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Friday, February 5, 2016

February 5, 2016: Del Rio News-Herald * OPINION * Letter to the Editor * The women of 'The Right View'







































Letter to the Editor,

The women of “The Right View”

You’ve heard of the women from the talk show “The View”; well this is a segment from the women of “The Right View”.

Charity: The main stream media is once again practicing a double standard by protecting the Clinton’s while scrutinizing Bill Cosby’s alleged sexual assaults.

Faith: Yet both Bill Clinton and Bill Cosby have had numerous women accuse them of sexually assaulting them.

Celeste: There is an 18 second Clinton campaign ad titled “Hillary Clinton’s message to survivors of sexual assault” in which Hillary insists all women must be believed when they accuse men of sexual assault. This is the transcript of the ad, “I want to send a message to every survivor of sexual assault. Don’t let anyone silence your voice. You have a right to be heard. You have a right to be believed. We’re with you.”

Hope: Did Hillary believe any of the women who courageously came forward with their accusations against Bill Clinton of sexual assault?  What message did she send to these survivors of sexual assault?

Mercedes: She tried to silence their voice, she tried to discredit them, she tried to deny them a right to be heard, and she was not with them; she was with her husband and she continued to stay with him for political gain because she dismissed them all. With this campaign ad Hillary is exhibiting the height of hypocrisy.

Charity: Now it is payback time for Bill Clinton to get her the Presidency; they tried in 2008 and failed and they are trying again in 2016 and hopefully they will fail again.

Faith: And when Hillary says “We’re with you”, who is the “we” she is referring to, her and Bill, or her and the Democratic Party?

Celeste: The Democratic Party hopes to bring the Clinton’s back to the White House after tarring all their Republican opponents with the “war on women” charge; however these survivors of sexual assault clearly show that the Clinton’s waged both a physical and psychological “war on these women”. 

Hope: Hillary Clinton is accusing Republicans of waging a “war on women” to generate votes and ultimately win the Presidency, but without the “war on women” attack, what does Hillary have?

All the women in unison assert: Absolutely Nothing!

The audience bursts into thunderous applause.

Mercedes: Ladies, we’ll be right back.



Marian Casillas, Ed.D.




Sunday, January 31, 2016

February 5 - 6, 2016: All Night Adoration Schedule at St. Joseph Church


January 24, 2016: Youth holding "Praying the Rosary for America" Banner at the March for Life Rally at Greenwood Park


January 24, 2016: Legion of Mary Praying Pro-Life Rosary at Star Park before start of March for Life



January 24, 2016: Pro-Life Prayer led by the Legion of Mary at the March for Life Rally at Greenwood Park



Left to Right: Roxana Venegas, Dalia Rogers, Dr. Irma Montemayor, Dr. Marian Casillas


2016 Del Rio March for Life Pro-Life Prayer


Dr. Marian Casillas
Part 1 “We turn to You, O Lord.”
On behalf of unborn children everywhere . . .On behalf of abused or neglected infants and children . . .On behalf of children who’ve been made to feel unloved or unwanted . . .On behalf of children who are trapped in poverty . . .On behalf of children whose lives are scarred by violence . . .On behalf of children who suffer from poor health or disease . . .On behalf of children who lack adequate food, shelter, clothing, or education.
On behalf of mothers and fathers who are struggling to care for their children . . . On behalf of parents who have no one to help them . . .On behalf of parents who have lost a child to violence . . .On behalf of parents who feel overwhelmed by their responsibilities.
On behalf of parents who grieve over their children’s sufferings . . .On behalf of unwed mothers trying to do the right thing . . .On behalf of women who feel pressured into having an abortion . . .On behalf of fathers who are given no say in whether their unborn children live or die . . . On behalf of women who now regret having had an abortion . . .On behalf of men who now regret having arranged an abortion for their wives, girlfriends, or daughters.
On behalf of medical personnel who now regret their involvement in any form of abortion . . .On behalf of all survivors of abortion . . .On behalf of politicians who’ve opposed abortion at the risk of their own political careers . . .On behalf of those leaders in our society who are trying to respect the gift of life . . . On behalf of our president, that he may lead our nation with wisdom and integrity.
On behalf of the unsung heroes of the pro-life movement . . .On behalf of our pro-life comrades who’ve gone before us into the new life of Your Kingdom . . .On behalf of all Americans who seek to cherish and defend Your gift of life.


Dalia Rogers
Part 2 “Forgive us, O Lord.”
For the times we’ve not appreciated Your gift of life . . .For our failures to respect and acknowledge the dignity of others . . .For the ways we’ve not done our part to defend human life . . .For the times we’ve been lazy or complacent in opposing euthanasia and abortion . . . For failing to take seriously our responsibilities as citizens.
For the ways we’ve relied only on ourselves, and not on Your grace . . .For the times we’ve been silent instead of speaking out in defense of life . . .For failing to love our political opponents as much as we should . . .For the ways we’ve not shown enough compassion for all the victims of abortion.
On behalf of our society and its efforts to devalue human life and dignity . . .On behalf of our nation and its failures to extend legal protection to the unborn . . .On behalf of our world and the constant violence it allows against innocent men, women, and children.

Roxana Venegas
Part 3   “Deliver us, O Lord.”
From population planners who seek to control others in their greed or lust for power . . . From politicians who claim to be personally opposed to abortion but who do nothing to restrict it . . .From those who argue for choice but refuse to give all children the choice of whether or not to be born . . .From those who claim to favor equal rights but who would deny these rights to the unborn . . .From those who justify the use of violence on behalf of their cause.
From religious leaders who excuse or defend attacks upon Your gift of life . . .From slanted media coverage that goes to any length to hide or distort the truth . . .From legislators and judges who place their rulings and opinions above Your eternal Law . . .From pressure to be politically correct even if it means denying Your truth . . .From a spirit of indifference and apathy that afflicts so many of our fellow citizens.
From a blasphemous misuse of religion which tries to justify killing the innocent in Your Name . . .From an unwillingness on the part of so many Christians to be active in defending all human life . . .From a spirit of despair which might make us forget that Your Kingdom will come.


Dr. Irma Montemayor
 Part 4  “We praise You, O Lord.”
For the millions of Americans who are willing to march, demonstrate, and pray on behalf of the unborn . . .For our brothers and sisters willing to gather peacefully and pray and give witness outside abortion clinics . . .For dedicated volunteers serving in right-to-life offices and crisis pregnancy centers, and on community agencies, church committees, and national organizations.
For doctors, nurses, and other medical personnel who remain true to their consciences by serving human life rather than assaulting it . . .For elected leaders, politicians, judges, and other officials who have the courage and integrity to act upon their pro-life beliefs . . .For media consultants, authors, lawyers, businesspeople, and other professionals who donate their time and expertise to the pro-life cause.
For religious leaders willing to speak out and provide moral guidance to their people . . . For reporters and members of the media who try to report the news honestly and fairly. . . For all who support the right-to-life movement with their money, time, or prayers . . .For those citizens of our country who are willing to hear the truth and act upon it.
For mothers and fathers who cherish the gift of their children . . .For pediatricians, principals, teachers, school bus drivers, photographers, day care personnel, religious education catechists and Sunday school teachers, youth ministers, guidance counselors, social workers, and all who work with the young.
For families who love, nourish, and respect one another . . .For the gifts of wonder, innocence, and love each new child brings into the world . . .For the gifts of wisdom, experience, and perspective each older person offers to our society . . .For the talents, abilities, and potential present in each person on earth.
For making each one of us in Your own image and likeness . . .For giving us the opportunity and duty to shape and influence the world around us . . .For every sunrise and every sunset, for every new day and every peaceful night, for the beauty of nature and the joy of life . . .For the seasons of nature and the seasons of life, for the present moment and for the passing of years.
For our faith in You and our unity with one another . . .For allowing us to unite and pray together in Your Name . . .For calling us to work together in the grace and power of Your Spirit . . . And for offering us the gift of eternal life in Your Kingdom.


Dr. Marian Casillas
Concluding Prayer
Lord Jesus Christ, You are the Way, the Truth, and the Life. Show our nation the way to peace—a peace which can only come by proclaiming Your truth and by cherishing Your gift of life. May Your Kingdom come, and may Your Name be praised forever and ever. Amen.





January 24, 2016: Amistad Pregnancy Care Center Booth at March for Life Rally at Greenwood Park


January 24, 2016: Del Rio March for Life


Friday, January 29, 2016

January 29, 2016: Del Rio News-Herald * Devotional Section * Lenten Spiritual Journey





























Lenten Spiritual Journey

The Legion of Mary of the Del Rio Catholic Community with members from Our Lady of Guadalupe Church, Sacred Heart Church and St. Joseph Church, extend a most cordial invitation to everyone to join them for a Lenten Spiritual Journey with Christ the Divine Mercy during this Extraordinary Jubilee Year of Mercy proclaimed by His Holiness Pope Francis.

The theme of the presentations will be “Jesus the Merciful Face of the Father” presented by Father Antonio O. Moreno and they will be on Tuesdays, starting February 9 and concluding on March 29 from 7:30 p.m. – 9:00 p.m.at St. Joseph Parish Hall.

At 7:30 p.m. the Rosary in honor of the Merciful Mother will be prayed along with the prayer to St. Michael the Archangel and the “Catena Legion”, with the presentation to follow.

These presentations are free of charge and are in preparation for the Total Consecration to Jesus the Divine Mercy through Mary according to St. Louis De Montfort and it is open to all Catholic adults 18 and older.

The Total Consecration to Jesus through Mary will be held on Divine Mercy Sunday, April 3, 2016.

If you have ever thought about making the Total Consecration to Jesus through Mary, this is a wonderful opportunity to fulfill this desire.

Even if you do not feel called at this time to make the Total Consecration to Jesus through Mary, please join us for a most edifying and enriching Lenten Spiritual Journey.




Jornada Espiritual de Cuaresma

La Legión de María de la Comunidad Católica de Del Río  con miembros de la Iglesia Nuestra Señora de Guadalupe, la Iglesia del Sagrado Corazón y la Iglesia de San José, les extiende una invitación muy cordial a todos para unirse con nosotros para una jornada espiritual de Cuaresma con Cristo la Divina Misericordia durante este Extraordinario Año Jubilar de la Misericordia proclamado por Su Santidad el Papa Francisco.

El tema de las presentaciones será "Jesús el rostro misericordioso del Padre", presentado por el Padre Antonio O. Moreno y serán los  martes y comenzara el 9 de febrero y se concluye el 29 de marzo de 7:30-9:00 PM en el Salón de la Parroquia de San José.

A las 7:30 pm el Rosario en honor de la Madre misericordioso será rezado junto con la oración a San Miguel Arcángel y el "Catena Legión", y después la presentación sigue.

Estas presentaciones son gratis y son en preparación para la Consagración Total a Jesús la Divina Misericordia a través de María según San Luis de Montfort y es para todos los católicos adultos mayores de 18 años.

La total consagración a Jesús a través de María se llevará a cabo en el día de la Divina Misericordia, Domingo, 3 de abril 2016.

Si alguna vez has pensado en hacer la Consagración Total a Jesús a través de María, esta es una maravillosa oportunidad de cumplir ese deseo.

Incluso si usted no se siente llamado en este momento para hacer la consagración total a Jesús a través de María, por favor, únase con nosotros para una jornada espiritual más edificante y enriquecedora para la Cuaresma.





Tuesday, January 26, 2016

February 9, 16, 23 - March 8, 15, 22, 29: The Jubilee Year of Mercy Lenten Spiritual Journey presentations by Father Antonio O. Moreno from 7:30 -9:00 pm at St. Joseph Parish Hall in preparation for Total Consecration to Jesus through Mary
























Lenten Spiritual Journey

The Legion of Mary of the Del Rio Catholic Community with members from Our Lady of Guadalupe Church, Sacred Heart Church and St. Joseph Church, extend a most cordial invitation to everyone to join them for a Lenten Spiritual Journey with Christ the Divine Mercy during this Extraordinary Jubilee Year of Mercy proclaimed by His Holiness Pope Francis.

The theme of the presentations will be “Jesus the Merciful Face of the Father” presented by Father Antonio O. Moreno and they will be on Tuesdays, starting February 9 and concluding on March 29 from 7:30 p.m. – 9:00 p.m.at St. Joseph Parish Hall, 510 Wernett St.

At 7:30 p.m. the Rosary in honor of the Merciful Mother will be prayed along with the prayer to St. Michael the Archangel and the “Catena Legion”, with the presentation to follow.

These presentations are free of charge and are in preparation for the Total Consecration to Jesus the Divine Mercy through Mary according to St. Louis De Montfort and it is open to all Catholic adults 18 and older.

The Total Consecration to Jesus through Mary will be held on Divine Mercy Sunday, April 3, 2016.

If you have ever thought about making the Total Consecration to Jesus through Mary, this is a wonderful opportunity to fulfill this desire.

Even if you do not feel called at this time to make the Total Consecration to Jesus through Mary, please join us for a most edifying and enriching Lenten Spiritual Journey.




Jornada Espiritual de Cuaresma

La Legión de María de la Comunidad Católica de Del Río  con miembros de la Iglesia Nuestra Señora de Guadalupe, la Iglesia del Sagrado Corazón y la Iglesia de San José, les extiende una invitación muy cordial a todos para unirse con nosotros para una jornada espiritual de Cuaresma con Cristo la Divina Misericordia durante este Extraordinario Año Jubilar de la Misericordia proclamado por Su Santidad el Papa Francisco.

El tema de las presentaciones será "Jesús el rostro misericordioso del Padre", presentado por el Padre Antonio O. Moreno y serán los  martes de Cuaresma, comenzara el 9 de febrero y se concluye el 29 de marzo de 7:30-9:00 PM en el Salón de la Parroquia de San José

A las 7:30 pm el Rosario en honor de la Madre misericordioso será rezado junto con la oración a San Miguel Arcángel y el "Catena Legión", y después la presentación sigue.

Estas presentaciones son gratis y son en preparación para la Consagración Total a Jesús la Divina Misericordia a través de María según San Luis de Montfort y es para todos los católicos adultos mayores de 18 años.

La total consagración a Jesús a través de María se llevará a cabo en el día de la Divina Misericordia, Domingo, 03 de abril 2016.

Si alguna vez has pensado en hacer la Consagración Total a Jesús a través de María, esta es una maravillosa oportunidad de cumplir ese deseo.

Incluso si usted no se siente llamado en este momento para hacer la consagración total a Jesús a través de María, por favor, únase a nosotros para una jornada espiritual más edificante y enriquecedora para la Cuaresma.




Monday, January 25, 2016

Tuesday January 26: The Little Handmaids and Friends of Our Sorrowful Mother - St. Joseph Church room 11 from 5:30pm to 7:30pm

The Little Handmaids and Friends of Our Sorrowful Mother, 

A reminder that tomorrow Tuesday January 26 is our next meeting to continue with our spiritual formation program based on the spirituality of St. Louis Marie Grignion de Montfort. Everyone is invited to grow in Ardent Desire to have Jesus in our hearts. Please join us at St. Joseph Church room 11 from 5:30pm to 7:30pm
A few reminders:
1) We will begin with spending 15 min with the Blessed Sacrament
2) We will walk back to room 11 in silence and continue in silence until we began our cenacle.
3) lesson will be on Ardent Desire, Cami Murphy will lead the group


Friday, January 22, 2016

January 22, 2016: Today's Catholic * Rural Parishes Section * Reflections on Christ the King procession, celebration in Del Rio











































Photo: At Sacred Heart Church, Father Henry Clay Hunt, III pastor at St. Joseph Church and Father Carlos Oscar Velázquez Lázaro associate pastor at Our Lady of Guadalupe Church, are praying the Church’s ancient traditional Vespers, alternating in English and Spanish, utilizing their modern high-tech smartphone app





Reflections on Christ the King procession

November 22 was a glorious day with the sun shining its brilliant light and offering the procession participants comforting warmth.
The faithful gathered at 2:00 pm at Our Lady of Guadalupe Church and then the solemn procession proceeded to Sacred Heart Church and ended at St. Joseph Church with 5:00 pm Mass.
Olga Acosta, St. Joseph Church parishioner said that “attending the Grand Procession Christ the King was a humbling experience; in my thoughts I could see the Lord robed in his majesty and he is greater than any king on earth for he is King of Kings”. She recalled how Father Pius Ezeigbo from Sacred Heart Parish spoke whole heartedly about people being fearful to speak about God; instead he said ask God to help you overcome that fear and take control and  soon you will be able to proclaim the word of God without fear”.  She stated that these words deeply touched her and “inspired confidence in me now that so many places are not allowing God to be declared publicly”.
Dalia Rogers, parishioner from Sacred Heart Church reflected on how “good it was to see all three parishes come together with all the parishioners walking together in procession honoring Our Lord Christ the King and it was especially moving to see all the priests, deacons and altar servers join in prayer and in song.” She mentioned that what she enjoyed seeing the most was “people coming off the streets and joining the procession”.
María Rosales, parishioner from Our Lady of Guadalupe Church spoke in Spanish about the procession: “Me dio mucha alegría poder participar en la procesión de Cristo Rey porque Dios siempre me fortalece and nunca me falta nada. Tengo unos discos quebrados en la espalda y estoy muy agradecida que en la procesión  no me dolió  nada porque Dios es me luz y mi fuerza y no me canse porque íbamos rezando y dándole homenaje a Él. Lo que me dio mucha emoción fue ver los viejitos en frente del (Del Rio) Nursing Home y el padre se paró a darles le bendición con el Santísimo”.
(Translation: I was very happy to participate in the procession of Christ the King because God always gives me strength and I lack for nothing. I have some broken discs in my back and I'm very grateful that during the procession I was not in pain because God is my light and my strength and I did not get tired because we were praying and giving homage to Him. I was very emotional to see the elderly in front of the (Del Rio) Nursing Home and the priest stood to give them a blessing with the Blessed Sacrament.)



Tuesday, January 19, 2016

January 19, 2016: Del Rio News-Herald * OPINION * Letter to the Editor * Del Rio March for Life













Letter to the Editor,

Del Rio March for Life

Mr. Brown has just arrived home, and as he is getting out of his vehicle he is greeted by his next door neighbor Sr. Blanco.

“Hey there,” Mr. Brown returns the greeting.

“Have you heard about the Del Rio March for Life?” Mr. Blanco inquisitively inquires.

“No, I didn’t even know Del Rio had a March for Life. I’ve heard about the March for Life in Washington, D.C. and about the San Francisco Walk for Life, but this is the first time I hear about the Del Rio March for Life. Thanks for letting me know. When is it?” Mr. Brown asks.

“It’s going to be on Sunday, January 24th, the Sunday following the March for Life in Washington, D.C.”, responds Sr. Blanco as he continues to expound on the details, “It’s scheduled to start at 3:00 p.m., the Hour of Divine Mercy, at Star Park on North Main Street. It will make its way down South Main Street to arrive at Greenwood Park where the participants will make their peaceful and prayerful presence felt in the Heart of Downtown Del Rio, the center of town, the heart and soul of our beautiful city. At Greenwood Park there will be special invited guest speakers who will speak about the right to life around 3:30 p.m., among them will be the Coordinator of the Del Rio March for Life, Eduardo R. Peña, whose topic will focus on Civic Duty, being that this will be a presidential election year.”

“Great, I’ll put it in my calendar,” enthusiastically responds Mr. Brown making a mental note to himself not to forget, “and God willing my family and I hope to be able to make it. I’ll spread the word.”

“Sounds like we have a positive pro-life plan,” affirmatively announces Sr. Blanco, “and God bless all the pro-life people who will be participating in this event,” Sr. Blanco continues to elaborate, “so that we can give witness to the world that Del Rio is proud to be a pro-life city. Thank God we have such a dedicated young couple like Eddie and Jessica Peña in our city who are the organizers of the Del Rio March for Life and coordinate Del Rio for Life (DR4L),” Sr. Blanco gratefully acknowledges. “So,” finally Sr. Blanco ends his discourse, “Do both our families want to go together to the March for Life?” generously offers Sr. Blanco who has a large SUV. “Our family will be attending the Pro-Life Rosary sponsored by The Legion of Mary of the Del Rio Catholic Community which starts at 2:30 p.m. at Star Park, so let’s leave at around 2:00 p.m.”

“Sure, sounds great,” Mr. Brown gladly accepts the kind and generous invitation.



Marian Casillas, Ed.D.



Sunday, January 17, 2016

Sunday, January 24, 2016: Pro-Life Rosary at Star Park at 2:30 p.m. before start of Del Rio March for Life at 3:00 p.m.






















Pro-Life Rosary
  Sunday, January 24, 2016
2:30 p.m.
At Star Park

Join the Legion of Mary
of the Del Rio Catholic Community
and Spiritual Director
Father Antonio O. Moreno
in praying the Pro-Life Rosary
before the start of the 2016 Del Rio March for Life scheduled to start at Star Park at 3:00 p.m.
and concluding at 3:30 p.m. at Greenwood Park
with pro-life speakers












Saturday, January 16, 2016

Sunday, January 24: Del Rio March for Life starting at Star Park at 3:00 PM and concluding at Greenwood Park at 3:30 p.m. with pro-life speakers









The 2016 Del Rio March for Life.


Start at Star Park at 3:00 PM


Arrive at Greenwood Park at 3:25 PM



Pro-Life Rally at Greenwood Park at 3:30 PM - 4:30 PM



We march in protest of the


1973 US Supreme Court decision of Roe V. Wade, 

and to help educate and inform.


We march in defense of The Dignity of Every Human Life.