Supporting Family Initiatives in the Year of the Family

The current Year of the Family convoked by Pope Francis is a great opportunity to support initiatives that promote the family. That will help parents improve their relationships with their spouses and develop their child-rearing skills. In addition it will help young people discover the beauty of starting a Christian family. One of those initiatives is the International Federation for Family Development (IFFD), a non-governmental, independent, and non-profit federation, whose primary mission is to support families through training. Among the IFFD inspired groups in the US is Texas Family Enrichment. In the last few years, as part of IFFD, the IFFD foundation has been developing an endowment that will provide stable resources to undertake more wide-ranging initiatives to support the family. Please spread the word and consider supporting IFFD by making a donation here

Holy Cross Chapel in Downtown Houston

Life in downtown Houston is starting to pick up. Traffic is getting busier and finding a parking spot on the street during the day is getting a little more difficult. It is a good time to increase awareness of the presence of the Holy Cross Chapel in downtown. The Chapel offers daily Mass at 11:35 AM for people working in downtown, and a priest is available every weekday for confessions and spiritual direction between 10 AM and 2 PM. This new video presents what the Holy Cross Chapel has to offer. 

New E-book: "Life of Christ" by Ricciotti

The Life of Christ by Giuseppe Ricciotti is considered by some as the best biography of our Lord. This is not a work of biographical fiction, where the author attributes words, deeds and even thoughts to Our Lord not found in the Gospels. Father Ricciotti's approach is different: "It has been my wish to write an exclusively historical and documentary work." Sticking strictly to what we know or what the Church has generally inferred from Scripture, tradition, non-Biblical sources, archaeology, linguistics and other disciplines, he produces a portrait of Jesus and his times that is nothing less than astonishing in its richness of detail.

Masses of Saint Josemaria in the Southwest

The following Masses in the Southwest will be celebrate to Feast of Saint Josemaria:

Leadership Camp Texas, June 26-July 2

Leadership Camp Texas is a 1-week summer camp to help boys entering 5th - 8th grades to develop into fine, hard-working and courageous men who can be leaders among their peers. Through cabin competitions, night games, Xtreme Olympics, and many more LCT activities, the boys have a ton of fun while at the same time growing in manliness and virtue. The camp's full, well-balanced schedule is designed to motivate the boys to use their talents in order to lead and serve others while developing strong friendships. You can check out the LCT experience through videos from previous years.

Dates: June 26-July 2
Place: Stoney Creek Ranch
Sign up: leadershipcamptexas.net

Forming Your Family in Virtuous Use of Technology

Rocky Point is proud to offer this important series on Forming Your Family in Virtuous Use of Technology

THE PROBLEM

1. Digital Destruction from Time Wasting to Pornography    April 24 8:00 PM

  Presentation and discussion led by JL Marti

2. Growing up in the Digital Age      May 1 8:00 PM

  Viewing of “Childhood 2.0” followed by discussion led by Gustavo Bernardo  

THE SOLUTION

3. Forming Your Family in Virtuous Use of Technology    May 8 8:00 PM

  Presentation and discussion led by Johann D'Souza

4. Parenting Together  May 14 8:00 PM

Family Enrichment case study by Pilar & Guido Caranti. 

Wine and Cheese to follow each session, Please RSVP - Mariano 703-963-1453

70 Rocky Point Circle, Spring, Tx 77389

Rocky Point aims at helping families in their journey to create bright and cheerful homes, under the teachings of Saint Josemaria Escriva

The Woodlands: Talk on Entrepreneurship for High Schoolers

On Saturday, April 17th, the first of two talks about entrepreneurship for High Schoolers at Rocky Point (The Woodlands) took place with around 15 attendees. Presented by Ian Raynolds and Juan Damia the topic for the first session was “the Entrepreneur’s DNA, do you have what it takes?”. We went through the habits and virtues required to be a successful entrepreneur. Later on Esteban Russell captivated the attendees with a unique approach to “The meaning of life”.
The second session will be a workshop on how to structure ideas and preparing a wining elevator pitch. The workshop will close with the students presenting their “Elevator Pitch” to a group of four seasoned entrepreneurs and investors.

2021-2022 Featherock Men Calendar Posted

The calendar for men's activities from June 2021 to May 2022 has been posted on the Featherock website: featherock.net. The listings of activities for men now include a link to Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ) about activities at Featherock.

Personal Initiatives: Marriage Counselors

Tomas and his wife, Ivonne, became Marriage Coaches and Directors of The Alexander House-Spanish, as a result of a lot of prayer and discernment, after they came back together after an ugly divorce. They received help from Greg and Julie Alexander, founders of The Alexander House. A few months after their reconciliation, they asked God to show them where He needed them. They clearly saw that The Alexander House was where they had to be. They clearly realize that you are better equipped to help others, when you have experienced a marriage crisis yourself. They want to help couples rediscover their happiness and be fulfilled in their marriage. They are fully bilingual but mainly work with Spanish speaking couples. Other coaches focus their efforts on English speaking.

Fatherhood Workshop, July 9-11, 2021

A weekend workshop designed for fathers and husbands who recognize the challenges of their calling and desire real and practical ways to live this out as best as possible. 

New Book Available: Plans of Cremades

At the end of February 2021, a book entitled Plans of Cremades: a family friend of Saint Josemaría was published. His author, Fr. Javier Cremades, narrates the special relation between St. Josemaria and his family. His father, Juan Antonio Cremades, coincided with Saint Josemaría Escrivá in the classrooms of the Faculty of Law of the University of Zaragoza between 1925 and 1927.

Westcott Service Project in the News

This article by Andrea Robinson entitled: "Texas teens spend spring break helping with SWLA hurricane recovery" was published by KPLC from Lake Charles about the Service Project.


LAKE CHARLES, La. (KPLC) - A group of young people from Texas spent their spring break in Southwest Louisiana to help with hurricane recovery. Catholic Charities is just one agency partnering with Texas groups like the Westcott Study Center from Houston - a faith based organization that challenges young men to grow.

Houston teens spend spring break helping with storm recovery in SWLA.

New Ebooks for Spiritual Reading

A few new ebooks from classical spiritual authors have been recently made available on the ebooks section of WhereYouAre: The Interior Castle and the autobiography of St. Theresa of Avila, The Love of Jesus Christ by St. Alphonsus of Liguori, Holy Abandonment by Vital Lehodey, and The Interior Life by Joseph Tissot among others. The complete list of recently added or updated books can be be found at https://where-you-are.net/books/recent.

Helping Our Children Navigate Gender Ideology

A series of videos produced by Canavox featuring Ana Samuel addresses how to help your children navigate gender ideology. They are very much worth watching:

  1. The High School Years
  2. The Middle School Years
  3. The Lower School Years

She also gave a talk for Texas Family Enrichment, which is a summary of the previous videos: Helping our Kidks Navigate Gender Ideology.

Books for Lent

The Opus Dei webpage has published a recommended list of books for reading during Lent with a brief explanation for each one of them. The list with links to ebooks for some of the volumes has been added to the book section of this website. 

In North America, a Shrine to the Mother of Fairest Love

St. Josemaría Escrivá wrote in 1955: "In North America, a Shrine to the Mother of Fairest Love". Following that dream, a group of members and cooperators of Opus Dei based in California are planning to turn that suggestion into a reality. The promoters are actively searching for a piece of land that could host a Shrine dedicated to the Mother of the Fairest Love. They are also soliciting ideas and spiritual and financial support to bring such an ambitious project to a successful completion. For more information about this initiative visit their website: https://www.fairestloveshrine.org.

Senior Director Position of Advancement at Midtown

THE ORGANIZATION

Midtown Educational Foundation guides low-income urban youth in Chicago along pathways of success. Its proven enrichment programs embrace the dignity of the person by focusing on academic excellence, virtue development, individual attention, and parental engagement. MEF operates through its Metro Achievement Center for girls and Midtown Center for boys in grades 4 – 12. Programs focus on Hispanic and African American youth, offering after-school and summertime growth opportunities that help students of  average academic ability to achieve above-average results. Programs are rooted in Catholic moral and social teaching and embrace students regardless of their religious, racial, ethnic, or familial status. MEF received its original inspiration from Opus Dei, an institution of the Catholic Church, and continues today its partnership with Opus Dei. 

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