Bazaar is Here!

Dear Friends in Christ: Well, it is here. Today is our annual parish bazaar! Believe it or not, it is already a huge success! That is because so many have already done such a wonderful job in preparing everything so that all of us can have a great day! Last year we had over 1300 volunteers! That was an incredible feat, especially given the fact that we had to postpone and move the date due to Hurricane Harvey and the floods. Our bazaar is the largest single event in our parish for it is the one time of the year that...

The Four Last Things

Dear Friends in Christ: What do you want out of life? A big question, I know. But really, what is it that you want out of this life for yourself, your spouse, your children, and all those you love? Health? Happiness? Prosperity? Fame? All of the above? Do you really know? Do you ever think about it? If so, how often? Is your answer heaven? It should be. There is nothing else and nothing less than eternal life with God that gives our lives ultimate meaning and purpose. If you read this and think to yourself, “Well, of course, but there is so...

Did you know…

We have a nursery that provides care for little ones at the 9:30, a.m. 11:00 a.m. 12:30 p.m. and 2:00 p.m. Masses every Sunday? SJV has faith formation and bible study opportunities for adults on Sunday, Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday mornings and evenings? We have social, prayer and support groups for singles, marrieds, men and women, Young Adults, Seniors and In-Betweens? That if you come in late for Mass you should always use the side aisles? Confessions are heard on Saturdays at 10:00 a.m. and 4:00 p.m. in the Chapel (old church)? Our Young Children’s Program (YCP) teaches and cares for 150 little precious...

Sharing the Good News

Dear Friends in Christ: What does it mean to follow Jesus? There are three important ingredients that we all need in order to follow Jesus in our daily lives. Prayer and the sacraments Doing good (not just avoiding the bad) and Sharing the Good News! Do you pray? Do you pray with your spouse and with your family? How often do you pray? Is your prayer heartfelt or halfhearted? Is your prayer sincere and intentional or superficial and rote? Do you pray just to “get stuff” from God or do you pray to give glory and praise to God? Prayer is the oxygen...

The Way, the Truth and the Life

Dear Friends in Christ: I always try to avoid using Styrofoam cups and plates. I am not 100% successful and sometimes one does not have choice, but I do avoid them when I can. What bothers me about them is not just the cost (you are literally throwing money away) but what they represent. We live in a throw away culture. It is not just plastic cups and plates, but it is ideas, traditions, values and ultimately people that are too easily discarded and abandoned for the sake of convenience or ease. Too often we trash things that we simply do...

There is a Place for You

Dear Friends in Christ: Well is this it! Today we kick off our Religious Education program for Youth as well as starting up our Adult Formation programs and so many other ministries and programs. There is literally something for everyone. In fact, we have so many programs that I cannot list them all here, but you can find them on our website. We also have opportunities to help the poor through Social Service Ministries, to serve in the Liturgy, to participate in social activities through Parish Life and to care spiritually for our parishioners through Pastoral Care. There are opportunities for...

Strides Toward Recovery

Dear Friends in Christ: What a year! We continue to pray for all of those who are still affected by Hurricane Harvey and the floods. In addition to the trauma of losing their homes and all of their possessions, they have also had to deal with the mental anguish of trying to figure out what to do, where to live, and how to pay for things. Then, there is the stress of attempting to deal with the various government agencies and insurance companies, contractors and builders while trying to replace their material possessions. Even with all of this on their shoulders,...

Turn to the Lord First

Dear Friends in Christ: By now, most, if not all of us, have heard the horrible and disturbing news concerning the revelations of former Cardinal Theodore McCarrick and the report of the grand jury in Pennsylvania concerning how the various dioceses in that state handled allegations of sexual abuse of minors by clergy in the past. This is all extremely sad and upsetting and the details are gut wrenching. I know that many of you are angry, hurt and disappointed, and that is just the tip of the emotional iceberg. I can assure you that you are not alone and that...

The Glory of Creation

Dear Friends in Christ: I am writing this letter a couple of weeks ahead of time. As I write it, I am looking out to beautiful snowcapped mountains near Glacier View, Alaska. I am honored to be up here for the wedding of a former altar boy from my time at Sacred Heart. The scenery is breathtaking. It is a gorgeous day with brilliant sunshine. There was a light frost this morning and I couldn’t help but think of the heat in Houston. This morning I took in a little hiking. Although I am not too much of an outdoorsman, it...

A Family Celebration!

Dear Friends in Christ: What a great Feast Day of St. John Vianney! For those who missed it, we had a wonderful Solemn Mass where our choir sang beautifully and the altar servers and liturgical ministers performed their sacred duties with great reverence. We were blessed to have Fr. Jonathan Raia concelebrate the mass. Fr. Jonathan is a son of the parish and a priest in the Diocese of Austin. We were doubly blessed that I was able to present our newest seminarian from the parish, Michael Noriega. Michael will be leaving next week to begin his theological and philosophical studies...