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   BOy Alissa Reinhard
n March 2, Governor Greg Abbott issued an Executive Order lifting the mask mandate in Texas and
increasing capacity of all businesses and facilities in the state to 100 percent. The announcement prompted mixed reactions. Many condemned the order and others wholeheartedly supported it.
Highlights asked you, our readers, if you will continue to wear a mask when out and about (if not required by the business or location you are visiting). We received over 200 responses. Here’s what a few of you had to say.
• “At work, yes. Other than that, only if
required by a business to go in.”
• “I have had the vaccine, so I’m not too worried. I will be respectful and wear one when the business requests it. Otherwise, I won’t wear it. I do think anyone with health issues should continue to wear them.”
• “I won’t unless I HAVE to be somewhere that requires it.”
• “Yes, we will still wear masks even though we are all vaccinated.” •“IwillwearmymaskandIrefusetogotoany business that does not enforce masks.”
• “I’ll receive my second vaccine this Thursday. I will continue to wear a mask for the safety of my neighbor, not for me.
• I will continue to wear my mask. Not everyone that wants to be vaccinated has the vaccine. I will still be enforcing masks in my store to keep my staff and customers safe.
• Absolutely! Vaccinated and all. It’s the right thing for now! Why rush when we are nearing the finish line?
• “Yes. I was part of the clinical trials and they “unblinded” us, so I know received the vaccine in November. I still wear a mask because even if I don’t get it, I may still carry it, and I would not want anyone to get sick because of me.”
No matter what side you fall on, remember to be respectful of others and their choices. Remember, we are all in this together!
   Our Lady Of Guadalupe Church
Celebrating 125 Years of Building Community Through Faith In The Helotes Area
C atholic ministry began in Helotes in 1896 and a wooden Chapel was built shortly thereafter. In 1943, we constructed a Church on our present grounds with only 125 people present to celebrate Mass. Since that time we have grown to a large non-profit parish that serves Helotes and the surrounding area with over 7,100 registered families (24,000+
parishioners).
In this year that we celebrate our 125th
anniversary, we are very excited to break ground on Tuesday, March 2, 2021, at 6pm on our new Family Center building at our 20-acre annex property at 11762 FM 1560N, Helotes. Metropolitan Contracting was selected as our General Contractor and we expect the infrastructure and building to be completed within 18 months.
The three story, 25,000+ square foot building will provide much needed space for our every growing parish family and the surrounding community. The 13 classrooms in the building will allow us to have in person religious education for all ages and provide
Site Blessing by Archbishop Gustavo Garcia-Siller
meeting space for the many ministries of our parish. The third floor hosts a banquet hall with a balcony that will be available not only for our parish functions but for rent for special occasions.
Our parish has received the Faith Volunteer of the Year Award from United Way for supporting over 40 local non- profit agencies through our outreach programs. We have also received the State of Texas Governor’s Award for social service outreach. Our Church currently serves the homeless, foster youth, teenage moms, physically and mentally ill, imprisoned, seniors and others in need. Our Lady of Guadalupe Church in Helotes also serves those who require assistance in the immediate area through the ecumenical Helotes House of Neighborly Service hosted by our St. Vincent de Paul Society.
This new Family Center building is also going to provide space to expand and continue our social services and outreach to the Helotes area and greater San Antonio community.
   O’Connor Senior Promoted To Chief Petty Officer
By Alissa Reinhard
On March 14, Mason Dyer, a senior at O’Connor High School, was promoted to Chief Petty Officer of the U.S. Naval Sea Cadet Corps – Texas Division at a Pinning Ceremony located on the USS Lexington in Corpus Christi. Only one percent of Sea Cadets achieve this rank. In fact, Mason is now one of only four Chief Petty Officers in the state of Texas.
The Sea Cadets program is sponsored by the U.S. Navy, Marines, Coast Guard, and March Marines. It’s very similar to JROTC in scope and structure. Every cadet is required to take the Basic Military Requirements (BMR) exam (a 1,000 question test), and attend a two-week Recruit Training (similar to boot camp for Navy enlisted). After Recruit
Training, a cadet can rank up and is then required to attend an Advanced Training each year. Mason has attended Advanced Training in Ft. Worth, Pensacola NAS, and Ft. McClellan in Anniston, AL. Cadets are also required to attend drill once a month with their unit where they learn about the Navy and how to become leaders.
Mason joined the Sea Cadets when he was in the seventh grade. He belongs to the Texas Division which is stationed in Corpus Christi. Once a month, he travels to Corpus to attend drill on the USS Lexington or the Corpus Christi NAS. On top of being in Sea Cadets, Mason is also the Team Captain for the Varsity Tennis Team at O’Connor High School and is in the National Honor Society.
He will attend Texas A&M University in the fall and plans to join the Corps of Cadets.
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