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Bishop, committee to hear from students, announce objectives

    Community leaders throughout Midland convene at 10:30 a.m. Wednesday, Oct. 3 at First Presbyterian Church (Rm. 214), 800 W. Texas, to hear from teenagers about the local drug problem and to announce progress and objectives that the group will work toward.    Members of the MISD Superintendent’s Youth Leadership group will make brief presentations regarding the drug situation and committee members are expected to announce that significant focus will be given to advocating for the establishment of drug courts in Midland County, and for relationship-based community service for probationary youth offenders. Continue reading

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Postponement

The second annual Red Mass, initially scheduled for Thursday at St. Elizabeth Ann Seton in Odessa, will instead be celebrated Monday, Oct. 8 at 7 p.m. The Red Mass is celebrated for those in the legal profession and coincides with the opening of the Supreme Court session each year.

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Texas Catholic Conference director to headline Social Justice Workshop

   SAN ANGELO — Jennifer Carr, Associate Director of the Texas Catholic Conference, will be the featured presenter during the Diocese of San Angelo’s SOCIAL JUSTICE WORKSHOP, from 7-9:30 p.m., Thursday, September 27. The workshop, presented by the diocesan Office of Education and Formation, will be held at the Newman Center, 2451 Dena Dr., on the campus of Angelo State University.    The SOCIAL JUSTICE WORKSHOP will address topics of education, healthcare and immigration.    For more information, contact the Office of Education at the Diocese of San Angelo, 325.651.7500.

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Today (08.23.07)

Today in the Diocese

Fr. Serafin Avenido installed as new pastor at Brownwood’s St. Mary, 6:30 p.m. Bishop Pfeifer will preside over the installation Mass.

Necrology

Rev. Charles Knapp (1978)
Deacon Eufracio Hernandez (1998)

Today’s Readings

Judges 11:29-39
Psalm 40:5, 7-10
Matthew 22:1-14

Today’s Headlines from Catholic News Service

By Catholic News Service

U.S.

Despite some successes, challenges remain for New Orleans health care

WASHINGTON (CNS) — What began nearly two years ago as a temporary health care site operating off of a card table on a New Orleans sidewalk has developed into a permanent primary care clinic serving more than 12,000 patients since Hurricane Katrina struck. The Tulane Community Health Center at Covenant House operates with a unique set of resources that includes faith-based groups, medical and nursing students, corporate sponsors, academic institutions, government agencies and the people of the Middle Eastern nation of Qatar, which has given millions of dollars in hurricane recovery assistance. The center is just one example of the successes achieved in reviving a health care system decimated by Hurricane Katrina and the flooding that followed. Another is the Daughters of Charity Health Center-St. Cecilia, a community-based clinic serving New Orleans’ Ninth Ward and the Bywater neighborhood that has received $3 million from the United Health Foundation to become a model “center of excellence” for primary care in a community setting.

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After three-year halt, bingo games return to Arkansas parishes

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (CNS) — Bingo returned to several Arkansas parishes in early August, but many more churches, schools and Knights of Columbus councils are pondering whether they want to offer the games again. On July 31 a new Arkansas law was enacted to allow charitable organizations to offer a limited number of bingo games each week and sell raffle tickets after getting a Continue reading

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Odessa’s St. Elizabeth Ann Seton to celebrate 25 years this weekend; Archbishop Fiorenza to concelebrate with Bishop Pfeifer

   ODESSA – St. Elizabeth Ann Seton Parish in Odessa will mark its 25th anniversary with three days of parish events.  The anniversary celebration will begin with a family picnic at 6 p.m. on the parish grounds on Fri., Aug. 17. On Sat., Aug. 18 a solemn Mass at 5 p.m. will be concelebrated, followed by a banquet in the parish hall. On Sun., Aug. 19, an organ concert will take place in the church at 3 p.m. The parish recently installed a new organ, which will be dedicated during the ceremony.
    Joining San Angelo Bishop Michael D. Pfeifer at the anniversary Mass, Aug. 18, will be Galveston-Houston Archbishop Joseph A. Fiorenza, who was Bishop of San Angelo at the time St. Elizabeth Ann Seton was founded; Continue reading

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Archbishop to be in Odessa for St. Elizabeth Ann Seton anniversary Saturday

ODESSA – St. Elizabeth Ann Seton Parish in Odessa will mark its 25th anniversary with three days of parish events.  The anniversary celebration will begin with a family picnic beginning at 6 p.m. on the parish grounds on Fri., Aug. 17. On Sat., Aug. 18 a solemn Mass at 5 p.m. will be concelebrated, followed by a banquet in the parish hall. On Sun., Aug. 19, an organ concert will take place in the church at 3 p.m. The parish recently installed a new organ, which will be dedicated during the ceremony. Continue reading

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San Angelo, Amarillo bishops to concelebrate annual Respect Life Mass in Midland today at 10

     MIDLAND — Bishop Michael D. Pfeifer’s annual “Respect for Life Mass” will be 10 a.m., Friday, Aug. 10, at The Prayer Garden in Midland, at the intersection of Fort Worth St. and Illinois Ave.  The Most Rev. John Yanta, Bishop of Amarillo, will be the concelebrant. 

   The Mass will be held across from the Midland Planned Parenthood office on the day of the week that Planned Parenthood conducts abortions.

    “Over one million children are aborted every year in the United States alone,” Pfeifer noted. “Some are killed by methods so brutal that society would not tolerate such treatment against defenseless animals.  We invite all, Catholics and non-Catholics to come to this special Respect Life Mass and pray for the unborn and to help bring an end to the tragedy of abortion.     “We ask all to keep in mind, we are all created, loved and redeemed by God, and it should be in each of us to have a respect for all human life.”

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