Training for Lectors and Extraordinary Ministers of Holy Communion at Mass and for the Sick/Infirm/Assisted Living

A training session for new Lectors for the English Masses will be held on Sunday, March 1, at 6:30 PM in the Church. Any registered parishioner 18 or older with a strong, clear voice may serve as a Lector by completing this training.

A training session for new Extraordinary Ministers of Holy Communion for the English Masses will be held on Sunday, March 1, at 7:30 PM in the Church. Any registered parishioner 18 or older who is in full communion with the Church may serve as an Extraordinary Minister of the Eucharist by completing this training.

Current Extraordinary Ministers of Holy Communion or Lectors are welcome and encouraged, but not required, to attend this training as a refresher course.

For any new or current Extraordinary Minister of Holy Communion who would like to serve in the Ministry of distribution Holy Communion to the sick/infirm at assisted living and other facilities, training for this Ministry will be held on Sunday, March 1, at 8:30 PM in the Church. If you are a new Minister, you will need to attend both the 7:30 and 8:30 sessions.

If you have any questions, please contact Al Czenski at 281-491-3548 or by email at aczenski@comcast.net. There is no cost for the training and advance registration is not required.

Parish Mission: “Christ the Model of Prayer and Grace”

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Led by Fr. Brian Thomas Becket Mullady, OP
March 16th(M) – 19th(Th)
8:30AM Mass and Homily
7:00PM Mission Talk
Confession will be available

Fr. Brian Thomas Becket Mullady is the son of an Air Force officer and was raised throughout the United States.  He entered the Dominican Order in 1966 and was ordained in Oakland, California in 1972.  He has been a parish priest, high school teacher, retreat master, mission preacher and university professor.  He received his Doctorate in Sacred Theology (STD) from the Angelicum University in Rome, Italy and was professor there for six years. He has taught at several colleges and seminaries in the United States.  He is an academician of the Catholic Academy of Science.  He is adjunct professor at Holy Apostles Seminary in Cromwell CT and preaches parish missions and retreats. He has had seven series on Mother Angelica’s EWTN television network. He is the author of three books and numerous articles. He is the author of the Question and Answer column in Homiletic and Pastoral Review. He is the Theological Consultant to the Institute on Religious Life.

Tres Días de Misión de Cuaresma

Padre Miguel Ángel Méndez

Marzo 2, 3, y 4 de 7:00 p.m. a 9:00 p.m. en la Iglesia

Padre Miguel Ángel Méndez, F.N. de Monterrey, Nuevo León de la Comunidad Fuego Nuevo.

Padre Méndez tiene 16 años de religioso y 7 como sacerdote, con un don de predicación, alabanza y sanación y desarrollará los siguientes temas:

Lunes: Crecimiento de la palabra en nosotros
Martes: El discernimiento espiritual
Miércoles: Mentira y falta de vigilancia con Misa de Sanación

Todos están invitados. Vengan todos y inviten a sus amistades y amigos.

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.

St. Theresa World Bazaar 2015 (April 25 & 26)

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Bazaar-Logo-Horizontal-001-webPreparations and planning are underway for the 2015 bazaar and we need your help. We are currently seeking additional people to serve as chairs on the committee. The open positions are for Raffle chair, Advertising chair, Sponsorship chair, Venue Organizer, and Volunteer chair.

Meetings for the bazaar are held the first and third Tuesdays of each month at 6:30 pm and will be located in room 6 or 7 in the old CCE building located behind the new school building. The first meeting of the month is for the Managing Committee and the second meeting of the month will be for Booth Chairs and serve as a General Meeting. The second meeting is the best meeting to attend if you have general questions.

bazaar-cotton-candyBelow is a “wish list” of items for the bazaar raffle. Any donations for the raffle will be a significant help in offsetting the cost.

  • $4,000 Gift Card
  • Samsung 50+ Inch TV (4K/3D/Smart/LED)
  • Tablets – Ipad Air 2/Ipad Mini 3/Kindle HDX
  • Laptop – MacBook Pro w/ Retina Screen
  • Some form of Hotel Weekend Stay Certificate
  • $150 Gift Cards: Kroger, HEB, Pappas Restaurants
  • BBQ PIT

bazaar-Snow-ConesPlease be sure to check out www.SugarlandBazaar.com for more information. A calendar with a list of regular and special meetings is on the website. In addition, the website now allows for volunteers to signup online. English and Spanish versions of the volunteer form are on the website.

Come get involved in the bazaar…It’s a great way to serve and meet other parishioners!

God Bless & Thank You All
Eric DeMarco & Jason Yowell
Bazaar Chair & Vice Chair