“Finally I took a deep breath, said a silent prayer, and asked Hector, ‘Where does Jesus live?’ To this day, I remember his response: he said not a word. He simply put his hand on his heart.” Read one catechist’s reflection on her journey to prepare a child with autism to receive First Holy Communion at http://www.buildfaith.org/2015/04/29/first-communion-for-children-with-special-needs/.
St. Catherine of Siena reasoned that if the way to heaven is Jesus (Jn 14:6), and if we are traveling with him on the way, then we already have a taste of heaven on earth. We can experience the Kingdom of God right now. St. Catherine, help us to make the possibility of heaven on earth a reality for others.
Confirmation preparation, designed specifically for individuals who have an intellectual/developmental delay, will be offered again at St. Ignatius of Loyola, in Spring. Candidates are to have already celebrated the Sacrament of Holy Communion, as well as their sixteenth birthday. Classes will be offered monthly from 3-5:00 pm on Saturdays; September 2015-May 2016. Service projects and a family retreat will also be included. View detailed registration info at http://archgh.cvent.com/events/confirmation-preparation-for-persons-with-disabilities/event-summary-9eda52848e74496c9ca064a97b258da0.aspx.
Decía San Agustín, “el cantar es de enamorados,” por eso cantamos y alabamos al Dios que amamos. Así lo hicimos el pasado Enero 24 en el Symposium Agape. Les compartimos un video con los conciertos que disfrutamos ese día. Los animamos para que separen en su calendario el próximo Symposium Agape, fechado para el Sábado 20 Febrero 2016.
Paz y Bien
We offer our prayers as the desperate search for survivors from the country’s worst natural disaster in more than 80 years continues. Catholic Relief Services are supporting the emergency effort with critical supplies for families left homeless by the quake. Donations help to ensure CRS teams can quickly respond to the needs on the ground. Give today at Donate.crs.org/Nepal.
Why not take the time on a leisurely Sunday (or perhaps tomorrow if you are running catechetical programs today) to read a thought provoking and scholarly reflection on what is meant by an “integral ecology” and its relationship to the poor and the ministry of Pope Francis.
Jared Dees reflects on how he went from thinking about how he should partner more with parents to taking some concrete steps in that direction.
Fr. John Crossin, executive director of the Secretariat for Ecumenical and Interreligious Affairs of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops, reflection on the Catholic Church’s understanding of the relationship between science and religion and the ecumenical opportunities it affords.
The Office of Evangelization and Catechesis adds its prayers, congratulations, and well wishes to now bishop-elect Cahill upon the news of his appointment by Pope Francis as the new Bishop of the Diocese of Victoria in Texas.
You can read the official announcement at http://www.archgh.org/blog/main.asp?id=461&Tid=1743&cat=Archdiocesan,
During his visit to the United States, Pope Francis will personally canonize Blessed Junipero Serra. This Franciscan missionary is known as the “Apostle to California” and his statue is one of two selected by the State of California to stand in the United States Capitol building.
Blessed Serra is the patron of an international organization dedicated to affirming vocations to the priesthood and religious life. More information about that organization can be found at http://serraus.org/index.htm
For more information about the canonization and about a special study day being held in Rome in May – at which Pope Francis will personally preside at a celebration of the Eucharist – see http://vaticaninsider.lastampa.it/en/the-vatican/detail/articolo/40562/
Finally, for a reflection on how an understanding and appreciation of the life and ministry of Fray Junipero Serra can assist in taking a fresh look at the founding myth of the United States and reclaiming the Catholic and Hispanic history from an overly Anglo-centric view, see the following article: http://vaticaninsider.lastampa.it/en/world-news/detail/articolo/junipero-serra-40571/