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Statement in response to Catholics for Choice campaign Print E-mail

On Monday, full-page advertisements ran in the San Antonio Express-News, the Houston Chronicle, and the Dallas Morning News from a Washington D.C.-based entity called Catholics for Choice.

Despite what is implied by its name, Catholics for Choice is not a member-oriented organization and has no affiliation with the Roman Catholic Church. Instead, it is financed by grants from a few secular organizations pushing a pro-abortion agenda. It seldom ventures beyond Washington to Texas, unless it is to buy expensive, full-page ads when it serves their pro-abortion agenda.

It is not clear why Catholics for Choice chose a handful of individuals identifying themselves as Catholics as ambassadors for the false premise that refusal to pay for someone's abortion is an assault on anyone's God-given dignity. The only assault on dignity in this discussion is the abortion, which ends one life and irrevocably diminishes countless other lives.

The misguided campaign of the so-called "Catholics for Choice" organization misrepresents the moral guidance of our Church. The Bishops of the United States, in accord with our Holy Father, Pope Francis, have been unequivocal in proclaiming the dignity of unborn human life. Millions of Catholics in Texas actively live out this teaching in our pro-life ministries and advocacy.

Nor is it clear why this small activist group insists on describing itself as "Catholic" when it apparently declines to embrace and live the principles of the Catholic faith. Catholic social teaching is based on and inseparable from our understanding of human life and human dignity. Every person, from the moment of conception to natural death, has inherent dignity and a right to life consistent with that dignity. Catholics, by definition, are in accord with the essential teachings of the Church and embrace the faith that has been handed down to us through Jesus Christ and the apostles. Someone cannot call themselves a Catholic, yet reject the sanctity of life by active support of abortion.

Sept. 12, 2016


Cardinal Daniel DiNardo

Archdiocese of Galveston-Houston


Most Rev. Gustavo Garcia-Siller, M.Sp.S

Archdiocese of San Antonio

Most Rev. Steven J. Lopes, STD

Personal Ordinariate of the Chair of St. Peter


Most Rev. Kevin J. Farrell

Diocese of Dallas




El día lunes se publicaron anuncios a plana completa en los periódicos San Antonio Express-News, Houston Chronicle, y Dallas Morning News de parte de una organización radicada en Washington D.C. denominada Catholics for Choice.

A pesar de lo que su nombre implica, Catholics for Choice no es una organización orientada a tener membresía, ni tiene filiación con la Iglesia Católica Romana. Por el contrario, es financiada mediante subvenciones provenientes de unas cuantas organizaciones seculares que promueven una agenda pro aborto.

Sólo en raras ocasiones se aventura más allá de Washington hacia Texas, a menos que sea para comprar anuncios caros, de plana completa, cuando esto sirve a su agenda pro aborto. No queda claro porqué Catholics for Choice eligió a unos cuantos individuos, que se identifican a sí mismos como católicos, como emisarios de la falsa premisa de que negarse a pagar el aborto de alguien es un asalto a su dignidad dada por Dios. El único asalto a la dignidad en esta discusión es el aborto, que pone fin a una vida y desprecia irrevocablemente a un número incontable de otras vidas.

La engañosa campaña de la organización, así llamada, “Catholics for Choice”, tergiversa la orientación moral de nuestra Iglesia. Los Obispos de Estados Unidos, concordando con nuestro Santo Padre, el Papa Francisco, hemos sido inequívocos al proclamar la dignidad de la vida humana no nacida. Millones de católicos en Texas viven activamente esta enseñanza en nuestros ministerios y defensa a favor de la vida.

Tampoco es claro porqué este pequeño grupo activista insiste en describirse a sí mismo como “católico”, siendo que aparentemente se niega a aceptar y vivir los principios de la fe católica. La enseñanza social católica se basa en nuestro entendimiento de la vida humana y de la dignidad de la persona, y es inseparable de ellas. Cada persona, desde el momento de la concepción y hasta su muerte natural, tiene dignidad inherente y el derecho a la vida, en congruencia con tal dignidad. Los católicos, por definición, concuerdan con las enseñanzas esenciales de la Iglesia y acogen la fe que nos ha sido transmitida a través de Jesucristo y los apóstoles. Una persona no puede llamarse católico y a la vez rechazar la santidad de la vida mediante el apoyo activo al aborto.

A 12 de septiembre de 2016.


Cardenal Daniel DiNardo

Arquidiócesis de Galveston-Houston



Mons. Gustavo García-Siller, MSpS

Arquidiócesis de San Antonio


Mons. Steven J. Lopes, STD

Ordinariato Personal de la Cátedra de San Pedro



Mons. Kevin J. Farrell

Diócesis de Dallas

Proper Reception of Holy Communion Print E-mail


Proper Reception of Holy Communion

Recently it has been observed that after reception of Holy Communion some parishioners walk away without consuming the Body of Christ. This is not acceptable. After receiving the precious body of Jesus Christ, it must be consumed immediately BEFORE walking away. And, it is not permissible for parents to share Holy Communion with their children before their children have made their First Holy Communion. This practice is a great offense against the miraculous precious body of Jesus Christ in the Blessed Sacrament. We should never forget that the manner in which we receive the Eucharist “ought to convey the respect, solemnity, and joy of this moment when Christ becomes our Guest” (Catechism, no. 1387).

It’s also necessary to approach Christ’s Precious Body and Blood with reverence: “When receiving Holy Communion, the communicant bows his or her head before the Sacrament as a gesture of reverence and receives the Body of the Lord from the minister” (General Instruction of the Roman Missal, no. 160).]

Membership Guidelines Print E-mail

IF YOU WANT TO REGISTER ON THIS WEBSITE, you must reside in these zip codes:  

78250, 78251, 78253, 78254, 78023, 78056, and 78063.

If you do not reside in these zip codes, you must call the office and make an appointment with the Pastor.

FOR ALL SACRAMENTAL CELEBRATIONS – you must be a member of St. Anthony Mary Claret Catholic Church for at least 1 year.

If you have any questions, please call the office at 210-688-9033.

Pastor's Welcome Print E-mail


As pastor of St. Anthony Mary Claret Catholic Church, I want to express the welcome from all of us to you for choosing to become one of our parish family. We all hope you will always feel at home here and that our worship and other parochial services will fulfill your spiritual needs. 

St. Anthony Claret Parish is rather young and was started because of the immense growth of the city in this area. As you probably have noticed, we have a new permanent church building so we do have the facilities necessary for a growing parish. You may have already heard about the catechesis programs we provide and our parish organizations and ministries. In order to register your children for Catechesis, please call 688-9033. We encourage you to become involved and be a participating member of the parish family.

During these years, we have accomplished a lot, thanks to the generosity of the parishioners. Our stewardship program, "God's Plan for Church Support", is based on the scriptural concept for tithing. I invite you to become a contributing member. Whatever you give is between you and God. But it will help us to continue to grow and provide all the necessary services.  If you would like to contribute using your credit card, you can do so by clicking the button you'll find on this page.

If you are new to the parish, please complete the online registration form as soon as possible, or find a printed one near the entrance to the church building.  Then return it to the parish office or drop it in the collection basket.

I hope we are making you feel welcome at St. Anthony Claret!

Sincerely in Christ,

Reverend Jan P. Klak.