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Saturday, November 22, 2014

November 22 & 29, 2014: EWTN showing Part 1 & 2 of movie "Mary of Nazareth" at 7 pm

















'Mary of Nazareth': EWTN's Thanksgiving Gift To You!
By Michelle Laque Johnson

From the moment “Mary of Nazareth” explodes on the screen, you know that the movie you are about to see is going to be as special as the woman it portrays – and it does not disappoint. Imagine seeing Salvation History through the eyes of the Mother of God!

EWTN airs this “Mary of Nazareth” in two parts on either side of the Thanksgiving holiday. (Part 1 airs 7 p.m. CT, Saturday, Nov. 22; and Part 2 airs 7 p.m. CT, Saturday, Nov. 29.) 

Directed by Giacomo Campiotti (“Bakhita,” “Doctor Zhivago,” “St. Giuseppe Moscati”), and written byFrancesco Arlanch (“Restless Heart,” “Pius XII,” “Pope John Paul II”), and filmed on location in Europe with beautifully realistic settings, this film is sure to impress, intrigue, and inspire you!

You will be surprised by the tension, the drama, the realistic dialogue and the beautifully acting! You’ll watch Joseph court Mary, her joy after the visit of the Angel Gabriel, her father’s outrage and her mother’s terror when they discover she is pregnant, Joseph’s disappointment and later wonder as he comes to believe that Mary is carrying the Son of God, the birth of Jesus, the murder of first born sons, the flight to Egypt, the death of Herod, the plotting of the evil Herodius – and that’s just Part 1! In addition to Mary, you will get to know Joseph, King Herod, Mary Magdalen, and many others! 

According to the producers: “This film vividly captures the essence of Mary’s profound faith and trust in God amidst the great mysteries that she lived with as the Mother of the Messiah, her compassionate humanity and concern for others, and the deep love that she and Jesus shared for one another. This movie underscores her special role in God’s plan for our redemption, her unique relationship with Christ, and the tremendous suffering that she endured in union with his passion and death, as well as her serene joy.

If you miss this excellent film – you will have missed something special!



November reminds us of giving thanks from Pilgrim Center of Hope -Catholic Evangelization Ministry in San Antonio









Pilgrim Center of Hope  -  Catholic Evangelization Ministry in San Antonio 

Greetings!  November reminds us of giving thanks.  How often do we stop and give thanks?  

Pope Francis recently spoke about giving thanks: “If we can realize that everything is God’s gift, how happy will our hearts be! Everything is his gift. He is our strength! … Saying ‘thank you’ is such an easy thing, and yet so hard!”

Holy Family - detail of painting that hangs at St. Joseph's Church in NazarethWe have been told when people pray, their prayer is mostly one of petition and intercession; however, the prayer of “thanksgiving” is often not said.  

Research has indicated that when people take time to be thankful or grateful, it can make you happier, healthier and aware of counting your blessings each day.















Image: Photo of original painting in the Church of Saint Joseph, Nazareth, Holy Land

Advice from the Pope (and us!)

Along with giving thanks, Pope Francis added: 
“If families can say these three things, they will be fine: ‘Sorry,’ ‘Excuse me,’ ‘Thank you.’ 
"How often do we say ‘thank you’ in our families? How often do we say ‘thank you’ to those who help us, those close to us, those at our side throughout life? All too often we take everything for granted!” (St. Peter’s Square, October 13, 2014)

These words are good to remember and say daily!  

A few years ago, we produced 30 second “commercials” advertising the Catholic Church on a few secular radio stations.  Each commercial had a message of invitation. We added, “Stop and count your blessings; it’s a good feeling. The Catholic Church – We care!”  

Go ahead: Stop and count your blessings, and be grateful.

Think about writing a list of 25 items you are thankful for. Try this:  
Write 5 living people you are grateful for.
Write 5 physical abilities you are grateful for.
Write 5 places you are happy you have visited.
Write 5 things about this year you are grateful for.
Write 5 things about the Catholic Church you are grateful for.
Thanksgiving Scriptures to Share

The Bible is filled with verses on “thanksgiving”. Here are a few for you to ponder. Share them with family and friends. 

1 Chronicles 16:34 --- Give thanks to the LORD, for he is good; his love endures forever.

Psalm 28:7 --- The LORD is my strength and my shield; my heart trusts in him, and I am helped. My heart leaps for joy and I will give thanks to him in song.

Psalm 95:2-3 --- Let us come before him with thanksgiving and extol him with music and song.  For the LORD is the great God, the great King above all gods.

Psalm 106:1 --- Praise the LORD. Give thanks to the LORD, for he is good; his love endures forever.

1 Corinthians 1:4-5 --- I always thank God for you because of his grace given you in Christ Jesus.  For in him you have been enriched in every way--in all your speaking and in all your knowledge...

2 Corinthians 4:15-16 --- All this is for your benefit, so that the grace that is reaching more and more people may cause thanksgiving to overflow to the glory of God.  Therefore we do not lose heart.
Though outwardly we are wasting away, yet inwardly we are being renewed day by day.

2 Corinthians 9:11-12 --- You will be made rich in every way so that you can be generous on every occasion, and through us your generosity will result in thanksgiving to God.  This service that you perform is not only supplying the needs of God's people but is also overflowing in many expressions of thanks to God.

Ephesians 1:15-16 --- For this reason, ever since I heard about your faith in the Lord Jesus and your love for all the saints,  I have not stopped giving thanks for you, remembering you in my prayers.

Colossians 3:17 --- And whatever you do, whether in word or deed, do it all in the name of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks to God the Father through him.

1 Timothy 4:4-5 --- For everything God created is good, and nothing is to be rejected if it is received with thanksgiving,  because it is consecrated by the word of God and prayer.

A blessed Thanksgiving,
  
Tom Fox  Mary Jane Fox
Deacon Tom and Mary Jane Fox
Co-Founders, Directors

Pilgrim Center of Hope




November 20, 2014: Del Rio News-Herald * Letter to the Editor * A Thanksgiving Tall Tale









































Letter to the Editor,
A THANKSGIVING Tall Tale 
Mr. Hanks is a conservative and Mr. Givin is a liberal. 
They live in the small border town of Riverville, Texas. 
They live across the street from each other; Mr. Hanks on the South side of the street and Mr. Givin on the North side of the street. 
They are neighbors but they are not the least bit neighborly. 
Elections are the worst time of the year for the neighborhood. 
Their front lawns are strewn with a conglomeration of campaign signs. 
Mr. Hanks has all the Republican candidates’ signs and Mr. Givin has all the Democratic candidates’ signs. 
As you would expect their cars are also covered with the candidates’ stickers. 
Mr. Hanks drives a large, red SUV and Mr. Givin drives a small, blue hybrid. 
As soon as Mr. Hanks gets home from work he sits down to watch FOX NEWS until it’s time to go to bed. 
As soon as Mr. Givin gets home from work he sits down to watch MSNBC until it’s time to go to bed.
Mr. Hanks has a beautiful daughter named Reagan and Mr. Givin has a handsome son named Kennedy. 
And as it so happens in life, Reagan Hanks and Kennedy Givin fell in love and got married in a June wedding. 
Mr. Hanks told his daughter, “Why couldn’t you have married a nice conservative Republican young man?” 
Mr. Givin told his son, “Why couldn’t you have married a nice liberal Democratic young woman?”
This is the first year that both families will be celebrating THANKSGIVING Day together. 
THANKSGIVING Lunch will be at the Hanks residence and THANKSGIVING Dinner will be at the Givin residence. 
Politics is usually a topic not discussed by most people in polite company; but in this particular family it is strictly forbidden with the consequence of being eschewed and ostracized forever. 
Mr. Hanks and Mr. Givin both love their families and now they also want to enjoy their new extended family, because they are thinking that they can hopefully influence their grandchildren.
Mr. Hanks and Mr. Givin weren’t even allowed to watch the THANKSGIVING Day football game because the Washington Redskins, as Mr. Hanks calls them, or the Washington Skins, as Mr. Givin calls them, were playing; and the family knew the problems that would cause. 
They sat on opposite ends of the table; Mr. Hanks had the turkey right wing and Mr. Givin had the turkey left wing.
I am happy to report that so far, so good, the Hanks - Givin families survived their first THANKSGIVING Day together. 
Let’s see how they do with CHRISTMAS Lunch and CHRISTMAS Dinner. 
Politics aside, 
Happy THANKSGIVING! 
Marian Casillas, Ed.D.





Legion of Mary Meetings CANCELLED November 23 & 30 and December 7















Legion of Mary Meetings
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November 23 – Christ The King Procession starting at 2:00 pm at Our Lady of Guadalupe Church, traveling to Sacred Heart Church and ending at St. Joseph Church with 5:00 pm Mass

November 30 – Thanksgiving Holidays – Thanksgiving Blessings!


December 7 – Promise by New Members at 2:00 pm at Our Lady of Guadalupe Church




Thursday, November 20, 2014

Santa's Priority from Catholics Come Home




This "Keep Christ in Christmas"- themed evangomercial from Catholics Come Home reminds us that all of us, like Santa depicted in this commercial, should make Jesus our priority at Christmastime each year.


Catholics Come Home® is excited to introduce you to one of our best ads yet, with a message that is sure to remind our commercial-driven culture what Christmas is all about: the birth of Jesus Christ!
 
Catholics Come Home® debuts its new ad, Santa's Priority!

From Thanksgiving to Christmas, Catholics Come Home plans to air our new “Keep Christ in Christmas” evangomercialTM.  

This campaign promises to be a powerful weapon against the secularism that has crept into our society and lured many of our loved ones away from Jesus, our true hope and reason for the Christmas season.  

We plan to reach 64 million viewers nationwide, with 70 spots in prime-time, during the most popular Christmas movies on ABC Family (like The Grinch and The Santa Clause, etc.), Hallmark and Lifetime channels each night between the holidays. We will also air in prime-time on NBC in the classic movie, It's A Wonderful Life and during the popular Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade airing on CBS. 

Also, share this ad with your friends on your social media accounts, tagging our Catholics Come Home Facebook page or Twitter account, and via email. Let's make sure this evangomercial™ reaches many!




November 23, 2014: Grand Procession Christ the King begins at 2:00 pm at Our Lady of Guadalupe Church then travels to Sacred Heart Church and ends at St. Joseph Church with 5:00 pm Mass


Thursday, November 13, 2014

November 15, 2014: Strong Daughters of God * Girls ages 12 - 19 * Our Lady of Guadalupe Gym * 5:00 - 8:00 pm







Strong Daughters of God

Saturday November 15, 2014 from 5:00 to 8:00 pm

Our Lady of Guadalupe Gym

A retreat for young ladies ages 12 to 19

The topics that will be covered are bullying, self esteem, depression, and rape

The retreat will end with Adoration

If anyone is interested please call Ana Briones at 830-461-3330



November 15, 2014: Blessing for Motorcycles and Riders * St. Joseph Church * 8:30 am





Wednesday, November 12, 2014

November 13 & 14, 2014: Running of the Silver Rose Sponsored by the Knights of Columbus Council 2687













Running of the Silver Rose

This Project was started by the Columbian Squires, the youth branch of the Knights of Columbus, in 1960.

Squires ran a real rose from Canada through the United States to the Basilica of Our Lady of Guadalupe in Monterrey, Mexico in honor of Our Lady of Guadalupe.
The project continued in subsequent years, but with a silver rose crafted by an artist in Mexico.

In the 90’s the Knights of Columbus Supreme Council took over the project, and there are now 4 roses that start in Canada, travel through the United States, and arrive in Monterrey for the feast of Our Lady of Guadalupe on December 12.

The rose that will arrive in Del Rio on November 12, is the rose that travels down the west coast of the United States.

Our Lady of Guadalupe — One Life, One Rose
Silver Rose Prayer Service Sponsored by the Knights of Columbus Council 2687

Join us in praying to Our Lady to strengthen efforts to restore the culture of life in our society.

Thursday, November 13, 2014
St. Joseph Catholic Church
5:45 pm – Pro Life Rosary followed by 6:30 pm Mass

Friday, November 14, 2014
Our Lady of Guadalupe Church
5:30 pm – Pro Life Rosary followed by 6:00 pm Mass





Nuestra Señora de Guadalupe - Una vida, una Rosa
Rosa de Plata Servicio de Oración Patrocinado por los Caballeros de Colón Concilio 2687

Únete a nosotros en oración a Nuestra Señora de fortalecer los esfuerzos para restaurar la cultura de la vida en nuestra sociedad.

Jueves, 13 de noviembre de 2014
Iglesia Católica San José
5:45 pm – Rosario Pro Vida y Misa a las 6:30 pm

Viernes, 14 de noviembre de 2014
Iglesia Nuestra Señora de Guadalupe
5:30 pm – Rosario Pro Vida y Misa a las 6:00 pm


The Knights of Columbus Council 2687 cordially invite the Catholic community to participate.




November 11, 2014: Del Rio News-Herald * Letter to the Editor * Pro-Life candidates victorious






































Letter to the Editor,

This November 4, 2014 Election showed Pro-Life candidates as overwhelmingly victorious. 

Nine pro-life Senatorial candidates won their races, meaning that the Senate will have a bipartisan pro-life majority. 

It is edifying to see women winning elections with a pro-life message. 

It is evident that the “War on Women” mantra which portrayed opposition to abortion and contraception as an attack on women’s rights did not resonate with the vast majority of voters nationwide.

Pro-Life Saira Blair, at 18 years old, became the youngest legislator in the country with her election to West Virginia’s House of Delegates. Her website stated, “My Core Personal and Political Beliefs: I’m Pro-Life, I’m Pro-Family, I’m Pro-2nd Amendment, I’m Pro-Business, I’m Pro-Jobs, I’m Pro-West Virginia.” 

Pro-life Elise Stefanik from New York, won election to the United States House of Representatives, becoming at age 31, the youngest woman ever elected to Congress.
Elise Stefanik stated, “As the only pro-life candidate in this race, I will continue to be a strong advocate for women, and to fight for those who do not yet have a voice.”

Pro-lifers Joni Ernst from Iowa and Mia Love from Utah both won election to the United States Senate. Joni Ernst has stated, “I believe life begins at conception, that all innocent life is precious, and that we must cherish and protect the unborn.” Mia Love campaigned saying, “The role government plays is to protect life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness, and I think that we should be protecting life.” 

In Texas, Pro-Life Greg Abbott won as Governor, having run against Wendy Davis who gained national prominence in 2013 after filibustering for 11 hours in the Texas Senate in support of unrestricted abortion. Greg Abbott has stated, “My pro-life position has been unwavering throughout my personal life and political career.” 

In our own 23rd Congressional District of Texas Pro-Life Will Hurd won the election. His website stated, “I want to keep America Strong — both domestically and internationally. We can achieve this by: Protecting a citizen’s right to life, liberty and pursuit of happiness.”

Now there is a mandate for these legislative Pro-Life priorities: 20 week abortion fetal pain ban, removing taxpayer funding of abortion from federal programs and vigilance over the President’s nominees to the federal courts and potentially the United States Supreme Court.

Passionately Pro-Life! 
Marian Casillas, Ed.D.





Sunday, November 9, 2014

November 7, 2014: Del Rio News-Herald * Letter to the Editor * A Simple Story







































Letter to the Editor,

Cathi, a Catholic and Evan an Evangelical are college students attending Southern Desert State University (SDSU). 

They are taking several college classes together, among them is a science class taught by Professor Sago. 

Professor Sago proudly claims to be a professed atheist. 

He mocks religion in all his science classes because he teaches that science is sensible and religion is ridiculous. 

Former students of Professor Sago started referring to him behind his back of course, because they were afraid of him and they needed to pass his class in order to graduate, as The Pagan Professor. 

The name stuck and generations of students later still refer to him by that moniker.

He loves science and hates religion. 

He doesn’t believe in anything except in what his beloved science textbooks and journals say about science. 

When he isn’t teaching hatred of religion, I mean, when he isn’t teaching science; he sits by himself in the corner table of the college cafeteria drinking coffee, no cream and no sugar, with his head buried in the latest scientific journal filled with the latest stupendous, scientific discoveries of the marvels and mysteries of the physical and natural world.

As a young man, he was considered a brilliant intellectual; but as he grew older he become less brilliant and more bitter, less intellectual and more intolerant of religion.  

He believes in tolerance and moral relativism, yet the only thing he is intolerant of is religion. 

He spouts scientific facts that amaze and dazzle his captive audience of students fresh out of high school, who are mesmerized by his knowledge of science.

Cathi and Evan, who are deeply religious and have been homeschooled, aren’t the least impressed with Professor Sago, and they are the only ones in class who are confident, courageous and committed to their faith, that they openly challenge Professor Sago point by point. 

Professor Sago is stunned because he has never even once been challenged by any of his former students. 

They have all meekly sat there silently listening to Professor Sago spout off pompously and sanctimoniously against religion.

Well, how does this story end you may be asking? 

Well, this story still has not ended. 

Professor Sago is still a tenured professor at SDSU. 

Cathi and Evan still continue with their studies at SDSU but have vowed to one day become science professors. 

Be on the lookout for the ongoing journey of Cathi and Evan, as they traverse the higher echelons of the educational system. 

Will Cathi and Evan make the Dean’s List? 

Will Professor Sago convert to Christianity? 

Will Cathi and Evan get married? 


Marian Casillas, Ed.D.