Covid-19 News & Updates

Dear Friends in Christ, A few weeks ago, we had a series of severe thunderstorms come through in the middle of the night. Besides the loud claps of thunder there was also quite a bit of lightning. Our campus was struck by some of this lightning which did quite a number on our facilities. Many of our electrical systems were fried. The HVAC, microphones, computers, telephones, fire alarms, irrigation, church bells, lighting and almost everything else electrical were all damaged. We have had repair crews out constantly since that time making repairs and replacing components and wiring that were damaged. Some...

Be the Good!

Dear Friends in Christ: Our long journey continues. As we continue on this path, I want to encourage you not to lose hope and stay strong in your faith. All of us are tired, but God’s mercies are not exhausted. We still rejoice each and every day in His infinite love! Even if we did not have the coronavirus, we would still be in the dog days of summer: Heat and Humidity – a Texas Tradition! I hope that you are staying cool. One of my greatest concerns through all of this is YOU. I am concerned not only for your physical...

Called to be Faithful People

Dear Friends in Christ, This weekend we celebrate Independence Day. It seems odd to celebrate the Fourth of July amidst the Coronavirus pandemic and the incidents of civil unrest that continue to erupt around the country. But we should celebrate our freedom and thank God for the innumerable blessings we enjoy as Americans. It is indisputable that our country is indeed one of the most blessed nations in the history of the world. Few seem to be aware that before President Trump several politicians have used the phrase “Make America Great Again” including Presidents Reagan and Clinton and even Hilary Clinton...

We are believers of the Good News!

Dear friends in Christ: One of my favorite scripture passages is Philippians 4:8. Finally, brothers, whatever is true, whatever is honorable, whatever is just, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is gracious, if there is any excellence and if there is anything worthy of praise, think about these things. I will be the first to admit that I do not always live up to this beautiful advice from St. Paul, but I try to do so. Not just because these words of St. Paul are divinely inspired as is all of Sacred Scripture, but because of the effect this Word of God...

A “Catch All” Letter

Dear Friends in Christ, This is one of those “catch all” letters. First and foremost, please know that you and your loved ones are in my prayers. I pray for your safety and well-being, your health and most especially that you may remain close to Our Lord who loves you so very much. It has been a true burden that we have been unable to open up the church and have everyone come to Mass. It saddens my heart to know that many have been deprived of the sacraments for many weeks now. I would like to invite you again to...

Today’s Test

Dear Friends in Christ, Lately, as we continue to deal with the impact of the coronavirus pandemic of 2020 and the recent social unrest, I have been telling people that this has been a test. In my mind, this is becoming clearer and clearer. How we have been dealing with all of this and the subsequent challenges is revealing who we are and what we really believe. As we remember from our school days, tests reveal how much we have absorbed and understood and how well we can effectively communicate what we have learned about a given subject. Tests reveal our...

Pray, and Pray some more!

Dear Friends in Christ, If you have tried to e-mail me lately, you will have received an automated response informing you that my inbox is full and overflowing. Many of our parishioners have been very generous in sharing their concerns, opinions and advice with me. I am thankful that so many wish to communicate with me, however for every person who advocates one thing, there is another person advocating the exact opposite. Back in March when activities and liturgies were suspended, there were a lot of e-mails, letters and such and then it decreased a little, but it never stopped. In...

Open your Hearts Today

Dear Friends in Christ, What an absolute joy it was to once again have the church officially open for Masses last weekend. The crowds were small and we were well within the 50% capacity of our big church, but it was wonderful nonetheless. People were very respectful of social distancing and there did not appear to be any difficulties. Thank you to all of our wonderful parishioners who came to Mass. We will continue the practice of social distancing with non-household members maintaining a social distance of six feet (two empty seats). Every other pew will continue to be roped off....

The Great Commission

This weekend we observe the Solemnity of the Ascension of our Lord into heaven. In our Gospel reading at Mass, we hear the Great Commission that Jesus gives to his disciples. “All power in heaven and earth has been given to me. Go, therefore, and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, teaching them to observe all that I have commanded you. And behold, I am with you always until the end of the age.” (Mt. 28.20). These words are always relevant but even more...

The Prayers of the Mass

How have you been using this time of the Stay at Home order? While all of us just want things to get back to normal, this can be a time for us to use wisely or we can use it poorly. Probably for most of us, it has been a little bit of both. No doubt there has been some stress, maybe some anxiety and some challenges to our coping well with things. Maybe the first few weeks, we were able to be attentive to things but as time passes, it may be getting more difficult. That is certainly understandable....