Confession and God’s Mercy – Feb. 17, 2010

Fr. Martin Leopold answered your questions on the Sacrament of Reconciliation (Confession), penance, forgiveness and God’s mercy in this episode of Catholicism Live!

Pearls of the Week:

  • Archbishop Jose Gomez’s Pastoral Letter, “The Tender Mercy of Our God.” Read the pastoral letter in English or Spanish here. You can even print a copy for yourself and your loved ones.
  • “Meeting the Merciful Christ” by Fr. Joseph M. Champlin. A wonderful 31-page booklet available through St. Anthony Messenger Press or your local Catholic bookstore.
  • “A Practical Guide for the Sacrament of Confession” by Human Life International. An easy-to-use, wallet-sized pamphlet including the steps to Confession and an examination of conscience that we’re giving away for free at the Pilgrim Center of Hope! Would you like one? Come see us or give us a call.

Saint of the Week: St. Gerard Majella, patron saint of a good confession

A Visitor from the Holy Land

 Come and hear Stephanie Saldana speak about her experiences living in Syria and in Jerusalem.  Living in a Muslim neighborhood and teaching at an Arabic University; Stephanie will bring incredible insights that would interest you and surprise you! 
WHERE:  Oblate School of Theology * Immaculate Conception Chapel
DATE:  Friday, March 5th;  7:00pm – 9:00pm
As a Fulbright scholar in Syria, Stephanie Saldana studied the role of Jesus in Islam, fled to an ancient desert monastery to confront her wavering faith, and unexpectedly found herself in love with a French novice monk. Stephanie Saldaña sweeps readers into the violent extremes of a war-torn region, and leads them to a renewed belief in the beauty of faith, the necessity of self-discovery, and the possibility of true love. 

 Born and raised in Texas, Stephanie, received her Master’s degree from Harvard Divinity School.  She has spent years traveling in the Middle East, including a year spent in Beirut as a journalist for the English-language newspaper The Lebanon Daily Star.  She is the recipient of both a Thomas Watson Fellowship and a Fulbright.  She lives in Jerusalem with her husband and son.

Stephanie’s book “The Bread of Angels” will be available for purchase and book-signing.  Don’t miss meeting her and hearing her incredible story!

Sponsored by The Pilgrim Center of Hope and Oblate School of Theology

Day of Prayer and Healing

Come to a Day of Prayer and Healing at the Pilgrim Center of Hope, Saturday, February 20th.

Beginning at 9am with Morning Prayer (Liturgy of the Hours) and ending with Eucharistic Adoration at 1:00pm.

Please pre-register on this page or by calling or emailing at:  210-521-3377 or

Presented by Deacon Tom and Mary Jane Fox

AFTERNOON TEA with Saint Bernadette

Bernadette in Lourdes

Come to an AFTERNOON TEA and “meet” Saint Bernadette of Lourdes at the Pilgrim Center of Hope.  Holy Water from Lourdes will be available for a special blessing.  Beginning at 2:00pm on Thursday, February 18th and ending with the Chaplet of Divine Mercy at 3:30pm.

Call in your reservation for tea – 210-521-3377 or email us at

Presenter:  Mary Jane Fox, Co-Director of the Pilgrim Center of Hope

“Catholicism Live”

To learn more about the Biblical Lenten Project go to the Archdiocese of San Antonio website at  Archbishop Jose Gomez in a letter to his brother priests introducing the Bible Project called “You’ve Got The Time”  quoted Pope Benedict XVI:  “Are we truly pervaded by the Word of God?  Is that Word truly the  nourishment we liev by, even more than bread and the things of this world?  Do we really know that Word?  Do we love it?  Are we deeply engaged with this Word to the point that it really leaves a mark on our lives and shapes our thinking?   Or is it rather the case that our thinking is constantly being shaped by all the tings that others say and do?”

“Faith Comes by Heaing” – offering the New Testament on a MP3 CD to help you take 28 minutes a day for 40 days (Lenten Season) and read the entire New Testament!  Reflection questions are included.   The Distribution of the free MP3 CD’s will take place at participating parsihes on Ash Wednesday and a second time on Sunday, February 21. 

  For more information go to the Archdiocesean website at     

 “Pearl of the Week”Praying Scripture for a Change – An Introduction to Lectio Divina written by Dr. Tim Gray.  Purchase through Ascension Press or contact your local Catholic Book Store.

February Days of Spiritual Renewal

February 20 (Saturday) – PRAYER AND RELATIONSHIPS with Deacon Tom and Mary Jane Fox.  9am-1pm; donation or love offering suggested.    We cannot love ourselves, our spouse, our children or family members to the fullest if we do not love God first.    This morning retreat includes Morning Prayer (Liturgy of the Hours), Eucharistic Adoration and Benediction.  Please pre-register here.

February 27 (Saturday)- ST. JOSEPH, GUARDIAN OF THE REDEEMER – Private Retreat  for Marian Group from Resurrecton of the Lord Parish. 

If your parish organization or prayer group would like a morning retreat or half-day retreat; please contact Deacon Tom Fox or Mary Jane Fox at or 210-521-3377.