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We Are Ysleta Mission 2018 year in review

January

The Feast of the Holy Name of Jesus was celebrated by members of the Holy Name Society. 8 new members were also inducted during the Induction Ceremony. New members signed the Official Register of the Holy Name Society. A reception followed the ceremony in the Parish Hall.

Celebrating The Feast of the Holy Name of Jesus

Procession of banners from various parishes of the diocese before the Celebration of the Eucharist on the 100th Anniversary of San Pedro de Jesus Maldonado of his Ordination to the Priesthood. Our Lady of Mount Carmel was a part of this great celebration.

February

And 40 days after Christmas we celebrate Candlemas or the Presentation of the Lord. We celebrated by Fr. Don Adamski blessing the candles, Holy Hour, and by holding baby Jesus. A reception followed in the Parish Hall. Food was prepared by the people that found the baby Jesus from the rosca de reyes which was the celebration of Epiphany.

The memorial of St. Blaise, a blessing of throats, took place after this weekend's Mass celebrations. St. Blaise, a physician and bishop, asked God to cure a child who was choking to death on a fish bone and the child's life was saved. St. Blaise is the patron saint of healthy throats.

A Tigua baptism.

Everyone had a great time with their loved ones at the annual community Valentine's Day Tardeada!

Lent began early this year with Ash Wednesday.

The Rite of Election celebrates the Lord's choosing of men, women and children who, with the help of the Church, acknowledge God’s election of them for the Easter Sacraments of Baptism, Confirmation and Eucharist.

March

Children from the Religious Education program prayed the Via Crucis on Friday night.

About 80 mentors and mentees had a good time at the annual event hosted by the Holy Name Society. Thank you all for the smoked brisket and all the fixings.

Hundreds attended Palm Sunday’s Mass. Mass started with a procession from the Mission. Palm branches were distributed to all as the observances included a reading of the account of Christ's entry into Jerusalem, the carrying and waving of palm branches, the blessing of palms, the singing of traditional hymns, and the making of small crosses with palm branches.

Parishioners had an opportunity to meditate on the passion of Christ and the journey he makes to the cross. The Tenebrae Service recreates the betrayal, abandonment, and agony of the events, and it is left unfinished, because the story isn’t over until Easter Day. Thank you Lectors and especially Mike and Yolanda Garcia for the music!

During the Last Supper, Jesus offers himself as the Passover sacrifice, the sacrificial lamb, and teaches that every ordained priest is to follow the same sacrifice in the exact same way.

This Mass stresses the importance Jesus puts on the humility of service, and the need for cleansing with water, a symbol of baptism.

At the conclusion of the Mass, the faithful are invited to continue Adoration of the Blessed Sacrament throughout the night, just as the disciples were invited to stay up with the Lord during His agony in the garden before His betrayal by Judas.

Members of the community participated in the washing of the feet by Fr. Miguel Briseño assisted by Deacon Hector Melendez and altar servers. Jesus gave us the example of foot- washing and said, “I have set you an example that you should do as I have done for you.”

This evening we gather as a community of believers to pray and witness a drama of the Stations of the Cross. This drama was written by Father Loren Koziol, while he was stationed in Milwaukee. It was first performed at San Jose Parish in Carlsbad, NM during his pastorship. A few years ago Father Loren also walked a painful journey of the cross as he suffered and eventually died of cancer. Performed by the Religious Education (Confirmation) students.

Hundreds were in attendance for the Passion of Christ, Solemn Intercessions, Veneration of the Cross, and Communion. The procession of the Santo Entierro started in the main Church through the neighborhood streets and back to the Mission. It all ended with the Pésame to the Blessed Sorrowful Mother.

April

Parishoners gathered in front of the Mission to light the new fire. Before the fire, the catechumens were allowed to dispose the Holy Oils and remains of the Paschal candle from 2017. A procession followed to the main Church were candles were lit from the Paschal candle. The celebration continued in the main Church with the announcement of Easter; the reading of passages from Holy Scripture and singing of Glory; the water blessings and the Liturgy of the Eucharist.

Blessings and congratulations to Catechumens who last night during the Easter Vigil received the Sacraments of Baptism, Confirmation, and Holy Eucharist!We welcome 16 Catechumens as we celebrated the Easter Vigil. They received the Sacraments of Baptism, Confirmation, and Holy Eucharist!

Earth Day prayer service - Creator God, we thank you for all of creation. We ask Your forgiveness where we have failed to be just stewards. And we now ask for Your guidance in restoring the face of the earth. May we learn to live in harmony, safety and just sharing of resources among all so that we achieve the kingdom of God. Amen!

May

Congratulations to the children that received the sacrament of the Holy Euchrist on May 5th.

Photos from the annual Mother Daughter Dinner and a Movie held on May 12, 2018. Hosted by the Holy Name Society.

The Most Reverend Mark Seitz, Bishop of the Diocese of El Paso, was at Our Lady of Mount Carmel Church celebrating the Sacrament of Confirmation of over 50 teens and adults. The event was held Sunday, May 20th. A brunch with the bishop, Fr. Miguel Briseño, the newly confirmed, and their sponsors was held before Mass. Sponsors and the newly confirmed also had an opportunity to share and discuss questions about Confirmation.

Congratulations to the newly confirmed.

June

We celebrate the solemn feast of Corpus Christi. It is three feasts in one: the feast of the Eucharistic sacrifice, feast of the Sacrament of the Eucharist and the feast of the Real Presence of Jesus. It is a doctrinal feast established for three purposes: 1) to give God collective thanks for Christ’s abiding presence with us in the Eucharist and to honor him there; 2) to instruct the people in the Mystery, Faith and devotion surrounding the Eucharist, and 3) to teach us to appreciate and make use of the great gift of the Holy Eucharist, both as a Sacrament and as a sacrifice.

Happy Feast Day of St. Anthony! Almighty ever-living God, who gave Saint Anthony to your people as an outstanding preacher and an intercessor in their need, grant that, with his assistance, as we follow the teachings of the Christian life, we may know your help in every trial. Through our Lord Jesus Christ, your Son, who lives and reigns with you in the unity of the Holy Spirit, one God, for ever and ever...

July

The Ysleta Mission Festival

This year’s Festival has been a great success. We are truly thankful to everyone who volunteered their time. We can tell every person here is committed to helping keep the Festival going strong, and it’s really inspiring to see. Thanks to our sponsors, who have been extraordinarily generous this year and really made the Festival possible.

Community came together to honor our patron saint Our Lady of Mount Carmel. The Carmelitas also inducted 3 new members.

The community had a Despedida for Fr. Andy Martinez as he departs to San Antonio on his new assignment. Family members from Pecos, Texas were in attendence. Vaya con Dios padre Andy!

August

Our Lady of Mount Carmel community and Ysleta del Sur Pueblo held a blessing ceremony of the Bulto of St. Francis and St. Clare. Santero artist Margarito Mondragon and his wife were present.

September

Gran fiesta Mexicana celebrating the 16 de septiembre!

October

Barks and blessings were heard at the Ysleta Mission for the annual Blessing of the Animals. The annual service coincides with the feast of St. Francis of Assisi, patron saint of animals. Blessed are you, Lord God, maker of all living creatures. You called forth fish in the sea, birds in the air and animals on the land. You inspired St. Francis to call all of them his brothers and sisters. We ask you to bless these pets.

People gathered at Our Lady of the Valley to celebrate the passing of the life of St. Francis from this life to the next, we gathered to celebrate the Transitus.

Ladies and a few gentlemen enjoyed Food for the Soul presentation. Sr. Margie Silguero was the guest speaker.

People prayed the Rosary and the Bulto of Our Lady of Peace was blessed. Bulto was made by Santero Artist Carlos Otero. Welcome home Our Lady of Peace!

Children and adults having fun at the annual Halloween Carnival. Children enjoyed playing games, dancing and participating in the costume contest! Thank you Religious Formation volunteers for all your hard work!

Con los brazos abiertos, con el corazón lleno de alegría, damos al Padre Francisco Osñaya-Vargas, la mas cordial bienvenida!

November

Children from the Religious Formation classes dressed up as their favorite saint for the 9:00 and 11:00 am Mass for All Saints Day.

In celebration of All Saints and All Souls Day, parishioners celebrated by blessing the All Souls altar, and processing to the main church. In the main church Mass was celebrated in memory of all the saints and loved ones who have passed away. Candles will be displayed in front of the altar for members of our community who died between November 2017 and October 2018. Candles will be lit every weekend during the month of November in their memory.

December

A couple hundred people braved the cold weather this morning and processed down Alameda to honor Our Lady of Guadalupe!

Religious Education children reenacting the Apparitions of Our Lady of Guadalupe at Tepeyac in Mexico!

Mass celebrating the Solemnity of the Immaculate Conception after the Guadalupana procession!

Celebrando la fiesta de la Virgen Morena con una procesión y Misa. 10 nuevos miembros fueron presentados a las Guadalupanas. Que Viva la Virgen de Guadalupe!

Participants walk through the church grounds for the novenario start of the Posadas on Sunday evening. Las Posadas is a Christmas tradition celebrating the Nine Days of La Posada, or The Lodging, leading up to Christmas Eve. The evening was complete with prayer, music, food, and a piñata for the children. Sister Rebeca explained the seven points of the traditional piñata symbolizing the seven deadly sins.

Participants journeyed thru the neighborhood as Mary and Joseph did from Nazareth to Bethlehem. "Forgive us God and help us walk with Mary and Joseph, and to struggle with and triumph over all adversity. We ask this in the name of our Heavenly Father. Amen!"

Gathered as a community of faith, we celebrate the birth of our savior Jesus Christ! Children participated in the Christmas reenactment as Father Miguel Briseño said the message of Christmas this year is truly about love. “God so loved the world that he sent his only son to us.” Today our savior is born, this is the day Christ our savior is born!

Let us pray

Dear God, Thank you that you make all things new. Thank you for all that you've allowed into our lives this past year, the good along with the hard things, which have reminded us how much we need you and rely on your presence filling us every single day.

As we begin a new year, remind us of our truest values and our deepest desires. Help us to live in the goodness that comes from doing what you want us to do. Help us to put aside anxiety about the future and the past, so that we might live in peace with you now, one day at a time. In your name we

To you be glory and honor, in this New Year, and forever.

In Jesus’ name,

Amen.

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