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2015 Del Rio Catholic Women of Hope Conference

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2015 Lenten Bible Study

2015 Lenten Bible Study

First Saturday Devotion

First Saturday Devotion

Fatima Rosary

Fatima Rosary

2015 ACIES invitation

2015 ACIES invitation


* * * February 28: Del Rio Women's Catholic Conference - St. Joseph Church from 8 am - 3 pm * * * March 1: Second Sunday of Lent * * * March 6: First Friday Devotion & "Women in the Gospel" presentation by Father Moreno - St. Joseph Office Hall at 7 pm * * * March 7: First Saturday Devotion * * * March 8: Third Sunday of Lent * * * March 13: "Women in the Gospel" presentation by Father Moreno - St. Joseph Office Hall at 7 pm * * * March 15: Fourth Sunday of Lent * * * March 17: St. Patrick's Day * * * March 19: St. Joseph, Spouse of the Blessed Virgin Mary * * * March 20: "Women in the Gospel" presentation by Father Moreno - St. Joseph Office Hall at 7 pm * * * March 22: Fifth Sunday of Lent & 2015 Legion of Mary ACIES Ceremony & Reception at St. Joseph Parish Hall at 3:00 pm * * * March 27: "Women in the Gospel" presentation by Father Moreno - St. Joseph Office Hall at 7 pm * * * March 29: Palm Sunday of the Passion of The Lord * * * April 2: Holy Thursday * * * April 3: Good Friday * * * April 4: Holy Saturday * * * April 5: Easter Sunday of The Resurrection of The Lord * * *

Thursday, February 26, 2015

Afterwords: Twenty (20) Truths

1.  Thank God for teaching us His Truth

2.  The cost of traveling light and not carrying any baggage is to never allow ourselves to waver from the Truth of God

3.  The Truth is in the tragedy and in the triumph

4.  Stop believing lies, start believing The Truth of God

5.  It’s time we got back in touch with the truth about the real relationship between giving and receiving

6.  May our message and our mission be intricately wrapped with integrity, gentleness and truth

7.  Truth: God is Love

8.  We need to be Christians who are not ashamed of the Gospel, who have the courage to speak the truth in love, who witness for Christ, who have stopped worrying about being popular; because now is not the time for being fearful and selfish – now is the time for fearlessness and selflessness

9.  We must be a Christian who cares enough to lovingly speak the truth in love

10. Trust in the Truth that transforms

11. During turbulent, troubling, terrifying times; trust in the transforming truth of the Trinity

12. Invest more time in individuals who exhibit a greater desire to know the truth, operate in those truths and wish to influence and persuade others with that truth

13.  Many people are sincerely searching for the ultimate meaning and definitive truth of their lives and of the world

14.  The Spirit is Truth, and the Church is the pillar and bulwark of truth

15.  Boldly declare the Truths of God without apology or apprehension

16.  Arrogance and aggression are a pack of lies masquerading as truth

17.  Only God speaks Truth when everyone else may be speaking lies

18. We must be open to the truth that we all tend to criticize in others what we are most insecure about in ourselves

19. Don’t Talk Trash, instead Talk Truth

20. Say NO to trash talk, say YES to TRUTH TALK

March 7, 2015: First Saturday Devotion & March 13, 2015: 13th of Each Month In Honor of Our Lady of Fatima

Tuesday, February 24, 2015

Starting March 6, 2015 and Fridays of Lent: Lenten Bible Study "Women in the Gospel" by Father Antonio O. Moreno at St. Joseph Office Hall at 7:00 pm

Lenten Bible Study             
(18 years and older)                            
Starting March 6, 2015                                
Sponsored by the Legion of Mary

Date: Fridays of Lent
Time: 7:00 – 8:00 p. m.                                                  
Location: St. Joseph Office Hall                                                                    
Presenter: Father Antonio O. Moreno

Theme:  Women in the Gospel:
Exploration of Discipleship through the Women Jesus Encounter in His Ministry

5:30 p.m. - Legion of Mary Praesidium Meeting
(Rosary and meeting: All are welcome)

7:00 p.m. - Presentation:  Women in the Gospel

Monday, February 23, 2015

"Lord of the World" The Terrifying Book that Pope Francis Wants the World to Read

TheTerrifying Book that Pope Francis Wants the World to Read

By Dan Joseph | January 27, 2015

 In an airplane news conference on his way back from the Philippines, Pope Frances referenced a 1907 book entitled “Lord of the World" and advised all of those in attendance to read it.

It’s not the first time Francis has mentioned the 1907 novel by Robert Hugh Benson, but his recommendation appears to be due to the daunting warning that is contained in the novel’s plot line.  

“Lord of the World” portrays a dystopian vision of the future and culminates in the final battle between humanism and Catholicism, which eventually leads to Armageddon.

The author depicts a Marxist world in which a charismatic senator from Vermont named Julian Felsenburgh promises world peace if world’s citizens follow him obediently. He is made president of Europe, and then the world, due to his charisma and promises of utopia, but little remains known about him, even after his rise to power. He replaces the belief in God with secularism and tortures and kills those who oppose his doctrine.

As it becomes clear that the Felsenburgh is, in fact, the “anti-Christ,” the Pope gathers with the Cardinals in Rome in an effort to avoid the coming apocalypse. In the end, Felsenburgh ends up destroying Rome, killing the Pope and with the assistance of other world leaders and destroys the remaining vestiges of faith on Earth.

Pope Francis has mentioned “Lord of the World” on several occasions and says that it depicts what he refers to as “ideological colonization” and in a sermon in 2013 described it as depicting "the spirit of the world which leads to apostasy almost as if it were a prophecy."

In his 2005 book "Literary Giants, Literary Catholics" British writer and former director of the Center for Faith and Culture at Aquinas College, Joseph Pearcedescribed the book as a “..novel-nightmare” that “…is coming true before our very eyes.”

  “The world depicted in Lord of the World is one where creeping secularism and godless humanism have triumphed over traditional morality. It is a world where philosophical relativism has triumphed over objectivity; a world where, in the name of tolerance, religious doctrine is not tolerated. It is a world where euthanasia is practiced widely and religion hardly practiced at all. The lord of this nightmare world is a benign-looking politician intent on power in the name of "peace", and intent on the destruction of religion in the name of "truth". In such a world, only a small and shrinking Church stands resolutely against the demonic "Lord of the World”

 It is unclear whether Pope Francis believes that the apocalypse is nigh, but he clearly views the book as a warning to people of faith about the consequences of the choices that humanity makes.  

February 22, 2015: Del Rio News-Herald * Letter to the Editor * Vaccination vexation

Letter to the Editor,

Vaccination Vexation

In the not too distant future: Angi, Cathi, Isla, Judi, Mora, Nona and Vangi are at the college campus clinic filling out their health history forms because they all need to take the mandatory Combined Disease Vaccine (CDV). 

All of them are first year students who are required to take the CDV in order to be enrolled at Southern Desert State University (SDSU) and live on campus at Abbey Downton Dormitory.

After they have completed their health history forms they are given an informational pamphlet about the CDV.  

The informational pamphlet states in part, “College presents a wonderful new world of educational and social opportunities, but unfortunately it also presents a new world of hazardous risks to student’s health and wellbeing; among these are communal living spaces, less than sanitary conditions, irregular sleeping habits, less than nutritious eating habits and less than safe sexual activity, all of which can leave students exposed, susceptible and vulnerable to various diseases. Prevention is the key to the ultimate health and wellbeing of college students living in dormitories and now there is the extremely effective Combined Disease Vaccine (CDV) which is a most important vaccine for all incoming first year students to keep them safe and secure throughout their college career.”

As Angi, Cathi, Isla, Judi, Mora, Nona and Vangi are patiently waiting for their turn to be immunized with the CDV injection, Nurse Ratched is meticulously reviewing each of their health history forms specifically the section where they wrote their Religion.

Nurse Ratched notes that Angi wrote Agnostic, Cathi – Catholic, Isla – Islam, Judi - Judaism, Mora – Mormon, Nona wrote down none and Vangi - Evangelical.

Angi and Nona are scheduled to receive the CDV (-) minus injection and Cathi, Isla, Judi, Mora and Vangi are scheduled to receive the CDV (+) plus injection.

The only discernible difference between the two injections is that the CDV (+) plus injection is laced with Omega XYZ which can cause infertility or multiple miscarriages. 

The requisite college CDV inoculation intimidation program is in reality a clandestine, involuntary population control plan designed to liberate the country of the “undesirables” by surreptitiously eliminating the virulent spread of religious fanaticism.

Unaware of what is actually happening to them; Cathi, Isla, Judi, Mora and Vangi blithely receive their CDV (+) plus injection and then go merrily on their way to their classes.

Marian Casillas, Ed.D.

February 24 - 27: The Crusades on EWTN at 2 am CT and 5:30 pm CT

TUESDAY-FRIDAY, Feb. 24-27, 2 am CT, 5:30 pm CT
The Crusades on EWTN

This four-part docudrama miniseries from EWTN refutes perennial anti-Catholic distortion by portraying the Crusades as they really were. Historians and dramatizations reveal the reasons for the Crusades, their nature, their successes and failures, as well as their legacy. 

Here's an overview of a fascinating – and timely – series:

Episode 1: A look at the history and reasons for the Crusades, which were originally known as "armed pilgrimages" because they sought to protect pilgrims visiting the Holy Land against Muslim conquerors. 

Episode 2: A look at the Crusader States, which were set up by the Crusader hierarchy after the miraculous success of the First Crusade; the formation of Military Orders such as the Knights Templars; the re-conquest of the Iberian Peninsula, as well as the rise of Sultan Saladin and his conquest of Jerusalem.

Episode 3: A look at the Third Crusade, which was led by King Richard the Lionheart of England, King Philip of France and German Emperor Fredrick Barbarossa; the famous meeting between St. Francis of Assisi and Sultan Al-Kamil; and the role that devotion to the Apostle James and the Pilgrimage to Santiago de Compostela played in Crusader successes.

Episode 4: A look at the failures and successes of the Crusades and their legacy, including the role of St. Louis IX, the rise of the Ottoman Empire; the epic Battle of Lepanto, a turning point in the war, and a triumph of faith; the final Christian victory in the Iberian Peninsula, and the loss of the Holy Land, in particular, Jerusalem.

Friday, February 20, 2015

Pilgrim Center of Hope in San Antonio publicizes February 28 - Del RioCatholic Woman of Hope Conference

Upcoming Conferences
We are thrilled that many more Catholic Women’s Conferences are being organized around the country.  We would like to highlight a few being held this February.  Please include these events in your daily CWC prayer and share with any women you may know who live near these areas.

February 21 -  Columbus, Ohio Catholic Women’s Conference

February 28 -  Houston Catholic Women’s Conference with Keynote Speaker, ‘our own', Mary Jane Fox, Co-Director of the Pilgrim Center of Hope and founder of the San Antonio Catholic Women’s Conference

February 28 - Del Rio Catholic Woman of Hope Conference with speaker ‘our own’ Angela Sealana, Pilgrim Center of Hope Ministry Coordinator and CWC Steering Committee Member

Del Rio Catholic Churches Recipients of the 2015 Lumen Gentium Award

Wednesday, February 18, 2015

LENT 2015

Ash Wednesday on Social Media #ASHTAG Selfie!

Tuesday, 17 February 2015 The Seven Holy Founders of the Order of Servites

The Seven Holy Founders
of the Order of Servites
        Seven laymen of the city of Florence, in the mid-thirteenth century, renounced the world and lived as hermits on Monte Senario, about 12 miles from Florence.
        They had a particular devotion to the Blessed Virgin Mary; they spent themselves in the care of others and eventually in preaching throughout Tuscany.
        The Order of Servites was founded from those who came to follow them, and was recognised by the Holy See in 1304.

History of the Seven Sorrows Rosary

"This devotion, which brings to mind the seven sorrows of Mary has a long history which began with the Servites (Servants of Mary) in Monte Senario, Italy about the time the order was started (1233), feast of the Assumption. Seven professional men from Florence, which was an important commercial center of Europe, were influenced by the repenting spirit common to the Brothers of Penance with whom they were in close contact. It is believed that Mary came to them and requested that they devote themselves to her service. In 1240 they withdrew from the world to pray and serve the Lord, leading a life of penance, prayer and service to 'St Mary'. Because of so many visitors, they retreated again to Monte Senario, nearby where Mary again visited the men. Here the Servites were formed. By 1244, under the direction of St. Peter of Verona, they began to wear a religious habit similar to the Dominicans and began to live under the rule of Saint Augustine. The order took on new life and before the end of the 14th century had over 100 convents throughout Europe, India and Crete. The Servites devoted their prayer to the rosary of the Seven Sorrows."

Mother of the Word

On July 2, 2001, the Holy See released a declaration of Bishop Augustin Misago of Gikongoro, on apparitions that took place in 1982-83 in Kibeho, Rwanda indicating that they were worthy of belief. Visionaries reported appearances by Mary who identified herself as Our Lady of the Word. Mary instructed one of the visionaries (Marie-Claire Mukangango) to spread devotion of the Seven Sorrows Rosary.

Promises regarding recitation

According to St. Bridget of Sweden, seven promises were made to those who meditate on Our Lady's Tears and Sorrows. [4] The Blessed Virgin grants seven graces to the souls who honour her daily by saying seven Hail Marys while meditating on her tears and Sorrows. These are:
1. I will grant peace to their families.
2. They will be enlightened about the Divine Mysteries.
3. I will console them in their pains and I will accompany them in their work.
4. I will give them as much as they ask for as long as it does not oppose the adorable will of my Divine Son or the sanctification of their souls.
5. I will defend them in their spiritual battles with the infernal enemy and I will protect them at every instant of their lives.
6. I will visibly help them at the moment of their death - they will see the face of their mother.
7. I have obtained this grace from my Divine Son, that those who propagate this devotion to my tears and Sorrows will be taken directly from this earthly life to eternal happiness, since all their sins will be forgiven and my Son will be their eternal consolation and joy.

Little Handmaids of Our Sorrowful Mother

And Mary said, "Behold I am the handmaid of the Lord; let it be to me according to your word." (Lk 1:38)

Sunday, February 15, 2015

February 18, 2015: Lent begins Ash Wednesday

February 15, 2015: Del Rio News-Herald * Letter to the Editor * Comics page challenge

Letter to the Editor,

Comics page challenge

Sr. Blanco and Mr. Brown are next door neighbors.

Sr. Blanco: What’s the matter with you?  You look horrible.

Mr. Brown:  I must be going through “missing reading comics withdrawal”. I feel anxious and jumpy. I’m shaking and trembling. I’m sweating profusely. I didn’t get a good night’s sleep. I feel depressed. I’ve been irritable and tired all day. I’ve lost my appetite and I’ve had this headache that I can’t get rid of no matter how many aspirins I take. I so look forward to the Tuesday edition of the Del Rio News-Herald (DRNH) because of the double header comics for Monday and Tuesday together in one newspaper. And this past Tuesday there were no comics.

Sr. Blanco: You’ve got to get a grip on yourself. Don’t you realize that you’re a mess? You’re addicted to reading comics daily.

Mr. Brown: I miss my Saturday comic strips page but then I make up for it on Sunday with the color comics pull-out section, and then I miss my Monday comics but I make up for it by having both the Monday and Tuesday comics together. They said there was some internal error on the website that provides the comic strips; I hope the internal error is satisfactorily resolved. The DRNH apologized to all their readers for any inconvenience; but I beg them to please don’t ever put me through this again, because I desperately need my daily dose of comics in order to survive.  I can’t live without my comics.

Sr. Blanco: Look at you man, you’re a comic strip junkie. But you can beat this, Lent is coming up, it starts on Ash Wednesday, February 18 and I’ve read that there’s some psychological study that states that if you can do something for 30 days then it becomes a habit and Lent is 40 days.

Mr. Brown: So you want me to give up reading the comics page of the DRNH for 40 days.

Sr. Blanco: And in that same study they said that if you replace a positive habit for the negative habit that you are trying to change that it will be a lot easier than just going cold turkey.

Mr. Brown: Thanks man, I don’t want to be a comic strip junkie. I know that I can replace not reading the daily comics page of the DRNH with something else for the 40 days of Lent.

Sr. Blanco: God bless you, man. Stay strong.

Marian Casillas, Ed.D.

Saturday, February 14, 2015

Esperanza C. Arredondo deceased Legion of Mary active member

Eternal rest grant unto her, O Lord.
And let the perpetual light shine upon her.

And may her soul and all the souls of all the faithful departed, through the mercy of God, rest in peace. Amen.

Esperanza C. Arredondo 

(September 9, 1917 - February 12, 2015)

Esperanza Cumpian Arredondo, age 97, peacefully passed away on Thursday, February 12, 2015 here in Del Rio. She was born September 8, 1917 in Durango, Mexico.

Preceding her in death was her beloved husband of 45 years, Eulalio Arredondo; parents, Aniceto and Guadalupe Cumpian; son, Eulalio Arredondo, Jr; and sisters,Pura Torres and Guadalupe Cumpian.

Family members left to cherish her memory include her son, Jose Arredondo and wife Olga Arredondo of Del Rio; daughters: Elvira Holguin and husband Albert Fowler of Sonora, TX, and Estela Acosta and husband Ramiro Acosta of Hobbs, NM; Esperanza is also survived by numerous grandchildren, great-grandchildren, nieces and nephews.

Visitation will be held Saturday from 5-9 p.m. in the funeral home chapel. A Holy Rosary will be recited at 7 p.m.

A Chapel Service is schedule for Sunday, February 15, 2015 at 11 a.m. at the funeral home. Officiating will be Deacon Hernandez. Interment will follow at the San Felipe Cemetery.

Thursday, February 12, 2015

2015 Del Rio Catholic Women's Conference February 28 at 8:00 a.m. Information & Registration form

(Email received)

Wonderful blessings to all!

Below is information and registration form for the upcoming Conference.   This year's THEME:  HEALING THE HEART OF WOMAN  is perfect for a Lenten reflection and our spiritual journey.

Wonderful speakers from San Antonio, our very own Father Moreno, music, song, worship, skits and more await you this year.

Please make plans to join us.   The attached registration form along with your check/cash payment can be submitted to any Catholic parish office in Del Rio.

Also, please share this email with anyone you feel might be interested.  All are welcome.

The Del Rio Catholic Women of Hope Committee

Del Rio Catholic Women’s Conference
“Healing the Heart of Woman”
Saturday, February 28, 2015
St. Joseph’s Catholic Church
8:00 a.m. Mass

Several women from our local parishes; Our Lady of Guadalupe Church, Sacred Heart Church and St. Joseph Church have united together in bringing this day conference to Catholic and Non-Catholic women in Del Rio. 

We invite you to join us for a very special Day of RENEWAL. 

Plan early and sign up now for this unforgettable day. 

This conference will energize you and bring you into a closer and loving relationship with the Lord.

The conference will start off with Mass at 8:00 a.m., officiated by Father Antonio Moreno. 

After a short break we will begin the conference in the St. Joseph Parish Hall.

Coffee & light refreshments will be provided during the break.

Registration forms can be turned into your parish offices. 

Please make checks payable to St. Joseph’s Church. 

Register early and submit the nonrefundable fee to insure your spot and a count for lunch.

This year we are fortunate to have 3 guest speakers; Angela Sealana, Jeannette Santos from San Antonio and Father Antonio Moreno.

Please bring pen and paper (notebook or journal) with which to take notes.

Religious items will also be on sale during the lunch break.

The conference will end at 3:00 p.m.

Registration Deadline: February 20, 2015.

For more information you may contact:
Margot Fernández: 734-0313
Leticia Martínez: 734-6857
Midiam Flores: 734-3959
María Berny: 719-0303

Del Rio Women of Hope
Our Mission Statement:
“United with our Blessed Mother; 
inspiring women to build a Catholic Foundation 
to teach, strengthen & empower their family
by trusting God our Father, Jesus his Son and the Holy Spirit.”

Monday, February 9, 2015

February 8, 2015: Del Rio News-Herald * Letter to the Editor * UFO (Uninhibited Furry Omnivores) sighting

Letter to the Editor, 

Op-Ed Hommage

UFO (Uninhibited Furry Omnivores) Sighting

It is midnight and Memo, the Mexican Mouse and Norton, el Ratón Norteamericano are scurrying atop Amistad Dam, when all of a sudden both of them stop dead in their tracks. 

Right before their eyes they see a luminous orb silently hovering over the water.

Memo: What is it? Is it a drone? Is it a new aircraft from the Base?

Norton: I think it’s a UFO (Unidentified Flying Object)!

Memo: You mean we’re being invaded by space aliens!

Norton: I think they’ve been here before.

Memo: What do you mean?

Norton: I’ve explored the Seminole Canyon rock art; I’ve gone to the sections that the public is not allowed to enter and view. There are pictographs there that would amaze you; of spaceships and intergalactic space travelers.

Memo: Really? Why haven’t you told me?

Norton: I didn’t quite believe it myself, but now that we see this UFO, I think I believe.

Memo: I know I believe, because I’m seeing it with my own eyes.

Norton: But you know that no one else will believe us?

Memo: But if we show them the hidden Seminole Canyon rock art, then they’ll have to believe us.

Norton: Some will, but most won’t believe, they’ll find all sorts of rationalizations to try to disprove the reality that there is intelligent life in outer space and that they are visiting us.

Memo: Do you think this spacecraft will go to Seminole Canyon like the other ones that came and drew the paintings on the cave walls?

Norton: I don’t know, but it’s headed out that way.

Memo: Let’s go to Seminole Canyon and check it out.

Norton: It’ll take us forever to get there, besides the terrain is so treacherous and the wild life is so dangerous.

Memo: I guess you’re right, but can you believe we actually saw a UFO, that’s awesome!

Norton: Do you think anyone else saw it and took a picture or a video of it, now that everyone has Smartphone cameras.

Memo, pensively looking up at the heavens asks, “Do you think space aliens have souls?”

Norton: I don’t know that’s a good question?

Memo: I guess only God knows for sure.

Norton: Some people don’t think we have souls.

Memo: I sometimes think that humans don’t really have a heart and soul because they don’t always act like it.

Norton philosophically states, “In the finale of our life’s journey, we will ultimately only be judged by the beauty of the love in our heart and the brilliance of the light in our soul.”

Marian Casillas, Ed.D.