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* * * * April 28: Saint Louis Grignion de Montfort * * * April 29: Saint Catherine of Siena * * * May 5: The Ascension of the Lord * * * May 6: First Friday Devotion * * * May 7: First Saturday Devotion * * * May 8: Mother's Day * * * May 13: Our Lady of Fatima * * * May 15: Pentecost Sunday * * * May 22: The Most Holy Trinity * * * May 29: The Most Holy Body and Blood of Christ * * * May 30: Memorial Day * * * May 31: The Visitation of the Blessed Virgin Mary * * *

Friday, April 29, 2016

April 29, 2016: Del Rio News-Herald * OPINION * Letter to the Editor * May 5 - National Day of Prayer

Letter to the Editor,

May 5 - National Day of Prayer

The National Day of Prayer is an annual day of observance celebrated by Americans of various faiths. On this special day of observance people are asked to turn to God in prayer and meditation.

The National Day of Prayer is held on the first Thursday of May, inviting people of all faiths to pray for our nation. This day was created in 1952 by a joint resolution of the United States Congress, and signed into law by President Harry S. Truman.

In 2008, the Freedom from Religion Foundation sued to challenge the designation of a National Day of Prayer. In 2010, a federal judge ruled that the statute establishing the National Day of Prayer was unconstitutional as it is "an inherently religious exercise that serves no secular function." A three judge panel of the Seventh Circuit Court of Appeals unanimously overturned that decision.

Every President since 1952 has signed a National Day of Prayer proclamation.

During this highly controversial and contentious Presidential Election Year we especially need to pray for the voters and the candidates.

We need to pray for an educated electorate who will examine all the issues and the candidates and vote in a way that is best for our nation, not just a popularity contest, or for their own well-being or self interest. Much prayer is needed for this critical process of electing our next President. Pray for all the citizens of this country that we may all exercise our highly privileged right to vote in our Presidential Election.

We need to pray for the candidates for the office of the Presidency of the United States: that they will take brave stands for doing what is right, even when it may not be well received; that they and their families be protected from harm; that they will surround themselves with Godly advisors; that they will focus on the issues we face as a nation. Praying for candidates does not mean praying just for those we agree with or support. All of our leaders need our prayers to help sustain them during this most challenging time.

During this year’s National Day of Prayer, let us all lift up our prayers and petitions in unison to open the floodgates of God’s Mercy upon our country.

On May 5, pray for God to bless our nation.

Marian Casillas, Ed.D.

Thursday, April 28, 2016

This statue of Mary was untouched by the devastating Ecuador earthquake on April 16, 2016

Everything collapsed around it, but the glass case with the statue of our Lady of Light remained intact after the 7.8 magnitude earthquake that struck Ecuador on April 16.

The statue was housed at the Leonie Aviat school in the Tarqui administrative district in Manta Canton, Ecuador, one of the areas most strongly affected by the earthquake.

Sister Patricia Esperanza, a member of the Oblates of Saint Francis de Sales community in Guayaquil, said that the school run by her congregation was reduced to rubble. But while the entire school collapsed, the glass case of the Virgin – who is patroness of the Oblates – was completely unharmed. 

The sisters cannot get over their amazement, she said. 

Sister María del Carmen Gómez of the community in Manta, said that on Wednesday they began demolition work, and that is when they discovered the statue.

“Not only did the Virgin remain intact in its grotto, but also my Jesus in the Blessed Sacrament,” she said. 

“The Blessed Sacrament was in a small chapel at the entrance to the school and was buried. We found it intact together with some liturgical objects used for the Eucharistic celebration and another smaller statue of Our Lady of Light.”

Now, the occurrence is giving hope to the Tarqui community and consolation to Ecuadorans in the entire country.

The Oblates have been working in this school since 1960 and had more than 900 students enrolled for this school year.

The April 16 earthquake – which was declared the worst in Ecuador in some 70 years – left 600 people dead and thousands more injured. 

Sunday, April 24, 2016

April 24, 2016: Del Rio News-Herald * OPINION * Letters to the Editor * Drop the devices and smell the flowers

Letter to the Editor,

Drop the devices and smell the flowers

It is a bright and beautiful day outside.
You can feel the warmth of the sun beaming its glorious rays and you can feel the brilliance of life all around you.
The kind of day that makes you feel so alive and alert; full of joy and exuberance, a day when you are glad and ever so thankful to be alive.
Everything seems so perfect and there appears to be nothing wrong in the whole wide world.
You sing: “Zip-a-dee-doo-dah, zip-a-dee-ay! The hills are alive with the sound of music.”
Being outside is reinvigorating; breathing fresh air, not artificial air; feeling real warmth, not artificial heat; seeing real light, not artificial glaring light bulbs.
Mother Nature is nurturing.
The splash of radiant, vibrant colors explodes unlike anything coming across our screened devices.
Life up close and personal not filtered through a screen.
Real life is not a “reality show” life.
Real voices speaking not filtered through earbuds or speakers.
Moving your own body without the assistance of a video console that controls your every movement on the screen as you pretend to play, but are not really playing.
Virtual life is a pretend life, a false life masquerading as real; where feelings are transcribed and transformed into emoticons, artificial emotions made to appear real.
Little emotionless pictures capture our true feelings without saying a word, without thinking a thought, without feeling a real emotion.
Drop the devices and live a real life, for once in your life.
The world outside is real; the world viewed through devices is not living a real life.
At the end of your life you will never say, “I regret not sending more text messages! I wish I had played more video games! I wish I had posted more on social media! I lament not purchasing more items online! I wish I had taken more selfies!”

 Marian Casillas, Ed.D.

Thursday, April 21, 2016

Guillermo Hernandez Deceased Auxiliary Member of The Legion of Mary

May he rest in God's Eternal Peace

Obituary for Guillermo Hernandez
Guillermo Hernandez, age 91, entered into rest on Wednesday, April 20, 2016 in Del Rio, Texas. He was born in 1925 in Del Rio, Texas. Mr. Hernandez honorably served his country in the United States Navy and was a veteran of World War II. He is preceded in death by his parents Francisco and Guadalupe Hernandez and son Eddie.

Left to cherish his memory is his wife of 67 years, Consuelo Hernandez, sons, Roberto Hernandez and Guillermo Hernandez Jr and wife Gloria Hernandez. He is also survived by his grandchildren, Guillermo M. Hernandez III and Gustavo F.M. Hernandez.

Military Honors will be conducted by United States Navy and American Legion Post #595.

APR 22. 05:00 PM - 09:00 PM
Sunset Memorial Oaks - Del Rio
2020 North Bedell Avenue
Del Rio, TX, US, 78840
APR 22. 07:00 PM
Sunset Memorial Oaks - Del Rio
2020 North Bedell Avenue
Del Rio, TX, US, 78840
Mass of Christian Burial
APR 23. 01:30 PM
St. Joseph Catholic Church
510 Wernett St
Del Rio, TX, US, 78840

Tuesday, April 19, 2016

February 13, 2016 Catholic Men's Conference in San Antonio article in Today's Catholic

Father Hunt spoke about A Catholic Man in a Modern World.

Father Hunt grew up in Bracketville near the Mexican border, working on a ranch. 

Wanting to help people see, he worked towards becoming an optometrist.

But God drew him towards the possibility of religious life.

He lived as a missionary for seven years in Mexico, Belize, Guatemala, Rome, and the Philippines.

Now a priest, he considers the authority to forgive sins as the greatest grace of his vocation, and his favorite prayer is the Chaplet of Divine Mercy.

Father Hunt is widely known as “The Biker Priest.”

He says, “I grew up as a cowboy, but I also like to ride the ‘steel horse.’”

He currently serves as pastor of St. Joseph Church in Del Rio.

Monday, April 18, 2016

May 20, 2016: Date Night at St. Joseph Parish in Del Rio, Texas

Join us as we present "Forgiveness and Healing in Marriage" ~ Marriage  
Works In Christ

Mass begins at 6:30pm - Date Night to follow immediately following the mass.

There is no cost to attend Date Night.

  Please RSVP by email to or by phone to  
830-734-5861 or 830-734-4792.

If you have questions or would like more information, please contact a  
Core Team Member.

Covenant of Love Ministry is a Parish Based Marriage Ministry by The  
Alexander House.

All Married and Engaged Couples are invited to join us each monthly  
Date Night in learning about and living God's Plan for marriage!!!

We look forward to seeing you all at Date Night!

May Date Night: May 20, 2016

Love & Blessings

COL Core Team

Albert & Kristina Vargas

Ruben & Olga Resendez

David & Carmen Martinez

Joshua & Susie Rodriguez

Jesse & Roni Garcia

Tony & Rosella Van Goethem

Eddie & Leticia Amezcua

Saturday, April 16, 2016

29 de abril de 2016: Junta de la Legion de Maria a las 5:00 de la tarde en la Escuela de Religión Nuestra Señora de Guadalupe (Catecismo) Cuarto #3, Calle 505 Cuellar

The Legion of Mary is pleased to announce a meeting will be held in Spanish on Friday, April 29 at 5:00 p.m. at Our Lady of Guadalupe School of Religion (CCD) Room #3, 505 Cuellar St.

Spiritual Director of the Legion of Mary, Father Antonio O. Moreno and Pastor of Our Lady of Guadalupe Church, Father Martin Alonso Bustos González will be in attendance.

All interested persons are welcome to attend.

La Legión de María se complace en anunciar una junta que se llevará a cabo en español el viernes 29 de abril a las 5:00 de la tarde en la Escuela de Religión Nuestra Señora de Guadalupe (Catecismo) Cuarto #3, Calle 505 Cuellar.

Director Espiritual de la Legión de María, el Padre Antonio O. Moreno y Pastor de Nuestra Señora de Guadalupe, el Padre Martín Alonso Bustos González estarán presentes .

Todas las personas interesadas están invitados a asistir.

Friday, April 15, 2016

April 15, 2016: Del Rio News-Herald * OPINION * Letter to the Editor * Segment of talk show 'Walk the Talk'

Letter to the Editor,

Segment of talk show “Walk the Talk”

You’ve heard of the women from “The Talk”; well this is a segment from the women of “Walk the Talk”.

Christianna: Can you believe that the President has so far commuted the sentences of 248 federal prisoners? That’s more than the last six presidents combined: George W. Bush (11), Bill Clinton (61), George H. W. Bush (3), Ronald Reagan (13), Jimmy Carter (29), and Gerald Ford (22) which totals 139.

Mercy: The President has commuted the sentences of 33 criminals convicted of firearm-related offenses while simultaneously pushing for more gun control. These convictions include possession of a firearm in furtherance of a drug trafficking crime; possession of a firearm by a felon; and the use of a firearm in furtherance of a drug trafficking offense.

Prudence: These commutations come during the time of the President’s newly proposed executive actions on restricting firearms. The President is sending a mixed message to Americans when he issues new executive actions in an attempt to change gun regulations one day, and then pardons criminals with gun-related convictions the next.

Justina: How can the President say he is “committed to using every tool at the Administration’s disposal to reduce gun violence” when he is not even following through with the sentences of criminals with firearm-related convictions?  With tears in his eyes he announced his intention to take executive action on gun control “to make sure that the wrong people don’t have them for the wrong reasons.”

Temperance: I think we all remember when the President made an emotional and impassioned plea about guns. He talked about the victims from Columbine to the streets of Chicago. He said he got mad when he thought about those kids. And then he began to cry when he talked about the slaughter at Sandy Hook.

Christianna: This reveals the huge hypocrisy between what he has said and what he has done. What he has said is that he wants “to strengthen our enforcement and prevent guns from falling into the wrong hands to make sure that criminals, people who are mentally unstable, those who could pose a danger to themselves or others are less likely to get them”. What he has done is release criminals convicted of firearm-related offenses. How can he possibly reconcile this?

Marian Casillas, Ed.D

Saturday, April 9, 2016

April 15 & 16, 2016: Confirmation Masses in Del Rio, Texas

Confirmation Masses for 2016
 Archdiocese of San Antonio

Date & Time of Confirmation Mass

St. Joseph
Archbishop Gustavo García-Siller, M.Sp.S.

April 15, 2016
at 7:00 PM
Sacred Heart
Archbishop Gustavo García-Siller, M.Sp.S.

April 16, 2016
at 10:00 AM
Our Lady of Guadalupe
Archbishop Gustavo García-Siller, M.Sp.S.

Saturday, April, 16, 2016 at 1:00 PM

Thursday, March 31, 2016

April 3, 2016: Total Consecration to Jesus through Mary at St. Joseph Church at 3:00 pm

April 1, 2016: All Night Adoration Schedule for St. Joseph Church from 7:00 pm to 7:00 am

April 5 & 19, May 3 & 17, June 7 & 21: Moved by the Holy Spirit: Praying and Meditating with Mary presented by Little Handmaids of Our Sorrowful Mother at St. Joseph Church

March 31, 2016: Del Rio News-Herald * OPINION * Guest Editorial * My grande, not gordo, but fabuloso Mexican wedding

Letter to the Editor,

My Grande, not Gordo but, Fabuloso Mexican Wedding

Missy can sense the excitement as her family is getting ready for María and Mario’s wedding ceremony at Holy Family Church. 

Kitty Peaches and Puppy Pilot can also sense the excitement as they are scampering up and down the hallway. 

Dad and Junior are in the den. Mom is in Missy’s room.

Missy affectionately inquires about her mother’s wedding day. 

This is the same story that her mother has told Missy ever since Missy was old enough to ask questions.

“Well, I woke up, or rather should I say I got out of bed, because I don’t think I slept the whole night. 

I sat in my chair as I do every morning and I prayed my Rosary. 

I wasn’t really hungry but I knew I had to eat something so I wouldn’t faint. 

Everything seemed so normal and regular but I knew that that day would forever change the rest of my life. 

All morning I felt butterflies in my stomach and jittery all over, because I so wanted everything to go just right.  

Then it started to rain and I started to cry.

 Everything was ruined, or so I thought. 

My Mamita and Papito tried to console me but I could see that they were also heartbroken, but they put on a brave front for me.

Then miraculously at around one o’clock it suddenly stopped raining and the sun came out. 

I rushed outside to look up at the sky and I was greeted with a most beautiful rainbow splashed across the sky and a robin flying atop the tree branches in the front yard. 

I felt God tell me that there would be rainy days in my life, but that God would always be there for me in the sunshine and in the shadows of my life and that He would greet me in the surprising and unexpected things like rainbows and robins. 

So every time I see a rainbow or a robin I know that God is telling me that He loves me and is taking care of me, no matter what happens.

And your father and I got married and we had you and Junior and now we have Kitty Peaches and Puppy Pilot. 

The End,” her mother tenderly concludes kissing Missy on the forehead, and then commands, “Now go wash your face and brush your teeth so you can start getting dressed.”

Marian Casillas, Ed.D.

Wednesday, March 30, 2016

March 20, 2016: Legion of Mary ACIES 2016 at St. Joseph Parish Hall with Spiritual Director Father Antonio O. Moreno

April 1, 2016: Movie "God's Not Dead 2" will start showing in Del Rio, Texas

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-         Purchase movie tickets
-         Spread the word by social media & especially by word of mouth
-         Tell your pastor & youth minister to endorse & promote these movies
-         Post positive comments online about these movies
-         Email local theatre representative at

Ticket sales & movie purchases speak volumes
Let’s turn up the volume and let our voices be heard – LOUD & CLEAR
If you can’t make it out to the theatre
Purchase the movie on DVD/On-Demand/Online

Do we want hearts, minds & souls filled with trash or treasure?

Then do something about it now!