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Wednesday, August 17, 2016

Thursdays, beginning September 15, 2016: The Bible and the Virgin Mary Bible Study sponsored by The Legion of Mary from 7:00 - 9:00 pm at St. Joseph Parish Hall presented by Father Antonio O. Moreno




























THE BIBLE and the VIRGIN MARY

What Does the Bible say about Mary?

Join us for a great Bible Study

The Legion of Mary

St. Joseph Catholic Church

Thursdays, beginning Sept 15th, 2016

at 7:00 P.M. - 9:00 P.M.

St. Joseph Parish Hall

PRESENTED BY: Fr. Antonio O. Moreno

Registration: $20 for books, study materials and certificate from St. Paul Center for Biblical Theology

A Parish Bible Study Brought to You by the St. Paul Center

• Discover how Catholic beliefs about Mary build on the Old Testament as well as the Gospels.

• Learn why the early Church used titles like “New Eve” and “Ark of the New Covenant” for Mary.

• Grow in your devotion to Our Lady.

St. Paul Center for Biblical Theology
Journey Through Scripture

www.JourneyThroughScripture.com




Friday, August 5, 2016

August 5, 2016: Del Rio News-Herald * OPINION * Letter to the Editor * 'The Right View' discusses gene editing


















Letter to the Editor,

"The Right View" discusses gene editing

You’ve heard of the women from the talk show “The View”; well this is a segment from the women of “The Right View”.

Antonietta: Gene editing allows scientists to alter the genetic code of a human embryo to change the child’s eye color, hair color, sex, and other features.

Henrietta: I find something very sinister taking place: A human being has become a something, and is no longer a someone.

Francesca: Currently, these procedures are either illegal or considered not safe enough for practice, but scientists are quickly seeking to change that. 

Benedicta: Tiny humans are being thought of in the same context as we choose the model, make, style, and color of a new car. 

Juana Paula: If I were to apply that standard to adults and comment about someone being the wrong size, color, or gender, I would quickly be called a racist, bigot, or hater. But somehow it’s okay to apply this standard to babies?

Antonietta: The way the procedure works is that scientists alter the embryonic babies in a lab, and they implant the altered baby into the mother via in vitro fertilization. Now, many people believe that the possibility of scientists discovering a way to end disease through this process is a noble endeavor. What they don’t realize is that thousands of small babies are dying because of this research. Scientists perform their experiments on embryonic babies, record their findings, and discard the babies who have served their purpose as “guinea pigs”.

Henrietta: What happens in those labs is eerily similar to the experiments the Nazis conducted on Jews during World War II to try to create the perfect humans. Our world should be outraged by what is taking place in the scientific community, but instead of outrageous anger, all we hear is overwhelming accolades.

Francesca: I cannot help but think that we have reduced the miracle of life to making your own teddy bear at Build-A-Bear stores; designer babies at Build-A-Baby labs.

Benedicta: Ladies, we'll be right back after a commercial message from our sponsors the Babbling-N-Giggling Company, makers of a line of fine baby products to keep your baby happy and healthy.


Marian Casillas, Ed.D.




Wednesday, August 3, 2016

July 27, 2016: Legion of Mary Members Standing Outside Our Lady of Guadalupe Church after the Funeral Mass for Berta V. Casillas

















Left to Right: Active Legion of Mary Members Carmen Tijerina, Marisella Urueta, Dalia Rogers, Michelle Guajardo, Mary Ann Gonzalez, Damianita Dena, Eva Nieto, Berta Alicia Nieto, Ellie Gonzalez, Pat Hubbell, Leticia Martinez, Father Antonio O. Moreno 

In the Background Left to Right: Vicente Flores, Mrs. Greg Talamantez, Auxiliary Member Leticia Amezcua, Deacon Eliezer Hernandez, Auxiliary Member Mary Alice Gomez, Auxiliary Member Linda Flores


The Legion of Mary of the Del Rio Catholic Faith Community consisting of Two (2) Praesidia: Mary Immaculate at St. Joseph Church and Natividad de Maria at Our Lady of Guadalupe Church and Spiritual Director Father Antonio O. Moreno standing outside Our Lady of Guadalupe Church, 509 West Garza Street after the Funeral Mass for Berta V. Casillas, the last surviving founding member of the Legion of Mary at Our Lady of Guadalupe Church



Feast Days at the End of Berta V. Casillas's Life - Last Surviving Founding Member of The Legion of Mary in Del Rio, Texas


Feast Days at the End of Berta V. Casillas’s Life - Last Surviving Founding Member of The Legion of Mary in Del Rio, Texas

·      Thursday, July 21, 2016
Saint Lawrence of Brindisi
Berta V. Casillas was taken by ambulance to Val Verde Regional Memorial Hospital Emergency Room, 801 North Bedell Avenue

·      Friday, July 22, 2016
Saint Mary Magdalene
Val Verde Regional Memorial Hospital Room 154

·      Saturday, July 23, 2016
Blessed Virgin Mary/Saint Bridget
Berta V. Casillas entered eternal rest

·      Sunday, July 24, 2016
Seventeenth Sunday in Ordinary Time
G.W. Cox Memorial Funeral Home, 114 Fletcher Drive

·      Monday, July 25, 2016
Saint James
G.W. Cox Memorial Funeral Home
  
·      Tuesday, July 26, 2016
Saints Anne and Joachim
G.W. Cox Memorial Funeral Home
Family Visitation from 5:00 – 6:00 pm
Public Visitation from 6:00 – 9:00 pm
Rosary at 7:00 pm led by The Legion of Mary of the Del Rio Catholic Faith Community: Mary Immaculate Praesidium at St. Joseph Church,  510 Wernett Street and Natividad de Maria at Our Lady of Guadalupe Church, 509 West Garza Street
Spanish Choir after Rosary

·      Wednesday, July 27, 2016
Our Mother of Perpetual Help
G.W. Cox Memorial Funeral Home
Visitation from 8:30 – 9:30 am
Funeral Procession to Our Lady of Guadalupe Church, 509 West Garza Street at 9:30 am
10:00 am Mass of Christian Burial at Our Lady of Guadalupe Church
Celebrant Father Antonio O. Moreno, Spiritual Director of The Legion of Mary of the Del Rio Faith Community
Assisted by Deacon Eliezer Hernandez
Spanish Choir provided musical accompaniment
Burial Rite by Deacon Eleizer Hernandez at Sacred Heart Catholic Cemetery, Bounded by West 2nd Street, Johnson Boulevard and Saint Peter’s Street
Family Reception with Catered Mexican Buffet at Residence 1107 Griner Street

Friday, July 29, 2016

July 26, 2016: Del Rio News-Herald Obituary for Berta V. Casillas: Last Surviving Founding Member of The Legion of Mary established in 1947 at Our Lady of Guadalupe Catholic Church, Del Rio, Texas













































































































Founding Members of The Legion of Mary 1947

Seated: Father James Whelan, O.M.I.
(Oblates of Mary Immaculate)

Front Row: Berta Valdez Casillas, Irma Esqueda, Enedina Sanchez Sigala, Amalia Hernandez Perez

Back Row: Clara Hernandez Saenz, Josefina Camarillo Fernandez



Monday, July 25, 2016

Obituary for Founding Member of the Legion of Mary in Del Rio, Texas: Berta V. Casillas














Berta V. Casillas 

(May 15, 1924 - July 23, 2016)


Berta Valdez Casillas entered eternal rest July 23, 2016 in Del Rio, Texas. 

She was born May 15, 1924 in Del Rio, Texas and was a lifelong resident.
 
She is survived by her daughter: Marian Casillas, Ed.D; 
son: Ernesto Casillas, Jr.; 
brother: Ruben (Maria) Valdez; 
sister-in-law: Jessie Casillas from Big Spring, Texas; 
and numerous nieces and nephews. 

She was born and raised on Garza Street in the heart of San Felipe and lived all her life on Griner Street in the heart and soul of South Del Rio.
 
She graduated from San Felipe High School and expressed steadfast and staunch “purple and gold” Mustang pride. 

She retired after 36 years in Civil Service working as a Secretary at Laughlin Air Force Base. 

She attended daily Mass at the Base Chapel and at Our Lady of Guadalupe Catholic Church where she was a faithful and fervent parishioner. 

In 1947 Father James Whelen, an Oblate of Mary Immaculate, was the pastor at Our Lady of Guadalupe Catholic Church and he began a group of the Legion of Mary, which is a worldwide Catholic organization. 

She was a founding member along with five other members.
 
Presently there are two Legion of Mary groups in Del Rio: Mary Immaculate at St. Joseph Catholic Church and Natividad de Maria at Our Lady of Guadalupe Catholic Church, with a combined membership of 25 active members and 100 auxiliary members. 

Next year the Legion of Mary in Del Rio will be celebrating its 70th anniversary.
 
She was a dutiful and dedicated member of the Legion of Mary, praying the Legion of Mary prayers and Rosary, attending the weekly meetings where she held various officer leadership positions and performing a variety of apostolic works throughout her life. 

She always wore her Miraculous Medal as a sign of her deep love and devotion to the Blessed Virgin Mary. 

She was preceded in death by her husband: Ernesto Casillas; 
parents: Apolonio and Paulita Garcia Valdez; 
sisters: Julia (Vicente) Jimenez and Alicia (Gregorio) Flores; 
brother: Raul (Gloria) Valdez; 
In-Laws: Antonio and Celia Casillas; 
brother-in-law: Luis Casillas; 
sisters-in-law: Gloria A. Valdez, Aida (Leo) Gonzalez.

Pallbears are: Ernest Ruiz, Raul Valdez, Jr., Ruben Valdez, Jr., Timothy Valdez, Thomas Valdez and Everett Benjamin Valdez. 

One cannot do justice to a life, long and fully lived for 92 years, in merely a few words, sentences or paragraphs; but that is the extent of an obituary. 

Her life was truly a glorious experience with its joyful and sorrowful times and through it all the ever present luminous life with Our Lord Jesus Christ illuminating her earthly journey with faith and love, ever hopeful to return back to her Heavenly home forever.

Visitation will be held on Tuesday, 6-9:00P.M, July 26, 2016 at G. W. Cox Memorial Funeral Home with a Bilingual Scriptural Rosary at 7:00 p.m. prayed by The Legion of Mary of the Del Rio Catholic Faith Community. 

Mass of Christian Burial will be on Wednesday, 10:00A.M, July 27, 2016 at Our Lady of Guadalupe Church celebrated by Father Antonio O. Moreno. 

Interment will follow to Sacred Heart 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





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.