Fr. Sean's Sunday preview
Dear friends in Christ,
This, That & the Other
… Our Gospel on this 3rd Sunday of Ordinary Time this weekend begins, appropriately enough, at the beginning. We’ll hear
the first four verses from Ch. 1 of St. Luke
(and then, oddly enough, an additional seven verses from Ch. 4 is tacked on to it). St. Luke is my favorite of the four gospels. He includes nearly all of the great miracle stories from Jesus’ life. If you are looking to
jump start your dive into the Sacred Scriptures
, you might consider reading two chapters a day from St. Luke. You’ll be finished in less than two weeks and you’ll get a beautiful overview of the life of our Lord. Give it a try!
… We kick-off
Catholic Schools Week
this weekend and you’ll see students from our CtR Catholic School in uniform at all the masses.
, our school principal, and a student will speak briefly at the end of mass to give you a snapshot of the many great things happening on our campus. They’ll be an information table in the narthex and we encourage you to take time to discover
the blessing of a Catholic school education for your children or grandchildren
. Help us spread the word in the community and invite others to “come and see” all that CtR Catholic School has to offer. We’re in our fifth year now with more than 425 children, but we have room for more in all grades. All are welcome! … There is an
Open House next Thursday, Jan. 31 from 10 a.m. – 1 p.m.
where prospective parents can visit with the administration and see all that CtR Catholic School has to offer. We also offer school tours weekly if you can’t make to the Open House. See the link for more information on the school website.
… Speaking of Catholic education, we’re happy to welcome
Fr. Jonathan Mitchican
, Chaplain of St. John XXIII College Preparatory, and
Fr. Steve Sellers
, President of St. John XXIII, to CtR this weekend. They’ll be filling in for me at the 5 p.m. Saturday and 7 a.m. Sunday masses. … I’ll be out of the office all next week, so there will be no
This, That, and the Other
on Jan. 31.
(Try to contain yourselves!)
It will return the following week on Feb. 7. … Fr. Steve helps us on a regular basis, of course, but this is Fr. Jonathan’s first visit to CtR so please make him feel at home. We have more than 20 students from CtR enrolled at St. John XXIII.
… I’m happy to report good news concerning the young mother who was seriously wounded in the domestic violence shooting in our parking lot last week. She is recovering from surgery, and though she has a long road ahead of her, it seems she is going to be OK.
She and her family are grateful for our prayers
. We are taking up a collection to assist her family in her medical expenses. We’ll have baskets available
weekend, Feb. 2-3
(there is already a second collection this weekend for the Church in Latin America), but you can drop off or mail a check to the office at any time. Just put
(her name) in the memo line.
… This Saturday, Jan. 26 we are hosting an
meeting at 10 a.m. in the Parish Office (Room 111). It’s open to all who’d like to know more about what an annulment is all about. If you or someone you know has a previous marriage, be it in the Church or civil, and is interested in one day marrying again in the Church (or possibly having your civil marriage regularized in the Church), then please come. We’ll have a representative of the Archdiocesan Tribunal on hand to
answer all your questions
. There is a lot of misinformation about what a Declaration of Nullity (i.e., an annulment) is or isn’t, and what all it involves. Come get the facts and let us help you on that journey.
… I close with a heads-up about an announcement that will be forthcoming next week. As
said in the fall, the Archdiocese of Galveston-Houston will join with the other dioceses of Texas to release the name of those priests who have been credibly accused of sexual abuse of a minor dating back to 1950. That will happen next week. It will be a sad day for the church, but I support the Texas bishops in making these names public. It is long overdue and a necessary step toward full accountability and transparency. The Church has made great strides in terms of safeguarding the most vulnerable over the past 15 years, but it most confront its past to be able to move forward in truth. We’ll have information about the list on our parish website
when it is made public, and I’ll address it at all masses next weekend. ... I ask for your prayers this week in advance of the release and in the days to come.
Please remember the victims
of such abuse foremost in your prayers. They need to be at the top of everyone’s prayer list. Secondly, I ask for your prayers for all the good priests who continue to minister to the faithful. Both Fr. Ralph and I love our vocation and though we, like you, are heartbroken over such sins that have been committed, we nonetheless find great joy in serving you and the Church. Our faith is not in any pope, bishop, or priest.
It is in Jesus Christ
alone, and in him we will find the healing and hope to rid the church of this scourge, to do penance, and to go forth in the light of Gospel.
… Lastly and mostly importantly,
God loves you!
… See ya’ at Mass!
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Fr. Sean Horrigan
on Thursday, January 24 at 6:34PM