Where is our church family's home? Is it really 3617 Milam Street? People travel from across the Archdiocese of Galveston-Houston to come to Holy Rosary to celebrate and share their faith through the liturgical and sacramental life of the church as well as the gift of Holy Preaching shared by the Dominican Friars. This foundation is what makes Holy Rosary such a place to call home where all of us are welcome to enter into communion with God, with the Saints, and with our baptized brothers and sisters.
The communion we experience with God is the cornerstone of our house. For the past several weeks, I had the distinct pleasure of listening to some moving testimonies of the faith-filled moments some parishioners have had at our parish. Within these stone walls of our church, our faith is reassured, and our hope is renewed. Being a Dominican parish, we also experience a unique connection with our saints. The stain glasses in our beautiful church give us the sense that we are surrounded by the great saints of the Dominican Order literally letting the light of God shine through them and casting that light down upon us. We look up to them for inspiration and intercession. Then there is the communion that we have with one another both in our liturgical celebrations and through the fellowship we share outside of them. lt is a blessing to see how communion takes place among the young and the old, the rich and the poor, the native and the migrant.
At the same time, just like any other home, there will always be times when we may not feel as comfortable at our church family's home as we have in the past. Maybe the zeal inside of us is gone or the passion for truth is lost. But the important thing is that we allow the Holy Spirit to renew our lives by bringing us back into communion with God, with our Saints, and with one another. So, as we travel and go our separate ways this week, I pray that we may all meet again in the place we call home, Holy Rosary Catholic Church-a place of celebration, renewal, preaching, and communion.