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29 Sep

To Celebrate a Life of Love: Claude Joseph “CJ” Fremin, Jr.

February 8, 1943-September 6, 2020

Claude Joseph “CJ” Fremin, Jr. was called home on Sunday, September 6, 2020. He was born on February 8, 1943, in San Antonio, Texas, to Claude Joseph Fremin, Sr. and Rita Fremin Bulgrin. The family moved to New Orleans, Louisiana, where he attended Saint Aloysius High School. CJ served in the U.S. Navy. As a young man, he returned to his birth place: San Antonio, Texas. He worked for more than 30 years at Southwestern Bell, now AT&T, in various roles including as a journeyman and a FACS Operations manager. It was during his career at Southwestern Bell that he met his devoted wife, Donna.

He and Donna spent much of their time serving at St. Francis of Assisi Catholic Church, where he was a member of the Knights of Columbus. As a 4th degree Knight and Past Grand Knight, CJ valued all the core principles of Charity, Unity, Fraternity and Patriotism. They also served as facilitators for the 4th Saturday lunch bunch with Mobile Loaves & Fishes, preparing food and gathering clothing for those experiencing homelessness in San Antonio.

Ever the gentleman, his calming presence, wisdom, and quick wit was a joy to behold. His smile would melt your cares away and give you peace instantly. He will be missed by everyone who knew and loved him.

CJ is survived by his loving wife of 27 years, Donna Fremin; his sisters, Pam Marsh, Michelle Eber and Mary Chuter; and niece, Kim Biffle. CJ had a large and loving extended family whom he enjoyed. He spent time listening and laughing at their stories, including: sisters-in-law, Lynda Leadford (Ken); Becky Pollock (Chuck); Angela Goldsbury (Kit) and Talya Hastings; and brother-in-law, Walter Gleason. He was also known as Uncle CJ to numerous nieces and nephews.

Services will be held at St. Francis of Assisi Catholic Church, 4201 De Zavala Rd. The Vigil Service will be at 7:00 pm on Friday, October 2, 2020. The Resurrection Mass will be at 10:00 am on Saturday, October 3, 2020. Due to current COVID restrictions, please register for attendance for each service at http://sfasat.org/fremin-services-signup/ (where you can also find the live stream links) and to www.missionparks.com to sign the guest book.

In lieu of flowers, please consider making a memorial contribution to St. Francis of Assisi Catholic Church, Mobile Loaves & Fishes at http://sfasat.org/MLF/donate.htm or the charity of your choice.

28 Sep

To Celebrate a Life of Love: Maria Lourdes Archibald

June 8, 1947-September 23, 2020

Maria Lourdes Archibald (Mary Lou to her family) went to meet her Lord on September 23, 2020. She was a devoted mother, grandmother, sister and friend. Mary Lou Cabrera was born in Kenedy, Texas, on June 8, 1947 to Angela and Julian Cabrera. She was the oldest of seven brothers and sisters growing up in Hobbs, New Mexico, where she attended Hobbs High School. She was a twirler and played clarinet for the marching band, was on the debate team, and had many friends. She also attended New Mexico State University in Las Cruces, New Mexico where she met her first husband Randy, the father of her children, which began her journey as a military wife. She enjoyed the travel on which this path took her family, meeting new friends, hosting bridge parties and soldiers away from their families during holidays. Mary Lou took pride in her organizational abilities and that she could set up a home in quick order whenever and wherever they transferred. Mary Lou had an excellent work ethic, which began as a young girl, spanning from pathology assistant, office manager, customer service and business owner. She lived and was employed many years in San Antonio, working for several construction and design businesses, all while utilizing her many talents and bilingual skills. Thereafter, she moved to Carlsbad, New Mexico, where she worked for Louis Dreyfus and RKI oil companies for 7 years. During this time she enjoyed frequenting the bingo hall on weekends with her sister and niece, and going out to eat at the buffet after church. She returned to San Antonio to be with her children and grandchildren and worked for Southwest Airlines where she met many wonderful friends until her passing. She was an avid reader, enjoyed drawing and painting, and writing short stories—all of which she passed on to her children and grandchildren. She also appreciated and practiced the art of written correspondence with cards and letters and never missed an opportunity to send notes for important events and holidays. Her favorite times were when she had all the grandkids to her home for sleepovers, making her “famous” pancakes (from a mix), snuggling together on the couch reading and watching movies, and drawing around the table. Christmas was very important and fun for her, especially making and decorating Christmas cookies with the grandkids. She was beautiful inside and out, incredibly intelligent, kind, fun-loving, loyal and full of love. She always made time for you and made you feel special, wanting each and every one of her loved ones to be happy and supported. Her physical strength and perseverance were reflected by her many brave battles with cancer. She will be dearly missed by all who knew her.

She is survived by her daughter, Jennifer Wood Pogue and her husband, Marshall and granddaughter, Blakeley; daughter Lauren Wood Stokes and her husband, Charlie and grandchildren, Isabella, Morgan, Clara and Street; and son Elliot Wood and his wife, Angella and granddaughters Madison, Ellie and Evelyn; sisters Margaret Farris of Fairborn, OH and Rita Granger of Santa Fe, NM; brothers Daniel Cabrera of Albuquerque, NM and David Cabrera and his wife Tammy of San Angelo, TX, and numerous nieces and nephews. She is preceded in death by her parents, her sister Magdalena Masters, brother Martin Cabrera, nephews Nathan Alexander and Martin Cabrera, Jr., and granddaughter Emma Huckaby.

A funeral Mass will be held Thursday, October 1st at 12 pm at St. Francis of Assisi Catholic Church; 4201 De Zavala Rd., San Antonio, TX 78249. For personal acknowledgement, you may sign the online guestbook at www.missionparks.com in the obituary section.

28 Sep

CJ Fremin Vigil & Funeral Mass – signup

Vigil service:  Friday, October 2, 2020 – 7:00 PM – live stream link
Funeral:  Saturday, October 3, 2020 – 10:00 AM – live stream link

As with Sunday Masses, we have limited space and require you to sign-up ahead of time. Masks and appropriate social distancing protocols are the same as Sundays. See below for details.

SignUp Genius (external link)

Sign up for Vigil and/or Funeral here.


Please be aware that the Vigil and Funeral Services will be live streamed. If you prefer to view on YouTube, see the links above, at the top of this post.

For sign ups:

You must indicate the number of family members, including yourself, who will attend so that we can adhere to the limit allowed inside the church. Please do NOT sign up for more slots than you need for your immediate family who lives in your household.

25 Sep

Twenty-sixth Sunday in Ordinary Time

No to Yes: A Profound Change

Turning away from sin and turning towards God—that is metanoia, a change of mind and heart. That kind of change comes from experiences of insight, new awareness of the plight of others, and the example of struggle and sacrifice of persons for the sake of others. We often describe ourselves as changed after a retreat, a serious illness or disaster that we call life-changing, after six months of COVID-19 seclusion, and/or after some sort of “awakening.”

Metanoia requires that we are malleable, capable of learning and being coached, able to take instructions, and willing to be humble. “I once was blind, but now I see.” It is important to give voice to the change we experience.

What would it look like in my life for me to follow Paul’s instruction to the Philippians not to look out for my own interests, but to look out for the interests of others? Who is doing this now where we live? Do we know people who are marching for racial justice? Who are putting their lives at risk in health care or education? Who are trying to change the climate crisis? Who are advocating for higher wages and good jobs for persons displaced by COVID-19? Who care about the well-being of the police as well as the policed?

Climate change, violence, poverty, prejudice: these are not your fault or mine. At the same time, we share a mutual ownership of these conditions. What opportunities we have to look out for more than my own interests, to the interests of others! How do we contribute to them by our words, choices, silences? We can no longer say that it isn’t my problem, it doesn’t touch me and therefore I don’t have to do anything except guard and protect my own corner of the world, my own family, myself.

“Son, go out and work in the vineyard today.” Will you say “yes” and never show up? Or will you say “no” and then change your mind and go? What vineyards is God calling you to work in? How can you be more responsive to God’s call? What conversion of mind, heart, and life is the Lord asking of you?

The elections are a vineyard in need of workers. Pope Francis and our bishops, as well as our local Church leaders ask us to vote with an informed conscience. Each of us is responsible for personally studying the issues—all of them—and making choices for the common good, the needs of others, not just our own. Our study of the issues should include multiple sources—Jesus and the Scriptures, the social teaching of the Church which documents our responsibility for each other—for all human beings, the research, and studies of reputable organizations who work for the common good.  Good conversations open dialogue with persons who think differently than we do can also offer clarification that informs our consciences.

With prayer, study, and reflection, all of us can become workers in the vineyard who produce good fruit. We can become more than persons who say good things, but don’t act and aren’t accountable to anyone. We can become persons who act on our commitments, whose words we can count on.

For this, let us all work and pray!