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August 21 - 24: God bless St. Joseph Teen ACTS Retreat * * * August 21: When The Game Stands Tall starts playing at Cinemark 8 in Del Rio, Texas * * * August 22: The Queenship of the Blessed Virgin Mary

Wednesday, August 20, 2014

Sacred Heart School Assistant Principal Advertisement

Sacred Heart Catholic School
Del Rio, TX
Assistant Principal / Curriculum Coordinator
Sacred Heart Catholic School is seeking an Assistant Principal/Curriculum Coordinator, responsible for the following:
Provide leadership in curriculum development, implementation and evaluation
Support instructional goals by assisting teachers in the classroom setting; working with     students with different learning styles
Coordinate curricular team meetings to ensure vertical alignment of instruction throughout the grade levels
Required Education/Experience:
Master’s degree in Educational Leadership or Curriculum & Instruction
Strong teaching background  and exceptional communication skills
A passion for Catholic education
Knowledge of curriculum standards, alignment, and mapping
Applications can be downloaded from or picked up at the school office and will be accepted until Sept. 8, 2014. Applications and resumes should be forwarded for consideration to:

Sacred Heart Catholic School
209 E. Greenwood St.
Del Rio, TX  78840

Tuesday, August 19, 2014

Movie review of "When The Game Stands Tall" by Fr. John Zuhlsdorf

Fr. Z’s Blog by Fr. John Zuhlsdorf

I saw an advance screening of a movie with Jim Caviezel, When The Game Stands Tall.  The name is a bit odd, but it explains itself along the way.  This is a new contribution to a well-established genre, the high school football movie.

It is based on a true story of Catholic De LaSalle High School, which had a football team winning streak of 151 games.  The coach’s desire was to bring out of all the boys a perfect effort, not necessarily a win, and, thereby, help them become men.  

The movie is, in an over-arching way, formulaic – as true stories often are, you know.  Man remains the same, fallen and risen.  So, the winning team has a crisis they have to overcome and they find themselves along the way.  The coach has a crisis, and he has to figure out being both a coach and a husband and father.  There is a moment of truth (involving – yes – a football game).  Sound familiar?  It ought to.  But this movie does it well.  

                This new movie is not overtly Catholic.  Though it is at a Catholic High school, there is no cleric involved.  The only church scene is in a Baptist church.  Scripture verses figure a couple times, and prominently and appropriately.  You see the players at prayer twice (I think) and, that, the Lord’s Prayer.   So, this is not in-your-face Catholicism.  But, the world-view in the movie seemed Catholic to me.  The concept of the team promoted by their coach seemed to be founded on sacrificial love: seek that which is good for the other, not just for oneself.  Make a perfect effort.

I hope that, as the release date of the film comes closer, you will, in your parishes and groups, promote the film and even organize trips to the theatre as groups to see it early in its release.

Once upon a time, there was a strong positive Catholic strain in the film industry.  That went away.  It must be reclaimed.  That is why you, in a fundamental way, must choose to support Catholic films.  Make some plans.

WHEN THE GAME STANDS TALL: Starts playing at Cinemark 8 in Del Rio, Texas on August 21, 2014

Prayer is Powerful

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Prayer is powerful, and prayer is one of the best gifts we receive. There is no cost but a lot of rewards. Let's always pray for one another.
The prayer:
Father, Thank You for each and every day You have blessed us here on earth. Thank You for Your tender mercies. Thank You for giving us friends and family to share joys and sorrows with. I ask You to bless my friends, relatives, brothers and sisters in Christ and those I care deeply for, who are reading this right now. Where there is joy, give them continued joy, Where there is pain or sorrow, give them your peace and mercy. Where there is self-doubt, release a renewed confidence. Where there is need, fulfill their needs. Bless their homes, families, finances, their goings and their comings. In Jesus' name, Amen.

Saturday, August 16, 2014

Pope to Korean leaders: Honour our ancestors, treasure youth

 Pope Francis and Korean President Park Geun-hye

 Full text of Pope Francis’ address

In his address, Pope Francis spoke of the two occasions that have brought him to South Korea: the Sixth Asian Youth Day, and the Beatification of 124 Korean martyrs. “These two celebrations complement one another,” the Holy Father said. “Korean culture understands well the inherent dignity and wisdom of our elders and honors their place in society. We Catholics honor our elders who were martyred for the faith because they were willing to give their lives for the truth which they had come to believe and by which they sought to live their lives.”
But, the Pope continued, “A wise and great people do not only cherish their ancestral traditions; they also treasure their young, seeking to pass on the legacy of the past and to apply it to the challenges of the present. Whenever young people gather together, as on the present occasion, it is a precious opportunity for all of us to listen to their hopes and concerns.”
With regard to the challenges and opportunities facing the world today, the Pope said “it is especially important for us to reflect on the need to give our young people the gift of peace” – an appeal that resonates strongly in Korea, “a land which has long suffered because of a lack of peace.” The quest for peace, he said, is especially incumbent on political leaders, who must recognize that “peace can be won through quiet listening and dialogue, rather than by mutual recriminations, fruitless criticisms, and displays of force.” Political leaders, he said, direct their efforts to the goal of building a better, more peaceful, just, and prosperous world for our children.”

The Giver - soundtrack sample

The Giver - soundtrack

00:00 OneRepublic - Ordinary Human
00:25 Capital Cities - One Minute More
00:50 Tori Kelly - Silent
01:15 Jake Bugg - Feel What's Good
01:40 Bruno Major - Children
02:05 Rixton - Whole
02:30 Aloe Blacc - Here Today
02:55 Sheppard - Shine My Way
03:20 Needtobreath - Difference Maker
03:45 OneRepublic - I Lived

August 14, 2014: World Over - Sneak peek of 'The Giver' Jeff Bridges, Lois Lowry with Raymond Arroyo

JEFF BRIDGES, star of the new film THE GIVER, it's producer, MICHAEL FLAHERTY, of Walden Media, and LOIS LOWRY, author of the dystopian novel on which the movie was based, talk about the themes of security vs. individual liberty that are examined in this new movie and the pro-life message inherent in the work.

Thursday, August 14, 2014

August 15, 2014: The Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary

Blessed Virgin Mary 
Assumed into Heaven, 
pray for us

Robin Williams: In Memoriam

Life: To Take It or to Give It? By Camelia Murphy

Life: To Take It or to Give It?
By Camelia Murphy

Robin Williams, a much loved American comedian and actor, was found dead in his bedroom on Monday, August 11, 2014. The evidence indicates that he committed suicide. Many people are grieving his death. I was shocked and pained by the news myself. There was something very loveable about the personality that he projected in his movies, and it seemed like a horrible contradiction that someone who had made so many people (including myself)  laugh so much,would die in a manner that was such a tragic expression of hopelessness. What a very sad waste!

By contrast, today the Church celebrates the holy life and death of St. Maximillian Kolbe, a Franciscan priest who voluntarily gave his life at Auschwitz, in exchange for the life of a fellow prisoner who was a husband and father. He volunteered to take the prisoner’s place to die of starvation and dehydration: what a terribly painful death! It took two weeks for him to die: praying, singing, and comforting his fellow condemned prisoners. Pope John Paul II canonized St. Maximillian in 1982 as a Martyr of Charity. What a beautiful witness!

The Little Handmaids and some of our friends are again preparing to make the Total Consecration to Jesus through Mary, according to St. Louis de Montfort. It is another way to give our life—each year, we hope, more completely. We give our lives as slaves (little handmaids) to Jesus through Mary. What a beautiful gift and witness!

Your sister in Jesus, through Our Sorrowful Mother!

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)

August 14, 2014: The World Over on EWTN at 7 pm CT - Program about movie "The Giver" with host Raymond Arroyo interviewing actor Jeff Bridges & author Lois Lowry



Actor Jeff Bridges, star of the new film "The Giver," & Lois Lowry, author of the novel on which the movie is based, talk about the themes of security vs. individual liberty examined in the movie & the pro-life message inherent in the work.