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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.

245 W. Hwy 90, China, Texas 77613
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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  Children's Mass is Sunday August 11th

                8:30 a.m. Join Us!

Sunday July 21, 2024

Sixteenth Sunday of Ordinary Time

     The Lord is our shepherd, guiding and

  protecting us, and providing for all things. 

  TODAY’S READINGS

First Reading- Jeremiah 23:1-6- Jeremiah proclaims that the Lord sees the misdeeds of the shepherds who shepherd his people and will punish them. He will appoint shepherds who will shepherd his people so they no longer fear.

 

Psalm-23:1-6- The Lord is my Shepherd; there is nothing I shall want.

 

Second Reading- Ephesians 2:13-18- Saint Paul writes that through the sacrifice of Christ, we have become close to God. 

Gospel- Mark 6:30-34- In the Gospel, the Apostles and Jesus go off to rest and are followed by a vast crowd. Moved by their lack of a shepherd to guide them, Jesus teaches them many things.

From the time of creation God has watched over us and guided us, judging our needs and our care for one another. When no person could shepherd us back to him, he sent his son to reconcile us to himself and free us from the bonds of sin.

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BACK TO THE TABLE- Bishop David Toups and the Diocese of Beaumont have launched a new program, encouraging us to come back to the family table and to Christs table. For more information, prayers, discussions and back to the table recipes**Please text  the word "table" to 55321** PLEASE join us at the table- bring your family and friends. 

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In today's first reading from Jeremiah we hear the Lord in agony over the shepherds he has called to tend to his flock. Jeremiah shares God’s words: "You have scattered my sheep and driven them away. You have not cared for them, but I will take care to punish your evil deeds."

It could be easy to look at this and think about the faults of priests and bishops over the centuries, but I read this and hear Jeremiah talking to me and to all of us. Vatican II was very clear that as lay people we are all called to preach the Good News, to engage the culture, to help bring people into the Church, and to show love to all we meet. Pope Paul VI stated: "As sharers in the role of Christ as priest, prophet, and king, the laity have their work cut out for them in the life and activity of the Church. Their activity is so necessary within the Church communities that without it the apostolate of the pastors is often unable to achieve its full effectiveness." (Apostolicam Actuositatem, section 10) Let's reflect on that for a second. The pope said that if we do not evangelize and fulfill our offices of priest, prophet, king, then pastors cannot be truly effective. See how the words from Jeremiah start to apply to us today? I think there is an ideology that has crept into the Church that as long as we are nice and treat others well then people will somehow make the connection that we are Christian and we don't need to explicitly evangelize. Of course, this doesn't work. Any number of people can be nice and caring without being  Christian. Christ makes it clear in the Gospels: "Go therefore and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, and teaching them to obey everything that I have commanded you. And remember, I am with you always, to the end of the age." (Matthew 28:19-20)

In order for us to respond to the call of Christ we have to ask for the courage to be explicit about our faith. Living a good life is not enough. Everyone has different strengths and spiritual gifts, so maybe you are not personally called to go into the streets and talk to people about Jesus or to give a public talk at a youth group, but there is something specific that God is calling you to do. Maybe it is talking with a coworker or someone at the gym who has questions or maybe even someone at the parish who needs some help. Let's pray today that we might realize how God is calling each of us to evangelize in our own way. Jesus has chosen us to be instruments of his love, peace, and mercy. Let's answer the call and preach the Gospel to all those we meet.

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