Special Announcement from Fr. Reynolds

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My Brothers and Sisters in Christ:

Cardinal DiNardo has asked me to accept the appointment as pastor of St. Elizabeth Ann Seton parish in Houston, effective July 1. The new Administrator of St. Theresa’s will be Fr. Eurel Manzano, presently priest-secretary to the Cardinal. St. Elizabeth’s is the largest parish in the Archdiocese, with more than 11,000 families, and twelve weekend Masses in four languages. There is a large school as well.

It has been my joy and privilege to serve this parish for nearly fourteen years. I am reassured that Fr. Manzano will provide continuity for the liturgical-musical tradition of our parish, which Cardinal DiNardo appreciates and wants to preserve. Your new pastor will also be fully committed to our young school.

My last Sunday will be June 21. Sometime that evening, there will be a simple reception with the opportunity for us to bid farewell to one another.

Let us keep one another in prayer during this time of transition.

Sincerely Yours in the Lord,
Fr. Stephen B. Reynolds

Pentecost: The “Birthday of the Church”

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Pentecost Sunday is one of the most ancient feasts of the Church, celebrated early enough to be mentioned in the Acts of the Apostles (20:16) and St. Paul’s First Letter to the Corinthians (16:8). It is the 50th day after Easter (if we count both Easter and Pentecost), and it supplants the Jewish feast of Pentecost, which took place 50 days after the Passover and which celebrated the sealing of the Old Covenant on Mount Sinai.

The Acts of the Apostles recounts the story of the original Pentecost as well (Acts 2). Jews from all over were gathered in Jerusalem to celebrate the Jewish feast. On that Sunday, ten days after the Ascension of Our Lord, the Apostles and the Blessed Virgin Mary were gathered in the Upper Room, where they had seen Christ after His Resurrection:

And suddenly there came a sound from heaven, as of a mighty wind coming, and it filled the whole house where they were sitting. And there appeared to them parted tongues as it were of fire, and it sat upon every one of them: And they were all filled with the Holy Ghost, and they began to speak with divers tongues, according as the Holy Ghost gave them to speak. [Acts 2:2-4]

Merazhofen_Pfarrkirche_Josephsaltar_Altarblatt_PfingstwunderChrist had promised His Apostles that He would send His Holy Spirit, and, on Pentecost, they were granted the gifts of the Spirit. The Apostles began to preach the Gospel in all of the languages that the Jews who were gathered there spoke, and about 3,000 people were converted and baptized that day.

That is why Pentecost is often called “the birthday of the Church.” On this day, with the descent of the Holy Spirit, Christ’s mission is completed, and the New Covenant is inaugurated. It’s interesting to note that St. Peter, the first pope, was already the leader and spokesman for the Apostles on Pentecost Sunday (see Acts 2:14ff).

In years past, Pentecost was celebrated with greater solemnity than it is today. In fact, the entire period between Easter and Pentecost Sunday was known as Pentecost (and it still is called Pentecost in the Eastern churches, both Catholic and Orthodox). In more recent times, parishes celebrated the approach of Pentecost with the public recitation of the Novena to the Holy Spirit.

Questions and Answers on the Holy Spirit

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Who is the Holy Spirit?

The Holy Spirit is God and the third Person of the Blessed Trinity. The Holy Spirit is also called the Holy Ghost, the Paraclete, the Advocate, the Spirit of Truth, the Spirit of God, and the Spirit of Love.

From whom does the Holy Spirit proceed?

The Holy Spirit proceeds from the Father and the Son. The Holy Spirit does not proceed from the Father and the Son by spiritual generation. Only the Son proceeds from the Father by generation. This is one of the mysterious truths that we know only from revelation.

Is the Holy Spirit equal to the Father and the Son?

The Holy Spirit is equal to the Father and the Son, because He is God. Because of the oneness of nature in the Blessed Trinity, the Father is entirely in the Son and in the Holy Spirit; the Son is entirely in the Father and in the Holy Spirit; and the Holy Spirit is entirely in the Father and in the Son. No one of the three divine Persons is outside the other, for none precedes the other in eternity, nor surpasses the other in power, nor exceeds the other in any way. This indwelling of one divine Person in the others is called circumincession.

What does the Holy Spirit do for the salvation of mankind?

The Holy Spirit dwells in the Church as the source of its life and sanctifies souls through the gift of grace. Although the sanctification of mankind, like all other outward works of God, is performed by all three Persons of the Blessed Trinity, it is attributed to the Holy Spirit, the
third Person. The sanctification of mankind is attributed to the Holy Spirit because He is the love of the Father and the Son and because the sanctification of man by grace shows forth God’s boundless love.

Memorial Day – Monday, May 25

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Schedule for Memorial Day:

6:45 a.m. Holy Mass
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8:30 a.m. Holy Mass
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The parish office will be closed.

Eternal rest grant unto them, O Lord

St. Vincent de Paul Update

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The St. Vincent De Paul Society office will be closed on Monday, May 27 in observance of Memorial Day. The office will be open on Friday, May 29 from 10:00 a.m.—1:00 p.m.

Your generosity allows us to provide financial and non-perishable food assistance to those in need in our Parish and wider community. We appreciate the continued assistance and support of the parish in helping us serve those in need in our Parish and Sugar Land community. We also appreciate The Sugar Canes, and St. Theresa’s Elementary CCE. H.E. B. Grocery Store is very generous in there continued support for the Food Pantry.

Our pantry is seeing an increase in the demand for toilet paper, Feminine hygiene products, laundry detergent, and pampers for newborns thru two—year olds. We are always in need of the following; flour, sugar, cooking oil, peanut butter, jelly, soups, cereals, beans, cake mixes,….all non-perishable items.

St. Theresa Catholic School Choir and Orchestra Concert – Friday, May 29

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The St. Theresa Catholic School Flos Cantuum choir and chamber orchestra will present a program of choral repertoire entitled Out From the Darkness featuring Handel’s Messiah and Gabriel Faure’s Requiem.

Admission is $10.00 per person.

Tickets are available at the school office or at the door on the night of the concert. Bring your friends and family to this wonderful event. The children love sharing their music with you!

Friday May 29th 2015
8:30 p.m.—9:30 p.m.
Christ Church Episcopal Cathedral
1117 Texas Ave, Houston, TX 77002
St. Theresa Flos Cantuum and Orchestra

Club Unidad Scholarship

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St. Theresa’s Club Unidad (George Morales Sr.) Memorial Scholarship will award one $1,000 college scholarship to a 2015 graduating high school senior.

The scholarship committee will review each applicant and pick a winner. The deadline for submitting the application is Friday, May 29, 2015. Applications may be picked up at the church.

The Holy Rosary

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Thanks to our Rosary-making group, Mary’s Rosary Army, handmade Rosaries will be available at the doors of the church throughout the month of May.

We are encouraged to pray the Rosary daily, especially within our families. You are invited to join in the making of Rosaries on Thursday morning at 9:00 a.m. and on Saturday morning at 10:30 a.m. in Room 6 of the old classroom building.

Vísperas Cantadas (Sung Vespers)

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Vísperas Cantadas – presentado por los Coros Hispanos de Santa Teresa

Fecha: Jueves, 30 Abril 2015

Ensayo:  7:20 de la noche

Vísperas: 7:30 de la noche

Lugar:  Iglesia

Los Coros Hispanos de la Iglesia de Santa Teresa van a presentar las Vísperas Cantadas.  Las Vísperas son una parte del Oficio Divino, también conocido como La Liturgia de las Horas.  Son una forma de oración muy antigua que hoy en día siguen estando recitadas por sacerdotes, diáconos, monjas, y algunos fieles.  Nuestros coros van a cantar las Vísperas para dar a la gente la oportunidad de rezarlas junta con su comunidad en una forma más solemne.  Va ser un corto ensayo para las Vísperas empezando a las 7:15.

El Catecismo de la Iglesia Católica dice que “Los fieles que celebran la Liturgia de las Horas se unen a Cristo, nuestro Sumo Sacerdote, por la oración de los salmos, la meditación de la Palabra de Dios, de los cánticos y de las bendiciones,l a fin de ser asociados a su oración incesante y universal que da la gloria al Padre e emplora el don del Espíritu Santo sobre el mundo entero.” (CIC, #1196)

Para mas información, habla con

Susan DeMarco, Assistant Music Director
Teléfono:  (281) 494-1156 x261
Correo: Susan@SugarlandCatholic.com

Spanish Sung Vespers – presented by the St. Theresa Spanish Choirs

Date: Thursday, April 15, 2015

Introduction to praying Vespers:  7:15 pm

Vespers: 7:30 pm

Location:  Main church

Vespers is a part of the Divine Office, also known as the Liturgy of the Hours.  Vespers is an ancient form of prayer that even today is prayed by priests, deacons, religious, and even some of the lay faithful.  Sometimes, Vespers is sung. We will be having a sung Vespers service to provide an opportunity for the faithful to pray the Vespers with their community in a more solemn manner.

The Catechism of the Catholic Church states that “The faithful who celebrate the Liturgy of the Hours are united to Christ our high priest, by the prayer of the Psalms, meditation on the Word of God, and canticles and blessings, in order to be joined with his unceasing and universal prayer that gives glory to the Father and implores the gift of the Holy spirit on the whole world.”  (CCC, no. 1196).

For more information, speak with
Susan DeMarco, Assistant Music Director
Phone:  (281) 494-1156 x261
Email:  Susan@SugarlandCatholic.com