Welcome

 

Welcome, and thank you for visiting Our Lady of Sorrows Church online. We hope that our website gives you the information you are seeking. Please feel free to read more about our church on this site, or come in for a visit. We would love to greet you and share with you our love for Jesus Christ and for you, our neighbor.

Our Faith

 

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.

Mass Times

 

Mass is held in the Church:

Saturday evening at 4:30 PM
Sunday Morning at 7:30 AM and 10:00 AM.

Weekdays: Wednesday, Thursday & Friday at 8:00 AM

Reconciliation: Saturday 3:30-4:00 PM

Baptism by appointment.

Weddings:  Begin by calling the parish office 6 months prior to provisional wedding date.

PHONE # 409-752-3571

Office Hours M-Th  8--4

                      Friday  8--12

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The seven sacraments—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.

Baptism

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.

 

Eucharist

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.

 

Reconciliation

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
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.

 

Marriage
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.

 

Holy Orders
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.

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Our Hearts are broken...

Our Beloved Father Luong Tran passed away on Monday November 22nd at 3:33 a.m.

An unexpected condition took him to heaven, leaving us to pray for him and our own consolation. He was Our Beloved Country Pastor and has been the leader of our family at Our Lady of Sorrows for 23 years. We love him and will always miss him. Whenever any one of us were away from the church, he always greeted us with the words "welcome home". We believe he was greeted with the same words when he saw God's face." My good and faithful servant, Welcome Home"

Services include : Sunday November 28th 2:00pm Our Lady of Sorrows -receiving the Body, followed by Rosary, viewing and sharing of memories. 5:00 pm Vigil Service

Sunday November 29th- Funeral 10:00am

St. Anthony Cathedral Basilica with graveside following at the China Cemetery. All are invited to a reception in the church hall.

TODAY’S READINGS 11/28/2021
First Reading — The days are coming when the LORD will fulfill the promise made to Israel and Judah (Jeremiah 33:14-16).
Psalm — To you, O Lord, I lift my soul (Psalm 25).
Second Reading — May the Lord make you increase and abound in love that you may be blameless in holiness; conduct yourselves so as to please God
(1 Thessalonians 3:12 — 4:2).
Gospel — There will be signs and you will see the Son of Man coming with power and great glory. Be vigilant (Luke 21:25-28, 34-36).

November 28, 2021 First Sunday of Advent

WATCHFUL CONFIDENCE
We the Church enter into Advent and the new liturgical year with a call for a watchful confidence. Our readings were originally addressed to communities undergoing great loss and confusion. Jeremiah speaks confidently of God fulfilling the ancient promises to Israel, even during a time of foreign invasion. Paul speaks of God leading the Church into holiness, while the community longs for the coming of Jesus. In the Gospel passage from Luke, Jesus speaks of powerful signs and of great confusion to come, but emphasizes that we may look forward knowing that God brings not cause for despair, but hope. We celebrate Advent to remind each other of God’s faithfulness. We are to be watchful, to see how God is stirring up our world. God disturbs both our pride and our complacency, and brings us healing and justice. We prepare ourselves to welcome Jesus, confident that God indeed fulfills all these divine promises.

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