Welcome to The New Messenger, your weekly archdiocesan newsletter featuring messages from Archbishop Gustavo, news briefs, event previews, and updated information. Look for this newsletter in your inbox every Friday.


Archbishop Gustavo García-Siller, MSpS

It is always good for us to take a look at the underworld of the heart. Without realizing it — and with the rush of life — we collect junk, which — in the best scenario — is useless. Sometimes this junk takes the form of attitudes, postures, gestures, which are not quite evangelical. Lent may be the occasion, the right time, to do this clean-up, which allows us to continue our pilgrimage lightly packed. The direction of Lenten conversion, following Jesus, is threefold: prayer, fasting, and almsgiving. This threefold focus on God, ourselves, and others, helps us respond to Pope Francis’ invitation to become part of a revolution of tenderness, which begun with the Lord’s Incarnation in Mary’s womb. He proposes two ideas: “the beauty of feeling that one is loved by God, and the beauty of feeling loved in the name of God.”

Stations of the Cross

Every Friday through March 31

Every Friday during Lent, join Archbishop Gustavo at San Fernando Cathedral for the Stations of the Cross at 7:30 a.m.

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Pray for all Catechumens and Candidates who will celebrate the Rite of Election and Call to Continuing Conversion 

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The Rite of Election and Call to Continuing Conversion will be celebrated weekend, Saturday, February 25, and Sunday, February 26, in San Antonio, and Saturday, March 4, in Uvalde. 665 catechumens and 673 candidates will be participating in the celebrations. Pray that they enter the Easter season with joy and open hearts.

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Learn more about the Rite of Election

Upcoming Event

Kickball & Clerics

Youth Spectacular: Behold! | Registration Closes March 3 

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Archbishop Gustavo welcomes the Young Church to gather on Saturday, March 25 at St. Mary’s University for a day of fellowship and fun. Emcee Alex Gotay, Jr. will lead us through the day including keynote speaker Chris Padgett, and music provided by Kate Keck. For more information, contact Rebecca.Villarreal@archsa.org or call (210) 734-5138.

Youth Leaders: Click here to register your group
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Advocacy Day 2023

Tuesday, March 28, 2023

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Now is the time to advocate for Catholic values including life, family life, education, healthcare, immigration, restorative and social justice, care of creation, and religious liberty! On this Advocacy Day, Tuesday, March 28, the Archdiocese of San Antonio is offering free transportation to and from the Texas State Capital in Austin to meet with our legislators and pray with the bishops of Texas. Buses will depart from different parishes at 7 a.m. For a list of departure locations and to sign up for the event, click here. For more information, contact Rebecca.Villarreal@archsa.org or call (210) 734-5138. Registration closes on Wednesday, March 8 and seats are limited.

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Photo of the Week

Catholic Charities kicks off Lenten campaigns

Catholic Charities recently kicked 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 from February 22 to April 6. 40 Cans for Lent aims to collect 200,000 pounds of food to feed all people regardless of race, religion, or national origin through Catholic Charities Food Pantries and the Mobile Food Pantry. 40 Days of Service plans to engage the community to serve others by preparing for crisis response, providing humanitarian aid, mentoring and tutoring youth, visiting isolated seniors, and much more. The kickoff event, held at the Guadalupe Community Center on February 23, drew more than 300 community leaders, partners, university, elementary, and high school students, Catholic clergy and parishioners, businesses, and others as the community unites to fight hunger and encounter those in need.

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To find more archdiocesan events and activities visit our website, www.archsa.org.

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