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Monday, January 16, 2017

January 15, 2017: Del Rio News-Herald * OPINION * Letter to the Editor * Convergence

















































Letter to the Editor,

Convergence

Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. holiday, the Week of Prayer for Christian Unity and the National March for Life in Washington, D.C. are three great movements that happen at the same time of year and are deeply intertwined.

Each January, these three observances converge and reinforce each other and summon all Christians to work together against injustice. 

On the third Monday in January, this year January 16, we observe the national holiday in honor of Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.

From January 18–25, the Week of Prayer for Christian Unity is observed.

This year on January 27, the National March for Life recalls the tragic and infamous decision made on January 22, 1973 by the Supreme Court in Roe v. Wade, unleashing a devastating policy of abortion on demand.

Both the civil rights movement and the pro-life movement are evidence of our common Christian engagement. 

Both movements seek to secure equal rights for marginalized human beings.

Defending the equal dignity of every human being after birth strengthens our witness to the rights of those in danger before birth. 

The pro-life movement is the civil rights movement of today because it embodies and advocates for the very same principle: the dignity of every human life, which calls for its equal protection under the law. 

Dr. King did not advocate only for the equal dignity of African-Americans/Blacks; he advocated for the equal dignity of every human life. 

The fight against segregation was a corollary of the fight against all injustice.

Dr. King's famous quote: “Injustice anywhere is a threat to justice everywhere", loudly resounds in both the pro-life and civil rights movements.

When we have the observance of Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. holiday and the National March for Life in our nation’s capitol, and both of these events in the context of our Christian Unity, together we are recommitting ourselves to end injustice, along with every other form of violence, and to truly build a culture of life that gives honor, dignity and respect to all humanity.

Marian Casillas, Ed.D.
Del Rio





Friday, January 13, 2017

January 21, 2017: Second Annual Baby Shower to benefit Amistad Pregnancy Care Center, 1:00 - 3:00 pm at St. Joseph Parish Hall






















Second Annual Baby Shower
 for the benefit of 
Amistad Pregnancy Care Center
Saturday, January 21, 2017
1:00PM to 3:00PM
at St. Joseph Parish Hall, 
510 Wernett Street
Come enjoy free 
finger food, refreshments 
and Bingo prizes.
A monetary donation
or any baby items
such as diapers and clothing
will be appreciated





January 22, 2017: Del Rio for Life - Prolife March, starting at 3:00 pm at Val Verde County Fairgrounds and finishing at Del Rio Civic Center with guest speakers
























































Thursday, January 12, 2017

January 10, 2017: Del Rio News-Herald * OPINION * Letter to the Editor * The revelation of 'real news' stories


















Letter to the Editor,
The revelation of "real news" stories 
My name Ralley Nuevas.
I was a volunteer in the Team Hillary presidential campaign.
It all started on November 8th, when media outlets began spreading “real news” stories.
They were reporting that Hillary was losing the election.
But how could that possibly be?
Because I wanted Hillary to win and everybody I know also wanted her to win, so that meant that she had to win the election, right? 
It was a terrible, horrible night that I will never forget, as long as I live.
I was literally in shock; I couldn't believe what was happening.
I spent election night at times shaking, but mostly crying. 
All the "real news" stories said that Hillary Clinton was going to be the first woman president and I believed them.
There was "real news" coming out of Florida and then "real news" stories started showing up about Wisconsin, Michigan, and Pennsylvania. 
And then like a bad dream, really more like a nightmare, all the media were projecting that Donald Trump had won the election.
And now that the election is over I’m hearing "real news" about having to get a real job.  
I hate "real news".
I would rather live in my "fake news" world.
I demand my "fake news", how dare they take away my “fantasy life” from my “virtual reality world”.
Some are even saying that "real news" was a problem before the election, and may have even influenced the way some people voted. 
Some had been exposed to "real news" about Hillary Clinton and others had been exposed to "real news" about Donald Trump.
We need to launch an investigation into the “real news” problem before it gets out of control and the fact that "real news" stories have continued to directly influence what Americans believe.
It’s scary.
We have all these "real news" stories being spread around and pretty soon everyone is going around saying that Trump is our president.
Is “real news” really real? 
Or do I get to decide?
Stay tuned.

Marian Casillas, Ed.D.
Del Rio








Wednesday, January 11, 2017

Obituary for Legion of Mary Member Consuelo "Connie" Paredes

Obituary for Legion of Mary Member Consuelo "Connie" Paredes












(December 10, 1928 - January 9, 2017)

Consuelo “Connie” Paredes, 88, entered eternal rest on January 9, 2017 in Del Rio, Texas.

She was born December 10, 1928 in Del Rio, Texas.

She is survived by her sister in-law: Rosa Olga Paredes of Del Rio, Texas; brother: Roberto T. Martinez Sr. of Jourdanton, Texas; and numerous nieces and nephews. 

She was preceded in death by her parents: Manuel C. and Concepcion T. Martinez; husband: Reynaldo P. Paredes of 51 years marriage; sisters: Odilia and Ana Maria Martinez and brother: Dr Manuel A. Martinez Jr., and Richard T. Martinez.

Connie began working at Edwards Graham Insurance in 1948, where she remained for 23 years.

Upon leaving she became office manager for her brother Dr. Manuel Martinez until her retirement 20 years later.

Connie was a member of the Pan American Roundtable, as director/treasure, played guitar with the Comadres group, and was a member of the Our Lady of Guadalupe Catholic Church.

Pallbearers are Joe Frank Martinez, Waylan Lee Martinez, Waylan Lee Martinez, Jr., Adrian Martinez, Alfred Lozano and Raul Martinez.

Honorary Pallbearers are Roy Musquiz, Roberto Martinez, Jr., Manuel Martinez III, Alfredo Paredes, Ernesto Paredes II and Roberto Mario Paredes.

Visitations will be on Friday, 5-9:00P.M, January 13, 2017 at G. W. Cox Memorial Funeral Home with rosary at 7:00P.M.

Funeral service will be on Saturday, 10:00A.M, January, 14, 2017 at Our Lady of Guadalupe Catholic Church followed with interment at San Felipe Cemetery.

Funeral arrangements with G. W. Cox Memorial Funeral Home, of Del Rio LTD, 114 Fletcher Drive, Del Rio, Texas. 78840 Ph: 830.775.2000



Eternal rest, grant unto her O Lord
and let perpetual light shine upon her.

May she rest in peace. Amen.

May her soul and the souls of all the faithful departed,
through the mercy of God, rest in peace.
Amen.






Wednesday, January 4, 2017

January 21, 2017: Second Annual Baby Shower for the Benefit of Amistad Pregnancy Care Center from 1:00 - 3:00 pm at St. Joseph Parish Hall

In Honor of the Blessed Virgin Mary,
Mother of God the Son



With Respect for the Sanctity of Human Life

For the Benefit of
Amistad Pregnancy Care Center
+++++++++++++++++++

You are cordially invited to our Second Annual Baby Shower

Date and Time: Saturday, January 21, 2017
1:00PM to 3:00PM
Place: St. Joseph Parish Hall
Come and Enjoy Finger Foods and Drinks
and Bingo with Prizes

Please bring a donation of money, diapers, baby clothing,
or other baby items. The APCC especially needs sizes 3 to 5 diapers and 18 months to 5T clothing, but any item will be appreciated.

Hosted by Little Handmaids of Our Sorrowful Mother, the Legion of Mary of the Del Rio Catholic Community, Knights of Columbus (San Felipe Council 2687), Catholic Daughters of the Americas (Court St. Joan of Arc), Las Pequenas Siervas de Nuestra Madre Dolorosa, Our Lady of Schoenstatt group,
































Monday, January 2, 2017

January 1, 2017: Del Rio News-Herald * OPINION * Letter to the Editor * Pro-life leaders celebrating New Year, new presidential administration


















Letter to the Editor,

Pro-life leaders celebrating New Year, new presidential administration

Marjorie Dannenfelser, Susan B. Anthony List president, who headed Donald Trump’s election campaign’s pro-life advisory committee, is celebrating the Republican control of the White House and Congress. Dannenfelser called the 2016 election “an historic moment for the pro-life movement.” She said four goals, which Candidate Trump pledged to fulfill, are now in reach: enacting the Pain-Capable Unborn Child Protection Act; establishing a permanent government-wide ban on public funding of elective abortion; defunding Planned Parenthood; and appointing pro-life justices to the U.S. Supreme Court. “We are politically poised to make the biggest executive, legislative and judicial advances for the protection of unborn children and their mothers in recent history,” she said.

Carol Tobias, president of National Right to Life Committee, is celebrating the election’s outcome; stating that Candidate Donald Trump had “never backed down on his opposition to abortion,” while Hillary Clinton and the national Democratic Party lost the election after taking “the most extreme abortion position possible.”

Kristan Day, Democrats for Life of America Executive Director is celebrating President-elect Donald Trump’s victories in the traditional Democratic working-class strongholds of Wisconsin, Michigan and Pennsylvania proving that national Democratic leaders were destroying the party’s political future because of their failure to “respect the social conscience of pro-life voters” because millions of them would not support candidates that backed the “severe party platform on abortion.” Day stated, “Americans absolutely do not support abortion on demand”.

Kristan Hawkins, president of Students for Life of America, is celebrating because there is “no reason” Planned Parenthood, which provides 40% of U.S. abortions, should not be defunded within the first 100 days of Donald Trump’s presidency. Currently, Planned Parenthood receives more than $500 million in federal funding, more than a third of the abortion provider’s annual revenue of $1.3 billion

Rebecca Bratten Weiss and Matthew Tyson, founders of the New Pro-Life Movement, are celebrating because they view the election votes as “the voice of the pro-life populace establishing the dignity of the human person as the bedrock of our culture”.

Marian Casillas, Ed.D.
Del Rio





Sunday, January 1, 2017

January 1, 2017: New Year Blessings!
















A Prayer for the New Year

Dear Lord,

We pray that this New Year will bring us closer to You.
May we take the time to get to know You.
Help us to truly celebrate the gifts You have graciously given us
and use them to serve You and spread Your word,

May we also see and love you in all the people we meet,
so that in turn, they can see You in us.
We know that all human relations take time
if they are to grow and deepen.

This is also true of our relations with You,
the Father and the Holy Spirit, which must grow
over the course of our lives.
In this New Year, let us realise that every action of ours
no matter how great or small, enables us to be in touch with You.
Let us accept You in our lives as,
  • Truth, to be spoken
  • Life, to be lived
  • Love, to be shared
  • Joy, to be given
  • Peace, to be spread
and as Sacrifice, to be offered among our relatives, friends, neighbours and all people.

Amen.

Wednesday, December 28, 2016

December 27, 2016: Del Rio News-Herald * OPINION * Letter to the Editor * Christmas in our heart and soul
















Letter to the Editor,

Christmas in our Heart and Soul

Every day is Christmas in the heart and soul of all who believe in Jesus Christ.

Christmas is not just one day every year, it is every day of the year for all who believe that Jesus Christ came to save us from our sins and show us the way to Our Father in Heaven.

Christmas is not just for a season, it is a reason to believe always and forever.

Christmas is all around us every day of the year, if only we have eyes to see, ears to hear and a heart and soul filled with faith to believe in the Christmas Miracle.

Christmas is about giving; Jesus giving Himself to us and us giving ourselves to Him and to others.

The Christmas season is filled with all the love and generosity of spirit that marks any celebration centered on our Savior Jesus Christ; because giving is actually receiving.

It’s time we got back in touch with the truth about the real relationship between giving and receiving which is giving love and receiving love selflessly and sacrificially; it’s that simple; it’s that miraculous.

All the Christmas candy cannot sweeten the soured heart and soul; all the Christmas ornaments cannot decorate the empty heart and soul; all the Christmas festivities cannot enliven the saddened heart and soul; all the Christmas money cannot salvage the bankrupt heart and soul; all the Christmas presents cannot gladden the gloomy heart and soul.

Let us celebrate on Christmas and every day that the Creator became a Creature to be in Communion with us.

Christmas is any time our hardened hearts are softened with love, our narrow minds are widened with hope, and our hungry and thirsty souls are feed and refreshed with faith.

Christmas is when the heart and soul come to life with the true meaning of all the Christmas carols ever sung and all the Christmas cards ever written.

Only the Christ Child of Christmas can fill our heart and soul with faith, hope and love for truly living a Blessed, Joyous and Merry Christmas.

Come Celebrate Christ’s Christmas!

Marian Casillas, Ed.D.

Del Rio