Dear Brothers and Sisters in Christ,
May the Lord bless you!
At Archbishop Peter’s instruction, we will make a special collection for those suffering from hurricane Harvey this Sunday and Sunday, Sept. 10
. As of this moment, 46 deaths have been reported and more are expected, not to mention the enormous damage to homes, businesses and farms. We pray especially for our two parishes in Houston and their parishioners, and for everyone who has been affected by this natural disaster. May God have mercy on them all!
Services this weekend will be as usual: Confession at 5:30 p.m. on Saturday followed by Vigil at 6 p.m. Divine Liturgy on Sunday at 10 a.m.
Fr. Gabriel Monforte will substitute for me while I am on the Pilgrimage Walk in Indiana this weekend. Please welcome him and his family just as we welcome all visitors to our parish. Those whom God sends to our parish are looking for communion with the Lord, but they also seek comfort in the face of their spiritual struggles, comfort which we are called to give through prayer and personal attention. Each one of you can help ease one another’s burdens by being kind and gracious to our guests. Please make a particular effort to invite new parishioners to join you for lunch. We may want to sit with our ‘typical’ parish friends, but by sacrificing our desires and choosing to sit with someone else, we put love for Christ into action.
Next Saturday, September 9 we will gather at 10 a.m. to clean the parish grounds for our Festival. Plan to join us!
Sincerely in Christ,