Fr. Sean's Sunday preview
Dear friends in Christ,
This, That & the Other
… In this second week of Lent we are invited up the mountain with Peter, James, and John as we hear the stirring account of the
Transfiguration of Jesus
in the presence of Moses and Elijah. This is always one of my favorite biblical passages, and you can see it depicted in one of the stained-glass windows in the church. It shows how Jesus is the fulfillment of the law (Moses) and the prophets (Elijah), yet fear strikes the disciples and they don’t quite grasp what is happening.
What fear is keeping us from recognizing the Lord in our own lives?
Do we hear God’s voice? What might we need to let go of in this Lenten season to be able to recognize Jesus at work in our lives?
… I think the Knights of Columbus were a little fearful that the first week of the Lenten Fish Fry would be a bit slow because of the start of Spring Break. Well,
the power of fish triumphed over the power of vacation
because they served 1,534 dinners last Friday. Though a bit rusty, the team quickly found its groove and all were served in a timely manner. Thank you Knights! They are back for Week 2 this Friday from 4:30 – 7:30 p.m. in the Parish Hall. … The Ladies Auxiliary does a great job alongside of the Knights and we’re appreciative of all their hard work, too. Plus, they’ll be raffling off a pair of
tickets to see George Strait
this Sunday. Only 250 chances are being sold at $20 a ticket and the drawing will be Friday evening. It’s a great opportunity to support the Auxiliary and get a chance to see King George at his sold-out show.
… I invite you to special celebration of the
Stations of the Cross
this Friday. March 15, at 7 p.m. in the Church. We are joining with all parishes in the Archdiocese of Galveston-Houston to offer
“The Way of the Cross: An Evening of Prayer for Healing and Purification of the Church.”
… Cardinal DiNardo desires to be united in prayer with all the faithful of the Archdiocese so that in this time of great sorrow for the Church, we may look to the Cross of Jesus Christ to bring about transformation and healing, particularly for those who have suffered abuse from the Church’s ministers over the years. … The Cardinal will lead the Stations of the Cross at 7 p.m. in the Co-Cathedral of the Sacred Heart, and we at CtR, along with all other parishes, will conduct a service in unison at the same time so that the entire Archdiocese might be one in prayer. …
The public witness of the Church at prayer is powerful
. May our prayers offered to God draw us into closer union with the suffering of Christ on the Cross, and may it foster a spirit of healing and hope for all of God's people.
… On Sunday, come hungry and join us for our annual
St. Joseph’s Altar Luncheon and Bake Sale after the 9 and 11 a.m. masses.
We’ll start with the blessing of the altar, which will be beautifully decorated with all manner of baked goods and treats, at 10:30 a.m. (following the 9 a.m. Mass), and then the serving line will be open continuously until 1:30 p.m. It’s a feast for the eyes and stomach! … Dinners are $7 for adults and $4 for children, while kids three and under eat free/ All proceeds from the dinner and bake sale go to benefit Cypress Assistance Ministries. It’s become a beloved tradition here at CtR each March to honor the feast day of St. Joseph, patron saint of Italy, and the ladies of the parish do a great job of making it a wonderful event for the whole parish.
… Be sure to view the video below from our series entitled
“Stories of Encounter”
where CtR parishioners relate how they came to experience Christ. It's wonderful to see the many ways the Lord speaks to us in our lives. This month we visit with
, a mom, lector, and chair of our Respect Life Committee. Like many of us she had a tough time (being away from home, roommate troubles, etc.) when she first started college. But she sought refuge in Mass, and it was there in the chapel one day that she truly encountered the love and peace that Christ brings to those who are struggling. Watch Kerry's video and read her story online as she shares when she truly encountered Christ.
How have you encountered Christ?
… Lastly and most importantly,
God loves you!
… See ya’ at Mass!
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Fr. Sean Horrigan
on Thursday, March 14 at 2:01PM