FAITH, SO THAT GOD CAN ACT

MONASTERY • SANCTUARY • RETREAT CENTER

Our regular sunday mass is scheduled at 11:00 AM.  Weather permitting, it will continue to be held at our outdoor sanctuary on tepeyac hill.  If any change to that schedule is warranted due to inclement weather, the change will be posted here by 6:00 pm on Saturday evening.

“Mankind will not have peace until it turns with trust to My mercy.”

The words of Jesus to St. Faustina

                    WE ARE THE MISSION OF DIVINE MERCY

We are a small Catholic monastic community in the Texas Hill Country. Through our life of prayer and through our retreats, we strive to bring God’s mercy and His messages of mercy to our suffering world. We invite you to visit the Mission.

Jesus, we trust in You.

SATURDAY MASSES

Saturday morning Mass will be held at St. Joseph Chapel, where the winter window walls have been removed.  Anyone who arrives after the interior seating capacity is filled will be instructed to use the outdoor seats that will be arranged for proper social distancing. The half walls make it possible to see clearly,  and the sound system will permit all individuals to participate in the Mass.
  • Members of the congregation will be asked to wear a face mask while inside the Chapel, except while actually receiving the Sacred Host.
  • Social distancing must be maintained.
  • Holy water fonts will remain empty and hand sanitizers are required at the entrance to the Chapel.
  • People must follow the direction of the ushers when entering or leaving the Chapel and observe the posted Entrance and Exit signs.

SUNDAY MASSES

Our Sunday Masses, for the moment, will be held at the Teocalli.   This location has the advantages of plenty of space for social distancing, fresh air and sanitizing sunlight. However, we want to stress that this location also is much more rustic and physically demanding.  Good, flat heeled shoes are recommended.

DAILY MASS

As of August  19th, we have opened our Wednesday Masses to the public.  Mass is  celebrated at 11:30 AM in St. Joseph Chapel. Eventually, we hope to open more daily Masses to the public, but for the moment they remain as private Masses for the Community. We regret the sacrifices that these temporary measure cause you.  But we are grateful to God for once again providing us with this opportunity to come together with you to celebrate the Holy Sacrifice of the Mass, with perhaps a deeper appreciation. Please use this link to see the Archdiocesan guidelines for returning to Mass. The Mission is not a parish; no one is required to attend Mass here. But if you wish to come here for Sunday Mass please be aware that:
  • GOLF CART AVAILABILITY IS VERY LIMITED - People will have to walk from the parking lots to the Teocalli. Only the mobility-challenged will be provided use of golf carts that have been fitted with plexiglass shields between front and rear seating. If you know that you will need a golf cart, please arrive early so that late arrivals don't interrupt Mass.
  •  NEW TRAFFIC PATTERN AND PARKING - The greeter at the gate will direct you to follow the access road to a different parking lot that is closer to Tepeyac, but still a short hike.
  • BRING YOUR OWN SEATING - No seating will be provided on Tepeyac except in St. Anne's Pavilion.  Please bring your own chairs or blankets. Ushers will help to guide you for appropriate seating distance. For those who wish to kneel, some form of pad or towel will protect your knees from the mulch.
  • SUN PROTECTION - Mass will begin at 8:00 AM to avoid the worst of the heat.  The sun will be at the backs of the congregation.  You are advised to wear hats, and dress for sun protection.  PLEASE NOTE that we ask you to protect your skin from the sun, not expose it!  Please dress appropriately for Mass, not the beach.
  • BRING YOUR OWN WATER. (And carry your trash away.)
  • THERE WILL BE NO SOCIAL GATHERING AT THE OCC OR ELSEWHERE AFTER MASS.
  • RESTROOM FACILITIES There are two porta-jons on Tepeyac, both handicap accessible. One is half way up the hill, and one is behind the screen next to St. Annes. The outside restrooms at the OCC are also open.
  • THE MISSION GATES WILL CLOSE AT 10:30 AM - A reminder bell will ring at 10:15. Please do not go for a hike, we would hate for you to be locked in until Tuesday.
  • CHECK WEBSITE FOR MASS CANCELLATION - Due to our outdoor location, we will be monitoring the weather forecast for Sunday mornings.  Please check our website after  6 PM on Saturday evening for confirmation or cancellations.
If after reading all of the above, you still want to come to the Mission for Mass, we welcome you!  We are sorry for the necessity of so many instructions, but the current situation demands it.  We are just very grateful to be able to  welcome people to celebrate Mass with us.
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HOLY SOULS MEMORIAL BRICKS

A devotion to the Holy Souls has been part of MDM’s ministry and spirituality from the beginning. We believe that the souls of those who have gone before us, whether in Purgatory or Paradise, are a strong intercessory force, and can be of great help to us. And if they are in Purgatory, it is our responsibility to work for their release through the offering of our prayers and Masses. Thus, between the Holy Souls and us is a relationship of profound mutual love and support.

We invite you to purchase a brick in memory of someone who has died. This is an act of love, respect and remembrance. Your brick will be part of a sacred space on consecrated ground.

Each 4×8 brick is priced at $350. The bricks allow for up to three lines of text and can accommodate 18-21 characters per line. 

UPCOMING RETREATS

MARCH 26-29

ENGLISH

Encounter With Jesus – Men

APRIL 4

SPANISH

Morning Retreat

APRIL 9 – 12

ENGLISH

Triduum Retreat

MAY 1-3

ENGLISH

Cor Jesu – Women

APPROPRIATE DRESS

The Mission is a monastery; it is consecrated ground; it is our Community’s home. We welcome anyone who wants to visit the Mission. We simply ask that they respect our request for clothing that is appropriate for a place consecrated to Our Lord and His Blessed Mother, and in coming to Mass that they dress in a manner that shows reverence for the occasion. Father wears his vestments, the altar servers put on their albs,  and the congregation wears clothes that are appropriate for attending Mass.

BELOW THE KNEE

NO SHORTS

SLEEVES

NO TANK TOPS

MODEST NECKLINES

NO LOW-CUT NECKLINES

LOOSE FITTING

NO MID-THIGH HEMLINES

Also, be alerted that the Mission terrain is fairly rough and rocky, with few paved walk ways. Good walking shoes are helpful; high heels are not. We appreciate your help in making others aware of our request for appropriate dress while attending Mass at the Mission.

We think Our Lord appreciates it too.