This weekend we celebrate the Titular Feast of our Diocese--CORPUS CHRISTI!
We are blessed to be in the only diocese in the world named after The Body of Christ!
We joyfully celebrated the beautiful Season of Easter for 50 days. Now the church returns to Ordinary Time until the next liturgical season of Advent which prepares us once again for Christmas, the Birth of Our Lord.
In the midst of Ordinary Time there will be special celebrations. The Feast of the Most Holy Trinity follows Pentecost and then the Feast of Corpus Christi afterwards. There will be Marian feast days and those also of the Saints. So Ordinary Time is not so ordinary after all.
Enjoy all that Mother Church has to offer!
Peace and Blessings in your faith journey.
I am pleased to announce that we received approval for a $600,000 Loan from the Diocesan Deposit and Loan Board. This will be for a period of 15 years at 5% interest. Our monthly payments will be just under $5000.
Once we have final approval for the construction plans by Bishop Mulvey we will begin.
We still need your financial assistance! Every dollar helps. Please consider a sizable donation or pledge to our Gateway Campaign.
The Narthex will serve many purposes. Here is why this project is an important aspect to enhancing our Liturgy and Ministry of Hospitality:
Why the Narthex?
Baptismal Font---Liturgically, the proper location of the Baptismal Font is at or near the entrance of the Church as it is a reminder that one enters into the Church through the Sacrament of Baptism. This is why our campaign is named "Gateway Into Worship."
Ambry for the Holy Oils---These oils will be encased in an ambry and located in the Narthex and used for Baptisms and Anointing of the Sick.
Sacred Heart Shrine and Our Lady of Guadalupe Image---A more proper location for the Sacred Heart statue and Our Lady of Guadalupe image.
Choir Room/Bridal Room---A properly sized room for all the Choirs to store their robes and music. It will also offer a space for a Bride and her bride’s maids to prepare for the Wedding ceremony.
Mass Overflow Seating---Mainly during Easter, Christmas, and other highly attended Celebrations, we could seat up to 75 people in the Narthex who could participate through closed circuit TV broadcast.
Restrooms (ADA) & Water Fountain---Two conveniently located ADA restrooms and a water fountain. Parishioners who have medical conditions and parents with small children will find this a plus.
Fellowship Hall---A place to meet, greet, and gather before and after Mass.
Gathering Area---For First Communion and other Liturgical events.
Funeral Viewing---The area can be utilized for viewing of Loved Ones prior to a Funeral Mass.
Porte Cochère---A covered drive through and main entry into the Church for the handicapped, weddings, funerals, and during bad weather.
Usher Room---A place for the ushers to store their supplies.
Janitorial/Maintenance Room---A place to store cleaning supplies.
Great things happen with the power of prayer!
Please feel free to call me at my office with regard to any aspect of this project. Thank you.
- St. Catherine of Siena
On April 11, 2015, Divine Mercy Sunday, His Holiness Pope Francis proclaimed an Extraordinary Jubilee of Mercy and opened the Holy Door of St. Peter's on December 8, 2015 on the Solemnity of The Immaculate Conception. The Jubilee Year will conclude on November 20, 2016.
All who enter through the Holy Door in pilgrimage will receive a Jubilee Indulgence.
Here in the Diocese of Corpus Christi, Bishop Mulvey opened the Holy Door of the Cathedral on Sunday December 13, 2015. All who enter through here will also receive the Jubilee Indulgence.
Other Churches in our diocese that are designated as Pilgrimage Sites to receive the Jubilee Indulgence are:
Let us continue to pray for all families around the world.
A Prayer for the World Meeting of Families