Sixth Sunday of Easter

Dear friends in Christ: It now seems like so long ago but it is still Easter. This Sunday is the 6th Sunday of Easter! May we never cease to rejoice in our Risen Lord, Jesus Christ. Still, even in the midst of Easter joy there is no escaping the reality of this tragic coronavirus saga. Hopefully, we are at or near the backside of this pandemic and will soon be able to approach, once again, our daily activities without fear or worry. In our area of west Houston we have been extremely fortunate and blessed in that there have been very...

Be Not Afraid

Dear Friends in Christ, First and foremost, Happy Mothers’ Day to all of our moms! While this is a most peculiar year and time to celebrate, we cannot fail to remember and thank God for the gift of our mothers. My dearest sisters, please know of our deep appreciation for you, not just for all of the many ways in which you care for us and show us your love, but for you as you! May God in His love continue to bless you and may you always know of the intercession of Mary, our Blessed Mother and follow her example...

Keep the Lord’s Day Holy

Dear Friends in Christ, While we still cannot meet for Sunday Mass, please remember to keep the Lord’s Day holy by praying the Liturgy of the Word together as a family tomorrow at your regular Mass time. We will resume weekday Masses on Monday, May 4. Masses will be at 9:00 am, 12:10 noon and 7:00 pm in the church. Confessions will be heard 20 minutes before each Mass in the cry rooms. Until we can all meet on Sunday, please consider coming to one of the 15 daily weekday Masses. When coming to church, please remember to observe the health protocols. For more information, please...

Phase I of Reopening to Begin May 4th

In compliance with Governor Abbott’s order and Cardinal DiNardo’s instruction, St. John Vianney Parish will once again be open beginning Monday, May 4, 2020. The Adoration Chapel will continue to remain open 24/7. The church and the chapel will continue to be open from 7:00 am until 8:00 pm. Regular office hours will resume May 4, (Mon - Fri 8:30 am - 5:00 pm). Weekday Masses will resume on Monday, May 4, 2020. Weekday Masses will follow the Lenten schedule (Mon - Fri 9:00 am, 12:10 pm, 7:00 pm) through the month of May. Confessions will be heard 20 minutes preceding the weekday Masses and on...

What Will Separate us from the Love of Christ?

Dear Friends in Christ, In some ways around here, it seems like Easter was a turning point as we deal with this pandemic. Here at the parish, we were building up to and trying to cope just to get through Easter. The Feast of Easter is central to our liturgical and faith lives. In turn, Lent, Holy Week and Easter have also impacted how we have adjusted to the shutdown caused by the Coronavirus. Above all else, please know that you continue to be and are very much in my thoughts and prayers. In spite of the many and great challenges...

Do We Recognize our Risen Lord?

Dearest friends in Christ: Jesus Christ is risen, He is truly risen! Alleluia! What has this experience of dealing with the coronavirus taught you so far? What blessings have you received that you are most thankful for? For many, it is impossible to see any blessings or benefit from the experience that we find ourselves in at this time. Suffering, death, fear, disruption, financial ruin, shortages, cancellations, social distancing, alienation, stress, stay at home orders, quarantines and so much more – how can anyone find good or blessings in that? For us as Catholics and for many other Christians, there has...

The Holiest Days of the Year

My dear brothers and sisters in Christ, We are entering the holiest days of the year. While concern for each other due to the coronavirus is keeping us apart and from celebrating the liturgies together, it cannot keep us from praying and keeping these days holy. I ask that every family observe these holy days with a reverence and seriousness as you perhaps have not done before. Not being able to come together is indeed a great sadness and wound to our hearts. There are some who fear that many will lose their faith during this time or their faith may...

Beginning our Holy Week

Dear Friends in Christ, This is going to be a Holy Week and Easter unlike any other that we have experienced in our lifetimes, so let’s not waste it! While indeed there is great sadness for those who are suffering and further sadness that we cannot gather together as the family of the Church, we are still the Church: The People of God, The Body of Christ. This is still Holy Week, the holiest week of the year. We continue even in the midst of the pandemic of COVID-19, to recall Jesus’ triumphal entry into Jerusalem, his preaching in the...

Together in Prayer

Dear Friends in Christ, "I give thanks to my God at every remembrance of you praying always with joy in my every prayer for all of you, because of your partnership for the gospel from the first day until now. I am confident of this, that the one who began the good work in you will continue to complete it until the day of Christ Jesus. It is right that I should think this way about all of you, because I hold you in my heart, you who are all partners with me in grace, both in my imprisonment and in...

Jesus is with us: Solemnity of the Annunciation

Dear Friends in Christ: Laudetur Jesus Christus! Nunc et aeternum! Praised be Jesus Christ! Now and forever! Today, March 25 is the Solemnity of the Annunciation. It is now exactly nine months before Christmas Day! Today, we recall and remember the visit and the message of the angel Gabriel to the Virgin Mary in Nazareth (Lk 1:26-38). On that inconspicuous day in that hidden away place, the life of that young Jewish woman changed. On that day, the entire world and all of history changed too. In announcing to Mary that she was to conceive and bear a son as the prophets had...