Dearly Beloved in Christ:
Some of you have asked me in the past for information on how to contact a priest in cases of sacramental emergency, for instance, when a loved one is in hospice, critically ill and in the hospital, or when death is imminent. We do have an emergency phone number for such occasions. The number is: 409-354-6598. Please note that the above number is different from the regular parish number and is intended for sacramental emergency situations or when death is imminent. Some of you might have received a note through the Parish App last week, informing you about this emergency number. Please save it on your phone so that you will have it readily on hand when the need for it arises. Note too, that it is a cell phone number and so can receive text messages as well. The emergency number is also posted on our parish website and in the bulletin.
In last week’s bulletin, I shared with all of you that I received a letter from Cardinal DiNardo, thanking all of you for your generous support of the 2017 DSF campaign. Here are a few excerpts from his letter –
“Dear Father Ezuma,
I write to congratulate you and the parishioners of Holy Family Catholic Church on this occasion of a successful Diocesan Services Fund (DSF) 2017. Through your support and the realization of your DSF goal, it is a sure testament to the prayers and commitment of you and the good people of your parish in service of the 60-plus ministries within the Archdiocese of Galveston-Houston”.
Thank you for your great generosity! Later this week (on Wednesday, January 17th), I will be attending a meeting at the Sacred Heart Co-Cathedral in preparation to kick off the 2018 DSF campaign. The theme for this year’s campaign is “Instruments of Mercy”. Our parish goal remains the same at $81,000.00 due to the ongoing Archdiocesan Capital Campaign, and will remain so throughout the duration of the Campaign. I intend to share more information on how together, we can all help to serve as instruments of God’s mercy through our support of, and participation in the DSF.
So many of you have generously contributed to our Parish Wish List. Thank you very much and may the Good Lord bless you abundantly. We will be sharing updates on the maintenance work and projects at the different churches as they become available.
The office will be closed on Monday, January 15th in observance of the Rev. Martin Luther King Day. You are all invited to join the Cardinal, members of the clergy and other faithful from across the diocese at a
Mass later that day at the Co-Cathedral of the Sacred Heart, Downtown Houston, in honor of the birthday of Dr. King. See page 10 for more details.
Be reminded that the Archdiocesan 13th Annual Steps4Students 5k Run/Walk, which helps to raise funds for Catholic education in our diocese, is scheduled for Saturday, February 17, 2018 in front of the Co-Cathedral of the Sacred Heart, Downtown Houston. Our Holy Family Catholic School will be participating in this event. To register, go to steps4students.org and select the “REGISTER” on the top of the page; next, click the “JOIN” button next to Holy Family (Rita Hesse). If you would rather hit the snooze button on that day, you can still support us by making a donation either online through the above webpage or via regular mail to the parish office. Please help me reach my goal to raise $10,000.00 to support our Holy Family School by donating online at https://steps4students.org/myfundraising/?kwofrid=JLYM3E9 or offline by sending your contribution to the parish office. Thank you for supporting Catholic education!
Also, remember that starting on the first weekend in February of this year – February 3/4, we will be introducing more opportunities for the celebration of the Sacrament of Reconciliation (Confessions) and Anointing of the Sick, 24-Hour Eucharistic Adoration as well as new mass and CCE times. The new schedule is listed on page 8 of this bulletin. The new changes are in bold font for easy identification. These changes are fruits of our collective discernment as a parish through the Parish Town Hall meetings we had last October. Again, note that the start date for these new changes is the weekend of February 3/4 2018.
Our Seminarian, Mr. Norbert C. Oparaji, has been granted an extension in his Pastoral Formation. As a result, he will be with us until next summer. While with us, he will be engaged with different pastoral assignments to help him in his ongoing priestly formation.
In imitation of the Prophet Samuel in the First Reading and the two disciples in the Gospel, may we always seek to do God’s will, especially by working together toward the formation of a one Holy Family Parish, united in the joy of the Holy Spirit and in charity, as missionary disciples, amen!
In Christ’s love,
Fr. Jude Ekenedilichukwu Ezuma