Category: Notes

2015 Catholic Immigration Integration Conference

The Hope Border Institute, together the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops’ Catholic Campaign for Human Development, the Center for Migration Studies, and Border Network for Human Rights invite you to a special one-day conference that will lift up innovative programs within Catholic parishes to integrate local migrant communities. The conference is free and open to all. To attend, please call (915) 872-8400 x 200.

2015 Catholic Immigration Integration Conference
October 2, 2015

Cathedral High School

Conference:  9:30 AM – 6:30 PM
Dinner:          6:30 PM – 8:30 PM

Two more priests receive new assignments

Two additional priests will have new homes come this fall.

Bishop Mark Seitz has assigned Fr. Antonio Lasheras, OAR as Pastor of Our Lady of Light Parish.

Also, Fr. Jose Luis Garayoa, OAR has been assigned as Pastor of Little Flower Parish.

Both assignments will be effective Sept. 1.

The moves come after several priests were reassigned as normal diocesan operations to various parishes in June.

15th Annual Loretto Golf Tourney

Calling all sponsors! Loretto Academy needs your help to support the school’s Tuition Assistance Fund. The 15th Annual Loretto Academy Golf Tournament is looking for teams and sponsorships. The tournament RGC Sept _Page_3_Image_0005benefits Loretto’s scholarships and programs.

The Golf Tournament will take place Friday, September 25, at Butterfield Trail Golf Course. Registration is at 7:30 a.m. and the Shotgun Start is at 9 a.m.

For more information on how you can participate, please contact Angela Glover at (915) 256-9190 or

Sr. Luz Doñez Elected new Superior General of the Missionary Sisters of Jesus, Mary & Joseph

The Missionary Sisters of Jesus, Mary & Joseph have elected Sister Luz Doñez as a new Superior General. RGC Sept _Page_3_Image_0006

As a Superior, Sr. Luz will be in charge of Missionary Sisters of Jesus, Mary and Joseph throughout the United States and Mexico.She is the first sister to be elected Superior General for the congregation from the United States. She is also the first sister to be elected who is from Texas!

Sr. Luz, along with Sister Margie Silguero, is currently in charge of the West Texas Ministries, a mobile Pastoral Sister’s Ministry, which serves the rural areas of the El Paso Diocese, based at St. Mary’s in Marfa, where she’s an administrator and has been serving since 1995.

Sr. Luz celebrated her 50th anniversary of Consecrated Life on Nov. 8, 2014. She entered the convent as a 14-year-old on Jun. 4, 1961 at Mt. Tabor Convent in Corpus Christi. She was born in Harlingen to the late Cipriano and Merced Doñez, the next to the youngest child in a family of 13 children.

Worldwide Marriage Encounter Weekend

“Marriage is a journey!” A Worldwide Marriage Encounter Weekend can help you enrich your marriage and add some excitement to your journey. Whether you’ve been married 1 year or 50 years, a Marriage Encounter Weekend may be just the thing you need to put a breath of fresh air into your relationship. Our next weekend is October 9-11, 2015 in El Paso. For more information please call Armando and Linda Juarez at 915-637-8797.
For weekend dates and more information, visit our website at

Happy Birthday!!

Fr. Wallace Blake Fry  9/8
Fr. Maximino J. Rangel, OFM  9/9
Fr. John “Jack” Vessels, SJ 9/16
Fr. Donald J. Adamski, OFM Conv. 9/17
Fr. Jose Vera-Perez, OFM 9/18
Fr. John Rini 9/22
Fr. David    LaBuda, MM 9/24
Fr. John Lucido  9/23
Fr. Richard Sotelo, SJ 9/30


Ordination Anniversaries

Fr. Joe Molina 9/2/95
Fr. Robert Edward Mosher, SSC 9/18/82
Fr. Jose Alcocer 9/24/60


September Kermes:


Immaculate Heart of Mary, Westway  Sept. 4-6
Holy Spirit Parish Sept. 11-13
San Juan Diego Sept. 11-13
El Buen Pastor Sept. 18-20
San Elceario Sept. 18-20
Fr. Yermo School Sept. 19-20
St. Pius Sept. 25-26

Estrellitas de Dios performs on world stage

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Photo courtesy: Fede Castillo

Estrellitas de Dios, a special-needs folklorico group from St. Pius performed at the 2015 Special Olympic World Games in Los Angeles.  More than 500 thousand spectators attended the July event.

Supreme Court puts on hold Texas law regulating abortion clinics

-Matt Hadro, Catholic News Service

Washington D.C. On June 30,  the Supreme Court of the United States temporarily halted Texas’ regulations on abortion clinics, which were upheld by an appellate court earlier in the month.

By a 5-4 margin, the justices on June 29 blocked the law from going into effect until it is asked to hear the case; and if the court consents to hear the case, until it issues its decision.

The 2013 law increased safety regulations for abortion clinics and physicians who perform abortions, requiring all abortion clinics in the state to follow surgical facility standards for their building, equipment, and staffing. Physicians at the clinics must have admitting privileges at a hospital within 30 miles, and a 24-hour hotline for patients experiencing post-abortive complications.

The appellate court’s ruling would have had the law go into effect July 1.

The Supreme Court justices granted a stay on the appellate court’s ruling, pending a “timely filing” of a writ of certiorari, which asks the Supreme Court to hear the case. If the request is denied, the stay will terminate automatically and the law will take effect. If the request is granted, then the stay will continue until the court issues a judgement.