Below is a short video of the flooding caused by Hurricane Harvey at Deacon Tom’s old parish of St. Ignatius of Loyola in Houston, Texas.

Flooding at St. Ignatius, Houston—Hurricane Harvey, 2017 from Saints John & Paul Parish on Vimeo.


The United States Conference of Catholic Bishops Convocation of Catholic Leaders is July 1-4. We are all called to be leaders in the church and the material for the Convocation inspired by Pope Francis’ Evangelii Gaudium (The Joy of the Gospel) can be found here. Livestreamed and recorded talks can be found here.

SSJP Parishioner Adam Boyle featured on WTAE News

U.S. Bishops Will Gather For A Mass Of Prayer And Penance For Healing Of Survivors Of Clergy Sex Abuse; Mass Will Mark Opening Of June Plenary Assembly

June 5, 2017

WASHINGTON—As they begin the Spring General Assembly, Bishops from across the U.S. will gather at Ss. Peter and Paul Cathedral in Indianapolis for a Mass of Prayer and Penance for survivors of sexual abuse within the Church. The Mass is being held in response to a call from Pope Francis for all episcopal conferences across the world to have a Day of Prayer and Penance for victims of sexual abuse within the Church and will be held June 14, 2017 at 5:00 pm at Ss. Peter and Paul Cathedral in Indianapolis.

The bishops will gather together in solidarity to pray for victims and to acknowledge the pain caused by the failures of the Church in the past.  The Mass will mark the opening for the June Plenary Assembly of bishops taking place June 14-15 in Indianapolis. Cardinal Daniel N. DiNardo of Galveston-Houston and President of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops will be the principal celebrant. Archbishop Wilton D.  Gregory, of Atlanta, and former President of the USCCB, will be the homilist.

In an act of penance and humility, the bishops will also kneel and recite a commemorative prayer that has been written for survivors of abuse in their healing. Intercessory Prayers of the Faithful will also be offered for those who have suffered due to clergy sex abuse. All dioceses and eparchies have been provided the suggested intercessory Prayers of the Faithful for use at any time of their choosing after June 14.

In addition to this specific Day of Prayer and Penance, many dioceses and eparchies will also schedule their own Masses or other events to promote healing within their diocese/eparchy throughout the year.

The Mass is scheduled to be livestreamed.  The livestream link will be available on the USCCB website.

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Judy Keane