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12:30 PM:   Registration & Fellowship

1:00 PM:     Welcome & Opening Prayer
                    First Talk  (Sister Danielle)

1:30 PM:     Reflection on First Talk
                    Visit Lenten Resource Table

2:00 PM:      Break/Snacks

2:15 PM:      Second Talk  (Sister Danielle)

2:45 PM:      Opportunity for:
                     Sacrament of Reconciliation  (Father Vega)
                     Adoration in Shrine
                     Rosary in Rosary Garden
                     Stations of the Cross in Garden

3:45 PM:      Prepare for Mass

4:00 PM:      Mass of Third Sunday of Lent

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All Souls Rosary

The Schoenstatt Rosary Campaign’s monthly First Friday Rosary and Holy Hour was held on Friday, November 1.  Photos of deceased loved ones were placed on the communion rail as prayers were offered for their souls.

A shrine guardian of the Cor Unum in Patre Shrine, Roseanne Warner, recited a prayer-poem she had composed for the special commemorative service on the Solemnity of All Saints and All Souls Day.  The Schoenstatt Family shares Roseanne’s poem below:

In Memory of those I love –

Composed by Roseanne Blount Warner


The Day dawns quietly

My heart feels heavy

I will carry you with me

Down to the Shrine


You live in my heart

I whisper your names

Your faces I see

Through the echoes of time


I gently share stories

Place intentions in prayer

The little framed pictures

In this place so Divine


I miss you, I love you

Your presence is felt

As I pray so softly

On this Rosary of mine


Candles flicker so gently

Your faces look at me

Your spirit I feel

The beauty sublime


The sun is rising

My heart feels your peace

I will carry you home

From my sweet little Shrine

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We Celebrate Our Golden Jubilee, Part Nine

By Pilar Huerta

The day after the dedication of the Cor Unum in Patre Shrine, the Guardian Circle was in place with guardians both in the morning and afternoon to welcome visitors.  A sacristan, from the liturgical ministries, served our Lord and the priests for the very first Sunday Mass celebrated in the Cor Unum in Patre Shrine.  Several members from the Dallas Diocese sealed the Covenant of Love on this day.


Part Nine – Blessings for the shrine’s mission

Life in and from the shrine has brought God’s abundant blessings for the shrine’s mission.  The guardians welcome many pilgrims from Texas, the U. S., Mexico, Puerto Rico, the Philippines, Central, and South America.  In their encounters with the pilgrims, the guardians strive to make God’s love tangible by their words and service.  The mission of the shrine, cor unum in Patre (being one heart in the Father) expresses the spirit of unity.  In the shrine, Mary shows herself, to all who come here to pray, as the Mother of unity who unites all hearts in the love of her Son.  One of the graces we receive is the grace of being at home in the heart of God.  We, the Schoenstatt Family, and the pilgrims become anchored in the deep unity with God that comes through faith.   

Improvements on the grounds of Mount Schoenstatt were special projects of the Schoenstatt Family in the first two years. United with one another, we worked on prayer and meditation areas:  the Rosary Garden, Stations of the Cross to the top of the hill, the St. Joseph Circle and pilgrim rest areas with tables and benches.  In later years, additional meditation areas were developed.  Today, Mount Schoenstatt is a beautiful tranquil Marian place of pilgrimage.

Soon after the shrine was dedicated, the facilities at Mount Schoenstatt were made available, in service to the archdiocese, for day retreats of parish ministries, other movements and youth organizations.  The Schoenstatt youth from San Antonio, Austin and Corpus Christi and the Austin university men and women were welcomed for weekend retreats and overnight campouts.  God bestowed a great blessing to our San Antonio Schoenstatt Family.  From the Schoenstatt University Men, there are two vocations, young men from San Antonio, to the Institute of the Schoenstatt Fathers!

The scheduled Masses, Eucharistic adoration, weekly rosaries, day retreats, formation conferences and group meetings brought many participants.  Our Mother’s activity from the shrine inspired new life for the Schoenstatt branches, federation communities and the Schoenstatt Rosary Campaign.  She drew many to herself – new children from the nearby parish of Our Lady of Guadalupe and the Helotes community. 

Through the Pilgrim MTA Shrine of the Rosary Campaign, two thousand families from metropolitan San Antonio and surrounding cities, in the Archdiocese of San Antonio, have come to know and love the Mother Thrice Admirable, Queen and Victress of Schoenstatt.  For three days every month they welcome her in their homes with the special graces she brings from the shrine.  As Mother and Educator, she forms holy families.

Working together – “unity” -- was the main ingredient for having successful fundraisers. Through fundraising efforts and generous donations, two new developments were possible, Hope Religious Store and the Sacristy with a studio.

We are grateful for the call and blessing to be used as small instruments in the hand of our Mother and Queen for the realization of our shrine’s mission of “cor unum in Patre.”  It is a rich legacy and holy task of great significance to offer to Church and world from our shrine.

Our holy history of five decades, 50 years of great blessings, brings us to November 2019 – a Golden Jubilee celebration and a scroll that was signed by the members of the New Founding Generation (second 50 years).

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We Celebrate Our Golden Jubilee, Part Eight

By Pilar Huerta


After many years of longing, of contributions to the Capital of Grace, of united effort, perseverance, love and service, the Holy Spirit revealed to us that it was the time to act – it was God’s time.  On Pentecost Sunday 2005, the diocesan committee met to formulate a letter requesting guidance from the Institutes of the Schoenstatt Fathers and the Schoenstatt Sisters to get permission to build a daughter shrine in the Archdiocese of San Antonio.  The committee, representing all the members of the branches, made the decision to set a time frame for the building of the shrine.  A three-year intense fundraising campaign would be required.  The Living Stones Campaign would be implemented on October 1, 2005, the first day of the new fiscal year. 

 God’s surprise and great blessing, through the intercession of our Mother and Queen, came to us on September 27, 2005!  Our benefactor called Sr. Corelia Bechold to let her know that he was making a bank transfer to the Schoenstatt Movement of San Antonio for the construction of the shrine.  After prayers of thanksgiving and gratitude at the Fountain of Family Unity Wayside Shrine, the committee decided to go ahead with the planned campaign because additional funds would be needed for the clearing of the land, all the interior of the shrine, some of the symbols, and sacred vessels, linens, etc.  As it turned out, every dollar of the sizeable amount that was raised was needed for the completion and dedication of the Cor Unum in Patre Shrine. 

 The second weekend in October was when the Delegates Convention-Workshop had been held for many years at the Confidentia Shrine in Lamar.  The Convention of 2005 was an unbelievable miracle of unity!

Words of Sr. Corelia Bechold, A Shrine for a Shrine - History of the Cor Unum in Patre Shrine, p. 25

At the Delegates Workshop of that year (2005), Julian & Pilar Huerta and Linda Silva shared the news of the gift with the Delegates.  They, in turn, shared this joy from the heart.  Then something wonderful happened that could only be guided by the Holy Spirit and Father Kentenich’s intercession.  The leaders of the branches and the diocesan leaders voiced their readiness to build this new shrine together as a Jubilee Gift for the Confidentia Shrine (50th Anniversary).  When the Living Stones Album was developed by Pilar Huerta, each diocese took a symbol of the Shrine to work for and to present to the new shrine.  It was a miracle of unity guided from above, a Shrine for a Shrine.

Once home in San Antonio after the grace-filled weekend of unity, love, and joy, the work began for the diocesan committee and the board.  The preliminary work for the board was to prepare a short-term and long-term plan for the use of Mount Schoenstatt which was submitted by the chairperson, Pilar Huerta, to the appraisal district with the application for transfer from an agricultural exemption to a religious-use exemption on the entire property.  Upon approval, the next thing taken care of by the board was to sell the longhorn cattle and begin the clearing of 10 acres.  The architect, Francisco Gonzalez, who served on the board, prepared the architectural plan for the shrine.  Several of the sisters from Lamar came to help in the selection of the site for the shrine.

 The diocesan committee had as its primary focus, the process of discernment for the name and mission of the shrine.  It was a beautiful, spiritual experience of working together.  We had enough members, representing the branches and the pilgrim circle on the committee, to have one member or couple to spend one hour in Eucharistic adoration on each of the seven days of the week.  We did this for over two years until God, through the intercession of our founder, revealed to us the name and mission of our shrine – Cor Unum in Patre – One Heart in the Father.  It is a mission of great significance to offer to Church and world from our shrine.  Most of us (if I may venture to say, all of us) on the diocesan committee in the years of being called as instruments for this holy task, continue with our weekly adoration now 11 years later.  It was a great grace we received of an hour of silence growing in our relationship with God and learning to anchor each week of our lives in Christ who is present in the Eucharist.

Part Eight – Dedication of the Cor Unum in Patre Shrine – our Mother’s victory!

On October 18, 2008, with great joy, the San Antonio Family united with the Texas and U. S. Schoenstatt Family offered our Mother and Victorious Queen the Cor Unum in Patre Shrine.  It was the fulfillment of a 40-year longing for the day when our Mother, Queen of Unity, would reign from her shrine in the Archdiocese of San Antonio.  Living the grace of unity, our ideal, prepared us for this day and for the shrine’s mission. 

This second shrine of the Texas Family was the jubilee gift for the 50 years of the special activity of our Mother Thrice Admirable from the Confidentia Shrine in Lamar-Rockport – a Shrine for a Shrine!   For five decades, our San Antonio Family received the special grace of unlimited, childlike and victorious confidence through the hands of our covenant partner. Our striving to live unity daily, nurtured by the grace of confidence, has shaped our story.  It was with the attitude of great confidence that the Cor Unum in Patre Shrine was also offered in thanksgiving in advance for the canonization Schoenstatt’s founder, Father Joseph Kentenich.

Most Reverend Jose Gomez, Archbishop of San Antonio officiated at the dedication of the shrine.  The Mass was concelebrated by the Schoenstatt Fathers of the United States and some diocesan priests.  Several deacons assisted.  The Schoenstatt University Men served as altar servers.  The choir director was Maria Apac-Smith.  Carlos Cantu, from the Brownsville Diocese was the Master of Ceremonies.  The Mass was coordinated by the Dedication Mass Committee:  Fr. Jesus Ferras and the diocesan leader of the mothers’ branch, Linda Silva, and the diocesan leader couple of the family branch, Julian & Pilar Huerta.

1,700 persons attended this special day of grace and festive day of celebration in honor of the Mother Thrice Admirable, Queen and Victress of Schoenstatt.  Many guests from throughout Texas, the United States, Puerto Rico and Mexico were present.  After the Mass, the celebration continued with Mariachi music and a dinner for hundreds of guests in a large dining tent.  Congratulations and gifts were presented from throughout the United States, Mexico and Schoenstatt, Germany.

Our holy history continues, bringing us to 2019 and 50 years of great blessings. . .


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We Celebrate Our Golden Jubilee, Part Seven

By Pilar Huerta

As we journeyed with the Church and as Schoenstatt Movement in the final years of the 1990’s leading to the new millennium, we expressed thanksgiving for the gift of the property for our Mother’s dwelling place and future shrine of grace.  We presented our Mother and Queen with a crown.  The first May crowning on the property was on May 18, 1997 at an outdoor Mass celebrated by a visiting Oblate priest.  The stained-glass crown we offered our Queen was designed and crafted by Albert Tamez.  The following year, the crowning celebrated the 25th anniversary of the original crowning of our Queen of Unity in 1973.  The Mass was celebrated by Fr. Hector Vega and many of the members of our Texas family came to visit the property and celebrate with us.  The diocesan leaders of the branches offered the original Unity Crown to our Queen of Unity anew.  In the final year of the 1990’s, 1999, Archbishop Patricio Flores celebrated an outdoor Mass for our May crowning.  Our Texas family again celebrated as a united family.  In return, our Mother and Queen presented her children with a crown.  Through the generosity of her instrument, the first development of the property was completed -- electricity and a public-use well.  It took many prayers and contributions to the capital of grace “the nothing without us” to overcome the unexpected challenges with the two initiatives, each one is a “story of perseverance and trust” in itself!

Part Seven – Years of Foundation - Mount Schoenstatt

We entered the new millennium by welcoming special visitors from the General Presidium in Schoenstatt.  They came to see our hill country property and assess its feasibility for a Schoenstatt Shrine and Religious Center. 

United as Schoenstatt Family of San Antonio, we sponsored Schoenstatt Conference 2000.  It was held at a nearby parish hall.  Holy Mass was celebrated by Fr. Gerold Langsch who also presented the key talk.  A master plan for the Helotes property was unveiled by board member and architect, Francisco Gonzalez.  Ministry booths throughout the conference area helped to introduce Schoenstatt and to bring in volunteers interested in the life of the Fountain of Family Unity Wayside Shrine and the future shrine at Mount Schoenstatt.  The highlight of the program was a skit, “Vamos a Construir” (“We are Going to Build”).  We wore yellow construction “hard hats” made of plastic and by the end of our skit we had built a tabletop Schoenstatt Shrine out of cardboard cinder blocks, complete with bell tower and bell!   

 In 2001, the fifth of the founding years at the property, we purchased a 1,500 sq. ft. building (formerly used for CCD) from Our Lady of Sorrows Parish in downtown San Antonio and had it moved to Helotes.  That was the first building on the 52.8 acre property.  This year, in the October 18, 2001 Covenant Day Mass, at the sign of peace we added a hug for the persons sitting close to us with the words “thank you”.  We acknowledged our unity in Christ’s peace and the contribution of each person. The next year, the renovation to the building was completed. 

The year 2003 was ushered in by the movement of the Holy Spirit inspiring us to more spiritual striving.  United, the members of the branches offered a nine-week Rosary novena while walking the grounds of the property.  The men took turns carrying the SRC auxiliary shrine as we walked and prayed.  We were challenged to do more.  Belinda Murguia was inspired to have a pilgrimage to the Schoenstatt Shrines in Mexico and to offer our Mother her Unity Crown in petition for growth in numbers and growth in the depth of our Covenant of Love.  It turned out that only the diocesan leaders of the branches would make the pilgrimage – Linda Silva, Julian & Pilar Huerta and Belinda Murguia.  Fr. Christian Christensen accompanied us.  In the beautiful, holy Easter season, we visited the shrines in Monterrey, San Luis Potosi, and Queretaro.  In each shrine, our Mother and Queen accepted her crown and our petition for her intercession.  We also petitioned our Mother at the Basilica of Our Lady of Guadalupe in Mexico City.

In the summer of 2003, a very special Corpus Christi procession and blessing (E-W-N-S) was held in the large meadow of the property.  Soon after this beautiful spiritual preparation, we took on another project of an addition of 800 sq. ft. for an office and bathrooms.  More utilities were required to be installed in the property.  This project was made possible by the generous contributions of the members thru a three-year capital campaign implemented in 2001, Together We Can Build.  In November 2003, our Covenant Day celebration included a blessing of the Center with the newly completed addition.  The 52-acre property was officially named “Mount Schoenstatt”.  Fr. Hector Vega celebrated the Mass and blessed the building.  Sr. M. Corelia and Sr. M. Daniela came from Lamar to celebrate with us.

It is now the eighth year of the cattle grazing operation – we were maintaining fences and water troughs, and buying large quantities of hay bales from farmers in small towns on the outskirts of San Antonio.  Dealing with coyotes, feral pigs, and snakes was not something we had expected.  However, we had said our yes to maintaining the agriculture exemption and it included all.  God was with us and every year brought its own blessings.  During the December 2004 Covenant Day celebration and posada, Fr. Christian Christensen unveiled and blessed the wayside shrine at the entrance to Mount Schoenstatt.  It was a beautiful gift of the Mothers Federation, course III.

The year 2005 brings great blessings!  Our holy history continues. . .

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