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We believe that the door to salvation is always open and so are the doors to our church. Our mission is to be fully devoted to Jesus by opening our arms to those in search of the truth. We show God’s love and concern for our fellow man at every opportunity. Through works of charity and opening our doors to listen and love, we feel that we are walking in the footsteps of Jesus Christ.
Church Office- 409-752-3571
Church office hours-
Mon-Thur. 8:00 a.m.- 4:00 p.m.
Friday 8:00 a.m.- 12:00 p.m.
Saturday at 4:00 PM
Sunday at 8:30 AM
Tuesday 8:00 AM
Wednesday- 8:00 AM
Thursday- 8:00 AM
Friday 8:00 AM
Reconciliation: Saturday 3:00- 3:45 p.m.
8:30 a.m. -noon
Baptism: Please call the
office for appointment. Baptism Classes are required.
Weddings: Diocesan policy for Marriage requires that you make an appointment with the pastor at least six months before the anticipated wedding. Please meet with the pastor before setting your final date.
CCD/CYO CLASSES HAVE STARTED
It's never too late to join us!
"Let the little children come to me"
Religious Education and Youth Group has begun. Come be a part of a great year, as we get closer to God!
Classes are on Sunday- Pre K through 5th are 9:30 a.m. to 10:45 a.m.
6th through 12th & CYO is Sunday night 6:00 to 7:15 p.m.
WOMENS CONFERENCE PLEASE REGISTER BEFORE IT FILLS UP!
Seating is limited. See below for an enlarged scan code.
First Reading — You humble of the land, seek justice and humility, and the Lord will be your protection
(Zephaniah 2:3; 3:12-13).
Psalm — The Lord blesses the humble and gives them the heavenly kingdom (Psalm 146).
Second Reading — God chose the weak of the world, those who count for nothing, so that whoever boasts should boast in the Lord (1 Corinthians 1:26-31).
Gospel — Jesus taught from the mountain: Blessed are the poor in spirit (Matthew 5:1-12a).
January 29, 2023 Fourth Sunday in Ordinary Time
THE PEOPLE OF GOD’S KINGDOM
In our Gospel reading from Matthew, we hear the Beatitudes, the stirring opening to the Sermon on the Mount. Jesus is proclaiming the coming of the kingdom of God, and begins by considering what kind of people will enter and participate in this kingdom. They are the poor in spirit, the meek, the clean of heart, the peacemakers. We hear both Zephaniah and Paul echo this, as God specifically chooses the weak and the lowly to be God’s agents in ushering in the reign of God. By living with humility and integrity, their hearts are open to being transformed by the grace of God. We too are called to live in this way. Jesus invites us to be people with open hearts, to receive God’s blessing. And working through us, God may bless all of creation.
WANT TO MAKE A DIFFERENCE? VOLUNTEER!
St. Elizabeth Hospital is looking for volunteers to work in several departments. Front desk, greeters, gift shop, waiting rooms ect. There are also opportunities for students over the age of 15, to work in clinical situations. please call
ST JOSEPHS ALTAR- Big Rich is looking for volunteers to help fry catfish for St. Josephs Altar at St Anthony's on Friday March 17th. Come be a part of Father Polys Catfish Crew! Proceeds fund many good causes. Sign up by calling the Church office. 409-752-3571
Baptism, Confirmation, Holy Communion, Confession, Marriage, Holy Orders, and the Anointing of the Sick—are the life of the Catholic Church. Each sacrament is an outward sign of an inward grace. When we participate in them worthily, each provides us with graces—with the life of God in our soul.
For Catholics, the Sacrament of Baptism is the first step in a lifelong journey of commitment and discipleship. Whether we are baptized as infants or adults, Baptism is the Church's way of celebrating and enacting the embrace of God.
Catholics believe the Eucharist, or Communion, is both a sacrifice and a meal. We believe in the real presence of Jesus, who died for our sins. As we receive Christ's Body and Blood, we also are nourished spiritually and brought closer to God.
The Catholic Sacrament of Reconciliation (also known as Penance, or Penance and Reconciliation) has three elements: conversion, confession and celebration. In it we find God's unconditional forgiveness; as a result we are called to forgive others.
Confirmation is a Catholic Sacrament of mature Christian commitment and a deepening of baptismal gifts. It is one of the three Sacraments of Initiation for Catholics. It is most often associated with the gifts of the Holy Spirit.
For Catholics, the Sacrament of Marriage, or Holy Matrimony, is a public sign that one gives oneself totally to this other person. It is also a public statement about God: the loving union of husband and wife speaks of family values and also God's values.
In the Sacrament of Holy Orders, or Ordination, the priest being ordained vows to lead other Catholics by bringing them the sacraments (especially the Eucharist), by proclaiming the Gospel, and by providing other means to holiness.
Anointing of the Sick
The Catholic Sacrament of Anointing of the Sick, formerly known as Last Rites or Extreme Unction, is a ritual of healing appropriate not only for physical but also for mental and spiritual sickness.
CATHOLIC PRAYER CORNER
God Be in My Head
God be in my head, and in my understanding;
God be in my eyes, and in my looking;
God be in my mouth, and in my speaking;
God be in my heart, and in my thinking;
God be at my end, and at my departing.
—Attributed to Old Sarum Primer
SAINTS AND SPECIAL OBSERVANCES
Sunday: Fourth Sunday in Ordinary Time;
Catholic Schools Week
Tuesday: St. John Bosco
Thursday: The Presentation of the Lord;
World Day for Consecrated Life;
Friday: St. Blase; St. Ansgar; First Friday;
Blessing of throats
Saturday: Blessed Virgin Mary; First Saturday
OUR FASCINATING FAITH
Candlemas (February 2)
Thanks to Pope Sergius I (687–701), on February 2 we celebrate the Presentation of the Lord. On this day we also commemorate the Purification of Mary, who complied with the Jewish law (Leviticus 12:1). The law indicated that a mother should be purified forty days after giving birth to a boy child. Since the eleventh century the Purification of Mary and the Presentation of the Lord have been celebrated with the blessing of all the candles and candlesticks that are going to be used during the year. This is done with the hope that there will never be a lack of light, either material or spiritual, in the houses of the faithful. The root of the word candlemas is the Latin verb candere (“to shine”) and from which also come the words candelabra and candlestick. This feast of candles recalls that Christians can, like Simon and the prophetess Anna in the temple, say that they also have seen salvation: Jesus the true Light who shines in the arms of Mary (Luke 2:25–38).
THE CHRISTIAN IDEAL
The Christian ideal has not been tried and found wanting. It has been found difficult and left untried.
—Gilbert K. Chesterton
If you remain constant in faith in the face of trial, the Lord will give you peace and rest for a time in this world, and forever in the next.
—St. Jerome Emiliani
November 24th - Thanksgiving Day. We will have Mass at 8:00 a.m. We wish you all a blessed and happy Thanksgiving with your friends and family.
November 27th is the First Sunday of Advent
Advent is the beginning of the New Liturgical year- it represents a time for us to renew, start again. It is a time of waiting and preparing for Christ. The four weeks of Advent stand for the virtues Jesus brought us- Hope, Love, Joy & Peace.