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!!!!
PARISH FUNDRAISER 2016
It is with great pride that we report that the profit for our 2016 fundraiser was $61,585.25. This could not have been accomplished without the guidance from our Heavenly Father and everyone who participated in any way, shape or form. Our church is surely blessed by the Grace of God
Altar Society Seeking Officers
The Altar Society is seeking to fill the following positions for their ministry: President, Vice President, Treasurer and Secretary. The term is two years and they hold four meetings a year. The Altar Society is responsible for the Altar supplies, candles & flowers and handles all of the decorations for the Altar during the Easter & Christmas seasons. Anyone interested will need to contact Otillia Montez at 830-534-6138.
MAKE A DIFFERENCE DAY
MAKE A DIFFERENCE DAY gives us a chance to help the poor in our area. Catholic Life Branch 88 will be handing out bags the weekend of October 8th & 9th for donations of nonperishable food items for the needy in our community. Please place your donation in the bag and return your bag the following weekend, Oct 15th or 16th. We would love to have a couple of the children who are at mass help hand out the bags at the end of the mass. For further information, please call Bob Green at 484-2114.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org . 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.
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