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Department for Pastoral Ministries
Guidelines for Developing Programming for all Sacramental Preparation, Faith Formation, Youth Ministry, and RCIA for 2020–2021 are now available.
Please look these over carefully and distribute among your team.Download Now (PDF)
Lineamientos para la Programación de toda Preparación Sacramental, Formación en la Fe, Ministerios Juveniles y RICA para 2020–2021 ahora están disponibles.
Por favor, revíselos detenidamente y distribúyalos entre su equipo.DESCARGAR AHORA (PDF)
Each June, the Department for Pastoral Ministries reflects on the previous 12 months and creates an Annual Review to highlight a small sample of the work our ministries have done throughout the Archdiocese. We invite you to watch our 2019-2020 Year in Review.Watch Now
Below you will find a growing collection of answers, resources, and general information for conducting ministry during these difficult times.
Haga clic aquí para encontrará una selección de respuestas, recursos e información general que será constantemente actualizada que le para ayudarán a seguir sirviendo en el ministerio en este tiempo de nuevos retos.Aprende más
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Everyone around the world is adapting to a rapidly changing situation that has disrupted the usual ways we all go about our lives, including the Church and how we conduct our ministry.
We are actively reaching out to all pastors with the purpose of letting them know that we are open and ready to serve them and their parishes; learn more about their most pressing questions and needs at this challenging time; document the different actions they are taking to remain in contact with their parishioners, caring for their spiritual, sacramental, and basic needs.
Below you will find a growing collection of answers, resources, and general information for conducting ministry during these difficult times.
General Recommendations for Parishes
Guidelines for Developing Programming for all Sacramental Preparation, Faith Formation, Youth Ministry, and RCIA for 2020–2021 are now available in English and in Spanish. Please look these over carefully and distribute among your team.
Throughout the month of August 2020, we conducted multiple sessions of online dialog on the new Guidelines. Click here to view a recording of one of these sessions and various related resources.
A significant number of parishes have already implemented some creative and resourceful pastoral strategies during the COVID-19 crisis. If guidance on some basic recommendations is needed, the items offered below could be of help in formulating an action plan:
1. Utilize digital tools that will allow you to conduct virtual leadership meetings, share information with your community, and provide spiritual and formation resources to your parishioners: Facebook, FlockNote, and Zoom are a few such resources. For an important security announcement regarding Zoom, see the full General Recommendations for Parishes (PDF).
2. Open personal channels of communication with as many members of your parish as you can. You will need a team of people working with you on this. If you are short on staff, ask for the assistance of your ministry leaders and parish volunteers.
3. Call everyone in your parish community, letting them know that they are not alone, asking If they or someone they know needs any help at this time.
4. Create and maintain a list of contact information of those who are most vulnerable (the poor, the elderly, those with underlying health conditions, the homebound, etc.) to aid your team in checking-in periodically with these groups of individuals.
5. Share with your community information on how can they follow the Mass online, share spiritual, educational, and formation resources.
6. Consider building a phone tree that will allow you to reach many people very quickly via phone with the help of your community.
7. Make sure your parishioners know how to continue providing the parish with gifts and donations.
8. Provide all Sacramental outreach to your parishioners. See the Sacraments of Initiation and Reconciliation as of 5/19/2020 on the Sacramental Resources page.
9. Follow the suggestions for gatherings outside of Mass and other liturgies. See the Recommendations for Parish Activities (Outside of Mass & other Liturgies) as of 05/19/2020 on the Sacramental Resources page.
Need help with any of the above-mentioned recommendations? Reach out to your Parish Life Liaison or send an email to the Department for Pastoral Ministries and we will be happy to provide you with the necessary instructions and tutorials.
Let people in need know that they can reach out to Catholic Charities. A complete list of their services can be found here. People who are in need can call 210-226-6178 to be screened to receive basic needs.
ACCOMPANYING OUR LEADERS SERIES
The Department for Pastoral Ministries is hosting regular virtual meetings with Parish leadership. During these meetings, we discuss best ministry practices that the COVID-19 pandemic has revealed to us in this Archdiocese. If you would like to participate in the next meeting, email Juan Carlos Rodriguez.
Watch the Parish Leadership Meeting videos here.
Coffee and Ministry
Coffee and Ministry, dialogue hosted by Peter J. Ductrám from Institute for Lay Ecclesial Ministry and Service, are virtual meetings for dialogue relevant to our faith as we navigate through these challenging times. Come, let’s talk about faith!
Learn more and register for upcoming meetings here.
The Department for Pastoral Ministries is hosting virtual meetings to further discuss best ministry practices and to follow up with discussion from our previous meeting. Thank you to all who have participated in our various meetings so far!
Watch videos from past gatherings here.
Sacramental, Spiritual, Basic, and Educational Resources
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Resources for Specific Ministries
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Catholic Television of San Antonio (CTSA)
A great resource for our local church is CTSA Catholic Television of San Antonio. This platform being used by Archbishop Gustavo and the Pastoral Center for announcements, online mass, prayers, etc. All CTSA programming is available through the following options: Spectrum Channel 15, Roku, Amazon Fire, Facebook, YouTube, and Vimeo.
Catholic Charities Needs Donations Now
Invite people to give, donate, volunteer with Catholic Charities. Help is urgently required. Food donations can be dropped off at the headquarters at 202 West French Place Monday through Friday during their business hours of 8 AM to 5 PM. Can’t drop off food? Invite your parishioners to donate online.
The Archdiocese of San Antonio has compiled this list of resources, prayers, webinars, lists of online masses and live streams provided by partners and Catholic organizations that are meant to assist pastoral ministers, parents, and all Catholics. By clicking on the links, you will be leaving the Archdiocese of San Antonio’s website. Links are provided solely for the user’s convenience. Archdiocese of San Antonio assumes no responsibility for, nor does it necessarily endorse, the website, its content, or sponsoring organizations.
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Pastoral letter Transformed by Hope, Let Us Rebuild Our Tommorrow!, regarding challenge of COVID-19
Relying on the mercy of God, who has been with us throughout the COVID-19 pandemic, at the Feast of the Exaltation of the Holy Cross, Archbishop Gustavo García-Siller, MSpS, presented a pastoral letter, Transformed by Hope, Let Us Rebuild Our Tomorrow!, to all the people of the Archdiocese of San Antonio. The archbishop promulgated the document at a Mass September 14 at San Fernando Cathedral attended by ministry representatives from various institutions in the archdiocese, primarily educational entities.
OLLU launches Salazar-Escobedo School of Mass Communication with special Mass September 15
With a $2.1 million gift from Verónica Salazar-Escobedo (BA Spanish ʼ65) and her husband Rubén M. Escobedo, Our Lady of the Lake University (OLLU) has launched the Salazar-Escobedo School of Mass Communication and Theater.
We can be transformed by mercy, says archbishop at outdoor mission Mass
A Caring for Creation Outdoor Mass, celebrating the 300th anniversary of Mission San Jose, was celebrated on the grounds in front of the historic church by Archbishop Gustavo García-Siller, MSpS, early on a cool Sunday morning, September 13.
Support and accompaniment on the journey recognized at transitional diaconate ordination
Two men — Edward Joseph Gonzales and Paul Abraham Melgarejo — were ordained transitional deacons for the archdiocese on September 12 by Archbishop Gustavo García-Siller, MSpS, at St. Dominic Church and, God willing, will be ordained as priests in the next few months.
Catholic Charities reflects on one-year anniversary of St. Stephen’s CARE Center
Catholic Charities opened the St. Stephen’s CARE Center on Sept. 9, 2019 with the intent of providing a client-choice Food Pantry, Clothes Closet, and Diaper Bank for the San Antonio community. At its inception, the site was designed to provide additional capacity for food distribution and serve as a hub for disaster relief. Then the pandemic hit.
Archbishop calls on Maronite Catholic community to have ‘unshakable confidence in our own hearts’
A massive explosion crippled the city of Beirut, Lebanon on August 4. More than 300,000 were displaced from their homes, hundreds are missing, and the death toll is rising. This tragic event also occurred as the country was suffering through a difficult financial crisis and dealing with the COVID-19 pandemic.
Catholic Teachers of the Year celebrated at Mass and recognition ceremony
Catholic Teachers of the Year were recognized and honored a liturgy and ceremony by Archbishop Gustavo Garcia-Siller, MSpS, on August 7 in Our Lady’s Chapel at Assumption Seminary, following an almost four month delay. In most years the honorees receive their awards at a banquet in early May, however, that event was cancelled due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
Healthcare Professionals Mass gives thanks for special gifts God provides for the Church, world
All medical doctors, nurses, and medical students were thanked for their service and commitment for bring on the front lines of the coronavirus pandemic during the annual Healthcare Professions Mass celebrated by Archbishop Gustavo García-Siller, MSpS, on August 1 at San Fernando Cathedral.
August 15 Double Solar Illumination occurs right on schedule
The Double Solar Illumination which occurs every August 15 on the Feast of the Assumption of Our Blessed Mother took place as usual that evening at Mission Concepción.
Preparing for class in a pandemic
Most Catholic schools in the archdiocese reopened on August 17 for both in-person and remote learning this fall, with teachers and staff addressing the challenges both to students’ health and their education.
Meet Christ and make his presence known, especially in dangerous times, archbishop tells new deacon
August 15 was a day of amazing celebration, as the archdiocese rejoiced with the Blessed Mother on the Solemnity of her Assumption into heaven with the ordination of 12 men for the ministry of service by ordination as deacons for the Church.
Our Lady of the Lake University announces athletics fall schedule will move to spring
The presidents of Red River Athletic Conference (RRAC) member institutions, including Our Lady of the Lake University (OLLU) President Dr. Diane E. Melby, have decided to move traditional fall conference competition athletics to the spring session of 2021 to support the safety and welfare of student-athletes and all students on campus. The resolution was made by the group on a conference call on Wednesday as the cases of COVID-19 infections continue to rise in the RRAC states of Texas, Louisiana and New Mexico.
MACC welcomes Father Juan Molina as new executive vice president
The Mexican American Catholic College (MACC) announces the arrival of Father Juan Molina Flores, Ph.D., to begin his appointment as the executive vice president. Upon the nomination of President Arturo Chávez, the Board of Governors appointed Father Molina to the position in April. Father Len Brown CMF, current vice president, will continue to direct MACC’s academic program in Diaconal Studies.
Sister Charlene Wedelich, CDP, dies, was co-coordination of papal visit in 1987
Sister Charlene Wedelich, CDP, entered eternal life on July 10 at the age of 87. She was born on Jan. 2, 1933 in Houston. She was one of four children born to Henry F. and Hilda (Funke) Wedelich. Her baptismal name was Patricia Ann. She answered God’s call to become a Sister of Divine Providence on Sept. 12, 1955 and professed first vows on June 22, 1957. Sister Charlene was a bridge builder who believed life was about connecting with others, helping others bond and unite with each other and with God their Creator. Her energetic contribution to the mission of Jesus was multi-faceted.
Making laws that respond to the hearts of people, that promote life
The U.S. Supreme Court prevented the immediate termination of the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program on June 18.
Feast of St. Anthony of Padua and Corpus Christi sees prayers for city with Blessed Sacrament
On June 14, 1692, the Feast of St. Anthony of Padua, Father Damián Massenet celebrated the first Mass on the banks of the Yanaguana River and renamed it Rio San Antonio de Padua. St. Anthony was renowned as a preacher with a deep knowledge and love for Scripture who lived the word of God in his daily lives.
Archbishop prays for peace and solidarity in Mass at Holy Redeemer Church
There were prayers in memoriam of George Floyd, for peace, for the victims of COVID-19, and also for solidarity in these modern times at the Trinity Sunday Mass June 7 at Holy Redeemer Church which was celebrated by Archbishop Gustavo García-Siller, MSpS.
Catholic Charities, city’s Department of Human Services come together for Project Cool to collect,
As part of a coalition with the City of San Antonio Department of Human Services, the Society of St. Vincent de Paul, and United Way of San Antonio and Bexar County, Catholic Charities is continuing Project Cool, a program that provides free 20-inch box fans to older adults in an effort to prevent heat-related illness and deaths during the hot summer months in San Antonio.
Archbishop establishes new parish, Mary Mother of the Church; names new pastor
On the Feast day of Mary, Mother of the Church, June 1, Archbishop Gustavo García-Siller, MSpS, read the decree establishing the first new Catholic parish in the archdiocese in 20 years and named Father Martin Leopold as the new pastor.
Success of ‘On the Way-¡Ándale!’ capital campaign concludes with virtual celebration
A virtual celebration to mark the completion of the “On the Way-¡Ándale!” capital campaign of the archdiocese was held in the Pastoral Center atrium June 16, as attendees toasted the nearly $59 million raised for parish and archdiocesan projects, expressed gratitude for all the hard work, and gave thanks for friends made along the journey.
Unwavering support given to Catholic schools during distance learning, exciting new model announced
What a year 2020 has been! I want to extend a heartfelt thanks to our school faculty and staff, as well as parents and students for persevering through the challenges the pandemic posed. We are proud of the swift pivot to distance learning our schools made, and the continued learning and high level of student engagement that continued. We learned a lot from our experience with distance learning and it has paved the path for planning for the future.
We will learn along the way how to be better prepared; to proclaim the Gospel more effectively
In early March, Catholics in the Archdiocese of San Antonio still had a choice of whether or not they wanted to attend Mass and risk possible exposure to coronavirus.
Archbishop Gustavo and Commemorative Air Force bless San Antonio from the sky May 11
The mission of the Tex Hill Wing of the Commemorative Air Force is to educate, inspire, honor, and preserve, and during this difficult time the organization teamed up with the archdiocese to inspire unity and healing with an operation called, “Mission: Hope.”
Catholic Charities, Seton Home, and St. PJ’s Home receive $140,000 in assistance from San Antonio A
Catholic Charities, Seton Home, and St. PJ’s Home each received grants from the San Antonio Area Foundation on April 22 in response to the COVID-19 pandemic in order to supplement programs and services with increased expenditures.
Mount Sacred Heart School to continue, Mother Cabrini Center to be established there
The Archdiocese of San Antonio, the Sisters of the Sacred Heart of Jesus, and The Renee Benson Family Foundation have recently finalized an agreement to continue the legacy of Mount Sacred Heart School.
Calling all Catholics in the Archdiocese of San Antonio
Though it is not possible for Catholics of our archdiocese to gather in our parish churches for the celebration of the Easter Vigil, we can still be united in prayer. A most striking and moving element of that liturgy occurs at its beginning. There a great fire is blessed, the Paschal candle is lit, and its light is shared with all who received the Light of Christ at baptism. Later in the liturgy, the newly baptized receive a lighted candle and are asked to “keep its flame burning brightly.”
Four new priests to celebrate the sacraments and serve God’s people
During a time of darkness that pervades the world with the COVID-19 pandemic, the archdiocese experienced points of light in late March with the austere but beautiful ordination Masses of four new priests by Archbishop Gustavo García-Siller, MSpS.
Bishops support healthcare professionals by encouraging Mass Critical Care Guidelines
The Texas Catholic Conference of Bishops (TCCB) issued a statement March 27 supporting the work of civic leaders, led by Governor Greg Abbott and Commissioner of the Department of State Health Services, Dr. John Hellerstedt.
Archbishop Gustavo updates decree regarding changes impacting Catholic parishes in the archdiocese
My dear people, as I have already mentioned, the situation regarding COVID-19 is changing rapidly, in fact, almost by the hour!
Archbishop Gustavo issues decree regarding changes impacting Catholic parishes and schools in the a
Archbishop Gustavo García-Siller, MSpS, issued the following decree, March 13, 2020, to the people of the Archdiocese of San Antonio about required changes in response to COVID-19.
Holy Spirit leads us and guides us, archbishop says at Mission San José 300th jubilee
God is full of surprises! Those were the opening words from Archbishop Gustavo García-Siller, MSpS, at a special liturgy celebrating the 300th jubilee on San José Mission, “the Queen of the Missions,” on February 19.
Catholic Charities hosts annual food drive and service campaign
Catholic Charities kicked off the 40 Cans for Lent and 40 Days of Service to engage the community in a non-denominational effort to feed the hungry and strengthen the most vulnerable during Lent February 27-April 9.
Deepening our love of God and love of neighbor during Lent
A presentation on preparing for Lent had about 230 people gathering in the parish hall at St. Peter the Apostle Church in Boerne as Archbishop Gustavo García-Siller, MSpS, spoke at Theology on the Rocks-Hill Country for the second time on February 17, the week prior to Ash Wednesday.
Creating a stronger sense of community, impacting commitment towards initiatives and projects
A volunteer appreciation dinner for all who have offered service at Department of Pastoral Ministries events and gatherings throughout the year was held at St. Luke’s Church February 10, and attendees were lauded by Archbishop Gustavo García-Siller, MSpS, for their invaluable collaboration in helping further the Kingdom of God in the local Church.
Archbishop Gustavo, Bishop Boulette recount recent meeting with Pope Francis, Vatican offices
Archbishop Gustavo García-Siller, MSpS, and Auxiliary Bishop Michael Boulette traveled to Rome in late January with bishops of Texas, Oklahoma, and Arkansas for their ad limina apostolorum pilgrimage to meet with Pope Francis as well as Vatican offices.
Building bridges of love, justice, and peace throughout the archdiocese
New and returning members of the Board of Directors of Catholic Charities were welcomed and installed at a luncheon at The Plaza Club on February 4, providing for the needs of the community through selfless service under the sign of love.
The light shall not be overcome
Below is the vespers homily given by Archbishop Gustavo García-Siller, MSpS, at the Lumen Gentium awards ceremony at St. Dominic Church on February 3.
Generous support of Appeal changes the lives of others, archbishop says at appreciation Mass
On behalf of the many men, women, and children whose lives were touched, uplifted, or transformed through the ministries funded by the Archbishop’s Appeal, Archbishop Gustavo Garcia-Siller, MSpS, celebrated an appreciation Mass recently for donors to thank them for their continued support and unwavering dedication.
Contemplating the beauty of a God who decided to become one of us
On January 22, 1973, the Supreme Court legalized abortion throughout the United States.
Think about who you can help with your witness and your presence, archbishop tells incarcerated at
Archbishop Gustavo García-Siller, MSpS, celebrated his annual Advent Mass at the Bexar County Adult Detention Center on December 18, sharing with the men a story about St. Joseph that they may have not thought about previously.
A day of beauty and celebration, joy and grace as couples enter into the sacrament of matrimony
Nine couples had their marriages convalidated in the Catholic Church in a special Mass celebrated by Archbishop Gustavo García-Siller, MSpS, on December 7 at San Fernando Cathedral.
Sent by the Spirit: Building a culture of accompaniment
“We are here today to look at accompaniment,” proclaimed Father Daniel Horan, OFM, “to reflect on how God is calling us in our time and in our place, to exercise our baptismal call to be disciples of the Lord.” Addressing the gathered faithful of the Archdiocese of San Antonio as keynote speaker for Assembly 2019, the Franciscan theologian and author referenced Pope Francis’ observation that we live in a world “torn apart by wars and violence and wounded by widespread individualism which divides human beings.”
Rebecca Simmons named new director of the Old Spanish Missions
Rebecca Simmons was announced as the third director of the Old Spanish Missions by Archbishop Gustavo García-Siller, MSpS, at a November 7 gathering at Mission Concepción in front of a group of special guests including representatives of the archdiocese, the National Parks Service, the La Misiones Advisory Group, the UNESCO World Heritage Office, the San Antonio River Authority, the San Antonio Conservation Society, priests of the missions, “On the Way – Andale!” capital campaign donors, and others.
Stewardship: Motivating capital campaign response
Our Sunday Visitor was founded 107 years ago by Father John F. Noll (later, bishop), who attended tent revivals defending misinformation on Catholicism. Matt Adams, OSV senior campaign consultant noted that, today, their not-for-profit OSV Institute gives back about three and a half million annually to Catholic organizations, currently awarding three $100,000 grants to groups with innovative and new ways to defend the faith and build the future of the church.
Reflecting more deeply on the dignity of every human life
The archdiocese observed Respect Life Month, themed, “Christ Our Hope in Every Season of Life,” with three life-themed Masses in October, calling Catholics to cherish, defend, and protect those who are most vulnerable, from the beginning of life to its end and every point in between
Involvement of persons with special needs enriches every aspect of Church life
Sharing faith and life with one another and recognizing the abilities of people with special needs, Archbishop Gustavo García-Siller, MSpS, celebrated a Mass for persons with special needs at Prince of Peace Parish on Sept. 29.
Stewardship: Steps to transforming your parish
“If we want our churches to grow and to transform,” said Katie Herzing, Our Sunday Visitor senior parish coach, “we need to make a plan.” Good stewardship starts with transforming your parish and, like a marathon runner trains, means incremental training over a period of time to achieve results.
Crossing the finish line
Rosemary Kowalski of the RK Group hosted lunch reception at Sunset Station Sept. 17 to discuss “Crossing the On the Way – Andale! Finish Line.”
Let us care for Mother Earth, challenges archbishop at Caring for Creation Mass at missions
Under an early Sunday morning overcast sky that eventually turned into spectacular sunshine, the El Camino de San Antonio Caring for Creation Mass took place under the trees just beyond the front entrance of Mission Espada Sept. 8, with more than 500 people gathering for a liturgy in which Archbishop Gustavo Garcia-Siller, MSpS, told attendees that they could feature nature -- the heat and wind -- on their face in a setting different from their regular parish services.
Legacy donation to capital campaign a powerful way to remember a loved one
A legacy donation is a very powerful way to remember a loved one; especially if the parent, family member or friend spent their life giving. You can continue their good ‘giving’ by leaving a legacy gift to honor their love and memory. The family of Nora Ortiz Zamarron, Mom, share why they chose to leave a donation to the “On the Way -- ¡Andale!” campaign in her honor.
‘We’ve been made in God’s image and likeness, and we are to strive to be like him in this world’
Leadership of the “On the Way – Andale!” capital campaign gathered for liturgy with Archbishop Gustavo García-Siller, MSpS, at Our Lady’s Chapel at Assumption Seminary June 26, hearing a message regarding the importance of stewardship in their lives.
Archbishop Gustavo celebrates 35 years of priesthood
Archbishop Gustavo García-Siller, MSpS, celebrated his 35th anniversary of ordination to the priesthood with a Mass at Our Lady’s Chapel at Assumption Seminary June 21, attended by employees of the archdiocesan Pastoral Center and broadcast on Catholic Television of San Antonio.
St. Anthony of Padua called an apostle of conversion and the sacrament of reconciliation
St. Anthony de Padua Church hosted its annual solemn novena for its namesake June 5 -13, honoring daily the patron saint of the archdiocese and the city of San Antonio. Novena director was Father Kevin Shanahan, MSC, pastor, and Archbishop Gustavo García-Siller, MSpS, celebrated Mass at the church June 6.
Archdiocesan-wide Feast of Corpus Christi Eucharistic Procession attracts largest crowd
For the past six years, San Fernando Cathedral has sponsored a Eucharistic procession through the streets downtown on the Feast of Corpus Christi to give public witness to the Real Presence of Jesus in the Holy Eucharist.
Prayers for the Holy Spirit to continue to guide and inspire the church
The archdiocese came together in unity with diversity at the vigil of Pentecost liturgy at the Church of the Holy Spirit June 8. Songs at the Mass celebrated by Archbishop Gustavo García-Siller, MSpS, were sung and lead by choirs in Congolese, Vietnamese, English and Spanish; and prayers of the faithful were proclaimed in Malayalam, Tagalog, German, Polish, Vietnamese, Igbo, and English, along with being translated into American Sign Language. The liturgy began with a banner procession with representatives of dozens of lay ecclesial movements.
Father Duncan Amek ordained to priesthood as assembly joyfully gives assent
In a day of great joy, Duncan Amek, a native of Homa Bay, Kenya, was ordained to the priesthood for the Archdiocese of San Antonio by Archbishop Gustavo García-Siller, MSpS, on May 15 at St. Ann’s Church, where had served as a deacon for the past year.
Students have shown they are ‘Disciples of the Lord’ in receiving awards, says archbishop
Each year, Archbishop Gustavo García-Siller, MSpS, bestows the Archbishop’s Medallion Awards upon a Catholic High School senior from each of Catholic high school who is committed to assist the school, parish and community to encounter the Gospel of Jesus Christ and to promote Catholic teachings and values.
Archdiocese introduces third-party reporting system for ethics violations
The Archdiocese of San Antonio has implemented EthicsPoint, a confidential, anonymous and third-party system, exclusively for the reporting of misconduct and ethics violations in the Archdiocese of San Antonio.
Official appointments for the Archdiocese of San Antonio
Appointments for the Archdiocese of San Antonio announced May 28, including pastor, administrator, and parochial vicar assignments, retirements and others. All assignments effective July 1, 2019.
Next World Meeting of Families will focus on vocation of marriage
The Vatican announced recently that the next World Meeting of Families will focus on the vocation of married life as a path to holiness with a particular emphasis on Amoris Laetitia.
Papal almoner restores power to building occupied by homeless
Cardinal Konrad Krajewski climbed down a manhole recently to restore the power supply to a disused, Italian state-owned property in Rome where many homeless persons have been living.
Pope Francis says world still in need of evangelizers
Like Saints Cyril and Methodius shared the Gospel with the Slavic people in the 9th century, today the world is still in need of Christian evangelization, Pope Francis said recently.
Pope Francis makes surprise visit to Alzheimer’s patients
Pope Francis paid a surprise visit to a center for Alzhiemer’s patients this spring.
Pope Francis calls human trafficking ‘a crime against humanity’
Pope Francis said Thursday that human trafficking is, “without doubt,” a crime against humanity for its violation of human dignity and freedom.
After Supreme Court ruling, Texas bans all chaplains from execution rooms
The state of Texas has banned all prison chaplains from its execution chamber, following a Supreme Court decision that halted the execution of a Buddist man who was denied the presence of his chaplain.
Pope Francis: Even in desperation, abortion won’t solve problems
Pope Francis said Sunday that abortion is not a lawful way to solve problems, even in extreme and desperate situations, and that awareness of the need to help women in difficult pregancies is on the rise.
Knights of Columbus pledge support for persecuted Christians
Knights of Columbus Supreme Knight Carl Anderson pledged the fraternal organization’s continued efforts to aid and rebuild persecuted Christian communities in the Middle East, during his Aug. 7 address at the 2018 Knights of Columbus convention in Baltimore, Maryland.
USCCB: We ‘encourage and welcome’ family leave bills
The U.S. bishops’ conference praised legislative efforts to secure family leave policies, after a Senate bill was introduced that would allow new parents to draw two months of Social Security benefits while they care for their new child.
Domestic Justice chairman welcomes change in Catechism calling for abolition of death penalty
Following the publication of the revised section of the Catechism of the Catholic Church regarding the death penalty, Bishop Frank J. Dewane of Venice, Fla., chairman of the USCCB’s Committee on Domestic Justice and Human Development, welcomed the change and echoed the call to end the death penalty in the United States.
President of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops statement celebrating the 50th anniversary of
In honor of the 50th anniversary of Blessed Paul VI’s papal encyclical, Humanae Vitae, Cardinal Daniel N. DiNardo of Galveston-Houston and president of the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops (USCCB), has issued the following statement. Originally published in 1968, Blessed Paul VI's letter promotes the whole human person in the context of marital love that respects both the spiritual and physical dimensions of man and woman, which is faithful, generous, and life-giving.
Toronto archbishop calls for prayers after mass shooting
Churches in the Archdiocese of Toronto will offer a special prayer for the victims of a mass shooting Sunday night that left two dead and a dozen injured in the city’s Greektown neighborhood.
‘Weeping’ statue of Mary investigated by Las Cruces Diocese
The Diocese of Las Cruces is investigating a statue of the Blessed Virgin Mary that some Catholics say has been “weeping” for more than a month.
Dominican bishops encourage citizens to respect life at all stages
The bishops' conference of the Dominican Republic published Wednesday a statement affirming the importance for the Church of forming persons to value and respect life in all its stages.
Migration and Refugee Services of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops and Catholic Charities US
The Migration and Refugee Services of USCCB and Catholic Charities USA (CCUSA) issued the following statement on the ongoing efforts to reunite children separated from their families at the border.
New Mexico bishop made coadjutor of San Jose
The Vatican announced Wednesday Pope Francis' appointment of Bishop Oscar Cantú of Las Cruces, New Mexico to be coadjutor bishop of San Jose, Calif.
Brett Kavanaugh nominated to U..S Supreme Court
President Donald Trump announced Monday night he is nominating Justice Brett Kavanaugh to the Supreme Court to fill the vacancy created when Justice Anthony Kennedy announced his retirement June 27.
Keep immigrant families together, bishops plead at border
Immigration reform requires seeing the faces of immigrants, and hearing their stories, according to five U.S. bishops who have completed a two-day pastoral visit to the U.S. border with Mexico in Texas’ Rio Grande Valley.
Inquiries concerning the June 30 Families Belong Together rally location
The archdiocese has been receiving inquiries concerning a Families Belong Together rally which will be occurring in San Antonio this Saturday, June 30, at 10 a.m. Similar events will be taking place in cities across the United States. The website promoting this event lists the site of the gathering as San Fernando Cathedral, which is incorrect. The archdiocese is not associated with or partnering with this rally. The actual location of the event will be Main Plaza, the large public space in front of the cathedral which is operated by the Main Plaza Conservancy. At times, organizations and groups which have held events in Main Plaza have listed San Fernando Cathedral as the site of their gatherings, which is inaccurate.
$4.1 mission approved in grants to the Church in Latin America including emergency disaster assista
The U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops' (USCCB) Subcommittee on the Church in Latin America awarded $3.39 million in funding in the form of 206 grants to support the pastoral work of the Church in Latin America and the Caribbean, and $580,950 in three grants funding emergency disaster and recovery assistance to areas affected by the Mexican Earthquakes and Hurricanes Matthew (2016), Irma and Maria (2017
U.S. bishops hear updates on V National Encuentro, Share the Journey Campaign, Synod on Young People
The U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops (USCCB), gathering June 13-14 in Fort Lauderdale, for their annual Spring General Assembly heard reports June 13 on a variety of topics including updates on the V National Encuentro of Hispanic/Latino Ministry and the Share the Journey campaign.
Cardinal DiNardo: New U.S. asylum policy erodes the right to life
At the opening of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops’ general assembly on Wednesday, the conference president issued a statement condemning the Trump administration’s adoption of stricter asylum policies and its policy of family separation at the U.S.-Mexico border.
What to expect when the USCCB heads to a Florida beach this week
The bishops of the United States will meet in Fort Lauderdale, Fla., this week, less than one mile from A1A-Beachfront Avenue, the Florida road made famous by a 1974 Jimmy Buffett album, and the peerless 1990 Vanilla Ice single “Ice, Ice Baby.”
Maryland town met with support, prayer in aftermath of devastating flood
Perched on a hill overlooking the rivers and railroad tracks in Ellicott City, Maryland, stands St. Paul’s Catholic Church -- a place where many Catholics in the Archdiocese of Baltimore go to pray.
World Youth Day Cross and Icon to travel around United States
The official World Youth Day (WYD) Cross and Marian Icon, entrusted to the youth and young adults of the world by St. John Paul II in 1984, will make a multi-city tour of the United States in August 2018, the first time in twenty-five years such a coordinated journey has occurred.
BREAKING: Supreme Court rules in favor of baker who declined to serve gay wedding
The Supreme Court on Monday ruled in favor of a Colorado baker who declined to make a wedding cake for a same-sex couple in 2012.
U.S. bishops’ Migration chairman urges Administration to keep families together
The Department of Homeland Security has recently acknowledged implementation of the policy of separating families arriving at the U.S./Mexico Border. Most Reverend Joe S. Vásquez, Bishop of Austin and Chairman of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops’ (USCCB) Committee on Migration, issued the following statement in response.
U.S. Supreme Court won’t hear challenge to Arkansas abortion pill law
The Supreme Court will not hear Planned Parenthood’s challenge to a 2015 law in Arkansas that requires doctors administering abortion pills to have contracts with physicians with hospital admitting privileges.
Military bases under consideration to hold undocumented children
Federal officials are evaluating U.S. military bases as temporary shelters for immigrant children who will be separated from their parents after crossing the border illegally under a new Trump administration policy.
Bipartisan bill would make it easier to deduct charitable donations
A bipartisan bill introduced in Congress last week would make it easier for Americans to receive tax deductions for charitable giving, regardless of whether they itemize on their tax returns.
U.S. bishops to discuss ethical and religious directives for Catholic health care and hear update o
The U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops (USCCB) will gather for their annual Spring General Assembly, June 13-14 in Fort Lauderdale, Fla. During the assembly, the full body of bishops will address a variety of topics including ethical and religious directives for Catholic healthcare services, a pastoral response to Asian and Pacific Island Catholics in the U.S., and the upcoming Synod on Young People, the Faith and Vocational Discernment.
USCCB asks ‘compassion’ for 86,000 Hondurans facing deportation
Temporary protected status (TPS) protections will not be renewed for Honduran nationals living in the U.S., the Department of Homeland Security announced Friday. The director of the US bishops’ migration services program has said ending TPS protections for Hondurans would be inhumane.
SA 300 event to commemorate Alamo’s founding
The 300th anniversary of San Antonio will be commemorated at 11 a.m. on Tuesday, May 1, with an ofﬁcial San Antonio Tricentennial event at San Pedro Springs Park.
USCCB Committee on Migration chairman endorses USA Act and calls for immediate legislative solution
The chairman of the USCCB’s Committee on Migration, Bishop Joe Vásquez of Austin announces support for H.R. 4796, the “Uniting and Securing America” (USA) Act of 2018 as it is currently written. The USA Act is a bipartisan bill that offers a path to citizenship to Dreamers and augments existing border security technology at the U.S./Mexico border.
U.S. Bishops’ Migration chairman supports southern border bishops concerns over White House decisio
The U.S. Catholic Bishops of the southern border issued a statement on April 6 regarding their deep concern over the Administration’s decision to deploy the National Guard at the U.S./Mexico border.
US, Mexican bishops oppose Trump’s plan to send National Guard to border
Bishops in both the US and Mexico have criticized the Trump administration’s plan to send National Guard troops to the southern border of the United States.
U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops and Basilica of the National Shrine of the Immaculate Conceptio
On April 4 at 7:05 p.m. (EDT), the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops will join in solidarity with the Basilica of the National Shrine of the Immaculate Conception in remembering the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., by tolling the Shrine’s bells 39 times to honor the number of years Dr. King lived on earth.
‘Opportunities for conversion’—the liturgies of Holy Week
Any priest will tell you that Easter Sunday Mass is one of the most highly attended of the year, alongside Christmas Mass and, at least in the United States, Mass on Ash Wednesday. But Easter Sunday Mass, while popular, is not the only important or beautiful liturgy celebrated during the days of Holy Week and the Easter Triduum.
This Sunday, where will the millions of palms come from?
With the arrival of Palm Sunday, Catholics across the globe will soon be handed leaves as they walk into church. Some might fold them into elaborate little crosses. Kids will poke each other with them. But it's safe to say most won't know where they came from.
U.S. Catholic bishops’ chairman deeply disappointed by Congress’ failure to enact the Conscience Pro
Cardinal Timothy M. Dolan of New York, chair of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops’ (USCCB) Committee on Pro-Life Activities, and Archbishop Joseph E. Kurtz of Louisville, chair of the USCCB’s Committee for Religious Liberty, reacted with deep disappointment to the news that a very modest but critical piece of legislation — the Conscience Protection Act -- was not included in the 2018 appropriations bill just released by Congress.
Capuchins raise funds for victims of Papua New Guinea earthquake
As Papua New Guinea begins to recover from a major earthquake, the Capuchin Province of St. Conrad is raising funds in an effort to help those affected by the devastation.