New Addition from ACTS
If you get a chance to drive by the Faith Formation Building take a look at the new Statue of our Blessed Virgin Mary. The Statue along with all of the rose bushes and bench were donated by the Women’s & Men’s ACT’s Ministry and a personal donation from Paul Rodriguez. Both areas where Jesus and Mary stand are maintained by the ACTS group. We thank them for their generosity and their hard work in making it look so beautiful. God Bless!!!!
We are proud to announce that a new Knights of Columbus-produced documentary film on Divine Mercy begins airing across the country this Sunday on ABC-affiliated stations.
Narrated by actor Jim Caviezel, The Face of Mercy explores the history and relevance of Divine Mercy by exploring the powerful visions of a merciful God revealed to St. Faustina, the key role played by Pope John Paul II who propelled the message of Divine Mercy onto the world stage, and the Year of Mercy bestowed upon the Church by Pope Francis. The airings are presented as part of ABC’s Visions and Values Series and have a broadcast window from Oct. 16 to Dec. 16. Filmed in stunning 4K and seamlessly weaving together theology and history with modern testimonials and visual effects, this stirring film creates a remarkable tapestry of what constitutes the face of mercy in our modern world. For more information about the film, including broadcast times and the DVD release, visit faceofmercyfilm.com
Packing God’s Love
The JCDA Court Anna Poth was recognized by the Poth ISD School Board on October 12th for their "Packing God's Love" program in which they raised money to purchase backpacks and supplies for the needy in the community.
Great job and God Bless!
Daylight Saving Time officially ends at 2:00am on Sunday, Nov. 6th. Remember you’ll “fall back” and set your clocks back one hour before going to bed Saturday night.
* All members of the KJT are invited to attend our quarterly meeting scheduled for this Sunday, October 23rd at 8:30am at the Blessed Sacrament Catholic Church Parish Hall. Refreshments will be served.
* All members of the KJT and KJZT are invited to attend the annual Member Appreciation Dinner and meeting scheduled for Sunday, November 13th at 11:30am at the Parish Hall. Following the meetings, lunch will be served. Children’s activities and bingo are planned. Please RSVP to Lawrence Jansky at 484-3723, Jackie Moczygemba at 210-325-2692 or Jane Hosek at 484- 2845 by November 8th.
Catholic Daughters Memorial Mass and Rosary
The date for this mass has been changed from Wednesday, Nov. 16th, to Tuesday, Nov. 1st (All Saint’s Day) at 6:30pm. Rosary will begin at 6:00pm. Please wear white and sit in unity in the front pews.
All Saint's Day, All Souls Novena
ALL SAINT’S DAY: On Monday, November 1st, All Saints will be celebrated at the 6:30pm Mass. There will be candles set on the Altar railing for our loved ones that have passed away and were buried here since All Saints Day of 2015. As Father calls out their name, a family member is asked to come up and light one candle in their memory. We had 21 souls enter into eternal rest. Let us pray for the following:
Luis Arevalos Sr., Adelina Garcia Guerra, Lewis J. Biela, Jeanette Ramey, Rhonda Kallies, Ann Chovanec, Alfredo B. Palacios, Rosie Silva Flores, Bernard “Ben” A. Kotara Jr., Ed Ramey, Eddie Enriquez, Lawrence Arnold, Don Albrecht Sr., Ann Moore, David Ramirez, Linda Segura, Clemencia Trevino, Amado Aranda Jr., Patty Seidenberger, Juan “Chito” Guerra Jr., Celia Nunez Hernandez.
ALL SOULS NOVENA
All Souls Novena is November 9th - 17th. Father Gregory will have nine Holy Masses offered for our departed brothers and sisters. If you wish to participate, please “Clearly Print or Type” the names of your loved ones on the envelope provided in your packet or on a plain piece of paper and submit as soon as possible. A group of names will be read aloud before the rosary. The rosary will be said by Father Gregory; Wednesday, 11/9 – 6:00pm
Thursday, 11/10 – 7:30am
Friday, 11/11 – 7:30am
Saturday, 11/12 – 5:00pm
Sunday, 11/13 – 9:30am
Monday, 11/14 –6:00pm
Tuesday, 11/15 – 6:00pm
Wednesday, 11/16 – 6:00pm
Thursday, 11/17 – 7:30am.
We will have a Mass at the cemetery on All Souls Day at 5:00pm on Wednesday, 11/2. Since the Novena is being celebrated so late we are going to have to reschedule the INTENTIONS for the Masses we have booked for 11/12, 11/13, 11/14, 11/15 & 11/16. We will be contacting those families to move those intentions to another date.
Altar Society Officers
There was no response to the request from the Altar Society on filling their ministry positions so the current people will continue another term. Thank you ladies for your time and devotion.
Senior Citizens Mass & Luncheon
Seniors (55 and older) are invited to a Mass and Luncheon on Wednesday, October 26th. Mass will begin at 10:30am in the Parish Hall. After mass, HEB will be giving Flu & Pneumonia shots to anyone who is interested. Please bring your insurance information. In addition to the shots, we will have a Hearing Aid Specialist performing hearing tests (men first) haha. During this process we will also have Bingo going on so no one gets bored. We are asking everyone attending to please sign up on the clip board at the entrance of the church and specify what service you are interested in, whether it’s a Flu or Pneumonia Shot, a Hearing Test, or all three. We will also need your date of birth. HEB needs to know how many vaccines to bring. AND we will order chicken strips for lunch. Please bring a side dish and/or dessert to be shared by all.
Rite of Christian Initiation of Adults:
RCIA is the process by which adults join the Catholic Church. The RCIA takes place within the context of the parish community, and after a suitable period of formation,culminates in the reception of the Sacraments of Initiation— Baptism, Eucharist and Confirmation. RCIA is also suitable for adults who were baptized Catholic, but have not yet received the Sacraments of Eucharist and Confirmation. If you or someone you know is interested in finding out more about the Catholic Church, please contact Gerri Garza: (830)200-9854 (C), (830)484-2260 (H) or email@example.com . 2016-2017 classes are at 8:30 a.m. in the Parish Hall.
Seton Home Donations
During the month of September, the Seton Home will be accepting donations of clothing for teens, items such as jeans, hoodies and long sleeve T’s and Payless flats – all sizes (shoes). A donation box can be found at the entrance of the church.
The Lone Star Messenger Catholic Daughters of the Americas® September 2016 Edition
Statement in Response to Catholics for Choice Campaign
Over a week ago, a full-page advertisement ran in the San Antonio Express-News, The Houston Chronicle, and the Dallas Morning News from a Washington D.C. based entity called Catholics for Choice. Despite what is implied by its name, Catholics for Choice is not a member-oriented organization and has no affiliation with the Roman Catholic Church. Instead, it is financed by grants from a few secular organizations pushing a pro-abortion agenda. It seldom ventures beyond Washington to Texas, unless it is to buy expensive, full-page ads when it serves their pro-abortion agenda. It is not clear why Catholics for Choice chose a handful of individuals identifying themselves as Catholics as ambassadors for the false premise that refusal to pay for someone’s abortion is an assault on anyone’s God-given dignity. The only assault on dignity in this discussion is the abortion, which ends one life and irrevocably diminishes countless other lives. The misguided campaign of the so-called “Catholics for Choice” organization misrepresents the moral guidance of our Church. The Bishops of the United States, in accord with our Holy Father, Pope Francis, have been unequivocal in proclaiming the dignity of unborn human life. Millions of Catholics in Texas actively live out this teaching in our pro-life ministries and advocacy. Nor is it clear why this small activist group insists on describing itself as “Catholic” when it apparently declines to embrace and live the principles of the Catholic faith. Catholic social teaching is based on and inseparable from our understanding of human life and human dignity. Every person, from the moment of conception to natural death, has inherent dignity and a right to life consistent with that dignity. Catholics, by definition, are in accord with the essential teachings of the Church and embrace the faith that has been handed down to us though Jesus Christ and the apostles. Someone cannot call themselves a Catholic, yet reject the sanctity of life by active support of abortion.
Cardinal Daniel DiNardio
Archdiocese of Galveston-Houston
Most Rev. Gustavo Garcia – Siller, M.Sp.S.
Archdiocese of San Antonio
Most Rev. Steven J. Lopes, STD
Personal Ordinariate of the Chair of St. Peter
Most Rev. Kevin J. Farrell
Diocese of Dallas