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Sunday, October 23, 2016

NATIONAL NOVENA Sunday, October 30 – Monday, November 7 in prayerful preparation for the election


Sunday, Oct. 30 – Monday, Nov. 7

in prayerful preparation for the election 

Prayer to Mary, the Immaculate Conception, Patroness of the United States 

Most Holy Trinity: 

Our Father in Heaven, who chose Mary as the fairest of your daughters; 

Holy Spirit, who chose Mary as your Spouse; 

God the Son, who chose Mary as your Mother, in union with Mary we adore your majesty and acknowledge your supreme, eternal dominion and authority. 

Most Holy Trinity, we put the United States of America into the hands of Mary Immaculate in order that she may present the country to you. 

Through her we wish to thank you for the great resources of this land and for the freedom which has been its heritage. 

Through the intercession of Mary, have mercy on the Catholic Church in America. 

Grant us peace. 

Have mercy on our president and on all the officers of our government. 

Grant us a fruitful economy, born of justice and charity. 

Have mercy on capital and industry and labor. 

Protect the family life of the nation. 

Guard the precious gift of many religious vocations. 

Through the intercession of our Mother, have mercy on the sick, the tempted, sinners – on all who are in need. Mary, Immaculate Virgin, our Mother, Patroness of our land, we praise you and honor you and give ourselves to you. 

Protect us from every harm. 

Pray for us, that acting always according to your will and the will of your divine Son, we may live and die pleasing to God. 


Saint John Paul II, pray for us!

Sunday, October 16, 2016

Sunday, October 30, 2016: Del Rio Life Chain 2016 * 3:00 - 4:00 p.m. with Bilingual Pro-Life Rosary starting at 2:30 p.m. * Del Rio Civic Center on grassy area facing Veterans Blvd.

Dear Pro Life Friend,

It is that time again when we gather together as one to pray for an end to abortion. 

Please join us for one hour in silent prayer while we stand and hold a pro life sign facing veterans busy street. 

We look forward to praying with you, please bring the family, friends and anyone who is willing to be a voice Life. 

Signs will be provided.

Date: Sunday October 30th 2016
Time : 3:00pm to 4pm
Place: Del Rio Civic Center - grassy area facing veterans
For more information please contact Rosie Aguilar 830-734-2699

Thursday, October 6, 2016

October 6, 2016: Del Rio News-Herald * OPINION * Letter to the Editor * Political machines of major parties

Letter to the Editor,

Political machines of major parties

In this country under the façade of Presidential candidates of the two major parties, machines are stalking the voters. The voters don’t know what to do because these Presidential candidates are after them. And no one can help the voters except for a few obscure candidates known as Third-Party Candidates, sent to protect the voters who have been targeted for detonation and termination.

Voters:  How can the two major party candidates for President keep on getting up after so many falls?

Third-Party Candidates: They’re not human, they’re machines; she’s Clinton the Detonator and he’s Trump the Terminator. Underneath the cover of human tissue there’s a hyper alloy combat war chest, private server controlled, fully Teflon-armored, very tough.

Voters: I can’t believe this is happening.

Third-Party Candidates: We came to fight them for the good of the country and all its citizens.

Voters: But the Trumpinator and the Clintonator think they can win.

Third-Party Candidates: Don’t worry; we will protect all of you.

Voters: But the Trumpinator and the Clintonator are inhumane, relentless, and unstoppable. They have only one purpose, to win the Presidency. Our country has become a battlefield, with the voters at ground zero and the Trumpinator and the Clintonator are closing in. An election unlike any we have ever seen before.
These Presidential candidates of the two major parties are like no other. These candidates are extremely powerful, versatile and indestructible; they can’t be reasoned with, they can’t be destroyed, and they can feel no pain, no remorse, and no fear. They have only one purpose, to destroy the future of this country and all its citizens.

Third-Party Candidates: We’re here to help this country and all its citizens.

Voters: But we’ve been targeted for detonation and termination. Why are they doing this to us?

Third-Party Candidates: Your future is in their hands or in our hands. You decide if you really want the Trumpinator terminated and the Clintonator detonated.

Voters: Can anyone really win against these two powerful, maniacal; I mean mechanical forces?

Marian Casillas, Ed.D.

Del Rio

Monday, October 3, 2016

September 30, 2016: Today's Catholic newspaper of the Archdiocese of San Antonio * Del Rio comes together for National Day of Remembrance for Aborted Children

Del Rio participates in the National Day of Remembrance for Aborted Children
On September 10 at 3:00 p.m. the Del Rio Christian faith community came together to participate in the National Day of Remembrance for Aborted Children to honor the gravesites and memorials of our Unborn Brothers and Sisters.

Solemn prayer vigils were simultaneously conducted throughout the country at grave sites for aborted children, of which there are 50 across the United States, as well as at dozens of other sites dedicated in memory of aborted children, like the one here in Del Rio.

The event took place outside the Knights of Columbus Hall on the grounds where a Memorial in Memory of all Unborn Infants is located at 3804 US Highway 90 East.

Those present were blessed with an overcast sky which provided cover from the otherwise sweltering September sun and a cool and refreshing breeze swept throughout the area producing a comfortable environment for the ceremony.

The event was spearheaded by Joseph and Aracely Cordova, the designated couple of the Culture of Life ministry from the Knights of Columbus San Felipe Council 2687 and Eduardo and Jessica Peña of Del Rio for Life.

Eduardo Peña presided as the Master of Ceremonies.

The ecumenical prayer vigil began with Bible readings and reflections given by Father Eugene Theisan, Chaplain at Laughlin Air Force Base, Pastor Robert Hooker from First Baptist Church, Father Cesar Betancourt, Parochial Vicar at St. Joseph Church and Deacon Manue lLimones from St. Joseph Church.  

Scripture readings were selected from those posted on the official website of The National Day of Remembrance for Aborted Children,

Father Theisan began the prayer vigil with an Opening Prayer, followed by Father Betancourt who gave a meditation in English and Spanish on Exodus 23:7b, then Pastor Hooker gave a reflection on Psalm 139 and Deacon Limones explained James 1: 22-27.

Father Theisan offered the closing prayer and blessed the Memorial for Unborn Children and three children placed flowers and toy gifts in memory of the unborn children.

Leslee Eastwood provided the musical accompaniment throughout the ceremony and Rosie Aguilar and the volunteers from Amistad Pregnancy Care Center had an informational booth set up at this event.

The prayer vigil was followed by a Bilingual, Pro-Life, Living Rosary coordinated by The Legion of Mary.

Representatives from organizations from the Catholic Parishes in Del Rio; Our Lady of Guadalupe, Sacred Heart and St. Joseph participated in reciting the prayers of the Rosary.

The Legion of Mary with members from the Catholic Parishes prayed the Apostle’s Creed and all the Glory Be and Our Father prayers of the Rosary.

The Knights of Columbus with members from the Catholic Parishes prayed the three Hail Mary’s, meditating on the three divine virtues of faith, hope, and love.

Dr. Marian Casillas, President of the Legion of Mary, Our Lady of Good Counsel Curia, read the English and Spanish Pro-Life Meditations on the Joyful Mysteries of the Rosary and the Litany in Response to Abortion by Father Frank Pavone, Director of Priests for Life.

The First Decade was prayed in Spanish by representatives from Sagrado Corazon from Our Lady of Guadalupe and Our Lady of Schoenstatt from St. Joseph

The Second Decade was prayed in English by representatives from The Little Handmaids of Our Sorrowful Mother with members from the Catholic Parishes and Teen A.C.T.S. from Sacred Heart.

The Third Decade was prayed in Spanish by representatives from the Guadalupanas from Our Lady of Guadalupe and Homeschooling Families from St. Joseph.

The Fourth Decade was prayed in English by representatives from Men’s A.C.T.S. from Sacred Heart and Youth Group from Our Lady of Guadalupe.

The Fifth Decade was prayed in Spanish by representatives from Las Pequeñas Siervas de Nuestra Madre Dolorosa with members from the Catholic Parishes and Divina Misericordia from Our Lady of Guadalupe.  

The ceremony concluded with Mr. Peña thanking everyone present for their participation in praying for our Unborn Brothers and Sisters.
Submitted by Marian Casillas, Ed.D.

Thursday, September 29, 2016

September 28, 2016: Del Rio News-Herald * OPINION * Letter to the Editor * "Catholics for life, not choice"

Letter to the Editor,

Catholics for Life, not Choice

Archbishop Gustavo Garcia-Siller of San Antonio responded to the Catholics for Choice advertisement in the San Antonio Express-News.

The Archbishop stated, “An organization called Catholics for Choice placed a full-page advertisement in the September 12 edition of the San Antonio Express-News with inaccurate information which must be corrected, since it misrepresents the truth and what the Catholic Church believes and teaches.

This misrepresentation is demonstrated by their statement that ‘Public funding for abortion is a Catholic social justice value.’ Nothing could be further from the truth.

Before responding to claims made by Catholics for Choice in ‘Abortion in Good Faith’ it should be noted that this group does not speak for the Catholic Church. 

For more than 2,000 years, the Church has steadfastly proclaimed that respect for all human life at every stage is foundational to the Catholic faith. 

Abortion from the earliest tradition of the Church has been considered immoral.

The Catholic Church’s position on abortion is clear. 

In the magisterial document The Gift of Life, affirmed that, ‘The human being is to be respected and treated as a person from the moment of conception; and therefore from that same moment the rights as a person must be recognized, among which in the first place is the inviolable right of every innocent human being to life’. 

The intentional killing of a human being living in the womb is always seriously immoral because as persons the right-to-life is the most basic and fundamental right we possess.

Hopefully one day Catholics for Choice will take the time to acquaint themselves with basic Catholic teachings, and acknowledge the truth of the Catholic faith, and not choose to misrepresent those teachings with false, inaccurate advertisements that only work to confuse and mislead the public.”  

Concluding his statement Archbishop Garcia-Siller stated, “Upholding the sacred dignity of all human life is the duty of every member of society and it must be taken seriously in order to ensure that we are a culture that affirms the right to life for all.”

Marian Casillas, Ed.D.

Del Rio

Wednesday, September 21, 2016

October 9, 2016: Marian Pilgrimage to the Holy Doors of Mercy sponsored by The Legion of Mary

Marian Pilgrimage
to the
Holy Doors of Mercy
Sunday, October 9, 2016
Ongoing Registration
First come basis
Cost is $40 for bus trip only;
you pay for your own meals.
Please pay Viviana Mares
Secretary at
St. Joseph Parish Office
Payment can be cash, check or credit card
Payment is due at registration
6:45 am pickup at St. Joseph Church, 510 Wernett Street, Del Rio, Texas
7:30 am St. Mary Magdalene (Holy Door of Mercy), 301 South Ann Street, Brackettville, Texas
11:00 am Mission San Jose (Holy Door of Mercy), 6701 San Jose Drive, San Antonio, Texas
12:30 pm Lunch at Luby’s Downtown, 911 North Main Avenue, San Antonio, Texas
2:00 pm Basilica of the National Shrine of the Little Flower (Holy Door of Mercy), 1715 North Zarzamora, San Antonio, Texas
4:00 pm Cathedral of San Fernando (Holy Door of Mercy), 115 West Main Plaza, San Antonio, Texas
5:00 pm attend Jubilee Year of Mercy Mass for all Marian Devotional Groups at Cathedral of San Fernando
8:00 pm Dinner at Whataburger, 229 19th Street, Hondo, Texas
11:30 pm drop-off at St. Joseph Church, 510 Wernett Street, Del Rio, Texas