Feb. 2003

Congregation of Holy Cross 

Southern Province


Vol. 14, No. 2

All these stories are true!!  Some of them actually happened

Mass for Consecrated Life in Austin

Bishop Aymond and the Diocese of Austin invited the religious to a Mass for those in consecrated life at St. Mary's Cathedral on February 1.  There was a good number of religious from various communities in different parts of the Diocese.  The largest group was the Holy Cross Brothers from St. Edward's University.

Since it was the vigil Mass for the Feast of the Presentation, Bishop Aymond blessed candles before Mass.  We shared the flame, and everyone lighted up his or her candle before Mass, like we do at the Easter Vigil.  I am happy to report that there was no incidental sacrificial burning of heavily-sprayed hairdo's.  

Those celebrating Jubilees of Profession of Vows were:

60 Years

    Sr. Mary Frances Bartsch, O.L.V.N.

50 Years

    Bro. Joseph Heisler, C.S.C.    

40 Years

25 Years

After the Mass, we were all served a delicious dinner in the hall.  The students from Juan Diego High School served the tables.  "A good time was had by all!"

Feast of Saint Blase

We have the tradition of blessing throats on the Feast of Saint Blase.  The blessing takes place using candles blessed the at the Feast of the Presentation.  Two candles are placed around the neck, one on each side.  Now that we have the possibility of lay people blessing the throats as well, it makes it much easier.  At Dolores Parish, the local pastor has learned (from experience) that he needs to remind people that we do NOT light the candles for the blessing.  St. Blase is NOT the patron saint of pyromaniacs.

Family Retreat

Sr. Rose Moreno talks at the family retreat.

At Dolores Parish, the Franciscan Sisters gave a retreat on the vocation of family life.  It was directed towards the parents and families of children who are preparing for First Confession, First Holy Communion, or Confirmation.  The idea was to get the parents to reflect and share on how God played a part in their reflection and planning as they thought about what to do with their lives.  Of course, eventually the goal is to also recognize that God calls all of us to serve him through a vocation to the married life, to the single life, to religious life, or to the priesthood.

Open House at St. Ignatius Martyr School

Sr. Alice Condon, principal at St. Ignatius Martyr School, the faculty, parents, and parishioners hosted Open House again this year. Brother Richard Critz, Brother Joel Giallanza, and Brother John McLaughlan came by from the South-West Province Center and did the tour of the school.

 On Sunday, 70 families visited the school, and on Tuesday evening, another 30 came.  Enrollment at St. Ignatius has climbed from 170 to 250 over the last year.  Keep up the good work!!!!




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