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23 Jul

Seventeenth Sunday in Ordinary Time


When huge crowds gather to hear Jesus’ words, they come with hunger for his words and soon experience physical hunger. A seemingly impossible feeding of the hungry presents itself. An unlikely, unnamed little boy gifts his bread and fish and miraculously all are fed. And there are leftovers collected.

The boy with no name was recognized by one of the apostles as having a gift to offer, a gift that would solve the problem. Among so many, one boy, one gift! And the effort was miraculously multiplied!

Yesterday I had a conversation with a woman, a mother in our parish who is actively discerning what God is calling her to do next. During the conversation, she named several other older women who had invited her to consider using a specific gift they recognize in her. The older women, like the apostles, recognize that she can offer what she has, let God multiply it, and all will be gifted, will be fed with spiritual gifts.

As I listen to many of you describe your lives—the way you felt, the people you reached out to, the actions you took—I recognize that many of you have discovered during this pandemic that simple things can bring so much joy and love to you and to your families. When you encountered the absence of things you thought you needed to survive, you discovered new thoughts, new ways of being together, and new relationships. You had more time to pray. You volunteered to help others. You planted gardens. You stopped doing some things and that has been good!

Miracles occur in our daily lives. Like the boy in the gospel, we too have something to offer, to be part of and to contribute to the effort. Where in your life do you see a scarcity that God might be planning to turn into abundance?

20 Jul

To Celebrate a Life of Love: Dennis O. Dooley

September 1, 1936-July 13, 2021

Dennis O. Dooley was born September 1, 1936 in McAllen, Texas to Olwyn Dooley and Kathleen Walsh Dooley.  He passed away peacefully on July 13, 2021.

Dennis left McAllen to attend St. Anthony’s Junior Seminary in San Antonio where he graduated in 1954.  He continued his studies with the Oblates of Mary Immaculate where he received his Master of Divinity from Oblate School of Theology and was ordained in 1966.  As a priest, he served as a Vocational Director for the Oblates visiting parish schools throughout the United States and as a parish priest at Sacred Heart Catholic Church in Colorado Springs, CO.

Dennis moved to Houston in the early 1970s where he worked in the real estate field after obtaining his sales and broker licenses.  During this time he met and married Nancy Henkel, his wife of 45 years.

He then moved to San Antonio where he earned his Master of Social Work from Our Lady of the Lake University and went to work for the Bexar County Probation Department where he worked in the Intensive Supervision Program, a new program to help rehabilitate felons to avoid prison and remain in society.

After retiring from the probation department, he worked for South Texas Psychological Services where he tested and interviewed people applying for Medicare and Medicaid services.  Throughout his life he gave of his time to be of service through many volunteer activities.

Dennis lived a life of faith and never lost his passion for helping others whatever the situation; he always knew the perfect thing to say.  He had so much knowledge of church and family history to share as he was a lifelong learner with an inquisitive mind.   He was always able to relate scripture to our daily lives and was a counselor and mentor to so many.

Dennis had a love for the Spanish language.  As a child he heard Spanish in his home and community; he then continued to take courses and classes to learn and understand more about the culture through language.  He took every opportunity he had to use his Spanish.  He spent time in Mexico and with a family in Costa Rica as he enriched his understanding.

Dennis enjoyed sports.  He played baseball (beginning with his father and brother in the Valley) and basketball in his younger years, then golf throughout his adult life.  Dennis had a beautiful Irish tenor voice and loved to sing Irish songs (as he did at home for his mother), Spanish songs, or any favorite song at every opportunity to the joy of all around him.

He never met a stranger either for conversation or willingness to help.  He always loved to tell a good story, and his sense of humor, pleasant smile and charming personality made it all the more enjoyable.  His favorite trips were spending time with family, and his tours of San Antonio were a favorite with all generations of family and friends.

Dennis was preceded in death by his parents, 2 sisters: Virginia Nowatnick and Mary Ruth Strangeways, and 2 brothers:  Jack Dooley and Donald Dooley.  He is survived by his wife, Nancy; sister-in-law, Antoinette Dooley, and many nieces, nephews, and cousins.



Tuesday, July 27, 2021

The family will receive friends beginning at 6:00 P.M.

The Angelus Funeral Home Chapel

1119 N. St. Mary’s St., San Antonio, TX 78215

Recitation of the Rosary will begin at 7:00 P.M.


Wednesday, July 28, 2021

Memorial Mass will be held at 1:00 P.M. at the Immaculate Conception Chapel at the Oblate School of Theology

285 Oblate Dr., San Antonio, TX 78216



Resurrection Cemetery at Cordi-Marian

Private Service at a later date



Memorial contributions may be made in Dennis’ name to the Oblate Madonna Residence.