Mardi Gras: The Money Behind the Mask

Mardi Gras PicOn Thursday, March 29, board members from Mardi Gras of Southeast Texas, Laura Childress and Lisa New, presented Children’s Miracle Network (CMN) Hospitals in Southeast Texas with a check for $2,270.

Each year, CMN recruits volunteers from CHRISTUS hospitals and the community to help run Mardi Gras by serving drinks, taking tickets, selling souvenirs and more. When weekend is over, volunteer hours from the 16 non-profit organizations behind Mardi Gras are added up and Mardi Gras of Southeast Texas makes a donation to each organization based on their hours.

Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals in Southeast Texas is proud to be one of the 16 member non-profit organizations benefiting from Mardi Gras of Southeast Texas and we are beyond grateful for our CHRISTUS associates and community members who volunteer on our behalf!

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Prayer Room Dedication at St. Elizabeth

Prayer Room KubalaOn Monday, March 26, the beginning of Holy Week, a dedication was held for the newly renovated Prayer Room, located on the third floor of the Outpatient Pavilion.

A Crucifix, special ordered from Italy, now sets atop a stone modeled after the Golgotha, a site immediately outside Jerusalem’s walls where Jesus was crucified.  On either side of the Crucifix are stained glass windows, which were left behind in the Phelan Mansion and kept in good condition by the nuns. The stained glass windows have been restored, mounted, and up lit.

This beautiful work was made possible through the generosity of Dr. Mark Kubala, a devoted Catholic, a long-time neurosurgeon with Golden Triangle Neurocare, a dedicated supporter of the CHRISTUS Southeast Texas Foundation, and most recently a published author (The Execution of Jesus the Christ).

Dr. Kubala made a generous donation to the Foundation to purchase the crucifix, as he wanted the Prayer Room to be more representative of a Catholic facility.

Prayer RoomMary Williams, granddaughter of John Henry “Harry” and Johannah Phelan, spoke of the importance of the Catholic faith to her grandparents, the emphasis placed on faith during her upbringing, and stories of her childhood.

Bishop Guillory gave the dedication and Tommy Frank, Foundation Board Chairman, gave a special reading. The event culminated with words from Dr. Kubala.

“We are so grateful that patients have a beautiful, peaceful place available to pray for loved ones undergoing treatment in the hospital,” said Foundation President Ivy Pate.  “Thank you, Dr. Kubala, for your immense generosity. Your dedication to this project is awe-inspiring.”

The Prayer Room is open to people of all faiths and denominations. It is a place of peace and calm where all patients, families, and staff are welcome.

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7th Annual Shootin’ for a Miracle Clay Shoot

Clay ShootCongratulations to our winners and thank you to everyone who participated! With your help, we raised over $30,000 for Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals and the CHRISTUS Southeast Texas Foundation.

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P-3 Petroleum 369
Echo Group 355
Floyd’s Cajun Seafood 342
The Humanitarians 335
Jefferson Electric 318
Arceneaux Wilson & Cole, LLC 317
ISC Constructors, LLC 317
YMBL 299
Individuals 296
Maxim Crane Works 265
HB Mechanical 255
Golden Pass LNG Team 2 251
Valero 247
Golden Pass LNG Team 1 246
Zachry Group Team 1 238
Zachry Group Team 2 224
ITS 216
Suez Water Technologies & Solutions Team 2 216
Hospital Housekeeping Systems 195
State of Readiness Arms, LLC 172
Suez Water Technologies & Solutions Team 1 83