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Atrium House Warming Party Saturday, Aug. 22 from 2-4 p.m Christ the King Parish 3423 Rojo Street Please join Christ the King Parish as we celebrate the

Inaugural Blessing of the Queenship of Mary Adoration Chapel and the opening of the Atrium for the Catechesis of the Good Shepherd. There will be a raffle, fruit and refreshments. The Atrium is largely in need of supplies and furniture required by the new Catechesis of the Good Shepherd. Any donation and gifts will be greatly appreciated.

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Redemptorist Father David Walsh served the deaf and disabled for nearly a quarter century in the Diocese of Corpus Christi. Before coming to the diocese he was already an internationally recognized leader in providing services to the deaf community. This year marks the 10th anniversary of his death and he will be remembered with a special Mass.


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32 Readers are given a “walking” tour of the Corpus Christi Cathedral. The shorter of the two bell towers at the Cathedral houses three bells, which originally hung at St. Patrick’s Cathedral.

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VIDA CATÓLICA 37 Esposas de Cristo, hijas de la

4 VIEWPOINTS The selfless purpose


of marriage

9 VOCATIONS ‘Undecided’ is not a vocation CATHOLIC EDUCATION 18 Mental Health First Aid educates helpers close to youth

NATIONAL NEWS 44 Five Texas missions, including the Alamo, declared World Heritage Sites

VATICAN 46 South America, Cuba-U.S. trips show heart of pope’s faith

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The selfless purpose of marriage Bishop Michael Mulvey South Texas Catholic

Most Reverend Michael Mulvey is bishop of the Diocese of Corpus Christi.


n the last several weeks, our country has wrestled with the meaning of what is at the heart of human society–the nature of the family and its core, marriage. Challenging questions about the nature of marriage and family have arisen that have confused many, with answers that are often at odds with the very truth about marriage. The question that needs to be asked again and again is: What is marriage? What is its purpose? We begin to understand what marriage is, in part, by seeing what marriage is “for.” Interestingly, the Catechism of the Catholic Church (#1211) lists marriage, along with the Sacrament of Holy Orders, to be a sacrament “at the service of communion and the mission of the faithful.” In other words, it is a sacrament that is lived out “for” others. Who is the “other” that marriage is “for?” For the husband, it is his wife. For the wife, it is her husband. The total self-giving of one man and one woman to each other in marriage is designed by God to be a “one flesh union (Gn 2:24, Mt 19:6).” It is seen in the nature of the human body to be geared towards the generation of children. In marriage, the


“other” for the husband and wife results in and includes the bringing forth and upbringing of children, who have a right to be brought up with a loving father and mother. Thus marriage, by its nature, has an outward focus. It is “for” the other. A man and a woman enter marriage not to fulfill themselves but rather to offer themselves totally to the other so that they and the offspring that are meant to come from their marriage can together walk the path to salvation. In marriage, we see the beautiful paradox come into full view–that it is in giving that we receive; that it is in making a gift of ourselves that we find ourselves. Our Catholic tradition, as pointed out so clearly by St. Augustine and many others, observes that since marital self-giving is total and complete,

marriage by its nature is permanent, is exclusive and is ordered toward the begetting of children. In other words, total self-giving is permanent self-giving; total self-giving is exclusive self-giving; and total self-giving is sexually complementary self-giving that brings forth new human life. The beauty of marriage is not that it is some convenient societal affirmation of our choice of whom to desire. The beauty of marriage is that a man and a woman give themselves over exclusively to each other in love for the whole of their lives and to the natural sexual complementarity that generates offspring. This truth is a difficult truth for our society—centered so much on instant gratification and selfishness—to grasp and accept. In the recent Supreme Court decision Obergefell v.

Yet marriage is not merely a social construct that can be defined and redefined at the desire of a person or the will of judges on a court. By its very nature it is an objective reality involving the complementary and exclusive unity between a man and a woman in a permanent relationship, ordered towards the procreation and raising of children. Sadly, history–even recent history–shows that when governments, courts or regimes redefine aspects of essential truths relating to the human person, the common good is violated and members of the society, especially families, suffer greatly. In such times, it has always been the perseverance of people of faith that keeps alive the truth about the dignity of the human person. It is this same faithful

perseverance that is needed now to protect the truth about marriage and the family. I encourage all, especially spouses and parents, to continue to learn more about the Church’s beautiful teachings on marriage and not to be ashamed to present these lovingly and clearly to anyone who may be struggling with the truth about marriage. Particularly recommended are sections 1602-1666 of the Catechism of the Catholic Church and sections 48-52 of the Second Vatican Council’s document the “Pastoral Constitution on the Church in the Modern World (Gaudium et spes).” Let us thank God for the gift of marriage. Let us be willing, in season and out of season, to spread this Gospel in love and compassion.

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• In Memoriam Deacon Ronald Norman Dubuque Nov. 21, 1934 - June 30, 2015

• Texas Choral Directors Association honors Corpus Christi Cathedral choirs

• Local school named for Blessed Oscar Romero was trailblazer

• Hebert builds picnic tables for Eagle Scout project

• Marjorie Jane Mulvey, mother of Bishop Michael Mulvey died…in Corpus Christi

• Graduation ceremony held for St. Anthony School students at St. Anthony Church in Robstown

• Our Lady of Assumption gets new Adoration Chapel • Knights of Columbus in Rockport award $1,000 scholarships to graduates

• Fullness of Truth Conference draws faithful with nationally known speakers

• Saint Leo University awards degrees in Corpus Christi

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Hodges, a narrow majority of five Justices ruled to treat same-sex unions as marriage and thus enshrined in the laws of our land a rejection of the core truth of marriage–that it is based on nature and it exists for the other and not for ourselves. Unfortunately, the law of our land now sees marriage as being determined only by an individual’s desire to love whomever he or she pleases, no matter where, to whom and in whatever way that desire is directed. This turns the true meaning of the selflessness of marriage upside-down and reduces it merely to a selfish expression of one’s desires. It places marriage as part of what Pope Francis has called the “throwaway culture,” to be entered into and discarded at the dictates of one’s wishes.


Social media is ‘where people are at,’ ‘it’s real, not imaginary’ Father J. Patrick Serna Father J. Patrick Serna is pastor at Our Lady of Guadalupe Parish in Sinton.



n today’s world of computers and technology, social media is as common in superpower countries as it is in developing countries, for people of all ages. Catholic priests, be they pastors, assistant pastors or chaplains, are increasingly using social media. For some people with more traditional appreciations, this new development can be a stumbling block or cause for concern. How can priests use Facebook and other social media to reach their parishioners, or the unchurched, or marginally churched? Bishops in charge of dioceses have all jumped on board with using websites to guide the general public. Some bishops are known for their informative blogs. Even Pope Francis himself is in the practice of using Twitter. From 2008-2013, I used Facebook on a regular basis to tell jokes, share stories or engage others with information about life in our parish. During that time, the number of my Facebook “friends” was relatively small, and I had no interest in reaching out to complete strangers. During 2014-2015, I started


a diet and in that time lost 100 pounds. Part of my success with the diet–and part of what prevented me from cheating on the diet–was that I knew people were watching my progress on Facebook. This is when my Facebook friend list exploded from a small number of friends, family and parishioners, to an extremely large number of strangers who were Catholic, Protestant, agnostic and atheist! People of different belief traditions, as well as non-belief systems, quickly took to the inspirational Facebook posts, which were originally intended to help keep me accountable and focused on the diet. I later learned that these Facebook posts helped many others that I had never even met before.

Strangers from different parts of our diocese, as well as from different places in the United States, sent me private messages, asking for advice on dieting and on how to stay motivated. These private messages almost always turned into conversations about God, human suffering, loss and the usual questions of “why did God let this happen?” God works in interesting ways. While God wants us to be physically healthy, it is of much more important to God that we are spiritually healthy. As the months went on, my Facebook posts on weight loss and physical health became fewer, and the posts which dealt with spirituality, prayer, meditations on suffering, death, grief and finding new meaning,

✝ became the norm. My shift from using Facebook for personal reasons made a fundamental shift to reaching out to those looking for God, but not yet ready for a formal commitment with church. While it is common to receive criticism for having many stranger friends, a priest can never know when one of his reflections about Jesus might be the spark that helps someone at just the right time. A priest can never know the impact he has on people, but sometimes he does receive feedback. In the last two years, people who referred to themselves as “atheists,” “agnostics” or “non practicing Christians,” have sent me private messages, stating that a Biblical quote or Facebook reflection helped them make that needed connection with God, or, it helped them commit again to regular Sunday worship. When people criticize priests who use social media, using the argument that social media is not “real,” I can only think: “Donations already deposited by our church, which resulted from Facebook are real, not fake.” Some of our benefactors contend that pictures and stories about hard working parishioners who are devoted to our parish, inspired them to give. The charity from


those benefactors has already been deposited in our bank account. That is real, not imaginary. Other marginal believers have said that Facebook posts about our parish life inspired them to start practicing their faith again. Many have been the times that a person private messaged me on Facebook to schedule an appointment for confession, because of finding inspiration or hope for forgiveness from a Facebook post. That is real, not imaginary. Several other Catholics as well as non-Catholics have said that they started going to Bible study at their respective parishes because of Facebook pictures and narratives which showed believers from our church in real time, learning about God. That is real, not imaginary. In 405 A.D. Pope Damasus commissioned St. Jerome to translate the Bible from original languages to the language of the people, because it is common sense to speak to people “where they are at.” Vatican II (1962-1965) presented many profound teachings, but why is it that the main change people remember is the change from use of Latin to the use of current vernacular languages? The answer is simple, people love and need to communicate

with each other and with God, and people like to communicate in a way that is common and convenient, “where they are at.” St. Jerome was criticized incessantly before, during and after his translation of the Bible from ancient original languages, to the language of the people. The popes and theologians who promoted the use of the “language of the people” (the “vernacular”) for celebration of Mass faced much ridicule and opposition, but they understood the importance of communicating to the children of God “where they are at.” Social media is by no means on the level of the divinely revealed word of God as found in the Bible or in Christian worship, but social media is definitely “where people are at” now. Voices of the world, which are against God’s message, do not suffer from the naïve technophobia of some believing Christians. St. Thomas Aquinas was once accused of heresy for using the philosophy of pagans, but he knew that becoming proficient in those arenas would give the Church a voice, where other contrary voices were becoming stronger. It is good for us to remember what has worked in the past, may work again now and in the future.

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Father Joseph Lopez, JCL, is Vocations Director for the Diocese of Corpus Christi.

obody is called to do nothing with his or her life! God calls everyone to a specific vocation. And while discerning our vocation takes time, and can often be difficult, rest assured that God is not calling anyone to perpetual indecision.

It might be easy to confuse the “single” vocation with indecision, but they are very different things. Every person is called to be single for some period of time; the most obvious being when we are young and have not discovered our God given vocation. There is some debate on whether the single life can be considered a “vocation” if it does not involve a permanent commitment–for example, consecrated virginity. However, the Church recognizes that some people are called to life-long holiness as single men and women. “Some live their situation in the spirit of the Beatitudes, serving God and neighbor in exemplary fashion (CCC #1658). ” Blessed Pier Giorgio Frassati was a single man who dedicated his life to God’s work by helping the poor, promoting knowledge of the faith, and advancing the acceptance of Catholic social principles in politics. It is clear that single people are often more free to give themselves wholeheartedly to God’s work, and many offer very valuable service to the Church. But the generous single life is far different from a noncommittal “discernment limbo.” We may have heard of the (unofficial) society to which many people in the Church belong called the “Order of Perpetual Discernment.” This is meant to be a funny way of saying “I just can’t seem to make up my mind and pursue a particular vocation.” However, even though the Order of Perpetual Discernment is meant to make light of the situation, this perpetual indecision can be a real problem for

people who want to do with their lives what God has planned. Among the various possible reasons for lack of vocational motivation are: • fear of commitment; • fear of failure; and • self-doubt. Notice that each of these reasons is based on fear or doubt. Neither fear nor doubt is a good impetus for discovering or–in this case–NOT deciding on a vocational path. If God is calling someone to be single–either perpetually as a consecrated single person or for a short time–this will be determined in the same ways that any vocation is determined: through common sense, reflection on one’s life and healthy inclinations, good spiritual direction and above all through prayer. In the end, one who is called to the generous single life will have a real and profound peace about it. If you think God is calling you to live a selfless single life, and have discerned this with the help of a spiritual director, great! Live it with all of your heart! If someone is not certain of their God given vocation, then they should continue to pray and discern. God will tell us with no uncertainty what he wants for our lives if we are generous and open to his invitation. Discernment is designed to assist in discovering why we were created. Feel free to contact me any time you want to discuss what he has in store for you.



‘Undecided’ is not a vocation

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A brother to all they meet Brother Martin McGough, SOLT Contributor

Brother Martin McGough, SOLT is a brother in the Society of Our Lady of the Most Holy Trinity and is assigned to St. Joseph Parish.


onsecrated life is a vocation just as marriage and priesthood. Both men and women can choose to consecrate their lives to Christ as a way to seek an intimate relationship with him. I am a brother with the Society of Our Lady of the Most Holy Trinity (SOLT); a Society of Apostolic Life, a missionary community serving those in deepest apostolic need. Growing up in the northeast of England, as a young man I only knew about priests and nuns. My first role models were diocesan priests who enabled me to start serving the Church. The Church has few vocations to religious brothers. This may be because this vocation is not widely known. One of the priests, who supported me in my vocation, knew that God called me to serve his Church. At the time I thought God was calling me to become a diocesan priest, but that was not the case. Through others’ guidance I felt that God was calling me to be a religious brother. At the time of my discernment, there were several religious brothers that I got to know, including some with the Dominican Order at the Dominican Priory in Newcastle upon Tyne, England. This was my first exposure to religious life. Brothers use their gifts, skills

and experience in the community and mission they serve. The men who inspired me were great brothers. One was a sacristan, another a plumber, another ran a soup kitchen and another served at one of the major hospitals. In the Diocese of Corpus Christi there are only four religious brothers. They use the gifts that God has given them for the glory of God and his people. Brothers serve in many ways, including evangelization, education, healthcare, social work, trades and the arts. Though life as a brother is challenging it is also exciting. I gained many brothers (and sisters) in the Church through my own witness of Christ. As brothers, we use gifts that God has given us. I have the gifts that God gave me as music, administration, sacristan, master of ceremonies and teaching. Before joining SOLTs, I served as an organist both in England and in the United States. I also volunteered with a local hospital in the northeast of England. I wrote a formation program for my community which has been running now for two years.

After serving as a secretary to our regional superior, I moved into pastoral work in a parish in Corpus Christi and mentor younger brothers in formation to become permanent brothers. We have more permanent brothers coming through to serve the people of God in missions. In SOLT, as religious brothers we take the three promises of poverty, chastity and obedience. SOLT members usually live in community and are dedicated to a specific apostolic or missionary task. We serve in ecclesial teams, which comprise of priests, religious and laity serving together. I have been with SOLT for 12 years. I walk with faith loving Jesus, serving him through my witness of brotherhood to all. I encourage any young Catholic man who is single, older than 18-years-of-age and feels called to serve in the vineyard to come and serve the people of God as a priest or as a brother. Talk to your priest or the nearest religious community of men who are serving near where you live. I love being a brother, being in family and being part of a community.



Sister Annette Wagner, IWBS is a sister of the Incarnate Word and Blessed Sacrament.

Celebrating Consecrated Life:

THE GIFT IN ACTION Sister Annette Wagner, IWBS Contributor

“By their fruits you will know them (Mt 7:16).” Jesus’ cautionary comment in the Sermon on the Mount offers a yardstick by which all disciples can measure the trustworthiness of those who claim to be about the work of the Lord. What is the “fruit” that verifies a disciple’s relationship with the Lord? It is the desire to be of service to others. This personal desire is expressed in both enduring dedication and a variety of spontaneous offers of help. Those in consecrated life have the additional aspect of a congregational commitment, which compels and supports them in their life-long focus, and often extends their effectiveness beyond the scope of daily efforts. Historically, every religious congregation was founded with a specific mission in mind. Through this “good work” its members were able to join together to bring Christ’s loving attention to those in need.

During the monastic period of religious life, the dynamic was simple: “We are here; come to us so we can serve you.” And the people did come. They came for medical treatment, food and clothing. They came for instruction in the faith, spiritual counsel and comfort. They came to request prayer and spiritual support. They came for education in literacy as well as the arts and sciences of the day—presently called vocational training. Catechetical ministry, educational efforts, health care, attention to the destitute and marginalized—the desire to serve in these basic areas of concern have remained. Through the centuries the range of these services has expanded to include a greater number of practical endeavors. During the more recent apostolic period of religious life, new congregations answered the ancient call in new ways.


Apostolic orders are so named because—instead of waiting for the people in need to come to them—they go out to find the needy in their own settings. And in doing so, they have often recognized more possibilities in a particular area of service. As a result, aspects and elements in each major area of ministry have expanded. Teaching catechism now includes religious teaching or administering in Catholic schools, parish programs and university and seminary campuses. Health care efforts of religious extend from the not-yetborn to those facing end-of-life issues; addresses both physical and psychological conditions. Attention to the destitute and those on the fringes of society has propelled religious into the streets and refugee camps; into political action and economic advocacy; into public demonstrations and testimony before state, national and international


government agencies. All situations and endeavors their founders probably never dreamed of—and yet would heartily approve as necessary today. Simple efforts to educate, nurse and care-for have developed into national and sometimes international systems. Current societal considerations, governmental requirements and financial practices must be observed or taken into consideration. Proper professional and theological preparation of religious for today’s needs is also a concern. Such are some of the considerations that affect the mission and ministry of today’s religious preparing for service. Just as the appearances and some practices of each ministry have undergone change, so—in many cases—has the appearance of those serving in those ministries. Yet, their commitment has not wavered. Decisions have been made and paths are being pursued because of their desire to follow the Christ who has called them to serve. Moreover, these apostolic congregations do not stand-alone. They have always been accompanied and supported by those religious communities whose mission focuses on providing spiritual support for others through prayer and spiritual counsel, religious communities wielding the power of prayer for others and religious communities addressing the basic, practical needs of others. Such are the means by which consecrated women and men share their gift with the Church, indeed, the whole world.

In Memoriam

Sister Beatrice Cruz, IWBS


September 28, 1932 ~ July 17, 2015

ister Mary Beatrice Cruz, 82, a Sister of the Incarnate Word and Blessed Sacrament, died peacefully at Incarnate Word Convent Friday, July 17. Sister Beatrice, born Michaela Cruz, on Sept. 28, 1932, in Encinal, Texas, was the daughter of Jose Cruz, Sr. and Ignacia Molina Cruz. She resided in Beeville and attended Our Lady of Victory School. On May 30, 1949, Michaela entered Incarnate Word Convent in Corpus Christi and was received as a novice on April 15, 1950, assuming the name Sister Mary Beatrice. She made first profession of vows April 21, 1951 and professed perpetual vows July 31, 1954. Sister Beatrice earned her Bachelor of Arts degree from St. Edward’s University in Austin and a master’s degree in administration from Our Lady of the Lake in San Antonio. Her years of ministry as a Sister included serving in the following schools: Our Lady of Victory in Beeville; Santa Rosa in Benavides; Corpus Christi Cathedral and Sacred Heart in Corpus Christi; Incarnate Word Academy Elementary; and Immaculate Conception in Brownsville. Sister Beatrice served as Religious

Education Coordinator for the Corpus Christi Deanery, and also as DRE at St. Joseph Parish in Donna and at St. Mary, Mother of the Church in Brownsville. From 1989-1993, Sister ministered as Associate Director of Continuing Education and Catechetics for Hispanics in the Diocese of Galveston-Houston. From 1993-2009, she served as Catholic Sister Chaplain, working at MD Anderson Cancer Center, where she ministered to many seriously sick persons and their families. Sister Beatrice was a member of the Catholic Chaplain Corps in the Diocese of Galveston-Houston. For many years, she generously shared her special gift of teaching, giving retreats for adults and junior and senior high school students. Sister Beatrice is survived by her brother Joe Cruz, Jr. and many devoted nieces and nephews. She was preceded in death by her parents and her sisterin-law, Mary Luisa Cruz. She was laid to rest at Rose Hill Cemetery in Corpus Christi.



Administration is part of Sister Agnes Marie’s legacy Sister Julianne Kuntscher, IWBS Contributor


lengthy history of administration in both congregation and school settings is part of Sister Agnes Marie Tengler’s legacy. Sister Agnes Marie is celebrating 70 years of service to consecrated life with the sisters of the Incarnate Word and Blessed Sacrament. She believes that making the Incarnation better known by daily witness and perpetuating Catholic education and other ministries are unique contributions to which the congregation is committed. She trusts that this devotion to Jesus, the Incarnate Word, will continue to make a difference. Sister Agnes Marie, born Margaret Christine, is the daughter of August John Tengler and Agnes Cecilia Whelan Tengler. She was born in Corpus Christi and she, her parents and her brother Alvin were active members of Cathedral Parish. Sister received her formal education at Incarnate Word Academy, being taught by Sisters of the Incarnate Word and Blessed Sacrament. After graduation, she entered the Congregation of the Sisters of the Incarnate Word on Feb. 2, 1944. Sister Agnes Marie, who will celebrate her 70th anniversary of profession of vows this year, made her first profession Aug. 6, 1945, and perpetual profession on Aug. 6, 1948. Sister Agnes Marie earned a

bachelor’s degree from Incarnate Word College in San Antonio, a master’s from the University of Notre Dame in Indiana, which she proudly claims as her Alma Mater. Her postgraduate work took place at the University of Texas in Austin. She served as principal of Incarnate Word Academy from 1962-1968, and registrar from 1976-1984. In the fall of 1984, sister was once again assigned to the office of principal of Incarnate Word Academy and served in that capacity for eight additional years. “Sister and I share a long history, beginning with my first years in the priesthood and our serving on the Diocesan School Board,” Msgr. Richard Shirley said. “In those days our schools were seeking accreditation by the state, something that required a common approach to any number of areas that had been loosely adopted by individual boards. “Her experience in education enabled her to lead the way in the adoption of what would later turn out to be


Sister Agnes Marie Tengler, IWBS

a strong foundation for all of our Catholic schools, and opened the door to our schools being accredited.” Sister Agnes Marie also served as Superior General of her order from 1968-1976 and then as Assistant General from 1976-1984. During the years 1992-2000, she held the office of treasurer general, then served as secretary general from the year 2000-2008. As Superior General, Sister Agnes Marie took an active part in the Leadership Conference of Women Religious, holding the office of secretary-treasurer for Region XII in the 1970s. She was appointed Bishop’s Representative for Religious in the Diocese of Corpus Christi in 1976, and as Chairperson of the Diocesan Development Commission. Sister was a member of the Diocesan Pastoral Center Commission and of the Diocesan Pastoral Council. In 1984, Sister Agnes Marie was honored for outstanding service to the Church, receiving the Papal medal,


Pro-Ecclesia Et Pontifice. During her term as principal of Incarnate Word Academy, the school received recognition as one of 64 private schools in the nation to win the Excellence in Education Award from the United States Department of Education. Sister Agnes Marie received an award from the National Catholic Education Association in 1989 for her contribution to Catholic secondary education. In addition to ministry in Catholic schools, sister dedicated her time and talent to CCD ministry in various locations in the diocese. She coordinated religious education programs and taught at Our Lady of Refuge Parish, St. Paul the Apostle Parish and Holy Cross Parish. Her past involvement in civic and

diocesan organizations includes membership on the Board of Directors to the Coastal Bend Chapter of the American Red Cross, the Red Cross Advisory Council, the Educational Development Office and Governance Task Force, Mission 2000. Sister Agnes Marie was president of the Council of Religious in the Corpus Christi diocese and served on the Incarnate Word School board of directors in Corpus Christi, the Incarnate Word Academy advisory council in Brownsville, Region XII Conference of religious treasurers, the Texas Coalition for Responsible Investment and Villa Maria Senior citizen community board. Listening to music, reading, caring for plants, playing cards in the evening and visiting with friends are

activities, which Sister Agnes Marie enjoys for relaxation. An avid supporter and unofficial “cheerleader” of The Fighting Irish, Notre Dame’s football team, sister watches them on television when her schedule and time allow. “It was always a welcome experience to watch this quiet and elderly nun work her way through marshmallow problems to matters of futuristic concerns and still remain determined to let the light of the Incarnate Word overcome the darkness that still lurks in too many places,” Msgr. Shirley said. “I shall always be grateful to God for calling me to serve him and his people in the consecrated life, a life of love, happiness, and fulfillment,” Sister Agnes Marie said.



Sister Caroline has deep love for her sisters, family and friends Sister Julianne Kuntscher, IWBS Contributor


ister Mary Caroline Fritter, a sister of the Incarnate Word and Blessed Sacrament, believes that her congregation’s unique contribution to the Church is that of carrying out its two-fold mission—adoring the Incarnate Word and evangelizing by proclaiming the mystery of the Incarnation. It has been the order’s unique contribution in the past, at this time in history and it will move it forward in faith through the 21st century, she said. “These last 70 years have been an honor and privilege for me, to be numbered among the Sisters of the Incarnate Word and Blessed Sacrament as we witness to his call. Praised be the Incarnate Word,” Sister Caroline said. Sister Mary Caroline Fritter, baptized Adeline, is the daughter of Sam Fritter and Carrie Odem Fritter. She was born in Corpus Christi and baptized and confirmed in the “old” St. Patrick Cathedral in Corpus Christi. She grew up with two brothers, Joe and David. She received her formal education from the Sisters of the Holy Spirit, Sisters of the Incarnate Word and Sisters of Divine Providence. She attended Incarnate Word Academy, fourth through eighth grades, and freshman through junior years. She spent her senior year in San Antonio, receiving her high school diploma from Our Lady of the

Lake High School. She entered the Congregation of the Sisters of the Incarnate Word and Blessed Sacrament in Corpus Christi on Feb. 2, 1944. She professed temporary vows Aug. 6, 1945, and made perpetual vows three years later on Aug. 6, 1948. Sister earned a Bachelor of Arts degree from Incarnate Word College, San Antonio, and a Master of Arts from the University of Notre Dame. Sister Caroline’s history of ministry includes internal works of the congregation, school administration and teaching in parish and Incarnate Word schools. Her first school assignment was second grade teacher at Incarnate Word Academy in Corpus Christi. In Sinton, sister was assigned to serve as principal and teacher at Sacred Heart School. Other assignments included secondary level religion teacher and assistant librarian at Incarnate Word Academy and chief librarian at Incarnate Word elementary level—a position that she


Sister Mary Caroline Fritter, IWBS filled faithfully for 14-years. She taught Confraternity of Christian Doctrine at Christ the King and St. Patrick parishes in Corpus Christi, Saint Anthony parish in Violet and Sacred Heart of Jesus parish in Odem. In 1981, sister was assigned to serve at Incarnate Word Academy secondary level as computer operator for school records. Sister Caroline offered to utilize her computer skills to help various school organizations, the bookstore manager, the school nurse and the school secretary. Involvement in the works of the Congregation of the Sisters of the Incarnate Word and Blessed Sacrament included serving as an elected delegate during many General Chapters; ministering as local councilor at the motherhouse; being sister-in-charge for six years; serving in the office of elected general councilor on the congregation’s administrative team; working as vocation and formation director for the congregation; and collaborating with other sisters within


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unique contribution to the Church is that of carrying out its twofold mission—adoring the Incarnate Word and evangelizing by proclaiming the mystery of the Incarnation. the community on numerous commissions and committees. For many years, even after having retired from school ministry, Sister Caroline has maintained the motherhouse library, ordering and processing books and periodicals for the sisters’ reading and research needs and offering suggestions regarding helpful reading materials available in the library. Sister Caroline was the first appointed vocation director for the

congregation, and she maintains interest in vocation ministry, praying for and fostering vocations. For many years she has worked with the vocation team, supporting and assisting the team wherever and whenever the need arises. She generously volunteers to lend a helping hand with clerical work and domestic tasks. Her favorite hobbies include reading, nature walks and animals. She is a devoted Notre Dame fan.

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Sister Rosemary Lichnovsky sees Sister Caroline as a daily witness of celebrating her commitment as an Incarnate Word Sister. “Besides her presence at community Mass,” Sister Rosemary said, “Sister Caroline spends hours before the Blessed Sacrament, interceding for community and world needs. She has a deep love for her sisters, family, and friends. Sister Caroline enjoys one-onone conversations and a hearty laugh.

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Mental Health First Aid trains educators, parents to help youth Dayna Mazzei Worchel Correspondent


indy Garcia says knowledge is power when it comes to understanding and working with her middle school students in the Odem Independent School District. She got to put that knowledge to the test in a hands-on exercise in July during a Youth Mental Health First Aid USA class offered through the Behavioral Health Center of Nueces County. The exercise was to illustrate and help people understand what it is like for a young person to have auditory hallucinations, or hear voices speaking, which are not real. As course instructor Ana Salazar played the part of a student, who stood in front of Garcia and tried to have a conversation with her as another class participant whispered continuously in Salazar’s ear. The comments included things like “do you think you can trust her?” or “why is she looking at you?” Garcia found it so distracting, she could not focus on what Salazar was saying. And she experienced firsthand the challenges of what it must be like to live with a mental illness. “How can you concentrate with that? It was hard to pay attention,” Garcia said. Salazar, who is a Licensed Professional Counselor also certified to teach the Mental Health First Aid course, assured the class that the comments being said into her ear were benign.

Teresa Martinez School Health Administrator “Imagine what it’s like for a child,” she told the class. Mental Health First Aid, which was introduced into the U.S. in 2008 from Australia, is an 8-hour course that uses role-playing and simulations to demonstrate how to offer initial help to persons in a mental health crisis. The course is not meant to teach diagnosis of a mental illness, but is designed for immediate first aid for whatever is happening, Salazar said. “It is first aid given until help arrives, just like for physical health,” she said. The classes are usually given once a month at the Behavioral Health Center of Nueces County, although


they can be conducted more frequently. The class given in July consisted of teachers, counselors and case managers from the city of Corpus Christi’s Juvenile Assessment Center. But the class is open to anyone who deals regularly with youth, including parents and grandparents and clergy, Salazar said. There are five things people who take the class are trained to do under the acronym of ALGEE: • Assess for risk of suicide or harm; • Listen non-judgmentally; • Give reassurance and information; • Encourage self help and support; and • Encourage appropriate professional help. There is another similar course, which deals with mental health first aid for adults. Although the cost of the class is free, there are plans in the future to charge a fee for the accompanying paperback book which is


Ana Salazar teaches Mental Health First Aid course at the Behavioral Health Center of Nueces County. The course is open to anyone who works with youth on a daily basis, such as pastors, youth ministers, school teachers, religious education teachers, as well, as parents, grandparents and other family members. Dayna Mazzei Worchel for South Texas Catholic

used in the class, officials said. The class has helped many who deal with youth daily to better prepare if a mental health crisis should happen. Among them is Teresa Martinez, the School Health Administrator for the Diocese of Corpus Christi and a registered nurse. Most of the 19 Catholic schools in the diocese do not have a school nurse, so it is Martinez’s job to train the health coordinators in those schools in CPR and first aid. Martinez took the course in October 2014 and said she recommends that all teachers, counselors and health coordinators take it as well. “Mental health issues are becoming more and more prevalent in our

society and our school communities are not exempt. We have dealt with issues in our schools that range from anxiety, depression and self-harm to suicidal ideation and suicide,” Martinez said. She said she would recommend the training for any job. “I don’t know a single person who is not in some way touched by mental health issues,” Martinez said. The training is also available to private and charter schools. Two years ago, the Texas legislature passed a law which required all public school districts to offer employees who have contact with youth to offer some type of mental health and crisis training. Martha

Garcia, director of mental health services at the Behavioral Health Center of Nueces County, said the mandate was in response to so much school related violence and shootings across the country. “It’s hoped it will prevent a tragedy,” Martha Garcia said. She encourages educators, parents and grandparents to call and take advantage of the summer to enroll in the course. “We won’t turn anyone away,” she said. For more information about Mental Health First Aid, contact Linda Fraser at the Behavioral Health Center of Nueces County at (361) 886-1090.


Parish Hall converted to new sanctuary at Immaculate Conception Church in Gregory after flood damaged old chapel. Rebecca Esparza for South Texas Catholic


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pril 16, 2012 began with rain. As the day progressed, it kept raining. And then it rained some more. Today, parishioners at Immaculate Conception Church in Gregory call it “The Great Flood.” “It was a week after Easter and the church was still decorated with Easter lilies. All the major parish buildings were completely flooded,” recalled David Solis, director of religious education at Immaculate Conception. “We had at least one-and-a-half feet of water inside the church, parish hall, parish office and St. Vincent de Paul Building. Basically, there was water everywhere.” Solis said the parish secretary had a large truck that was able to navigate the flash flood waters, which had devastated the entire community of Gregory. She called Deacon Juan Gomez to inspect the church, since both priests at the time were out of town. “Deacon had a small car, but needed to survey the damage,” Solis recalled. “Next thing we see is Deacon Gomez coming down the road in a canoe. There are just some images you can’t erase from your mind and that would be one of them!” The pastor at the time, Father Raju Thottankara, with the blessing of Bishop Michael Mulvey, decided to convert the

existing parish hall into a new parish church. The biggest barrier to constructing a new church for the community was funding. But as Father James Puthenparambil, current pastor at Immaculate Conception explained, parishioners did not let a lack of money stand in the way of building a new church. “We are not a rich community, but we sacrificed a lot. We had the support of the entire community to make this happen. A new church was a dream of our parishioners,” he said proudly. Construction began on the new church in January 2015. The outside structure is the same, but the inside has been completely rebuilt. Although flood insurance covered repairing the damaged buildings, gutting the old parish hall and transforming it into the new church cost $300,000, which was raised by a grassroots effort by the entire community. “We held fundraisers and all pews were donated, along with all holy vessels



Parishioners turn flooding tragedy into blessing three years later


and vestments,” Father Puthenparambil said. builder, but the crucifix is refurbished from “The new church will also hold more people, the old church, dating back to 1964. Statues with a capacity of 330.” of Joseph and Mary were also restored from Solis, a life-long parishioner, said the buildthe old church. ing is much deserved for the quiet community An official Consecration and Dedication of and believes the new church will help the the new church is planned for Aug. 1, with parish grow. Currently, the church has Bishop Mulvey officiating. A reception and approximately 400 families as parishioners. dinner will follow afterwards. “We’re seeing a lot of new people in our The next phase of renovations for the community, thanks to the increased number church include adding some aesthetic eleFather James of businesses coming into our area, so the ments to the outside, like a steeple and bell Puthenparambil timing is perfect,” he said. “It’s also wontower. Father Puthenparambil does not have derful to see the vision of our former pastor an estimate for the costs of outdoor renovaFather Bob Dunn become a reality 16 years later.” tions, but said the parish Finance Committee needs some The new church is adorned with oak pews from Idaho time to hash out the details. Also set for the future conand an altar of pure marble imported from Italy. The Alpha struction: converting the old church into a new parish hall. and Omega on the altar is infused with striking red marble. Father Puthenparambil said it warms his heart to see a Some of the religious items from the old church have community come together for one goal. made its way to the new church, as well. “When I see the inside of this gorgeous new church, I “Parishioners will recognize our Stations of the Cross think of the many dedicated parishioners who made perthroughout the church,” Solis said. sonal sacrifices to make sure we have an amazing church And if the crucifix over the altar looks familiar, it’s to worship. Now we have a beautiful place to worship because it should. The wood cross is new, handmade by the and can call it home.”

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Members of Msgr. Celestine Murray’s family were present for the 60th anniversary celebration, including, from left, his niece Dr. Niamh Tunney, his brother-in-law Bryan O’Laughlin, his sister Bernadette O’Laughlin and his nephew B.G. O’Laughlin. Mary Cottingham, South Texas Catholic

Msgr. Murray celebrates 60 years in the priesthood Mary Cottingham South Texas Catholic


amily members, friends, clergy and religious attended Msgr. Celestine Murray’s 60th Anniversary celebration on June 19 at St. John Vianney Chapel. Msgr. Murray concelebrated Mass with Bishop Michael Mulvey, Bishop Emeritus Edmond Carmody and a host of priests. Bishop Mulvey thanked Msgr. Murray for his many years of service to the Church and the nation. Msgr. Roger Smith and Msgr. Michael Howell sang liturgical music in a cappella. Msgr. Louis Kihneman presented Msgr. Murray with a proclamation of recognition from the city of Corpus

Christi for all his years of dedicated service to his parishioners. Members of Msgr. Murray’s family were present for the celebration, including his sister and her husband Bernadette and Bryan O’Laughlin, his niece Dr. Niamh Tunney and his nephew B.G. O’Laughlin.

Msgr. Murray has served seven popes and six bishops over the course of his 60 years as a priest in the Diocese of Corpus Christi. His favorite popes were St. John XXIII and now Pope Francis. He was born on April 3, 1931 in Waterford, Ireland. He received his seminary training at St. John’s College


Msgr. Louis Kihneman, left, presented Msgr. Murray with a proclamation of recognition from the city of Corpus Christi for all his years of dedicated service to his parishioners. Bishop Mulvey also shows his appreciation. Mary Cottingham, South Texas Catholic

in Waterford where he was ordained June 19, 1955 in Waterford Cathedral. After he was ordained he and two other priests—Father John McHugh and Father John O’Malley—boarded a ship for New York then traveled by train to serve the Diocese of Corpus Christi. He has served as pastor and associate pastor in many parishes throughout the diocese, including Christ the King, Our Lady of Refuge, St. John of the Cross, St. John Neumann in Laredo–now in the Diocese of Laredo, St. Frances of Rome, Immaculate Conception in Goliad–now in the Diocese of Victoria, St. Gertrude, St. Therese in Woodsboro and St. Anthony in Violet. Msgr. Murray taught religion at Incarnate Word High School; served on the Conference of Christians and Jews; was Dean of the Kingsville Deanery; served as director of Catholic Boy Scouts; was on the National Committee on Scouting; was a Pro-Synodal Examiner; served on the Senate of Priests; was an advocate of the Diocesan Tribunal; served on the Personnel Board; was chaplain of the Knights of Columbus, Council 1202; and served as chaplain of the Serra Club in Kingsville. Known for his talent at fundraising, Msgr. Murray has been a generous contributor to the Mother Teresa Shelter and a local Catholic school. “I think my greatest gift is preaching,” Msgr. Murray said. “I did the best with what I had.”


Retired now at age 84, Msgr. Murray still celebrates daily Mass at the St. John Vianney Retirement Home for Priests. “I’m blessed to be here and am spending some happy days here. People are so kind,” he said. “This will probably be the last time we see each other,” Msgr. Murray said, while addressing those who came to his Mass of thanksgiving. “Nineteen of us were ordained back then and five are still living. Most of my family has gone back to God. I don’t know where all the years have gone. It went by so fast.” “You will see us, from another vantage point perhaps, but you will see us,” Bishop Mulvey said. “In the early days of our journey in the priesthood our heart is firmly planted in love of the Lord and service to his Church. Sixty years brings many joys, friends and many accomplishments. Msgr. I ask you to return to that first love, which is Jesus Christ, the treasure we long for in eternal life.”

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obert Reed wants to save the world. “At least as much of it as I can,” he said, brushing tears from his eyes as he spoke with passion about the support group for drug and alcohol addicts he founded five years ago called Broken Chains. And the people who attend his 12-step meetings, in the style of Alcoholics and Narcotics Anonymous, want to be saved too. They think highly of the Christ-centered Broken Chains group and of the leadership of Reed, 71, who struggled with his own drug and alcohol addictions as the result of a family tragedy. Anita Cisneros said she began drinking when she was an adult, and that she did not feel worthy of God’s love. She was raised Catholic, and a deacon at her church led her to Reed and his group. Life has completely changed for her now, Cisneros said. She began her recovery at Charlie’s Place Recovery Center and has continued it through Broken Chains. Cisneros said she never believed her recovery would be a lifelong process. But she is happy with all of the support she receives. “Robert has seen me grow. I now have a lot of support and I am well, body, mind and spirit,” she said. Broken Chains started out as a ministry at Most Precious Blood Parish in Corpus Christi in 2010 because some parishioners asked about having a 12-step group there, Reed said. Although the group no longer meets at the church, Father Bob Dunn, priest at Most Precious Blood, said they provide

Robert Reed moral and some financial support. He credits Reed with doing all the work to get Broken Chains started and sustaining it. Reed, who said he is in the process of filing paper work to make the organization a nonprofit 501 (c) (3), provides much of the financial support from his own income. “I have a lot of people and companies who say they want to contribute, but they say we must officially have 501 (c) (3) status first,” Reed said. He expects Broken Chains to achieve that status soon. Father Dunn said some people need that spiritual relationship with Christ that Broken Chains helps provide.

“For those who have a friendship with the Lord, a part of the freedom from addiction is healing from past hurts and Christ is a healer. It helps some people more to know that Jesus is a reality and not just an idea. He’s a living, vibrant Messiah,” Father Dunn said. Reed’s own story began with drug and alcohol use after a family tragedy 46 years ago. He declined to discuss specifics of what happened, but said he went from a “nice home and family” to living homeless in the backseat of a car for a time. Reed said he tried to get clean and re-married. But he still struggled. “I heard my wife praying for me to turn around,” he said. He said he had a spiritual awakening and healing on March 8, 2008 at a weekend Catholic retreat after his wife, Belen Reed, had encouraged him to go. He said Father Eduardo Montemayor, SOLT director of evangelization with the Diocese of Corpus Christi at the time, asked for those who wanted healing to come forward. Reed did, and his life was changed. “I lay prostrate on the floor, crying, saying I needed to make changes,” Reed said. Father Montemayor assured Reed that God would forgive Reed’s mistakes.



Broken Chain heals and inspires

Robert Reed leads class in 12-step addiction program at the Molina Neighborhood Center. Dayna Mazzei Worchel for South Texas Catholic

Reed started Broken Chains two years later. Word spread and Broken Chains has grown beyond the walls of Most Precious Blood Church. Meetings are at 8 p.m. on Tuesdays, Thursdays and Fridays at the Molina Neighborhood Center on Horne Road in Corpus Christi. The group’s outreach ministry now also includes the Nueces County Substance Abuse Treatment Facility, both the men’s and women’s units. Reed goes to the facility numerous times during the week to lead the support group along with a few volunteers and also brings people from the facility to the Molina Neighborhood Center for meetings. After judges sentence them, individuals are confined to the Substance Abuse Treatment Facility for six months to one year at a time for non-violent, drug-related offenses. The treatment facility is separate from the Nueces County Jail. The toughest part for those who go through the treatment process at the facility is when they are released, Reed said. The individuals want to stay clean, but they do not get the support they need from family and friends who still

use drugs and alcohol. “They get pressured by the old ways,” he said, adding that he feels like many of the people in Broken Chains meetings are like his children because he grows attached and gets to know them well. People like Alex Alvarado and Greg Reinhart say it is Reed and the group’s spiritual approach which are helping them the most. Both are confined to the Nueces County Substance Abuse Treatment Facility for drug-related offenses and have found help for themselves through attending meetings. Alvarado said he had never participated in religious-related or spiritual group before, but now finds it valuable. “This helps a lot more than being in jail,” he said. Reinhart said he has had a spiritual awakening since meeting with Broken Chains. His original sobriety date was in 2011, but said he relapsed and “fell away from Christ.” He has since started his recovery process once more and credits Reed with giving him the tools to do so. “I’m very proud to be a part of his team,” Reinhart said.


Recovery programs such as Broken Chains can be crucial when it comes to helping people not re-offend. A 2012 article published in “Governing” magazine stated that a Council of State Governments Justice Center study showed Texas recidivism rates fell 11 percent in recent years for prisoners released in 2007 because of rehabilitation and treatment programs. Reed said he could use a little help leading his group. He said he needs good Christian sponsors who have had previous experience with drug and alcohol addiction and who have been clean more than a year. He prefers to call them Catholic mentors who can help mentor those in the group into a new way of life. And he encourages them to come help out in their own community. “They have to understand how badly they are needed,” Reed said. He said he knows God did not start using him until late in life. God did not begin using Abraham until Abraham was 75, Reed said. “I know I love what the Lord has done for me and I want to share,” Reed said.


Father Walsh ministered to the whole family, not just disabled Alfredo E. Cárdenas South Texas Catholic


en years after his death, protégés of Redemptorist priest Father David Walsh are carrying on with his mission of bringing Christ to the deaf and disabled in the Diocese of Corpus Christi.

While they move forward, Celia Méndez and Aurora Martínez could use some help from their brothers and sisters in Christ. On Sunday, Aug. 2, at 11 a.m., the Office of Ministry and Life Enrichment for the Disabled is hosting a “Celebration of Life” in memory of Father Walsh. Bishop Michael Mulvey will celebrate Mass at the Immaculate Conception Chapel on the campus of St. John Paul II High School, followed by a program at the school’s Cafetorium. Father Walsh was renowned in the national Catholic community for his pioneering work with the deaf. He was called “a fiery advocate on behalf of Catholics who were deaf or hearing impaired.” For more than half a century—until his death in 2005 at the age of 85—he served the deaf and disabled. For 33 years, from 1947 to 1980, he headed programs for the deaf in the Archdioceses of New Orleans,

Detroit and Chicago and several national organizations for the deaf. It was Father Walsh who founded the National Catholic Office for the Deaf in 1971. The organization annually awards the “Rev. David Walsh Pastoral Worker of the Year Award” to individuals, organizations or companies that have contributed significant dedication, support and assistance to deaf Catholics.

Before coming to Corpus Christi he had conducted programs for the deaf in five continents, every state of the United States and every province in Canada. Father Walsh arrived in Corpus Christi on Sept. 3, 1980 in response to Bishop Thomas J. Drury’s interest in establishing an office for the deaf. A community of Redemptorist priests was established in the diocese at Our Lady of Perpetual Help and

Father David Walsh signs with deaf children. Photo courtesy of Catholic Charities of Corpus Christi colorized by Marry Cottingham, South Texas Catholic


had hosted the first “interpreted Mass” for the deaf on Feb. 3, 1980. A fellow Redemptorist, Father Walsh accepted the invitation from Bishop Drury to come to Corpus Christi to become coordinator of the Diocesan Program for the Deaf sponsored by the Knights of Columbus. He saw it as an opportunity to “get back to person-to-person ministry.” Father Walsh estimated that there

were some 300 families in the diocese with deaf family members and set out to find them. Once he identified them he enlisted their help in developing a “practical ministry.” His approach was centered on families and involved oneto-one outreach. “He was very strong about getting the whole family involved,” said Méndez, who is the current director of the Office of Ministry and Life


Enrichment for the Disabled and who was mentored by Father Walsh from a young age. She said Father Walsh would take the needed time with home visits, ministering to the needs of the entire family. It was not long before he was teaching the deaf about the sacraments and holding communion and confirmation celebrations for them. “He brought religion to people who didn’t know

God and on their level. He brought God to their lives,” Méndez said. Father Walsh often said that the Church needed to follow the example of Christ when ministering to the deaf and disabled. He impressed on the deaf and disabled that God loved them and that they were “unique,” there was no one else like them. Not long after arriving in Corpus Christi, Father Walsh proposed to

Bishop Drury the establishment of an Office for the Handicap, but due to budgetary constraints the idea was put on hold. In 1983, Bishop Rene Gracida established the Diocesan Office for the Disabled and asked Father Walsh to run it, to which he readily agreed. In addition to the commitment from the Knights, Father Walsh secured the support of the Order of the Alhambra, a fraternity of Catholic men serving the

Father David Walsh and staff with deaf and disabled brothers and sisters after first Communion Mass. Photo courtesy of Catholic Charities of Corpus Christi


Father David Walsh celebrates Mass with deaf children at Immaculate Conception Chapel. Photo courtesy of Catholic Charities of Corpus Christi

developmentally disabled. He soon took his program to every corner of the diocese, establishing programs in Beeville, Kingsville, Sinton, Taft, Falfurrias, Alice and Mathis. A strong believer in providing transportation for the deaf and disabled he and his staff were often on the road making home visits and transporting people to classes, picnics, etc. The Office for the Disabled began offering classes on religious education, Masses, a Cursillo for the deaf, a “Living and Learning” program, summer camps, picnics and an annual “Spiritual Olympics.” Méndez and Martínez, both trained by Father Walsh, today staff the office serving the deaf and disabled, which is under the auspices of Catholic Charities. Martínez works part time although both are quick to point out that serving the deaf and disabled in not a “part time job.” They rely on the help of a handful of volunteers.

As the years passed, after Father Walsh’s retirement in 2003, the demands on the office increased but the staff decreased. As a consequence reaching out to the outer regions of the diocese has proved challenging and sustaining all the programs has not been possible. One program that is no longer around is the Spiritual Olympics, but Méndez hopes to bring it back. Father Patrick Higgins, chaplain for the deaf and disabled, celebrates Mass every Sunday at the Immaculate Conception Chapel. He, however, is not assigned fulltime to the program, as was Father Walsh. Méndez and Martinez prepare the deaf and disabled for first communion and confirmation, which are conferred at Immaculate Conception Chapel and registered at nearby Most Precious Blood parish. They can serve the deaf and disabled and their immediate families (brothers and sister) but not their extended family (cousins), which are


referred back to their home parish. “We need to be in a parish,” Méndez said. “We cannot baptize the extended family, even though they attend Mass at Immaculate Conception with their families. It is important for us to belong to a parish.” The focus must be on the sacraments, Méndez said. “Many parents don’t realize that their children can receive the sacraments because they (the children) cannot understand. But they can,” Méndez said. “A lot of people are not aware but they can take communion classes.” “This ministry can really grow. The need is there. There are a lot of people that are homebound. We get calls all the time,” Méndez said. Anyone wishing to volunteer with the Office of Ministry and Life Enrichment for the Disabled should call Méndez at (361) 884-0651, ext. 1226, or email her at cmendez@diocesecc. org.



A guided ‘walking’ tour of Corpus Christi Cathedral Alfredo E. Cárdenas South Texas Catholic


fter 75 years, the Holy Trinity still welcomes the faithful to Corpus Christi Cathedral and invites them in to receive the Eucharist. Named after the Body of Christ, the Eucharist is a dominant theme in the Cathedral’s architectural theme. Writing to the faithful on Dec. 17, 1939, Bishop Emmanuel Ledvina said of the Cathedral, “The interior of the building will offer a study of the beauties of our Church in the dim religious light, the outlines of symmetry, harmony and regularity. All that the eye will behold will be a silent, but powerful speech that will pierce the heart. “They will tell of things divine; they will teach things of heaven, of God’s unity, of his Divinity, of the Trinity, of the Three in One, of the Incarnation, of the union of God and man in Jesus Christ, of the Blessed Sacrament and the other Sacraments; of Mary Immaculate, of the life of the Savior, of his works and

miracles: of the dying Son of God, of his resurrection, of his ascension in to heaven; of Gospel scenes and incidents. Mute eloquence will meet the eye wherever it casts a glance.” People who regularly attend Mass at the Cathedral perhaps have gotten used to the surroundings and no longer notice all the beauty around them. People who occasionally attend Mass at the Cathedral may have wondered about the meaning of all the beautiful artwork. People who have never been to the Cathedral have no idea what they are missing. This article, and subsequent articles in future issues, will serve as a “walking” tour of the Cathedral. Clearly, the reader will not be walking through the

Chalice and a host

Bishop Garriga’s seal

Bishop Ledvina’s seal




Statues of the Sorrowful Mother and of St. Anthony of Padua, carved from Italian Carrera marble, are found on either side of the narthex. Cathedral but let your imagination do the walking. When you next visit the Cathedral bring this article along and go ahead and make it a real walking tour. The tour—any tour—starts on the outside. As you approach the front entrance of Corpus Christi Cathedral on Upper Broadway, visitors will first notice the Spanish Colonial Revival style used in the construction. “Glazed terra cotta roofed domes, rosette wrought iron grill work, spiral turned stone columns, copper doors, stone urns on dome bases and turned stones finials, red clay tile roof, and open bell towers catch the eye.” Two bell towers shoot up into the heavens. The taller of the two has a 32-bell-carillon, and a clock on each of its four walls. The shorter tower houses three bells, which originally hung at St. Patrick’s Cathedral. On the front wall, overlooking the city’s downtown, are the episcopal crests of Bishop Ledvina and Coadjutor Bishop Mariano Garriga, who directed the

design and construction of the Cathedral. Looking further up, to the top center of the front wall, the visitor can see a chalice and a host, representative of the Eucharistic theme found throughout the Cathedral. People can enter the Cathedral through one of three doors, representing the Holy Trinity. Above the doors are three windows, also symbolic of the Holy Trinity. The inside of the Cathedral is designed in what typically is called a “basilica,” from the Greek “basileus”


A bronze bust of Bishop Ledvina is featured off the center door. meaning “king.” The Cathedral is the Lord’s dwelling and the description of it as a basilica is appropriate. As one enters the narthex, the anteroom before entering the Cathedral, they will first notice walls of polished grey granite. Saltillo tile covers the floor and the ceiling is covered with plaster Greek moldings. Statues of St. Anthony of Padua and the Sorrowful Mother, carved from Italian Carrera marble, are found on either side of the narthex. St. Anthony is the patron saint of the Archdiocese


The window located on the middle door leading into the nave has the crest of the diocese, three ciboria, which also represent the coat of arms for the diocese. The other two have depictions of wheat and grapes signifying the bread and blood of Christ.

of San Antonio to which the Diocese of Corpus Christi belonged at the time. The Virgin Mary is holding her crucified son. This statute of the Blessed Mother was the focus of many novenas prayed for local men who lost their lives during World War II when the Cathedral was built. A bronze bust of Bishop Ledvina is featured off the center door opening into the nave. As in the entrance to the narthex, three doors provide access to the nave. The window located on the

middle door leading into the nave has the crest of the diocese, three ciboria, which also represent the coat of arms for the diocese. The other two have depictions of wheat and grapes signifying the bread and blood of Christ. The stained glass over the central exterior door depicts the Blessed Sacrament with two thuribles of incense. After relishing the beauty and meaning of the elements in the Narthex, the visitor is ready to continue to be amazed by the magnificence and significance of what awaits them

Crest of the diocese

Wheat and grapes

inside the nave. (Editor’s note: In subsequent issues we will lead our readers into the Cathedral and see and learn about the many marvels inside.)

Two thuribles of incense over the central exterior door. Photos by Mary Cottingham, South Texas Catholic


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Esposas de Cristo, hijas de la Iglesia Luisa Scolari Corresponsal


l lunes 6 de Julio se inicio un curso de verano atendiendo al llamado del Papa Francisco del “Año de la vida consagrada”. El curso, “Esposas de Cristo hijas de la Iglesia”, fue organizado por el Consejo de Superioras Mayoras de Religiosas en las instalaciones del Centro de Retiro de Pax Christi, en Corpus Christi. La celebración se inicio con la celebración de la Santa Misa oficiada por el muy reverendo padre Mons. Louis Kihneman III, vicario general de la Diócesis de Corpus Christi. El curso fue impartido en español y tuvo una duración de dos semanas. Durante ese tiempo las religiosas participantes aprendieron temas históricos y la vida de santidad de los padres de la Iglesia, inclusivo eruditos, obispos y santos preeminentes y autores de textos perdurables. Las tareas ayudaron a las religiosas a profundizar los misterios de la fe para impartirlas a nuevas generaciones de creyentes. Las lecciones fueron entretejidas en el Catecismo de la Iglesia Católica

La hermana Theotokos Adams, SSVM hace presentación a grupo de religiosas que se juntaron en el centro de retiros Pax Christi. Luisa Scolari para South Texas Catholic

y en la Liturgia Universal de la Iglesia. Los objetivos de las lecciones era, primero, reconocer la contribución de los padres de la Iglesia en la vida contemporánea en cuanto a las enseñanzas de la Iglesia, su Liturgia y la vida consagrada. También, para poder identificar los padres de la Iglesia en su contexto histórico y familiarizarse con sus biografías. Mas, acceder a los textos originales de los padres de la Iglesia para una formación intelectual, teologal y espiritual continua de la religiosa. Por fin, experimentar la comunión eclesial en el espíritu de Santa Teresa de Jesús quien proclamó “Soy hija de la Iglesia”. AUGUST-SEPTEMBER 2015  |  SOUTH TEXAS CATHOLIC  37  


La Madre Ephesus Baird, SSVM, junta con la Hermana Guadalupe María Cervantes, PCI, sirvieron como coordinadoras de el retiro. Luisa Scolari pare South Texas Catholic

Los doctores de la Iglesia que estudiaron las religiosas fueron: San Clemente Romano, San Ambrosio, San Policarpo, San Jerónimo, San Ignacio de Antioquía, San Agustín, San Justino Mártir, San Juan Crisóstomo, San Ireneo de Lyon, San León Magno, San Cipriano, San Gregorio Magno, San Atanasio, Los Padres Capadocios, San Basilio Magno, San Gregorio de Nacianzo y San Gregorio de Niza. El curso además de lo anterior, tuvo la intención de llevar a las asistentes a profundizar y reflexionar en su llamado y en el misterio de su vocación. El Papa Francisco les ha pedido que aprendan a ser expertas de la comunión y que la caridad fraternal las lleve a ser mujeres de diálogo con los que están dentro y fuera de la Iglesia. Porque la vocación como esposas de Cristo e hijas de la Iglesia las llama a esta gran tarea. Seguir a Jesucristo por la vida religiosa requiere que aprendan y estudian

la vida y escritos antiguos para tener la luz de Cristo y la fuerza del Espíritu Santo para poder cumplir mejor con la tarea y vocación dentro de la Iglesia. Las maestras encargadas de impartir las diferentes clases del curso fueron: Hermana Teresa Gómez de las Hermanas Mercedarias del Santísimo Sacramento de San Antonio, Madre María Theotokos Adams de las Servidoras del Señor y de la Virgen de Matara de Washington DC y la Hermana Mary Ann Spanjers de las Hermanas de la Tercera Orden de San Francisco de Milwaukee, Wisconsin. Las religiosas participantes en este curso fueron: • Dominicas de Santo Tomás de Aquino y de Santa Cecilia de Nashville: Sor María Elena Banderas y Sor Jane Dominic. • Instituto Pax Christi: Sor Alicia García, Sor Isabel López, Sor Mercedes Martínez, Sor Margarita María Muñoz, Sor Wendy Rodríguez, Sor Josefina Pájaro, Sor Gloria Salinas y Sor Guadalupe Licea. • Siervas de María, Ministras de los enfermos: Sor Cristina Bocanegra Delgado, Sor Marta Cardona, Sor Mercedes Escamilla, Sor Silvia Gurrusquieta Molina, Sor Lourdes Nieto Nieves, Sor Beatriz Pardo Ortega, Sor Mónica Quintero Dávila, Sor Angélica Ramos y Sor Dorian Salvador Mercado. • Servidoras del Señor y de la Virgen de Matara: Sor María In Inatzin Moreno, Sor Regina Zambrano Borja, Madre Ephesus Baird y Madre María Theotokos Adams. • Hermanas Mercedarias del


Santísimo Sacramento: Sor Teresa Gómez. • Hermanas Pobres Bonaerenses de San José: Sor María Rosa Reyes Suárez. • Hermanas de la Tercera Orden de San Francisco: Sor Mary Ann Spanjers. • Misioneras del Sagrado Corazón: Sor Sandra Parra. El día 11 llevaron a las hermanas a recorrer el paseo de las Misiones de San Antonio, en donde en la Misión de Concepción el padre Eliodoro Lucatero, quien es el liturgista de la Arquidiócesis de San Antonio celebro una misa. Después visitaron el Museo de San Juan Pablo Segundo en el Seminario de la Asunción en San Antonio en donde se encuentran reliquias de San Juan Pablo II. Los encargados de atender y proveer los alimentos para las religiosas asistentes al curso fueron: Rolando de la Rosa, Cruz Félix y Henry Alemán de Nuestra Señora del buen Consuelo y Steve Childers, Amy Polly, Roger Polly y Jesse Rivera de Santa Gertrudis. Quienes amablemente venían diariamente desde Kingsville con los ingredientes a preparar los alimentos y atender a las religiosas. Y lo hacían con una gran alegría hacienda que en el comedor se viviera un ambien te de compañerismo, en donde se hablaba desde sus lugares de origen hasta los temas aprendidos en clase.

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El crecimiento de los hispanos y la diversidad cultural presentan problemas a vencer, dice orador Carol Baass Sowa

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na de “las señales más críticas y quizá dramáticas” de nuestro tiempo es “el tremendo crecimiento de la población hispana”, dijo Arturo Chávez, presidente ejecutivo del Mexican American Catholic College (MACC) en San Antonio. Tal crecimiento le presenta a la Iglesia Católica problemas a vencer a fin de satisfacer las necesidades pastorales de los hispanos, pero también para cultivar dirigentes de esa misma población, dijo en el discurso principal en un simposio que duró todo un día y cuyo tema fue la dirigencia hispana y filantropía en la iglesia del siglo XXI. Esta reunión, primera en su clase, atrajo a la ciudad de San Antonio, Texas, a dirigentes hispanos y a otros dirigentes católicos provenientes de todas partes del país, el 25 de junio y la Universidad del Verbo Encarnado brindó su hospitalidad para que se realizara el evento. También el evento fue auspiciado por Foundations and Donors Interested in Catholic Activities, o FADICA; el National Leadership Roundtable on Church Management; y MACC. Chávez dijo que se calcula una cifra de 54 millones de hispanos en los Estados Unidos, aunque el número real es más alto, dijo, y más de la mitad de personas de ese grupo son menores de 30 años. Esta población aumenta no solamente en San Antonio, sino también en pequeños centros como Kentucky, Arkansas y otras comunidades, en donde las parroquias pasan dificultades para responder a nivel. “Tres cuartos de fieles de la iglesia son menores de 25 años,

Yelixa Hernández, miembro del Grupo de Jóvenes Hispanos, ayuda a recoger donaciones durante la Misa en la Iglesia de San Willebrord en Green Bay, Wisconsin. Los hispanos no son “un problema a resolver”, pero son una bendición para la iglesia, dijo un profesor en el análisis de un reciente estudio de la universidad de Boston. Sam Lucero para Catholic News Service

son hispanos y la tendencia continúa”, añadió. Haciendo notar que el término “hispano” solamente se usa en los Estados Unidos, explicó que en otras partes la gente se hace llamar, de acuerdo con el país de origen, cubanos, ecuatorianos, etc. Durante el simposio, el término “hispano” y “latino” se utilizaron en forma intercambiable. “El estereotipo es de que este grupo es monolítico”, dijo, “cuando de hecho somos un grupo de personas muy diversas cultural y racialmente, unidos en forma un tanto suelta por algunos elementos comunes de nuestra historia y de nuestra cultura”. AUGUST-SEPTEMBER 2015  |  SOUTH TEXAS CATHOLIC  39  

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Supreme Court Justice Eva Guzman will speak at Red Mass Oct. 1 Texas Supreme Court Justice Eva Guzman will be the keynote speaker at the Diocese of Corpus Christi’s annual Red Mass to be held at Corpus Christi Cathedral on Thursday, Oct. 1, at 6 p.m. Justice Guzman is the first Hispanic woman elected to statewide office in Texas having been elected to a full term in November 2010, after she was appointed to serve on the Supreme Court of Texas by Governor Rick Perry in 2009. She has served at three levels of the Texas judiciary. She began her judicial service on the 309th District Court in Harris County, after an appointment

by then-Governor George W. Bush. Justice Guzman then served for almost a decade on the Houston-based 14th Court of Appeals. Now in her 15th year on the bench, Justice Guzman has consistently received high marks in judicial evaluation polls. The Red Mass is a time-honored custom to recognize the judicial community. This tradition continues today in the Diocese of Corpus Christi, as a time for members of the legal community and for all the faithful to come together and pray for the cause of justice.

Texas Supreme Court Justice Eva Guzman

Bishop Jacobs will keynote Charismatic Renewal Unity is the theme of the Catholic Charismatic Renewal Conference to be held in the Diocese of Corpus Christi on Saturday, Oct. 24, at St. Patrick Parish located at 3350 South Alameda Street in Corpus Christi. The conference will include a “healing service,” praise and worship and alabanza y adoración. “The Spirit is within every one who wishes to be helped to open wide the door to make him flourish again. May

the Lord accompany you in this mission, always with the Bible in hand, always with the Gospel in your pocket, with the Word of Christ,” Pope Francis said to the meeting of members of the Charismatic Renewal who were gathered on the occasion of the 38th Italian National Convocation held in Rome July 3-4. Bishop Michael Mulvey will initiate the conference with a celebration of

Mass at 8 a.m. Bishop Emeritus Sam Jacobs of the Diocese Houma-Thibodaux, Louisiana will be the keynote speaker. Other “dynamic and inspiring” speakers will make presentations in English and Spanish. Tickets are $10 pre-sale and $15 at the door. Children 12 and under participate at no cost. For more information on this year’s conference, call (361) 850-3281 or (361) 852-3692.

Thank you

Bishop Michael Mulvey and his family wish to extend their gratitude to the

Diocese of Corpus Christi for the many expressions of condolences and prayers. May the soul of Marjorie Mulvey (Dec. 18, 1923~July14, 2015) and the faithful departed, through the Mercy of God, rest in peace.


The faithful in the Diocese of Corpus Christi raised $110,031.37 to aid in the efforts of disaster relief resulting from the torrential rains and flooding in the Texas Hill Country community of Wimberley in the Diocese of Austin. Bishop Michael Mulvey asked that a

special collection be taken at all Masses in the diocese the weekend of May 30-31. “The people of the Diocese of Corpus Christi have responded generously to the terrible tragedy of the floods and loss of lives, some of whom were from Corpus Christi,” Bishop Mulvey

said. The collection has been sent to the Diocese of Austin. Bishop Mulvey wrote to Bishop Joe Vasquez that he hoped “this charitable contribution will assist some of the needs of those who lost so much.”

Annual Rosary Fest 2015 will be held on Oct. 7 Our Lady of the Rosary Church, located at 1123 Main Drive in Corpus Christi, is getting ready for Rosary Fest 2015, an annual celebration that provides the faithful an opportunity to express their devotion to Our Lady of the Rosary. The daylong event will open with Mass at 8 a.m. on Oct. 7.

Prayer services, novena prayers and Rosary devotions will be held hourly for the remainder of the day, culminating with a “Living Rosary” at 5 p.m. followed by Mass and a fellowship dinner. Father Gabriel P. Coelho, pastor at Our Lady of the Rosary invites people to pray for various needs of the

Appreciation from Msgr. Morgan Rowsome’s Family The family of Father Morgan wishes to thank Bishop Mulvey, Bishop Carmody and the Diocese of Corpus Christi for the love and support we received from you during the time of his death. Your goodness was felt by us and we knew we were surrounded by your prayers. To the bishops, priests, religious and the people of the diocese who came to pray with us at the Funeral Mass, we thank you. And to those who sent Mass cards and sympathy cards, they were received with grateful hearts. Father Morgan loved being a priest in the Diocese of Corpus Christi and he cherished the years he spent there. He was proud of his brother priests, the communities he served and the good work that continues to be done in your diocese. Corpus Christi will continue to hold a special place in our hearts and we will continue to pray for you and your diocese in years to come.

May He Rest In Peace

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Bishop’s Mother passed away in Corpus Christi Marjorie Jane (Patterson) Mulvey, 91, mother of Bishop Michael Mulvey of Corpus Christi, died, July 14, in Corpus Christi where she lived for the past two-and-a-half-years. A viewing and funeral Liturgy for Mrs. Mulvey was held July 16 at Corpus Christi Cathedral. A Funeral Vigil was held later that evening at Earthman’s Funeral Home in Houston. Mass of Christian burial was celebrated on Friday, July 17, at St. Cecilia’s Catholic Church in Houston. Burial followed at Forest Park Lawndale Cemetery in Houston. She is survived by her children, Daniel H. Mulvey III (Mary) of Irving, Bishop Mulvey, Martha Ann Currie (Scott) of Irving, John C. Mulvey (Carol) of Dallas, and Timothy J. Mulvey (Tonja) and Kim P. Mulvey (Julie), both of Georgetown; 13 grandchildren and six great-grandchildren; her sister, Joyce E. Collun of Houston; and numerous nieces, nephews and extended family. AUGUST-SEPTEMBER 2015  |  SOUTH TEXAS CATHOLIC  43  


Diocese of Corpus Christ sends $110,031 to Diocese of Austin to help Wimberley flood victims


Five Texas missions, including the Alam By Catholic News Service


he five centuries-old Spanish missions in Texas—newly declared as World Heritage Sites by a U.N. agency–”have helped to shape the face of San Antonio,” Archbishop Gustavo García-Siller said. “They are still a haven of culture and history,” he said. “We especially value that they continue as active parishes of the archdiocese, where hundreds of families on the city’s south side continue to gather for prayer within the original walls, which many dedicated persons have worked to preserve over the years.” San Antonio’s archbishop made the remarks a day after UNESCO announced the San Antonio Missions met certain criteria to receive the agency’s recognition as World Heritage Sites. The missions are: San José, Concepción, San Juan, Espada and San Antonio de Valero, better known as the Álamo. They join a list of more than a thousand properties designated as World Heritage Sites, including the Grand Canyon, Yosemite National Park and the Statue of Liberty in the U.S., the prehistoric Stonehenge monument in England and the Angkor Wat temple complex in Cambodia. The UNESCO website explained the criterion the missions met for such a designation: “to exhibit an important interchange of human values, over a span of time or within a cultural area of the world, on developments in architecture or technology, monumental arts, town-planning or landscape design.” They were constructed by Spanish missionaries in the 1700s and “illustrate the Spanish Crown’s efforts to colonize, evangelize and defend the northern frontier of New Spain,” the site said. They also feature “architectural


and archaeological structures, farmlands, residencies, churches and granaries, as well as water distribution systems.” The five frontier mission complexes can be found along the San Antonio River basin in southern Texas. The missions were the only submission for world heritage status this year from the United States. “The San Antonio Missions are also an example of the interweaving of Spanish and Coahuiltecan cultures, illustrated by a variety of features, including the decorative elements of churches, which combine Catholic symbols with indigenous designs inspired by nature,” it said. According to a February 2014 story in Today’s Catholic, newspaper of the San Antonio Archdiocese, the process for nominating the San Antonio Missions for the designation took more than seven years. A compelling package of material had to be compiled to make the case that San Antonio’s 18th-century string of mission complexes met UNESCO’s criteria. The final 344-page dossier included highly detailed maps, photos, slides, plans and extracts, along with extensive bibliography and glossary and was accompanied by audio-visual materials. It all detailed all of the properties’ history, authenticity, integrity, state of conservation, management and guidelines for protection and monitoring. The materials were sent in January 2014 to the Paris headquarters of UNESCO’s World Heritage Committee. A final step in the process was an on-site inspection.

Mission Valero photo by Cqui, Licensed under CC BY-SA 2.5 All other missions taken by Travis Witt Licensed under CC BY-SA 3.0



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South America, Cuba-U.S. trips show heart of pope’s faith Cindy Wooden Catholic News Service


ith almost every step Pope Francis takes on his foreign trips and with his every embrace, he pleads for dialogue and inclusion. His point is demonstrated first of all in the events he personally insists be included in his itinerary, whether in South America July 5-12, or for his upcoming trip to Cuba and the United States. His denunciations of a “throwaway culture”—cultures in which certain people and most material goods are deemed disposable—are passionate and well explained in his speeches and writings. Visiting Ecuador, Bolivia and Paraguay, he fulfilled diplomatic obligations by meeting with the nations’ presidents and posing for photos with their families. He also gave each of them copies of his exhortation “The Joy of the Gospel,” which contains large sections about the moral obligations of political and economic power, as well as copies of “Laudato Si’,” his new encyclical on protecting the environment. The formality of the meetings gave way quickly, though, to the heart of his trip: visits with residents of a home for the indigent elderly in Ecuador, a prison in Bolivia and a poor settlement in Paraguay. He also made unscheduled stops in Paraguay at a women’s prison and at the St. Rafael Foundation, which cares for poor patients with AIDS and cancer, runs

centers for abandoned and abused children and homes for the elderly. In many ways, the pope’s decision to travel first to Cuba in September before arriving in the United States is the same kind of choice, said Jesuit Father Antonio Spadaro, editor of the influential journal, La Civilta Cattolica. “The two great ‘excluded ones’ on the September trip are Cuba and the prisoners” Father Spadaro said. The pope is scheduled to visit at the Curran-Fromhold Correctional Facility in northeast Philadelphia. The U.S. leg of the trip also will include meetings with homeless people in Washington Sept. 24 and with children and immigrant families at a Catholic school in Harlem when he visits New York Sept. 25. The choices are not casual and the meetings are not private. The informal and spontaneous Pope Francis obviously enjoys the informal and spontaneous atmosphere the meetings usually have, but it also is clear he truly believes the heart of the Gospel


is revealed best in the enduring faith of the poor and disadvantaged. Pope Francis knows that believers who are better off have a much harder time publicly acknowledging just how much their lives are the result of God’s undeserved mercy. When Pope Francis thinks about who he is, being a recipient of God’s mercy is his most important characteristic. At Bolivia’s notorious Palmasola prison July 10, it was clear prisoners saw him as a powerful advocate who could help pressure the government to speed up the nation’s judicial process, improve prison conditions and put an end to practices that they said amounted to buying and selling justice. But the pope stood before them and introduced himself as “a man who has experienced forgiveness. A man who was, and is, saved from his many sins. That is who I am. I don’t have much more to give you or to offer you, but I want to share with you what I do have and what I love: It is


Pope Francis meets with people of Banado Norte, a poor neighborhood in Asuncion, Paraguay, July 12. Paul Haring, Catholic News Service

Jesus Christ, the mercy of the Father.” On his last morning in Paraguay, before celebrating a public Mass, Pope Francis traveled to Asuncion’s Banado Norte neighborhood, meeting families who have almost nothing and who see their humble homes repeatedly threatened each year by flooding. The meeting was not a political rally or a cry for the government to do something. It was a celebration in preparation for Sunday Mass. He encouraged the residents in their faith, but he also allowed them to nourish his own reflection on what it means to believe in God. “Faith brings us closer,” he told the residents. “It makes us neighbors. It draws us closer to the lives of others. Faith awakens our commitment, our

solidarity. The birth of Jesus changes our lives. A faith, which does not draw us into solidarity, is a faith, which is dead. It is a faith without Christ, a faith without God, a faith without brothers and sisters. The first to show this solidarity was our Lord, who chose to live in our midst.” The biggest headlines of the trip concerned the crucifix on top of a hammer and sickle, which Bolivian President Evo Morales gave him, and a long, complex, fiery speech Pope Francis gave in Santa Cruz, Bolivia, July 9 to grassroots organizers, including the pope’s beloved “cartoneros” from Buenos Aires. The cartoneros, who live in poor barrios on the edge of the city, go into town each night searching the streets for discarded

paper they can collect and recycle. Surrounded by his friends, who also represented indigenous groups, environmental groups, labor unions and others who live and work with the poor, Pope Francis did, in fact, call for a revolution—one in which human dignity, basic human rights and care for the earth no longer take a back seat to profits in the world’s economic and political systems. Pope Francis did not call for an end to capitalism, but for an end to selfishness, exclusion and an attitude that sees the “unproductive”—whether they are unemployed, elderly or the unborn—as disposable. “If we truly desire positive change,” he said, “we have to humbly accept our interdependence, that is to say,



our healthy interdependence. Interaction, however, is not the same as imposition; it is not the subordination of some to serve the interests of others. Colonialism, both old and new, which reduces poor countries to mere providers of raw material and cheap labor, engenders violence, poverty, forced migrations and all the evils which go hand in hand with these, precisely because, by placing the periphery at the service of the center, it denies those countries the right to an integral development.” Sooner or later, he said, “inequality generates a violence which no police, military or intelligence resources can control.” Celebrating the last Mass of his trip July 12 in Asuncion, Pope Francis went back to the basics of Christian dialogue, solidarity and inclusion. “Jesus calls his disciples and sends them out, giving them clear and precise instructions,” the pope said. “He challenges them to take on a whole range of attitudes and ways of acting,” which could strike some people as “exaggerated or even absurd,” tempting some people “to interpret these attitudes symbolically or ‘spiritually.’” However, the pope said, Jesus is clear. He says, “Take nothing for the journey except a staff; no bread, no bag, no money.” Jesus teaches his disciples to receive and to give hospitality, the pope said. “Jesus does not send them out as men of influence, landlords, officials armed with rules and regulations. Instead, he makes them see that the Christian journey is about changing hearts.” Summarizing the lessons he personally illustrated by his actions in South America, the pope told the crowd in Paraguay that Christianity is “about learning to live differently, under a different law, with different rules. It is about turning from the path of selfishness, conflict, division and superiority, and taking instead the path of life, generosity and love. It is about passing from a mentality which domineers, stifles and manipulates to a mentality which welcomes, accepts and cares.”

Pope tells young Paraguayans: Stir things up, and then help fix things Barbara J. Fraser Catholic News Service


tir things up, but then help organize what you have stirred up,” Pope Francis told about 220,000 young people gathered on this city’s waterfront in his last major event before ending a weeklong trip to Ecuador, Bolivia and Paraguay. During his trip, the pope spoke about service, solidarity, hope and freedom of heart. Abandoning his prepared text, he based his remarks on the testimonials of two young people who asked him questions. He also told the crowd that the young man who had read the Gospel, whom he identified only as Orlando, had asked him to pray “for freedom for each of us, for all of us.” “Freedom is a gift from God, but we have to know how to receive it,” Pope Francis said. “Our hearts must be free.” Liz Fretes, 25, told the pope how she put her life on hold to care for her mother, who had dementia, and her sick grandmother. Strained by studying in the evening and caring for her family by day, she found support among young people in her parish youth ministry. Highlighting Fretes’ care for her mother and grandmother, Pope Francis emphasized two themes that he raised often during his trip, service and solidarity. “Liz is fulfilling the fourth commandment, honor your father and your mother,” he said. “Liz is setting aside her own life in the service



of her mother. That is an extremely high degree of solidarity, of love—a witness.” When Manuel de los Santos Aguilar was a child, his parents turned him over to a family in the city—a practice not uncommon among rural families who hoped their children would get an education. Instead, the 18-year-old told Pope Francis, he was forced to work and fell into substance abuse. He, too, found support in parish youth ministry, “where I met God, my strength,” he said. “Life wasn’t easy for Manuel,” the pope told the crowd, but “instead of going out to steal, he went to work. Instead of seeking revenge for his life, he looked to the future.” Those who have loving families can study and have what they need to live should give thanks to God, he said, leading the crowd in a prayer of “Thank you, Lord.” Several times during his speech, the pope urged the young people to repeat his words. “A free heart,” they chanted back. “Solidarity.

Work. Hope. Effort. Knowing Jesus. Knowing God, my strength.” Fretes’ and de los Santos Aguilar’s stories showed that hope and strength come from knowing Jesus, the pope told the crowd. “We don’t want young people who tire easily, who are tired and have bored faces. We want young people with hope and strength,” he said. “But that means sacrifice and swimming against the tide.” He recommended reading the beatitudes, which he called “Jesus’ plan for us,” and echoed his exhortation from World Youth Day, when he told young listeners to “stir things up.” He noted, however, that a priest had complained that when they stir things up, young people often make a mess that others have to fix. “So before I leave,” he said, “first, pray for me. Second, keep stirring things up. Third, help organize the things you stir up, so nothing gets destroyed.”

Youths sing as they wait for Pope Francis’ arrival for a meeting with young people along the waterfront in Asuncion, Paraguay on July 12. Paul Haring, Catholic News Service



The Communion Rite - Part I Sister Guadalupe Maria Cervantes, PCI



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

he final event of the Mass is the Communion Rite. The Eucharist celebration is the paschal meal and the faithful who are properly disposed are invited to receive the Lord’s body and blood as he commanded. We begin with the Lord’s Prayer. The apostles often saw Jesus praying and were so impressed by the way he did it, that they said, “Lord, teach us to pray (Lk 11:1). ” Jesus responded by teaching them the Our Father. Ever since, saints have outdone themselves extolling the perfection of this prayer. We say “our” Father because we do not pray alone, but with the whole parish and Church and communion of saints. We say, “Father” because Jesus revealed that God is our loving Father. The prayer then continues with seven petitions that communicate to us the ideal attitudes we need to be growing Christians. But notice also that the major emphasis in this prayer is that we be free from all distress as we await the joyful coming of our lord Jesus Christ. This prayer renews the sense that in the Lord’s Prayer we are praying for the coming of Christ. Indeed, he will come to us in the Eucharistic species that we are soon to receive; at the same time, we pray for

purification from sin, so that what is holy may, in fact, be given to those who are holy. Also, we pray to him to come to establish the kingdom of God fully upon the earth. The priest says the prayer that follows the Our Father. In some ways this prayer for deliverance from evil extends the seventh petition of the Lord’s Prayer. The Father’s plan to save us was accomplished in Jesus. We must pray daily that this salvation will become effective in our lives. We respond not with an “amen” in this instance, but rather with an ancient prayer, a prayer that expresses faith in God and how right it is for us to put all of our trust in him. The first word that Jesus spoke to the apostles after he rose from the dead was “peace.” The priest prays a prayer out loud to Jesus, reminding him of his gift of peace to the apostles. He then asks the Lord to look down upon the faith of the people gathered in this Church and to grant us his peace and unity.


The prayer, coming as it does before Communion, reflects our need to be reconciled with one another. Receiving the Eucharist is a sign that we are in “communion with the Lord.” Being in communion with the Lord means that we: 1. Accept Jesus as our lord, have confessed and repented of our sins, and put our total trust in him. 2. Accept the teachings of the Catholic Church that Jesus founded by making Peter the Apostle the head of the Church and giving him full power to forgive and bind sins. 3. We are at peace with our brothers and sisters. The first two senses of “communion” have been experienced in the Penitential Rite and the Profession of Faith. Now we deal with the third in a concrete manner. We cannot be in communion with Jesus if we are not at peace with our brothers and sisters. “If any one says, ‘I love

Offer a prayer on their behalf. This ritual means to spread the Lord’s peace and to show in action that we are a unity of his presence.

The Rite of Peace

The Breaking of the Bread, Lamb of God . . .

The priest or deacon now invites us to share the Lord’s peace with one another. The exchanging of the sign of peace should be peaceful and respectful. It is not a time to lose our focus on the lord Jesus; in fact, we should at this moment reverence the Lord who has come to us in the form of the stranger or friend next to us. There are some who refuse to give the sign of peace. One never knows what their reason for doing so may be, but whatever it is, do not refuse them the peace that the Lord has given you.

While the Eucharistic bread is being broken, we sing or say the “Lamb of God.” As we witness the “breaking of the bread,” try to meditate on the Lord’s presence before us. It is time to think how the first disciples walked with Jesus but did not know it was he, how their eyes were opened when he took the bread, said the blessing and broke it. We need to do the same. We ask the Lord to open our eyes to the miracle of his presence in the bread and wine that have been

offered and through the power of the Holy Spirit have become the body and blood of Christ.

Behold the Lamb of God The priest raises the Blessed Sacrament and, presenting him to us, uses the words from the Scriptures. He declares to behold the “Lamb of God” and how blessed (happy) are we who are invited to partake in his supper. The prayer we say before Communion is taken from the story of the healing of the centurion’s servant (Mt 8:58). The servant was cured and Jesus praised the great faith of the centurion. We can say this humble faith prayer in such a way that it will become part of our spiritual attitude toward God and life.



God,’ and hates his brother, he is a liar; for he who does not love his brother whom he has seen, cannot love God whom he has not seen (1 Jn 4:20).”


Aug.-Sept. Liturgical Calendar AUG. 1 | Sat | Saint Alphonsus Liguori, Bishop and Doctor of the Church | white | Memorial | Lv 25:1, 8-17/Mt 14:1-12 (406) AUG. 2 | SUN | EIGHTEENTH SUNDAY IN ORDINARY TIME | green | Ex 16:24, 12-15/Eph 4:17, 20-24/Jn 6:24-35 (113) Pss II

| [not a Holyday of Obligation this year] Vigil: 1 Chr 15:3-4, 15-16; 16:1-2/1 Cor 15:54b-57/Lk 11:27-28 (621) Day: Rv 11:19a; 12:1-6a, 10ab/1 Cor 15:20-27/ Lk 1:39-56 (622) Pss Prop AUG. 16 | SUN | TWENTIETH SUNDAY IN ORDINARY TIME | green | Prv 9:1-6/ Eph 5:15-20/Jn 6:51-58 (119) Pss IV

AUG. 3 | Mon | Weekday | green | Nm 11:4b-15/Mt 14:13-21 (407)

AUG. 17 | Mon | Weekday | green | Jgs 2:11-19/Mt 19:16-22 (419)

AUG. 4 | Tue | Saint John Vianney, Priest | white | Memorial | Nm 12:1-13/ Mt 14:22-36 or 15:1-2, 10-14 (408)

AUG. 18 | Tue | Weekday | green | Jgs 6:11-24a/Mt 19:23-30 (420)

AUG. 5 | Wed | Weekday | green/white [The Dedication of the Basilica of Saint Mary Major] Nm 13:1-2, 25—14:1, 26-29a, 34-35/Mt 15:21-28 (409) AUG. 6 | Thu | The Transfiguration of the Lord | white | Feast | Dn 7:9-10, 13-14/2 Pt 1:16-19/Mk 9:2-10 (614) Pss Prop AUG. 7 | Fri | Weekday | green/red/ white [Saint Sixtus II, Pope, and Companions, Martyrs; Saint Cajetan, Priest] Dt 4:32-40/Mt 16:24-28 (411) AUG. 8 | Sat | Saint Dominic, Priest | white | Memorial | Dt 6:4-13/Mt 17:1420 (412) AUG. 9 | SUN | NINETEENTH SUNDAY IN ORDINARY TIME | green | 1 Kgs 19:4-8/Eph 4:30—5:2/Jn 6:41-51 (116) Pss III AUG. 10 | Mon | Saint Lawrence, Deacon and Martyr | red | Feast | 2 Cor 9:6-10/Jn 12:24-26 (618) Pss Prop AUG. 11 | Tue | Saint Clare, Virgin | white | Memorial | Dt 31:1-8/Mt 18:1-5, 10, 12-14 (414) AUG. 12 | Wed | Weekday | green/white [Saint Jane Frances de Chantal, Religious] Dt 34:1-12/Mt 18:15-20 (415) AUG. 13 | Thu | Weekday | green/red [Saints Pontian, Pope, and Hippolytus, Priest, Martyrs] Jos 3:7-10a, 11, 13-17/ Mt 18:21—19:1 (416) AUG. 14 | Fri | Saint Maximilian Kolbe, Priest and Martyr | red | Memorial | Jos 24:1-13/Mt 19:3-12 (417) AUG. 15 | Sat | The Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary | white | Solemnity

AUG. 19 | Wed | Weekday | green/white [Saint John Eudes, Priest] Jgs 9:6-15/ Mt 20:1-16 (421) AUG. 20 | Thu | Saint Bernard, Abbot and Doctor of the Church | white | Memorial | Jgs 11:29-39a/Mt 22:1-14 (422) AUG. 21 | Fri | Saint Pius X, Pope | white | Memorial | Ru 1:1, 3-6, 14b-16, 22/Mt 22:34-40 (423) AUG. 22 | Sat | The Queenship of the Blessed Virgin Mary | white | Memorial | Ru 2:1-3, 8-11; 4:13-17/Mt 23:1-12 (424) AUG. 23 | SUN | TWENTY-FIRST SUNDAY IN ORDINARY TIME | green | Jos 24:1-2a, 15-17, 18b/Eph 5:21-32 or 5:2a, 25-32/Jn 6:60-69 (122) Pss I AUG. 24 | Mon | Saint Bartholomew, Apostle | red | Feast | Rv 21:9b-14/Jn 1:45-51 (629) Pss Prop AUG. 25 | Tue | Weekday | green/white/ white [Saint Louis; Saint Joseph Calasanz, Priest] 1 Thes 2:1-8/Mt 23:23-26 (426) AUG. 26 | Wed | Weekday | green | 1 Thes 2:9-13/Mt 23:27-32 (427) AUG. 27 | Thu | Saint Monica | white | Memorial | 1 Thes 3:7-13/Mt 24:42-51 (428) AUG. 28 | Fri | Saint Augustine, Bishop and Doctor of the Church | white | Memorial | 1 Thes 4:1-8/Mt 25:1-13 (429) AUG. 29 | Sat | The Passion of Saint John the Baptist | red | Memorial | 1 Thes 4:9-11 (430)/Mk 6:17-29* (634) Pss Prop


AUG. 30 | SUN | TWENTY-SECOND SUNDAY IN ORDINARY TIME | green | Dt 4:1-2, 6-8/Jas 1:17-18, 21b-22, 27/ Mk 7:1-8, 14-15, 21-23 (125) Pss II

SEPT. 16 | Wed | Saints Cornelius, Pope, and Cyprian, Bishop, Martyrs | red | Memorial | 1 Tm 3:14-16/Lk 7:3135 (445)

AUG. 31 | Mon | Weekday | green | 1 Thes 4:13-18/Lk 4:16-30 (431)

SEPT. 17 | Thu | Weekday | green/ white [Saint Robert Bellarmine, Bishop and Doctor of the Church] 1 Tm 4:1216/Lk 7:36-50 (446)

SEPT. 1 | Tue | Weekday | green | 1 Thes 5:1-6, 9-11/Lk 4:31-37 (432) SEPT. 2 | Wed | Weekday | green | Col 1:1-8/Lk 4:38-44 (433) SEPT. 3 | Thu | Saint Gregory the Great, Pope and Doctor of the Church | white | Memorial | Col 1:9-14/Lk 5:1-11 (434) SEPT. 4 | Fri | Weekday | green | Col 1:15-20/Lk 5:33-39 (435)

SEPT. 18 | Fri | Weekday | green | 1 Tm 6:2c-12/Lk 8:1-3 (447) SEPT. 19 | Sat | Weekday | green/red/ white [Saint Januarius, Bishop and Martyr; BVM] 1 Tm 6:13-16/Lk 8:4-15 (448)

SEPT. 5 | Sat | Weekday | green/white [BVM] Col 1:21-23/Lk 6:1-5 (436)

SEPT. 20 | SUN | TWENTY-FIFTH SUNDAY IN ORDINARY TIME | green | Wis 2:12, 17-20/Jas 3:16—4:3/Mk 9:3037 (134) Pss I

SEPT. 6 | SUN | TWENTY-THIRD SUNDAY IN ORDINARY TIME | green | Is 35:4-7a/Jas 2:1-5/Mk 7:31-37 (128) Pss III

SEPT. 21 | Mon | Saint Matthew, Apostle and Evangelist | red | Feast | Eph 4:1-7, 11-13/Mt 9:9-13 (643) Pss Prop

SEPT. 7 | Mon | Weekday | green | Col 1:24—2:3/Lk 6:6-11 (437)

SEPT. 22 | Tue | Weekday | green | Ezr 6:7-8, 12b, 14-20/Lk 8:19-21 (450)

SEPT. 8 | Tue | The Nativity of the Blessed Virgin Mary | white | Feast | Mi 5:1-4a or Rom 8:28-30/Mt 1:1-16, 18-23 or 1:18-23 (636) Pss Prop

SEPT. 23 | Wed | Saint Pius of Pietrelcina, Priest | white | Memorial | Ezr 9:5-9/Lk 9:1-6 (451)

SEPT. 9 | Wed | Saint Peter Claver, Priest | white | Memorial | Col 3:1-11/Lk 6:20-26 (439) SEPT. 10 | Thu | Weekday | green | Col 3:12-17/Lk 6:27-38 (440)

SEPT. 24 | Thu | Weekday | green | Hg 1:1-8/Lk 9:7-9 (452) SEPT. 25 | Fri | Weekday | green | Hg 2:1-9/Lk 9:18-22 (453)

SEPT. 11 | Fri | Weekday | green | 1 Tm 1:1-2, 12-14/Lk 6:39-42 (441)

SEPT. 26 | Sat | Weekday | green/red/ white [Saints Cosmas and Damian, Martyrs; BVM] Zec 2:5-9, 14-15a/Lk 9:43b-45 (454)

SEPT. 12 | Sat | Weekday | green/ white/white [The Most Holy Name of Mary; BVM] 1 Tm 1:15-17/Lk 6:43-49 (442)

SEPT. 27 | SUN | TWENTY-SIXTH SUNDAY IN ORDINARY TIME | green | Nm 11:25-29/Jas 5:1-6/Mk 9:38-43, 45, 47-48 (137) Pss II

SEPT. 13 | SUN | TWENTY-FOURTH SUNDAY IN ORDINARY TIME | green | Is 50:5-9a/Jas 2:14-18/Mk 8:27-35 (131) Pss IV

SEPT. 28 | Mon | Weekday | green/red/ red [Saint Wenceslaus, Martyr; Saint Lawrence Ruiz and Companions, Martyrs] Zec 8:1-8/Lk 9:46-50 (455)

SEPT. 14 | Mon | The Exaltation of the Holy Cross | red | Feast | Nm 21:4b-9/ Phil 2:6-11/Jn 3:13-17 (638) Pss Prop

SEPT. 29 | Tue | Saints Michael, Gabriel and Raphael, Archangels | white | Feast | Dn 7:9-10, 13-14 or Rv 12:7-12a/Jn 1:47-51 (647) Pss Prop

SEPT. 15 | Tue | Our Lady of Sorrows | white | Memorial | 1 Tm 3:1-13 (444)/ Jn 19:25-27* or Lk 2:33-35* (639) Pss Prop

SEPT. 30 | Wed | Saint Jerome, Priest and Doctor of the Church | white | Memorial | Neh 2:1-8/Lk 9:57-62 (457)




Celebration of Life in memory of Father David Walsh, CSsR

Aug. 2 at 11 a.m. at St. John Paul II High School Cafetorium (3036 Saratoga Blvd.) in Corpus Christi. Join us in remembering a special priest who was a great blessing to all of us. For more information call Celia Mendez at (361) 884-0651 or email: .


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Charities and the Annual Blue Mass. Knights of Columbus Council 11663 will host the event.

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Assumption Novena

From Aug. 6-14 at St. Patrick Church (3350 S. Alameda) in Corpus Christi. Begins Aug. 6 with Mass at 5:30 p.m. Each night a guest celebrant will speak about Our Blessed Mother and her numerous virtues. After Mass, the rosary and Novena Prayers will be prayed. Invite your family and friends. The Novena ends at the vigil of the Assumption Mass, Aug. 14 at 5:30 p.m. For more information call Yvonne Del Rio at (361) 855-7391 or


Women’s Cursillo (English)

From Aug. 6-9 at Cursillo Center (1300 Lantana St.) in Corpus Christi. For more information call Pre-Cursillo Chairperson Gloria Franco at (361) 249-2450.

Healing Retreat

Aug. 7-9 begins Friday at 5:30 p.m. and ends on Sunday 3:30 p.m. at Our Lady of Corpus Christi (1200 Lantana). Weekend consists of a series of talks on healing, periods of reflection asking God to show us where we need healing, and concludes with a Healing Service. Register or call (361) 289-9095, ext. 321.

2nd Annual Co-ed Softball Tournament

Aug. 8, at 8:30 a.m. at the Mathis Little League Fields, located at the Gonzalo Paiz Park. Proceeds will go toward Knights of Columbus


Un Encuentro Personal Con Jesus

La Parroquia de Nuestra Señora de Guadalupe y Los Discipulos de la Divina Miscericordia presenta Un Encuentro Personal Con Jesus en Agosto 15 de 8 a.m.- 6 p.m. y Agosto 16 de 8 a.m.- 4:30 p.m. en el centro parroquial (1010 Beam Station Road) en Alice. Título Del Curso es “Felipe”. Espacio es limitado, las primeras 150 personas que se registren se les garantiza un lugar. (Curso Es Gratis) Donaciones serán aceptadas. Para mas información llame al (361) 664-2953 o Mario Pacheco (361) 207-0395. Guardería disponible.


Aug. 22 from 8 a.m.-12 p.m. bring the family and enjoy music, food, fun and games. Then give thanks at the 6 p.m. Mass celebration. All are welcome to attend.


St. Therese of the Little Flower Centennial Mass Aug. 15 at 10 a.m. at St. Therese of the Little Flower Church (307 Pugh) in Woodsboro. Bishop Michael Mulvey will preside with other brother priests. A reception to follow. All are invited. For more information call Beatrice Vega at (361) 543-4166 or email:

Atrium House Warming Party at Christ the King Parish

Aug. 22 from 2-4 p.m. at Christ the King Parish Hall (3423 Rojo Street) in Corpus Christi. There will be a raffle, fruit and refreshments. The Atrium is largely in need of supplies and furniture required by the new Catechesis of the Good Shepherd. Any donation and gifts will be greatly appreciated. Call Sister Mary at (361) 883-2821 for questions or visit the online registry for a complete list of items needed. Register at: .

Natural Family Planning – Ovulation Method

Aug. 15 from 9:30 a.m.-3:30 p.m. at 1426 Baldwin in Corpus Christi. NFP allows couples to plan pregnancies while following the teachings of the Church and respecting the gift of their married love. No walk-in payments or registrations will be accepted. Registration is $125, which includes a six hour introductory class, materials and unlimited follow-up as needed. Payable by check or money order made out to Family Life. Please do not mail cash. Reservations are not confirmed until payment is received. Register at natural-family-planning. For more information call the Office of Family Life at (361) 882-6191.

22nd Annual Santa Rosa de Lima Catholic Annual Jamaica



Men’s Retreat at OLCC

Aug. 27-30 at Our Lady of Corpus Christi Retreat Center (1200 Lantana). A weekend based on the Spiritual Exercises of St. Ignatius of Loyola. Go deeper in your relationship with Our Lord through the power of prayer and silence. Register or call (361) 289-9095, ext. 321.

Our Lady of Good Counsel Church Family Funfest Aug. 29 from 10 a.m.-6 p.m. at the K.C. Hall (1600 N 14th St.) in Kingsville. Activities for the day include a silent auction, games for the whole family, food booths, a raffle, live entertainment with Mariachi, Christian groups, Ballet Folklorico, DJ music and live music featuring Conjunto Vidal. There will also be a brisket plate sale with all the trimmings for $7. For more information call the Parish Office at (361) 592-3489, Joseph Ruiz Fun Fest Director at (361) 228-2323, or Juan Jose Sanchez Fun Fest Co-Director at (361) 562-8497.


✝ AUGUST/SEPTEMBER CALENDAR or pregistrations will be accepted. Fees are due 14 days prior to the seminar date. For registrations after the due date add $10. Payable by check or money order made out to Family Life. No refunds will be issued. No cash payments. Reservations are not confirmed until payment is received in full. Fee for lost certificates is $10. To register online go to For more information call the Office of Family Life at (361) 882-6191.






Memorial Rose Garden Dedication and Blessing

Sept.10 at 6-8 p.m. Catholic Charities of Corpus Christi (1322 Comanche St.) will celebrate their 50th Anniversary with a Memorial Rose Garden dedication and blessing by Bishop Michael Mulvey. Tickets are $50, which represents just $1 dollar for every year that Catholic Charities has been breaking barriers, feeding the hungry, caring for the disabled and unfortunate, and improving lives in the Coastal Bend. For tickets or information about how you can sponsor a paver in the Memorial Rose Garden call Betty Berry at (361) 884-0651, or visit


Women’s Retreat

Sept. 10-13 at Our Lady of Corpus Christi Retreat Center (1200 Lantana). A weekend based on the Spiritual Exercises of St. Ignatius of Loyola. Register at or call (361) 289-9095, ext. 321.


Holy Cross Annual BBQ Fundraiser

Sept. 11 from 11 a.m.-2 p.m. at St. Katharine Drexel Hall (1109 N. Staples) in Corpus Christi. The BBQ will raise funds for new roof and new air conditioning in the rectory. Tickets will be $8 per plate. Tickets can be purchased by calling (361) 888-4012 or Terri Longoria at (361) 537-9187.


Sept. 12 from 9 a.m.-5 p.m. at Pax Christi Retreat Center (4601 Calallen Drive) in Corpus Christi. PreCana is a oneday marriage preparation seminar for the engaged. It is a day designed to inform couples of the spiritual and practical aspects of Catholic marriage. Pre-registration required. No walk-in payments


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High School Youth Spectacular

Sept. 13 at 9 a.m. at the American Bank Center (1901 N. Shoreline Blvd.) in Corpus Christi. Keynote is Leah Darrow. For more information call the Office of Pastoral Parish Services at (361) 882-6191 or go to and youthministrycc


Women with Cancer Retreat at OLCC

Sept. 17-20. The retreat will be led by Sister Anne Marie Walsh, SOLT, a religious sister and cancer survivor, who has experienced firsthand the healing grace of God. Register at or call (361) 289-9095 ext 321.

9th Annual St. Andrew’s Knights of Columbus Golf Tournament

Sept. 18 from 11:30 a.m.-6 p.m. at OSO Beach Municipal Golf Course (5601 S. Alameda Street) in Corpus Christi. The 9th Annual St. Andrew’s Knights of Columbus Golf Tournament, sponsored by the Knights of Columbus Council 10677 is open to the public. All proceeds will go to Hope House and other charities. See more tournament information by going to events or contact Bo Rimar at (210) 379-2705 or



Rite of Blessing & Faith Educators’ Workshop

Sept. 19 from 8:30 a.m.-12 p.m. (registration is at 8 a.m.) at Corpus Christi Cathedral. in St. Joseph’s Hall; Sept. 26 from 8:30-12 p.m. (registration is at 8 a.m.) at Our Lady of Victory Church (707 N. Avenue E) in Beeville; and Sept. 26 from 2-5:30 p.m. (registration is 1:30 p.m.) at Our Lady of Guadalupe Church (1010 Beam Station) in Alice. The workshop entitled, “Safeguarding the Dignity of Every Human Person” is presented by Dr. Ben Nguyen, Canonical Counsel and Theological Advisor for the Diocese of Corpus Christi. It is for DRE’s, Catechists, Catholic school staff parish staff, religious, deacons, pastors, youth ministers and all who work in faith formation.

Natural Family Planning – Ovulation Method

Sept 19 from 9:30 a.m.-3:30 p.m. at 1426 Baldwin in Corpus Christi. Learn to recognize the natural cycles of fertility and infertility that occur naturally in every woman. No walk-in payments or registrations will be accepted. Registration is $125. Payable by check or money order made out to Family Life. No cash payments. Reservations are not confirmed until payment is received. Register at For more information call the Office of Family Life at (361) 882-6191.

Middle School Youth Spectacular

Sept. 20 at the Richard Borchard Fairgrounds (1213 Terry Shamsie Blvd.) in Robstown. Keynote is Jesse Manibusan. For more information call the Office of Pastoral Parish Services at (361) 882-6191 or go to www. and youthministrycc

High School September 13

AMERICAN BANK CENTER 1901 N. Shoreline Blvd. Corpus Christi, Tx 78401

o speaker wh a is W O R R A al LEAH D r internation e h s e g n e ll cha es in live their liv el audiences to h the Gosp it w e c n a rd acco ks on st. She spea ri h C s u s ty, Je of lude modes c in h ic h w n, topics y, conversio rc e m , ty ti s a ch dignity. and human

JESSE MANIBUSAN is a compos er, singer/ songwriter, storyteller, humo rist, catechist, evangelizer and encourage r. Working with any and every age gro up, Jesse has that knack to build instan t rapport, connect to his audience, an d create lifegiving memories that help deepen faith and cultivate the joy that ins pires service, sacrifice and the celebration of life.

middle School September 20

RICHARD BORCHARD FAIRGROUNDS 1213 Terry Shamsie Blvd. Robstown, TX 78380

featuring singer-songwriter

featuring singer-songwriter


For more information call the Office of Pastoral Parish Services at

(361) 882-6191


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



Thursday, Oct. 1 at 6 p.m. Corpus Christi Cathedral The custom of a special Mass for the judicial community arose in France, England, and Italy in the early 13th century to mark the opening of the courts of law and to ask for guidance for all who seek justice. It became known as the Red Mass from the color of the priests’ vestments and judges’ robes. This tradition continues today in the Diocese of Corpus Christi, as a time for members of the legal community and for all the faithful to come together and pray for the cause of justice.


Texas Supreme court Justice Eva Guzman is the first Hispanic woman elected to state-wide office in Texas. She is the Court’s liaison to the Commission on Judicial Conduct, the Texas Access to Justice Foundation and the Texas Access to Justice Commission, responsible for oversight and funding of the state’s legal-assistance programs for the poor. She also is Chair of the Supreme Court’s Permanent Judicial Commission for Children, Youth and Families. SEE MORE ON NEWS BRIEFS PAGE 42.

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