Holy Rosary Parish Pastoral Plan

Mission Statement

We, Holy Rosary Church, established in 1913, are led by the Dominican Friars and are dedicated to Our Lady’s honor. Coming from different backgrounds and from across the area, we gather to worship and glorify God with the reverent celebration of the Mass, the sacraments, and the venerable traditions of our Catholic faith. Faithful to the Magisterium and our love of God and neighbor, we strive to live and spread the Gospel of Jesus Christ. We gratefully return to God all that He has given us by using our gifts and talents to build up His Church, support our parish family, and welcome all who yearn for Christ.

Goal 1

To enhance the sense of community at Holy Rosary Parish.
(Related to element of COMMUNITY)

Objectives

  1. To conduct catechesis on the family by 08/31/15.
  2. To host a Catholic trivia night by 08/31/15.
  3. To establish a parish visitation program to the homebound by 10/01/15.
  4. To host a fried chicken dinner after the 11 a.m. Sunday Mass by 11/15/15.

Goal 2

To educate ourselves in stewardship, so that we significantly enhance our ministries and resources.
(Related to element of STEWARDSHIP)

Objectives

  1. To establish a parish stewardship committee by 07/31/15.
  2. To send three to four parishioners to the 2015 Annual Stewardship Conference in Chicago by 09/01/15.
  3. To host a parish ministry fair by 10/18/15.
  4. To invite a speaker to talk on faith finances by 01/25/16.

Goal 3

Using a variety of means, especially word of mouth, to invite and welcome everyone to join our parish, particularly those living in our parish territory.
(Related to element of EVANGELIZATION)

Objectives

  1. To establish a parish welcoming committee by 07/31/15.
  2. To create an online parishioner registration form by 09/30/15.
  3. To redesign the parish website by 01/25/16.

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Holy Rosary Parish Pastoral Plan

Sứ Mệnh Giáo Xứ

Chúng tôi, thuộc giáo xứ Holy Rosary, được thành lập từ năm 1913 do các cha Dòng Đaminh phụ trách và đã được thánh hiến lên Đức Mẹ Maria. Từ những sắc dân khác nhau, chúng tôi tụ họp nơi đây để thờ phượng Chúa qua việc cử hành Phụng vụ, lãnh nhận các Bí tích và tuân giữ truyền thống đức tin Công giáo. Qua việc mến Chúa, yêu người và trung thành với giáo quyền, chúng tôi chú tâm đến sống đời sống đức tin và loan truyền Tin Mừng của Chúa Giêsu Kitô. Với tâm tình cảm tạ, chúng tôi xin dâng lên Chúa tất cả những gì Ngài ban qua việc sử dụng mọi ân sủng và khả năng để cùng xây dựng Hội Thánh Chúa, nâng đỡ lẫn nhau và ân cần đón tiếp tất cả những ai thao thức đến với Chúa Kitô.

Mục đích 1

Gia tăng ý thức tình cộng đoàn tại Giáo xứ Holy Rosary.
(Liên quan đến yếu tố CỘNG ĐOÀN)

Mục tiêu

  1. Hướng dẫn giáo lý về gia đình trước ngày 31/8/2015.
  2. Tổ chức đêm tìm hiểu Công Giáo trước ngày 31/8/2015.
  3. Thành lập chương trình thăm viếng đến các nơi trong giáo khu trước ngày 01/10/2015.
  4. Tổ chức bán gà chiên sau thánh lễ 11 giờ sáng trước ngày 15/11/2015.

Mục đích 2

Rèn luyện chúng ta nhận thức việc chia sẻ, để gia tăng chương trình mục vụ và tài chánh của giáo xứ.
(Liên quan đến yếu tố CHIA SẺ).

Mục tiêu

  1. Thành lập Ủy Ban Tài Chánh của giáo xứ trước ngày 31/07/2015.
  2. Gởi 3 hoặc 4 người trong giáo xứ tham dự Đại Hội Quản Trị Thường Niên trước ngày 01/09/2015.
  3. Tổ chức hội chợ về mục vụ cho giáo xứ trước ngày 18/10/2015.
  4. Mời thuyết trình về quản lý tài chánh trong đức tin trước ngày 25/01/2016.

Mục Đích 3

Dùng nhiều cách khác nhau, đặc biệt qua lời mời, để kêu gọi và chào đón những người khác gia nhập giáo xứ, đặc biệt đến những ai đang cư ngụ trong vùng phạm vi của giáo xứ.
(Liên quan đến yếu tố LOAN TRUYỀN CHÂN LÝ)

Mục tiêu

  1. Thành lập Ủy Ban Tiếp Tân của giáo xứ trước ngày 31/07/2015.
  2. Thành lập Đơn Ghi Danh Giáo xứ trước ngày 30/09/2015.
  3. Tu chỉnh Website của giáo xứ trước ngày 25/01/2015.
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The Church

Dear Parishioners,

The tenth point in our spirituality-of-communion discussion is the Church. This and the nine previous points can be found in Called to be community: a guide to living a spirituality of communion, which is a publication of Living City of the Focolare Movement.

Many if not most lay Catholics probably see the term “the Church” as being synonymous with “the Magisterium,” that is, the pope and the bishops in union with him. It’s easy to see how they could develop this understanding when phrases such as “the Church teaches…” are routinely used. The laity figures since they are not the ones teaching, they must not be the Church.

But the laity is a part of the Church just as much as the clergy. Anyone who has been baptized is part of the Church and has a responsibility to help care for it. Jesus said, “Where two or three are gathered together in my name, there am I in the midst of them” (Mt 18:20). Wherever the head is, there is also the body, for Christ cannot be separated from his Body, the Church. This means the Church is gathered even when only the laity is present, although the clergy are indispensible for celebrating most of the sacraments. Each member of the Church should do then what he or she can do to promote the Church’s unity.

When Christian missionaries arrived in Japan in the mid-nineteenth century after two centuries in which Japan had been closed to the West, they were astonished to find elements of the Christian faith still being practiced by the Japanese laity, even though the clergy had long been gone. It just goes to show you, the laity composes the Church too. And by loving one another as Christians and by promoting the Church’s unity, we foster a spirituality of communion.

I was enamored to see our own parish work together to create a parish pastoral plan over the last year. Many parishioners came to the assemblies in September, November, and January to give their input on how we could be the Church in Midtown Houston. Thank you! That’s living a spirituality of communion.

Name a time or two when you were able to live for the Church as a gift. Share your experience with others.

Brother Ian

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Support Our Dominican Friars

I’m still rejoicing at the crowds that we had for all our Easter liturgies, especially I rejoiced with the standing room only at the 8 a.m. mass on Easter. As I was walking down the center aisle, I was amazed. After 8 years at Holy Rosary I’d never seen that type of crowd at our earliest Sunday mass. It brought joy to my heart and made me reflect on how much we are growing as a parish in so many different ways, even in numbers. The Book of the Acts of the Apostles, which the Church proclaims through the Easter season, constantly reminds us how the small community of believers in Jerusalem added to their ranks, as a sign of the Spirit acting in peoples’ hearts.

As we continue the Easter season, we rejoice that this same Spirit is present among us, here and now, rekindling our faith in the Risen Savior. On a personal note, this is a time to celebrate in the many baptisms and weddings of which I’m a part.

Also, as Dominican friars, we are celebrating the support of several parishioners, friends, and benefactors in the planning of our Gala on Sunday, April 26, at the Houstonian Hotel. This fund raiser supports the formation of our Dominican student friars on their way to the priesthood—each student friar in formation costs about $40,000 dollars per year, we have 10 student friars!—the care of our older friars as they need constant medical care, and our present ministries. I appeal once again to your gracious generosity. If you’d like to buy a table for the Gala please call Ms. Valerie Chase or call me. If you cannot come this year, we’d appreciate you sending a donation. Make checks payable to: Dominican Gala or call to offer your gift with a credit card. No gift is too small.

We, Dominican Friars, have been preaching God’s Word and celebrating the sacraments at Holy Rosary since 1913 and we need to continue the mission.

My eternal gratitude to our 2015 Chairs Cheryl and John Sullivan, the Gala Committee, parishioners, and benefactors who are volunteering, have sent donations, have given auction items, and more importantly are praying for the success of the event.

We need you, the gift of priesthood is priceless!

In St. Dominic, the mendicant Preacher of Grace,

fr. Juan, OP

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