St. Pius X Parish Festival – Celebrating 60 Years of Service!

St. Pius X Parish Festival – Celebrating 60 Years of Service!

 

Don’t miss out!  October 8, 2017.  11Am – 6pm.  This will be a great event.  BBQ dinner tickets go on sale this weekend after all the masses.  Only 700 printed and remember last year we sold out!  This is 60 years of service, and the St. Piux X festival gets bigger each year.

Rides for the kids.  Amazing live and silent auction items.  Games that all can enjoy including BINGO!  Sit and enjoy the live music, eat, drink and be merry!

The raffle this year has 10 prizes and is only $5.00.  Look at what you can win.

Join us for a great day and a chance to win thousands of dollars or a Diamond Necklace or 65″ Samsung Smart TV.

Call parish at 210.824.0139 for more info or email me at frpat@stpiusxsa.org

Hope to see you there!

Holy Land Video for Pilgrimage!

Holy Land Video for Pilgrimage!

As a few said after the meeting today, we are ready to go!  We leave at 10am March 11th.

It will be a great tour.  Check out this video if you are on the fence.

A few answers from today’s meeting are below the video.

 

Some answers:

  1.  Registration first come, first served.  Deadline for turning in money and application is 15 October.  To either church office or mail it in.
  2. If you passport isn’t here yet, please just mark pending and get that in asap.
  3. 50 pound bag checked and a carry on at 18 pounds included!
  4. We are in an A380.
  5. Everyone is welcome, under 18 need an adult with them.  Any parish any faith.
  6. If we are not full, 44, we will still take more, but price is not guaranteed after 15th.

Email me if you have questions by clicking here. 

Information on March 2018 Holy Land Pilgrimage.

Information on March 2018 Holy Land Pilgrimage.

Hot of the press if you are reading this in August.  Here are the details of St. Pius X and friends pilgrimage to the Holy Land.

Some questions answered:

Who is eligible?  Anyone with $2900 that wants to go on pilgrimage to Holy Land.

Do we have to fly out of from Houston?  Yes, seats are booked, but if you live in other part of country all you need to do is get a ticket to either San Antonio and take bus, or Houston in time to meet us before flight.

Do I have to be Catholic?  No.  It is, however, a Catholic pilgrimage with Mass every day and focused on the Christian sites.   There is not requirement of anyone to attend Mass, but there will be no transportation to other places.

Is it safe? I purposely picked a tour company that specializes in the Holy Land.  The company owner is from there and his brother still lives there.  They have sent thousands of people there and they have all returned safely.  That is there livelihood.  We are actually paying  a little more to reduce our travel and avoid delays, which again increases our safety.  Please come to meetings and meet Moses and he can discuss this further.  (yes his name really is Moses)

The info you have waited for:  (I HOPE)

Email me at FrPat@StPiusXsa.org or call me at 210-824-0139 if you have any questions.

 

SPRING BREAK! Holy Land Here we come!

  SPRING BREAK!  Holy Land …  Here We Come!

Our next Pilgrimage is the Holy Land.  We will be leav

ing St. Pius X at 10:30AM on Sunday March 11!

A bus will take all but me to Houston, where I will meet you after the 10:15 mass.  We will check in and be met by local tour representative and check in for our Lufthansa Flight to Frankfurt, Germany.   T

hose that went to Ireland, we have gone from probably the smallest transatlantic plane to the largest.  Looks like we will be on at A380, which is a full two story plane.  Looks like it will be 3 seats on outside of aisles and 4 in the middle.   (Unless you upgrade to the top floor!)  We will then board another Lufthansa Flight to Tel Aviv on what looks like an Airbus A 321, 3 seats either side of the aisle.  I am assuming we will have similar planes on the way home.  We get a bonus night in Frankfurt on the way home and we can get a great German dinner to prepare us for re-entry.

Questions:

  1.  Do you have to be a St. Pius X, Parishioner?  NO
  2.  Do you have to be Catholic?  No, all are welcome!  FYI, We will celebrate mass most days.
  3. What is itinerary?  We are going at a busy time, he is working on it.
  4. What if I want more info?  There will be an info night next month, watch for dates.  We may stream it live on Facebook.
  5. How much will tipping by?  Included
  6. How much will food be?  I don’t know, depends on how much you eat, but breakfast and dinner are included and will be more buffet style to facilitate quicker meals most nights.

We have set aside 44 seats.  I have taken one of them.  This will be like last time, first come with $300 to hold, first saved.

Price should be around $3000 each and 4 hotels including one in Germany.

If you are interested and want to be adding to mailing list please watch for more info!  Once I have details they will be posted here like last time!

 

July 08, 1989 or 28 years ago last Saturday, I was Ordained a Priest.

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July 08, 1989

or 28 years ago last Saturday

I was Ordained a Priest.

With family and friends to help celebrate, including three US Air Force Chaplains that had been with me through formation, my Bishop ordained a priest.  Things were amazing.  I felt like the luckiest person in the world.

Then things changed.  I found myself on the outside with a bishop that believed my education was all wrong.  We were to become warriors, to bring the light of TRUTH into the next millennium.  We had to judge people sinners, tell them what they were doing was wrong and that the difficulties in their life were their Calvary and to basically offer it up.  There didn’t seem to be any compassion in this and the idea of the individual conscience as the primary agent in a moral decision was gone.

I didn’t see a way that my vision of priesthood and my bishops could ever come together.  Disillusioned, I saw no way back.  I had a good life, I did some amazing things, but there were periods of huge darkness where I was very angry.  Last Sunday’s Gospel was that the yoke is easy and burden is light.  I would get angry at words like that.  It wasn’t easy and the burden wasn’t light.

God always works, even through our mistakes…

Through out our salvation history, God comes to us in threes.  I had 3 priests that were with me through all of this.  One I met in high school, he was the first I talked to about being a priest and he is now a retired bishop.  Another was chaplain when my parents were in Omaha while I was in College, and the last I met while in the Theology; he supervised me as a chaplain candidate and also my parent’s priest in New Jersey.  The were all with me and sort of took me as I was.  Most of my friends in my diocese dropped me and that was partly probably my attitude, but it still hurt.

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Under Paid, Over Worked and Extremely Happy!

Under Paid, Over Worked and Extremely Happy!

While at a youth event I was talking to two Franciscan Sisters.  We were talking about how dealing with you has changed and how different our world was just in last ten years.  Some how we ended up talking about other things we had done and the circuitous path that each of us had taken to get to where we are.  All of us had other amazing things that we had done, but only doing what we are doing now has really brought us true happiness.

I said it is hard to believe that being under paid and overworked could make us so extremely happy.  They suggested that be the subtitle to my blog, but thought it seems like a complaint if not read properly, but did say I would Blog about it.  They were vocation work at the Dallas Steubenville Event.

I have made in one real estate transaction, more than I make in a year now.  I never had the happiness and true joy as I have now.  Money was never a motivator.  As we talked we realized that for each of us a confirmation that we were doing what we were create for was an amazing sense of happiness and motivation to do what ever we can.  I get up almost every morning before my alarm.  I am excited for what the day brings, sometimes when I get to the office that changes, but not often.

Our question was, how do we convey this to our youth?  The Pope is a poster child for this with his smile and thumbs up.  How do the kids get that.  They see us and at times I think they think I am just crazy.  I’ve started asking our youth to consider a vocation to priesthood and religious life before marriage.  It is easy to fall in love and at that point, a ohter vocations seem very distant.

The question:

I am ending this with a question.  How do we get our kids to honestly look at what God is calling them to.  We are spending the time that we can with the youth.  So, what else can we as a Church do to focus our youth more on what God is calling them to?

Part 2 of the Ireland Pictures. Better Late than Never?

Part 2 of the Ireland Pictures. Better Late than Never?

It took some time to go through all the picture, almost 500 and reduce the ones for here.  I still thing there maybe be a few too many, but here we go anyway.

 

Just a nice shot of Kilkenny
There will be a ton of Country SIde. This is near Waterford
A working Light House
The Green was amazing
For my Eringrace my niece.
Here to kiss the Stone
Blarney Castle, stone at the top
View from the climb
A little outside meeting area.
Inside…this was two stories
The places you find people
Great if you like confining spaces
Lots of stairs like this
A hallway, not much room anywhere.
Nora trying to also get a picture
Was a bedroom
View from the climb
Notice how thick the walls area
Back at the house!
View of town from Top
Muckross House
Original Transportation
Front of house
This place was HUGE!
Wild life everywhere!
Near Muckross
Great scenery
Torc Waterfall
Worth the walk
Have not seen moss in a long time
These stones have not rolled in a while
Too much water isn’t good even in Ireland
And the coast Highway…
Imagine how cold
The blue water even looked cold
Not sure what we were doing at all
Tourists
Not sure how it got the name Highway????
Panoramic shot
Seemed a bit big to still be hitting mom up….
Painted to help organize
More of the same
Fitted stone Church
An ADD person didn’t do this…I am 100% sure of that
Before Stained Glass
Grave site
Amazing
More panoramic views
All the property boundaries…
I cut the top…humm…Galway Cathedral
fairly new
opened in 1962
To look like a Gothic Cathedral of old
I think they did a great job
Would love to have heard pipe organ
Burned out friary near Muckross House
Grounds still kept up
Amazing for its time
A little roof repair is all that is needed.
One of St. Bridget’s Wells!
The Saint herself, well just a statue
Heading to the cliffs of Moore
One of the few beaches near the cliffs
WOW
Simply Amazing
The Southern View
And to show how amazing … a guy named O’Brien built a tower. Yes I paid to go up O’Brien’s Tower.
Hill of Tara
Top of hill where we were hoping for Mass, but time didn’t work
Old Old art
Trying to capture it all in one pic…didn’t do justice
Hill of Tara Church
Another cow not sure why we are staring and taking pics
Guess who! At the Hill of Tara even!
Home Again, I still miss the twin towers!

 

First Post from Ireland

First Post From Ireland

It is hard to believe that we are here.  All are safe and sound and dealing with jet lag in our own ways.  We have a very diverse group and the only two things that bring us all together are either people at parishes that I have served or friends and family of Greg Davis to did all the work to put this together.  It has be an Irish adventure so far.  And I found this on a wall today at St. Mary’s (Catholic, as yesterday learned that St. Pat’s Cathedral in Dublin is Protestant.)

Yesterday’s hotel I think had us all a but wary.  We got there a little early and they just invited us to leave our bags and return at 3pm.  No rooms for elderly, nothing.  We made great use of the time and went to the Jameson Museum on the site of the original distillery.  That was the high point of Dublin.  Yesterday was a Holiday and most poeple we off work and roads closed for various events. Got a great driving tour, but that was our first glimpse into the life and and history of Ireland.

One stop was Trinity College where the book of Kells is kept.  All I can say is wow.  There were not pictures in that room, but what an amazing work that starting in the 6th century.  The work of those monks is simply amazing.  Click on image to left if you want more on this facinating and very old book of the Gospels.

 

The hotel didn’t cease to disappoint when at 7am when breakfast was scheduled to start, they were already out of Eggs and it was 7:30 before we got through the line.  Food was good, just not worth the wait.  We gathered for mass and we were off to Kilkenny and some amazing scenery.

 

 

We were dropped off at the Butler Castle and the group splintered.  My group did the Video for the Castle and headed for the Churches and a walk through the city.  St Mary’s was very pretty in in the midst of raising money for renovation.  They had a unique program going and they were set up for a wedding, but even more poignant was the Dominican Church.

Dominican Black Abbey, names such for all the members they lost to the plague.  There was a heavy feeling there, but the windows and the fact they were having adoration helped.  It was a bit odd when Dominican priest comes out in a stole, stands in behind Altar and I am thinking Benediction, no, he takes luna out, like getting mail from box and picks up monstrance sort of like actors as they walk away with their Oscars.  Hands luna to guy in suit who light the candles for mass and then puts the luna in Tabernacle.  This Church however was one of the few that can say they have had mass regularly for the last 800 years in Ireland.  Founding in 13th Century.

A few centuries later and just up the hill is St. Mary’s Cathedral was built.  An amazing space especially considering time it was build on one of the highest points in Kilkenny.  Built in traditional cruciform style, with amazing art that reminded me of Conception Abby in Mo.

 

 

 

 

 

Not sure where we are other than south coast of Ireland in Cork County.  Tomorrow in Blarney Castle and Stone and many other adventures.

And a short side note….they don’t have the FDA there.  There is no cooler on this van, and the meat sure looks good!