Dear Parishioners, Friends, Visitors, and Passers-by,
This Lent, we walked with 19 of our fellow parishioners whom the Lord God called to the saving waters of Baptism. Today, they are baptized, confirmed Catholics who have tasted the heavenly food of Christ’s Body and Blood in Holy Communion. Today, they are family – in the truest sense of the term. Thank you for coming together as a parish family to support them. And thank you for celebrating the Resurrection of Our Lord Jesus Christ with us today.
As we look back at the history of our salvation, culminating in the light and power of the Resurrection, I hope you see God’s relentless desire to make you part of his family. From Adam in the Garden, to the Prophets of ancient Israel, from the Silent Night of the Nativity to the Silence of the Cross, God constantly showed us that He wants nothing to stand between Him and his children. Especially sin and death. And so the Church continues to proclaim that saving truth, dispensing the sacraments so that we might experience even today the lengths God is willing to go to keep his family together.
Every family experiences trials, of course. Some bear the wounds of deep pain and loss, dysfunction and separation. Looking around church today, you may see Sunday regulars, every day devotees, infrequent visitors, or even first-time guests. What I hope you see, too, is that God wants each of us, even amidst estrangement and sin, to be part of his family.
We can only see this by spending time with the source of our unity, God himself. If you are not yet in a habit of prayer, start today. Visit our [newly renovated] Emmaus Chapel on 7th and Wood Street (near the baseball fields) and sit in silence before the Blessed Sacrament. Set up a specific spot in your home or room. Take a few moments to go over your day, hour by hour, with Him. Then listen.
Don’t worry about getting personal prayer “right” – especially if it’s been a while. It took the Apostles a good while too. Just know that, being a good Father, God delights in simply spending time with you. Bring Him your problems and distractions. Know that nothing can stand between God and his beloved children. Easter reminds us of that fact.
If you have questions or need assistance in growing in your faith, preparing yourself or someone you know for Baptism, Confirmation, First Holy Communion, Marriage in the Church, Confession, Anointing of the Sick, or faith formation, please let us know. Give us a call at 281-494-1156 or contact us via our website.
“This is the day the Lord has made; let us rejoice and be glad.” We rejoice that the Lord is faithful. We are confident of his superabundant mercy. We are a people to whom the Lord has given a hope that will never disappoint. By his grace and in his blood, we are family. Wishing you a joyous Easter Season, I am
Yours in the Risen Christ,
Father Eurel Manzano
Thank you to all who completed our initial planning survey. A comprehensive final report will be presented to leadership the week of April 17. We will, of course, share the findings with the entire parish. Your input, participation and support will help us make prudent decisions as we move forward. If you have questions, you are welcome to contact me at any time.
With gratitude for your gracious support, I am
Sincerely yours in Christ,
Rev. Eurel Manzano
Great news! We exceeded our goal for the 2016 Diocesan Services Fund by more than $50,000! Half of those funds which exceed our goal go back to our parish, while the other half goes to the Aid to Poor Parishes Fund of the Archdiocese. To all who helped make this past year’s DSF a smashing success for our parish: Thank you!
If you’d to make a pledge for this year’s Diocesan Services Fund (2017), please do so now! There are over 60 ministries in the Archdiocese of Galveston-Houston that depend upon your continued support.