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December 2018 eNewsletter


“Dilexit Ecclesiam – Beacon on the New Shore!”

 Dear Schoenstatt Family and Friends,

As one Schoenstatt Family of the Archdiocese of San Antonio, we welcomed in November Father Francisco Rojas, Schoenstatt Father who will serve as our moderator.  He is from Chile and was ordained a priest in 1985.  Father Francisco formerly served the Schoenstatt Family in Minnesota and Wisconsin.  If you have not had an opportunity to meet him, be sure to introduce yourself and welcome him to our Cor unum in Patre Family.

Words of Fr. Joseph Kentenich, Founder of the Schoenstatt Movement:

"Dear Mother Thrice Admirable,

 We want to give our hearts to the Heavenly Father, that is, to take the covenant of love with the Heavenly Father very seriously; not only with the Heavenly Father, but with the whole supernatural world. … Because we give our hearts to the eternal, the infinite Father, we also offer the same heart to one another!

 If we are such a community of hearts among one another in the community of hearts with the Father God, then we have the most solid foundation for the family history of the coming times.  Amen.”    

Father Kentenich,
Christmas 1967

May every day of Advent bring us closer to be cor unum in Patre – to be a reflection of the community that is in the Triune God.  As we prepare for the coming solemnity of the birth of our Lord Jesus Christ, may we grow in love so that Christmas may be for us a great gift of grace.

Wishes for a Blessed Christmas to all our Schoenstatt Family and friends!


Pilar Huerta, Editor

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Life at the Cor Unum in Patre Shrine and Movement News

 December Masses

December 2 – First Sunday Mass, 3:30 PM (bilingual) – coordinated by Mothers Federation.  Posada 12:00 – 3:20 pm sponsored by Mothers Branch (Sp)

December 16 – Third Sunday Covenant Mass, 3:30 PM with renewal of the Covenant of Love – we will celebrate with Fr. Francisco the 33rd anniversary of his ordination.  Join us for fellowship and pot luck dinner after the Mass.  The entrée will be provided, everyone is asked to bring a side dish to share.  The Mass and celebration will be coordinated by all the branches. 

December 18 – Covenant Day Mass, 2:00 PM (Adoration 12:30-1:30 PM, Reconciliation 1:30-1:50 PM)

December 24 – Christmas Eve Mass, 5:30 PM

Day Retreats of Parish Ministries

On December 15 we will welcome the Young Adults from Prince of Peace Parish for their Day Retreat. 


Reminder:  Annual Advent Posada – December 2

This Advent shelter-seeking procession and narration of the Nativity of Jesus is a beautiful annual tradition at the Cor Unum in Patre Shrine.  The activities on this family day are free and include piñatas, luncheon with tamales and other foods of the season, visit by St. Nicholas, gift raffle for children and adults, and community outreach to a nonprofit charity.  The day closes with Holy Mass of the First Sunday of Advent at 3:30 PM.  Matachines from Holy Trinity Parish will perform.  Invite family and friends, bring children and grandchildren – costumes are provided for the children who want to participate. Come prepare your hearts to receive Jesus with joy at Christmas!

Reminder:  Mothers’ Branch Advent Day of Recollection – December 14

Virginia Gallegos

The Mothers’ Branch is hosting our annual Advent Day of Recollection for Women on Friday, December 14, 2018 at 7:00 p.m.  Registration will begin at 6:30. Cost is free.  Light refreshments will be served.  Our keynote speaker will be Sr. M. Heidi Infante, a Schoenstatt Sister of Mary.  We will write our letter to the Christ Child and place it in the manger in the Shrine.  We will have cards available for a love offering for Sr. Heidi.  All women of all ages are invited to attend.  If you need a ride to the Shine, please call Virginia Gallegos at 210-861-0180 or Mary Tamez at 210-922-4336 or your group leader. 

Holy Land Lenten Pilgrimage

Schoenstatt Family and Friends – a special invitation from Schoenstatt Father Johnson Nellissery, Spiritual Director for the pilgrimage: 

Join us in this great experience in the Holy Land where Sacred Scriptures come alive as we walk the path Jesus walked.

Date:  March 23 – April 2, 2019

Contact:  Gina Rollman, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or 512-560-6537

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Schoenstatt Rosary Campaign Update

By Edna Salas

On November 17, 2018, the Schoenstatt Rosary Campaign held their annual Renewal & Workshop.  We were blessed with beautiful weather.  The day began with an opening prayer and blessing by Fr. Francisco Rojas.  Blessed Mother was crowned with the title, “Queen of Holy Missionaries with Heroic Zeal.”  Missionaries and receivers of the Pilgrim Mother came from Del Rio, Deer Park, Bandera, Bulverde, Lake Hills, Peggy, Live Oak, San Antonio and Helotes, TX.  A group of fourteen missionaries came from Piedras Negras, Mexico.  We were honored to have Fr. Francisco Rojas and Sr. Gloria give interesting and informative presentations.  Talks and videos were presented in English and in Spanish.  The topic discussed was:  “History of the Schoenstatt Shrine and the importance of visiting the Shrine.”

With the increased interest for  the “Apostolate of the Sick,” Linda Silva and Leticia Solano provided an explanation and new guidelines for this apostolate.  A living Rosary was prayed outside in front of the Shrine for all our missionaries.  Inspiring testimonies were shared with everyone.  The Holy Mass ended with the renewal ceremony.

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Welcome to missionaries, Diana Millet and Martha Hernandez who were commissioned on November 18, 2018.  Diana Millet was commissioned with three “Tiny Light” pilgrim MTA’s. The pilgrim shrines will be visiting the families of the children attending the Spanish Catechism classes at Our Lady of Guadalupe Church in Helotes, TX.   Martha Hernandez is from St Joseph South San Catholic Church.  She is taking over a shrine rotation from a long time missionary who is now in a nursing home.   


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30-02  Men’s Retreat - closes Dec. 2 at 12 noon           

02        First Sunday Mass, 3:30 PM (bilingual). Posada 12:00-3:20 PM

04        Deanery Day Retreat, 9:00 AM - 5:00 PM

07        First Friday SRC Adoration and Rosary, 10:30–11:30 AM

14        Mothers’ Branch Advent Day of Recollection, 7:00 PM

15        Day Retreat – Prince of Peace Parish Young Adults, 9:00 AM-5:00 PM

16        Third Sunday Covenant Mass, 3:30 PM, fellowship and pot luck

18        Covenant Day Mass, 2:00 PM (Adoration 12:30-1:30 PM)

24        Christmas Eve Mass, 5:30 PM


Every First Sunday, 3:30 PM (bilingual)

Every 18th Covenant Day, 2:00 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, 1:30 -1:50 PM

Every Third Sunday 2:30–3:15 PM

Eucharistic Adoration

Every Monday, 1:00–4:00 PM – Shrine

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

Every 18th, 12:30-1:30 PM – 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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