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Lent 2015

Lent 2015




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Monday, March 30, 2015

Iglesia de Nuestra Senora de Guadalupe Horario de Semana Santa

St. Joseph Church Holy Week Schedule

Sacred Heart Church Holy Week Schedule

Legion of Mary weekly meeting Fridays at 5:30 p.m. at St. Joseph Office Meeting Room

The LEGION OF MARY of the Del Rio Catholic Community under the Spiritual Direction of Father Antonio O. Moreno is inviting all Catholic adults to come visit our weekly meetings on Fridays at 5:30 p.m. at St. Joseph Office Meeting Room. Please join us for prayer and spiritual growth. Visit “Articles For Heart Mind Soul” internet blog, a Catholic New Media Evangelization Ministry providing information, instruction and inspiration for the Del Rio Community.

La Legión de María de la Comunidad Católica de Del Rio bajo la dirección espiritual del Padre Antonio O. Moreno está invitando a todos los católicos adultos para venir a visitar nuestras reuniones semanales los domingos a las 5:30 pm en la Sala de Reuniones de la Oficina de San José. Por favor, únase con nosotros para la oración y crecimiento espiritual. Visite "Articles For Heart Mind Soul” blog de internet, un Ministerio Católico de Nuevos Medios de Evangelización proporcionando información, instrucción e inspiración para la Comunidad de Del Río.

Saturday, March 28, 2015

Star Spangled Banner As You've Never Heard It

March 27, 2015: Notes from Lenten Bible Study by Father Antonio O. Moreno

Women of the Gospel: 

Friends and disciples

Sponsored by The Legion of Mary

Opening Prayer:  St. Luke 1: 46-55

Topic:  Passion of Christ/ Sorrowful Mother

Introduction:  Meditation on the Seven Sorrows of Mary the Mother of God promotes union with the suffering of her Son Jesus Christ.  By uniting ourselves with both the Passion of Christ and His Holy Mother, we enter into the Divine Mercy of Jesus’ heart.  By honoring Mary’s sorrows we honor Jesus greatly.  Her Sorrows accompany us to the Passion and Resurrection of her Son our Savior Jesus Christ.

The Seven “Dolores” are taken from Scripture events.  Pope Pius VII in 1815 approved the Devotion of the Seven Sorrows of the Blessed Virgin Mary. The feast of the Seven Dolores is traditionally either the Friday of Passion Week, Which is the Friday before Good Friday, or more generally on September 15, the official date of the feast.  On September 15, the day following the ancient feast of the Holy Cross, the Church commemorates the compassion of Mary, but it is fitting during the year, especially during Lent, to honor the Sorrows of Mary.

The Sorrowful Mysteries

1.      The Presentation in the Temple (Lk. 2: 34-35)

2.     The Flight into Egypt (Matt. 2: 13-14)

3.     Loss of Jesus for three days (Lk. 2: 43-45)

4.     The Way to Calvary (Lk. 23: 27)

5.     The Crucifixion (Jn. 19: 18-27)

6.     The Descent from the Cross (Mk. 15:43-46)

7.     The Burial of Jesus (Jn. 19: 41-42)

Lunchbox story

(Email received)

I was walking through the cafeteria of one of the schools I am assigned to. 
I tested this little girl so she stopped me.  
Janeth has lost almost all hearing in both years. 
She is nine and failed 3rd grade.
Mom sent the doctor's report to the campus 3 years ago. 
Out of the blue, I got an email in October from someone I don't know telling me about her.
She was my first initial evaluation. 
Today she stopped me, I looked down  and realized how her case came my way after three years of floating around.
I want one.

Do you know how much more at risk children are in a large urban district.  
So many immigrant students from Mexico, Central and South America. 
Poverty is a terrible thing. 
Greed is a terrible thing. 
So many of these families come here and work so hard for a better and safer life for their children. 
I love these kids.  
It's  funny because my sons make fun of me that I go to work speaking English and come home speaking Spanish. 
Reading Spanish tests all day has made a difference.

Thursday, March 26, 2015

Pope Francis: The Gospel, the Crucifix and the Witness of our Faith

Pope Francis shared three essential tools for those who are far from God but want to get to know Him.

"To all these people, we can offer three things: the Gospel, the Crucifix and the witness of our faith. 
The Gospel: there we can encounter Jesus, listen to Him, know Him. 
The Crucifix: sign of the love of Jesus who has given Himself for us. 
And then a faith that is translated in simple gestures of fraternal charity.”

March 29, 2015: Killing Jesus at 7 pm CT on National Geographic Channel

Based on the New York Times best-selling book, Killing Jesus charts the political and historical conflicts that led to the execution of one of history’s most well-known figure. The 3-hour television event, premieres on Sunday, March 29 at 7 pm Central Time.

Who am I to Judge? by Fr. Jordi Rivero co-founder of Love Crucified Community.

Fr. Jordi Rivero is co-founder of Love Crucified Community. You may want to visit their very rich website

Judging and Correcting
Fr. Jordi Rivero, March 22, 2015

Who am I to Judge?
Fr. Jordi Rivero

Pope Francis has alarmed many faithful Catholics by saying more than once: “Who am I to judge?” They interpret his words as an assertion of moral relativism. But this cannot be the meaning of the pope's words because he has elsewhere repeatedly confirmed the Church's teaching on morality. A question remains: why does he say such things, running the risk of being misunderstood? The pope is seeking to shift our attention from judging others to judging self, from condemnation to mercy. This shift is an essential element of the Gospel which is often forgotten.

The pope's question “Who am I to judge?” does not deny the importance of objective moral law. It does not address the object (moral law) but rather the subject (my act of judging). Pope Francis is challenging us, as Jesus challenged the pharisees, to shift our attention away from the sins of others and towards our own. Once we recognize we are sinners and that we depend totally on the mercy of God, are we to condemn others?

An example of this is found in the Gospel story of the woman caught in adultery. Jesus does not deny her guilt nor the validity of the objective moral law against adultery. Rather, He shifts the attention of her accusers from the woman's sin to their own: “Let him who is without sin among you be the first to throw a stone at her.” (Jn 8:7). These words challenge the dormant consciences of those men and they are convicted of their own sins. Once this happened, the could not condemn another person. They stop accusing the woman and walk away. Only God can condemn, yet Jesus, at the end of the story, tells the woman: “Neither do I condemn you” (Jn 8:11). Saint Agustine commented on this Gospel passage: "What is this, O Lord? Do you favor sins, then? Certainly not! But take note of what follows: "Go, henceforth sin no more." The Lord did condemn, therefore, but he condemned the sin, not the sinner." (Tractate 33)
Jesus tells us: “Judge not, and you will not be judged; condemn not, and you will not be condemned” (Lc 6:37). The words of Jesus are for all, even for popes. We should approach our neighbor not as self righteous judges but as fellow sinners who reach out and suffer with them, trusting in God in our path to union with Him.
After Jesus' defense of the women, some probably said that He was defending adultery. Pope Francis is willing to suffer criticism to shepherd us deeper into the heart of Jesus. He is not changing the moral law; he is changing hearts. 

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)

March 27, 2015: "The Way of the Cross for Couples" by Covenant of Love Ministry St. Joseph Catholic Church at 6:30 pm

To Brothers & Sisters In Christ

From: Covenant Of Love Core Team

Join us on Friday, March 27 at 6:30PM

St. Joseph Catholic Church

"The Way of the Cross for Couples"

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 God's 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

March 26, 2015: Del Rio News-Herald * Letter to the Editor * End of life issues by Father Henry Clay Hunt III

Wednesday, March 25, 2015

Quotes from Mother Angelica

April 5, 2015: A.D. The Bible Continues Premieres at 8:00 pm Central Time on NBC

From Mark Burnett and Roma Downey, executive producers of "The Bible," the next installment of the epic story comes to NBC, Easter Sunday 2015. 

Trailer soundtrack: "Dangerous Man" by Little Dume.

» Learn More About A.D. The Bible Continues:

» A.D. The Bible Continues Premieres Sunday April 5th 9/8c on NBC!

"Seven Deadly Sins, Seven Lively Virtues" by Father Robert Barron

Fr. Barron's "Seven Deadly Sins, Seven Lively Virtues" demonstrates how we can counteract our sinful patterns through a conscious focus on virtue. Here is a brief overview:

1.       Sin: Pride
·         Virtue: Humility-stay close to the earth.

2.       Sin: Envy
·         Virtue: Admiration-make a conscious effort to praise the goodness in others.

3.       Sin: Anger
·         Virtue: Forgiveness-take concrete steps to make amends, even if you were not at fault.

4.       Sin: Sloth
·         Virtue: Zeal- pray that God will reveal your mission, and then do it!

5.       Sin: Avarice 
·         Virtue: Generosity- deliberately give away something you hold dear.

6.       Sin: Gluttony
·         Virtue: Asceticism- be intentional about offering up your desires for a greater good.

7.       Sin: Lust
·         Virtue: Chastity- honor purity and holiness in yourself and others.

Saturday, March 21, 2015

March 20, 2015: Notes from Lenten Bible Study by Father Antonio O. Moreno

Women of the Gospel: friends and disciples
Sponsored by the Legion of Mary

Opening Prayer:  Exodus 15:1-18 – The Song of Miriam

Topic: Mary: Which Mary are we talking about?

Introduction:  The name of “Mary” appears 54 times in the New Testament

There is Mary the Mother of Jesus (Matthew 1:18)

1.      Mary Magdalene (Luke 8:2)

2.      Mary, the mother of James and Jose (Mark 15:40)

3.      Mary “the wife of Clopas” (John 19:25)

4.      Mary of Bethany (John 11:1)

5.      Mary the mother Mark (Acts 12:2)

6.      Mary of Rome (Romans 16:6)

Mary was a popular name in the New Testament times (Greek “Maria”, Hebrew “Mariam”.
Miriam in the Old Testament is the sister of Aaron and Moses. 
She was considered a Prophetess and sung the Song of Miriam at the crossing of the Red Sea(Exodus 15:  1-18).  
This is one of the reasons why the name Miriam in the New Testament was so popular.
Tonight we will concentrate on Mary Magdalene. 
Was Mary Magdalene Christ’s secret lover?  
Did she erotically wash His feet with her hair? 
Did she eventually become Jesus wife and bear His Child?  
Was she a former prostitute?  
Who is Mary Magdalene? 
As Christians we look to the Tradition and Scriptures of the Church to reveal who she is.

Mary Magdalene is mentioned a total of 12 times in the New Testament- the oldest historical record mentioning her name.  

All 12 occurrences appear in the gospel accounts, wherein we learn the following.

a.      Jesus cast seven demons out of her (Luke 8:2; Mark 16:9)  

The notion of Mary Magdalene being a former prostitute, apparently made popular as early as the sixth century simply is unfounded. 
Luke did record an occasion during Jesus’ ministry when a women “who was a sinner” (Luke 7: 37) and of “poor reputation” among the Pharisees (Luke 7: 39) washed Jesus’ feet with her tears and hair, and anointed them with oil (Luke: 36-50: John12: 1-11). 
And, Luke did place this event in his gospel account just two verses before he introduces Mary Magdalene, “out of whom had come seven demons” (Luke 8:2).  
But Luke never specifically stated that the woman of disrepute was a prostitute, or that her name was Mary Magdalene.  
Other than the juxtaposition of the “sinner” at the close of Luke 7 and Mary at the commencement of Luke 8, no connection between the two women exist.  
What’s more, if one argues that the proximity of the two women is what likes them together, one wonders why “Joanna the wife of Chuza, Herod’s steward, and Susanna and many other” (Luke 8:3) could not also be considered candidates, since they are mentioned along with Mary Magdalene.

b.      She was one of many who provided for Jesus out of her own means (Luke 8:1-3). 

Scripture never hints that Mary Magdalene and Jesus were married or romantically involved in any way.
  Did Jesus exercise His power over demons by casting seven of them from her? 
Yes (Luke 8:2; Mark 16; 9). 
Did she (along with many others) financially support Jesus’ ministry?  
Yes (Luke 8: 2-3).  
Did she cling to Him momentarily following His Resurrection?  
Yes (John 20: 17).  
Was she a dedicated follower of Christ?  
From all we gather in the New Testament, we must assure that she was.  
Still, nothing in the Bible suggests that she was Jesus’ wife or secret love.

c.       She witnessed the crucifixion of Christ (Matthew 27: 56; Mark 15:40; John 19:25)

d.      She was present at His burial (Matthew 27: 61; Mark 15: 47).

e.      She arrived at Jesus’ tomb on the Sunday following His crucifixion to find His body missing (Matthew 28: 1-8; Mark 16: 1-8; Luke 24: 1-7; John 20:1)

f.        She saw the risen Lord, spoke with Him, and later reported the encounter to the apostles (Matthew 28: 9-10; Mark 16: 9-11; John 20: 11-18).

March 20, 2015: Del Rio News-Herald * Letter to the Editor * 1942 Crystal City and 2014 Dilley

Letter to the Editor,

1942 Crystal City & 2014 Dilley   

The recently published book “The Train to Crystal City: FDR’s Secret Prisoner Exchange Program and America’s Only Family Internment Camp During World War II” by Jan Jarboe Russell, brings to mind and conjures up a truly haunting and harrowing realization that history is unfortunately repeating itself.

The Department of Homeland Security in December 2014 opened in Dilley, Texas the largest immigrant family detention center. 

The facility houses mostly women and children refugees from Central America claiming to seek asylum, who are apprehended crossing the southern border of the United States.

The Crystal City internment camp and the Dilley detention center are approximately 100 miles and 70 years apart; yet apparently the historical lessons have not been learned, because there are many striking similarities that are incongruously and incredulously ironic between the past and present events.

Both President Roosevelt and President Obama issued executive orders to address the pressing issue of their time.

Legally and morally, a sovereign nation has the inalienable right and responsibility to protect itself. 

But why were innocent immigrant and American citizens imprisoned in Crystal City during World War II simply because of their Japanese, German and Italian heritage? 

And presently why are children and women being incarcerated in Dilley simply because they are claiming to be refugees seeking asylum? 

Detention centers and internment camps are debasing, demeaning and demoralizing, no matter how dressed up and decorated the facility may be. 

Detention centers and internment camps are what is otherwise in reality a prison; and a prison no matter how pretty, is still a prison.

The Dilley group of detainees is suspected of fleeing from violence, of supposedly seeking to avoid from living in fear and oppression, and of allegedly fleeing from the brutality and cruelty of agents of terrorism. 

And now they are further being traumatized by being placed in restrictive detention facilities deemed inhumane and immoral especially for children, but also for men and women who are desperately and urgently seeking and searching to live a life worthy of a dignified human existence.

Is the same vitriolic and virulent anti-immigrant attitude that was once exhibited to Crystal City’s unwanted population, also equally evident for Dilley’s unwelcomed inhabitants? 

If that is the case, then it is regrettably and tragically “blaming the victim”, with the heartrending result of real people with real names, real faces, and real lives and not merely nameless, faceless, lifeless entities being blamed, demonized and further victimized because they are seeking a safe haven.

Both the Crystal City internees and the Dilley detainees are the result of socio-economic and geo-political agendas, of which they are merely pawns in the chess game of power plays by the prevailing leaders in whose hands rests their destiny. 

The governmental policies then and now presumably intended to protect and preserve the exceptional American principles and ideals; have instead tainted and tarnished these most noble and honorable tenets of the American system of governance.

“It makes no difference whether a bird is tied down by a heavy rope or by the slenderest of cords, it can’t fly in either case.” – Saint John of the Cross

Marian Casillas, Ed.D.