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Archbishop Gustavo García-Siller, MSpS

The first reading for the fifth Sunday of Easter gives us a great example of what it means for us to be a synodal Church. Hellenist Christians spoke Greek as their first language, unlike Hebrews. They brought with them a different background to the early Christian community. They had another mentality, a different culture, and other approaches to the religious traditions of Israel. They brough a new sensitivity. Rather than being rejected as strangers, they were listened. The apostles brought together the community of the disciples and listened to the Holy Spirit, who guided their decision to appoint the first deacons. Diversity seems to make a mess at first, but then the Holy Spirit creates a beautiful harmony out of our differences, demonstrating what a great gift new people are in our lives and communities. Now we are heirs of that tradition. The resources of the community are to be shared by everyone. And we are all responsible for this — not only the clergy and religious — but every one of us — both those who volunteer their services in the parish and elsewhere. We are the Church! So, let not our hearts be troubled! The risen Lord is among and within us. The Holy Spirit guides us. Let us enter more deeply into God’s presence as we pray together today and every day. 

Worship on the River | Tuesday, May 16

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The archdiocesan Young Adult Ministry invite you to join other young adults for adoration, confession, and fellowship at St. Joseph’s Church Downtown (directions) from 6:30 to 9 p.m.

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Learn Intensive Pastoral Spanish in a Small Class Setting | June 5–June 30 and July 5–28 

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Are you seeking to learn Spanish in a small class setting with individualized attention? The Mexican American Catholic College (MACC) offers an excellent pastoral language program for those wanting to acquire proficiency in Spanish. The Intensive Pastoral Spanish is for persons who need to develop their language skills to minister to those in need of pastoral care, liturgical celebrations, preaching, and other facets of pastoral ministry. For more information, contact Adriana Garcia at (210) 732-2156, ext. 7126, or email agarcia@maccsa.org.

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Criminal Justice Ministry Seminar

Your presence and service in the Correctional Facilities within the Archdiocese of San Antonio is a tremendous blessing to our incarcerated brothers and sisters. Register for the Criminal Justice Workshop for anyone who is either interested or presently serving in Criminal Justice Ministry. This is a one-day formation with training sessions specific to Criminal Justice Ministry. This seminar will be on Saturday, May 20 from 8 a.m. - 4 p.m. at the Mexican American Catholic College and the cost is $20, a light breakfast and lunch will be provided. The deadline to register is May 15. Any questions or need assistance with registration, contact Liz Ortiz at (210) 731-3125. 


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The Catholic Student Association at the University of Texas at San Antonio recently held a Eucharistic Procession with Adoration of the Blessed Sacrament followed by a praise and worship service on campus April 26.


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