Category: Diocese

Mexico’s congress lifts restrictions on politics from pulpit

MEXICO CITY (CNS) — The Mexican congress removed restrictions on preaching about politics from the pulpit, a move some priests say increases religious liberty in a country with a history of statesponsored anti-clericalism.

The changes, approved June 19 in both the Senate and lower house, modify Article 16 of the country’s electoral crimes laws, which prohibited priests from providing people with information on how to vote. It also prohibited them from pressuring people to vote for certain parties or candidates or abstain from voting. The new rules eliminate the word “orientar,” (roughly translated as “guiding” or “directing” people in their voting), but leaves the prohibition on inducing the vote intact. Violations of the law are punishable by fines of up to 500 times the daily minimum wage of approximately $5.

Catholic priests welcomed the changes but called the new law “incomplete.” “There’s been a confusion between orienting (people on electoral issues) and inducing the vote,” said Father Hugo Valdemar Romero, spokesman for the Archdiocese of Mexico City, who has been denounced five times to the Interior Ministry for statements on social matters that left-wing parties considered overtly political.

Pope Francis: Beatitudes, Last Judgement guides to Christian life

VATICAN CITY (CNS) — Being a good Christian demands concrete action and deeds, Pope Francis said. And, he said, the “how-to” manual is found in the beatitudes and the Last Judgment, which spells out the consequences awaiting those who fail to help others in need.

Jesus offers a guide to life that is “so simple, but very difficult,” the pope said June 9 during his early morning Mass in the Domus Sanctae Marthae, where he lives.

It’s difficult because Christianity is “a hands-on religion; it isn’t for thinking about, it’s for putting into practice, to do it,” he said in his homily, according to a report by Vatican Radio.

The pope focused his homily on the day’s Gospel reading from St. Matthew in which Jesus teaches the beatitudes, which begin, “Blessed are the poor in spirit.” The beatitudes are the “program” and “the identity card” for every Christian, outlining a step-by-step guide to being “a good Christian,” he said. Jesus’ teaching goes “very much against the tide” of a worldly culture, he said, in which monetary wealth, superficial joy and personal satisfaction are the measures of happiness and success.

But “blessed are the poor in spirit, for theirs is the kingdom of heaven,” he said, and “blessed are they who mourn, for they will be comforted.” People who face reality and life’s big and small difficulties will mourn in their hearts, but they will also find consolation in Jesus, the pope said. Most of the world, on the other hand, “doesn’t want to cry, it prefers to ignore painful situations and cover them up” or just turn the other way and pretend they’re not there, he said.

Pope Francis said the beatitudes are “the program of life that Jesus offers us.” He said, “If we want something more, Jesus also gives us other instructions” in the “Judgment of the Nations” in later chapters of St. Matthew’s Gospel. People should remember the “protocol by which we will be judged” — by what everyone has done or didn’t do for the hungry, the thirsty, the naked, the ill and the imprisoned, he said.

Tepeyac pilgrims give thanks at Guadalupe Basilica

Special to the Rio Grande Catholic

Tepeyac Institute celebrated its 25th anniversary with a special Mass at the Basilica of Our Lady of Guadalupe in Mexico City April 25.

Approximately 150 pilgrims from the Diocese of El Paso participated in the anniversary celebration.

Bishop Mark J. Seitz presided at the Mass in the basilica.

Summer institute offers 30 courses in adult religious formation

The celebration was historic, because Tepeyac Institute was born inside the basilica, said Msgr. Arturo Bañuelas, founding director of Tepeyac Institute.

In a report describing the pilgrimage for members of St. Pius X Parish, Msgr. Bañuelas said, “During a retreat in the basilica after I returned from my studies in Rome, the insight was born to start an institute to form lay leaders to take their rightful role in the life and mission of the church.” When he returned, he said, Bishop Raymundo Peña “approved of the idea and we started working on building an institute”.

The name Tepeyac “comes from the top of the mountain where Our Blessed Mother gave Juan Diego the roses and told him to be the evangellizer in the Americas. Since then Our Lady of Guadalupe and St. Juan Diego have been the patroness and patron of our diocesan Tepeyac Institute,” he explained.

“We returned to Tepeyac 25 years later to give thanks to the Blessed Mother and to ask for continued blessings.”

For the past 25 years, Msgr. Bañuelas noted, “more than 20,000 persons have participated in Tepeyac formation programs. It is still the largest bilingual lay ministry formation center in the United States. The institute has a large national and international faculty from some of the leading Catholic universities in the nation.”

Augustinian Father Bob Dueweke is now the director of the institute.

This year’s Summer Institute, with 30 courses in religious formation, will mark the beginning of the institute’s 26th year.

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El Paso Bishop Mark J. Seitz and the staff of the El Paso Diocese’s Tepeyac Institute , joined by students and alumni, gathered outside of the Basilica of Our Lady of Guadalupe in Mexico City, where they participated in a Mass of Thanksgiving to mark the 25th anniversary of the Institute. More than 20,000 people have received instruction at the institute since its founding.

 

 

 

 

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Bishop Seitz distributes communion during the Mass in the Basilica.

 

 

 

 

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Carrying a banner proclaiming their pilgrimage to the Basilica of Our Lady of Guadalupe, staff, students and alumni of El Paso Diocese’s Tepeyac Institute form a procession on the streets of Mexico City April 25 as they proceed to the basilica where El Paso Bishop Mark J. Seitz presided at a Mass of thanksgiving for the 25 years of service the institute has given to the diocese and asking for blessings on the institute in the years ahead. Approximately 150 people from the Diocese of El Paso took part in the pilgrimage. Photo courtesy of Tepeyac Institute

Peregrinos de Tepeyac dan gracias en la Basílica de Guadalupe

Especial para Río Grande Catholic

Traducción por Anita Marta

El Instituto Tepeyac celebró su 25to. aniversario con una Misa especial en la Basílica de Nuestra Señora de Guadalupe en Ciudad de México el 25 de abril.

Aproximadamente 150 peregrinos de la Diócesis de El Paso participaron en la celebración del aniversario.

El Obispo Mark J. Seitz ofició la Misa en la basílica.

El Instituto de Verano ofrecerá 30 cursos para la formación religiosa de adultos

 

La celebración fue histórica, porque el Instituto Tepeyac nació dentro de la basílica, dijo Monseñor Arturo Bañuelas, director fundador del Instituto Tepeyac.

En un reporte que describe el peregrinaje para los feligreses de la Parroquia de San Pío X, Monseñor Arturo Bañuelas dijo: “Durante un retiro en la basílica después de haber regresado de mis estudios en Roma, nació la idea de iniciar un instituto para formar líderes laicos para que tomaran su legítimo papel en la vida y misión de la Iglesia.”

Cuando él regresó, dijo que el Obispo Raymundo Peña “aprobó la idea e iniciamos el trabajo de construir un instituto.”

El nombre de Tepeyac “proviene del cerro donde Nuestra Santa Madre le dio a Juan Diego las rosas y le dijo ser la evangelizadora de las Américas. Desde entonces Nuestra Señora de Guadalupe y San Juan Diego han sido los santos patronos de nuestro Instituto Tepeyac,” explicó.

“Regresamos a Tepeyac 25 años después para dar gracias a Nuestra Santa Madre y pedirle que siga bendiciéndonos.”

Durante los pasados 25 años, recalcó Monseñor Bañuelas, “más de 20,000 personas han participado de la formación de los programas de Tepeyac. Es aun el centro de ministerio de formación laica bilingüe más grande en Estados Unidos. El instituto cuenta con una amplia docencia a nivel nacional e internacional que vienen de prominentes universidades Católicas de la nación.”

El Padre Agustino Bob Dueweke es ahora el director del instituto. Este año el Instituto de Verano ofrecerá 30 cursos en formación religiosa, y marcará el inicio del año 26 del instituto.

 

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El Paso Bishop Mark J. Seitz and the staff of the El Paso Diocese’s Tepeyac Institute , joined by students and alumni, gathered outside of the Basilica of Our Lady of Guadalupe in Mexico City, where they participated in a Mass of Thanksgiving to mark the 25th anniversary of the Institute. More than 20,000 people have received instruction at the institute since its founding.

 

 

 

 

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Bishop Seitz distributes communion during the Mass in the Basilica.

 

 

 

 

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Carrying a banner proclaiming their pilgrimage to the Basilica of Our Lady of Guadalupe, staff, students and alumni of El Paso Diocese’s Tepeyac Institute form a procession on the streets of Mexico City April 25 as they proceed to the basilica where El Paso Bishop Mark J. Seitz presided at a Mass of thanksgiving for the 25 years of service the institute has given to the diocese and asking for blessings on the institute in the years ahead. Approximately 150 people from the Diocese of El Paso took part in the pilgrimage. Photo courtesy of Tepeyac Institute

‘Be the Sacrament in the World’ theme for 2014 Summer Institute

”Be the Sacrament in the World” is the theme for this year’s Tepeyac Summer Insitute.

Tepeyac Institute offers courses in theology, scripture, social justice, and spirituality with local and visiting international faculty from major Catholic universities.

The courses offered this summer are designed to, foster spiritual growth, update theology and religious formation, assist students in gaining pastoral skills, help participants meet other ministers throughout the diocese, and serve for re-certification, Augustinian Father Bob Dueweke, Tepeyac director, said. Some classes will be eligible for renewal purposes.

The list of presenters and courses offered this summer is:

June 9-12.

10 a.m. – noon

  • David LaBuda, MM, MA, El Desafio del Papa Fancisco, “Vivir el Evangelio con alegre.”
  • Marco Raposo MA, Eucaristaa: Un llamado a ser presencia real en el mundo.
  • Father Jerry Persha, PhD,STD, Mariology: Reflections on Mary the Mother of God in the Scriptures of the New Testament and in the Tradition of the Church .
  • Rosa Guerrero MA Praise the Lord with dance. Psalm 14Z Manny Barrios, LBSW, MPS, – Be the sacrament you celebrate

June 9-12

p.m.- 9 p.m.

  • Manny Barrios LBSW, MPS, Se el sacramento que celebras
  • Margarita Armendariz MA, ”Maria, La Estrella del nueva evangelizacion”
  • Padre Jose Moreno de La Helguera, “El Evangelio de Jesus para el mundo de ho,” baja la inspiracion del Papa Francisco
  • Jack Mooney- Prayer and the Divinity of Everyday Life
  • Marco Raposo M.A., Eucharist: A call to become a real presence in the world
  • David LaBuda MM, MA, Pope Francis challenge: ”Living the Gospel with Joy”
  • Dr. Jean Soto – St. Kateri Tekakwitha: Native American Mystic for our Times

June 16-19

10 a.m. -noon

  • Msgr. Arturo Baauelas, STD , Models of church: from Jesus to Pope Francis
  • Louise Rauseo, RN, MS – Challenge for Family Systems: Life at the Border
  • Father Bob Mosher SSC, PhD, – Introduction to Eclesiology
  • Lic. Marycarmen Lopez ,Taller de Duelo: Del Vacio a la Esperanza
  • Padre Miguel Angel Serrano, “Revelacion y revelaciones”
  • Hna. Enedina Juarez, Escudrilando al Papa Francisco
  • Dr Patricia J. Hughes, ”The celebration of Sunday: Why we do what we do, and how to do it”

June 16-19

7 p.m.-9 pm

  • Dr. Harry Fledderman, The Psalms Padre Miguel Angel Serrano, Apocalipsis: Esperanza o terror?
  • Hna. Enedina Juarez – Escudrinando al Papa Francisco
  • Padre Bob Mosher SSC, PhD, Introduccion a la eclesiologaa
  • Father Tony Celino, STB, MDiv, JCL, Divorce and Remarriage in the Catholic Church
  • Father Bob Dueweke,OSA, PhD, Christian Beliefs on Life after Death: New themes in Eschatology
  • Margarita Armendariz MA, Mary, Star of the New Evagelization

Saturdays

June 14

  • Ana Castorena, Encontrar el Yo en el Otrob las relaciones del Cristiano en el mundo actual
  • Rosa Guerero , Alabando al Señor con Alabanza -Salmo 149
  • Jack Mooney, Prayer and the Divinity of Everyday Life
  • Dr. Tom Ryan, Reading the Bible with the Saints
  • Dr.Ibrahim Sumer, Introduction to Islam
  • Sister Gael Gensler, OSF – RCIA Foundational Principles and Team Formation

June 21

  • Louise Rauseo RN, MS, Desafio al sIstema Familia – Vida en la frontera
  • Margarita Armendariz M.A., Sueños Parabolas del Alma
  • Margarita Armendariz M.A., Dreams-Parables of the Soul
  • Elba Stell, Brain Friendly Teaching
  • Hna. Enedina Juarez, Mi itinerario Espiritual (entre luces y sombras)
  • Padre Miguel Angel Serrano, Retiro para despedir agradecidos a nuestros seres queridos
  • Dr. Neomi De Anda and Michael De Anda MA, Gaming at the table of God
  • Dr. Veronica Rayas, The Definitive Aim of Catechesis: Communion and Intimacy with Jesus Christ

Ministry needs growing as Hispanics becoming majority in U.S. Church

Catholic News Service

CHESTNUT HILL, Mass. —- Training of pastoral leaders and provision of most other resources for Hispanic ministry aren’t keeping up with the fast-approaching time when Hispanics will make up the majority of Catholics in the United States, according to a new report.

“Hispanic Catholics have reached critical mass in the church,” said Hosffman Ospino, lead author of the National Study of Catholic Parishes with Hispanic Ministry. He said 55 percent of all U.S. Catholics under the age of 30 are Hispanic and Hispanics account for 71 percent of the growth in the U.S. Catholic population since 1960.

“Ignoring the growth of Hispanic Catholics in the United States would be self-defeating for our churches and schools,” he added.

Ospino, assistant professor of theology and ministry at Boston College in Chestnut Hill, presented his findings from the first major survey of how parishes are handling the rapid demographic shift on May 5 at the college.

Hispanics currently account for about 40 percent of all U.S. Catholics and their share of the population is continuing to increase. Nationwide, 4,358 parishes — almost one-quarter of the U.S. total — were identified as having some sort of organized ministry to Hispanics.

The study cited many signs of vitality in parish Hispanic ministry — including youth, a strong permanent diaconate system and thriving apostolic movements. But other areas require urgent attention, it said. Among the “urgent dynamics” of parish Hispanic ministry that are in need of attention, it listed: disproportionately limited financial and human resources, a “disquieting gap” in Hispanic enrollment in Catholic schools, and a cohort of pastoral leaders who are approaching retirement age with too few people in training to replace them.

Transitional deacons, permanent deacons to be installed by Bishop Seitz June 14

Special to the Rio Grande

Catholic Bishop Mark J. Seitz will install two transitional deacons and 10 permanent

deacons in ceremonies at 9:30 a.m., June 14 at St. Stephen Deacon and Martyr Parish Church.

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

Becoming permanent deacons will be 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 major seminary.

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.

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.

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New pastor brings new perspective to parish

By Andy Sparke

Rio Grande Catholic

A change in pastors gives parishioners “a new perspective,” says Lorena Reyes, a member of Holy Spirit Mission parish in Horizon City.

Bishop Mark J. Seitz named Father Jose Morales to lead the parish as one of the assignments of priests he made in November of 2013.

New leadership “teaches parishioners new ways” of expressing their faith as a community, Reyes told the Rio Grande Catholic.

The change has brought a different energy to the parish, she said.

For Father Morales, who was parochial vicar — assistant — at St. Pius X Parish before being assigned as administrator at Holy Spirit, the new assignment has also meant change.

”It has been good,” he said, but “quite different” being the leader of the parish rather than an assistant to the pastor. As an assistant he took part in ministering to the needs of parishioners and the various parish activities, but wasn’t in charge. Now, when questions come up, he realizes “you’re the pastor.”

Father Morales agrees he may have brought some new approaches to parish life, particularly in things like the Lenten observances. “But that is part of growth,” for parishioners and pastor, he said.

Parishioner Annette Pedregon said “At first you’re not sure what to expect “ when a new pastor is assigned to your parish.

“You’re so used to the way the pastor has done things, there is an uneasiness about the new pastor,” she said.

But the previous pastor, Father Ralph Solis, “told us the best way to remember him would be to keep an open mind and give support to the new pastor,” she said. “And it has been different, but very positive.”

At the first parish council meeting, “Father Morales said he wanted to get to know the people and get them involved. He stressed he wanted to build the church community, and it has been a very good thing,” she said.

While located in Horizon City, Holy Spirit Mission boundaries extend well into areas around that community.

City officials report the population of Horizon City as about 18,000, which Father Morales estimates “includes at least 10,000 Catholics. ”But the surrounding areas like Aqua Dulce have many Catholic families who are in the Holy Spirit Parish boundaries. The city’s boundaries represent only “about half of the parish area,” he says.

The area is growing rapidly, with new home construction at a feverish pace. Father Morales estimates the parish gains 50 new families every two or three months.

”The parish community is very active,” he says. “Parishioners are very willing to participate, which is one of many blessings.” Parishioners take part in approximately 20 ministries he notes. People have been able “to identify their calling within the church and have been very active,” Father Morales said.

Father Morales is familiar with the parish, having grown up in the area outside of East El Paso, and having worked in Holy Trinity Parish while a seminarian.

”I see familiar faces often,” he said .

The sheer size of the parish is challenging, he said, because it includes four areas, each with its own needs.

But the parish staff and involvement of the parish members makes it easier to deal with the challenges, he said.

 

 

Father Jose Morales goes over plans for Holy Spirit Mission parish events with members of the parish staff in the parish office in Horizon City.

Father Jose Morales goes over plans for Holy Spirit Mission parish events with members of the parish staff in the parish office in Horizon City.

Marriage, New Evangelization among topics for June bishops’ meeting

WASHINGTON—The U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops (USCCB) will meet June 11-13, in New Orleans, for their annual Spring General Assembly.

The opening Mass of the June general session will be celebrated by Archbishop Joseph Kurtz of Louisville, Ky, USCCB president, at the Cathedral-Basilica of St. Louis.

The second day of the general session will include presentations and discussion on two special topics: “Marriage and the Economy” and “the New Evangelization and Poverty.”

Other agenda items include:A presentation on the upcoming Extraordinary Synod of Bishops on the Family.

A presentation on the World Meeting of Families by Archbishop Charles J. Chaput, OFM Cap., of Philadelphia and Archbishop Vincenzo Paglia, president of the Pontifical Council for the Family.

A presentation from Catholic Relief Services (CRS) regarding the relief efforts in the Philippines in the wake of last November’s Typhoon Haiyan.

Debate and vote on the request for renewal of the recognitio granted to the National Directory for the Formation, Ministry and Life of Permanent Deacons.

Consultation on the cause for canonization of Father Paul Wattson, Servant of God.

Update and vote on proposal by working group on Faithful Citizenship.

A presentation on the Annual Progress Report of the bishops’ efforts to protect children and young people from sexual abuse, presented by Francesco Cesareo, Ph.D., chair of the National Review Board.

Artist presents painting of John Paul II to Bishop Seitz at time of canonization

Artist Charlene Morgan presents a copy of her painting of Pope St. John Paul II to El Paso Bishop Mark J. Seitz April 25 at the bishop’s office in the El Paso Diocese Pastoral Center. The presentation occurred as Pope Francis was preparing to raise John Paul II and Pope John XXIII to sainthood on Divine Mercy Sunday. Morgan said he was inspired to produce the picture of Pope St. John Paul II when he was on his deathbed in 2005. “I remembered him as a very vital man,” she told the Rio Grande Catholic, but “didn’t plan to present the picture to anyone in particular.” Using a photograph of the pope as a model, Morgan said she worked on the black pencil version of the picture for several months. When her parish, St. Matthew, started a campaign to raise money for the parish building fund, Morgan provided copies of the picture, which is copyrighted, to the parish to be sold to help raise funds. On an ecumenical note, Morgan said, a non-Catholic relative of her husband, who is pastor of a church in Houston was impressed by Pope John Paul and the painting that she produced. So a copy was presented to him. Morgan said she felt this was appropriate in recognizing that the pope, now a saint, also reached out to members of other faiths.

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