As part of Lent, which began last Wednesday, Dickinson’s Shrine of the True Cross invites the penitent to walk the Stations of the Cross every Friday between now and Easter (except Good Friday, April 18) at 300 FM 517 E.

Following each Friday’s bilingual Mass at 7 p.m., a priest will carry the shrine’s relic of the true cross between the stations.

“The afflicted, sick and suffering are encouraged to attend this moving devotion, as the wood of the cross is an instrument of God’s healing,” said Connie Riley, the Anima Christi chairperson. “Since not everyone can go to Jerusalem, the Way of the Cross represents a kind of pilgrimage where we can visit, in our minds, the most important scenes of our Lord’s Passion in Jerusalem.”

For details, call 281-337-4112.

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La Marque’s To God Be The Glory Apostolic Center will host its grand opening and dedication service in the halls of the former First Baptist Church at 4  p.m. this Sunday at 821 Laurel St.

“God has blessed our church with over 33,000 square feet to expand the vision that God has given our pastor, Apostle Shirley Fontenot,” said Minister Kenya Lewis-Dozier. “We want to give back to the community in a multitude of ways. We are so excited about what God is going to do in the city of La Marque and surrounding areas. Come out and celebrate with us and the Joy Missionary Baptist Church Pastor Jolivet and their awesome choir.”

For details, call 713-480-4756.

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La Marque’s Our Faith Community Church is looking for vendors to participate in its fundraising event from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. on April 5.

“Don’t forget about our Spring Market Day,” said coordinator Jeannie Koenig. “Money earned will be used for a new church sign and landscaping. There will be vendors, artisans, individual sellers, carnival-style food, books, CDs, wall art and more — something for everyone.”

For details, call 409-935-7973.

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Update: In last week’s Our Faith, we discussed Cowboy music, using Stuart Hamblen as an example. His grandson Bill Lindsay, who heads up the Hamblen Music Company in Florida, wrote in to share one possible origin story for the modern, American cowboy church movement.

“One Sunday morning in 1935, my grandfather was the only one who showed up for his radio show,” Lindsay said. “The rest of his band had partied a little too much on Saturday night. My grandfather was pretty upset. He went on the air and said, ‘We’re changing the format today folks. Today’s show is going to be called ‘The Cowboy Church’ and we’re going to discuss the ills of alcohol.’”

Hamblen’s temperance-based, solo act went over so well that the resulting “Cowboy Church of the Air” radio program lasted for 17 years.

Whether the radio program actually inspired or influenced the local church movement that now shares its name remains a mystery.

Rick Cousins’ Faith Focus column appears each Saturday. Have a unique or unusual event? Email details to rick.cousins@galvnews.com at least two weeks in advance.

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