Corpus Christi Procession: “Where the Body is, there the eagles will be gathered together” (Part 4)


“Where the Body is, there the eagles will be gathered together.” (Lk. 17:37 RSV)  This scripture is also found in Matthew 24:28.  This scripture is taken from the Revised Standard Version Bible which is the bible translation used for the Catechism of the Catholic Church since the New American Bible uses the word “vultures” instead… [Read More]

Corpus Christi Procession – “That Your Joy May Be Complete” (Part 3)

Corpus Christi Procession to Texas State Capitol

The Corpus Christ procession is one of those cosmic events in our lives that recalls the words of Jesus, “That your joy may be complete.” (Jn. 16:24)  In the gospel Zacchaeus climbs a tree to see Jesus in procession (Lk. 19: 1-9) and this encounter fills him with an over abundance of joy.  To keep… [Read More]

Corpus Christi Procession – “One Heart and Soul” (Part 2)


The upcoming, June 7, 2015, Corpus Christi procession unites the Austin, English and Spanish communities, as when the early Church was a “Community of believers [that] was of one heart and soul.” (Acts 4:32)   From the very beginning the early Christians were a convergence of a trilingual culture, so public statements were often, “Written in… [Read More]

Homily on the Ascension of Our Lord


This homily was given by Deacon Guadalupe at St Mary’s Cathedral in downtown Austin, TX on the Solemnity of the Ascension of Our Lord in the season of Easter. “When they had gathered together they asked him, “Lord, are you at this time going to restore the kingdom to Israel?” He answered them, “It is… [Read More]

Corpus Christi Procession – “That They May All Be One” (Part 1)


The Corpus Christi Procession in Austin, Texas, is a very special one. This year, two communities are coming together to praise and adore the Lamb of God on the Solemnity of the Most Holy Body and Blood of Christ.  For the first time in Central Texas history, the English and Spanish Corpus Christi Processions will… [Read More]

Divine Mercy Homily

Jesus Divine Mercy

The second Sunday of Easter is celebrated as Divine Mercy Sunday. This homily was given by Deacon Guadalupe at St Mary Cathedral in downtown Austin, TX in the Octave of Easter. Divine Mercy Image Prayers from the Chaplet of Divine Mercy Optional Opening Prayers You expired, Jesus, but the source of life gushed forth for… [Read More]

Finding Jesus at a Street Retreat


In early December, thirty men in the diaconal formation program from the Diocese of Austin went on a three day street retreat based on the scripture “He commanded them that they should take nothing for their journey, except a staff only: no bread, no wallet, no money in their purse” (Mark 6:8).   The men were… [Read More]

The Fatherhood of Saint Joseph


This homily was given at St Mary’s Cathedral in downtown Austin, TX for the Solemnity of Saint Joseph, husband of the Blessed Virgin Mary. Read the daily readings for this solemnity at USCCB’s daily readings page. Main Points of the Homily for the Feast of Saint Joseph Entrustment to the fatherhood of Saint Joseph Saint Joseph –… [Read More]

The World’s Greatest Love

Source: Mary of Nazareth (Lux Vide)

As the Solemnity of Saint Joseph, Husband of the Blessed Virgin Mary approaches on March 19th let us contemplate the betrothal and love of Joseph and Mary, and how it can help couples and also single people in their search for a spouse. Pope Benedict XVI reminded us on July 5, 2010 that the “The… [Read More]

Angels & Dragons

Michael Cast Out Lucifer

“Proclaim a War! Let the weak man say, ‘I am a warrior!’” (Joel 4:9-10) In these dark times we must contemplate and understand the spiritual battle we are facing. We must take a step back and ask ourselves, “What is happening to the world and to us?” The answer is that mankind is at the… [Read More]

Our Christian Vocation Is Like That of The Three Kings!


Every Christmas we ready ourselves for the birth of our Lord with lights, lights, and more lights.  We string lights on Christmas trees, wreaths, and nativity sets; we outline windows, rooftops and walkways.  We decorate our downtown trees and light poles with lights and some neighborhood yards are aglow with lighted reindeer, snowmen, and nativity… [Read More]

The Perfect Christmas Gift


This Christmas give your child “the perfect Christmas gift”: Your Blessing!  According the Church’s official book on blessings Jesus loved blessing children for when God took on our human flesh he, “Gave us a new gift in every blessing.” (Book of Blessings # 2,3) Even when Jesus was most exhausted and the apostles wanted him… [Read More]

Our Lady of Mount Carmel Mass + Reception

Our Lady of Mount Carmel

Saint Mary Cathedral invites to you to celebrate with us on Wednesday, July 16th at 6 pm for a special mass honoring Our Lady of Mount Carmel and the Brown Scapular. Enrollment and Investiture of the Brown Scapular during the mass and free scapulars to the first 200 persons. Pot-luck reception in the Bishop’s Hall… [Read More]

Eucharist: God will bless Texas on the feast of Corpus Christi June 22


Download the PDF Flyer – 2014_CorpusChristi Everyone is invited to join St. Mary Cathedral for the annual Corpus Christi Eucharistic Procession on June 22, the feast of Corpus Christi. This year’s procession will not only go to the steps of the State Capitol as in years past, but it will actually go inside the Rotunda of… [Read More]

Pope Benedict XV (1914-1922) and the Brown Scapular


Last year I wrote an article about the history of the Brown Scapular in honor of the feast day of Our Lady of Mount Carmel that was approaching. This year, I’d like to focus on the role the Brown Scapular plays as our spiritual armor. ARMOR IN COMMON Pope Benedict XV, the Pope of World… [Read More]

Saint Mary Cathedral Celebrates The Solemnity of Corpus Christi


On Sunday, June 10th at 10:45 AM parishioners and friends of Saint Mary Cathedral are invited to join together as we celebrate the Feast of Corpus Christi. We will show our love for Christ in the Real Presence by processing with the Blessed Sacrament as we have for over 750 years.   We will begin at… [Read More]

The Betrothal and Love of Joseph and Mary


As the Solemnity of Saint Joseph approaches let us contemplate the betrothal and love of Joseph and Mary and how it can help couples today. It is mentioned very little in scripture. Yet it was the foundation for the family into which Jesus Christ was born. Blessed Pope John Paul II says in the church… [Read More]