Mount Schoenstatt eNewsletter


June 2019 eNewsletter


“Dilexit Ecclesiam – Beacon on the New Shore!”

50th Jubilee Year 1969-2019


Dear Schoenstatt Family and Friends,

Our beautiful May celebrations expressed our love for Mary, our Mother Thrice Admirable, Queen and Victress of Schoenstatt.  Our Mother bestows graces in abundance to her children bearing much fruit in the life experienced at the Cor Unum in Patre Shrine.

The month of June will bring many opportunities to be cor unum as we pray and worship together, joyfully welcome pilgrims and volunteer our service at fun events to raise funds for the operation of the Shrine to better serve our Mother’s visitors to her place of grace.  We can continue to honor our Mother every day through our lived covenant of love and working together, united as one family, each one according to our ability.

We wish all fathers, including our Schoenstatt Fathers, a blessed Father’s Day.  Come celebrate and pray for special graces for all the fathers on June 16, Third Sunday Covenant Mass.

 Pilar Huerta, Editor

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Life at the Cor Unum in Patre Shrine and Movement News

 June Masses

Fr. Francisco Rojas, celebrant (unless otherwise noted)


June 02 – First Sunday Mass - bilingual, 3:30 PM – The Ascension of the Lord (Center)

June 08 – Pentecost Vigil Mass, 6:00 PM

June 16 – Third Sunday Covenant Mass, 3:30 PM – Father’s Day (Center)

2:30-3:15 PM opportunity for confessions

June 18 - Covenant Day Mass, 12:00 PM (Shrine) 11:00-11:45 AM Adoration in the Shrine and opportunity for confessions

Day Retreat

This month we welcome the Women’s ACTS Team from St. Brigid’s Parish for their Day Retreat on June 15.

SRC News

Field Trip Pilgrimage – Holy Name Catholic School

Blessed Mother rejoiced when she received very special visitors in her Shrine during the month of May.  The third grade class from Holy Name Catholic School selected to visit the Cor Unum in Patre Schoenstatt Shrine for their end-of-school-year field trip on Friday, May 24.  Edna Salas, SRC Director, shares:  “It was a special gift. When the children arrived, I welcomed them and told them how happy I was that they had chosen the Schoenstatt Shrine for their school field trip.   But I also told them there was someone that was happier than I and asked if they knew who? They replied ‘Yes, Blessed Mother.’  Correct, I said.  You have welcomed her to your homes and now she welcomes you to her home.  They were amazing!” 

Their teacher, Margie Salazar, was a former Schoenstatt Sister. The children knew so much about Schoenstatt, not to mention all the prayers. They were very excited to be in the Shrine. The children, who made their First Holy Communion on May 11, brought with them a cross on which they had written their names and the date – a beautiful remembrance of their First Communion.  Upon arrival, each received a rosary, MTA picture with the consecration prayer and an explanation of the special graces of the Shrine and the symbols. 

The children loved the very large MTA picture that is in the hallway of the Center. When Ms. Salazar asked them her title, all responded “Mother Thrice Admirable.”  The children walked the Rosary Garden and visited the store.  The birthday girl, Arianna Luna, celebrated with her classmates.  Party snacks were provided by the SRC and Arianna’s parents.  She received a little gift, likely she will cherish for many birthdays.

Ms. Jennifer Tilller, the school principal, was commissioned with three Pilgrim MTA Shrines, one for the staff and two children shrines.  This was a first-ever field trip pilgrimage from a Catholic school -- a special grace of the Golden Jubilee Year of the Schoenstatt Movement of S. A.  Our holy history continues.

Covenant of Love Class

The next Covenant of Love class will be held on June 1, 9:30 AM – 12:30 PM

A Living History Pageant – a wonderful experience in our Golden Jubilee Year!!

Thank you to Edna Salas for the inspiration to have an outdoor performance to celebrate the opening of the month of Mary.  Thank you to the performers from all the branches, including the girls’ youth, who participated in depicting the Marian mysteries of the Rosary. Thank you also to our Schoenstatt Family members who worked behind the scenes to sew costumes, build props, and to make improvements to the forecourt and gardens of the Shrine.  The life of Mary was experienced through live scenes, meditations on the Rosary, and songs of praise.  It was a memorable event – a fruit of the special grace of unity, the ideal of the Schoenstatt Family of San Antonio.


Our annual charitable Family Bingo Fundraiser will be held on Sunday, June 9th at the same location as previous years -- Aggie Park and Banquet Hall, 6205 West Avenue.  Come enjoy a delicious Sunday lunch from 12-2 PM, entrée prices vary.  Breaking news! – We will have a singer to “serenade” us from 12:45-1:45 PM.  It will be music we all love.  Come for the food, entertainment, door prizes and chances to WIN at Bingo!

Bingo games from 2-6 PM.  Plan to be a part of this FUN “island-themed” summer afternoon with our Schoenstatt family and friends, neighbors and supportive local community.  The proceeds are designated for the operating expenses of the Shrine and improvement projects at Mount Schoenstatt. 

Some Bingo and Raffle tickets are still available.  Be sure to get yours very soon!   Bingo Tickets – a $25 donation gets you eight (8) Bingo games and a chance to win door prizes.  Raffle Tickets – a $2.00 donation each.  The contact person for food donations is Mary Tamez, 210-922-4336.  Door prizes can be dropped off at Mount Schoenstatt Center any day during operating hours.

$2,500 will be given away to the lucky Bingo winners at the fun afternoon!  For further information, contact Kathy Schwartz at 713-679-0513.

2019 Brings Jubilee Graces – November 23, 1969-2019

50th Anniversary of the Schoenstatt Movement in the Archdiocese of San Antonio

Part Three of the nine-part series:  “We Celebrate Our Golden Jubilee,” which features the history of the Schoenstatt Movement of San Antonio, was posted to the News Blog of our website in May.  It is titled:  Crowning of our Queen of Unity.  Check back in June for Part Four.   If you missed earlier segments, they will still be in the News Blog.

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May Crowning Celebrations Honored Our Mother and Queen

Our Mother Thrice Admirable was crowned “Queen of Purity” in the crowning ceremonies during the Mass on Covenant Day, May 18 and on the Third Sunday Covenant Mass on May, 19.  The beautiful crown of fresh white May blossoms was presented by Meme Macias and Kathy Schwartz on the 18th and by Marilyn Pittman on May 19.

Wayside Shrine Fundraiser – Save the Date:  June 23, 4:00 PM – Join Us!

The Schoenstatt Wayside Shrine is sponsoring a fundraiser:

Taco Plate Sale

Sunday, June 23, 2019 at 4 PM

VFW Post 1533 Patio

107 Elmhurst Street

San Antonio, TX 78209

Also, desserts for sale and possibly DJ music

Help us have a successful fundraiser – invite family and friends!

Gift to St. Anthony Catholic Student Center at UTSA

On April 7, our Schoenstatt Family presented a gift of a Holy Water tank and stand for the St. Anthony Catholic Student Center at UTSA.  The gift was presented to Fr. Jason Martini. A new Schoenstatt Pilgrim Shrine was commissioned in the Cor Unum in Patre Shrine, by Fr. Francisco Rojas, for the UTSA Campus Ministry.  The university is celebrating 50 Years of its founding.  The Archdiocese of San Antonio plans to establish a new parish at UTSA.

Archdiocesan Events:

Archdiocesan Pentecost Vigil Mass and Banner Procession – June 8, 6:30 PM

Archbishop Gustavo invites the Schoenstatt Movement to the Archdiocesan Pentecost Vigil Mass and Banner Procession at the Church of the Holy Spirit, 8134 Blanco Road.  The pre-liturgical banner procession begins at 6:45 PM followed by Mass.  Every year, we are invited to represent our Movement to celebrate the work of the Holy Spirit that is bearing fruit in our archdiocese.  We participate in both the Mass and banner procession.  This year our banner will be carried in the procession by two SRC missionaries, Julieta Garcia and Marciel Garcia.  All leaders are encouraged to remind the members in their groups to make plans to attend this beautiful celebration of the promised Holy Spirit. 

La Procesión de San Antonio – Feast Day of St. Anthony – June 13, 7:00-10:00 PM

Archbishop Gustavo Garcia-Siller invites us for a special Mass at San Fernando Cathedral followed by a candle-lit river barge procession with the Blessed Sacrament.  The procession will follow the river to the statue of St. Anthony (our city’s patron saint) and to Marriage Island, the site of the first Mass by Franciscan Missionaries on June 13, 1691.  As Schoenstatt Family, let us “Help be the Light” as a way to live our motto:  Dilexit Ecclesiam – Beacon on the New Shore!

Mount Schoenstatt


01        Covenant of Love Class, 9:30 AM

02        First Sunday Mass, 3:30 PM (bilingual)

07        First Friday SRC Adoration and Rosary, 10:30–11:30 AM, Team Mtg., 12:00 PM

            Helotes Couples Meeting, 7:00 PM

08        Mid-term Leaders Meeting 

Archdiocesan Pentecost Vigil Mass, Holy Spirit Church, 6:30 PM

09        Flamingo Bingo Fundraiser, 12:00 PM

15        Day Retreat – St. Brigid’s Women’s ACTS Team, 8:00 AM-3:30 PM

16        Third Sunday Covenant Mass, 3:30 PM

18        Covenant Day Mass, 12:00 PM

23        Wayside Shrine Fundraiser, 4:00 PM



Every First Sunday, 3:30 PM (bilingual)

Every 18th Covenant Day, 12:00 PM (in October at 7:00 PM)

Every Third Sunday, 3:30 PM

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



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

Every Third Sunday, 2:30–3:15 PM - Sacristy

Eucharistic Adoration

Every Monday, 1:00–4:00 PM – Shrine

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

Every 18th, 11:00 – 11:45 AM – Shrine



Every Monday, 9:00 AM – Shrine

Every First Friday, 10:30 AM – Shrine


Wayside Shrine, 302 Ave Maria, San Antonio, TX

Adoration every second Tuesday, 7:00 PM

Rosary every Tuesday, 7:00 PM

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Hope Religious Store at Mount Schoenstatt – Open daily 10 AM – 5 PM

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 for a friend.

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