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A youngster enjoys “fishing” for a prize at one of the booths set up for the occasion. Apprxoimately 600 people took part.

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Planning ahead sometimes not enough

Only a couple weeks of summer are left but one look at the stores makesjanet a person think that summer ends tomorrow. Since late June, school supplies overflowed from brightly colored containers to encourage planning for the new school year.

Planning ahead is a good thing. When my son recently applied for a new job, he sent us his resume to look over and make perfect. We even discussed potential interview questions and responses. Yet, despite his meticulous preparations, there was a question or two that threw him for a loop.

My daughter is also helping her friend to prepare for a big event. Baby clothes, diapers, crib, and a multitude of necessities anticipate the baby’s arrival. Since this is a second child, my daughter’s friend thinks she is well prepared for her son’s little brother. However, every child is a unique blessing with his or her own challenges that are sometimes impossible to anticipate.

Planning and preparation are good things but sometimes we have to accept changes in our life based simply on faith. A story about the apostle Peter is one of my favorite examples of how life sometimes throws us a curve ball.

Peter and the apostles are in a boat, being tossed about by the wind. They see Jesus walking across the water toward them and are filled with fear. However, Peter is fully prepared to follow Jesus wherever the Lord will lead him and leaves the boat’s safety to walk toward Jesus on top of the water.

Unfortunately, Peter is not as prepared as he imagined. He begins to doubt himself and then sinks into the wind-tossed waters. Peter calls out for Jesus to save him, and immediately Jesus reaches out His hand to lift Peter from the water.

That is the part of the story that excites me. Peter did not doubt that the person walking on the water was Jesus, and when Peter cried out for the Lord to save him from drowning, Jesus did. That might mean that he was close enough to see Jesus’ face. On the other hand, I cannot imagine that Peter, or any of us, would have doubted or lost faith when standing within an arm’s length of Jesus and having Our Lord’s face shining upon him. That might mean that Peter was farther away from Jesus so that the waves swelled and crashed in the expanse between them. Danger and self-doubt distracted Peter from his determination to follow Jesus and Peter lost faith. However, when Peter appealed to the Lord to save him, Jesus immediately stretched out His hand to lift Peter from the sea and from Peter’s doubts.

Immediately is the word that fascinates me. Again, if Jesus was close enough for Peter to see His face, I cannot imagine Peter losing faith. Thus, Jesus immediately moved across the water to save His apostle.

As much as I am sure that Jesus is always there for us also, I certainly relate to Peter and his weaknesses although I wish I were as strong as Peter in his resilience and constant strengthening of his faith by learning from his stumbles.

As much as we prepare ourselves for the future, we are like Peter and collapse under the tumult of what life has to offer. A young woman sees her dream within reach if she can just finish her last year or so of college. When she becomes pregnant, all of her preparations sink beneath the waves. Peer pressure, loss of reputation, self-doubt, and a seeming end to her dream, rather than a postponement, distract her from what is important.

Nevertheless, if she cries out to Our Lord, will we be the ones who immediately stretch out our arms to save her from drowning? Will we attempt to save her from the pro-choice commotion trying to engulf her future? Can we and will we be strong enough to reflect the love of Jesus by walking on the sidewalks and traveling the streets to save His children from death?

El picnic mas alegre del mundo

En un largo viaje en tren, una estudiante entabló una discusión con frwilsonun sacerdote desconocido que estaba sentado frente a ella. Le dijo que era miembro de un grupo Eclesial y le explicó cuál era la actividad que realizaban: “Nos encontramos cada mes y discutimos los problemas actuales”. “¿Hacen solos estos encuentros o tienen algún asistente?”. La muchacha se sintió un poco avergonzada, pero después le confesó: “Solos. Primero venía el sacerdote de la parroquia pero estamos contentos que ya no venga. Traía la Biblia, leía un pasaje y después hacía una predicación que no nos interesaba. La última vez nos habló de la multiplicación de los panes. ¿Pero qué nos dice esto? A nosotros nos interesaban los problemas de hoy, como el divorcio, el control natal, la legalización de la marihuana, el desempleo, inmigración, matrimonios con los del mismo sexo, préstamos económicos para los estudiantes… Estas son las cuestiones en las que queremos tener claridad”. Probablemente tenía razón la estudiante. Con los jóvenes se debe tener la valentía de afrontar lo que es actual y grave, pero esta es la prueba de una cierta situación: Hay jóvenes felices que no tienen que preocuparse por el pan cotidiano. Mientras más de dos millones de seres humanos no saben qué comer. ¿Y esto no es un problema actual? ¿Qué se puede hacer? El ciudadano común y corriente responderá que él no puede resolver los problemas a nivel mundial. El presidente del país más poderoso dice sarcasticamente: “si yo dijera qué se debe hacer, caería mi gobierno. Desgraciadamente, estamos acostumbrados que ni el gobierno, ni las organizaciones internacionales resuleven los graves problemas de nuestro planeta. Los gobiernos reflejan la opinión pública común.

Jesús no escribió nada durante su vida. Solo habló, enseñó y actuó. Un día Jesús se había retirado a un lugar solitario a la orilla del mar de Galilea. Pero cuando desembarcó, se encontró con una multitud de gente, que lo esperaba. “le dió lástima y curó a los enfermos. Les habló largo rato del Reino de Dios. Entretanto se hizo tarde. Los apóstoles le sugieren despedir a la gente para que busquen de comer. A mi me parece ver a los aspóstoles como hacen los sacristanes, que se ponen a toser para advertirle al sacerdote que está predicando, que ya se ha hecho tarde y es hora de concluir. En definitiva, ellos habrían querido que Jesús le dijera a la gente: “La Misa ha terminado, podeis ir en paz”. Pero Jesús sabe que las grandes soluciones tienen su origen en la buena voluntad que tengamos de COMPARTIR LO QUE TENEMOS. “No hace falta, denle ustedes de comer. Pero “si aquí no tenemos mas que cinco panes y dos peces”. Jesús pide que se los traigan. Toma los cinco panes y dos peces, ora y da gracias al Padre, después ordena distribuirlo todo a la multitud”. Eran cinco mil hombres sin contar las mujeres y los niños. ¡Fue el picnic más alegre en toda la historia del mundo!!! ¿Qué nos dice a nosotros esto? Que Jesús se preocupa y siente compasión de todas las personas, de su cuerpo y de su alma. Ustedes me dirán. ¿Porqué no lo hace también hoy? ¿Porqué no multiplica el pan para tantos millones de hambrientos, que hay en la tierra? Respondió: ¡Cierto que Jesús sigue multiplicando los cinco panes y los dos peces! Lo hace a escala mundial. Si viajas por las carreterras de la nación, ves la cantidad de cultivos de los campos, que llenan los graneros. Si vas al mar, miremos a los pescadores que lanzan a tierra sus redes, llenas de peces. Habían sido sembrados “cinco” granos y ahora se recogen varios centenares y tambien de los peces; más se pescan y más se encuentran. ¿Quién ordena a la naturaleza hacer todo esto con una regularidad increible? Jesús realiza esta multiplicación extraordinaria precisamente para ayudarnos a descifrar el milagro de la mulplicación ordinaria de los panes, que sudece cada año ante nuestros ojos.

¿Porqué no obstante todo esto, falta todavía a tantos el pan para vivir? Hay un detalle, para encontrar la respuesta. Jesús no hizo chasquear los dedos y aparecer por arte de magia, el pan y los peces. Preguntó antes quienes tenían e invitó a compartir lo poco que había. Lo mismo hace hoy. Nos pide que pongamos en común los recursos de la tierra. Es muy sabido por casi todos, que la tierra está en capacidad de alimentar a miles de millones de seres humanos actuales. ¿Cómo podemos acusar a Dios de no ofrecer pan suficiente para todos, cuando años atras nos destruimos millones de toneladas de recursos alimenticios que llamamos “excedentes” para no bajar el precio? Mayor distribución, mayor solidaridad y participación: la solucion está aquí. Lo se; no es sencillo. Esta la locura de los armamentos. Hay gobernantes que contribuyen a mantener con hambre muchas poblaciones. Pero nosotros los cristianos podemos hacer algo, tu y yo somos ahora ese “muchacho” que tiene los cinco panes y dos peces, solo que los tenemos guardados pero ha llegado la hora de entregarlos, de compartirlos para que se multipliquen. Pero aun más, existe para nosotros un pequeño deber: “Recoger los pedazos sobrantes”. ¡Hacernos repartidores del pan del amor, de la paz y la alegría de Dios!

600 celebrate Family Day at Pastoral Center

 

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Bishop Mark J. Seitz, gives a blessing to families participating in the Family Day at the El Paso Diocese Pastoral Center, June 14, sponsored by the Cursillo Movement and the Marriage and Family Life Ministry of the diocese.

 

 

 A youngster enjoys “fishing” for a prize at one of the booths set up for the occasion. Apprxoimately 600 people took part.

A youngster enjoys “fishing” for a prize at one of the booths set up for the occasion. Apprxoimately 600 people took part.

 

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Mass for Peace scheduled Aug. 3

Columban Father Bill Morton will be the celebrant and homilist at Pax Christi El Paso’s annual Mass for Peace and Reconciliation. at 1:30 p.m. Sunday, Aug. 3, at Saint Frances Xavier Cabrini Church, 12200 Vista Del Sol Drive

Father Morton is a member of the Missionary Society of Saint Columban and a veteran of the U.S. Navy. The celebration on Aug. 3 is a regular Sunday liturgy with a Gospel message of nonviolence, peace and justice.

All are invited. For more information, call (915) 740-3962.

Pax Christi, an international Catholic peace movement, began in France near the end of World War II. Their stated purpose is “to work for peace for all humankind, always witnessing to the peace of Christ.”

Every Life Has Purpose’ theme of 5k run

“Every Life Has Purpose” is the theme of the third annual 5k Run for Life benefitting House of Hope crisis pregnancy center. The run will begin at 8 a.m., Aug. 9.

Advance registration will be held throough Aug. 8 in person at Up and Running, 3233 N. Mesa St. or onlline at www.raceadventuresunlimited.com

Registration includes goodie bags, snacks and refreshments at the finish line. First 350 registrants will received colored T-shirts.

Film analyzes war propaganda techniques

For more information call 544-9600.

“War Made Easy,” the Pax Christi film for August, has the subtitle, “How Presidents and Pundits Keep Spinning Us to Death.” Based on a book by the same title by Norman Solomon, this film is an analysis of the strategies used by Democratic and Republican administrations to promote their agendas for war.

The film will be shown at 3 p.m. on Sunday, Aug. 10, at El Paso’s Mother Teresa Center, 2400 East Yandell Drive.

Admission is free.

For information, call (915) 740- 3962.

Sponsors of the Pax Christi Film Series are Pax Christi El Paso and the Peace and Justice Ministry of the El Paso Catholic Diocese.

Emulate the Mother of Christ

August 15th is the Feast of the Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary. This day signifies Mary’s passing into eternal life. It is the most important of all Marian feasts and a Holy Day of Obligation. As Catholics we believe Mary was free from original sin and when her earthly life ended she assumed body and soul into the glory of heaven. We love and honor our Blessed Mother Mary and entrust ourselves to her care. Mary was a disciple and faithful 12-1instrument who devoutly obeyed, trusted and submitted herself completely to God’s plan for her life. She is a Christian role model, which we all should emulate.

Empowered by the Holy Spirit, Mary inspired Jesus to perform His first miracle. She was an instrument of God that helped reveal Jesus’ glory to all. At the wedding in Cana Mary instructed others to listen to her Son by saying “Do whatever he tells you” (John 2:5). She intercedes on our behalf and leads others to Christ. She is invoked in the Church as Advocate, Helper, Benefactress, and Mediatrix (CCC 969).

As we celebrate this special day, let us consider how we can honor the Mother of Christ and emulate her by being advocates and helpers, leaders and intercessors for those who seek the Lord.

If you have not yet made a gift offering to the Bishop’s Annual Progress Appeal, please prayerfully consider how you can help support the ministries of our diocese. Your gift will help ministries like St. Charles Seminary which oversees the formation and preparation of priests. Your gift will also provide the Vocations Ministry with opportunities to address the need for priests and religious vocations.

To make a donation or for more information, call (915) 872-8412 or visit the Foundation for the Diocese of El Paso website at www.elpasodiocesefoundation.org.

-By: Cynthia Trejo

Imitar a la Madre de Cristo

El 15 de agosto es la fiesta de la Asunción de la Bienaventurada Virgen María. Este día significa la muerte de María hacia la vida eterna. Es la 12-1más importante de todas las fiestas Marianas y un día de precepto. Como Católicos creemos que María estuvo libre del pecado original y cuando terminó su vida terrenal asumió cuerpo y alma a la gloria del cielo. Amamos y honramos a la Santísima Virgen María y nos encomendamos a su cuidado. María era un discípulo e instrumento fiel que devota y obedientemente se presentó a sí misma por completo al plan de Dios en su vida. Ella es un modelo Cristiano, que todos debemos imitar.

Fortalecida por el Espíritu Santo, María inspiró a Jesús para realizar su primer milagro. Ella fue un instrumento de Dios que ayudó a revelar la gloria de Jesús a todos. En las Bodas de Caná María instruyó a otros a escuchar a su Hijo diciendo: “Haced lo que él os diga” (Juan 02,05). Ella intercede por nosotros y lleva a otros hacia Cristo. Ella es invocada en la Iglesia como Abogada, Auxiliadora, Benefactora y Mediadora (CIC 969).

Al celebrar este día tan especial, consideremos cómo podemos honrar a la Madre de Cristo e imitarla siendo partidarios y ayudantes, líderes e intercesores para los que buscan al Señor.

Si usted todavía no ha hecho un regalo de ofrenda a Progreso, la Campaña Anual del Obispo; favor de poner en oración cómo puede usted ayudar a apoyar los ministerios de nuestra diócesis. Su donación ayudará a ministerios como el Seminario de San Carlos, que supervisa la formación y preparación de los sacerdotes. Su regalo también proporcionará la oportunidad al Ministerio de Vocaciones de abordar las necesidades de los sacerdotes y las vocaciones religiosas.

Para hacer una donación o para más información, llame al (915) 872- 8412 o visite la Fundación para la Diócesis de El Paso en el sitio web www.elpasodiocesefoundation.org.

~ Por Cynthia Trejo

Bishop ordains 12 deacons for diocese

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Bishop Mark J. Seitz ordained two transitional deacons and 10 permanent deacons in ceremonies June 14 at St. Stephen Deacon and Martyr Parish Church.

Seminarians Gleen Carpe and Apolinar Samboni became transitional deacons, the final step on their progress to ordination as priests of the Diocese of El Paso.

Becoming permanent deacons were Victor Acosta, Samuel Bernal, Luis Carrasco, Ricardo Corella, Jesus Cortinas, John Farley, Robert Garcia, Roberto Guerra, Ray Niblett, and Jose Zaragoza.

Carpe and Samboni began their studies for the priesthood at St. Charles Borremeo Seminary in El Paso and are completing their preparation and theological studies at Assumption Seminary / Oblate School of Theology in San Antonio..

The 10 permanent deacons have completed preparation in a three-year theology course at Tepeyac Institute accompanied by instruction and practice in the duties of permanent deacons.

In Baptism, Bishop Seitz told the new deacons and those in attendance, “all of us received our vocation as a response to the super-abundant love of God. Diaconia is, in its primary sense, our vocation as Christians.”

Within the diaconate there are many possibilities for service to the Lord, the bishop said.

“Those who are not already married dedicate their lives to service as a sign of the presence of the reign of God already present within the world by making a promise of celibacy,” Bishop Seitz noted. “They are signs of that life to come in which, as Jesus reminds us, people are not married or given in marriage. Others who are married at the time of their ordination commit themselves to offer their diaconia drawing from the font of their marriage and their family life. Some deacons are going to serve in part through their work in the world. Others who are already retired will dedicate all their time to service in their parishes. Our two transitional deacons, Gleen and Apolinar, will continue their studies and their parish experiences.”

A native of the Philippines, Carpe began to think about becoming a priest “at the age of ten,” he said in response to a seminary questionnaire. He was then an altar server.

Samboni also said he was inspired toward the priesthood when he was an altar server and observed the work of the priests in his native Bolivar, Colombia.

Carpe is advancing his studies of Spanish this summer in the Cirimex Program at Guadalajara, Mexico. Samboni is continuing his year of pastoral work at Most Holy Trinity Parish. Both will graduate Assumption Seminary in December.

Bishop Seitz has announced the following assignments, effective June 14, for the newly installed permanent deacons:

Victor Acosta, St. Raphael Parish; Sam Bernal, San Antonio de Padua Parish; Luis Carrasco, Corpus Christi Parish; Ricardo Corella, St. Thomas Aquinas Parish; Jesus (Carlos) Cortinas, Our Lady of Guadalupe Parish; John Farley, St. Luke Parish; Roberto Garcia, Our Lady of Guadalupe Parish in Fabens and Santa Rita in Tornillo; Roberto Guerra, Sacred Heart Parish; Ray Niblett, Our Lady of the Valley Parish, and Jose Zaragoza, Cristo Rey Parish.

The bishop also announced deacon assignments effective June 20: Deacon Juan Alvarez, St Pius X; Deacon William Reyes. St. Patrick Cathedral; Deacon Ignacio Torres, Most Holy Trinity Parish, ad Deacon Gus Rodriguez Sr., St. Paul Parish.

Also effective June 20, Sister Margie Silguero, MJMJ,, will be parish life coordinator in Marfa and Valentine.

There are 32 active permanent deacons serving in the Diocese of El Paso, and three retired permanent deacons.

 

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Candididates for ordination as permanent and transittional deacons, stand during ceremonies June 14 in St. Stephen Deacon and Martyr Parish.

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Bishop Mark Seitz ordains Jesus (Carlos) Cortinas as a permanent deacon.

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Bishop Seitz delivers the ordination sermon.

 

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Candidates for ordination as deacon, prostrate themselves before the altar at St. Stephen, Deacon and Martyr, Parish Church, June 14, during the ordination conducted by Bishop Mark J. Seitz.

 

 

 

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Two transitional deacons, Apolinar Samboni, above, and Gleen Carpe, will continue their preparation for the priesthood during the coming year.