Monday, October 22, 2012

And then I got to preach ....:)

Southwest Texas USA

Friday, October 19, 2012 edition of Today's Catholic newspaper

Ms. Martha Fernández - Sardina's  Kinney County rural exploit!

Snippets from her  "Road to Misión San Pablo..."

"Father Henry Clay Hunt, III and Father Pius Ezeigbo, pastors of St. Joseph and Sacred Heart parishes in Del Rio stopped in my office recently and asked if I could come out and speak to their parishioners about the Year of Faith and the New Evangelization...

"I arrived into Brackettville later than I planned that Friday night, but a delicious barbeque rib dinner awaited me at the home of my gracious hosts, Rosa and César Cantu..

"We rose early next morning and headed to the Hunt family ranch where we were blessed to celebrate  the holy sacrifice of the Mass  in honor of  Our Lady  on that first Saturday of the month, over an altar built in an open field a few years ago when the good padre became a priest.

"The altar has a relic of one of my patron saints, St. Mary Magdalene..    

"Father Clay's altar has a relic of another great evangelization mentor of mine, St. Paul: it is a piece of the chains that held him bound for preaching the Gospel for which he suffered as a criminal, even to the point of being thrown into chains -- though there is no chaining the word of God! (2 Tim 2:9)  ....

"What a delightful morning Mass that was..

"And then I got to preach.

"Using Sacred Scripture and Church documents, and going back and forth from English to Spanish, I addressed the 150 or so parishioners present, an spoke to them about the Year of Faith and the call to a New Evangelization ..."

And you know she made an impact, as did Mr. "Jay Vela, the executive  director of ACTS  Missions who spoke about the need to rise each day ready to proclaim the good news of salvation and engage in the Church's New Evangelization ..."

 Way to go, great people! :)


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