For a century, the Galveston chapter of the Catholic Daughters of the Americas has supported charities and Catholic schools on the island.

At 11 a.m. Sunday, the group will attend Mass together at Sacred Heart Cathedral, 1302 Broadway, followed by a 1 p.m. lunch at Mario’s Restaurant, 2202 61st St. There is a $20 charge for lunch.

“As a group, we’re the counterpart to the Knights of Columbus,” Irene Hopkins said. “We have persevered after (Hurricane) Ike and hope to see many people on Sunday.”

For details, call 409-925-2790


Anchor Point Parenting Center will have a grand opening and ribbon cutting ceremony from 4 p.m. to 7 p.m. Feb. 20 at 1905 Capri Lane, in Seabrook.

“We are excited to have the opportunity to expand our services in the greater Clear Lake area, said Debbie Simmons, Anchor’s executive director. “We want every child to get off to a great start in life and believe that the Seabrook parenting center will help do just that.”

The new center will offer parenting courses and have a licensed social worker onsite to provide family and individual counseling.

For details, call 832-632-1221.


League City’s Interfaith Caring Ministries will have its fourth annual 5K Fun Run and Walk, “Superheroes Strengthening our Community,” at 8 a.m. Feb. 20, beginning and ending at 151 Park Ave. The event offers a rare opportunity to exercise while dressed up as a comic book character.

“We are beyond thrilled for this event,” said the organization’s communications and special events coordinator, Haley Lusson. “Like many superheroes help their community, each person who participates in this race is helping. All runners and sponsors are helping raise money to assist our neighbors in need, making them ICM’s very own superheroes.”

A Kids K for those 12 and under will also be run, with all children receiving a ribbon. Early registration is $25 for the 5K and $10 for the Kids K. Awards will be presented, including one for best dressed entrant.

Proceeds will benefit Interfaith Caring Ministries, which assists local families who are in economic need.

For details, call 281-332-3881.


Update: The Pew Research Center is constantly polling Americans about cultural and religious changes.

The latest? Smartphones may not be helping marriage much, though their pro-con stats in the most recent survey come out almost even.

“Fully 27 percent of online adults who are married or in committed relationships say that the Internet has had an impact on their relationships; and a majority of them say that impact has been positive,” the report said.

“However, technology is also seen as a negative source of distraction in some relationships; 25 percent of cell owners in serious relationships say the phone distracts their spouse or partner when they are alone together.”

Pew did not estimate the percentage of religious services in which phones ring each week.

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

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