- Jan 22, 2020
Retired Archbishop Joseph A. Fiorenza of the Archdiocese of Galveston-Houston joined other religious leaders in paying tribute to Barbara Bush April 19 during a ceremony described as a Celebration of Life in front of Houston City Hall April 19.
Father Paul Felix is the pastor of the 147-year-old Mary Queen Catholic Church parish, which is across the street from Minute Maid Park, the home of the Houston Astros. The priest said the World Series was a prime time to evangelize the culture with the rosary, especially during the centennial of the Marian apparitions at Fatima.
Jim “Mattress Mack” McIngvale, motivated by his Catholic faith, dispatched trucks to rescue Harvey flooding victims and opened his stores as shelters to hundreds of evacuees and Texas Army National Guard troops. He said Houstonians are acting the way Pope John Paul II had inspired people to act. “They’re loving each other. That’s the way it ought to be all the time.”
More than 1,300 people were helped with basic necessities, referrals, emergency funds and gift cards to help them deal with the challenges caused by Hurricane Harvey. The biggest challenges Catholic Charties face include trying to find places to store donated supplies and relocating residents with no affordable housing available.
While bayous and rivers were rising and falling in Houston, Hurricane Harvey’s outer bands reached into East Texas, smothering Beaumont and Port Arthur with rain. Shortly offshore and downgraded to a tropical storm, Harvey made a second landfall Aug. 30 with more rain, drenching the already soaked region.
In a message released by the Vatican on Thursday, Pope Francis said he was “deeply moved by the tragic loss of life and the immense material devastation that this natural catastrophe has left in its wake,” and that “he prays for the victims and their families, and for all those engaged in the vital work of relief, recovery and rebuilding.”