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Tepeyac Summer Institute Starts

“Read, Study, and Know the Bible” is the theme for the 26th annual Tepeyac Summer Institute. Tepeyac offers two weeks of classes in English and in Spanish from June 8 – 11 and June 15 –18. Classes are offered in the morning, evenings and Saturdays. Following the Biblical theme, Margarita Armendariz M.A., presents in English and in Spanish, “Tienes hambre de la palabra de Dios?” Harry Fleddermann, Ph.D. returns to El Paso for Week 2 with a course on “Daniel and Revelation.” Both Dr. Fledderman and Ms. Armendariz are favorites with Summer Institute participants. Also, psychologist and theologian, Hna. Enedina Juarez will lead a class on “Jesus y las mujeres en el evangelio, Interpretación biblica desde la perspective femenina.”

Among some of the other 33 courses offerings are several dealing with family and youth.  Family therapist Louise Rauseo, RN, MS, who presents “Connecting with Your Children,” in English and Spanish. Youth can attend two courses designed especially for them. “We Can Do It! Ways to build trust and make a difference” is led by Beth Riehle, an experienced workshop presenter. For youth in grades 7 and 8, Amanda Murillo-Estrada, M.A. leads the workshop “Who are you called to be? Igniting a Flame.”

Participants can learn more about Pope Francis’ call to evangelize in our visiting professor from Spain, Fr. Jose Moreno de la Helguera’s course “Evangelizar hoy: Siguiendo los pasos del Papa Francisco.” The location of this course is at the Mother Teresa Center at 2400 E. Yandell.  Of special interest to teachers in Catholic Schools is Sr. Elizabeth Anne Swartz’s course, “Catechesis.” It is a course for certification for teachers in Catholic schools. The course explores the fundamental task of catechesis, which is the formation of disciples of Jesus, but is open to all. The course is taught in the mornings, Monday to Friday, for Week I and continues in Week II.

Check the Tepeyac website for a full listing of classes and for any changes to the schedule. Contact Tepeyac at 915-872-8420 with any questions.

Inicia Programa Anual de Verano del Instituto Tepeyac

Traducción por Martha Marmolejo

“Leer, estudiar y conocer la Biblia”, es el tema para el Vigésimo Sexto Programa Anual de Verano del Instituto Tepeyac. El Instituto ofrece dos semanas de clases en inglés y en español, del 8 al 11 de junio y del 15 al 18 de junio. Las clases se ofrecen en la mañana, tardes y también los sábados. Siguiendo el tema bíblico, Margarita Armendáriz,  M.A., presenta en Inglés y en Español;  “¿Tienes hambre de la Palabra de Dios?”  Harry Fleddermann, Ph.D., regresa a El Paso para la segunda semana con un curso sobre “Daniel y Apocalipsis.” Tanto el Dr. Fledderman, como la Sra. Armendáriz, son favoritos entre los participantes del Instituto de Verano, además, la psicóloga y teóloga, Hermana Enedina Juárez, dirigirá una clase llamada: “Jesús y las Mujeres en el evangelio, interpretación bíblica desde la perspectiva femenina.”

De entre los 33 cursos que se ofrecen, se encuentran algunos que tratan sobre la familia y los jóvenes. La terapeuta familiar, Louise Rauseo, R.N., M.S., presentará el tema, “Conexión con sus hijos”, en inglés y español. Los jóvenes pueden atender a dos de los cursos diseñados especialmente para ellos. El curso “¡Podemos hacerlo!, Formas de construir confianza y hacer una diferencia”, es dirigido por Beth Riehle, una experimentada presentadora de talleres de aprendizaje. Para los jóvenes que asisten a los grados escolares 7 y 8, Amanda Murillo-Estrada, M.A., conduce el taller “¿Quién es usted llamado a ser?, encendiendo una flama.”

Los participantes pueden aprender más acerca del llamado del Papa Francisco a evangelizar, asistiendo al tema que dará el profesor visitante de España; el Padre José Moreno de la Helguera, “Evangelizar hoy: SIGUIENDO Los Pasos del Papa Francisco.” Este curso se ofrecerá en el Centro Madre Teresa, en la calle Yandell  #2400 al este de la ciudad. De un especial interés para los docentes de las escuelas católicas, es el curso de la Hermana Elizabeth Anne Swartz, “Catequesis”. Este es un curso para la certificación de maestros de las escuelas católicas. El curso explora la tarea fundamental de la catequesis, que es la formación de los discípulos de Jesús y está abierto a todos. El curso se imparte en las mañanas de lunes a viernes, para las Semanas I y II.

Visite el sitio web del Instituto Tepeyac para obtener una lista completa de las clases y para cualquier cambio en el horario. Para ponerse en contacto con Tepeyac, favor de llamar al 915-872-8420, con cualquier pregunta.

Casitas Raises $35,000

-Elizabeth O’Hara, RGC Editor

The Casitas San Mateo dinner/dance fundraiser for the priest retirement home raised approximately $35,000 said organizers.

Back row: Sem. Felipe Ventura, Sem. Alfonso Coronado, Fr. Jose Morales – Holy Spirit, Fr. Saul Pacheco – Our Lady of Fatima. Second Row: Sem. Aldo Camacho, Fr. Beto Lopez – St. Luke, Fr. David Fierro – St. Matthew. Front Row: Fr. Ben Flores – Blessed Sacrament, Sem. Wilbert Colas, Sem. Cong Vo

Back row: Sem. Felipe Ventura, Sem. Alfonso Coronado, Fr. Jose Morales – Holy Spirit, Fr. Saul Pacheco – Our Lady of Fatima. Second Row: Sem. Aldo Camacho, Fr. Beto Lopez – St. Luke, Fr. David Fierro – St. Matthew. Front Row: Fr. Ben Flores – Blessed Sacrament, Sem. Wilbert Colas, Sem. Cong Vo

The event was hosted by St. Raphael Parish with the help of many parish and school volunteers.

“It was a huge success!” said Msgr. Francis Smith, St. Raphael Parish. “The knowledge and excitement of what Casitas San Mateo has become, has definitely spread within our Catholic community.  I can only hope that the enthusiasm we have seen continues to grow.”

Approximately 600 people attended the fundraiser which is intended to pay for Phase II of the Casitas project. A multi-purpose room and a chapel would be added to Casitas San Mateo which is currently comprised of 8 “casitas” or little houses, each with 2 bedrooms, 2 bathrooms, a kitchen, a washer/dryer, and a good-sized living room. Two casitas are handicap accessible.

“Our active and retired priests enjoyed an evening of dancing and mingling with our generous donors who made the event possible,” said Msgr. Smith.

Pat Fierro, Chancellor and Human Resources Director for the Diocese of El Paso, said the average age of an El Paso priest is about 55 years old.  Casitas San Mateo, she said, is the diocese’s future.

“The need is there,” she said. “As our priests age and retire, the need will increase.  We need to anticpate that and be prepared.”

This is the second year for the Casitas fundraiser.  Along with fundraising through ticket sales, a car raffle for a 1990 Cadillac STS was also held.

Fr. Beto Flores makes his dance partner crack up on the dance floor.

Fr. Beto Flores makes his dance partner crack up on the dance floor.

Msgr. Smith hopes next year’s fundraiser will garner even more for the Casitas project.

Fr. Beto Lopez has a great time dancing. All photos courtesy. Christ Chavez

Fr. Beto Lopez has a great time dancing.
All photos courtesy. Christ Chavez

“The support we have seen from our Catholic community is overwhelming and shows the appreciation and loyalty there is to our priests and what they have done historically for the Diocese,” he said.

Msgr. Francis Smith is presented a gift of appreciation by Msgr. Victor Kayrouz.

Msgr. Francis Smith is presented a gift of appreciation by Msgr. Victor Kayrouz.

 

Kermes Season Draws Thousands!

-Elizabeth O’Hara, RGC Editor

Laura Cervantes knows her church bazaars. She makes a point to hit as many as possible every summer.

The bazaar at the Ysleta Mission is the church’s biggest annual fundraiser.

The bazaar at the Ysleta Mission is the church’s biggest annual fundraiser.

“You can always tell the mark of a good kermes by the line for the gorditas!” Cervantes said. “That’s when I say, ‘This one’s gonna be good!’”

This year, Cervantes is in luck!  About 20 parishes will be hosting bazaars known locally as “kermes” starting in June and running until October. For many of the parishes, it’s the year’s largest fundraiser.

“A successful kermes brings the community together,” said Roberto Diaz, the festival coordinator for San Antonio de Padua parish. “The point for the kermes is to raise funds for the parish.  We have to depend on ourselves to do the repairs in the church. If we have special projects for St. Vincent de Paul, for our poor in the parish, for those going through some rough times, the funds from the festival are how we get what we need.”

Diaz said his parish’s bazaar is a one-day festival which will be held on Jun. 13 from 4 p.m. to 12 a.m.

“We have several bands, we have DJs, we have folklorico dancers, we have entertainment!” said Diaz.  “We’re a smaller parish and we’re just getting back into kermes so we don’t have all the rides but we have great food and lots to do!”

The offerings of church bazaars vary parish-to-parish, Diaz said.  Some larger parishes provide full-scale rides for young children and large media campaigns to reach the nearby neighborhood.  But most church festivals are more traditional in their offerings with family-friendly games such as bingo, cake walks, and dart games.  Food is a mainstay at any church bazaar with many offering “fair foods” such as tacos, funnel cake, churros, and mango-on-a-stick. Diaz said bazaars held all over the diocese also offer something that’s hard to find these days.

The St. Anthony Seminary is a Labor Day tradition for thousands of people annually.

The St. Anthony Seminary is a Labor Day tradition for thousands of people annually.

“If you go to a kermes at a church, you can expect people will treat you with respect. They will be friendly because it’s a fun time,” said Diaz. “Plus, it’s not very expensive and you can take the kids.”

Cervantes said affordability is one of the reasons she attends as many as 10 bazaars a summer.

“We usually spend about $25 and we stay there for hours,” she said. “Of that $25, we usually get a couple of orders of gorditas, corn-in-a-cup, a snow cone, take a couple of turns at loteria.  We have a great time.”

Cervantes said her favorite bazaar is held annually at San Ignacio in Downtown El Paso.

“The history of the neighborhood has more of a genuine, old school community feel like when you were young,” she said. “It feels like family getting together. It feels like we’re family and we’re not even a part of that parish.”

Diaz, who is in the final weeks of preparing what he hopes will be a new, annual event, said he wants parishioners who visit the kermes at San Antonio de Padua to feel the same as Cervantes.

Loteria at Cristo Rey’s annual kermes.  All photos courtesy: Joe Najera, Diocese of El Paso

Loteria at Cristo Rey’s annual kermes.
All photos courtesy: Joe Najera, Diocese of El Paso

“We want people to have a feeling of community,” he said. “They may feel so comfortable with the people at a kermes and the people around them that they may even join the parish. So it’s a recruitment for the parish as well.”

 

2015 Bazaars/Kermes Schedule:

June 5 – 7 – Corpus Christi Parish
June 6 -7  – Guardian Angel Parish
June 13 – San Antonio de Padua Parish – Mini Bazaar
June 13-14 – Santa Lucia Parish
June 13-14  – Sacred Heart Parish
June 26-28 – Sts. Peter and Paul Church
July 3-5 – St. Paul the Apostle Parish
July 10-12 – Ysleta Mission Festival @ Our Lady of Mt. Carmel
August 14-16 – St. Thomas Aquinas Parish
August 28-30 – Faria Del Vallé 2015 –  Cristo Rey Parish
Sept. 11-13 – Fiesta Mexicana – San Juan Diego Parish
Sept. 18 -20 – San Elceario Parish, San Elizario, Texas
Sept. 19 -20 Fr. Yermo School
Sept. 18-20 – El Buen Pastor Parish
Sept. 25-27 – La Purisima Parish
October 2-4 – Our Lady of the Valley Parish
October 3-4 – LifeTeen Craft Fair, St. Luke Parish
October 9-11 – St. Patrick’s Canutillo
October 17 – St. John the Apostle, Monahans @ Ward County Coliseum

Temporada de Kermés Atrae a Miles

Traducción por Martha Marmolejo

Laura Cervantes conoce los bazares de su iglesia. Ella verdaderamente se da a la tarea de asistir a tantos como le sea posible durante el verano.

The bazaar at the Ysleta Mission is the church’s biggest annual fundraiser.

The bazaar at the Ysleta Mission is the church’s biggest annual fundraiser.

“Siempre se puede identificar  que tan buena es una kermés ¡por la línea de las gorditas!”, dijo Cervantes. “Ahí es cuando digo: “¡esta va a estar buena! ‘”

Este año, ¡Cervantes tiene suerte! Cerca de 20 parroquias serán anfitrionas de bazares conocidos localmente como “Kermés”. Estas inician a partir de junio y se llevarán a cabo hasta el mes de octubre. Para muchas de las parroquias, es el recaudador de fondos más grande del año.

“Una kermés exitosa, une a la comunidad”, dijo Roberto Díaz, coordinador del festival de la parroquia San Antonio de Padua. “El objetivo para la kermés es recaudar fondos para la parroquia. Tenemos que depender de nosotros mismos para hacer las reparaciones en la iglesia. Si tenemos proyectos especiales para San Vicente de Paul, para nuestra gente necesitada en la parroquia, para los que están viviendo momentos difíciles, los fondos de esta fiesta son la forma en que obtenemos lo que necesitamos”.

The St. Anthony Seminary is a Labor Day tradition for thousands of people annually.

The St. Anthony Seminary is a Labor Day tradition for thousands of people annually.

Díaz dijo que el bazar de su parroquia es un festival de un día y que se celebrará el 13 de junio de 4 p.m.-12 a.m.

“Tenemos varias bandas, “DJ’s”, bailarines folclóricos y ¡muchos otros entretenimientos!”, Dijo Díaz. “Somos una parroquia pequeña y sólo estamos volviendo a introducir la kermés, por lo que no tendremos todos los paseos usuales, pero tenemos buena comida y ¡mucho que hacer!”.

Lo que se ofrece en un bazar de Iglesia, varía de parroquia en parroquia, dijo Díaz. Algunas parroquias grandes ofrecen paseos a gran escala para los niños pequeños y llevan a cabo grandes campañas en los medios de difusión para así llegar a todos los barrios cercanos. Sin embargo, la mayoría de los festivales de la iglesia son más tradicionales en lo que ofrecen, como juegos para toda la familia, el bingo, caminatas pastel y juegos de dardos. La comida es uno de los pilares en cualquier bazar de la iglesia, donde todos ofrecen “alimentos de feria”, tales como tacos, pasteles, churros y paletas de mango enchilado. Díaz dijo que los bazares celebrados por toda la diócesis también ofrecen algo que es difícil de encontrar en estos días.

“Si usted va a una kermés en una iglesia, se puede esperar que la gente le tratará con respeto. Serán amables porque es un momento de diversión “, dijo Díaz. “Además, no es muy caro y se puede llevar a los niños.”

Cervantes dijo que el costo y la accesibilidad es una de las razones por las que ella asiste  hasta 10 bazares en solo un verano.

“Usualmente gastamos alrededor de $25 y nos quedamos allí durante horas,” dijo ella. “De esos $25, por lo general obtenemos un par de órdenes de gorditas, un cono de nieve, maíz elaborado en taza y un par de vueltas en la lotería. Logramos tener un gran momento”.

Loteria at Cristo Rey’s annual kermes.  All photos courtesy: Joe Najera, Diocese of El Paso

Loteria at Cristo Rey’s annual kermes.
All photos courtesy: Joe Najera, Diocese of El Paso

Cervantes dijo que su bazar favorito se celebra anualmente en San Ignacio de Loyola, en el centro de El Paso.

“La historia de ese barrio tiene un muy genuino, antiguo sentir de comunidad; como cuando era yo joven”, dijo. “Se siente como cuando nos juntamos todos en familia. Se siente como si fuéramos de la familia y no somos ni siquiera parte de esa parroquia”.

Díaz, que está en las últimas semanas de preparación de lo que espera sea un nuevo evento anual, dijo que quiere que los feligreses que visiten la kermes en San Antonio de Padua, sientan lo mismo que Cervantes.

“Queremos que la gente tenga una sensación de comunidad”, dijo. “Que puedan sentirse tan cómodos con la gente en la kermes, como con las personas a su alrededor para que así  incluso pueden unirse a la parroquia. Así que es también una especie de reclutamiento para la parroquia.”

 

Fechas y Horarios de Ventas Benéficas – Kermés/Bazar 2015

Junio 5 – 7 – Parroquia Corpus Christi
Junio 6 -7  – Parroquia Santo Ángel
Junio 13 – Parroquia San Antonio de Padua – Mini Bazar
Junio 13-14 – Parroquia Santa Lucia
Junio 13-14  – Parroquia Sagrado Corazón
Junio  26-28 – Iglesia San Pedro y San Pablo
Julio 3-5 –  Parroquia San Pablo Apóstol
Julio 10-12 – Festival de la Misión de Ysleta, en la Parroquia de Nuestra Señora del Monte Carmelo
Agosto 14-16 – Parroquia Santo Tomas de Aquino
Agosto 28-30 – Feria Del Valle 2015 –  Parroquia Cristo Rey
Septiembre 11-13 – Fiesta Mexicana – Parroquia San Juan Diego
Septiembre 18 -20 – Parroquia San Elceario, San Elizario, Texas
Septiembre 19 -20 Escuela P. Yermo
Septiembre18-20 – Parroquia El Buen Pastor
Septiembre 25-27 – Parroquia La Purísima
Octubre  2-4 – Parroquia Nuestra Señora del Valle
Octubre  3-4 – Feria de Artesanías para Adolescentes, en la Parroquia San Lucas
Octubre  9-11 – San Patricio, en Canutillo
Octubre  17 – San Juan Apóstol en Monahans, en el Coliseo “Ward County”

ASK IPS

QUESTION: I have suffered many years with being scrupulous and it seems that no matter what I do I can’t break out of this cycle. Why am I struggling this way?RGC June pg 4_Page_7_Image_0001

Let’s begin by understanding what scrupulosity is and how it can affect a person’s psyche. As someone who has struggled with being scrupulous in the past, hopefully I can combine my own experience with the psychological sciences to give you some clarity.

Father Thomas Santa in his 2007 work, Understanding Scrupulosity, notes the following on what the scrupulous person may believe about their relationship with God: “In the attempt to answer the question [does God love me?], the scrupulous person often determines that the best choice may be to move from a position of questioning to a position of perceived strength. ‘I will make God love me by becoming perfect. In this way God will have to love me (p. 15).’” In other words, the scrupulous person mistakenly perceives that God could not possibly love him or her without the person first proving that they are worthy of God’s love. However, underneath this desire to prove oneself is a sense that the person needs to control their relationship with God, particularly because the uncertainty of life terrifies them.  

Advice from psychological experts, drawing on Catholic faith and modern psychology

Uncertainty and scrupulosity seem to go hand-in-hand. When we cannot tolerate not knowing something, we tend to seek to command the situation as much as possible in order to believe that we have control. However, when a person begins a cycle of scrupulosity they may forget to add the variable of our fallen nature into the equation. Thus, they approach life from a position of believing that they can will themselves to be perfect. This then wrecks havoc upon their psyche since committing sin destroys perfection. Underneath this desire to prove oneself and to eradicate our inability to know God and His will completely is the person’s deep need to be loved and to know they are loved. As I have mentioned previously, human attachment is one of the most powerful forces in the universe. When a person becomes scrupulous they are expressing an attachment style that conveys the following: “I want to be loved, but I simply don’t know if I can trust a being that doesn’t seem to deal with me in a straight forward way.”

— William McKenna, M.S., Clinical Extern at the IPS Center for Psychological Services

All in all, scrupulosity is more than simply a desire to be holy. Scrupulosity conveys that the person feels a sense of emptiness and a perception that God cannot be taken at His word. Specifically, that God cannot be trusted when He says that He is Love (1 Jn. 4:16), and that He loved the world so much that He gave His only son for us (Jn. 3:16). Next month, I will discuss certain tools and principles that you can use to help overcoming scrupulosity.

Have a practical question related to psychology and faith? Write to askips@ipsciences.edu

PREGÚNTELE A IPS

Traducción por Martha Marmolejo

PREGUNTA: He sufrido muchos años siendo escrupuloso y parece que no importa lo que haga, no puedo salir de este ciclo. ¿Por qué estoy luchando de esta manera?RGC June pg 4_Page_7_Image_0001

Comencemos por entender lo que escrupulosidad significa y cómo puede afectar la psiquis de una persona. Como alguien que ha luchado con ser escrupuloso en el pasado, espero poder combinar mi propia experiencia con las ciencias psicológicas para darle un poco de claridad.

El Padre Thomas Santa en su trabajo del 2007, Entendimiento de la escrupulosidad, señala lo siguiente en lo que la persona escrupulosa puede creer sobre su relación con Dios: “En el intento de responder a la pregunta [¿Dios me ama?], la persona escrupulosa a menudo determina que la mejor opción puede ser la de pasar de una posición de cuestionar, a una posición de fuerza percibida. “Voy a hacer que Dios me ame por ser perfecto. De esta manera, Dios tendrá que amarme (Pág. 15). “En otras palabras, la persona escrupulosa erróneamente percibe que a Dios no le es posible amarle sin que la persona primero demuestre  que es digna del amor de Dios. Sin embargo, por debajo de este deseo de probarse uno mismo, hay una sensación que la persona necesita para controlar su relación con Dios, sobre todo debido a que  la incertidumbre sobre la vida les aterra.

Expertos en psicología asesoran sobre la base de la fe católica y la psicología moderna

La incertidumbre y la escrupulosidad parecen ir de la mano. Cuando no podemos tolerar no saber algo, tendemos a tratar de ordenar la situación tanto como sea posible con el fin de creer que tenemos el control. Sin embargo, cuando una persona comienza un ciclo de escrupulosidad, este puede olvidar añadir la variable de nuestra naturaleza caída en la ecuación. Por lo tanto, se acercan a la vida desde una posición de creer que tienen voluntad propia para ser perfectos. Esto entonces destruye estragos en su psiquis, ya que comprometerse al pecado, destruye la perfección. Debajo de este deseo de probarse a uno mismo y de erradicar nuestra incapacidad de conocer a Dios y su voluntad, es completamente la profunda necesidad de la persona de ser amado y saber que son amados. Como he mencionado anteriormente, el apego humano es una de las fuerzas más poderosas del universo. Cuando una persona llega a ser escrupulosa, es porque  está expresando un estilo de apego que transmite lo siguiente: “Yo quiero ser amado, pero  simplemente no sé si puedo confiar en un ser que no parece hacerme frente de una manera directa”.

-William McKenna, M. S., Clínico No Residente del Centro IPD para Servicios Sicológicos.

Con todo y eso, la escrupulosidad es más que un simple deseo de ser santos. La escrupulosidad transmite que la persona siente una sensación de vacío y una percepción de que Dios no puede ser tomado en Su palabra. En concreto, que Dios no se puede confiar cuando dice que Él es amor (1 Juan. 4,16), y que Él amó tanto al mundo que dio a su único hijo para nosotros (Juan 03,16). El mes que viene, voy a hablar de ciertas herramientas y principios que se pueden utilizar para ayudar a superar la escrupulosidad.

¿Tiene alguna pregunta práctica relacionada con la psicología y la fe? Escriba a askips@ipsciences.edu

Beatification of Archbishop Oscar Romero

By Cindy Wooden
Catholic News Service

VATICAN CITY (CNS) — Salvadoran Archbishop Oscar Romero, who was beatified in San Salvador May 23, has become a symbol of Latin American church leaders’ efforts to protect their flocks from the abuses of RGC June pg 4_Page_8_Image_0006military dictatorships.

However, his life and the 35 years it took the Vatican to recognize him as a martyr also reflect decades of theological and pastoral discussion over the line dividing pastoral action from political activism under repressive regimes.

Archbishop Romero was assassinated March 24, 1980, while celebrating Mass in the chapel of Divine Providence Hospital in San Salvador, the city he served as archbishop for three years.

The intense turmoil in El Salvador coincided with a period of intense questioning within the church as pastors in countries under military dictatorships, civil war or communist oppression tried to find the best ways to be faithful to their mission of ministering to their flocks while defending their rights.

The Vatican made frequent calls in those years for priests and bishops, especially in Latin America and in Africa, to stay out of partisan politics. But repressive regimes easily decided churchmen who denounced widespread human rights abuses were meddling in politics.

Jesuit Father James R. Brockman, author of a biography of the archbishop, like many historians and supporters of Archbishop Romero’s beatification, said that when Bishop Romero was chosen as archbishop of San Salvador in 1977, he was known as a “conservative” and there was a widespread assumption that he would not directly challenge the country’s rulers. His background was not that of a political activist.

Oscar Romero was born Aug. 15, 1917, in Ciudad Barrios, the second of seven children. Although not considered poor, the family did not have electricity or running water in their home, and the children slept on the floor. Oscar began working as a carpenter’s apprentice when he was 12 years old, but then decided to enter the minor seminary and continue his formal education.

Once he finished his studies at the San Miguel minor seminary, he transferred to the major seminary in San Salvador and was sent to Rome where he studied at the Pontifical Gregorian University. He was ordained to the priesthood April 4, 1942, in the chapel of the Latin American College.

Returning to El Salvador in 1944, he worked as a parish priest in the Diocese of San Miguel, later becoming secretary of the diocese, a position he held for 23 years. During that time — long before becoming archbishop of San Salvador and famous for the radio broadcasts of his homilies — he convinced local radio stations to broadcast his Sunday Masses and sermons so that Catholics in more rural areas could listen and grow in their faith.

In 1970, when the priest was 52, Pope Paul VI named him an auxiliary bishop of San Salvador. Four years later, he became bishop of Santiago de Maria, the diocese that included his hometown of Ciudad Barrios. Social and political tensions in El Salvador were growing worse; when five farmworkers were hacked to death in June 1975 by members of the Salvadoran National Guard, then-Bishop Romero consoled the families and wrote a letter of protest to the government.

“Before Romero was archbishop for a month, his deeply admired friend, the Jesuit Rutilio Grande, was killed,” wrote Thomas Quigley, a former official at the U.S. bishops’ conference, in the foreword to the English translation of Archbishop Romero’s audio diary.

Father Grande’s strong advocacy for the poor as he ministered in rural communities in northern San Salvador strongly influenced Archbishop Romero, say many of those who knew him. The Jesuit used his pulpit to denounce actions of the government and of the death squads in his country, as well as the violence used by some opponents of the government.

After consultation with the priests’ council, Archbishop Romero “ordered only one public Mass celebrated in the archdiocese on the Sunday following Grande’s funeral,” Father Brockman wrote in the introduction to the diary. “It turned out to be the largest religious demonstration in the nation’s history and for many a profound religious experience. But it also led to a serious clash with the Vatican’s ambassador, the papal nuncio, who had pressured Romero not to hold the single Mass lest the government think it provocative. It was the beginning of an enduring lack of understanding and support on the part of the nuncio.”

Archbishop Romero continued having his Sunday Masses and homilies broadcast by radio and, increasingly, he used them as opportunities to explain to Salvadoran citizens what was going on in their country and what their response as Christian should be. He always condemned violence and he urged conversion, particularly on the part of members of the government death squads.

Quigley wrote that Archbishop Romero’s homilies “rarely lasted less than an hour and a half” and included his account of “the events of the week,” both good and bad, “proclaiming the good news of the liberating Gospel and, with the prophets of old, denouncing the evils of the day.”

His homilies and his letters to government officials made him a frequent target of death threats and often put him at odds with several of the other Salvadoran bishops and even with Vatican officials who believed he had crossed the line into politics and was placing the church’s pastoral work in jeopardy.

He lived in a small residence on the grounds of the Divine Providence Hospital in San Salvador and frequently celebrated Mass, vespers and benediction there with the sisters who ran the hospital. He was shot and killed in the chapel, a day after he challenged army soldiers for killing their fellow citizens.

Devotion of the Month: Sacred Heart of Jesus

Devotion to the Sacred Heart, as we know it, began about the year 1672. On repeated occasions, Jesus appeared to Saint Margaret Mary Alacoque, a Visitation nun, in France, and during these apparitions He RGC June pg 4_Page_8_Image_0004explained to her the devotion to His Sacred Heart as He wanted people to practice it. He asked to be honored in the symbol of His Heart of flesh; he asked for acts of reparation, for frequent Communion, Communion on the First Friday of the month, and the keeping of the Holy Hour.
When the Catholic Church approved the devotion to the Sacred Heart of Jesus, she did not base her action only on the visions of Saint Margaret Mary. The Church approved the devotion on its own merits. There is only one Person in Jesus, and that Person was at the same time God and Man. His Heart, too, is Divine — it is the Heart of God.
There are two things that must always be found together in the devotion to the Sacred Heart: Christ’s Heart of flesh and Christ’s love for us. True devotion to the Sacred Heart means devotion to the Divine Heart of Christ insofar as His Heart represents and recalls His love for us.

 

Offering:

My God, I offer You all my prayers, works, joys, and sufferings in union with the Sacred Heart of Jesus, for the intentions for which He pleads and offers Himself in the Holy Sacrifice of the Mass, in thanksgiving for Your favors, in reparation for my sins, and in humble supplication for my temporal and eternal welfare, for the needs of our holy Mother the Church, for the conversion of sinners, and for the relief of the poor souls in purgatory.

Solidarity Ambassadors Leave for Honduras

-Elizabeth O’Hara, RHC Editor and Marco Raposo, Dir., Peace and Justice Ministry

“SOLIDARITY will transform the world!” This is one of the slogans from the Catholic Relief Service (CRS), a Catholic organization centered on solidarity as part of the mission of the Church. For parishioners in the

 Visiting with fisherman whose land was appropriated by force by a wealthy landowner who was threatened to run them out.

Visiting with fisherman whose land was appropriated by force by a wealthy landowner who was threatened to run them out.

Diocese of El Paso, that mission will take them to our sister diocese in Choluteca, Honduras starting May 17.

“We are looking forward to meeting our brothers and sisters in Honduras and sharing with them about ourselves, as we seek to deepen and strengthen our ecclesial relationship centered on our common discipleship of Jesus,” said Marco Raposo, director of the Peace and Justice Ministry.

Raposo said the El Paso delegation is made up of about two small groups of approximately four people each which will go visit two parishes in Choluteca: San Andres and San Antonio. Though some of the “solidary ambassadors” as they are called, have experience in missioning in other countries, others have not.

“It’s a personal call for me,” said Adriana Posadas, a solidarity ambassador from St. Mark Parish.

Honduras has an estimated population of almost 8 million people or approximately the population of New York City. It is the 4th poorest country in the Americas.

A special Mass collection is held once a year in El Paso for the assistance of Choluteca. This year, it will be held Jun. 6-7.

“It became clear for us that one way to help the people in the Diocese of Choluteca in their own efforts for human development was to invest in the areas of education and healthcare,” said Raposo.

This year’s trip will also give solidarity ambassadors a chance to follow up on many of the refugees helped by the Diocese of El Paso last year.

In the summer of 2014, approximately 2,000 refugees arrived in El Paso from Central America, the majority from Honduras, said Raposo. The plight of the immigrants, especially women and unaccompanied children, left a lasting impression on those who volunteered to help them.

“I want to go meet my brothers and sister Hondureños and get to know them better as I am helping them here at Nazareth Hall,” said Eina Holder, a parishoner at St. Pius.

Bishop Seitz spoke before the House Judiciary Committee in Washington D.C. in June 2014 regarding concerns of repatriating unaccompanied minors.

“Pope Francis decried the ‘globalization of indifference’ and the ‘throwaway culture’ that lead to the disregard of those fleeing persecution or seeking a better life,” testified Bishop Seitz. “In Evangelii Gaudium, the Holy Father speaks particularly of the importance of work with migrants and notes that it is essential for Catholics ‘to draw near to new forms of poverty and vulnerability [including migrants and refugees] in which we are called to recognize the suffering of Christ.’”

The solidarity trip will last about 10 days, said Raposo. Upon arriving back in El Paso, the ambassadors will debrief on their experiences, add to the curriculum for the next trip and begin recruitment efforts for next year’s travel group.