Holy Rosary Parish Pastoral Plan

Approved StampMission 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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Almsgiving for Lent

I’m writing this as I’m on my way to Tennessee. I will be meeting with our Provincial, fr. Thomas Condon, O.P., and his Council at St. Peter’s, our parish in downtown Memphis, from Thursday through Saturday. The Southern Provincial Council consists of the former Provincial, fr. Chris Eggleton, O.P., and 6 friars elected at the Provincial Chapter in May 2014. It ordinarily meets four times a year, and occasionally, they invite a friar to discuss specific matters. For the upcoming meeting, I have been asked to speak about our provincial development program and I have prepared a report that contains the updates of all the fund raising efforts of our Province to date. Coming from Houston, it will be my privilege to inform the Provincial and his Council of the successful Wine Tasting we had at Holy Rosary on February 8 and also that the preparations for the April 26 Gala are under way.

As we embrace the First Sunday of Lent, we remember that the Church traditionally asks us to prepare for Easter through prayer, fasting, and almsgiving. Thus, many parishioners have asked me if I know of a worthy cause to which to contribute. If you prayerfully discern to offer your almsgiving toward the formation of more Dominican Friars and the care of our infirm friars, I will be eternally grateful. Simply write us a check (payable to Dominican Gala) or call Valerie Chase for further assistance (i.e. using credit cards, buying a table for the Gala, or donating an auction item).

May this season of Lent give us the desire to walk closer to Jesus Christ, and may our earthly pilgrimage of loving God and neighbor take us into the promise of eternal life.

In Christ,

fr. Juan, O.P.

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Lent Begins This Wednesday

Dear Parishioners,

This coming Wednesday, the Church enters the great season of Lent. Holy Rosary Parish will have its usual 12:05 and 5:15 p.m. Masses with confessions heard for one-half hour before each Mass. In addition, there will be a 7 p.m. Mass in Vietnamese. Ashes will be distributed after the homily during each Mass.

Lent is a penitential season, and therefore, the Church highly encourages the faithful to make use of religious practices such as daily Mass, confession, the Stations of the Cross, works of charity and justice, and acts of self-denial to foster their spiritual growth. The obligation to undertake penance during Lent is serious. Occasional instances of failing to perform penance is not necessarily serious. No one should become overly scrupulous.

The Church obliges all Catholics ages 18 to 59, unless prevented by poor health, to fast on Ash Wednesday, February 18, and Good Friday, April 3. To fast means to eat no more than one full meal and two smaller meals, which taken together do not equal the one full meal, within a 24-hour period. Also, all Catholics age 14 and older are to abstain from eating meat and foods prepared from meat such as sauces, gravies, and soups from meat stock on Ash Wednesday, Lenten Fridays, and Good Friday.

The Stations of the Cross will be prayed at Holy Rosary on the Wednesdays of Lent at 11:15 a.m. and on the Fridays of Lent immediately after the 5:15 p.m. Mass. I hope you can join us.

Also, everyone is invited to take part in the national 40 Days for Life February 18-March 29. In addition to 40 days of prayer and fasting, consider praying outside of Planned Parenthood at 4600 Gulf Freeway for an hour or more on Thursday, February 26, and Thursday, March 26, which are Holy Rosary Parish sponsored days. For more information, please contact Cindy Hotze at 281-630-5918 or cahotze@att.net.

May you have a blessed Lent that leads to the joy of Easter.

Brother Ian, O.P.

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