Pope Francis has chosen to bookend his February trip to Mexico with borders, offering a unique moment to re-think the walls that divide us.
Soon after arriving, the pope will visit Chiapas in southern Mexico, sending a powerful message of solidarity with the country’s indigenous population, increasingly under siege by environmental and human rights abuses.
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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.
The Foundation for the Diocese of El Paso wishes to extend its sincere appreciation to all donors who made the Progress 2015 Annual Appeal a success. Thanks to your generosity, we have received $2,187,951 in pledges from 10,641 families, exceeding our $2,170,000 goal for the year. The Foundation distributed $1,350,000 to diocesan ministries and expects to distribute an additional $175,000 in parish share at the end of the year.
As the year draws to a close, we kindly ask parishioners to remember to fulfill their pledges this year so your donation can be put to use right away supporting the work of the ministries of the Diocese of El Paso. Programs supported by your dollars include seminarian formation, training of deacons and lay leaders, Catholic schools, religious formation for youth, and services to those in need. Every donation is vitally important to providing the financial resources that the ministries need to serve our Catholic faith community. If you have not yet made a donation to the Progress 2015 Campaign, please do so today by calling our offices at 872-8412 or logging onto www.elpasodiocesefoundation.org.
-Sr. Doris Turek, SSND
Dir., Office of Worship
On November 15th the Franciscan friars of the St. Peter and St. Paul Province of Michoacan, Mexico celebrated an important event in its history, for it was on Nov.15, 1565 that the province received canonical approval.
The Order of Friars Minor, or Franciscans, was established in 1209 to serve as disciples of St. Francis of Assisi. Franciscan priests have been present in the Paso del Norte region since the beginnings of European settlement in the New World, arriving with the Spanish conquistadors in the sixteenth century.
In the Americas, the Franciscans established missions as outposts of settlement to prepare Native Americans for life in the Spanish community and to evangelize them for the Church.
The presence of the Franciscans remained in Paso del Norte until the 1840s when Mexican jurisdiction over Catholic churches in Texas ended after Texas became part of the United States.
The Franciscans returned to the El Paso region as a result of the Mexican Revolution and the subsequent persecution of the Catholic Church by the Mexican government.
After 1910, a wave of religious refugees entered the Diocese of El Paso from Mexico, including Franciscan friars. Two of the institutions created by Franciscan refugees were St. Anthony and Roger Bacon Seminaries.
St. Anthony Seminary was founded by Mexican Franciscans of the Sts. Peter and Paul Province from Michoacan, Mexico, who first moved their seminary to Hebbronville, Texas, in 1926.
After more Franciscans and seminarians fled Mexico, they asked permission of Bishop Anthony J. Schuler to move the seminary to El Paso. On Jan. 1, 1936, the Franciscans opened St. Anthony Seminary in the former McNary home in the Austin Terrace neighborhood.
St. Anthony Seminary remains a house of formation for Mexican Franciscans and the friars at St. Anthony Seminary are in charge of Our Lady of Guadalupe Parish on Alabama Street and St. Francis of Assisi Parish on Doniphan Road.
In the course of 68 years, many priests who form the Saints Peter and Paul Province of Michoacan have been formed. The seminary continues its mission for the glory of God and the extending of God’s kingdom among the people of El Paso.
Fr. Mark Salas, N.P.
“Father, can we have a team roping?” “Who’ll organize it?” “I will, with the council’s support.” And with that, Mario and the Knights of Columbus in Kermit, TX embarked on planning the first-ever team roping benefit on a clear August night. When shared with the rest of St Thomas and St Joseph, the two month time frame was taken up with enthusiastic industriousness and a tenacious grit which are indicative of the people who make up our munificent community.
The K of C Council 10509 benefit hosted 526 roping teams with families from throughout New Mexico and Texas at the ACE Arena in Andrews, TX. The concessions, registrations, moving and roping of steers, Mass, the moving and roping of more steers, and a silent auction took seventeen hours or, the time to smoke 21 briskets the night before. There was not a quiet place on the arena grounds – the overcast parking lot filled with trucks, horse trailers and smoldering smoking pits. The bleachers crowded with spectators cheering on their family and friends. The hallways bustled with concessions, children running and more ropers registering for the next throw of a lasso. Everyone focused on the horses and steers barreling out onto the earthen arena with ropers trying to beat each other’s time for saddles and elaborate buckles commemorating their champion status.
Team Roping is a close-knit, community driven sport that developed from vaqueros passing the time on the range marking and moving droves of cattle throughout the roaming plains of the Wild West. For St. Thomas and St. Joseph, it’s more than just entertainment. It’s a family event centered on one goal - raising money for a new parish. And this event proves parishioners will put their heart and soul into the long-term project.
The concessions promptly organized by a parishioner, Frances, with help from so many were moving food and drinks faster than a Chico’s Tacos on a payday Friday with such ease, joy and efficiency throughout the seventeen hour grind. The Carin clan made it a family outing with no aspect of the benefit’s success unaided by them; Adan Jr. was loading the calves for the first roping that took a grueling six hours to sift out a champion; Ervey, one of the many volunteer firefighting parishioners who’ve twice run into the quaking inferno of an oil plant, was a steady and cheerful heart throughout the event. The Carrascos also had a mini-family reunion and all helped out with the shoots and even won a saddle.
The names and stories go on and on about Sir GK Urquidi and Council No. 10509’s team roping event benefiting the new construction for St Thomas and St Joseph, a small deserving community that continues to inspire each other and their proud priest with such tremendous devotion, values, and hard work toward affording a Church worthy of God—and itself.
Please pray for us on May 7th when the grind is cranked up again…