South Texas Catholic (Corpus Christi, Tex.), Vol. 41, No. 6, Ed. 1 Friday, March 17, 2006 Page: 1 of 24
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South Texas Catholic
Diocese of Corpus Christi Vol. 41 No, 6 March 17, 2006
Special Inserts For Your
Family Inside This Paper!
he Family Life Office of
X the Diocese of Corpus
Christi offers a variety of
programs and ministries to
help your family. Descrip-
tions, contact names and
numbers and a 12-month
calendar listing these special
programs are in two inserts
found in the middle of this
edition of the STC.
Keep the calendar on your
represented at the
53 rd Annual South
Tx. Regional Spell-
ing Bee last month.
Check out the
An MPB youth
group member shares
thoughts from a mission trip last winter,
and don’t miss the last chance to get in on
this year’s Jr. Youth Spectacular Mar. 26!
Read more on page 11
Nothing ‘Fishy’ about
Lenten Parish Fish Fries
ent continues in the diocese and the local
i—/church has much to offer. Three more
social justice courses
are offered at Incar-
nate Word. Come by
to leam more about
your faith and com-
munity. Don’t forget
those fabulous Friday
fish fries. Parishes are
cooking-up crispy fish
and delicious side
dishes! Also, try a meat-free, seafood recipe
that’s just perfect for St. Patrick’s Day.
Read more on pages 12-13
Raising Funds, Keeping Faith
MPVM, gives a big
hug to out-going king,
Robert Arriaga, at the
Fiesta Mexicana in
festivals raise needed
funds, build commu-
nity spirit and main-
tain the cultural heritage of faith communities
around the diocese. Read more on page 24
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Pope says Lenten
people closer to
By Cindy Wooden
ROME (CNS) —- The conversion
called for during Lent not only
draws people closer to God, but also
draws them closer to others in
charity and peace, Pope Benedict
Wearing new sparkling purple
vestments, Pope Benedict celebrated
an Ash Wednesday Mass March 1 at
Romes Basilica of Santa Sabina.
In his homily, the pope said Lent
is a time for Christians to perfect the
“battle against sin," using the
“weapons of prayer, fasting and
“To battle against evil, against
every form of selfishness and hatred,
and to die to oneself in order to live
in God is the ascetic itinerary that
every disciple of Jesus is called to
follow with humility and patience,
with generosity and perseverance,"
the pope said. “The docile following
of the Divine Master makes Chris-
tians witnesses and apostles of
By striving to follow Christ in all
things, the pope said, Christians
demonstrate the correct response
“to the violence that threatens peace
See POPE, page 18
A mark of faith
STC photodoe Hardeman
As Catholics and members of other Christian denominations around the
world turned out for Ash Wednesday liturgies, the residents of Corpus Christi
State School were also marked with a sign of faith for the beginning of their
Lenten journey. Deacon Jim Gallagher administers ashes to Manuel Salinas,
a client of the school, during the March 1 Ash Wednesday Service led by
Bishop Edmond Carmody. The event was attended by over 450 residents
and people from around the community. "When people come here our
residents have a chance to experience something normal that we take for
granted, " said Corpus Christi State School Chaplain, Tom Dowdy.
See story and more photos on page 12.
Homeless shelter, new high school, diabetes awareness
are responses to community needs, says Bishop Carmody
(The following is the second of a
two-part series on growth in the
Diocese of Corpus Christi over the
past six years.)
By Paula Goldapp
March 17 marks the sixth
anniversary of Bishop Edmond
Carmodys arrival in the Diocese of
Corpus Christi. As the seventh
spiritual leader of the church in the
coastal bend area, he has built upon
the foundation of his predecessors
and hopes to leave the diocese in a
stable and harmonious state for his
“We’re all in this together making
this a better world,” said Bishop
Carmody, during a recent interview.
The native of Ireland is required to
turn in his resignation letter to the
Vatican by his 75th birthday, Jan. 12,
2009; but he might not get a reply
for months or even a year.
For now, his thoughts and
interests are focused on the needs
of the church and the larger
community at hand.
Within two years of his arrival in
the Diocese of Corpus Christi,
Bishop Edmond Carmody visited
every parish and mission within the
He then sought the input of local
civic and religious leaders of
various denominations to discern
common community concerns.
Three issues ended up at the top:
homelessness, a rising high school
dropout rate and diabetes.
“Homelessness became a very
strong issue with 5,000 homeless in
this area,” said the bishop, who led
Catholic Charities in the opening
of the Mother Teresa Day Shelter
for the homeless in 2003.
“Thank God, now Catholic
Charities and the Mother Teresa
Shelter and Metro Ministries are
working very closely to take care of
homeless,” he added.
He noted that even more of the
the homeless and working poor
will be assisted with the future
opening of Metro Ministries’ Sarita
Kenedy Community Center. “We
can all rejoice about their new place.”
The bishop said the next step is
to continue in the area of rehabili-
See COMMUNITY, page 14
Catechumen and candidates affirmed and welcomed by bishop, church
community, at Rite of Election and Call to Continuing Conversion
STC photo/Liz Riggle
Jackson, who is
accompanied by his
godparent and wife,
Lorraine Jackson, at
the March 5 Rite of
Election and Call to
members of St.
Joseph Parish in
By Liz Riggle
“Do not be afraid, I am with you.
I have called you each by name.”
The words from the gathering
hymn at the March 5 Rite of
Election and Call to Continuing
Conversion summed up the
atmosphere at Corpus Christi
Cathedral as catechumens and
candidates took one step closer to
becoming fully initiated into the
sacramental life of the church.
Over 250 catechumens and
candidates involved in the Rite of
Christian Initiation of Adults
(RCIA) in parishes and missions
See RITE, page 13
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