News/Blog :: South Texas Catholic Wed, 30 Jul 2014 17:11:21 GMT Orientation welcomes new students at IWA High School New high school students from Incarnate Word Academy met in the Mother M. Patricia Gunning Gymnasium for orientation on July 29. Tue, 29 Jul 2014 05:00:00 GMT rss1971 For some Mideast Catholics, church is anchor of hope amid violence BETHLEHEM, West Bank (CNS) -- As the death toll in Gaza surpasses 1,000, violent demonstrations in the West Bank leave dead and wounded, and an entire Christian community is exiled from the Iraqi city of Mosul by Islamic extremists, Christians in the Holy Land find themselves facing harsh realities. Tue, 29 Jul 2014 05:00:00 GMT rss1970 South Korea's Asian Youth Day to focus on leaders from 30 countries MANILA, Philippines (CNS) -- Asian Youth Day, scheduled Aug. 13-17 in South Korea, is a smaller event that the international World Youth Day celebrations, said the Bangladeshi priest organizing the event. Tue, 29 Jul 2014 05:00:00 GMT rss1969 Texas bishops issue statement of principles on caring for women and child refugees The Texas Catholic Conference today issued a letter to all members of the Texas Congressional delegation urging them to reach a policy consensus that compassionately and effectively addresses the humanitarian crisis along the southern border. Thu, 24 Jul 2014 05:00:00 GMT rss1948 USCCB Committee Chairman calls on President Obama, Central American presidents to protect children and families WASHINGTON—Bishop Eusebio Elizondo, auxiliary bishop of Seattle and chairman of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops’ Committee on Migration, today called upon President Obama and the Central American presidents to protect and care for children and families fleeing violence in the region. Thu, 24 Jul 2014 05:00:00 GMT rss1945 Executive order prohibits firing of gays by U.S. government, contractors WASHINGTON (CNS) -- President Barack Obama's executive order of July 21 has installed workplace rules forbidding the firing of gays, lesbians, bisexual and transgender people by the federal government and federal contractors -- a key provision in the Employment Non-Discrimination Act languishing in Congress. Tue, 22 Jul 2014 05:00:00 GMT rss1941 Pope calls for prayers as militants chase all Christians out of Mosul VATICAN CITY (CNS) -- As the last Iraqi Christians in Mosul fled the city, Pope Francis urgently called for prayers, dialogue and peace. Tue, 22 Jul 2014 05:00:00 GMT rss1940 Seven new altar boys join St Anthony of Padua Seven young boys have joined the group of 30 altar boys at St Anthony of Padua in Robstown under the guidance of Father Michael Crump, SOLT. The boys assisted Father Crump for the first time at the noon Mass on Sunday, July 20. See photos here. Tue, 22 Jul 2014 05:00:00 GMT rss1939 Diaconate candidates volunteer for migrant children Diaconate candidates with the Diocese of Corpus Christi delivered an abundant of supplies for migrant children in McAllen this weekend. Many of them stayed and volunteered their time. See photos here. Tue, 22 Jul 2014 05:00:00 GMT rss1938 Our Lady of the Rosary hosts Movie Nights Our Lady of the Rosary is having “Movie Nights” once a month in which they will feature faith-based entertainment, education and fellowship for families, pastor Father Gabriel Coelho said.Movie Nights Tue, 22 Jul 2014 05:00:00 GMT rss1937 SOLT Sister Celebrates 99th Birthday SOLT Sister Mary of the Incarnation (Anna) Kiernan, who joined the SOLT Sisters in their very first group in 1958, turned 99 on Saturday, July 19. Tue, 22 Jul 2014 05:00:00 GMT rss1936 Sacred Heart youth attend conference at Missouri State University Over the course of two weekends, approximately 7,400 teens, youth ministers, chaperones and volunteers will attend the Steubenville St. Louis Mid-America youth conferences on the campus of Missouri State University. The first conference will be held July 11-13, and the second conference the following weekend July 18-20. Fri, 11 Jul 2014 05:00:00 GMT rss1935 Catholic Charities' persons with special needs get God and fun at Walsh's Annual Summer Camp Catholic Charities’ Office of Ministry and Life Enrichment for the Disabled held their Walsh’s Annual Summer Camp for persons with special needs at Our Lady of Corpus Christi on July 8 and 9. See more on this event in the August edition of the South Texas Catholic. Wed, 09 Jul 2014 05:00:00 GMT rss1934 Sister Theresa Nguyen, IWBS professes perpetual vows Sister Theresa Nguyen, IWBS, professed perpetual vows in the congregation of the Sisters of the Incarnate Word and Blessed Sacrament in a profession ceremony and Mass on June 28. See more on this event in the August issue of the South Texas Catholic. Tue, 08 Jul 2014 05:00:00 GMT rss1933 Pope meets sex abuse victims, says clergy actions cloaked in complicity VATICAN CITY (CNS) -- Asking for forgiveness, Pope Francis told abuse survivors that "despicable actions" caused by clergy have been hidden for too long and had been "camouflaged with a complicity that cannot be explained." Mon, 07 Jul 2014 05:00:00 GMT rss1932 Pope: Migrants' deaths should provoke sadness, action, not indifference The tragic deaths of thousands of men, women and children who die while searching for a better future should trigger compassion and action, not indifference, Pope Francis said. Mon, 07 Jul 2014 05:00:00 GMT rss1931 CHRISTUS Spohn adds five new cancer center locations CHRISTUS Spohn Health System, the region’s only nationally accredited cancer program, announced June 27 that it has completed acquisition of South Texas Comprehensive Cancer Centers (STCCC). Mon, 30 Jun 2014 05:00:00 GMT rss1930 Decisión de la Corte Suprema sobre Hobby Lobby: Un gran día para la libertad religiosa de negocios familiares La decisión de hoy, 30 de junio, de la Corte Suprema del país en favor de Hobby Lobby Stores y Conestoga Wood Specialties muestra que la “justicia ha prevalecido”, dijeron el Arzobispo Joseph E. Kurtz de Louisville, presidente de la Conferencia de Obispos Católicos de los Estados Unidos, y el Arzobispo William E. Lori de Baltimore, presidente del Comité Ad Hoc para la Libertad Religiosa. Mon, 30 Jun 2014 05:00:00 GMT rss1926 Court: Closely held companies can't be required to cover contraceptives In a narrowly tailored 5-4 ruling, the Supreme Court June 30 said closely held companies may be exempted from a government requirement to include contraceptives in employee health insurance coverage under the Religious Freedom Restoration Act. Mon, 30 Jun 2014 05:00:00 GMT rss1925 An Evening of Inspiration and Hope Catholic Charities of Corpus Christi will host the 2014 Dinner and Dialogue with Bishop Michael Mulvey on Thursday, Sept. 25, at the Congressman Solomon P. Ortiz International Center. The bi-annual fundraiser helps support the programs and services of Catholic Charities and the Mother Teresa Shelter. Mon, 30 Jun 2014 05:00:00 GMT rss1924