Texas Catholic Voice Aug 31, 2023

In this issue of the Texas Catholic Voice:

  • Back to school ...
  • Grandparents and the Elderly Day ...
  • Holy Father's prayer for October ...
  • And more!

A Message from Jennifer Allmon, Executive Director

It’s back to school and we are praying everyone has a safe and successful school year!

We were delighted to host two Texas representatives at back-to-school events in San Antonio and Odessa this month.

Rep. Liz Campos (HD 119) attended Mass on the feast of the Assumption at St. James the Apostle Catholic School and afterwards she toured the school and visited classrooms.

Rep. Brooks Landgraf (HD 81) attended Mass at St. Mary’s Central Catholic School and accompanied Bishop Mike Sis of the Diocese of San Angelo for classroom blessings.

It was a joy to see the students’ eagerness to learn and the commitment of the faculty and staff at these wonderful Catholic schools. We thank Reps. Campos and Landgraf for getting to know these communities. 

We hope everyone enjoys rest and relaxation this long Labor Day weekend.  

In 2021, Pope Francis established the celebration of the World Day for Grandparents and Elderly on the fourth Sunday of July, near the liturgical memorial of Saints Joachim and Anne, the grandparents of Jesus (July 26). The theme for the 2023 celebration selected by the pope is “His mercy is from age to age” (Lk 1:50).

The U.S. bishops have approved the transfer of the celebration of World Day for Grandparents and the Elderly in the U.S. to the first weekend after Labor Day in September to coincide with National Grandparents (and the Elderly) Day in the United States as many local communities, schools, and parishes have celebrated for some time.

Pope Francis' prayer intention for August

Pope Francis requests prayer and action for those “living on the margins of society”

In The Pope Video for the month of September, Pope Francis asks us to pray “for those people who live on the margins of society in subhuman living conditions, that they may not be neglected by institutions and never be cast out.”


Prayer for the Legislature

Please pray for all our public servants and elected officials, including our Governor, Lt. Governor, House Speaker, lawmakers, and their staff, that the Lord may grant them wisdom and prudence to work for the common good of all the people of Texas.

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Upcoming Executions

Oct. 10 – Jedidiah Murphy

Oct. 26 – William Speer

Nov. 9 – Brent Brewer

Nov. 16 – David Renteria

The Texas bishops ask for clemency for all on death row in our country and pray for the abolition of the death penalty.  

The Texas Catholic Voice is a publication of the Texas Catholic Conference of Bishops. For more information, write news@txcatholic.org or call 512-339-9882.