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Sunday, May 3, 2015

May 3, 2015: Del Rio News-Herald * OPINION * Letters to the Editor * Nursery rhymes past and present

Letter to the Editor,

Nursery Rhymes Past and Present

THEN: Old MacDonald had a farm, E-I-E-I-O
And on that farm he had a cow, E-I-E-I-O
With a moo moo here and a moo moo there
Here a moo, there a moo, everywhere a moo moo
Old MacDonald had a farm, E-I-E-I-O

NOW: @olddonaldo* had a smartphone, AAMOI (As a matter of interest)
And on that smartphone he did tweet, AAMOI
With a tweet tweet here and a tweet tweet there
Here a tweet, there a tweet, everywhere a tweet tweet
@olddonaldo had a smartphone, AAMOI
*Not a real person’s Twitter account

THEN: A-tisket a-tasket
A green and yellow basket
I wrote a letter to my love
And on the way I dropped it,
I dropped it,
I dropped it,
And on the way I dropped it.
A little boy he picked it up and put it in his pocket

NOW: I text and I text,
All day long all I do is text,
I typed a message to my love
And on its way, they hacked it,
They hacked it,
They hacked it
And on its way, they hacked it.
A hacker cracked the code and going viral there it went

THEN: Twinkle, twinkle, little star,
How I wonder what you are!
Up above the world so high,
Like a diamond in the sky.

NOW: Twitter, twitter, little hastag,
How I wonder why you lag!
With the world wide web so great,
Net neutrality what will be its fate?

THEN: Mary had a little lamb,
His fleece was white as snow,
And everywhere that Mary went,
The lamb was sure to go.

Terry had a Mini Laptop,
Its cover was white as snow,
And everywhere that Terry went,
The Mini Laptop was sure to go.

THEN: Little Miss Muffet
Sat on a tuffet,
Eating her curds and whey;
Along came a spider,
Who sat down beside her
And frightened Miss Muffet away.

Lovely Princess Bella
Sat dressed in her gown made of taffeta,
Surfing the web all day;
Along came a troll,
Who went on a rampaging roll
And frightened Princess Bella away.

Safe Cyberspace Surfing!

Marian Casillas, Ed.D.

Friday, May 1, 2015

World Day Of Prayer For Vocations

This year marks the fifty-second anniversary of the World Day of Prayer for Vocations. The purpose of this event is to publically fulfill the Lord's instruction to “ask the master of the harvest to send out laborers for his harvest” (Mt 9:38; Lk 10:2). As a climax to prayer continually offered throughout the Church, the World Day of Prayer for Vocations affirms the primacy of faith and grace in all that concerns vocations to the priesthood and consecrated life. Use this resource to pray for vocations throughout the year with your community. Click here to learn more. 

Wednesday, April 29, 2015

May 22, 2015: Rosary Making Workshop * 5:30 pm * St. Joseph Parish Hall

of the Del Rio Catholic Community

Come learn to make Rosaries

Free Supplies—Everyone Invited

Friday, May 22, 2015
5:30 pm

Pray the Rosary followed by Workshop

510 Wernett Street
St. Joseph Church Parish Hall 

Sunday, April 26, 2015

April 26, 2015: Del Rio News-Herald * OPINION * Letters to the Editor * Faith Leaders denounce family detention

Letter to the Editor,
Faith leaders denounce family detention
On March 26 a letter was sent to the President signed by 80 faith leaders representing churches, synagogues, and faith-based organizations in the U.S. detailing their concerns about family detention centers in this country housing Central American women and children and calling for other alternatives to family detention.
The letter was signed by high ranking members of the clergy including: U.S. Catholic Bishops, Evangelical Lutheran Church in America, National Hispanic Evangelical Coalition, Jewish Leaders, Christian Reformed Church North America, Lutheran Church – Missouri Synod, and United Church of Christ.
The letter stated, “We believe this practice to be inhumane and harmful to the physical, emotional, and mental well-being of this vulnerable population.”
The letter cited a recent decision by the U.S. District Court in Washington D.C., which issued an injunction halting the detention of families “concluding that a strategy of deterrence does not warrant the deprivation of individual liberty.”
The letter included studies showing the following: “a harmful psychological effect on children, in which they grow despondent, lose weight, and do not advance in their intellectual or emotional growth” and that it “undermines family bonds and parental authority.”
These detainees have already experienced the anguish of extreme violence, death threats, rape and persecution and “detention only adds to their trauma and sense of insecurity by subjecting them to possible further emotional or physical abuse.”
The faith leaders who signed the letter asked the President to “consider whether you are prepared for your legacy to include the purposeful detention of innocent mothers and babies in furthering an ineffective policy of deterrence that violates fundamental tenants of our faiths and the American ideal of providing freedom and refuge to the persecuted. The incarceration of vulnerable mothers and children fleeing violence in their home countries is a stain on the record of this Administration.”
These faith leaders stated that “a majority have valid asylum claims” and positively proclaimed “our faith communities are ready and willing to welcome and assist families seeking refuge”.

Marian Casillas, Ed.D.

Friday, April 24, 2015

April 24, 2015: Del Rio News-Herald * Letter to the Editor * Portraits in U.S. House

Letter to the Editor,

Portraits in U.S. House

During Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s speech to a joint meeting of Congress on March 3, 2015 he mentioned the image of Moses – Hebrew prophet and lawgiver.

He stated, “Facing me right up there in the gallery, overlooking all of us in this chamber is the image of Moses. Moses led our people from slavery to the gates of the Promised Land. And before the people of Israel entered the land of Israel, Moses gave us a message that has steeled our resolve for thousands of years. I leave you with his message today, "Be strong and resolute, neither fear nor dread them.'' 

There are 23 marble relief portraits over the gallery doors of the House Chamber in the U.S. Capitol which depict historical figures noted for their work in establishing the principles that underlie American law. 

The portraits were installed when the chamber was remodeled in 1949-1950.

Among the portraits are two Americans: George Mason - American political leader and Thomas Jefferson - Third President of the United States.

Four from France: Robert Joseph Potheir - Jurist, Jean Baptiste Colbert -  Finance Minister and Controller General, Saint Louis - King and Napoleon I -Emperor.

Three from England: Edward I - King, Simon de Montfort - Statesman and Sir William Blackstone - Jurist.

Two from the Byzantine Empire: Justinian I - Emperor and Tribonian - Jurist.

Two from the Roman Empire: Papinian and Gaius, both Jurists.

Two from Spain: Alfonso X – King and Maimonides – Jewish philosopher.

Two Popes: Gregory IX and Innocent III.

Also Hugo Grotius – Dutch Statesman, Lycurgus - Semimythical Greek legislator, Hammurabi – King of Babylonia, Solon – Athenian statesman, and Suleiman – Sultan of the Ottoman Empire.

The eleven profiles in the eastern half of the chamber face left and the eleven in the western half face right, so that all look towards the full-face relief of Moses in the center of the north wall. Moses who transformed a wandering people into a nation and received the Ten Commandments is given this preeminent honor in our country’s legislative chamber.

Marian Casillas, Ed.D.

Monday, April 20, 2015

April 17, 2015: Article in Today's Catholic - St. Joseph and Our Lady of Guadalupe parishioners take part in Legion of Mary event

St. Joseph and Our Lady of Guadalupe – Del Rio

On March 22, the Legion of Mary of the Del Rio Catholic Community began their special day at the 10:30 a.m. Mass celebrated by their Spiritual Director Father Antonio O. Moreno at Our Lady of Guadalupe Church; with the active and auxiliary Legion of Mary members processing into Church with their banner.

After Mass Father Moreno gave a special blessing to all the active and auxiliary members who were in attendance.

Then at 3:00 p.m. the Acies ceremony and reception was held at St. Joseph Church Parish Hall.

The Acies ceremony is the annual consecration to Our Lord Jesus Christ through the intercession of The Blessed Virgin Mary.

Approximately 70 active and auxiliary Legion of Mary members attended.

The bilingual ceremony began with the opening hymn “Ave de Lourdes” followed by the Legion of Mary prayers with the Glorious Mysteries of the Rosary and then Father Moreno gave a presentation on the meaning and merits of being a Legion of Mary member.

This was followed by the Legionary Promise being made by three new active members and then the Individual Act of Consecration: “I am all Yours, my Queen, my Mother, and all that I have is Yours” was pledged by all the active and auxiliary members. 

Father Moreno recited the Group Act of Consecration and the ceremony concluded with the closing hymn “Adiós, Reina del Cielo”.

Everyone attending wore a bright aqua colored ribbon with the picture of The Annunciation.

This year the Legion of Mary celebrated their 68th anniversary (1947-2015).

At the reception everyone enjoyed a delicious plate of spaghetti, garlic bread, tossed salad and a piece of celebratory cake.


(1)  At St. Joseph Church Parish Hall pictured left to right: Father Antonio O. Moreno, Spiritual Director of The Legion of Mary of the Del Rio Catholic Community and new members Pat Hubbell, Dalia (Dolly) A. Rogers and Bea Vallejo

(2)  At Our Lady of Guadalupe Church: Father Antonio O. Moreno and Legion of Mary active and auxiliary members

Wednesday, April 15, 2015

A Blessing from God....Great-Grandmother with twins

Beautiful twins. Miguel Angel...6.9lbs. Anna Alicia 6.6lbs.

Going to play golf with Dad.....getting an early start.

Making a planter at Home Depot. Looks like a lot of fun!

April 17, 2015: Covenant of Love Date Night - 6:30 pm at Knights of Columbus Hall

Friday, April 17 at 6:30pm
Knights of Columbus Hall
All married and engaged couples 
are invited to attend this month 
as we come together for
Couples Game Night!!!
The Covenant of Love Date Nights is a ministry provided to the couples of our parish to help enrich and support Catholic marriages.
Attendees will discover Gods plan for marriage, as well as gain practical tools to build a stronger and more joy-filled marriage.
This is a perfect time to bring or invite another couple who would also like to enrich their marriage.
A love offering be taken for the St. Joseph Covenant of Love Ministry
Contact Albert and Kristina for more information about the Covenant of Love,
830-734-5861 or 830-734-4792

Sunday, April 12, 2015

April 12, 2015: Del Rio News-Herald * Opinion * Letter to the Editor * Pope Francis will visit U.S.


Letter to the Editor,

Pope Francis will visit U.S.

Pope Francis, who became the leader of the Roman Catholic Church in 2013, will visit Washington, D.C., New York, and Philadelphia this fall. 

Last year, Pope Francis confirmed that he would be coming to the U.S. for the World Meeting of Families in Philadelphia this September and that he would canonize the founder of California’s first missions, Father Junipero Serra, whose statue is among those in the U.S. Capitol.

The World Meeting of Families is a global Catholic event that seeks to support and strengthen families. 

Pope John Paul II founded the event in 1994, and it takes place every three years. 

The Philadelphia gathering will take place September 22-27. 

The World Meeting of Families will discuss the mission of the family in the Church and in the world by focusing on the theme, “Love is Our Mission: The Family Fully Alive”.  

People are being called to come together from all over the world in faithful celebration of the family—the sanctuary of love and life. 

The September trip will be Pope Francis' first papal visit to the U.S. 

The proposed schedule includes arrival in Washington, D.C. on the evening of September 22, and a visit to the White House the following morning, where the official welcoming ceremony will take place. 

This will mark only the third time a pontiff has visited the White House; President Jimmy Carter met with Pope John Paul II in 1979 and President George W. Bush hosted Pope Benedict XVI in 2008.

Other details of the proposed itinerary include a Mass at the Basilica of the National Shrine of the Immaculate Conception in Washington D.C., an address to a joint session of Congress on September 24 and a papal address at the United Nations general assembly in New York on September 25, before heading to Philadelphia to spend September 26-27 at the World Meeting of Families.

On September 24, the 78-year-old leader of the world's Roman Catholics will become the first pontiff to address a joint meeting of Congress. 

According to the U.S. House Historian’s Office no pope or religious leader who serves as a head of state has ever addressed Congress.

House Speaker John Boehner announced that the pope formally accepted an invitation the speaker extended last year. 

Boehner stated, "In a time of global upheaval, the Holy Father's message of compassion and human dignity has moved people of all faiths and backgrounds. His teachings, prayers and very example bring us back to the blessings of simple things and our obligations to one another."

Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell stated, "From the slums of Buenos Aires to St. Peter's Square, Pope Francis is moving the hearts of millions and inspiring a new generation with an engaging and compelling style." 

Marian Casillas, Ed.D.

Thursday, April 9, 2015

Cross in the Sky

It was "an extraordinary moment," said filmmaker Roma Downey of a cross just appearing in a blue sky over Morocco as a crew was filming "A.D. The Bible Continues." The TV series begins Easter night on 12 News.

"A.D." continues where the mega-popular "The Bible" series left off. Downey and her husband, Hollywood producer Mark Burnett ("The Voice" and "Shark Tank"), are co-producers of the new series.

Their original "The Bible" drew millions of viewers around the country,.

"A cloud showed up in the perfect shape of a cross," and everyone started taking out their iPhones and snapping pictures on the filming location, Downey said.

They couldn't help but think that it was a "blessing of God for the project we're doing," said Downey.

May 28 - 31, 2015: St. Joseph ACTS Men's English Retreat at Camp Eagle

St. Joseph ACTS Men's English Retreat will be held on May 28 - 31, 2015 at Camp Eagle.

Registration will be April 8 - 10, 2015 at St. Joseph Parish Office.

Tuesday, April 7, 2015

April 10, 2015: Rosary Making Workshop 5:30 p.m. at St. Joseph Church Parish Hall - Pray the Rosary followed by Workshop


THE LEGION OF MARY of the Del Rio Catholic Community

Come learn to make Rosaries

Free Supplies—Everyone Invited

Friday, April 10, 2015

5:30 pm

Pray the Rosary followed by Workshop

510 Wernett Street

St. Joseph Church Parish Hall 


Sunday, April 5, 2015

April 5, 2015: ‘A.D.: The Bible Continues,’ NBC Mini-Series at 8 pm

‘A.D.: The Bible Continues,’ an NBC Mini-Series

On April 5, Easter Sunday night, NBC broadcasts the first installment of “A.D.: The Bible Continues,” a 12-episode follow-up to “The Bible"

A.D. The Bible Continues is a triumph! It tells the riveting story of the very beginning of the Church with reverence, excitement and brilliance. This series not only captures our attention but also our hearts as we trace the steps of those who first walked in the way of Jesus. While A.D. The Bible Continues dazzles the eye, it also engages the imagination. The narrative recounts how, with the guidance of the Holy Spirit, a small band of men and women witnesses to the Risen Lord set out to change the world. The mission endures today and people everywhere can find both drama and inspiration in this telling of the story of the Church, her origins, mission and timeless challenge. A.D. The Bible Continues helps us recover the wonder of the ongoing Christian adventure."
Cardinal Donald Wuerl
Archdiocese of Washington DC


April 5, 2015: The Resurrection of The Lord - Happy Easter!