As I mentioned last weekend in my homily, quoting Matthew Kelly, Lay Evangelist, “Don’t give up the chocolate this Lent!” Do something extra that changes not only your life, but the lives of others.
Lent begins this Wednesday. I invite you to deepen your spirituality by receiving daily mediations from Matthew Kelly’s website:
This is a wonderful time of the year to receive the Sacrament of Reconciliation and Holy Eucharist, if you haven’t already been doing so. Please call me should you need to schedule an appointment to discuss returning to the Sacraments.
Remember we are called to give alms, pray more, and fast! (Matthew 6)
As Matthew Kelly says:
“BE BOLD! BE CATHOLIC!”
Also, check out www.WordOnFire.com
for inspirational reflections for Lent from Bishop Robert Barron. See the video to right.
ENJOY YOUR LENTEN SPIRITUAL JOURNEY!
We recently conducted the annual Catholic Stewardship Appeal. Thank you for your participation. Below is the video that was presented.
- 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:
As you may already know, we have been in a Capital Campaign since 2010 called Gateway Into Worship to build this addition. We are still in the process of raising funds in order to realize this final stage of our project, Phase III. The first two phases dealt with much needed repairs and the interior church renovation.
At the recommendation of the Finance Council and Gateway Into Worship Committee, we will be applying for a $700,000 loan from the Diocesan Deposit & Loan. In order to do so we need 50% of this in cash--$350,000. Currently in our building fund we have $123,500 we need to raise an additional $226,000 to meet our application goal.
We have over $300,000 in pledges to date. I encourage those who have pledged to follow through with this important committment to our church.
We 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.
To make this project happen, as always, I ask for your prayers. 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.
Let us continue to pray for all families around the world.
A Prayer for the World Meeting of Families