-Sr. Doris Turek, Dir., Office of Worship
Bishop Mark Seitz has designated the following churches Jubilee Churches, pilgrimage sights for the Jubilee Year of Mercy. The Jubilee plenary indulgence may be obtained at these churches.
“…To obtain the Indulgence, make a brief pilgrimage to the Holy Door, open in every Cathedral or in the churches designated by the Diocesan Bishop. This moment must be linked ... to the Sacrament of Reconciliation and to the celebration of the Holy Eucharist with a reflection on mercy ... and with the profession of faith and prayer for me and for my intentions ... the Jubilee Indulgence can be obtained for the deceased.” - Pope Francis
Saint Patrick Cathedral El Paso, 1917
The first stone was laid and blessed. on July 31, 1914, the feast of Saint Ignatius Loyola and dedicated on November 29, 1917. On April 3, 1914, Pope Pius X established El Paso as a Diocese. Rev. Anthony J. Schuler, S.J., was appointed the first Bishop in June, 1915. On November 19, 1917, the church was officially designated as the Cathedral.. In 2005, the parish dedicated a nave to the memory of San Pedro de Jesús Maldonado, the martyr of the Diocese of El Paso, who was ordained in the Cathedral in 1918. St. Patrick Cathedral is faithfully served by Father Trini Fuentez as rector.
The Cathedral is open from 9:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. daily. Confessions: Saturdays beginning at 3:30 p.m.
St. John the Apostle Parish
Monahans – 1954
Between 1925 and 1937, Mass depended on the occasional visits of missionary priests. In 1937, a used street car was used for a Catholic church. A priest came every Sunday for Mass. In 1938, two lots were donated for a permanent church named Christ the King.
Augustinian Recollect priests assisted the parish until 1944. A rectory was built in 1948. St. John the Apostle was erected as a parish on July 18, 1954. In 1956, Bishop Metzger purchased two city blocks for a new church. Ground was broken in August 1959. The parish was renamed St. John the Apostle and Evangelist. The church, rectory, and parish hall were dedicated on November 22, 1961. The current pastor is Fr. James Hall.
Immaculate Heart of Mary Mission
Mission of St. Patrick, Canutillo
Jesuits constructed the first chapel in Canutillo under the patronage of La Purísima Concepción. In 1938 the parish of St. Patrick was created. In April 1939, the building of a new church was announced. The people promised “to work without rest, with good will and harmony until the proposed grand labor was complete.” The church was dedicated on December 29, 1943.
On June 24, 1983, the Westway Project was given the name of Immaculate Heart of Mary and on August 1, 1985, the church was assigned as a mission of St. Patrick. Presently, Deacon Ignacio Torres is the administrator of Immaculate Heart of Mary Mission in Westway.
The doors of the Mission are open:
San Lorenzo Parish
Clint – 1970
Clint was served by the Jesuits from San Elceario Parish. In 1913, construction of St. Lawrence Martyr Chapel began for both Spanish and English-speaking Catholics. On August 14, 1914, the chapel was dedicated to San Lorenzo. The first Mass was celebrated the next day.
In 1970, San Lorenzo Mission was elevated to a parish. Every summer, thousands celebrate San Lorenzo’s feast day with three days of food, music, games and carnival activities. A procession moves from San Elizario Presidio Chapel to San Lorenzo Church on the patron saint’s feast day, August 10.
Rev. Faustino Ortiz-Suarez, MNM serves as pastor.
The church is open from 7:30 a.m until 7:00 p.m. Confessions: Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Fridays after the 8:00 a.m Mass; Thursdays at 6:00 p.m and Saturdays at 4:00 p.m.
A memorial Mass will be celebrated at 10 a.m. EST Saturday, Dec. 19, for Loretto Sister Barbara Ann Shultz, a musician and teacher who served for some 40 years in Catholic schools in Colorado, Illinois, Missouri, New Mexico and Texas, and then moved to Loretto Motherhouse in Nerinx, Ky., where she did community service work for more than 20 years. The Mass will take place at the Church of the Seven Dolors on the grounds of Loretto Motherhouse. Sister Barbara Ann died Dec. 7 at Loretto Motherhouse Infirmary. She was 94 and in her 73rd year as a Sister of Loretto at the Foot of the Cross.
The daughter of Helen (Colmer) and Cleveland Shultz, Sister Barbara Ann was born Sara Shultz Dec. 19, 1920, in Olney, Ill. She entered the Sisters of Loretto at the Foot of the Cross in 1942 from St. Joseph Parish in Olney, where she had attended grade school. She was received into Loretto on April 25, 1943, donning the habit and taking the name Sister Barbara Ann. She made her first vows in 1945 and her final vows in 1948. Sister Barbara Ann earned a bachelor’s degree in music theory, with minors in piano and education, from Webster College (now University) in Webster Groves, Mo., and a master’s in music education from Chicago Musical College in 1951.
Sister Barbara Ann first taught at Mary Queen of Peace School in Webster Groves in 1945 and at St. Philomena School in Denver from 1945 to 1946. She taught from 1946 to 1950 at Immaculate Conception School in Highland Park, Ill., and then moved to East Las Vegas, N.M., where she taught from 1950 to 1952 at Immaculate Conception School.
From 1952 to 1966, Sister Barbara Ann served in Sterling, Ill. She taught at St. Mary’s School from 1952 to 1956 and 1960 to 1966, during which the latter period she also served as superior of the Loretto Convent. In addition, from 1956 to 1960, she taught at Newman High School in Sterling. Sister Barbara Ann then moved to El Paso, Texas, where she taught at Loretto Academy High School from 1966 to 1974 and was a math coordinator at Loretto Academy Elementary School from 1974 to 1984.
In 1984, Sister Barbara Ann moved to Loretto Motherhouse, where she served as a gardener, driver and assisted as a postmistress for the Loretto Community. She loved to work in the gardens, especially tending the flowers. In 2005, Sister Barbara Ann moved to Loretto Motherhouse Infirmary, where she carried out a ministry of prayer and community service until her death.
Sister Barbara Ann’s body was cremated. Her ashes will be buried at Loretto Motherhouse Cemetery in Nerinx. There are no immediate survivors. She will be missed by her good friend Loretto Sister Mary Lee Murphy and all her Loretto Community members.
Memorials in Sister Barbara Ann’s name may be sent to the Loretto Community, care of the Loretto Development Office, 4000 S. Wadsworth Blvd., Littleton, CO 80123-1308.
World Marriage Day ! February 14th, 2016
“Call down your mercy on me and her , and allow us to live together to a happy old age …” Tobit 8:8
What a beautiful and heartfelt prayer , invoking God’s mercy and presence! The married couple( Tobiah and Sarah) were indeed called to a” Noble purpose” called to rejoice in the life of love that they were so blessed to now lead. First in order was their call to prayer which they embraced with good cheer and gladness.
For several days, their wedding feast was celebrated by rejoicing and praising the Lord!
Many blessings were spoken over their families, neighbors and friends.
In the Jubilee Year of Mercy we can all expect to be blessed by many images of the mercy and love that God has bestowed on us.
Married couples can be seen as the “visible face of the invisible Father”. Their vocation of Holy Matrimony and their “yes” to each other will “let everyone who approaches them feel sought after, loved and forgiven by God.” (Prayer of Pope Francis for the Jubilee)
A couple becomes ministers of the sacrament of Holy Matrimony, clinging to each other, becoming”one”, a living sign of the Risen Lord.
The wedding vows of our married couples are deeper than we may understand, knowing they are not alone, the couple holds fast to the hope of the Resurrection, “in good times and in bad, in richness and poor”…laying one’s life down for the other, depending on each other, serving and deciding to love each other, living their marriage rejoicing and praising the Lord for his mercy and presence, to a happy old age.
Let’s Join together for a celebration of God’s mercy, for a celebration of Marriage ! Save the date !
Valentines Day, 14 February 2016, Worldwide Marriage Day Mass 3:00pm ,at St. Patrick’s Cathedral !
Invite your favorite and beloved couples, milestone anniversaries will be recognized, special recognition to the longest married couple will be awarded.
Thank you , couples , for reminding your church that every life, every marriage is worth LIVING !
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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.
Cathedral High School announces departure of Chief Justice Richard Barajas (Ret.) for Washington, D.C. area position.
Cathedral High School announces the resignation of Chief Justice Richard Barajas (Ret.), Director of the Center for Advanced Studies, effective January 2016. He will relocate to the Washington, D.C. area to assume the position of Executive Director of the National Organization for Victim Assistance (NOVA). Chief Justice Barajas has been actively in crime victim issues in Texas and throughout the nation since the murder of an older brother in 1987.
He has been associated with NOVA as a member of the organization, as its national treasurer, and as a member of its board of directors. NOVA is the nation’s oldest and largest crime victim organization. Founded in 1975 as a private, non-profit, 501(c) (3) organization, NOVA’s membership includes victim assistance programs and practitioners, criminal justice agencies and professionals, mental health professionals, former victims and survivors, and others committed to the recognition and implementation of victim rights. His role Executive Director will be to further NOVA’s mission to champion dignity and compassion for those harmed by crime and crisis everywhere.
His focus will be in expanding the presence and voice of crime victims to every member of Congress, oversee the direct services to victims throughout the United States, assist professional colleagues in their research, and coordinate membership activities and services. Chief Justice Barajas is a nationally recognized lecturer on the proper balancing of the constitutional rights between the criminal defendant and the intended victim, Chief Justice Barajas was honored by the President of the United States at a White House ceremony as a national recipient of the Presidential Award for Victim Services. He has advised the Department of Justice, Office of Victims of Crime and the Office of Violence Against Women on issues relating to human trafficking.
At Cathedral High School, Chief Justice Barajas created the Center for Advanced Studies and as its founding director developed the dual credit/early college admissions program into a model for West Texas and Texas Catholic high schools. He was an early college instructor of American Government and Politics, State and Local Government, and Principles of Victimology. He established the school’s intensive Writing Symposium, which is annually conducted during the school’s semester break, which focuses writing for their use in applying for college scholarships. Seniors are guided through the writing process by alumni and volunteers from Saint Mary’s College of California, a Lasallian college.
To date, the Writing Symposium has produced 87 Gates Millennium Finalists, 45 Gates Millennium Scholars, a national Reagan Foundation Scholar, a national Footlocker Scholar, a national Nordstrom Scholar, and countless other regional and local scholarship winners. The Class of 2015 accumulated a record $28.7 million in scholarship/grants thanks in large part to the Writing Symposium.
Chief Justice Barajas ’71 is a proud alumnus of Cathedral High who credits the Lasallian Christian Brothers with significantly impacting his life as a young man. He retired from the judicial bench almost twenty years ago to teach fulltime to contribute his unique experiences (naval officer, lawyer, district attorney, chief justice) to the formation of young men.
During the height of the cartel violence which impacted many students at Cathedral, Chief created the only high school course in Victimiology in the nation. “It gave our students an understanding of how the violence was impacting them but also a language to process the pain. They taught me the power of education to stop cycles of violence.” Chief essentially sees the new position at NOVA as an extension of what he was doing in the classroom. “Our Lasallian spirituality teaches us that our schools must be c enters of empowerment and change. I’ll be blessed to do that on a national scale.”
Marco Ortigoza, MPA, MCJ '08 will assume the duties of Director of Advanced Studies, Early Admissions Program. He has been running the program’s daily operations for two semesters as well as teaching three dual-credit courses to CHS upperclassmen.
Bishop Mark Seitz blessed the Holy Doors and celebrated a standing-room-only Mass at St. Patrick's Cathedral, kicking off the "Year of Mercy" celebration that begins today.