Fr. Sean's Sunday preview
Dear friends in Christ,
This, That & the Other
… Merry Christmas! This great season of joy reaches its zenith this Sunday with the Solemnity of the Epiphany of the Lord. The magi from the East come to pay homage to the newborn king. Let us do the same as we begin this new year. We bring not gold, frankincense, or myrrh, but our hearts and hands. May the
“Star of Wonder, Star of Light”
guide us always!
… After the Christmas break we get back into the swing of things with several ministries resuming this coming week.
Religious Education classes are back in session
beginning this Sunday and throughout the coming week. Parents, please recommit yourself and your children to make attending RE class a priority in 2019. Right alongside of RE, of course, is attendance at Mass. Far too many of our students come to class, but when asked what Mass they attend, they simply shrug their shoulders. That’s because they are not coming, and I assume that if the kids are not coming it’s because parents are not coming. Let’s make the Lord’s Day a priority. Come to worship, come to give thanks, come to receive His body and blood – but come!
… We have a special focus on
as this new year unfolds. The domestic church in the home is only as strong as the love of husbands and wives, so I invite all married couples to seek out new ways to strengthen the bond of your communion. … One beautiful way is through our ministry known as
Teams of Our Lady
. ToOL, as it is often called, is an international apostolate for married couples – one of the ministries you can do together. We have a number of ToOL teams active in the parish and new ones are being formed. Come to an information meeting tomorrow, Friday, Jan. 4 at 7 p.m. in Room 112 to find out more. … In addition we have a day-long
Couples Retreat coming up on Saturday, Jan. 19
at Camp Allen, about 40 miles west of CtR. Give your marriage the gift of a day away together in prayer and community with others living out this beautiful sacrament. See the link for more information and to register.
… Another wonderful way to put your faith in action through Stewardship in 2019 is by becoming a
Eucharistic Minister of Holy Communion
(EMHC). These are parishioners – just like you! – who help distribute the Body and Blood of Christ at Mass every week. It’s a beautiful and humbling ministry that none of us are worthy of, yet God calls us to assist one another in partaking of this great gift. We’ll give you
all the training you need this coming Monday, Jan. 7 at 6:30 p.m. in the church
, and then the Lord will provide you the grace to carry it out. He’s just waiting on your response of “Here I am, Lord. I come to do your will.” Join us!
… It’s not too early to start thinking about
Steps for Students
, the annual 5K walk/run in downtown Houston benefitting Catholic education. CtR always has one of the biggest teams, and this year,
registration is a breeze
. They’ve streamlined the process greatly this year – it took me only about three minutes to sign-up. It’s a great family event, really well organized, and a whole lot of fun for a great cause. I look forward to it every year and hope you’ll join me on Saturday, Feb. 16. See the link for more information and to register.
… A special shout-out to
who is the Plant Whisperer at CtR. Her gift of Stewardship is to tend to the greenery in the church and she’s done yeoman duty in keeping our poinsettias looking fresh throughout the Christmas season. It’s not easy to get them to last this long with so little natural light. Thank you, Liz! (By the way, did you know that Liz’s last name is worth 41 points in Scrabble? Those Z’s add up!) … Lastly and mostly importantly,
God loves you!
… See ya’ at Mass!
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on these upcoming events!
Fr. Sean Horrigan
on Thursday, January 3 at 6:16PM