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