General Administration visits Casa María

Posted December 6, 2014 by casamariasm
Categories: Community News

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As part of their visit this week to the Marianist Province of the U.S. in San Antonio, members of the Society of Mary General Administration spent a day visiting the Casa María Marianist Community Saturday, Dec. 6. Events of the day included morning Mass, brunch, meetings with individual brothers, vespers and dinner.

Rev. Andre Fetis, S.M., the assistant general for the Office of Religious Life, celebrated the morning Eucharist where a total of 19 Marianists from five different communities attended (the General Administration, Woodlawn Community, Holy Rosary Community, Salve Community and host Casa María).

In the evening, Rev. Tim Eden, S.M., led first vespers and Rev. Jim Tobin, S.M., prepared a dinner featuring baked salmon and two types of ice cream cake (banana split and cookies and cream) for dessert.

Advent, study week, graduation, Christmas celebrated at final Casa Tuesday of 2014

Posted December 2, 2014 by casamariasm
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For the final Casa Tuesday of 2014, over 40 students, faculty, staff, Marianists and friends of the community gathered to celebrate Advent, study week, graduation and Christmas on Tuesday, Dec. 2. Fresh turkey soup and sandwiches—made from leftover Thanksgiving turkey—were featured on the menu that complemented the multi-themed decorations of Advent, graduation and Christmas! Casa Tuesdays will resume in 2015 when the semester begins Jan. 13.

Casa María gets Christmas tree early

Posted November 29, 2014 by casamariasm
Categories: Community News

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In what has been an annual tradition for the past four years, brothers from Casa María made a pilgrimage to Devine, Texas, to purchase its Christmas tree Saturday, Nov. 29. They chose an 8-foot Leyland Cypress tree not only because of its hypoallergenic properties, but because it does not shed as many needles as the other types.

Since the brothers arrived to Devine Acres Farm at 11 a.m., an hour earlier than the noon opening, they passed the time by having lunch at Pizza Hut. After cutting the tree down, they enjoyed Blue Bell ice cream for dessert on a party sunny afternoon with temperatures in the lower 70s. On the way home, the tree rode inside the community van while the brothers listened to Christmas music on 101.9 FM.

This year, the brothers decided to get the tree a week early since they will be hosting members of the General Administration next weekend.

To get to Devine Acres Farm, follow Highway 10 East to 35 South to Laredo, take the second Devine exit Hwy 173 and turn left on the fourth traffic light to Market Road 2200W. Destination will be about a mile down this road on the right.

Casa María celebrates Oktoberfest and the feast of St. Ursula

Posted October 21, 2014 by casamariasm
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Guten Abend! Good evening! On the Feast Day of St. Ursula of Cologne, Germany, Casa Maria hosted an Oktoberfest-themed prayer, dinner and social this week with 25-30 people present from St. Mary’s. Deutschland-inspired desserts included apfel strudel (apple pastry), brezeln und lebkuchen (pretzels and spice cookies) and not-so-German chocolate cupcakes.

St. Ursula is the foundress of the Ursuline religious order and the patroness of Catholic education. It was fitting to honor this German saint tonight on a college campus while enjoying a deliciously “dry” Oktoberfest foods!

Think Pink

Posted October 7, 2014 by casamariasm
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On the Feast Day of Our Lady of the Rosary, nearly 30 St. Mary’s students, staff, faculty and guests joined the Marianists of Casa Maria to “think pink” and pray for a cure for breast and all cancers during October, Breast Cancer Awareness Month. After reciting a decade of the rosary, everyone partook in a spaghetti buffet and afterwards were treated to pink desserts: strawberry marshmallow rice cereal squares, pink ribbon candy lollipops and pink ribbon sugar cookies.

Happy birthday, Fr. Tim

Posted September 23, 2014 by casamariasm
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On the first day of fall, Sept. 23, 2014, Casa Maria celebrated Fr. Tim Eden’s birthday vigil. Nearly 50 St. Mary’s students, staff, faculty, friends and Marianists sang “Happy Birthday” and “Las Mananitas” to him. His chocolate birthday cake was a colorful candy confection consisting of M&Ms and KitKat bars. Matching M&M cookies were also served during this joyful celebration of Fr. Tim’s life.

Marianist Martyrs honored during Hispanic heritage month

Posted September 16, 2014 by casamariasm
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Hispanic Heritage Month kicked off today on Dieciséis de Septiembre (Mexican Independence Day). During Casa Mariía’s celebration of Hispanic heritage, more than 40 St. Mary’s students, staff, faculty and friends joined the Marianists to honor the martyrs of Ciudad Real (feast day is on Sept. 18). Everyone enjoyed the chalupa dinner and desserts (chocoflan, carlota de limón and Mexican wedding cookies).


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