Fr. Sean's Sunday preview
Dear friends in Christ,
This, That & the Other
… Our gospel for this coming Sunday contains one my most favorite phrases of Jesus:
“Duc in altum.”
That’s the Latin translation for “Put out into deep water,” which he says to Simon (Peter). I just love how that sounds –
”Duc in altum.”
It’s a powerful invitation to Simon and the other fishermen to go not only physically deeper into the water for a better catch, but for all of us
to go deeper into our relationship with Christ
. When we stay at the surface level, we don’t experience the richness of the depths of Jesus’ love. Sure, it’s safer and easier to stay in the shallow water, but the Lord invites us to trust in him and go deeper. Do not be afraid to follow him, to trust in him, to go deeper with him. You’ll be amazed at what you’ll catch.
… I’m happy to announce a new ministry for us at CtR. We are now partnering with
Rejoice Parish Counseling
to provide on-campus access to licensed professional counselors to our parishioners. We frequently receive requests for those seeking counseling services that go beyond what our priests and deacons can offer. We’re happy to talk, of course, but there is often a need to go deeper and receive counseling from someone formally trained in the practice, be if
for individual, marriage, family, or youth counseling
. In this day and age there is a real need among the people of God to unpack the vicissitudes of life – be they bad or good or, as is the case for so many of us, somewhere in between. … Rejoice Counseling helps individuals, couples, and families make sense of it all. Perhaps most importantly,
they walk with our parishioners to help them rediscover the light of Christ within themselves and that great sense of hope that only the God of mercy can provide
. Professional counseling, grounded in Catholic doctrinal and moral teachings, can help heal wounds and warm the hearts of the Christian faithful.
… Rejoice Counseling is its own, independent service provider. They work in a number of parishes in the Archdiocese and we’re happy to have them now at CtR. They will have two counselors available at CtR (they’ll see clients here in our office) and they’ll set their own appointment times and rates.
They offer a sliding scale fee depending on income level and family size so that all parishioners in need might be able to take advantage of their services
. To learn more about our new parish counseling services or to schedule an appointment with a counselor, go to
or call 844-295-3167. Counselors from Rejoice will be at all masses this weekend in the narthex with more information.
… Thank you to all who donated to the second collection for Penny, the young mother who was seriously wounded in the shooting in our parking lot last month. More than $10,000 has been collected so far, and if you’d still like to give, we’re happy to accept donations in the parish office. Just put
in the memo line if you are dropping off a check. Thank you for your generosity and most especially for your prayers for her and her family.
… Special note only to the
of the parish – brothers: You know Valentine’s Day is a week from today, right? Don’t forget! This is not an issue for me (thanks be to God), but I don’t want you to end up in the doghouse. And since I’m here to help, let me remind you that the annual Knights of Columbus
Valentine’s Day Dinner and Dance is this Saturday, Feb. 9
in the Parish Hall. It’s only $50 per person and includes all your drinks, dinner, and dancing. That’s quite a deal for only $100 per couple. So bring your significant other to Mass this Saturday and then stay for a great night of fun beginning at 6 p.m. Trust me: You’ll score major brownie points and thus be that much ahead of the game when next Thursday rolls around. You can thank me later.
… There’s still time to join us for the annual
Steps for Students 5K Run/Walk
benefiting Catholic education in the Archdiocese of Galveston-Houston on Saturday, Feb. 16 in downtown Houston. Click the
to register yourself, or you can hit the “snooze” button and stay in bed that morning but still be part of it. It’s a really great family event, so I encourage you to come to run/walk with us, and then enjoy the great party that takes place afterwards. Special thanks to everyone who has made a donation to our team, and please know that it is not too late to do so. If you’d like to make a donation to my team you can follow this
. (Fr. Ralph also has a team, but for some reason I don't seem to know how to link to
page. Oh, well!) It only takes a few minutes to make your pledge safely and securely online. Or if you like, you can give either of us a check or cash in person at Mass or in the office and we'll see that it is credited to our team. And remember, all donations – 100 percent – are returned to us to help support scholarships and other initiatives at our CtR Catholic School. … Lastly and mostly importantly,
God loves you!
… See ya’ at Mass!
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on these upcoming events!
Fr. Sean Horrigan
on Thursday, February 7 at 10:56AM