Diocesan Briefs-December

Sanderson, Retirement Fund collection both this weekend 

Sanderson Centennial
   St. James Catholic Church in Sanderson will be celebrating its centennial on December 9, 2006.  The little adobe church, known as the Immaculate Conception Church, was blessed by Bishop Forest in 1906 and some 37 years later this little church became too small for a larger congregation.  The present church building was then built.  The theme of the celebration will be “100 Years of Existence, 100 Years of Blessings.”
    Activities planned throughout the day include: an Open House and Exhibits at 10  am in the CCE Building, followed by a parade at 11 am. We are asking all former kings, queens, and princesses to prepare a float for this parade. The parade will end at the parish hall where a meal will be served at Noon. Mariachis will entertain during dinner.
   The Most Reverend Bishop Michael D. Pfeifer and current pastor Father Floro Hinacay will celebrate the Centennial Mass at 3 p.m., along with any former priests able to attend. The music for the mass will be provided by the mariachis.  For more information please e-mail parish council secretary Gina Garza at g_m_garza@yahoo.com.

Retirement Fund
   On December 9-10 you will have the opportunity to participate in the 2006 Retirement Fund for Religious annual appeal in this Diocese of San Angelo. Please support this collection as generously as you have in the past. Know that many of the retired religious spend hours each day in front of the Blessed Sacrament offering prayers of gratitude for those who “Share in Their Care.”
   On behalf of all in vocations, I thank you for your contributions to the 2005 Retirement Fund for Religious. Your generosity is astounding and deeply appreciated by our retired women and men religious and by all of us who are also working untiringly to care for those who have gone before us. The monetary range of our Diocesan giving was from $20,000 (1989) to $61,000 (2001) until this past December when your gift to the frail, elderly religious was $68,000.
   Please be aware that more than 37,000 Catholic religious are now over 70. Of these, 11,000 require either skilled nursing care or assisted living which in 2005 alone cost almost $500,000,000. These types of care in the U.S. typically cost $169. per day but religious have kept the cost at $133. per day. Additionally, the average Social Security benefit for religious is approximately one-third that paid to the average U.S. beneficiary.
   Thank you again, and God Bless.

– SIster Marie Malachy, San Angelo

Are you being called to a vowed religious life?
   Come and spend a weekend with Dominican Sisters and other women, ages 18-40, who are listening to God’s call. The weekend of January 26-28, 2007, will provide time for praying conversing, questioning, exploring, and listening to God’s personal invitation. Jesus invites you to “Come and See.” Registration information and other details may be obtained by e-mailing newman@wcc.net or by calling Marie Malachy Griffin, O.P. at 325-949-8033.

Muchas Gracias 
   A special collection was taken up in the parishes of the Diocese of San Angelo on the first weekend of November.  It was for the Diocese of San Pedro Sula, our partner diocese in Honduras. Thank you–to all who so generously contributed to this collection.  The funds will soon be sent to our partners there.  The collection is a sign of our solidarity with the Catholics of Central America.  The funds are used for religious purposes in the parishes and diocese of San Pedro Sula. Several parishes, schools and ministries of the Diocese of San Angelo have partners in Honduras as well.  Mission trips and various forms of communication express this concern for one another.  Everyone is invited to pray for our brothers and sisters in Honduras.
— Msgr. Larry Droll, St. Ann’s, Midland

Annual Christmas Dance
     Holy Family Catholic Church Singles Ministry, will host a Catholic Divorced Ministry for Region 10 December 9, 8 p.m.–12 midnight. Cost is $6.00, event is at the Holy Family Church Family Life Center, 6150 Pershing Ave., Fort Worth.
  Please bring a dish to share! Call Monica Molina at 817-737-6768 to RSVP.

Rowena Centennial
   St. Joseph’s Church in Rowena is planning a Centennial Celebration on September 1 & 2, 2007. As a part of this celebration they are collecting wedding photographs of all couples that were married in St. Joseph’s Church. These will be used for a book. If you would like to submit a photo of your wedding picture, please send an 8×10 copy. This photo will not be returned. Photos should be labeled with the couple’s name (including maiden name) and wedding date. They can be mailed to: St. Joseph’s Church  Att: Centennial Comm.  P.O. Box 96  Rowena, TX. 76875. Please send the photos by Dec. 31st to assure that they will be included in the book.

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