St. Joseph’s Parish in Marshall will host a “Cupid Does Mardi Gras” event benefiting St. Joseph Catholic School on Saturday, Feb. 14, at the Marshall Convention Center.

Beginning at 7:30 p.m., the event will feature live music from the Steve Wells Band and catering by the Blue Frog Grill, along with a beer and wine cash bar. The evening will also include a silent auction, raffle and dancing.

Tickets are $35 with tables for eight available for $250.

All proceeds will benefit St. Joseph Catholic School in Marshall.

For more information and reservations, contact chairman Ed Juno at 318-272-5734.

The Diocese of Tyler Office of Faith Formation will host a series of three workshops focused on assisting parishes and families to develop practices and programs for those with special needs.

Organized by Linda Khirallah Porter, the director of faith formation for the diocese, the fist of the three workshop scheduled for this Saturday (Jan. 10) will cover what resources are available for those with special needs, the role of clergy, parents and others in catechizing with those diagnosed as having special needs, and how environmental factors can play an important role in the process.

In his first year as pastor at St. Mary’s in Longview, Fr. Mark Kusmirek has focused on a traditional Catholic Christmas custom that he credits with first exposing him to the priesthood.

As of this Wednesday, the priests and deacons at St. Mary’s have visited the homes of almost 90 parish families for the traditional Epiphany blessing of homes. The custom recalls the visit of the Magi to the Christ Child.

Born in Barcelona, Spain, St. Raymond of Penafort was the third Superior-General of the Domincan Order. He is famous for his work in the freeing of slaves. He wrote five books of Decretals which are now a valuable part of the Canon Law of the Church. The Summa Casuum, which is about the correct and fruitful administration of the Sacrament of Penance, is the most notable of his works.

Read more at… Jan. 7 Optional Memorial of St. Raymond of Penafort, priest; St. Andre Bessette, religious (Can), Opt. Mem.

Courtesy of CatholicCulture.org Liturgical Year

By Francis X. Rocca Catholic News Service

VATICAN CITY (CNS) — Pope Francis condemned the killings of at least 12 people at the Paris offices of a satirical weekly newspaper Jan. 7 and denounced all “physical and moral” obstacles to the peaceful coexistence of nations, religions and cultures.

“The Holy Father expresses the firmest condemnation of the horrible attack,” said a statement from the Vatican spokesman, Jesuit Father Federico Lombardi, who added that the killings had deeply disturbed “all persons who love peace, well beyond the borders of France.”