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Confirmation retreat!  The youth from La Purissima Parish in Socorro, TX came to Holy Cross Apr. 30-May 1 for their annual Confirmation retreat. 


The catechist and Deacon William guided them through a wonderful experience of faith renewal, prayer, and enjoyment.  Here you can see them building a pyramid as part of the community building and trust. 


The parents and families of the youth came for the closing mass outside near the gazebo to share in the special event.  They hope to return each year!

 
Fr. Tom Smith using a pottery wheel during a Parish retreat at St. Francis Newman Center in Silver City.  The theme was "From Clay to Community" and he was able to use the images of working with clay to inspire spiritual growth as individuals, family, and as a church. 

 
One of 45 couples who participated in the Engaged Encounter on March 5 and 6, 2011.  This couple is sitting in the atrium while discussing some of what they had written for each other.

Fr. Trini Fuentes from Queen of Peace Parish talked about the sacraments
The ACTS retreats are very strong in the El Paso and Las Cruces area.  Holy Cross Retreat Center hosts about eleven of the renewal weekends each year, for both men and women, and in English and Spanish.

 
Fr. Tom is working with them directly to get to know them better and to maintain good relations.  Here is a picture of a group on Oct. 28-31, 2010 from San Patricio Cathedral Parish and Queen of Peace Church in El Paso.


They had 51 candidates, with team, music ministry, and priests totaling 91 people.  Holy Cross was filled with the power of their prayer, music, and joy!  Here, Fr. Trini Fuentes from Queen of Peace Parish spoke about the sacraments with the candidates, in our atrium.

Opening procession with candles
 Both the local English and Spanish speaking groups of Secular Franciscans, several Franciscans sisters, and other guests joined with the friars for a pleasant celebration of the "Transitus" on October 3rd. 


We began outside, walked and sang with a candlelight procession to the Chapel, then continued with a bilingual reading of various Franciscan and Scriptural accounts. 
 

 
Blessing with the relic of St. Francis

Fr. Don Adamski OFM Conv. was the presider and preacher.  The ceremony concluded with a blessing with a relic of St. Francis of Assisi and a reception for about 35 people.  It is good to celebrate our heritage and invite others to join together.


 


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