“Out from the Darkness” Choral Concert – Friday, April 24

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The combined St. Theresa Parish and School Children’s choirs will present a program of choral repertoire entitled “Out from the Darkness” featuring Handel’s “Messiah” and Gabriel Fauré’s “Requiem”. Admission is free and open to the public. Bring your friends and family to this wonderful event which will kick off the St. Theresa World Bazaar weekend!

Details:
Friday, April 24th 2015
7:30pm-8:45pm
St. Theresa Catholic Church
St. Theresa Schola Cantorum and Flos Cantuum combined choir

Morning of Recollection for Women

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The ladies of the parish are invited to a morning of prayer on Tuesday, April 21, from 10:00 a.m. until noon in the daily Mass chapel. The day includes adoration of the Blessed Sacrament, preached meditations, time for private prayer, and the opportunity for confession.

Free childcare is available. Please call by noon Monday to reserve a spot for your children: 281-545-2771.

This Summer: EVEREST Vacation Bible School

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Embark on an icy expedition where kids overcome obstacles with God’s awesome power. Anchor kids in rock-solid Bible truths that will guide them through life’s challenges.

VBS at St. Theresa will be July 27-31 from 9:00AM-12:15PM each day, with registration opening early this summer.

Children from 3 years old to entering 5th grade as of Fall 2015 are accepted. Children MUST be potty trained in order to attend VBS. Older children (and parents) are welcome to volunteer. The fee of $20 per child includes a t-shirt, and the maximum fee per family is $50. Registration closes Monday, July 6.

St. Theresa World Bazaar: April 25-26, 2015

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Our Parish Bazaar’s theme this year is St. Theresa World Bazaar, which we believe celebrates and reflects our diversity as a parish and our community.  Our color scheme this year includes the colors Blue, Orange, and Purple.

Bazaar Notes:

  • New – Movie Night – Disney’s FROZEN on April 25 @ 7:45pm,
  • Volunteer online at sugarlandbazaar.com/signup
  • PrePay for your fun by purchasing a parish level sponsorship sugarlandbazaar.com/store
  • Pre-order Kolaches online before they run out at the event sugarlandbazaar.com/store
  • Bazaar Raffle Information:
    • Early Bird Raffle Drawings
      • (#1) $150 Kroger Gift Card – April 5 @ 3pm,
      • (#2) $150 HEB Gift Card – April 12 @ 3pm,
      • (#3) $150 Pappas Gift Card – April 19 @3pm
    • Grand Prizes – April 26 @ 3 pm
      • $4000 Visa Gift Card
      • 60’ Samsung Smart LED Tv
      • MacBook Pro 13”
      • San Luis Hotel Galveston Gift Card {$600 value}
      • Apple Ipad Air 2
      • Apple Ipad mini 3
    • Present to win drawing – April 26 @ 6pm
      • BBQ Pit
    • Bazaar related questions contact
      • Bazaar Chair – Eric DeMarco
      • Bazaar Vice Chair – Jason Yowell
      • Booth Chairs still needed – booths include
        • Raffle Chair
        • Prize Tent – (prizes provided)
        • Kids Fun City Inflatable – (equipment provided)
        • Futbol/Soccer Game – (equipment provided)
        • Cookie Monster Kids Game – (equipment provided)
        • Balloons & More Sales Booth – (supplies provided)
        • Darts Game – (supplies and equipment provided)
        • Cotton Candy – (supplies and equipment provided)
        • Obstacle Course – (equipment provided)
        • Rock Wall – (equipment provided)
        • Space Ball – (equipment provided)
        • Elephant Ride – (equipment provided)
        • Wizzer Ride – (equipment provided)
        • Moonwalk Bounce House – (equipment provided)

Support the Bazaar

  • Visit http://sugarlandbazaar.com/signup/ to sign up as a volunteer.

 

Adult Confirmation

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Classes are Wednesdays starting April 1st at 7:00 PM in the School Library

Confirmation is tenatively on May 24th, Pentecost Sunday.

Catholics who have been baptized, made their first communion, and are trying to live their faith are eligible for these classes.

To sign up or if you have questions please email: mr.castillo@mac.com

Symbolon Part 2: 10-Week Catholicism Study Program for Adults

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Classes are Mondays starting April 6th at 7:00 PM in the School Library

Topics include: Sacraments, The Eucharist, Matrimony, Holy Orders, Love, Social Justice, and more.

Materials are $25 per person. To receive your materials in time please register by March 30th.
Please submit your payment and registration to the parish office.

To sign up or if you have questions please email: mr.castillo@mac.com.

The Way of the Cross

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The Way of the Cross will be prayed every Friday during Lent. Services will be at 7:00 p.m. in English  and 7:45 p.m. en Español.

Via the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops Website:

The Stations of the Cross began as the practice of pious pilgrims to Jerusalem who would retrace the final journey of Jesus Christ to Calvary.

Later, for the many who wanted to pass along the same route, but could not make the trip to Jerusalem, a practice developed that eventually took the form of the fourteen stations currently found in almost every church.

Visit the USCCB website for audio stations of the cross and other information about this Lenten devotion.

Knights of Columbus Council 4204 Fish Dinners

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Lent means the return of the “World Famous” Council 4204 Fish Dinners every Friday. Dine in or Take out, the dinners will be served from 5:30-8:00pm every Friday from February 20 – March 27.

Lenten Guidelines for Fasting and Abstinence

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Our Lenten obligations

Ash Wednesday and Good Friday are obligatory days of fasting and abstinence for Catholics. In addition, Fridays during Lent are obligatory days of abstinence.

For members of the Latin Catholic Church, the norms on fasting are obligatory from age 18 until age 59. When fasting, a person is permitted to eat one full meal. Two smaller meals may also be taken, but not to equal a full meal. The norms concerning abstinence from meat are binding upon members of the Latin Catholic Church from age 14 onwards.

Members of the Eastern Catholic Churches are to observe the particular law of their own sui iuris Church.

If possible, the fast on Good Friday is continued until the Easter Vigil (on Holy Saturday night) as the “paschal fast” to honor the suffering and death of the Lord Jesus, and to prepare ourselves to share more fully and to celebrate more readily his Resurrection.

Read more about fasting and abstinence on the USCCB website.

A Reflection on Lenten Fasting

— by Rev. Daniel Merz, Associate Director, USCCB Secretariat of Divine Worship

In the early Church and, to a lesser extent still today, there were two fasts. There was the “total fast” that preceded all major feasts or sacramental events. The ancient name for this fast was “statio” from the verb “sto, stare” to stand watch, on guard or in vigil. The second fast was a fast of abstinence from certain foods, e.g., meats or fats. This was more an act of self-discipline and self-control. The statio fast was total and a means of watching and waiting…i.e. for something. The fast of abstinence was more general and personal, to help oneself be more disciplined or self-controlled. The total fast is still kept today prior to reception of Holy Communion. Following Holy Communion, the total fast ceases because Jesus had explicitly stated that we don’t fast when the bridegroom is here, in other words, what we’re keeping vigil for has arrived, the wait is over. On the other hand, the fast of abstinence was allowed on Sundays because the continuity of abstinence can be important for it to be effective.

These initial observations, then, teach us that the Eucharist is always the end of a preparation. It is always the fulfillment of an expectation. In the Orthodox Church during Lent, they have Eucharist only on Saturday and Sunday. But because Wednesdays and Fridays are total fast days, those two days are also days for the Communion service (Liturgy of the PreSanctified) which are held in the evening, i.e., after the day of preparation. Fasting is always preparatory.

But how did fasting become such an important means of preparing for the Eucharist and of learning virtue through self-discipline? Christian fasting is revealed in an interdependence between two events in the Bible:the “breaking of the fast” by Adam and Eve; and the “keeping of the fast” by Christ at the beginning of his ministry.

lent-graphic-cns-2006-150x200Humanity’s “Fall” away from God and into sin began with eating. God had proclaimed a fast from the fruit of only one tree, the tree of knowledge of good and evil (Gen. 2:17), and Adam and Eve broke it. Fasting is here connected with the very mystery of life and death, of salvation and damnation. Food perpetuates life in this physical world, which is subject to decay and death. But God “created no death.” (Wis. 1:13) Humanity, in Adam and Eve, rejected a life dependent on God alone for one that was dependent rather on “bread alone.” (Dt. 8:3; Mt. 4:4; Lk. 4:4) The whole world was given to man as a kind of food, as a means to life, but “life” is meant as communion with God, not as food. (“Their god is their belly.” Phil. 3:19) The tragedy is not so much that Adam ate food, but that he ate the food for its own sake, “apart” from God and to be independent of Him. Believing that food had life in itself and thus he could be “like God.” And he put his faith in food. This kind of existence seems to be built on the principle that man does indeed live “by bread alone.”

Christ, however, is the new Adam. At the beginning of his ministry in the Gospel of Matthew, we read, “When He had fasted 40 days and 40 nights, He became hungry.” Hunger is that state in which we realize our dependence on something else—when we face the ultimate question: “on what does my life depend?” Satan tempted both Adam and Christ, saying: Eat, for your hunger is proof that you depend entirely on food, that your life is in food. Adam believed and ate. Christ said, “Man does NOT live by bread alone.” (Mt. 4:4; Lk. 4:4) This liberates us from total dependence on food, on matter, on the world. Thus, for the Christian, fasting is the only means by which man recovers his true spiritual nature.In order for fasting to be effective, then, the spirit must be a part of it. Christian fasting is not concerned with losing weight. It is a matter of prayer and the spirit. And because of that, because it is truly a place of the spirit, true fasting may well lead to temptation, and weakness and doubt and irritation.In other words, it will be a real fight between good and evil, and very likely we shall fail many times in these battles. But the very discovery of the Christian life as “fight” and “effort” is an essential aspect of fasting.

Christian tradition can name at least seven reasons for fasting:

From the beginning, God commanded some fasting, and sin entered into the world because Adam and Eve broke the fast.
For the Christian, fasting is ultimately about fasting from sin.
Fasting reveals our dependence on God and not the resources of this world.
Fasting is an ancient way of preparing for the Eucharist—the truest of foods.
Fasting is preparation for baptism (and all the sacraments)—for the reception of grace.
Fasting is a means of saving resources to give to the poor.
Fasting is a means of self-discipline, chastity, and the restraining of the appetites.
This article draws in part on the writings of Alexander Schmemann, “Notes in Liturgical Theology,” St. Vladimir’s Seminary Quarterly, Vol. 3, No. 1, Winter 1959, pp. 2-9

Parking Reminder

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Please abide by parking restrictions in the Knights of Columbus parking lot during weekend masses. These regulations are for the safety of all parishioners at St. Theresa. Specifically, please do not park in the fire lanes, as we must provide access for emergency vehicles on the property in cases of emergency.