Sharing the Gifts All Have to Offer

Dear Parishioners & Visitors,

The Friday after Thanksgiving, the whole morning in our church and courtyard was a unified and remarkable flurry of activity by 105 parishioners sweeping, cleaning, polishing, placing wreaths, constructing crèches, and more.

Amen!

Sunday, December 6, our St. Nicholas festivities in our parish hall featured singing along with guitar and piano playing musicians with many families joining in with crafts and caroling and providing days of cooking delicious Vietnamese cuisine. The whole morning and afternoon was a joyous time of sharing the gifts all have to offer.

Amen!

That same evening, our Holy Rosary Schola, with the leadership of Mr. David Paxton, offered a most memorable and moving concert of sacred music featuring Hail the true Body (Ave verum Corpus) by William Byrd.

“O sweet, O merciful, O Jesus, Son of Mary. Have mercy on me.”

Amen!

In God’s loving kindness,

—fr. Chris, O.P.

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Solemnity of the Immaculate Conception of the Blessed Virgin Mary

Dear Parishioners & Visitors,

This Tuesday, December 8, is the Solemnity of the Immaculate Conception of the Blessed Virgin Mary. It is a Holy Day of Obligation and a holy day of joy that God saw fit for Mary to be “redeemed from the moment of her conception” (CCC, 491). This truth is held to be a dogma of the Church as Pope Pius IX proclaimed in 1854:

The most Blessed Virgin Mary was, from the first moment of her conception, by a singular grace and privilege of almighty God and by virtue of the merits of Jesus Christ, Savior of the human race, preserved immune from all stain of original sin.

Here at Holy Rosary, we are recipients of God’s graces offered to Mary in the mysteries of her most Holy Rosary. St. Dominic received the Holy Rosary from the Blessed Virgin Mary, and our Southern Dominican Province of St. Martin de Porres was instituted on the Solemnity of the Immaculate Conception, December 8, 1979. So, for our Province, this will be our 36th anniversary. With great joy, let us celebrate God’s goodness to us. The Rosary is an integral part of our Dominican habit; whether in private or in common, let us rededicate ourselves to the prayer of the Rosary.

Monday, there will be a Vigil Mass at 5:15 p.m. and on Tuesday, Mass will be offered at 12:05 p.m., 5:15 p.m., and in Vietnamese at 7 p.m.

Respectfully yours in God’s Mother and ours, Mary, the Immaculate Conception, and in Jesus Christ her Son,

In God’s loving kindness,

—fr. Chris, O.P.

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