Texas City’s Greater Barbours Chapel Baptist Church will host its College and Career Day from 9 a.m. to noon today at 7420 FM 1765.

The Rev. Andrew W. Berry, II, Barbours’ pastor, said he is excited to give high school and college-aged youth an opportunity to interact with professionals in the disciplines of finance, petroleum, education, criminal justice and other areas. Representatives from technical schools, colleges and universities also will be present.

“Education is a vital part of our ministry,” Berry said. “We seek to continuously assist in both the secular and Christian education we’ve been providentially placed in. This will be another fresh opportunity for our congregation to bring restoration to our community.”

The Barbours Educational Fund Ministry also will commemorate its 64th anniversary at the church’s 10 a.m. service Sunday with the Rev. William Randall, pastor of Hitchcock’s Greater St. Matthew’s Baptist Church, serving as guest speaker.

For details, call 409-935-1100.



The Galveston County Chapter of the Czech Heritage Society of Texas will be honoring three visiting deacons from the Czech Republic from 11:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. Aug. 2 at La Marque’s Queen of Peace Catholic Church Life Center, 626 Laurel St. This event will include a covered-dish luncheon, door prizes, a silent auction, 50/50 drawing and entertainment by the Texas Czech Legacy Band.

For the past 16 years, future priests like these have ventured here to experience life and to polish their English.

“This is a chance for the deacons to share their experiences with people over here and to meet Texans in a variety of contexts,” said the Rev. Paul Chovanec, pastor of St. Justin Martyr Parish in Houston.

Attendees are asked to bring a covered dish or dessert and a nonperishable item for the La Marque Aid and Guidance food pantry. The event is free, and donations will be accepted.

To make reservations or for details, call 409-935-5700.



News: Archbishop Daniel DiNardo, head of the Galveston-Houston Catholic Archdiocese, is celebrating a special Mass for area high school students this weekend in Houston during the 57th annual Archdiocesan Youth Conference.

“It is encouraging to see nearly 2,500 youth at our Archdiocesan Youth Conference,” DiNardo said in a statement. “Young people need to be challenged, which Jesus did when he said, ‘Take up your cross and follow me.’”



Update: Regular readers will note that a number of churches on the island have celebrated 100-plus years of service. An upcoming Our Faith article will profile one island church that will mark its 144 anniversary in August.

Nationally, the oldest continuing congregation belongs to a region which was settled much earlier than Galveston.

St. John’s Episcopal Church of Hampton, Va., has begun its fifth century. It represents the oldest English-speaking parish in America. The Religion News Service notes that the church, founded in 1610, is home to the oldest communion silver still used by an American church. The chalice and patens were made in London in 1618. 

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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