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The Holy Father has named October, Extraordinary Mission Month, with the message: Baptized and Sent: The Church of Christ on Mission in the World.

What does this mean?

Pope Francis is reminding us Catholics, that we exist as a Church whose very identity is to answer Christ’s call to spread His Gospel; to go out and invite everyone to encounter our Lord Jesus Christ! It is who we are! It is what we do!

If this scares you, then take heart that a Doctor of the Church, who is the co-patron of missions, is a young nun who never left her convent!  St. Therese of Lisieux’s mission in the world was lived out in what she called her little way of offering her given tasks, her received sufferings, and her intentional acts of kindness, for love of Jesus.

Pope Francis encourages us, as well. He explains that this ‘going out’ does not mean hitting people over the head with a Bible but through sharing the gift of the Treasure given to us. He says,

Our filial relationship with God is not something simply private, but always in relation to the Church. Through our communion with God, Father, Son and Holy Spirit, we, together with so many of our other brothers and sisters, are born to new life. This divine life is not a product for sale – we do not practice proselytism  – but a treasure to be given, communicated and proclaimed: that is the meaning of mission. We received this gift freely and we share it freely (cf. Matthew 10:8), without excluding anyone. God wills that all people be saved by coming to know the truth and experiencing his mercy through the ministry of the Church, the universal sacrament of salvation (cf. 1 Timothy 2:4; Lumen Gentium, no. 48). – Extraordinary Mission Month

What an exciting adventure we are called to! We head out from this proclamation inspired to give God’s Divine Mercy, show our family and friends the beauty of our rich faith, and share the daily journey accompanying others on the path of salvation… that is until we are met with opposition. It is very difficult to keep up the enthusiasm in the face of hostility, lack of interest, and when we find ourselves more annoyed by, than loving of, others.

Is there a way to stay on mission and not grow weary? Yes!

We can not only sustain but actually increase our faith, deepen our love for and trust in God, and grow in heroic virtue by walking daily with the one person who first received God’s Treasure, bore him into the world, and eternally shares him with all: the Virgin Mary, our Blessed Mother.

This daily walk with Mary is the Rosary.

Providentially, October is also the month of the Rosary. Just as Jesus sent his disciples out in pairs, (Luke 10:1), he continues through his Church to do the same. A library of writings and personal stories attest to the power of the Rosary and its ability to convert our hearts, spiritually nourish our souls, and embolden our faith. Our Pilgrim Center of Hope chaplain, Father Pat Martin, says the Rosary is the most powerful weapon because it destroys pride.

During this special month of October dedicated to the Church’s mission and to the Rosary, enter your first conquest! Challenge yourself to offer a daily Rosary.

It may help to imagine yourself walking beside Mary as you accompany Jesus and his disciples as he goes from village to village. Ask her to tell you about her son as you mediate on the mysteries of the Rosary.

October also provides increased opportunities to pray the Rosary with others through diocesan Rosary Congresses. For more information about the San Antonio Rosary Congress, click here.


Nan Balfour is a grateful Catholic whose greatest desire is to make our Lord Jesus more loved. She seeks to accomplish this through her vocation to womanhood, marriage, motherhood and as a writer, speaker and events coordinator for Pilgrim Center of Hope.

Answering Christ’s call, Pilgrim Center of Hope guides people to encounter Him so as to live in hope, as pilgrims in daily life. See what’s happening & let us journey with you! Visit PilgrimCenterOfHope.org.

San Antonio 2019 Rosary Congress

SAN ANTONIO – Pilgrim Center of Hope is honored to provide speakers from its Speaker Team for San Antonio’s annual Rosary Congress.

The 2019 Diocesan Traveling Rosary Congress will begin October 5 and conclude on October 11, seven days of around-the-clock Eucharistic Adoration and hourly praying of the Rosary in response to Our Lady of Fatima’s call to conversion, consecration, and prayer.

SCHEDULE – Traveling activities at various Catholic Churches within the Archdiocese of San Antonio territory:

October 5
Our Lady of Perpetual Help, Selma
5:30pm – Opening Mass with Archbishop Gustavo Garcia-Siller, MSpS
7:00pm – Eucharistic Adoration, Hourly Rosary & Divine Mercy Chaplet begins

October 6
Our Lady of Perpetual Help, Selma
Continuing all-day Eucharistic Adoration, Hourly Rosary, Divine Mercy Chaplet
Note: These devotions will pause during scheduled Masses

October 7
Our Lady of Perpetual Help, Selma
Continuing all-day Eucharistic Adoration, Hourly Rosary, Divine Mercy Chaplet
Note: These devotions will pause during scheduled Masses
7:00pm – Talk on “Power of the Rosary” by Deacon Ed Domowski

Church of the Holy Spirit
7:30am – Mass
8:00am – Eucharistic Adoration, Hourly Rosary & Divine Mercy Chaplet begins

October 8
Church of the Holy Spirit
Continuing round-the-clock Eucharistic Adoration, Hourly Rosary, Divine Mercy Chaplet until 7am
7:30am Mass

St. Margaret Mary Church
8:00am – Eucharistic Adoration, Hourly Rosary & Divine Mercy Chaplet begins
6:00pm – Mass

St. Helena Church
6:00pm – Mass
7:00pm – Talk on “Mary’s Gifts” by Victor Negron followed by…
Eucharistic Adoration, Hourly Rosary & Divine Mercy Chaplet

October 9
St. Helena Church
Continuing round-the-clock Eucharistic Adoration, Hourly Rosary, Divine Mercy Chaplet until 6:00pm

Christ the King Church
6:00pm – Mass
7:00pm – Talk on “Marian Apparitions” by Renee Polka followed by…
Eucharistic Adoration, Hourly Rosary & Divine Mercy Chaplet (through October 10 at 6:00pm)

St. Monica, Converse
7:00pm – Mass
7:30pm – Talk on “Consecration to Jesus through Mary” by Alexandra Kubebatu followed by…
Eucharistic Adoration, Hourly Rosary & Divine Mercy Chaplet (through October 10 at 6:00pm)

October 10
Christ the King Church
Continuing round-the-clock Eucharistic Adoration, Hourly Rosary, Divine Mercy Chaplet until 6:00pm

St. Monica, Converse
Continuing round-the-clock Eucharistic Adoration, Hourly Rosary, Divine Mercy Chaplet until 6:00pm

Sts. Peter & Paul, New Braunfels
12:10pm (afternoon) – Eucharistic Adoration, Hourly Rosary & Divine Mercy Chaplet begins (through October 11 at 7:00pm)

October 11
Sts. Peter & Paul, New Braunfels
Continuing round-the-clock Eucharistic Adoration, Hourly Rosary, Divine Mercy Chaplet until 7:00pm
7:00pm – Talk on “Consecration to Jesus through Mary” by Alexandra Kubebatu


For more information, contact the organizer: Diocesan Rosary Congresses.

Holy Land Rosary

Holy Land Rosary Book

by Deacon Tom Fox

The Rosary comes to us from the Middle Ages, when most people could not read or write. It is a simple prayer that can be easily learned and prayed with others or privately. This rosary booklet is based on a Holy Land experience. Once you visit the Holy Land, praying the Rosary is never the same, because you experience the sites where most of the mysteries took place. Let this easy to carry book transport you into the life of Jesus.

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Christmas Spirituality

Fr. Ed Hauf welcomes Sr. Maria Kim-Ngan Bui, FSP on this episode of Catholicism Live where they will be discussing the beauty of the spirit of Christmas. #CatholicismLive


Want to grow deeper in your relationship with Mary? Find information for upcoming Evenings with Mary here.

Interested in traveling with us on one of our pilgrimages? Learn more about upcoming pilgrimages!

Afternoon Tea with St. John Bosco – Thursday, January 19th @ 2:00 pm3:30 pm Free.

Register for Catholic Seniors’ Conference & Catholic Men’s Conference – Encounter Christ at these annual conferences that will help you grow in your faith.

Mary & the Power of the Rosary

We welcome Fr. Gerald Langsch onto Catholicism Live! Deacon Tom & Mary Jane Fox will be talking about how Mary has impacted his life and ministry and how the power of the Rosary has played a part in it all.

Watch more videos of Fr. Gerald on Youtube!

#CatholicismLive


Want to grow deeper in your relationship with Mary? Find information for upcoming Evenings with Mary here.

Interested in traveling with us on one of our pilgrimages? Learn more about upcoming pilgrimages!

Afternoon Tea with St. John Bosco – Thursday, January 19th @ 2:00 pm3:30 pm Free.

Register for Catholic Seniors’ Conference & Catholic Men’s Conference – Encounter Christ at these annual conferences that will help you grow in your faith.