Dear Parishioners & Visitors,
To live simply, St. Dominic sold his horse and his books and, giving the proceeds to the poor, went from town to town in the rolling-hill countryside of Southern France preaching, comforting and challenging souls. He wanted his life to be in tune with the Gospel of Jesus Christ so as to make his preaching come from a heart unburdened by distractions, especially
as regards material things—detachment. Dominican student brother Hugo Rojas, O.P., has been here with us at our Priory while he works as chaplain-in- training for the summer at M.D. Anderson hospital. His experiences in accompanying patients and staff alike in their journeys in and out of painful illness, and at moments, death, have offered him a foundation of pastoral wisdom which will serve him well as a friar preacher in the ways, not only of St. Dominic, but also, and more importantly so, in the ways of Jesus Christ. This Monday, August 8, is the Feast of St. Dominic. There will be, after the 5:15 p.m. celebration of the Eucharist, a Solemn Vespers in our church (6:15pm) which will be followed by a reception in the parish hall. Join us for this parish celebration marking our Order of Preachers Jubilee Year of 800 Years. Combined with our Year of Mercy we have every reason to be renewed in living & preaching God's mercy for us and for all who are moved to turn back to God. Dominic encouraged us by writing: "Love Charity." Let us pray for unity, nonviolence, healing, and in thanksgiving for all our blessings.
In God's loving kindness,
—fr. Chris, O.P.