“…The Laborers are Few”

Dear friends in Christ: This weekend (Saturday) marks my 28th anniversary of priestly ordination! It has been a wonderful 28 years. I have not done everything perfectly and have a long list of mistakes, but I have also learned a lot, grown a lot and have received more blessings than I can count. Since my ordination I was an Assistant Pastor here and at St. Martha’s in Kingwood, Administrator at Queen of Peace, Vice Chancellor for the Archdiocese for 12 years and served as pastor at the Co-Cathedral and for the last nine years here at SJV. Each assignment has brought...

Receiving Grace

Dear friends in Christ: In so many ways, spiritually speaking, this a beautiful time of the year!  Baptisms of adults and Professions of Faith at Easter, First Communions, Confirmations, weddings and ordinations.  That is just a tremendous amount of God’s wonderful grace (notice I avoided saying amazing!).  Indeed, as when any member of the Church grows in God’s grace it is beneficial to all in the Church.  Likewise, when grace is diminished or sin occurs it negatively impacts all in the Body of Christ.  As so many are receiving sacraments and the graces they bestow, we should all seek to grow...

Making “Someday” Today

Dear friends in Christ: You have probably heard the saying at Mass, “Last words are lasting words!” Among the last words that Jesus spoke before he ascended into heaven was his command that we ‘Go make disciples of all nations and teach and baptize’ (Mt 28.19, 20). By virtue of our baptism and by our love of Jesus, each of us is compelled ‘to go and make disciples’. Each of us is called and commissioned by Jesus to share our faith and to help bring others to salvation in Jesus Christ. Admittedly, sometimes we are so busy just trying to fulfill...

Behold our Mother!

Dear friends in Christ: As you probably know, my family’s religious background is somewhat “confused”. My natural father was a non-practicing Catholic, my mother was Baptist and my step-father is a non-observant Jew. I grew up going to a Catholic elementary school and attending the Baptist church and serving as an altar boy in a Catholic church. Got a headache yet? As a result, I did not grow up with the devotional practices and traditions of Catholicism. I never prayed the rosary or attended a novena or invoked the intercession of the saints. In fact, I had family members, good people...

A Work of Love

Dear friends in Christ: What a marvelous Holy Week and Easter!  I know that I say this every year, but it is always true!  What many do not realize is how many people are involved and how much work it takes.  This is true for all churches but in a parish this large, it is especially true.  The work of preparing and “executing” everything is truly a work of love for everyone involved.  While many people see the end results of the liturgies (ceremonies, music, décor etc.), we generally do not pay attention to all the behind the scenes work that...

Joy

Dear friends in Christ: Have you ever wondered Why be Catholic? or What difference does it make if I believe in Jesus or not? Most of us have at one time or another. The answer to these very serious questions is both simple and complex. The answer is TODAY. Why be Catholic? Because of Easter. What difference does Jesus make? Because of Easter. It is the joy of Jesus conquering sin and death through his passion, death and resurrection. Why be Catholic? EASTER JOY! What difference does Jesus make in my life? EASTER JOY! Too often, people confuse or simply do not know...

The Holy Week

Dear friends in Christ: We are beginning the holiest week of the year. This year, as every year, we recall the events of that week 2000 years ago when Jesus triumphantly entered Jerusalem to the cries of exaltation from the crowds and we journey with him to the Last Supper, the agony in the garden, his arrest and torture, and then finally, the journey to Calvary and his crucifixion and death. Increasingly though, Holy Week is not as holy as it used to be for many. If I had to venture a guess, Holy Week is becoming more and more like...

The Curé of Ars Sur Formans

Dear friends in Christ: What a wonderful week! Words cannot express the joy felt by so many in reaching this milestone with the dedication of the altar and the celebrations connected to it. The absolute “icing on the cake” was having Fr. Patrice, the Curé of Ars Sur Formans, with us! What a privilege and delight! There are so many to thank for everything that to begin naming them all would be impossible, so we humbly say Thank You to all who worked so hard and with such love. The job is not done however. Obviously, we still have a little way...

A Welcoming Heart

Dear friends in Christ: Give thanks to the Lord for all of his marvelous blessings! What a joy and privilege we have to offer this work and these sacrifices to the Lord as a sign of our love and thanksgiving for fifty wonderful years as a parish. As we dedicate the altar and the remodeling, we remember and pray for all of those parishioners who have gone before us, both living and deceased, who so tirelessly worked and sacrificed to make our parish the wonderful community of faith that it is today. In a special way, we are so grateful to...

The Dedication of the Altar

Dear friends in Christ: Although construction is not complete, we are blessed to have Cardinal DiNardo with us next Saturday to dedicate our new altar and to bless our renovations. In addition to the Cardinal, our special guest will be Fr. Patrice Antoine Chocholski, the pastor of Ars sur Formans, France, the successor of St. John Vianney. He is bringing with him, for our use at the celebrations, the chalice of St, John Vianney. In this week’s bulletin and on our website will be the list of activities. I hope you and your family will make every effort to join us....