Catholic Charities of the Archdiocese of Galveston-Houston is sponsoring a retreat open to all women who have made the choice to place their child for adoption from Aug. 15-17 at the Cenacle Retreat Center, 420 N. Kirkwood Road, in Houston.

“The goal of the retreat is to honor the courageous choices these women make — to give life to their baby,” said Colleen Kitowski, an adoption specialist with the group. “There are so many choices now, but they have chosen life for their baby and given a child everlasting love.”

To donate or sponsor a woman or to register to attend the, call 713-874-6760. 



Threads of Comfort is a ministry of League City’s St. Christopher Episcopal Church. It is inviting crafters to produce chemo hats, baby blankets, scarves and related items.

“We are open to folks with a variety of creative talents, including sewing, knitting and crocheting, as well as those who want to learn a new skill,” said Barbara Moore, newcomer ministry coordinator.

Email to learn more.



Preview: Radio station KSBJ-FM hints that a major Christian contemporary group will be performing at a church in La Marque next month. Look for details about the Dove Award-winning band here soon.



Milestone: Friendswood’s Mary Queen Catholic Church recently celebrated its pastor’s 50th anniversary in religious life. The Rev. James H. Kuczynski observed his first half-century July 22 at Mary Queen, 606 Cedarwood Drive.

“It was great to see Father Jim’s family, other La Salette priests and Mary Queen parishioners show their support for Father Jim as he celebrated this very special milestone in his life,” said Albert Cipolla, co-chair of the pastoral council at Mary Queen. “In the short time that he has been here, we have already seen the fruits of his priesthood at our parish. The church is very blessed to have him in our parish, and we wish him the very best as he continues to do the work that he loves so much.”



Update: Duke University’s National Congregations Study tracked a curious selection of Sunday-morning behaviors in a 10-year period. It was is reminiscent of a stock market report.

For instance, it reported that “singing in a choir” is down 10 percentage points, but “applause” is up 6. That’s topped by “jumping, shouting or dancing spontaneously” during services, which rose 7 percentage points.

At the top of the chart is the use of drums during services. It’s increased by double digits, moving up by 12 points during the last decade.

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