Monthly Archives: October 2017

Pastor’s Notes – October 15, 2017

Father Shea

By Fr. James E. Shea, C.Ss.R.

Dear Parishioners and Friends:

A small business owner held a staff meeting. He felt that his employees were not showing him enough respect. The next morning he carried a sign from home and hung it on his office door. The sign read, “I AM THE BOSS.” When he came back from lunch his secretary informed him that his wife called. She wants the sign back.

Monday is National Boss’s Day. I wish all those in positions of authority a “Happy Boss Day!”

I happen to be the boss of St. Gerard but I am also the boss of my Redemptorist community. During this past week I attended our Redemptorist Superiors meeting. In that meeting I was asked to give a presentation of ‘Superior as Animator.’ I used the image of the Good Shepherd. Jesus used that image himself. It became a symbol to describe the work of leaders.

A shepherd leads the sheep to nourishment. A shepherd lives with his sheep. A shepherd protects the sheep from predators. A shepherd gathers his sheep into the sheepfold. A shepherd checks daily on the health of his sheep. A shepherd anoints the wounds of the injured sheep. A shepherd reaches out to the lost sheep and brings them back into the fold. A shepherd knows his sheep and keeps them united. A shepherd loves each of his sheep.

A Redemptorist superior is a shepherd who enjoys a healthy relationship with each confrere in his community. He lives with them, he protects them, he gathers them together for meetings and prayer, he checks on his fellow brothers’ health, he helps in bandaging the wounds, he brings lost brothers united especially in their sacred mission he knows each brother as he is in the here and now, and he loves each one.

A successful businessman was growing old and knew it was time to choose a successor to take over the business. Instead of choosing one of his Directors or his children, he decided to do something different. He called all the young executives in his company together.

He said, “It is time for me to step down and choose the next CEO. I have decided to choose one of you.” The young executives were shocked, but the boss continued. ” I am going to give each one of you a seed today – one very special seed. I want you to plant the seed, water it, and come back here one year from today with what you have grown from the seed I have given you. I will then judge the plants that you bring, and the one I choose will be the next CEO.”

One man, named Peter, was there that day and he like the others, received a seed. He went home and excitedly told his wife the story. She helped him get a pot, soil and compost and he planted the seed. Every day he would water it and watch to see if it had grown. After about three weeks, some of the other executives began to talk about their seeds and the plants that were beginning to grow.

Jim kept checking his seed, but nothing ever grew. Three weeks, for weeks, five weeks went by, still nothing.

By now, others were talking about their plants, but Jim didn’t have a plant and he felt like a failure. Six months went by – still nothing in Jim’s pot. He just knew he had killed his seed. Everyone else had trees and tall plants, but he had nothing. Jim didn’t say anything to his colleagues, however, he just kept watering and fertilizing the soil – He so wanted the seed to grow.

A year finally went by and all the young executives of the company brought their plants to the CEO for inspection. Peter told his wife that he wasn’t going to take an empty pot. But she asked him to be hones about what happened. Jim felt sick to his stomach, it was going to be the most embarrassing moment of his life, but he knew his wife was right. He took his empty pot on the floor and many of his colleagues laughed; a few felt sorry for him!

When the CEO arrived, he surveyed the room and greeted his young executives. Peter just tried to hide in the back. “My, what great plants, trees and flowers you have grown,” said the CEO. “Today one of you will be appointed the next CEO!” All of a sudden, the CEO spotted Jim at the back of the room with his empty pot. He ordered the Financial Director to bring him to the front. Jim was terrified. He thought, “The CEO knows I’m a failure! Maybe he will have me fired!”  When Jim got to the front, the CEO asked him what had happened to his seed – Peter told him the story.

The CEO asked everyone to sit down except Peter. He looked at Peter, and then announced to the young executives, “Behold your next Chief Executive Officer! His name is Peter!”  Peter couldn’t believe it. Peter couldn’t even grow his seed. “How could he be the new CEO?” the others said.

Then the CEO said, “One year ago today, I gave everyone in this room a seed. I told you to take the seed, plant it, water it, and bring it back to me today. But I gave you all boiled seeds; The were dead – it was not possible for them to grow.

All of you, except Peter, have brought me trees and plants, and flowers. When you found that the seed would not grow, you substituted another seed for the one I gave you. Peter was the only one with the courage and honesty to bring me a pot with my seed in it. Therefore, he is the one who will be the new Chief Executive Officer!”

Fr. Jim Shea, C.Ss.R.

Novena to Our Mother of Perpetual Help

Each Tuesday, along with the 6:30 am Mass, the Novena to Our Mother of Perpetual Help is prayed in church. The next set of nine Tuesdays for the Novena prayers at 6:00 pm will start back again this Tuesday, Oct 10 ending on Tuesday, Dec 5, before the feast of the Immaculate Conception of the Blessed Virgin Mary which is on Dec. 8th.

Pastor’s Notes – October 8, 2017

Father Shea

By Fr. James E. Shea, C.Ss.R.


Early in the morning he awakened his wife. He complained of severe abdominal pains. His wife rushed him to the emergency room. This man worked at a funeral home. So he told his wife to hold off from calling the funeral home until the test results came back.

Later that morning the nurse informed them that the x-rays showed a kidney stone. His wife then asked her husband, “Would you like me to call the funeral home now?” The nurse looked bewildered. She snapped back, “Honey, honey, slow down. He is sick but not that sick.”

You’d almost think I had a kidney stone last week when I typed up the announcements. I don’t know where my head was when I wrote up that the T.V. program ‘Discovering your faith’ which was filmed at St. Gerard, would be televised on June 10th. To make matters worse, Father Peter Hill celebrated the 5:00 p.m. Mass. He read the announcement as I wrote it. Fortunately, he made light of the matter when he encouraged the congregation to remember June 10th…8 months from now.

Thank God we caught the mistake. The date and time were correctly announced at the Sunday Masses. Here is the correct date and time. Tuesday, October 10th at 7:00 p.m.

During the past year we prepared for the feast days of Mary, the Mother of Jesus, with a novena. A novena (from the Latin: ‘novem’ meaning ‘nine’) is a tradition of praying for nine consecutive days or weeks or months. The novena is an age old Christian practice of preparing for a special feast.

Each week, on Tuesday morning we pray the novena prayers of Our Mother of Perpetual Help. We call this a novena. But, we con’t stop after the ninth week of prayer. Instead, we keep right on going, week after week. So, it becomes an everlasting novena.

However, on Tuesday, October 10th, yes, October 10th  – the same day of the T.V. program ‘Discovering your Faith.’ we will begin a ‘nine week’ novena. We will be preparing for the feast of the Immaculate Conception, Friday, December 8th.

Bob Gonzales conducts this novena. WE begin at 6:00 p.m. We pray the rosary together. Then we celebrate Benediction of the Blessed Sacrament. The rosary and Benediction will take about 40 minutes. You’ll have plenty of time to drive home to watch the 7:00 p.m. program ‘Discovering your Faith.’

On October 14th we will formally welcome the fourteen seminarians. We will begin Mass at 5:00 p.m. Father Jack Kingsbury C.Ss.R., the man who arranged for the seminarians to come to San Antonio, will preside at the Mass. The seminarians will be responsible for all the ministries during Mass: the music – cantor and accompaniment – lector, ushers, gift bearers and ministers of the Eucharist. After Mass we will head over to the cafeteria to enjoy food and drink as we meet and greet and mingle.

Several years ago we conducted a financial campaign as we prepared for our centennial celebration. At that time some people contributed money toward a presider’s chair – the chair which the celebrant of the Mass occupies. I contacted Walter Lyssy, a man who builds chairs. he agreed to build this chair.

Before he began working on the chair he was diagnosed with Prostate Cancer. He took some time off while being treated for the disease. When he returned he worked on the chair. He built a prototype our of cherry wood. A number of parishioners viewed the prototype and suggested changes. Then Walter began building the chair out of mesquite wood.

On October 14th we will debut and bless this chair and the two adjoining chairs, all made out of mesquite. Walter also built two small book stands between the chairs. Father Jack Kingsbury will bless these chairs…since he will be the first to use them.

Monday is Thanksgiving Day in Canada. We wish our Canadian brothers in the Theology Residence a Happy Thanksgiving Day.

Bill Peterson, former football coach for Florida State, was well known for the mistakes he made in speech. Once he said, “The greatest thing just happened. I got indicted into the Florida Sports Hall of Fame and they gave me a standing observation.” He also said, “I’m the football coach and don’t you remember it!” Another time he said, “We can beat this team. All we have to do is capitalize on our mistakes.”

Remember Tuesday, October 10th. Novena at 6:00 p.m. and televising ‘Discovering your Faith’ at 7:00 p.m.

Remember Saturday, October 14th. Welcome our Seminarians at 5:00 Mass, followed with food and drink.

Fr. Jim Shea, C.Ss.R.

Altar/Holy Name Society Presents Traveling Mass Set And Kit To Father Robert Lindsey C.Ss.R.

Altar/Holy Name Society attending the luncheonPresident of the Altar/Holy Name Society Janilla Kilborn making the presentation to Father BobFather Bob with traveling Mass and Sick call setFather Bob with Mary Haroelka Garcia celebrating their birthday

The Altar/Holy Name Society presented Father Robert Lindsey CSsR with a traveling Mass set and a kit to be used when he is making sick calls.

Kevin Clark Celebrates 40th Anniversary serving as a Lector

Kevin Clark and Fr. SheaDeacon Jose OcampoKevinKevinKevin and his wife Mitzi Clark

Kevin Clark a life long parishioner has served the parish in many capacities over the years.  Yesterday Kevin celebrated and marked his 40th Anniversary serving as a Lector for our parish.

Photography by Genny Kraus