Little Flower Basilica News

January 2018

Jan 29

Mary Helen Vallejo to Receive Lumen Gentium Award

Mary Helen Vallejo has been chosen as the recipient of a parish Lumen Gentium Award for 2018 from the Archdiocese of San Antonio. The Lumen Gentium  Award is granted to one Catholic layperson per parish. These individuals are practicing Catholics who have demonstrated an active participation in the Church’s mission to...
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Jan 29

Catholic Schools: Where students learn, serve, lead, succeed

Catholic education is a unique way in which we can give our children a solid foundation in life and a brighter tomorrow deeply rooted in Catholic family values. Our schools are like a garden that needs to be prepared and nurtured for harvest, and what better way to do that than with the teaching of religion? These schools are where our...
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Jan 23

Fr. Marion Bui: Discalced Carmelite among ‘boat people’ to escape post-war Vietnam to pursue vocation

Fr. Marion Bui, one of the six Discalced Carmelite Friars of San Antonio who serve the community at the Basilica of the National Shrine of the Little Flower, celebrated 30 years in the religious life in August 2016. Fr. Marion has a great deal to celebrate in achieving this hard-won anniversary: survival, freedom and God’s providence....
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Jan 19

Little Flower Parish Celebrates Dia de Los Reyes

  On Jan. 6, volunteers from Little Flower Parish distributed 250 gifts to children from the local community in honor of Epiphany, the visit of three wise men to the baby Jesus. The traditional Mexican El Dia de Los Reyes is an annual event at the parish, with Rosca de Reyes (king's cake wreath) served to all guests in the parish hall....
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Jan 17

Four Reasons Membership Matters

  This weekend and next, volunteers will be available after all Sunday masses to help you register as a Little Flower parishioner. We invite you to join our membership! You may wonder, “Why should I register as a parishioner?” What does registering at your parish do for you anyway? Membership does have its privileges! Here...
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Jan 9

Basilica Restoration Update

The Basilica, dedicated in 1931, is showing its age, with structural cracks and other deterioration. According to an engineer’s assessment, structural repairs amounting to approximately $14 million are necessary to address the problems of water infiltration adequately, to be followed by restoration and interior remodeling...
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Little Flower Basilica News

Updates on parish life, the historic Basilica, and the Discalced Carmelite Friars.