New Braunfels Herald Zeitung (Newspaper) - September 5, 1997, New Braunfels, Texas
Herald-Zeitung g Friday,September 5,1997 □ 7AShrine to patron saint offers glimpse of Cuban life
By ANITA SNOW
Associated Press Writer
EL COBRE, Cuba (AP) — Old fashioned Christian faith and socialist fervor mix easily at the shrine to Cuba's patron saint, providing a poignant glimpse at everyday Cuban life.
Neatly folded uniforms of officers of .the Revolutionary Armed Forces, the official red book of the Union of Young Communists and credentials of Olympic athletes are among thousands of items placed here.
The yellow pencils of students who passed their exams and a kidney stone the size of an egg, successfully
removed from a Havana woman, are also among the expressions of love and faith.
The Rev. Jorge Palma, who oversees the shrine, says hundreds of Cubans from around the country and1 from new homes in Miami, Europe and elsewhere travel here each month to thank the Virgin for miracles: the saving of a child's life, help in finding a husband a job, granting an elderly woman lier wish to see her first great grandchild.
Anywhere from 20 to IOO people make the pilgrimage each day.
Palma expects those visits will increase in the months leading up to Pope John Paul Ifs first visit to Cuba
in January. The pope is to stop here when he travels to the nearby eastern port city of Santiago to celebrate Mass.
“She is beloved among Cubans," said Palma. “She is ours."
Although religious practice is legal and has recently becojne more accepted in this communist country, believers in the past were often ridiculed by relatives, co-workers or neighbors.
In the years after the 1959 revolution, President Fidel Castro reportedly wore a medallion engraved with the Virgin of Charity given to him by a little girl. He stopped wearing it after his government
became increasingly Marxist Even his mother, Lina Ruz, offered thanks here for keeping her son safe in the Sierra Maestro mountains.
Although Catholicism has limited influence here, most Cubans still know the story of the how the Virgin of Charity appeared in the Bay of Nipe near Santiago in 1628 to brothers Rodrigo and Juan de Hoyos, mulattos of mixed white and black heritage, and Juan Moreno, a black boy of about IO.
Other versions say all three witnesses were named Juan and that one was white, one was mulatto and one was black.
Struggling in a storm-tossed -boat,
they heard a voice declare “I am the Virgin of Charity." Across the waves they spied a wooden board carrying a statue of the Virgin Mary, dressed in a yellow gown and depicted as a mulatto.
In her left arm, she carried a mulatto baby Jesus. In her right hand, she held a cross. Her long earrings dangled past her neck.
“I am the Virgin of Charity," was inscribed on die board. What tradition says is that same board is framed and displayed on the basilica’s first floor.
The statue, about a meter tall, is in a small chapel on the second floor. After leaving their offerings downstairs, Cubans climb the stairs to
light candles and pray.
Cuban girls traditionally offer thanks here on their 15th birthday — the age of maniagability in much of Latin America. Cubans living abroad pay homage here on return visits.
“Beloved beauty, thank you for making this visit to Cuba possible," says a note left with a photograph of a young woman with a broad smile. “With all my heart."
In a mixture of religious and political language, Carla Chang offered thanks for the “miraculous" release of 1st Lt Chang EXirand.
She signed it with the refrain of the Cuban revolution: “homeland or death."
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Bulan Bail Church
889 Landa St., 620-5102 Sunday services, IO a.rn. and 7:30 p.m., Wed. 7:30 p.m.
Men's ciass at 8 a.m. Saturday.
Calvary (Independent) Baptist Church
2286 W. San Antonio St.
Sunday School-10:00 a.m. Sun. Worship & Junior church-11:00 a.m. Youth Group-SundaV'5:00 p.m. Sun. evening scrvices-6:00 p.m.
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Christ Presrytirian Church
Christ centered - Bible believing. Presbyterian Church in America, 1620 Common. Sunday school, 9:30; Worship service, 10:45; Wednesday eve., 7:00, 629-0405.
Church of Christ
1665 Highway 81 West.
Bible for all, 9 a.m.; Worship IO a.m.; Evening Worship 6 p.m.;
Wed. 7 p.m. classes for all ages. Nursery available.
Church or Crust
1134 Meadow Crest, #101. 620-0055.
Mark Reeves Sun.: Classes 9:30 a.m.; Worship 10:30 i.m. and 6 p.m. Wed. 7 p.m.
Community Christian Church
1750 Old McQueeney Road,
New Braunfels, Tx. 78130. 620-7174, Office. Services: Sunday School,
9:30 a.m. Worship, 10:30 a.m. Wednesday night, 7:00 p.m.
Mr. Dee Amies, Pastor.
Cross Luthuan Church
South Hickory and Cross Streets. Sunday school 9:15 a.m.; worship 8 and 10:30 a.m.
Daysprmg Christian Ieuowsmp
1895 S. Walnut.
Sunday School 9:30am, Sunday Worship 10:30am. Wednesday evening service 7:00pm Wesleyan denomination.
Easter* Baptbt Church
983 Holly ai comer of Ridgewood. 625-0718.
Sunday school 9:45a.m.
Sunday services 11:00a.m. and evening 6:30p.m.
Wednesday evening 7:00 p.m. Pastor Wilburn Taylor.
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606-7313 Faith Undid Church
970 Loop 337. 625-6761. Sunday Worship 10:30a.m., Sunday school-all ages 9:15 am. Pastor Lee Zillman.
Youth Faith Extravaganza 2nd Saturday of cadi month 9:30am-1 pm.
Feuowsmp Brie Church
Solms Rd. fie IH 35. 629-0607. 9:45 am, ll am Ac 6 pm Sunday
First Assemrly or Goo
1687 U.S. 81 West.
Sunday school 9:45 a.rn.
Worship 10:30 a.rn. and 6 p.m. Wednesday service 7 p.m.
Fbst Baptist Church
733 Cross Sc. Sunday school 9:30 a.m.;
worship 10:45 a.rn. and 7 p.m.; Wednesday dinner 5:00 p.m. Bible study and prayer service 6:00 p.m.
Fbst Church or Crust Scknvbt
137 E. Mill St.
Sunday service 10:30 a.m.; Sunday school 10:30 a.m.; Wednesday service 7:30 p.m. Child care available.
FNsi Church or the N azarene
1465 135 East.
Sunday service 9:45 a.rn.
Worship 10:50 a.m. and 6 p.m.
Fbst Protestant Church
(located on the comer of Seguin and Coll streets; one block from downtown plaza) Sunday Worship 8:00 and 10:30 a.m; Sunday School Classes 9:00 p.m; Breakfast at The First 8:30-10:15; Youth Activities - call 609-7729 Ext. 36; Wednesday PRIME TIME Bible studies fie seminars; r,
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Fbst Umted Methodist Church
572 W. San Antonio Street Sunday Worship:
8:30am. 10:50am, 7:00 p.m.
Sunday School: 9:30 a.m.
Youth Activities: 5:00 p.m.
Freedom Fellowship Church
330 S. Hackberry, 625-1288. %
Sun. Worship 10:30 ajn;
Sun. Bible Study 9:30 a.m.,
Wed. night home ministries.
Pastor Dennis Gallaher.
430 FM306,606-2843-Pastor Fred McMichael.
Sun. School 10am,
Sun Worship I lam; Wed. 7pm.
Greater Lhe IBrted Pentecostal Church
P.O. Box 310985 134 Enchantment Lane, off FM 725.
Pastor jack Dool;
Sunday services 10:00am and 6:00pm -Wednesday 7:30pm.
For more information call 609-1325.
Harmony Baptbt Church
1472 Hwy. 46 South.
Bible study at 10a.m.- Sunday, Worship: 11a.m. fie 6 p.m.-Sunday; Wednesday Prayer fie Bible Study at 7 p.m.
Holy Famry Catholic Church
245 S. Hidalgo, 609-5320.
Mon.- 8am (Spanish mass),
Wed. 8am (English mass), Thurs.-6pm (Spanish), Fri. 8am (English),
Sat. 5pm (English),
Sun. 8am (Spanish) and 10am (English). Father James Waster, M.S.F.
Iglesia de Cabio
134 Meadow Crest, #102. 625-1020.
Sunday Classes 10:00 a.m.
Worship UKK) a.m.
Thursday Classes 6:30 p.m.
Lakesk* Baptbt Church
T FM 725.
Sunday school 9:30 a.m.; worship 11 a.rn.; Wednesday Bible study and prayer meeting 7 p.m.; worship ministry and home groups.
Ire Chrstian Center
Temporarily meeting at the J&eR Gymnastics Bldg., 1437 S. Walnut,
New Braunfels, 620-LIFE. Sundays - IO a.m.; Thursdays - 7:00 p.m.; Pastor Don Dalton
Live Oak Baptbt Church
355 N. Washington Ave. Sunday school 9:45 arn worship 11 a.m. Wednesday prayer fit Bible study 6:30 p.m. Pastor Kennith Rogers
New Braunfels Christian Church
734 Loop 337, 629-2202 Sunday School for all ages - 9:30am. Worship Celebration and junior Church -10:30 am. Nursery provided. Youth groups ic adult Bible study 6:00 p.m.
A non-denominational fellowship. Pastor Rick Barden 608-0330.
New Braunfels Presrytirian Church
373 Howard. 625-5141.
Morning Worship 8:30 am. and 11 am. Sunday School Gasses 9:30 am.
New Braunfels Seventh Day Adventist Church
2990 W. San Antonio St. P.O. Box
3 U 551.629-5673.’'
Sabbath school 10:40 am. Saturday: worship 9:30 am. Saturday.
New Ire Fellowship Church
1600 River Rd.,
(Formerly Opa t Him,
(210)606-5527 Worship: Sundays, IO a.m (including children's church); Wednesdays, 7:30 p.m.
Oakwood Assembly of God
104 Melody Lane. 608-1133. Sunday School 9:30 - 10:15 Sunday Worship 10:30 am. - 6:00 p.m. Wednesday Bible Study 7:00 p.m. Jerry K. Morgan, Pastor
Oakwood Baptist Church
2154 Loop 337-North. 625-0267. Sundays- 8:15 am., 9:30am. 10:45 am.; Sun. eves.- 6 p.m..
Bible Study- 9:30 fie 10.45,
Wed. Service- 7 p.m.
Pastor Ray Still.
Our Lady of Perpetual Help Church
138 W. Austin.
Masses 5:30 p.m. Saturday, and, 8 and 11 am. Sunday; Monday through Friday Masses 6 p.m. Wed. 8 am.
Peace Lutheran Church
1147 S. Walnut. 620-0618. Worship 8:00 and 10:30 am; Sunday School 9:15 am.
Pastor David Schulte.
Resurrection Baptbt Church
909 FM 1518, 658-0459
Second Baptbt Church
273 Merriwcather St.
Sunday School- 10am., Sunday Scrvice-
I lam., Sunday Evening- 6p.m.
Pastor William Kabcrle.
St. (chin's Episcopal Church
312 S. Guenther Ave.
Holy Eucharist Rite One 8:00 am., Holy Eucharist Rite Two 10:00am.
St. Joseph's Anglican Church
446 N. Seguin.
Sun. 8 am. Holy Communion;
II am.-1 st Ae 3rd Sundays Holy Communion; 2nd fie 4th Sundays
Church School 9:45 Sundays.
St. Paul Lutheran Church
(ELCA), Cross and Santa Clara Streets. Sunday worship 8 am.
(broadcast on KNBT radio FM 92),
10:30 a.m. Sunday school 9:15 a.m.
Sis. Peter and Paul Catholic Church
386 N. Castell, 625-4531.
Monsignor Eugene (^’Callaghan.
Mass: Sat. 5 p.m.; Sun. 8 am.,
9:30 am., 11:15 am.
Solders of the Lord, Jesus Christ
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Sunday services (including children s church) at 8:30 and 10:30 am. and 7 p.m.; ladies Bible study IO am. Wednesday; Pastor’s Bible study and Youth Meeting 7 p.m. Wednesday.
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Victory Temple Church
135 Deborah Dr., New Braunfels. 608-1300.
Pentecostal Church of God Sunday worship and Sunday School IO am. and 6 p.m.; Wed. 7 p.m.
20377 FM 2252.
Sunday school 9:30 a.m.;
Church services 8:15 and 10:40 am.; UMYF Sunday 5 p.m.
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FM 3159 and 2673. 899-7077.
Bible class IO am.; Sunday worship 11 am. and 6 p.m.;
Wednesday service 7 p.m.
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7420 FM 2673,1 mi E. of Starkville. Sun. Service - 8 am., Church School,
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Sr. Francs By the Lake
Episcopal Church, FM 306 at Spring Mountain Drive, Canyon Lake. 964-3820.
Sunday: Holy Eucharist 8 am. and 10:30 am., Sunday School for adults and children: 9:30am. Wednesday: Bible Study 10:30 a.m. and 6:30 p.m.,
Holy Eucharist: 11:30 a m.
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