Rose Sat Final - Shrine of St. Therese
Page 2 THE ROSE Third Quarter 2008 Shrine Makes Quantum Leap into Computer Age The world has been taken over by computers— ah, yes, even our parish office has taken a quantum leap into the electronic age! Just ask any of the secretaries—Carol Kristan, Janice Alfonso, or Carol Scott, our bookkeeper-accountant—and any one of them can tell you about the office computer and the importance that it means in carrying out the tasks of the office. Mrs. Scott says she lives at her computer. And when trouble rears its head, she quickly calls for the parish’s computer expert, former dentist and long-time parishioner, Dr. Don Creager, who comes to the rescue to keep the computers up Dr. Don Creager and Carol Scott and running at the office as well as at St. Therese school. Mrs. Scott gives much credit and appreciation to Dr. Creager for his willingness and volunteering spirit to share his expertise in maintaining the computer system. The church offices uses Parish Data System, a program designed especially for churches. All financial accounts, including weekly collections, and bills due and paid are recorded. The parish census of families and enrollment for religious education classes are just one click away. Death records are kept for four years and then placed in the archives. Worried about baptismal records? Not to worry. They are kept in a large record book in the parish office. Once a year, these baptismal records, as well as other important records and information, is sent to the diocesan office for permanent record keeping. The ministry schedule for the year and the weekly bulletin, written and planned by Carol Kristan, is all keyed into the computer data base, and then sent over the internet for printing to the Paluch Co. When computers are down in the office, work temporarily crawls to a stop, but telephones still ring. Nevertheless, the Shrine office has come into the computer age! � —Sally Stricca The Shrine Parish Welcomes New Parishioners More new members have been added to the mem- Katrina Apodaca bership of the Shrine Parish community and are on record in the parish office. Most have joined as a result Daniel and Elizabeth Barbero, Child: Daniella of the closing of two other southside churches—St. Michael and Nicole Cuppy, Children: Kassandra and William Patrick’s and Our Lady of Assumption. The most re- Joseph Chrisman and Katherine Berger cent members are named in the right column. ➔ ➔ John Emory Esther Herrera Patricia Martinez Michael and Paulette Menor Ralph Montera Nancy Pittenger Antonio and Maria Carmen Quintana Victor Quintana and Nicole Hobson Frank and Kelley Sagona Robert and Twila Shoaf Chris Timme and Maureen Berumen Seven new members of the Shrine are shown above. Left to right: (standing): Pat A. Martinez, Richard Guerrero, Rose Guerrero, Pat McDonnell. Matthew Vialpando and Jamie Cortese (Seated): Phyllis Crawford, Linda Escobado, and Esther A. Herrera. All Joshua West and Lisa Madone formerly were St. Patrick parishioners.
Third Quarter 2008 THE ROSE Page 3 Alex Ivan Plays Piano Accompaniment at Mass Shrine parishioners enjoyed the beautiful piano music at Sunday Masses this summer played with enthusiasm by a tall, nicely dressed young man. He is Alex Ivan. Alex is the son of Alysia (Abbate) and Ron Ivan, Jr. Both of his parents grew up in the Shrine parish. His grandparents are Connie and Ron Ivan and Florence and Warren Abbate. He has a younger sister, Tessa, age 9, who attends John Neumann school. Alex returned to Baylor University at Waco, Texas this school year to continue his studies. He is a senior with a double major in political science and economics. No, he is not studying music, but practices the piano at least once a week. Playing the piano helps keep him sane, and gives him release from the pressures of his studies and inner peace, he says. Alex Ivan He plays one weekend Mass at St. Peters’ Parish in Waco. He said he loves playing the piano and started playing “by ear” when he was about three years old. Lessons began in the first grade and continued for 14 years. He has been playing accompaniment and solos at the Shrine for about three or four years, whenever he is available, and home on break from college. This summer Alex was inspired to compose a simple Agnus Dei hymn for use at the Shrine Masses. Agnus Dei, means “Lamb of God, you take away the sins of the world, have mercy on us.” Michele Landreth-Prado, the Sacristan at the Shrine, says the composition is lovely and easy for a congregation to sing. Joe Chrisman, the Shrine’s Director of Music and Liturgy, encouraged Alex to get a secured copyright on the piece, but Alex is too busy with his studies at Baylor to handle the paper work that would be needed. Some day, perhaps, he says. How did Alex like going to Baylor University, a prestigious Baptist School? “Baylor,” he said, “was not his first choice, but with incentives, he decided to try it.” He thought he was being thrown to the wolves, but was pleasantly surprised. The school was open to all and respectful of students of different faiths. Students live in a Christian atmosphere. There is a strong Catholic presence in organizations on campus, and Catholics make up the second largest denomination. � —Sally Stricca