In Memoriam: Deacon Don Senger, 1945 – 2016
Don Senger is survived by his beloved wife, Diane Senger, his son Tony and wife Angelyn, grandchildren Anthony and Amy; daughter Lisa and grandchildren AJ and Emma; daughter Vanessa and son James. He is preceded in death by his parents Charles and Rose, and sister Rosemary. He was beloved by his family and friends and will be missed greatly.
The Funeral Mass was held on Thursday, September 29, 2016 at 10:00 a.m. at St. Theresa Church, with Fr, Stephen B. Reynolds presiding. His place of rest is the Houston National Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, the family has asked that donations be made to the parish in his memory.
St. Theresa’s has lost a kind and dedicated servant whose wisdom, experience and love for our Lord and his Church has been a profound blessing. May we comfort one another with assurances of faith as we grieve the death of our brother, Deacon Don.
Eternal rest grant unto him, O Lord, and let perpetual light shine upon him. Through the mercy of God, may he rest in peace.
The Jubilee Year of Mercy and the Holy Door at Saint Theresa Catholic Church
“We constantly need to contemplate the mystery of mercy. It is a wellspring of joy, serenity, and peace. Our salvation depends on it.
– Pope Francis
On May 15, 2015, Pope Francis announced an extraordinary jubilee, a Holy Year of Mercy from December 8, 2015, the Solemnity of the Immaculate Conception until November 20, 2016, the Sunday dedicated to Christ the King. Pope Francis invites us to think about mercy anew as the “act by which God comes to meet us” but also mercy as the “fundamental law that dwells in the heart of every person who looks sincerely into the eyes of his brothers and sisters on the path of life”.
He invites us to live by this mercy in our parishes and lives, to forgive others as well as to seek reconciliation. He challenges us to understand mercy and justice as “two dimensions of the same reality” on the way of conversion of the sinner towards love.
Cardinal DiNardo has decreed that a Holy Door be opened at specific churches, which will serve also as pilgrimage sites during the Holy Year. Our parish is honored to have been among those selected as pilgrimage sites. Via the Archdiocese of Galveston-Houston:
Pope Francis has declared a Jubilee Year of Mercy to allow us us to focus on and deepen our gratitude for the loving mercy of God. As with all jubilee years, the Year of Mercy will include the use of a Holy Door, a specially designated entrance that has spiritual and symbolic meaning for Catholics.
In this Jubilee Year of Mercy, passing through a Holy Door is part of the pilgrimage that all Catholics are encouraged to make, whether during a trip to Rome or a trip to the cathedrals or specially designated churches in their own dioceses. These pilgrimages come with special graces, and they allow each of us to share in the many blessings of the Holy Year.