Archive for: March 2014

Jesuit High class of ‘73 finally to get graduation ceremony

Special to the Rio Grande Catholicschools

The Jesuit community of El Paso and their supporters will be realizing the dreams of former students of Jesuit High School May 3 when the Class of 1973 will formally graduate.

Jesuit High School opened in the buildings that had housed the Ysleta College of the Mexican Jesuit community. The Jesuits had been exiled from Mexico from the time of that nation’s revolution until 1952.

Officially titled Colegio San Alonso, Jesuit High opened in 1959.

On May 27, 1963, 56 students graduated at Liberty Hall and received their diplomas from Bishop Sidney M. Metzger. The next nine years saw young men graduate and grow.

However, the dreams of the students at Jesuit High School were shattered Feb. 29, 1972, when they learned that after more than a dozen years of service and despite their dreams, Jesuit High School was closing. The Class of 1973 would not graduate.

Actually, says Jesuit Father Gonzalez, pastor of Sacred Heart Church, the class of 1973 “are graduates of Jesuit High, since they completed their program of studies. They were just denied the formal graduation ceremony.”

Over the years the Jesuits stationed at Sacred Heart and the alumni of Jesuit High have been thinking of a way to provide the Class of 1973 with a graduation ceremony.

And now. a Mass and honorary graduation ceremony and celebration for the Class of 1973 will be held at Sacred Heart Parish in El Segundo Barrio beginning at noon, May 3

All are invited to take part in the Mass and celebration.

As part of the celebration, there will be a Golf Tournament held at 8 a.m. May 2 at Painted Dunes

That evening a “Fiesta” buffet will be held 6-10 p.m. at the Vista Hills Country Club For more information on the Class of 1973, please call: Richard O. Martinez at: (915) 603-0779.

For more information on attending, please call: Lourdes Velasco at: (915) 532-5447 EXT 12.

Challenge Program hosts welcome for inductees


The Challenge Program at Loretto Academy welcomed new inductees the evening of Feb. 19 at the annual Ice Cream Social. At this induction ceremony, six young ladies accepted the offer to attend Loretto Academy through Challenge Program Scholarships. From left: Estefhane Morales, Sophilla Padilla, Yadel Ramos, Damby Renteria, Janell Rubio and Melody Ybarra start attendomg Loretto beginning with the new school year that opens in August.

Catholic Schools raffle a success

Sister Elizabeth Swartz, SSND, superintendent of Catholic schools, thanked all whose hard work made this year’s raffle successful! She expressed special “thanks to St, Joseph School and to their staff for all their help.” Raffle winners were: schoolsGrand Prize, Florencia Rivera sold by St. Pius X school; 1st Prize, Mariel Torres, sold by Our Lady of the Valley School; 2nd Prize, Alfredo Rubio, sold by St. Raphael School; 3rd Prize, Irais Ramirez, sold by Most Holy Trinity School.

‘Restless Heart’ film benefits scholarships

The Diocese of El Paso Education Assistance Fund is sponsoring several showings of the film “Restless Heart.” The film tells the story of St. Augustine and his conversion as well as that of his mother, Monica, who never gave up on him. There schoolswill be two showings on the Eastside and two on the Westside of El Paso. The first two will be 3:10 p.m. April 5 and 4:30 p.m. April 6 at the CineMark Tinseltown theatre.

The film will be shown at the CineMark on Remcon at 3 p.m. April 12 and 4:15 p.m. April 13.

Tickets are $10 each and benefit the Scholarship Fund for needy students. Tickets can be purchased at the Office of Education or any of our Catholic Schools.

Loretto students compete in Lego meet

Loretto Academy Elementary and Middle School robotics teams competed and placed at the First Lego League (FLL) Competition held at UTEP, Feb. 15.schools

Elementary School White Angelbots won 2nd place in the Champion’s Award. They will head to Canada in June for International Competition. Elementary School Purple Angelbots won 2nd place in the Judges Award. Elementary School Yellow Angelbots won 2nd place for Inspiration under the FLL Core Values Awards. Middle School Team won 2nd place in Programming under Robot Awards.

Loretto Academy Elementary School has been participating in the FLL for 3 years and this is the first year for Loretto Academy Middle School. The Loretto teams were also the only private or Catholic school students from El Paso at the competition. FLL helps students integrate science, technology, engineering and math skills to solve real life challenges.

Nature’s Fury was the theme for this year’s challenge. Each team selected a natural disaster to research and create a possible solution for alerting communities.

Most Holy Trinity students get money tips

Most Holy Trinity Students received some valuable information about saving money during Military Saves Week, Feb. 24-March 1.schools

Members of the Armed Forces Bank visited Holy Trinity and trained students in grades 2-8 on the importance of saving money each month, developing a personal financial plan and establishing good credit.

The students set savings goals and also received a certificate of appreciation from Armed Forces Bank.

Diocese offers assistance for victims of sexual abuse / La Diócesis ofrece asistencia a las víctimas de abuso sexual


Diocese offers assistance for victims of sexual abuse

Bishop Mark J. Seitz once again invites anyone who has been a victim of sexual abuse by a priest, deacon, religious or any minister of the church, to contact the Victims Assistance Coordinator,

Mrs. Susan Martinez, LCSW,

(915) 872-8465 or the Chancery, (915) 872-8407.

The Church desires the healing of any one that has been harmed.

La Diócesis ofrece asistencia a las víctimas de abuso sexual

El Obispo Mark J. Seitz nuevamente invita a cualquier persona que haya sido víctima de abuso sexual por un sacerdote, diácono, religioso o ministro de la iglesia, para que se comunique con la Coordinadora de Asistencia a Víctimas,

Sra. Susan Martínez, LCSW,

(915) 872-8465 o con la Cancillería, (915) 872-8407.

La Iglesia desea sanar a toda persona que haya sido lastimada.

Lent is time to reflect, act on Gospel call

During Lent, it is important that we take time to reflect. As part of our refection we are also called to do something more, to engage and put into action the Gospel’s call to grow spiritually, to respond with love and to live out our faith.12-1

The Diocese of El Paso relies on the help from the community of Christ to support the work of the ministries of our diocese. Your gift will help support 17 ministries that promote, prepare and support the clergy, implement education, formation, and worship for laity and provide outreach, advocacy and evangelization for the community.

  • Your Progress gift supports
  • Seminarian Recruitment and Formation
  • Major Seminarians Program
  • St. Charles Seminary
  • Vocations Ministry
  • Education, Formation and Worship
  • Office of Education (Catholic Schools)
  • Permanent Diaconate Program
  • Religious Formation Ministry
  • Tepeyac Institute
  • Office of Worship
  • Outreach, Advocacy and Evangelization
  • Catholic Campus Ministry
  • Catholic Counseling Services
  • Communications Ministry
  • Diocesan Migrant & Refugee Services
  • Marriage and Family Life Ministry
  • Peace and Justice Ministry
  • Tigua Native American Ministry
  • West Texas Ministry
  • Youth and Young Adult Ministry

If you have not yet made a gift to the Progress Campaign, we ask you to thoughtfully consider answering the call and give a donation. Your gift can be made as a one-time cash or credit card gift, a gift of stock, or a pledge that can be fulfilled in monthly installments.

Call (915)872-8412 or visit our website at www.elpasodiocesefoundation. org to make your pledge today.

¿Cómo podré pagar al Señor todo el bien que me ha hecho? Salmo116:12

Durante la Cuaresma, es importante que tomemos tiempo para reflexionar. Como parte de nuestra reflexión también estamos llamados a hacer algo más, a participar y poner en acción en el llamado del Evangelio, a crecer espiritualmente para12-1 responder con amor y vivir nuestra fe.

La Diócesis de El Paso depende de la ayuda de la comunidad de Cristo para apoyar la labor de los ministerios de nuestra diócesis. Su regalo ayudará y apoyará a los 17 ministerios que promueven, preparan y apoyan al clero, implementan educación, formación y adoración para laicos; y proporcionan la divulgación, promoción y evangelización de la comunidad.

  • Ministerios Apoyados con Su Donativo de Progreso
  • Reclutamiento y Formación de Seminaristas
  • Programa de Seminaristas Mayores
  • Seminario San Carlos
  • Ministerio de Vocaciones
  • Educación, Formación y Adoración
  • Oficina de Educación (Escuelas Católicas)
  • Programa de Diaconado Permanente
  • Ministerio de Formación Religiosa
  • Instituto Tepeyac
  • Oficina de Adoración
  • Enlace, Abogacía y Evangelización
  • Ministerio Católico Universitario
  • Servicios de Consejería Católica
  • Ministerio de Comunicaciones Servicios Diocesanos para Migrantes y Refugiados
  • Ministerio de Matrimonio y Vida Familiar
  • Ministerio de Paz y Justicia
  • Ministerio Nativo Americano Tigua
  • Ministerio del Oeste de Texas
  • Ministerio para Jóvenes y Jóvenes Adultos

Si no ha dado su regalo a la campaña de progreso, considere cuidadosamente cuando conteste la llamada a dar una donativo. Su regalo se puede hacer como un regalo en efectivo o tarjeta de crédito, una sola vez, un donativo en valores activos o, una oferta en pagos mensuales.

Llame al (915) 872-8412 o visite nuestro sitio web en para hacer su donativo hoy.

Clergy assignments

Bishop Mark J. Seitz has announced the following assignments of clergy in the Diocese of El Paso, effective immediately:

Father Jose Vera Perez, sacramental minister for Sts. Peter and Paul Parish.

Father Celimo Osorio, sacramental minister for El Paso area hospitals and medical facilities.