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Archbishop Gustavo García-Siller, MSpS

The Lord asks us to despise vanity, as well as the desires to possess and to control. Then He commands us to love as He has loved us. Let us ask Him, then, to help us experience His love with every fiber of our being. Let us ask Him to continue giving us the sweet pain of knowing we are unworthy of the love we have received, while we feel impelled from within to love everyone without measure. The Resurrection is also the promise that God does His own work through us. This way He passes-by doing good, much better than we could imagine. The mysteries of Christ’s life went almost unnoticed in His time, but they constitute the highpoint of history. Everything makes sense from the viewpoint of the Risen One. The Lord’s Resurrection has penetrated the fabric of our personal and collective history. Jesus does not rule like the mighty of the world, but He demands that we make new decisions. He communicates His initiative through the Holy Spirit. He guides us to the resurrection. Let us freely devote ourselves to become seeds of new life.

Project Rachel Day Retreat Saturday April 22

Project Rachel is a retreat to accompany women desiring healing after having an abortion. This retreat will walk with you into the gentle love of God whose greatest desire is to restore you and bring you closer to Himself. Contact Catholic Charities for more information (210) 342-4673. 

Red Shoes Fiesta

In 2002, a frightened and crying four-year-old girl was brought into St. PJ’s Children’s Shelter, along with her six-year-old brother. Due to severe abuse and neglect, they had to be removed from their home. While the case manager was comforting the little girl, she noticed that the girl was wearing sparkling red shoes. When asked, “Where did you get those?” the little girl responded, “My grandma gave me these shoes to remind me that someday I am going to go home.”

Those little red shoes are our ongoing inspiration for the annual St. PJ’s Red Shoes Fiesta, and serve as a reminder that each child dreams of a special, safe place to call home. You are cordially invited to attend our 19th Red Shoes Fiesta event benefitting St. PJ’s Children’s Home on Saturday, May 6 at the Dominion Country Club.

We hope that you will take this opportunity to help the children of St. PJ’s find their own “Red Shoes” on their path to a safe and happy home. You can help St. PJ’s make a difference by providing a Red Shoes Fiesta Sponsorship or making a donation.

Worship on the River | Tuesday, April 18 

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The archdiocesan Young Adult Ministry invite you to join other young adults for adoration, confession, and fellowship at St. Joseph’s Church Downtown (directions) from 6:30 to 9 p.m.

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Photo of the Week

The San Fernando Cathedral Good Friday Passion of the Christ re-enactment from Milam Park to Main Plaza once again drew thousands of people to downtown San Antonio on a cold, rainy April 7. Cathedral parishioner Edgar Holgúin directed the presentation, with Oliver Calderon portraying Jesus and Erica Grano in the role of Mary.

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