FAITH, SO THAT GOD CAN ACT

MONASTERY • SANCTUARY • RETREAT CENTER

PLEASE NOTE: THERE WILL BE NO MASSES THE WEEKENDS OF JULY 4-5 AND JULY 11-12, AS THE COMMUNITY WILL BE IN NEW MEXICO.  ALSO, NO SATURDAY MASSES THROUGHOUT JULY.
THE MISSION GROUNDS ARE CLOSED THROUGHOUT JULY BUT THE OFFICE IS OPEN DURING REGULAR HOURS, MON-FRI.

WELCOME BACK!

SATURDAY MASS – 8 AM AT ST. JOSEPH CHAPEL
 
SUNDAY MASS –  8 AM  OUTDOORS AT THE TEOCALLI
NO DAILY MASS OR HOLY HOURS AT PRESENT
  • The Mission gates will open to the public at 7:15 on Saturday and Sunday.
  • The Archbishop strongly encourages the elderly and at-risk populations to stay home and participate in Mass by means of Catholic Television or parish live streaming.
We want to welcome all those who wish to attend Holy Mass here at the Mission of Divine Mercy. The last two months have been a long, strange period for all of us. It will be a blessing to be able to worship together again. However, we are not back to normal yet, and we ask for everyone’s patience as we navigate the temporary restrictions and guidelines that have been requested by Church and civil authorities.

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. While it may not be possible to see clearly, 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

For the immediate future, there will not be a public daily Mass at the Mission.The Community will continue to celebrate their daily Mass in private.
We regret the sacrifices that these temporary measure cause you. But we want to help everyone to be aware of what the reality will be when we first return to Mass. 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.

DAILY MESSAGES OF FAITH AND TRUST

We began offering the Daily Messages of Faith and Trust when the Mission had to be closed in compliance with the coronavirus regulations.  It was our way of  offering  spiritual nourishment and encouragement during a difficult time.  But the messages themselves are for all times. They are meant to help us grow in our Faith, so that God can act in our lives.  We will continue to post them for the foreseeable future.

“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.

A NEW WAY TO HELP THE MISSION

Almost all of MDM’s vehicles have come as gifts from friends of the Mission who donated their vehicle to us when they were ready to buy a new one. Our friends get a tax break and we get a reliable vehicle. We have been very fortunate this way.

But there have also been several individuals who wanted to donate a vehicle, when we had no need for one. And we have found that the process of a non-profit accepting a vehicle for the purpose of reselling it for cash is very problematic and complicated. This is discouraging for both parties.

However, we have just filed the paperwork with a nationwide program that will allow MDM to accept donated vehicles, without having to re-title them in MDM’s name and without paying any taxes on them. We will now be able to accept any and all vehicles, RVs, campers, boats, etc. that folks want to donate to the Mission. A third-party company will pick up the vehicles, auction them and pay us 85% of the net proceeds. That company will file all the paperwork and work with the donors.

Holy Angels, please protect what we hope will be a win/win for all!

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. 

THE LATEST

Seeing Beyond Appearances
Praying for Our Country
Throwing Themselves Across the Chasm
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UPCOMING RETREATS

ALL RETREATS ARE CANCELLED UNTIL ANNOUNCED OTHERWISE

UPCOMING RETREATS

JUNE 13

ENGLISH

Retreat for Young Men

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.

FAITH, SO THAT GOD CAN ACT

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