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December 2019 eNewsletter


“Joyful Apostles, Living the Covenant”

50th Jubilee Year 1969-2019


Dear Schoenstatt Family and Friends,

On December 1, we enter the holy season of Advent and want to prepare our heart shrine to welcome Jesus, who will be born in each of us anew on Christmas. 

Words of our founder, Fr. Joseph Kentenich, from Heavenward:

In Bethlehem

In a poor and little stable

You give birth to the Lord of the world for us all.

Just as you showed him to the shepherds and the magi

And humbly bowed before him in adoration,

            Let us always be his loving instruments

            And carry him deeply into human hearts.

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 unity and love so that Christmas may be for us a great gift of grace.

From the Cor Unum in Patre Shrine, we wish a Blessed Christmas to all our Schoenstatt Family and the pilgrims who visit the shrine.

Pilar Huerta, Editor

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Life at the Cor Unum in Patre Shrine and Movement News


December Masses

Fr. Francisco Rojas, celebrant (unless otherwise noted)

December 1 – First Sunday Mass - bilingual, 3:30 p.m. (Posada 12 noon – 3:30 p.m.)

December 9 – Mass of the Immaculate Conception, 12 noon – Fr. Abel Ruiz

December 15 – Third Sunday Covenant Mass, 3:30 p.m. and Christmas Program with fellowship and light refreshments, please bring something to share.

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

December 24 – Christmas Eve Mass – 5:30 p.m.

Reconciliation Schedule

Please note this change:  The Sacrament of Reconciliation will be held after the monthly 18th Covenant Day Mass or by appointment.  Fr. Francisco Rojas may be contacted at 262-818-0066.

Day Retreats of Parish Ministries and Pilgrimages

This month we welcome the SW Deanery for a day retreat.  A bus tour pilgrimage from Harlingen will make a visit to the Cor Unum in Patre Shrine and Mount Schoenstatt on the first Saturday.

2019 Brings Jubilee Graces – November 23, 1969-2019

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

Part Nine (final segment) 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 on November 23.  It is titled:  Blessings for the shrine’s mission.  If you missed earlier segments, they will still be on the News Blog.

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Golden Jubilee Celebration

There was good attendance for the celebration of the 50th anniversary of the Schoenstatt Movement in the Archdiocese of San Antonio.  We celebrated with joyful hearts the day, November 23, 1969, when our Mother Thrice Admirable descended to her first dwelling place in San Antonio, the Shrine of Unity in St. Lawrence Parish.  The PowerPoint, which focused on each of the five decades, brought to life— through the slides and narrative—our unique holy history.  After the media presentation, the scroll for the 2019 New Founding Generation was eagerly signed by our Cor Unum in Patre Family.  The Covenant Mass of Thanksgiving was celebrated by Fr. Francisco Rojas.  The Jubilee Gift, a beautiful, red leather-bound Covenant of Love book with inscription in gold, was presented in the offertory.  After Mass, all went in solemn procession to the Cor Unum in Patre Shrine for renewal of the Covenant of Love.  Two members of the SRC, Lois Molidor and Blanca Fernandez, sealed their Covenant of Love on this special day of celebration and were the first to sign in the new Covenant of Love book.  A united family enjoyed fellowship, great appetizers and celebration cake.  Every jubilee brings jubilee graces!

Wayside Shrine – Blessing of the new handicap ramp

A Mass of Thanksgiving was celebrated on November 19 by Fr. Francisco Rojas at the Fountain of Family Unity Wayside Shrine.  The new handicap ramp, a much-needed improvement, was blessed.  This project was made possible through contributions and fundraisers of the loyal Schoenstatt community of the wayside shrine.  Make a visit to Blessed Mother and see the new project at the Schoenstatt wayside shrine which is centrally located in San Antonio at 302 Ave Maria Street, off San Pedro or Blanco Road.  The evening concluded with the Turkey Raffle and drawing of the winning tickets.

Mothers’ Advent Day of Reflection

By Virginia Gallegos

Twenty-eight women attended The Advent Day of Reflection for Women sponsored by the Mothers’ Branch.  The day began with Holy Mass celebrated by Fr. Francisco Rojas.  Sr. M. Heidi Infante also attended and gave a beautiful talk on the topic Advent, A Time of Joy.  The Diocesan Leader of the Mothers gave a talk on Mary as the Living Monstrance and encouraged the mothers to meditate on this during Advent.  Dolores Ludolph gave a joyful talk on the role of the donkey in Mary and Jesus’ lives.  She related this to a message by Fr. Kentenich when he said we should be little donkeys for Mary.  Dolores presented everyone with a donkey ornament. The mothers also wrote letters to the Christ-child which they placed in the crib in the Shrine.  We ended the day with a luncheon.  During lunch St. Nicholas arrived, accompanied by the Angel of Hope.  Everyone received a stocking filled with goodies from St. Nick.  A wonderful experience to prepare for the birthday of Jesus was held by all.

Christmas Decorating Days – December 13 and 14 – Join in!

Helping hands are needed to beautify our Mother’s dwelling place.  Come add your special touch and enjoy fellowship with the Cor Unum in Patre Family.  Let us prepare to welcome Jesus in our hearts anew.  

Mount Schoenstatt


01        First Sunday Mass, 3:30 p.m. (bilingual) and Posada 12 noon

05        Day Retreat of the SW Deanery, 10 a.m. – 3:00 p.m.

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

            Team Meeting 12 noon

            Helotes Couples Meeting, 7:00 p.m.

07        Pilgrimage Bus Tour, (Harlingen), 9:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m.

            Girls Youth Meeting, 1:30 p.m.

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

09        Mass - Solemnity of the Immaculate Conception, 12 noon

13-14  Decorate for Christmas

15        Third Sunday Covenant Mass, 3:30 p.m. and Christmas Program

18        Covenant Day Mass, 12 noon

24        Christmas Eve Mass, 5:30 p.m.



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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