On Sunday afternoon of September 18 at the Ford Park Arena, I attended the Mass celebrating the 50th Anniversary of the establishment of the Diocese of Beaumont, which our parish community belongs to. I must admit that I was very impressed to see over 3,000 people attending this historical event. It was great to see the good turnout of deacons, diocesan priests, religious order priests, bishops from Texas, Louisiana, Oklahoma, New Mexico, and Illinois. Overall, it was a splendid revelation of the universality of the Roman Catholic Church by seeing the various cultures and different socio-economic backgrounds. The liturgy itself represented everyone who worships and serves in the Diocese of Beaumont. By the grace of God the Diocese of Beaumont has existed for 50 years and now we must pray to embrace the challenges we must face as a Church today and for the future. There is no doubt that God blessed the event of our 50th Anniversary celebration. For those from our parish community, who were able to attend this historical event, I hope that you enjoyed this blessed event because a 50th Anniversary celebration only happens once in a lifetime. It is my hope and prayer that this 50th Anniversary will be the beginning of the renewal and revitalization of the faith in our Diocese of Beaumont.
Rev. David Edwards
Pastor, St. James Catholic Church