Come and See!

Dear Friends in Christ: So much to say and so little space and so little time! We are fast approaching the end of the Liturgical Year. Next Sunday is the Solemnity of Christ the King - the last Sunday of the Liturgical Year - and then we begin a new year with the First Sunday of Advent on December 1. As we approach Advent we should remember that as Catholics we are called to be “salt and light” (Mt 5). During this season of preparation we need to live it as a season of preparation for “the celebration of the birth...

When a Loved one Dies

Dear Friends in Christ: The death of loved one is something all of us will face.  There are numerous practical issues with which we must deal.  Pre-need planning is a prudent thing to do, not only in regards to a will and financial arrangements but with a funeral director and also the parish.  It is important that all family members know, understand and respect the teachings of our Catholic Faith in regards to the death of a loved one.  At the time of death, the parish should be notified.  With the funeral directors, a day and time will be set for...

Life is Changed not Ended

November is the month in which we, as Catholics, traditionally remember and pray for our beloved dead. We offer masses, visit cemeteries and pray for the souls in purgatory. Our prayers for the dead are a spiritual work of mercy and an expression of our faith in Christ’s promise of eternal life. The manner in which we care for our dead is a corporal work of mercy, reflecting the dignity of the human body and the preciousness of the gift of life. As families have become smaller in size and more mobile there are some new changes and challenges that...

Kerygma, Didache and Liturgy

Life is busy and can be very complicated. For too many of us, we can get so busy about so many things that we can easily forget or overlook the essentials. The Great Commission that Jesus gives to the Church is our primary mission statement. We are to “Go, make disciples of all nations!” Frequently, we can forget that this is the essential mission of who we are and what we are supposed to be about. To be a Catholic is to be in the disciple making business! All of us are called to preach and proclaim the saving message...

Marriage, Family and Vocations

This week we welcome Fr. Tim Mouton, C.S.C. to St. John Vianney. Father Tim is Associate Vocation Director for the Congregation of the Holy Cross and is assigned to the University of Notre Dame where he is also the chaplain to the ND baseball team! Fr. Tim is a native Houstonian and was baptized, made his First Holy Communion and was an Altar Server here at SJV! As a matter of full disclosure, I have known Fr. Tim his entire life! His fantastic parents, Paula and Marty and I went to college together. I have known his extended family for...

Bazaar: Bringing Together our Parish Community

Dear Friends in Christ: This Sunday we host our annual Parish Bazaar. The history of bazaars, festivals, feasts, fiestas, etc., is actually quite interesting. While many may consider these types of celebrations as merely fundraisers, the actual history is quite different. The idea of a festival extends back to harvest festivals and they actually predate Christianity. These celebrations were practiced in many ancient religions and cultures. The celebrations in Judaism were eventually absorbed and appropriated by the Church. We see the antecedents of our Christian feasts in the various harvest feasts that evolved into religious feasts celebrated in Judaism. There are...

Your Participation is Needed!

Dear Friends in Christ: As you have read in the bulletin, heard in church and received information in the mail, the Archdiocese of Galveston-Houston is in the midst of the IGNITE Capital Campaign to raise $150 million in needed funds to address current and future needs of our archdiocese. This effort initiated by Cardinal DiNardo was planned and actually begun prior to Hurricane Harvey. But with the hurricane and floods, the campaign was suspended and the priorities of the campaign were realigned. As we all know, many of our archdiocesan parishes, like so many people in our area suffered greatly from...

Making Outreach Our Priority

Dear Friends in Christ: On a recent Saturday morning, nearly 150 of our parish leaders met for the annual State of the Parish presentation. At the gathering the 2019 Annual Report for the parish was presented. You can read it here. This report contains the facts and figures of the parish including our financial report for the fiscal year 2018-19. It also highlights several important events and accomplishments of the past year. The bottom line is this – while our parish has been impacted over the last few years by the downturn in the energy industry, our construction project, the road...

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,...