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Grandchildren love grandparents ‘to Jesus and back’. Grandparents are raising grand-children in greater numbers

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Marriage is critical to healthy families, the Church and society Most Reverend Michael Mulvey is bishop of the Diocese of Corpus Christi.

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he vocation of marriage is critical to healthy families, the Church and society. The Church has realized for centuries that the basic relationship in the life of the Church is the covenant relationship between a man and a woman called marriage. As a mother, the Church wants to bring us to the fullness of life; she wants us to live in conformity with the way God has created us, according to what God has written in our hearts, according to the natural law. Mother Church teaches us that marriage is a covenant, a partnership for life between a man and a woman. That is the definition of marriage in the mind of God and revealed to us through the Scriptures. Christ reminds us that, “…from the beginning the Creator ‘made them male and female…For this reason a man shall leave his father and mother and be joined to his wife, and the two shall become one flesh.’ So they are no longer two, but one flesh. Therefore, what God has joined together, no human being must separate (Mt 19:4-6).” The Catechism of the Catholic Church states that marriage is a “matrimonial covenant, by which a man and a woman establish between themselves a partnership of the whole of life, and is by its nature ordered toward the good of the spouses and the procreation and education of offspring …(CCC 1601).” The help that spouses give to one another is not only


focused on their time on earth, but also aimed at assisting each other to eternal life. Thus the first goal of the spouses is to help each other become saints. The other goal of marriage is children. The union of husband and wife is oriented toward new life, the most precious gift of marriage. Children are the sacred gift of love. They are to be welcomed from the moment of conception. They are never to be disregarded, ignored or abused. They are to be accompanied through life, taught and cared for as children of God. When a marriage is validly contracted as a covenant between a baptized man and woman in the Church it becomes a sacrament. And as a sacrament, the marriage relationship is holy and sacred. This sacramental nature introduces Jesus Christ–a silent partner–into the couple’s relationship. His intimate presence in marriage cannot be bought. It is a gift that comes through the sacrament. His presence, which is grace, is given as an underserved gift from God assisting the couple to respond to their vocation. The grace he offers helps them respond to all aspects of

Married couples are not meant to close in on themselves, to live their lives in a closed self-contained environment. Those living a sacramental life understand the nature of their relationship to Christ and his Church, they hear this silent partner telling them, to go and witness to the world. Go and be missionary disciples. The Church also calls upon married couples to engage in ministry to others, to be involved in their parishes. They can share their experience with others by helping engaged couples prepare for a sacramental marriage. They can accompany couples that are hurting due to the loss of a spouse or divorce. Families can assist single parents who need the support of friends who can understand and inspire them. And let us not forget the ministry we owe to the elderly, especially grandparents. Above all married couples should be on the front lines to help the Church to promote the dignity and respect for every human life: life in the womb, in prison, on the streets, the poor and young people who need an education. May the holy family of Jesus, Mary and Joseph be the supreme model for all married couples and families.

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being married from raising children to work and all the challenges they face each day. In living their sacrament, husbands and wives should remember the words of Jesus: “I am the vine, you are the branches. Whoever remains in me and I in him will bear much fruit, because without me you can do nothing (Jn 15:5).” Married couples are not immune from temptations that can lead to sin and to a distortion of marriage, even to a breakdown of marriage. These temptations are part of our human weakness. They come from within. They surround us. They arise through our culture, our society, even governments try to impose laws that change and distort the meaning of God’s plan for marriage. So many things challenge the relationship of marriage, but grace abounds in our lives if we cooperate with God’s plan and will to build up the relationship of marriage. We might ask how we can live in Christ in order to follow God’s plan. St. Jerome said ignorance of the Gospel is ignorance of Jesus Christ. You cannot say you know Jesus and not know what he said and taught. By remaining in his word and letting his word live in us, we become a part of him and his life lives in us.


Villa Maria Senior Citizen Community

A place to call home Rebecca Esparza Correspondent


argaret Horseman cannot imagine living somewhere other than Villa Maria Senior Citizen Community. “There’s no place like Villa Maria. The staff is amazing and my fellow residents are a joy to be around. Being here is a blessing,” she said.

A resident since 1993, Horseman had lived here with her husband, Deacon Malvin “Pete” Horseman, Jr., until he passed away in January 2013. Deacon Horseman had served at Most Precious Blood and Our Lady Star of the Sea, where he retired from active ministry. “The staff here are amazing,” she marveled. “They keep us motivated and find fun things for us to do all of

the time. It’s a remarkable place to live.” Patsy Cantu, executive director at Villa Maria, said the facility’s 48 apartments are consistently filled, and noted they currently have a waiting list of 180 names. Villa Maria accepts residents 55-years of age and older. The

Residents Mary Zarate (left) and Geri Naylor take a few moments to pray a rosary in the community’s meditation garden. Rebecca Esparza for South Texas Catholic


oldest current resident is 94-years-old. Villa Maria is located on Saratoga Boulevard, next to Bishop Garriga Middle Preparatory School. “We strive to make living here at Villa Maria a fun and enjoyable experience by hosting activities and social events that keep the residents

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engaged,” she said. Some of those activities include bingo, movie night and special potluck dinners centered on major holidays. Cantu said she makes a special effort to invite local entertainers to perform for the residents, like a barbershop quartet or guitar players. “We’re always looking for those willing to volunteer

their talents and entertain our residents, or even someone willing to come spend time with them playing games,” Cantu said. Villa Maria was founded in 1984 by the Diocese of Corpus Christi and

fosters the spiritual life of the elderly by planning and providing programs that nurture love for Christ. It serves the needs of senior citizens by providing a dignified residential facility with a Catholic environment.

Patsy Cantu displays the popcorn machine, which was given to them by an anonymous donor. Rebecca Esparza for South Texas Catholic



Geri Naylor, 9-year resident at Villa Maria Senior Citizen Community, enjoys playing her favorite religious songs on the piano.


Mass is held at Villa Maria’s chapel three times during the week and once on Sunday. There is a meditation garden with a Marian shrine outside and Stations of the Cross indoors. The Community Building features a large lounge area with a fireplace and TV, a dining area and kitchen for special events. “We couldn’t do as many activities as we do without the help of great friends and family, including children of the residents, who all volunteer their time,” Cantu said. “But more volunteers from the community are always welcomed and needed.” Cantu added donations for special events are also needed. “Our residents love their bingo,” she said, with a chuckle. “We can always use door prizes for residents, which are given away during bingo. Some great prizes include regular household and personal care items.” Since Villa Maria is a non-profit, it relies on nominal rental fees only to help sustain


the facility. “We look for the occasional grant, as well as monetary donations to help with the dayto-day operations of our facility, which not only includes maintenance, but also a staff of five,” Cantu said. Sometimes Villa Maria receives anonymous donations, which benefit all residents, like the popcorn machine that is used for movie nights. “Since we are a non-profit, we appreciate anything and everything: volunteers, monetary or in-kind donations and even personal visits from local entertainers. It all helps us provide excellent care to our residents year-round,” she said. Margaret Horseman added living at Villa Maria is like living with family. “If you are sick, people are always checking on you or they will bring you something to eat. It’s wonderful. Patsy and her staff put in a lot of hours making sure we have a fun, safe and enjoyable place to live. I’m blessed to call Villa Maria home,” she said.

Villa Maria resident Mary Zarate enjoys playing bingo. Rebecca Esparza for South Texas Catholic

Grandchildren love grandparents ‘to Jesus and back’ Eleven-year-old Danny Puebla enjoys spending time with his Grandparents Joey and Margaret Diaz Mitchell, who are his legal guardians and have been raising him since he was three. Dayna Mazzei Worchel for South Texas Catholic

Dayna Mazzei Worchel Correspondent


leven-year-old Danny Puebla is like most boys his age. He loves football, basketball, swimming and his dog, Bella. But the two most important loves in this fifth-grader’s life are his grandparents, Joey and Margaret Diaz Mitchell. MARCH 2015  |  SOUTH TEXAS CATHOLIC  9  


Danny, whose family has nicknamed him “Danny Boy,” has lived with the Mitchells in their comfortable Corpus Christi home since he was three. When asked about the best part of living with his grandparents, he replied, “being with Papo,” the name all of the grandchildren call Joey Mitchell. The boy’s father, one of Margaret Mitchell’s three grown children, was not married to Danny’s mother, and was unable to care for the child. He made the decision for Danny to live with his grandparents, with whom he used to stay on weekends, because he cried for them. “I can’t turn my back on these kids,” said Margaret Mitchell, who had five grandchildren living with her at one point. The Mitchells are not alone in their situation. In Texas, 349,000 or five percent of children under the age of 18 lived with grandparents in 2013, according to figures provided by the Kids Count Data Center. And there are 253,000 children in Texas under 18, or four percent who lived with other relatives besides grandparents in 2013. “Grandparents face financial, health, social challenges, usually because of a traumatic event,” said Felipa Lopez Wilmot, a family caregiver program specialist with the Area Agency on Aging of the Coastal Bend, which serves 12 counties in the area. Wilmot facilitates a support group for grandparents, which meets from 10-11:30 a.m. on the second and fourth Tuesday of each month at the Greenwood Senior Center, 4040 Greenwood Drive, in Corpus Christi. Speakers talk about grandparents’ rights, grandparents share coping skills and they learn about resources in the community, said Wilmot, who facilitates the support group.

Danny Puebla serves as an altar boy at Our Lady of the Rosary Church. Father Varghese Kolencheril Ethappiri is giving communion. Contributed Photo

“We are teaching them our

faith. We want to instill moral values in them, because without it, they would be lost.” –Margaret Mitchell “It’s very empowering for them because there are so many barriers they face,” she said. Wilmot said State Rep. Abel Hererro helped change Texas law in 2009 to allow grandparents or other relatives to obtain medical treatment for


children in their care. The Mitchells are Danny’s legal guardians, which means they can authorize his medical treatment and make decisions about his education, they said. The guardianship does not take away parental rights and is not


the same as an adoption, they said. The Mitchells have been very happy with the emotional support they received while going to the support group, and had started their own evening support group for about a year at St. Peter, Prince of the Apostles parish in Calallen. But their work schedules prevented them from continuing it. “I highly recommend support groups–they suggest ways for you to take care of yourself,” Margaret Mitchell said. The Mitchells, who attend Our Lady of the Rosary Church, credit their faith with helping them get through the tough times. Father Gabriel Coelho, their parish priest, is also a psychologist and works well with parents and grandparents there, they said. “We are teaching them our faith. We want to instill moral values in them, because without it, they would be lost,” Margaret Mitchell said. They pray the rosary once a month and the youngest of her eight grandchildren, who range in age from four to 16, now participate. They have one grandchild in heaven, Margaret Mitchell said, after they lost a 7-month-old grandbaby recently. It is important to teach the grandchildren the power of prayer, she said. Margaret Mitchell said the fact that she and her husband work as a team is the reason for their success in raising their grandchildren. “It’s overwhelming, but you just do it,” she said. She and her husband spoke openly about how much they love their grandchildren. Joey Mitchell helps Danny with his homework and cooks, including making a big breakfast on Sunday morning. Margaret Mitchell cleans the house and takes care of making sure the cookie jar is always full.

“My biggest fear is that I will fail him. I’m not as hard on him as I was with my own kids. I just want to spoil him,” Margaret Mitchell said. Her own children tell her she never would have let them get away with the behavior she allows in the grandchildren. She loves all of the grandchildren the same, she said. Margaret Mitchell said she wishes she had more stamina to keep up with Danny. Above all, the couple stresses education for their grandchildren. “I don’t want them to work 14 hours a day, I want them to own the company,” said Joey Mitchell, a branch manager for a trucking outfitter. We tell them to shoot for the stars and not take the easy way out, his wife said.

Having her grandchildren in her home has not been a burden, despite the challenges, the Mitchells say. Sometimes people will ask them why they do it and tell them their grandchildren are not their responsibility. “My response is why wouldn’t we want them?” Margaret Mitchell said, adding that they are children of God. What makes the effort worth it is when the grandchildren tell them how much they love them. “They always say ‘I love you to Jesus and back,’” Margaret Mitchell said. (For more information on the grandparents support group or other resources, contact the Area Agency on Aging of the Coastal Bend at (361) 883-3935 or toll free at (800) 817-5743.

Danny Puebla plays with his dog, Bella at his grandparents home where he has been living since he was three. Contributed Photo MARCH 2015  |  SOUTH TEXAS CATHOLIC  11  



A new breed of grandparents Rebecca Esparza Correspondent


oday’s grandparents are taking on increasing roles of responsibility, from volunteering several days a week at their grandchildren’s schools, to paying Catholic school tuition or even raising their grandchildren in the absence of biological parents. “Grandparents at our school play an integral role in their grandchildren’s education,” said Evelyn Burton, principal at St. Patrick School. “Many times they sent their children to Catholic schools and are now helping with their grandchildren’s Catholic education, either by picking them up after school, dropping them off, volunteering or even paying tuition.” Burton added the school has two faculty members whose grandchildren also attend St. Patrick. “It was heartwarming to see all the grandparents at Mass during Catholic Schools Week recently. The children were surrounded by so many loved ones, you could tell they absolutely loved it,” she said. Yvonne Brown, secretary at St. Patrick, said some parents would not be able to bring their children to St. Patrick School without the support of grandparents. “The pride and love I see from

grandparents every day is truly amazing,” Brown said. Sixth grade teacher Susan Buquet’s three daughters are all graduates of St. Patrick and now she has a granddaughter in pre-K3. “I get to see her every morning. She makes sure to stop by my room on her way to class. Not only do I work at St. Patrick, but I also volunteer, as well. Grandparents add a special level of attention for their grandchildren and for me, it’s about providing for the extra things,” Buquet said, who celebrates 20 years at St. Patrick this year. Grace Moore’s grandson, Holton Robinson, has attended St. Patrick since kindergarten and is now in fifth grade. She volunteers three times a week at the school’s library, assisting with checking out books and keeping the library tidy. “I volunteer because giving back makes me feel good,” she said. “You can tell the kids are loved here and it’s

Grandparents Elma and Raul Ramos (at right) attend Mass with their grandchildren during recent Catholic Schools Week festivities honoring grandparents and others who play a special role in the school children’s lives. Elma Ramos is holding future Shamrock Yssa Garza. Also pictured are first grader Becca Garza and Aryanna Garza, who attends pre-K4 at St. Patrick. St. Patrick School for South Texas Catholic


one big, happy family. I wish more grandparents volunteered. Not only does it make your heart feel good, but you get to spend extra time with your grandchildren, too!” Moore, who is retired and travels

to the school from Port Aransas, also pays tuition for her grandson and said the investment has already paid off in dividends. “The basic values and respect for others has been instilled in him at

school from the very beginning. There is no replacement for teaching life lessons at an early age. It becomes a part of their daily lives and part of their being,” she said. Janie Ortega-Garcia worked for



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the Corpus Christi Independent School District for 31 years as a school secretary. After retiring, she knew she loved that job too much to say goodbye forever, so she decided to volunteer a few days a week at Ss. Cyril & Methodius School. Her granddaughter Brooke Garcia is currently in first grade at the school. “It feels so good to volunteer at her school, providing clerical assistance in the office. Thanks to God, I am retired, but I love volunteering and being near my granddaughter. I have lunch with her often and she knows I’m more than likely here if she needs me. To me, that sense of security is a priceless gift I can give her,” Ortega-Garcia said. Lilly Samaniego, principal at Ss. Cyril & Methodius School, said grandparents play a major role in the lives of students. “Nowadays, both parents must work and duties like picking up kids at the end of school or bringing them lunch in the middle of the day are left to grandparents. I know this firsthand, because as a working mother, I count on my own mother to do the same for my children,” she said with a chuckle. Samaniego said several grandparents at her school pay tuition for their grandchildren and there are at least two couples raising their grandchildren. “One of the grandparents raising her grandchildren said to me the other day, ‘This isn’t what we had planned for this stage of our lives, but we wouldn’t change a thing.’ Grandparents today have evolved to being second parents to their grandchildren and that is beautiful because it just means more people to love these children,” she said.

Susan Buquet, 6th grade teacher at St. Patrick School, works with her granddaughter JonMarie Martin, 4, during her computer lab time. JonMarie attends K3 at St. Patrick and Susan sometimes spends time with her between classes. Rebecca Esparza for South Texas Catholic

Grace Moore (right) volunteers at St. Patrick School three times a week, which includes checking books out to students in the school library. Her grandson, Holton Robinson (left), attends 5th grade at the school.


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Sister Annette Wagner, IWBS is director of the Office of Consecrated Life for the Diocese of Corpus Christi.

Celebrating Consecrated Life:


Sister Annette Wagner, IWBS

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ne of the essential elements to consecrated life is the vows that each member makes. In fact, it is the making of these vows that suggests the term “consecrated life” and designates someone as a recognized member of a religious order. To consecrate is to dedicate something formally to a religious purpose. The original meaning of the term “sacrifice” also points in the same direction. To sacrifice is to offer or dedicate something or someone to the service of God. In a sense, we have all been “sacrificed” at our Baptism. All baptized irrevocably belong to God. So what can be added to this dedication? The choice of how one lives out that sacrifice or dedication is often referred to as a person’s vocation–the personal response to the call already offered at Baptism. Those who choose

to respond by living a consecrated life officially formalize that choice in making the vows of poverty, celibate chastity and obedience. The vow of poverty offers to God our human right to personal property and control of our financial standing. Every family experiences a dynamic similar to the basics of religious poverty. Any material goods one receives or “earns” is put to the use of the whole. Any need of one member is provided for by the whole. The combined resources are put to the use of the community and its mission; the designated authority makes

final decisions. Poverty focuses past the distractions of material goods to community resources that include far more than physical wealth; resources, such as the gifts and talents of the individual, the combined abilities of all members to contribute to community life and community mission, the wealth of relationships that abound in community. In this way, poverty frees the individual and community to be more conscious of relying on God’s providence rather than wealth. The vow of celibate chastity is a variation of the chastity



that all Christians are expected to live. Chastity, as safeguarded by the sixth and ninth commandments, addresses the proper use of the gift of sexuality according to one’s life vocation. Chastity for those in consecrated life includes the commitment to celibacy. Through this vow, the human right to belong to a supportive community is experienced through relationships in and availability to a group larger than the family unit. This vow offers God the love and energy usually expressed in the exclusive intimacy of marriage and children so that they can be dedicated to other expressions. Celibate chastity focuses beyond the small community of the family to the larger community of the Church. Free from the responsibilities involved in providing a stable home for children, the vowed member is available to go where his or her gifts are most needed, and perhaps to spend more hours in the day in that needed service. The vow of obedience involves the human right to self-determination. The making of this vow is the individual’s self-determination of the life that is to follow. This vow offers to God the person’s availability to serve in the way that is most needed by the community and the Church. It requires the individual’s conscientious contribution to the process of decision-making, as well as acceptance of the final decision made by the leadership who carries this responsibility. Obedience focuses beyond the individual view to a broader vision. Personal preferences and comfort zones must sometimes be put aside out of concern for the needs of community life or mission. Such a response often frees the individual from limited expectations of self and calls forth unsuspected talents. Poverty, celibate chastity, obedience; these three vows can be misunderstood as merely cases of self-denial. Yes, in every Christian life, self-denial is an element of the expressions of love. But to consider the vowed life as only a life of self-denial is to miss the bigger picture. Living these vows whole-heartedly is living a life of freedom, often a life of adventure and discovery, always a life of love.


Suffering for vocations Father Joseph Lopez, JCL Contributor

Father Joseph Lopez, JCL, is vocations director for the Diocese of Corpus Christi.


an we promote vocations through our suffering?

Most of us do not think of our lives as full of suffering, but the reality is that we have plenty of little things every day that we endure. It may be spilled coffee, or a bothersome co-worker; maybe a particularly needy child is trying your patience at home. In 10 seconds, you can probably come up with 10 things you have already suffered through today. Sometimes we endure it well, and sometimes badly. But do we think about these little–or big–points of suffering as an opportunity to gain graces for those discerning a vocation to priesthood or consecrated life? Redemptive suffering is a longstanding tradition in the Church, from our Lord’s acceptance of the cross as the supreme redemptive act of suffering to the humiliations, tortures and trials which the saints endured for their salvation and that of their brothers and sisters. God calls us to take a part in this, to willingly accept and offer up our own suffering in union with the Son of God for the good of souls. While it is probably most common to offer up suffering for those in great need, consider that an increase in vocations to priesthood and consecrated life is also a great need. If we help more people to gain the grace of accepting and living their vocations in a consecrated way, many more of these grave needs will be met. Let us promote vocations through redemptive suffering. Offer up your suffering as a sacrifice for our future priests, brothers and sisters–God will not be outdone in generosity!


Sister Amalia strives to live Schoenstatt spirituality Mary Cottingham


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or 50 years Sister M. Amalia Mata, ISSM has been serving Texas with love, as expressed through the Schoenstatt Sisters of Mary whose mission is “to renew the world from within.” Sister Amalia’s vocation began on March 27, 1965, when she was received into the Schoenstatt religious family. She took her final vows and ring eight years later at Sacred Heart Church in Rockport. Born to Mateo and Benita Mata in Guanajuato, Mexico in 1943, the family of seven moved to La Feria, Texas when she was just a little girl. It was at St. Francis Xavier Church that she was first introduced to the Schoenstatt Movement. The parish priest had hired two sisters who belonged to the movement. When the sisters were hired to work in the parish they taught groups of boys and girls for specific formation in the spirituality of Schoenstatt. “We were called the Schoenstatt girls,” Sister Amalia said. The sisters brought something new to the young girls, “they offered spirituality and practical points of spirituality. Back then, the priest gave basic religious instruction, much of it included memorization. It was not possible for him to do everything,” she said. When she was 18 she joined the

Schoenstatt group and a year later one of the sisters asked her about entering into a religious vocation. “I said I guess I could. It’s interesting because back then you went in without reservations. They told you and you just went,” she said. It was a time of spiritual growth for her. She got to know the community by living with them. She spent eight years training and invested with the same group of girls that she had entered with. During those eight years she was there because she wanted to be there. From the time she entered until she received the ring, she was free to decide. After a few years of living her vocation, which included instructing and nurturing others who wanted to join the movement, Sister Amalia enrolled in Del Mar College to study nursing. For 10 years she worked part-time as a licensed vocational nurse in a Laredo hospital. While continuing her schooling and working part time, she received her license as a registered nurse. She then moved to Austin and worked another 16 years as an RN on the Medical Surgical Floor, all the

while living according to the spirit of her vows. “Our Father said our first vocation is to love,” she said. For many years Sister Amalia cared for patients who had all kinds of illnesses. “It was sometimes a very stressful and demanding job,” she said. “But I managed to do it for 26 years.” Now retired, Sister Amalia lives in Lamar on the grounds of the Schoenstatt Shrine, in the provincial house. She still keeps busy by caring for the sick and older sisters. One sister in her group had cancer. She cared for her up until she died. She helps out in the community wherever there is a need. “Right now I’m doing laundry and I love to garden,” she said with a chuckle. “If you love something you put yourself into that.”



Charism: The soul of religious life Father Joseph Lopez, JCL Contributor


eligious Life can be shrouded in mystery, making the religious life seem almost like another-worldly state of being. And in some sense it is. This discussion of some important aspects of discerning the religious life will hopefully dispel some of the mists for clearer understanding and discernment. One of the most important things to know about religious communities is that each one has a distinct charism. In a general sense, a charism is a gift from God that helps build up the Church. For religious communities a charism is the soul of the community, that which gives it purpose, motivation and animates its action. A community’s charism involves its history, traditions, rule of life, apostolate and spirituality, all of the heritage, which makes it what it is. All of these elements of community heritage work together to help lead the members to holiness, to lead them to a close relationship with the Holy Trinity, and more generally, to help them be a sign of God’s presence and love in the world for the work of evangelization. The charism of a particular community is its distinctive manner provided for its members to live the evangelical counsels. Let us look at four aspects of charism, which make good starting points to getting to know a religious community: spirituality; apostolate; rule of life and community, and active versus contemplative.

Spirituality A religious community’s spirituality

is the character of its prayer as a community, liturgical and devotional. Spirituality includes traditions handed down by a founder or influential member of the community, or other practices which developed in their history. For example, members might stop every hour and take a moment to pray; they might make a daily examination of conscience according to a particular method; some communities make a monthly day of recollection. For some communities, the manner in which they celebrate the liturgy is an essential part of their spirituality. Some orders even have liturgical texts and rubrics particularly adapted to their order; some celebrate the Mass in the Extraordinary Form as part of their spirituality; some chant or sing the Divine Office. Spirituality often also includes devotional practices. For example, it may be devoted to the Immaculate Conception. They might have community prayers, which reflect this; they may choose to celebrate optional liturgies devoted to the Blessed Virgin; their apostolate could even be influenced by this devotion, for example, educating the faithful about Our Lady’s appearances at to St. Bernadette at Lourdes.


The spirituality of a religious community pervades its whole life–it is an essential part of the charism, which gives each its distinct character.

Apostolate One of the most easily recognizable elements of a charism is the apostolate, or external work, that the community does. Quite often charism and apostolate are seen as the same, and though the apostolate is a necessary part of the charism, it is only a part. However, it does play quite an important role, and is one of the main things to consider when discerning religious life. The apostolate is the mission, what it has been “sent” to do in the world. The apostolate may be some sort of work directly with people. It could be concerned with basic physical needs like food, shelter or healing. It could be more spiritual or intellectual, like teaching or preaching, counseling, spiritual direction or public prayer and liturgy. It could also be a hidden apostolate, such as prayer or penance for the conversion of the world. In addition to the apostolate, some communities will have work that they do which is primarily for their livelihood. Religious have bills to pay, too.


Religious in the Diocese of Corpus Christi represent a number of orders with distinct charisms. Those interested in religious life have ample examples to explore. Mary Cottingham, South Texas Catholic

But even this is usually worked into their apostolate.

Rule of life and community Every religious community has a rule, which helps to define what the community is and how it lives. The rule gives guidelines on every aspect of community life, from their habit, spirituality and apostolate to even such things as how meals should be taken. A religious community is a family, and its life flows from living its charism. The manner in which its members live, together and as individuals, gives the community its distinctive family characteristic. As with any family, there are little things that make living in it a joy for its members. There are also quirks, and things that bother its members. No community is perfect. But that is part of what helps the members to become holy, as they work

out their differences and learn to forgive annoyances. St. Therese became a saint precisely because she endured a sister from her community splashing her face with dirty wash water. But she also became a saint by experiencing the joys of community life.

Active and contemplative The question of an active versus a contemplative community touches on all aspects of the community’s charism. All religious communities will have a bit of both. Work must be done, and the foundation of the spiritual life is prayer. But a community is usually identified more with one or the other, and generally this is defined by its apostolate. If the apostolate is some work in the world, the community is generally considered active; a contemplative community focuses on the interior life of prayer.

Discerning The most important question for anyone discerning a religious vocation is this: Do I fit? This is admittedly a complex question. It necessitates a close look at one’s life: one’s experiences, gifts, personality, inclinations, and interests. Just as a couple who is discerning marriage spends time together to get to know each other, and to determine whether their lives “fit” together, discerning the religious life requires that one “gets to know” some communities. Start where you are attracted. Find out as much as you can about those communities, and contact them. Get to know them–visit, experience their spirituality, their community life, their apostolate. As you get to know a few communities, and with good spiritual direction, God will make it apparent whether, and where, he is calling you.



Bishop Michael Mulvey installed three seminarians from the diocese into the Ministry of Reader on Saturday, Feb. 14, at Assumption Seminary in San Antonio. Pictured above (from right) are Oscar Chaparro, Deacon Ron Martinez, James Hernandez, Deacon Armando Sanchez, Bishop Mulvey, Richard Gutierrez, Deacon Arnoldo Marcha and vocation director Father Joseph Lopez, JCL. Photos by Assumption Seminary

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hree seminarians from the Diocese of Corpus Christi were installed in the Ministry of Reader at Assumption Seminary in San Antonio on Saturday, Feb. 14. The Ministry of Reader is a step along the way to priestly ordination. Bishop Michael Mulvey installed Oscar F. Chaparro, Richard Gutierrez

and James A. Andrew Hernandez, who are completing their first year of


theology. They were among 10 seminarians instituted into the Ministry of


Reader and Ministry of Acolyte. In his homily, Bishop Mulvey said these two ministries represent two “fundamental sources of Christ’s presence in the Church today.” “Christ said ‘I am with you always.’ We sometimes act as if God is not present, but that we are in charge. That is heresy from its roots. Christ Jesus is in charge, he is the head of his Church, we are his servants,” Bishop Mulvey said. The seminarians accepted as Readers are servants of the Word and of God, the bishop said. They do not possess these ministries but are servants to them. Acolytes are servants of the altar, of the Eucharist. “You are not servants of priests or deacons, but servants of Jesus Christ,” the bishop said. These ministries only assist the bishop, priests and deacons in order to build up the Church in holiness and salvation. “Jesus never intended for the Church to take possession of his body and blood or the possession of his word, as if we are the ones to take charge of his word. We are to be instruments… together…to seek life of the Holy Spirit in order to build up the people of God and have them come into contact with their Lord and Savior,” Bishop Mulvey said. He told the seminarians that their relationship with God’s word and with the Eucharist at this point in their journey in life and in this part of their priestly formation will take on a new character. He urged them to spend time

with the word of God and with Jesus in the Eucharist, both at Mass and outside of Mass. “Allow yourself the luxury to spend time with his word, to spend time with Jesus to know him, to absorb what he says and to live the word, be transformed by the word,” Bishop Mulvey said. Citing the frequent words of Pope Francis, Bishop Mulvey said, what the Lord needs to see in the Church are two things: wisdom and humility. “You must show that you love the Word and that you want to share it with others,” Bishop Mulvey said to those installed as Readers. “How can you give what you don’t have? Your life must be rooted in the Word in order to share it.” He said they also needed to show

humility. There is no more humble act than Jesus crucified. The bishop pointed out to the seminarians that they live in a world where so many things attack the truth, detract them from holiness, tempt them away from Jesus Christ. He directed them to follow the example of the apostle Paul who said, “I never boast except in the cross of our Lord…” “How can we boast when Jesus Christ is on the cross?” the bishop asked. “If he can give us his life, than you and I can give up our life for our sisters and brothers. Our life is not about boasting of who we are, we don’t have merit badges, we have crucifixes hanging around our necks.” The bishop urged the seminarians to rejoice and celebrate with their families but to remember that God had asked them to give up their lives to serve.

Bishop Mulvey installs seminarian James Hernandez into Ministry of Reader. Photos by Assumption Seminary


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esidents at Mount Carmel Home have been through wars, the Great Depression and raised families. “They are our living history, a first hand account. You get that in so many different encounters,” said Sister Ann Elizabeth Cronin, DCJ, LVN, executive director of Mount Carmel Home. Mount Carmel Home is a nonprofit, Christian assisted living home, located at 4130 South Alameda Street in Corpus Christi. It is owned an operated by the Carmelite Sisters of the Divine Heart of Jesus whose convent is located on the same grounds. Currently, there are 52 elderly residents living at Mount Carmel Home. The Carmelite Sisters and the 21 hired staff members strive to provide residents with the highest level of care with dignity. According to their mission statement, they are “dedicated to the ideal of seeing, serving and loving God in all residents.” “When our congregation was established, our foundress said time and time again: ‘no facility, no institution.’ The goal is to preserve

the dignity of the person. We definitely want to provide a home,” Sister Ann Elizabeth said. “The employees are wonderful. They have been here for so many years…so long,” she said. One employee has been there for more than 50 years. Many others have worked at Mount Carmel, 20 and 30 years. “Once the elderly become part of your family, so to speak, you’re hooked… you’re personally invested,” Sister Ann Elizabeth said. Residents’ spiritual needs are provided for through daily Mass at 7 a.m. and Sunday Mass at 9 a.m. Some of the residents meet every day for devotions or to pray the Divine Mercy at 3 p.m. They also have Bible study and movies with religious or spiritual themes.


Sister Ann Elizabeth Cronin, DCJ, LVN is executive director of Mount Carmel Home. Mary Cottingham, South Texas Catholic

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congregation was established, our foundress said time and time again–no facility, no institution. The goal is to preserve the dignity of the person.” –Sister Ann Elizabeth Cronin, DCJ

eal of l residents Mount Carmel Home offers a wide variety of services. The residents have 24-hour care, with licensed vocational nurses on staff, medication management and regular health monitoring. They get three meals a day and snacks. They also receive help with bathing and grooming and weekly housekeeping. They have a Lifeline, private mailboxes, exercise rooms, garden areas, linen service and utilities, including cable. There is an on site beauty and barbershop and a hairdresser who comes once a week. In addition the staff provides transportation to residents for doctors appointments, banking, outings or shopping.

Sister Mary Elizabeth Rougeau, DCJ gives out meds to Alicia Longoria. Mary Cottingham, South Texas Catholic

Activities include, games, resident council meetings, birthday parties and socials. Local musicians give of their time and talent for the enjoyment of residents. “Many residents are actively engaged in outdoor, weekly transportation trips and the indoor activities are buzzing with laughter and there is a very happy companionship between residents,” said Sister M. Barbara Leary, DCJ who recently returned to Corpus Christi after a three-year term working in an assisted living home in La Mesa, California. Mickey Hardigree, 85, stays physically fit by walking the grounds of Mickey Hardigree, 85, stays Mount Carmel, as do many other physically fit by walking the grounds residents. Hardigree has been at of Mount Carmel, as do many other Mount Carmel since May and she residents. stays busy. She tries to stay fit everyMary Cottingham, South Texas Catholic day by participating in a variety of

different games with other residents like bowling, paddleball and kickball. She also walks the home’s halls. “I like to play games to keep my body and mind going,” she said. A new resident Alice Cuevas said she looks forward to living at Mount Carmel Home. She lived in a neighborhood where people she knew were moving out and the house she lived in was getting harder and harder to maintain. She recently left her home in Tynan, Texas and came to live at Mount Carmel Home. “It’s a new adventure for me,” she said. Margaret Kaizen recently lost her husband. Three years ago they came from San Antonio and decided to make Mount Carmel their new home. She misses her husband, but she knows she still has a family at Mount Carmel. According to Sister Ann Elizabeth


Residents, from left, Lucille Grey, Frances McEvoy, Kay Bohrer and Elizabeth Freeman have fun tossing, kicking and spiking the ball as Sister Mary Elizabeth Rougeau, DCJ tries to get out of their way. Mary Cottingham, South Texas Catholic

there are some misconceptions regarding the burden and that they are still loved.” elderly. Many people, even some of the res“What is really tragic is when the person idents themselves, themselves think think they are just they are not neceshere to die. Some sary. That happens residents, because quite a bit. I think of the disease of if we can do nothing dementia or Alzheimore than just conmer’s, lose much of vince that person their personalities. that they still have “They need to worth, even if they know they are not can’t do anything– going to be forgotsimply by being –Sister Ann Elizabeth Cronin, DCJ ten. These are very here–they are still real fears for them,” worthy. They teach she said. me every day to be She said that the residents need to feel they more kind. You have to have a lot of patience– are still worthy of attention, time, effort and and they deserve it,” Sister Ann Elizabeth said. care and “they need to know they are not a


“Once the elderly become part of your family, so to speak, you’re hooked… you’re personally invested,”

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t. Elizabeth of Hungary in Alice will present a parish mission entitled “Seven Capital Virtues: Overcoming the Seven Capital Sins” over five consecutive days from March 1–5, at 7 p.m., at the parish. The mission will be followed by Benediction of the Blessed Sacrament and confession. St. Elizabeth of Hungary parish is located at 603 E. 5th St. in Alice. A parish mission is a special event for Catholics in which all parishioners, as well as members of the neighboring communities, are invited to take part in several days of activity and prayer, all focusing on faith enrichment. “Those who attend a parish mission often experience a new spiritual awakening, bringing about a deeper love for God, and a revitalization of their personal relationships,” pastor Msgr. Leonard Pivonka said. St. Elizabeth invited Father Ben Cameron, CPM, of the Fathers of Mercy, headquartered in Auburn, Kentucky, to lead this Lenten mission. Father Cameron was born in Kokomo, Indiana, and grew up as a member of St. Patrick Church in that city. During his junior high and high school years, he attended a small Christian school that was operated by a local Baptist church. It was in that non-Catholic environment, where his faith was often challenged, that he began to study the Catholic

Father Ben Cameron, CPM faith. Father Cameron is a 1991 graduate of Christendom College, a small Catholic liberal arts college in Front Royal, Virginia, where he became involved in a lay apostolate known as the Legion of Mary, which awakened his desire to share his Catholic faith with others. Upon receiving his degree in political science and history, Father Cameron planned a career in the political arena, but soon found that God had other plans. He joined the Fathers of Mercy

in 1992, studied theology at Holy Apostles Seminary in Cromwell, Connecticut, and was ordained a priest on May 31, 1997. He has served as vocation director, treasurer, web master, and parish mission preacher during his priesthood. He currently serves as the assistant general of the Fathers of Mercy, and the director of its mission band. The primary apostolate of the Fathers of Mercy is to conduct parish missions and retreats, which are now given throughout the United States, Canada and Australia. For more than 200 years, the Fathers of Mercy congregation of priests have evangelized and strengthened the faith of parish communities. They strive to enrich the faith-life of all who attend, including those who are already very devout, as well as those who may just be very doubtful. For people who are not Catholic, the parish mission is an opportunity to hear clear presentations on exactly what Catholics actually believe, as opposed to what many may mistakenly think they believe. The mission priests associate their



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work with a Scripture passage from the Gospel of St. John, in which Jesus spoke to those who desired to be His followers. Jesus turned, and saw them following, and said to them, ‘What are you looking for?’ And they said to Him, ‘Rabbi’ (which means “teacher”), ‘where are you going?’ He said to them, ‘Come and you will see’ (Jn 1: 38-39).” During the mission, Father Cameron will encourage and challenge the parish community to make a stronger, deeper

personal commitment to Jesus Christ and his Church. He will speak on “Seven Capital Virtues: Overcoming the Seven Capital Sins,” and how they apply to the lives of Catholics today. Msgr. Pivonka and the Fathers of Mercy, invite everyone interested to attend the parish mission, so that they may come and know Jesus better through living the “Seven Capital Virtues.”

Taft parish prays for canonization of Blessed Jose Sanchez Del Rio


n Sunday, Feb. 8, Father Jesus Francisco Lopez of Immaculate Conception Parish in Taft celebrated a Mass in memory of Blessed Jose Sanchez Del Rio. The Mass included a procession with a first class relic of Blessed Jose that is encased at the parish.

Members of the Knights of Columbus, Catholic Daughters of the Americas, Junior Catholic Daughters of the Americas and Guadalupano Society, along with parishioners and invited guests, joined in prayer and celebration with the faithful. They prayed to God that, if it is his will, Blessed Jose would soon be counted among his saints. All of the information needed by the Vatican regarding the required miracle performed by God through Blessed Jose has been acquired. The miracle, which will be sent to Rome, is the case of a newborn infant girl born on Sept. 8, 2008, which from birth was in a serious state of health that doctors had given the family no hope of recovery. Devotees of the child martyr Blessed Jose, whose intercession before God they sought joined the family of the infant in supplications to God. The girl was miraculously cured and is now six years old and living a normal life. The case will be sent to the Holy See in Rome for their analysis and final approval for canonization.


Father Jesus Francisco Lopez blesses portrait and relic of Blessed Jose Sanchez Del Rio. Immaculate Conception Church

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l respeto a los padres es algo fundamental contenido en uno de los mandamientos de Dios: “Honrarás a tu padre y a tu madre.” Ellos cuidaron y protegieron a su familia con el amor y cariño que existe de los padres hacia los hijos, ahora les toca a los hijos corresponder de la misma forma. El señor Vicente Vázquez, quien esta al cargo de su hija Rachel debido a su edad y enfermedad, dice que hay que apreciar lo valioso que tenemos como cultura, ya que el núcleo familiar entre los hispanos no se limita a padres e hijos, sino que se extiende a los abuelos, tíos, primos y nietos. “Los abuelos forman el pilar de la familia, son el centro de reunión en fechas importantes como la Navidad, llenando de tantas historias y recuerdos vividos y que llenan de nostalgia nuestras vidas,” dijo el señor Vásquez. “Son una fuente de amor y cariño acompañados de historias, consejos y enseñanzas que compartir por la sabiduría que los años dan para los nietos.” Rachel Vásquez dijo que siempre a vivido con su papá, y la enseñanza más grande que recibió de sus padres es el respeto y siempre estar al pendiente de sus familias y sus necesidades y el compromiso

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de ayudar a la Iglesia. “El poder atender a mi padre me hace sentir mucha alegría, ya que él siempre ha trabajado muy duro para poder tener lo que tenemos y para poder ayudar a la Iglesia. Es un honor tener ese ejemplo en nuestras vidas,” dijo Rachel Vásquez. El señor Vásquez quedo viudo hace 29 anos cuando su esposa María falleció. Recientemente el señor Vásquez perdió una de sus piernas a causa de la diabetes. Debido a esta incapacidad pasa sus días en una silla de ruedas y depende en su hija para que lo cuide. Laboralmente pasó por muchos trabajos, entre ellos empacando ejote y rábano para HEB, cargando naranja y descargando manzana del ferrocarril y por 12 años haciendo pacas de algodón, hasta que el dinero no alcanzaba ni trabajando 72 horas a la semana. Ya que a medida que la hija crecía las necesidades también crecían y en 1967, siempre con el fin de cuidar y proveer a su familia comenzó a trabajar en Coastal States Petroquímica en donde permaneció por 20 años. Durante todo este tiempo participo como miembro activo en la Iglesia de San José. Durante 35 años era miembro de varias organizaciones y ayudaba con la Jamaica y el Bingo para obtener los fondos necesarios para comprar los terrenos en donde posteriormente se construyó la escuela, el gimnasio y el Centro para Catequesis. Durante 15 años, fue lector de la misa de español. “Proclamar la palabra de Dios me sale del corazón,” dijo el señor Vásquez. “Es lo que más me gusta y lo hice hasta que mi trabajo ya no me lo permitió en el 2010.” Rachel Vásquez dijo que su padre siempre ha sido el proveedor de la familia. “Ahora le cuesta trabajo salir adelante, se esfuerza para poder ayudarme en lo que puede, no se queda quieto, a pesar de su incapacidad,” dijo su hija. Sin embargo, dijo Rachel Vásquez, su papá prepara su café y hasta le ayuda a lavar la ropa. Trata de servir y ayudarle siempre. “Esa formación y ejemplo nos los ha trasmitido a mí y a mi hijo Daniel, que también creció en este hogar,” dijo Rachel Vásquez. “Cuando mi hijo vivía con nosotros era más fácil ya que me ayudaba dándole las comidas y llevándolo a sus citas con el doctor, pero ahora que se ha casado y nació su bebé, ya no tiene tanto tiempo para ayudarme, aunque sigue dándole sus vueltas y llamándolo para estar al pendiente.”


Rachel da gracias que su patrón, el padre Pete Elizardo, le da permiso para poder llevar a su padre a sus citas médicas. “Sí es un poco mas pesado el tener que levantarme más temprano para dejarle listo el almuerzo antes de irme al trabajo, pero también es una satisfacción el cuidarlo y atenderlo y llevarlo al Bingo y sacarlo a pasear. Siento un gran orgullo y es un honor tener su ejemplo en nuestras vidas.” “Tengo una hija muy buena que no me deja, siempre está al pendiente de mis necesidades,” dijo el señor Vásquez. “Me cuida que no baje el pié, que lo tenga levantado, que no camine…me lleva al doctor y me trae mis medicinas y debido a mi circunstancia ella tiene que hacer mas de la cuenta ya que la obligo a que me lleve a misa muy temprano para que le quede mas tiempo.” Dijo que se siente muy afortunado por tener a alguien que esté al pendiente de el, y le pide a Dios que le dé alivio en su pié para poder ayudarle en el quehacer. “Yo hago lo mejor que puedo para darles un buen ejemplo, como familia unida y con el compromiso a nuestra Iglesia,” dijo el señor Vásquez. Si la paciencia es una característica necesaria en la crianza de los hijos, es igualmente necesaria en la atención a los padres, y aunque no es tarea fácil, el amor hace que sea más llevadero y cuando se ofrece a Dios, la fuerza espiritual hace que la carga sea mas ligera y adquiera un valor espiritual. “Si eres bendecido y tienes un abuelo o abuela, o tu padre o madre, llámalo, visítalo y siente el amor de Dios en su abrazo,” dijo el señor Vásquez. Y su hija, agrego “Cuiden a sus padres con cariño y no los abandonen, ya que con la vara que midas serás medido.”

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On March 19, the Diocese of Corpus Christi will host the first-ever, one-day Amazing Parish conference at the Omni Hotel in Corpus Christi. The conference will equip parish leadership teams to better lead their parishes. “Since the beginning of my ministry in the Diocese of Corpus Christi, I have tried to focus attention on reinforcing and invigorating parish life,” Bishop Michael Mulvey said. By the end of the conference, participants will have a clearer sense of where they want to lead their parish. Bishop Mulvey requests that every pastor attend and bring a team of 2-4 parish leaders.


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Bishop Michael Mulvey celebrated Mass for the 2015 World Day for Consecrated Life on Feb. 1 at Corpus Christi Cathedral. During the Mass those in Consecrate Life renewed their commitment and jubilarians celebrating anniversaries ranging in length from 25-70 years were acknowledged with gratitude.

Nathaniel Seth Dominguez, a kindergarten student at St. Joseph School in Alice, passed away on June 8, 2014. A prayer garden to be named Nathaniel’s Prayer Garden Nathaniel Seth began in January 2015 and has been Dominguez completed. The school is conducting a fund raising project to purchase and install benches at the garden, which will be dedicated later this year. To contribute to this project call the school at (361) 664-4642.

Women and men religious from throughout the diocese celebrated World Day for Consecrated Life at Corpus Christi Cathedral on Feb. 1. Mary Cottingham, South Texas Catholic

Youth Spectacular: Rooted in Family; Grounded in Faith The Diocese of Corpus Christi Office of Youth Ministry is hosting a Mini-Youth Spectacular on March 28 at St. Frances of Rome, located at 410 Simmons St. in Agua Dulce. This event is for high school and middle school youth and will contain all the normal elements of a Youth Spectacular including dynamic speakers, praise music, adoration and Mass.



Work underway on Museum of the Bible Nate Madden

Catholic News Service




This architectural rendering shows how the Museum of the Bible will look. Opening in 2017, the eight-story, 430,000-square-foot museum is being designed by the lead architect group that created the International Spy Museum, the Smithsonian’s National Museum of the American Indian, and the soon-to-open National Museum of African American History and Culture. Catholic News Service



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Pope calls for Laura Ieraci

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ope Francis once again urged solidarity with migrants who risk their lives crossing the Mediterranean Sea for Europe, and assured prayers for the victims of a deadly crossing in early February. During his general audience Feb. 11, the pope called for a spirit of solidarity with migrants “so that no one lacks necessary aid.” He said he was following the news coming out of Lampedusa “with concern.” Lampedusa is a southern Italian island that serves as a port of entry for many of the migrants illegally entering Europe by sea. The pope was responding to reports Feb. 9 that 29 migrants had died of hypothermia after being rescued by the Italian coast guard; they were part of a group of 105 African migrants whose raft had capsized in the Mediterranean. Their raft had set off from Libya Feb. 7. Later, the office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees reported that the loss of life in the Mediterranean over the weekend of Feb. 7-8 was feared to be as high as 300 people, including children. The revised report came after nine more migrants, who were saved from the Mediterranean Feb. 9 and arrived in Lampedusa Feb. 11, said that a total of four boats had set off together from Libya. The 29 who died of hypothermia were on the first boat. But, the nine survivors said, the other three inflatable rafts each had about 100 people on board and the nine saved were the only ones who survived. Several church organizations have responded to the tragedy by once again issuing a call for better searchand-rescue operations in the Mediterranean, migration reform and joint government cooperation in Europe. So long as “Europe looks the other way and pretends

Pope Francis tosses a wreath of flowers into the Mediterranean Sea off the Italian island of Lampedusa to honor the memory of immigrants who have died trying to cross from Africa to reach a new life in Europe. The pope said the tragic deaths of thousands searching for a better future should trigger compassion and action, not indifference. Catholic News Service

not to understand that Italy is really the door to Europe and that what happens in Italy belongs to everyone, things will continue like this, with these tragedies at sea,” Cardinal Angelo Bagnasco of Genoa told L’Osservatore Romano, the Vatican newspaper. The cardinal serves as president of the Italian bishops’ conference and vice president of the Council of European Bishops’ Conferences. In a statement Feb. 11, Jesuit

Refugee Service said the latest deaths demonstrate “the failure of European border policy” and “may have been avoided if the European Union had implemented a search-and-rescue operation of the same size and scope as the former Italian rescue program, Mare Nostrum.” The EU’s Operation Triton, which replaced Mare Nostrum, is “vastly under-equipped and focuses almost exclusively on border security and surveillance,” the statement said.

JRS also accused European states of setting up “legal obstacles” to those fleeing conflict in Africa and the Middle East and of not taking “the necessary measures to save lives in the Mediterranean.” “We will not and cannot accept that the Mediterranean continues to be a migrant graveyard,” said Jesuit Father Camillo Ripamonti, director of JRS Italy. “It is crucial that the EU and its member states swiftly act to ensure the safety of refugees.”



solidarity with migrants


MASS: Gathering together to worship God Sister Guadalupe Maria Cervantes, PCI



Sister Guadalupe Maria Cervantes, PCI is a member of the Pax Christi Institute.

n the procession, the priest, deacons, servers and other ministers enter, preferably while a hymn is being sung. The act of processing can serve as a symbol of gathering together to worship God. Entrance song, procession The entrance hymn serves two purposes. One, it gives praise to God. Secondly, by the act of all the people singing it together, it promotes the unity of the congregation. The congregation should not be seen as a group of individual people but rather as a people gathered together as one. Do not be distracted by this, but rather realize that all of this is helping you to let go of yourself and to be open to God.

The sign of the cross and the greeting When they reach the sanctuary, the priest, the deacon and the ministers reverence the altar with a profound bow. As an expression of veneration, moreover, the priest and deacon then kiss the altar itself. As the occasion suggests, the priest also incenses the cross and the altar. After the entrance chant is concluded, the priest stands at the chair and, together with the whole gathering, makes the sign of the cross. Then he signifies the presence of the Lord to the community gathered there by means of the Greeting. By this Greeting and the people’s response, the mystery of the Church gathered together is made manifest. The sign of the cross reminds us of our Savior, Jesus Christ, and how he died for us on the wood of the cross. It is a sign of God’s love for


us, that while we were sinners, he sent his Son to save us, from our sins. We remind ourselves that Jesus by his cross has overcome the powers of sin and death.

Penitential rite In the Penitential Rite, we are called to reflect on the fact that we are not perfect in and of ourselves. Rather, we rely on God’s help and seek his mercy for those times when we stumble and fail to do good–God’s will. While this rite does not replace the sacrament of reconciliation, it does remind us that even when we are in the state of grace, we are still prone to sin and need God’s protective mercy. A period of silence follows. We are given time to think and reflect. It is interesting that along with a declined sense of sin, people have grown uncomfortable with silence. We live in a world where we are bombarded with noise in almost every waking moment. But in silence, God speaks to us. “Be still, and know that I am God (Ps 46:10).” Noise often keeps us from hearing God’s pleas spoken to our hearts. At the words “through my fault,” we strike our breast. Why? In the ancient world, striking one’s breast was a sign of mourning. At Jesus’s death on the cross, the Gospel of Luke recounts that the crowd returned to their homes “beating their breast (Lk 23:48).” We beat our breast as we declare our sinfulness in imitation of the tax collector who “standing far off, would not

Sacrament as truly as he was in the grotto, though in a different form. Let us join with the angels in praising him, with the shepherds in adoring him and with the Magi in glorifying him.

Collect With the words, “Let us pray,” the priest invites the congregation to join in his supplication, indicating by these words the union of his heart with that of the congregation. Then follow the Collects, or collective prayers for the day, which, for conciseness of form, richness of expression and depth of meaning, have never been equaled. They are called collective prayers because they sum up all the intentions and needs of the Church and of her children, both spiritual and temporal, which are laid before God by the priest. The priest extends his hands and then folds them as a mark of humility, acknowledging that we can do nothing of our own strength and that we must put all our trust in God. Afterwards he extends them once more in an attitude of appeal, in memory of our Savior who, with arms extended upon the cross, interceded with his Heavenly Father for the whole human race. Nearly all these prayers conclude with the words “Through Jesus Christ our Lord,” for the Heavenly Father has given us the promise that he will refuse nothing which we ask in the name of his beloved Son, Jesus. At the close of the prayer, the congregation replies with an “Amen!” This is a response we give throughout the liturgy and an important part of our participation in the Mass. It is our way of saying that we agree with the prayer made by the priest, and that it is in fact our prayer, too. MARCH 2015  |  SOUTH TEXAS CATHOLIC  41  


We call upon the Father to be merciful to us through his omnipotence; upon the Son, to be merciful to ... “Amen!” us through his goodness. We important implore mercy because we have often offended the part of our participation Heavenly Father, who in in the Mass. It is our way his power has created us; because we have often of saying that we agree with offended the Eternal Son, the prayer made by the who through his wisdom has endured such great sufpriest, and that it is in fering to redeem us; because fact our prayer, too. we have often offended the Holy Spirit, who through his goodness has sanctified us. We can open ourselves up to a powerful encounter with God at the celebration of the Mass if we admit even lift up his eyes to heaven, but that without the help of God we do beat his breast, saying, ‘God, be mer- not know what we are doing. Like ciful to me a sinner’ (Lk 18:13).” the blind men on the side of the road, The Church believes that when we we need the Lord to heal our blindgather to pray as a Church, the group ness so that we too might recognize that gathers is more than meets the him: “Lord have mercy on us (Mk eye. Literally, heaven comes down to 10:46-52).” this spot, and all of its inhabitants– the angels and all the saints–join us. Gloria in excelsis As we ask them to join our prayer, Confident that the Lord will forwe should be mindful of the purity give us our sins, we now sing out, of their prayers. Bowing our head as giving praise to God in imitation the priest says the general prayer of of the angels in heaven. This prayer absolution is one way to accept the of the Mass is actually an ancient mercy of God that is given by the hymn in which the Church, gathered Church through the merits of Jesus together in the Holy Spirit, glorifies Christ. and entreats God the Father. This hymn of praise contain three Lord have mercy parts, the first part is the song that (Kyrie) the shepherds heard sung by the Saint Paul said that it is only in the heavenly choir of angels at the birth Spirit that we can acknowledge that of Christ. The second part praises Jesus Christ is Lord. The words Kyrie God by recalling all of his attributes. eleison are taken from the Greek lan- The third part prays to Jesus, asking guage and mean “Lord, have mercy him to save us from our sins. on us.” This threefold petition to The Gloria is a sublime hymn of each Person of the Holy Trinity is praise, and we should repeat it in expressive of the earnestness with the spirit of a joyful welcome to our which we implore the Divine mercy. Savior. Jesus is present in the Blessed


Our study of Scripture Sister Kathleen McDonagh, IWBS Contributor

Sister Kathleen McDonagh, IWBS is a member of the order of the Incarnate Word of the Blessed Sacrament.


ccording to the Catechism of the Catholic Church, the study of the sacred pages of Scripture “should be the very soul of sacred theology (CCC 132).” Scripture is central to our spiritual growth; we, therefore, need to be most attentive to its content and unity. Father George Montague, a Marianist Biblical scholar, in a work entitled Reading and Study Scripture raises important questions. He begins by asking, “What am I searching for?” We too must ask ourselves this question: “What are we searching for?” Are we looking for “nice” stories about Jesus? Are we searching for the poetry of the Psalms? Are we historians who are checking to see whether or not Scripture agrees with the details we have learned through general history? All of the above can be noted as we read Scripture. They should not, however, be the most important aspect of our study. Hopefully, through our Scriptural study, we are searching for God’s direct message to us because, although in relation to almost each book of the Bible a human author is named, ultimately the author of each is God. An important approach to reading and coming to know the Scriptural texts is to read the actual texts before reading about them. As we read the actual texts in our personal Bibles, let us question ourselves concerning what is described. Are these texts really familiar to us? Many of them are. In a few cases, we have even gone beyond reading to reflect on them. But then we come across one that we have not

noticed before. Why not? Is it saying something to us now that did not seem important to us previously? Do we understand what it is saying to us now? Then it is helpful to have someone with whom we can discuss this experience. And hopefully this will lead us to widen our whole approach to Scripture. Going beyond discussion with someone who is willing to help us understand, we may come to learn about scholarly scriptural help– book length scriptural commentaries which lead us through a discussion of scriptural passages. Then we have to slow down, read and reflect on the commentaries, apply the result of our reading and reflect to the scriptural text. Is it important to us in the present state of our spiritual life? Are we willing to respond positively to it in the light of our free choice? Is there someone in our life with whom we can share this text? When we find someone who has a good understanding of scriptural texts, we should try to share with that person or persons on a regular basis. Over a period of time, let us reflect on how we can put into practice in our ordinary lives what the text says to us. Let us ask God to open up new avenues of prayer for us in the light of scriptural teaching.

“What am I

searching for?”



Who needs healing? Sister Anne Marie Walsh, SOLT Contributor

Sister Anne Marie Walsh, SOLT is a member of the order of the Society of Our Lady of the Most Holy Trinity.


magine a post-apocalyptic world, which has been decimated by the unleashing of tremendous forces of destruction. Imagine this world inhabited by wounded and traumatized survivors who face innumerable challenges, including the need to protect themselves from evil, mutated creatures actively seeking their annihilation. Visualize the landscape and atmosphere, heavy with unknowns and potential dangers. The fall of man in the Garden of Eden at the beginning of time can be likened somewhat to this. What existed in unimaginable beauty, harmony and perfection was blown apart and scattered with such force that we are still, many thousands of years later, reeling from the effects. We live in a wasteland by comparison to what was originally given to us. The fall was something like a nuclear reaction, which began as an internal chain of events. It resulted in a massive, life-shattering explosion. The damage did not stop after the initial blast but continued in the form of long-lasting fallout that weakens our inner being, our will and understanding, and affects all of creation. This was the first sin. We are all born into this fallen world. We compound the difficulties already present, with our own personal sins, further fragmenting our lives. Because of this, everyone and everything needs healing. From the pope down to the tiniest baby, from the mega galaxies to the most hidden crevices of creation, there is need for healing. All creation labors under the weight of a brokenness that was not a part of our origins in God. In the beginning, there was no need for healing. “For in Christ were created all things in heaven and on earth, the visible and invisible, whether

thrones or dominations, or principalities or powers, all things were created through him and for him. He is before all things and in him, all things hold together (Col 1: 16-17). In Christ, all things hold together. Apart from Christ, all things fall apart. Adam and Eve quickly and tragically discovered this when they decided to do their own thing rather than follow an order that God had established for them to live in. The brokenness found in our world today is nothing more than being separated from the One who holds all things together in himself. There is nothing God wants more than our healing. In fact, Pope Emeritus Benedict XVI said, “Healing is an essential dimension of the apostolic mission and of Christianity. When understood at a sufficiently deep level, this expresses the entire content of redemption (Jesus of Nazareth, 176).” Jesus is the only one who knows how to put the pieces of our lives back together as they are meant to be. And where he cannot use the broken pieces, he gives us new ones: new hearts, new minds, new lights, new visions, new courage, new hope, new strength, new or renewed relationships and so much more. Our unhappiness always comes from not being able to live as we were created to live, in a communion of life and MARCH 2015  |  SOUTH TEXAS CATHOLIC  43  


love with God, others, ourselves and all of creation. What can be done? The answer is relatively simple. Draw near to Christ. More importantly, let him draw near to you. He is like a magnet that begins to pull all the fragmented pieces of your life back together into a beautiful recreation and restoration of God’s first intentions for you. Approach Christ in the sacraments, in the Mass, in prayer, in adoration, in the love you share with others. Let him encounter you. Take time out for retreats. Allow him to pour his healing grace into your life. Trust Him. Do not worry about distractions.

Jesus will work. He needs only the smallest invitation. He will come with delight to attend you and shower your

life with blessing. Let him come in! You will not be sorry! In the end, even creation will rejoice with you.

Our Lady of Corpus Christi Retreat Center offers Healing Retreats, led by Father Dan Estes, SOLT, Sister Anne Marie Walsh, SOLT and Deacon Bob Allen. The 2015 schedule of retreats includes March 27-29, May 29-31, Aug. 7-9, Oct. 23-25 and Dec. 4-6. The OLCC Retreat Center also offers retreats for healing from domestic violence and abuse.  Call (361) 289-9095, ext. 321 for more information.

March Liturgical Calendar 1 | SUN | SECOND SUNDAY OF LENT | violet | Gn 22:1-2, 9a, 10-13, 15-18/ Rom 8:31b-34/Mk 9:2-10 (26) Pss II 2 | Mon | Lenten Weekday | violet | Dn 9:4b-10/Lk 6:36-38 (230) 3 | Tue | Lenten Weekday | violet [Saint Katharine Drexel, Virgin] Is 1:10, 16-20/Mt 23:1-12 (231) 4 | Wed | Lenten Weekday | violet [Saint Casimir] Jer 18:18-20/Mt 20:17-28 (232) 5 | Thu | Lenten Weekday | violet | Jer 17:5-10/Lk 16:19-31 (233) 6 | Fri | Lenten Weekday | violet | Gn 37:3-4, 12-13a, 17b-28a/ Mt 21:33-43, 45-46 (234) 7 | Sat | Lenten Weekday | violet [Saints Perpetua and Felicity, Martyrs] Mi 7:14-15, 18-20/Lk 15:1-3, 11-32 (235) 8 | SUN | THIRD SUNDAY OF LENT | violet | Ex 20:1-17 or 20:1-3, 7-8, 12-17/1 Cor 1:22-25/Jn 2:13-25 (29), or, for Year A, Ex 17:3-7/Rom 5:1-2, 5-8/Jn 4:5-42 or 4:5-15, 19b-26, 39a, 40-42 (28) Pss III 9 | Mon | Lenten Weekday5 | violet [Saint Frances of Rome, Religious] 2 Kgs 5:1-15b/Lk 4:24-30 (237) 10 | Tue | Lenten Weekday | violet | Dn 3:25, 34-43/Mt 18:21-35 (238)

11 | Wed | Lenten Weekday | violet | Dt 4:1, 5-9/Mt 5:17-19 (239) 12 | Thu | Lenten Weekday | violet | Jer 7:23-28/Lk 11:14-23 (240) 13 | Fri | Lenten Weekday | violet | Hos 14:2-10/Mk 12:28-34 (241) 14 | Sat | Lenten Weekday | violet | Hos 6:1-6/Lk 18:9-14 (242) 15 | SUN | FOURTH SUNDAY OF LENT | violet/rose | 2 Chr 36:14-16, 19-23/ Eph 2:4-10/Jn 3:14-21 (32) or, for Year A, 1 Sm 16:1b, 6-7, 10-13a/Eph 5:8-14/Jn 9:1-41 or 9:1, 6-9, 13-17, 34-38 (31) Pss IV 16 | Mon | Lenten Weekday6 | violet | Is 65:17-21/Jn 4:43-54 (244) 17 | Tue | Lenten Weekday | violet [Saint Patrick, Bishop] Ez 47:1-9, 12/ Jn 5:1-16 (245) 18 | Wed | Lenten Weekday | violet [Saint Cyril of Jerusalem, Bishop and Doctor of the Church] Is 49:8-15/Jn 5:17-30 (246) 19 | Thu | Saint Joseph, Spouse of the Blessed Virgin Mary | white | Solemnity | 2 Sm 7:4-5a, 12-14a, 16/ Rom 4:13, 16-18, 22/Mt 1:16, 18-21, 24a or Lk 2:41-51a (543) Pss Prop 20 | Fri | Lenten Weekday | violet | Wis 2:1a, 12-22/Jn 7:1-2, 10, 25-30 (248) 21 | Sat | Lenten Weekday | violet |


Jer 11:18-20/Jn 7:40-53 (249) 22 | SUN | FIFTH SUNDAY OF LENT | violet | Jer 31:31-34/Heb 5:7-9/Jn 12:20-33 (35) or, for Year A, Ez 37:1214/Rom 8:8-11/Jn 11:1-45 or 11:3-7, 17, 20-27, 33b-45 (34) Pss I 23 | Mon | Lenten Weekday7 | violet [Saint Turibius of Mogrovejo, Bishop] Dn 13:1-9, 15-17, 19-30, 33-62 or 13:41c-62/Jn 8:1-11 (251) 24 | Tue | Lenten Weekday | violet | Nm 21:4-9/Jn 8:21-30 (252) 25 | Wed | The Annunciation of the Lord | white | Solemnity | Is 7:10-14; 8:10/Heb 10:4-10/Lk 1:26-38 (545) Pss Prop

26 | Thu | Lenten Weekday | violet | Gn 17:3-9/Jn 8:51-59 (254) 27 | Fri | Lenten Weekday | violet | Jer 20:10-13/Jn 10:31-42 (255) 28 | Sat | Lenten Weekday | violet | Ez 37:21-28/Jn 11:45-56 (256) 29 | SUN | PALM SUNDAY OF THE PASSION OF THE LORD | red | Mk 11:1-10 or Jn 12:12-16 (37)/Is 50:4-7/ Phil 2:6-11/Mk 14:1—15:47 or 15:1-39 (38) Pss II 30 | Mon | Monday of Holy Week | violet | Is 42:1-7/Jn 12:1-11 (257) 31 | Tue | Tuesday of Holy Week | violet | Is 49:1-6/Jn 13:21-33, 36-38 (258)

Pilgrimage to Lourdes, Fatima, Lisbon Summer 2015 Join Father Angel Montano for a pilgrimage July 7-16, 2015 to visit these three sanctuaries. Participate in the submerging of the miraculous baths, procession of the sick, of the Blessed Sacrament, of the candles and the Rosary. For complete information call Dora Hidalgo at

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Every Friday during Lent from March 2-27 from 4-7 p.m. at Our Lady of Perpetual Help (5830 Williams Dr.) in Corpus Christi. Donation of $8 per plate (includes: 2 fish fillets, 3 shrimp, french fries, cornbread, coleslaw and tea.) For more information call (361) 991-7891.

Momentum of Mercy Awards Banquet 2015

March 6 at 6 p.m. at the Solomon Ortiz Center. The event will benefit Mission of Mercy. For more information and to purchase your tickets call (361) 883-5500 or go to:

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Women’s Conference

Entitled ‘Woman Fully Alive: Mary as Our Model’ will be on March 7 from 8:30 a.m.-12 p.m. at St. Theresa Parish Hall (1302 Lantana) in Corpus Christi. The conference is sponsored by Catholic Daughters of America Court #2433. Donation of $5. For more information call Connie Nolte at (361) 510-5297.

Leadership Training for ACTS Leaders

March 7 from 9 a.m.-4:30 p.m. at St. Paul the Apostle Parish Hall in Flour Bluff (2233 Waldron Road) in Corpus Christi. This training is required for all persons serving as directors, co-directors, and spiritual companions on upcoming ACTS retreats. Core members are also encouraged to attend. Cost for the workshop is $40 and lunch is provided. For more information call Laura Hebert at (361) 960-1758 or email:

Confirmation Retreat

March 7 from 8:30-4 p.m. at Pax Christi Liturgical Retreat Center (4601 Calallen Drive) in Corpus Christi in St. Joseph Hall. Registration begins at 8 a.m. Open to Confirmation candidates and their sponsors.

Women of the Word Bible Study

Every Saturday in March (first Saturday is March 7) in the Youth Center at St. Anthony in Robstown. The study group begins with 8


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St. Anthony’s 36th Annual Fiesta Mexicana

Begins Saturday, March 7, from 1-8 p.m. and continues Sunday March 8 from 10:30 a.m.-8 p.m. at Richard M. Borchard Regional Fairgrounds in Robstown. The festival will kick-off with a parade downtown Robstown. Live entertainment, food and games for the whole family.

Lenten Parish Mission

During the season of Lent, March 9-13, St. Anthony of Padua Parish (204 Dunne Street) in Robstown will present a five-day series of talks focusing on healing with Father Dan Estes, Deacon Bob Allen and Sister Anne Marie Walsh. All are welcomed. For more information call Cynthia Espinoza at (361) 387-2774 or email:


40 Hours of Adoration

From March 11-March 14 at 8:30 a.m. following Mass at St. John the Baptist Catholic Church (7522 Everhart Rd.) in Corpus Christi. Holy Hour will be on WednesdayFriday at 7 p.m. with Father Pete Elizardo. Closing Mass will be on Saturday, March 14, at 4:30 p.m. with Bishop Michael Mulvey.


Women’s Retreat at OLCC

March 12-15. A weekend to go deeper in a relationship with the Lord through the power of prayer and silence. Register or call (361) 289-9095, ext. 321.

Corpus Christi Cathedral Rummage Sale

March 13-15 from 8 a.m.-6 p.m. at Corpus Christi Cathedral (505 N. Upper Broadway) in the parish hall located in the basement of the Cathedral. The sale will feature quality furniture, housewares, appliances, toys, sporting goods, hardware and much more. Proceeds from the sale will benefit the Cathedral Parish building maintenance fund. For more information call Donald Harris at (361) 883-4213, ext. 27.


Our Lady of the Rosary Fish Fry

March 13 and March 27 from 11 a.m.-1:30 p.m. and 6-8 p.m. at Our Lady of the Rosary Church (1123 Main Dr.) Donation of $8 (includes: plate of tilapia fish, cole slaw, hush puppies and french fries. Free delivery on 10 or more plates. Main Dr. is located off of Leopard Street between the Taqueria Banda #2 Restaurant and Orkin Company. For more information call (361) 241-2004 between the hours of 9:30 a.m.-12:30 pm, Monday-Friday.

Lent Retreat at St. Martin of Tours

March 14 from 8:30 a.m.-4 p.m. at St. Martin of Tours Parish Hall (504 E. Ella) in Kingsville. Speaker will be the Bishop Ricardo Ramirez, CSB, Bishop Emeritus of the Diocese of Las Cruces, New Mexico. All are welcome. For more information call (361) 592-4602 or email:

Shamrock Shuffle 5K Run/Walk

March 14 at 5 p.m. at the Water Gardens (1900 N Chaparral St.) in Corpus Christi. Event will be more than a 5K race but a family-friendly afternoon celebrating St. Patrick’s Day with a costume contest, Irish dancing, bagpipes, children’s choir, face painting and door prizes. Funds raised will go to St. Patrick School.

St. Patrick’s Day Irish Festival and Brunch

March 15 from 11 a.m.-2 p.m. at St. Pius X Church (5620 Gollihar Road) in the parish hall. The St. Pius Leprechauns will cook and serve their traditional Irish Brunch. “Gravel Walk” will present their favorite Irish tunes and Irish dancers will provide entertainment. There will be special items available for bids. Funds raised will be used to purchase the Holy Family Nativity for St. Pius X Church. All tickets are pre-sold. For ticket information call St. Pius X Rectory at (361) 993-4053 or Sue Dougherty at (361) 851-8541.




a.m. Mass followed by Fellowship and learning. Will be in English and Spanish. For more information call (361) 387-2774.

OLPH Annual Fish Fry



Tuesday, March 17 at 7:30 p.m. at Corpus Christi Cathedral (505 N. Upper Broadway). For VIP memberships for priority reserved seating and more information call (361) 888-7444.

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Mass. Light breakfast and lunch provided. The day will be led by members of Our Lady of Corpus Christi Retreat Center. Register or call (361) 289-9095, ext. 321.

The United States Naval Academy Women’s Glee Club

Confirmation Retreat


March 21 from 8:30 a.m.-4 p.m. at Pax Christi Liturgical Retreat Center, (4601 Calallen Drive) in Corpus Christi in St. Joseph Hall. Registration begins at 8 a.m. Open to confirmation candidates and their sponsors.

Day of Prayer and Reflection

March 21 from 8 a.m. - 2:30 p.m. at Sacred Heart Parish in Falfurrias (304 S. Caldwell St). Come learn the power of prayer and silence. Go deeper in this relationship of prayer. All are welcome. Day begins with


Sponsored by Diocese of Corpus Christi Office of Youth Ministry (361) 882-6191 To register go to: and return registration form to: Diocese of Corpus Christi c/o Office of Youth Ministry 620 Lipan St. Corpus Christi, TX 78401


beans, potato salad, dessert and all the trimmings. Live auction starting at 12:30 p.m. Country Store with kolaches, buhtas, cakes and homemade Items.


Retiro de Cuaresma en Espanol

21 de marzo de 8:30 a.m.-3 p.m. En el salón de la parroquia de San Martín de Tours (504 E. Ella) en Kingsville. Los sacerdotes son: Fernando Gamez Jairo Motta y José Naul Ordonez. Para obtener más información, llame al (361) 592-4602 o por correo electrónico: stmartincatolic@

St. Patrick’s Mission Annual Barbecue

March 22 from 11 a.m.-3 p.m. at St. Patrick Mission (FM 666) in San Patricio. March 22 from 11 a.m.-3 p.m. at St. Patrick Mission (FM 666) in San Patricio. Barbecue Includes 1/2 chicken,


Healing Retreat at OLCC

March 27-29 from Friday 4:30 p.m. - Sunday 4:30 p.m. at Our Lady of Corpus Christi Retreat Center (1200 Lantana St.). Discover the ways we block God’s grace in our life and remove obstacles that prevent us from growing in our prayer life. Weekend consists of a series of talks on healing, periods of reflection and concludes with a healing service. Register www. or call (361) 2899095, ext. 321.

KOC Annual Fish Fry at St. Theresa Hall

Council #4157 Knights of Columbus Fish Fry on March 27 from 5-7 p.m. at St. Theresa Hall (1302 Lantana St.) in Corpus Christi. Carry out or dine in.

Week of July 19-24 For Ages 7-16 years Register now! Limited space available.

Rooted in Family Grounded in Faith Mini-Youth Spectacular

Saturday, March 28 Adoration, Confession, Praise & Worship, Teen skits and much more!

Doors open at 8 a.m. St. Frances of Rome

410 Simmons St.• Agua Dulce Middle & High School Teens Invited Cost is $10 (includes lunch)

About the Speaker KARA KLEIN is a six-time award winning Catholic artist, including “Best Female Vocalist” (2008 UCMVA). She is also an inspirational speaker as well as a dynamic retreat and worship leader.

Registration Deadline is March 20

For more information call the Diocese of Corpus Christi Office of Youth Ministry at (361) 882-6191 To view schedule or register, go to: and return registration packet to: Diocese of Corpus Christi, c/o Office of Youth Ministry, 620 Lipan St., Corpus Christi, TX 78401 MARCH 2015  |  SOUTH TEXAS CATHOLIC  47  

March 2015 Issue SOUTH TEXAS CATHOLIC P.O. Box 2620 Corpus Christi, TX 78403 (361) 882-6191

Fat Tuesday, Ash Wednesday, Valentine’s and Good Friday. Sounds like seafood season to me. Groomer Seafood features the largest selection of premium quality seafood in South Texas. Stop in and check out our expanded fresh fish and seafood market. Our seafood is so fresh you’ll feel the ocean breeze with every bite. Fresh Seafood Daily • Over 700 Seafood Items • Wholesale or Retail Special Orders Available • 1 lb or 100 lbs • 100 Years in South Texas

(361) 730-1514 • 4002 E Causeway Blvd Corpus Christi, TX

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South Texas Catholic - March 2015  

The South Texas Catholic is the official publication of the Diocese of Corpus Christi.

South Texas Catholic - March 2015  

The South Texas Catholic is the official publication of the Diocese of Corpus Christi.

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