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June 2022

 “Lead from the Shrine, with Trust in Divine Providence and Charity to

All”

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 grace in abundance which bears much fruit in the life experienced at the Cor Unum in Patre Shrine.  We can continue to honor our Mother every day through our lived covenant.

In the month of June, the Church celebrates several feasts.  On June 6, the Monday after the Solemnity of Pentecost, the Church celebrates the memorial of Mary, Mother of the Church (Mater Ecclesiae.)  It was instituted by Pope Francis in 2019.  In the challenges of our times, our Mother is a ray of hope.   She supports us with her presence and her prayers.  The family of God is in the motherly care of Mary, Mother of the Church.

The Solemnity of the Most Holy Body and Blood of Christ (Feast of Corpus Christi) is celebrated on Sunday, June 19.  It is a celebration of the Real Presence of Christ in the Holy Eucharist – Body, Blood, Soul and Divinity.  All are invited for Mass at 3:30 p.m.   

This year, Father’s Day also falls on June 19.  We wish all fathers, including our Schoenstatt Fathers, a blessed Father’s Day.

 Julian & Pilar Huerta, Apostolic Family Federation, co-editors

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Life at the Cor Unum in Patre Shrine and Movement News

 

RE-OPENING TRANSITION – DAYS AND HOURS

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

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

Hope Store opens daily to extend the pilgrimage experience of visitors.

 

Day Retreats at Mount Schoenstatt

Our cor unum in Patre family is blessed that this spring we have been able to resume our service to the archdiocese by making  available Kentenich Hall, the Shrine and the serene grounds of Mount Schoenstatt for day retreats.  Several parish ministries (including preparation for the sacraments), movements and Catholic schools have been welcomed to the Shrine of our Mother Thrice Admirable.  

 In our Schoenstatt History …

Matri Ecclesiae (Mother of the Church) Shrine

International Center

Belmonte, Rome

It was one of Fr Kentenich's great wishes that the Schoenstatt Movement … should be present in the heart of the universal Church in Rome.  In 1965 (the close of the Second Vatican Council), the leading representatives of the international Schoenstatt Movement promised their founder that they would build an international center in Rome. It took over forty years before this promise could be realized when the International Schoenstatt Centre in Belmonte, Rome, was built.   (Dr. Peter Wolfe)

It was in 1965 that the title, Matri Ecclesiae, was given to the future shrine by our father and founder, Fr. Kentenich.  The Matri Ecclesiae Shrine-International Center was dedicated on September 8, 2004.  We invite, encourage you to read the entire webpage of the shrine of all of us, link below:

https://www.roma-belmonte.info/en/about-belmonte/der-anspruch-internationales-schoenstatt-zentrum/

 In the July issue we continue:  some personal reflections on the experiences of members of our cor unum in Patre family during the 2004 Texas pilgrimage to Schoenstatt, the Vatican-Rome, Belmonte-Rome and other shrines.

May Crowning Celebration

Our Mother and Queen received her crown anew during the third Sunday Covenant Mass on May 15, honoring her with the title “Queen of the Most Holy Eucharist.”  Belinda Murguia presented the crown which was offered through the hands of our celebrant, Father Hector Vega. 

Twenty-five years ago, in the month of May, the Schoenstatt family crowned an image of Blessed Mother for the first time on the 52 acres.  The property was a gift to the Schoenstatt family of San Antonio in 1996.  Our Mother was crowned “Queen of Unity.” 

United as one family, we commemorate our Schoenstatt history and give thanks for her victories from the Cor Unum in Patre Shrine.  In keeping with the tradition of the Church, we honor our Blessed Mother and crown her, “Queen of the Most Holy Eucharist.”  

The May blossoms adorning the crown express our love and gratitude for our Lord present in the Holy Eucharist.  Within the crown of blossoms sits the beautiful stained-glass crown used in the first crowning in May 1997. The crown was made by Albert Tamez 25 years ago and was offered anew to our Queen.

In the stained glass pieces, the reflection -- of each one of us and all of us together form the one crown.  The many shapes, sizes and colors of glass that form the crown are symbolic today of the striving of the small instruments of our Schoenstatt family for the Cor Unum in Patre Shrine and the development at Mount Schoenstatt.  The transparent sheen reflects God’s grace for the spiritual growth in us through the lived covenant of love for the past 25 years.  With this crown for our Queen, we expressed our deep gratitude for her victories – of most significance, the Cor Unum in Patre Shrine.  

From the crowning prayer:

With great joy, we gather to commemorate the first crowning of 25 years ago, here at Mount Schoenstatt on May 18, 1997.  With great confidence, we prayed “help the Schoenstatt Movement of the Archdiocese of San Antonio to continue to grow and foster unity in our families and communities, to guide our decisions, and protect those who will give of their time and labor” in the development of these 52 acres.

Mother, today, we express our gratitude for the Cor Unum in Patre Shrine from where you unfold your love in dispensing the graces of home, transformation, and apostolic zeal. Through your intercession, many childlike hearts are called to seal a Covenant of Love with you in your Shrine. We pledge our loyalty to strive for everyday sanctity.

Blessed Mother, we ask you to help us increase our faith in the Real Presence of the Lord in the Holy Eucharist: His Body, Blood, Soul, and Divinity. In thanksgiving, we offer our daily contributions to your capital of grace: the joys and sorrows, prayers and sacrifices, united with the suffering of our Lord in reparation for the disrespect toward the Blessed Sacrament.

Therefore, Mother Thrice Admirable, we crown you, “Queen of the Most Holy Eucharist.”

A Gift of Ourselves

Every coronation, whether motivated by gratitude or petition, includes an act of self-surrender.  We cannot honor Mary as Queen without placing ourselves as instruments in her service.  In the deepest meaning of the word, the gift of a crown symbolizes the offering of our lives to the Blessed Mother:  “My Queen, my Mother, I give myself entirely to you…”  (Partly excerpted Schoenstatt Rosary Campaign, Madison, WI)

Mary’s Gift in Return        

In Schoenstatt’s history, the practice of crowning the Mother Thrice Admirable as Queen has brought wonderful and mysterious results.  Not only does the Blessed Mother accept the self-offering of her children and act on their behalf, as Fr. Kentenich liked to put it, she always gives “a crown for a crown.”  In return for visible crowns, our Lady of Schoenstatt places invisible crowns on the heads of her children, making them “royal children” of a royal Mother.  To crown the Blessed Mother, to honor her greatness as a Queen, opens us more and more to see her image and the features of Christ in ourselves and others. … (Partly excerpted Schoenstatt Rosary Campaign, Madison, WI)

... has brought wonderful and mysterious results (to the Schoenstatt Family of San Antonio.)  On May 18, 1996, at the Fountain of Family Unity Wayside Shrine, our Queen of Unity was crowned anew.  On August 12, 1996, we received, from a generous benefactor, the gift of a 52-acre property in Helotes to build a Schoenstatt daughter shrine in the Archdiocese of San Antonio.  IN 1996, THE MOTTO OF THE SCHOENSTATT FAMILY OF TEXAS WAS “CROWN FOR CROWN!”

Masses 

Fr. Hugo Tagle, celebrant (unless otherwise noted)

First Saturdays, 5:30 p.m. Young Professionals

First and Third Sundays, 3:30 p.m.

Every 18th Covenant Day Mass, 12:00 p.m.

Eucharistic Adoration and Rosary

Mondays 1:00 - 3:00 p.m.

Fridays 1:00 - 3:00 p.m.

First Saturdays 11 a.m. – 12 p.m. (Hora Santa)

Every 18th 11:00 – 11:45 a.m.

Every Tuesday, 7:00 p.m. Rosary – Wayside Shrine, 302 Ave Maria

http://www.mountschoenstatt.org/calendar/mount-schoenstatt-events

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