245 W. Hwy 90, China, Texas 77613
Our Pastor is
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 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.
Next Childrens Mass is Sunday June 11at 8:30 a.m.
APPEAL for CATHOLIC MINISTRIES- "Building the Kingdom Together" has begun! Formerly the BFA this is the annual appeal. The funds are used throughout the Diocese to fund the many needs of God's people. There are several ways to give. Envelopes can be found in the church, or go online to www.dobgifts.org. Scan codes are also available.
FOR THE GOOD GALA
Mark your calendars for Saturday June 10 for the second annual Gala! Semi -formal attire. visit: www.dioceseofbmt.org for tickets or registration
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.
Sunday May 28, 2023 PENTECOST
First Reading —Acts 2:1-11 Tongues of fire appeared and came to rest upon each of the Apostles. And they were filled with the Holy Spirit and were able to proclaim.
Psalm — Ps 104:1,24, 29-30, 31, 34. Lord, send out your Spirit and renew the face of the earth.
Second Reading — 1 Cor. 12:3b-7, 12-13. There are different kinds of spiritual gifts but one Spirit; there are different workings but the same God who produces them. All parts of the body, though many make one body.
GOSPEL- John 20:19-23 Jesus said, Peace be with you. As the father has sent me, so I send you. And he breathed on them and said receive the Holy Spirit. Whose sins you forgive are forgiven and those retain are retained.
PENTECOST- The Birth of the Church-The very first Confirmation. When we receive the helper, the Paraclete. It so important for us to not only receive the Holy Spirit, but to allow the Holy Spirit to have an active role in our lives. To live each day in recognition of his presence, as our guide and helper. In prayer and adoration we can acknowledge the Spirit and turn to him with all our needs.
CATHOLIC PRAYER CORNER
Come Holy Spirit come! Christ has no body now on earth but yours, no hands but yours, no feet but yours. It is through your eyes that he sees compassion.
For the Week of May 28, 2023
Sunday -Pentecost Sunday
Day: Acts 2:1-11; Ps 104:1, 24, 29-30, 31, 34; 1 Cor 12:3b-7, 12-13; Jn 20:19-23
Monday -Memorial of the Blessed Virgin Mary, Mother of the Church Gn 3:9-15, 20 or Acts 1:12-14; Ps 87:1-2, 3 & 5, 6-7; Jn 19:25-34
Tuesday- Sir 35:1-12; Ps 50:5-6, 7-8, 14 & 23; Mk 10:28-31
Wednesday-Feast of the Visitation of the Blessed Virgin Mary Zep 3:14-18a or Rom 12:9-16; Is 12:2-3, 4bcd, 5-6; Lk 1:39-56
Thursday- Memorial of Saint Justin, Martyr
Sir 42:15-25; Ps 33:2-3, 4-5, 6-7, 8-9; Mt 10:46-52
Friday-Saints Marcellinus and Peter, Martyrs
Sir 44:1, 9-13; Ps 149:1b-2, 3-4, 5-6a & 9b;
Saturday-Saint Charles Lwanga and Companions, Marytrs; Sir 51:12cd-20; Ps 19:8, 9, 10, 11; Mk 11:27-33