News and Announcements
Story of St. Therese Live Production April 8
Thérèse: The Story of a Soul, the live theatrical one-woman drama performed by actress Audrey Ahern and directed by Patti Defilippis of Saint Luke Productions, will be presented at St. Mary's Church in the Holy Family Center on Wednesday, April 8, at 7 p.m. Admission is $10 per person and $20 for families and are available at the St. Mary’s Parish office, 307 W. Main St.
According to Defilippis the 45-minute live production is a face-to-face encounter with Saint Thérèse of Lisieux, who many consider the most beloved saint of modern times. In this one-woman performance, Thérèse speaks directly to the audience with humor, grace and humility.
“This is not the saccharine story of the "Little Flower," but an honest, loving portrait of a real girl who struggled with anxieties, but overcame these obstacles by trusting in God. Thérèse's honest, direct spirituality speaks powerfully to our busy culture with the encouraging message that anyone can become a saint,” he said.
Thérèse: The Story of a Soul is particularly suited to young adult and teen audiences and the perfect event to celebrate the Year of Consecrated Life, as declared by Pope Francis.
St. Theresa was born Marie Françoise Thérèse Martin on January 3, 1873, the youngest child of the middle-class French family. Her mother died when Thérèse was only 4 years old, and she grew into a sensitive, temperamental and emotionally unstable child. Despite this, she developed a deep and sincere love for God, undergoing a profound conversion at the age of thirteen, when she described in her autobiography, “In an instant, I grew up… I learned to forget myself, and think of others.” After this, Thérèse was determined to enter the Carmelite monastery at the unheard of age of fourteen with no other objective than “to save souls.”
She pleaded her case all the way to the Pope and at the age of fifteen, she became a Carmelite nun.
Ahern is a Texas-based actress is an experienced actress, working in both live theater and film, with a special affinity for classical theater. She received her Master of Fine Arts in Acting from West Virginia University, and her Bachelor of Arts in Drama from the University of Dallas, where she spent time studying in Rome.
A life-long Catholic, Audrey chose St. Thérèse as her Confirmation patron, and is thrilled and humbled by the opportunity to share St. Thérèse’s message of trust in the love of God. She is excited for audiences to experience Thérèse and be inspired to grow in spiritual childhood and devotion to God.
For more information you may go online to http://www.stlukeproductions.com/dramas/therese. For ticket information call St. Mary’s Parish at 830-997-9523.
During the Lenten season, reconciliation will be available from 7 a.m. until 7:25 a.m. on Mondays; 7 a.m. until 7:55 a.m. on Thursdays; and 7 a.m. until 7:25 a.m. on Fridays in the big church. Also normal reconciliation is scheduled each Wednesday from 6:30 p.m. until 7 p.m. at Our Lady of Guadalupe and Saturday from 4 p.m. until 5 p.m. at St. Mary’s.
If you are unable to make any of those times please call the parish office 830-997-9523 to make an appointment with one of the priests.
Stations of the Cross Each Friday
There will be Stations of the Cross each Friday during Lent in English at 6 p.m. at the St. Mary’s little church. Lenten dates are Feb. 20, 27 and March 6, 13, 20 and 27. Stations of the Cross in Spanish will be at Our Lady of Guadalupe each Friday at 7 p.m.
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St. Mary's Lenten Fish Fry Schedule
A number of organizations and ministries of St. Mary’s Parish will again host Lenten Fish Fry dinners each Friday during Lent beginning February 20. Ash Wednesday is February 18. The dinners will be held from 5:30 p.m. until 7:30 p.m. in St. Joseph’s Halle, 210 W. San Antonio Street.
Along with St. Joseph’s Society, the Knights of Columbus, St. Mary’s School, Our Lady of Guadalupe, Catholic Daughters and St. Ann’s also will be hosting a dinner. Dinner dates are Feb. 20 and 27 and March 6, 13, 20 and 27.
Each night’s menu includes fried American raised catfish, French fries, coleslaw, beans and tea or water. There is no fee but donations are welcome. Meals to go will also be available.
Dinner is being served a half hour later to accommodate those planning on attending the Stations of the Cross at 6 p.m. in the St. Mary’s little church prior to dining at the Halle.
“While we do have dinners to go we hope people will eat and visit with friends or make new friends,” said organizer Dr. Darin Holmes. “This will be our sixth year and attendance has been outstanding.”
Live Stations at Our Lady of Guadalupe
Our Lady of Guadalupe Church, 302 E. College St., will present live Stations of the Cross on Sunday, March 22, from 1 p.m. until 3 p.m. The service will be in Spanish but all are welcome.
Iglesia Nuestra Señora de Guadalupe, 302 E. Colegio St., presentará en directo via crues en vivo el domingo 22 de marzo, desde las 12 hasta las 3 pm El servicio estará en español, pero todos son bienvenidos.
Monday & Friday 7:30 a.m.
Thursday 8:00 a.m.
Saturday 5:30 p.m. & 7:00 p.m.*
Sunday 7:30, 9:00, and 11:15 a.m.
Mass at Our Lady of Guadalupe Chapel
Wednesday 7:00 p.m.*
Saturday 4:30-5:30 p.m.
Parish Office: 830 997 9523
307 West Main Street
Fredericksburg, Texas 78624