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St. Raphael Parish, El Paso, Texas

Clipping from the Rio Grande Catholic

A major veneration of relics was held at St. Raphael Church, El Paso, Texas on All Saints Day, 2006.

The second annual veneration of relics was held at St. Raphael Church,
El Paso, Texas, on All Saints Day, 2007.

St. Raphael Parish, 2007
St. Raphael Parish, 2007

San Elceario Parish, San Elizario, Texas.

San Elizario is a small, rural community situated on the Rio Grande not far from El Paso,Texas. It was established as a presidio, or fort, during Spanish colonial times. The Church of San Elceario, named for St. Elzear, was completed in 1877 and is an historical treasure of the area. Every year the town celebrates a festival to honor their patron saint. For the last four years the parish has invited the relic of St. Elzear to participate in the festivities. Below are a few photos taken during the 2007 event held on September 7-9.

Relic of St. Elzear in procession
Father Ed Carpenter, pastor, leads the procession carrying the relic of St. Elzear. He is
followed by the 4th Degree Knights of Columbus honor guard and the large statue of San Elceario.

Relic of St. Elzear in procession
Father Ed and St. Elzear circle the town plaza and wander through the festival grounds.
Relic of St. Elzear in procession
The procession arrives at the church.

Relic of St. Elzear and Father Ed
Father Ed and the relic of St. Elzear
Relic of St. Elzear
The relic on display at the altar of the church.

San Lorenzo Parish, Clint, Texas

Fallen bell tower at St. Lorenzo with Father Beto Lopez

Relic of St. Lawrence

A few weeks before the 92nd annual Festival of San Lorenzo at Clint, Texas, in the summer of 2006, the bell tower of the church suddenly collapsed. While no one was injured, the disaster did add another burden on the already impoverished parish. Pastor Father Beto Lopez is shown standing in front of the debris. The parish decided that it needed a special intervention and invited St. Lawrence to be present for the festival.

April 6, 2007 - Good Friday

Good Friday at Village Oaks
Good Friday at Village Oaks
Good Friday, 2007, took For All The Saints Ministry to Village Oaks Assisted Care Facility in El Paso, Texas,
for an eccumenical service for the residents. Part of the service included a reading of the Passion of Our Lord
according to St. John and Adoration of the Cross with a relic of the True Cross. Communion for both Catholics
and Protestants was distributed by the respective lay ministers.

Relics are frequently used in our ministry to these elderly residents.

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