Loretto Academy’s 13th Annual Golf Tournament will take place on September 27, 2013 at Butterfield Trail Golf Course, from 9am- 2:30pm. To register a team, please contact, Analisa Cordova, Advancement Director, at 915-566- 8400 ext. 1104, or go online to www.loretto.org/advancement/golftournament/
During Homecoming weekend, Oct. 11th-13th. A fiesta mixer will take place for alumnae in the El Convento Patio from 5pm- 7:30pm, with music, food, and fun! To rsvp, please contact the Loretto Academy Advancement Office, 566-8400. Loretto Academy was granted a matching grant with the Scanlan Foundation from Houston, TX for individuals giving to Tuition Assistance. Gifts will be matched until July 1, 2014. To give to Loretto Academy’s tuition assistance, you may do so online at www.loretto.org, or by mail at 1300 Hardaway, El Paso, TX, 79903, or by calling 915-566-8400 ext. 1104.
Father Yermo Schools is celebrating its 15th Annual Bazaar with the theme “15 Fantastic Years”. The bazaar will take place September 21-22, 2013. The bazaar will include a car show, “Princess Booth”, and the “Southwest Jail”. There will also be entertainment, games for all ages, and delicious food. Come and support a school community that offers quality education to children and youth. Father Yermo schools Pre-K to 12th grade is proud to begin the school year 2013-2014, with 25 new computers and 30 lap tops. More advancement will be seen this year in the Athletic Program with the acquisition of a mini-bus. The basketball court has been renovated, and the parking lot presents better lightening for more security. Extracurricular activities have been enhanced with Folkloric Dance, in addition to Art, Music, Choir and Athletics. These activities complement the holistic program that Father Yermo Schools offer.
By Anita Marta
Rio Grande Catholic
About 200 miles from El Paso going east you will find West Texas Catholic Communities. This is a
cluster of parishes made up of Our Lady of Refuge in Barstow, The Shrine to our Lady of Guadalupe in Saragosa, Christ the King in Balmorhea, Saint Emely in
Toyha , Santa Rosa de Lima and Saint Catherine of Siena in Pecos. This land is not only fertile and famous for the Pecos Cantaloupes, but also fertile in growing vocations. Five priests, two permanent deacons, and a religious sister have come out of the communities of West Texas all serving the Lord either in our Dioceses or in other partsof the country. This is a community that in the past four years has experienced the oil boom, but more valuable than the black gold of the oil fields is the real treasure of this community their six churches. It is in these Churches that you can find their Pastor Father Fabian Marquez going from one place to the next to administer the sacraments to the
parishioners of each parish. A typical weekend consists of Saturday Baptisms, Weddings or Quinceañeras with an anticipated mass at 4:30pm alternating in Saragosa or Balmorhea and a 7:00 pm mass at Santa Rosa de Lima in Pecos. On Sundays one can see the faithful gathering for mass at 8:00 am at Saint Catherine of Siena in Pecos, at 10:00 am mass at Our Lady of Refuge in Bastrow, and at their noon mass at Santa Rosa de Lima in
Pecos. Once a month Father Fabian offers mass at the three Federal Prisons, the two jails, and the nursing home. The greatest challenge for Father Fabian is having to drive from parish to parish, “I love what I do, however there are times when I spend more time on the road than with the people that need of my assistance.” But yet another challenge is the amount of funerals this community has. They average about 1 to 3 funerals peer week. In just the last week of July they had 7 funerals. “While it is true that we have lots of funerals in our six parish communities, we
always manage to work together with the funeral home and our funeral delegates to better serve those who are morning their loved one,” says Fr. Fabian. For a long time, parishioners in this area have felt isolated from the rest of the Diocese and from each other. But Father Fabian always tells them, “we may be far away from the world, but we are very close to God.” In order to unite the parishioners as one, Fr. Fabian has initiated Wednesday adoration of the Blessed Sacrament with prayer of the Rosary and Divine Mercy in English at Saint Catherine of Siena while confessions are taking place. On Thursdays at Santa Rosa they have Holy Hour and prayer of the Rosary and the Rosary of Liberation. Every First Friday of the Month they have 24 hour adoration and benediction. Throughout the year they also participate in Pro-Life, Corpus Christi, and Christ the King processions with the Blessed Sacrament. Even though there are miles that separate each parish, parishioners are bound together in faith by prayer. “I have come to discover that my parishioners have a strong commitment to
Eucharistic adoration, praying in front of the Blessed Sacrament is something that they
themselves have foster from generation to generation.” Fr.
Fabian Marquez said. This is also a community that understands that Christ calls us to help the
poor and the needy. This past year they raised more than $10,000.00 for medical expenses of several of their parishioners. More than 150 families benefit from their food bank that opens twice a month. For the last couple of years they have also sponsored a Little League Team from Ojinaga, Chihuahua by providing uniforms, baseball equipment, travel expenses, and meals. They have also fundraised to help build homes for the victims of the floods in Ojinaga. Father Fabian says that he is proud of being a priest in this community because, “this is a community that
believes in following the commandment of Christ of loving thy neighbor.” Of course this is only the tip of the iceberg, for there are so many other projects in the making which keep this community together in faith. Faith, hard work, and generosity is what makes West Texas and its parishioners a strong Catholic Community under the care and spiritual guidance of their Pastor Father Fabian Marquez.