South Texas Catholic (Corpus Christi, Tex.), Vol. 20, No. 5, Ed. 1 Friday, February 1, 1985 Page: 3 of 28
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Pilgrim Virgin statue to tour parishes in diocese
By Rachelle Parry
STC staff writer
CORPUS CHRISTI-To follow the
wishes of the Blessed Virgin Mary at
Fatima, Portugal, and in “prayer,
penanre and reparation for our sins.”
the statue made in her honor will be
shown at several parishes in this diocese
in the months of February and March.
The Pilgrim Virgin Statue of the
United Stales was brought to Colum-
bus, Ohio, in I'W by till- bishop of
Fatima On Mav I'I oi that seat . the
5(>tli amii\ers.n v ol Out I ,nlv s ap-
peal .'me<-s a' Fatima., n ".i' persi >nali\
blessed l>v Pope Paul V! It was lih
desire that this "(aim i><- kriri m 'Ids
< tmiurv and *n. n . al.. r.f. jo pile: image
In iin c In k i-v to ch>»< esc
il i>. a tcpl:' a ol tin u.iiue at the
Shi inp •>) l,aun,i. sdin It SA i .im-il in
the hketji-si, ,,j the \ item when she ap
pealed to diice children six times bet-
ween Mas li ami < hi I i. Il 7 .
The Blue Army of Our Lady of
Fatima is described as the “official’’
apostolate of Fatima, where an Interna-
tional Centre is located. The U S head-
quarters are in Washington, N.J., with
full-time active renters throughout the
The statue is scheduled to arrive at
noon on Feb. I at St. Patrick's Church.
It is then set to go to 2 I parishes in this
area through March 1 , when it will be
taken to Orange Urove. Fallurrias,
Agua Dulce. I lebbronville. Zapata and
I ,;tredo-area c hutches.
Scapulars. rc eati.es and Fatima
literature will be available for distribu-
tion. said M rs Bockhoh. School
children and those m CCD programs
are enc (curagecl to se c- and hear the
message o! Otn Lady.
In an inlet \ ic w last
Blue Army president
tinii ol the importunrr oi trah/ing
week, the area
coke with convic -
ln her app.ii it fiat i
CjtieiH i e< Hal u>:i c >1
world pe.ii t
the l it le of he i
< I I he ); e
c Ic c |- loll to hc-1 sell LI I iclej
I nu u,ic u late I lean : 11 it
c orn.t'i sn al ol i lit- Russian people: and
that a Communion of reparation be
made on die first Satmdav of eat h
Agnes Boc kliolt. the president of the
Corpus Chtisti Division of th>- Blue Ar-
my. is coordinating the visits of the U S
Pilgrim Virgin Statue in this area.
message symbolized by the statue.
She quoted Pope Pius XII as saving
that the statue represents ‘‘the wot id’s
greatest hope feu jiracr."
"in out abysmally tumbled anti
chaotic times. ..tins opportunity to prav
*<> (the Blessed Virgin) with faith, in
order to rekindle the flame of hope and
the warmth of peace, should not be
mir.jsrd.” said Mrs. Bockliolt.
She added. “We (members of the
Blue Army) are trying to emomage
every person to really st: ■ . * to pray and
repent — it is difficult, but it is worth it.”
Pilgrim Virgin schedule
for visit to parishes
in Corpus Christi area
Visits of the Pilgrim Statue of Our Lady of Fatima in the Corpus Christi area in
February are as follows (listed are the times the statue arrives at each parish—it
usually stays for one or two days and its departure time from one parish is approx-
imately one hour before *he time of arrival at the next parish):
— Friday, Feb. 1: St. Patrick's Church, noon;
— Saturday. Feb. 2: Ss. Cyril and Methodius Church, 7 p.m.;
— Monday, Feb. 4: Christ the King Church. 4:30 p.m.;
—Tuesday, Feb. 5: Our I ,ady of the Pillar Church, 7 p.m.;
—Thursday, Feb. 7: Incarnate Word Convent Chapel, 4:45 p.m.;
— Friday, Feb. 8 Our Lady of the Rosary, 9 a.m ;
—Saturday, Feb. 9. St. Joseph Church, 6 p.m.;
— Monday, Feb. 11: Spohn Hospital Chapel, 11:30 a.m.;
—Monday, Feb. 11: Holy Cross Church, 2:30 p m.;
—Wednesday, Feb. 1.3: St. Theresa Church, 8 a.m.;
—Thursday, Feb. 14: Poor Clare Monastery, 10 a.m.;
— Friday, Feb. 15: Our Lady of Mount Carmel, Portland, 7 p.m.;
—Saturday, Feb. 16: Our Lady of Perpetual Help, 4:30 p.m ;
— Monday, Feb. 18: St. Anthony Church, Robstown, 11 a.m.;
—Tuesday, Feb. 19: Immaculate Conception Church, Skidmore, 5 p.m.;
—Wednesday, Feb. 20 Our Lady of Victory Church, Beeville, 7 p.m.;
—Thursday, Feb. 21: St. George Church, George West, 7 p.m.;
— Friday, Feb. 22: Our Lady of Guadalupe Church, Tivoli, 7 p.m.;
—Saturday, Feb. 23: Sacred Heart Church, Rockport, 6 p.m.;
—Monday, Feb. 25: Schoenstatt Shrine, Rockport. 10 a.m.;
—Tuesday, Feb. 26: Benedictine Monastery, Sandia, 11:45 a.m.
Beginning March 1, the Pilgrim Statue will be taken to Orange Grove, Agua
Dulce, Falfurrias, Hebbronville, Zapata, possibly Sarita and as many Laredo area
parishes as possible.
Bishop creates communicatons commission
By Rachelle Parry
STC staff writer
CORPUS CHRISTI—To give direc-
tion and provide expertise for “all the
communications (activities) in the
diocese’’ is the objective of the recently
created Diocesan Communications
Commission, explained its chairman.
Msgr. Robert E. Freeman, formerly
the diocesan director of communica-
tions, said the 17 members of the com-
mission were c hosen by Bishop Rene H
Gracida to study the needs and con-
tributions of convnimitations in the
diocese and make recommendations to
“As we go into more sophisticated
communications programming, we can
utilize the commission members’ exper-
tise,’’ said Msgr. Freeman in an inter-
view last week.
The members, who meet regularly,
are to oversee activities of the Catholic
Telecommunications Center (CTC) and
the South Texas Catholic (STC).
Incarnate Word and Blessed Sacra-
ment Sister Janie Barrera, CTC direc-
tor, said she sees the commission as a
“check and balance for our ministry.”
She noted that all the members are
lay people and can “hopefully guide us
in our programming production.”
“I see the members of the commission
as a wealth of resource,” commented
William Biiton, STC editor and general
“They come from various working
backgrounds.” he: continued, “ many
related to the media business, and will
be able to help me be a better ad-
ministrator of the diocese’s print media
efforts. ’ ’
The members of the commission in-
clude Charlie Brite, KRIS-TV (the
NBC affiliate); Leonard Me Ennis Jr.,
Corpus Christi Magazine; Jennifer
Duran, community relations for Spohn
Hospital; Judge George P., Kazen, U.S.
Courthouse in Laredo; Bias Martinez, a
Laredo businessman; and Richard
Durham, the International Bank.
Other members are Leopoldo Luna,
KOCT news director; Mike Neibauer,
KEDT-TV Channel 16; Ron Hamm,
public affairs director at Texas A&I
University; Steve Sullivan, president of
C.C. Caller Times; Marty Wind, WK
Associates; Bob Gilmartin, on public
relations retainer for the diocese; and
Lilly Flores-Vela, KIII-TV (ABC af-
filiate) Sister Barrera and Biiton are ex-
At the first meeting of the com-
munications commission in December,
Bishop Gracida charged the commission
to study communications’ construction
and programming plans, and announc-
ed the formation of the Diocesan Radio
Corporation, of which Msgr. Freeman
is also the chairman.
The non-stock, non-profit corpora-
tion administers financial, personnel
and policy 171atiers for. the two new
diocesan radio stations set to go on the
air soon. The coinmmission may make
recommendations to the bishop about
the operations of the radio stations, and
then the bishop may make his own
recommendations to the Diocesan
Jim Grobe, general manager of radio,
told the commission members that sta-
tion KLUX-FM (89.5) in Robstown is
scheduled to go on the air beginning
Feb. 28 in a newly remodeled facility.
Radio station KHOY-FM, 88.1 on
the dial, will transmit from a new studio
in Laredo. He said construction should
begin in March with an on-air target
date of May.
At the commissions January meeting
Grobe spoke about the need for addi-
tional .'.pace for radio production and fos-
additional offices for CTC personnel.
Sister Barrera and Grobe have
discussed the possibility of adding on to
•he present CTC building at the
Diocesan Pastoral Center in phases as
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