Published in: Front Page News


March 5-11, 2017

This Sunday’s readings speak of the entrance of sin and death into the world.  We only need to look at ourselves to see how easy it is to want to be like gods and know all things. Genesis 2: 7-9; 3:1-7 The desire to be able to control everything and everybody around us is that sin of pride – the basis of all sin.  We don’t like to be told what to do or when to do it. Humility is a very difficult virtue to practice.  Obedience to God’s will is another hard practice. Lent offers us an opportunity to practice these virtues.  Jesus is the epitome of humility and obedience to the Father. He is the one who brought us “the gift of justification....acquittal and life….and righteous.” Romans 5: 12-19 We can also practice gratitude for the gift of salvation.

Matthew 4:4 relates the story of the devil tempting Jesus to sin.  The devil offered him power, position and possessions.  All those things to which we are tempted, too.  Jesus defeated the devil with Scripture and faithfulness to his Father.  “One does not live on bread alone, but on every word that comes from the mouth of God.” “You shall not put the Lord, your God, to the test.” “Get away, Satan. The Lord, your God, shall you worship and him alone shall you serve.”  After these trials the “angels came and ministered to him.” We can use these passages during our times of temptation. Angels also accompany us in life’s trials.

 Saints Perpetua and Felicity, were both mothers, one a noblewoman and the other a slave girl.  They were martyred in the Roman games around 203. We honor them on March 7 for their faithfulness to Christ.

St. John of God, born in 1495, lived a greedy and brutal life as an adult, but occasionally remembered the piety of his childhood, before he was kidnapped and reduced to poverty and hard living.  In his early forties he confessed his sins and embraced a life of penance. He opened his home to the sick, poor and homeless, establishing a hospital, homeless shelter and halfway house.  The Bishop of Granada gave him the name, John of God, and approved his work. 

In the fourteenth century St. Frances of Rome felt called to religious life, but was forced to marry.  She bore three children, losing two to the plague.  Besides caring for her family she served the poor and opened a wing of her home as a hospital.  She received the Pope’s permission to establish a society of women for charitable works.  After her husband’s death she lived with this society.

                                                                                                            Catholic News Agency

We have these wonderful Christian examples to give us encouragement in our journey to God.  Thanks be to God.

Just a reminder that all Fridays of Lent are days of abstinence from meat.

Sister Rosemarie Goins, CSSF


Published in: Front Page News


February 12-18, 2017

This Sunday’s readings have strong references to “freedom of choice.”  We are made in image of the Creator; one of the gifts is “free will.”  What an awesome gift; we are free to choose against the Creator, but we must remember the consequences.  As we look at our world, we see the extensive misuse of this gift and all the violence, hate, anger and misdeeds that follow. In Sirach: 15: 15-20 the passage begins, “If you choose…”  Of course, if we choose in favor of God’s law, Jesus’ teachings as Christians, we will be saved.  It seems like such an easy directive.  However, we only need to examine our own lives to see our basket of choices is not always commendable.

St. Paul in 1 Corinthians 2: 9 paraphrases Isaiah 64:3 “What eye has not seen, and ear has not heard and what has not entered the human heart, what God has prepared for those who love him, this God has revealed to us through the Spirit.” What a promise with which to proceed on our journey to our Creator.

It gives us more reason with which to use our “free will” properly. This means to “trust in the wisdom of God” by constantly striving to educate ourselves in righteousness and praying unceasingly.

You may ask, “How can I pray unceasingly? I have much to do.”  Aw, but if you live a righteous life you are praying.  There are also many moments throughout the day, when we can formally pray – putting dressing, brushing hair, driving, changing classes, preparing a meal, exercising, etc.  One I like to say during these moments is, “Lord Jesus Christ, Son, Savior have mercy on me a sinner.” This is an ancient Christian prayer, often called, “The Jesus Prayer.”  It is also very powerful, when you are afraid or threatened.

In Matthew’s Gospel 11: 25 Jesus further expands on some of the Ten Commandments. “You have heard it was said to your ancestors, “You shall not kill…I say to you, whoever is angry with his brother will be liable to judgment.”  We may be proud that we have not killed anyone and, therefore, kept the commandment, but the deeper meaning includes anger. Have we, then, broken this commandment?  A re-examination of the Ten Commandments may reveal deeper meanings and directives to a righteous life.

February 14, Valentine’s Day, gives us an opportunity to repair our relationships.  Perhaps, it is a way for a husband or wife to say, “I’m sorry!” - friends who have been apart because of a misunderstanding or a child to thank a parent or just because we love one another and want to show it.

Actually, Valentine’s Day is a way in which the Church Christianized a pagan situation. Licentiousness

was strongly rampant around this time of year in pagan rites.  Also, the emperor forbade marriage among young people because a married soldier was not good for the military. (Can you guess why?)  St. Valentine, a priest of the Third Century, encouraged Christian marriage and gave instructions on this vocation.  He was arrested and martyred for disobeying the law. He is the patron of marriage and love. Christian Broadcasting Network, CBN

Saints Cyril and Methodius, brothers from Greece, became priests and were asked to go to the Slavic nations and preach because they knew the language.  They created a Slavic alphabet, translated the Bible and said Mass in that language.  There were many protests about saying the Mass in the language of the people, but Pope Adrian II approved the practice in the ninth century. They are patrons of Europe.

The Order of Servites was founded in the thirteenth century for the sanctification of its members, preaching of the Gospel and spreading of devotion to Mary. The founders, seven young men of wealthy families in Florence, Italy, formed a confraternity, called the “Praisers of Mary.”  The Blessed Virgin Mary appeared to them and asked them to form a religious community, using the Rule of St. Augustine. Catholic Encyclopedia

Sister Rosemarie Goins, Director

Published in: Front Page News


January 29-February 4, 2017

Blessings are a wonderful part of our Christian faith.  Blessings are received during all the sacraments and during special occasions, like birthdays, anniversaries and holidays (holy days). In the Hispanic cultures many parents bless their children when they go to school or go to bed.  Jesus gave us the best blessings of all in the Beatitudes. Matthew 5: 1-12

In 1 Corinthians 1: 26-31 St. Paul reminds us that we have nothing for which to boast of our own merits. We can only “boast in Christ Jesus who became… wisdom, righteousness, sanctification and redemption” for us. We stand humbly before God and offer thanks for these free gifts. Much rejoicing can go on because we are so loved.  We can show the face of this love through our own lived and loving presence to others. 

St. John Bosco, the founder of the Salesians in the nineteenth century Turin, Italy, was a priest of great humility with an abounding love of Mary and the Blessed Sacrament.  He lived his whole life in poverty, but spent millions on those he served, especially young boys, who needed food, clothing, housing, education and spiritual nourishment. Besides providing regular education, he established trade schools.

Then, girls began to beseech his help, thus the Sisters of Mary Help were founded. Laredo, Texas is proud of the presence of the Salesian men and women who serve here.

Though February 2 is the famous Groundhog Day, it has a much greater meaning in the Christian faith.

It is the Feast of the Presentation of Jesus in the Temple. Forty days after the birth of a male child in the Jewish faith, the mother had to be purified and the ceremony for the redemption of the male child had to be performed.  Thus, being poor, Joseph and Mary offered two turtle doves, instead of a lamb.  Of course, we know that Jesus was the Lamb of God who would be sacrificed on the cross for our redemption. It is on this occasion that Anna predicted that a sword would pierce Mary’s heart.  Simeon gave praise that he was promised by God to not die until he saw the Christ.  This Jesus was the fulfillment. Luke 2: 22-35

St. Blasé was a physician and bishop in Armenia in the sixth century.  He was known as a healer of both people and beasts.  Throats are blessed on this day, because of the story of his saving a child, choking on a chicken bone. He was martyred for his faith.

The theme of Catholic Schools Week, January 29 to February 4, is “Catholic Schools: Communities of Faith, Knowledge and Service.”  Let us pray for the parents who sacrifice so much to put their children in a Catholic school. Keep the teachers and other school personnel who strive to give these children a strong Christian foundation and academic education.  Bless the students in their goal to become the best possible person they are meant to be after the example of Jesus.

Carter G. Woodson (1875-1950) set the foundation for what would become the Black History Month in February in 1926. He received his Ph.D. from Harvard.  He said, “If a race has no history, it becomes a negligible factor in the thought of the world, and it stands in danger of being exterminated.” …In 1964 James A. Baldwin, a novelist, essayist, playwright, poet and social critic, reflected on the fact that his education was lacking because American history “was not cognizance if his existence.”

We have much for which to pray and a long road to travel to bring about justice and peace.

Sister Rosemarie Goins, Felician Franciscan


Published in: Front Page News


January 22- 28, 2017

Monday is a Day of Prayer for the Legal Protection of Unborn Children.  Scripture this Sunday speaks of the prophesy of Isaiah 8:23-9:3 in Matthew 4: 12-23 about Jesus, “…the people who sit in darkness have seen a great light, on those dwelling in a land overshadowed by death light has arisen.”  Our land of the U.S.A and the entire world is “overshadowed by death” today.  Millions of human beings have been killed before they even had a chance to breathe the precious air God created. Much of humankind still sits in “darkness.” Perhaps this is why God came as a tiny baby to show the beauty of a new born child.  This Jesus was human at the moment of his conception.  The Angel Gabriel said, “He is the Son of the Most High…” Luke 3:25   Even Elizabeth, the cousin of Mary, said, “…blest is the fruit of your womb…but who am I that the Mother of my Lord should visit me?” Luke 1: 42-43 These passages speak loud and clear that the child in the womb is human from conception.

We can only pray with mercy and love in our hearts for those who do not value the life of the unborn.

This attitude and ignorance has led to all manner of disrespect and de-valuing of life at all stages – the elderly, the disabled, the dying, the “different” and all the other people who stand in the way of “selfishness.” Offer all the daily aggravations and disappointments as penance for these sins.  May the Light of Jesus enter all our hearts and bless us with knowledge and generosity.

The Catholic Online, Catholic Encyclopedia continues to provide us with facts about the saints.   St. Vincent of Saragossa, Spain, deacon, was a martyr of the third century.  He refused to burn the Bible or deny his faith in Jesus Christ.  His jailer was converted at seeing Vincent’s tranquility and patience during his terrible torture.

St. Marianne Cope, a Sister of St. Francis of Assisi of Syracuse, was a child immigrant to the United States from Germany.  For a time she was a teacher in New York. Then, she opened the first two hospitals in Central New York in the latter part of the nineteenth century.  She permitted the students from the Geneva Medical Center of New York to work in the hospitals, but said that the patients could refuse their care. This was one of the first times a patient was given the right to refuse medical care. As Superior General of her order, she accepted the invitation to work with lepers in Molokai. She established a hospital and clinics to work with the lepers.  She became known as Marianne of Molokai.

St. Francis de Sales, a Bishop in Switzerland in the seventeenth century, was very strong in his teaching that holiness was for everyone.  He combated the attitude and belief that only priests and religious could be holy.  He laid the basis for Vatican II’s proclamation of the universality of the vocation of holiness in the 1960’s.

The famous Conversion of St. Paul, Apostle to the Gentiles and author of many epistles in the Bible,

is an encouragement to all of us to get down off of our “high horse” and follow God’s will. Remember this great teacher and saint on Wednesday.

Saints Timothy and Titus, beloved disciples of St. Paul, travelled with Paul on some of his journeys.

Timothy later became Bishop of Ephesus and Titus, Bishop of Crete.

St. Angela Merici, a Franciscan tertiary of the sixteenth century, was appalled at the neglect of the education of girls, especially in their religion.  Though nuns and unmarried women were not allowed to teach, Angela organized a group of women to teach in their homes, children who were gathered from the streets. This radical form of teaching took time to catch on.  Angela is credited with the foundation of the first group of religious women to teach publically.  They lived in their own homes and met for common prayer and support.  Angela wrote a rule of life for the Company of Ursula, though it was not approved in her lifetime.  We know them belovedly as Ursulines here in Laredo, Texas.  They were the first sisters to come to the United States.

Last but not least, is St. Thomas Aquinas, Dominican, on Saturday.  He is the great theologian on which much of the Church’s theology is based.  He is the patron of students and teachers.

When we see the accomplishments of both lay, priestly and religious of the past, we can rejoice.  We belong to a company of great people. We have the support and the power to accomplish great things in Christ Jesus.

Sister Rosemarie Goins, Felician Franciscan



Published in: Front Page News


January 15-21, 2017

The Gospel of John 1:29-34 is certainly worthy of a second reading, because it is full of all manner of revelation.

            John the Baptist saw Jesus coming toward him and said, “Behold, the Lamb of God, who

                takes away the sin of the world.  He is the one of whom I said, ‘A man is coming after me

                who ranks ahead of me because he existed before me.’ I did not know him, but the reason

                why I came baptizing with water was that he might be made known to Israel. …I saw the

                Spirit come down like a dove from heaven and remain upon him.  I did not know him, but

                the one who sent me to baptize with water told me, ‘On whomever you see the Spirit come

                down and remain, he is the one who will baptize with the Holy Spirit.’ Now I have seen

                and testified that he is the Son of God.”


What a wonderful testimony to who Jesus is in a few words right at the beginning of his public ministry.

He was the lamb that was slaughtered as a sin offering.  He takes away the “sin” of the world – the rejection by the world down through the ages. John announces strongly the existence of the Holy Spirit.  The final testimony is that Jesus is the Son of God. You wonder if anyone was really listening to John. Perhaps, it was too much for them to comprehend.  Sometimes we act that way, too.  We take it all for granted, rather than being in awe of this surprising and awesome reality.  This Jesus is so special, but he somehow gets pushed aside for worldly concerns and activities.

This week we honor a man, Martin Luther King, Jr., who was willing to publicly fight for justice and die

For his Christian beliefs. There are many unsung heroes and heroines who have fought for justice. Let us remember all of them this day.

Though St. Anthony, Abbot and an Egyptian Desert Father, wished and tried to live the life of a hermit, many gathered around him to benefit from his holiness.  Hence, he is considered the father and founder of organized Christian monasticism in the third century.

St. Fabian was a Pope of the third century.  Though he was of noble Roman birth, he served the people of the countryside.  When it came time for the election of a new pope, none considered Fabian.  However, as the story goes a dove appeared above his head.  All took this as a sign of choice of Fabian, as pope, by the Holy Spirit, as they recalled Jesus’ baptism.

Another third century saint, Sebastian joined the Roman army and became a captain.  He ministered to those condemned by Diocletian, the Roman Emperor.  When it became known that he was a Christian, he was sentenced to death by becoming the target of arrow practice.  He is pictured in art with many arrows sticking in his body.  When his body was claimed, it was found that he was not dead.  He was nursed back to health.  He immediately went to admonish the emperor and was martyred by being beaten to death. 

St. Agnes, the little Lamb of God, is one of seven women mentioned in the Canon of the Mass.    She was about twelve years old, when one of her suitors, supposedly turned her in to Emperor Diocletian in the third century.  Many stories are associated with her being dragged through the city naked.  Some say her hair grew long and covered her; others say that anyone who tried to rape her was blinded or struck dead.  She was beheaded or pierced in the throat by the sword. She is patron of rape victims and virgins.

“Grace to you and peace from God our Father and the Lord Jesus Christ.”  1 Corinthians 1: 3

Sister Rosemarie Goins, Director

Published in: Front Page News



January 8-14, 2017

In the story of the birth of Jesus much is revealed about this special child.  The Messiah was to come from the royal house of David, the King and would be born in the City of David, Bethlehem, which means “House of Bread.”  Joseph and Mary were both descendants of David and had to go to Bethlehem for the Roman census. Luke 2: 1-5 Thus, the child fulfills two prophecies – he is born in Bethlehem and of the house of David.  If only the Jewish leaders would have dug a little deeper into Jesus’ background, but it probably wouldn’t have made a difference in the outcome of Jesus’ “trial.” People can be very stubborn when they feel threatened by someone. They look no deeper than the surface. Today’s world testifies to this reality.

The two groups of people who visit the new born King, were not picked at random by God, the Father.  The shepherds represent the Jewish people, the poor, the outcast, the forgotten and the marginalized.The

three kings represent the non-Jews.  This is why the Feast of the Epiphany, meaning “to reveal or manifest,” is so important. A whole new concept about the Messiah was revealed in the presence of these foreigners.

As St. Paul tells us in Ephesians 3: 2-3, 5-6, “…the Gentiles are coheirs, members of the same body and copartners in the promise in Christ Jesus through the gospel.” Thus God, the Father proclaims that his Son, Jesus, has come for all people, not just for one nation.

One further point that is relevant for today.  The Holy Family had to flee to Egypt to escape Herod who wanted to kill the child.  He was well aware that this child threatened his throne.  Thus Jesus, Mary and Joseph were refugees.  The area from which they fled was known as Greater Syria and encompassed many areas and nations. This ancient Syria is the “cradle of civilization” and the land of
 “prophets and apostles.”
Catholic Encyclopedia   It is in Antioch, Syria that Jesus’ followers were first called “Christians.” So, Jesus was a refugee from Syria.  One wonders if his family would have been accepted into the United States.

The gifts that the Magi presented to Jesus have various meaning, but the most popular is as follows: Gold represents his kingship, frankincense his priesthood and myrrh his death and burial.  These were normal gifts of that time to present to a king.  Biblical Archeology Society

As we go about our daily lives, perhaps we can take some time to reflect on what gifts we bring to our God – an encouraging word to a child, a visit to a lonely person, a smile to a grumpy colleague, a prayer of gratitude, a hug and kiss to a spouse and a helping hand to the less fortunate.  Little non-violent actions are the signs of a Christian life.    

On Monday the Baptism of Jesus is celebrated.  Jesus did not need to undergo the baptism of repentance of John the Baptist, but submitted in order to usher in the baptism of water and the Holy Spirit.  “The clouds opened and Holy Spirit descended upon him.  A voice was heard to say, “You are my beloved Son.  On you my favor rests.” Luke 3: 21-22 Each baptized person receives the Holy Spirit and finds favor with God. 

Spread the Good News – Emmanuel – God is with us.

Sister Rosemarie Goins, CSSF


Published in: Front Page News



January 1-7, 2017

Happy and a Blessed New Year.  May Mary, the Holy Mother of God grant you the grace to reflect in your heart on all the events of the past year and weave them into a garland of mercy and thanksgiving. On Tuesday we can honor the Most Holy Name of her Son, Jesus.

We begin this year of 2017 with remembrance of Mary, the Mother of Jesus and in praise of her “yes” to this great mystery of God becoming a human. We say our own “yes” in the belief we express in this mystery and blessing of salvation. We cannot explain God’s generosity in creating this marvelous gift.  We, like Mary, can only say, “Thy will be done.”  It was not easy for her to accept this announcement, but she bowed her head and believed.  We, too, face events that challenge us, but we move forward with determination to bring about surprising results.

If anyone or anything should unite us with the Muslims, the Islamic religion, it is Mary.  She is mentioned some 34 times in the Quran and is considered the most righteous and holy woman in history.  She is greatly honored as the mother of the great prophet, Jesus. Of course, they don’t believe that Jesus was divine, but they respect him.  Here is where a mother’s life and love encompasses two great religions.  Why are we fighting and fearing each other?

St. Francis of Assisi is respected by the Muslims as a man of peace. He came to their leader, the Sultan of Egypt, al-Malik-al-Kamil, nephew of Saladin, in the 12th century and spent some three weeks, sharing about the mystery of God and life. Perhaps we can take a page from Francis’ life and wade into the battle, armed with love, mercy and generosity.

On this World Day of Peace Pope Francis is beseeching all to act with non-violence.  This does not mean that we stand around as doormats and hide in our hovels. No!  We take definite actions to bring about reconciliation, dialogue, understanding, positive change and respect.  We become involved in movements and organizations that challenge us to show the face of just resolutions and a friendly hand in sharing the world’s goods and prosperity. We teach our children to be disciples of non-violence.  When we enter the arena of non-violence we may face death and rejection, as our brothers and sisters in Syria and elsewhere.

However, Jesus on the Cross and his subsequent Resurrection is our bond of courage and success of non-violent behavior and choice.

We honor many saints this week, but St. Elizabeth Ann Seton and St. John Neumann are American citizens who are responsible for the Catholic School system in the United States.

So, as we enter this New Year of 2017, may the recognition of being a Christian, a child of Mary and the sons and daughters of God bring us into greater unity with all people.

Sister Rosemarie Goins, CSSF


Published in: Front Page News

December 4-10, 2016

The unusual image of the lion lying down with lamb appears in this week’s readings. Is 11: 1-10 Again, the reference to the end of time is vivid. Rather then, being afraid, we can see the presence of an all loving and compassionate God, who will judge with justice. In this end time picture we see peace entering into the world forever.

The lion and lamb image moves on to the child and the cobra in Isaiah’s reading. This is moving closer to profound meaning of these images. Images or symbols always have a deeper meaning, and these are shoving us to look deeply at reconciliation. This is the ultimate resolution of conflict and violence. However, the motive for this reconciliation is love and respect, not fear, power, pressure or economic gain. A wish for the good of the other and future healthy relationships moves the process to the coming of the Kingdom of God. This Second Week of Advent provides us with reflection on the true meaning of Jesus’ coming.

Little Christmas, December 6, gives us an opportunity to enter into a quick celebration of Christmas. A sharing of a small gift, whether that be a hug, a “thank you” or present, will make the anticipation of the “big” day more fun. St. Nicholas, a bishop of the fourth century, who was born in present day Turkey is the basis for the person we call Santa Claus. He was the giver of secret gifts to help the poor. Reading the whole story of his life would be a treat.

St. Ambrose has special meaning for St. Augustine School, because he is responsible for the conversion of St. Augustine, aside from the fact that his mother, Monica prayed for him incessantly. Ambrose was the Bishop of Milan and a staunch supporter of the two natures of Jesus, human and divine – a basic dogma of the Church. He is a Doctor of the Church, who was one of the most influential ecclesiastical person of the 4th century. He is honored on December 7th.

The first great Feast of Mary in December is the 8th – The Immaculate Conception. This feast speaks of the preparation of the cradle in which Jesus, the Son of God, would rest and develop for nine months. St. Ann conceived Mary without the consequences of the first sin. Ann must have been a very holy woman, as well as, her husband, Joachim. Little did they know, that their gifted child, Mary, would become the mother of the Messiah.

On the 9th we celebrate St. Juan Diego Cuauhtlatoatzn, a young indigenous man, to whom Mary appeared in Mexico. His cloak became the background on to which Mary imprinted her image to convince the bishop of the truth of her appearances to Juan and her message.

This week provides so many wonderful stories, that it will take time to reflect upon the meaning and application of these lives to our own. May you be inspired by these stories of salvation history and get busy and write your own story with the goodness of your life. Jesus is your companion.

Sister Rosemarie Goins

Published in: Front Page News

St. Augustine HS gathered for the first week of Advent prayer at noon today.

15327374 1193710657377624 7136947675833838369 n

Published in: Front Page News


November 27-December 3, 2016

“Let us throw off the works of darkness and put on the armor of light…put on the Lord Jesus Christ.” Romans 13: 11-14 What a beautiful image of clothing ourselves with Jesus! There is such intimacy in the clothing we wear.  That is the bond to have with Jesus.  As a young religious, we were instructed to kiss each item of our habit/garment as we put it on. If we are clothed/armored with Jesus, this light will reflect the goodness of God to all we meet. 

In Isaiah 2: 1-5 the challenging image of “beating swords into plowshares and spears into pruning hooks,” reminds us that God calls us to peace, not violence.  Advent is a time for us to re-access our tendency to violence – anger, impatience, meanness, stubbornness and coldness. It is a time to renew our prayers for all those suffering from the ravages of war and the conversion of the perpetrators.

Advent is also the wonderful season of the Blessed Virgin Mary.  We wait expectantly with her for the miracle of this special child.  We reflect on the meaning of this unusual child.  The Angel Gabriel called him the “the Son of God.” Luke 1:35 Mary wondered at this revelation - so strange, so unknown in her religion’s tradition, but she trusted in the word of the angel.  Joseph walked at her side and protected her, even though he, too, had to be a man of faith. These two people are the examples for our following the Christian path.

St. Andrew, an Apostle, the brother of St. Peter, was the first apostle called by Jesus.  He was originally a follower of St. John the Baptist. Later, he introduced Peter to Jesus.  He preached in Asia Minor and as far off as Russian.  He was martyred on an X shaped cross in Greece.

St. Francis Xavier co-founded the Jesuits along with St. Ignatius of Loyola. Francis evangelized in Asia, reaching India and Japan. He was considered a kind and gentle man.

May you walk this Advent with great joy and expectation of wonders to come.

Sister Rosemarie Goins, CSSF



Contact Us

1300 Galveston St. 

Laredo, Texas 78043

Tel: (956) 724-8131

Fax: (956) 724-8770


Powerschool Mobile App



Request your Transcript
from Parchment - Leader in eTranscript Exchange


Go to top
Rehab Los Angeles