|SATURDAY, FEB. 27||Door Prizes Will Be Drawn! (Times TBD)|
|AM||6:30||Doors Open. Breakfast tacos & coffee provided by Bill Miller BBQ.|
|7:00||Music & Exhibitors Open|
|Opening & Welcome|
|9:00||Mass with Archbishop Gustavo Garcia-Siller, MSpS|
|Priests available for Sacrament of Reconciliation|
|Food & Beverage Concessions Open|
|10:30||Fr. Stephen Gadberry – “Stand Your Ground: A Reflection on the Role of Ownership, Accountability & Clarity in Christian Masculinity” (Pre-Recorded)|
|11:30||Jared Zimmerer – “Masculine Courage: Learning Heroic Virtue from the Saints” (Pre-Recorded)|
|1:15||Fr. Daniel Villarreal – “Spiritual Warfare: Arming Yourself for Battle” (In-Person)|
|2:20||Chaplet of Divine Mercy|
|2:45||Eucharistic Adoration: Time with Jesus, the Divine Healer|
|3:45||Go Forth Message|
|4:00||Close / Livestream Ends|
Schedule is subject to change.
MAKE IT A GETAWAY.
I’m busy that day. Can I sign up for the virtual attendance and watch it later?
Yes! The recording of the conference will be available for 30 days following the event for all registrants.
What happens if I registered to attend in-person, but I cannot make it to the event?
All registered participants will receive an email on the day of the conference, with information about accessing the virtual event. Simply follow the instructions and enjoy the conference at-home in real time or on your own time for up to 30 days following CMC. If you are registered for the in-person event and KNOW that you will not be attending, please let us know so that we may save expenses on food & beverage being ordered in anticipation of you being there. Email firstname.lastname@example.org or call 210-521-3377.
Is there a deadline for me to switch my ticket from virtual to in-person?
If you are registered for virtual and would like to attend in-person, you are welcome to show up, but please be mindful that due to limited in-person seating, we may be full. Breakfast and lunch are not included in the virtual ticket. If you know at least a week in advance, let us know by emailing email@example.com or calling 210-521-3377 so we can reserve a seat for you.
Is there an age limit to attend?
No. Males of all ages are encouraged to come and encounter Christ and be in fellowship with other men in order to be taught, inspired and encouraged in the vocation to manhood. Note the Father/Son Registration in-person discount: $15 off individual registration fee per each man. (Pay $50 each registration.)
Sensitive subjects may be presented, and we encourage parents & guardians to provide direction for their sons. The sad reality is that boys of even elementary age are being bombarded with these subjects out in the world; it is best to hear them in the light of the Church so as to grow in virtue and faith in God.
How is the conference addressing standard CDC guidelines?
For in-person attendees, physical distancing will be facilitated. We’ll be practicing the safety guidelines prescribed by local authorities, including those of the Archdiocese of San Antonio. This means that masks will be required in St. Matthew’s facilities. St. Matthew’s has implemented the daily (done each evening) electrostatic disinfection of all building facilities, to include all surfaces. The electrostatic mist adheres to surfaces and strips away germs.
What would it be like to participate virtually?
From home, you’ll log into a unique website given to you and enter a provided password. This will allow you to access the virtual website, which includes:
* Video player with the livestreamed conference
* Conference Event Program Booklet to follow along
* Virtual Exhibitor Listing – Browse several vendors & ministries with exclusive discounts for you to strengthen and share your faith beyond CMC
* FAQs and ways to contact us via email or text message for feedback & support
You’ll be able to see what’s happening on the conference stage just as the in-person attendees see it (maybe even better!).
You’ll be able to interact by sending your photos & feedback via email, text message, or Facebook; which is answered by our staff. Based on what you send us, our emcee will provide ‘shout-outs’ to virtual attendees throughout the event!
Here’s what Women’s Conference Virtual Participants said:
- “This was the first year attending the Catholic Women’s Conference virtual and was a little doubtful that it would not be the same as being there in-person. I was wrong, I was really impressed with the way it went. No issues at all. It was easy to connect.”
- “The virtual side was well done and showed you all were well prepared… Sound was good, cameras were good, and I felt included with the ‘shout outs’.”
- “This is the first time me and my three sisters participated because it was virtual and we live in different areas of Texas. We text during the breaks and lunch and shared our experience. Wonderful experience!”
What will I experience by attending the conference (in general)?
You will experience a safe and peaceful environment with opportunities to encounter Jesus, the Lord through the presentations, Confession, Mass, Archbishop’s message for you, and be encouraged by seeing many men seeking the Truth! We are sure many of your questions will be answered, don’t we all have at least one or two? Plus; you will receive spiritual direction you can take with you… an additional gift to those registered – a five week, 10-minute video series called “Men of Hope: Living Courageously” presented by CMC speakers and Fr. Bruce Nieli, a Paulist priest.
Does my attendance at Mass at the conference count as our weekly attendance to Mass?
The Mass that we will celebrate during CMC 2021 will be Saturday morning Mass, so it is not the weekly Sunday observance. (If you are visiting from out-of-town and would like to attend Mass on Saturday night or Sunday, St. Matthew’s Church is offering several Mass times, including the Saturday vigil mass at 5:30pm.)
Is there anything in Spanish? CMC will not be offered in Spanish this year.
PREPARING TO ATTEND
How can I prepare for the conference?
Pray the St. Joseph prayer on the website, ask the Holy Spirit to prepare your mind and heart to be open to what you need to hear/learn.
I am coming from out of town. Where should I stay?
See conference website for host hotel offering discounts. Be mindful of deadline to book. If booking after deadline, hotel will accommodate price if rooms are available.
How can I help with the conference?
- Encourage others to attend / Bring someone with you
- Volunteer: Email CMC Coordinator firstname.lastname@example.org
- Donate/sponsor: Email Pilgrim Center of Hope’s Development Coordinator email@example.com
I’ve been inspired by what I’ve heard at past conferences, how can I continue to “Fan the Flame” of my faith after the conference?
This year, we will be offering all registered men a 5-week video series called Men of Hope to journey with you from CMC through Holy Saturday. This video series will be provided to registrants via email. Also stay connected with Pilgrim Center of Hope through our multimedia series; visit our website for the listing & ways to enjoy them. There’s something for everyone – weekly reflections via email / blog, podcasts / audio series, video series… educational, encouraging & challenging: all guiding you into an encounter with Christ, so as to live in hope in your daily life.