Mama Cat Faith Focus

Pictured with the priest is Mama Magnificat, the historic island benefactor, participates in a service at Galveston’s Grace Episcopal Church. Also shown is former rector Meredith Holt.


League City’s Interfaith Caring Ministries’ will hold its eighth annual 5K-themed fun run and walk titled, “Unleash Your Inner Super Hero” beginning at 8 a.m. March 10, starting and finishing at 151 Park Ave in League City.

A Kids 1K for those 12 and under will also be held with all children receiving a ribbon. Early registration is $25 for the 5K and $10 for the Kids 1K. Community members of all ages are invited to find their inner superhero and come dressed up in optional festive attire for the run.

“We are excited for this event,” said Jessica Peterson, a staffer here. “Our agency likes to use the analogy that each race participant is a super hero, doing their part to make the community a better place. All runners and sponsors in this race are helping us raise money to assist our neighbors in need.”

For details, call 281-332-3881 ext. 1111 or email


Update: Reader Diane Smith reports that we do indeed have more Cathedral Cats here (see last week’s Our Faith).

“At Grace Episcopal Church, 36th and Avenue L, Galveston, we have a full-time church cat who attends all services and is a valued member of the congregation,” she said. ‘After greeting everyone at the front door, Mama Cat quietly visits amongst the pews and sometimes proceeds to the altar to sit next to the priest during the service. Her photos feature regularly in the church newsletter, and she receives regular trips to the vet and daily feedings by the church secretary.”

While the Grace cats are not wild, there are feral cat residents at some other local houses of worship. For them, Vanessa Coggins, who developed the Trap, Neuter and Release program for feral cats at the Galveston Island Humane Society, recommends a call to 409-740-1919.

“Our free program called the Galveston Island Community Cats, humanely traps feral cats who are then sterilized, vaccinated, treated for minor medical issues if needed, and marked with an identifying notch in the left ear by a veterinarian,” she said. “They are then returned to the trap location approved by the director and under the supervision of a registered sponsor.”

Why go to the trouble? Vicky Glen, who responded to last week’s story explained.

“As a huge cat-lover and someone who has worked with feral cats, I think it’s wonderful that there are some kind souls at that church who feed the ferals, but the cats really should not be reproducing,” she said. “There’s a huge problem with cat overpopulation and this is an effective and humane way to deal with that.”


More? The Catholic News Agency reports that Pope Francis is in favor of ‘microwave’ homilies. They quote the pontiff’s recommendation to priests worldwide as, “Please, be brief ... no more than 10 minutes, please.”

During his remarks, the pope also noted that he had sent a representative to the Winter Olympics now winding up in Pyeongchang, Korea.

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