday, the Texas Baroque Ensemble will perform Handel's "Messiah" at St. Joseph’s Church. The concert starts at 6 p.m. and admission is free.
  • April 11, 2014 | by Cindy Wooden Catholic News Service
    "I feel called to take responsibility for all the evil some priests -- large in number, but not in proportion to the total -- have committed and to ask forgiveness for the damage they've done with the sexual abuse of children," Pope Francis said.
  • April 10, 2014
    The Office of Ministry & Life Enrichment for the Disabled at Catholic Charities is hosting a full Holy Week schedule for its clients. All Masses and events will be held at the Immaculate Conception Chapel on the campus of Blessed John Paul II High School.
  • April 10, 2014 | by Ervey Martinez
    Our Lady of Mount Carmel Parish in Portland completed a men’s A.C.T.S. retreat on April 3-6 with pastor Msgr. Mark Chamberlin serving as spiritual director. David Havelka directed the retreat and was assisted by co-directors Ben Polasek and Butch Rowe.
  • April 10, 2014
    Students from St. Gertrude School in Kingsville, along with other area elementary students, participated in a Link Up Program in conjunction with Carnegie Hall's Weill Music Institute in New York City.
  • April 9, 2014
    On April 1, a three-year-old boy drowned in Denton County in his family's backyard pool. Mom was watching him blow bubbles in the backyard through the kitchen window. Her phone rang and then a baby in the home began to cry. By the time she checked again on the toddler, he was face down in the pool. And he was gone.
  • April 9, 2014 | by Juan Cardenas
    If anyone knows about how rewarding volunteering can be, it’s Elenora O’Bryant. The grandmother of eight has served in that capacity at The Ark Assessment Center and Emergency Shelter for Youth for nearly 11 years.
  • April 9, 2014 | by Cindy Wooden Catholic News Service
    Pope Francis said the assassination of "my confrere," a 75-year-old Dutch Jesuit in Syria, "filled me with deep sadness and made me think again of all the people who suffer and are dying in that martyred country."
  • April 9, 2014
    Sisters of the Incarnate Word and Blessed Sacrament will honor nine jubilarians in a Mass of Thanksgiving at St. Patrick Church, 3350 South Alameda, Corpus Christi, on Saturday, May 10 at 10:30 a.m.
  • April 8, 2014
    A group of diocesan, parish and school accounting personnel have been meeting for several months to review new accounting software for parishes and schools in the Diocese of Corpus Christi. The change to the new accounting software is expected to take place later this year.
  • April 8, 2014 | by Tammy Botello, Blessed John Paul II High School
    A group of 70 people will leave for Rome on April 23 to witness the canonization of Blessed John Paul II and Blessed John XXIII in St. Peter’s Square. The group will visit basilicas and many other sites while on tour.
  • April 7, 2014 | by Tammy Botello, Blessed John Paul II High School
    Nervousness and excitement filled Blessed John Paul II High School's Fine Arts classroom on April 3 as students waited their turn for a haircut that benefited cancer awareness organizations. Students participated in the cancer awareness school project called, “A Cut Above”.
  • April 7, 2014
    Bishop Michael Mulvey made a pastoral visit to St. Patrick School in Corpus Christi on April 2. After celebrating Mass, Bishop Mulvey took the time to visit the students in all 17 classrooms. He fielded many questions from children ranging in age from four- to 12-years-old. See photos here.
  • April 7, 2014 | by Meg McCaffrey, Fairfield University
    FAIRFIELD, Conn. - Fairfield University’s Center for Catholic Studies will host an international conference concerning bringing together people of different Christian traditions from five continents, from June 9-12.
  • April 7, 2014
    Methodist Children’s Home is looking for families to provide foster care to children in need.
  • April 4, 2014
    The Incarnate Word Academy varsity baseball team joined up with the Padre Little League Challenger Division to practice and play baseball with special-needs children on Wednesday, April 2, at the National Little League field.
  • April 4, 2014 | by Cindy Wooden, Catholic News Service
    VATICAN CITY (CNS) -- The rite of canonization for Blesseds John XXIII and John Paul II April 27 will use the standard formula for the creation of new saints, but the Mass will be preceded by the recitation of the Divine Mercy chaplet, and it is possible retired Pope Benedict XVI will attend, the Vatican spokesman said.
  • April 4, 2014 | by Patricia Zapor, Catholic News Service
    NOGALES, Ariz. (CNS) -- With the backdrop a few feet away of the rusted iron slats of the 30-foot wall along the U.S.-Mexico border, Boston Cardinal Sean P. O'Malley and a dozen other bishops from three countries prayed April 1 for compassion and for a return to ideals that welcome immigrants.
  • April 2, 2014
    Holy Cross Parish in Corpus Christi has received confirmation that Father William Norvel, Superior General of the Josephite Priest and Brothers, has accepted an invitation to con-celebrate their Centennial Jubilee Mass on Sept. 14.
  • April 2, 2014
    Incarnate Word Academy hosted a middle school swim meet on Saturday, March 29, at the Corpus Christi Natatorium. The swim meet, featured middle school swimmers from 24 area schools.
  • April 2, 2014 | by By Tammy Botello, Contributor
    The 2013-14 school year is close to wrapping up and final projects are underway and in full throttle at Blessed John Paul II High School. Seniors have kept a busy schedule year-round and the remaining months until graduation have been no exception.
  • April 1, 2014 | by Carol Glatz, Catholic News Service
    VATICAN CITY (CNS) -- Leading a penitential liturgy in St. Peter's Basilica, Pope Francis surprised his liturgical adviser by going to confession during the service.
  • April 1, 2014
    KLUX 89.5HD and CCN Radio 89.5-2 will team up to carry all of the evening Holy Week Liturgies live from Corpus Christi Cathedral as well as special Good Friday programming. Any programming available on KLUX 89.5HD will also be available simultaneously online as streaming audio at KLUX.org and by way of the KLUX Smartphone APP.
  • April 1, 2014
    WASHINGTON—The 2014 Catholic Home Missions Appeal will be taken up in many dioceses the weekend of April 26-27. The appeal supports isolated, challenged parishes and missions in dioceses and eparchies across the United States and in several U.S. territories in the Caribbean and Pacific islands, including Samoa Pago-Pago, St. Thomas in the Virgin Islands, and Puerto Rico.
  • April 1, 2014
    The Blessed John Paul II High School theatre arts program invites the public to come watch their production of “Seussical the Musical." The performance will take place at the school’s Fine Arts Room on April 28 at 6 p.m.
  • April 1, 2014
    WASHINGTON—En su reunión del 13 de marzo, el Subcomité para la Iglesia en América Latina de la Conferencia de Obispos Católicos de los Estados Unidos, aprobó fondos para 127 proyectos por un total de más de $1.7 millones. Los fondos serán distribuidos como subvenciones para ayudar con la labor pastoral de la Iglesia en la región del Caribe y de América Latina.
  • April 1, 2014 | by By Alfredo E. Cardenas South Texas Catholic
    Bishop Michael Mulvey was among 65 bishops from throughout the world who traveled to Castel Gandolfo, the location of the pope’s summer residence, on Feb. 24-28 to take part in the 37th international meeting of bishops and friends of the Focolare Movement. Pope Francis granted the group an audience on Feb. 27.
  • April 1, 2014
    For the good of the people of God in the Diocese of Corpus Christi Bishop Michael Mulvey appointed Father Edgardo Barrameda, SOLT as Administrator of Christ the King Parish in Corpus Christi, effective March 10.
  • April 1, 2014
    Father Peter J. West speaks to students on the meaning, history and worldly travels of the Black Madonna of Czestochowa in the chapel on Blessed John Paul II High School campus Feb. 24. Father West is on an “Ocean to Ocean” Pilgrimage for Human Life International. He accompanied the traveling icon to Corpus Christi and concelebrated Mass with Father Ogie Rosalinas at St. Joseph Church in Corpus Christi. Many people from around the diocese gathered to see the traveling icon. The following day some of the faithful processed to Crosstown and Morgan to pray the rosary in the icon’s presence outside the abortion clinic.
  • April 1, 2014
    To Celebrate the Feast Day of St. Katharine Drexel and to give the parishioners a better understanding of the historical significance of the creation of the Holy Cross Parish, Msgr. Michael Howell gave a history of the origination of the Holy Cross Church and buildings and how St. Katharine Drexel was so instrumental in the purchasing of these buildings.
  • April 1, 2014 | by Por Luisa Scolari Corresponsal
    Hace 14 años en la ciudad de Corpus Christi que se formo el grupo Caminando en la Fe, un grupo de oración que surge como respuesta a un llamado que siente su fundadora Gaby Pinedo de “evangelizar y enseñar a las personas a conocer a Jesús para que pasara de ser algo disperso a algo concreto.”
  • April 1, 2014 | by By Father John Hardon, S.J. Contributor
    When Mary told the angel at the Annunciation, “Behold, I am the handmaid of the Lord; let it be done to me according to your word,” she became the patroness of every priest and religious until the end of time. Her acceptance of God’s invitation to become his mother made her the mother of all vocations to the priesthood and religious life.
  • April 1, 2014 | by By Sister Annette Wagner, IWBS Contributor
    In June, Catholic men and women between the ages of 18-35 will have a unique opportunity to support each other in their quest to discover God’s plan for them. The Vocations Office of the Diocese of Corpus Christi, assisted by a volunteer committee of women religious, is hosting the first Diocesan Vocation Awareness Retreat the weekend of June 20-23 at the Pax Christi Liturgical Retreat Center.
  • April 1, 2014 | by By Mary Cottingham, South Texas Catholic
    Sister Mary Catherine Brehony, IWBS is not just a math teacher, she teaches people. White-haired now and standing at all of 5’2”, she may be overlooked not just for her stature but as described by former student, Sister Annette Wagner, IWBS, “as humble and self-effacing, but with a delightful sense of humor which she can dish out with a twinkle in her eyes.”
  • April 1, 2014 | by By Mary Cottingham, South Texas Catholic
    Sister Barbara Bluntzer, SP, who this year celebrates 65 years of living a consecrated life, finds God not only in the church, but also “on the shores of Oregon and in the Rocky Mountains of Canada.” She loves to travel but she keeps God, Jesus and the Holy Spirit uppermost in her mind throughout every day.
  • April 1, 2014 | by By Rebecca Esparza, Correspondent
    For more than 25 years, St. Pius X School has offered an Enriched Program for children who need an extra challenge in the classroom. Today, it still stands as the only program of its kind, offering parochial students in grades 1-6 a unique opportunity to excel in the classroom.
  • April 1, 2014 | by By Cindy Wooden, Catholic News Service
    From the moment Pope Francis, dressed simply in a white cassock, stepped out on the balcony of St. Peter’s Basilica for the first time and bowed, he signaled his pontificate would bring some style differences to the papacy.
  • April 1, 2014 | by By Rebecca Esparza, Correspondent
    Beeville resident 78-year-old Manuel Martinez has a reverent devotion to perpetual adoration dating back to the 1950s. And despite many setbacks in his life, including losing two sons to muscular dystrophy, he has remained deeply devoted to the eucharistic presence of Jesus Christ for more than six decades.
  • April 1, 2014 | by By Alfredo E. Cardenas, South Texas Catholic
    In 1953, 33 Catholics came together in the Diocese of Corpus Christi to organize a Serra Club to promote vocations to the priesthood and religious life in their diocese. After celebrating 50 years of successful ministry, many members began to age or pass away and a few years short of its 60th anniversary the Serra Club became inactive.
  • April 1, 2014 | by By George Weigel, Contributor
    The Catholic Church began compiling “martyrologies”—lists of saints, typically martyrs—during the first centuries after Constantine. In the pre-Vatican II breviary, a reading from the Roman Martyrology, or what we might call the Catholic Book of Witnesses, was an integral part of the Office of Prime, the “hour” recited after sunrise.
  • April 1, 2014 | by By Father J. Patrick Serna, Contributor
    History shows us that sons and daughters of Mother Church have paid the highest price for upholding and defending what they believed to be true about God. Catholic teaching about the procession of the Holy Spirit is as theologically rich as it is historical, and the culmination of this teaching, as found in the Nicene Constantinopolitan Creed, reflects the primacy that our Church gives to sound dogma.
  • April 1, 2014 | by By Father Rodolfo Vasquez Contributor
    The oldest biblical account of the institution of the Eucharist comes to us from St. Paul’s first letter to the Corinthians. At the end of the narrative, St. Paul says something that is not found in either one of the four Gospels, but it is reflected in the Liturgy’s Memorial Acclamation options; “for as long as you eat this bread and drink this cup you proclaim the death of the Lord until he comes” (1 Cor. 11:26).
  • April 1, 2014 | by By Sister Anne Marie Walsh, SOLT, Contributor
    At Calvary, where Jesus conquered sin, the flesh, the devil, death and all of hell, Mary was given to us to be our mother. In his last moments Jesus shared his love for Mary with us that we might love her too and entrust ourselves to her care just as he did. It is a love upon which he bestows boundless blessing.
  • March 31, 2014
    WASHINGTON—El Comité sobre Migración de la Conferencia de Obispos Católicos de los Estados Unidos y los obispos que asistirán a la Misa en la frontera y la “Misión para Migrantes” en Nogales, Arizona, del 31 de Marzo al 1 de Abril, invitan a todos los Católicos a unirse en oración, ayuno y acción por una reforma migratoria.
  • March 28, 2014 | by Carol Glatz, Catholic News Service
    VATICAN CITY (CNS) -- Don't be too lax or too harsh during confession and always make sure people know when the sacrament of reconciliation is available, Pope Francis said on March 28.
  • March 28, 2014
    Incarnate Word Academy is hosting this year’s Diocese of Corpus Christi Science Fair on Saturday, March 29, at the school’s James R. Dougherty Center. Judging will be from 8-10 a.m. and the public is invited to view science projects from 1-3 p.m. There also will be an awards ceremony at 3:00 p.m.
  • March 27, 2014 | by Damian Dominique, Incarnate Word Academy
    The Incarnate Word Academy High School band and choir are headed to Belton, Texas on Thursday, March 27, to compete in the TAPPS State Music Championships.
  • March 27, 2014 | by Carol Zimmermann, Catholic News Service
    WASHINGTON (CNS)—Oral arguments in two cases before the U.S. Supreme Court March 25 focused on whether for-profit corporations have religious grounds to object to the new health care law's requirement that most employers provide contraceptive coverage in their employee health plans.
  • March 27, 2014 | by Francis X. Rocca, Catholic News Service
    VATICAN CITY (CNS) -- In their first encounter, Pope Francis received U.S. President Barack Obama at the Vatican March 27 for a discussion that touched on several areas of tension between the Catholic Church and the White House, including religious freedom and medical ethics.
  • March 26, 2014
    Educator Lisa Godinez from Coastal Bend Wellness Foundation teaches 2nd grade students at Central Elementary School on March 20 of the dangers of getting hooked on tobacco and nicotine products.
  • March 25, 2014
    Theatre students from Blessed John Paul II High School performed a play on the topic of bullying at Central Catholic Elementary School on March 20. The theatre team led by teacher Sherri Davis performed at many of the Corpus Christi Catholic schools during the week of March 20–27. Davis said the students produced and directed the play themselves.
  • March 25, 2014
    In 2013, the Diocese of Corpus Christi donated $63,66.32 to support the appeal for the Retirement Fund for Religious. Over the last 26 years the diocese has raised more than $1.7 million for the fund.
  • March 24, 2014
    Incarnate Word Academy Elementary Level students presented projects to the Sisters of the Incarnate Word and Blessed Sacrament on Monday, March 24, a day before the celebration of the Feast Day of the Incarnation.
  • March 24, 2014
    The Pope gave an off-the-cuff address to those present, in which he defined the virtues, mission and sins of the communication media.
  • March 22, 2014
    Under the direction of the Diocesan Office of Youth Ministry, the Alice Deanery held their first Mini-Youth Spectacular—the largest Mini-Youth Spectacular to date—with 250 students from nine parishes from throughout the Diocese of Corpus Christi participating. The event was a product of collaboration amongst Our Lady of Guadalupe, St. Joseph and St. Elizabeth of Hungary, the three parishes in Alice.
  • March 19, 2014
    The three parishes in Alice, St. Joseph, Our Lady of Guadalupe and St. Elizabeth and St. Francis of Rome in Agua Dulce came together at St Joseph Catholic Church in Alice to celebrate the Feast of St. Joseph on March 19.
  • March 18, 2014
    From a young age, Cesar Chavez received inspiration from Father Donald McDonnell, who introduced him to social justice and the principles of nonviolence. Chronicling the birth of a modern American movement, the bio pic Cesar Chavez tells the story of the famed civil rights leader, labor organizer and devout Catholic torn between his duties as a husband and father and his commitment to securing a living wage for farm workers.
  • March 17, 2014 | by Dominique Damian
    Incarnate Word Academy held their annual benefit gala on March 1 at the American Bank Center’s Henry Garrett Ballroom.
  • March 17, 2014
    Bishop Michael Mulvey made a pastoral visit to St. Gertrude School in Kingsville on March 17. The Bishop celebrated Mass with the student body, and visited each classroom for greetings, questions, and a blessing.
  • March 15, 2014
    Some 100 confirmation candidates and their sponsors participated in a confirmation retreat sponsored by the Office of Youth Ministry at Ss. Cyril & Methodius Parish. The candidates came from 21 parishes within the Diocese of Corpus Christi.
  • March 11, 2014
    Congregados en Washington, DC, para su reunión anual de Marzo, los miembros del Comité Administrativo de la Conferencia de Obispos Católicos de los Estados Unidos han resaltado con gratitud el aniversario de la elección de Su Santidad Papa Francisco como el sucesor 266 del Apóstol Pedro.
  • March 11, 2014
    New Poll Explores U.S. Catholics’ Views of the Pope After His First Year
  • March 11, 2014
    On March 22, Our Lady of Guadalupe, St. Joseph and St. Elizabeth Parishes in Alice will host a Mini-Youth Spectacular: Branded by Mission. Father E. Julián Cabrera, pastor of Our Lady of Guadalupe, and Jaime Reyna, Diocesan Director of Youth Ministry, inspired the Catholic youth event.
  • March 11, 2014
    The public is invited to take advantage of a win-win opportunity for a limited time at Bealls stores in Aransas Pass, Beeville, Corpus Christi, Portland, Port Lavaca, Rockport and Victoria.
  • March 5, 2014
    Catholic Charities Office of Ministry and Life Enrichment for the Disabled celebrated Ash Wednesday at the United Vietnam Veterans of Texas VFW Post 2397 on March 5. Deacon Michael Rauen prayed and distributed ashes to the veterans and the 75 persons with disabilities in attendance.
  • March 5, 2014
    To Celebrate the Feast Day of St Katharine Drexel and to give the parishioners a better understanding of the historical significance of the creation of the Holy Cross Parish, Msgr. Michael Howell gave a history of the origination of the Holy Cross Church and buildings and how St. Katharine Drexel was so instrumental in the purchasing of these buildings.
  • March 3, 2014
    Incarnate Word Academy freshman Sheridan Steen recently organized a jeans drive in partnership with DoSomething.org’s Teens for Jeans campaign. Sheridan and her classmates collected hundreds of jeans, which will be donated to homeless youth.
  • March 3, 2014 | by Rollo’s Kids Foundation
    Rollo’s Kids Foundation, a non-profit organization that supports children of hard-working, low-earning families by providing them with food, clothes, shoes and toys, announced they will host their second annual rummage sale on Saturday, March 8, from 7 a.m. to 12 p.m. at Party Ventures Event Hall, located at 1257 Nile Dr., to raise funds for their inaugural Easter event.
  • February 28, 2014 | by Cindy Wooden Catholic News Service
    The Catholic Church needs to find a way to offer healing, strength and salvation to Catholics whose marriages have failed, who are committed to making a new union work and who long to do so within the Church and with the grace of Communion, Cardinal Walter Kasper told the world’s cardinals.
  • February 28, 2014 | by Cindy Wooden, Catholic News Service
    Those who recognize marriage as a sacrament, a divine blessing and a reflection of God's love for humanity should have even greater sympathy for husbands and wives whose relationships have failed, Pope Francis said.
  • February 28, 2014 | by Rio Grande Catholic
    ?Bishop Mark J. Seitz has announced that the El Paso Diocesan Church will celebrate its 100th birthday March 1 at the Ysleta Mission. The mission is the oldest Catholic institution in the Diocese of El Paso.
  • February 27, 2014
    This morning, Feb. 27, in the Sala Clementina of the Vatican Apostolic Palace, the Holy Father received in audience the bishops who are friends of the Focolare Movement, who have held a meeting during recent days on the theme of “Mutual love among Christ's disciples.” Among them was Bishop Michael Mulvey of the Diocese of Corpus Christi.
  • February 27, 2014 | by Dominique Damian
    Claire Thomas, a sixth grader at Incarnate Word Academy Middle Level, placed first at the South Texas Regional Spelling Bee on Feb. 22 at the Congressman Solomon P. Ortiz International Center.
  • February 27, 2014
    Bishop Michael Mulvey blessed 16 couples who celebrated 25 and 50 years in sacramental marriages. The celebration of World Marriage Day was held at Corpus Christi Cathedral on Feb. 16.
  • February 27, 2014 | by By Bishop Michael Mulvey Diocese of Corpus Christi
    On the Feast of Christ the King last year Pope Francis published his Apostolic Exhortation following the Synod on the New Evangelization from the previous year. It is a document that I believe can serve as a manual for us to examine ourselves as “missionary disciples” of Jesus Christ and on how we can better make him known and the truth of his Gospel lived in this modern times.
  • February 27, 2014
    Prayer is one of the three pillars of Lenten practice. Through prayer, we raise our hearts and minds to God in thanksgiving and praise. Prayer is our “vital and personal relationship with the true and living God.”
  • February 27, 2014 | by By United States Conference of Catholic Bishops
    We can begin to embrace this call by fasting from or “giving up” material things, including certain foods, that are superfluous to our basic needs; “taking up” habits that our directed to helping others; and “lifting up” our brothers and sisters through prayer and devotion. By taking an active approach to the three traditional pillars of Lenten observance, prayer, fasting and almsgiving, we recognize that to be evangelists, we must be evangelized ourselves.
  • February 27, 2014
    The foundational call of Christians to charity is a frequent theme of the Gospels. During Lent, we are asked to focus more intently on “almsgiving,” which means donating money or goods to the poor and performing other acts of charity.
  • February 27, 2014 | by By Father Daniel Merz, Contributor
    In the early Church and, to a lesser extent still today, there were two fasts. There was the “total fast” that preceded all major feasts or sacramental events. The ancient name for this fast was “statio” from the verb “sto, stare” to stand watch, on guard or in vigil. The second fast was a fast of abstinence from certain foods, e.g., meats or fats. This was more an act of self-discipline and self-control.
  • February 27, 2014
    As Lent draws near, I would like to offer some helpful thoughts on our path of conversion as individuals and as a community.
  • February 27, 2014
    The Lenten Season begins on Ash Wednesday March 5. While many look forward to this time for opportunities for spiritual growth and renewal, quite often many people see it as a liturgical season to dread focusing on “What am I going to give up?” “How long can I live without whatever it is I am going to give up?” “How many more days before I don’t have to give up whatever it is that I am giving up?”
  • February 27, 2014 | by By Rebecca Esparza, Correspondent
    St. Joseph School in Alice will celebrate their 75th anniversary next year, but plans for the monumental occasion are already underway.
  • February 27, 2014 | by Por Luisa Scolari Corresponsal
    El Domingo 7 de Febrero en la Parroquia de Nuestra Señora de San Juan de los Lagos, Madre de la Iglesia, se llevó a cabo la ceremonia de el cambio de vestido de la Virgen en su cuarto aniversario de haber llegado a esa iglesia.
  • February 27, 2014 | by By Joseph Lopez, JCL Contributor
    "It does make sense to become a priest: the world needs priests, pastors, today, tomorrow and always, until the end of time," Pope Benedict said, speaking from his heart, to seminarians throughout the church in an open letter on Oct. 18, 2010.
  • February 27, 2014 | by Contributed Story
    Sister Mary Anselm Till, IWBS celebrated 75 years of profession of vows on Feb. 25 as a Sister of the Incarnate Word and Blessed Sacrament. “Sister Anselm exemplifies the happiness and commitment of someone ready to follow Jesus and serve others,” Sister Mary Juliane Kuntscher, IWBS, Secretary General for the order, said.
  • February 27, 2014 | by Mary Cottingham, South Texas Catholic
    There were many smiling faces before and after the Mass at Corpus Christi Cathedral on Feb. 2, World Day for Consecrated Life. Fourteen sisters celebrating their jubilees were recognized and honored by Bishop Michael Mulvey, who thanked them for their multiple years of service to God.
  • February 27, 2014 | by By Alfredo E. Cardena, South Texas Catholic
    The sacrament of confirmation is a path of Christian initiation for the baptized. Through the sacrament of confirmation the baptized receive the Holy Spirit who was sent upon the Apostles by the Lord on the day of Pentecost.
  • February 27, 2014
    In 2013, parishioners from the Diocese of Corpus Christi contributed $215,540 to special collections in support of national campaigns, such as Catholic Relief Services, the Catholic Campaign for Human Development and support of various mission churches throughout the world.
  • February 27, 2014
    For the good of the people of God in the Diocese of Corpus Christi, after thoughtful prayer and consultation with the Diocesan Priest Personnel Board, Bishop Michael Mulvey has appointed Father Alphonsus Z. M. Abainza, SOLT, as Parochial Vicar at St. Joseph Parish in Corpus Christi, effective Jan. 24.
  • February 27, 2014
    From August 2014 to October 2015, St. John’s/Assumption Seminary in San Antonio will celebrate its 100 years of leadership in educating and preparing men for priestly ministry for dioceses in Texas, Louisiana, Oklahoma, New Mexico and California.
  • February 27, 2014 | by By Navar Watson, Catholic News Service
    Almost two weeks after the national March for Life rally in Washington, the Guttmacher Institute reported a 13 percent drop in national abortion rates from 2008 to 2011—making for the lowest rate since 1973 when abortion on demand was legalized in the U.S.
  • February 27, 2014 | by By Peter Finney Jr., Catholic News Service
    The movie “Son of God,” now showing in theaters, should be seen as “a love story,” according to two of its executive producers, the husband-and-wife team of Mark Burnett and Roma Downey.
  • February 27, 2014 | by By Francis X. Rocca, Catholic News Service
    When Pope Benedict XVI announced, on Feb. 11, 2013, that he would become the first pope in nearly 600 years to resign, speculation was as varied as it was excited about the long-term consequences of his historic act. But one common line of thought held that, for better or worse, his decision might leave the papacy a less exalted and powerful office, bringing the supreme pontiff closer to the level of other bishops, clergy and faithful.
  • February 27, 2014 | by Father Tadeusz Pacholczyk, Ph.D., Contributor
    CNN recently profiled the case of a woman named Marlise Muñoz, who was both pregnant and brain dead. Its report noted that Mrs. Muñoz was “33 years old and 14 weeks pregnant with the couple’s second child when her husband found her unconscious on their kitchen floor Nov. 26.
  • February 27, 2014 | by By George Weigel, Contributor
    Two recent books suggest that, amidst challenges and problems, the pace of authentic Catholic renewal is accelerating in these United States.
  • February 27, 2014 | by By Father J. Patrick Serna, Contributor
    As we begin our consideration of God the Holy Spirit, the giver of life, we first call to mind the fact that all life, spiritual and physical, comes from our Trinitarian God.
  • February 27, 2014 | by By Father Rodolfo Vasquez, Contributor
    A year ago at the Inauguration Mass of the pontificate of Pope Francis, the occasion being the Solemnity of St. Joseph the Spouse of Mary, the Holy Father meditated in his homily on the humility and fidelity of the patron of the Universal Church. A few weeks later, the pope issued his first decree ordering that the name of St. Joseph be added to three Eucharistic Prayers.
  • February 27, 2014 | by By Sister Lou Ella Hickman, IWBS Contributor
    "It is difficult/to get the news from poems/yet men die miserably everyday/for lack/of what is found/there." Great poets have their finger on the pulse of their society.
  • February 27, 2014 | by By Sister Kathleen Mcdonagh, IWBS Contributor
    When you move toward a time of prayer, normally you look forward to it as a time that will be one of peace and joy. Sometimes, however, for one reason or another, you may be surprised to find that this is not so on this particular day and that it is very difficult for you to settle down to celebrate such a relationship with God.
  • February 25, 2014
    The Third Annual St. Mary’s 5k Run/Walk Event will be held at the Richard M. Borchard Regional Fairgrounds in Robstown on Saturday, March 1, at 10 a.m. The run will help kick-off St. Anthony’s Parish annual Fiesta Mexicana celebration and will coincide with St. Anthony’s Centennial Celebration.
  • February 24, 2014 | by Francis X. Rocca, Catholic News Service
    Celebrating Mass with the newest members of the College of the Cardinals one day after their elevation, Pope Francis urged them to regard their new role not as one of worldly honor but of humble service and sacrifice.
  • February 21, 2014 | by Dominique Damian for South Texas Catholic
    Several Incarnate Word Academy students placed in the 2014 Visionarios Youth Art Contest, sponsored by the Art Museum of South Texas and Flint Hills Resources.
  • February 21, 2014 | by Dominique Damian for South Texas Catholic
    Incarnate Word Academy held their annual Montessori Family Night on Feb. 19 for families currently enrolled in the elementary level’s Montessori program.
  • February 19, 2014
    St. Elizabeth of Hungary in Alice will present a parish mission entitled “To Serve is to Reign.” The mission will be presented over five consecutive days from March 9-13 beginning each evening at 7 p.m., followed by a 15-minute Benediction prayer service.
  • February 18, 2014
    St. Gertrude School in Kingsville held a number of activities for National Catholics School Week. Among the activities were the St. Gertrude 5K Run/Walk on Feb. 8, a Book Character Day, a Western Day and receiving a proclamation for Catholic School Week from the city of Kingsville.
  • February 18, 2014
    Bishop Michael Mulvey made a pastoral visit to Sacred Heart School in Rockport on Friday, Feb. 14. He celebrated Mass at 8 a.m. with Father Ray Yrlas, pastor. The bishop joined students for breakfast, followed by visits to all of the classrooms.
  • February 18, 2014
    Bishop Emeritus Edmond Carmody celebrated Mass at St. Joseph Catholic Church in Alice on occasion of his episcopacy's anniversary and his birthday. A reception followed at the Parish Hall. See photos here.
  • February 18, 2014
    Campaign 2014, the annual on-air fundraiser benefiting 89.5HD KLUX will take to the air on Monday morning, Feb. 24. The five-day event is the primary fundraiser for the local non-commercial station licensed to Diocesan Telecommunications Corporation.
  • February 12, 2014 | by Mary Cottingham, South Texas Catholic
    Bundled for warmth, more than 250 of Corpus Christi’s area homeless were treated to hot slices of mouth-watering pizza from Little Caesars Love Kitchen at the Mother Teresa Shelter on Feb. 11.
  • February 6, 2014 | by Mary Cottingham
    Almost 50 students from Our Lady of the Rosary Catholic School in Flour Bluff memorized hymns, prayers, recited the Pledge of Allegiance, sang the National Anthem, and performed skits for Bishop Michael Mulvey during a pastoral visit on Feb. 26.
  • February 4, 2014
    Bishop Michael Mulvey confirmed 15 inmates at the McConnell Unit in Beeville on Dec. 11. See photo here.
  • February 4, 2014
    Fourth grader Sarahi Fernandez is this year’s winner of the Annual Sacred Heart School Spelling Bee held in Rockport on Tuesday, Jan. 28, during National Catholic Schools Week. Students ranging in grades 1st through 5th participated in the event.
  • February 3, 2014
    Bishop Michael Mulvey honors Jubilarians on World Day for Consecrated Life, Feb. 2.
  • January 31, 2014
    Fifth grader Cyan Sepulveda-Guevara placed first at Incarnate Word Academy’s Elementary Level Spelling Bee on Thursday, Jan. 23.
  • January 31, 2014
    If Texas parents want to choose new schools for their children for the upcoming (2014-15) school year, they need to start researching the schooling options available to their children right away. That is the message from organizers of National School Choice Week, which this week featured 460 events across the Lone Star State and 5,500 events nationwide.
  • January 31, 2014 | by Dominique Damian for South Texas Catholic
    Incarnate Word Academy High School presented a check of $3,000 to the Triumph Over Kid Cancer Foundation (TOKC) on Jan. 30. The money raised by the high school level’s student council and solidarity fund, will go toward finding a cure for cancer that attacks children and teenagers.
  • January 31, 2014 | by By Alfredo E. Cardenas, South Texas Catholic
    Pope Francis’ recently published exhortation on the “Joy of the Gospel” provides a new direction for the New Evangelization. That was the message participants at the 25th annual diocesan ministry conference received from Bishop Michael Mulvey and the conference’s keynote speaker, Peter Murphy, Ph.D.
  • January 31, 2014 | by Mary Cottingham, South Texas Catholic
    The Fannie Bluntzer Nason Renewal Center, also known as The Spirit Center, has raised more than $1.7 million for Phase II construction of its retreat center located between Corpus Christi and Orange Grove. The project is a vision of the Sisters of the Incarnate Word and Blessed Sacrament.
  • January 31, 2014
    First Friday, a local volunteer organization dedicated to education about the importance of early detection of breast cancer, will hold an inter-faith prayer service to honor, remember and pray for friends and family members who have been touched by breast cancer. The service will take place on Friday, Feb. 7, in the sanctuary of Corpus Christi First United Methodist Church (900 South Shoreline) at 7:30 a.m.
  • January 31, 2014
    The Diocese of Corpus Christi celebrated its annual Mass for the Evangelization of Cultures in Corpus Christi Cathedral on Jan. 17. Bishop Michael Mulvey was the main celebrant and was joined by other priests from the diocese, including Father Rogel “Ogie” Rosalinas, SOLT who was also the guest homilist.
  • January 31, 2014 | by Por Luisa Scolari Corresponsal
    Como la Sagrada Familia que emigró a Egipto y luego a Nazaret, familias están en marcha por todo el mundo en busca de asilo o de una vida mejor. Sus viajes normalmente no son fáciles, pero, como la Sagrada Familia, ponen su destino en las manos de un Dios cariñoso.
  • January 31, 2014 | by By Cindy Wooden, Catholic News Service
    A vocation to the priesthood, consecrated life or marriage is a call to center one’s life on Christ and build up his kingdom, Pope Francis said.
  • January 31, 2014 | by By Joseph Lopez, JCL, Contributor
    We are often asked to pray for vocations to priesthood and religious life, but how? Certainly we should do so in our daily intentions as well as at Mass. Sometimes, though, holding a special Holy Hour for Vocations provides a more intensive focus for our intercession: as we join in adoration of Christ in the Blessed Sacrament, we earnestly ask him to send more laborers into the harvest.
  • January 31, 2014
    The Diocese of Corpus Christi offices of Vocations and the Youth Ministry announced winners of their vocations essay contest at the Ministry Conference on Jan. 11. Winners included Angelique Saenz, a fourth grade student at St. Joseph School in Alice; Brooklyn Moreno-Arispe, a seventh grade student at Incarnate Word Academy Middle Level; and MyRanda Lynn Hager, a senior at Blessed John Paul II High School.
  • January 31, 2014 | by By Rebecca Esparza, Contributor
    The Mercedarian Sisters of the Blessed Sacrament founded Holy Family School in Corpus Christi in 1946. Today the school remains a vibrant institution providing a detailed curriculum that addresses every aspect of a child’s developmental needs: academic, spiritual, physical and social. The school serves 138 students from PreK3 to fifth grade.
  • January 31, 2014 | by By Alfredo E. Cardenas South Texas Catholic
    Father Dennis P. Zerr, administrator at Holy Family Parish in Taft, describes his church as a small town parish with all that involves. Everybody knows each other. It’s intimate. It’s family oriented.
  • January 31, 2014 | by By Nancy Frazier O’Brien Catholic News Service
    Recent conflicts in California and Texas between physicians and the families of patients considered to be brain dead have prompted new questions about end-of-life decision-making.
  • January 31, 2014 | by Catholic News Service
    The U.S. Supreme Court agreed Nov. 26 to take up two cases that challenge provisions of the Affordable Care Act requiring employers to provide contraceptive coverage on behalf of for-profit companies whose owners object to the mandate for religious reasons.
  • January 31, 2014 | by By Patricia Zapor Catholic News Service
    Supreme Court justices Jan. 15 pressed attorneys about when it is constitutional to prohibit certain kinds of speech in a case over buffer zones around abortion clinics.
  • January 31, 2014 | by Cindy Wooden, Catholic News Service
    Cardinal-designate Pietro Parolin, Vatican secretary of state, hosted a lengthy meeting with his U.S. counterpart, John Kerry, to discuss ongoing tensions in the Middle East, as well as the U.S. bishops’ concerns about the Obama administration’s health care mandate.
  • January 31, 2014 | by Francis X. Rocca, Catholic News Service
    Pope Francis said world peace requires the defense of human dignity from violations such as world hunger, human trafficking and abortion.
  • January 31, 2014 | by Father Tadeusz Pacholczyk, Ph.D., Contributor
    In her still-widely-read 1971 article “A Defense of Abortion”, Judith Jarvis Thomson sets up a thought experiment known as “The Famous Violinist Problem” to argue that abortion ought to be morally justified when a pregnancy arises out of sexual assault.
  • January 31, 2014 | by By George Weigel, Contributor
    Pope Francis has ignited a useful and necessary conversation about our responsibilities to the poorest of the poor—those who some may be tempted to write out of the script of history as hopeless cases.
  • January 31, 2014 | by By Father J. Patrick Serna, Contributor
    As we all journey through this earthly pilgrimage, we experience time and again the expectation to take tests, and pass them. Whether it be tests for school, work or sports, we know that we must pass requirements on days of testing, or the ability to proceed is denied.
  • January 31, 2014 | by By Deacon Stephen Nolte, Contributor
    When looking for family role models, we cannot find a better one than the Holy Family, and with good reason. It provides Christian families everywhere a glance into family life. By reflecting on their persons and unity as a family, we can gain a great appreciation for their importance as role models and see God’s plan for the family revealed in them.
  • January 31, 2014 | by By Sister Anne Marie Walsh, SOLT Contributor
    One of the banes of modern life is the plethora of bad books, bad both in the sense of poorly written and bad in the sense of poisonous content. It’s an observation that can be applied to movies, music, TV and other forms of human activity as well.
  • January 31, 2014 | by By Sister Kathleen Mcdonagh, IWBS Contributor
    Mark’s Gospel is the earliest of the three Gospels known as the Synoptic Gospels—those written by Matthew, Mark and Luke. In them, we see an emphasis on activity as well as on prayer, all for the sake of the Lord.
  • January 30, 2014
    CORPUS CHRISTI, Texas – Incarnate Word Academy is excited to announce that senior Vincent Morin, III has been named Athlete of the Week by ESPN 1440 AM.
  • January 24, 2014
    Bishop Michael Mulvey ordained four men from the Society of Our Lady of the Most Holy Trinity (SOLT) to the priesthood Jan. 24 at Corpus Christi Cathedral.
  • January 15, 2014
    Timon's Ministries Board Chairman Dr. Paul Zanetti invites the community to support its fundraiser, Celebrity Toast of the Mayor at 6 p.m. on Feb. 28 at the Congressman Solomon P. Ortiz International Center.
  • January 15, 2014
    WASHINGTON—The annual Collection for the Church in Latin America (CLA) is scheduled for the weekend of Jan. 25-26 in parishes across the country. The collection supports pastoral projects in Latin America and the Caribbean that help Catholics to share their faith.
  • January 15, 2014
    WASHINGTON, D.C.—The share of countries with a high or very high level of social hostilities involving religion reached a six-year peak in 2012, according to a new study by the Pew Research Center.
  • January 15, 2014
    WASHINGTON—Cardinal Seán O’Malley of Boston said the more than 55 million abortions in the United States since the Rowe v. Wade decision reflect “with heartbreaking magnitude” what Pope Francis means by a “throwaway culture.”
  • January 6, 2014 | by Laura Adams, Contributor
    First Friday, a local volunteer organization dedicated to education about the importance of early detection of breast cancer, will hold an inter-faith prayer service to honor, remember and pray for friends and family members who have been touched by breast cancer. The service will take place on Friday, Feb. 7, in the sanctuary of Corpus Christi First United Methodist Church (900 South Shoreline) at 7:30 a.m.
  • December 31, 2013 | by By Joseph Lopez, JCL, Contributor
    I think Michael may have a vocation,” one Catholic mother said to another.
  • December 31, 2013
    Readers of the Corpus Christi Caller-Times have named Bishop Michael Mulvey as one of the top four community advocates in the newspaper’s readership area. The selection, announced by the Caller-Times on Dec. 13, was determined by the newspaper’s “Best of the Best” readers’ poll.
  • December 31, 2013 | by Denise Bossert, Contributor
    One morning last spring, I caught my older daughter flipping through a diocesan newspaper while eating breakfast. I had to smile. On that particularly morning, she wasn’t officially Catholic. She entered the Church later that day at Mass at the Cathedral Basilica in St. Louis, Missouri. It was Pentecost Sunday and soon, my second child would be entering the faith I had chosen less than a decade earlier.
  • December 31, 2013 | by By Alfredo E. Cardenas, South Texas Catholic
    On Jan. 11, the Diocese of Corpus Christi will celebrate the Silver Jubilee of its annual ministry conference, this year entitled “The New Evangelization.” The conference marks 25 years of building the body of Christ through the New Evangelization.
  • December 31, 2013 | by By Mary Cottingham, South Texas Catholic
    Bishop Michael Mulvey will ordain four deacons with the Society of Our Lady of the Most Holy Trinity (SOLT) to the priesthood on Jan. 24 at 10 a.m. in Corpus Christi Cathedral. All four have been living in the SOLT community for many years, while pursuing careers in nursing, engineering, physics and various aspects of health care.
  • December 31, 2013 | by By Alfredo E. Cardenas, South Texas Catholic
    For 135 years Immaculate Conception Church in Concepción—in Southern Duval County—has had an active faith community, but it has never been able to grow enough to sustain itself as a parish. Our Lady of Guadalupe in the neighboring community of Ramirez, has experienced a similar fate since its founding as a station in 1920.
  • December 31, 2013 | by Por Luisa Scolari, Corresponsal
    Los sonidos de la música de mariachi se escuchan de nuevo en la Catedral de Corpus Christi durante la Misa de las 11 a.m., ya que un grupo de mariachis interpreta la música litúrgica el primer y cuarto domingo de cada mes.
  • December 31, 2013 | by By Rebecca Esparza, Correspondent
    Sister Kathleen McDonagh, IWBS first knew she wanted to become a nun at just nine years old, when a cousin visited her home in Ireland regaling her family with fascinating details about her life as a sister of the Incarnate Word and Blessed Sacrament.
  • December 31, 2013 | by By Rebecca Esparza, Correspondent
    During a pastoral visit to Christ the King School on Dec. 2, Bishop Michael Mulvey offered a bit of advice for parents seeking wisdom with regard to raising Christ-centered children in today’s fast paced, technology-centered world. “Please pray with your children.”
  • December 31, 2013 | by By Joan Kurkowski-Gillen, Catholic News Service
    Father Christopher Stainbrook still remembers the trepidation his parishioners felt when St. Timothy’s, an Anglican congregation, decided to join the Catholic Church as part of the Ordinariate of the Chair of St. Peter.
  • December 31, 2013
    Pope Francis named the vicar general of the Diocese of Austin to be bishop of San Angelo.
  • December 31, 2013 | by By Francis X. Rocca, Catholic News Service
    In enunciating the principles of Catholic social teaching, popes have long stressed the church’s special concern for the poor and the need for state intervention to promote economic justice.
  • December 31, 2013 | by Francis X. Rocca, Catholic News Service
    In his first extensive piece of writing as pope, Pope Francis lays out a vision of the Catholic Church dedicated to evangelization in a positive key, with a focus on society’s poorest and most vulnerable, including the aged and unborn.
  • December 31, 2013 | by Cindy Wooden, Catholic News Service
    Defending human dignity and protecting society’s most vulnerable necessarily means protecting the unborn and defending their right to life, Pope Francis said in his apostolic exhortation.
  • December 31, 2013 | by Msgr. Michael Howell, Contributor
    For more than 60 years if anyone asked where the bishop of the Diocese of Corpus Christi lived, Catholics would have immediately pointed to the residence on Ocean Drive.
  • December 31, 2013 | by Father Tadeusz Pacholczyk, Ph.D., Contributor
    At the beginning of December 2013, the American Civil Liberties Union filed a sweeping federal lawsuit against the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops over its Ethical and Religious Directives for Catholic hospitals, alleging that the Directives, with their prohibition against direct abortion, resulted in negligent care of a pregnant woman named Tamesha Means.
  • December 31, 2013 | by By George Weigel, Contributor
    An ancient Roman tradition has been resurrected, in Rome, by American Catholics who bring the vitality of the Church in the New World to the banks of the Tiber.
  • December 31, 2013 | by By Father Rodolfo Vasquez Contributor
    Jan. 3 is the liturgical feast day of the Holy Name of Jesus, an important devotion that comes to us from Pope Gregory X at the Council of Lyon in 1274 as a weapon against the heresy of the Cathars (Albigensians).
  • December 31, 2013 | by By Father J. Patrick Serna, Contributor
    The Nicene Creed reminds us that Jesus’ ascension is an important event in the life of Christ, inasmuch as it is the crown of success and proof that our Savior overcame the world. It is not uncommon for Christians to think of Jesus’ resurrection and ascension as the same thing, however, such is not the case.
  • December 31, 2013 | by By Sister Anne Marie Walsh, SOLT, Contributor
    Making New Year’s resolutions can be a tricky business.
  • November 26, 2013 | by Catholic News Service
    The U.S. Supreme Court agreed Nov. 26 to take up two cases that challenge provisions of the Affordable Care Act requiring employers to provide contraceptive coverage on behalf of for-profit companies whose owners object to the mandate for religious reasons.
  • November 1, 2012 | by United States Conference of Catholic Bishops
    We are in the last few days before the presidential elections. The last several months have been filled with speeches, debates, campaign ads, conflict and controversy.
  • October 31, 2012 | by Our Sunday Visitor
    For more than a year, the U.S. bishops have been sounding the alarm about what they see as serious threats to religious freedom in this country. At both the state and the federal level, there have been a series of legislative and court actions that are cause for grave concern: The restriction of the church in terms of ministering to undocumented workers and the requirement that Catholic adoption agencies give children to same-sex or unmarried couples are but two examples.
  • October 2, 2012 | by Most Rev. Wm. Michael Mulvey, Bishop of Corpus Christi
    My dear brothers and sisters, we are well into the final weeks before the presidential elections. Perhaps you will agree that this has been a very difficult campaign.
  • October 2, 2012 | by George Weigel, Denver Catholic Register
    It’s the economy, stupid! James Carville’s memorable note-to-self during the 1992 presidential race will be the determining factor in the 2012 campaign, according to the common wisdom.
  • October 2, 2012 | by USCCB
    In a little more than a month, the American people will go to the polls to elect their president for the next four years.
  • October 2, 2012 | by Father Tadeusz Pacholczyk, Ph.D., National Bioethics Center
    Patients and families sometimes struggle with the question of whether dialysis is “worth it.”
  • September 26, 2012 | by John Mulderig Catholic News Service
    The following are capsule reviews of new and recent DVD and Blu-ray releases from Catholic News Service. Theatrical movies have a Catholic News Service classification and Motion Picture Association of America rating. These classifications refer only to the theatrical version of the films below, and do not take into account the discs' extra content.
  • September 20, 2012
    WASHINGTON, D.C. — Even before the recent turmoil in the Middle East and North Africa–including attacks on U.S. embassies and the killing of an American ambassador–the region was experiencing increasing hostilities and tensions involving religion.
  • August 30, 2012 | by Nancy Frazier O'Brien, Catholic News Service
    WASHINGTON (CNS) -- In a dozen courts around the country, attorneys representing more than 40 Catholic dioceses or institutions have filed briefs arguing against the federal government's call to dismiss lawsuits against its contraceptive mandate.
  • August 24, 2012 | by Catholic News Service
    NEW YORK (CNS) -- The following are capsule reviews of movies recently reviewed by Catholic News Service.
  • August 16, 2012 | by Jeffery Patterson, Executive Director, Texas Catholic Conference
    Over the past year, the Catholic Church and its bishops have been tirelessly occupied in defending our rights to religious liberty and freedom of speech. Now is the chance for us to make good on what that fight has been about; it is time for us to step up and lend our voice to the public debate. What we do--or do not do-- this Nov. 6 can have important consequences for the future.
  • August 10, 2012 | by Catholic News Service
    NEW YORK (CNS) -- The following are capsule reviews of movies recently reviewed by Catholic News Service.
  • August 1, 2012 | by Father Tadeusz Pacholczyk, Ph.D., National Bioethics Center
    Those who seek to justify abortion often try to minimize or deny the humanity of the embryo.
  • August 1, 2012 | by George Weigel, Denver Catholic Register
    The Supreme Court’s minor mistakes have few systemic consequences. But when the Supremes make a big mistake, the error tends to seep throughout the entire political process, poisoning everything in its path.
  • July 30, 2012 | by Jennifer Carr Allmon, Associate Director, Texas Catholic Conference
    Faced with threats toward our first freedom of religious liberty, the U.S. Catholic Church is a Church being pushed by civil authorities and interests which fail to honor the role of the Church in the common good and the public square.
  • July 3, 2012 | by Kim Daniels, Catholic Voices USA
    Who would have thought that Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg’s dissenting opinion in Thursday’s healthcare decision would help opponents of the so-called contraceptive mandate?
  • June 29, 2012 | by United States Conference of Catholic Bishops
    As Catholics, we are led to raise questions for political life other than “Are you better off than you were two or four years ago?”
  • June 29, 2012 | by George Weigel Denver Catholic Register
    The master plan for the New Evangelization in Latin America is rather long—20-times longer than the Gospel of Mark, I’d guess. But in virtually every other respect it’s an entirely admirable piece of work that should be known throughout the world Church.
  • June 29, 2012 | by Father Jesus Francisco Lopez Pastor, Immaculate Conception Parish in Taft
    The film “For Greater Glory” features a stellar cast of American and Mexican actors portraying the lives and events of a conflict in Mexico known as the Cristero War.
  • June 29, 2012 | by Father Tadeueusz Pacholczyk, Ph.D. National Bioethics Center
    The use of ventilators can pose particularly challenging problems during end of life situations for families. When should we place a loved one on a ventilator?
  • June 28, 2012 | by USCCB
    WASHINGTON—Today the United States Supreme Court issued a decision upholding as a tax the provision of the Affordable Care Act (ACA) that requires individuals to purchase a health plan—the so-called “individual mandate.”
  • June 26, 2012
    Catholics who include holy Mass in their celebration of Independence Day on July 4 will hear the call to justice in the first reading, from the Book of Amos. The Declaration of Independence expressed the same desire.
  • June 1, 2012 | by George Weigel
    Most Americans haven’t the foggiest idea that a quasi-Stalinist, violently anti-Catholic regime once existed on our southern borders. Those who don’t know how bad Mexico was in the late 1920s are about to learn, though: at least those who see “For Greater Glory,” a recently-released movie about the Cristero War, a passionate (and bloody) defense of Catholicism that’s remembered today, if at all, because of Graham Greene’s novel, The Power and the Glory.
  • May 31, 2012 | by Father Tadeusz Pacholczyk, Ph.D., Contributor
    In a 1999 study published in the Journal of the American Medical Association, patients with serious illness were asked to identify what was most important to them during the dying process. Many indicated they wanted to achieve a sense of control.
  • May 31, 2012 | by United States Conference of Catholic Bishops
    Politics is about values and issues as well as candidates and officeholders. In this brief summary, the bishops of the United States call attention to issues with significant moral dimensions that should be carefully considered in each campaign and as policy decisions are made in the years to come.
  • May 1, 2012 | by Father Tadeusz Pacholczyk, Ph.D. Contributor
    One widely encountered idea today is that there is no black and white when it comes to morality, only a kind of “gray area.” This is often taken to mean that we really can’t know with certainty what is right and wrong, allowing us to “push into the gray” as we make certain moral decisions that at first glance appear to be immoral.
  • May 1, 2012
    The consistent ethic of life provides a moral framework for principled Catholic engagement in political life and, rightly understood, neither treats all issues as morally equivalent nor reduces Catholic teaching to one or two issues. It anchors the Catholic commitment to defend human life, from conception until natural death, in the fundamental moral obligation to respect the dignity of every person as a child of God.
  • April 26, 2012
    Washington D.C. (CNA) - New York Times writer Ross Douthat has defended Catholic theological and moral teachings, in a series of articles explaining how the Church is not “fundamentalist” but simply “orthodox.”
  • March 23, 2012 | by Father Tadeusz Pacholczyk, Ph.D., Contributor
    On Jan. 20, the United States Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) issued a mandate placing first amendment rights and religious freedom in the crosshairs.
  • March 23, 2012 | by By Alfredo E. Cardenas, South Texas Catholic
    At the turn of the twentieth century, news of the universal Catholic Church was sparse and moved slowly across oceans, mountains and plains. News of the local Catholic Church mostly went unreported, as no local Catholic press existed.
  • March 19, 2012 | by John Mulderig, Catholic News Service
    NEW YORK (CNS) -- "Every life is beautiful." That's the tagline -- as well as the underlying theme -- of the thoroughly honorable, if not always fully effective, drama "October Baby" (Provident/Samuel Goldwyn).
  • November 18, 2011 | by Alfredo E. Cardenas South Texas Catholic
    Publishing a monthly “newspaper” has its challenges. First, it is hard to report “news” when you come out once a month. The events you report on are very often dated or premature. It is only occasionally when you get to report an event in a semi-timely manner.
  • November 18, 2011 | by Father Tadeusz Pacholczyk, Ph.D.
    Last month, an advisory committee of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) in Atlanta recommended that nine to 12 year old boys be vaccinated against the human papillomavirus (HPV), a virus transmitted through sexual contact. The goal of the recommendations was to prevent cancers caused by HPV, such as certain cancers of the digestive tract.
  • October 21, 2011 | by Alfredo E. Cardenas
    Ignatius Press recently announced that it is moving two of its monthly magazines online and ceasing their print editions. Let me assure everyone that is not happening at the South Texas Catholic.
  • October 21, 2011 | by Father Tadeusz Pacholczyk, Ph.D.
    In a recent column, David O’Brien, the Associate Director of Religious Education for Lay Ministry in the Archdiocese of Mobile, Alabama recounted the story of Agnes and Jake, devout Catholics who conceived and delivered four children during the first five years of their marriage.
  • October 21, 2011 | by Bishop Wm. Michael Mulvey
    As we observe Respect Life Month this October, we should keep in mind the fullness of the human person.
  • August 19, 2011 | by Father Tadeusz Pacholczyk, Ph.D.
    Making Sense of Bioethics