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Friday, May 15, 2015

May 22, 2015: Covenant of Love Date Night at St. Joseph Parish Hall Featuring Guest Speaker Father Antonio Moreno beginning with 6:30 pm at St. Joseph Catholic Church

May 15, 2015: Del Rio News-Herald * OPINION * Letter to the Editor * Dismemberment abortions banned

Letter to the Editor,

Dismemberment Abortions Banned

On April 7, Kansas became the first state to ban abortions by a procedure known as “dilation and evacuation,” and called “dismemberment abortion” in the law.

This abhorrent procedure is common during second-trimester abortions when the pre-born babies are four, five or six months along in their development.

Pro-life advocates say the legislation is an opportunity to save pre-born babies from a horrific procedure which rips the arms and legs off of children in their mother’s womb because there is scientific evidence that documents the developing child feels pain.

Kansas Governor Sam Brownback said he was proud to sign this bill that protects life “at its most vulnerable stage” and noted bipartisan support because the Kansas House of Representatives passed the bill by a vote of 98-26, and the Senate passed the bill by a vote of 31-9.

The legislation, known as the “Unborn Child Protection From Dismemberment Abortion Act”, bans physicians from “knowingly dismembering a living unborn child and extracting such unborn child one piece at a time from the uterus through the use of clamps, grasping forceps, tongs, scissors or similar instruments that grasp a portion of the unborn child’s body in order to cut or rip it off.”

The law contains an exemption for medical emergencies or when a pregnant mother’s life is in danger. The law allows civil action against physicians who perform dismemberment abortions in violation of the law, but it also makes it clear that a woman who seeks a dismemberment abortion is not liable under law.

Pro-life advocates lament that the abortion debate has become disconnected from the reality of abortion when abortion activists denounce this legislation as an assault on women’s reproductive rights because it is denying health-care access to women and accusations of legislative misogyny because it is hindering women’s ability to make decisions. 

Abortion proponents are completely ignoring scientific evidence that a pre-born baby at this stage of development is a human being with a heartbeat, brainwaves, all of their organs and fingerprints and not merely a clump of tissue or “parasitic fetal material”.

In 2007, the U.S. Supreme Court ruling in Gonzales v. Carhart , indicated such legislative bills should be passed by the states by describing the type of late-term abortion involved as “brutal” and finding that the state has an interest in both protecting the integrity of the medical profession and “to show its profound respect for the life within the woman.”

On April 13, Oklahoma became the second state to ban dismemberment abortions when Governor Mary Fallin signed it into law after being overwhelmingly approved by the House and Senate. 

Currently the dismemberment abortion ban is under consideration in the legislatures of Missouri and South Carolina.

Permitting injustice inside the womb leads to permitting injustice outside in the world.

Marian Casillas, Ed.D.

May 15, 2015: Today's Catholic * Year of Consecrated Life * Praying for vocations in Del Rio with traveling crucifix, pilgrim image

Submitted by Marian Casillas, Ed.D. and Eva Nieto


The Pray for Vocations (Traveling Crucifix) Program at Sacred Heart Church in Del Rio, Texas began in the summer of 2013.

It was started by parishioners Jim and Wanda Thornton while working with the parish’s ACTS community.

Jim stated that he had witnessed a similar version being done at a parish in Grapevine, Texas about 10-15 years ago and he thought it was really a neat idea and brought it up to Father Jim Fischler, the previous pastor at Sacred Heart Church, but Father Fischler left for Castroville before the program could get started.

Jim mentioned that the idea came back to his mind following Archbishop Garcia-Siller’s issuance of his Pastoral Vision, and the current pastor Father Pius Ezeigbo was very supportive when they approached him.

The Pray for Vocations Program is on a monthly rotation at the different weekend Mass times. 

There is a sign-up sheet located at the entrance of the Church where parish families or parishioners can sign up for The Pray for Vocations Program and volunteer to commit to setting aside a brief time period each day to pray for vocations for one full week.

The family or parishioner comes up to the front of the church and receives a send off blessing with the traveling crucifix that they take home as a symbol and reminder of their commitment to pray each day for vocations.

Volunteers are encouraged to make the traveling crucifix the centerpiece of their prayer time for the week by placing it on the dinner or breakfast table, in the family room, or place in the home where the family gathers.

There is a Pray for Vocations instruction sheet along with several suggested prayers from the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops for the volunteers to take home.

Jim and Wanda Thornton have been active members of the parish and in the Sacred Heart ACTS community.

They have enjoyed being a part of this ministry but in April they moved to Lago Vista, Texas located in the Diocese of Austin. 

Presently parishioner Vicente Cantu is coordinating this ministry.

PHOTO at Sacred Heart Church
From left to right: Jim Thornton, Father Pius Ezeigbo and Wanda Thornton


The Vocation Cross Ministry at St. Joseph Church in Del Rio, Texas began in April 2014.

It was started by parishioners Barbara and Pedro Bernal who continue to coordinate this ministry.

Barbara recalls that for a couple of years she and her husband Pedro had been visiting the churches where their grown children were attending Mass: Sacred Heart Church in Abilene, Texas and Saint Benedict Church in San Benito, Texas.

She would see students at Mass who were in the Confirmation class would exchange a crucifix to take home and pray for vocations with their family, neighbors and friends.

Barbara thought that families praying for vocations was such a wonderful idea and began to question, “Why can’t we have that at our parish?”

She discussed this project with Father Henry Clay Hunt, III, Pastor of St. Joseph Church and he gave permission for the Vocation Cross Ministry to be established. 

Along with the Vocation Cross the families are given a prayer booklet with English and Spanish prayers along with suggestions that the Vocation Cross be placed in a centralized location in the house, and to especially invite children to experience prayers in the home and possibly plant the seed of a religious vocation.

Families interested in having the Vocation Cross for one week in their home can register in the Parish Office.

Presently each month the Vocation Cross is exchanged during one of the Sunday Masses. One month it is exchanged at the 7:30 a.m. Mass, the next month at the 9:30 a.m. Mass, the following month at the 11:30 a.m. Mass and following this way for the 1:30 p.m. and 5:00 p.m. Masses.

Barbara is involved in other ministries at St. Joseph Parish and she states that, “It makes me feel like I’m serving Him” and she also mentioned that, “The Vocation Cross motivates people to pray not only for vocations but for personal petitions because praying as a family strengthens the faith in both adults and children.”

PHOTO at St. Joseph Church
Left to right: Barbara Bernal, Father Henry Clay Hunt, III, Pedro Bernal


Father Joaquin J. Rojas, Former Pastor at Our Lady of Guadalupe Church, he is currently at St. Gabriel Church in San Antonio, stated that in March 2013 when he was first came to the Archdiocese of San Antonio, one of the recommendations that Archbishop Gustavo Garcia-Siller gave him was to promote devotion to “María Niña” since the priests assigned to Our Lady of Guadalupe Church are from the order of the Missionaries of the Nativity of Mary originating in Mexico. 

This religious order was founded with the principal objective to spread devotion to the Blessed Virgin Mary under the title of her Divine Infancy.

Father Mauricio Gomez Sosa, Vicar at Our Lady of Guadalupe and Father Rojas immediately started working on this project.

The first task is that they both set out to place the image of “María Niña” in a prominent location in the church and then they organized the novena to “María Niña”.

Later, at a meeting of the deanery, Father Henry Clay Hunt,III, Head of the Uvalde Deanery, asked all the priests, on the recommendation of the Archbishop, to pray for priestly vocations.
Father Hunt mentioned that at St. Joseph Church, where he is the pastor that they were going to take a vocational cross on pilgrimage to the various homes in the parish.

Father Rojas and Father Sosa began to discuss how Our Lady of Guadalupe Church would participate in implementing the Archbishop’s request and agreed that they could take the image of  “María Niña” on pilgrimage with a dual purpose: to pray for vocations and promote their order’s devotion.

And that is how “María Niña Peregina”, the Pilgrim Image of the Infant Mary began.

The pilgrim image of “María Niña” has been going into the homes in the parish and it seems that is already bearing fruit.

The people responsible for organizing the visits to the parishioner’s homes are Norma Castillo and Armandina Castillo and the current Pastor at Our Lady of Guadalupe Church is Father Martin Alonso Bustos Fernández, MNM.

PHOTO at Our Lady of Guadalupe Church

Left to right: Armandina Castillo, Father Joaquin J. Rojas, MNM, Norma Castillo

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.