Important Reminders

Dear Friends in Christ: At my desk, I keep a running list of topics that I would like to write about in these weekly letters. Sadly, the lists only gets longer as I never seem to have enough time to get to everything. With that being said, I will take this opportunity to use this week’s letter as a reminder of some important topics in a lighting round fashion. Each of these topics could easily be an entire letter. Buckle up because here we go! Spiritual Life. Keep up with your spiritual life. Pray every day, come to Mass every Sunday and...

The Truth of the Eucharist

Dear Friends in Christ: In the news this summer was a recent study by the Pew Research Center. One of the findings in their report was how few Catholics understand the Church’s teaching on the Eucharist. Indeed over the last fifty years, for lots and lots of reasons, there has been a growing confusion among Catholics about this truth and central teaching of our faith. Simply put, we believe Jesus when he says “My flesh is real food and my blood is real drink! (Jn 6) and “This is My Body …This is My Blood.” (Mt 26, Mk 14, Lk 22,...

Answering the Call

Dear Friends in Christ: This is the first weekend of our Religious Education for Youth. We have kicked off our Adult Formation sessions as well. Additionally, we have started off another year of the St. Anne Society for Mothers of Young Children, St. Monica’s Society, The Women’s Club, The Joyful Women, That Man Is You, Prayer Groups, Dinners for 8, Young Adults, Mission Teams, Bridge, Community Garden, Knights of Columbus, Cana Experience, Youth Ministry, First Friday Breakfasts, Boy Scouts, Liturgical Ministries, Parish Pilgrimages, ESL, tutoring, Ministry to the Sick, Parish Life outings, Monthly Parish Dinners and tons of other happenings around...

The Blessings Exceeded the Waters

Dear Friends in Christ: This week marked the two year anniversary of Hurricane Harvey and the flooding that followed. For most Houstonians, this is but a memory of a terrible event that affected our city. For others it was a horrible time when they saw their homes flooded, the possessions of a lifetime lost, followed by a test of patience (and sanity) and the trial of rebuilding. There are many, however, including many in this parish, for whom the nightmare has yet to end. After two years they have not yet been able to return to their homes, they are still...

How You can Make a Difference

Dear Friends in Christ: Even though the heat is going to be around for a bit longer, summertime is coming to an end. That means things are really picking up around the parish. Obviously, the program that touches the most parish families is our Religious Education for Youth (CCE). We are blessed to have over 1300 children involved in our Religious Education program, each child learning and growing in the love of God. We are also blessed with hundreds of great and devoted catechists and helpers in addition to our dedicated staff. Yet with all of these wonderful servant disciples, did...

The Importance of Forming Disciples

Dear Friends in Christ: This weekend after each of our Masses we will have registration for our Religious Education program for our school children and youth. This is vital and absolutely essential to our Church and to the youth. Jesus commanded us in his last moment before ascending to the Father to “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!” (Mt 28:19-20) This obligation is indeed a serious one that cannot be taken lightly....

Be 100% Catholic

Dear Friends in Christ: I certainly hope that you enjoyed the wonderful feast day celebrations. My sincere thanks to all who helped make it a wonderful success; those involved with the liturgies and those involved in the festivities, (cooking, serving, entertainment, cleaning, etc.). To all of you my sincere thanks and appreciation. Yet the feast has not ended as we are still in the midst of offering our 5000 hours of adoration and 10,000 rosaries for the intentions of our parish. Please come and be part of our offering of prayer. In last week’s bulletin, I mentioned four actions we are embarking...

Outreach, Engagement, Discipleship, Leadership

Dear Friends in Christ: Happy Feast Day!  This weekend, we celebrate the feast of St. Jean Marie Vianney, Curé (pastor) of Ars and our heavenly patron to whom our parish is dedicated.  Today, as always, we seek his intercession and prayers to help us on our earthly pilgrimage.  In today’s Collect Prayer, we pray, “Almighty and Merciful God, who made the priest St. John Vianney wonderful in his pastoral zeal, grant, we pray that through his intercession and example we may in charity win brothers and sisters for Christ!”   Oh, how we need God’s wonderful grace to do this even more...

Feast Day Prayer Intentions

Dear Friends in Christ: Next Sunday, we celebrate the feast of our heavenly patron, St. John Vianney. We are also celebrating the 53rd anniversary of the founding of our parish. For the feast day, we will of course have mass, and after the 9:30, 11:00, 12:30 and 2:00 masses we will have an old fashioned parish cook out! There will be entertainment, food and fun for everyone! It will all be free. Beginning on the Feast day, we will then begin ten special days of prayer. We hope to offer 5,000 hours of Eucharistic Adoration and 10,000 rosaries in thanksgiving for...

Responsible Stewardship

Dear Friends in Christ: With June 30, the parish ended the fiscal year. We are still in the process of closing out the books for the month, the quarter and the year. Final numbers should be in shortly. As in the past, we will give financial figures and other data in our Annual Report to the parish in the Fall. This report will be posted on the website for all interested parishioners. The good news is that we are in the black financially. This was not a given. As I have informed the parish...