Mount Schoenstatt eNewsletter

June 2017 eNewsletter


“Missionaries of Mary, Building Covenant Culture”


Our beautiful May celebrations expressed our love for Mary.  This year, three parishes from the Archdiocese of San Antonio participated in honoring our Mother:  St. Dominic, St. Pius X and St. Margaret Mary.  At St. Margaret Mary, there was a renewal of the enthronement of the MTA image originally enthroned in 1989.  A new, much larger, image was enthroned in a more prominent location in the Church.  Additionally, the MTA picture of grace was featured on the front cover of the May newsletter of St. Mark the Evangelist Parish and included the consecration prayer.  In the articles below, we share the stories of honoring our Mother in her month of May, some were first time experiences and some reflected our history.  

This summer, we are planning some landscape improvements in the Rosary Garden.  We invite you to visit our Mother in the Shrine and plan a “walking Rosary” in the Garden.

We wish all fathers, including our Schoenstatt Fathers, a very blessed Father’s Day!


Pilar Huerta, Editor

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Life at the Cor Unum in Patre Shrine and Movement News

June Masses

Everyone is invited to participate:

June 4 – First Sunday Mass, 3:30 PM – Solemnity of Pentecost

June 18 – Third Sunday Covenant Mass, 3:30 PM – Solemnity of Corpus Christi (and Father’s Day), special blessing for fathers – fellowship and refreshments

Archdiocesan Pentecost Vigil Mass – June 3, 2017, 6 PM Holy Spirit Church – banner procession begins at 5:45 PM

Archbishop Gustavo invites all Ecclesial Movements and New Communities to the Archdiocesan Pentecost Vigil Mass at 6 PM on Saturday, June 3 at Holy Spirit Church, 8134 Blanco Road.  The banner procession begins at 5:45 PM.   Every year, our Schoenstatt Family has participated in the Mass and banner procession.  Make plans to attend this beautiful celebration of the promised Holy Spirit.


Day Retreats of Parish Ministries and Movements

On Pentecost Sunday, we will welcome Talleres de Oracion y Vida for a day retreat and Mass in the Shrine.  On May 13, we welcomed Fr. Cesar Betancourt and parishioners of St. Pius X Parish for a Day of Reflection and celebration of the Centennial of Our Lady of Fatima.  The Day of Reflection closed with a procession to the Shrine for Mass and crowning of Mary.  Parishioners of St. Dominic’s came on pilgrimage on May 18 and spent most of the day.  Fr. Henning, Pastor, concelebrated Mass with Fr. Patricio.

Mid-term Meeting of Texas Schoenstatt Leaders, June 17, 2017

The annual mid-term meeting of Texas leaders will be held at Mount Schoenstatt on Saturday, June 17th.  All leaders are invited and encouraged to make plans to attend.  The day’s program will conclude with Holy Mass in the Shrine.  All branch and group leaders, the federation communities and rosary campaign directors from dioceses throughout Texas, and the Schoenstatt Fathers and Schoenstatt Sisters who work with the movement, will be welcomed to the Cor Unum in Patre Shrine, Mount Schoenstatt. 

May Crowning Celebration

Our Mother and Queen received her crown anew during the third Sunday Covenant Mass on May 21, honoring her with the title, “Queen of Unity”.   Merilyn Fields presented the crown which was offered thru the hands of our celebrant, Fr. Hector Vega.   In commemoration of the 20th anniversary of the first May crowning at Mount Schoenstatt on May 18, 1997, the beautiful stained-glass crown made by Albert Tamez 20 years ago was offered anew to our Queen.   In the stained glass pieces of the crown, the reflection -- of each one of us and all of us in unity-- can be seen.  

The many shapes, sizes and colors of glass that form the crown are symbolic today of the striving of the small instruments comprising our Schoenstatt Family for all that has developed at Mount Schoenstatt and the spiritual growth in us (our Mother's children) through the lived covenant of love for the past 20 years.  With this crown for our Queen, we expressed our deep gratitude for our Mother's victories in the development that has occurred – of most significance, the Cor Unum in Patre Shrine.  

From the crowning prayer: …” Today, we present our petition that the Schoenstatt Movement in San Antonio will continue to grow and will foster unity in our families and communities.  Help us to work diligently for this goal.  We ask you to guide our decisions and protect those who will give of their time and labor … ‘Queen of Unity – accept this crown – Glorify Yourself and Be Victorious!’”

Guardian Circle of the Shrine

The Shrine guardian circle apostolate is a wonderful opportunity to spend one-half day per month in the serene setting of Mount Schoenstatt greeting and welcoming the pilgrims who come to visit Blessed Mother in the Shrine.  Guardians are needed for Tuesday afternoons, third Saturday afternoon and fourth Sunday afternoon.  Training is provided.  Please prayerfully consider this opportunity and if this calling is for you, contact Julian & Pilar Huerta 210-490-4367 or Melynda Ruiz 210-445-0650.  

Family Bingo Fundraiser

Thank you to all the members who helped to make the fundraiser a success.  The spirit of our ideal of “unity” was evident in our annual family event.  This year’s net proceeds totaled $11,303.  The excellent planning and organization of Loretta Charles, Bingo Coordinator, Kathy Colunga, Board President and the members of the Bingo Committee provided the foundation for our successful event.  The raffle prize winners were Reuben Knape, Laura de la Garza, Inez Gonzales, Anna Garcia, Anamaria Brochin, Olga Garcia, Rene J. Rodriguez and Mary Silva.  Look through the photos of the fun Family Bingo on our website gallery:


By Edna Salas

First Friday Rosary and Eucharistic Adoration, 10:30 AM

We wish to remind and invite everyone to attend the monthly First Friday Rosary, Eucharistic adoration and meditation on the three graces of the Shrine.

A quote from St. Louis Marie Grignion de Montfort:

“A soul that prays the Rosary every day will never become a formal heretic nor be deceived by the devil.  This is a proposition I would seal with my blood.”

The saint’s categorical promise is even more assured if we pray the Rosary with reverence to the Blessed Sacrament and, when possible, in its presence.  Such contact with the Eucharistic Presence brings the soul ever richer rewards of supernatural illumination, spiritual vitality, and blessedness. (The Mystery of the Rosary, Rev. Marc Tremeau, O.P)

Come join us on June 2, 2017 at 10:30 AM.  A short video of the 3 Secrets of Fatima will be shown after the hour of Adoration.

Welcome to our new missionaries!

The Del Rio Community receives three more Pilgrim Shrines:  Marta Castro was commissioned with a Pilgrim Shrine for the Sick and Karla Garza along with Maria Correa were commissioned with two pilgrim shrines.

Daniel Oubre, from the UTSA Catholic Student Center was also commissioned with a traveling shrine.  May all the families and students who receive Blessed Mother be showered with an abundance of blessings.

Auxiliary Shrine visits her missionaries

Missionary, Rebecca Schneider received the Auxiliary Shrine for the month of April.  After her visit she stated, “I’ve been blessed, having had the MTA Auxiliary Shrine during the month of April. I had my rosary rotation sisters over for a potluck dinner.  We prayed the rosary, had dinner and fellowship.  It was a beautiful evening”.

For the month of May the Auxiliary Shrine was issued to the Del Rio Group.  If you would like to receive Blessed Mother for a month, please call Edna Salas, 210-254-5770.

Renewal of Enthronement at St. Margaret Mary Church

In 1984, the parish community of St. Margaret Mary’s Catholic Church was introduced to our Mother Thrice Admirable, Queen and Victress of Schoenstatt.  It was through the Mother’s Branch and Rosary Campaign that the community began to welcome the traveling pilgrim MTA.  The ladies responsible for introducing and sharing their love of Blessed Mother with the community were Amelia Raines, Mary Vela, Estella Jimenez and Socorro Aguilar. The original group also included Hedy Eubanks, Eleanor Whitley, and Genevieve Olenick who have since entered eternal rest.  In 1989, the image of Blessed Mother was enthroned and then was crowned in 1994.  This past year, the principal at St. Margaret Mary’s School, Dr. Christina Saavedra, requested to be commissioned with three pilgrim shrines, one for her staff and two children shrines for the students. She also shared of her great devotion to our Lady of Schoenstatt and that she had received many blessings.

When Fr. Jimmy Drennan, our new pastor, was assigned to St. Margaret Mary’s, the Schoenstatt group requested a meeting to inform him of the approaching 25 year anniversary of the enthronement and the upcoming visit of the Auxiliary Shrine.  He was very happy to have her visit and shared that he had a great devotion to Blessed Mother.  In our second meeting with Father Jimmy, he expressed his wish for a larger image of Blessed Mother so she could be placed in the front of the church where all parishioners could see her during holy Mass.  I ordered the picture and had it completed for the month of May. The new image was enthroned on May 28, 2017.  On that day, Fr. Jimmy had a communion Mass scheduled and he stated that something as beautiful as this blessing and dedication could not be done by him alone, so Fr. Jimmy had the children surround the picture of Blessed Mother as he read the dedication prayer and blessing.  It was a beautiful dedication.  We express our gratitude and wish great blessings to all the ladies that were responsible for bringing Our Lady of Schoenstatt to the community of St. Margaret Mary Church.

Many thanks to all the missionaries

Thank you to all the missionaries who participated in helping with this year’s annual fundraiser. Thank you for all your donations and support, your assistance was greatly appreciated.  May we continue to spread our love and dedication to our beloved Blessed Mother and her shrine at Mount Schoenstatt!

Journey of Instruments of the Three Graces – SRC Annual National Convention

Six missionaries of the Schoenstatt Rosary Campaign of the Archdiocese of San Antonio will attend the Annual National Convention in Waukesha, Wisconsin from June 8-11, 2017.  The missionaries traveling to Wisconsin for the convention are:  Edna Salas, Hope Falcon, Linda Silva, Linda Heller, Carol Lange and Laura De La Garza.


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June 2017 Calendar         

Mount Schoenstatt

02        Family Branch Helotes Couples Meeting, 7:00 PM

04        First Sunday Mass, 3:30 PM – Solemnity of Pentecost

17        Mid-Year Meeting of Leaders

18        Covenant Day Mass, 3:30 PM - Solemnity of the Most Holy Body and Blood of Christ and renewal of the covenant, fellowship and refreshments



Every First Sunday, 3:30 PM

Every 18th Covenant Day, 12 Noon

Every Third Sunday, 3:30 PM

On other dates as noted (Feast days, Day Retreats, Workshops, etc.)


Every 18th, 11:00 -11:45 AM

Every Third Sunday 2:30–3:15 PM

Eucharistic Adoration

Every Monday, 1:00–4:00 PM – Shrine

Every First Friday, 10:30-11:30 AM - Shrine

Every 18th, 1:00-2:00 PM – Shrine


Every Monday, 9:00 AM – Shrine

Every First Friday, 10:30 AM – Shrine

Wayside Shrine, 302 Ave Maria, San Antonio, TX

Rosary, every Tuesday 7:00 PM

Confidentia Shrine, Lamar/Rockport, TX – Schoenstatt Retreat Center

30-June 3      Retreat - Mothers’ Federation V

June 8-11      Retreat – Family Federation IV

June 10         All-day Meeting – Family Federation III

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