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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.
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 phone- 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.
WELCOME FATHER POLYCARP OTIENO-
We want to welcome our new priest Father Polycarp "Father Poly" to our Parish. A native of Kenya, Father Poly is coming to us from
St. Jude's where he has been for the past 5 years, and just won Padre of the year for our Diocese. We are excited to have him as our Pastor and look forward to getting to know him!
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/
WE WILL NEVER FORGET
Parishioner and fire fighter, Justin Lewis traveled to Austin to participate in a
re-enactment of 9/11. Wearing full gear the firemen climbed 144 flights of stairs. Our prayers remain with the families and first responders.
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!
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.
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.
First Reading — In spite of violence, destruction, and ruin, the just person, because of faith, will live
(Habakkuk 1:2-3; 2:2-4).
Psalm — If today you hear his voice, harden not your hearts (Psalm 95).
Second Reading — Bear hardship with the strength that comes from God (2 Timothy 1:6-8, 13-14).
Gospel — Lord, increase our faith! (Luke 17:5-10).
October 2, 2022 Twenty-seventh Sunday in Ordinary Time
THE GIFT OF FAITH
Faith is a gift. When the disciples asked Jesus to increase their faith, they were going to the source of that faith with their request. God is the giver of all good gifts, including faith. When we put our faith in Christ, we believe that God is with us, even though we cannot physically see God. Or can we? If we are attentive, we see the evidence of God’s presence in the love of family and friends, care poured out in service of our neighbors, the living beauty of creation. This is not blind faith, but rather is the result of seeing with the eyes of faith. Followers of Jesus look beyond what is apparent to see what is possible with the power and presence of the Holy Spirit within and among us.
PRAYER OF THE WEEK
Twenty-seventh Sunday in Ordinary Time
Almighty ever-living God,
who in the abundance of your kindness
surpass the merits and the desires of those who entreat you,
pour out your mercy upon us
to pardon what conscience dreads
and to give what prayer does not dare to ask. Help us to be more like Jesus.
Through our Lord Jesus Christ, your Son,
who lives and reigns with you
in the unity of the Holy Spirit,
God, for ever and ever.
How has God’s kindness surpassed what I think I deserve?
PRACTICE WHAT YOU PREACH
Preach always; if necessary, use words.
—Attributed to St. Francis of Assisi
When the day of judgment comes, we shall not be asked what we have read, but what we have done.
—Thomas à Kempis
DO ALL THINGS IN LOVE