Dear Parishioners & Visitors,
“My soul proclaims the greatness of the Lord…
The Mighty One has done great things for me,
and holy is his name.” —Luke 1: 46.49
The visitation of Mary to her cousin Elizabeth ends with the Magnificat (Luke 1:39-56). Mary visited Elizabeth to share with her the good news of her pregnancy. Mary was moved to proclaim the greatness of the Lord because He was fulfilling his promise of giving a Savior to the world and she was the chosen one as the Mother. Certainly the Lord was going great things for her and for us.
As we celebrate the feast of our Patroness, Our Lady Queen of the Most Holy Rosary, we are called to be grateful because as Mary visited Elizabeth to share the good news, Mary still visits us every day particularly when we pray the Rosary, celebrate the sacraments, and come together as a community to share and celebrate our faith. We are witness of the great things God is doing for us in our parish. I would like to mention some of them that have taken place in this past year. After Hurricane Harvey, many people came to offer their financial support and many volunteered with Catholic Charities and other organizations. For this reason, our parish was the recipient of the Charity in Action 2018 given by Catholic Charities this past September. Also, in the last months, the St. Vincent de Paul Society conference received a grant to continue their mission of serving the poor.
This last year we started the Young Adult Group and it is flourishing under the leadership of a very dynamic Young Adult Council. We also recently started the AVIV Youth ministry along with the formation of the children’s choir. These ministries have come as a response to the invitation to the Synod: Young people, the Faith, and Vocational Discernment. Throughout the year, we have been helping the ministries to improve their presence and action in the life of the parish. This is always ongoing.
We also continue enhancing our Faith Formation Programs, recently we purchased an RCIA program to help us teach the Faith to those who want to become Catholic or in full communion with the Church. Some other things to be grateful for are: the painting of Our Lady of Guadalupe that came back restored; the lights in the parking lot are working, the cabinets built in the parish offices to provide more storage room, and the improvement of the lighting in the Church. We also added a couple of security cams in different areas of our Church.
We are also striving to enhance the liturgical celebrations in Honor of Mary by adding more music and solemnity to those occasions. This is our way to continue welcoming her and to listen to the good news she brings about her Son Jesus Christ. Her maternal presence and prayerful intercession among us are what have made it possible for us to enjoy the Great things the Lord has done for us for more than 100 years since the Dominicans came in 1913. I am very grateful to all the parishioners and friends of the parish that have committed their time, talent, and treasure to continue making possible the mission to share the Good News as Mary did. Our Lady of the Most Holy Rosary, pray for us! Happy Feast Day!
—fr. Jorge Rátiva, O.P.