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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