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F - Catholic Diocese of Brownsville
Volume 5, Issue 8
Serving More Than A Million Catholics in the Diocese of Brownsville
Poll finds strong
U.S. support for
abortion restrictions
Febuary 2014
MARCHING IN THE STREETS
Catholic News Agency/EWTN
NEW HAVEN, Conn. — A
new survey from the Knights
of Columbus reports that most
Americans support abortion
restrictions, prompting calls for
more legislative and judicial action
against abortion.
“The
American
people
understand that abortion is bad
for everyone, and even those who
strongly support abortion want
it reduced significantly, so it is
time that our lawmakers and our
courts reflected this reality,” Carl
Anderson, Supreme Knight of the
Knights of Columbus, said Jan. 21.
“Four decades after Roe v.
Wade, abortion remains at odds
with the conscience and common
sense of the American people.”
The results of the survey
were released ahead of the 41st
anniversary of the U.S. Supreme
Court decision that mandated
permissive
abortion
laws
nationwide.
The survey, conducted by The
Marist Poll, reports that almost
75 percent of Americans favor a
ban on abortions after 20 weeks
except to save the life of the mother.
Eighty-four percent would limit
abortion to the first three months
of pregnancy, including 58 percent
of respondents who self-describe as
“strongly pro-choice.”
» Please see Survey p.6
Courtesy
Retired Texas Supreme Court Justice Raul
A. Gonzalez and his wife, Dora, celebrated
50 years of marriage on Dec. 22, 2013.
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Hundreds marched in the streets through Downtown McAllen on Jan. 11 to promote a culture of life and pray for an end to
abortion. Another group marched in Harlingen on Jan. 18
IT’S ABOUT
World Marriage Day
Mass set for Feb. 8
SAVING LIVES
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McALLEN — The Respect
Life Apostolate of the Diocese
of Brownsville organized two
marches in the Rio Grande
Valley in commemoration of the
41st anniversary of the Roe vs.
Wade Supreme Court decision
that legalized abortion in the
United States.
More than 300 pro-life
advocates participated in a
march through downtown
McAllen on Jan. 11. They prayed
and sang religious hymns while
» Please see Saving Lives p.6
Photo spread p.6
Singing for Our Lady of San Juan del Valle
Basilica hosts
Mariachi Concerts
Feb. 21, March 7
Courtesy
Edinburg North Mariachi Oro performs at
the Basilica of Our Lady of San Juan del
Valle-National Shrine at the basilica’s
annual mariachi concert in 2013.
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SAN JUAN — The Basilica of
Our Lady of San Juan del ValleNational Shrine is hosting its
third annual Mariachi Concerts,
featuring
their
professional
house mariachi, mariachi bands
from local middle school and
high schools along with local
THE CATHEDRAL
professional groups.
TEACHING TEENS
Weslaco natives
a testament to
lasting love
The first concert is set for 7 p.m.
on Friday, Feb. 21 and will include
performances from Mariachi
Nuevas Raices from Hidalgo High
School, Mariachi Los Lobos from
Palmview High School, an allfemale group Mariachi Femenil
By ROSE YBARRA
The Valley Catholic
Couples who are celebrating a
wedding anniversary of 25, 30, 40,
50, 60 or more years in 2014 will be
honored during a Mass for World
Marriage Day at 2 p.m. on Saturday, Feb. 8 at the Basilica of Our
Lady of San Juan del Valle-National
Shrine.
Bishop Daniel E. Flores will celebrate the Mass and offer a special
blessing for the couples. More than
200 couples are expected at the
Mass, “to give thanks to God for
granting them a spouse who can
accompany them in life through
the good times and the difficult
times,” said Lydia Pesina, director
of the Family Life Office for the
diocese.
“In the many years that our
Family Life Office has had the
privilege to help coordinate the
World Marriage Day Celebration,
I have felt blessed to witness the
love, devotion, and most of all the
commitment of so many married
couples,” Pesina added. “It is a true
joy that our bishop celebrates this
Holy Mass in thanksgiving to God
for these marriages.
“These couples remind us all,
especially the young, that lifelong
love and commitment in marriage
is possible,” Pesina said. “We pray
that these celebrating couples and
all married couples live not only
long standing marriages, but also
» Please see Marriage p.14
» Please see Mariachi p.6
THOSE WHO SERVE
EN ESPAÑOL
Artículos sobre la adopción
de niños, la Catedral
Inmaculada Concepción en
Brownsville y la investigación
sobre Medjugorje.
“VERBUM MITTITUR
SPIRANS AMOREM”
(“The WORD is sent
breathing love.”)
Funds needed for new altar
Page 3
Sessions scheduled for
Feb. 21-22 in Alamo
Page 4
Bishop Emeritus Raymundo
J. Peña
Page 8
Paginas 11-13
DIOCESE
2
Meditaciones
en camino
Q
uisiera ofrecer algunos
pensamientos variados,
inspirados por las meditaciones que he compartido en
varias predicaciones durante estas
semanas. Los ofrezco como puntos
que surgen de la misma Escritura
Sagrada, y que puedan inspirar en
ustedes un aprecio de la riqueza
contenida en la palabra de Dios.
La Palabra de Dios es la fuente de
nuestra vida en comunión con el
Señor. Por medio de ella, el Señor
nos guía e ilumina, dándonos luz
y fortaleza. Quisiera que todos los
católicos se dedicaran a leer parte
de las Escrituras todos los días,
invitando al Espíritu Santo a profundizar su presencia en nuestras
mentes y nuestros corazones. Para
lo que sigue, les recomiendo que
lean primero el pasaje indicado
al inicio, y después lean lo que el
Señor me dio para compartir con
ustedes.
Lucas 1: 26-38: Entró el ángel a
donde ella estaba y le dijo: “Alégrate, llena de gracia, el Señor está
contigo”. ...
¿Cómo se expresaba la plenitud
de gracia presente en el alma de
María? Como un deseo constante de agradarle al Señor. María
siempre disfrutaba la gracia de un
deseo ardiente dirigido a cumplir
con lo que Dios le indicaba. Para
nosotros, pobres pecadores, la
gracia llega como fuego para encender este mismo deseo. Cuando
María ruega por nosotros, está
pidiendo que tengamos un deseo
perseverante. Una cosa es conocer
la voluntad de Dios, y otra querer
cumplirla. ¡Que nunca nos falte el
deseo!
Mateo 1: 1-25: “José, hijo de
David, no dudes en recibir en tu
casa a María tu esposa, porque ella
ha concebido por obra del Espíritu
Santo”. ...
María recibió el misterio de
la Encarnación con fe humilde,
esperanza inquebrantable, amor
intenso. Todo empezó con el
dialogo entre ella y el ángel. Con
la ayuda del ángel visitando los
sueños de San José, María le pudo
comunicar el misterio al que iba
dedicar su vida: la protección de
la Virgen y su Hijo. José recibió
el anuncio con fe firme en Dios,
y con confianza en María. Como
The Valley Catholic - February 2014
Meditations along the way
I
would like to offer a variety of reflections
inspired by mediations that I have offered
in some of my homilies during these
weeks. I offer them as points that originate
from the Holy Scriptures themselves, and
that may inspire in each of you an appreciation for the richness contained in the word
of God. The word of God is the source of our
life in communion with the Lord. Through it,
the Lord guides and illuminates us, giving us
light and strength. I would like all Catholics
to dedicate themselves to reading part of the
Scriptures every day, inviting the Holy Spirit
to deepen his presence in our minds and in
our hearts. For what follows, I recommend
that you first read the passage indicated at the
beginning, and then read what the Lord gave
me to share with you.
Luke 1: 26-38: “And coming to her, he said,
“Hail, favored one! The Lord is with you.” …
How is the fullness of grace expressed in
Mary’s soul? As a constant desire to please
the Lord. Mary always enjoyed the grace of a
burning desire to fulfill what God commanded. To us, poor sinners, grace arrives as a fire
to ignite this same desire. When Mary prays
for us, she is asking that we have a persisting
desire. It is one thing to know the will of God
and another to want to fulfill it. May we never
lack the desire!
Mathew 1: 1-25: “Joseph, son of David, do
not be afraid to take Mary your wife into your
home. For it is through the Holy Spirit that this
child has been conceived in her.” ...
Mary received the Mystery of Incarnation
with humble faith, unbreakable hope, and
intense love. Everything started with the dialog between her and the angel. With the help
of the angel visiting the dreams of St. Joseph,
Mary was able to communicate to Joseph the
mystery to which he would devote his life, the
protection of the Virgin and her son. Joseph
received the message with firm faith in God,
and with trust in Mary. As a just man, he
fulfilled his mission with courage and without
complaints. From heaven the remarkable
mystery of the Incarnation arrived to Mary’s
heart and body, and it arrived through Mary
hombre justo, cumplió su misión
con valor y sin quejas. Desde el
cielo llegó el misterio admirable
de la Encarnación al corazón y
cuerpo de María, y llegó por medio
de María y el ángel a la vida de San
José. ¡Que recibamos nosotros el
anuncio con la fe firme de José, y
con la alegría de María!
Lucas 2:1-14: En aquella región
había unos pastores que pasaban
la noche en el campo, vigilando por
700 N. Virgen de San Juan Blvd., San Juan, TX 78589-3042
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MOST REVEREND
DANIEL E. FLORES
BISHOP OF BROWNSVILLE
and the angel to the life of St. Joseph. May we
receive the annunciation with Joseph’s firm
faith and with Mary’s joy!
Luke 2:1-14: “There were shepherds in that
region living in the fields and keeping the night
watch over their flock.” …
Shepherds took care of the sheep, and
witnessed the angel’s presence. All creation is
present in this scene. The Child Jesus brings
peace precisely because in his person God
has come close to the world of the human
beings. The closeness of God is the salvation
of man because it opens a way of communion
between heaven and earth. But we must take
the offered path! The shepherds took the road
to Jesus to receive the salvation that had come
close through Mary’s son. We must give this
testimony of the closeness of God and the
path that leads to life. This testimony is the
cause of joy for the angels.
Luke 4: 14-22 “And was handed a scroll of
the prophet Isaiah. He unrolled the scroll and
found the passage where it was written: ‘The
Spirit of the Lord is upon me.’” …
The anointing of the Holy Spirit spilled
over Jesus in plenitude and overabundance.
But as the Fathers of the Church point out, the
anointing was not only destined for Christ,
but he received it as the head of the Church,
so that the grace of the Holy Spirit could
touch, heal and elevate the life of the entire
body. The Body of Christ is the Church, as St.
Paul teaches us. We are the parts of his body
and he is our head. What exists in fullness
of power in Jesus Christ, our head, reaches
every part of the body as he offers the grace
that each one needs. For some it comes as an
turno sus rebaños. ...
Los pastores cuidaban a las
ovejas, y fueron testigos de la
presencia de los ángeles. Toda la
creación está representada en esta
escena. El Niño Jesús trae la paz
precisamente porque en su persona Dios se ha acercado al mundo
de los seres humanos. La cercanía
de Dios es la salvación del hombre
porque nos abre paso de comunión
entre el cielo y la tierra. ¡Pero hay
que tomar el camino ofrecido! Los
pastores tomaron el camino hacia
Jesús para saludar la salvación que
se había acercado en el Hijo de
María. Debemos nosotros de dar
este testimonio de la cercanía de
Dios y del camino que conduce a
la vida. Este testimonio es causa de
alegría para los ángeles.
Lucas 4:14-22: Se le dio el volumen del profeta Isaías, lo desenrolló
y encontró el pasaje en que estaba
escrito: “El espíritu del Señor está
sobre mí.” ...
La unción del Espíritu Santo se
derramó sobre Jesús en plenitud y
sobreabundancia. Pero como nos
enseñan los Santos Padres de la
Iglesia, esa unción no fue destinada
solamente para el uso del Cristo,
sino que Él la recibió como cabeza
de la Iglesia, para que la gracia
del Espíritu Santo pudiera llegar a
tocar, sanar y elevar la vida de todo
anointing that heals the wounds of sin; for
others as an anointing that elevates the soul
of the disheartened; for others it comes as an
anointing that heals the darkness of the mind
or weakness of the physical body. For others it
comes as an anointing encouraging us to serve
with greater dedication those who are most
afflicted and in need.
Luke 5:12-16: “Lord, if you wish, you can
make me clean.” …
Stretching his hand to touch the leper,
the Lord shows that he does want to cure
him. Truly, the event demonstrates how the
anointing of the Holy Spirit that overflows
in Jesus Christ touches and cures the afflictions of the faithful. The leper had hope in
Jesus, and moved by this hope, he yelled out
his misery. Sometimes we have to cry out to
Jesus the magnitude of our need, not so that
he might know (he already knows), but so that
we can abandon ourselves to the greatness of
his mercy. This abandonment is the grace we
need most.
John 3:22-30: “People came to be baptized,
for John had not yet been imprisoned.” …
John the Baptist preached repentance and
justice. He prepared the Lord’s path. Every
Gospel talks about John and the importance
of his message, as the last preparation of
the people for the arrival of the Son of God.
John announced that God is just and holy,
and that God’s justice would fall with force
over those who only look out for their own
interest, crushing the poor and ignoring the
cries of the marginalized. John was the last
prophetic voice in the long and noble line of
the prophets of Israel. Jesus arrives to offer
mercy to those who really want a change in
life, dedicating their efforts for the interest of
others, seeking God’s justice and the humility
of service. St. Paul said that the law of Moses
served to manifest sin, but the law of the Spirit
comes to make us capable of living in God’s
justice. Taking this into account, John the
Baptist is the voice of the law, Jesus is the giver
of the Spirit, full of grace and truth. This is
why the prophet crying in the wilderness said:
He must increase, I must decrease.
el cuerpo. El Cuerpo de Cristo es
la Iglesia, como nos enseña San
Pablo. Somos los miembros de su
cuerpo, y Él es nuestra cabeza. Lo
que existe en plenitud de poder
en Jesucristo, nuestra cabeza,
llega a cada miembro del cuerpo
ofreciendo la gracia que cada
uno necesita. Para algunos llega
como unción que sana heridas de
pecado; para otros como unción
que eleva el alma desanimada; para
otros llega como unción que cura
la oscuridad en el entendimiento
o debilidad del cuerpo físico. Para
otros llega como unción animándonos a servir con mayor entrega a
los más afligidos y necesitados.
Lucas 5: 12-16: Señor, si quieres,
puedes curarme. ...
Extendiendo la mano para tocar el leproso, el Señor muestra que
sí quiere curarlo. Verdaderamente,
el hecho muestra como la unción
del Espíritu Santo que sobreabunda en Jesucristo llega a tocar y
aliviar las aflicciones del creyente.
El leproso tenía esperanzas en
Jesús, y movido por esta esperanza,
le gritó su pena. A veces le tenemos
que gritar a Jesús la grandeza de
nuestra necesidad, no para que
sepa (Él ya lo sabe), sino para que
podamos nosotros abandonarnos
a la grandeza de su misericordia.
Este abandono es la gracia que más
Bishop Flores’ Schedule
Feb. 1
11 a.m.
McAllen
Mass for 11th Annual Knights of Columbus Youth Retreat
Feb. 1
1 p.m.
McAllen
Talk for 11th Annual KC Youth Retreat at OLSorrows School
Feb. 1
6:30 p.m.
Edinburg
Basilica Gala
Feb. 2
3 p.m.
Basilica
Mass for World Day for Consecrated Life
necesitamos.
Juan 3: 22-30: La gente acudía
se bautizaba, pues Juan no había
sido encarcelado todavía. ...
Juan el Bautista predicaba
arrepentimiento, y justicia. Preparaba el camino del Señor. Todos
los Evangelios hablan de Juan,
y la importancia de su mensaje,
como ultima preparación del
pueblo para la llegada de Hijo de
Dios. Juan anunciaba que Dios
es justo y santo, y que el juico de
Dios iba caer con fuerza sobre
los que solo buscan sus propios
intereses, aplastando a los pobres, e
ignorando el grito de los marginalizados. Juan era el último grito
profético en la fila larga y noble de
los profetas de Israel. Jesús llega
para ofrecer la misericordia a los
que realmente desean cambiar de
vida, dedicando sus esfuerzos a los
intereses de los demás, buscando la
justicia de Dios y la humildad del
servicio. San Pablo decía que la ley
de Moisés servía para manifestar
el pecado, pero la ley del Espíritu
llega para capacitarnos a vivir la
justicia de Dios. Tomando esto en
cuenta, Juan el Bautista es la voz
de la ley, Jesucristo es el dador del
Espíritu, lleno de gracia y verdad.
Por eso dice el profeta que gritaba
en el desierto: Es necesario que él
crezca y que yo venga a menos.
February 2014
Feb. 5
7 p.m.
San Juan
Mass for Marriage Preparation Appreciation
Feb. 8
2 p.m.
Basilica
Mass for World Marriage Day
Feb. 9
5 p.m.
Weslaco
Mass for Catholic Scouting Ceremony at St. Joan of Arc Parish
Feb. 27
6 p.m.
La Grulla
Confirmations at Holy Family Parish
February 2014 - The Valley Catholic
OFFICE OF
YOUTH MINISTRY
Para
servirles
Cathedral under repair
DIOCESE
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The Office of Youth Ministry serves as a resource for the
parishes, missions and Catholic schools of the Diocese of
Brownsville. The office provides
spiritual and professional
formation for those who are in
ministry with youth in grades
6-12 as well as consultation,
resources and programs.
“Who are youth ministers?”
said Monica Benitez, associate director for the Office of
Youth Ministry. “There is some
confusion about this, but a
youth minister is anyone in
our churches and schools who
works with the youth. Youth
ministers are not only the
people who lead youth groups,
but also catechists, Catholic
school educators, directors
and coordinators of religious
education and even high school
juniors and seniors who serve
in leadership roles.”
The ultimate goal of the
Office of Youth Ministry is to
empower youth ministry leaders to draw young people closer
to the Lord and to participation
in the life, mission and work of
the Church.
Some churches and schools
have well established youth programs and turn to the Office of
Youth Ministry for continuing
education while others are starting from scratch. The Office of
Youth Ministry is equipped to
assist all programs.
Angel Barrera serves as the
director of the Office of Youth
Ministry. He recently earned
a Masters of Arts in Religious
Studies from the University of
the Incarnate Word in San Antonio and has worked as a peer
minister, volunteer parish youth
minister, campus minister and
musician.
The Office of Youth Ministry is an affiliated member
of the National Federation
for Catholic Youth Ministry,
the National Catholic Committee on Scouting and other
national organizations. These
partnerships and relationships
provide tools to better serve the
youth and youth leaders in our
diocese.
The Office offers several
programs ranging from youth
conferences to youth ministry
coordinators training.
A few noteworthy youth
events:
• YouthBLAST, a daylong
retreat for high school students,
is held each year in the Fall. In
2013, more than 850 youths
participated in the event. YouthBLAST, which was well known
and well attended in 1980s and
90s, was revived after a long
absence.
• YouthJAM, the middle
school counterpart of YouthBLAST, is held each Spring for
middle school students.
• Youth Leader, a weeklong
youth leadership program for
high school sophomores and
juniors aimed at equipping
them for peer ministry in their
parishes.
Office: Youth Ministry
Director: Angel Barrera
Phone: (956) 781-5323
E-mail: [email protected]
Website: www.CDOBYM.org
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“Ricardo” a client of La Posada Providencia knits hats and sells them to raise
money for the shelter.
Ricardo’s story
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The Immaculate Conception Cathedral, the mother church of the diocese, is expected to re-open in July after undergoing repairs.
Below, right: Father Michael Amesse, OMI, rector of the cathedral.
Faithful asked to
donate funds for
new altar, visit
historic church
By ROSE YBARRA
The Valley Catholic
BROWNSVILLE — It was
hailed as the finest church in Texas and the ornament of the Rio
Grande Valley when it was blessed
on June 12, 1859.
More than 150 years later,
the Immaculate Conception Cathedral remains one of the most
beautiful churches in the state and
a must-see for all Valley Catholics,
said Father Michael Amesse of the
Missionary Oblates of Mary Immaculate, rector of the cathedral.
But for the last year, the Immaculate Conception Cathedral,
the mother church of the Diocese
of Brownsville, has been empty
and undergoing repairs. The
trusses that support the roof of the
155-year-old sanctuary were in
need of reinforcement.
“If we were to go over to the
church right now, you’d see nothing new, but under the blue canvas, the trusses were starting to
break,” Father Amesse said. “We
worried that with a strong wind,
the roof could collapse.”
The repairs on the roof are almost complete and the next phase
is to construct a new altar for the
cathedral, which serves as the
bishop’s home church and central
place of worship.
The cathedral’s weekly collections, however, are not enough to
support the church’s day-to-day
operations and the new construction. The downtown parish is one
of the smallest in Brownsville in
terms of both population and territory and most of the cathedral’s
parishioners are from the working
class, Father Amesse said.
The faithful of the Diocese of
Brownsville are asked to consider
offering a donation to this project,
which is expected to cost about
$55,000.
“It (the funding) is going to
have to come from the people,”
Father Amesse said.
» Please see Cathedral p.14
Record numbers at La Posada
Emergency shelter
serving hundreds of
clients a month
The Valley Catholic
SAN BENITO — La Posada
Providencia, an emergency shelter
in San Benito for immigrants, asylum seekers and asylees recently
processed by U.S. Immigration
and Customs Enforcement, is celebrating a major milestone in 2014
– 25 years of providing its clients
with food, a safe, clean shelter and
many other services.
Since 1989, La Posada Providencia has assisted more than
7,000 clients from more than 70
countries who are seeking legal
refuge in the United States. Most
of the clients are referred to the
shelter by attorneys and U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement. Some clients stay at the shelter for a night or two until they can
arrange for transportation outside
of the Rio Grande Valley. Others
are there for months.
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Sister Zita Telkamp of the Sisters of Divine Providence and director of La Posada Providencia listens as a client from Somalia talks about the wife and family he left behind.
In its first 24 years of existence,
the shelter served an average of
200-250 clients a year. The number
of clients, however, has increased
exponentially in recent months,
according Alma Gonzalez, development coordinator at La Posada
Providencia.
“There’s been a dramatic increase,” she said. “From July 2013
to December 2013, we more than
tripled our yearly average. In less
than six months, we almost had
1,000 clients.”
The shelter’s budget is
stretched and the staff is swamped
due to the sharp increase in clients.
“Our food bills are especially
high,” said Sister Zita Telkamp of
the Sisters of Divine Providence,
» Please see La Posada p.15
SAN BENITO — While many
other boys his age are preoccupied
with video games and chasing
girls, “Ricardo” has more pressing
issues to address.
Due to extreme poverty and
dangerous living conditions,
“Ricardo” — his name has been
changed for his safety — left
Guatemala at age 17 to pursue a
better life in the United States and
with hopes of sending money back
to his family. He has three brothers
and six sisters. His father is legally
blind and can’t work much, leaving
his mother with the responsibility
of supporting the entire family.
With just a little money in his
pocket, “Ricardo” set off on his
journey. It took 20 days to get here.
“I was stuck in Mexico for 10
days,” said Ricardo, 18. “It was very
difficult.”
He crossed into the U.S. with
the “help” of a coyote, but was ultimately detained by U.S. Customs
and Immigration Enforcement
(ICE) and sent to a youth facility
in Brownsville.
When he “aged out” of the facility, he was referred to La Posada
Providencia, where he has been
living for several months.
“He is a hard-working young
man,” said Sister Zita Telkamp of
the Sister of Divine Providence,
director of La Posada Providencia.
“Whether it’s cooking, cleaning or
gardening, he is ready to help. He
is also a great student.
“He is thriving,” she added.
“We are very proud of him.”
Sister Telkamp said his English
and Spanish have improved
tremendously since arriving at La
Posada Providencia. “Ricardo’s”
primary language is an indigenous
language.
Though “Ricardo” is in the U.S.
to improve his own quality of life,
he wants to give to others.
While he was in the youth
facility in Brownsville, he learned
how to knit. In his spare time, between classes and chores, he knits
hats. It takes him about two hours
to make each one. The hats are
sold and all the proceeds are given
to the shelter – at his insistence.
“For you, for the shelter,” he
said to Sister Telkamp, handing
her the money from a sale.
“Ricardo’s” goal is to attend
school to learn about heating,
ventilation, and air conditioning.
He plans to join his cousins in
Miami who are already working in
that field.
“I want to have a wife and a
family someday,” he said. “But first,
I want to make enough money to
help my parents take care of the
family.”
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»Family Life
Lydia Pesina
Director, Family
Life Office
The Valley Catholic - February 2014
Theology of the Body for Teens
Conveys Blessed
John Paul II’s vision
for love, life
Brenda
Nettles Riojas
Special to The Valley Catholic
Parenting is
love in action
P
arenting has been one of
my greatest joys in life.
My husband Mauri and
I were marred 11 years
before we adopted our daughter
and we were anxious to share the
love we had for one another with
one or more children. Mauri often
says that we were perfect parents
until we actually became parents!
I often thought parenting was
about “teaching” children and soon
found out it was much more about
“learning” and “loving”: learning
“self-emptying love” as Jesus modeled for us. I learned that parenting
is love in action.
One of the lessons I have
learned from my daughter is that
important human relationships
have “job descriptions” so to
speak. When she was about five
or six years old, she once asked
me: “Mom, why do you always
have to tell me what to do?” And I
responded to her “Because it is in
my job description. I’m a mother.”
She responded by asking “But who
made the job description, you or
God?” To which I replied, “actually
both of us.” A few days went by and
she did something mischievous
and then she told me “Mom, that’s
in my job description, I’m a kid!”.
Several years ago I wrote a
“Parent Role Description” that in
my book is simply a reminder of
some of the many, many wonderful
responsibilities we have as parents.
TITLE: Catholic Christian
Parent
SUPERVISOR: God
PURPOSE OF ROLE: …
to create a community of love, to
help each other to grow, and to
serve those in need … not only
for the family’s sanctification, but
for the strength of society and the
Church. It is a participation in the
work of the Lord, a sharing in the
mission of the Church. It is holy.
Follow the Way of Love: A Pastoral Message of the US Catholic
Bishops to Families, Nov. 1993
RESPONSIBILITIES: GENERAL: To develop the FOUR
SPECIFIC TASKS OF THE FAMILY as outlined in the apostolic
exhortation Familiaris Consortio
by Pope John Paul II. To form an
intimate community of persons…
To serve life both physically and
spiritually… To participate in
the development of society…To
share in the life and mission of the
Church…
SPECIFIC: A:Accept each
other; Affirm one another
B:Believe in each other; Expect the
best C:Teach consequences and
alternative thinking; Be consistent; Celebrate special days and
ordinary days D: Discipline as
disciples; Defend one another;
Provide list of duties E:Teach empathy; Enjoy one another F: Share
forgiveness often; Help be frugal
G: Don’t “give guilt trips”; Be generous H: Teach respect for hierarchy of authority; Engender honesty
I: Live with integrity J:Be just and
teach justice K: Be kind; Know
their friends L: Be loyal M: Live
» Please see Parenting, p.7
ALAMO — A Theology of the
Body for Teens workshop will be
held in our diocese on Feb. 21 and
22 at Resurrection Church Parish
Hall, 834 Citrus Ave. in Alamo.
Bill Donaghy of Philadelphia
will lead both workshops, which
are sponsored by the Office of
Youth Ministry, Office of Catechesis and the San Juan Diego
Ministry Institute .
Donaghy has worked in the
fields of mission and evangelization in the Archdiocese of Philadelphia since 1999. Through his
work with the Pontifical Mission
Societies, Donaghy gave hundreds of talks on the spirituality of mission to young people
throughout the greater Philadelphia area and beyond, creating a
teaching and speaking ministry
known as MissionMoment.org.
In October of 2000, Donaghy
was chosen to represent his country in a special tribute for the Jubilee of Missionaries in Rome. He
was given a simple cross by Pope
John Paul II and called by the
Holy Father to “bring Jesus back
to your country.”
The Theology of the Body refers to the series of 129 lectures
given by Blessed John Paul II during his weekly audiences in Rome
between September 1979 and November 1984.
These addresses were later
compiled and published as a single work entitled The Theology of
the Body According to John Paul II.
Theology of the Body for
Teens is a dynamic faith formation program for teens and pre-
Editor of The
Valley Catholic
Catholic News Service
Pope John Paul II meets with youth at the Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum in September 1987. The Theology of the Body is based on a series of lectures given by Blessed
John Paul II.
THEOLOGY OF THE BODY
Middle School Training
Friday, February 21
9 a.m. to 3 p.m.
High School Training
Saturday, February 22
9 a.m. to 3 p.m.
Info/Registration:
www.CDOBYM.org/tobteens
or call (956) 784-5013
teens in Catholic schools, parish
youth ministries, religious education, Confirmation, and homeschool settings. Using a great
mix of stories, real-life examples,
activities, prayers, and relevant
references to the culture, it goes
beyond traditional chastity programs by connecting the two hottest topics on the planet — God
and sex.
With Blessed Pope John Paul
II’s compelling vision for love and
life, and a language they under-
stand, Theology of the Body for
Teens answers the questions teens
and pre-teens have about their
own bodies, issues on sexual morality, and how they are uniquely
created for greatness.
The Theology of the Body for
Teens program brings this exciting teaching into a practical,
age-appropriate format that high
school and middle school students will understand.
Theology of the Body for
Teens answers questions such as:
• Who am I?
• Are there consequences to
my actions?
• What is the difference between love and lust?
• What does our sexuality
teach us about God?
• How can I discern my vocation to marriage, priesthood, or
religious life?
• How do I deal with bullying,
gossip, peer pressure, pornography, divorce, etc.?
• What if I’ve already messed
up? ...and many more.
» Please see TOB Teens, p.7
Where lives are changed
Annual men’s
conference set for
March 8
The Valley Catholic
McALLEN — The Rio Grande
Valley Catholic Men’s Fellowship,
in association with Real Men Pray
the Rosary, is sponsoring its annual men’s conference on Saturday, March
8 at Our
Lady
of
Pe r p e t u a l
Help Parish,
2209 Kendlewood Ave.
in McAllen.
T h e
conference
Father Young
is scheduled
to begin at 8:30 a.m. and will conclude with Mass at 5:30 p.m.
Speakers for the conference
are:
Franciscan Father Robert
Young – A native of Orange, Texas, Father Young is the founder
of Divine Will Ministries and a
Radio Maria host. Divine Will
Ministries promotes the message of Divine Will, which aims
to fulfill the desire of Jesus when
He prayed the “Our Father” –
Thy Will be done on earth as it
is in heaven. Father Young is no
stranger to the Valley. He has led
»Women speak
for themselves
en la Frotnera
Divine Will Retreats at the Benedictine Monastery of the Good
Shepherd in Rio Grande City.
Dr. Marcellino D’Ambrosio A husband and father of five and a
business owner, he often appears
on the international Eternal Word
Television Network (EWTN)
and is regularly heard on nationally syndicated radio shows such
as “Catholic Answers Live.” Dr.
D’Ambrosio
is
the
founder of
the Crossroad Initiative, which
promotes
the Catholic
faith
Dr. D’Ambrosio through various mediums,
such as music, radio, books, seminars and more. Dr. D’Ambrosio,
who lives outside of Dallas, is a
New York Times best-selling author with his book Guide to the
Passion: 100 Questions about the
Passion of the Christ, which ranks
among the fastest-selling Catholic
books of all time with more than
a million copies sold in less than
three months.
Father Raphael Ambadan –
A Catholic priest of the Eastern
Rite, Father Ambadan is the pastor of Divine Mercy Syro-Malabar Church in Edinburg, where
he tends to the spiritual needs of
about 55 families in their native
Indian language. He holds a doctorate in the History of the Gregorian Church and is a professor at
the St. Joseph Pontifical Seminary
in Kerala, India.
Father Ambadan came to the
Valley in June 2013 to enhance
his knowledge of clinical pastoral
education.
He will be
returning to
India in July.
T h e
conference
is free to attend however attendees
are asked to
Father Ambadan
pre-register
so that organizers may get a head count for
meals and materials.
Last year, more than 350 men
attended the conference.
“The conference has changed
the lives of many men,” said Tito
Salinas, one of the event’s organizers. “It has changed their way of
living for the better. It has started
them on the path to make them
better men, better husbands and
better fathers. We want to encourage men to be the priest of
the home as we’re supposed to be.”
To register for the conference
or for more information, please
visit www.rgvcmf.org or call
(956) 789-8947, (956) 605-2077
or (956) 605-7276.
Learning to
speak up
“I open my mouth, and my
words hesitate.” This line from my
poem “Corazón Bilingüe” offers
a hint of the struggle to speak in
just one language. However, the
“tangled tongue I negotiate,” runs
deeper and goes beyond language.
It edges the border of a hesitation
to speak at all.
Sometimes it’s easier to stay
silent. How many times have we
avoided asking a question because we feared it would serve as
a confession to our ignorance? Or
how many times have we stayed
silent knowing our opinion went
counter to those before us and we
did not want to spark a debate, or
worse because we did not think
that what we had to say mattered?
How many times have we walked
away from a conversation wishing
we could have said more?
Condoleezza Rice, who served
as the 66th U.S. Secretary of State,
acknowledged in an essay that
learning to speak up took practice
and became an important source
of growth in her career.
If we are going to speak for ourselves, first we must learn to speak
up, to give voice to our thoughts,
to share our stories, nuestros testimonios.
For me as a writer, I found safety
in focusing on my role as a journalist, easier to write as a reporter
presenting only the facts devoid
of my personal opinion. To reveal
oneself on the page takes risk. For
years, prior to ever reading my poetry in public, I confined my work
to the pages of notebooks. And
only recently did I begin writing
a column for The Valley Catholic
newspaper that we launched in
June 2009. Most editors run an
editor’s note or column. I avoided
writing one myself until now.
Over the years I have started to
unravel the strands linked to my
own propensity for staying silent
on and off the page. They stem
from language and culture and an
imprint of a timid disposition, a
fear of other’s opinions, and a tendency toward caution and secondguessing myself. My mother taught
me to be respectful of elders and
those in charge. My father and his
expectations for perfection taught
me to question my competence, to
be overly cautious about my work.
Some reasons for my cautious
tongue, I have come to understand, are linked to my own efforts
for acculturation, a subject that
requires more space than this column provides and more exploration. But I understand now how an
occurrence in elementary school,
maybe in the third or fourth grade,
left an impression that influenced
my direction and caused me to
second guess myself and in turn
silence my words.
A classmate wanted to help me
sound “less Mexican.” She pointed
out my Spanish accent, particularly
» Please see Learning, p.7
FAITH
February 2014 - The Valley Catholic
»Sunday
Readings
The Word of God in the Life
and Mission of the Church
FEBRUARY 2
(Feast of the Presentation of the
Lord)
Reading 1:
Mal 3:1-4
Responsorial Psalm:
PS 24:7, 8, 9, 10
Reading 2:
Heb 2:14-18
Gospel:
Lk 2:22-40
FEBRUARY 9
( Fifth Sunday in Ordinary Time)
Reading 1:
Is 58:7-10
Responsorial Psalm:
PS 112:4-5, 6-7, 8-9
Reading 2:
1 Cor 2:1-5
Gospel:
Mt 5:13-16
FEBRUARY 16
(Sixth Sunday in Ordinary Time)
Reading 1:
Sir 15:15-20
Responsorial Psalm:
PS 119:1-2, 4-5, 17-18, 33-34
Reading 2:
1 Cor 2:6-10
Gospel:
Mt 5:17-37
FEBRUARY 23
(Seventh Sunday in Ordinary Time)
Reading 1:
Lv 19:1-2, 17-18
Responsorial Psalm:
PS 103:1-2, 3-4, 8, 10, 12-13
Reading 2:
1 Cor 3:16-23
Gospel:
Mt 5:38-48
The word of the Lord abides for ever.
This word is the Gospel which was
preached to you” (1 Pet 1:25; cf. Is
40:8).
With this assertion from the First
Letter of Saint Peter, which takes up
the words of the Prophet Isaiah, we
find ourselves before the mystery of
God, who has made himself known
through the gift of his word.
This word, which abides for ever,
entered into time. God spoke his
eternal Word humanly; his Word
“became flesh” (Jn 1:14).
This is the good news. This is the
proclamation which has come down
the centuries to us today.
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»Making Sense of Bioethics
I
Violinist violence
n her still-widely-read 1971
article, A Defense of Abortion,
Judith Jarvis Thomson sets up
a thought experiment known
as “The Famous Violinist Problem”
to argue that abortion ought to be
morally justified when a pregnancy
arises out of sexual assault:
“You wake up in the morning
and find yourself back to back in
bed with a …famous unconscious
violinist. He has been found to have
a fatal kidney ailment, and the Society of Music Lovers has canvassed
all the available medical records
and found that you alone have the
right blood type to help. They have
therefore kidnapped you, and last
night the violinist’s circulatory system was plugged into yours, so that
your kidneys can be used to extract
poisons from his blood as well as
your own.... To unplug you would
be to kill him. But never mind, it’s
only for nine months. By then he
will have recovered from his ailment, and can safely be unplugged
from you.”
Most people would share the
intuition that they should be able to
unplug themselves from the violinist, since they didn’t consent to
being hooked up in the first place.
Others would suggest an analogy
with becoming pregnant from rape,
so the mother could “unplug” herself from the child by abortion.
At least two serious problems,
however, exist with this analogy.
First, the famous violinist is
not a good parallel for the child
conceived by sexual assault. The
violinist in Thomson’s thought
experiment is basically a stranger to
us. But the child conceived in rape
is not, properly speaking, a stranger
Tadeusz
Pacholczyk
Priest of the
Diocese of Fall
River
at all, and the analogy should probably be corrected to indicate this:
“When the woman wakes up, she
finds herself connected to a prodigy
violinist who also happens to be her
12 year old son.” In such a scenario,
she would far more easily admit an
obligation to remain attached to
him, even for an extended period of
time. Following a rape that results
in pregnancy, a woman likewise
finds herself connected to her own
progeny, her own child in utero,
with similar natural moral obligations to nurture and care for her
own flesh and blood.
The second problem with
Thomson’s analogy is that abortion
is not like “unplugging” a tube connecting one person to another, and
allowing the dependent individual
to expire from a condition like
kidney failure. Instead, abortion
invokes various surgical and obstetrical procedures that directly end
the life of, and even dismember, the
in utero child.
Norma McCorvey, the former
“Jane Roe” of the Roe vs. Wade
Supreme Court decision, herself
once worked in an abortion clinic
and later described what happened
there:
“When a later abortion was performed, workers had to piece the
baby back together, and every major part – head, torso, two legs, and
two arms – had to be accounted for.
One of our little jokes at the clinic
was, “If you ever want to humble
a doctor, hide a leg so he thinks he
has to go back in.” Please understand, these were not abnormal,
uncaring women working with me
at the clinic. We were just involved
in a bloody, dehumanizing business, all of us for our own reasons.
Whether we were justifying our
past advocacy (as I was), justifying
a previous abortion (as many were)
or whatever, we were just trying
to cope – and if we couldn’t laugh
at what was going on, I think our
minds would have snapped.”
McCorvey’s comments remind
us that abortion is essentially a
violent and deadly act, not a euphemistic “unhooking” or “separating”
of mother and child. Thus we might
wish to modify Thomson’s analogy
once again in order to maintain
parallelism: “A woman wakes up in
the morning and finds herself attached to a violinist. To free herself
from any further involvement with
him, she asks a doctor to come in
with a knife and to dismember the
renowned musician.” The absolute
wrongness of such direct killing
would remain beyond dispute, as
would the wrongness of any direct
killing actions by a raped woman
directed against her unborn son
because of the sins of his father.
In reflecting on the specifics
of “The Famous Violinist Problem,” we begin to appreciate the
importance of never subjecting
an innocent third party, whether
a musician or an in utero child, to
direct lethal harm simply because
» Please see Violinist, p.7
Synod of bishops to address the family
P
ope Francis called for
a third “Extraordinary
Synod of Bishops” that
will be held from Oct.
5-18, 2014 at the Vatican to
discuss “The Pastoral Challenges
of the Family in the Context of
the Evangelization.” It is estimated
that 150 to 200 Synod fathers
(mainly cardinals and bishops)
will take part in the discussions
next fall.
Bishops in every diocese of
the world have been given the opportunity to give input in preparation for the extraordinary synod.
There are an estimated 2,846
dioceses in the world including
metropolitan and archdioceses.
Created as a result of the
outcomes of the Second Vatican
Council, The Synod of Bishops is
directly subject to the authority of
the Roman Pontiff, and convoked
as often as it seems opportune to
the Holy Father.
There are three types of synods: ordinary general assemblies,
extraordinary general assemblies
and special assemblies.
The synod gathering next
October is an extraordinary
general session given the issues
to be discussed and the time
response the Holy Father wants in
addressing the pastoral challenges
affecting the family, marriage and
the Church.
There have only been two
extraordinary synods held since
Vatican II – one in 1969 on the
theme of cooperation between the
Holy See and episcopal conferences, and the second in 1985
Deacon
Luis Zuniga
Director, Office for
Pastoral Planning
& San Juan Diego
Ministry Institute.
to discuss the 20th anniversary
of the conclusion of the second
Vatican Council.
Pope Paul VI described the
role of the Synod of Bishops as an
opportunity “to examine the signs
of the times” and “to provide a
deeper interpretation of divine
designs and the constitution of
the Catholic Church” in order to
“foster the unity and cooperation
of bishops around the world with
the Holy See.”
In preparation for the synod
gathering next fall, the Holy See
sent a preparatory document on
Oct. 30, 2013 to all the bishops
with a questionnaire for consultation containing 38 questions in
order for the whole Church to
actively participate in this historic
extraordinary Synod.
The preparatory document
in the introduction describes the
situation the world finds itself
in and the challenges the Catholic Church needs to respond.
“The social and spiritual crisis,
so evident in today’s world, is
becoming a pastoral challenge in
the Church’s evangelizing mission
concerning the family, the vital
building-block of society and the
ecclesial community. Never before
has proclaiming the Gospel on
the Family in this context been
more urgent and necessary.”
(Pastoral Challenges to the Family
in the Context of Evangelization,
Preparatory Document, I).
“Concerns which were unheard of until a few years ago have
arisen today as a result of different
situations, from the widespread
practice of cohabitation, which
does not lead to marriage, and
sometimes even excludes the idea
of it, to same-sex unions between
persons, who are, not infrequently, permitted to adopt children.”
“The many new situations
requiring the Church’s attention
and pastoral care include: mixed
or inter-religious marriages; the
single-parent family; polygamy;
marriages with the consequent
problem of a dowry, sometimes
understood as the purchase price
of the woman; the caste system; a
culture of non-commitment and
a presumption that the marriage
bond can be temporary; forms of
feminism hostile to the Church;
migration and the reformulation
of the very concept of the family;
relativist pluralism in the conception of marriage; the influence of
the media on popular culture in
its understanding of marriage and
family life; underlying trends of
thought in legislative proposals
which devalue the idea of permanence and faithfulness in the
marriage covenant; an increase in
the practice of surrogate motherhood (wombs for hire); and new
interpretations of what is considered a human right. Within the
» Please see Family, p.15
Courtesy photo
An image of St. Catherine de Ricci from
a prayer card.
»Feast Day
- February 13
Spotlight on
St. Catherine
de Ricci
Catholic News Agency
St. Catherine de Ricci was a
Dominican sister, a mystic and
a reformer who bore the marks
of the stigmata.
She was well known in her
own lifetime and beyond for
her meditations on the Passion
of Christ and her letters, which
were written to famous men
and women of her time as well
as saints, including St. Philip
Neri, St. Charles Borromeo,
and St. Mary Magdalene de
Pazzi. In one of her letters she
wrote, “My dearest son, let us
so strive that we may run and
obtain that desired reward...We
live in a time in which running
and taking a stand is more than
we are used to doing. Considering the height of the mystery of
our redemption which is presented to us in these days, how
much more should we stand
firm and persevere!”
Catherine was born at Florence in 1522. Having lost her
mother in her infancy, her father placed her in the Convent
of Monticelli, near the gates of
Florence, where her aunt, Louisa de Ricci, was a nun when she
was between the age of six and
seven.
Attracted to the religious life,
and with the consent of her father, she received the religious
veil in the convent of Dominicanesses at Prat, in Tuscany in
the year 1535 at fourteen years
of age.
The saint was chosen, when
very young, first as mistress of
the novices, then sub-prioress,
and, in the twenty-fifth year of
her age, was appointed as perpetual prioress. The reputation
of her extraordinary sanctity
and prudence drew her many
visits from a great number of
bishops, princes, and cardinalsamong them, the Cardinals
Cervini, Alexander of Medicis, and Aldobrandini, who all
three were afterwards raised
to St. Peter’s chair, under the
names of Marcellus II, Clement
VIII, and Leo XI.
After a long illness she passed
from this mortal life to everlasting bliss and possession of the
object of all her desires on the
feast of the Purification of our
Lady, on the 2nd of February,
in 1589, the sixty-seventh year
of her age. The ceremony of her
beatification was performed by
Clement XII in 1732, and that
of her canonization by Benedict XIV in 1746.
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Mariachi
continued from pg. 1
Las Mariposas and the Basilica
Mariachi.
The second concert is scheduled
for 7 p.m. on Friday, March 7
and will feature Mariachi Nuevo
Santander from Roma High School,
Mariachi Juvenil de America from
Veterans Middle School in Rio
Grande City, mariachi professional
Rey Azteca from Pharr and the
Basilica Mariachi.
Sister Rose Carmel Garay of the
Missionary Catechists of Divine
Providence, pilgrim outreach
director for the basilica, said the
concerts are among the most highly
anticipated events at the basilica,
drawing crowds by the busload.
“These young performers are
fantastic,” she said, “It’s amazing
to see these tiny young girls with
great, big, melodious voices and
these young musicians with such
immense talent.
“While school districts in other
parts of the country are downsizing
or eliminating their fine arts
programs, ours our thriving – they
have great talent, great instructors
and great training and they are
keeping our traditional music alive.
What a gift from God.”
Eloy Garza, mariachi program
director for the Roma Independent
School District, said the concerts
are a wonderful experience for the
students.
“It is an honor to be the opening
act for the professional mariachi
from the basilica,” Garza said. “The
students also enjoy the positive
reaction from the crowd. We have
a lot of fun.”
Garza said most of his students
are Catholic and have expressed
what a great blessing it will be to
perform in the basilica.
“In the public schools, we can’t
promote religion, but the students
have shared with me that they have
a lot faith,” said Garza, who attends
Mass at Holy Family Mission
Church in Los Saenz. “They know
that the only way they will succeed
in life is with God.”
Sister Garay said the concerts
draw lots of Winter Texans and
families.
“The Winter Texans really
enjoy the music but I think what
really touches their hearts is to
see that the basilica is packed with
families and that’s a great witness
to family togetherness,” she said.
“I think that as long as we keep
our families together, the Church
is together and our young people
have a better chance to make it in
life if they have God in their life.”
Tickets for each concert are
available at a cost of $5. To purchase
tickets or for more information,
call the Basilica at (956) 787-0033.
Saving Lives
continued from pg. 1
some carried pro-life signs as they
processed down the streets.
The march began at St. Joseph
the Worker Church, filed into
downtown McAllen and stopped at
a facility that had been performing
abortions until new legislation took
effect at the end of October 2013.
The march ended at Sacred Heart
WE CHOOSE
LIFE
The Valley Catholic photos
The Respect Life Apostolate of the Diocese of Brownsville organized two prolife marches in commemoration of the 41st anniversary of Roe vs. Wade, the
Supreme Court decision that legalized abortion on demand in the U.S.
At the start of a march in McAllen on Jan. 11, Father Alfonso Guevara, vicar
general of the diocese and pastor of St. Joseph the Worker Parish in McAllen,
said, “It’s against nature to kill your own baby. In nature, in all religious
denominations, in all cultures, murder, especially the murder of a child, is
considered a grave sin.”
Bishop Daniel E. Flores thanked everyone for their public witness. He prayed,
“May our hearts never grow weary of witnessing the truth of the love you have
shown to us through your son.”
During a march in Harlingen on Jan. 18, he reminded everyone, “We walk
together.” He said with our confidence in the Lord, “we know we will see the day
when life is respected, honored, protected and most of all received and loved.”
Prayer for LIFE
Father and maker of all, you adorn all creation
with splendor and beauty, and fashion human lives
in your image and likeness.
Awaken in every heart reverence for the work of your hands,
and renew among your people a readiness to nurture
and sustain your precious gift of life.
Grant this through our Lord Jesus Christ, your Son,
who lives and reigns with you in the unity
of the Holy Spirit, God forever and ever.
Amen
Source: Secretariat for Pro-Life Activities, U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops
Parish in McAllen.
A second march was held
in Harlingen on Jan. 18 where
more than 100 pro-life advocates
marched around Sesame Square,
which neighbors a facility that had
been performing abortions until
the end of October 2013.
Inspired by the Battle of
Jericho in the Book of Joshua, prolife advocates marched around
the square seven times. On the
seventh lap around the square,
two marchers blasted shofars, an
ancient musical instrument made
of ram’s horn.
Pro-life
advocates
across
the nation organize marches
throughout the month of January
in reparation for the more than 55
million babies who have been killed
in the U.S. since the Roe v. Wade
Supreme Court ruling on Jan. 22,
1973.
Survey
continued from pg. 1
About 80 percent of survey
respondents support parental
notification for a minor seeking
an abortion. Almost 80 percent
support a 24-hour waiting period.
Another 62 percent favored
changing laws to allow for some
restrictions on abortion. About
58 percent support showing a
woman an ultrasound image of her
unborn child at least a day before a
scheduled abortion.
Most respondents said that
abortion causes more harm than
good to a woman. More than half of
respondents, 53 percent, said that
life begins at conception. Another
62 percent said that abortion is
morally wrong.
The survey was conducted Dec.
10-15. It interviewed 2,001 adults
in the continental U.S.
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February 2014 - The Valley Catholic
»Hope in Action: A Spotlight on Youth
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Oratory accreditation
A willingness to serve
Special to The Valley Catholic
When you first meet Severo
“Zevy” Salas his friendliness,
kindness, and above all his faith
are evident.
Salas does not hesitate to share
his faith and give testimonies to
show others his love for God.
Salas is a sophomore at Robert
Vela High School in Edinburg
and has been involved in multiple
church and community activities
and groups including altar server,
youth group member, and lector at
Sacred Heart Parish in Edinburg.
His welcoming personality
and willingness to serve has
inspired those around him. Salas
fully understands we are called to
serve and not be served and this
is one of many reasons he has
been chosen to be spotlighted this
month.
Name: Severo “Zevy” Salas
Grade: 10th
What I do at (local Catholic
parish): Altar Boy, Youth group
member, and assist Father Bob
with his chores.
Talents/Gifts: I am talented at
basketball and outgoing.
Best movie ever: I am Legend
Most listened to song on my
Ipod: If my heart was a house
TV show I never miss: Duck
Dynasty, and Dance Moms.
Book I’d read again and
again: Summer Ball
Future Plans: I’m not really
set on anything yet I live day by
day.
Parenting
continued from pg. 4
and teach morality ; Help develop
strong healthy mental habits N:
No negative comments; Have
natural / logical consequences O:
Provide order and structure; Live
obedience P:
“Pray without
ceasing” I Thessalonians 5:17;
Explore proper use of power in
conflict Q: Enjoy quality time
R: Develop rituals; Set clear and
consistent rules S: Provide spiritual depth and moral principles;
Teach about the sacredness of
sexuality T: Don’t talk too much;
“Train children in the right way
Learning
continued from pg. 4
with certain words. I don’t remember the words, but I remember she wanted me to practice my
pronunciation with her so that I
wouldn’t sound Mexican. So I began at an early age to censor my
Spanish tongue as I assimilated
to my father’s English. It took my
mother’s passing for me to recognize the loss, the loss of her voice
and along with it my own.
I had no idea at the time how
that incident started to chip away
at my self-confidence. But God
intervened along the way and
helps me learn each day how to
speak up when needed. The Gospel tells us, “…do not worry about
how you are to speak or what you
are to say. You will be given at that
moment what you are to say. For
it will not be you who speak but
the Spirit of your Father speaking
Courtesy
Courtesy photo
Severo “Zevy” Salas, right, an active parishioner at Sacred Heart Church in Edinburg,
with his younger brother, Manny.
Who has made a difference
in my life and had an impact: All
of my coaches have played a huge
role in the boy I am today. They
have taught me about fortitude
and honor for something that is
bigger than myself. Also Father
Bob (Charlton) has made me
realize the important things in
life. Whether it would be in my
spiritual life or my dating life.
Since I do not really have a father
figure in my life, he is more than
just my priest. I consider him
my dad. Last but not least Miss
Laura. I can call her my friend
even though she is in charge of the
youth group. She has been there
not only for me but my brothers
when we needed food or a ride. I
love these people and both respect
and appreciate all they have done
for me.
—
If you would like to nominate
a student to be featured in “Hope
in Action: A Spotlight on Youth,”
please email Angel Barrera,
director of Youth Ministry, at
[email protected]
and when old, they will not stray”
“Proverbs 22:6” U: Be “lovingly”
unselfish; Provide unconditional
love V: Nurture vigilance; Act
consistently with values W: Teach
willpower; provide written rules
X: X-Ray their souls Y: Say yes
more than no Z:Be zealous about
parenting: It is the most important thing we will ever do.
TRAINING AND PREPARATION NEEDED: Read as
much as possible on parenting;
Pray daily; Follow scriptural
guides: (ex. I Corinthians 13:4-8a)
Love is patient, love is kind. It is
not jealous, is not pompous, it
is not inflated, it is not rude, it
does not seek its own interest,
it is not quick-tempered, it does
not brood over injury, it does
not rejoice over wrongdoing, but
rejoices with the truth. It bears all
things, believes all things, hopes
all things, endures all things. Love
never fails.”
EVALUATION: Pray daily
for God to help us discern how
we are making decisions in our
parenting.
A philosopher once stated “A
prophet is not called to success,
but to fidelity.” As a parent we are
called to be faithful to our role
as parent, whether or not we are
successful (in the way that we
believe we should be); and leave
the rest to the Holy Spirit. TIME
COMMITMENT: 24/7 For ever
and ever, Amen.
through you (Matthew 10:19-20).”
Father Jacques Philippe, in his
book Searching for and Maintaining Peace: A Small Treatise on
Peace of Heart, reminds us, “We
cannot experience this support
from God unless we leave him the
necessary space in which he can
express himself.”
He writes, “Let us therefore
learn to abandon ourselves, to
have total confidence in God, in
the big things as in the small.”
As I continue to overcome the
restraints I imposed on myself
over the years, I find inspiration
from the saints and blesseds of
the Church – St. Teresa of Avila,
St. Catherine of Siena, St. Gertrude the Great, St. Hidegard of
Bingen, Blessed Mother Teresa of
Calcutta and so many others.
St. Catherine of Siena, one of
the Doctors of the Church, in
one of her letters advises, “Cry
out with a hundred thousand
tongues.” With the current attacks
on religious freedom, we must
all find the courage to speak up
and “make noise,” as Pope Francis
encouraged young adults during
World Youth Day 2013.
Each of these women centered their life on Christ and the
Church. Models of faith, prayer
and action, these saints teach us
by their example there is no room
for timidity.
We can draw examples from
modern day women in our own
communities who speak out, not
only with their words, but with
their actions. The late Catholic
philosopher Dietrich von Hildebrand talked about the apostolate
of “being.” We speak through our
actions and not just our words.
We need to trust that the Lord
will guide on when to speak and
when to stay silent, and that he
will give us the grace and courage
to proceed according to his will.
As St. Paul heard in a dream,
“Do not be afraid. Go on speaking, and do not be silent, for I am
with you (Acts 18:9-10).
The Pharr Oratory of St. Philip Neri School System received its accreditation from the
Texas Catholic Conference Accreditation Commission. Each Catholic School in the
diocese undergoes an intensive accreditation process every seven years.
Standing , from left, Father Mario Avilés, C.O., rector; Oralia Cantú, board
president; seven members of the Accreditation Team; Father José E. Losoya, C.O.,
assistant director and Father Juan Ortíz, librarian. Seated, from left, Lisette Allen,
Superintendent of Diocesan Schools; Father Leo-Francis Daniels, C.O., headmaster; G.
Yvonne Pérez, President of Schools; Izkra Díaz, director and Pam Jupe, Accreditation
Team Chairperson.
»News Briefs
Third public dialogue
set for bishop, rabbi
Bishop Daniel E. Flores and
McAllen Rabbi Claudio J. Kogan
will once again model the art
of conversation during a public
dialogue on Monday, Feb. 3 at the
University of Texas-Pan American Student Union Building in
Edinburg.
The event is free and open to
the public.
McAllen Mayor’s
Prayer Luncheon
The McAllen Mayor’s Prayer
Luncheon is scheduled for 11:30
a.m. to 1 p.m. on Wednesday, Feb.
26 at the McAllen Convention
Center.
Bob Goff, a New York Times
best-selling author, will deliver
the keynote address. Goff penned
TOB Teens
continued from pg. 4
Who should attend: Principals,
teachers, priests, directors/coordinators of religious education, catechists, deacons, youth ministers,
Violinist
continued from pg. 5
they find themselves in a state of
radical dependence upon another
human being. Although we aren’t
obligated to use extreme or extraordinary measures to try to save
the violinist in Thomson’s thought
experiment, we shouldn’t make the
error of supposing that the state
the book Love Does and founded
Restore International, a nonprofit
human rights organization that
operates in Uganda and India.
Tickets start at $20 and table
sponsorships are available. For
more information, contact Richard Moore at (956) 630-3053.
A Trinitarian Night
planned
Holy Spirit Church in McAllen
and Shalom Media USA present a
Trinitarian Night of Miracles, set
for 7 p.m. to 11 p.m. on Friday,
Feb.7 at Holy Spirit Church, 2201
Martin Ave. in McAllen.
The event will feature the
praying of the Rosary, praise and
worship led by recording artist
Dave Moore, Adoration of the
Blessed Sacrament, preaching by
international speaker Mark Nimo
and Holy Mass celebrated by
Msgr. Louis Brum.
For more information, visit
www.ShalomWorld.org
college campus ministers, parents
and anyone who works with preteens (6th-8th grade) and teens
(9th-12th).
Cost/registration for each session: $50 for training materials,
lunch, and snack. If sharing materials, please provide additional $10
per person for food.
of pregnancy itself is somehow
extraordinary or extreme, even in
the tragic case of sexual assault,
given that it objectively embodies
the natural and familial line of duty
to care for our own offspring.
—
Rev. Tadeusz Pacholczyk, Ph.D. earned his
doctorate in neuroscience from Yale and did
post-doctoral work at Harvard. He is a priest
of the diocese of Fall River, MA, and serves
as the Director of Education at The National
Catholic Bioethics Center in Philadelphia.
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The Valley Catholic - February 2014
Those Who Serve:
The Most Rev. Raymundo J. Peña
At home in the Rio Grande Valley
Bishop emeritus
turns 80, reflects on
his years in ministry
The Valley Catholic
ALAMO – Bishop Emeritus
Raymundo J. Peña, who led the
Diocese of Brownsville for 14 years
before retiring in December 2009,
will celebrate his 80th birthday on
Feb. 19.
Born in 1934 to Cosme and Elisa Ramon Peña, Bishop Peña grew
up in Robstown, Texas and knew
from an early age he wanted to be
a priest. “It’s been a very rewarding
life. I think I always wanted to be a
priest.” He said he can’t remember
ever wanting to be anything else.
His motto
as
bishop,
“Haz todo con
amor” – “To
do all things in
love of Christ,”
taken from 1
C orinthians
16:14, has guided his ministry from
the start.
“It has served me well. It keeps
you focused even when there are
difficulties and it reminds me everything we do is for the love of
Christ who gave his life for us.”
Bishop has 56 years to draw
from in recalling special moments
in his ministry since he was ordained as a young priest on May
25, 1957. Among those are his ordination to the priesthood in the
Corpus Christi Cathedral by the
Most Reverend Mariano S. Garriaga with two classmates who had
studied with him in San Antonio at
Assumption Seminary.
He also looks to his appointment as a pastor of a new parish,
Our Lady of Guadalupe in Corpus
Christi, as a highlight during his
priesthood.
“I have had some rewarding experiences, but my greatest joy and
experience has been in the pastoral
ministry in the parish.”
“Guiding the growth and development of a community that
had been served as a mission and
The Valley Catholic
Bishop Emeritus Raymundo J. Peña serves as the chaplain of the Newman Center at the
University of Texas – Pan American (UTPA) in Edinburg. He celebrates Mass for the students every Tuesday at noon at the ecumenical chapel on the UTPA campus and at 7 p.m.
on Sundays at the Newman Center, located at 1615 W. Kuhn St. in Edinburg.
forming it into an active and very
involved community, while developing the construction of the parish plant (Church, rectory, parish
hall) were exciting moments. This
was in the early ‘70’s when the liturgical renewal after the Second
Vatican Council was taking place.
That presented special challenges:
adapting the plans of the church
under construction, and guiding
the community in the new forms of
celebrating the sacraments.”
One of his early assignments as
a priest in the Rio Grande Valley
was in Alamo, when the area was
still a part of the Diocese of Corpus
Christi.
“It’s interesting now that I am
living here in the same house where
I lived as a priest.”
Bishop Peña, who celebrates
Mass everyday with the Capuchin
Poor Clare Nuns at the St. Joseph
Adoration Chapel, said he often
runs into people at Mass who tell
him they served as his altar servers
in Alamo. “To see how they developed and became important members of the Church is very rewarding to me.”
On a few occasions Bishop
Peña has also had couples he married ask him to celebrate a Mass for
their 50th wedding anniversary.
Bishop remembers his 19 years
of service as a priest in the Diocese
of Corpus Christi where he served
in various parishes with fondness.
At various times during Bishop
Thomas J. Drury’s administration,
he served as Diocesan Youth Director, associate editor, then editor of
the Texas Gulf Coast Catholic, and
as founding pastor of Our Lady of
Guadalupe Parish in City of Corpus Christi. He also served as a diocesan consulter.
“I have particularly fond memories of our ministry among the
young people and the then very
popular Summer School of Catholic Action (SSCA), a week-long
summer course for young people
with guest speakers and youth activities,” he said.
He added, “This gave me a
sense of the importance of the
young people in the diocese and
enabled me to communicate well
with the confirmation students in
» Please see Bishop Peña p.9
»Birthday & Anniversary Wishes
The list of birthdays and ordination anniversaries is provided so that
parishioners may remember the priests, deacons and religious in their prayers
and send them a note or a card.
February
» Birthdays
Rev. Mishael Koday
Rev. Thomas Pincelli
Rev. Alejandro Fajardo, SS.CC
Rev. Gustavo Obando
Msgr. Robert Davola - retired
Rev. James Pfeifer, OMI
Bishop Emeritus Raymundo J.
Pena - retired
26 Rev. Juan Victor Heredia
26 Rev. Thomas G. Kulleck
2
3
3
11
11
16
19
March
» Birthdays
Rev. Eduardo Ortega
Rev. Timothy Paulsen,OMI
Rev. Salvador Ramirez
Rev. Manuel Alfredo Razo
Rev. Rodolfo Franco
Rev. Vicente Azcoiti- retired
Msgr. Patrick Doherty- retired
Rev. Richard MacDonald, SCJ
- retired
29 Rev. Gerald Frank
2
6
7
9
10
25
25
28
2
2
3
14
20
20
20
Sister Mary N. Vincelli, CSJ
Sister Esther Rodriguez, O.P.
Sister Anita Jennissen, OSF
Brother David Concannon
Sister Rosalia Fink, OSB
Sister Frances Salinas, OSB
Sister Denise Sausville, RSM
2
9
9
16
17
21
27
Deacon Gerardo J. Rosa
Deacon Jose G. Garza
Deacon Manuel Sanchez
Deacon Salvador Rojas
Deacon Martin Jaques
Deacon Daniel Zamora
Deacon Hector Garcia
8
11
13
15
15
17
18
22
Deacon Amando Peña Jr.
Deacon Gilberto Perez
Deacon Hugo De la Cruz
Deacon Jose R. Castro
Deacon George M. Terrazas
Deacon Hector Perez
Deacon Pedro Sanchez
Deacon Alvino Olvera
6
17
21
23
30
Sister Dorothy Carey, SHSp
Sister Patricia DeBlieck, CSJ
Sister Mary Sardinha, SSD
Sister Zita Telkamp, CDP
Sister Therese Corkery, PBVM
2
8
11
15
25
Rev. Juan Victor Heredia
Rev. Gnanaraj Michael
Msgr. Robert Davola – Retired
Rev. Patrick Seitz
Rev. Marco Antonio Reynoso
» Anniversaries
» Anniversaries
5 Rev.Francisco Castillo
14 Rev. Simon Brzozowski, OMI
19 Rev. Jose E. Losoya, CO
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Bishop Peña
continued from pg. 8
San Antonio, El Paso and the Rio
Grande Valley. In retirement, I now
offer pastoral service to students at
the University of Texas-Pan American in Edinburg.”
Bishop Peña said, “It was exciting to serve as editor of the diocesan newspaper in Corpus Christi.
My service there helped me realize
the importance of using the media
as a tool for evangelization, and this
experience motivated my establishment of the Rio Grande Catholic
in the Diocese of El Paso and The
Valley Catholic in the Diocese of
Brownsville.”
On Oct. 16, 1976, Father Peña
was named titular Bishop of Trisipa
and Auxiliary to the Archbishop
of San Antonio and consecrated
on Dec. 13, 1976. At the age of 42,
Bishop Peña was one of the youngest bishops in the country and
the fourth Hispanic in the United
States to become a bishop.
Four years later, Bishop Peña
was appointed as the fourth Bishop
of El Paso in 1980, serving for 15
years until his installation as the
fifth bishop of Brownsville in August 1995.
Among some of the highlights
during his years in El Paso, Bishop
Peña founded the Tepeyac Institute in 1988. The institute prepares
members of the laity through a variety of formation and certification
programs to serve as ministers at all
levels of church life within the Diocese of El Paso. Today, the Tepeyac
Institute is one of the largest such
centers in the United States.
Bishop Peña also worked to increase the number of vocations to
the priesthood, a challenge he also
addressed in the Rio Grande Valley
when he returned in 1995 to serve
as the fifth bishop of the Diocese of
Brownsville.
Reflecting on his return to
South Texas in 1995, he said, “I was
coming home in a sense because I
had served as a priest in the Valley
and I knew people here and had
friends here.”
After his retirement, Bishop
Peña continues to live in the Rio
Grande Valley where he maintains
a full schedule. He celebrates daily
Mass at the St. Joseph Chapel of
Perpetual Adoration in Alamo and
organizes a Holy Hour for vocations each week on Thursdays at 7
p.m. He invites priests to take turns
presiding at the Holy Hour and
bring their parishioners.
“I am grateful to priests of the
diocese who have always been willing to say yes when asked to preside
at a holy hour.”
On Sundays at the University
of Texas-Pan American, he listens to confessions at 6 p.m. and
celebrates Mass at 7 p.m. He also
visits the Evins Juvenile Detention
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GRACIAS
“
“I thank God for the gift of life
and for the gift of priesthood
as well as for the many blessings I have received during my life and in
my ministry. I thank God for my family
and for the many priests beside whom I
have served and the many friends who
have been at my side in the four dioceses
where the Lord called me to exercise my
ministry. Finally, I am especially grateful
to Bishop Daniel Flores for his solicitous
concern for my welfare as a retired bishop.
May the Lord bless, strengthen and
protect us all.”
Bishop Emeritus
Raymundo J. Peña
Center in Edinburg once a month,
and celebrates Mass on the Sundays
that UTPA students have academic
breaks.
Bishop’s Peña’s legacy remains
evident throughout the diocese.
When he retired, almost 50 percent
of the diocesan priests had been
ordained by him. There were eight
seminarians when he came, and
when he left there were 22 or 23.
Some of the other milestones
registered include the establishment of the San Juan Diego Ministry Institute for training future permanent deacons and lay ecclesial
ministers; the success of Disciples
in Mission sending over 500 persons door-to-door to proclaim the
Gospel message; the establishment
of an Immigration Office; the inclusion of women in leadership positions in the diocese and diocese
related entities; and the designation
of Our Lady of San Juan del Valle
Shrine as a national shrine in 1998
and as a minor basilica in 1999.
Bishop Daniel E. Flores along with the clergy, consecrated women
and men, and the faithful of the Diocese of Brownsville pray that
God bless you on your birthday.
The Valley Catholic
Bishop Emeritus Raymundo J. Peña blesses backpacks following a Mass at the Newman
Center at the University of Texas – Pan American (UTPA) in Edinburg.
Below: The Most Rev. Raymundo J. Peña and His Eminence Cardinal Daniel DiNardo of
Galveston-Houston walk in procession on June 8, 2009 to celebrate a Mass for the 150th
anniversary of the Immaculate Conception Cathedral in Brownsville
IN THE NEWS
The Valley Catholic -February 2014
Cardinal announces
plan to contain fees
Pope: ‘Our
faith can do
anything’
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The cost of sainthood
By CINDY WOODEN
Catholic News Service
VATICAN CITY — Having a
holy son or daughter formally recognized as a saint by the universal
church could easily cost a quarter
of a million dollars. But experts
say the church isn’t selling halos;
it’s compensating professionals
doing serious research, so that a
pope can solemnly declare his certainty a person is in heaven.
The costs involved in moving a
cause from local fame to universal
veneration as a saint depend on a
variety of factors, such as whether
the postulator — the official promoter — is volunteering his or
her time, and how many potential
miracles must be investigated before the pope formally recognizes
those required for canonization.
Expenses typically include:
collection and translation of eyewitness statements and documents; exhumation and reburial
of the candidate’s body, if necessary to verify the location of the
grave; preparation and publication of the “positio,” a biography
and official position paper documenting the candidate’s holiness;
fees for theological, historical and
medical consultants; and the beatification and canonization ceremonies themselves.
By CAROL GLATZ
Catholic News Service
CNS photo/L’Osservatore Romano via Catholic Press Photo
Cardinal Angelo Amato, prefect of the Congregation for Saints’ Causes, addresses Pope Francis during a canonization Mass in St.
Peter’s Square at the Vatican in this May 12, 2013, file photo.
The head of the Congregation
for Saints’ Causes announced Jan.
13 that his office had established a
reference list of standard charges
for the process. Reporting the next
day on Cardinal Angelo Amato’s
announcement, the Vatican newspaper said it was a move “inspired
by a sense of sobriety and equity,
so there would no longer be a lack
of uniformity” in the costs borne
by different causes.
Jesuit Father Marc Lindeijer, vice postulator of sainthood
causes for his order, told Catholic
News Service Jan. 15 that if a cause
“is not too complicated” — for instance, if the candidate died hun-
dreds of years ago, making it impossible to interview eyewitnesses
— the normal cost of bringing the
candidate to beatification is about
50,000 euros — or just more than
$68,000 at current exchange rates
— including the cost of the ceremony.
U.S. Catholic officials traditionally have used $250,000 as a
benchmark for the cost of a cause
from the initial investigation on a
diocesan level to a canonization
Mass in St. Peter’s Square at the
Vatican.
Msgr. Greg Mustaciuolo,
chancellor of the Archdiocese of
New York and postulator of the
cause of Dorothy Day, co-founder
of the Catholic Worker movement, said the cause has “spent
almost as much as we’ve taken
in sending out information and
prayer cards.”
He and the others working on
the cause, mainly employees of the
archdiocesan Catholic Charities,
are not asking for a stipend, which
is just as well since the two largest groups of Catholics supporting
the cause tend not to have money
to donate.
“While they are totally supportive of the cause, they don’t
have any money,” Msgr. Mustaciuolo said.
Catholic Relief Service
Last year, $7 million was raised through Operation Rice Bowl to
support Catholic Relief Service’s mission to fight global hunger
and poverty.
Fighting hunger one
rice bowl at a time
By KIM POZNIAK
Catholic Relief Services
Every Lent, millions
of Catholics participate
in CRS Rice Bowl,
Catholic Relief Services’
annual Lenten program,
which begins on Ash
Wednesday.
Catholic
families,
parishes and schools
from more than 13,000
communities
use
symbolic cardboard “rice
bowls” as the focal point
of their prayer, fasting
and learning—and to
help people in poverty
around the world.
Participants in CRS
Rice Bowl make a small
sacrifice every week,
putting the change they
would have spent on
food into symbolic rice
bowls. That money goes
to support CRS’ mission
to fight global hunger
and poverty.
Helping people in
need through fasting
and almsgiving is a big
component of CRS Rice
Bowl, but the program
also
encourages
Catholics
to
help
others through prayer
and by learning about
the factors that cause
hunger.
Last
year,
participants raised more
than $7 million for CRS
Rice Bowl, 75 percent
of which is used to fund
projects in 40 countries.
The
remaining
25
percent stays in U.S.
dioceses to support
food pantries and soup
kitchens.
Operation
Rice
Bowl materials are free
of charge. To order or
for more information,
please
visit
www.
crsricebowl.org.
VATICAN CITY — There are
too many “defeated Christians” in
the church who do not fully believe
in the faith handed down to them
by way of tradition and who do
not completely trust in God, Pope
Francis said.
If Christians don’t believe and
live the faith as a victorious mover
of mountains, then “there is only
defeat, and the prince of the world
conquers the world,” the pope said
in his homily Jan. 10.
The pope focused his homily on
a reading from the First Letter of
John (5:5-13), in which the apostle
reminds Christians that there will
be eternal life for those who believe
in the name of the Son of God.
“Who indeed is the victor over
the world but the one who believes
that Jesus is the Son of God?” the
apostle asks.
Whoever remains in God and
in his love is victorious over the
world, the pope said, according to
a report by Vatican Radio.
“Our faith can do anything,” he
said.
Christians should remind themselves that faith in God is powerful
and that faith is what “conquers the
world,” because “many times we are
defeated Christians,” he said.
“The church is full of defeated
Christians who don’t believe in this,
that the faith is victorious,” he said.
A strong, victorious faith requires professing the faith with all
of one’s heart and trusting completely in God, the pope said.
“Faith is to profess God,” as is
done with the daily recitation of the
Nicene Creed, he said.
“I believe in one God, I believe
in Jesus, I believe ... But do I believe
in what I’m saying,” the pope asked
or are people just reciting from
memory, repeating what’s being
said “like parrots,” or saying it only
because it has to be recited?
“Or do I believe just some of it?”
he continued. “Profess the faith! All
of it!” he said, and protect the faith
in its entirety as it has been passed
down by way of tradition.
“We know how to ask things
of God, how to thank God, but to
worship God, praise God, that’s
something more,” he said.
“Only those who have this
strong faith are capable of adoration,” of worship, he said.
Comparing the intensity of
people’s ardor in worshipping God
to taking someone’s temperature,
the pope said, “I dare say that the
thermometer of the life of the
church is a bit low here.”
There are few people who have
the capacity to really worship “because, in professing the faith, we
aren’t convinced or we are only partially convinced,” he said.
Just as professing the faith allows people to worship and praise
God, putting themselves completely in God’s hands brings people real
hope, Pope Francis said.
“There are many Christians
with watered-down hope, not
strong, but weak” because “they
don’t have the courage to entrust
themselves to the Lord.”
But by professing the faith,
protecting it, entrusting oneself to
God, “we will be victorious Christians and this is the victory that
won over the world — our faith.”
NOTICIAS EN ESPAÑOL 11
Febrero 2014 - The Valley Catholic
Nuestra Catedral necesita de su ayuda
Fieles de la diócesis
llamados a visitar
Iglesia histórica
Por ROSE YBARRA
The Valley Catholic
BROWNSVILLE — Fue apreciada como la mejor iglesia en
Texas y el adorno del Valle del Río
Grande cuando fue bendecida el
12 de junio de 1859.
Más de 150 años después, la
Catedral Inmaculada Concepción
permanece como una de las iglesias más hermosas del estado y
una visita obligada para todos los
Católicos del Valle, dijo el Padre
Michael Amesse de los Misioneros Oblatos de María Inmaculada,
rector de la Catedral.
Pero este último año, la Catedral Inmaculada Concepción,
la iglesia madre de la Diócesis de
Brownsville, ha estado vacía, teniendo arreglos. Las vigas que
sostienen el techo del santuario de
155 años necesitaban ser reforzados.
“Si fuéramos a la iglesia ahorita, no verías nada nuevo, pero bajo
el óleo azul, las vigas estaban empezando a romperse,” dijo el Padre
Amesse. “Nos preocupaba que con
un fuerte viento, el techo se pudiera colapsar.”
Las reparaciones del techo casi
están terminadas y la próxima fase
es construir un nuevo altar para
la catedral, la cual sirve como la
iglesia hogar del obispo y un lugar
central de adoración.
Las colectas semanales de la
catedral no son suficientes para
mantener las operaciones diarias
de la iglesia y la nueva construcción. La parroquia del centro
es una de las más pequeñas de
Brownsville tanto en población y
territorio y la mayoría de los feligreses de la catedral son de clase
trabajadora, dijo el padre Amesse.
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Izquierda: La facada de la Catedral Inmaculada Concepción. Arriba: Padre Miguel
Amesse de los misioneros Oblatos de María Inmaculada señala en dónde será colocado
el nuevo altar.
Se les pide a los fieles de la
Diócesis de Brownsville que consideren ofrecer una donación a
este proyecto que se espera costará
alrededor de $55, 000.
“(Los fondos) tendrán que venir de las personas,” dijo el Padre
Amesse
Han sido más de 30 años desde
la última modificación al altar. Los
planes incluirán una nueva catedra
(silla) para el obispo y un altar arreglado. El tabernáculo que actualmente está al lado de la Iglesia,
será movido directamente atrás
del altar.
En 1849, el Obispo J.M Odin
de Galveston, cuya diócesis incluía
todo el estado de Texas, fue a Canadá buscando sacerdotes para su
vasto territorio, particularmente
para Brownsville, cuyos residen-
tes le habían pedido sacerdotes,
de acuerdo con información del
programa sesquicentenario de la
catedral en el 2009. En Canadá, el
Obispo Odin se reunió con varios
sacerdotes de los Misioneros Oblatos de María Inmaculada, una
orden religiosa que fue fundada
en Francia en 1826. Después de
escuchar al Obispo Odin leer algunas cartas de súplicas de los ciudadanos de Brownsville, el primer
grupo de Oblatos accedió a venir
al Valle del Río Grande.
El 2 de diciembre de 1846 cuatro sacerdotes Oblatos llegaron a
Puerto Isabel, el cual fue la base
de la Cuarta Artillería de Estados
Unidos. Los soldados acomodaron
a los sacerdotes y prepararon una
capilla temporal para su primer
Misa, la cual fue celebrada el 3 de
diciembre de 1849. Fue la primer
Misa santa celebrada por los sacerdotes Oblatos en Texas. La primer
Misa en Brownsville fue celebrada
cinco días después, en la fiesta de
la Inmaculada Concepción.
Teniendo a Brownsville como
su hogar base, los Oblatos evangelizaron el Valle, montando a caballo de pueblo en pueblo.
En el transcurso de los años,
las conversiones a la fe Católica
fueron tan numerosas que surgió
la necesidad de una iglesia más
grande. El Padre Pierre Y Keralum, quien había sido entrenado
como arquitecto en Francia antes
de volverse sacerdote, termino el
diseño y la construcción de la catedral. Fue bendecida y dedicada el
Domingo Pentecostal de 1859.
Se espera que la catedral sea reabierta en julio, después de que el
nuevo altar sea consagrado por el
obispo. Jóvenes adultos de la parroquia están siendo entrenados
para dar tours en la catedral para
que los visitantes puedan aprender
más sobre la historia de la Diócesis
y la histórica iglesia estilo gótico.
La catedral es incluida en el Registro Nacional de Lugares Históricos
y también es un Marcador Histórico de Texas.
Los adultos jóvenes también
están diseñando un panfleto para
pasar durante los tours y están
trabajando en adaptar los tours a
las audiencias, por ejemplo, ofreciendo tours en español y para
niños, para poder hacer los tours
informativos y educacionales para
todos.
“La catedral tiene una historia
hermosa y rica, una historia que
empieza en Francia de hecho,” dijo
Perla Hickson, una feligrés de la
Catedral Inmaculada Concepción
quien ayuda al Padre Amesse con
el grupo de jóvenes adultos. “Esperamos que los tours sean experiencias de aprendizaje e inspiración.
El Padre Amesse señaló que
muchos Católicos en el Valle,
incluso muchos Católicos de
Brownsville, no han estado dentro
de la catedral, incluso cuando es la
iglesia madre de la diócesis.
“Con algo de promoción, y
pronto, con los tours, esperamos
que muchos más tengan la oportunidad de apreciar su catedral,”
dijo él.
Para hacer una donación para
el nuevo altar, mande los cheques
a: Immaculate Conception Catheral, 1218 E. Jefferson St., Brownsville TX 78520.
Papa Francisco: La confianza en el Señor
es la clave del éxito en la vida
El papa reflexionó
sobre el Evangelio
de Juan 1:29
ACI Prensa
“Él nos da la paz, perdona
todo,” dijo el Papa Francisco
en su homilía el 19 de enero
en una parroquia romana,
donde confesó a cinco fieles y
celebró una Misa.
ACI Prensa/EWTN Noticias
EL VATICANO — El Papa
Francisco visitó el 19 de enero la
parroquia romana del Sagrado
Corazón de Jesús en la zona central
de Castro Pretorio. El Santo Padre
saludó a los fieles de la parroquia,
a niños bautizados en los últimos
meses junto a sus padres, parejas de
recién casados y jóvenes familias.
El Papa pudo conocer la
realidad de la zona al encontrar a
algunos vagabundos y personas
sin domicilio fijo que viven en
las proximidades de la Estación
Términi, la principal de Roma, y a
un grupo de refugiados a los que
dijo sentirse como en casa.
El Santo Padre confesó a cinco
fieles y luego celebró una Misa.
En su homilía, reflexionó sobre el
pasaje del Evangelio en el que Juan
bautiza a Jesús diciendo: “He aquí
el Cordero de Dios, que quita el
pecado del mundo”.
“Jesús es llamado el Cordero:
es el Cordero que quita el pecado
del mundo. Uno puede pensar:
¿Cómo puede un cordero débil
quitar todos los pecados, tantos
males? Con amor. Con suavidad.
Jesús nunca ha dejado de ser un
cordero: suave, amable, lleno de
amor, cerca de los pequeños, cerca
de los pobres… Ha tenido la fuerza
necesaria para tomar sobre sí todos
nuestros pecados”.
Alguno podría decir: Pero,
Padre, usted no conoce mi vida:
tengo uno que..., ni siquiera con un
camión se puede levantar. Muchas
veces, cuando miramos nuestra
conciencia, encontramos algunos
que son grandes. Pero Él los
carga. Él ha venido para esto: para
perdonar, para dar paz al mundo,
pero en primer lugar al corazón.
Tal vez alguno de nosotros tiene un
dolor en su corazón, tal vez tiene
un corazón oscuro, tal vez se sienta
un poco triste por una falla... Él ha
venido a quitar todo esto, Él nos da
la paz, perdona todo”.
“Muchas veces confiamos en un
médico: está bien hacerlo, porque
el médico está allí para curar;
tenemos confianza en una persona:
hermanos, hermanas, que nos
pueden ayudar. Está bien tener esta
confianza humana entre nosotros.
Pero nos olvidamos de la confianza
en el Señor: ésta es la clave del éxito
en la vida. ¡La confianza en el Señor,
encomendémonos al Señor!”
Y esta, concluyó, “es una apuesta
que tenemos que hacer: confiar
en Él, porque nunca decepciona.
¡Nunca, nunca! Escuchad bien,
chicos y chicas, que iniciáis la vida:
Jesús nunca decepciona”.
Al finalizar, el Papa encontró
a la comunidad salesiana, que
se encarga de la parroquia, al
párroco Valerio Baresi, S.D.B., y a
las hermanas Misioneras de Cristo
Resucitado. Por último, y antes de
volver al Vaticano, el Papa se detuvo
para hablar con los jóvenes de la
parroquia.
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NOTICIAS EN ESPAÑOL
» La Alegría de Vivir
Msgr. Juan
Nicolau
Pastor, Nuestra
Señora del
Perpetuo Socorro
¿Supervisión o
espionaje?
L
os padres de hoy en día
tienen en sus manos el
poder monitorear lo que sus
hijos ven en su computadora, en
los sitios de las diferentes redes
sociales, lo que envían por su celular, imágenes y textos, y hasta los
pueden localizar geográficamente
a través de la señal de su celular,
además de controlar los canales de
paga y los de contenido adulto en
su televisión.
La tecnología moderna permite
que se puedan hacer todas esas
cosas, sobre todo cuando son los
padres los que pagan por el uso y
acceso que tienen sus vástagos a
esa misma tecnología. Sin embargo esto no quiere decir que se deban convertir automáticamente en
espías de tiempo completo, pues no
les alcanzaría el tiempo para vivir
su vida si están siguiendo continuamente todas las actividades de sus
hijos, pero los padres deben estar
vigilantes, sobre todo si a cada día
se dan noticias relativas al arresto
de depredadores “en línea”, esto es,
personas adultas que se relacionan
a través del internet con pequeños
o jovencitos, generalmente haciéndose pasar como un amigo de su
edad, para luego comenzar a subir
de tono las conversaciones hasta
llegar a proponerles o insinuarles temas de contenido sexual, el
objetivo final de estos pervertidos
no es solo abusar de su confianza,
la intención de estos personajes es
tener acceso físico a su siguiente
víctima.
Es este último paso lo que ha
llevado a estos individuos a las
manos de las autoridades, pues así
como ellos mienten para atraer
victimas a sus redes de pornografía
infantil, también hay policías
haciéndose pasar por jovencitos
en los sitios de la internet están
muy atentos y vigilantes de dichos
depredadores sexuales, para
cuando ellos van al encuentro de
sus “victimas” poder arrestarlos ahí
mismo, es increíble que dichos individuos no puedan controlar sus
impulsos aun cuando saben muy
bien todo el daño que van a causar
a sus víctimas y el riesgo al que se
exponen ante la policía cibernética
que los está cazando.
Últimamente salió en las
noticias el caso de cinco adultos
arrestados aquí en nuestro Valle,
y entre los arrestados hay de todo:
adultos jóvenes, viejos, individuos
ya registrados como depredadores
y que gozaban de probatoria por
ofensas anteriores, y hasta un maestro de escuela.
Es de esperarse entonces que
los padres, con toda razón, quieran
saber de las actividades de sus hijos
en el internet, pero se enfrentan
con el mismo conflicto que se
encontraban los padres de antaño
al preguntarse si debían leer lo que
sus hijas escribían en sus diarios,
pues los padres desean demostrar
la confianza que le tienen a sus
hijos y dejarles claro que las cosas
privadas deben ser exactamente
eso: !privadas!, para que ellos aprendan a respetar esos límites que
» Por favor lea Alegría, p.15
The Valley Catholic - Febrero 2014
‘La adopción es un llamado’
Familia adopta
un huérfano de
Ucrania
Brenda
Nettles Riojas
Editora, The
Valley Catholic
Por ROSE YBARRA
The Valley Catholic
McALLEN – “Mi hijo,
Juan Pablo, siempre ha dicho,
‘Quiero un hermano pero no
quiero que lo tengas. Quiero
que adoptes a un hermano para
nosotros. Necesitamos darle a
un huérfano la oportunidad de
tener una familia,’” dijo Marisela
Hernández, una residente de
McAllen. Además de Juan Pablo,
8, ella y su esposo Luis tienen dos
hijas, Ariana, 6 y Anais, 4.
Lo que Juan Pablo no sabía es
que sus padres habían discutido
adoptar a un niño “algún día”
por años.
“La adopción es un llamado
que mi esposo y yo habíamos
escuchado,” dijo la Sra.
Hernández.
La pareja vio la petición sin
provocación sobre adoptar un
hermano como confirmación de
que Dios los llamaba a adoptar.
Después de poner el asunto
en oración, los Hernández
empezaron el proceso de
adopción.
Un niño de siete años de
Ucrania llamado Samuel está
programado para reunirse con
la familia Hernández en febrero.
Samuel vive en un orfanato
con más de 60 niños. El
alimento y el cuidado básico son
provistos para los niños pero
el presupuesto del orfanato es
muy limitado y no permite ni un
mínimo lujo.
Juan Pablo, un estudiante
de la escuela Our Lady of
Sorrows en McAllen, decidió
Aprendiendo
a alzar la voz
Cortesía
Marisela Hernández con su hijo adoptado de Ucrania llamado Samuel. El niño, de 7
años, está programado para reunirse con la familia Hernández en febrero.
hacer pulseras tejidas con hule y
venderlas para recolectar dinero
para el orfanato. Él y su madre
reclutaron la ayuda de otros
cinco estudiantes y sus madres
para hacer pulseras extras
después de que el primer bonche
se vendió con rapidez
Juan Pablo recaudó más de
$2,600 en menos de dos semanas.
“Samuel viene a vivir con
nosotros pero quería que los
niños que se van a quedar
también estuvieran contentos,”
dijo Juan Pablo.
La familia Hernández viajó
a Ucrania durante los días
de navidad y entregaron la
donación en persona. También
pasaron tiempo conociendo a
Samuel.
“Él se está acercando a
nosotros poco a poco,” dijo Luis
Hernández. “Él ha sido criado
en un medio institucional así
que no sabe lo que es interactuar
con nadie excepto por sus
cuidadoras – todas mujeres – y
otros niños. Le tomará tiempo
adaptarse, pero a largo plazo será
algo bueno para él.”
La familia Hernández espera
que al compartir su historia, más
familias, especialmente familias
Católicas, considerarán adoptar.
“Como Católicos, somos
pro-familia y pro-vida, sin
embargo la mayoría de las otras
parejas que hemos conocido que
están adoptando son Cristianos
sin denominación,” dijo Marisela
Hernández.
La
familia
Hernández
también está promoviendo un
programa de alojamiento a
huérfanos, llamado Proyecto
143, el cual contacta huérfanos
con familias estadounidenses.
Los huérfanos viven con las
familias de cuatro a ocho
semanas durante el verano.
El número 143 representa a
los 143 millones de huérfanos
alrededor del mundo.
“Cerca del 70 porciento de
los niños que participan en el
programa son adoptados,” dijo
Maricela Hernández, quien
espera que las familias del Valle
del Río Grande abran sus casas a
un huérfano este verano.
Para contactar a la familia
Hernández sobre alojar a un
huérfano, por favor envíe un
correo a [email protected]
com.
Se presentan los mariachis
Basílica organiza
concierto anual
The Valley Catholic
SAN JUAN – La Basílica de
Nuestra Señora de San Juan del
Valle Santuario-Nacional está
organizando su tercer concierto
anual de Mariachi, presentando
su propio mariachi profesional,
bandas de mariachis de las
secundarias y preparatorias
locales además de grupos locales
profesionales.
El primer concierto está
programado para las 7 p.m el
viernes 21 de febrero, e incluirá
actuaciones
del
Mariachi
Nuevas Raíces de la preparatoria
Hidalgo, Mariachi Los Lobos
de la preparatoria Palmview y
un grupo de mujeres Mariachi
Femenil Las Mariposas y el
Mariachi de la Basílica.
El segundo concierto está
programado para las 7 p.m. el
viernes 7 de marzo y presentará
al Mariachi Nuevo Santander
de la preparatoria de Roma,
Mariachi Juvenil de América
de la secundaria Veterans en
Rio Grande City, el mariachi
»Mujeres en la frontera
profesional Rey Azteca de Pharr
y el Mariachi de la Basílica.
La Hermana Rose Carmel
Garay de las Misioneras
Catequistas de la Divina
Providencia,
directora
de
promoción de peregrinajes de la
basílica, dijo que los conciertos
son unos de los eventos más
anticipados en la basílica,
atrayendo a multitudes en
autobuses.
“Estos
jóvenes
son
fantásticos,” dijo ella, “Es
impresionante ver a estas
pequeñas niñas con fuertes,
grandes, y melódicas voces y a
estos jóvenes músicos con un
talento tan inmenso.”
Eloy Garza, director del
programa de mariachi del
distrito independiente de Roma,
dijo que los conciertos son
experiencias
extraordinarias
para los estudiantes.
“Es un honor abrir seguido
por el mariachi profesional de
la basílica,” dijo Garza. “Los
estudiantes también disfrutan de
la reacción positiva del público.
Nos divertimos mucho.”
Garza dijo que la mayoría
de sus estudiantes son Católicos
y han expresado que es una
bendición el poder presentarse
en la basílica.
“En las escuelas públicas,
no podemos promover la
religión, pero los estudiantes
han compartido con migo que
tienen mucha fe,” dijo Garza,
quien asiste a Misa en la Iglesia
Holy Family Mission en Los
Saenz. “Ellos saben que la única
forma de triunfar en la vida es
con Dios.”
La Hermana Garay dijo que
los conciertos atraen a muchos
Winter Texans y a familias.
“Los
Winter
Texans
disfrutan mucho de la música
pero yo creo que lo que
en realidad conmueve sus
corazones es ver que la basílica
está llena de familias y ese es un
testimonio de unión familiar,”
dijo ella. “Pienso que mientras
mantengamos a las familias
unidas, la Iglesia está unida y
nuestros jóvenes tienen mayor
oportunidad de triunfar en
la vida si tienen a Dios en sus
vidas.”
Los boletos para cada
concierto tendran un costo de
$5. Para mayor información y
compra de boletos, comunicarse
a la Basílica al (956) 787-0033.
“Abro mi boca, y mis palabras
tiemblan.” Esta línea de mi poema
“Corazón Bilingüe” ofrece un
vistazo hacia el esfuerzo por hablar
solamente en un idioma. Sin
embargo, la “negociación de esta
lengua enredada,” corre más profundo y va más allá del lenguaje.
Está al margen de la frontera de
una indecisión por hablar en
absoluto.
Algunas veces es más fácil
guardar silencio. ¿Cuántas veces
hemos evitado hacer una pregunta
por temor a que sea una confesión
de nuestra ignorancia? ¿O cuantas
veces nos hemos quedado callados
sabiendo que nuestra opinión
iba en contra de aquellas antes de
nosotros y no quisimos empezar
un debate, o peor, porque pensamos que lo que teníamos que decir
no era importante? ¿Cuántas veces
hemos dejado una conversación
deseando haber dicho más?
Condoleezza Rice, quien sirvió
como la Secretaria de Estado
número 66 de Estados Unidos,
reconoció en un ensayo que
aprender a alzar la voz le tomó
práctica y se convirtió en una
fuente importante de crecimiento
en su carrera.
Si vamos a hablar por nosotros
mismos, primero debemos de
aprender a levantar la voz, a dar
voz a nuestros pensamientos, compartir nuestras historias, nuestros
testimonios.
Yo como escritora, encontré seguridad enfocándome en mi papel
como periodista, es más fácil escribir como reportera, presentando
solamente los hechos desprovistos
de mi opinión personal. Revelarse
a sí mismo en una página toma
riesgo. Por años, antes de haber
leído mi poesía en público, guardé
mi trabajo en las páginas de libretas. Recientemente fue que empecé
a escribir una columna para el
periódico The Valley Catholic que
iniciamos en Junio del 2009. La
mayoría de los editores escriben
una columna de editor. Yo evité
escribir una hasta hoy.
A través de los años he
empezado a descifrar las ataduras relacionadas con mi propia
inclinación hacia mantenerme callada y al margen. Esto se deslinda
del lenguaje, la cultura y la huella
de una disposición tímida, un
miedo a la opinión de otros, y una
tendencia hacia la precaución y
duda hacia mi persona. Mi madre
me enseñó a ser respetuosa hacia
los mayores y las personas a cargo.
Mi padre y sus expectativas de perfección me enseñaron a cuestionar
mi aptitud, a ser extremadamente
cuidadosa en mi trabajo.
Algunas razones de mi lengua
cuidadosa, he venido a comprender, están relacionadas con mis
propios esfuerzos de aculturación,
un tema que requiere más espacio
del que ésta columna permite y
más exploración. Pero ahora entiendo cómo un acontecimiento en
la primaria, quizá el tercer o cuarto
grado, dejó una impresión que
influyó mi dirección y ocasionó
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Febrero 2014 - The Valley Catholic
¿Apariciones auténticas?
Comisión de estudio
entrega informe final
sobre Medjugorje
ACI Prensa/EWTN Noticias
EL VATICANO – El director
de la Oficina de Prensa de la Santa
Sede, Padre Federico Lombardi
informó que este 17 de enero, se
llevó a cabo la última reunión
de la Comisión Internacional de
investigación sobre Medjugorje,
establecida por la Congregación
para la Doctrina de la Fe en marzo
de 2010, bajo la presidencia del
Cardenal Camillo Ruini.
Según informó la agencia
AICA, la Comisión concluyó su
labor y el resultado del estudio
se someterá a las instancias
competentes de la misma
Congregación en el Vaticano.
En su momento, la Santa Sede
dio a conocer en un comunicado
el inicio de la actividad de esta
comisión, que se constituyó el 17
de marzo de 2010.
“La Comisión Internacional
de investigación sobre Medjugorje
se reunió por primera vez el 26
de marzo de 2010 y como ya ha
sido anunciado, el trabajo de
la Comisión se desarrollará en
rigurosa reserva. Las conclusiones
serán presentadas a las instancias
de la Congregación para la
Doctrina de la Fe”, explicó la
comunicación.
El informe final es el resultado
de casi cuatro años de trabajo por
un equipo formado por teólogos,
médicos, psicólogos, mariólogos y
líderes de la Iglesia bosnia y croata,
encabezados por el Cardenal
Camillo Ruini, quien en marzo
de 2010 recibió el encargo de
Benedicto XVI de crear un equipo
de trabajo para aclarar los sucesos
del pequeño pueblo de BosniaHerzegovina, en el que según seis
de sus habitantes, la Virgen María
se aparece desde 1981, dando una
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que dudará de mí y convirtió en
silencio mis palabras.
Una compañera quiso
ayudarme a sonar “menos mexicana.” Ella me señaló mi acento
mexicano, particularmente con
ciertas palabras. No recuerdo
las palabras, pero recuerdo que
quería que practicara mi pronunciación con ella para que no
sonara mexicana. Así que a esa
temprana edad empecé a censurar
mi lengua mexicana mientras me
asimilaba al inglés de mi padre. Se
necesitó la muerte de mi madre
para que me diera cuenta de la
pérdida, la pérdida de su voz de la
mano con la mía.
En ese entonces, no tenía idea
cómo ese incidente había empezado a cuartear mi seguridad.
Pero Dios intervino a lo largo
del camino y me sigue ayudando
aprender cada día a alzar la voz
cuando se necesita. El Evangelio
nos dice, “… no se preocupen por
lo que van a decir, ni cómo han
de hablar. Llegado el momento, se
Ante Perkovic/ACI Prensa
Estatua de la Reina de la Paz y la Iglesia de Medjugorje.
serie de mensajes con diferentes
destinatarios: los propios videntes,
la parroquia de Medjugorje, la
Iglesia y la Humanidad.
El trabajo de la Comisión
incluyó entrevistas personales y
exámenes médicos con los seis
supuestos videntes de Medjugorje,
quienes se presentaron por
separado a Roma durante el
estudio, así como con otras
personas cercanas a la historia,
como el P. Jozo Zovko.
Según diferentes fuentes, el
estudio de la Comisión terminó
hace más de un año. Sin embargo,
una serie de acontecimientos no
previstos, como la renuncia del
Papa Benedicto XVI y el cónclave
consiguiente del que salió elegido
el Papa Francisco, vieron como
este y tantos otros asuntos en la
Santa Sede quedaron parados
hasta que la nueva Curia de la
Iglesia fue retomando sus tareas.
Medjugorje es una pequeña
aldea de Bosnia-Herzegovina que
se ha convertido en un lugar al que
millones de personas peregrinan
atraídos por las apariciones de
la Virgen María que dicen tener
seis videntes. A finales del mes de
junio de 1981, un grupo de chicos
y chicas (Mirjana Dragicevic
Soldo, Ivanka Ivankovic-Elez,
Marija Pavlovic Lunetti, Vicka
Ivankovic, Ivan Dragicevic y Jakov
Colo) afirmaron que habían visto
a una hermosa joven y que ésta
les confiaba mensajes. Desde
entonces, según los protagonistas,
las apariciones se han ido
repitiendo hasta el día de hoy.
Mientras se conoce la decisión
que el Papa Francisco pueda tomar
sobre este asunto, para la cual tiene
total autonomía y ningún límite
de tiempo determinado, se sigue
aplicando el pronunciamiento
oficial de los Obispos de la antigua
Yugoslavia, en 1991.
De esta manera lo recordó
en noviembre de 2013 el recién
elegido Cardenal Gerhard Müller,
Prefecto de la Congregación
para la Doctrina de la Fe, a los
obispos de los Estados Unidos,
en una comunicación efectuada
al Nuncio Apostólico en ese país,
Mons. Carlo María Viganó. Según
la carta enviada a las diócesis
norteamericanas
por
Mons.
Viganò, “los clérigos y los fieles
no están autorizados a participar
en reuniones, conferencias o
celebraciones públicas durante las
cuales se den por supuestas las
apariciones de Medjugorje”.
les comunicará lo que tengan que
decir. Pues no serán ustedes los
que hablarán, sino el Espíritu de
su Padre el que hablará en ustedes
(Mateo 10:19-20).”
El Padre Jacques Philippe, en
su libro Searching for and Maintaining Peace: A Small Treatise
on Peace of Heart, nos recuerda,
“No podemos experimentar este
apoyo de Dios a menos que le
demos el espacio necesario en el
cual él se pueda expresar.”
El escribe, “Permitámonos,
entonces, aprender a abandonarnos, tener total confianza en Dios,
en las cosas grandes y las pequeñas.”
Mientras continuo sobrepasando las ataduras impuestas en
mí misma por años, encuentro
inspiración en los Santos y beatos
de la Iglesia – Santa Teresa de
Ávila, Santa Catalina de Siena,
Santa Gertrudis la Grande, Santa
Hidelgarda de Bingen, la Beata
Madre Teresa de Calcuta y tantas
más.
Santa Catalina de Siena, una
de los Doctores de la Iglesia, en
una de sus cartas aconseja, “Exclama con cien mil lenguas.” Con
las agresiones actuales a la liber-
tad religiosa, debemos encontrar
el valor para alzar la voz y “hacer
ruido”, como el Papa Francisco
incitó a hacer a los jóvenes adultos durante el Día Mundial de la
Juventud 2013.
Cada una de estas mujeres
centraron su vida en Cristo y la
Iglesia. Modelos de fe, oración y
acción, estas santas nos enseñan
con su ejemplo que no hay espacio para la timidez.
Podemos escoger ejemplos
de mujeres modernas en nuestras
comunidades que alzan la voz, no
solamente con sus palabras pero
con sus acciones.
El fallecido filosofo Católico
Dietrich von Hildebrand habló
sobre el apostolado del “ser.”
Hablamos a través de nuestras
acciones no solamente nuestras
palabras.
Necesitamos confiar en que
el Señor nos guiará sobre cuándo
hablar y cuándo guardar silencio,
y que él nos dará la gracia y el
valor de seguir de acuerdo a su
voluntad.
Como San Pablo escuchó
en una visión, “No temas. Sigue
predicando y no te calles. Yo estoy
contigo. (Hechos 18:9-10).”
»Vida Familiar
La crianza es amor en acción
L
a crianza ha sido una de
mis dichas más grandes en
la vida. Mi esposo Mauri y
yo estuvimos casados por 11 años
antes de adoptar a nuestra hija y
estábamos ansiosos por compartir el amor que nos teníamos con
uno o más hijos. ¡Mauri dice a
menudo que fuimos los padres
perfectos hasta que nos convertimos en padres! Yo pensaba
frecuentemente que la crianza se
trataba de “enseñar” a los niños
y en seguida me di cuenta que
se trataba más de “aprender” y
“amar”: aprender el “amor entregado” como Jesús nos mostró.
Aprendí que la crianza es amor
en acción.
Una de las lecciones que he
aprendido de mi hija es que las
relaciones humanas importantes
tienen “descripción laboral” de
cierto modo. Cuando ella tenía
cinco o seis años me preguntó en
una ocasión: “Mamá, ¿Por qué
siempre me tienes que decir qué
debo hacer?” Y yo le respondí,
“porque está en mi descripción
laboral. Soy una madre.” Ella
respondió preguntando “¿Pero
quien hizo la descripción laboral,
tu o Dios?” a lo cual respondí,
“de hecho, los dos.” Pasaron unos
días y ella hizo una travesura, y
después me dijo, “¡Mami, está en
mi descripción laboral, soy una
niña!”
Hace varios años escribí una
“Descripción Laboral de Padres”
que en mi libro es simplemente
un recordatorio de algunas de
las muchas, muchas maravillosas
responsabilidades que tenemos
como padres.
TÍTULO: Padre Cristiano
Católico SUPERVISOR: Dios
PROPÓSITO : … para crear una
comunidad de amor, para ayudarse mutuamente a crecer, y a
servir a los necesitados… no sólo
para la santificación personal,
sino también para fortalecer a la
sociedad y a nuestra iglesia. Es
participar en la labor de Dios y
compartir la misión de la iglesia.
Es algo sagrado. Sigan el camino
del amor: Un Mensaje pastoral
de los obispos católicos de los
E.E.U.U. a las familias, noviembre. 1993
RESPONSABILIDADES GENERALES: Desarrollar las CUATRO TAREAS ESPECÍFICAS
DE LA FAMILIA conforme a la
exhortación apostólica Familiaris
Consortio por Papa Juan Pablo
II. Para formar a una comunidad íntima de personas. Servir
físicamente y espiritualmente…
Participar en el desarrollo de la
sociedad… Compartir la vida y la
misión de la iglesia…
ESPECÍFICAS: A: Acéptense
uno al otro, Afirmen a los demás,
Alaben a Dios. B: Sean bondadosos. C: Crean el uno en el otro,
enseñen Consecuencias y alternativas, sean Constantes, Celebren
días especiales y días ordinarios,
no engendren Culpabilidad,
Conozcan a sus amigos, Tomen
tiempo de Calidad. D.
Disciplinen como Discípulos, Defiéndanse mutuamente, proporcionen
una lista de Deberes, sean “Detectives”: alaben y den recompensa por el buen comportamiento.
E: enseñen Empatía, ayuden a
desarrollar hábitos Emocionales
que sean saludables, Esperen lo
mejor, enseñen a Economizar el
dinero, no sean Espías, tengan
Expectativas realistas, afirmen
Lydia Pesina
Directora, Oficina
de Vida Familiar
la Esperanza en el futuro. F:
Ayuden a desarrollar buena salud
Física. G: Esperen Grandeza,
sean Generosos, den Gracias a
Dios diariamente. H: No Hablen
demasiado, inculquen Honradez.
I: Vivan con Integridad, Ámense
Incondicionalmente. J: Enseñen
el respeto por la Jerarquía de la
autoridad, sean Justos y enseñen
Justicia. L: Sean Leales. M: Vivan
y enseñen Moralidad, ayuden a
desarrollar hábitos Mentales que
sean sanos. Sean buenos Modelos
de buenos Modales. N: No hagan
comentarios Negativos, den
consecuencias lógicas y Naturales. O: Proporcionen Orden y
estructura, vivan con Obediencia,
den Oportunidades para tener
opciones y encontrar alternativas. P: Exploren el uso apropiado del Poder en el conflicto,
proporcionen una base segura de
Protección, ayuden a los hijos a
Prepararse para el “mundo verdadero”, sean pacientes, ayuden
a apreciar Privilegios, castigo:
Pérdida de Privilegios, Perdone
frecuentemente. R: “Rueguen
sin cesar” I Tesalonicenses 5:17,
demuestren Responsabilidad,
ayuden a determinar Riesgos,
desarrollen una buena Relación
con sus hijos, enseñen Respeto
hacia aquellos en autoridad, para
sí mismos, y para la propiedad
de otros, desarrollen Rituales,
determinen Reglas claras y
constantes, den Recompensa apropiadas, Radiografíe sus almas.
S: Sirvan a Dios, a la familia, y a
los necesitados, enseñen sobre
lo Sagrado de la sexualidad. T:
Compartan Tiempo, Talento
y Tesoro. V: Sean Vigilantes,
demuestren constancia en los
Valores, no amenacen con Violencia. Y: Yo soy la única persona
que puede cambiar: mi rol es el
de educar a mis hijos y seguir
creciendo personalmente con la
ayuda de Dios.
ENTRENAMIENTO Y LA
PREPARACIÓN NECESARIA:
Lean todo lo posible sobre ser
padres de familia. Recen diariamente. Sigan las guías bíblicas:
(ex. I Corintios 13:4 - 8a) “El
amor es paciente, y muestra comprensión. El amor no tiene celos,
no aparenta ni se infla. No actúa
con bajeza ni busca su propio
interés, no se deja llevar por la
ira y olvida lo malo. No se alegra
de lo injusto, sino que se goza
con la verdad. Perdura a pesar de
todo, lo cree todo, lo espera todo
y lo soporta todo. El amor nunca
pasará.”
EVALUACIÓN: Recen diariamente para que Dios los ayude a
discernir cómo estamos educando a nuestros hijos.
Un filósofo dictó que “un profeta no es llamado al éxito, sino a
la fidelidad.” Como padres de familia somos llamados a ser fieles
a nuestro papel como padres, sin
esperar el éxito: y lo demás lo
dejamos al Espíritu Santo.
DURACIÓN DEL COMPROMISO: 24/7 por siempre y
para siempre amen.
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Marriage
continued from pg. 1
continue to build their marriages
throughout their lifetime.”
A testament to lasting love is
retired Texas Supreme Court Justice Raul A. Gonzalez and his wife,
Dora, who celebrated 50 years of
marriage on Dec. 22, 2013.
The Weslaco natives, who now
live in Austin, were present at the
20th Annual Red Mass and Banquet in October 2013 at St. Joseph
Parish in Edinburg, where Justice
Gonzalez served as the keynote
speaker. He spoke about his humble upbringing in the Rio Grande
Valley and about the Sacrament of
Marriage.
Justice Gonzalez, who served
14 years as a Texas Supreme Court
Justice, was the first Latino to win a
statewide race in Texas and the first
to serve on the high court.
“Raul and his wonderful wife,
Dora, however, would probably
prefer to be known less for his place
in government’s history books and
Cathedral
continued from pg. 3
It has been more than 30 years
since any modifications have been
made to the altar. The plans will include a new cathedra (chair) for the
bishop and a fixed altar. The tabernacle, which is currently on the
side of the church, will be moved
directly behind the altar.
In 1849, Bishop J.M. Odin of
Galveston, whose diocese included the entire State of Texas, went
to Canada in search of priests for
his vast territory, particularly for
Brownsville, whose residents had
petitioned him for priests, ac-
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more for their combined love of the
Church,” said Judge Rose Guerra
Reyna, who served as master of
ceremonies at the banquet.
“We know that the Gonzalezes
have served the Catholic Church
very faithfully for decades as ambassadors for Christian marriage
through their role with the international Marriage Encounter ministry,” Judge Reyna added. “Their
lives bear witness to the centrality
of marriage of God’s plan for man.
They serve as excellent role models
for all of us during these very turbulent times.”
The son of immigrant parents
from Mexico, Justice Gonzalez
spent his childhood as a migrant
farmworker, harvesting crops from
the time he was about five or sixyears old. As a child, he was a very
devout Catholic. He attended Catholic school and was an altar server.
Justice and Mrs. Gonzalez met
in the fourth grade at St. Joan of
Arc Catholic School in Weslaco.
“We were just friends and did
not start dating until about three
years after graduating from high
school,” Justice Gonzalez said.
“It was not love at first sight; our
friendship evolved into a loving
relationship when we were in college. I was at the University of Texas
in Austin and she was at Our Lady
of the Lake University in San Antonio.”
While attending college, however, Justice Gonzalez met people
of different faiths and beliefs and
strayed from his Catholic roots.
“The atheists and agnostics had
the better of the argument, or so I
thought at the time,” he said. “I was
lost.”
The couple married in Catholic ceremony and Justice Gonzalez
earned a law degree from the University of Houston.
Justice Gonzalez joined a prestigious law firm and was on top of
the world. He was a very successful lawyer and was “making more
money than I had ever made.”
“I had a nice house, nice furniture, a condo at South Padre Island,
two luxury cars and money in my
pocket,” he said. “And I resented the
fact that Dora would say, ‘we don’t
talk to each other like we used to,
we don’t spend time together like
we used to.’”
The couple attended a Marriage
Encounter weekend in June 1973
at the retreat house in San Juan.
Justice Gonzalez admits he went
reluctantly.
“Dora had heard that they
taught a technique of communication and wanted for us to attend
right away,” he said. “She wanted us
to learn how to communicate better. I did not think we needed it and
I judged that we were a ‘normal’
couple and that we had a better relationship than any of our friends.
I canceled twice and attended the
weekend on our third try.
“As we’ve said, the weekend was
a life-changing experience for us.
I found out that I was married to
my career and that I was neglecting our marriage. I learned that our
marriage was like a garden, which
needed tender loving care and for
the first time in my life, I experienced the love of God through Dora’s love for me. I was an agnostic
when we attended our weekend. I
was a successful lawyer and judged
that I did not need God.”
“The weekend had a profound
impact on our marriage,” Mrs.
Gonzalez added. “I discovered that
the stagnation in our marriage was
not all Raul’s fault and that I too
was responsible for the health and
vitality of our marriage. It became
clear to us that we were called to
love each other, warts and all, to
love each other when we do not
think that the other person is so
loveable, to love when we don’t feel
like it – when we are angry.”
After the retreat, the couple
joined a Bible study group and became active in their parish and in
marriage ministry.
Justice and Mrs. Gonzalez have
four children, Celeste, 46; Brother
Ignacio, 45, who is Benedictine
monk at St. Anselm’s Abbey in
Washington, D.C.; Marco Antonio,
44 and Sonia, 41. They have six
granddaughters and a grandson on
the way.
“No marriage is perfect and
good marriage takes effort,” Justice
and Mrs. Gonzalez said in a joint
statement to The Valley Catholic.
“Forgiveness and a sense of humor
are also important elements for a
good marriage.”
cording to information from the
cathedral’s sesquicentennial program from 2009. While in Canada,
Bishop Odin met several priests
of the Missionary Oblates of Mary
Immaculate, a religious order that
was founded in France in 1826. After hearing Bishop Odin read some
pleading letters from Brownsville
citizens, the first group of Oblates
agreed to come to the Rio Grande
Valley.
On Dec. 2, 1849 four Oblate
priests arrived in Port Isabel, which
was the base of the Fourth United
States Artillery. The soldiers accommodated the priests and prepared a temporary chapel for their
first Mass, which was celebrated
on Dec. 3, 1849. It was the first
holy Mass celebrated by the Oblate priests in Texas. The first Mass
in Brownsville was celebrated five
days later, on the feast of the Immaculate Conception.
With Brownsville as their home
base, the Oblates evangelized the
Valley, riding from town to town
on horseback.
In the course of a few years,
conversions to the Catholic faith
were so numerous that the need for
a large church arose. Father Pierre
Y. Keralum, who had been trained
as an architect in France before becoming a priest, completed the design and construction of the cathedral. It was blessed and dedicated
on Pentecost Sunday of 1859.
The cathedral is expected to re-
open in July after the new altar is
consecrated by the bishop. Young
adults from the parish are being
trained to give tours of the cathedral so that visitors may learn more
about history of the diocese and the
historical Gothic Revival church.
The cathedral is included in the
National Register of Historic Places
and also bears a Texas Historical
Marker.
The young adults are also developing a pamphlet to hand out
during the tours and are working
to tailor the tours to the audience,
for example, by offering the tours in
Spanish and for children, in order
to make the tours informative and
educational for all.
“The cathedral has a beautiful,
rich history, a story that begins in
France really,” said Perla Hickson,
a parishioner of the Immaculate
Conception Cathedral who assists
Father Amesse with the young
adult group.
Father Amesse noted that many
Catholics in the Valley, even many
Catholics from Brownsville, haven’t
been inside the cathedral, even
though it is the mother church of
the diocese.
“With some promotion and
soon, with the tours, we hope many
more will have the opportunity to
experience their cathedral,” he said.
To make a donation for the new
altar, send checks to: Immaculate
Conception Cathedral,1218 E. Jefferson St., Brownsville TX 78520
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February 2014 - The Valley Catholic
»Media Resource Center
» Calendar of Events
Recommended by SISTER MAUREEN CROSBY, SSD
Coordinator of the Media Resource Center - Diocese of Brownsville
Knowing Mary
through The
Bible
A Catholic
Action
Adventure PC
Video Game
February
»From the Bookshelf
»Worth Watching
Saints and
Other Friends
Of God
The
Spirituality
of The Twelve
Steps For
Everyone
1
Believe and Be Free
(OLS KC Youth Conference)
1 Continuing Ed Session - Eng
(Family Life Office)
2 Continuing Ed Session - Sp
(Family Life Office)
2 Scout Sunday
(Youth Ministry)
Format:Computer or video games/
software
Production: Third Day Games
Recommended: Ages 6 & Up
The facts: It’s fast and furious
action for Zack and Mary Martha.
Help them as they travel through
adventurous Gospel stories using
power-ups and ancient tools to
perform works of mercy, solve
problems, and outwit menacing
adversaries.
Adventures from the Gospel of
Luke.
Family
continued from pg. 5
Church, faith in the sacramentality of marriage and the healing power of the Sacrament of
Penance show signs of weakness
or total abandonment.” (Pastoral Challenges to the Family in
the Context of Evangelization,
Preparatory Document, I).
The preparatory document
for the Third Extraordinary
General Assembly on “Pastoral
Challenges to the Family in the
Context of Evangelization” is
available online at the Vatican
website; www.vatican.va (under
Roman Curia, Synod Bishops).
Format:4 Disc Set
Production:EWTN 2007
Original Story by: Ted Sri
Length:30 minutes
The facts:Saint Cyril of Alexandria
called * Mary, the most precious
creature in the whole world*, an
*inextinguishable lamp* because
from her came forth *the Son of
Justice.* Among the many topics
covered are Mary’s Queenship,
her vocation as Mother of God,
her relationship to the Ark of the
Covenant, and much more.
Bishop Daniel E. Flores in
consultation with the Diocesan
Pastoral Council, which is made
up of laity, religious and clergy,
along with the Office of Family
Life, which surveyed the laity,
deacons and priests through
its various programs, submitted input from our diocese and
forwarded to the Holy See in
early January.
Let us pray that the Holy
Spirit may guide the work of the
Extraordinary Synod in order
that the Catholic Church whose
purpose is to proclaim the
Gospel to the ends of the earth,
may do so in the context of the
pastoral challenges facing the
family and marriage today.
Bishop Emeritus Raymundo J. Peña’s
Feb. 8
11 a.m.
Youth Retreat Confessions at St. Paul’s
Mission
Feb. 12
6 p.m.
Ministry @ Evins Juvenile Center
Edinburg
Feb. 22
5 p.m.
Comunidad AMA Anniversary Celebration
Brownsville
On going:
Monday - Friday
8 a.m. & 4 p.m.
Mass at St. Joseph Chapel of
Perpetual Adoration
727 Bowie St., Alamo
Every Tuesday at UTPA
12 p.m. – Mass
2 p.m. – Counseling
5 p.m. – Adoration
Every Sunday atUTPA
6 p.m. – Confessions
7 p.m. – Mass
1st: Vocations to the Consecrated
Life (active and contemplative) and
for the Sisters and Brothers in our
diocese and the success of their
mission
2nd: Vocations to the Permanent
Diaconate the deacons (permanent
and transitional) of the diocese and
their families
3rd : Vocation to Married Life: for
the welfare and sanctification of all
the families in the diocese and for
building up the Kingdom in our
domestic churches
4th: Vocations to the priesthood
and the priests of the diocese for the
success of their ministry
5th: Vocations to the Pro-Life
Intentions
Format: Audio Cassette
Length:6 Cassettes 24 - 15 minute
segments
Publication: Pauline Books and
Media 1987
The facts: Meet 24 Christian
heroes! Some who lived as early
as the first years of Christianity and
others who lived in the Twentieth
Century. What was it in the lives
of these ordinary people that made
them heroic followers of Christ_
St. Therese of Lisieux, St. Rita, St.
Thomas More, St. Helen, St. Juan
Diego, Fr. Flanagan and many
others.
La Posada
continued from pg. 3
director of La Posada Providencia.
“Feeding dozens of people breakfast, lunch and dinner day in and
day out doesn’t come cheap.”
On the day of The Valley Catholic’s visit to the shelter, there were
17 clients from nine different countries staying there, a small number these days, according to Sister
Telkamp.
“We can actually breathe,” she
said.
Sister Telkamp said the shelter,
which is sponsored by the Sisters of
Divine Providence and subsidized
with grants and donations, served
272 clients in December alone.
Sister Telkamp receives calls
about immigrants needing a place
to stay at all hours of the day and
night.
“We recently picked up 19
women from the bus station who
were going on the next day to their
relatives and so we cleared out the
dining room, rolled away the tables
and stacked the chairs,” she said.
That call came in late at night.
La Posada Providencia’s story
begins in 1985, when one of the
Sisters of Divine Providence was
in ministry at Proyecto Libertad
in Harlingen, an organization that
assisted refugees, asylees and immigrants with their paperwork to
obtain legal status in the U.S.
“They had people asking if they
could sleep outside on the porch
because they had no money and
nowhere else to go,” Sister Telkamp
said. “We knew we really needed a
house of hospitality.”
In November of 1989, the Sisters of Divine Providence rented a
large house in San Benito and La
Posada Providencia was born.
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debe haber entre sus cosas y las de
los demás miembros de la familia,
pero los padres de hoy en día saben
del peligro del uso de drogas y alcohol a unas edades tan tempranas
como los diez u once años, y las
noticias les dejan claro la magnitud
de las redes de pornografía, y de las
técnicas utilizadas por los depre-
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Sister Telkamp, who was living in St. Louis, visited La Posada
Providence for the first time in the
summer of 1990. She volunteered
to spend two weeks at the shelter to
relieve the Sister who was the director at the time.
She talked about how much the
shelter has evolved since its inception.
“We had about five or six clients
and we all lived in the same house,”
Sister Telkamp said. “The men were
in one bedroom and the women
were in another and we shared the
same bathroom.
“This is the Hilton, compared to
what we had back then,” she joked.
Today, La Posada Providencia
sits on 10 acres and consists of four
buildings: a house for women and
children; a men’s dorm; a building
that serves as a common area for
meals and activities; and a portable
building that serves as a classroom.
The shelter provides life skills classes and English classes.
Sister Margaret Mertens of the
Sisters of Divine Providence, who
served as director of La Posada
Providencia for 13 years, volunteers
at the shelter. She said one of the
most rewarding parts of the ministry is receiving happy correspondence from former clients. Some
even send donations.
“Just this past week, we received
a call from an African who was here
in 1997,” she said. “He sent a $200
donation. He is living in New Jersey
and doing well.
“The shelter serves as their first
home in America — a safe, secure
and loving home. Through the
calls, cards and letters, we know we
are appreciated.”
To volunteer or make a tax
deductible donation to La Posada
Providencia, call (956) 399-3826
or visit the shelter’s website www.
lppshelter.org.
dadores del internet, asi que deben
estar atentos y vigilantes de todas
las actividades de sus hijos, ahora
más que nunca deben de saber
quienes se encuentran dentro de su
círculo de amistades, que clase de
relación tienen sus hijos con ellos,
y en qué actividades participan.
Como lo hagan es decisión de
cada padre de familia, sus hijos
pueden estar de acuerdo o no,
incluso no tienen ni qué enterarse
de las técnicas usadas por mamá y
7-9 Teen Sexuality and
Relationship Retreat
(Youth Ministry)
9 Catholic Committee on
Scouting Dinner
(Youth Ministry)
11 Professional Day
(Office of Catechesis)
15-16 New Life Retreat
(Family Life Office)
17 Theology Class
(Office of Catechesis)
18 Clases de Teologia
(Office of Catechesis)
21 TOB for Teens Training
(Youth Ministry)
22-23 Retiro Pre-Matrimonial
(Family Life Office)
March
1 Convalidation Conference
(Family Life Office)
5 Ash Wednesday
7-9 Catholic Engaged
Encounter (FLO)
8 Rite of Election
(Office of Catechesis)
9 Rite of Election
(Office of Catechesis)
9 Daylight Saving Time
17 St. Patrick’s Day
22 Sponsor Couple Training - II
(Family Life Office)
23 Sponsor Couple Training - II
(Family Life Office)
18 Convalidation Conference
(Family Life Office)
20 Advisory Team
(Office of Catechesis)
25 Diocesan Deadline for CCHD
Submission
28-29 Hike for Life - Youth
Lock-in (Youth Ministry)
31 CCHD Multimedia Youth
Contest Deadine (Youth Ministry)
Please submit your schedule to be
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papá para mantenerlos a raya, pero
es un deber de los padres el saber
todo lo que los rodea, si quieren
librar a sus hijos de los peligros que
los acechan.
…..Y recuerda que Dios te ama
y yo también.
—
Mons. Juan Nicolau, Ph.D. STL,
es el pastor de la iglesia de Nuestra
Señora del Perpetuo Socorro en
McAllen. Es psicoterapeuta familiar
y consejero profesional con licencias.
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McAllen family
welcomes orphan
from the Ukraine
Our Catholic Family
The Valley Catholic - February 2014
Shining a light on adoption
By ROSE YBARRA
The Valley Catholic
McALLEN — “My son, Juan
Pablo, has always said, ‘I want
a brother but I don’t want you
to have it. I want you to adopt a
brother for us. We need to give an
orphan a chance to have a family,’”
said Marisela Hernandez, a McAllen resident. In addition to Juan
Pablo, 8, she and her husband, Luis,
have two daughters, Ariana, 6, and
Anais, 4.
What little Juan Pablo didn’t
know is that his parents had discussed adopting a child “someday”
for years.
“Adoption is a calling and my
husband and I were both called to
it,” Mrs. Hernandez said.
The couple saw their son’s unprovoked statements about adopting a brother as confirmation that
God was calling them to adopt.
After putting the matter before
prayer, the Hernandezes started the
adoption process.
A seven-year-old boy from the
The Valley Catholic
Left: Juan Pablo
Hernandez. 8, models one
of the bracelets he made
to raise money for an
orphanage in the Ukraine.
Right: The Hernandez
children, from left, Ariana,
Samuel, 7, Juan Pablo and
Anais. An orphan from the
Ukraine, Samuel is coming
to live with his new family
in McAllen this month.
Ukraine named Samuel is set to
join the Hernandez family in February.
Samuel lives in an orphanage
with more than 60 other children.
Meals and basic care are provided
for the children but the orphanage’s
budget is very tight and does not allow for even small luxuries.
Juan Pablo, a student at Our
Lady of Sorrows School in McAllen, decided to make fishtail rubber band bracelets and sell them to
raise money for the orphanage. He
and his mother enlisted the help of
five other students and their moms
to make extra bracelets after the
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first batch sold out quickly.
Juan Pablo raised more than
$2,600 in less than two weeks.
“Samuel is coming to live with
us but I want the kids that stay behind to be happy, too,” Juan Pablo
said.
The Hernandez family traveled
to the Ukraine for the Christmas
holidays and delivered the donation in person. They also spent time
getting to know Samuel.
“He is slowly opening up to us,”
said Luis Hernandez. “He has been
raised in an institutional setting so
he does not know what it is like to
interact with anyone besides his
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caretakers — who are all women —
and the other children. It will take
time for him to adjust, but it will be
good for him in the long term to
have a family.”
The Hernandez family hopes
that by sharing their story, more
families, especially Catholic families, will consider adoption.
“As Catholics, we are pro-family
and pro-life yet most of the other
couples that we have met who are
adopting are non-denominational
Christians,” Marisela Hernandez
said.
The Hernandez family is also
promoting an orphan hosting pro-
gram, called Project 143, which
connects orphans with U.S. families. The orphans live with the families for four-to-eight weeks in the
summer.
The number 143 represents the
143 million orphans worldwide.
“About 70 percent of the children who participate in the program are adopted,” said Marisela
Hernandez, who is hoping families
in the Rio Grande Valley will open
their homes to an orphan this summer.
To contact the Hernandez family about hosting an orphan, please
e-mail [email protected]

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