Mount Schoenstatt eNewsletter

September 2021 eNewsletter


“Lead from the Shrine, with Trust in Divine Providence

and Charity to All”


Dear Schoenstatt Family and Friends,

We enter September looking forward to the fall season and more comfortable temperatures.  At Mount Schoenstatt in this time of the year, we welcome the return of the girls’ youth group after their summer vacation.  Along with the changing colors that nature ushers in, our Blessed Mother will grace us with fresh life through the new initiatives of our Schoenstatt Family.  All are invited to participate.

Consider taking part in the new service opportunities that complement the prayer and sacramental “life” at the Cor Unum in Patre Shrine. The guardians faithfully welcome the daily visitors to the shrine.  With God’s grace and working together, observing all precautions due to Covid-19, we can prepare to re-launch invitations for pilgrimages to our Mother’s Schoenstatt Shrine, her beautiful place of grace.  In the not-too-distant future, we will once again serve our archdiocese by continuing to offer Kentenich Hall for day retreats to parish ministries, other movements and youth.  The beautiful landscape, meditation areas and restored paths will attract groups for camp retreats.  Once again we will see tents set up on our grounds!  Our MTA will guide us.  The Schoenstatt Rosary Campaign has gradually resumed the rotation of the Pilgrim Shrines and commissioned new missionaries.  The SRC has put in place some initiatives that have brought new “life” to the shrine.  As cor unum family, we extend our appreciation to the board, branch leaders, SRC and volunteers who serve our Mother.

In September we celebrate three Marian feasts:  the Birth of Mary on the 8th, the Holy Name of Mary on the 12th and Our Lady of Sorrows on the 15th.  We commemorate the homegoing of our founder, Father Joseph Kentenich, on September 15, 1968.  His holy life came to an end in the sacristy of the Adoration Church in Schoenstatt, Germany after celebrating the Mass of Our Lady of Sorrows.  His resting place is in the Adoration Church in Schoenstatt.  His tomb is inscribed with the words:  “Dilexit Ecclesiam” (He loved the Church; Eph 5:25).  Read the article in this issue on our father and founder’s farewell message to his Schoenstatt Family.

Julian & Pilar Huerta, AFF, co-editors

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Weekends:  Saturday-Sunday 11:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m

Weekdays:  Monday-Friday 11:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m.


September Masses

Fr. Hugo Tagle, Celebrant 

September 5 – First Sunday Mass 3:30 p.m. (Bilingual)

September 18 – Covenant Day, 12:00 p.m.

September 19 – Third Sunday Covenant Mass 3:30 p.m.

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If any changes to re-opening schedule or Masses are needed, updates will be disseminated as soon as possible.


Life at the Cor Unum in Patre Shrine and Movement News

The Guardian Circle of the Cor Unum in Patre Shrine

Have you considered the service opportunity of being a guardian of the shrine?  Do you feel called to spend time in prayer in the shrine and to serve our Mother Thrice Admirable by welcoming her visitors? 

We share a very meaningful presentation by Fr. Patricio at the Guardian Appreciation Dinner in 2017.  His presentation was on “Being a Guardian.”  He told us that it is most important to share from our heart that we love Blessed Mother, to make it crystal clear.  Also, he said to be gentle, like the Blessed Mother, to listen to the story of the pilgrim and invite him/her to live in a covenant way.  He concluded by telling us that the pilgrims have homework “nothing without you” – “nothing without us” and that what happens at home after a visit to the shrine determines their relationship with God.

SRC Update

Welcome to Dolores Jimenez, Emily Escalona and Benita Hubbard to the Pilgrim Mother Apostolate.  The three new missionaries have been receiving the Pilgrim MTA for many years.  When their missionary could no longer continue with rotation due to illness, all three decided to get commissioned. The Pilgrim MTA is being circulated in the St. Lawrence Parish community.

SAVE THE DATE:  October 16, 2021 Renewal for all missionaries

Pilgrimage welcomed

In August, a pilgrimage (bus) from Canyon Lake visited the Cor Unum in Patre Shrine.  The visitors were given a presentation on the symbols and history of the shrine.

Our Founder’s farewell message to his Schoenstatt Family:

The Heavenly Father called our Founder to his final home on September 15, 1968 at the age of 80.  On October 18, 1974, the 60th anniversary of the founding of Schoenstatt, the Holy See gave permission to open the beatification process for Father Joseph Kentenich.

 In an article by Fr. Guillermo Carmona (, he shares with us the meaning of our Founder’s words that we consider his farewell message to us, his Schoenstatt Family: … He invites us to live with great hope:  His last written message has instructions forever:  “With hope and joy, confident in the victory, we go with Mary into the newest times.”  … Hope is the virtue based on God’s promises, trusting in them we set out on the way, confident that He would never deceive us.  To hope does not mean sitting with hands folded waiting for a miracle:  it means going together to the Shrine to watch, to purify our heart of resentment, of bad feelings, and allowing the gift of Jesus – “nothing without you” – to find in each one – “nothing without us” – the experience of reconciliation, peace and joy.

Let us, as Schoenstatt Family of our Father and Founder, live in these newest times accepting his invitation to live with great hope and joy.

On September 15th, as family of Father Kentenich, we can plan a visit to the Cor Unum in Patre Shrine to give thanks to God for the life of our Father and Founder and for his God-given mission to be founder of the Schoenstatt Apostolic Movement.  When we kneel or sit in the shrine, we are invited to meditate with mind and heart on one way that we can embody our Founder in our being.

Photos of all the activities can be viewed on our website gallery:


 Eucharistic Adoration

Every Friday at 1:00-3:00 p.m. 

Every 18th at 11:00 a.m.

First Saturdays at 12 noon (Spanish)


SRC – Rosary in the Rosary Garden with reflections in honor of Saint Joseph

Every Wednesday at 11:30 a.m.

SRC – Visits in the Shrine by missionaries (rotation)

Every day

SRC – Adoration and Rosary

Every First Friday at 2:00 – 3:00 p.m.

Wayside Shrine – Rosary weekly rosary has been prayed for 27 years.

Every Tuesday at 7:00 p.m. -- Wayside Shrine, 302 Ave Maria, San Antonio, TX


Extend the pilgrimage experience - Hope Religious Store at Mount Schoenstatt Open on weekends and weekdays when the shrine is open. 

The store carries a large inventory of items to extend the pilgrimage experience of visitors to the shrine.  The symbols in the shrine – Father Eye, Unity Cross and Holy Spirit are available in an array of styles.  Come browse the inventory on display.

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