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uring the month of November we celebrate the Day of Thanksgiving. The reality of being thankful expresses that every person is insufficient in himself or herself. Yet that need for others expressed through gratitude is at the core of being human. The very word Eucharist—that is at the very heart of our prayer and worship—is in itself the meaning of Thanksgiving. We offer back to the Father the gift he has given to us— Jesus his only son. Now, almost three months away from Hurricane Harvey, I want to say thank you to everyone in the Diocese of Corpus Christi, and beyond, for the tremendous response you have given to those most affected by the devastation of the storm. Thank you to everyone who has given their time volunteering energies to clean and remove debris from parish properties, homes and community properties. Thank you for sharing financial resources in the special collections after Hurricane Harvey and I must add also for the special collections for Hurricane Irma, the earthquakes in Mexico and devastating Hurricane Maria that hit the U.S. Virgin Islands and Puerto Rico. Thank you those of you who have had opportunities to share your talents by spending time accompanying communities and

people to recover and heal from the trauma they have experienced. I want to point out the efforts to coordinate all these initiatives throughout the diocese by Deacon Mark Arnold, Deacon Richard Longoria and Linda McKamie and those who have assisted them to organize responses to the needs in the parishes and communities in the path of Harvey. Many parish groups composed of adults and youth have done outstanding work and ministry in the name of the Lord—thank you. The Catholic Schools across the state of Texas have opened their hearts and school doors to students from Rockport and Corpus Christi. Catholic School superintendents from across the state have worked with our superintendent Dr. Rosemary Henry and the principals of our schools to welcome students and their families who were displaced and lost so much. Thank you. And to those of you who have suffered from the hurricane and have lost homes, property, businesses and precious memories, I want to thank you for your persistent faith and hope. Listening to many of your stories and hearing the vitality of your faith, I have been edified and strengthened. To each of you—thank you. May the Lord continue to teach us to work together in the diocese—as a family and community—in order to witness to our great Thanksgiving, Jesus.

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s Thanksgiving approaches, we turn our thoughts to loved ones, to shared family gatherings and most of all to the graces we have received from God for which we are most grateful. Peace, joy and salvation are graces received through prayer, and we must work diligently to attain them. We must let go of the worldly things around us and turn our thoughts, hearts and perseverance in prayer to the Lord from whom all graces come and to our Blessed Mother who is the mediatrix of all graces. Let us recount briefly some of the most powerful graces the Lord has given us, because He loves us so dearly. Jesus. We thank God for giving us his only son who became man through the incarnation; died for us on the cross to reconcile man with God and earth with heaven. Jesus was the new Adam. We never want to offend the cross. We must live our lives worthy of the love of Jesus and pray to be consecrated to his Sacred Heart. Virgin Mary. We thank God for Mary with her fiat to the angel. Through her, we now have a heavenly mother who loves us and wants to present us to God in heaven. She is the mediatrix of all graces. Our Blessed Mother herself is a gift of grace from God to us. God chooses to give us his graces through her. She prays for us; she loves us; she intercedes for us; she takes our petitions and presents them herself to almighty God, and he sends our answered petitions to us through her. Remember also that when we pray with the rosary in our hands, we

show Satan we belong to the Blessed Mother. We pray to be consecrated to her Immaculate Heart. Family. We thank God for our community of family, a reflection of the greater community of faith. Through family love we learn prayer, holiness, forgiveness and how to begin anew each day with Jesus. We learn that the love of a man for his wife is like Jesus’ love for his bride, the Church. We learn to live the Commandments, experience Holy Mass and cultivate the love of our blessed mother. Parents are the first representatives of God for children. Sacraments. We thank God for the graces attained through the sacraments. Through baptism, we receive sanctifying grace and the Holy Spirit. Through confirmation, we receive a greater outpouring of the Holy Spirit, so we can be carriers of the light and peace of Christ. Through penance, we receive great reconciliation and gain sanctifying grace lost through sin. In Holy Communion, we receive the Eucharist, which is the grace of spiritual food. Great graces are received in attending daily Mass. In marriage, we receive the graces of fidelity and family, the graces we need to fulfill the offices of spouse and parent. In holy orders, we have in the priest an alter Christus, another Christ. When the priest blesses us, it is Christ that is blessing us. In anointing of the sick, we receive graces that heal physically and spiritually. Prayer. We thank God for the graces we receive through prayer. The more we pray, the more intimate we become with God and our Blessed Mother, and the more we begin to

❝ So you should want other people to join you on the way to the Lord…Apply this earthly custom to the spiritual sphere and as you make your way to God, do not go alone.❞

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Father Romeo Salinas is Vocations Director for the Diocese of Corpus Christi.

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understand the mystery of God. Mass becomes more alive; God becomes more real, more alive; our faith grows. The greater the level of faith we have, the more we pray. In the Jewish culture 2,000 years ago, there existed no means of expressing degrees of comparison, so people expressed the importance of an idea or a command by repeating a particular word two or more times. Our Lady of Fatima said to the children to whom she appeared, “Pray, pray very much because many souls go to hell.” She could not have expressed more clearly the need for and the power of prayer. Conversion. We thank God for the grace that bestows the gift of conversion which, for the rest of our lives, allows us the strength to turn from evil; to live the commandments; to place God in the first place in our lives; to open our hearts to God and our Blessed Mother. St. Paul says, “Where sin increased, grace overflowed all the more (Rom 5:20).” When we do not believe, we do not pray; and when we do not pray, we begin to cut off graces from God. All we seek is found in God’s graces and not in worldly things. Witness. We thank God for the graces that give us courage to give witness to him by the way we live our lives. We are able to practice holiness, generosity and humility; and, we are able to practice the corporal and spiritual works of mercy. “So also faith, if it has no works, is dead…faith without works is useless…a person is justified by works and not by faith alone (Jas 2:17-24).” We live the works our faith requires; we give thanks to God without ceasing for the ability to do so. In living our faith and receiving graces, we recognize that God is our creator and that he protects us from Satan’s attacks through the graces he bestows on us. Through love, prayers, and lives well lived, we bring our families and others to God. Through grace, we find the words to encourage, console, advise and instruct others in how to conduct themselves in the presence of God. As St. Josemariá Escrivá said, “This all forms part of the ‘apostolate of friendship’ (The Way: 973).” Pope Gregory the Great said to us that when we come across something useful, we should try to share it with others. “So you should want other people to join you on the way to the Lord…Apply this earthly custom to the spiritual sphere and as you make your way to God, do not go alone (Evangelia Homiliae: 6,6).” Thank you Lord for loving us, for blessing us with your saving graces and for tirelessly waiting for our “yes” our decision, our desire for you. 8  South Texas Catholic | November 2017

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Sisters of the Sister Anna Marie Espinoza, IWBS is vocations director for the Sister of the Incarnate Word and Blessed Sacrament.

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he charism of the Sisters of the Incarnate Word and Blessed Sacrament in the Church is to live and proclaim the Incarnation of the Word. The Spirit calls them in a special way to represent the Incarnate Word before the world as perfectly as possible. They strive, therefore, to achieve the complete self-emptying of the Word made flesh, the simplicity and graciousness of Jesus with all, especially the children and the poor, his virginal chastity, his strength and obedience at Gethsemane, his total love, culminating on the cross. The sisters work to radiate Jesus as the warm, gracious, loving person who walked with people and lived in communion with them. When Bishop Jean Marie Odin, the first Bishop of Texas, made an extended tour of his Diocese of Galveston in 1850, traveling on horseback from San Antonio to the Rio Grande Valley, he realized that the vast area was sadly lacking in priests and religious, so urgently needed to minister to and instruct the people. His great missionary heart was saddened by all that needed to be done. His first—and perhaps best—resource, he felt, was his native France. He set out for France 1851 to seek priests, sisters and seminarians for Texas. It was early in 1852 when he knocked on the door of the Incarnate Word Convent of Lyons, where he was graciously received, and the sisters listened with great attention as he


Incarnate Word and Blessed Sacrament ➤The Spirit calls them in a special way to represent the Incarnate Word before the world... recounted for them his unique experiences in the mission fields of Texas. The superior, Sister Angelique Hiver, did not give a promise of missionaries, but asked the bishop to petition the Holy Father for a granting of an indulgence for the Lyons chapel on his visit to Rome. Pope Pius IX said he would give the indulgence if Mother Angelique would send sisters to Texas with Bishop Odin. Mother Angelique saw it as an expression of God’s will that she send the Sisters. Four Incarnate Word Sisters made a five-day journey by coach from Lyons to Le Havre on March 23, 1852. They set sail on the La Belle Assise along with a large group of priests, brothers, sisters and seminarians traveling to the mission fields of Texas. Communal prayer is a basic aspect of the lives of the Sisters of the Incarnate Word and Blessed Sacrament. Their liturgical celebrations include the Liturgy of the Hours, the celebration of the Eucharist and the commemoration of special feasts. The sisters take time daily for quiet personal prayer, in an attitude of discernment and adoration of the mystery of God’s presence in the Eucharist, in people, in events and in creation. They value the frequent celebration of the sacrament of reconciliation. They seek to have an attitude of adoration permeate every aspect of their lives. Their religious consecration, rooted in baptism, makes them a clear sign of the presence of Christ in the

Church and in the world. The sisters make a free and public profession of the vows of celibate chastity, poverty and obedience, and promise to live them with fidelity and generosity. Inspired by the vision of our foundress, Jeanne Chézard de Matel. They see their lives as a closer following of the Incarnate Word, who has called them by love, in love, for love and to be love for others. Called together by the love of Christ, the Sisters of the Incarnate Word and Blessed Sacrament share that love with each other in the specific realities of their life together. They share their faith experience; they support one another in mission; and they enjoy each other’s gifts and talents. Their community life points to the mystery of the Trinity, as they strive for unity while honoring diversity. Presently, 45 sisters serve in the Diocese of Corpus Christi primarily, and also in the Dioceses of Brownsville and Beaumont. They primarily minister in their schools, Incarnate Word Academy Corpus Christi, Incarnate Word Academy Brownsville and Villa Maria Language Institute. They sponsor Our Lady of Guadalupe Middle School, a Nativity/Miguel school in Brownsville. They also serve in parishes, including St. Pius X and St. Philip the Apostle in Corpus Christi, Sacred Heart in Rockport and Holy Spirit in McAllen. They also serve in leadership and administration of the congregation

and diocesan positions. They volunteer as hospital support, leading retreats and preparing liturgies, providing spiritual direction, serving breakfast to the homeless, comforting the sick and the dying, working on behalf of peace and justice and praying daily for the needs of our world. Besides the congregation in Corpus Christi, the sisters have communities in Houston, Victoria, Parma Heights, Ohio; Gomez Palacio, Durango; Guadalajara, Jalisco; Tlalpan, Mexico City; Mixcoac, Mexico City; and Teziutlan, Puebla. The Sisters of Charity of the Incarnate Word of San Antonio and the Sisters of Charity of the Incarnate Word of Houston are also a part of the Incarnate Word family. Eleven independent congregations serve in 13 countries: the United States, Mexico, Guatemala, El Salvador, France, Spain, Ireland, Argentina, Uruguay, Peru, Tanzania, Rwanda and Kenya. While the sisters have many voices, they have the face of one community. Their shared life is the source from which their works flow, for it is where they have the opportunity to support and challenge one another to grow. Community is also another gift of love they offer to the Church today. To learn more about the Sisters of the Incarnate Word and Blessed Sacrament visit (Editor’s note: This is first in a series that will feature one of the congregations of consecrated life in the Diocese of Corpus Christi.) November 2017 |  South Texas Catholic  9

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aura Peterek rode out Hurricane Harvey in Rockport by using earplugs to drown out the terror outside, while praying the rosary. As a first responder, she stayed behind while her husband Andy and their children evacuated to McAllen. The Petereks are parishioners at Sacred Heart Church in Rockport and three of the family’s four children are students at Sacred Heart School, which suffered catastrophic damage due to the storm. Sacred Heart School has been closed since the hurricane and officials with the school and the Diocese of Corpus Christi recently hosted a town hall meeting to discuss plans for opening

the school. “We have had extensive damage to all buildings in our parish, but reopening the school as soon as possible is our number one priority,” Father Ray Yrlas, Jr., pastor at Sacred Heart said. “The goal is to open the school by Jan. 4, 2018.” Peterek and her children attended the meeting. It was an emotional evening for many; since it was the first time the school children saw their teachers and fellow classmates since before the devastating hurricane. “I was hopeful after the meeting, but also a little frustrated we won’t be back in our home school until January,” Peterek said. “However, I understand with all of the damage the school

April Garza (left) and her husband Joe Garza (wearing "WeAreRockportStrong" t-shirt) and Laura Peterek (right), catch up after a recent Town Hall Meeting about the re-opening of Sacred Heart School. The families had not seen each other since before Hurricane Harvey. Rebecca Esparza for South Texas Catholic

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Madison Peterek, 4th grader at Sacred Heart School in Rockport, reviews some paperwork with her teacher, Rosemary Zamorano during a recent Town Hall Meeting about the status of the school re-opening, which is now scheduled for January 4, 2018. Rebecca Esparza for South Texas Catholic

suffered, we will need prayer and patience to get through this. Seeing everyone felt like attending a family reunion!” Her children are attending Ss. Cyril and Methodius School in Corpus Christi until Sacred Heart School reopens. The adjustment has been difficult, but the school staff, parents and students have been extremely welcoming. Understandably, she and her family just want life to get back to normal. “My family lived in Kingsville with granny and grandpa for two weeks, while I lived and worked here in Rockport,” said Peterek, who works as a Game Warden with Aransas County. “When they were able to move back to Rockport, we lived in a camper in our yard until we could move back in our house. My children have stayed in three different places since the hurricane and a few weeks ago my 7-year-old son asked me while eating dinner at our table, ‘Mom, do we live here now?’” Meanwhile, Peterek said her faith has gotten stronger since the hurricane. “I see God everywhere, everyday here in Rockport. We are his hands and feet! He has allowed me to serve my brothers and sisters cleaning out

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homes and brush. I see so many people offering help, food, gift cards, money, emotional support, prayers and so much more every time I look around,” Peterek said. Father Yrlas said the school has received $70,000 in donations via the school’s website, with more donations coming everyday, from all over the world. “Please remember, you have people all over the world keeping you in their prayers. Thanks to a fundraising drive with the National Catholic Educational Association, a school in Alaska held a taco sale that raised $1,000 for us,” he said. April and Joe Garza’s two children have been attending Sacred Heart School since they were both three-years-old. When Hurricane Harvey forced the family to evacuate, they headed to West, Texas, just outside of Waco in the Diocese of Austin. While attending church in West, a parishioner invited the children to attend their Catholic school while they were away from home. “The community of West is absolutely wonderful, genuine and will go out of their way to help you in any way possible,” April Garza said.


“Our children attended St. Mary's Catholic School for about a week, and were taken care of beyond measure.” Today, the family is trying to pick up the pieces from the trauma of the hurricane. They are living with relatives in Corpus Christi while the children attend St. Patrick School. Unfortunately, the Garza’s daughter is having a difficult time adjusting. “She's showing visible signs of post-traumatic stress disorder at just eight-years-old. I was very emotional because I didn't really think it could affect my sweet girl the way it has. All she talks about is how sad this nightmare has caused her to be,” Garza said. “I pray God wraps her in his loving arms and stands by her side during this process until we can get back to Sacred Heart School and our sweet Rockport.” Even once the school is open, the transition back to life before the hurricane will be a slow one. The Garzas’ home was badly damaged and will need a new ceiling, sheetrock and insulation. Most of their furniture was destroyed due to water that entered the house. But, Garza is resolute her family will make the best of it. “We have been dealing with things day-by-day. The one thing that breaks me in all ways thinkable is the problem our daughter is being faced with. It's heartbreaking that all she can think about, daydream about and talk about is how different her life is after this hurricane. She is fearful it can happen again. She asks questions that sometimes we don't have the answers to. The only thing I can tell her is we are a family that has stuck through this hurricane and nothing can break us,” she said. Sean Janosky has a son who attends Sacred Heart School. They both evacuated to San Antonio and while there, his son attended Our Lady of Perpetual Help for two weeks. “They were amazing,” Janosky said. “They supplied his school clothes, school supplies and anything else he needed. We’ve been back in Rockport since early October. Since then, I have stalled on enrolling my son anywhere so that I could hear what was going to happen at Sacred Heart. Now that I know how long it will be, I will look into Catholic schools in Corpus Christi.”

An idea parents at the town hall meeting brought up was the idea of extending Sacred Heart School into the middle school grades. Several parents noted since a new building would probably need to be built anyway, adding several classrooms for middle school students should not be problematic. Father Yrlas said it was something the school officials would give serious consideration, although having available space is not the only issue. “To continue with 6-8 grades, we also have to consider extracurricular activities that parents desire for their children, that at present time we do not offer: i.e. sports, band, cheerleading and the like,” he said. “I think a lot of the parents’ voices were finally heard and I hope that they consider it closely. We love our school and want our kids to stay there as long as possible,” Janosky said. Rebuilding will not happen overnight for Janosky. His parents’ home was completely destroyed and he is awaiting confirmation that his own house will also be officially condemned. Despite the fact Janosky evacuated, his father decided to ride out the storm and it almost cost him his life. “The house fell down around him. He had to swim across the street in three feet of water to get to a neighbors house in the middle of the eye of the storm. He got two broken ribs, a punctured lung, air on his heart and air on his lung. He’s healing, but still won’t slow down,” he said. Janosky, a Rockport-based small business owner specializing in providing technical services, asks for everyone’s continued prayers for the entire area. It will be a long time before the area regains any true sense of normalcy. “It’s been very difficult. We have two homes destroyed and lost almost all of our possessions, including mementos and photo albums. But we have persevered,” he said. “My son has actually been the strongest, I think, of everyone. He has treated this like an adventure. And we have had many during this time. “I can’t say that it has affected my faith in a positive or negative way. I still love God and God still loves me. This wasn’t a judgment. This was a natural disaster that is part of life,” Janosky said.

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rene Silva, 76, is a little disappointed because she missed the Charismatic Conference in October and she has been going to it for the past 10 years. She also has not been able to attend her prayer

group at St. Joseph’s in Alice. Her time these days is focused on caring for her husband Jose who, at 82 has been exhibiting obvious signs of dementia. There were some early warning signs after his stroke three years ago, but it was

not until after his surgery in June that she and her six adult children knew he had taken a drastic turn for the worse. Many family and professional caregivers throughout the nation are caring for loved ones who have some form of dementia. November 2017 |  South Texas Catholic  15


Felipa Lopez Wilmot, Family Caregiver Program Specialist for the Area Agency on Aging in the Coastal Bend offers help for caregivers. Mary Cottingham, South Texas Catholic

November is National Alzheimer's Disease Awareness month, a time when the nation recognizes and honors family caregivers. After work, two of the Silvas’ daughters, Celina Martinez and Joann Saenz, take turns everyday relieving their mother in caring for their father. Martinez feels blessed. She is parish secretary at St. Joseph and her pastor, Father Pete Elizardo, allows her to take time away from her job in case her parents need her. All the Silvas’ children were raised in Alice and the one's that live out of town still call St. Joseph their Church. Saenz, who works at nearby Salazar Elementary, writes everything down. She writes what the doctor says and what medication her father is on and what medications did not work. Their mother says she can handle it–she just needs a break sometimes. Another daughter, Belinda De La Cruz, works at Del Mar and is a member of Our Lady of Perpetual Help Parish in Corpus Christi. She goes to Alice as often as she can. She is no stranger to hard times, having suffered the loss of her husband to cancer. Another daughter, Maribel Silva heads the Office of Pastoral Ministry in the Archdiocese of San Antonio and attends St. Luke’s Parish. Their parents adopted

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twin boys more than 40 years ago—Arthur, who lives in Austin and David, who works in the oil fields. Both are away a lot, but come home when they can. Members of the Silva family are at the beginning stages of caregiving and the family is committed to lessening the emotional, mental and physical toll on their mother. "I forget and I can't talk fast and I get tired easy," Jose Silva said anxiously, as his daughter, Maribel Silva, holds his hand encouragingly. He worked 30 years for the U.S. Post Office and was a good provider and—by the way his wife and daughters dote on him—one can see he is a loving husband and father. "Seeing him like this when he has always been so strong just breaks your heart—we are all trying to be strong," Martinez said. There is no direct ministry in the Church for caregivers, but their father's illness is no secret. Their pastors, parish family, extended family, friends and peers all know what they are going through and they constantly receive prayers, guidance and assurances. “Father Pete is available whenever we need him," Martinez said. "I've seen him help other people and if he can't be there, he'll find someone who can." "We have to get the power of people praying to give us strength," Silva said. People reach out and


minister to them in their own way. Friends and peers share their experiences and what the family can do to make it easier. "We are all problem solvers," Maribel Silva said of her sisters, "so it makes it real challenging when we don't know how to solve it. We have what Archbishop (Archbishop Gustavo García-Siller) calls a 'healthy tension.' We're passionate and we all love my mom and my dad, so we all want to do the best. "I always ask, 'what did the doctor say,' because I'm trying to be reasonable and practical. Celina and Joann live here, so they do the day to day. They're more involved, but I think we have to be respectful and care for each other, and more importantly care for our mother who is healthy. We always hear that it takes a toll on the provider," she said. The Silvas are fortunate that they do not have financial burdens and they are not alone. According to Felipa Lopez Wilmot, Family Caregiver Program Specialist for the Area Agency on Aging in the Coastal Bend, some caregivers think they have to do everything. Her advice to them is "take care of yourself; it's not a luxury, it's a necessity. Taking care of yourself is quality of life." The Area Agency on Aging offers a stress busting program four times a year as well as monthly support group meetings for family caregivers in Corpus Christi, Kingsville, Alice and Beeville. Each group meets once a month at convenient time slots and are free. In her line of work, Wilmot has seen caregivers reach a point of burn out. They may lash out—verbally and it becomes emotional abuse. "They need to get outside help, come in each month so they can get away to refresh and renew. God didn't make us to be stressed out," Wilmot said. Deacon Stephen Nolte, a Chaplain at Christus Hospice and Palliative Care, said most of the caregivers he sees have some form of burn out. "And what I mean by burnout is they are at their wits end. I've seen heroic measures—a woman who has been married to her husband for 72 years…goes to see him in a care facility and feeds him breakfast, lunch and dinner. She tells me that she is so tired and she doesn't know if she can go on, but they do, because they are afraid their loved one will die if they aren't there," he said. Some family members are new at caregiving and it is completely overwhelming to them. Some cannot handle their emotions. One or two family members end up taking over the care of a family member. Sometimes Wilmot intercedes for family members who may not know what they can do to help the primary caregiver. "Caregivers may say, 'I cannot get my siblings to understand what is going on with my mom,'" Wilmot said. "Families need to work on a plan on how they can support one another. It's up to the primary caregivers to tell other family members the way the disease progresses and how they can provide some kind of support. They usually never think of that. When you are overwhelmed you don't have mental clarity." Hiring outside help for the Silva family is not an issue right now, but the family knows that in time it will be harder for all of them. The issue is trust said Maribel Silva, "Our valuables are mom and dad." "The best place for him is to be home and to have someone

here to care for him," Saenz said. (For information on Family Caregiver Support groups contact Wilmot at the Area Agency on Aging of the Coastal Bend by email at or phone at (361) 883-3935, ext. 5153; email Sally Edsill at or call her at (361) 883-3935, ext. 5156; or visit the website on Area Agency on Aging at

10 Tips for Family Caregivers Caregiver Action Network set the theme for November's National Family Caregivers Month. This year's theme is "Caregiving Around the Clock". Below is a list of tips to help all family caregivers. To learn more about Caregiver Action Network go to 1. Seek support from other caregivers. You are not alone! 2. Take care of your own health so that you can be strong enough to take care of your loved one. 3. Accept offers of help and suggest specific things people can do to help you. 4. Learn how to communicate effectively with doctors. 5. Caregiving is hard work so take respite breaks often. 6. Watch out for signs of depression and don't delay getting professional help when you need it. 7. Be open to new technologies that can help you care for your loved one. 8. Organize medical information so it's up to date and easy to find. 9. Make sure legal documents are in order. 10. Give yourself credit for doing the best you can in one of the toughest jobs there is!

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The Charismatic Renewal Lay Apostolate of the Diocese of Corpus Christi hosted a 50th Annual Jubilee of Catholic Charismatic Renewal at Most Precious Blood Parish on Oct. 7. Rebecca Esparza for South Texas Catholic

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t just 12-years-old, Hannah Barlow has endured more heartbreak than many adults. In the last six months, her father and mother both died unexpectedly. Both were only in their 40s. Now living with her maternal grandmother, Hannah is seeking comfort from her church family to help deal with her intense sorrow. She attends youth group meetings at her church on Corpus Christi’s Westside and when she found out about the Charismatic Renewal Conference, she

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asked her grandmother if she would attend with her. “I was excited to hear the rapping priest,” Hannah said. “But the healing Mass was nice, too.” The Catholic Charismatic Renewal Conference: “Go Set the World Ablaze” was an all-day event held in early October. The conference included musical performances from local artists, a healing service, educational presentations and an evening performance by Urban Hip Hop artist Father Claude Burns, also known as Father Pontifex, pastor at Corpus Christi Catholic Church in Evansville, Indiana or the “rapping priest” to Hannah.


Rebecca Rodriguez, conference chairperson, said a new addition for this year’s conference was a youth tract. The goal is to grow the conference every year. “We’d like to see many areas grow, including prayer groups, education and youth. Also, we believe our community would embrace an annual event,” she said. Hannah’s grandmother, Ernestina Rodriguez, 68, was delighted to join her granddaughter at the event, as her own health issues have steadily increased over the last year. Plus, coping with her daughter’s death has taken an emotional toll. “I’ve been coming to Charismatic Mass for the last 20 years. I’ve always felt a strong presence of the Holy Spirit calling me to praise my love for the Lord through the Charismatic Mass,” Rodriguez said. “Today’s conference was a good last-minute surprise.” Jay Dilashaw has been the Corpus Christi Catholic Charismatic Renewal Coordinator since May 2016. It is a labor of love and a volunteer position that brings him a tremendous sense of joy, he said. Born and raised in South Carolina and brought up a Southern Baptist, Dilashaw said he has also attended Methodist and Episcopal churches. “My wife and I were married in the Catholic Church in 1980, but it wasn’t until 13 years ago when my wife started attending Charismatic Mass that I noticed a change in her. She was fired up for the Lord and I wanted to feel that same intense fire for Jesus. We both have never looked back since,” he said. Dilashaw said he considers himself a Catholic evangelist. “I learned to pray with a deep sense of the real presence of the Holy Spirit. I’ve taken my prayer life deeper,” he said. “The prayer groups and the conference are our biggest successes in the ministry. It has been through the encouragement and

support of Bishop (Michael) Mulvey and the diocese that has given us the growth we’ve seen throughout the years.” Prayer groups are just one way the Charismatic movement is growing throughout the Corpus Christi area. “Prayer groups are very important because we pray and intercede for those who need our Lord and his wonderful love, healing and renewal of their minds, hearts and souls through his Holy Spirit,” said Alfredo Zapata, former Catholic Charismatic Renewal Coordinator. Meanwhile, Rodriguez acknowledges raising her daughter’s pre-teen child will not be easy. Her faith in God will give her the encouragement and fortitude needed to survive. “I believe in the power of prayer. I’ve been healed of two brain tumors in the past. With the Lord’s help, we will be just fine,” she said. Every month, the Catholic Charismatic Renewal coordinates a First Friday Mass and healing service ToTosee seemore more photos go to: photosofofthis thisevent event go to with praise and South Texas worship at Our Lady of Corpus Christi. Visit www. ccr-corpuschristi. SERVING THE CHURCH IN THE DIOCESE OF CORPUS CHRISTI org for more mation.


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These Elsie Gaertner Reichenbacher mosaics will be displayed at the Art Center of Corpus Christi on Nov. 8-Dec. 2. Contributed photos

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rom Nov. 8-Dec. 2 the Art Center of Corpus Christi will open a new show celebrating religious art. Elsie Gaertner Reichenbacher, of Elsieland Mosaics, will be presenting a celebration of adoration and praise through religious icons in stained glass. Although she is primarily known for her works with mosaicked guitars and other musical instruments, religious art has become her true passion. This new exhibit offers several depictions of Jesus and Mary, including Our Lady of Sorrows, Our Lady of Guadalupe and Our Lady of Czestochowa, along

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with many saints such as St. Pius X, St. Francis of Assisi, St. Joseph, St. Cecelia and others. In addition to the mosaic icons there will be mosaicked guitars, crosses and sculptures on exhibit, as well as a mosaic of the Corpus Christi Cathedral, where Reichenbacher sings in the Pontifical Chorale every week, sharing her musical talents in her ministry as well. In fact, the choir room at the Cathedral displays two of her works: a portrait of St. Cecelia, the patron saint of musicians, as well as a mosaic plaque listing former choir members who have joined the heavenly choir. She has used her musical talent in ministry for


many years, both at the Cathedral and on music teams for religious retreats. Her ministry of praising God through her art started in 2010, when she was commissioned by filmmaker Reagan Johnson to create a mosaic icon of Jesus for the Diocese of Corpus Christi. The making of this mosaic, which took a little more than two weeks, was filmed by Johnson and then featured in the 2011 Stewardship Appeal, which was shown at every Mass in every church in the diocese. The mosaic, fittingly entitled “Corpus Christi”, shows Jesus with a serene and humble expression in earth tones, but he is surrounded with a halo of shimmering gold and azure jewels. That mosaic, along with two more that she created for the 2012 and 2013 Stewardship Appeals, are on display on the third floor of the Chancery Office. Reichenbacher’s goal is to share her art throughout the diocese, and hopefully have some of her pieces placed in churches, not just in private collections. Each icon is a celebration of praise to God. She credits God for working through her. “Each piece of glass was carefully placed with a prayer,” she said. Her passion is to bring the ancient art form of mosaic into the present-day, breathing new life into Jesus, Mary and the saints with classical and folk art styles full of brilliant colors and reflections of light. This was confirmed in her heart when she traveled to Rome with the Cathedral Choir in 2015 and studied the mosaics in the galleries around the Vatican and the hundreds of churches around the city. She plans to travel to Barcelona next year to study the works of Gaudi. Her goal is to continue to develop her craft so that she can leave a legacy of inspirational mosaic art here in South Texas. Susie Grossman and Ligia Mendizabal will also show at the exhibit. Grossman traveled the world as a young child. The vibrant colors of various customs and ways of dress made a lasting impression on her, and painting was her way of sharing. She has always thought the kitchen was the heart of the home. “The very thought of cooking conveys love and giving, comfort and nurturing,” Grossman said. She started painting a series of kitchen Madonnas, hoping they would find their ways into kitchens everywhere. St. Thomas More Church published her Madonna’s on their cookbook, "A Year of Mercy, Blessings from the Table". She is still painting angels, saints, Our Blessed Mother, Jesus, as well as Moses and Noah. Mendizabal was born in Quetzaltenango, Guatemala. She has been in the United States since 1994 and in Corpus Christi for the past 14 years. She has painted her entire life and is a member of the Watercolor Society of South Texas. She holds a degree in graphic design and is actively engaged in teaching watercolor in private lessons. Mendizabal has mastered most media, including oil, watercolor, acrylic and collage. She finds a special spiritual connection to religious art and a number of her religious works has received acclaim throughout Texas. The opening Reception will be Wednesday, Nov. 8, from 5-7 p.m. The Art Center is located at 100 North Shoreline Drive in Corpus Christi.

The works of Susie Grossman will also be on display at the art Center. Contributed photo

Ligia Mendizabal's works, which have received acclaim throughout Texas, will be displayed at the exhibit. Contributed photo November 2017 |  South Texas Catholic  21


Trevino shares experience with pro-life supporters Ramona Trevino, while born Catholic, did not have the formation she needed to deal with the challenges of the secular world. As a result she endured many hardships, not the least of which was placing her soul in jeopardy by indirectly participating Planned Parenthood’s abortion practices. As a Planned Parenthood manager of a referral clinic in Sherman, Texas, Trevino often sent women to the organization’s abortion clinics in Dallas. While, innately, she knew it was wrong she justified it by her family’s need for the income she brought home from her part time job. In time, her sense of right and wrong got the best of her and in 2011, three years after she began working for the clinic, she quit her job. Three months later the clinic closed its doors. In those three years, Trevino learned

Planned Parenthood’s methods that included nurturing young girls to continue in promiscuous lifestyles that eventually led them to its abortion clinics. She also admitted that Planned Parenthood often, and without impunity, overbilled the government for its services. For example, it gave a patient 12 months of birth control pills at a time instead of one month, knowing that the young and immature client would eventually miss taking her pill and become pregnant and would then be in need of the organization’s abortion services. Trevino now goes around the country speaking about her experiences with Planned Parenthood and was in Corpus Christi on Oct. 17 as the keynote speaker for the 28th Annual Celebration for Life Dinner. The event raises funds for Hope House, the Gabriel Project and Birthright.

Ramona Trevino was guest speaker at the 28th Annual Celebration for Life. Alfredo E. Cárdenas, South Texas Catholic

Ingleside parish celebrates birthday with Father Doherty

Father Charles Doherty greets a parishioner after Mass celebrating his 90th birthday at Our Lady of Assumption Parish. Mary Cottingham, South Texas Catholic 22  South Texas Catholic | November 2017

Our Lady of Assumption Parish in Ingleside celebrated Father Charles Doherty’s 90th birthday with a Mass and reception on Oct. 15. Father Doherty, who is presently living in San Antonio, was the pastor when Our Lady of the Assumption was elevated to a parish in 1970. That same year, Hurricane Celia demolished the parish church, and it fell on Father Doherty and his parishioners to rebuild it. Before Our Lady of the Assumption became a parish, Father Doherty served as priest in residence at the mission for a number of years. Bishop Michael Mulvey and parish administrator Father Patrick Higgins concelebrated Mass and thanked Father Doherty for all the years he ministered to the Ingleside community. Father Doherty spoke briefly before Mass ended and he recalled, with humor, a past bishop who directed

him to start up religious education in Brownsville and Laredo with zero dollars and another who gave him just $7.80 to elevate the mission in Ingleside to a parish. After Mass, the three clergy symbolically shoveled dirt onto a newly planted tree just outside the church and parishioners old and new joined in a potluck reception held in the parish hall. Founding parishioners reminisced on marriages Father Doherty officiated over and the children he baptized. "He knew everybody's schedule and he was close to everyone in the parish," Father Higgins said.

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The Knights of Columbus of the Diocese of Corpus Christi will honor all clergy and religious at the 25th Annual Clergy and Religious Appreciation Banquet on

Thursday, Nov. 2, from 6-9 p.m. at Richard M. Borchard Fairgrounds located at 1213 Terry Shamsie Blvd. in Robstown. The event is free to all clergy and

religious. Individual tickets are available for $60 a person. For more information contact Bo Rimar at or call (210) 379-2705.

Second Annual Celebration of Charity is Nov. 9 The Second Annual Celebration of Charity will be on Nov. 9 at 7 p.m. at Catholic Charities of Corpus Christi located at 615 Oliver Court. The evening, inspired by the Grand Bazaar, is the largest fundraising event for the agency and supports all programs of Catholic Charities, a program which in

2016 has impacted the lives of more than 250,000 individuals. For more information contact Paulette M. Guajardo at or (361) 688-9399; or Shannette Hoelscher at or (361) 884-0651. This year Sister Rose will be honored, because of her tireless commitment and

dedication to our homeless community through the Mother Teresa Shelter. The mission of Catholic Charities is to provide service to people in need and to address social ills that undermine the dignity of the person within the 12 counties in the Diocese of Corpus Christi. To register go to

Matthew Kelly will speak at Most Precious Blood

Matthew Kelly

Internationally acclaimed speaker and author Matthew Kelly and Eliot Morris will make a presentation on "Passion & Purpose" at Most Precious Blood Church, located at 3502 Saratoga in Corpus Christi, on Saturday,

Dec. 2, from 7-10:45 p.m. These events have been life changing events for tens of thousands of people and answer the questions: Are you thriving or just surviving? Are you ready for more energy? A deeper sense

of purpose? More joy? A clearer understanding of God’s plan for your life? Ticket price is $39 and includes all event materials. For more information or to purchase a ticket call (859) 980-7900.

Father Michael Brendan Ashe enters eternal life Father Michael Brendan Ashe went to his eternal rest on Thursday, Oct. 5, at the age of 81. He joined the Congregation of the Passion of Jesus Christ (the Passionists) at the age of 14. Father Ashe served as a priest for 58 years, having been ordained at the age of 23. He ministered to the people in the Diocese of Corpus Christi beginning in 1990 before retiring in 2006. Throughout his priesthood, Father Ashe served in various parishes and ministries all over the world, including Rome, London, France, Sweden and eventually the Diocese of Corpus Christi. He came to the Diocese of Corpus Christi in 1987 and was on sabbatical and in-residence at St. Patrick’s from 1987-1990. His first assignment in the diocese, beginning in July 1990, was as Parochial Vicar at St. George in George West and Priest-in-charge at Sacred Heart

in Three Rivers. He also served as chaplain at the federal correctional institution in Three Rivers during that time. In July 1993, Father Ashe was named Administrator at Our Lady of Guadalupe in Pawnee and two months later as Parochial Administrator at St. John of the Cross in Orange Grove. In November 1997 Father Ashe was named Pastor of Our Lady of Consolation in Vattmann, Our Lady Guadalupe Mission in Riviera and Sacred Heart Mission in Ricardo. After serving a brief time as Chaplain at Christus Spohn in Corpus Christi in 2002, he returned to Vattmann in August 2002, where he served until his retirement in 2006. Throughout his time in the United States, he never lost his love for all things Irish—horse races, shamrocks, Gregorian Chant by The Monks of Glenstal Abbey

and St. Patrick's Catholic Church. His entire life was spent in selfless service to the Lord, his parishioners, his family and friends. Father Ashe's remains were flown to Ireland for burial. Bishop Emeritus Edmond Carmody accompanied the Father Michael Brendan Ashe body to Ireland. In lieu of flowers, contributions can be made to the Diocesan Priests Retirement Fund, Chancery Office, 620 Lipan St., Corpus Christi TX 78401 or to a favorite charity. November 2017 |  South Texas Catholic  23


Clergy and religious appreciation banquet is Nov. 2


Reunion del V ENCUENTRO diocesano Luisa Scolari



a parroquia de St. Philip the Apostle fue sede del V Encuentro Diocesano, el sábado 16 de septiembre, dando inicio con una hora de Adoración al Santísimo guida y dirigida por el Obispo Michael Mulvey. El obispo se dirigió a la feligresía dando un mensaje de la gran importancia que tiene el pertenecer unidos como Iglesia. “Estamos en el camino de la evangelización y para que la Iglesia avance, lo mas importante es la unidad ya que sin ella no podemos hacer nada. Solos hacemos una pequeña cosa, pero juntos hacemos que las cosas pequeñas sean mas grandes porque el espíritu de Jesús es de unidad”, el obispo dijo. El obispo explico como San Pablo concibe la Iglesia como un cuerpo que posee 24  South Texas Catholic | November 2017

muchas partes, todas igualmente necesarias y ninguna mejor que la otra. “El ojo no le puede decir al pie: ‘no te necesito’, ni la oreja puede decir a la boca ‘yo soy mejor que tu’. Muchas veces escuchamos: ‘de donde yo vengo las cosas se hacen así’ o ‘son mejores que aquí porque…’. Y la otra persona piensa lo mismo de su idioma, costumbre o cultura. Pero lo que debemos entender es que todos somos diferentes pero siempre igual de importantes para Jesús y su Iglesia”, el obispo Mulvey dijo. “Debemos ver las cosas como Dios las ve, no verlas como Irlandeses, Hispanos o Europeos. El solo nos ve como sus hijos”, el obispo Mulvey dijo. El obispo enfatizo que lo mas importante para los fieles evangelizadores es que tengan la misma mentalidad de Dios, que la

evangelización es un camino y no es instantánea. Para ser discípulos evangelizadores es necesario, el obispo dijo, que cada persona que se encuentra “vea a Cristo en nosotros y en nuestro actuar y nosotros debemos ver a Jesús en cada persona”. Lo mas importante en este encuentro es entender que lo debemos permanecer unidos como Iglesia y permanecer unidos a Jesús. Si tienen a Jesús en su corazón no pueden tener una mala cara sino una cara de alegría. Juan David Henao, doctor en teología, hijo de padres teólogos y dueños de una estación de radio católica en Colombia, fue el orador invitado a dictar la conferencia. Henao comenzó explicando los significados de la palabra Jerusalén, cual significa lugar donde Dios cumple sus promesas, el lugar del encuentro con Dios.


Por eso para católicos, Jerusalén significa la Iglesia pues ya que para nosotros es un lugar de encuentro con Dios. Por eso San Lucas nos dice: “no se alejen de Jerusalén”, que para Católicos significa, no se alejen de la Iglesia. No debemos caminar de Jerusalén hacia Emaús, Henao dijo, pues eso significa que nos alejamos del encuentro con Dios, de la Iglesia. Cuando uno le da mas importancia al dinero, al trabajo, al entretenimiento, se llenan de preocupaciones, de obligaciones y todas esas cosas causan que se alejen de Jerusalén. Por su puesto, se van descuidando del ministerio, del servicio, de los sacramentos y van caminando hacia Emaús, cada paso que dan en la vida se acercan o se alejan de Dios. Cada decisión que toman en la vida se acercan o se alejan de Dios. Henao explico que escatológicamente Jerusalén significa el cielo, por eso cuando uno esta caminando de espaldas a Jerusalén esta tomando decisiones que lo alejan de la voluntad de Dios, del cielo. El V ENCUENTRO, dijo Henao, brinda una oportunidad de volver a Jerusalén, volver a dar pasos hacia Dios. Católicos devén cuestionar así mismo si están acomodados en una neutralidad cómoda sin inquietarse por nada, sin entregarse por nada.

En este V ENCUENTRO, Henao dijo, el Señor nos quiere cuestionar, nos quiere decir: “puedo ver mas de ti! Puedes dar mas de lo que me has mostrado hasta ahora! Puedes dar un paso mas de fe! Puedo ver mas de tu entrega! Muéstrame mas de tu entrega a mi Iglesia! Ya que tienes mucho mas para dar en tu Corazón”. Continuo Henao, no deben dejar que su fe se enfrié, no pueden ser tibios, o frio o caliente; “porque tibio te vomitare de mi boca dice el Señor”. Entonces, no tomar ninguna decisión es ya haber tomado una mala decisión. “Con este V ENCUENTRO podemos renovar nuestras fuerzas y volver a nuestro encuentro con Dios, volver a dar pasos hacia el cielo,” Henao dijo. “Comprometernos mas con la Eucaristía y los sacramentos, comprometeros mas con la nueva evangelización, volver a comprometernos con su Iglesia pues el llamado de Dios apremia, es el momento de dar un si radical y contundente a Dios como el ‘si’ de María.” El Padre Julián Cabrera, como director del ministerio hispano, fue el encargado de dar la bienvenida a los asistentes provenientes de diversas parroquias de la Diócesis de Corpus Christi. Recalcando al igual que el obispo, el Padre Cabrera insistió en la importancia de mantenerse unidos y activos en la Iglesia. Invito a

Los participantes en la reciente reunión diocesana del V ENCUENTRO incluyeron fieles de parroquias de toda la diócesis. Luisa Scolari para el South Texas Catholic

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los que asistieron ser mas participativos, ser miembros mas activos de la Iglesia, ya que como bautizados están llamados a evangelizar y deben aprovechar toda oportunidad para hacerlo. Dijo el Padre Cabrera que el V ENCUENTRO brinda la oportunidad "para renovar nuestras fuerzas y sin esperar mas volver a Jerusalén, volver a dar pasos hacia Dios." Termino su participación diciendo que "Dios quiere que salgamos al encuentro de nuestros hermanos," recordando la asamblea el pedido que el Papa Francisco hizo a los sacerdotes de que salieran de sus parroquias al encuentro de los que no van. Igualmente todos los laicos están invitados a hacer lo mismo. El evento también conto con las participaciones del Padre Fernando Gámez quien dijo que: “Debemos de dar testimonio de la presencia de Dios en nuestras vidas y contarle al mundo que Dios esta presente, sigue vivo y actuando sobre nosotros, sus discípulos y misioneros del amor de Dios. Hemos dejado nuestra misión evangelizadora solo en manos de sacerdotes y monjas, cuando es misión de

todo bautizado. “Jesús es mas que solo una religión, no seguimos una religión sino que seguimos a Jesús, el hijo de Dios. El Cristiano no esta hecho para estar cómodo sino para caminar con Cristo. El Papa Francisco nos dice que hay que dar nuestro primer paso, trasciendan, sean transformadores de vidas. Jesús no nos pide que vayamos al África, te pide que seas misionero en tu casa, en el trabajo, con tus amigos, con tus vecinos. Debemos reconocer que sin Dios nada podemos hacer pero con Dios transformaremos el mundo, pues para ello fuimos creados”. La señora Consuelo Martínez, también contribuyo unas palabras de inspiración. “Tienes que responder para ser Iglesia, y cuando sucede algo, no eres tu, es Dios quien hace maravillas en ti”! Martínez compartió y recomiendo que los fieles utilicen bien los medios por los que Dios los va llevando y por quien los mueve. A ella Dios le dio la dicha de tener nueve hijos de los cuales dos siguieron su llamado al sacerdocio, los padres Frank y Pete Martínez. Por ultimo, aconsejo a los que asistieron

el encuentro que tengan una fe tan grande que contagie a otros y que “nunca, nunca, nuca dejemos de orar, pues Dios siempre esta escuchando nuestras oraciones.” Durante la hora santa, se conto con la interpretación de hermosas melodías de adoración interpretadas magistralmente en viola por Melissa Meléndez, destacada miembro de la Orquesta Sinfónica de Corpus Christi, creando una atmosfera de meditación y recogimiento. Para el cierre del evento, se presento el Grupo de Danzantes de la Parroquia de Nuestra Señora de Guadalupe de Alice. El padre Cabrera invita a fieles interesados en formar parte del V ENCUENTRO, que se comuniquen a la Oficina del Ministerio Hispano de la diócesis al: (361) 453-2991.

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Obispo Michael Mulvey y el personal de la Oficina de un Ambiente Seguro y de Servicios para Niños y Familia se comprometen a ayudar en el proceso de curación de las víctimas y sobrevivientes de abuso.

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Ayudenos a Prevenir el Abuso Financiero La Diócesis de Corpus Christi por medio de la recomendación del Concilio Diocesano de Finanzas y el Concilio Presbiteral han llevado su dedicación mas allá para la buena administración y responsabilidad nanciera en nombre de donantes generosos al instituir un “hotline” para reportar el abuso nanciero. La Diócesis de Corpus Christi ha seleccionado un tercer partido independiente, La Red, para proporcionarle a usted con una manera para reportar anónima y condencialmente el abuso nanciero e fraude. Los empleados, los parroquianos, los voluntarios, los vendedores, y otros partidos interesados estan impulsados para reportar las preocupaciones que tengan respeto a la conducta de påca ética nanciera dentro de la Diócese de Corpus Christi. Todas las investigaciones serán tradas inmediatamente y discretamente. Personas que llamen tienen el derecho de mantenerse anónimas.

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Choir at St. Peter in Fulton leads parishioners at outdoor Mass. For several weeks after Hurricane Harvey, Mass was held in a tent donated by the Knights of Columbus from St. Vincent de Paul in Austin. Alfredo E. Cárdenas, South Texas Catholic

St. Peter in Fulton is on road to recovery Alfredo E. Cárdenas


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statue of the Blessed Mother and Baby Jesus, sculpted by a deaf and mute Vietnamese artist named Tran Van Luyen, stands in front of St. Peter Parish welcoming the church’s Vietnamese Catholic community in the Rockport-Fulton area. On Sunday, Oct. 8, the parish community celebrated Mass in a tent in the shadows of the Blessed Mother. Hurricane Harvey deprived them of their sanctuary, but it did not make a dent on their faith. In 2012, Phillip and Sherre Ernster donated the statue—made from crystal marble found in the mountains of Vietnam—to St. Peter. Since 2003, the statue had been located on the Ernsters' shoreline property on Fulton Beach Road, welcoming

seafarers to Fulton. When they sold the property, they donated the statue to St. Peter Church, with whom Sherre Ernster’s parents—Deacon Robert and Evelyn Cantwell—had a special connection. In 1975, the Cantwells sponsored an extended Vietnamese family, that had fled the fall of South Vietnam, to permanently relocate to Rockport. It was a natural fit; the people who prayed for the Blessed Mother’s intercession during their time of anguish were now directly under her loving watch. Hurricane Harvey demolished St. Peter’s church and rectory and extensively damaged its parish hall. The Diocese of Corpus Christi has contracted a firm to begin demolishing the structures. “Whatever damage was done, no lives were lost. That is what is important. Buildings can be November 2017 |  South Texas Catholic  27


replaced,” parochial administrator Father John Tran Nguyen, OFM said. The plan to rebuild is still under discussion, but the church and rectory will be rebuilt for sure; when and how long it will take is still undetermined. While insurance is expected to take care of replacing the buildings, the parish will still need to do their part for items that go inside the church. “We’ll need help of the community,” Father Nguyen said. And help has been coming in from near and far. Immediately after the hurricane the Vietnamese community from Austin, both Catholics and Buddhists, came every weekend to help clean up the debris. The Knights of Columbus from St. Vincent de Paul Parish in Austin donated the tent the faithful used to celebrate an outdoor Mass for several weeks after the hurricane. Today, and until the new church is built, services are being held at the Dyzars Academy of Gymnastics thanks to the generosity of parishioners Matt and Rina Dyzars. A local attorney is preparing space in his office for the parish to hold religious education classes. St. Michael Parish, from St. Florian, Alabama, has adopted St. Peter. In October a group of parishioners, along with their

pastor Father John O’Donnell, OSB, flew into Fulton on a private plane to help with the cleanup. St. Michael’s, which has a significant Vietnamese community, donated $5,000 in Wal-Mart gift cards for parishioners at St. Peter’s. “It’s about us in ministry. We want to be involved in the life of this parish,” said Steve Kirkpatrick a deacon candidate at St. Michael’s. They plan to have people come out “as church” to help St. Peter rebuild for the duration of the recovery, Kirkpatrick said. Kirkpatrick pointed out that oftentimes in a tragedy like this, the focus is on buildings rather than on the people. Indeed, parishioners of St. Peter’s suffered extensive loss. Parish secretary Leah Oliva said that some parishioners did experience great personal loss. She said that some of the children that have moved away are coming back to help because of the language barrier. Still everyone at St. Peter is eager and looking forward to rebuild the church, Oliva said. “There is a history. They have

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been here,” she said. They have been engaged in the recovery, even before the hurricane landed; parishioners took statuary and other valuable items home with them for safekeeping. They were the first on the church grounds—ready to help—after the storm cleared. In October, parishioners went forward with their annual fundraiser, a food stand at the Seafair Festival. They sold beef kabob sticks, fried shrimp sticks, eggrolls and ice tea. They followed that up with a similar food sale at the grounds of St Peter's the following week. They are selling t-shirts designed by one of the parishioners with the slogan “Rockport Strong” in the front and the Bible passage “Though I Fall I Will Rise Again -Micah 7:8” on the back. The shirts can be ordered on the parish Facebook page, which also has a "Donate" button. Father Nguyen points out the Vietnamese community number perhaps 100 families, making it a challenge to maintain a parish with such a small—albeit extremely dedicated—community. With Winter Texans the total parish family numbers about


225 people. He does not know how long it will take to rebuild, but whatever they do he wants to rebuild with both Asian and American communities in mind. He wants to have a church that is more welcoming to everyone in the community, without losing its identity. “The church is for everyone. We want everyone to come together. Everywhere I go I talk about us all being God’s children, one family,” Father Nguyen said. Even though the parish started as a Vietnamese church, now it is more multicultural, even the younger Vietnamese now are “more American,” he said. “We need to have a church to worship the Lord,” Father Nguyen said. “We ask for prayer. If they can support us financially that’s wonderful.” “In my opinion the gift of Christ only becomes present when each of us learn to share, learn to serve one another. The more you give the more you get. The more you keep for yourself,” Father Nguyen said in a recent homily.

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In top photo, parishioners Matt and Rina Dyzars donated the use of their gym as a temporary home for St. Peter to hold Mass. In bottom photo, Father John O’Donnell, OSB pastor of St. Michael Parish in St. Florian, Alabama, and parishioners help clear out the Parish Hall at St. Peter. The Alabama parish adopted St. Peter and plans to be engaged with them until the new church is completed. Alfredo E. Cárdenas, South Texas Catholic November 2017 |  South Texas Catholic  29


How parishes can help address the epidemic of domestic abuse Matt Hadro


Catholic News Agency

omestic violence is a hidden epidemic that many clergy and laypersons need additional training to address, says one priest who runs the country’s largest parish-based ministry to counter the problem. “When you start talking about it, that’s when people will start coming forward,” said Father Chuck Dahm, OP, who directs domestic violence outreach for the Archdiocese of Chicago. Father Dahm said that many priests and deacons have little preparation to

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assist victims of domestic violence, and that more seminary training would be helpful for both preparing priests and raising awareness on the issue. He said that “When I Call for Help,” a pastoral letter on domestic violence from the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops, is a helpful resource for clergy looking for more understanding. Domestic violence can be physical, sexual, or even emotional, as with instances of stalking or “psychological aggression.” Some 27 percent of women in the U.S. have suffered domestic violence at some point, along with 12 percent of men, the

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has reported. There are many physical and psychological effects of domestic violence on victims—physical injuries and disabilities and bodily effects of stress, but also anxiety, depression and trust issues. Children witnessing violence in the home may grow up with emotional problems like anger, or may even become abusers themselves when they are adults. In his apostolic exhortation on the family, Amoris Laetitia, Pope Francis wrote of the problem of domestic abuse: “Unacceptable customs still need to be

West Midlands Police, Tackling Domestic Violence. Wikimedia Commons, the free media repository

Archdiocese of Chicago,” he said. “And after I preach about it, people walk out of the church and they tell me ‘thank you for talking about this. This is long overdue. And my sister, my daughter is in it, or I grew up in it.’ And this is so much more common than anybody realizes.” Sometimes, Father Dahm said, priests are not well trained and do not know how to handle situations in which parishioners come to tell them about abuse. They may offer inadequate advice and solutions. Father Dahm participated in the symposium on domestic abuse at Catholic University last year. Since then he has seen the fruits of the conference, spreading awareness of the problem. “A significant number went home with the plans of doing something in their diocese or their respective organizations,” he said of conference participants. The Archdiocese of Washington held a workshop for priests to learn how to deal with incidents of domestic abuse and 31 priests attended, he said. Two representatives of Catholic Charities in Vermont are starting a workshop for priests there, and the Archdiocese of Oklahoma City held a workshop attended by several priests and a meeting for priests with Father Dahm. Still, sometimes priests do not attend these events, Father Dahm acknowledged, and raising awareness about the importance of the problem is key. Unfortunately, it has been negative incidents that have driven the conversation about domestic abuse, he said. For instance, when surveillance videos surfaced of former NFL running back Ray Rice punching his fiancée, and then dragging her off an elevator while she was unconscious. The “subsequent outrage” after that and other incidents like it “helps create more awareness about the problem.” Then “people feel a little bit more comfortable and required to speak out about this and do something about it,” Father Dahm said. “The publicity about negative events or harmful events is quite helpful in raising awareness.” “We’re really behind on this,” he said, but at the same time, “we’re making progress.”

Bishops laud new religious freedom protections Catholic News Agency


ollowing an announcement by U.S. Attorney General Jeff Sessions detailing 20 principles of religious liberty for all government agencies and executive departments to follow, bishops have praised the government’s reaffirmation of religious freedom protections. “The Attorney General’s guidance helpfully reaffirms that the law protects the freedom of faith-based organizations to conduct their operations in accordance with their religious mission,” said Archbishop William E. Lori of Baltimore, chairman of the bishops’ Ad Hoc Committee for Religious Liberty. “The guidance also reaffirms that the federal government should never exclude religious organizations from competing on an equal footing for government grants or contracts, and religious entities should never be forced to change their religious character in order to participate in such programs,” he said. “We appreciate the Attorney General’s clarification of these matters, which will protect faith-based organizations’ freedom to serve all those in need, including the homeless, immigrants, refugees and students attending religious schools.” Sessions issued the guidance on Oct. 6, responding to an executive order to “issue guidance interpreting religious liberty protections in federal law.” The document highlights key issues surrounding religious freedom in the United States and points to the importance of religious freedom in the country, as well as existing laws and precedents that protect the fundamental right. At the memo’s outset, the document notes that religious freedom “is not merely a right to personal religious beliefs or even to worship in a sacred place. It also encompasses religious observance and practice.”

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eliminated. I think particularly of the shameful ill treatment to which women are sometimes subjected, domestic violence and various forms of enslavement which, rather than a show of masculine power, are craven acts of cowardice. The verbal, physical and sexual violence that women endure in some marriages contradicts the very nature of the conjugal union.” He also insisted upon the need for parishes and priests to be ready to deal properly with these problems: “Good pastoral training is important ‘especially in light of particular emergency situations arising from cases of domestic violence and sexual abuse’,” he said, citing the final document from the 2015 Synod on the Family. Catholics have responded to this dire need in various ways, from organizing a prayer campaign for domestic abuse victims to working to spread awareness of the problem and educate clergy on how to properly deal with instances of abuse. A symposium on domestic abuse took place last year at The Catholic University of America in Washington, D.C., hosted by the university’s School of Social Service. A “toolkit” for fighting domestic abuse has been provided by the Catholics for Family Peace, Education and Research Initiative, which includes prayers and directions for helping a victim of domestic abuse. Father Dahm has created a parish-based ministry to combat domestic violence. A key part of his work is simply preaching about it, he says, because it is a widespread problem that hides in plain sight. There is an “overwhelming lack of recognition that the problem is more frequent, more common than people think,” he said. Many priests are completely unaware of cases of it, Father Dahm said, although “there are people in their parishes who are suffering.” “I have gone to 90 parishes in the


Pope praises 'beautiful, complex' diversity of Catholic Churches in India Elise Harris

Catholic News Agency


ope Francis said the variety of Catholic Churches and rites in India is a richness for the country that ought to be strengthened, and as a means of doing so he expanded the reach of one of the country's indigenous Churches. The decision moves toward a greater allowance for several bishops from distinct Catholic Churches in India having a presence in the same territory. “In a world where large numbers of Christians are forced to migrate, overlapping jurisdictions have become customary and are increasingly effective tools for ensuring the pastoral care of the faithful while also ensuring full respect for their ecclesial traditions,” Pope Francis wrote in an Oct. 10 letter addressed to India's bishops. He said the diversity of ecclesial life in the country “shines with great splendor throughout lands and nations.” Two Catholic Churches based in India's Kerala state trace their origins to the preaching of the Apostle Thomas: the Syro-Malabar Church, which follows the East Syrian or Chaldean rite; and the Syro-Malankara 32  South Texas Catholic | November 2017

Church, of the West Syrian or Antiochian rite. The Latin rite Catholic Church also has a large presence throughout India, having been introduced to the country by missionaries in the 16th century. The various Catholic rites in India, Pope Francis said, constitute a historic Christian presence in India “that is both rich and beautiful, complex and unique.” “It is essential for the Catholic Church to reveal her face in all its beauty to the world, in the richness of her various traditions,” he said, and noted how the Second Vatican Council sought to “protect and preserve the treasure of the particular traditions of each Church,” an ongoing mission today. His letter accompanied an announcement on the establishment of two new eparchies (the equivalent of a diocese in the Latin Church) for the Syro-Malabar Church. The establishment of the eparchies of Shamshabad (in Telangana) and Hosur (in Tamil Nadu) was announced along with the name of their first respective bishops: Bishop Raphael Thattil, until now Auxiliary Bishop of the Syro-Malabar Archdiocese

of Trichur, and Father Sebastian Pozholiparampil, a priest of the Syro-Malabar Diocee of Irinjalakuda. The Shamshabad eparchy will include the entire country of India not already included in existing Syro-Malabar eparchies. Pope Francis also extended the boundaries of the eparchies of Ramanathapuram and Thuckalay, both of which are located in Tamil Nadu state. In addition to his role as bishop, Bishop Thattil also serves as apostolic visitor for Syro-Malabar faithful in India who live outside of their own territory, reporting his observations to Rome. Pope Francis' decision to establish new eparchies for the Syro-Malabar Church and widen its jurisdiction to essentially all of India mirrors a similar decision he made in August with the Syro-Malankara Church, when he reinforced their own presence with the establishment of a new eparchy and an apostolic visitor to the Syro-Malankara Church in Europe and Oceania. The establishment of the eparchies also took place as the Congregation for the Oriental Churches celebrated its centenary with a variety of activities in Rome,

area does not compromise the mission of the Church. On the contrary, these steps have given greater impetus to the local Churches for their pastoral and missionary efforts.” He voiced hope that his decision to broaden the reach of the Syro-Malabar Church would be “welcomed with a generous and peaceful spirit, although it may be a source of apprehension for some, since many Syro-Malabars, deprived of pastoral care in their own rite, are at present fully involved in the life of the Latin Church Pope Francis stressed his conviction that “there is no need for concern: the Church’s life should not be disrupted by such a provision.” “Indeed it must not be negatively interpreted as imposing upon the faithful a requirement to leave the communities which have welcomed them, sometimes for many generations, and to which they have contributed in various ways. It should rather be seen as an invitation as well as an opportunity for growth in faith and communion with their sui iuris Church, in order to preserve the precious heritage of their rite and to pass it on to future generations.” “The path of the Catholic Church in India cannot be that of isolation and separation,

but rather of respect and cooperation,” he said, adding that the presence of several bishops of various rites “will surely offer an eloquent witness to a vibrant and marvelous communion.” Pope Francis closed his letter urging the Catholic Churches in India “to be generous and courageous as they witness to the Gospel in the spirit of fraternity and mutual love.” “For the Syro-Malabar Church, this continues the valued work of their priests and religious in the Latin context, and sustains their availability for those Syro-Malabar faithful who, although choosing to attend Latin parishes, may request some assistance from their Church of origin. The Latin rite Church can continue to generously offer hospitality to members of the Syro-Malabar communities who do not have church buildings of their own.” He said, “with the growth of spiritual friendship and mutual assistance, any tension or apprehension should be swiftly overcome. May this extension of the pastoral area of the Syro-Malabar Church in no way be perceived as a growth in power and domination, but as a call to deeper communion, which should never be perceived as uniformity.”

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culminating in Mass with Pope Francis at the Basilica of St. Mary Major Oct. 12. In his letter, Pope Francis noted that “In India, even after many centuries, Christians are only a small proportion of the population and, consequently, there is a particular need to demonstrate unity and to avoid any semblance of division.” He stated that when the Syro-Malabar Church expanded with missionary eparchies to parts of northern and central India, “it was generally thought by the Latin bishops that there should be just one jurisdiction, that is, one bishop in a particular territory. These eparchies, created from Latin dioceses, today have exclusive jurisdiction over those territories, both of the Latin and Syro-Malabar faithful.” “However, both in the traditional territories of the Eastern Churches, as well as in the vast area of the so-called diaspora (where these faithful have long been established), a fruitful and harmonious cooperation between Catholic bishops of the different …Churches within the same territory has taken place.” Overlapping jurisdictions in India “should no longer be problematic,” the Pope wrote, noting that they have already existed in Kerala for some time, and his own expansion of the Syro-Malankara Church in recent years. “These developments show that, albeit not without problems, the presence of a number of bishops in the same


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Father Eric Chapa

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hen we celebrated the Feast of St. Matthew the Apostle, I was reminded strongly of the image of him that always comes to my mind on his feast day. It is his statue at St. John Lateran Basilica in Rome, which has enormous and distinct statues of all of the apostles. Matthew’s depicts him holding up a manuscript or book, presumably his own Gospel. Underneath his right foot is a bag of coins, sculpted to appear as if it had simply fallen to the ground and Matthew is stepping on it as if to dismiss it as simply equal in value to the dirt. St. Matthew, as you know was a tax collector, and that probably also meant that he was one of the most educated apostles, in the sense that he was fully employed in a trade that presumably required a fair bit of training. It is true, that trickery—at best—and thievery—at worst— were common mischief for tax collectors, and we can assume that Matthew at times was just as guilty as the rest. What always struck me about this one particular statue of him is that he is shown as having renounced the wealth of the world and taken up Christ as his only prize. The money, for him, is now where it belongs: on the level of dirt. We live in such a transactional society that is very quick to expect something in return for the right amount of either time or money put forward. Yet when it comes to our relationship with God, this attitude —although it may ring true for earthly matters—falls to exactly where St. Matthew’s money fell, right to the ground… thrown away to the dust and dirt. Because that expectation does not apply to heaven as it applies to earth at times. What, then, is the “economy” of heaven? It is

illustrated in the Gospel parable, where workers and laborers of all sorts of experience and age, each worked different hours on a given day. Some had sweated and toiled all the day long, while some showed up midway through the day, while some still perhaps showed up towards the end of the day when the sun was maybe less oppressive and the work was easier both in quantity and quality. And when every single one of them is paid the same, the ones who worked all day began to complain, to say the least. It is natural and human to sympathize with the complaints. But, what is being shown here is not how earth works but how heaven works. Everything about who God is to us is entirely a gift on his part. None of the blessings in this life or the next have been earned on our part. All has been given in equal and infinite measure to each of us: “equal” because salvation and eternity is all of our inheritance equally, and yet “infinite” because unlike the wages dealt in the Gospel, God’s everlasting gift to us cannot be quantified. So, on one hand, it is easy to complain along with the workers in the Gospel that we are on the side that seems to deserve more for more hours worked. Yet, when it comes to our spiritual health, we are not on that side…at all! We are ALL on the side of the ones who deserve less, not more. We have sinned in ways that would continue to shock and shame us if not for God’s mercy. We deserve less than we have gotten, and will continue to receive…well into eternity. So, can we really complain? We cannot. At the end of our earthly lives when we do receive infinitely more than we deserve, we will not…not one bit! Blessings. November 2017 |  South Texas Catholic  35


Father Eric Chapa is the Parochial Vicar at St. Pius X Church in Corpus Christi

When we receive infinitely more than we deserve we will not complain

November Liturgical Calendar 1 | Wed | ALL SAINTS | white | Solemnity [Holyday of Obligation] Rv 7:2-4, 9-14/1 Jn 3:1-3/Mt 5:1-12a (667) Pss Prop 2 | Thu | The Commemoration of All the Faithful Departed | white or violet or black (All Souls’ Day) Wis 3:1-9/Rom 5:5-11 or Rom 6:3-9/Jn 6:37-40 (668), or any readings from no. 668 or from the Lectionary for Mass (vol. IV), the Masses for the Dead, nos. 1011-1016 Pss Prop 3 | Fri | Weekday | green/white [Saint Martin de Porres, Religious] Rom 9:1-5/Lk 14:1-6 (483) 4 | Sat | Saint Charles Borromeo, Bishop | white | Memorial | Rom 11:1-2a, 11-12, 25-29/Lk 14:1, 7-11 (484) 5 | SUN | THIRTY-FIRST SUNDAY IN ORDINARY TIME | green Mal 1:14b—2:2b, 8-10/1 Thes 2:7b-9, 13/ Mt 23:1-12 (151) Pss III

Doctor of the Church] Wis 6:1-11/Lk 17:11-19 (493) 16 | Thu | Weekday | green/white/ white [Saint Margaret of Scotland; Saint Gertrude, Virgin] Wis 7:22b— 8:1/Lk 17:20-25 (494) 17 | Fri | Saint Elizabeth of Hungary, Religious | white | Memorial | Wis 13:1-9/Lk 17:26-37 (495) 18 | Sat | Weekday | green/white/ white/white [The Dedication of the Basilicas of Saints Peter and Paul, Apostles; USA: Saint Rose Philippine Duchesne, Virgin; BVM] Wis 18:14-16; 19:6-9/Lk 18:1-8 (496) or, for the Memorial of the Dedication, Acts 28:11-16, 30-31/Mt 14:22-33 (679) 19 | SUN | THIRTY-THIRD SUNDAY IN ORDINARY TIME | green Prv 31:10-13, 19-20, 30-31/1 Thes 5:1-6/ Mt 25:14-30 or 25:14-15, 19-21 (157) Pss I

6 | Mon | Weekday | green | Rom 11:29-36/Lk 14:12-14 (485) 7 | Tue | Weekday | green | Rom 12:5-16b/Lk 14:15-24 (486) 8 | Wed | Weekday | green | Rom 13:8-10/Lk 14:25-33 (487) 9 | Thu | The Dedication of the Lateran Basilica | white | Feast | Ez 47:1-2, 8-9, 12/1 Cor 3:9c-11, 16-17/ Jn 2:13-22 (671) Pss Prop 10 | Fri | Saint Leo the Great, Pope and Doctor of the Church | white | Memorial | Rom 15:14-21/Lk 16:1-8 (489) 11 | Sat | Saint Martin of Tours, Bishop | white | Memorial | Rom 16:3-9, 16, 22-27/Lk 16:9-15 (490) Pss Prop 12 | SUN | THIRTY-SECOND SUNDAY IN ORDINARY TIME | green Wis 6:12-16/1 Thes 4:13-18 or 4:13-14/Mt 25:1-13 (154) Pss IV 13 | Mon | USA: Saint Frances Xavier Cabrini, Virgin | white | Memorial | Wis 1:1-7/Lk 17:1-6 (491) 14 | Tue | Weekday | green | Wis 2:23—3:9/Lk 17:7-10 (492) 15 | Wed | Weekday | green/white [Saint Albert the Great, Bishop and

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20 | Mon | Weekday | green | 1 Mc 1:10-15, 41-43, 54-57, 62-63/Lk 18:35-43 (497) 21 | Tue | The Presentation of the Blessed Virgin Mary | white | Memorial | 2 Mc 6:18-31/Lk 19:1-10 (498) 22 | Wed | Saint Cecilia, Virgin and Martyr | red | Memorial | 2 Mc 7:1, 20-31/Lk 19:11-28 (499) 23 | Thu | Weekday | green/red/ white/red/white [Saint Clement I, Pope and Martyr; Saint Columban, Abbot; USA: Blessed Miguel Agustín Pro, Priest and Martyr; USA: Thanksgiving Day] 1 Mc 2:15-29/Lk 19:41-44 (500), or, for Thanksgiving Day, any readings from the Lectionary for Mass (vol. IV), the Mass “In Thanksgiving to God,” nos. 943-947 24 | Fri | Saint Andrew Dũng-Lạc, Priest, and Companions, Martyrs |

red | Memorial | 1 Mc 4:36-37, 52-59/ Lk 19:45-48 (501) 25 | Sat | Weekday | green/red/ white [Saint Catherine of Alexandria, Virgin and Martyr; BVM] 1 Mc 6:1-13/ Lk 20:27-40 (502) 26 | SUN | OUR LORD JESUS CHRIST, KING OF THE UNIVERSE | white | Solemnity | Ez 34:11-12, 1517/1 Cor 15:20-26, 28/Mt 25:31-46 (160) Pss Prop 27 | Mon | Weekday (Thirty-Fourth or Last Week in Ordinary Time) green Dn 1:1-6, 8-20/Lk 21:1-4 (503) Pss II 28 | Tue | Weekday | green | Dn 2:31-45/Lk 21:5-11 (504) 29 | Wed | Weekday | green | Dn 5:1-6, 13-14, 16-17, 23-28/Lk 21:12-19 (505) 30 | Thu | Saint Andrew, Apostle | red | Feast | Rom 10:9-18/Mt 4:18-22 (684) Pss Prop


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Christi. • Nov. 9 and every second Thursday of the month at 3 p.m. at Mirador Plaza (back side of facility) located at 5857 Timbergate Drive in Corpus Christi. • Nov. 14 and every second Tuesday at 6 p.m. at Woodridge Nursing & Rehab Center located at 600 S. Hillside Dr. in Beeville. • Nov. 21 and every third Tuesday of the month at 9:30 a.m. at Brookdale (formerly Homewood Residence) located at 6410 Meadow Vista in Corpus Christi. For more information call (361) 980-0208. Facilitator is Anita Valle. • Nov. 21 and every third Tuesday of the month at 3 p.m. at River Ridge Nursing Rehab Center located at 3922 West River Dr. (off FM 624) in Corpus Christi. For more information call (361) 767-2000. • Nov. 23 and every fourth Thursday of the month at Kleberg County Nursing & Rehab located on 316 General Cavazos Blvd. in Kingsville. Program provides a multifaceted system of support services for family caregivers. For more information call (361) 883-3935.

Nov. 2 and every first Thursday of the month from 5-6:30 p.m. at Sacred Heart Chapel Jesus Nazareno in Corpus Christi.

Fridays, Nov. 3, 10 and 17 from 12:30-4:30 p.m. at Del Mar College, Center for Economic Development (3209 South Staples St.) For last minute registration call Felipa Lopez Wilmot at (361) 883-3935 or 1-800-252-9240.

Singing the Rite Words - A Workshop for Cantors and Leaders of Song

• Nov. 4 from 9 a.m.-12 p.m. at St. Philip the Apostle • Nov. 4 from 2 p.m.-5 p.m. at Corpus Christi Cathedral. • Nov. 6 from 7 p.m.-9 p.m. at St. Philip the Apostle Presented by Lee Gwozdz, Director of Music for the diocese. This workshop will focus on introductory materials and skills for people who are cantors and leaders of song in a parish. This workshop will be of value to those who are beginning to serve in the role of cantor as well as those who have had some experience. For more information visit

7th Annual Building a Bridge Symposium

Nov. 7 from 12-2:30 p.m. at Del Mar Center for Economic Development (3209 S. Staples). Topic is Alzheimer Disease and Dementia Advanced Care. Pre-registration required. Call Sally Edsill at (361) 883-3935, ext. 5156 or 1-800-252-9240 or email: to reserve a seat. Complementary lunch provided. Door Prizes available.

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Alzheimer's & General Support Group

• Nov. 7 and every first Tuesday of the month at 6 p.m. at Y.W.C.A. located at 4601 Corona Drive in Corpus Christi. • Nov. 8 and every second Wednesday of the month at 12 p.m. at Lindale Center located on 3133 Swantner St. in Corpus


Bible Study at St. Patrick Church

Nov. 7, 14, 21 and 28 and every Tuesday from 7-9 p.m. at St. Patrick Church, Our Lady of Knock Hall (the corner of S. Alameda and Rossiter Street.) For more information call the parish office at (361) 855-7391.

The Serra Club of Corpus Christi Wants You!

The Serra Club of Corpus Christi is seeking new members to help foster and affirm vocations to the priesthood and consecrated life. Join us for wine and cheese at the St. Pius Church Parish Hall, Tuesday, Nov. 7, from 6-8 p.m. RSVP to Marcy Hayes at (361) 887-7594 or

Free Care Provider Training

Nov. 8 from 9 a.m.-5 p.m. at Area Agency on Aging (2910 Leopard St.) Free eight-hour training to provide personal care to seniors and

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persons with physical disabilities to enhance and promote the quality of care in the home. Seating is limited; call to reserve a space. A certificate of completion will be awarded at end of class. For more information contact Felipa Lopez Wilmot at (361) 883-3935, ext. 5153 or toll free at 1-800-252-9240 or email: Also Sally Edsill at (361) 883-3935, ext. 5156 or

Women’s Spiritual Exercises Retreat

Begins Nov. 9 and ends Sunday, Nov. 12. Take a quiet vacation with Jesus and let your spirit be renewed. Register or call (361)289-9095, ext. 321.

2nd Annual Celebration of Charity

Nov. 9 at 7 p.m. at Catholic Charities of Corpus Christi (615 Oliver Court). The evening, inspired by the Grand Bazaar, is the largest fundraising event for the agency. This fundraising event supports all programs of Catholic Charities. For more information contact Paulette M. Guajardo at or (361) 688-9399; or Shannette Hoelscher at or (361) 884-0651.

11 Convalidation Seminar

Nov. 11 from 9 a.m.-5:30 p.m. at Pax Christi Liturgical Retreat Center. Check-in begins at 8:30 a.m. The Convalidation Seminar is offered several times a year to prepare couples who are seeking to validate a civil or otherwise irregular marriage. Pre-registration required. For more information go to

Casino Night 11 OLPH to Benefit "Fill Every Desk Campaign"

Nov. 11, from 6-11 p.m., at Sokol Hall (5502 Kostoryz Road) in Corpus Christi. The evening will feature casino-style gaming, dancing, a live and silent auction and dinner. Featured guest and Elvis impersonator Danny Lee will be greeting revelers and posing for photos. Ticket are $40 and include dinner, non-alcoholic drink and a

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Holy Hour and Healing Mass


$5K Gaming Voucher. All proceeds from the event will go toward the "Fill Every Desk campaign". For more information, go to or call the parish office at (361) 991-7891.

16 Cursillo de Mujeres

Empieza a las 6:30 p.m. el viernes, 16 de noviembre, y termina el domingo a las 6 p.m. Es in encuentro con uno mismo, con Cristo y con los demas evangelizando sus ambientes. Si esto se entiende entonces se entendera el poder, la belleza y la algeria del movimiento de Cursillo. Para mas informacion llame a: Mary Mendoza (361) 7010034 o Maria Castillo (361) 249-4435.

17 Healing Retreat at OLCC

Begins Friday, Nov. 17, at 5:30 p.m. ends Sunday, Nov. 19, at 2 p.m. Weekend consists of a series of talks on healing, periods of quiet reflection asking God to reveal where we need healing and concludes with a healing service. Register or call (361) 289-9095, ext. 321.

in Truth at OLCC 18 Grounded Adoration Chapel/Cafe Veritas

Nov. 18 at 7-8 p.m. spend an hour of adoration with praise and worship in the OLCC Perpetual Adoration Chapel, followed by music and fellowship in Cafe Veritas/Bookstore from 8-9:30 p.m. Abby Tovar from St. Thomas the Apostle in Callalen will be the featured musician. Call (361) 289-0807 for more information.

and Other Relatives 28 Grandparents Raising Children Support Group


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• Nov. 28, and on the last Tuesday of each month from 10-11 a.m. at the Greenwood Senior Center located at 4040 Greenwood Drive in Corpus Christi. For more information call (361) 826-1368. • On Nov. 30, and the last Thursday of each month from 6-7 p.m. at the First United Methodist Church located at 900 S. Shoreline Blvd. in Corpus Christi. For more information call (361) 334-2255.

Men’s Spiritual Exercises Retreat

Begins on Thursday, Nov. 30, at 5:30 p.m. and ends Sunday, Dec. 3, at 1:30 p.m. Register or call (361) 289-9095, ext. 321.



All fundraising events will include a variety of food, games and entertainment fun. For complete details visit

2017 Our Lady of Guadalupe Parish (Sinton) MEGA Festival | Nov. 4, from 11 a.m.-10 p.m., at the San Patricio County Fairgrounds. Christ The King Church Annual Fall Festival | Nov. 4, from 4-9 p.m., at Christ the King located at 1625 Arlington Dr. in Corpus Christi. Sacred Heart Annual Fall Family Fun Festival & Raffle | Nov. 5, from 10 a.m.-5 p.m., at Central Catholic School located at 1218 Comanche St. in Corpus Christi. St. Elizabeth of Hungary 10th Annual Parish Fall Festival | Nov. 5, from 11 a.m.-5 p.m. at Jim Wells County Fairgrounds located at 3001 S. Johnson St. in Alice. St. Patrick's Altar & Rosary Society Christmas Bazaar | Nov. 11, from 9 a.m.-5 p.m., at St. Patrick Parish Hall (located at 3350 S. Alameda in Corpus Christi. St. Theresa's Thanksgiving Fest | Nov. 11, from 4-11 p.m., at St. Theresa Community Life Center located at 801 North Broadway in Corpus Christi. OLCC's Annual Banquet Texas Style BBQ | Nov. 16, begins at 6 p.m., at Our Lady of Corpus Christi located at 1200 Lantana. 103rd Annual Thanksgiving Day Picnic | Nov. 23, from 10:30 a.m.-12 a.m. at Our Lady of Consolation Church in Vattmann, located south of Kingsville on FM 628 five miles west of Hwy. 77.

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