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Archbishop Gustavo García-Siller, MSpS

Remaining in the Lord’s word means truly being his disciples; dwelling and remaining under his merciful gaze and in his merciful heart. His call demands a humility of heart which recognizes that truth — which frees from sin — is never our possession, but rather a gift always beyond us. We cannot be its masters, but merely its guardians and servants, its missionaries. Discipleship means remaining in the Father’s house forever, which is no different than the Holy Spirit making the disciple’s heart his dwelling. Pope Francis has said, “A disciple is a person who allows him or herself to be guided by the Spirit, and is therefore a person who is rooted in the tradition but can embrace the new, a free person. Free. He or she remains in the Lord, and is inspired by the Spirit.” Being a disciple of Jesus brings the freedom to be missionary anywhere and everywhere, all the time. The sign of a disciple’s true acceptance of the Lord’s mercy is his or her proclamation of the Living Word which transforms hearts.

Parish Leadership Development Training | April 14-15

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Archbishop Gustavo invites all parish leaders to attend valuable development training focused on the theme of “Recognizing the Stranger” at Central Catholic High School. The training will serve to rebuild in the aftermath of the pandemic, reflect on the response of the parish community, and learn how to listen and to take action on parish community needs. The training is free, will be offered in English and Spanish, and is supported by the archdiocese, the Catholic Campaign for Human Development, the Interfaith Education Fund, and COPS/Metro. To register, visit the COPS/Metro website or call (708) 369-8115.

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Sunday of Divine Mercy | April 16

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Sunday of Divine Mercy falls on April 16. This feast was established in the year 2000 by Pope Saint John Paul II to highlight what he called “the greatest of the attributes of God”. This celebration reminds us that no sin is unforgivable and that no sinner is beyond redemption. We have all failed and we are all in need of God’s mercy. Every year, the U.S. bishops explain that the Sunday of Divine Mercy provides an important opportunity to share Christ’s message of mercy for all, including those who have been wounded by abortion. Around this celebration, they also invite us to learn more about Project Rachel, which is the abortion healing ministry of the Catholic Church in the United States. In San Antonio, this ministry is conducted by Catholic Charities.

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Updates to Mass schedules on archdiocesan website


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Chrism Mass held April 4

The archdiocesan Chrism Mass was held the evening of April 4 at St. Mark the Evangelist Church with Archbishop Gustavo García-Siller, MSpS, presiding, with the auxiliary bishops and priests of the archdiocese serving as concelebrants. The focus of this archdiocesan celebration — the blessing of the oils and the consecration of the Chrism, which gives the Mass its name — is a strong expression also of the unity of the Church and the pastoral concern of all ministers. 

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