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Welcome

 

Our Pastor is

 

Reverend

 

Polycarp

 

Otieno 

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.

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. 

Mass Times

 

WEEKENDS

Saturday at 4:00 PM
Sunday    at 8:30 AM 

Weekdays:

Tuesday        8:00 AM

Wednesday- 8:00 AM

Thursday-     8:00 AM

Friday            8:00 AM

Reconciliation: Saturday 3:00- 3:45 p.m. 

Adoration- Wednesday 

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.

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TODAY’S READINGS
First Reading — He shall bring justice for the afflicted; the earth shall overflow with the knowledge of the LORD
(Isaiah 11:1-10).
Psalm — Peace and justice will come in the day of the Lord (Psalm 72).
Second Reading — Glorify God by living in harmony with one another, welcoming each other as Christ welcomed you (Romans 15:4-9).
Gospel — Produce good fruit worthy of your baptism; repent, for the reign of God is near (Matthew 3:1-12).

ANNOUNCEMENTS**************

APPEAL for CATHOLIC MINISTRIES- ACM formerly BFA- Bishops Faith Appeal, will be funding the same ministries as BFA. We have almost reached our donated goal, but any overage is sent back to the home parish. There are supplies available in the church or You can donate online at- dobgifts.org/appeal-for-catholic-ministries-2022/

 

 

 

 

 

 

INSTALLATION MASS & CELEBRATION- Everyone is invited to the installation Mass

for father Polycarp on December 4th at 10:00 a.m. Mass. Bishop David Toups will be at Our Lady of Sorrows to install Father Poly

as the Pastor of Our Lady of Sorrows

A lunch will be

provided after Mass

in our Church

Hall. Please join us for

this joint celebration.

 

CHRISTMAS EVE MASS- Our Christmas Eve Mass will be on Saturday December 24th at 4:00 p.m. It will be our usual

children's program

Mass. (We are practicing!) 

This is a special time

for our children to serve

 others as they praise

God. We hope to see

you there. There will

also be a Mass at 8:30 a.m.

on Christmas day.

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.

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December 4, 2022 Second Sunday of Advent
HARMONY

Have you ever known a moment when, just for a brief instant, you felt that all was right with the world? It is just such a moment, stretched into eternity, that the writer of Isaiah describes in today’s first reading: the perfection of everything, centered in God’s spirit, where knowledge, justice, and awe in God’s presence reign. In such a paradise, everyone sees eye to eye and thinks in harmony with each other, as Saint Paul describes in his letter to the Romans. Even animals with a natural animosity toward one another coexist peacefully. John the Baptist understood that such harmonious relationships do not simply happen. They are the fruit of living in right relationship with God and others.

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SACRAMENTS BRING

US CLOSE TO GOD

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.

 

CATHOLIC PRAYER CORNER
The Hail Mary
Hail Mary, full of grace,
the Lord is with thee;
blessed art thou among women
and blessed is the fruit of thy womb, Jesus.
Holy Mary, Mother of God,
pray for us sinners,
now and at the hour of our death. Amen.

OUR FASCINATING FAITH
The Immaculate Conception (December 8)
December 8 we celebrate the patronal solemnity of the United States and the greatest of Mary’s Advent festivals. On that day we remember Mary’s conception in the womb of her mother (and nine months later, on September 8, we celebrate Mary’s birth). In this liturgy, we affirm our belief that God prepared Mary to be the mother of the son of God by allowing her a share, from the moment of her conception, in the salvation that would be won for all by Christ.
Five mothers make their presence felt on December 8. The first is Eve, the mother of all the living. The second is Mary’s mother, who conceived, brought to birth, and nurtured an “immaculate” daughter who would become the mother of the Word made Flesh. The third is Elizabeth, who conceived her son John “in her old age.” The fourth, of course, is Mary herself. Finally, the letter to the Ephesians and the texts of the Mass for this feast remind us that the Church has been “chosen” to be a spiritual mother. We pray: “The image of the Virgin is found in your Church . . . Trace in our actions the lines of her love, in our hearts her readiness of faith.”
In this Advent time, we are called, as Mary was, to make room for Christ in our hearts. What will it take, what will be the cost for us to become, as Mary became, real “bearers of the Word?” Let us be open to the intercession of Mary on our behalf, that we may become more and more like her beloved Son.













 

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Coming up...

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.

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