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Sacred Music (Part II)

Liturgical worship is given a more noble form when the divine offices are celebrated solemnJy in song, with the assistance of sacred ministers and the active participation of the people.

The treasure of sacred music is to be preserved and fostered with great care. Choirs must be diligently promoted, especially in cathedral churches; but bishops and other pastors of souls must be at pains to ensure that, whenever the sacred action is to be celebrated with song, the whole body of the faithful may be able to contribute that active participation which is rightly theirs.

-Constitution on the Sacred Liturgy, Sacrosancturn Concilium # 113

Religious' Corner

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Our Holy Father, Pope Francis, writes: "One of the more serious temptations which stifles boldness and zeal is a defeatism which turns us into querulous and disillusioned pessimists, "sourpusses". Nobody can go off to battle unless he is fully convinced of victory beforehand. If we start without confidence, we have already lost half the battle and we bury our talents. While painfully aware of our own frailties, we have to march on without giving in, keeping in mind what the Lord said to Saint Paul: "My grace is sufficient for you, for my power is made perfect in weakness" (2 Car 12:9). Christian triumph is always a cross, yet a cross which is at the same time a victorious banner borne with aggressive tenderness against the assaults of evil. The evil spirit of defeatism is brother to the temptation to separate, before its time, the wheat from the weeds; it is the fruit of an anxious and self-centered lack of trust" -Evangelii Gaudium, 85.

How joyful are we? Pope Francis writes this passage in his apostolic exhortation, The Joy of the Gospel, but I don't feel very joyful when the Holy Father convicts me of being a sourpuss. Yet, the Holy Father reminds me of the depth of joy which comes through the crosses of my life. In my office hangs a picture which I refer to as "Three Contemplative Smiles" (pictured below). While most people see two of the sisters smiling, they are not sold on the third sister in the middJe. However, is joy onJy expressed through a smile? Indeed, Christian joy is always rooted in a blessed assurance that God will be there for us. Therefore, the smile of the sister in the middle is the smile that we all should have as Christians. What else can make us more joyful than this, the joy of knowing that the victory is already won through the Resurrection of our Lord!

-br. James Martin Nobles, O.P.

Archdiocesan Youth Conference

AYC 2018 - "CHOSEN"
Hilton Americas Hotel
July 20-22, 2018

Contact your parish for registration information!

The Archdiocesan Youth Conference (AYC) gathers over 2,800 participants - both youth and adults - from all over the local Church. AYC is the largest evangelizing event for older adolescents that the Office of Adolescent Catechesis and Evangelization hosts annually.

Through this event, incoming ninth graders through outgoing high school seniors are challenged to live out their faith, learn informative presentations, listen to outstanding national speakers, and make new friendships.

AYC provides youth with a unique opportunity to interact with the Cardinal and Auxiliary Bishop of the Archdiocese to celebrate the sacraments, to pray, and reflect on the role of the Young Church of Galveston-Houston.

Participants will experience the diversity of the Archdiocese of Galveston-Houston! They will have the opportunity to share and deepen their relationship with Jesus Christ through daily Mass, Exposition of the Blessed Sacrament, confession, and other prayer experiences.

Contact
Randy Adams, Conference Director
Email Randy
713-741-8723

Liturgical Tips

Sacred Music

The musical tradition of the universal Church is a treasure of inestimable value, greater even than that of any other art. The main reason for this pre-eminence is that, as sacred song united to the words, it forms a necessary or integral part of the solemn liturgy.

Holy Scripture, indeed, has bestowed praise upon sacred song, and the same may be said of the fathers of the Church and of the Roman pontiffs who in recent times, led by St. Pius X, have explained more precisely the ministerial function supplied by sacred music in the service of the Lord.

Therefore, sacred music is to be considered the more holy in proportion as it is more closely connected with the liturgical action, whether it adds delight to prayer, fosters unity of minds, or confers greater solemnity upon the sacred rites. But the Church approves of all forms of true art having the needed qualities, and admits them into divine worship.

-Constitution on the Sacred Liturgy, Sacrosanctum Concilium # 112

Religious' Corner

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This past week I was surprised by the fact that I shared the last name with Johnathan Wayne Nobles, a man executed in the State of Texas on October 7, 1998. Nobles confessed to the murder of two people and the assault of a third victim who survived. While his crimes were atrocious, what makes Nobles known among Texas Catholics was not these crimes but his conversion. While in prison Johnathan not only converted to Catholicism but also became a member of the Dominican Order and Laity. He spent the last years of his life studying, praying, and repenting as a Dominican. Seeking any opportunity for contrition, he eventually met with some of his victims' family members to express his sorrow. A mother of one of the victims said in a later interview, "You don't have to forgive what he did. You have to forgive him ... I went against my whole family, but I knew that if I didn't tell Jonathan I had forgiven him, I would be a prisoner for the rest of my life."

The older I get the more intrigued I am by what surprises me. Why am I surprised by the story of Johnathan Nobles or the level of forgiveness shown him? This practice of introspection is necessary for growth in the spiritual life, and too often you and I miss the opportunity to ask ourselves, Why? Now, sometimes, this question is counterproductive when we demand an answer to our question. Yet, the question "Why?" can be an invitation of the Holy Spirit if we allow ourselves to encounter a new, unnoticed part of our life. The answer may not come right away or even at all, but the introspective questioning is what grows virtue! So, if the story of Johnathan Nobles struck you, I invite you to have the courage to ask the question, "Why?" Let us not demand an answer, but allow this question the noble courage it deserves.

-br. James Martin Nobles, O.P.

Looking to help those affected by Hurricane Harvey? Here is how you can help

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Please make all donations directly to Catholic Charities. They are also giving out assistance to those in need. 

Some of the items that are needed are:

  • Diapers including adult sizes
  • Feminine hygiene products
  • Toiletries
  • Toilet paper
  • Paper towels
  • All baby items
  • And household cleaning products

You can also contact Karina Hernandez at khernandez@catholiccharities.org for more information. 

To volunteer directly please contact the affected parishes in your area. A list of the affected parishes will be made available on the website this weekend. You can also make donations on the Archdiocesan website at www.archgh.org 

If registered parishioners need assistance you can email the parish secretary, Rosalinda Gracia, at office@holyrosaryparish.org  

Please check back regularly as we will be updating the information and different ways you can help. 

March of the Surviving Youth

Have you ever wanted to make a stand for life, but have been afraid of doing it alone? Join hundreds of Catholic youth, Saturday, October 8, at the March of Sur- viving Youth, ages 14 and up (families welcome) at the Catholic Charismatic Center, 1949 Cullen. The event has four parts:

  1. Mass at 8:30 a.m. celebrated by Cardinal DiNardo;
  2. a light breakfast;
  3. a pro-life youth rally with Fr. Ryan Hig- don from Texas A&M, Seminarian and musician David Michael Moses, and Dunn Estacio; and
  4. a Jericho March to Planned Parenthood.

Call Mary Pinedo 832-729-5212 or go to thecoolhouston.shutterfly.com for more info!