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Here is news about Bishop Slattery of Tulsa Oklahoma. I had the honor of meeting him when me and my family went out on a recruitment visit for MACC.  I will post a picture…

Bishop Slattery on Immigration  

I woke up this morning with a song in my mind that I have not remembered in years:

 “Have you ever been to Carrascolendas,

Carrascolendas, Carrascolendas?

If you’ve never been to Carrascolendas,

Come along, come along,

Come along, come along,

To Carrascolendas.”

You ‘member? Campamocha and Agapito?  I started googling the topic and found an interesting article from the Austin Chronicle (2003) and another one with some cool pictures.

Here is a picture of Campamocha, I never noticed the graffiti behind him might have been the subliminal inspiration for the name to our conjunto…

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Church approval adds life to Día de los Muertos

J. Michael Parker
San Antonio Express-News

It wasn’t so long ago that the tradition of Día de los Muertos — the Day of the Dead, with its altars festooned with pictures of dead loved ones, skeleton figures and cemetery vigils — was largely a family tradition not openly encouraged by church officials.But in recent years, encouraged by the artistic world, the largely Catholic celebration has become increasingly open, with churches and universities sponsoring altars where people can leave photographs or artifacts associated with deceased relatives or friends.  More…

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SAN ANTONIO • The Texas premiere of filmmaker John Carlos Frey’s documentary, The Invisible Chapel, opened the Mexican American Cultural Center’s (MACC) first annual bilingual Symposium on Immigration on Oct. 12, making visible a community in a population currently at the center of an escalating national controversy.
    The subjects of Frey’s film are undocumented migrant workers from Mexico, laborers who work 10- to 12-hour days in the most menial of jobs in agriculture, construction and the fast food industry in the San Diego area. They live in cobbled together shanties wrapped in plastic, with no running water, electricity or sanitation, struggling to save enough from their minimum wage jobs to give their families in Mexico a better life.
    For more than 20 years, parishioners of Our Lady of Mt. Carmel Parish in San Diego have brought sustenance to these people in the form of food, clothing and healthcare, as well as a Sunday Mass and religious education classes held in an outdoor chapel created by the immigrants in the woods. It is the story of this chapel and the faith of those who worshipped there that are held up to us by Frey, to examine in the light of our own faith.

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A prayer for my Tio Juan, my grandpa Florentino, and my dad Natividad.  May they, and all the faithful departed (my brother Alberto, Tios Natalio, Jose, Victor, Mike, Tia Janie, and many more) rest in peace.

By Cindy Wooden
Catholic News Service

VATICAN CITY (CNS) — Holiness is not a privilege reserved to a few people, but is a call that all men and women are meant to answer, Pope Benedict XVI said.

“All human beings are called to holiness which, in the final analysis, consists in living as children of God, (living) in that ‘likeness’ to him in which they were created,” the pope said Nov. 1, the feast of All Saints.

“God invites everyone to be part of his holy people,” said Pope Benedict, reciting the Angelus at midday as several thousand people gathered in the rain in St. Peter’s Square.

The saints “radiate the splendor of God’s kingdom of love and truth,” he said, telling English-speaking visitors in the square that Christians should look to the saints as real examples to follow.

The pope said the church “wisely” placed the feasts of All Souls and All Saints next to each other on the calendar, encouraging Catholics to unite their prayers of thanks to God for the multitude of saints who have lived on the earth with prayers for all those who have died.

While the Nov. 2 feast of All Souls is a time for special prayers for those who have died, he said, “the church invites us to pray for them every day, also offering up our sufferings and daily trials so that, completely purified, they would be allowed to enjoy the light and peace of the Lord for eternity.”

Addressing French-speakers, the pope said the beatitudes are “a road map for discovering the path to holiness.”

The saints, he told Polish-speaking pilgrims, “give us the example of love for God and for others, of fruitful collaboration with divine grace, and they sustain us in our journey toward holiness.”