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Published: October 15th 2013
A chain of five missions was established along the San Antonio River in the early 1700’s and became the largest concentration of Catholic missions in North America. By mutual agreement with the San Antonio diocese, these historic missions are now partially administered by (you guessed it) the National Park Service. So, when we went to visit the San Jose Mission, we found the gates shut.
Despite being designated as a National Historic Park, four of these missions are active parishes of the Catholic Church. Thus, for a few hours this past Sunday, the gates were open and Masses were held as usual. According to local accounts, the priest presiding at the San Jose 10:30 Mass said, “Without people accusing me of politics, people who talk stupid should not be elected into office.” Parishioners applauded.
San Jose mission was quite large and beautiful to behold. It would have been a treat to walk the grounds and explore the buildings. Luckily for us tourists, the Alamo is the one mission out of the five that is independently run by the state of Texas. God bless Texas!
By the way, San Antonio is still under
severe rain and flooding weather threat. We’re leaving for Cajun country tomorrow– hopefully sunny and mild.
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