Mount Schoenstatt eNewsletter

January 2020 eNewsletter

 “Joyful Apostles, Living the Covenant”

Dear Schoenstatt Family and Friends,

May the love, peace, and joy of the Christ Child fill our hearts during this holy Christmas season and help us to recognize His presence in our daily lives.  We begin the New Year by celebrating the Solemnity of Mary, Mother of God.  In the Covenant of Love, we want to entrust ourselves and the year to her as our Mother and Educator.

We will celebrate with the Church the Epiphany of the Lord in the First Sunday Mass on January 5th at 3:30 PM in the Cor Unum in Patre Shrine.  Please come to worship as one family on this day of the Manifestation of God to the world, represented by the Magi, and respond in faith and adoration.  Like the Magi, we can offer our own spiritual gifts to our God and King – our gold of love, our frankincense of prayer, and our myrrh of sacrifice. 

Our Father and Founder, Fr. Joseph Kentenich, often said:  “It is the shepherds and the magi who meet and listen to Jesus -- the simple and the wise. They are also the ones who hear the mystery of Schoenstatt.  The simple and the wise:  those who live in humility and those who go out courageously.”  J. K.  

As we go forth to a new year and a new decade, we pause to give thanks for the grace of unity – of striving to be “cor unum” -- which has shaped our San Antonio Schoenstatt Family for five decades.  With gratitude, we celebrated together, in November 2019, the 50th anniversary of our holy history.   Strengthened by the special jubilee graces, we embark to the future decades as a new founding generation. 

We express gratitude to Fr. Francisco Rojas for his pastoral care and guidance in the past year and to Sr. M. Heidi, Sr. M. Mara and Sr. M. Danielle, our branch moderators.

Thank you to the diocesan committee members and the federation communities for their leadership service.   We give thanks to the board of directors for their efforts with the improvements accomplished and the successful fundraising in 2019.  We thank all our Schoenstatt Family for their generosity and many hours of service offered to our Mother and Queen.   With confidence, we look forward to what God’s gifts will bring in the New Year for the Cor Unum in Patre Shrine and Mount Schoenstatt so that we may better serve the pilgrims and our community in our Mother’s place of grace.  Happy New Year!

Pilar Huerta, Editor

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Life at the Cor Unum in Patre Shrine and Movement News

January Masses

Fr. Francisco Rojas, celebrant (unless otherwise noted)

January 5 – First Sunday Mass - bilingual, 3:30 p.m. (Epiphany of the Lord)

January 18 – Covenant Day Mass – 12 noon, Adoration 1 p.m., Reconciliation 1 p.m.

January 19 – Third Sunday Covenant Mass and covenant renewal, 3:30 p.m., fellowship and light refreshments afterward, please bring something to share.

Guardian Circle of the Cor Unum in Patre Shrine

We express gratitude to all the guardians of the Shrine for their generous service in the past year.  A conservative estimate of the number of pilgrims that visit our Mother’s shrine every year is 12,000.  We need to have guardians for both the morning and afternoon to be able for the Shrine, Mount Schoenstatt Center and Hope Religious Store to be open daily.  We are in need of permanent guardians for several half-day slots.  The morning hours are from 9:00 a.m. to 1:15 p.m. and the afternoon hours are from 1:15 – 5:30 p.m.  We invite you to consider offering one morning or afternoon per month as a member of the guardian circle apostolate.  We have urgent need of permanent guardians on the fourth Sunday afternoon, fourth Thursday afternoon, and second and third Saturday afternoons.  Training is provided.  Please contact us by responding to this email or calling Julian Huerta, 210-843-9883, Melynda Ruiz, 210-445-0650 or Mount Schoenstatt, 210- 695-1400.

Ministries of the Cor Unum in Patre Shrine

In this newsletter, the Flower Ministry is featured.  All year, beautiful flower arrangements for the sanctuary of the shrine are provided by one or more dedicated members in the Flower Ministry.  Pilgrims who visit the shrine enter a place of grace and beauty.  For many years, Mary Tamez offered her heart and talent to our Mother by preparing beautifully arranged flowers for her throne of grace in every season of the year.  Together with our Mother and Queen, we thank Mary for her faithful service.

For several years, Armandina Alvarado has also served in the Flower Ministry offering to our MTA her special gift of creating beautiful flower arrangements.  She now represents the Flower Ministry by her presentation and contribution of all the floral arrangements that enhance the environment in our Mother’s shrine.  Armandina’s ministry is a “family” affair – her husband, Pedro, and the Alvarado children help and support her in her special ministry.  We express our thanks to Armandina for sharing her gift with all of the pilgrims that come to visit their Mother and with all of us, the Schoenstatt Family, for whom the shrine is a spiritual home.

Improvements at Mount Schoenstatt

By Kathy Schwartz, Board Chair

I want to first share about one of the completed projects this past month. The siding of the back wall of the outside of the center was deteriorating. The wood below was rotten and falling apart. The wood was replaced and new HardiePlank siding was installed and painted to match the newer sections of the building.  The outcome is a cleaner look and should also help to insulate the center.

Another project near completion is the rock garden between the shrine and sacristy. The majority of the work was done by Melynda Ruiz and John Schwartz.  There are yet a few finishing touches that will be added in the next few months.

Projects planned in 2020

  • There are plans to replace the entire flooring in the center. Again, it will give the center a newer, cleaner appearance and nice flow.
  • A light switch on a timer will be installed for the back door so guardians can go out of the building into a lit area without having to use the breaker box switch.
  • A project for the near future will be redoing the precious children's garden—the Queen of Precious Life Garden. The St Joseph statue and stone curved benches will be brought down from their current location on the knoll and incorporated along the pathway to that garden. This will give visitors a better opportunity to enjoy our gardens.  Val Macias will be overseeing this work along with other volunteers.
  • Also planned is to replace or refurbish the metal donation plaques on the Stations of the Cross along with repairing each station that needs repair. We will be contacting the engraving company to see what they recommend.

Our projects seem endless and there is always repair and upkeep.  We have been blessed with many generous donations in order that we can afford to do the projects we have undertaken.  The Fredericksburg St. Vincent de Paul has been a true gift to us.  We need volunteers each month.  Continued donations are always helpful and needed to carry on with these and more improvements.

If anything, we wish people to especially continue to pray for direction and support in order to keep Schoenstatt a beautiful place. So many comment to us how they love coming to Schoenstatt to enjoy the peace and beauty that is truly present here.

January 20, 1942 – Second Milestone in Schoenstatt’s History

Why is January 20th an important date in the history of the Schoenstatt Movement?  What was the act of strict self-denial of our father and founder, Fr. Joseph Kentenich, and what was his strength during this period?  Invite you to read or re-read the blog post:

December Advent-Christmas celebrations of our “cor unum” family

Five celebrations were held to prepare to welcome our Lord Jesus at Christmas:  The Mothers Branch Advent Day of Reflection, the Posada on the First Sunday of Advent with Matachines from Holy Trinity Parish, the Third Sunday Covenant Mass and Christmas Program on the Third Sunday of Advent and the beautiful Christmas Vigil Mass on December 24th.  Thank you to Fr. Francisco Rojas for helping us to celebrate the Holy Seasons of Advent and Christmas in such a meaningful way. 

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

Mount Schoenstatt


03        First Friday SRC Adoration and Rosary, 10:30-11:30 a.m.

            Team Meeting 12 noon

            Helotes Couples Meeting, 7:00 p.m.

04        Girls Youth Meeting, 1:30 p.m.

            Couples Meeting (Spanish), 3:30 p.m.   

05        First Sunday Mass, 3:30 p.m. (bilingual) – Epiphany of the Lord

18        Covenant Day Mass, 12 noon

19        Third Sunday Covenant Mass, 3:30 p.m.

20        Second Milestone in Schoenstatt’s history – January 20, 1942


Every First Sunday, 3:30 p.m. (bilingual) - Shrine

Every 18th Covenant Day, 12:00 p.m. (in October at 7:00 p.m.) - Shrine

Every Third Sunday, 3:30 p.m. - Center

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



After the 18th Covenant Day Mass or by appointment with Fr. Francisco Rojas

Eucharistic Adoration

Every Monday, 1:00–4:00 p.m. – Shrine

Every First Friday, 10:30-11:30 a.m. - Shrine

Every 18th, 1:00-2:00 p.m. – Shrine



Every Monday, 9:00 a.m. – Shrine

Every First Friday, 10:30 a.m. – Shrine


Wayside Shrine, 302 Ave Maria, San Antonio, TX

Adoration every second Tuesday, 7:00 p.m.

Rosary every Tuesday, 7:00 p.m.

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Website gallery for photos of recent events:

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Hope Religious Store at Mount Schoenstatt – Open daily 9:30 a.m. – 5 p.m.

Hope Religious Store carries a large inventory of items to extend the pilgrimage experience of our Mother’s visitors to the shrine.  You will find framed and unframed prints of the Mother Thrice Admirable, rosaries, pendants, bracelets and many other sacramentals.  Candles are a popular item along with the Father Eye, Unity Cross and Holy Spirit symbols in an array of styles.  We invite you to come browse the new inventory out on display to find the perfect religious item for yourself or as a gift.

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