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