Father Gregory and several other priests will be hearing confessions on Tuesday, December 20th at 7:00pm. Other confession times in our area are:
Elmendorf – Tuesday, 12/6 at 6:00pm
Panna Maria – Wednesday, 12/7 at 6:00pm
Floresville – Wednesday, 12/7 at 7:00pm
Stockdale – Sunday, 12/11 at 2:00pm
Falls City – Wednesday, 12/14 at 6:30pm
Time Change for Healing Rosary
The Litany of our Blessed Mother, and the Novena to the Sacred Heart of Jesus, is being recited every Sunday evening beginning at 5:00 pm in the music room at the Faith Formation Building. Pray for yourself, pray for another.
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
Children's Christmas Play
Plans for the annual Children’s Christmas Play are underway. All children ages 3 years to 5th grade are invited to participate and we are looking for children to play the parts of animals, shepherds, wise men, Joseph, Mary, Angel Gabriel & Narrators. All costumes are provided for the participants. The only requirement is that everyone attend a few practices which are to be held on Sunday, Dec. 4th after the 7:30am Mass, Sunday, Dec. 11th after the 7:30am Mass and Sunday, Dec. 18th after the 7:30am Mass. The play will take place on Christmas Eve at the 6:00pm Mass. If you have any questions please feel free to call Nicole Dziuk at 830-391-0145.
||Confirmandi perform a presentation in honor of All Saints Day for the month of November. There are 22 candidates preparing to receive the sacrament of confirmation.
Catholic Daughters of the Americas Scholarship Info
CDA Local Scholarship
Catholic Daughters of the Americas Court Anna Poth #1178 will award at least one (1) $500.00 scholarship to a Blessed Sacrament Church graduating senior(s) who is related to a living/deceased CDA-Court Anna Poth member (mother, grandmother or aunt) in good standing or is a JCDA member in good standing. Applications are due by noon on February 28, 2017.
2017 State Court Scholarship
All high school senior JCDA members or seniors who have a mother or grandmother in CDA may apply for the 2017 State Court Scholarship as well as the Local CDA Scholarship. Deadline for State is January 31, 2017. Deadline for Local is February 28, 2017. Applications can be found on the church website and at the High School Counselors office
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
The following is the donation list for December.
Please place your donations in the box 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