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Monday, July 6, 2015

Not Alone


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Pope Francis 2015



Prayer for the Protection of Religious Liberty



Prayer for the Protection of Religious Liberty

O God our Creator,
from your provident hand we have received
our right to life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness.
You have called us as your people and given us
the right and the duty to worship you, the only true God,
and your Son, Jesus Christ.
Through the power and working of your Holy Spirit,
you call us to live out our faith in the midst of the world,
bringing the light and the saving truth of the Gospel
to every corner of society.
We ask you to bless us
in our vigilance for the gift of religious liberty.
Give us the strength of mind and heart
to readily defend our freedoms when they are threatened;
give us courage in making our voices heard
on behalf of the rights of your Church
and the freedom of conscience of all people of faith.
Grant, we pray, O heavenly Father,
a clear and united voice to all your sons and daughters
gathered in your Church
in this decisive hour in the history of our nation,
so that, with every trial withstood
and every danger overcome—
for the sake of our children, our grandchildren,
and all who come after us—
this great land will always be "one nation, under God,
indivisible, with liberty and justice for all."
We ask this through Christ our Lord.
Amen.

Litany for Liberty

INTRODUCTION 
Christ the Lord has called us out of darkness into his marvelous light.
Let us turn to him in humble but fervent petition,
seeking the grace to root out from our hearts all trace of darkness,
and all that holds us back
from walking in the full freedom of the children of God.
As Christ is our great model for that inner freedom,
which enables us to do the right,
let us turn to him with confidence
that we, too, may follow him to the fullness of spiritual freedom.

Lord, have mercy; Lord, have mercy.
Christ, have mercy; Christ, have mercy.
Lord, have mercy; Lord, have mercy.

Jesus, victor over sin and death… Free our hearts.
Jesus, source of light and hope… Free our hearts.
Jesus, fullness of truth and mystery… Free our hearts.
Jesus, teacher of seeking hearts… Free our hearts.
Jesus, healer of body and soul… Free our hearts.
Jesus, bringer of mercy and justice… Free our hearts.
Jesus, who humble the heart and mind… Free our hearts.
Jesus, release of captives… Free our hearts.
Jesus, voice against violence… Free our hearts.
Jesus, courage for the lowly/downtrodden… Free our hearts.
Jesus, origin of all authority and power… Free our hearts.
Jesus, true lawgiver… Free our hearts.
Jesus, unity of order and passion… Free our hearts.
Jesus, freedom of the Spirit… Free our hearts.
Jesus, obedient Son of the Father… Free our hearts.

For the freedom to love… Give us your grace.
For the freedom to believe… Give us your grace.
For the freedom to hope… Give us your grace.
For the freedom to worship… Give us your grace.
For the freedom to serve in charity… Give us your grace.
For the freedom to care for the suffering… Give us your grace.
For the freedom to comfort the sick… Give us your grace.
For the freedom to feed the hungry… Give us your grace.
For the freedom to shelter the homeless… Give us your grace.
For the freedom to proclaim the Gospel… Give us your grace.
For the freedom to walk in chastity… Give us your grace.
For the freedom to live in peace… Give us your grace.
For the freedom to work in good conscience… Give us your grace.
For the freedom to stand in solidarity… Give us your grace.
For the freedom to seek justice… Give us your grace.
For the freedom to reject sin… Give us your grace.
For the freedom to reject coercion… Give us your grace.
For the freedom to reject falsehood… Give us your grace.
For the freedom to reject evil temptations… Give us your grace.
For the freedom to reject injustice… Give us your grace.

CLOSING PRAYER
O God, who gave one origin to all peoples
and willed to gather from them one family for yourself,
fill all hearts, we pray, with the fire of your love
and kindle in them a desire
for the just advancement of their neighbor,
that, through the good things which you richly bestow upon all,
each human person may be brought to perfection,
every division may be removed,
and equity and justice may be established in human society.
Through our Lord Jesus Christ, your Son,
who lives and reigns with you in the unity of the Holy Spirit,
one God for ever and ever.
Amen.

(C) United States Conference of Catholic Bishops

We the people decide


Friday, June 26, 2015

June 26, 2015: Del Rio News-Herald * Guest Editorial * Wedding cake conundrum









































Letter to the Editor,

Wedding Cake Conundrum

Adam, Eve, Madam and Steve walk into Chappie’s Bakery at the same time.
Mr. Chappie: How can I help you?
Adam responds, “We would like to order a double couple wedding cake.”
Mr. Chappie: Do you mean that you want two wedding cakes, one for each couple?
Steve: No, we want one wedding cake with two couples on top of the cake. Madam and I are a couple and Adam and Eve are a couple and all four of us will be getting married.
Mr. Chappie: Sure, I can put as many couples on a wedding cake that you want. That’s no problem.
Eve: But do you believe in double couple weddings?
Mr. Chappie: Does it matter what I believe?
Madam: We think so. We want the baker who bakes our wedding cake to bake it with love and affection to celebrate our union of commitment.
Mr. Chappie: Well in that case I have to be honest. I believe only one couple should get married.
Eve: Thank you, but we will be looking for another baker who believes in double couple weddings.
Mr. Chappie: Sure, good luck.

Peta walks into Chappie’s Bakery carrying her two miniature poodles, Prince and Princess.
Mr. Chappie: Excuse me Ma’am, but health regulations forbid animals in bakeries unless they are service animals.
Peta: Prince and Princess are not just animals they are my precious children.
Mr. Chappie: Sorry Ma’am, rules are rules.
Peta storms out of the bakery.  Later in the day Peta returns to Chappie’s Bakery without her dogs.
Mr. Chappie: How can I help you?
Peta: I would like a wedding cake for my children who are getting married.
Peta shows Mr. Chappie pictures of Prince and Princess and explains, “I would like a wedding cake with their picture on the cake.”
Mr. Chappie: Oh, how cute, a doggie wedding.
Peta: Excuse me, they’re not doggies, they’re my children whom I dearly love and adore. When I die I will leave them everything I have.
Mr. Chappie: Sorry, I didn’t mean to insult them or you. Of course I can put their picture on their wedding cake.
Peta: Do you love dogs?
Mr. Chappie: Sure, I like dogs.
Peta: The baker who bakes the wedding cake for Prince and Princess has to love dogs in order for them and their creature friends to feel the love you put into making it.
Mr. Chappie: You mean animals are going to eat the cake!
Peta: Why, of course. Their parents will have salads. I say parents because I detest the word owner. No one can own an animal. How would you like me to call you the owner of your children? I’ll just find a baker who loves dogs.
Mr. Chappie: Sure, good luck.

Mr. Chappie walks in the door to his home after work.
Mrs. Chappie: How was your day, dear?
Mr. Chappie: You wouldn’t believe the people who came into the bakery today!


Marian Casillas, Ed.D.


Friday, June 19, 2015

June 27, 2015: 35th Priesthood Anniversary for Father Antonio O. Moreno and Farewell Mass for Father Wieslaw Mikulski * 5:00 pm * St. Joseph Catholic Church * Reception at St. Joseph Parish Hall *

























35th Priesthood Anniversary and Farewell Mass
Father Antonio O. Moreno – 35th Priesthood Anniversary
Father Wieslaw Mikulski - Farewell Celebration

You are invited:
June 27, 2015
Time:  5:00 p.m.
35th Priesthood Anniversary and Farewell Mass
St. Joseph Catholic Church, Del Rio, Texas
Reception following Mass:
St. Joseph Parish Hall



Saturday, June 13, 2015

June 20, 2015: Rosary Making Workshop 1:30 pm at St. Joseph Parish Hall




























THE LEGION OF MARY IS SPONSORING
ROSARY MAKING WORKSHOP
Come learn to make Rosaries
Free Supplies—Everyone Invited
Saturday, June 20, 2015
1:30 pm
Pray the Rosary followed by Workshop
510 Wernett Street
St. Joseph Parish Hall





Thursday, June 11, 2015

June 11, 2015: Del Rio News-Herald * OPINION * Letter to the Editor * Politics vs. pop culture






































Letter to the Editor,

Politics vs. Pop culture

Last semester Cathi and Evan were taking United States History I class with Professor Hago at Southern Desert State University (SDSU) and their assignment was to interview undergraduate students about their knowledge of past and current United States historical events.

They decided to do a “man on the street” type interview video, like the ones on TV talk shows and YouTube.

The undergraduate students they interviewed in the college courtyard were a diverse group: female and male; African American/Black, Caucasian/White, and Hispanic/Latino; with majors in Accounting, Biology, Business Administration, Criminal Justice, English Literature, History, Liberal Arts and Sciences, Nursing, Psychology and Teacher Education.  

Cathi asked a United States History question about the past, “Who won the Civil War?”
First: (Silence, no response.)
Second: We did, the South.
Third: The one in 1965 or which Civil War?
Fourth: Who was in it?
Fifth: I don’t even know.
Sixth: America?
Seventh: The Confederates, right?
Eighth: I have no clue.
Ninth: This is so embarrassing, you put me on the spot and I just don’t remember right now. I know I know the answer.
Tenth: The Union, the North.

Evan asked a United States History question about the present, “Who is our Vice President?”
First: I don’t know.
Second: I have no idea.
Third: Of right now? I don’t know.
Fourth: Umm, what is his name? Oh, my gosh! I have his face in my head.
Fifth: Is this like a trick question?
Evan: Nope.
Fifth: Okay, I don’t know.
Sixth: I have no idea.
Seventh: Don’t know.
Eighth: (Laughing)
Ninth: I know I should know it.
Tenth: John, umm, Joe Biden.

They decided to ask questions about current popular events.

Cathi asked, “Who is the star of The Hunger Games?”
First through Tenth responded: “Jennifer Lawrence.”

Evan asked, “Who is Justin Bieber’s on and off-again girlfriend?”
First through Tenth responded: “Selena Gomez”.

Cathi and Evan got an “A” on their assignment.

“Those who don't know history are doomed to repeat it.” ― Edmund Burke

Know the past and learn from it!


Marian Casillas, Ed.D.  


Wednesday, June 10, 2015

June 11, 2015: Frank Duff: A Model of Catholic Laity - New EWTN Special at 2 am & 5:30 pm
















He founded a worldwide organization for Catholic laity that drew inspiration from St. Louis Marie de Montfort's Marian classic "True Devotion to Mary". 

The organization would be dedicated to prayer, works of mercy, and apostolic endeavors under the patronage of the Blessed Virgin Mary, Mother of God. 

In fact, he was part of the "New Evangelization" before that term was coined -- yet he was neither a Pope, a bishop, nor a priest, but a layman.

On June 11, EWTN presents a half-hour documentary on the remarkable life and times of Legion of Mary Founder and Servant of God Frank Duff. "Frank Duff: A Model of Catholic Laity" airs 5:30 p.m. CT, Thursday, June 11.

Duff was born to civil servant parents John and Susan Duff in Dublin, Ireland in 1889. 

The eldest of seven children, young Frank would follow in his parent's footsteps into the same career. 

At age 24, Duff began his involvement in church ministry, volunteering with the Society of St. Vincent de Paul and witnessing to Dublin's inner city poor.

In 1921, Duff founded the Legion of Mary. 

Members reach out to fellow parishioners, helping families, visiting the sick, meeting weekly for prayer and fellowship, and carrying out a weekly apostolic work – all in the name of Jesus through Mary. 

The Legion predates many of today's 120 canonically recognized associations of the faithful, according to the Pontifical Council for the Laity's Directory of International Associations of the Faithful.

Almost 50 years before the Second Vatican Council document Lumen Gentium laid out the Church's universal call to holiness, Duff published a prophetic pamphlet entitled "Can We Be Saints?"

It was 1916 when he wrote: "In the heart of every right-thinking Catholic, God has implanted the desire to become a saint. Yet few make a serious attempt to realize the ambition."

It would also be 50 years later that Pope Paul VI would invite Duff to be a lay observer at the Second Vatican Council.

He was given a standing ovation from the bishops convened there during the Council's fourth and final session.

Frank Duff went home to the Lord on November 7, 1980 at the age of 91.

Today, with over several million members worldwide, The Legion of Mary's impact in the service of the Church has been immense and its founder is now a candidate for sainthood. 




Thank you card for Father Moreno & Legion of Mary members from The Arredondo family









Saturday, June 6, 2015

June 9, 2015: Sacred Heart Society & Father Martin of Our Lady of Guadalupe Church - 5:00 p.m. Rosary & 6:00 p.m. Mass Intention for Legion of Mary


















On June 9, 2015 the Sacred Heart Society and Pastor Father Martin Alonso MNM of Our Lady of Church invites all Legion of Mary active and auxiliary members to pray the Rosary at 5:00 p.m. followed by Mass specifically offered for the intention of the ministry work of the Legion of Mary.

June 2015 – Month of the Sacred Heart of Jesus

Sacred Heart of Jesus, I trust in You!