Juárez leaders are moving ahead with preparations for a possible visit by Pope Francis, officials said. "Although Pope Francis' visit to Juárez is still to be confirmed, we cannot wait until then. We need to work and prepare ourselves as if he is coming," Juárez Mayor Enrique Serrano said. To read more Click Here.
It took less than 24 hours for workers from Catholic Properties to begin repairing the desecrated headstones at La Isla Cemetery outside of Fabens.
Here’s a look at the work being done at La Isla.
The El Paso Choral Society will present Handel’s Messiah with orchestra and professional soloists at the Abraham Chavez Theatre on Saturday, December 12 at 7:30 PM. The performance will also feature Finzi’s Magnificat and Vivaldi’s Winter Concerto.
Prentice Loftin, EPCS Music Director, will conduct. The orchestra concertmaster will be Dr. Stephanie Meyers. The soloists will be Natanya Washer, soprano; Stephanie Sanchez, alto; Hugo Vera, tenor; and Levi Hernandez, bass. All soloists are native El Pasoans with careers as professional singers.
The El Paso Chorale has been performing the major choral/orchestral works in El Paso for over 70 years. Its repertoire includes the Requiems by Mozart, Verdi, and Durufle, Beethoven’s Ninth, Missa Somemnes, M ass in C, Mendelssohn’s Elijah, Haydn’s Creation, Poulenc Gloria, and Bach’s St. John Passion. The El Paso Chamber Choir was formed in 1995 and became the professional core group of singers for the larger performances by the Chorale. The Chamber Choir was also the opera chorus in 27 opera productions with El Paso Opera.
Tickets for The Messiah concert are on sale at Ticketmaster.com, all Ticketmaster outlets, charge-by-phone at 800- 745-3000, and the Plaza Theatre Box Office, with prices ranging from $10 to $40.
M ore information about all EPCS events, including the December 11 fundraiser Winter Ball on the Border, is available at www.epchoralsociety.org. EPCS will hold auditions through mid-October. For more information, contact Ted Wehmeyer at 915-479-0156 or firstname.lastname@example.org
Mass of Atonement and Hope
Bishop Mark Seitz will celebrate a Mass of Atonement and Hope on Saturday February 13, 2016 at 10:00 a.m. at St. Patrick’s Cathedral. All are invited as we offer this Mass for the victims of abuse of any kind, whether the abuse occurred within the church or in the family or society.
“Atonement comes through Jesus Christ. Through Him, in his loving act of sacrifice, we receive the gift of reconciliation with God and one another.”( Arch Diocese of Milwaukee, 2012)
All are welcome to pray with us and with victims of abuse.
For more information please call the Safe Environment Office at 872-8427
Our Lady of Guadalupe Feast Day is is Dec. 12. Here is a list of events happening for Our Lady of Guadalupe.
All Saints Parish
5 p.m. Mass followed by a fellowship celebration in the parish hall.
5:30 p.m. Novena in the church
7 p.m. Play about Our Lady in the Community Center (Gym)
7 a.m. Mañanitas, 8:15 a.m. Bilingual Mass
Cristo Rey Parish
7 a.m. - 8 a.m. Matachines
8 a.m. - 9 a.m. Mariaches
9 a.m. - 10 a.m. Mass
Little Flower Parish
7 a.m. Mañanitas followed by a champurrado and tamales.
6 p.m. Mass with the mariachi Frontera and a potluck reception
Our Lady of Mt. Carmel
5:30 a.m. Mañanitas (with mariachis) at Main Church
9 a.m. Procession from Ysleta Elementary School to the Ysleta Mission,
10 a.m. Mass with mariachis in front of Mission followed by reception
Our Lady of Peace, Alpine
6 p.m. Novena
6 a.m. Mañanitas events all day
6 p.m. Mass followed by food/dance
Our Lady of the Valley
Novena with rosary @ 6:30 p.m. M-F; Sat. & Sun. @ 5 p.m.
Dec. 11 Danza by Matachines after novena; convivio to follow
Dec. 12. Mananitas 6 a.m., Mass 6:30 a.m., convivio after Mass
Queen of Peace
6 a.m. Mañanitas followed by Mass; reception
11 - 12 p.m. Ballet Folklorico
12 - 1 p.m. Children’s Contest for best representation of Our Lady of Guadalupe and San Juan Diego
5 p.m. Mass
6 p.m. Novena to the Virgin prayed by all Ministries
Sacred Heart: Virgen de Guadalupe/Christmas Arts & Crafts Fair
5a.m. Mass with free Menudo
6 p.m. Mass at 6 p.m. with free Menudo & Mariachis
10 a.m. - 9 p.m. Christmas Arts & Crafts Fair
Sunday, December 13
10 a.m. - 6 p.m. - Christmas Arts & Crafts Fair
St. Luke Parish
7 p.m. Serenata a la Virgen de Guadalupe
8 a.m. Bilingual Mass
6 p.m. Live Spanish drama on the appraitions of Our Lady
St. Patrick Cathedral
6 a.m. Las Mañanitas
7 a.m. English Mass,
8 a.m. Guadalupanas breakfast
5:15 p.m. Spanish Mass
7 p.m. Guadalupanas Dinner
St. Paul the Apostle
5:00 am Matachines
6:00 a.m. Rosario
6:45 a.m. Mariachis
7:00 a.m. Misa
8:00 a.m. Desayuno
Sts. Peter and Paul
5:00 a.m Mañanitas
6:00 a.m. Prayer service to Our Lady of Guadalupe
7:00 a.m. Mass (note: a group of CCD children will dance the Gloria of the Mass)
St. Stephen Deacon and Martyr
-Mañanitas at 6 a.m., Mass at 6:30 a.m.
St. Thomas & St. Joseph, Kermit, Tx
6:30 p.m. Novena
9 p.m. Procession from St. Thomas to St. Joseph
10 p.m. - 12 a.m. Serenade and Midnight Mass
8 p.m. - 10 p.m. Guadalupe Dance
1 p.m. Winter Parish Potluck
7:00 p.m. Bilingual Mass with Mariachis
6:00 a.m. Mañanitas
La Purîsima Socorro
7 a.m. Mañanitas with mariachis
8 a.m. Mass followed by matachines, Danza La Purisima.
On Saturday, December 5th, from 4:00 PM – 8:00 PM, at San Antonio de Padua Church, there will be a Spaghetti Dinner, that includes, salad, roll and tea for $10.00 per plate. There will be music and a silent auction.
In interested in purchasing tickets, please contact Lupe Gonzalez at the Office of Religious Formation.
Magda Flores grew up near La Isla cemetery about 3 miles south of Fabens. From the graves, she can see her grandmother's former home, a house still surrounded by cotton fields. There are generations of family buried at La Isla. Flores was back on Monday at their resting places after learning they were about 30-50 graves desecrated by vandals over the weekend.
"We have been here for generations. This is to us home," she said. "For someone to come and destroy and vandalize, I think these people are godless."
Authorities believe the vandals used a truck to break open the heavy wrought iron gate. Then one by one, vandals attacked grave sites. Some headstones were toppled while others were smashed. Throughout the day, families came to La Isla to check on their loved ones' resting places.
"When we buried them, we said, 'Rest in peace,'" said Flores. "How can they rest in peace? I think their souls are troubled, are tormented. It’s just so sad that anybody could come and do this."
The Diocese of El Paso was on hand to assess the damage and reassure families.
"We’re going to do as much as we can," said Jorge Vergen, Dir., Catholic Properties. "The ones that we can put back, we will. But there are some, unfortunately, that are made from pre-cast concrete. There’s nothing we can do. They’re going to have to be re-done."
The El Paso Sheriff’s Office has opened an investigation and the Diocese will prosecute if the vandals are caught.
It's something Flores will now add to her prayers.
"I think anyone who knows of anyone who’s bragging about doing this or thinks they’re very cool because they did this, turn them in. Give their names to the police."
Click here to see video of the damage at La Isla Cemetery: http://bit.ly/1MNVDRO
Tom Chavez will conduct 60th Anniversary Parish Mission!!
Tom Chavez is a lay minister at St. Pius X Parish in his home town of El Paso, Texas.
He attended the Ministry Formation Program at Tepeyac Institute in 1990 and was installed as a lay minister in the Diocese of El Paso as a Catechist.
For the past 25 years, he continued and maintained his formation as a Catechist by completing the Liturgical Studies Program at Tepeyac, enrolling in Theological Studies and attending the required courses to maintain his certification as well as attending national Catholic Conferences.
As a lay minister, Tom served at St. Pius X Parish as leader of the Evangelization Ministry, co-founder and director of the Living Word Ministry, director of the RCIA Ministry and President of the Ministry Council.
He is currently a Catechist for Continuing Religious Formation programs for youth and adults as well as Confirmation.
Tom’s career has been in the high tech industry where he has been involved in business development in the international and domestic markets.
Overall, Tom has a passion for serving others through his ministry and is dedicated to his primary ministry as head of a house hold, a husband and father of a daughter and son. He is glad to be a St. Puis X School graduate.
What: 60th Anniversary Parish Mission with Tom Chavez
When: November 18-19, 2015, 7:00 p.m. to 8:30 p.m.
Where: St. Pius X Church
1050 N. Clark
El Paso, TX 79905
Sr Constance Veit, L.S.P.
Each year British retailer John Lewis creates a seasonal buzz with its creative, emotionally charged Christmas advertisements. This year the department store chain has teamed with Age UK, Great Britain’s largest charity for senior citizens, to raise funds and awareness of the scourge of loneliness among the elderly today. The heart-wrenching commercial depicts a young girl reaching out to an elderly “Man on the Moon” and ends with a simple yet haunting slogan: “No one should have no one at Christmas.”
What does a British ad campaign have to do with us? When I saw the ad it struck me how much it is in synch with Pope Francis’ repeated appeals on behalf of the eldest members of our society. “It’s brutal to see how the elderly are thrown away,” he proclaimed earlier this year; “it is a brutal thing, it is a sin!” Pope Francis recounted a visit he paid to a retirement home one August. He met a woman who told him about her large family, and when he asked her about the last time her children had come to visit she replied, “for Christmas.” “Eight months without being visited by her children — abandoned for eight months!” he exclaimed. “This is called mortal sin!”
Our Holy Father issued a similar plea during the Festival of Families in Philadelphia earlier this year: “We have to care in a special way for children and for grandparents.… Taking care of grandparents and taking care of children is the sign of love — I’m not sure if it is the greatest, but for the family I would say that it is the most promising — because it promises the future. A people incapable of caring for children and caring for the elderly is a people without a future, because it lacks the strength and the memory needed to move forward.”
Christmas is the perfect time to take our Holy Father’s urgings to heart. The holidays can be lonely and stressful for many people — even more so for the elderly who have limited mobility and limited resources, who have outlived their loved ones, or who have been virtually forgotten by children and grandchildren caught up in the material distractions that have come to define the Christmas season in our culture. The irony is that not only do the elderly deserve our attention and care, but spending time with them can enrich us even more than it does them.
Pope Francis suggests that cultivating meaningful family relations is not as complicated as we might think. “Love is shown by little things,” he said during his final homily in America. Such simple gestures “get lost amid all the other things we do, yet they do make each day different. They are the quiet things done by mothers and grandmothers, by fathers and grandfathers, by children, by brothers and sisters. They are little signs of tenderness, affection and compassion.… Like a blessing before we go to bed, or a hug after we return from a hard day’s work. Love is shown by little things, by attention to small daily signs which make us feel at home.”
Age UK and other charities devoted to the elderly began reporting a significant upswing in donations and gestures of solidarity toward the elderly as soon as the John Lewis ad appeared on television and social media. If a secular ad campaign can inspire thousands of people in Great Britain to be more attentive to lonely seniors this Christmas, how much more should Pope Francis’ words and example during his visit to the United States motivate us to reach out to the elderly with our caring presence this Christmas and throughout the new year dedicated to mercy. Such familial love and solidarity would be a most beautiful and lasting fruit of Pope Francis’ first visit to our nation. Let's make sure that no one has no one this Christmas!