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Saturday, Sept. 10
Sessions begin Sunday, Sept. 18


Bishop Michael Olson invites young adults (18-35) to a special Mass celebrating the Feast of the Nativity of the Blessed Virgin Mary on
September 8 at
St Patrick Cathedral
at 6:30 PM.
Following the Mass please join us in the St Patrick Pastoral Center for a FREE MEAL and spiritual reflection on Magnanimity & the Interior Life.
Please RSVP for meal to Melissa Loza:



From Fr. John Robert Skeldon, Rector

June 26, 2022

Homily and Reflection for the 13th Sunday in Ordinary Time, Year C, in Light of the Overturning of Roe vs. Wade

As we return to Ordinary Time this Sunday, having completed the season of Easter and the two solemnities in honor of the Holy Trinity and the Body and Blood of Christ, we do so in an extraordinary way. We are called to persevere, to persist and endure in our discipleship. To set our faces toward the goal of our journey as Jesus in the gospel set his face to journey to Jerusalem. To consider the long haul or to play the long game… to mix metaphors. To put our hands to the plow and look ahead, not to what is behind. And this is extraordinary even as it plays out in the ordinariness of our lives.

The long haul that many Americans, including the Catholic Church, have set their faces toward and put their hands to the plow for has finally arrived in the overturning of the Roe vs. Wade decision by the Supreme Court, thus establishing that the unborn, or better pre-born human beings, have a natural right to life by virtue of their existence, made in the image and likeness of God. This has been the consistent teaching of the Church for the long haul, that from conception to natural death, human life should be protected, nurtured, revered and cared for.

There are two images in the gospel passage from Luke worthy of reflection, given the current state of affairs. First is the image of the plow to which the disciple is to put his or her hands. The plow is an image of the cultivation of life, not of its destruction. In the book of the prophet Isaiah, one reads this most famous verse: “[The peoples] shall beat their swords into plowshares and their spears into pruning hooks; One nation shall not raise the sword against another, nor shall they train for war again” (Isaiah 2:4). This idea is so important among the prophets that it is repeated verbatim in the book of the prophet Micah, chapter 4, and echoed in the book of the prophet Joel, chapter 4.

The image of the weapons of destruction that bring death being transformed into the tools of cultivation that assist life is a pregnant image. It is full of possibility and hope, which are what life points to. The plow’s purpose seeks to create furrows in the earth—the land—so that life can be seeded and cultivated, cared for under the watchful eye of the persistent and persevering plowman and woman. We, as disciples of Jesus Christ who is the Way, the Truth and the Life, are called to be those plowmen and women who put the hand to the plow in order to assist in creating those furrows, those safe places, which will cultivate, sustain, nurture and revere life. And to do it mercifully, kindly, generously, generatively and magnanimously—from the largeness and bigness of our souls. Never from an air of arrogance, anger, unkindness or pusillanimity—from the smallness of our souls.

This is where the second image in the gospel passage worthy of reflection comes to bear. As Jesus sets his face to go to Jerusalem, he must journey through Samaria and encounter Samaritans who historically have had very fraught, if not outright hostile, relations with Jews. It’s the only way to get to Jerusalem. And as he does so, he invariably encounters hostility and resistance. His own disciples seek to destroy such hostility and resistance with an overt demonstration of angry, reactive power. Jesus will have nothing of it. In fact, he rebukes his own disciples for suggesting such a thing. Have they learned nothing being with him that his way is not the way of reactive retaliation born of anger and animosity? His is a way that even loves one’s enemies and prays for them just as the sun shines upon the good and the bad and the rain falls on the just and the unjust (cf. Matthew 5:44-45). They are to meet such opposition, as invariably it will come, with their faces set toward Jerusalem, the goal of their journeying…a perspective borne of seeing the big picture, playing the long game, journeying for the long haul.

This is what the pro-life witness of the Church and many others has aimed to do during these last nearly 50 years…the time period of a biblical Jubilee. It is now time for the reset and the renewal to take place which is what the Jubilee signifies. Yet in journeying with our faces set toward Jerusalem, we cannot think that we have yet arrived. The full-throated witness to life must include an on-going accompaniment not only of those women who are pregnant and their unborn children within them, but these same women and their children and family even after birth and throughout their life. The often repeated ridiculous charge by those who are the cultured despisers of religion is that those who are pro-life are not really pro-life, but only pro-birth. Thus, this moment of biblical Jubilee is not the end of the journey but merely the end of the beginning. We have set our faces toward Jerusalem, and we have not arrived yet. We still must journey through our own Samaria where there will be opposition and hostility, and we counter such hostility with loving kindness and mercy.

The counsel that Paul gives to the Galatians in the second reading today is sound and prudent counsel for us as well as we make this journey: “…serve one another through love. For the whole law is fulfilled in one statement, namely, You shall love your neighbor as yourself. But if you go on biting and devouring one another, beware that you are not consumed by one another” (Galatians 5:13c-14). In the end, to conclude with another image from the biblical texts today—that of Elijah placing his cloak (symbol of prophetic authority) upon Elisha in the first reading from the first book of Kings—the cloak or mantle of authentic, full-throated, inclusive, merciful, pro-life witness has been placed upon us. Like Elisha we are called now to follow Elijah, setting our hand to the plow, and eventually to take Elijah’s place, as Elisha will do, as those who give authoritative witness to our Christian faith. May it be a witness always planted and rooted in Christ. And may the furrows we are asked to plow be seeded with a merciful and loving encounter that attracts many to Jesus Christ, who orders our lives extraordinarily, so that we may prepare ourselves for the journey, putting our hands to the plow and setting our faces toward Jerusalem.



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“Please ask your parishioners to pray for peace, an end to war, and for the safety of all people of Ukraine who have been traumatized by the unjust Russian invasion of their homeland.”


Catholic Relief Services (CRS) is responding with emergency support in Ukraine and neighboring countries. The CRS collection is scheduled in parishes on March 26-27 but parishioners can give now online at   In the meantime, you are welcome to drop checks in the collection basket now indicating CRS/Ukraine in the memo space.




5:30 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. 

In the Cathedral with exposition of the Blessed Sacrament. All are invited to pray with the Blessed Sacrament whether or not you come to confession.


11:00 a.m. - 11:50 a.m.

In the Cathedral.


4:30 p.m. - 5:30 p.m.

In the Cathedral.


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Call for Action on Advance Directives Legislation

The bishops of Texas through the Texas Catholic Conference of Bishops (TCCB), with one exception, are calling on the faithful from throughout the state to contact their respective state senator and state representative to urge the lawmakers to support SB 1944/HB 3099 which reforms the Texas Advance Directives Act and to oppose SB 917/HB 2609 which eliminates the dispute resolution process.


The TCCB Action Alert details why it is important to support SB 1944/HB 3099 and to oppose SB 917/HB 2609 and how to make your voice heard with one easy click.



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COVID Vaccination Information

In order to ensure that every resident knows the importance of receiving the vaccination, Tarrant County officials have asked the Diocese of Fort Worth to distribute this information about getting the COVID vaccination.

COVID Vaccine - Flyer

Details about resources for COVID in English, Spanish and Vietnamese

COVID Vaccine - YouTube Videos

YouTube links of videos for COVID in English, Spanish and Vietnamese

This information is for residents of Tarrant County and the surrounding counties whose residents can be vaccinated at Tarrant County vaccination centers.


“CATHEDRAL TREASURES” is a beautiful 74-page limited-edition book that is now available to order.  Cost is $20 plus shipping and handling.  This comprehensive collection of the sacred beauty here at St. Patrick Cathedral includes the magnificent windows, stations of the cross, statues and sacred objects.  circlerightarrow 


POPE FRANCIS signs new Encyclical "Fratelli tutti" on St Francis' tomb in Assisi

"Let us dream, then, as a single human family, as fellow travelers sharing the same flesh, as children of the same earth which is our common home, each of us bringing the richness of his or her beliefs and convictions, each of us with his or her own voice, brothers and sisters all."  CLICK HERE to see the complete Encyclical.


Bishop Olson’s Statement regarding Pope Francis’ Comments Recorded in Francesco


PASTORAL LETTER from Bishop Olson to the clergy, the faithful and others of the Diocese regarding any possible invalid baptisms: 





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