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Tuesday, October 17, 2017

October 17, 2017: Del Rio News-Herald * Letter to the Editor * Tex-Mex tale-a-mundo




Letter to the Editor,

Tex-Mex Tale-a-mundo

Ranita Radiante is serenely sitting on the south shore of the Rio Bravo contemplating why people think it’s such an insult to say that ‘you have to kiss a lot of frogs before you find your prince’. 

“I would rather kiss a lot of frogs than find a prince. What good is a prince? He’ll probably eat my frog legs and think it is a most magnificent meal. But I need my frog legs to hippity-hop around the river looking for a most handsome frog.”

Froggy Finedude is happily hoppity-hipping all around the Rio Grande when he comes across the most beautiful sight he’s ever seen. He quickly makes his way to sit alongside her. 

He gallantly introduces himself, “Hello to the fairest frog on this river or any river in the world. What do my eyes behold but the most beautiful creature that God has placed in His good earth? It is an honor and a privilege to make your acquaintance. I’m Froggy Finedude at your service,” he dashingly says.

“I’m Ranita Radiante,” she demurely responds. 

Oh, what a most handsome and gallant frog is he, she smiles as she thinks to herself. I hope if I kiss him, he won’t turn into an ugly prince. Because what a most shocking thing that would be and what horror of horrors for him to be turned into such an ugly specimen of a human being, when he’s the most handsome of frogs I’ve ever laid eyes upon. I’ll not take the chance of having him turn into a prince, so I’ll swear to never kiss him. This promise I do make and so help me God I hope to never break.

After courting for some time, Froggy asks Ranita if they can kiss. She discloses her fear of having him turn into an ugly prince.

“I thoroughly understand,” says Froggy, “I’m also afraid that you’ll turn into a frightful princess.”

So together they vow never to kiss each other, so that they’ll forever remain beautiful Ranita and handsome Froggy.

Marian Casillas, Ed.D.
Del Rio





Friday, October 13, 2017

Our Lady of Fatima 100th Anniversary 1917 - 2017


October 29, 2017: Life Chain * 3:00 4:00 p.m. * Del Rio Civic Center front easement facing Veteran's Blvd.


Dear Pro Life friend,
Del Rio Texas Life Chain 2017 is coming up in a few days. We would like to invite you to join us again this year to stand for Life in silence and in prayer for one hour, Sunday October 29th, 2017 from 3:00pm to 4:00pm outside Del Rio Civic Center . There is landscaping construction at the Civic Center, please be careful not to park too close to the construction site.


Please invite your friends and family to join us, if you cannot be there in person please join us is prayer from your homes. 
If you are not able to stand, you are welcome to take a chair, umbrellas or even strollers if you have children. Everyone is welcome! The more the merrier!. Life Chain is a peaceful and prayerful public witness of solidarity by the Christian community that abortion kills children and hurts women and that the Church supports the sanctity of human life from the moment of conception.  Signs will provided at site.


Thank you, we look forward to seeing you 
please call Amistad Pregnancy Care Center at 830-775-8076 or
Rosie Aguilar at 830-734-1238 text are welcome 


click here to see a little memory from a few years back



Tuesday, October 10, 2017

October 10, 2017: Del Rio News-Herald * Letter to the Editor * October: Down Syndrome Awareness Month


Letter to the Editor,

October: Down Syndrome Awareness Month

President Ronald Reagan was the first president to officially designate October as “National Down Syndrome Month” in 1984 by signing a resolution to that effect. 

President Barack Obama, having been a radically pro-abortion president, unfortunately did not officially give recognition to Down Syndrome Awareness Month. 

President Donald Trump continued the highly commendable tradition set by President Reagan by recognizing Down Syndrome Awareness Month in an official statement declaring, “During Down Syndrome Awareness Month, we celebrate the significant contributions that people with Down syndrome make to their families, to their communities, and to our Nation.  We also salute the family members, caregivers, medical professionals, and advocates who have dedicated themselves to ensuring that these extraordinary people enjoy lives filled with love and increasing opportunity.”

His statement continued to affirm his pledge to being a pro-life President, “This month, we renew our Nation’s strong commitment to promoting the health, well-being, and inherent dignity of all children and adults with Down syndrome.  Sadly, there remain too many people, both in the United States and throughout the world, that still see Down syndrome as an excuse to ignore or discard human life.  This sentiment is and will always be tragically misguided.  We must always be vigilant in defending and promoting the unique and special gifts of all citizens in need.  We should not tolerate any discrimination against them, as all people have inherent dignity.”

Astronomically high rates of abortion for pre-born babies diagnosed with Down syndrome are prevalent all over the world. Following screening and diagnosis of the Down syndrome condition, Denmark has a 98 percent abortion rate, France has a 77 percent abortion rate and in the United States, 67 percent of those diagnosed with the condition are aborted.

The statement concluded, “The approximately 250,000 Americans with Down syndrome truly embody the great spirit of our Nation.  They inspire joy, kindness, and wonder in our families, our workplaces, and our communities.  We will always endeavor to make sure that their precious gifts are never maligned or taken for granted.”

Marian Casillas, Ed.D
Del Rio


Sunday, October 8, 2017

October 8, 2017: Del Rio News-Herald * Letter to the Editor * Critical or cruise-control thinkier





Letter to the Editor,

Critical or cruise-control thinker

Hello my name is Polly Parrott and I am proud to proclaim that I am a Main Stream Media Muppet (MSMM).  I proudly carry the label of Main Stream Media Muppet because all I ever do is merely regurgitate everything the mainstream media puts forth as facts and truth.

Don’t tell me it is merely their opinion, because if it is their opinion then it instantaneously becomes my opinion also.

I do not have a single, solitary thought of my own. All my thoughts come from the Main Stream Media moguls.

In conversations with friends and family I parrot the phrases and points of view that the media personalities repeatedly put forth and relentlessly push on us.

I robotically repeat word for word, what the broadcasters spew forth as gospel truth. The gospel according to the Main Stream Media is my bible. In my mind it’s the truth, the whole truth and nothing but the truth, for so they tell me. I have faith in them and believe everything they say. I sit at the altar of adulation of the Main Stream Media and worship their every word.

Their ideas are imbedded into my unconsciousness; I am imbued with their intelligent and insightful information.

Their ideas automatically become my ideas. I don’t take the time to really think about things. Why should I? That’s why I have the main stream media for, to think for me.

I just sit there and absorb their attitudes, their mindsets and their worldview. Who has time to be a critical thinker? I’m so busy with everything I have to do; I can’t expend my precious energy on critical thinking, that’s too hard for me.

All I want to do is relax and put my mind on cruise-control thinking and be brainwashed by the propaganda of the controlling agents who run the media conglomerates.

Don’t’ be a mindless Main Stream Media Muppet (MSMM); make up your own mind about media matters.

Don't just be a cruise-control thinker; instead be a critical thinker.

Marian Casillas, Ed.D.
Del Rio





Friday, September 29, 2017

September 29, 2017: Del Rio News-Herald * Community Pride * Religion * Ten priests renew their religious vows




Picture of M.N.M. Priests who made their Renewal of Vows

-         Armando Vargas: Diocesan Vicar General, Piedras Negras, Coahuila, Mexico

-         Eladio Villa, M.N.M.: Pastor, Nuestra Señora de Fátima, Ciudad Acuña, Coahuila, Mexico

-         Mauricio Guerrero, M.N.M.: Vicar, St. Gabriel, San Antonio, Texas

-         Valentin Ascari, M.N.M.: Vicar, Saint Rose of Lima, Pecos, Texas

-         José de la Cruz, M.N.M.: Pastor, Saint Rose of Lima, Pecos, Texas

-         Alfredo Lugo, M.N.M.: Canonist, Piedras Negras, Coahuila, Mexico

-         Joaquin Rojas, M.N.M.: Pastor, St. Gabriel and Local Superior of the Missionaries of the Nativity of Mary in San Antonio

-         Carlos Velázquez, M.N.M., Vicar, Our Lady of Guadalupe, Del Rio, Texas

-         Jaime Rentería, M.N.M.: Pastor, Saint Agnes, San Antonio

-         Wilibaldo Valdez, M.N.M.: Pastor, San Martin, Ciudad Acuña, Coahuila, Mexico

-         Gabriel Terrones, M.N.M.: Vicar, San Martin, Ciudad Acuña, Coahuila, Mexico

-         Not in the picture is Martin Alonso Bustos, M.N.M.: Pastor, Our Lady of Guadalupe, Del Rio, Texas. He was in León, Guanajuato, Mexico


On September 4 at Our Lady of Guadalupe Church in Del Rio, Texas; ten (10) priests from the religious community Misioneros de la Natividad de María M.N.M. (Missionaries of the Nativity of Mary) came from the surrounding area to make the annual renewal of their priestly vows in anticipation of the Feast of the Nativity of Mary celebrated on September 8. 

The parish community of Our Lady of Guadalupe Church was invited to celebrate Mass and witness as these priests renewed their consecration to Our Lord Jesus Christ through the intercession of The Blessed Virgin Mary under the title of “María Niña” or “Divina Infantita” as she is affectionately known.

Father Alfredo Lugo, M.N.M. celebrated Mass and gave the homily. He was a Professor at the Missionaries of the Nativity of Mary Seminary in León, Guanajuato, Mexico and all the priests present at the ceremony had him as their teacher.

The Missionaries of the Nativity of Mary have priests in the following locations in the United States: In Texas - El Paso, Del Rio, San Antonio, Dallas, and Pecos; also in Atlanta and Kansas.

Submitted by Elizabeth Arredondo and Dr. Marian Casillas




Wednesday, September 13, 2017

ANIVERSARIO DE LA VIRGEN NINA 2017 posted on blog Vivencias de mi Fe Catolica by Rosa Maria Alfaro




Septiembre 8 2017

HOY COMO TODOS LOS ANOS,NUESTRA IGLESIA DOMESTICA Y TODOS SUS MIEMBROS, ESTAMOS LLENOS DE ALEGRIA ,GOZO Y FELICIDAD,ACOMPANADOS DE NUESTRA AMADA REYNA,POR SU ANIVERSARIO Y CANTAMOS SU GLORIA  Y SU BELLEZA POR EL GRAN PORTENTO CON QUE DIOS LA DOTO’ ,QUE ENAMORA A CUALQUIERA QUE LA VE’.

ESTE HOGAR A RECIBIDO ,GRANDES GRACIAS Y BENDICIONES  DE DIOS PADRE Y DE SU DIVINO HIJO JESUS Y DEL ESPIRITU SANTO,QUE LOS PROBLEMAS, VICISITUDES ,PENALIDADES ,ENFERMEDADES ,DE LA CRUZ QUE NOS A TOCADO VIVIR,SON NADA PARA LA RECOMPENSA ,QUE DIOS NOS DA, A TRAVES DE LA MARAVILLOSA NINA INFANTITA ,CAPAZ DE HACER CORRER  A CUALQUIERA QUE QUIERA HACERNOS  MAL,Y NUESTRA CRUZ ES NUESTRA ALEGRIA









POESIA A NUESTRA AMADA NINA.
QUE MARAVILLA DE NINA
ERES MARIA
DIOS ASI LO QUISO
QUE FUERAS ASI.

RESPLANDECIENTE
COMO EL MANTO CIELO
Y RELUCIENTE
COMO LUZ DEL CIELO.

ERES BELLEZA
ERES AMOR
OH VIRGEN NINA DE MI CORAZON.

NO TENGO MIEDO A NADA
PUES TU PRESENCIA
TODO LO PINTA
COLOR PASTEL
GRACIAS MI CIELO
GRACIAS MI ENCANTO
GRACIAS MI NINA
DE MI CORAZON.

CON AMOR ROSY

MIEMBRO AUXILIAR DE LA LEGION DE MARIA
DE LA PARROQUIA DE GUADALUPE
DEL RIO,TEX.