Mass of Thanksgiving and so much more to be thankful for
by Celia Ruiz
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Celebrating Holy Mass with Bishop Michael Mulvey at Sacred Heart on Tuesday, Oct. 29, was the highlight of many celebrations this week. This Mass of Thanksgiving for the harvest was very special because Bishop Mulvey was sick when Sacred Heart celebrated the church’s 60th anniversary and wasn’t able to attend. (His goal is to visit every parish in the Dioceses of Corpus Christi).

As he talked about the harvest in his homily, he referred to it in different ways.

The harvest can help us renew our commitment in stewardship, working the land for the glory of God and the good of others.

Harvest also sustains human life. The farmers work the fields and we are sustained with food until the end of life. But as the seed is planted in the soil to sustain life, we realize that not just our labors are realized, but also God’s graces.

We know that God is who sustains us in all that we do. When the children bought up individual fruits and vegetables that filled a large basket on the altar, we realize the true meaning of man planting the seed, but God made the seed grow and we can truly see “the fruit of the vine, work of human hands and Blessed be God forever.” (Bishop Mulvey blessed all the children at the altar.)

After Holy Mass, Bishop Mulvey greeted every individual at the church entrance and then we all proceeded to the parish hall for a dinner reception. Again, he took time for photos and stated that he indeed could take the time to give me a special birthday blessing—I kidded him that I am actually older than him by a year, and he laughed!

After the dinner reception, he again made his way to the kitchen area to thank everyone who helped to make this Harvest Mass so very special, and then he and Fr. Peter left for their return trip to Corpus Christi. These are the cherished memories that we treasure!

Friday, Nov. 1, was All Saints Day and a holy day of obligation, and I was honored to attend Mass at St. Joseph in Beeville and also to see the young Antorcha Guadalupana Runners who left the Basilica of Our Lady of Guadalupe in Mexico City on Oct. 3 and expect to arrive in New York on Dec. 12… the actual celebration of La Virgin de Guadalupe.

As they carry the torch across all these states, they are promoting devotion to our Blessed Virgin of Guadalupe and also in support of immigrants. As they sat in the front pews of the church, we could see that even their “group captain,” John, is very young, but you can see their faith in God and their strong dedication to arrive in New York with the torch on Dec. 12.

Please keep them in your prayers.

On Saturday, Nov. 2, All Souls Day, Fr. Richard changed the Mass to 5 p.m. so he could be at the cemetery to bless the gravesites in commemoration of all the faithful departed

So much happened during this special week! As much as we wanted to attend the full day for the 25th anniversary of Storyfest like we do every year, we were able to attend by late evening to see the great performance of Chano Cadena, truly a Spanish legend. Then we saw the Laser light show and ended with the ghost stories.

We had attended the baby shower for our niece, Raquel (Rynan) McAfee, daughter of my brother Raul (Chippy) Cruz of Austin who is expecting twins!

So many cherished memories of family! We are so thankful that we were able to accomplish so much!

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