Next Friday, March 1, 2013, will mark the Centennial Anniversary of the founding of Holy Rosary Parish, when Bishop Nicholas Gallagher, the Bishop of Galveston, and Father Leo Matthew Heagan, O.P., the Prior Provincial of the Province of St. Joseph, signed a contract establishing Holy Rosary Church in Houston. I have recently been imagining all the changes the parish has seen in its first hundred years—new and former parishioners, different pastors, various parish organizations, new constructions, the opening and the closing of the parochial school, and local, national, and world events. It’s as Qoheleth says in the Book of Ecclesiastes,
There is an appointed time for everything,
and a time for every affair under the heavens.
A time to be born, and a time to die;
a time to plant, and a time to uproot the plant.
A time to kill, and a time to heal;… (Eccl 3:1-3a).
Still, the more things change, the more they stay the same. Father Lambert (Carl) Trutter, O.P., wrote in the parish’s commemorative booklet for its Fiftieth Anniversary,
The future of Holy Rosary parish lies ahead, still unknown. In the past the parish was in the suburbs; at the present it is a centrally located parish, with old homes, new offices and new apartments, awaiting its future. A trend toward high-rise apartment and office buildings is now beginning. In this great city of banks and insurance companies and shipping and petroleum products and ranching and manned spacecraft development and education, the Dominican fathers will continue their apostolate of saving souls in an ever-changing context.
Amen to that! Please join me for the parish’s Centennial Celebration next Sunday, March 3, at 12:30 p.m.