Friends and family of Jaqueline Mayte Olivares attended a mass in dedication to her memory in Texas A&M University Kingsville’s (TAMUK) Newman Hall Chapel, Jan. 28.
The Mass was organized by the Catholic Student Organization and the Newman Hall in conjunction with the dean of students’ offices.
Kirsten Compary, the Dean of Students at TAMUK, said the Mass was mainly for the ones that could not make it to Olivares’ funeral in Roma,TX.
“The protocol that the university goes through when a student unfortunately passes away, goes through my office. We reach out and gather information from the family on services and express condolences to them on behalf of the institution. I then spread word to the faculty members, members of the president’s council, the deans and those kinds of people when we have
a student pass,” she said. “In doing so, one of the questions that was asked was ‘are we going to have a service here?’ because her funeral service was in Esocabares last week and some people that wanted to go, but couldn’t, wanted to have something for her here,” Compary said.
Jose Rodriguez, General Manager of Newman Hall, contacted Compary when he heard what the students wanted and made the dedication possible for Olivares’ loved ones.
The celebration of the mass, held by Father Romeo Salinas, began at 6 p.m. with Raymond Pendleton as the Altar Server, Kaitlyn Polly as the reader and music by Sneha Thomas, Victor Rodriguez and Thomas Swiere.
Father John Chavaria sent his condolences to Olivares’ friends and family with Salinas as he was not offering the mass.
“She is with us. The mystery is revealed because even though they are not physically with us, she will still make you laugh and cry and continue to teach us to find Christ,” Salinas read.
Maria Chapa, Olivares’ mother, said that she is thankful for what was done for her daughter at TAMUK. “I’m happy because I can feel how everyone loved Jackie. I know she’s with God now and thank you for everything that was made possible.”
After the mass, a memorial reception was held with refreshments as Olivares’ loved ones told stories about her and watched a slideshow video in dedication.