There will be gatherings of youth ages 12-18 for basketball and Bibles at La Marque’s Abundant Life Christian Center gym at 5130 Hallam St., at 6 p.m. Sundays all this month.

“All summer we’ve been hosting either basketball or volleyball tournaments for teens,” the Rev. Catherine Rudolph, executive pastor, said. “They enjoy the athletic environment and still hear a message about sharing Jesus with others and living a life of faith. August is going to be a fun month.”

For details, call 409-935-1606.

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Lifelong educator Nan Credle writes that she runs the only faith-based program that she knows of which is designed for autism-spectrum kids that services those who live in or near Galveston County. As a group, these children often are disfavored, so her Discovery Learning Center, which has a limited open enrollment, may offer an attractive option for parents.

“I absolutely love my job,” Credle said. “Our atmosphere is so positive, the students are so kind, appreciative and responsive that we function much like a family that looks out for one another. For example, parents appreciate the open access and communication.”

Discovery is at 670 E. Medical Center Blvd. in Webster, but attracts students from as far away as Santa Fe with its specialized curriculum.

“Nothing rewards a teacher more than seeing success,” she added. “This program gets results.”

For details, call 281-309-4424.

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The 10th annual Seafarers Gala, titled A Red Carpet Affair, will be held at 6:30 p.m. Saturday at the Music Hall at the Hotel Galvez, 2024 Seawall Blvd. Cardinal Daniel DiNardo, the archbishop of the Galveston-Houston Catholic Archdiocese will be the featured guest to honor 178 years of ministry on the docks of our island. Karen Parsons, who heads the Seafarers Center, is in her 25th year as Galveston’s port chaplain.

“The Archdiocese has had a rich history of caring for God’s people of the sea from 1839 to the present,” she said. “The Center is honoring the Archdiocese at this year’s gala and we need your support. Every year we are able to care for thousands of seafarers, fishers and shrimpers through the generosity of the Archdiocese and our ecumenical partners. Please join us for a wonderful evening celebrating this beautiful ministry.”

For more information on table and ticket prices, please call the 409-762-0026 or email seafarerscenter@yahoo.com.

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Update: The scholarly Association of Religion Data Archives (ARDA) study finds membership up and priests and church sites down in the U.S. Catholic Church. Texas comes in 18th place among the states for a Catholic presence, with the most concentrated Catholic impact occurring in five states, all in New England.

Other notes: There are roughly 5 million Catholics in the Lone Star State which boasts over 6 million Evangelical Protestants. Both are dwarfed, statistically, by the over 11 million who are classed as “unclaimed” by any faith according to this research.

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