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Hope Border Institute and Center for Migration Studies Host Event in Honor of Pope Francis’s Visit to US-Mexico Border
In honor of the "Year of Mercy" declared by Pope Francis, Bishop Mark J. Seitz has asked all local parishes to participate in "The Light is On for You," a national campaign designed to open parishes "after hours" for confessions.
"With the coming of Pope Francis we have an unequaled opportunity to do exactly what you and I have dedicated our life to that is, to bring our people to faith and conversion—to Evangelize our community and our culture!" said Bishop Mark to El Paso priests.
As a follow-up to Pope Francis' border visit, Bishop Mark is asking parishes to keep their doors open on Feb. 23 from 6 p.m.to 9 p.m.
"Our Holy Father has asked us to make the Sacrament of Penance more available during this Jubilee Year of Mercy," said Bishop Mark. "May God bless all our efforts and make them bear fruit for years to come!"
EL PASO, TEXAS (February 9, 2016) -- The Diocese of El Paso is excited to announce that in honor of Ash Wednesday, donors have come forward to offer discounted tickets for those who want to attend the “Two Nations, One Faith” event at the Sun Bowl on February 17, 2016 and receive a direct blessing from Pope Francis.
Beginning this Wednesday morning February 10, 2016 through Friday evening, tickets to the “Two Nations, One Faith” event will be available for $5, more than half off the original price ($3 service fee still included). No code will be needed, and the Box Office will offer this rate to all purchasers from Wednesday morning until Friday February 12, 2016.
Through a live stream simulcast, Pope Francis will be able to fully view the Sun Bowl event as he formally blesses the thousands of attendees inside the stadium.
“We are truly thankful for this generous gift on one of the most important holy days in the liturgical calendar. Ash Wednesday opens Lent, a season of fasting and prayer. And we thank these donors for recognizing that this gift will enable many with limited means to enjoy this historic holy event,” said The Most Reverend Mark J. Seitz, Bishop of the Diocese of El Paso.
In addition to Pope Francis’ blessing, the “Two Nations One Faith” Sun Bowl event will feature multi-platinum country music artist Collin Raye and World Youth Day guitarist Tony Melendez. In addition to Mr. Raye and Mr. Melendez, other scheduled performances will represent the diversity and culture of these communities. The Ysleta del Sur Pueblo Tigua Indian School will help open the musical program by performing a sacred ceremonial prayer dance, and the El Paso Diocesan Choir, composed of 120 musicians and singers, will reflect the bicultural reality of the borderland and invite the crowd into sacred song. El Paso-based youth worship band Elohim, and local parish-based Mariachi and Matachines dance groups will also showcase the cultural heritage of the border region.
Sun Bowl Stadium Stage, Wednesday February 17, 2016
Final performance order to be announced, doors and performances begin at 12:00PM MT
Collin Raye & Andrea Thomas
El Paso Diocesan Choir
The Ysleta del Sur Pueblo Tigua Indian Nation Social Dancers
Because of the high volume of visitors, the expected road closures and the desire to create an event representative of the El Paso and Juarez cultures, the “Two Nations, One Faith” event is designed to have entertainment for the whole family, games and a kid zone for children, and programming that includes testimonies and stories of faith to lead up to the live simulcast of the Juarez Mass and Blessing.
To Purchase Tickets before the event sells out, please visit: http://www.twonationsonefaith.com/purchase-tickets
To help offset costs related to this special event, ticket prices will be a special rate of $5 plus a $3 university service fee, and other applicable service fees, which may increase total cost.
For all local El Paso individuals and parish ticket orders, please purchase tickets from the University Ticket Center or call (915) 747-5234 for ticket purchases and inquiries. For all out of El Paso area individuals or groups, please visit Ticketmaster for ticket purchases or inquiries.
There is a $3 university service fee to purchase tickets through the University Ticket Center. The fees associated with ticket purchases through Ticketmaster will vary. We strongly encourage all El Paso residents to purchase your tickets through the University Ticket Center.
Throughout the program the Pope’s journey through Juarez will be live-streamed on the Sun Bowl Stadium Jumbotron. On-stage program will conclude prior to the telecast of the papal Mass.
Bishop Mark Seitz will celebrate a Mass of Atonement and Hope for the victims of abuse of any kind, whether the abuse occurred within the church, in the family, or society.
We, the El Paso and Southern New Mexico Inter Faith Alliance, representatives of the diverse and vibrant faith traditions of the borderlands, welcome His Holiness Pope Francis to the El Paso and Ciudad Juárez Border area.
At a time when our world seems overcome by fear and violence, Pope Francis comes to us as a spiritual pilgrim of mercy and peace. We stand in need of moral voices that call us to our better selves, to deeper solidarity, and to a firmer commitment to build a better world. Pope Francis has powerfully denounced the indifference that divides us, and awakened the conscience of women and men of all faiths to work together to promote a genuine culture of encounter.
We unite our voices with Pope Francis in defending the dignity of every person, especially the poor, the vulnerable and the migrant. With Pope Francis, we affirm the gifts and contributions migrants make to our communities and to our nation. We can no longer remain indifferent to the refugee fleeing torture, violence, hunger and poverty.
We pray that Pope Francis’ visit will show the world the peaceful co-existence of the Border’s peoples, cultures, and faith communities. We hope that the Pope’s historic pilgrimage to our borderlands will encourage and confirm us in our work to build a border that is a place of encounter for greater peace, tolerance and understanding.
Rev. Deborah Clugy Soto, United Church of Christ
Msgr. Arturo J. Bañuelas, St. Mark Catholic Church
Norma Bustillos, President, Sathya Sai Baba Center of El Paso, TX
Gerard De Vaca, Member Sathya Sai Baba Center of El Paso, ICEP Hindu Temple
Diana Johnson, Zen Buddhist Both Sides/No Sides Zendo, Las Cruces NM
Rev. Robert E. Mosher, Columban Mission Center
Rev. Peter Kapenga, Peace Lutheran Church
Issa Ali Khlaye, President Islamic Center of El Paso
Dr. Sobha Podila, President Southwest Hindu Temple of El Paso
Rabbi Ben Zeidman, Rabbi of the Reformed Jewish Community
Dr. Nosrat Heidarian, Báhá’í Faith
Pastor Jeff St. Clair, New Hope Lutheran Church, ELCA
Sabri Agachan, Director of Dialogue Institute
Bobby Kankin Byrd-Sensei, Zen Buddhist Priest Both Sides/No Sides Zendo
Rev. Denny O'Mara, Columban Mission Center
Pastor David Morrison, Desert Rain Community, Chaparral, NM
Rev. Carlos Clugy Soto, Presbyterian Church
Rev. Jennifer Fox, Presbyterian Church USA
Barbara Elerick, Southwest Hindu Temple of El Paso
Rev. Jose A. Morales, Holy Spirit Catholic Church
Dylan Corbett, Hope Border Institute
Jim Tolbert, Society of Friends
Rabbi Stephen Leon, Congregation B’nai Zion
USCCB President Appoints Bishops Flores, Cantú as Representatives of U.S. Bishops to Papal Visit to Mexico
WASHINGTON—Two bishops who head U.S. dioceses bordering Mexico will officially represent the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops (USCCB) during the February 12-17 visit of Pope Francis to Mexico. Bishop Daniel E. Flores of Brownsville, Texas, and Bishop Oscar Cantú of Las Cruces, New Mexico, received the appointment from Archbishop Joseph E. Kurtz of Louisville, Kentucky, USCCB president.
“I am most grateful to Bishop Flores and Bishop Cantú for their generous willingness to serve in this important role,” Archbishop Kurtz said of the appointments, which were made at the invitation of Cardinal José Francisco Robles Ortega, president of the Mexican bishops, and Bishop Eugenio Andrés Lira Rugarcía, general secretary of that conference. Archbishop Kurtz announced the appointments in a letter to all U.S. bishops, January 26.
Bishop Flores, 54, was appointed to head the Brownsville diocese in 2009. The diocese has 1,119,583 Catholics, who make up 85 percent of its total population. Bishop Cantú, 49, had headed the Las Cruces diocese since 2013. The diocese has 234,550 Catholics, who make up 42 of its total population.
Ever wondered, "Who am I? What's the meaning of Life?"
Theology of the Body teaches:
- How does our body reveal God?
- How does the body say, "I'm a gift?"
- How to understand Christianity
- The Body matters
- Why a body and soul?
- How can my marriage/family live Theology of the Body?
- What does the language of the body teach?
The activities that will take place for Catholic Schools Week at St. Patrick Cathedral School.