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09/17/2021

The Archdiocese of Galveston-Houston and the Red Mass Committee cordially invite all associated with the study and administration of justice to join our annual celebration of the Red Mass on Tuesday, Oct. 19 at 6:15 p.m. at the Co-Cathedral of the Sacred Heart in downtown Houston.

The Red Mass tradition dates from the 13th century. It is named for the red vestments worn by the priest-celebrants and the scarlet robes worn by the Lord High Justices. Liturgical red is proper for a votive Mass of the Holy Spirit and symbolizes a willingness to defend the truth. In the United States today, a Red Mass is celebrated in most major metropolitan areas and is attended by judges, lawyers, public officials, law faculty, and law students.

Following the Mass is the optional Red Mass Dinner at Cathedral Centre. For more information and to purchase tickets to the dinner, please visit www.archgh.org/redmass

At Home in Creation: When our inner wells run dry
09/17/2021
At Home in Creation: When our inner wells run dry

At Home in Creation: When our inner wells run dry

PAUSE This week's reflections focus on water. READ Jesus wept. — John 11:35 Jesus said to her, "Everyone who drinks of this water wil...

At Home in Creation: Water as the gift of life
09/13/2021
At Home in Creation: Water as the gift of life

At Home in Creation: Water as the gift of life

PAUSE This week's reflections focus on water. READ You make springs gush forth in the valleys; they flow between the hills, giving drink to...

Feast Day—September 9From his birthplace in Connaught, Ireland, Kieran traveled at age 15 to study under St. Finnian at ...
09/09/2021

Feast Day—September 9

From his birthplace in Connaught, Ireland, Kieran traveled at age 15 to study under St. Finnian at Clonard. According to legend, he took along a cow for milk. He became the most learned monk there, then spent seven years with St. Enda in the Aran Islands, where he was ordained. He moved on to Isel, but soon left because other monks complained of his generosity to the poor. About 545, with eight companions, he founded the monastery at Clonmacnoise, on the River Shannon, which became a famous religious center for its manuscripts and metal liturgical objects. Kieran died at Clonmacnoise and is counted among the Twelve Apostles of Ireland.

Feast Day—September 9

From his birthplace in Connaught, Ireland, Kieran traveled at age 15 to study under St. Finnian at Clonard. According to legend, he took along a cow for milk. He became the most learned monk there, then spent seven years with St. Enda in the Aran Islands, where he was ordained. He moved on to Isel, but soon left because other monks complained of his generosity to the poor. About 545, with eight companions, he founded the monastery at Clonmacnoise, on the River Shannon, which became a famous religious center for its manuscripts and metal liturgical objects. Kieran died at Clonmacnoise and is counted among the Twelve Apostles of Ireland.

08/25/2021
Saint Louis of France (August 24th) Crowned King Louis IX of France in 1226, he married Marguerite of Provence in 1234 a...
08/24/2021

Saint Louis of France (August 24th)

Crowned King Louis IX of France in 1226, he married Marguerite of Provence in 1234 and they had 11 children. He was an ideal medieval king, promoting justice and peace at home and abroad. His subjects greatly admired his piety and goodness.

Saint Louis of France, Pray for Us!

Saint Louis of France (August 24th)

Crowned King Louis IX of France in 1226, he married Marguerite of Provence in 1234 and they had 11 children. He was an ideal medieval king, promoting justice and peace at home and abroad. His subjects greatly admired his piety and goodness.

Saint Louis of France, Pray for Us!

Prayer for a New School Year - (USCCB)Blessed are you, Lord God, Creator of body and mind and heart; you have sent the S...
08/24/2021
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Prayer for a New School Year - (USCCB)

Blessed are you, Lord God, Creator of body and mind and heart; you have sent the Spirit of wisdom and knowledge to guide your people in all their ways. At the beginning of this new school year, we implore your mercy: bless the students, teachers, and staff of our school, that together we may grow in faith, hope, and love as we learn from you and each other how to follow your Son Jesus.

Expand the horizons of our minds, that we may grow in wisdom, understanding, and knowledge; deepen our commitment to seek the truth of your ways; and enliven our faith to reach out to those in need.

Photos from Catholic Climate Covenant's post
07/06/2021

Photos from Catholic Climate Covenant's post

Formerly incarcerated women face unique obstacles during re-entry. Join us for a conversation with Sr. Maureen O’Connell...
05/05/2021
Welcome! You are invited to join a webinar: Women & Re-Entry - CPMC May Webinar. After registering, you will receive a confirmation email about joining the webinar.

Formerly incarcerated women face unique obstacles during re-entry. Join us for a conversation with Sr. Maureen O’Connell, OP as she shares her work as founder of Angela House - a re-entry ministry for women affected by incarceration - and Sarah Maybry a case manager at Angela House.

https://zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_222rYXlfSriZXQgAAaU96g

Formerly incarcerated women face unique obstacles during re-entry. Join us for a conversation with Sr. Maureen O’Connell, OP as she shares her work as founder of Angela House - a re-entry ministry for women affected by incarceration - and Sarah Maybry a case manager at Angela House. Maureen O’Co...

Timeline Photos
05/05/2021

Timeline Photos

Today's prayer intention: Pray for all children and adolescents. This is part of #PopeFrancis' monthlong prayer marathon to end the pandemic.

CCL’s Catholic Action Team invites you to our very first virtual CCL Catholic Conference! The sixth anniversary of the r...
04/22/2021

CCL’s Catholic Action Team invites you to our very first virtual CCL Catholic Conference! The sixth anniversary of the release of Pope Francis’ encyclical letter “Laudato Si’ On Care for our Common Home” inspired us to hold our conference, entitled Call to Action to Care for Our Common Home on May 15th, 2021.
Who should join us: Everyone! Especially CCL volunteers with Catholic members of Congress! We made it easy for you to find out if your member of Congress is Catholic.
When: May 15th, 2021 from 12 pm - 4 pm Eastern time.
Why: To explore the tools you’ll need to effectively reach Catholics and activate the Catholic voice to Care for Creation and promote the EICDA.
Where: On Zoom. Once you register, we’ll send you the link to join close to the date of the conference.
Schedule: You can view the conference schedule here. (https://sites.grenadine.co/sites/citizensclimate/en/ccl-virtual-catholic-conference)

REGISTER NOW - https://www.eventbrite.com/e/ccl-2021-catholic-conference-call-to-action-to-care-for-our-common-home-tickets-149371232377

We have inspiring speakers lined up for the event!

o Bishop John Stowe from the Diocese of Lexington will be speaking with us live
o We’ll hear from Bishop Robert McElroy from the Diocese of San Diego.
o Jose Aguto from Catholic Climate Covenant will be a keynote speaker
o We’re working on getting at least one member of Congress to speak about how their faith plays a role in their decision making in Congress.
o We'll also celebrate Pope Francis’ encyclical letter together.
We also have informative breakout sessions to help you connect with Catholics in your Congressional District and gain grasstop endorsements to show your Catholic MOC’s that Catholics in their districts want them to support the Energy Innovation and Carbon Dividend Act!
Catholics are a large demographic in Congress. About 30% of Congress, as well as President Biden, self identifies as Catholic. Our chance of passing fee and dividend legislation has never been better! We hope that connecting with Catholic members of Congress through their faith will seal the deal.
Jon Clark
Appalachia Regional Coordinator
[email protected]

CCL’s Catholic Action Team invites you to our very first virtual CCL Catholic Conference! The sixth anniversary of the release of Pope Francis’ encyclical letter “Laudato Si’ On Care for our Common Home” inspired us to hold our conference, entitled Call to Action to Care for Our Common Home on May 15th, 2021.
Who should join us: Everyone! Especially CCL volunteers with Catholic members of Congress! We made it easy for you to find out if your member of Congress is Catholic.
When: May 15th, 2021 from 12 pm - 4 pm Eastern time.
Why: To explore the tools you’ll need to effectively reach Catholics and activate the Catholic voice to Care for Creation and promote the EICDA.
Where: On Zoom. Once you register, we’ll send you the link to join close to the date of the conference.
Schedule: You can view the conference schedule here. (https://sites.grenadine.co/sites/citizensclimate/en/ccl-virtual-catholic-conference)

REGISTER NOW - https://www.eventbrite.com/e/ccl-2021-catholic-conference-call-to-action-to-care-for-our-common-home-tickets-149371232377

We have inspiring speakers lined up for the event!

o Bishop John Stowe from the Diocese of Lexington will be speaking with us live
o We’ll hear from Bishop Robert McElroy from the Diocese of San Diego.
o Jose Aguto from Catholic Climate Covenant will be a keynote speaker
o We’re working on getting at least one member of Congress to speak about how their faith plays a role in their decision making in Congress.
o We'll also celebrate Pope Francis’ encyclical letter together.
We also have informative breakout sessions to help you connect with Catholics in your Congressional District and gain grasstop endorsements to show your Catholic MOC’s that Catholics in their districts want them to support the Energy Innovation and Carbon Dividend Act!
Catholics are a large demographic in Congress. About 30% of Congress, as well as President Biden, self identifies as Catholic. Our chance of passing fee and dividend legislation has never been better! We hope that connecting with Catholic members of Congress through their faith will seal the deal.
Jon Clark
Appalachia Regional Coordinator
[email protected]

04/13/2021

It is imperative that all the faithful in the U.S. carefully consider the map laid out for us by Pope Francis in Fratelli Tutti and elsewhere when considering how to transform a broken immigration system that makes vulnerable people, especially children, even more vulnerable.

United States Conference of Catholic Bishops
03/25/2020

United States Conference of Catholic Bishops

Join #PopeFrancis on Friday, March 27 for a special Urbi et Orbi blessing live from St. Peter's Square. The prayer and blessing will be broadcast on the Vatican News website (https://www.vaticannews.va/en.html) at 6pm Rome time, 1pm EDT, 11am MDT, and 10am PDT. The Holy Father will grant to all participants who participate in the livestream a Plenary Indulgence before imparting the Urbi et Orbi Blessing.

03/25/2020
Home - Archdiocese of Galveston-Houston

Archbishop Emeritus Fiorenza shares a prayer in the time of corornavirus isolation.

https://www.archgh.org/news-data/latest-news/archbishop-emeritus-fiorenza-shares-a-prayer-in-the-time-of-coronavirus/

The four Gospels give us an image of Jesus who traveled through towns and villages to cure disease and illness. The Gospel reading for Tuesday of the fourth week of Lent reveals the miracle when Jesus restored health to a crippled man. His remarkable sensitivity for a person afflicted with a disabil...

Archdiocese of Galveston - Houston
03/25/2020

Archdiocese of Galveston - Houston

Join us online at 12 noon (CST) today as Cardinal DiNardo leads us in the Our Father. www.archgh.org/live

Office of Justice and Peace for the Archdiocese of Galveston-Houston
03/23/2020

Office of Justice and Peace for the Archdiocese of Galveston-Houston

03/23/2020

Covid-19: A Prayer of Solidarity


For all who have contracted corona-virus,
We pray for care and healing.

For those who are particularly vulnerable,
We pray for safety and protection.

For all who experience fear or anxiety,
We pray for peace of mind and spirit.

For affected families who are facing difficult decisions between food on the table or public safety,
We pray for policies that recognize their plight.

For those who do not have adequate health insurance,
We pray that no family will face financial burdens alone.

For those who are afraid to access care due to immigration status,
We pray for recognition of the God-given dignity of all.

For our brothers and sisters around the world,
We pray for shared solidarity.

For public officials and decision makers,
We pray for wisdom and guidance.

Father, during this time may your Church be a sign of hope, comfort and love to all.
Grant peace.
Grant comfort.
Grant healing.
Be with us, Lord.

Amen.



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Office of Justice and Peace for the Archdiocese of Galveston-Houston's cover photo
03/23/2020

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United States Conference of Catholic Bishops
03/23/2020

United States Conference of Catholic Bishops

Here are five spiritual tips you for you to live out at home during the #coronavirus pandemic.

How are you growing spiritually during this time?

02/02/2017
Letter to Secretary Tillerson on Israel and Palestine

Chair of USCCB International Committee Calls on Trump Administration to Pursue Peace between Israelis and Palestinians

Bishops oppose all acts of violence, Israeli settlement expansion, confiscation of Palestinian lands, and relocation of the U.S. embassy to Jerusalem.
Joint communiqué by bishops from Europe, Canada, South Africa and the United States calls for diplomatic solution that respects the human dignity for both Israelis and Palestinians.

Bishops echo Pope Francis that ‘two-state solution must become a reality and not merely a dream.’

February 2, 2017

WASHINGTON—In a letter issued yesterday congratulating Secretary Rex Tillerson on his confirmation as Secretary of State, Bishop Oscar Cantú, chair of the Committee on International Justice and Peace of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops (USCCB), called on the Secretary to work for peace in Israel and Palestine.

Bishop Cantú, who recently participated in a solidarity visit to Israel and Palestine, enclosed a joint communiqué by bishops from Europe, Canada, South Africa and the United States. The bishop notes that “2017 marks the fiftieth anniversary of a crippling occupation of the West Bank, East Jerusalem and Gaza, crippling for both peoples.” Quoting the joint communiqué of the bishops, he goes on to state that “[t]he occupation violates ‘the human dignity of both Palestinians and Israelis.’ Settlement expansion on occupied Palestinian lands undermines a two-state solution, destroying the homes and the livelihoods of Palestinians as well as the long-term security and future of Israelis.”

Decrying “egregious injustices and random acts of violence,” Bishop Cantú expressed the opposition of U.S. and international bishops to Israeli settlement expansion and confiscation of Palestinian lands. In addition, he implored the Secretary to maintain the U.S. embassy in Tel Aviv. He wrote, “Moving the embassy to Jerusalem would erode the U.S. commitment to a two-state solution, and is a threat to pursuing peace and ending conflict. Its impact would incite and destabilize the area, compromising U.S. security. As Pope Francis declares, ‘the two-state solution must become a reality and not merely a dream.’”

Bishop Cantú called on Secretary Tillerson to work “to end fifty years of occupation and build a brighter future for both Israelis and Palestinians.” He concluded, “[T]he United States has always provided leadership and support to the peace process. We continue to profess hope for a diplomatic solution that respects the human dignity for both Israelis and Palestinians and advances justice and peace for all.”

The full text of the bishops’ joint communiqué and Bishop Cantú’s letter to Secretary Rex Tillerson are available online at www.usccb.org/issues-and-action/human-life-and-dignity/global-issues/middle-east/israel-palestine/letter-to-secretary-tillerson-from-bishop-cantu-on-israel-palestine-2017-02-01.cfm.

Letter to Secretary Tillerson from Bishop Cantú on Israel-Palestine 01-01-2017

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