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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.

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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.

Embajadores de Solidaridad, Van Rumbo a Honduras

-Marco Raposo, Director del Ministerio de Paz y Justicia y Elizabeth O’Hara, Editor del RGC 

“¡La SOLIDARIDAD transformará el mundo!” Este es uno de los lemas del Departamento de ‘Catholic Relief Services’ (CRS), organización católica centrada en la solidaridad como parte de la misión de la Iglesia.

íderes pastorales y niños en catequesis que nos recibieron en un pequeño pueblo en las afueras de Choluteca, Honduras

íderes pastorales y niños en catequesis que nos recibieron en un pequeño pueblo en las afueras de Choluteca, Honduras

Para los feligreses de la Diócesis de El Paso, esta misión les llevará a un viaje a nuestra diócesis hermana en Choluteca Honduras, a partir del 17 de mayo.

“Estamos ansiosos de reunirnos con nuestros hermanos y hermanas en Honduras para compartir con ellos sobre nosotros mismos y tratar de profundizar y fortalecer nuestra relación eclesial centrada en nuestro compromiso común de discípulos de Jesús”, dijo Marco Raposo, director del Ministerio de Paz y Justicia.

Raposo dijo que la delegación de El Paso se compone de dos pequeños grupos de aproximadamente cuatro personas cada uno e irán a visitar a dos parroquias en Choluteca: San Andrés y San Antonio. Aunque algunos de los “embajadores solidarios”, como se les llama, tienen experiencia en misionar en otros países, otros no.

“Es una decisión personal para mí”, dijo Adriana Posadas, embajador solidario de la Parroquia de San Marcos.

Honduras tiene una población estimada de casi 8 millones de personas, aproximadamente la población de la ciudad de Nueva York. Es el cuarto país más pobre de las Américas.

En el Paso, se celebra una colección especial en Misa una vez al año para la asistencia de Choluteca. Este año, se llevará a cabo los día 6 y 7 de junio.

“Quedó muy claro para nosotros que una forma de ayudar a las personas en la diócesis de Choluteca, en sus propios esfuerzos para el desarrollo humano, fue invertir en las áreas de educación y salud”, dijo Raposo.

El viaje de este año también dará a los embajadores de solidaridad la oportunidad de dar seguimiento a muchos de los refugiados ayudados por la Diócesis de El Paso, el año pasado.

En el verano del 2014, cerca de 2.000 refugiados llegaron a El Paso desde América Central, la mayor parte de Honduras, dijo Raposo. La difícil situación de los inmigrantes, especialmente las mujeres y los niños no acompañados, dejó una impresión duradera en los que se ofrecieron a ayudarles.

“Quiero ir a conocer a mis hermanos y hermanas Hondureños y llegar a conocerlos mejor, así como les estoy ayudando aquí en Nazaret Hall,” dijo Holder Eina, feligrés en la parroquia de San Pío.

El Señor Obispo Seitz habló ante el Comité Judicial de la Cámara, en Washington DC, en junio del 2014 con respecto a las preocupaciones de la repatriación de los menores no acompañados.

“El Papa Francisco condenó la ‘indiferencia global’ y la ‘cultura de usar y tirar’ que conducen a la indiferencia de los que huyen de la persecución o la búsqueda de una vida mejor”, declaró el Señor Obispo Seitz. “En el Evangelii Gaudium, (exhortación apostólica del Papa), el Santo Padre habla particularmente sobre la importancia del trabajo para con los inmigrantes y señala que es esencial que los católicos ‘se acerquen a nuevas formas de pobreza y vulnerabilidad (incluidos migrantes y refugiados), en donde somos llamados a reconocer el sufrimiento de Cristo.’”

El viaje de solidaridad durará unos 10 días, dijo Raposo. Al regreso a El Paso, los embajadores intercambiarán opiniones sobre sus experiencias, añadirán al plan de estudios para el próximo viaje e iniciarán los esfuerzos de reclutamiento para el grupo de viaje del año próximo.

Deacon Cárdenas Hired as New Director of Permanent Diaconate

-Elizabeth O’Hara, RGC Editor 

Jesus Cárdenas has been named the new director of the Permanent Diaconate for the Diocese of El Paso. He will oversee the formation of a new class of deacons beginning in 2016.

Deacon Cárdenas

Deacon Cárdenas

“Here in the U.S., we are more than half the deacons of the world,” Cárdenas said. “The diaconate has been exploding! There are more than 400 deacons in the Diocese of Houston.”

Cárdenas was ordained in 2008. He said more than 500 candidates applied. Of those, 20 were selected for the 4-year program. In the end, 15 men were ordained. A second graduation class in 2014 brought the total number of ordained deacons in El Paso to 32. Cárdenas said the process of becoming a deacon is quite involved.

“There is psychological profiling. You need to be in good health. You need the support of your pastor. A lot of people don’t know this but you even need a letter of support from your wife because you cannot neglect your family while you serve the church,” he said.

There are two kinds of deacons: transitional deacons are Seminarians who will later become priests and, permanent deacons who are ordained by the Bishop but don’t become priests. Instead, permanent deacons are family men who have a job outside of the church. Cárdenas is Dr. Jesus Cárdenas, a Ph.D. who currently teaches statistics, international commerce and enterprise resource planning at the University of Texas at El Paso.

“I like to stay busy,” he laughed.

Cárdenas said deacons can administer some Sacraments like priests. Deacons can perform baptisms, witness marriages, celebrate funerals and participate in the liturgy. However, deacons are not allowed to hear confession and they cannot consecrate. Sacraments are a very important part of the ministry of deacons, but service and mission as important as well. “In my parish assignment I preach, teach classes, set up parish ministries, do evangelization retreats, prepare couples for marriage, do counseling, etc.,” he said.

Cárdenas sees a major demand for deacons in El Paso as priests retire and fewer men go into the priesthood. “Deacons as administrators is something we’re going to be seeing more, taking the burden of administration from the priests so they can be more focused on sacramental administration,” he said. “But without priests, we have no consecrated hosts and then we cannot have services.”

Cárdenas said his office will work with the Diocese of Las Cruces to form more deacons who will serve the area with a special emphasis on West Texas. Additionally, Cárdenas is firming up the academic aspect of the diaconate program. This, he said, will allow deacons to serve in jails and hospitals that do not currently accept those who lack the academic accreditation.

Cárdenas said the demands of a deacon are great but the rewards are greater! He said the honor of being a deacon hit him especially hard one day before Mass. A little girl, about 7, pulled on Cárdenas’ alb to tattle on her 5-year-old brother who had hit her. When he asked the boy about it, the boy admitted what he’d done it and said he’d already apologized.

“I said to her, ‘Well then see, everything is ok. Go forgive your brother, give him a hug.’ And she did. And then she looked at me and said, ‘I just wanted you to know God.’ And when she said that, I felt my legs shaking because they tell kids, ‘We’re going to go see God at church.’ And they see the priests. And they see us there. And so in their innocent minds, we reflect to them what God is like. If we are angry, if we are impatient, that’s the image we project of how God looks. And I couldn’t stop crying. I realized I was there representing God.”

For more information on the Permanent Diaconate, please call (915) 872-8270.

Famed Catholic Priest, Fr. Patrick Debois, to Speak about “Holocaust by Bullets”

-Elizabeth O’Hara, RGC Editor

What was it about the death of 6 million Jews in the Holocaust that so moved a French Catholic priest that it would alter the course of his life forever?

Fr. Patrick Debois

Fr. Patrick Debois

It was family.
“Fr. Patrick Debois’ grandfather was a Ukrainian who was killed and he wanted to know what happened to him and those in his village,” said Jamie Williams, Education Director for the El Paso Holocaust Museum.

The search for the patriarch’s burial spot led Fr. Patrick Debois to visit the small village where his grandfather lived. Finding out details of his grandfather’s death then led to the exhibit, Holocaust by Bullets, now showing at the El Paso Holocaust Museum.

“When we think of the Holocaust, we think of the concentration camps: Auschwitz and Dachau,” said Lori Shepherd, Executive Director of the El Paso Holocaust Museum. “But there were 2 million people who were forced from their homes by the Nazis, taken not far from their homes, stripped and then shot point blank. They were left in mass graves. No one talks about that.”

Fr. Patrick Debois Lecture:
Sun. May 17, 6pm
El Paso Women’s Club, 1400 N. Mesa
$25
Tickets are limited
More info: (915) 351-0048

Shepherd said there are two reasons for the decades of silence. First, there were no survivors from the bullet massacres, only witnesses. Second, those witnesses lived in countries that fell to Communism at the end of World War II.

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Sr. Isabel Fierro, DC; Sr. Maureen Gallager, OP; Sr. Marie Cinotti, FMM; Sr. Betty Keegan, FMM; Sr. Mary Kay Mahowald, OSF; Sr. Fran Hicks, SSSF; and Sr. Doris Turek, SSND attend a pre-exhibit showing of Holocaust by Bullets.

“They were behind the Iron Curtain so until the Berlin Wall fell, nobody was talking to anybody. And as historians, we weren’t sure if the stories that were coming out were true or Communist propaganda.”

Holocaust by Bullets is an educational tribute to those who died as well as the showcasing of the witnesses, many who are now in their 80s and 90s if not older.

The El Paso Holocaust Museum is the first museum in Texas to host the exhibit and, the second in the U.S., preceded by the Los Angeles Museum of the Holocaust.

Fr. Debois uses the pictures of the past to promote advocating against inhumanity today.

“How can we be appalled by what happened then and not say anything about what’s happening today to people around the world?” asked Williams. “Fr. Debois will tell you it’s the same thing.”

Fr. Debois will hold a special lecture on Holocaust by Bullets on May 17 (see insert for details.) The exhibit will be on display at the El Paso Holocaust Museum until Jun. 1. The exhibit is free.

Hundreds Assemble for Annual Charismatic Conference

-J. Aaron Waggoner, Special to the Rio Grande Catholic 

On Friday and Saturday, Mar. 13-14, hundreds of local Catholics gathered for the annual conference organized by the Open Arms Community and held at the Las Alas Center on Paisano Drive. Known as the “El

Father Enrique Lopez Escalera, from the Diocese of Las Cruces.

Father Enrique Lopez Escalera, from the Diocese of Las Cruces.

Paso Catholic Charismatic Conference” nearly every year since its inception in 1976, this year’s Conference was called “Conference on the Holy Spirit for Adults and Youth.” The program included a Friday evening worship service, various talks and prayer sessions, and a closing Mass celebrated by Bishop Mark Seitz.

Following upbeat praise with Fernando Rodriguez and the Zion Music ministry from Santa Lucia Parish, Sister Magdalena Casas-Nava, DLJC, of the Diocese of Amarillo, and Father Enrique Lopez Escalera, from the Diocese of Las Cruces, opened the conference with their own frank and intimate testimonies. Father Lopez shared his deeply personal struggles with his father, confusion, and feelings of inadequacy, which led him to first doubt his fitness for the priesthood. With humor and a jovial energy, Sister Magdalena talked about how she endured painful silences in her family and at first resisted her vocation. Before being invited to prayer, the nearly three hundred faithful heard how both speakers found solace, purpose, and a deeper relationship with Abba Father through the intervention of the Holy Spirit.

In addition to more talks, worship, and prayer, Saturday sessions offered opportunities to socialize and learn about the Renewal. Conference attendees enjoyed a variety of foods provided by Open Arms and had the opportunity to browse literature and music. Gloria Williams, an Open Arms member, helped organize the conference’s food services.

“Though we were tired, the praise and worship gave us the enlightenment and the enrichment of the Holy Spirit that we needed to continue in love serving God,” she said.

A woman is moved by the Spirit while at the conference.

A woman is moved by the Spirit while at the conference.

The conference’s proceedings repeatedly emphasized the theme “Abba Father Send Your Spirit” and the role of youth in the Church. Approximately a third of the 300 people in attendance were teens, many of whom came with youth groups or Confirmation classes. The Spark It Up! Youth Ministry with Juiletta del Valle and Alberto Figueroa helped lead the assembled in dance-filled worship and offered a special Saturday prayer session for youth dealing with trauma and inner healing. Following the closing Mass, featuring a homily and blessing by Bishop Seitz, members of Spark It Up! joined Open Arms veterans and the guest speakers in prayers for healing with the laying on of hands.

Long-time member of Open Arms, Joanne Ivey, was pleased with this year’s event.

“It was one of the most joy-filled conferences I have experienced,” she said. “The speakers talked about serious issues with humor, and the participation of so many young people brought new energy to the event.”

More information about Open Arms is available at www.openarmscommunity.org or by calling (915) 595-0589.