Archive for: April 2014

El Paso project finalist in Extension Society challenge

A project of the El Paso Diocese’s Religious Formation Office was one of the six finalists in Catholic Extension Society of America’s challenge to young people.

After Pope Francis urged youth to “Make Noise” at a World Youth Day in July, Catholic Extension asked young people to answer his call by dedicating a day to prayer, service, or philanthropy.

More than 70 submissions were entered by dioceses across the United States. Catholic Extension shared these good works with Pope Francis on the first anniversary of his election, and El Paso’s project was one of the finalists.

The Office of Religious Formation of the El Paso Diocese collaborated with St. Pius X Parish to host a carnival for children being held in detention centers in El Paso. The carnival offered the children, who are separated from their families, opportunity to play carnival games, win prizes, have their pictures taken, and share a meal. This project was documented for the Extension Day project and viewed by Pope Francis.

Every year, more than 150,000 children from Central and South America cross the U.S. border and are caught by the border patrol and sent to detention facilities. Msgr. Arturo Bañuelas, the pastor at St. Pius said, “Every child has a story to tell. If we heard more of these stories, we could change immigration laws.”

Film documents plight of farm workers

“Harvest of Loneliness,” a film about the Bracero Program of the 1940s-1960s, sheds light also on present- day discussions of immigration reform and the use of guest workers.

As part of the Pax Christi Film Series, the film will be shown at 3 p.m.,Sunday, May 4, at the Mother Teresa Center, 2400 East Yandell Drive.

From 1942 to 1964, the Bracero Program recruited Mexican farm workers for temporary work in the United States. The pay was low and working conditions often unsatisfactory.

Sponsors of the monthly film series are Pax Christi El Paso and the Peace and Justice Ministry of the El Paso Catholic Diocese. Admission is free. Donations are accepted. For information, call (915) 740-3962.

Connect the dots

Black taffeta gowns. Tiny wrapped bundles. Red, white and blue mixed with sadness. How do these have anything in common? Why is May so crowded with graduations, Mothers’ Day and Memorial Day unless there is a connection? janet

Swinging tassels and taffeta gowns envision achievements of goals and dreams. Swaddled in the blankets with every newborn are the yearnings of a mother’s heart for her child to be healthy and happy every day of the child’s life. And Memorial Day blesses the sacrifice of surrendering time with family in order to protect the bonds of family and country. Joy, pride, sacrifice and love connect the dots to unite three celebrations in May into one salute to life.

Motherhood is a job flavored with salt as well as sugar. Salty tears flow from mothers’ eyes at every stumble their children take from the time toddlers learn to walk through the obstacles hindering achievement of their children’s goals. If it were possible, mothers would gladly clear every hurdle from our children’s paths but we know that climbing over the hurdles strengthens and encourages them to succeed while we stand by to cheer their successes and offer our shoulders to soften the falls.

Salty sweat stains everyday life as mothers struggle to do their best in a job with no instruction manual. But there is no sugar as sweet as a smile or a simple “Thanks, Mom” from a child, no matter how old that child becomes.As children aspire to become the unique and fabulous version of adulthood that we know they are inside, we hold our breath and let go of their hands so they can soar.

Graduations taste bittersweet when that former toddler who needed us to chase away monsters before tucking him into bed will now face the monsters of the adult world without our protection. We teach them to be self-sufficient and then we cry just a little inside while fully rejoicing at their independence. As the saying goes, “Two lasting gifts we can give our children are roots and wings.”

Part of that gift of roots also involves memories of the past and sacrifices made to ensure a better future for our children. Memorial Day is the perfect time to teach our children about the sacrifices of time spent away from family in order to protect and help our families endure as well as the ultimate sacrifice made when the family is under attack and when our loved ones have given of themselves to improve the lives of families in distant lands. By enriching others’ lives, their sacrifice also strengthens our own families and nation in a painful endowment to the future.

Sacrifices, joys, tears, holding on and letting go – these are some of the dots connecting graduations, motherhood and commemoration of service. Thank you to every service man and woman who has sacrificed to protect our families and our nation while also improving the lives of families far away. Good Luck to every graduate who takes the next step on the wonderful journey called life. And may God bestow His blessings on mothers who joyfully embrace the beginnings and encourage the tomorrows of the precious gifts He gives us to love.

Encuentros inolvidables

Un encuentro es muy importante! El encuentro con una persona puede modificar nuestros planes, cambiar nuestro estado de ánimo, llevarnos a un nuevo empleo, hacernos perder cien dólares y ganarnos mil… Nos puede hacer perder el frwilsoncamino nos ahorrarnos lo del camión. Hay encuentros que nos hacer perder tiempo y encuentros que nos ahorran tiempo, porque nos ofrecen una fácil solución a nuestros problemas. Encuentros provocados, buscados, que nos decepcionan y encuentros ocasionales que nos dan un poco de luz…

Hay encuentros que esperamos con ansiedad y encuentros que tememos y rehuímos. Encuentros que son el principio de una tragedia y encuentros que despiertan el amor que nos alumbrara toda la vida.

Dos jóvenes hermanos, viajaban de vacaciones en una camioneta por una carretera de Colorado, en la mañana lluviosa de un domingo, a lo lejos vieron a un hombre que caminaba cojeando en medio de la lluvia fría, sin abrigo y sin un paraguas. Cuando estuvieron cerca al hombre, pararon y le preguntaron que a dónde iba, el les dijo que iba a la Iglesia que estaba a tres millas de distancia. Le ofrecieron llevarlo. Cuando llegaron pararon el carro cerca a la puerta de la Iglesia porque seguía lloviendo. Aquel hombre les dio las gracias y entró a la Iglesia. Los dos hermanos se quedaron allí por un breve momento. Uno le dijo al otro, estaciona la camioneta y entremos, hace mucho tiempo que no vamos a Misa. Mira que este pobre hombre viene de tan lejos cojeando y en medio de la fría lluvia. Estamos en la Misa y a la salida le llevamos de nuevo al viejito. Entraron y se sintieron muy contentos. Era un templo precioso, un coro espectacular, pronto encontraron asiento, el sermón del padrecito les llegó al corazón. Se sintieron como cuando uno regresa a su casa después de un largo viaje. Al terminar la Misa, se pararon en la puerta donde iba saliendo la gente pero no vieron al hombre que habían levantado en la carretera. Lo buscaron alredor y le preguntaban a la gente si lo habían visto pero nadie dio razón de él. Había desaparecido pero en su corazón había quedado una gran alegría del sabor de aquella Misa. El viernes regresaron a su casa y el domingo fueron a Misa. Su madre que ya estaba en el templo, al ver entrar a sus dos hijos, no lo podía creer, estaba emocionada.

Hacía tanto tiempo que ellos no habían querido volver a la Iglesia. Lloró de alegría y dio gracias a Dios. Al terminar la Misa, corrió a los abrazos y les preguntó, qué los había motivado para volver a Misa el domingo. Ellos le contaron que habían recogido a un hombre en una carretera de Colorado, en una mañana lluviosa del domingo. Al estar allí, sentimos deseo de entrar para después llevar de regreso a aquel hombre que cojeando y con la lluvia fría, venía de tan lejos. Lo vimos entrar al templo pero no lo vimos salir, pero quedo en nuestro corazón un sabor fascinante de la Misa, que ahora sentimos un deseo irresistible de venir el domingo a este Encuentro con Jesucristo Vivo y palpitante en la Eucaristía.

La Vida y el Evangelio están llenos de encuentros, que cambiaron vidas para siempre. Solo quisiera referirme a unos pocos: El encuentro de la Virgen María con el Arcángel San Gabriel, la hizo Madre del Hijo de Dios. El encuentro de Jesús con Simón Pedro, el pescador, lo hizo un gran apóstol y primer papa de la Iglesia. El Encuentro de San Ignacio de Loyola y San Francisco Javier, lo hizo un gran santo y Misionero de la Iglesia. El encuentro de los que hoy son esposos y llevan más de veinticinco años de matrimonio. El encuentro del penitente y el confesor, lo libera de sus pecados. Hay también encuentros fallidos, oportunidades que se perdieron:

El encuentro entre Jesús y Pilatos. Pilatos casi que deja a Cristo libre pero tuvo miedo. El encuentro entre Jesús y el joven rico, que no quiso repartir sus riquezas, casi que hubiera podido hacer un gran santo. Busca un encuentro con Jesús en la Eucaristía, en los Evangelios o en el prójimo necesitado de tu ayuda, todos podemos recordar algún encuentro con alguien; ¿cómo afectó nuestra vida?

Si te detienes un instante y miras a tu alrededor, te encuentras que todo lo que hay en la naturaleza es maravilloso y tantas obras del hombre a veces geniales son bellísimas, pero lo más importante en este mundo es la gente. La lección más útil que tenemos que aprender es saber relacionarnos y tratar con la gente. El éxito de tu vida, tu bienestar y tranquilidad depende de cómo convivas y le caigas a la gente; porque toda tu vida está relacionada con la gente. Un talento, una habilidad, un don especial, de nada sirve si no es apreciado y puesto al servicio de la gente. Al mismo Dios no llegarás, si no vas acompañado de la gente. Aprende a llevártela bien con la gente. ¡Que cada persona con la que te

Sangre Nueva

¡Pascua de Resurrección! La Sangre de la Nueva Alianza. La Pascua de los Judíos según la tradición bíblica del libro del Éxodo, es el primer mes del año, el día 14 en la luna llena de la primavera. Una celebración, en una cena, era una ley frraulperpetua para todo Hebreo, Israelita, celebrar la Pascua, EL PASO de la esclavitud de Egipto, a la libertad de la tierra prometida, para ellos esta celebración era algo así como para nosotros es el día de la Independencia, el 16 de septiembre o el 4 de julio. En Tiempos de Jesús, se celebraba en cada familia, con su centro en el templo de Jerusalén, donde se sacrificaban los corderos que se iban a comer en la cena familiar.

Jesús como buen Hebreo, Israelita de la tribu de Judá, Judío, celebraba celosamente la Pascua.

La última ocasión que Jesús celebró la Pascua con sus discípulos, conocida popularmente como “La Última Cena” fue el cumplimiento de las profecías de los antiguos profetas, como el Siervo paciente de Yavé, el cordero de la pascua, el pan bajado del cielo, el que da la vida por sus amigos, el Buen Pastor que busca la oveja perdida, el que nos da su sangre de la Nueva Alianza.

Actualmente, la Pascua Cristiana en la liturgia, se celebra durante 50 días hasta Pentecostés. Pero en realidad cada domingo del año, celebramos la Pascua del Señor hasta que vuelva. Y cada día en la Eucaristía diaria, (Misa diaria) celebramos toda la Pascua del Señor.

Por medio del Bautismo somos incorporados al cuerpo de Cristo, somos declarados miembros de la familia de Jesús, participamos de la muerte y resurrección de Jesucristo. Y por la confirmación recibimos la plenitud de los dones del Espíritu Santo.

Después del Concilio Vaticano II, que se revivieron los ritos de iniciación Cristiana para adultos y niños grandes (RICA), seguramente en todas las parroquias han tenido Bautismos, Confirmaciones y Primeras Comuniones. En esta parroquia de San Marcos tuvimos 45 Bautismos, seis convertidos a Católicos y siete adultos ya bautizados, recibieron Primera Comunión y Confirmación, en total 58 Primeras Comuniones y Confirmaciones.

“Sangre nueva” para la Iglesia, personas que participan de la SANGRE DE LA NUEVAALIANZA, la Sangre de Cristo.

Apreciable lector, te invito a gozar y disfrutar los 50 días del Tiempo Pascual como si cada día fuera el primero. Y cada vez que entres en la Iglesia, renueves tu bautismo con el agua bendita y tu participación en la muerte y Resurrección de Cristo que es tu propia resurrección.

El Paso Catholic school students compete in state science fair

Six El Paso Catholic Schools competed in the ExxonMobil Texas Science and Engineering Fair on March 20-23. The statewide competition was held in San Antonio at the Henry B. Gonzalez Convention Center.

Fourteen Diocesan Projects qualified for State Competition after winning at the Sun Country Regional Science and Engineering Fair held at the University of Texas at El Paso on February 21-22, 2014.

In the ExxonMobil Texas Science and Engineering Fair, one Senior Division team project from Loretto Academy (Megan Paredes, Tiffany Morales and Dafne Bencomo) competed. Those competing in the Junior Division were: Christina Urrea, Juan Pablo Villarreal, Isaac Dominguez, Ian Smith, Jose Luis Villarreal II and Cole Urea from Saint Joseph School, Valeria Perez, Jacqueline Legate and Deane Aoun (a team project) from Loretto Middle School, Daniel Maes and Spenser Ianniello from Saint Raphael, Nathan Quintana from Saint Pius X, Nicholas Peters from Father Yermo Middle School, and Elena Baugh from Most Holy Trinity School.

The El Paso Catholic Diocese had three winners in state competition. Junior Division Category Awards Winners were: Cole Urrea, Saint Joseph School, placed 1st in Behavioral and Social Sciences, Valeria Perez, Loretto Middle School, placed 2nd in Electrical / Mechanical Engineering, and Nathan Quintana, Saint Pius X School, placed 4th in Cellular and Molecular Biology.

Cole Urrea and Valeria Perez were also recipients of Broadcom Masters Nominee Special Awards. This award is by invitation only. It is awarded to the top ten percent in a SSP-affiliate fair. Both of these young people received not only a nomination from the Sun Country Regional Science and Engineering Fair, but also from the ExxonMobil Texas Science and Engineering Fair. Cole’s and Valeria’s entries will be judged during the summer. Broadcom and the Society for Science & the Public will announce the top 300 national semifinalists on September 3rd, and the 30 finalists will be announced on September 17th. Finalists will travel to Washington, DC from October 24th to October 29th to compete in the program finals.

Winners in diocesan schools academic tournament announced

Winers in the Academic Competion of the El Paso Diocese Catholic Schools, by category, were’

Category A

Dictionary Skills 7th

St. Raphael, Annette Miranda, 1st;

Loretto Academy, Grace Landon,2nd;

St. Raphael, Larissa Aguilar, 3rd;

St. Pius X, Andrea Macias,4th;

St. Matthew, Sofia Matta, 5th;

Our Lady of the Valley, Paola Rojas, 6th.

Spelling

St. Raphael, Ghicel Nunez, 1st;

St. Raphael, Albert Yoshimoto, 2nd;

Loretto Academy, Gio Munoz, 3rd;

St. Raphael, Lorelie Gonzalez, 4th;

St. Patrick, Anthony Moulton, 5th;

St. Matthew, Maria E. Sandoval, 6th.

Social Studies

St.Raphael, Victor Gallardo, 1st;

Loretto Academy, Sophia Andritsos, 2nd; tied with St. Matthew . Anthony Yanez, 2nd;

Our Lady of the Valley, Alam Murguia, 3rd; tied with Loretto Academy, Valeria Reynosa, 3rd;

St. Matthew, Isabella Liano, 4th;

St. Pius X, Alan Saldana, 5th;

St. Matthew, Abraham Lopez. 6th.

Maps, Graphs & Charts 8th

St. Pius X, Rubi Reed, 1st;

Loretto Academy, Jessica Becerra, 2nd;

St Pius X, Julio Munoz, 3rd;

St. Raphael, Emilly Cruncleton, 4th;

St. Raphael, Paulina Torres,5th;

St. Pius X, Adria Casale, 6th, tied with Loretto Academy, Carolina Munoz, 6th.

Mathematics

St. Raphael, Eduardo Duran, 1st;

Our Lady of the Valley, Diana Leyva, 2nd;

St. Matthew, Juan Carlos Sapien, 3rd’

St. Pius X, Elizabeth Quinones, 4th;

Father Yermo Elementary, Daniel Morales, 5th;

St. Patrick, Sandy Ponce, 6th, tied with Loretta Academy, Danya Navarette, 6th.

Category B

Dictionary Skills 8th

St. Raphael, Victor Gallardo, 1st;

St. Pius X, Miriam Guevara, 2nd;

St. Raphael, Paulina Torres,3rd;

St. Raphael, Anthony Fraga, 4th, tied with Loretto Academy, Michelle Flores, Michelle 4th;

St. Matthew, Isabella Liano, 5th;

Our Lady of the Valley, Jaime Mata, 6th.

Maps, Graphs & Charts 7th

Loretto Academy, Regina Deander, 1st, tied with, Loretto Academy, Grace Landon, 1st;

St. Matthew, Vincent Burrola, 2nd;

Loretto Academy, Ari Ontiveros, 3rd;

St. Patrick, Cesar Villegas, 4th;

Our Lady of the Valley, Adrian Quiroz, 5th, tied with , Our Lady of the Valley, Paola Rojas, 5th, Father Yermo Elementary, Jose Salazar, 5th, and St. Pius X, Brianna Jimenez,5th;

St. Raphael, Amber Hernandez, 6th, tied with St. RAphael Nathan Sanchez, 6th, and St. Matthew, Benito Fernandez, 6th.

ReadyWriting

Most Holy Trinity, Alissa Saenz, 1st ;

St. Raphael Kaitllyn Magnuson, 2nd;

St. Raphael, Aaron Cobos, 3rd;

Father Yermo Elementary, Sofia Olvera, 4th;

St. Pius X, Adria Casale, 5th;

St. Pius X, Miranda Perez, 6th.

Science

Father Yermo Elementary, David Kuntz, 1st;

St. Raphael, Eduardo Duran, 2nd;

St. Patrick , Esteban Ortiz, 3rd;

Loretto Academy, Sophia Andritsos, 4th;

Most Holy Trinity, Kiefer Miller, 5th,

St. Matthew, Dominique Skaf, 6th.

Number Sense

St. Raphael Annette Miranda, 1st;

St. Patrick, Monserrat Molina, 2nd;

St. Patrick, Sandy Ponce, 3rd;

Our Lady of the Valley, Diana Leyva, 4th;

St. Pius X, Ivan Espino, 5th;

St. Raphael, Isaiah Jimenez, 6th.

Loretto Academy senior named Millenium Scholar

Loretto Academy Senior Noheli Gabriela Romero has been named one of the 1,000 Gates Millennium Scholars for the GMS Class of 2014.

Romero has been at Loretto Academy for four years. She has maintained excellent grades especially in her mathematics and science classes, Loretto officials said in a press release.

She is currently enrolled in three advanced placement classes and is a member of the National Honor Society and French Honor Society. Noheli is also currently ranked in the top percentile of her class.

“Noheli is a very bright young woman and always works very hard,” said Jane Johns., junior/senior guidance counselor.

St. Raphael takes first place sweepstakes in Speech, Drama Tournament

St. Raphael Parish School took first place sweepstakes award in the El Paso Diocese Speech and Drama Tournament in March.

St Pius X School took second place, and Loretto Academy third place.

The tournament was “ truly a wonderful display of student talent and hard work and a testimony of the dedication of coaches and teachers,” said Sister Karina Tapia, principal of Father Yermo High School, which hosted the tournament. “It was truly a pleasure to host this event at our school.”

St. Matthew’s Parich School received the small schools award.

Winners in the competition’s individual categories were:

Group Improvisation

1st, Loretto Academy, Camilia Mendoza;

2nd, St. Raphael, Alejandro Veliz;

3rd, Our Lady of the Valley, Zachary Alvarado;

4th. St. Raphael, Ghicel Nunez;

5th, Most Holy Trinity, Matthew Escandon;

6th, St. Patrick, Aimee Galindo.

Religious Reading

1st, St. Raphael, Ava Moreno;

2nd, St. Raphael, Isaiah Jimenez;

3rd, Our Lady of the Valley, Michelle Ramirez;

4th, Loretto Academy, Michelle Flores;

5th, St. Pius X. Paola Arellano;

6th, Our Lady of the Valley, Alan Murguia.

Lip Sync

1st, St. Pius X, Adria Casale;

2nd, Most Holy Trinity, Joshua Garcia;

3rd, Our Lady of the Valley, V Carballo, Patricia Camila;

4th, St. Raphael, Celeste Alderete;

5th, St. Raphael, Emily Torres;

6th, St. Pius X, Regina Monclova,

Original Monologue

1st, Most Holy Trinity, Kyle Helms;

2nd, Karla,Guaderrama;

3rd, St. Raphael Kailyn Bradham;

4th, St. Raphael, Cerise Saucedo;

5th, St. Raphael, Larissa Aguilar;

6th, St. Patrick, Montserrat Molina.

Readers’ Theater

1st, St. Raphael, Eric Bustamante;

2nd, Loretto Academy, Carolina Munoz;

3rd, St. Raphael, Anthony Fraga;

4th, Most Holy Trinity, Elena Baugh;

5th, Carissa Gonzalez;

6th, St. Matthew, Hailey Franco.

Prose Interpretation

1st, St. Matthew, Brett Eastman;

2nd, St. Pius X, Brianna Jimenez;

3rd, St. Raphael, Lorelie Gonzalez;

4th, St. Pius X, Paola Arellano;

5th, St. Raphael, Kaitlyn Magnuson;

6th, St. Matthew, Estefania Walther.

Solo Pantomime

1st, Our Lady of Assumption, Juan Pablo Nava;

2nd, St. Raphael, Alejandra Contreras’

3rd, ST. Raphael, Joshua Duran;

4th, St. Pius X, Alan Saldana:

5th, St. Pius X, Byron Martinez;

6th, St. Raphael, Chris Sims.

Modern Oratory

1st, St. Raphael, Carlos Moreno;

2nd, Loretto Academy, Sophia Andritsos;

3rd, St. Raphael, Jose Aguilar;

4th, St. Pius X, Miranda Perez:

5th, St. Pius X, Elizabeth Quinones;

6th, St. Matthew, Pablo Andazola.

Duet Acting

1st. St. Raphael, Sienna Smith-Samaniego;

2nd, St. Raphael, Nthan ernandez;

3rd, St. Pius X, Nicolas Carrillo;

4th, St. Pius X Padric Brown;

5th, St. Matthew, Hailey Franco;

6th, Loretto Academy, Connie Ramirez.

Impromptu Speaking

1st, St. Pius X, Miranda Perez;

2nd, St. Raphael, Noah Jimenez;

3rd, St. Matthew, Miranda Escobar;

4th, Loretto Academy, Michelle Flores;

5th, St. Matthew, Andrea Henderson;

6th, St. Raphael, Eduardo Duran.

Poetry Interpretation

1st, St. Raphael, Anthony Fraga;

2nd, St. Pius X, Brianna Jimenez;

3rd, St. Raphael, Katherine Rodriguez;

4th, St. Raphael, Alec Fernandez;

5th, Loretto Academy, Andrea Marquez.

Spanish Reading

1st, St. Patrick, Jose Garcia;

2nd, St. Patrick, Andrew Ortiz;

3rd, Our Lady of Assumption, Stephanie Franco;

4th, St. Pius X, victoria Ana Felix;

5th, St. Pius X, Paola Arellano;

6th, St. Pius X, Danna Morales.

All that we have is from the Lord

Do you believe and trust that all we have is given to us as a gift from the Lord? Our material possessions, employment or business, our family and health are all gifts from the Lord. Our abilities, talents and experience are also from the Lord 12-1and belong to him. “Or do you not know that your body is a temple of the Holy Spirit who is in you, whom you have from God, and that you are not your own? For you have been bought with a price: therefore glorify God in your body.” 1 Corinthians 6:19-20.

All that we have is from the Lord, he entrusted us with gifts to serve and care for others. When we recognize these gifts are from God, when we give thanks to the Lord for all his blessings and we use our gifts of time, talent and treasure to serve others, we fulfill God’s purpose for our life. We begin to live a life as Jesus lived and the commandment that he gave, “Love one another as I have loved you.” This is a life of Christian stewardship.

Christian Stewardship is….

Receiving God’s Gift Gratefully

Nurturing God’s Gifts Responsibly

Sharing God’s Gifts Justly

Returning God’s Gifts Abundantly

This year’s scriptural passage for the Bishop’s Annual Progress Appeal is

Psalm 116:12, “How can I repay the Lord for all the great good done for me?”

This passage reminds us that everything we have comes from God, and we are called to share these gifts. The ministries of the Diocese of El Paso rely on your generosity to support their work of spiritual, pastoral, educational, advocacy and evangelization programs for our faith community.

If you have not yet made a gift offering to the Appeal, we ask you to thoughtfully consider answering the call and give a donation. Your gift can be made as a one-time gift or can be fulfilled in monthly installments.

Call (915)872-8412 or visit our website www.elpasodicoesefoundation. org for more information.