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Archbishop Gustavo García-Siller, MSpS

Pope Francis says that it requires the courage to sow the seed and to become involved, instead of hiding behind a “preservation ministry” which does not allow the Kingdom of God to flourish.

The Lord captivates our hearts — like He did with the first disciples — upon our personal encounter with Him. We hear His voice telling us, “Follow me.” It is so powerful that it drives us to leave everything behind joyfully, to live with Him. But with the passage of time, we can get tired or gradually lose our spiritual memory, perhaps as we do not see the expected fruits. God chooses the smallest, the poorest and least fitting instruments to cooperate in his plan of salvation. God’s plans are always bigger and deeper than ours. As workers in the field, we are guaranteed that if we persevere until the end — we will be surprised with the fruit of the seed, always greater than we can imagine.

Catholic Schools Week celebrated in archdiocese

This week was Celebrate Catholic Schools Week across the nation. Although most of our schools were closed for two days, the celebrations continued. Parishes and schools celebrated Masses together to start out the week. We celebrated parishes, community, students, nation, and vocations. We honored teachers, faculty and volunteers. Some schools conducted open houses, and others rescheduled due to weather. We were able to celebrate both the TCCB Elementary School Teacher of the Year, Julie Ortiz from St. John Berchmans, and NCA (National Cheerleaders Association) championship awards won across our schools as well.

For upcoming open houses and events, follow sacatholicschools on facebook or instagram, or visit sacatholicschools.org. 

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National Marriage Week is February 7-14 

Find resources for the celebration of marriage below or download the guide (PDF).

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The observances of National Marriage Week (Feb. 7-14) and World Marriage Day (Sunday, Feb. 12) are an opportunity to focus on building a culture of life and love that begins with supporting and promoting marriage and the family. This year’s theme, “Marriage…one flesh, given and received” highlights the one-flesh union of husband and wife that is willed by God. Find resources for celebrating at home or in the parish on our website.

SeekSA is February 17-19 

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Gather with San Antonio Young Adults at Oblate Renewal Center to partake in the sacraments, fellowship, virtual talks from the 2023 SEEK Conference, and more! The cost is $60 and includes meals. If you have any questions or need additional information, email Ana Maldonado or Cassie Cantu.

Season of Lent - Ash Wednesday

As we approach the season of Lent (Ash Wednesday - Feb. 22), we look forward to a very important celebration in the lives of catechumens and candidates who have been journeying in the RCIA process toward Christian initiation at Easter.


The Rite of Election of Catechumens, that is, unbaptized adults and children who are age 7 or older, marks a turning point in their preparation for initiation. The Rite of Call to Continuing Conversion for Candidates, that is, those already baptized as Catholics or in another Christian faith tradition, calls them to a more intense preparation in preparation for the sacraments of Confirmation and First Eucharist. In our archdiocese, there will be four celebrations on Saturday, Feb. 25, and four on Sunday, Feb. 26, and one on March 4 in Uvalde.

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Introduction to American Sign Language, February 23-April 27 

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Learn communication tools to accompany our Deaf brothers and sisters in Christ in an 8-class course at Our Lady of Sorrows Church. Participants will learn introductory American Sign Language (ASL) and some specialized Catholic sign vocabulary, understand culturally appropriate behaviors, and be able to connect with those who use ASL to communicate. Classes are open to all. No previous ASL training is required. Questions? Contact Angela Mauer, Director of Deaf Ministry at 210-734-1952, 210-305-5689 (Video Phone) or by email.

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UTSA Catholic Student Center re-opens following renovations

Archbishop Gustavo García-Siller, MSpS, celebrated a dedication Mass and grand re-opening following renovations at the UTSA St. Anthony’s Catholic Student Center on January 27.

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

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