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December 2017 eNewsletter


Cor unum in Patre, Living Covenant Culture!


On Sunday, December 3, the holy season of Advent begins.  During this season of quiet anticipation, let us spiritually enter the Schoenstatt Shrine – the wood tabernacle doors are open; we see the beautiful golden tabernacle doors with the inscription:

Nobis datus nobis natus ex in tacta Virgine

Given to us, born for us of the pure Virgin

The symbols show Christ, represented by the cross growing out of the lily, representing the Virgin Mary.

For us a child is born, to us a son is given;
and the government will be upon his shoulder,
and his name will be called
“Wonderful Counselor, Mighty God,
Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace.” Isaiah 9:6

Therefore the Lord himself will give a sign.  Behold, a virgin will be with child and bear a son, and she will call His name Emmanuel. Isaiah 7:14

We are invited to make frequent visits to the Shrine for prayer and reflection and to accompany our Mother in her time of longing and waiting.  In our home shrine, we can make spiritual visits to the Shrine and reflect on the scripture passage above from Isaiah as we await the great gift of love, Christ born anew in our hearts at Christmas. 


Father Kentenich Year

Words of our Founder

In Bethlehem… you gave birth to the Lord of the world for us all.

Just as you showed him to the shepherds and the Magi,

And humbly bowed before him in adoration,

            let us always be his loving instruments,

            and carry him deeply into human hearts.

                                                                         Kentenich, Joseph.  Heavenwards


From the Cor Unum in Patre Shrine, we wish our Schoenstatt Family and friends and all the pilgrims a very Blessed Christmas!


Pilar Huerta, Editor

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Life at the Cor Unum in Patre Shrine and Movement News

December Masses

Everyone is invited to participate:

December 3 – First Sunday Mass, 3:30 PM (Posada at 12 Noon)

December 8 – Solemnity of the Immaculate Conception, 12 Noon

December 17 – Third Sunday Covenant Mass and renewal of the Covenant, 3:30 PM

December 24 – Christmas Eve Mass, 5:30 PM

Note:  December 18 (Monday) Adoration - exposition at 12 noon and renewal of the Covenant of Love at 1:00 PM; adoration continues as scheduled 1:00 – 4:00 PM.


Day Retreats of Parish Ministries and Movements

This month we welcome the Dosis Healing Ministry for their day retreat on Saturday, December 16.

Mothers’ Branch Invitation to Advent Day of Reflection – Prepare the Way!

All women are invited to the annual Advent Day of Reflection on Saturday, December 2, from 1:00 – 4:00 PM at Mount Schoenstatt Center.  The day’s program includes:

Presentation by Sr. M. Heidi Infante

A Love Letter to the Christ Child

Visit to the Cor Unum in Patre Shrine

Please bring a favorite salad and/or dessert to share.  For information contact:

Virginia Gallegos 210-861–0180, Mary Tamez 210-922-4336 or Hope Falcon 210-596-2621. 


Everyone is invited to the Posada, Sunday, December 3, 12 Noon

This Advent shelter-seeking procession and narration of the Nativity of Jesus is a beautiful annual tradition at the Cor Unum in Patre Shrine.  The procession of shelter-seeking re-enacts the search for lodging of Mary and Joseph in Bethlehem as they prepare for the birth of Jesus.  Las Posadas has been celebrated in Mexico for 400 years and is a very popular Catholic tradition in the southern United States.  The activities on this family day are free and include piñatas, luncheon with tamales and other foods of the season, gift raffle, visit by St. Nicholas and community outreach to a local charity – please bring an unwrapped toy.  All donated toys will be delivered to St. Peter-St. Joseph Children’s Home. The day closes with Holy Mass of the First Sunday of Advent at 3:30 PM.  This year, Matachines from Holy Trinity Parish will perform a pre-Liturgy dance on the forecourt of the shrine.  Invite family and friends, bring children and grandchildren – costumes are provided for the children who want to participate. Come let us prepare our hearts to welcome Jesus with joy on Christmas.

Annual Men’s Retreat – December 9-10

This year the Men’s Retreat will be held at Mount Schoenstatt on the second weekend of December, Saturday, 9 AM – Sunday, 12 Noon on December 9 and 10.  It will be held as a campout.  The retreat master will be Fr. Raimundo Costa.  The theme for this year’s retreat is:  “What is the man ideal that God created?  For information, please contact: David Sanchez This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it., Herman Rodriguez This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or Luis Dominguez This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or if you have any questions.  Deadline to pre-register is December 1.

 Schoenstatt Rosary Campaign News

We welcome Myrna Bonano, a new missionary commissioned on November 5, 2017.  Mrs. Bonano’s husband was in the military and in 2009 was stationed in Germany and she shared that they lived two hours from the Original Shrine.  During this time, she joined the Military Council of Catholic Women.  The Council would hold their retreats at Schoenstatt.  She frequently visited and spent time helping the Schoenstatt Sisters.  When her husband retired in 2014, they moved to San Antonio.  She began receiving Blessed Mother in the Pilgrim MTA Shrine in 2015, and after two years she saw the need to form her own group to have Blessed Mother visit the military families.  Mrs. Bonano was elated to have this opportunity to share her love of Blessed Mother with others.

During the First Sunday Mass in November, we also had two renewals, Kathy Colunga and Laura Garcia.  Both have been missionaries for many years.

How can we help the Schoenstatt Sisters at Lamar?

We have received many inquiries by phone, email, and in person from our Schoenstatt Family and friends wanting to know how the Sisters are, what are their needs and how can we all help them?  The Sisters are safe and well thanks to our Loving Father and Blessed Mother and the prayers from everyone.  The Confidentia Shrine, the buildings and the grounds sustained considerable damage from Hurricane Harvey.  Volunteers for cleanup of the debris from downed trees, etc. are still needed; please contact the Sisters at (262) 309-7895 to be added to the volunteer schedule.  Donations, in whatever amount, are greatly appreciated and will help the Sisters to restore their home and the retreat center in a shorter timeline.   When we send our Christmas cards this year, let us consider including a love and gratitude offering in our card to the Sisters for their restoration efforts.  Send to:  Schoenstatt Sisters of Mary, 134 Front Street, Rockport, TX 78382.  Online donations through PayPal can be made on their website:  With joyful anticipation and unlimited confidence, we, as “Confidentia children,” look forward to the day of celebration for the re-opening of the Schoenstatt Retreat Center in Lamar as a day of thanksgiving to God, to our victorious Mother and Queen and to our Father and Founder.   

Guardian Circle of the Shrine

We welcome our newest guardian, Haley Miller.  Haley will serve as guardian on 2nd Saturday afternoons.  We thank her for her yes to the special calling to serve Blessed Mother and the many visitors to the Shrine.  We have four more guardian opportunities on the 4th Tuesdays in the afternoon, on the 1st and 4th Fridays in the morning and on the 3rd Saturdays in the afternoons of each month.  The commitment to the Guardian Circle is one half-day per month or can be more if the guardian chooses.  Morning guardians serve from 9:00 AM – 1:15 PM and afternoon guardians serve from 1:15 – 5:30 PM.  Please consider one of these opportunities to enrich your life and the lives of others through this apostolate.  Training is provided on the first guardian duty date.  For information, please call Mount Schoenstatt Center 210-695-1400 or Julian & Pilar Huerta 210-490-4367.

 Schoenstatt Federation Retreats

Two federation communities held their retreats at the Mount Schoenstatt Center and the Cor Unum in Patre Shrine in November.  The Mothers Federation Course VI held their three-day retreat, November 3-5.  The Family Federation Course V held their four-day retreat on November 9-12.  Both communities used the nearby hotels off Bandera Road for overnight accommodations and nearby restaurants for meals.  Mount Schoenstatt served as a beautiful, serene setting for the retreats.  The Masses and renewal of consecrations were particularly special in the Cor Unum in Patre Shrine during this Father Kentenich Year.  Visit our website gallery to view the photos of these and other recent events:

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Mount Schoenstatt

01        Family Branch Helotes Couples Group Meeting, 7 PM

02        Mothers Branch Advent Day of Reflection, 1PM

            Girls Youth Meeting, 1:30 PM

03        Annual Posada, 12 Noon

            First Sunday Mass, 3:30 PM

08        Solemnity of the Immaculate Conception Mass, 12 Noon????

09-10  Men’s Retreat, Fr. Raimundo Costa

12        Mothers Federation Area Meeting, 10:30 AM

16        Day Retreat - Dosis Healing Ministry, 9 AM – 5 PM

17        Third Sunday Covenant Mass, 3:30 PM

24        Christmas Eve Mass, 5:30 PM


Every First Sunday, 3:30 PM

Every 18th Covenant Day, 12 Noon (in October at 7 PM)

Every Third Sunday, 3:30 PM

On other dates as noted (Feast days, Day Retreats, Workshops, etc.)


Every 18th, 11:00 -11:45 AM

Every Third Sunday 2:30–3:15 PM

Eucharistic Adoration

Every Monday, 1:00–4:00 PM – Shrine

Every First Friday, 10:30-11:30 AM - Shrine

Every 18th, 1:00-2:00 PM – Shrine


Every Monday, 9:00 AM – Shrine

Every First Friday, 10:30 AM – Shrine

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Adoration every second Tuesday, 7:00 PM

Rosary every Tuesday 7:00 PM


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