Schoenstatt Family of North Texas

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"All Saints Moms Group"

Photos submitted by Patricia Bowlin from Meeting with the "All Saints Moms Group" at All Saints Parish in Dallas, April 7, 2017". Title of the Talk was: "What is Schoenstatt/Becoming Little Mary's in our World".

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Kit Darling, Patricia Bowlin and  Jackie Smith. Patricia with the co-leaders of the All Saints Moms Group.

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Save the Date! May Crowning 5/20

MARK YOUR CALENDARS!

 

MAY CROWNING ON SATURDAY, MAY 20, 2017

 

                    

 

WAYSIDE SHRINE AT ST. FRANCIS IN GRAPEVINE, TEXAS

861 Wildwood Lane, Grapevine, Texas 76051

 

PLACE:  ST. FRANCIS IN GRAPEVINE

 

TIME:  9:00 AM HOLY MASS IN THE CHURCH, IMMEDIATELY FOLLOWED BY PROCESSION TO WAYSIDE SHRINE, CROWNING OF OUR MOTHER THRICE ADMIRABLE, COMMISSIONING AND RECOMMISSIONING OF OUR COORDINATORS/MISSIONARIES OF THE SCHOENSTATT ROSARY CAMPAIGN, AND RECEPTION IN THE PARISH HALL

 

The Schoenstatt Mothers’ Branch of North Texas invites all the Schoenstatt Branches to join us for a morning honoring our Blessed Mother in her special month of May!

 

We look forward to coming together as a North Texas Schoenstatt Family  in prayer, song, community and  celebration!

 

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March 2017 Spanish Retreat

On the weekend of March 3-5, 2017 twelve mother from North Texas travelled to the Confidential Shrine at Lamar for the annual Spanish retreat. It was one of largest retreat I have seen with about 46 beautiful ladies in attendance. We want to give thanks to Sister Heidi for showering us with her love, music and wisdom.  She gave us the most beautiful talk on the closing of the year of mercy and how to better live our motto as "Missionaries of Mary Building Covenant Culture"

Some of the music she played for us was so healing that we still listen to it and cry again. Especially one song that is titled:

"No one loves you, like I do"

Our Mother Thrice Admirable had so many gifts for her most favorite daughters like the presence of two of our Schoenstatt Fathers, Mary Rodriguez's beautiful talk, the commissioning of a missionary of the rosary campaign, and much more.

Father Patricio gave us a beautiful talk on our motto, "Missionaries of Mary Building Covenant Culture." Wow, he was on fire!   His encouraging words made us want to go into the world on zeal for our mission with the Spanish population where we live. We want to bloom where we are planted and be fruitful for our Schoenstatt kingdom of the father.

On Sunday we had the gift and presence of Fr Vega, who celebrated holy mass for us. It was such a healing and spirit filled weekend that we can't wait to return to the shrine and drink richly from our mother's fountain of love.

Mariel Arellano the great and zealous apostle took ten ladies, about five more people cancelled at the last minute.  Laura Schuckenbrock got to take two new ladies - one of them she met while going to confession and waiting in line for an hour and forty five minutes.  The confession line gave much fruit. As our dear father would say: "The cross blesses the world"

How wonderful it is to feel renewed and gain strength for our journey with the graces from the shrine.
 

We want to give thanks to all who make this retreat a reality and to all who attended.  

"Nothing Without You, Nothing Without Us"

Submitted by Laura Schuckenbrock

 

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Shoenstatt Wayside Shrine of the Annunciation

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1st Homeshrine Blessed by Fr Don Zeiler

Dear Schoenstatt Family,

December 12, 2016, the Feast of our Lady of Guadalupe, Father Don Zeiler, from St Gabriel the Archangel in McKinney is the first Diocesan priest to dedicate the first Schoenstatt Homeshrine in North Texas.  Where? at the home of Rose Garcia and our newest Home shrine - “My Queen of Peace, Mercy and Love” -  We give thanks for Father's willingness and zeal to help us build a covenant culture in North Texas.  He was chosen from so many and freely has given his yes to our Mother Thrice Admirable’s mission.  Our deep gratitude and thanksgiving to our precious Father Don.  We keep you in our prayers and look forward working with you.
 
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Wayside Shrine at All Saints in Dallas

It is beautiful that Father Nazzaro from All Saints in Dallas  is standing by the Wayside Shrine at All Saints!! .   This is a special gift for our Lady!! Thanks to texascatholic on Instagram for the beautiful picture. 
 
 
 
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Installation Mass for New Bishop of the Diocese of Dallas

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Greetings dear Friends,
 
Just a quick hello to let you know I represented all of you today and prayed for you at the installation of our 8th Bishop of Dallas. It was a beautiful event. I will share his homily soon with you. 
 
I got to talk for a few minutes with His Eminence Cardinal Farrell and when I told him that I place him in Bl Mothers arms he had a nice surprise for me, or you could say, the MTA greeted me through him. He said: " I know Schoensatt- two of your Schoensatt Fathers are working with me in my new appointment in the Vatican. I was speechless.  Thank you MTA!! 
 
In attendance were: 
Apostolic Nuncio for the US: Bishop Pierre, Cardinal DiNardo, Cardinal Wuerl, Archbishop Garcia Siller, etc, etc, 
 
United in the covenant of love,
Laura Schuckenbrock 
Missionaries of Mary Building Covenant Culture
 
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Couple's Morning of Reflection

Couple's Morning of Reflection

 

 

 

Building a Covenant of Love in our Marriage and the Domestic Church in the modern world

Saturday, November 19, 2016

Saint Elizabeth Ann Seton, 2016 Willis Lane, Keller, TX  76248

9:00am - 12:30pm

09:00am - 09:30am Holy Mass

09:30am - 10:30am Breakfast and opening Prayer / Talk #1

10:30am - 11:00am Personal time as a couple / guided reflection time

11:00am - 11:30am Talk #2

11:30am - 12:00pm personal Reflection Time / Adoration

12:00pm - 12:30pm Collect children from childcare / Family closing prayer and Marriage Strengthening Blessing / Sending forth

This event is sponsored by Mary's Apostolic Family, and the Schoenstatt Family of North Texas

Childcare available 9:30am -12:00, space limited

RSVP please call 817-488-0699 or email schoenstatt.dfw@gmail.com

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Announcement for Christ Child Event--Mother's Branch of North Texas

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YOU ARE INVITED TO THE CHRIST CHILD HOLY NIGHT - ADVENT REFLECTION

Speaker: Schoenstatt Sister of Mary,
Sister Heidi from the Schoenstatt Shrine of Confidence in Lamar, Texas.

When: November 17, 2016
Time: 7:00 - 9:00 PM

Where: St Gabriel Schoenstatt Shrine of the Annunciation
St Mary's Room

Join us for a beautiful night of songs, prayers and meditation. RSVP to laura.schuckenbrock@yahoo.com or call 214-726-5441

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Structure and Organization of the Schoenstatt Movement

1.         Introduction

The diocesan committee is part of the Schoenstatt Movement, it is the body that coordinates the branches of the Movement in a diocese or region; thus, to review the structure and the organization of Schoenstatt allows us to renew and remind us of the work that we do and in this way clarify our roles. It also allows us to clarify doubts and analyze situations.

The goal is that in the light of the organization and structure of Schoenstatt we may look back at our own actions and see what successes and failures we have experienced in the coordination or leadership that we exercise. For this reason we want to see what are our functions and responsibilities in the context of the organization of Schoenstatt.

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Estructura y organización de la Obra de Schoenstatt

1.    Introducción

La coordinación diocesana o zonal es parte de la organización de Schoenstatt, es el gremio que coordina a las ramas del Movimiento en una diócesis o zona, por lo mismo, el recordar y repasar la estructura y la organización de Schoenstatt nos permite renovarnos y recordarnos sobre la tarea que cumplimos y de esta manera clarificar nuestro rol, también permite despejar dudas y analizar situaciones.

La intención es que a la luz de la organización y de la estructura de Schoenstatt podamos hacer un repaso de nuestra actuación y ver qué logros y dificultades se han experimentado en la coordinación que estamos realizando, por esto mismo queremos ver cuáles son nuestras funciones en el contexto de la organización de Schoenstatt y nuestras atribuciones.

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Missionaries of Mary, Building Covenant Culture

Context:

This motto wants to be a pedagogical aid that will remind us what our mission is for this particular year. We are encouraged to use the motto at every branch or Movement activity; it is part of the work we do.

Explanation:

In coming up with the motto, we first considered the gift of missionary spirit from the document, Schoenstatt on the Move, which served as an impulse to put us on the right track. This missionary zeal developed from our motto from the last two years, “With Mary we go, a new Pentecost for our times.” After this Pentecost we experienced the desire to go out. Our leaders were on fire for the gift of our mission and we spread this zeal amongst ourselves and embraced our spirituality and love for the Blessed Mother. Now, however, we wanted to define a more specific goal for our Schoenstatt branches, for our dioceses, and in the peripheries of the society we inhabit. We derived inspirations from the address that the Holy Father gave to the Schoenstatt Family in Rome, and the sending out address from Father Heinrich Walter at the Jubilee Celebration in Germany. These discussions and both addresses heavily centered on creating a Culture of Encounter by forming authentic attachments, strengthening our solidarity, and striving for sanctity through the Covenant of Love with our Blessed Mother. From the discussions at the Delegates’ Convention, the leaders narrowed it down to four themes: spirituality, unity, mission and culture of encounter.

These themes generated a direction for our motto. The leaders immediately recognized a deep need to go from our cenacle (A New Pentecost for our Times) and be missionaries for the renewal of our culture. We spoke at length about the emptiness of our culture, the deterioration of the family, the loneliness and the yearning for God in our society. At the onset, the leaders came to a consensus on the words “renewal”, “missionary”, and “covenant culture”. We realized that these words contained the spirit of the answer we were searching for.  These words point to a fact: Schoenstatt serves to renew the Church and the world as missionaries by creating covenant culture. Like a family, we shared our perspectives, spent some time in prayer to the Holy Spirit, and engaged in some lively creative tensions. We were certain, however, that we did not want to come up with a passive motto. We wanted a motto that would create momentum, challenge us, but also be authentic and specific to what we want to accomplish.  What was the end goal? To change our culture and renew our Church. And we knew that we could not do this alone—we remembered, “With Mary we Go.” She is the great missionary. We also wanted to strive to be “missionary-saints” and our style of sanctity clearly has a name: Mary.

The last struggle centered on the image of how to create covenant culture. We wanted something powerful yet relatable, specific and actionable. We considered words such as “forging”, “spreading”, “forming”, “shaping”, “living” and we finally came to the consensus that the word, “building” best described our mission. The action of building requires intensive effort and unified commitment. In this we also saw our efforts to build upon Father Kentenich’s legacy and the Shrine, the Blessed Mother’s workshop. After all the discussions, talks, and inspirations, we were honored to work together to unveil the motto that both identifies and motivates our life stream for the coming year: Missionaries of Mary, Building Covenant Culture.

 

At the Confidentia Shrine in Lamar, October 9, 2016

During the Marian Jubilee of Mercy

 

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Save the Date: October Day of Schoenstatt North Texas

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9AM-12PM St. Anns Room 330 - 180 Samuel Blvd, Coppell, TX 75019

9am - 9:30am: Fruit, Beverages & Pastries

9:20am - 10:10am: Presentation by Sister Heidi

10:20am - 11am: Presentation by Father Patricio

11am - 11:30am: Kick off of N. Texas Shrine Striving

11:30am - 12pm: Closing Ceremony at "Streams of Love" Wayside Shrine

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Wayside Shrine at St. Ann's Parish in Coppell- 10 Year Anniversary Celebration

Wayside Shrine at St. Ann's Parish in Coppell- 10 Year Anniversary Celebration

The Schoenstatt Mothers of St. Ann's hosted a celebration marking the 10 year anniversary of the "Streams of Love" Wayside Shrine at St. Ann's. Members from the Mothers' and Family Branch and St. Ann's Parish came together for devotion, song and blessing. The devotion was led by Father Francisco Orozco from St. Ann's and Patricia Bowlin from the Mothers' Branch.

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Mother's Branch Event - Come Celebrate Blessed Mother's Birthday

Join Us Friday, September 16 at 7:00 PM

PLACE: ST ANN’S IN COPPELL, “THE RECEPTION ROOM”

REMEMBER:  JOIN US FOR AN EVENING OF REFLECTION AND PRAYER TO HONOR BLESSED MOTHER FOR HER BIRTHDAY. SISTER HEIDI FROM THE CONFIDENTIA SHRINE WILL BE OUR SPECIAL GUEST SPEAKER.

Our Celebration will include crowning Blessed Mother as Queen Mother of Merciful Hearts!  Please bring your bag of hearts, with name on each one, along with any donations you may have collected. All the people whose names are written in the hearts will be remembered in the Confidentia Shrine in Lamar. On this evening, we will present the gift of hearts and donations to Blessed Mother...a Birthday gift from the Mothers for the building of a future Shrine in North Texas.  Ask your Leader if you need more hearts!   Hope you can join us!

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10 Year Anniversary Celebration at St. Ann's

Join Us September 18th

You are invited to celebrate with us this anniversary of joy and thanksgiving for our Mother Thrice Admirable of Schoenstatt.  She has blessed our St. Ann Parishioners with her 3 Pilgrimage Graces for the last 10 years from her Wayside Shrine. We invite you to join us at 12 Noon Holy Mass.  Celebration will immediately follow.

We will have prayer, song, and renewal of the Covenant of Love and a special blessing of the Shrine.  Sweet refreshments will be served by the Schoenstatt Mothers.  Festivities will be held at the Wayside Shrine by the picnic tables.  May our Blessed Mother’s presence in the little Shrine be a continuous blessing for all.

 

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June Schoenstatt Couple's Meeting

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May Blossoms for Mary at St Ann's Wayside Shrine

May Blossoms for Mary at St Ann's Wayside Shrine

The Schoenstatt Mothers at St Ann's wanted to offer May Blossoms to our Blessed Mother during her special month. Mary will have many visitors throughout the month and the Mothers wanted to surround the Wayside Shrine with a garden of flowers as expressions of love from her children. Working with Nick Bassi and the Knights of Columbus, the soil around the Wayside Shrine was tilled and a variety of hearty Texas flowers were planted for Mary. Roses, jasmine, begonias, marigolds and vincas each one symbolizing a little gift to our Mother, Queen of the Angels, Queen of the May!

 

 

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Garden at Wayside Shrine at St Gabriel the Archangel

Article written by Laura Schuckenbroc, Mothers Branch leader at St. Gabriel the Archangel

b2ap3_thumbnail_Image-1-2.jpgI was sitting with Blessed Mother by Her little Wayside shrine of the Annunciation at St Gabriel, one morning after daily mass and rosary in March.  I looked at Her and said: "Blessed Mother, we love you so much and this little garden does not reflect all the love we have for you here at St Gabriel."  What would you like dear Mother, inspire me, and I will do it. Dear Father and Founder, you were always good at knowing God's wishes and doing God's will, please pray that we can give our Mother here in this little shrine a beautiful garden.  Tell me how to go about.

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Save The Date! May Crowning at St. Francis on May 21st

Save The Date! May Crowning at St. Francis on May 21st

PLACE:  ST. FRANCIS IN GRAPEVINE, 861 Wildwood Lane, Grapevine, Texas 76051

TIME:  8:30 AM HOLY MASS IN THE CHURCH, FOLLOWED BY PROCESSION, CROWNING OF OUR MOTHER THRICE ADMIRABLE AND RECEPTION IN PARISH HALL

The Schoenstatt Mothers’ Branch of North Texas invites all the Schoenstatt Branches and members of the St. Francis Parish to join us for a morning honoring our Blessed Mother in her special month of May!

We look forward to coming together as a North Texas Schoenstatt. Family in community, prayer, song, and celebration

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“Take this picture of the Blessed Mother and give it a place of honor in your home. Then your home will become a little shrine in which the picture of grace will mediate many graces, create a holy family atmosphere, and form holy family members.”

-Father Joseph Kentenich,
Founder of Schoenstatt
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