September 1, 2023

Welcome to The New Messenger, your weekly archdiocesan newsletter featuring messages from Archbishop Gustavo, news briefs, event previews, and updated information. The Archdiocese of San Antonio's weekly newsletter is published every Friday morning.

Message from Archbishop Gustavo García-Siller, MSpS

Every people and every generation are faced with the same temptation. It is not easy to accept the truth that God “wills everyone to be saved and to come to knowledge of the truth.” (1 Timothy 2:4). God’s gifts are always meant to be shared. As opposed to the things of this world, God’s gifts are multiplied as they are shared. The Lord wishes to speak to you through the witness of others. Be open to learn from simple people. The Lord speaks to us through unexpected people, so that we believe that He is truly alive and present among us, in such a way that we can announce the Resurrection with courage.

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Upcoming Events

Remembrance Mass for Those Who Have Died by Suicide | September 10

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In observance of World Suicide Prevention Day, Auxiliary Bishop Gary Janak will celebrate a special Mass at Church of the Blessed Sacrament to remember loved ones lost to suicide and to promote healing for those who grieve their passing. In honor of a loved one, those attending will be invited to lay a flower at the altar to symbolize our commending those lost by suicide to God’s love, mercy, and care. 


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RCIA Workshop: Making Disciples | September 15-16

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Offered by the archdiocese in collaboration with TeamRCIA, this workshop at Holy Spirit Catholic Church will focus on guiding principles of the catechumenate so that it is oriented toward making disciples of Jesus Christ. This is done in the context of an overview of the Period of Evangelization and the Rites through Initiation and Mystagogy. Download the objectives and schedule. Join us for this special opportunity! This workshop will be offered in English with simultaneous translation in Spanish.

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Catechetical Sunday | September 17

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In his first letter to the Corinthians, St. Paul mentions various ministries that God has called Christians to: “…first, apostles; second, prophets; third, teachers…”. We are confirmed that the ministry of catechists is both ancient and integral, that from the beginning it has played an essential role in the life and growth of the Church. Catechetical Sunday is an opportunity to recognize those called to this service, pray for and with them, and commission them in this ministry. This year’s theme is, “Come to me all you who labor and are burdened.” (Mt. 11:28).

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Photo of the Week

The new sanctuary for St. Mary Magdalen Church in Camp Wood was blessed and the altar was consecrated by Archbishop Gustavo García-Siller, MSpS, at a Mass held August 28. A dinner followed the liturgy. Father Kishore Bathula serves the mission, along with Sacred Heart of Mary in Rocksprings and St. Raymond of Leakey in Pennafort.

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