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February 2018 eNewsletter


General Motto:  2017-2018:  Cor unum in Patre, Living Covenant Culture!


This month we enter the holy season of Lent on Ash Wednesday, February 14.  We will gather as one family in the Cor Unum in Patre Shrine for Mass and to receive ashes at 2:00 PM.  Everyone is invited to participate.  To help us prepare for a fruitful journey this Lent, Fr. Raimundo offers us a Lenten Day Retreat on March 3 (see details in article below).  May our faithfulness to the disciplines of Lent – prayer, fasting and almsgiving help to build-up our community as cor unum in Patre, living covenant culture.


Father Kentenich Year

Words of our Founder

“Mother, make me a master of prayer.”  J. K.


Pilar Huerta, Editor

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Life at the Cor Unum in Patre Shrine and Movement News


February Masses                                   

Everyone is invited to participate:

February 4– First Sunday Mass, 3:30 PM

February 14 – Ash Wednesday Mass and distribution of ashes, 2 PM

February 18 – Third Sunday Covenant Mass and renewal of the Covenant, 3:30 PM, fellowship afterward

Mass Schedule Changes Effective March 4, 2018

  • The Cor Unum in Patre Shrine will offer a bilingual Mass every First Sunday at 3:30 PM.
  • The Third Sunday Covenant Mass at 3:30 PM will include the commissioning and re-commissioning of new missionaries of the Schoenstatt Pilgrim MTA Shrine and fellowship will be held afterward.
  • The 18th Covenant Mass will be celebrated at a new time – 2:00 PM. Eucharistic Adoration will be held before the Mass from 12:30 – 1:30 PM, opportunity for the Sacrament of Reconciliation will be from 1:30 – 1:50 PM.  If the 18th falls on the day before or after the 3rd Sunday of the month, the 3rd Sunday takes precedence as the Covenant Sunday with Mass and fellowship at 3:30 PM and the 18th will be celebrated with adoration but with no Mass. 

Mother’s Diocesan Day – Saturday, February 17, 9 AM – 3 PM

The Mothers’ Branch will have its Diocesan Day on Saturday, Feb. 17.  All mothers are invited to attend.  We will have two speakers:  Fr. Hector Vega and Sr. M. Heidi.  Talks will be in English and Spanish.  The day will begin at 9:00 AM with registration and end with Holy Mass at 3:00.  The cost is $15 to help cover the cost of lunch and expenses.


Lenten Day Retreat – Saturday, March 3 - “Lent is an invitation to Sanctity”

The day retreat will be held from 12:30 – 5:00 PM.  It is open to everyone and sponsored by the family branch.  Fr. Raimundo Costa, Coordinator of the Schoenstatt Movement of San Antonio, is the presenter for the retreat. The day’s program includes opportunities for reflection, the sacrament of reconciliation, adoration in the Shrine, rosary in the rosary garden, the Stations of the Cross and to visit the Lenten resource table.  The retreat closes with Holy Mass at 4 PM.  Make plans to attend and let Fr. Raimundo guide us to accept the invitation to sanctity this Lent.  A $5.00 registration fee to cover expenses is requested.

Cor Unum in Patre Shrine – A Place of Pilgrimage – Pilgrim Visits in 2017

[Partial excerpt:  Fr. Guillermo Carmona, The Shrines as holy places, Argentina 2000]

Each Shrine is a place chosen by God.  A shrine, in the first place, is not just something built by human hands.  It is a place that bears witness to an initiative of God or Mary … an expression of the love of God, testifying to something very central:  “God has loved us first” (1 Jn 4:19) and arranged to place his divine dwelling place in our midst (Jn 1:14).  The initiative stems from God, touches the hearts of people and then is recognized by the Church.

Each Shrine is a place of pilgrimage:  The Shrine is placed at the service of the people, a people on the way.  Pilgrims who go to the Shrine do so with a number of different intentions in mind:

  • To express thanks
  • To seek pardon
  • To implore needed help
  • To offer their tears, happiness, grief or joy
  • To procure a moment of interior serenity


In the past year, 5,052 pilgrims have come in faith to visit the Cor Unum in Patre Shrine (conservative numbers per signatures on the guest book).  This includes 3,619 from San Antonio,1,073 pilgrims from 104 cities in Texas, 101 from 29 U. S. states + Washington DC, and 259 from other countries including 200 from Mexico and 59 from other countries worldwide:  Brazil, China, Colombia, Costa Rica, Ecuador, El Salvador, France, Germany, Guatemala, Paraguay, Peru, Philippines, Portugal and Puerto Rico.  In addition, 1,448 visits were made by the Guardian Circle and support volunteers.  Visitors from local parishes attending day retreats totaled 330. 

Life at the Shrine -- Liturgical services (Masses, Eucharistic Adoration and Rosaries) were attended by 3, 295; Movement activities by branch/group had attendance of 513.  The total (conservative figure) is 10, 638.  We estimate the actual number served at the Cor Unum in Patre Shrine and Mount Schoenstatt is 1,000 per month or 12,000 yearly.

Report by Julian & Pilar Huerta, Guardian Circle Committee


Schoenstatt Rosary Campaign News


On January 5, 2018, two more missionaries were commissioned for the Apostolate for the Sick.  Linda Silva, who has been a missionary for many years, will be circulating the Pilgrim Shrine within the San Jose Mission community.  Blanca Fernandez was introduced to the Rosary Campaign at St. Margaret Mary’s Church.  She was attending the weekly rosary that was held every Thursday and has been a receiver for a year now.  Blanca attended our annual workshop and was inspired to become a missionary.  She will be circulating the Pilgrim Shrine within her family and friends.

Please note that we now have eleven shrines circulating for the Apostolate for the Sick.  Anyone who is in need to have Blessed Mother visit while they are ill, being hospitalized or are homebound, can request her for a visit.  We have two shrines in Del Rio, one in Bandera, and eight in San Antonio.  Contact Edna Salas at 210-254-5770 and she will provide you with phone number to the missionary closest to you.  Blessed Mother’s visits bring much comfort and peace.

Calendar of Events will be mailed out to all the missionaries in the coming week.

April 29, 2018 – Annual Family Fundraiser

This year our Family Fundraiser will be a great event celebrating the Tricentennial of our beautiful and historic city of San Antonio and the 10th Anniversary of the Cor Unum in Patre Shrine.  We excitedly announce that in celebration of the two anniversaries above we will have a Fiesta Medal of our Schoenstatt Shrine.  It will surely be the favorite in our collection of Fiesta medals!  The date of our fundraiser, April 29, is the last day of our city’s annual 11-day Fiesta celebration.  We can all look forward to a very special event for our Schoenstatt family and friends.  Planning is underway, more details will be provided by your branch leaders and in the eNewsletter in the coming months. 

Pilgrimages for the Father Kentenich Year – Secure your place soon!

There will be four pilgrimages going to Schoenstatt to commemorate the homegoing of Father Kentenich into eternity 50 years ago on September 15, 1968 and that of Joseph Engling 100 years ago on October 4, 1918.

  1. English Speaking Pilgrimage: July 24 – August 8, 2018

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  1. English Speaking Pilgrimage: September 6-21, 2018

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  1. Spanish Speaking Pilgrimage: September 6-20, 2018

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  1. Young Women’s Pilgrimage: September 13-20, 2018

For more information, please contact your youth sister


Mothers Federation Retreat held in January

Course 5 of the Mothers Federation and Sr. M. Heidi Infante were welcomed at the Cor Unum in Patre Shrine, Mount Schoenstatt for their retreat on January 5-7 during the beautiful, holy season of Christmas.  Six mothers attended the retreat.

Photos of recent events are posted on the photo gallery of our website:


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02        First Friday Adoration and Rosary 10:30 -11:30 AM

            FB Helotes Couples Meeting, 7:00 PM

03        Girls Youth Meeting, 1:30 PM

            FB Couples Meeting (Sp), 5:00 PM

04        First Sunday Mass, 3:30 PM

14        Ash Wednesday Mass, 2:00 PM

17        Mothers Branch Diocesan Day, 9:00 AM – 3:00 PM

18        Third Sunday Covenant Mass, 3:30 PM


Every First Sunday, 3:30 PM

Every 18th Covenant Day, 2:00 PM (in October at 7:00 PM)

Every Third Sunday, 3:30 PM

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



Every 18th, 1:30 -1:50 PM

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, 12:30-1:30 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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