HOLY ROSARY PARISH The Dominican Friars serving the Archdiocese of Galveston -Houston 3617 Milam St. G Houston, Texas 77002 H www. holyrosaryparish.org WEEKLY SCHEDULE Pastoral Message WEEKLY SCHEDULE February 1, 2015 Dear Parishioners, Congratulations! We have a pastoral plan. The parishioners who came to last Sunday’s ratification session enthusiastically approved the plan with its mission statement, goals, and objectives. I believe enthusiastic approval was given to the plan, becasue of the well thought-out process that went into creating the plan, which included time for reflection and input from you, the parishioners. Thank you for your involvement in the pastoral plan creation process! We could not have done it without you! As a result, we have an excellent pastoral plan for the next five years. You can read the complete plan in English and Vietnamese on the parish website. To review, our mission statement says who we are as a parish, our goals say what we plan to achieve, and our objectives say how we plan to achieve our goals. Remember our pastoral plan is for the next five years. It will take five years for the pastoral plan to come to the full realization, but each year we will be making progress towards that full realization with the implementation of our objectives. The pastoral council received many excellent suggestions for objectives at the November 8th and 9th assemblies. Some were reflected in this year’s objectives; others will be reflected in coming years. Now we begin putting our pastoral plan into action. In the coming months, the pastoral council will be making you aware of opportunities to get involved in the pastoral plan. Some parishioners have already stepped up, saying they want to be involved. That is great! But in the end, we will need many more parishioners to be involved if our plan is to be a success. See it as a way of growing in faith. May Our Lady of the Rosary intercede for us! —Brother Ian, O.P. Upcoming Events Today is Holy Rosary’s Black Bag Collection for our St. Vincent de Paul Society. Please be generous. Thank you! The DSF drive begins this Sunday: “Be Rich in Good Works...Ready to Share.” Our parish goal for 2015 is $130,000. This fund enables us to minister in ways that a single parish cannot. You may go online to www.archgh.org/dsf or use the envelopes in the pews or in the vestibule of the church to make your donation. MASSES SATURDAY 5:00 p.m. (Sunday Vigil) SUNDAY STAFF DI a.m., R ECTORY English: 8:00, 11:00 12:30, 5:00 p.m. Vietnamese: 3:15 and 6:30 p.m. Latin: 9:30 a.m. STAFF DI R ECTORY WEEKDAYS 12:05 p.m. Mon.– Sat., 5:15 p.m. Mon.–Fri. CONFESSION WEEKLY SCHEDULE SATURDAY 11:30 a.m.– noon, 4:00–5:00 p.m. LITURGICAL CALENDAR WEEKDAYS 11:30 a.m.– noon and 4:40–5:10 p.m. Mon.–Fri. WEEKLY SCHEDULE ROSARY 4:50 p.m. Mon.–Fri., 4:35 p.m. Sat. and Sun. STAFF DI RADORATION ECTORY EUCHARISTIC Fridays, 12:45–5:00 p.m. (5:05 Benediction) STAFF DI R ECTORY Telephone 713-529-4854, enter an extension: Br. Ian G. Bordenave, O.P. (Pastor) 101 [email protected] Fr.LITURGICAL Juan M. Torres, O.P. CALENDAR (Parochial Vicar) 103 j t o r re s @ h o l y ro s a r y p a r i s h . o rg Fr. Isidore V. Vicente, O.P. (Parochial Vicar) 104 Fr. Anthony Hung Tran, O.P. (Chaplain) Ava Voissem (Parish Secretary) 101 o f f i c e @ h o l y ro s a r y p a r i s h . o rg Geoff Green (Business Administrator) 109 [email protected] . org Valerie Chase (Special Projects) 102 Juan Maldonado (Bookkeeper) 108 Laura Chase (Wedding Coordinator) 110 David Paxton (Music Director) 105 Baptism scheduling 101 Anointing of the sick (visitations) 101 Religious Education Center (3535 Louisiana) Janet Hafernik, C.R.E., 713-526-4389 Michelle Scenna (Religious Education Secretary) re c s e c re t a r y @ h o l y ro s a r y p a r i s h . o rg Priory (Friars in residence, 713-526-6322) Fr. Richard Williams, O.P. (Prior); Fr. Bryan Fontenot, O.P.; Fr. Martin Iott, O.P.; Fr. Richard Patrick, O.P. Assistance for those in need St.Vincent de Paul Society, 713-529-2156 LITURGICAL CALENDAR DECEMBER 2014 FEBRUARY21–27, 1–7, 2015 Sun. Deuteronomy 18:15–20 I Corinthians 7:32–35 Mark 1:21–28 We pray especially for those named at this week’s Masses: 8:00 † Sophie and Steve Varnish 9:30 Tucker Arnold 11:00 † Mrs. Urbina 12:30 The Stephens Family 5:00 For the people of the parish Mon. The Presentation of the Lord Mal 3:1-4; Heb 2:14-18; Lk 2:22-40 12:05 † Stuart Toomey 5:15 † Joe Laughlin Tue. St. Blaise, bishop and martyr St. Ansgar, bishop Heb 12:1-4; Mk 5:21-43 12:05 Paul Tran 5:15 † T. Marion Miller Wed. St. Catherine de’ Ricci, O.P., virgin Heb 12:4-7, 11-15; Mk 6:1-6 12:05 † Barbara Davis 5:15 † Martha M. Pitarra Thu. St. Agatha, virgin and martyr Heb 12:18-19, 21-24; Mk 6:7-13 12:05 Karen Pratte 5:15 Tom Colbert Fri. St. Paul Miki and companions, martyrs Heb 13:1-8; Mk 6:14-29 12:05 † Paul Bordenave 5:15 † Cheryl Ann Jefferson Sat. Weekday Heb 13:15-17, 20-21; Mk 6:30-34 12:05 † Dr. Joseph Graham 5:00 Maria B. Morales Reflection on the Sunday Scriptures Prophets, anyone? PROPHETS: a word that appears constantly in the Hebrew Scriptures and which is the background for the Word of God for this Sunday. It is through the mouth of the Prophets that Israel, and we ourselves, are given a glimpse of a God, who, from of old, wanted to reveal Himself to us. Moses is the greatest of the Prophets since from the earlier times of human history he was chosen to be the mouthpiece, the spokesperson, of this God who exercised his role as leader, warrior, guide, protector, lover and through it all we catch a glimpse of the God whom we adore. Moses is the prototype and figure of the new Moses, Jesus Christ, who will bring people from exile and slavery into the Promised Land. Moses as Prophet sent by Yahweh God dismantled the power of the Pharaoh and the politics of oppression exposing the gods of the Egyptians as powerless and not gods at all. He offered to the Israelites an alternative life style, one around and under the leadership of God to whom they swore allegiance. Moses is the model of all the prophets of Israel who later would have to remind the chosen community of the wonders He had worked for all. Isaiah, Jeremiah, Ezekiel and Daniel will be the great Prophets of Israel, a great honor, but one that also brings confrontation, persecution, and even death for speaking the TRUTH of God. And so a new Prophet, a new Moses, Jesus will come in the fullness of time to lead all humanity away from the slavery of sin into a promise never heard before: fullness of life, eternal life and oneness with His Father. He will also be ultimately persecuted and killed for teaching this new concept of religion based, not on holocausts and animal sacrifices, but on the surrendering of one’s own will to the Father, as He did. In time he will be taken away and others, his followers, will continue the MISSION. So, prophets, anyone? It is a scary thought. But new prophets are needed, today more than ever. St. Mark in the Gospel today (1: 21-28) tells us that people were astounded and amazed at the teachings of Jesus, because he taught with authority (v. 27). There are many messengers today and many voices competing in our modern world for the very soul of men and women, young and old. Young especially. One of the great distortions in modern life is the rationalization of sin. Moral absolutes as given in the Commandments are substituted for mere personal whims and desires. The Law of God and natural law have given way in many, even in our political leaders, to personal aspirations and artificial human rights. The unborn are disposable in the name of those artificial personal freedoms. That could be the ultimate deception of the Devil, to embrace evil as something good. Again, there are many voices, many messengers but not many TRUE PROPHETS who speak God’s TRUTH. But this TRUTH must be lived, preached, embraced or we may perish. Yes, Prophets are needed in the midst of this humanity which is unable or unwilling to admit its own moral misery. Prophets and witnesses are needed. God’s grace will conquer any human foibles, selfishness, deception and sinfulness. But we must be, like the publican in the gospel story, willing to say: God, have mercy on me a sinner. May God’s Peace be with you always. Parents: The Cry Room will reopen in February 2015 with updated video and sound. 2 —Fr. Vicente Religious Education News Spring Break is March 8 and 15 for Holy Rosary’s Religious Education. There will be no CCE classes held on those days. Please go to the web site, or contact Janet Hafernik at 713-526-4389 or [email protected] Dominican Experience If you would like to explore a vocation as a Dominican priest or brother, the Dominican Friars of the Province of St. Martin de Porres invite you to join them for a Dominican Experience Weekend. This weekend of prayer, community, and information sharing is designed to help men explore the possibility of a vocation to Dominican life. College-age and older men are invited to St. Albert the Great Priory in Irving, Texas February 13-15. For information, contact the Vocation Promoter Fr. Charles Johnson at [email protected] or call 504-837-2129, ext. 6, or visit our website at www.opsouth.org. Knights of Columbus February 15: Pancake Breakfast will be offered in the parish hall to bring in the season of Lent. Fish Fry dates are as follows: February 20 and 27, and March 20 and 27. Join us after Mass or after the Stations of the Cross on these Friday evenings. If you wish to help, call Don Payne at 281-355-1585. Parking Br. Ian kindly asks people not to park under the porte-cochere in front of the parish hall. He would like to reserve this area for loading and off-loading. Thank you for your cooperation. Home School Resource Center A parent information meeting to learn about Regina Caeli and a potential resource center in the Katy area for the 2015-16 academic year, will be held on Sunday, February 15, at 6:00 p.m. in the STEM Building Lecture Hall, Strake Jesuit College Preparatory, 8900 Bellaire Blvd., Houston 77036. Please RSVP to John Fahy at [email protected] or (713) 485-5314. For more info please visit: www.rcahybrid.org or contact Nikki Hand at (470) 239-0259. Southern Dominican Gala’s Wine Auction Fr. Juan Torres, O.P., is requesting monetary donations towards this year’s Southern Dominican Gala Wine Auction. Please make checks payable to “Southern Dominican Gala” (in the memo area, please write “wine”), and send it to the parish office, Attn.: Fr. Juan Torres, O.P. All contributions are greatly appreciated and tax deductible. Please save the date for the next Gala on Sunday, April 26, at the Houstonian. Be Rich in Good Works... Be Ready to Share Our Diocesan Services Fund (DSF) parish goal for 2015 is $130,000. With every parish family’s full participation, we will surely exceed this amount and do our share to help so many in need, advancing the work of the church in our community. To give online, please visit www.archgh.ord/dsf or use the envelopes provided in the pews or the vestibule. For those who have already responded with a gift, please accept our sincere gratitude. Help Wanted There is a vital need for Spanish and English speaking volunteers to take calls from the poor and to visit Jesus in the poor. If you can offer a few hours a week, please contact any member of the St. Vincent de Paul Society or call the help line and leave a message at 713529-2156. Thank you. Young Adult News For more info, please email us at hrya. [email protected] or on Facebook. Bayou Awakening Retreat is offered to young adults ages 18 to 25 and will take place the weekend of March 13-15. The mission of Awakening is to bring young adults to a personal encounter with Christ, provide opportunity for spiritual renewal and to connect young adults to the Catholic church. Register online at www.bayouawakening.org or by mail before March 6. All young adults in this age range are welcome. For more info, call 713-741-8778. Order of Malta The 7th annual Mass for the Anointing of the Sick will take place on Saturday, February 7, at 10 a.m. at the CoCathedral of the Sacred Heart, 1111 St. Joseph Parkway, Houston 77002. The Sacrament of Penance will be available beginning at 9 a.m. Rev. Brendan Cahill will be the celebrant for the Mass. For more info or to register, please call the Order of Malta at 713-870-8304 or go to www.orderofmalta-houston.org. Flower Donations If you are wish to donate altar flowers for a Sunday, please contact the parish office. The cost is $130. PLEASE PRAY FOR THE SICK: Kevin G. Gardner II, Gloria Guerrero, Kevin Gardner Sr., Bob Reeder, William Beaver, Alex Jimenez, Joe Kowis, Wayne Andrews, Blanche Mireles, Bonnie St. Julian, Mary Ann Weishoupt, Frank Mustachia, Mary Jo Spurr, K. M. Chacko, Richard Galvan, Angel Davis, Hoa Thi Dang, Dr. Hubert Ried, Jean Ried, Mrs. Kay Hermes, Norma McLellan Pribyl, and Bob Rogers ALTAR FLOWERS: Christine and Kow Loon Ly donated the flowers on the main altar in celebration of their wedding. Please remember them in your prayers. COLLECTIONS FOR January 25: This fiscal year, the weekly parish offertory goal is $24,000. Last week’s total giving was $19,677.80. For the fiscal year, we are $36,723.66 below our goal. The second collection for the church in Latin America was $4,922.52. The parish’s 2015 Diocesan Services Fund goal is $130,000. For all who give sacrificially to support Holy Rosary Parish and its ministries, and who support the Archdiocese through the DSF as it ministers in ways a single parish cannot, we offer our heartfelt thanks. 7 Prayer for Consecrated Persons God our Father, we thank you for calling men and women to serve in your Son’s Kingdom as sisters, brothers, religious priests, consecrated virgins, and hermits, as well as members of Secular Institutes. Renew their knowledge and love of you, and send your Holy Spirit to help them respond generously and courageously to your will. We ask this through our Lord Jesus Christ, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, for ever and ever. Amen. Pope Francis has proclaimed 2015 the Year of Consecrated Life Please join us in the parish hall for Wednesday Lunch The center of your financial life is all in the family Let us help you connect your financial goals to what matters most Getting to know you and what you care most about — planning for college, taking care of an elder family member, passing a legacy to future generations, buying a second home — is so important. Once we understand your priorities, together, we can help you pursue the goals you’ve set for yourself and your family. Call to learn more today. Vidal H. Ramirez II, CFP® Wealth Management Advisor 713.658.1294 1221 McKinney, Suite 3900 Houston, TX 77010 An Outreach Ministry of Holy Rosary Lunch is served after the 12:05 Mass. 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All rights reserved. | ARHWBSMT | AD-08-14-0927 | 471089PM-0714 | 09/2014 Lenten Resolutions...? Holy Name Passionist Retreat Center has several upcoming dates. The theme for this year is Meeting the Jesus I Never Knew, Becoming Companions at the Foot of the Cross. For more information go to [email protected] Miles Christi has several retreats for men or women coming up in the Houston area. Check it out at www.mileschristi.org. Dominican Sisters’ Spirituality Center presents Fr. Brian J. Pierce, O.P. on Friday and Saturday, March 13-14, at 6501 Almeda Rd., Houston 77021. For more information please call 713-440-3719 or email [email protected] There are many ways in which a retreat may be made, by meditating on the Scriptural Rosary (if only a decade at a time), in Adoration of the Blessed Sacrament, watching Symbolon, reading some of the book selections from the kiosk in the vestibule of the church, listening to the CDs, supporting Christian movies (Old Fashioned will be released on Valentine’s Day) or being a prayerful presence in front of Planned Parenthood. Holy Rosary’s day is the fourth Thursday of every month but you are welcome at any time. Supporter of the Southern Dominican Gala “If today you hear his voice, harden not your hearts.” This was our response to today’s Responsorial Psalm. This is also the mission of the St. Vincent de Paul Society – listening to the voice of those in need, the marginalized, the hopeless. Every day we get calls of help from people who need our assistance to keep their electricity going, help them find shelter for the night, and then help them find a permanent solution for the long term, people who need medicine or formula and diapers for their babies, for food. Our hearts go out to these requests and your generosity to the Black Bag collection today and every first Sunday of the month as well as contributions to the Poor Box in the rear of the church allow us to respond. Together with a hand up we offer our and your prayers for their comfort and witness their joy at our caring. Thank you for supporting us. Call 713-529-2156 for help or to help out.
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