In interested in purchasing tickets, please contact Lupe Gonzalez at the Office of Religious Formation.
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."
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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!
The St. Pius X Youth Ministry has proudly sponsored the conference each year and we are so blessed to be able to say that the conference continues to grow every year with more and more youth in attendance. To this date we have had the opportunity to minister to over 6500 youth in our area!
Our mission is to reach out to these teens by bringing them closer to Christ through the Holy Eucharist. The conference is a great venue that affords the opportunity to reach them at their level. We encourage teens to develope a relationship with Jesus and help them to use their gifts to serve Jesus.
For More Information go to http://www.epsyc.org/
Mexican foreign minister confirms pope to visit capital, three states
By David Agren Catholic News Service
MEXICO CITY (CNS) -- Mexican Foreign Minister Claudia Ruiz Massieu has confirmed that Pope Francis will visit the capital, Mexico City, along with the states of Chihuahua and Chiapas -- on the northern and southern borders respectively -- and Michoacan in western Mexico.
"The details will be known in December," she said Nov. 11, acknowledging where the pope will travel early next year. Spokesmen for dioceses in the three states and Mexico City confirmed details when contacted by Catholic New Service.
Most notably, Pope Francis is exploring the possibility of visiting the previously problematic border city of Ciudad Juarez, where a battle between drug cartels during the past decade cost more than 10,000 lives in a four-year period.
The Vatican's papal planning team, along with representatives of the Mexican government, visited in preparation for a possible trip, which would include encounters with the community, priests and seminarians and perhaps a prison visit in a lockup previously considered the worst in Latin America.
"The probability is very high that he comes to Juarez," said Father Hesiquio Trevizo, spokesman for the Diocese of Ciudad Juarez.
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Distrito Federal— El Papa Francisco visitará Chiapas, el convulso estado de Michoacán y la región fronteriza de Chihuahua, además de la Ciudad de México en su visita el año próximo a esta nación, informó este miércoles la canciller Claudia Ruiz Massieu en conferencia de prensa.
Aunque los detalles de la agenda del Papa se darán a conocer el próximo 12 de diciembre en el Vaticano, la canciller adelantó que la visita del Pontífice "contempla distintas actividades en distintos estados de la República", incluyendo la capital, Chiapas, Michoacán y Chihuahua.
Chiapas es uno de los estados más pobres de México y donde emergió el movimiento indigenista zapatista en 1994, mientras que Michoacán es uno de los estados más violentos donde en 2013 tuvo lugar el choque entre grupos emergentes de autodefensas contra narcotraficantes.
Entretanto, Chihuahua y, en particular, Ciudad Juárez —fronteriza con El Paso,Texas— fueron mundialmente conocidos en los años 2000 por su violencia derivada de disputas de cárteles de la droga y feminicidios, que hicieron que Juárez llegara a ser considerada la ciudad más peligrosa del mundo.
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MOLLY’S ADVENT LIST 2015
Daniel Norman McNamara
Molly got her first guitar in 1964. You would remember her long red hair. By the late 1970s she was singing at her parish’s Folk Mass each Sunday, teaching choral music at a local college, and becoming established as a solo performer both in Canada and in the States. I ran into her early in December last year at the Toronto airport. The red hair was somewhat shorter.
My wife, however, quickly recognized the face of her Catholic high school classmate. Now all
in our mid-60s, we shared our travel plans, our dismay over the younger generations, and our common opinion that our own Boomer generation had come in more recent years to have fewer illusions about what was really important. We observed too, however, that actually doing some- thing about most of those important things continued to elude us. This admitted shortcoming we attributed to “the dark side of the force”.
Molly was headed down south to Charleston and then on to Florida for some performances and workshops she would be doing. Those she was ready for. What troubled her was the prospect of taking her parents to Midnight Mass once again at their new parish in South Florida. Since her own parish in the north had been closed, she “got to Mass” rarely if ever. But sitting in her parents’ regular pew last Christmas Eve and glancing through her father’s missal, she was struck by how quickly she had become unfamiliar with so much. Turning her narrative finally to a more hopeful note, Molly quipped that her own revised “Christmas wish list” was now a very short one; “Shed a little light, O Lord”, the title of a James Taylor song from the 90s, and likely one she had continued to perform ever since.
I think I commented that nobody seemed to find the readings and the prayers of any Mass
Immediately transparent. In part, they were more like the lyrics of songs that invited us to hear them anew over the years. We understood them progressively and maybe better at various points in our lives. Most of us find that that takes time and attention. If she wanted, it would be easy to pick up a missal for herself. I suggested that she find the old Pauline bookstore on King Street in downtown Charleston. The sisters who ran that shop also had others in Miami, Toronto, and Montreal. I penned their website into the last page of her passport. www.pauline.org . A lot of smaller Catholic bookstores can be found at individual parishes and may be open only on Sun-days. But you can find out about many of them anywhere in Canada or the States at www.catholicstorefinder.com . The “Living With Christ” missal, the one commonly used in English-speaking Canada, can easily be found at its publisher’s website www.novalis.ca . By then, the clearly annoyed customs agent was frantically waving Molly forward. And after some apparent questions about her guitar case, Molly disappeared through the door behind him. I was told by the same agent not to write things in passports.
This fall, my wife and I are ready once again to head back to Florida. And I find myself wondering how Moll has been doing with her memorable “Christmas wish list”. I hope she did get to a Catholic bookstore somewhere and did get ahold of a missal for herself. But I also hope that I am not so dense as to think that any of that makes everything better, or begins to respond
adequately to what she was really talking about. To be sure, I do not know Moll’s life nor would I pretend to. But I do know that a lot of us “still-surprised-to-be-seniors-already” come at various times and in different ways to the same simple issue, “How is it going with me and God lately?” And we do so often in spite of repeated efforts conscious and otherwise to set that one squarely on the back burner. Advent will soon begin. And maybe in those early weeks of December we would all do well to find a way to actually do something about what we have long realized is still important to us. So, Moll, this year I’m sending you a sort of “Advent Agenda List”. I hope you find that it dovetails at some point into your own well-considered “Christmas wish list”. If you find anything that strikes a familiar chord or might be of interest to you or your family, I trust you will take appropriate action. Admittedly, I write here in the phrases we learned long ago and far away. Measure my words accordingly.
#1 Venue. Living without a parish seems a lot like living without a kitchen. In a way, a parish is like a kitchen. It’s the sort of kitchen we returned to so often in Cher’s old film “Moonstruck”. It’s where we are fed, where some of the most important conversations of our lives have taken place - No, not all of them “easy listening”- and where the most meaningful rites and rituals of our families have been celebrated. At 65 and counting, are we waiting for something in particular? Maybe we missed our cues a while back. Now is good.
#2 The pragmatist’s Advent 2015 strategy. Wherever you find yourself, and even if you’re traveling during Advent, (1) You call a nearby parish. (2) You ask, “What are we doing for Advent?” Finally, (3) You show up. Note that the word “you” appears here repeatedly.
#3 Who you gonna call? You can find local Catholic parishes in the States or in Canada at www.masstimes.org . There are phone numbers here, directions to give the cab driver, and usually a link to each parish’s website. How tough is this?
#4 What to expect. When you call, expect to find that individual parishes are doing different things during the Advent season (Nov 29-Dec.24). Many will be inviting us to familiarize ourselves with the scriptural readings for the coming Sunday Mass. This is a version of “going over the charts” with one of your choruses. We’d rather listen to these words up front and have time to let them sink in. There is a bonus here! We get to meet face to face with real human beings. We get to listen to each other. How often do we actually get to do this lately? Most of these things will meet weekly. Nobody expects you can be there each week. The door is open. You can come back. But wherever you find yourself in a given week in Canada or in the US, you can find a parish family doing this or perhaps even something more interesting to you. “Shop Around”. You likely remember that old song too. This can be a family experience in preparation for Christmas. Time spent in this “shopping experience” may really be more satisfying than time spent “at the mall”. Consider.
#5 Catholic resources on your computer. If you are still smarting from those endless “computer classes” we all had to take in the 90s, rejoice! There is payback now. There really are many good things you can access via your computer or “device” that may enrich your Advent and prove interesting to you or members of your family. My wife and I just connect our laptop to our TV. We’ve come to wonder why we are paying for cable! To begin with, the bishops of the US and those of Canada each have a website. www.usccb.org and www.cccb.ca ( or www.cecc.ca
to access the website in French). Both websites provide a way to access the websites of their individual (arch)dioceses, Find the “Diocesan Locator” (US) or “Dioceses of Canada” map on the homepages. A lot of these (arch)dioceses will be posting their own Advent materials or “Links” to things that they have found of interest to Catholics generally at this time of year. Browse some of them. Add the ones you and your family like to your “Favorites”.
#6 Catholic “TV”. As many of us learned during Pope Francis’ recent trip to North America, our computers are often much better at providing us with coverage of “things Catholic” than we knew. Consider it this way. There are three North American “online TV networks”: www.CatholicTV.org, www.EWTN.net , and www.saltandlighttv.org . Some cable companies carry one or the other. But you can always access them online or via Roku. Daily masses can be found on all three sites. Each of these websites can provide you with information on its special offerings for Advent and the subsequent Christmas season (Dec.25-Jan.10). All three have presentations for various age groups and for the whole family. Some presentations are scheduled for online viewing only at particular times. Some can be viewed whenever you want. Check their schedules online. We need not be the prisoners of our cable providers anymore. The younger people know this. It’s about time we did.
#7 Vatican TV and radio. These can be accessed at www.news.va or at www.ctv.va and www.radiovaticana.va . The old Vatican website at www.vatican.va is still a good portal for easy access to most of the other Vatican websites, including some virtual tours.
#8 Some of us want to take at least a few minutes out of each day during Advent rather than let too many of our days fly by unattended. Some do this by reviewing the Daily Mass Readings. The Canadian bishops’ website makes these available at www.nlo.cccb.ca (see Weekday Lectionary/ Daily Readings, (French at www.onl.cecc.ca. , “ La liturgie du jour” ). Some Cana-dian Anglophones prefer to access their Daily Readings at an alternative website
http://novalis.rightbrainmedia.com At this site you can access the Daily Readings for Sundays as well as for Weekdays along with some other popular features. You can access each day’s readings at the US bishops’ website at www.usccb.org/bible . Just click on “Today’s Reading “ or “Lecturas del Dia”. Here you can also find an audio version of the daily readings, and a Daily Reflection Video. These two features, however, are currently available only in English..
#9 Some of us subscribe to Fr. Barron’s (now Bishop Barron of LA) daily Advent emails at
www.adventreflections.com . Many of us have seen parts of his series “Catholicism” and con-tinue to find his written reflections a welcome daily challenge. You can subscribe and receive these daily emails either in Spanish or in English now. “Subscribe” means that they will automa-tically send you an email each day during Advent. You can always “unsubscribe” just as easily.
#8 The Advent Calendar The US bishops’ website will again feature its popular “interactive online and printable calendars” for Advent, and another for the Christmas Season (Dec. 25-Jan.10) , at www.usccb.org, I suggest you click on the prominent “Prayer and Worship” tab, and then select “Liturgical Year” from the dropdown box . An additional click on the “Advent” link will take you to all of the newly revised Advent Season materials including the new Advent Calendar. This is “taking the long way home”. But it will take you through some other very interesting parts of this website. Well worth your attention too is the Advent 2015 Calendar from the Archdiocese of Toronto. The plan is to post it again this year on the archdiocese’s Facebook page. You will be able to find it at www.facebook.com/archtoronto. Most websites also have interesting materials on their Facebook pages. Find most of them in this same way.
#9 The Franciscans at www.americancatholic.org will be revising their online Advent resources section in November. Click “Seasonal”, then Advent. Long a favorite for families and teachers too, there is a diversity of things here for all age groups and interests.
#10 www.OSVParish.com “Our Sunday Visitor” has been publishing Catholic newspapers, books, and family oriented materials for almost 100 years from Indiana. At the tab “Resource Library”, click on “Liturgical Year”.
#11. “Praying Advent” is a resource that is well-known in the US, Canada, and worldwide. For some 15 years, the Online Ministries Office at the Jesuits’ Creighton University in Nebraska has been progressively revising and adding new materials to this site. To find it, it’s easiest just to google “Praying Advent 2015”. When you find a direct link, add it to your “Favorites”.
Finally, Molly, I do hope that this list reaches you. Yes, we somehow managed to lose your email address too. If you find anything on here of interest, I hope you will act on it accordingly.
Please pass it along to others who are looking forward to the light that JT sang about, and to gathering around that “well on the hill”. May God bless us everyone.
The Christ Child Society of El Paso will be holding its annual Christmas Silver Coffee, Sat., Dec. 5 in the home of Mr. and Mrs. Hilton Maddox, 6011 Escondido Dr.
This event helps the chapter buy and make layettes for the needy newborns of the community. We also provide “Precious Angel” burial gowns for those in need (see photos).
Other assistance is given to the Rainbow Room, Reynolds Home for Homeless Women and Children., Opportunity Center for the Homeless, National Christ Child scholarships and donations to the cannonization of Mary Virginia Merrick, our founder.
All women of all parishes in El Paso are invited to help with this worthy cause. More info: Moly Reed, (915) 592-1855.
Mark your calendar: Saint Patrick Cathedral will have an Anointing of the Sick Service on Saturday, Dec 5, 2015 in English at 10:00 am and Spanish at 11:30 am.