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Friday, July 22, 2016

July 22, 2016: Del Rio News-Herald * OPINION * Letter to the Editor * Hondo iconic road sign threatened




















Letter to the Editor,

Hondo iconic road sign threatened

Mr. Cristiano: Did you hear the Freedom From Religion Foundation wants Hondo to remove its famous sign on Highway 90, the one that reads: “This is God’s country; please don’t drive through it like hell.”

Mrs. Cristiano: Really! I’ve always loved reading that road sign out loud, ever since I was a little girl.  If I was awake when we passed through Hondo, I was always on the lookout for that sign as we drove by, so I could have the pleasure of reading it. If I was somehow distracted my Dad would always remind me that the sign was up ahead so that I would be sure not to miss it. And when I was going to college in San Antonio all my friends knew that I just had to read it out loud and they would always make fun of me for doing that. And you know I’ve kept up that tradition and now Missy and Junior read it out loud along with me whenever we drive through Hondo.

Mr. Cristiano: Well now they want to take it down because two unidentified Texans complained about the sign which is on public property and it references God.

Mrs. Cristiano: That’s terrible. I hope the city of Hondo stands up to them. I would really miss not seeing that sign anymore. I think it’s a great sign with a very poignant and powerful message; I especially love the play on words, meaning that we need to drive safely and obey the speed limits because Hondo is like a slice of heaven and reckless driving is like a crazy demon wrecking paradise and turning it into a hell hole.

Mr. Cristiano: It sounds like they’re going to fight it because the mayor is quoted as saying: “There’s no way in hell that sign is coming down.” And all the people that were interviewed in Hondo felt passionately about that sign, which they said was so much a part of the city and their life.

Mrs. Cristiano: Well good for them and I hope they win because I would hate to see that sign gone; another treasured tradition trashed and part of our collective past taken away because it is not “politically correct” to reference, much less, to reverence God.


Marian Casillas, Ed.D. 



Wednesday, July 20, 2016

Obituary for Former Legion of Mary member Micaela Berreles De La Garza

Former Legion of Mary Member
Obituary for Micaela Berreles De La Garza












Micaela B. De La Garza, age 66, entered into rest on Monday, July 18, 2016 at the Christus Santa Rosa Hospital located in San Antonio, Texas.

She was born September 19, 1949 in Del Rio.

Preceding her in death was her husband of 32 years, Francisco R. De La Garza; 
parents: Carmen and Pedro Berreles; 
son, Jesus De La Garza; 
brothers: Jose Miguel C. Berreles, Pedro C. Berreles Jr., and Juan C. Berreles; 
sister, Idalia B. Barragan; 
mother/father-in-law, Aucilia and Benancio De La Garza; brothers-in-law: Benancio De La Garza Jr., Juan De La Garza, Arturo De La Garza, and Antonio De La Garza;

Family members left to cherish her memory include her sons: Francisco De La Garza (Dan) of Faribault, MN, Ruben De La Garza (Yvette) of Del Rio, John Bart De La Garza (Annette) of Texarkana, TX, and TSGT. Ven-Eric De La Garza, USAF (Tatiana) of Fayetteville, NC, 
sisters: Irma B. Ojeda (Roberto), and Ana Berreles, all of Del Rio; 
sisters-in-law: Candelaria Liñan, Guadalupe Ortiz, and Dora Linda Soto;

Micaela is also survived by numerous grandchildren, nephews and nieces.

Visitation:  JULY 21:  05:00 PM - 09:00 PM Trinity Mortuary 206 Kings Way Del Rio, TX, US, 78840

Service:  JULY 22: 12:00 PM - 01:00 PM Our Lady of Guadalupe 509 W. Garza St. Del Rio, TX, US, 78840

Sunset Cemetery: 5144 US 90 W. Del Rio, TX, 78840


May our Sister Micaela rest in God’s Eternal Peace



Sunday, July 17, 2016

July 17, 2016: Del Rio News-Herald * OPINION * Letter to the Editor * Domestic tranquility shattered by e-Companion


















Letter to the e-Edition Editor,

Domestic tranquility shattered by e-Companion

The wife sees her husband with his e-Companion and the wine glass slips out of her hand as she stands there in shock.

The red wine splatters all over the newly installed white carpet with Scotch guard so that the wine rises up into droplets as the blood coursing through her bulging veins.

She grabs her throbbing heart and her face exudes a look of terror.

She never in her wildest dreams thought that he would do this to her, she never imagined he would bring his e-Companion into their home.

He has eaten of the forbidden apple.

The look on the love of his life makes him recoil.

His wife excitedly exclaims: “You’re a traitor, that’s what you are!”

He sheepishly inquires: “What did I do now?”

His wife exasperatingly extols: “You betrayed the cause!”

He is baffled and confused: “Exactly what cause did I betray?”

His wife dramatically points to his e-Companion: “I caught you red handed, you’re reading the e-Edition of the Del Rio News-Herald!”

He is befuddled and clueless: “So?”

His wife infuriatingly intonates: “So that means you’re a Benedict Arnold! You just pretend to be all retro and anti-modern techno-science. You talk about how our city is in such dire need of a good old-fashioned bookstore and record shop and you won’t even so much as go outside into the sweltering summer sun and pick up the newspaper off the lawn. You would much rather just sit in your air-conditioned house, laying down in your comfy, cozy recliner with that e-Companion of yours reading off a screen, instead of getting ink print all over your fingers and fumbling with the long sheets of newsprint that some poor tree had to give it’s life for you to enjoy reading the local daily news.”

He realizes that he has committed the most shameful of offenses; he is enjoying reading e-Books never having to step into a bookstore, he is listening to e-Music never having to step into a record shop, he is enjoying the e-Edition of the Del Rio News-Herald without a drop of perspiration on his forehead or black ink on his fingers ever again.

If his wife thinks he’s a traitor to some imaginary cause, then so be it.

It’s his e-Companion, to have and to hold . . . . .


Marian Casillas, Ed.D.




Tuesday, July 5, 2016

July 5, 2016: Nuns continue to influence healthcare *Del Rio News-Herald * OPINION * Letter to the Editor * Nuns continue to influence healthcare







































Letter to the Editor,

Nuns continue to influence US healthcare

The Supreme Court made a unanimous decision in favor of the Little Sisters of the Poor.

This case challenged the Affordable Care Act’s Health and Human Services mandate from requiring religiously affiliated non-profit groups, including the Little Sisters of the Poor, who object to having to provide “abortifacients and contraceptives” to their employees.

The fact that a group of nuns went all the way to the Supreme Court over an issue involving healthcare demonstrates how much of our healthcare system we continue to owe to Catholic Sisters!

Catholic nuns in the U. S. have been rightly called the first feminists. In the 19th century in a country and culture where most women followed the orders of a father or husband, these women were planning, building and providing employment in over eight hundred hospitals and ten thousand schools, colleges and universities.

In 1871, St. John’s Hospital in St. Louis, Missouri founded by The Mercy Sisters worked with the United Railways Company to develop the first prepaid health insurance plan in the U.S.

In 1895 the Sisters of St. Francis of Our Lady of Lourdes collaborated with Dr. Mayo to build the world-renowned Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minnesota.

In the 1930’s, Dr. Bob Smith and Sister Mary Ignatia Gavin began treating alcoholism as a medical diagnosis and she is referred to as the “Angel of Alcoholics Anonymous”.


Catholic sisters pioneered “family-centered” and “holistic” care in their nursing schools. They taught the importance of reaching out to the family of the patient but “out of earshot of the patient” and to get to know their patient’s background; where the patient was from and how many children they had so that they could talk to them more personally. It seems that they were “ahead” of their time in American nursing with their emphasis on getting to know the patient on a “holistic” level and not just as someone enduring a physical ailment.

We continue to owe a debt of gratitude to Catholic sisters for their accomplishments as trailblazers in healthcare.

Thank you Sisters!
Marian Casillas, Ed.D.


Wednesday, June 29, 2016

A Classic: The Last Cab Ride..............


II arrived at the address and honked the horn.
After waiting a few minutes I honked again. 
Since this was going to be my last ride of my shift I thought about just driving away, but instead I put the car in park and walked up to the door and knocked.
'Just a minute', answered a frail, elderly voice. I could hear something being dragged across the floor.
After a long pause, the door opened. 
A small woman in her 90's stood before me. She was wearing a print dress and a pillbox hat with a veil pinned on it, like somebody out of a 1940's movie.
By her side was a small nylon suitcase. The apartment looked as if no one had lived in it for years. All the furniture was covered with sheets.
There were no clocks on the walls, no knickknacks or utensils on the counters.  In the corner was a cardboard box filled with photos and glassware.
'Would you carry my bag out to the car?' she said. 
I took the suitcase to the cab, then returned to assist the woman. 
She took my arm and we walked slowly toward the curb. 
She kept thanking me for my kindness. 
'It's nothing', I told her. 'I just try to treat my passengers the way I would want my mother to be treated.'
'Oh, you're such a good boy, she said. 
When we got in the cab, she gave me an address and then asked, 'Could you drive through downtown?'
'It's not the shortest way,' I answered quickly.. 
'Oh, I don't mind,' she said. 'I'm in no hurry. I'm on my way to a hospice’. 
I looked in the rear-view mirror. Her eyes were glistening. 
'I don't have any family left,' she continued in a soft voice…'The doctor says I don't have very long.'
I quietly reached over and shut off the meter. 
'What route would you like me to take?' I asked. 
For the next two hours, we drove through the city. 
She showed me the building where she had once worked as an elevator operator. 
We drove through the neighborhood where she and her husband had lived when they were newlyweds.
She had me pull up in front of a furniture warehouse that had once been a ballroom where she had gone dancing as a girl.
Sometimes she'd ask me to slow in front of a particular building or corner and would sit staring into the darkness, saying nothing.
As the first hint of sun was creasing the horizon, she suddenly said, 'I'm tired. Let's go now'.
We drove in silence to the address she had given me. 
It was a low building, like a small convalescent home, with a driveway that passed under a portico. It was uninviting.
Two orderlies came out to the cab as soon as we pulled up.  They were solicitous and intent, watching her every move.  They must have been expecting her.
I opened the trunk and took the small suitcase to the door.   The woman was already seated in a wheelchair.
'How much do I owe you?' she asked, reaching into her purse. 
 'Nothing,' I answered. 
 'You have to make a living,' she said. 
 'There are other passengers,' I responded. 
 Almost without thinking, I bent and gave her a hug.  She held onto me tightly. 
 'You gave an old woman a little moment of joy,' she said. 'Thank you.' 
 I squeezed her hand, and then walked into the dim morning light.  Behind me, a door shut. It was the sound of the closing of a life.
 For the rest of that day, I could hardly talk. What if that woman had gotten an angry driver, or one who was impatient to end his shift?
 What if I had refused to take the run, or had honked once, then driven away? 
 On a quick review, I don't think that I have done anything more important in my life.
 We're conditioned to think that our lives revolve around great moments. 
 But great moments often catch us unaware - beautifully wrapped in what others may consider a small one.
 PEOPLE MAY NOT REMEMBER EXACTLY WHAT YOU DID, OR WHAT YOU SAID, BUT THEY WILL ALWAYS REMEMBER HOW
 YOU MADE THEM FEEL... 

Life may not be the party we hoped for, but while we are here we might as well dance…







Vivencias de mi Fe Catolica * 2016 SEXTO ANIVERSARIO DE LAS PEQUENAS SIERVAS DEL INMACULADO Y DOLOROSO CORAZON DE MARIA.

2016  SEXTO ANIVERSARIO

DE LAS PEQUENAS SIERVAS DEL INMACULADO Y DOLOROSO CORAZON DE MARIA.


VEN HACIA LA CRUZ

CAMI MURPHY FUNDADORA DE
LAS PEQUENAS SIERVAS DE NUESTRA MADRE DOLOROSA



HOY ELEVAMOS NUESTRA ORACION A DIOS,POR HABERNOS PERMITIDO LLEGAR A 6 ANOS DE INTENSA ENTREGA,COMO PEQUENAS SIERVAS A JESUS,QUE CON LA AYUDA DE NUESTRA MADRE,HEMOS PODIDO ALCANZAR LA CRUZ Y LLEGAR A ELLA,AMANDOLA COMO LA AMO’ JESUS.

HOY TAMBIEN SABEMOS EL VALOR TAN INMENSO E INTENSO QUE TIENE EL DOLOR Y EL SUFRIMIENTO.
HOY SABEMOS TAMBIEN QUE SIN ESTOS TAN VALIOSOS OFRECIMIENTOS DE JESUS Y NUESTROS, JAMAS PODRIAMOS CONOCER, EL VERDADERO AMOR.
HOY  SABEMOS QUE SIN LA SANGRE DERRAMADA POR JESUS Y SUS LLAGAS JAMAS CONOCERIAMOS EL VERDADERO FIN, POR LO CUAL, AUN SE DERRAMA SU SANGRE Y AUN SUS LLAGAS ESTAN ABIERTAS DIA CON DIA.

HOY SABEMOS ,QUE RECORDAR Y VIVIR LA DOLOROSA PASION DE NUESTRO SENOR JESUCRISTO,COMO SI HOY SUCEDIERA,POR QUE ES LA VIDA QUE EL  VERDADERO CRISTIANO DEBE HACER,SEGUIR Y VI VIR CON SU CRUZ, QUE UNIDA A JESUS Y SU CRUZ,ALCANZA LOS MISMOS EFECTOS QUE EL ALCANZO,NUESTRA SALVACION.
HOY DESPUES DE 6 ANOS COMO PEQUENAS SIERVAS,HEMOS [PODIDO AL FIN ENTENDER,QUE NUESTRA VIDA ES COMO LA DE JESUS,CON SUS MISTERIOS GOZOSOS,DOLOROSOS,GLORIOSOS Y LUMINOSOS., ASI ES QUE NO  TENEMOS POR QUE QUEJARNOS  ,PUES LA ALEGRIA Y FELICIDAD QUE RECIBIMOS DE LA CRUZ,NO SE COMPARA CON CUALQUIER GOZO DE ESTE MUNDO.
HOY TAMBIEN QUISIERA PREGUNTARTE MI AMADO JESUS,DESPUES DE 6 ANOS COMO NOS VES?,ESTAS CONTENTO CON NOSOTROS,TODAVIA SOMO GRATAS A TI? LLENDO HACIA LA CRUZ, COMO NOS HA ENSENADO NUESTRA FUNDADORA  CAMI? LO ESTAMOS HACIENDO BIEN?

UN GRAN SILENCIO         JESUS TE ESCUCHO.

LA CONSAGRACION QUE ME HAN HECHO COMO PEQUENAS SIERVAS,,YA MI MADRE SE HA ENCARGADO DE QUE LO HAGAN BIEN, EL ESPIRITU SANTO HA PENETRADO EN USTEDES TAN PROFUNDO Y POR ESO HAN ENTENDIDO TODO LO QUE ME HAS MANIFESTADO EN ESTE ESCRITO, Y LES DIGO Y VUELVO A REPETIRLES,LA MAYORIA HA ALCANZADO TODO MI AMOR Y RESPETO, SUS NOMBRES YA HAN QUEDADO GRAVADOS EN NUESTROS CORAZONES, YA NO SE BORRARAN,SIGAN SIGAN,SIGAN,ASI NO DESFALLESCAN URGE SU TRABAJO,PARA LA RECONSTRUCCION DE ESTE MUNDO……LOS AMO


CON AMOR
ROSY ‘’PEQUENA SIERVA’’

Tuesday, June 28, 2016

June 28, 2016: Del Rio News-Herald * OPINION * Letter to the Editor * 'Witnesses to Freedom' celebration



















Letter to the Editor,

“Witnesses to Freedom” celebration

This year the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops (USCCB) has called all the faithful to celebrate the fifth annual Fortnight for Freedom, from June 21 to July 4 with this year’s theme: “Witnesses to Freedom”.

The Fortnight for Freedom is a call to action, education and prayer for religious liberty, and conscience protection rights, of all citizens in the United States of America.

In keeping with this directive issued by the Catholic bishops, the Legion of Mary of the Del Rio Catholic Community with active and auxiliary members from Our Lady of Guadalupe Church, Sacred Heart Church and St. Joseph Church, under the spiritual direction of Father Antonio O. Moreno, is sponsoring the Fourth of July Celebration of Faith and Freedom at St. Joseph Catholic Church.

The Bilingual Patriotic Rosary will be recited at 5:30 p.m.

Patriotic songs will be interspersed throughout the Faith and Freedom celebration; before praying the Rosary “America” will be sung and after the Rosary “America the Beautiful” will be sung.

Alternating English and Spanish decades of the Rosary will be prayed and each Hail Mary will be offered for the special intention of each of the 50 states of the United States of America.

After each decade of the Rosary, a verse and refrain of “Mine Eyes Have Seen the Glory – Battle Hymn of the Republic” will be sung. 

After the Rosary the “Litany for Liberty” and “Prayers for the Protection of Religious Liberty” will be prayed.

Independence Day Mass will follow at 6:30 p.m.

Everyone is invited and encouraged to attend to be a “witness to freedom” by prayerfully joining the Legion of Mary in meditating on what God is calling each one of us to do, to preserve and protect our faith and our freedom.

Patriotic Rosaries consist of red, white and blue colored beads. 

According to custom and tradition, the colors red, white and blue have signified the following: white is for purity and innocence, red is for hardiness and valor, blue is for vigilance, perseverance and justice.  

Everyone is invited to pray for these virtues to be what our country and all its citizens stand for and represent.

God bless America!

Marian Casillas, Ed.D.







Monday, June 27, 2016

Kitty Peaches is Cat of Honor and Puppy Pilot is Best Dog at the June Wedding


Blog: Vivencias de mi Fe Catolica

POR QUE ES NECESARIA LA ORACION!




PARA MI ES POR QUE ME HE DADO CUENTA LA INSISTENCIA DE JESUS ,DE QUE NUESTRA ORACION DEBE SER CONSTANTE E INSISTENTE  Y EN TODO MOMENTO, EL DIJO PIDAN Y SE LES  DARA,NO DIJO OREN,PERO AUN PEDIR ES ORACION,O SEA TODA COMUNICACION DE PALABRA U OBRA A JESUS ES ORACION,,,SIN ESA ORACION NO HAY RESPUESTA, ES QUE ES COMO EL PAPA’ QUE CUANDO EMPIEZA A CRECER EL HIJO,SOLO LO OBSERVA Y EN LA PRIMERA CAIDA ALLI ESTA’ PARA AYUDARLO Y A MEDIDA QUE VA CRECIENDO LE DA’ MAS LIBERTAD,PERO AUN ASI DE LEJOS LO CUIDA.
ASI TAMBIEN ES JESUS,EL NO NOS ABANDONA  NUNCA,,,MUCHAS VECES LE HECHAMOS       LA CULPA  A NUESTROS PADRES Y TAMBIEN A NUESTRO DIOS Y ELLOS ESTAN ALLI,,,PERO NECESITAN DE TU CONFIANZA,QUE LES DIGAS LO QUE NECESITAS O LO QUE TE PASA,PARA DARTELO O SACARTE DEL PROBLEMA,SI ESTA’ A SU ALCANCE.
DIOS IGUAL Y EL SI PUEDE HACERLO, SIEMPRE QUE TU RESPONDAS, PARA QUE NO SE CONVIERTA EN AYUDA NULA.
ESTO Y ENTENDAMOSLO BIEN.’’NO ES DIOS SOLO’ ‘SOLO SOMOS NOSOTROS SIN DIOS’…..ASI ES DIOS, HIZO UN CUERPO VISIBLE, QUE ES EL CUERPO MISTICO DE CRISTO QUE SOMOS NOSOTROS, POR ESO TODO EL CUERPO HUMANO SE AFECTA CUANDO CUALQUIERA DE ELLOS SE ENFERMA.
CREO QUERIDOS HERMANOS,QUE YA ES TIEMPO QUE DESPERTEMOS,YA NO PODEMOS ,YA NO DEBEMOS, BRINCARNOS LA LEY DIVINA Y ESTO ES PARA TODO GOBIERNO ,IGLESIA, AUTORIDADES,PADRES-----EL MAL YA ESTA REBASANDO LA PACIENCIA DEL MISMO DIOS YA ES INTOLERABLE LA MALDAD EXISTENTE EN EL MUNDO,YA NO CABE,,SE EXCLUYERON LA MORAL,LOS VALORES,LAS   LEYES  DIVINAS Y NOSOTROS  NO SOMOS HIJOS DEL MUNDO ‘’SOMOS HIJOS DE DIOS’ DE QUE NOS SIRVE TANTA ENSENANZA, CIENCIA Y TECNOLOGIA, SI LA IMAGEN DE DIOS A SIDO BORRADA YA NO QUEDA EN SUS HIJOS NI UNA CARICATURA DE SU IMAGEN.
YA NO HAY MAS QUE RECTIFICAR, HAY QUE CAMBIAR ES NECESARIO Y URGENTE DESEMPOLVARNOS DE LA MENTIRA DEL DIABLO Y SEGUIR LA ENSENANZA DEL QUE DIO LA VIDA POR NOSOTROS.
ALLI ESTA EL SAGRARIO ALLI CRISTO ESTA VIVO Y TE ESPERA.
ALLI ESTA EL SACRAMENTO DE LA RECONCILIACION, DONDE CAE EN GRANDE LA MISERICORDIA DE DIOS Y SU PERDON.
NO HAY ESCUSAS, JESUS SIEMPRE TE ESPERA, ATIENDELO.
ORA, ORA, ORA, NO EN CAMBIO CRISTO ASI LO PIDIO Y NUESTRA MADRE LO SIGUE PIDIENDO.
CON AMOR
ROSY
MIEMBRO DE LA LEGION DE MARIA

DEL RIO, TX. 

June 21, 2016: Del Rio News-Herald * OPINION * Letter to the Editor * Life's mission: First man on Mars

















Letter to the Editor,

First Man on Mars

“Junior, stop playing your video game and come eat dinner with us,” instructs his Mother.

“Okay Mom, I’ll be right there!” Junior shouts back as he always does, but somehow “I’ll be right there” never quite turns out to mean “I’ll be there right now”.

Dad puts his foot down and tells Mom and Missy, “We said dinner will be served now and if he doesn’t come then he can warm it up later, but he’ll have to forego the purchase of another game until he decides to join us for dinner.

Junior is standing at the kitchen door, “I’m here, I’m here.”

Dad begins, “Let’s pray. Missy, please lead is in prayer.”

“Okay Dad,” Missy gladly accepts the offer.

Junior just rolls his eyes, because he knows what an attention-getting actress Missy is becoming, ever since she was selected to play the Blessed Virgin Mary in the annual Holy Family Church Christmas Nativity play.

Finally Missy concludes her prayer with a resounding Amen and dramatically makes the Sign of the Cross.

Junior instantaneously starts scarfing-down his food.

After several mouthfuls and with food still in his mouth he informs his family that he has finished, “Thanks Mom, the food was great,” he manages to garble out, “I know it’s my turn to put the dishes away.”

“What’s the hurry?” inquires Dad.

“Dad, I’m up to the highest difficulty level and I know I can master it before I have to go to bed,” Junior ardently admits.

“What good is that going to do for you?” Dad digs sarcastically.

“Well, Dad,” Junior begins while stopping in his tracks to give this detailed account of the benefits of playing video games: “In an article published in “Psychology Today” it summarized the recent research demonstrating the long-lasting positive effects of playing video games on basic mental processes; such as perception, attention, memory, and decision-making. One correlational study, for example, demonstrated that video gamers were better than non-gamers in their ability to fly and land aerial drones and were essentially as good as trained pilots on this skill. And I will share with you that I have set as my life’s mission to be the first man to land on Mars.

Missy quickly interjects, “You mean first ‘person’ to land on Mars.”


Marian Casillas, Ed.D.






Tuesday, June 21, 2016

July 4, 2016: Fifth Annual Fortnight for Freedom sponsored by The Legion of Mary at St. Joseph Catholic Church * 5:30 pm Bilingual Patriotic Rosary * 6:30 pm Independence Day Mass * Theme "Witnesses for Freedom"

The Legion of Mary is sponsoring
Fifth (5th ) Annual





Monday, July 4, 2016
St. Joseph Catholic Church
5:30 pm – Bilingual Patriotic Rosary
6:30 pm – Independence Day Mass























July 4 - Religious Freedom Celebration

The Legion of Mary of the Del Rio Catholic Faith Community, with members from Our Lady of Guadalupe Church, St. Joseph Church and Sacred Heart Church are sponsoring the Fifth Annual Fortnight for Freedom celebration requested by the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops (USCCB).

This year’s theme is: “Witnesses to Freedom”.

Bilingual Patriotic Rosary at 5:30 pm and Independence Day Mass at 6:30 pm at St. Joseph Church.

Thank God for our religious freedom and for God blessing our country and all its citizens.

Pray that we may be under God’s protection and to persevere as “one nation under God”.









Monday, June 20, 2016

The Holy Eucharist is not just a symbol


By Father Richard W. Frank

The Holy Eucharist is not just a symbol of Christ’s spiritual presence. It is not just a reminder of Christ’s self-offering in the past. No, Jesus Christ is truly present in this Sacrament. That is why we refer to the Real Presence. As the Catechism of the Catholic Church states: “In the most blessed sacrament of the Holy Eucharist the body and blood, together with the soul and divinity of Our Lord Jesus Christ, and, therefore, the whole Christ is truly, really, and substantially contained.”

It’s a Biblical FactOur belief in this Real Presence of Jesus in the Holy Eucharist derives from the literal interpretation of the promise of Christ to give us His Body and Blood for our spiritual food and drink, as found in St. John’s Gospel, Chapter 6, and also in the four independent accounts of the fulfillment of this promise at the Last Supper (Matthew 26; Mark 14; Luke 22; 1 Corinthians 11).

Eucharistic theologians explain the Real Presence by a process called transubstantiation: the entire substance of bread and wine is changed into the entire substance of the risen and glorified Body and Blood of Christ, retaining only the “accidents” (taste, color, shape) of bread and wine. Can there be a religion in which God is closer to man than our Catholic Faith?

Jesus instituted the Holy Eucharist during the Last Supper as a Sacramental Banquet and a Sacrificial Offering. As a Sacrament, the Holy Eucharist is an outward sign in and through which we meet Jesus who shares His life of grace with us. In this Sacrament of the Holy Eucharist, we do meet Jesus, the Risen Lord who comes to us under the signs of Bread and Wine to nourish and strengthen us for our journey through life.

The Eucharistic Meal is a mystery because during the Eucharistic celebration the substance of bread and wine are converted into the substance of the risen Jesus’ Body and Blood, while their appearances (or ‘accident’) remain. We believe in this transformation of bread and wine (called transubstantiation), because Jesus unequivocally taught it and authorized His apostles to repeat it. As a Sacrament, the Holy Eucharist imparts to us Jesus’ abiding presence in our souls. In addition, we share in His Divine life, which is an assurance of eternal life and the basis for the conviction that we are children of God the Father. The Eucharist is the Sacrament of our union with Jesus. In this Sacrament, Jesus gives us His own Body, broken for us on the cross and His precious Blood poured out for us, in order that our sins may be forgiven.Sometimes We Forget This

It is good to remember that since it is the Risen Christ who is present in the consecrated Bread and Wine, He is not divided. He is wholly present in both species—both the Consecrated Bread and the Consecrated Wine. Therefore, we receive the whole Christ and are not deprived of any grace when we receive Holy Communion under one form only.

It is a SacraficeThe Eucharistic Celebration is also a Sacrifice because it is the re-presentation or reliving in an unbloody manner of Christ’s Death on Good Friday and of His Resurrection on Easter Sunday. By means of signs, symbols and prayers, we share in Christ’s passion, death, and resurrection made really present for us in an unbloody manner. This re-presenting, this re-living of the One Sacrifice of Christ, which is the heart and point of every Holy Mass, assures us of Jesus’ love for us and of His forgiveness of our sins. Through this sacrifice, the risen Jesus becomes present on the altar, offering Himself to the Father through the ministry of the ordained priest.





Friday, June 17, 2016

Obituary for Legion of Mary Auxiliary Member Idalia B. Barragan














Idalia B. Barragan

May 17, 1951 - June 16, 2016


Obituary for Idalia B. Barragan

Idalia B. Barragan, age 65, entered into rest on Thursday, June 16, 2016 in Del Rio, Texas. 

She was born on May 17, 1951.

Visitation will be Friday, June 17, 2016 from 4:00 PM to 9:00 PM; Recitation of the Holy Rosary at 7:00 PM

Mass of Christian Burial will be held on Saturday, June 18, 2016 at 2:00 PM at Mary Queen of The Universe Catholic Church.

Interment will be followed at Comstock Cemetery.




Eternal rest grant unto her, O Lord.

And let the perpetual light shine upon her.

And may her soul through the mercy of God rest in peace

Amen.