Dear Parishioners & Visitors,
Today we hear in the Gospel of a guiding star: "And behold, the star that they had seen at its rising preceded them, until it came and stopped over the place where the child was. They were overjoyed at seeing the star, and on entering the house they saw the child with Mary his mother"(Matthew 2,9b-11a). I could not help but contemplate how our Holy Rosary parish is a guiding star that leads many to see Jesus and his mother.
After my first months of ministry here, I have witnessed this guidance. Holy Rosary is a guiding star by being faithful to the Magisterium of the Church in our preaching, teaching and the liturgical celebrations. Holy Rosary as a guiding star is also very inspired by the testimony of God's love in the lives of many. As Pastor, I have had the grace and the privilege of seeing how God is restoring the lives of people who come to confession or seek spiritual advice. Parishioners are also always ready to love their neighbor by helping them when they are in need. This was very clear to me after Hurricane Harvey. Love for the neighbor is very concrete and real in our parish by the service of the staff, the volunteers, the ministry leaders, the friars, and all the faithful who support the ministry of this parish with their time, talent and treasure. Personally, I am very grateful to all parishioners for their love and support. This is a parish that truly strives to live and spread the Gospel of Jesus Christ.
I can also say that Holy Rosary is the guiding star that brought me here as Pastor. When I was discerning to serve in this capacity, I felt drawn to it in part because of the place that Our Lady of the Holy Rosary has in my life and my vocation. Even though I visited the parish before, I did not have the opportunity to become more familiar with parishioners and the parish life itself. Now that I have met some of the wonderful, faithful people that strive for holiness here at Holy Rosary, I am very happy being here as a part of this guiding star. I also appreciate the challenges of the parish life because they are opportunities for growth, grace, and conversion.
As a guiding star Holy Rosary calls us to be active participants of our faith so that we may arrive to the place God is leading us to. As we begin this new year and trusting in this guiding star, I look forward in continuing walking with you in order to bring more people from Houston and beyond to see Jesus and his mother Mary here at Holy Rosary.
-fr. Jorge Rátiva, O.P.