Sacred Heart in Rusk will hold a four-night mission featuring Fr. Jewel Aytona of the Fathers of Mercy order, Fr. Juan Carlos Rivera has announced.

The mission will be held from February 1-4, with confessions and adoration beginning each evening at 6 p.m., followed by the mission presentation at 7 p.m. Sacred Heart is located at 760 South Main St. in Rusk, Texas.

The Diocesan Liturgical Commission is offering a two day workshop on Liturgical Music for Hispanic Choirs on April 17-18 at St. Peter Claver Catholic Church in Tyler.

The Friday evening session is designated for choir leaders, while the Saturday session is open to all choir members.

Jaime Cortez will lead the workshop. 

WASHINGTON (CNS) — Pope Francis has appointed Father Daniel E. Garcia, the vicar general of the Diocese of Austin, Texas, as an auxiliary bishop of the diocese.

Bishop-designate Garcia, 54, is an Austin diocesan priest and also is moderator of the curia.

The appointment was announced Jan. 21 in Washington by Archbishop Carlo Maria Vigano, apostolic nuncio to the United States.

Manila, Philippines, Jan 18, 2015 / 04:39 am (CNA/EWTN News) – The Vatican’s spokesman said that papal history was made Sunday during Pope Francis’ visit to the Philippines where an estimated 6 to 7 million people attended his closing Mass.

“The official number that has been given to us is between six and seven million,” Father Federico Lombardi told journalists at a press conference in Manila on Sunday, calling it the “largest event of the history of the Popes.”

In his homily for the Jan. 18 Closing Mass in the Philippines, Pope Francis pointed to our identity as God’s children, calling for the protection of the family against the numerous attacks that threaten it.

On Monday, our nation will celebrate the birthday of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. A movie has just been released, Selma, which is based on the 1965 Selma to Montgomery voting rights marches in Alabama. In the past several months, the news media has focused on white police officers who have fatally apprehended black criminals, which has caused much racial tension in our country. Some may wonder how much progress we have made since the 1960s. We as Christians have the opportunity to reflect on our own attitudes toward people of different skin colors, cultures, and languages. How is Dr. King’s dream of racial equality and harmony (achieved in a non-violent way) being enacted in our lives as Americans and as Catholics? If we struggle with prejudice of any sort, are we honest with ourselves and with God so that we can overcome these destructive attitudes?