The Usher Ministry is in need of more male and female volunteers for each of our weekend masses each week. The primary duties and responsibilities include welcoming parishioners, escorting them to seating at select masses, taking up the collection and providing a goodbye salutation and distributing bulletins at the conclusion of Mass. This is a great opportunity to serve with very little time commitment required. Please look for us at the Usher Ministry table after Mass in front of the church on February 24 and 25, or contact Stan Bilski at 713-503-6042 / email@example.com.
Thank you to all who have supported our Steps 4 Students program to support St. Theresa Catholic School! There’s still time to make a direct donation to support our school without registering for the 5K itself.
– Are you in a “relationship” and uncertain about your mate?
– Are you tired of pouring time, energy, and money into relationships that start off great and end with heartache?
– Or perhaps you are single again and are afraid of making the same mistake that resulted in so much pain in the previous relationship.
One of our frustrations with Love is our complete inability to keep it. Like sand slipping through our fingers, the harder we grasp the faster it seems to fall through. It would be nice if Love is as simple as baking a batch of cookies or building a bird house for the backyard. We all know the truth; true Love cannot be manufactured. It cannot be bought or traded.
Finding true Love you desire can be difficult and therefore requires discernment. Discernment is a special gift which enables us to sift through all of our options. Getting grounded is the foundation for getting into a healthy and rewarding relationship. “Discovering Love with Clarity” is a 6 months Love and Relationship Series that get you grounded in your Love and Relationship aspirations.
You know what? You are not alone! Join other singles, dating and engaged couples in our Archdiocese of Galveston-Houston, in a discernment activity that will change your life and how you understand relationship.
We have changed the North Location due to the floods of the Tropical Storm Harvey, St. Ignatius Loyola Parish was affected. The new north location will be held at Christ the Good Shepherd (Spring, TX). We are still offering the sessions in the same dates but only the location have changed.
The Downtown location and Sugar Land location remain the same.
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For more information call our office at 713-741-8778.
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Dear Families of St. Theresa Catholic Parish,
The past week has brought with it much turmoil, chaos, and fear. In the aftermath of Hurricane Harvey we witness what kind of destruction water can bring to a city, a neighborhood, a family, a person. However, we have also seen stranger rescuing stranger, neighbors comforting each other, families working together, and our parish community stepping up to provide for those that lost everything. Jesus said, “Take courage, it is I, do not be afraid (Mk 6:50).” Amidst the many tragedies, we have received that reassurance very vividly these past few days.
We know that many of you have lost much, if not everything. We are here to help you now and in the hard times to come. We also want to help you and your family regain some sense of normalcy in your lives. Recognizing that each family’s situation is unique, please know that we are beginning Faith Formation as scheduled for all grades here at St. Theresa’s:
- Pre-3 through K: Sunday, September 10th at 10:00am
- Elementary: Monday & Tuesday, September 11th & 12th at 4:30pm & 6:45pm
- Middle School: Monday & Tuesday, September 11th & 12th from 6:45pm – 8:00pm
- High School: Saturday, September 9th from 9am – 6pm (Parents should plan to attend if possible)
We understand that some may need additional time; just keep us informed about your particular situation. Again, please let us know if there is anything we can do to help you, or anyone you know in the wake of this storm.
Your Faith Formation Staff,
Andrea Ramsey, Preschool Faith Formation/Nursery
Paul Stoessel, Elementary Faith Formation and First Sacraments
Roland Millare, Middle School Faith Formation
Joseph Mastrangelo, Director of Youth Evangelization
My name is Kingsley Nwoko, I am excited to be here at St. Theresa. I am looking forward to serving you at Mass and learning from the community. I was born in Ahiara, Imo State in Eastern Nigeria. The youngest of six children. I grew up with my parents in my home town, where my academic and spiritual formation started. After my college graduation, I moved to Italy and later to Germany for other studies in theology and psychology. Before becoming a seminarian for the Archdiocese of Galveston-Houston, I attended other seminaries for priestly formation in Nigeria and Italy respectively.
My vocation is a journey. It started at the Block Rosary. The Block Rosary was perhaps the most impactful experience of my childhood. In Ahiara, a predominantly Catholic community, every enclave had a Block Rosary at the end of almost each street for moral instruction, prayers and catechism classes. I was privileged to have one located at the entrance to my father’s compound. I was always there at 4.00pm everyday with my siblings to start the rosary. I recall that three children usually led prayers. Two girls and a boy were usually selected in the LucyJacinta-Francis model of Fatima. I was often selected to be the Francis of the group as I could recite the whole rosary and litany in both Igbo and English languages at an early age. It was at Block Rosary and while serving at mass that I first had the feeling that God may be calling me to priesthood. This feeling was nurtured and grew over the years.
Catholic Charismatic Renewal of Nigeria (CCRN) is important of mentioning as also impactful for my spiritual growth and courage to answer God’s call. At the CCRN, like Moses at the “burning bush,” I saw myself stripped of everything except the unconditional love of God. CCRN experience was an open door for my discernment to priesthood. I wanted to be a medical doctor, but at this stage, God showered me with the grace to say “YES” to His Divine Project for my life.
My theological and psychological studies focus on how to support couples and families especially at the early stage of their marriages and during the unavoidable period of conflicts.
Favorite Scripture: Isaiah 42:6 “I, the Lord, have called You in righteousness, and will hold Your hand; I will keep You and give you as a covenant to the people, as a light to the Gentiles.”
In response to several requests over the past few years to address the aging statue of Saint Therese at the front of the church, we have been working with various artists and landscape architects to design something beautiful for so worthy a patroness. We are excited to have now arrived at the final stages of this project.
The new statue is of lasting material and artistic merit. It has been placed in a new plaza which highlights it as a prominent reminder of our patroness and a physical aid to prayer. We have dedicated the statue to our friend of many years, the late Dcn. Frank Cromer. The current statue will be carefully refurbished and placed in another [indoor] location on the campus.
The Sugar Canes began operation February, 2000 with William Huebner as President and Gussie Sciba as Vice President. Meetings on the third Wednesday of each month began with members attending 11:30 am mass in the chapel. This group, as a Society, started with 17 members. At the present time the Sugar Canes of St. Theresa have 102 members. Our members are very active in other Parish Fellowship and Ministry activities through the year.
We are in Solidarity with our Priests, Deacons and Seminarians. We work closely with Parish office staff and Pastoral Council. We visit the Homebound. We are Catholic Daughters (Court 2211), Knights of Columbus (St. Basil Council 4204) and Fourth Degree (Bishop Morkovsky Assembly 2243), St. Theresa School, Eucharistic Ministers, Sacristans, Lectors, Ushers, Club Unidad, Gathering Place, St. Vincent de Paul, and Money Counters. We work at our Annual Parish Bazaar, Lenten Fish dinners and Bereavement Committee for receptions following Funeral services. We take day trips by bus to the casino at Coushatta / Louisiana in March and September. Also, our November and December meeting meals are catered.
The Sugar Canes of St. Theresa meet monthly on the third Wednesday at 11:30 am in our parish Community Center. We welcome and invite all guests and newcomers, age 50 +, to attend our monthly meetings. After a brown bag lunch and a brief business meeting, it’s Bingo Time!! Coffee, ice tea, water and desserts are provided. Our annual dues are $10 per person.
God Bless! For more information or to become a member of Sugar Canes of St. Theresa, contact Joe Welsh at 281 491 4027
What is the Legion of Mary?
Founded in 1921 by a layman, Frank Duff, the Legion of Mary (www.legionofmary.ie) is the oldest lay apostolic organization in the Catholic Church. It has grown to also be the largest, now with 3 million Active Members spread across nearly every country in the world (and speaking many languages).
What do Active Legionaries do?
At the direction of Bishops and Priests and in the mission of the Church,
Active Legionaries perform assigned Spiritual Works of Mercy on a weekly basis as well as meet weekly, for prayer, spiritual development, and logistics.
At St. Theresa’s there are English and Spanish-speaking groups. For the English group, under the direction of Fr. Jose Tharayil, the works have taken the form of visiting Catholics in health-care facilities, bringing a pilgrim statue of Fatima to parish families, and making friendly contact with families in the area in door-to-door visits. Amazing “coincidences” have occurred in the course of the work – as examples, statue visitations have brought about conversions, healing, improvement in family situations, and at least 5 associated religious vocations – ask us to recount some of the events!
What do Auxiliary Members do?
Pray daily the rosary and “Catena” prayers for the fruitfulness (and “coincidences”) in the works of the Active Members.
What (briefly) is the spirituality of the Legion of Mary?
(From Pope St. John Paul II, Oct. 30, 1982, to a L.O.M. group) “Yours is an eminently Marian spirituality, […] above all because it bases its method of spirituality and apostolate on the dynamic principle of union with Mary, on the truth of the intimate participation of the Virgin Mary in the plan of salvation. In other words, you intend to render your service to every person, who is the image of Christ, with the spirit and the solicitude of Mary.”
Would you like to “come and see”?
Call Fred Stratton (832-638-3444) or Toni Osifo (713-530-6395). For a pilgrim statue come to your home, please call Bob Ried (281-491-6788) or Imelda Talictic (832-492-7857). For the Spanish group, call Estella Rodriguez (832-396-6071).
The Saint Theresa Conference of the Society of St. Vincent de Paul (SVdP) is one of 60 parish-based groups in the Archdiocese that, together, make up the Galveston-Houston Archdiocesan Council of the SVdP Society. It is, at its heart, a grassroots, volunteer- based, direct-aid organization that helps people in need get back on their feet.
We provide short-term financial, material, and emotional support and work person-to-person through advocacy, education and referral efforts to break cycles of poverty, empower people and promote self-sufficiency.
The SVdP differentiates itself by its dedication to person-to-person service. Volunteers start a dialogue with people and really get to know those we help.
The Society helps all people regardless of their religious affiliation or ethnicity. We offer confidential support services in a dignified way, in light of the Gospel man-date and Christian hospitality.
We as volunteers actually have the most to gain. Being able to live the Gospel through kind and compassionate actions that make a direct positive impact on not just one person, but potentially generations of people, is the only thanks we need. We grow personally through our contributions to a growing community right here in the Greater Sugar Land area.
The continued generosity of Saint Theresa Parish allows us to provide limited financial and nonperishable food assistance to those in need in our Parish and the Sugar Land community. We appreciate the continued assistance and support you help provide. We are also thankful for the Sugar Canes, Date Night participants, H.E.B. Grocery Store, and many individual parishioners that contribute to our needs. Our pantry is seeing an increase in the demand for toilet paper, feminine hygiene products, laundry detergent, and diapers for newborns thru 2 year olds. We are always in need of the following: flour, sugar, cooking oil, peanut butter, jelly, soups, cereals, cake mixes, and all non-perishable items. We are also seeking a volunteer bilingual greeter/interviewer to assist us during office hours. Thank you!
How do I as a parishioner become involved in SVdP?
Contact our St. Vincent de Paul Coordinator, Ken Elliott, at 281-242-9149 during hours of operation: Monday and Friday, from 10:00 am to 1:00 pm. Feel free to drop by the Pantry (on the corner of Wood and 7th) to say hello and learn more about this wonderful Work of Mercy.