Solemnity – Immaculate Conception of the Blessed Virgin Mary
Holy Day of Obligation
December 8, 2017
Thursday, December 7
6:00 p.m. Vigil Mass
Friday, December 8
Evening Prayer (Vespers) – 6:30 p.m.
7:00 p.m. (español)
The Parish office will be closed Friday, December 8, 2017. We will re-open Monday, December 11, 2017.
As we begin this new liturgical year, our readings stir us to conversion in preparation for the Lord’s coming. St. Mark will be our primary Evangelist this year, just as St. Matthew was in the year that just passed. His Gospel is marked with unadorned vocabulary and striking frankness. His final word in today’s Gospel is a fittingly concise theme for the Advent season: “Watch!”
I once again take this opportunity to thank all of those who have contributed and pledged to our Capital Campaign, “A Living Sacrifice Holy and Acceptable to God.” Though the main/public phase has come to an end, we will continue to provide updates and celebrate milestones as they occur over the next three years, the “collection period.”
You will also notice the financial figures associated with the capital campaign and our current financial position, as far as debt, are now being published on page 9, together with our offertory and Diocesan Services Fund (DSF) data. We hope this contributes to the spirituality of sacrifice and stewardship in the parish, while bolstering our commitment to financial transparency.
It is still not too late to join the hundreds of families who have given and sacrificed for the good of the local and wider church. Please contact us if you have any questions or would like to make a Campaign pledge.
With gratitude for your charity and praying that this Advent season brings you many opportunities for deeper conversion, I am
Sincerely yours in Christ,
Rev. Eurel Manzano
Great news: we are more than 60% of the way to meeting our Diocesan Services Fund (DSF) goal for 2017! 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.