• Wednesday evening Mass honors Our Lady of Perpetual Help
  • Our parish was established in 1978, our church dedicated in 1993.
  • Our Sanctuary
  • "Let us pray."
  • Presentation of Gifts: "It will become for us the bread of life."
  • "It is truly right... to give you thanks, Father most holy."

 

 COME WORSHIP WITH US AT

ST. THOMAS AQUINAS CATHOLIC CHURCH
12627 W. BELLFORT AVE

SUGAR LAND, TX 77478

281-240-6721

29TH SUNDAY IN ORDINARY TIME

At that he said to them, "Then repay to Caesar what belongs to Caesar and to God what belongs to God."

-- MATTHEW 22:21

 

 

HURRICANE HARVEY RELIEF EFFORTS

Hurricane Harvey has devastated the Houston area. For those needing resources or to donate to those affected, please check out the archdiocesan website: www.archgh.org

Parishioners are invited to join those saying the Chaplet of Divine Mercy daily at 3:00 p.m. for those in crisis.

For FEMA debris removal guidelines: http://www.archgh.org/media/6388/fema-debrisremoval.pdf

ROSARY BEFORE MASSES

Join the Catholic Daughters and the Legion of Mary in praying the rosary half an hour before weekend Masses.

FAITH ON DEMAND

Discover all the best Catholic content in one place. Entertaining movies, enlightening programs, inspiring talks and a great selection of e-books are all just a click away!

St. Thomas Aquinas Church has purchased FORMED, a program for our parishioners. Take advantage of your FREE subscription.

Visit formed.org with your web browser, click to register at the lower right of the page, then enter parish access code: CMDRM4. Enter your email address and create your password (you will need this to log in later).

OFFICE HOURS

Monday to Thursday:
7:30 am to 5:00 pm
Closed 12:00 pm to 1:00 pm (Lunch)
Friday: 7:30 am to 12:00 pm
Saturday & Sunday: Closed

MASS TIMES

Saturday - 5:00 pm
Sunday - 7:30 am
9:30 am, 11:30 am

Daily Mass
Monday - Saturday
8:00 am Mass,
Divine Mercy Chapel;
Wednesday, 7:00 pm Mass,
Sanctuary

Life Teen 11:30 am
Mass every Sunday

First Friday of month Mass
and Anointing of Sick, 7:00 pm,
Sanctuary

Eucharistic Adoration Hours
Monday to Thursday from
9:00am/10:00pm
Friday: from 9:00am/8:00pm.
Divine Mercy Chapel

Sacrament of Penance
Saturday, 4:00 to 4:45 pm
and by appointment

CHRISTMAS WREATHS FOR SALE

The Catholic Daughters will be taking orders for fresh Christmas wreaths after all Masses the next two weekends, October 21-22 and 28-29.

 

FALL CAMPAIGN

  • THRU NOV. 5TH: STA COVERS MONDAY, OCTOBER 23RD

LIFE CHAIN IS OCTOBER 29TH

Join members of St. Thomas Aquinas and 15 other area churches on Sunday, October 29th for the Sugar Land Life Chain. This peaceful, prayerful public witness against abortion will take place along Highway 6 between Town Center and Hwy 59 from 2 until 3:30 p.m. Check in point to get signs, etc.: Hwy 6 and William Trace near Smoothie King (across 6 from Randall's.)

FMI: ChristianVoicesforLife.org.

OUR LADY OF FATIMA

 
"I am the Lady of the Rosary, I have come to warn the faithful to amend their lives and ask for pardon for their sins. They must not offend Our Lord any more, for He is already too grievously offended by the sins of men. People must say the Rosary. Let them say it every day. "

Our Lady gravely said, "Sacrifice yourselves for sinners and say often, especially when you make some sacrifice, 'O my Jesus, this is for love of You, for the conversion of sinners, and in reparation for the offenses committed against the Immaculate Heart of Mary. ' "

TUES., NOV. 14TH: ST. THOMAS AQUINAS ON FATIMA CENTENNIAL U.S. TOUR FOR PEACE

The International Pilgrim Virgin Statue of Our Lady of Fatima, which was entrusted to the World Apostolate of Fatima in 1947 to travel around the world, is on a historic two-year journey across the USA—and will arrive at St. Thomas Aquinas parish on Tuesday, November 14th !
 
All are invited to process into our sanctuary that morning at 8:00 a.m. with the Pilgrim Statue, where a Mass in honor of Our Lady of Fatima will follow.  The statue may be venerated throughout the day, interspersed with devotions, a talk on the apparitions at Fatima, and closing benediction at 6:30 p.m.
 
The Fatima Centennial U.S. Tour for Peace began in March 2016 to commemorate the 100th anniversary of the apparitions of the Angel of Peace and the Blessed Mother at Fatima, Portugal. At the Tour’s conclusion in December 2017 the statue will have visited 100 dioceses and all 50 states.
 
The goal of the Tour is to allow Our Lady of Fatima to claim her dominion over America through her Immaculate Heart, and to bring the urgent Message of Fatima—the Peace Plan from Heaven—to a world in need. It also encourages devotion through personal consecration to the Immaculate Heart of Mary, which was the mission given to the Fatima visionary Lucia dos Santos by Our Lady and Our Lord.

According to Sr. Lucia, the pilgrim image sculpted under her instructions and blessed by Pope Pius XII in 1947, represents Our Lady’s position when she revealed herself as the Immaculate Heart in 1917.

Please pray--especially the Rosary-- that the visit will convert hearts and that the event at St. Thomas Aquinas will go smoothly.

 

BOOK STUDY ON THE EUCHARIST

"Eucharist: Discovering the Mass in the Bible" is our Fall Book Study.

Renowned teacher Dr. Brant Pitre guides us though scripture, history and Church teaching to illuminate the wonder and miracle of the Eucharist.

This is a 10-week, one-semester course with a video presentation each session. The study will end before Thanksgiving on November 16th.

Each participant will get a workbook to guide us through this Augustine Institute program study. Donation is $30 to cover cost.

Join us each Thursday. Choice of morning session from 9:00-11:00 a.m., or evening session from 7:15-9:00 p.m., Aldridge Hall.

STA HALLOWEEN BASH

SATURDAY, OCTOBER 28TH, 6:00 PM TO 9:00 PM

FREE: HOT DOGS, CHIPS, CANDY & PRIZES

ENJOY: CARNIVAL GAMES, HAY RIDES & MUSIC

PRIZE FOR THE BEST DECORATED CARS

MISSIONARIES OF ST. FRANCIS DE SALES

St. Thomas Aquinas parish is served by the Missionaries of St. Francis de Sales.

Missionaries of St. Francis de Sales, also known as Fransalian Missionaries, is an international missionary religious congregation, founded in France in 1838 by Fr. Peter Mermier, under the patronage of  St. Francis de Sales, to bring about the renewal of Christian life.

Fransalians are now in Europe, North and South America, Africa, India and in many other parts of the world dedicated to the renewal of Christian Life by preaching parish missions, evangelization, education and other pastoral ministries. The pastoral ministry and lifestyle of the Fransalians witnesses a spirit of simplicity, gentleness, optimism and availability in service in the local Church. 

Fransalian missionaries have been present in the United States for more than forty years. At present, fifty priests are in pastoral ministry in different dioceses in thirteen states. 

ST. FRANCIS DE SALES

 St. Francis de Sales  (1567 –1622)  is noted for his deep faith and his gentle approach to the religious divisions resulting from the Protestant Reformation. A Doctor of the Church,  he is known for his writings on the topic of spiritual direction and spiritual formation, particularly the Introduction to the Devout Life and Treatise on the Love of God

"LOVE DEEPLY, SERVE GENEROUSLY, PRAY INTENSELY."

PARISH MISSION STATEMENT

"We the Parishioners of St. Thomas Aquinas Catholic Church are a diverse, Christ-centered community empowered by the Holy Spirit and strengthened by the Word and Sacraments to proclaim the Good News."

MEET OUR PASTOR, FR. SANTY KURIAN

 

Fr. Santy Kurian, M.S.F.S., celebrated his first Mass as pastor of St. Thomas Aquinas on Tuesday, July 1, 2014, and was officially installed by The Most Reverend Bishop George Sheltz at the 9:30 am Mass on Sunday, July 20, 2014..

Fr. Santy is a member of  the Missionaries of St. Francis de Sales, a religious order. He has served as a Catholic school principal for seven years, a pastor for four years, and as a parochial vicar in India and the U.S. for eight years. A native of Kerala, South India, Fr. Santy came to the U.S. in October 2007.

Ordained a priest on May 2, 1995, Fr. Santy notes that "Priesthood is meaningful only when rooted in the Eucharist."

ABOUT OUR NEWEST SAINTS

According to the memoirs of their cousin Lucia, Francisco had a placid disposition, was somewhat musically inclined, and liked to be by himself to think. Jacinta was affectionate but somewhat spoiled. She had a sweet singing voice and a gift for dancing.

Following their experiences, their fundamental personality remained the same. Francisco preferred to pray alone, saying this would "console Jesus for the sins of the world." Jacinta said she was deeply affected by a terrifying vision of Hell shown to the children at the third apparition, and deeply convinced of the need to save sinners through penance and sacrifice as the Virgin had told the children to do. All three, but especially Francisco and Jacinta, practiced stringent self-mortification to this end.

At the time of the apparitions, Francisco was nine years old and Jacinta was seven. Both Francisco and Jacinta died within two years of the apparitions during the flu pandemic in Portugal. They are the youngest non-martyred canonized saints of the Catholic Church.

STS FRANCISCO AND JACINTA: PRAY FOR US!

STS FRANCISCO AND JACINTA MARTO

UP-TO-DATE YOUTH MINISTRY INFO

Please register on Remind to receive text messages about Youth Events.

STUDENTS:

Middle School 2017-2018: Text @stayes to 81010; High School 2017-2018: Text @stayy to 81010

PARENTS:

Middle School 2017-2018: Text @edgepare to 81010; High School 2017-2018: Text @stayp to 81010

NEXT PRE-BAPTISM CLASSES

Saturday, November 18, 2017.

Both parents and godparents must attend. You must be registered in the Church office before the class.

Please do not bring children to the class.

Call of email Lety Cordova at 281-240-6721, lcordova@stasugarland.com

REMAINING 2017 BAPTISM DATES: 10/29/17, 11/26/17, 12/31/17

ATTENTION ALL PARENTS/STUDENTS

Registration for all catechetical classes for 2017-2018 has begun. See parish bulletin on pricing/special discounts for early registration.

LIFE TEEN, EDGE, CONFIRMATION

Edge & Life Teen 1st Class: September 24, 2017. Confirmation Class: October 1, 2017, 1:15-3:45 p.m. Thissen Youth Room.

OUR BLESSED MOTHER REQUESTED FIRST SATURDAY DEVOTION

On October 7, we celebrate the Feast of Our Lady of the Rosary, the title by which Our Lady revealed herself to the three shepherd children at Fatima, Portugal on October 13, 1917. 

Seven years later in 1925, Our Lady gave Sister Lucia the First Saturday devotion, stating: "Look my daughter, at my Heart surrounded with thorns with which ungrateful men pierce me every moment by their blasphemies and ingratitude." 

Today those thorns are even greater.  Your practice of the First Saturday devotion removes them and helps save souls that are in danger of eternal damnation.

On First Saturdays of each month  we are asked to:

  • Go to confession,
  • Receive Communion
  • Recite 5 decades of the Rosary
  • And spend 15 minutes meditating on the mysteries of the rosary, keeping company with Mary.

FIRST FRIDAY and FIRST SATURDAY DEVOTIONS

The practice of receiving Holy Communion on nine consecutive First Fridays in reparation to the Sacred Heart of Jesus is derived from revelations made by Christ to St. Margaret Mary Alacoque (1647-1690). See First Friday Devotion. NEXT DATE: OCTOBER 6TH.

Those who practice the First Saturday Devotion receive Holy Communion on five consecutive First Saturdays, receive the Sacrament of Penance within an octave of this reception, recite five decades of the Rosary and make a 15-minute meditation on one of these mysteries. This devotion traced to St. John Eudes gained momentum after Our Lady of Fatima (1917) requested it, promising her intercession for final perseverance at the hour of death to all who would be faithful to it. See First Saturday Devotion. NEXT DATE: OCTOBER 7TH.

UPCOMING EVENTS

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BULLETIN DEADLINE

Wednesday, eleven days before the bulletin date.Submit to lcordova@stasugarland.com.

AQUINAS EARLY CHILDHOOD CENTER

Aquinas Early Childhood Center (AECC) is designed and implemented by St. Thomas Aquinas Catholic Parish in response to the identified need for high quality early childhood education programs in the community. It is licensed by the State of Texas.

* Enrolling 6 weeks to 6 years old

* We accept NCI

* All teachers are degreed

* Breakfast, lunch and PM snack included in tuition

* Reggio Emilia Approach Curriculum

* 6:30 a.m. to 6:30 p.m. Monday to Friday

* Closed circuit security cameras.

* Code security access to the building

We offer parishioner discounts. Come visit us at 12627 W. Belfort Avenue, Sugar Land, or make an appointment for a tour at 281-240-7196.

 

 

SACRAMENT OF MARRIAGE

Engaged couples need to contact Verna Patout, 281-240-6721 x 104, six to nine months before your wedding to allow time for preparation.

PRAY FOR THE HOLY SOULS IN PURGATORY

  • PRAY FOR THE HOLY SOULS

NOVENA TO THE DIVINE MERCY

The Catholic Daughters will lead the novena to the Divine Mercy in the Divine Mercy Chapel, daily from 3:00 p.m. Good Friday through the vigil of Divine Mercy Sunday.

AS GOD IS MERCIFUL TO US, SO MUST WE BE MERCIFUL TO OTHERS

THE SEVEN SPIRITUAL WORKS OF MERCY: 1. Admonish Sinners; 2. Instruct the Ignorant; 3. Counsel the Doubtful; 4. Comfort the Sorrowful; 5. Bear Wrongs Patiently; 6. Forgive All Injuries; 7. Pray for the Living and the Dead.

THE SEVEN CORPORAL WORKS OF MERCY: 1. Feed the Hungry; 2. Give Drink to the Thirsty; 3. Clothe the Naked; 4. Visit and Ransom Captives; 5. Harbor the Harborless; 6. Visit the Sick;  7. Bury the Dead.

LEARN TO MAKE ROSARIES!

The Rosary-making Ministry meets every Tuesday at 9:30 am in the Siena Room. FMI: Irma Cuellar, 281-630-4999.

CONFIRMATION

UPCOMING CLASSES AND REQUIRED EVENTS

Youth Office Information: Crissy Vigil, Coordinator, cvigil@stasugarland.com, 281-240-6721

PULPIT ANNOUNCEMENTS

Submission deadline: Tuesday the week of announcement, 5 pm. Email Verna at vpatout@stasugarland.com.

SPANISH BIBLE STUDY / ESTUDIO BIBLICO EN ESPANOL

Please call: Cecilia Rusca, 281-498-2512

Por favor llamar a Cecilia Rusca, 281-498-2512

MINISTRY TO ABORTION SURVIVORS

If you or someone you know is suffering from an abortion in your past, whether it was a day ago or 25 years ago,
There is Hope:
Project Rachel

LEARN ENGLISH MINISTRY

St. Thomas Aquinas holds conversational English classes for adults. Classes are available Monday and Wednesday, mornings from 9:00 until 10:30 am and evenings from 7:00 pm until 8:30 pm in the Aquinas Center.

STA also partners with our neighboring parish, St. Theresa in Sugar Land, to offer Saturday classes from 9:00 am until noon. 

If you would like to learn more or volunteer (no teaching experience needed and new volunteers are paired with experienced ones), contact Pat Fahy at 281-455-0998.

POST ABORTION HEALING

Jesus heals and forgives

Many want to help women & men heal from past abortions but don't know how. Find out: www.goo.gl/MpC7RG

DIOCESAN SERVICES FUND

DSF brings Christ's comfort and care to the many pressing needs that cannot be addressed by one parish alone.

Our parish number is 7946. Our parish goal is $78,000.

To give online, visit http://www.archgh.org/dsf/.

MOBILE QR CODE

TO DONATE TO STA USING VANCO, CLICK ICON BELOW

EVANGELIZATION CORNER

Eternal Word Global Catholic Network makes available Catholic TV, radio, internet, apps.

Nine networks on cable and satellite. To find local channels for EWTN and EWTN Espanol:

 

 

LISTEN TO GUADALUPE RADIO, 1430 AM

In Memory of: Mother Mary Angelica of the Annunciation, Foundress of EWTN, who was called home by her bridegroom, Jesus Christ, on March 27th, Easter Sunday, during the Marinite Rite vigil of the Annunciation.

 

WHY BE CATHOLIC?

"Enter" the link above and discover the history, beauty, spirituality and accomplishments of the Catholic Church, founded by Jesus Christ more than 2,000 years ago.

CATHOLIC PROGRAMMING

The Mass, Rosary, Chaplet of Divine Mercy, Catholic Answers and much more are available via Catholic radio and TV. The Eternal Word Global Catholic Network (EWTN) can be found on cable, internet, apps and local radio 1430 AM.

EWTN RADIO CHANNEL FINDER

  • Evangelization

RITE OF CHRISTIAN INITIATION (RCIA)

We host year-round Rite of Christian Initiation of Adults. Learn more about the Catholic Faith and explore the possibility of becoming Catholic.  Inquiry sessions are held after the 9:30 a.m. Mass every Sunday in the Thissen Education Building, 2nd Floor. FMI: Scott Sabol, 832-265-3473, scott1sabol@gmail.com.

YOUR PARISH IS HERE FOR YOU !!!

In case of illness, please call the priest. Ministers of Holy Communion are available to bring the Eucharist to the sick who cannot attend Mass. Please call the parish office, 281-240-6721, for assistance.

FROM THE DIVINE MERCY

"At three o'clock, implore My mercy, especially for sinners; and, if only for a brief moment, immerse yourself in My Passion, particularly in My abandonment at the moment of agony. This is the hour of great mercy for the whole world. I will allow you to enter into My mortal sorrow. In this hour, I will refuse nothing to the soul that makes a request of Me in virtue of My Passion...." -- Private revelation of Jesus to Saint Maria Faustina Kowalska, #1320, Diary

OUR LORD TO SAINT FAUSTINA

Encourage souls to say the Chaplet which I have given you. ... Whoever will recite it will receive great mercy at the hour of death. ... When they say this chaplet in the presence of the dying, I will stand between My Father and the dying person, not as the just Judge but as the merciful Savior. ... Priests will recommend it to sinners as their last hope of salvation. Even if there were a sinner most hardened, if he were to recite this chaplet only once, he would receive grace from My infinite mercy. I desire to grant unimaginable graces to those souls who trust in My mercy. ... Through the Chaplet you will obtain everything, if what you ask for is compatible with my will (687,1541,1731).

ST. FAUSTINA'S ADVICE ON SILENCE

Silence is a sword in the spiritual struggle. A talkative soul will never attain sanctity. The sword of silence will cut off everything that would like to cling to the soul. We are sensitive to words and quickly want to answer back, without taking any regard as to whether it is God's will that we should speak. A silent soul is strong; no adversities will harm it if it perseveres in silence. The silent soul is capable of attaining the closest union with God. It lives almost always under the inspiration of the Holy Spirit. God works in a silent soul without hindrance. (Diary 477)
 

DIVINE MERCY DEVOTION

The Divine Mercy Chaplet is prayed in the chapel after daily Mass and the Rosary for the conversion of sinners, for those who will die that day, and for the Holy Souls in Purgatory. Saying the chaplet for the dying at the 3 pm Hour of Mercy is especially powerful and a great Spiritual Work of Mercy.

HOW TO PRAY THE CHAPLET OF DIVINE MERCY

 A copy of the original image of the Divine Mercy is in our chapel.

WE PRAY THE ROSARY AT STA!!!!

Come half an hour before all weekend Masses to pray the rosary with the Catholic Daughters and the Legion of Mary.

The Rosary is also prayed after 8 am morning Masses and before the 6:45 pm Wednesday Our Lady of Perpetual Help Novena and Mass.

Pious tradition teaches that Our Blessed Mother gave the Rosary to St. Dominic with instructions to popularize its use, and she has repeatedly asked in church-approved apparitions to pray the Rosary for peace in the world!

In his 2002 Apostolic Letter on the Rosary, "Rosarium Virginis Mariae," Pope St. John Paul II added the Luminous Mysteries to the traditional Joyful, Sorrowful and Glorious to give the Rosary "fresh life and enkindle renewed interest in the Rosary's place within Christian spirituality." He asked that the Rosary be prayed for the cause of peace in the world and the cause of the family.

The Rosary is not a dry and boring exercise, the Saint reminds us, but a way of concentrating the mind on the particular mysteries and "remembering" with Mary as we pray to Christ and listen in the Spirit to the Father's voice.

A WEAPON FOR OUR TIMES

PRAY THE ROSARY FOR WORLD PEACE

PERSECUTION OF CHRISTIANS RISES FOURTH YEAR IN A ROW

.- Global persecution of Christians has risen for the fourth year in a row and is on a “rapid rise” in Asia, the advocacy group Open Doors UK warned on Wednesday in its annual report on Christian persecution.

“Religious nationalism is sweeping the globe according to figures released today as part of the Open Doors 2017 World Watch List,” said Lisa Pearce, CEO of Open Doors UK & Ireland.

“Persecution levels have been rising rapidly across Asia and the Indian subcontinent, driven by extreme religious nationalism which is often tacitly condoned, and sometimes actively encouraged, by local and national governments.”

 

PRAYER FOR THE PROTECTION OF RELIGIOUS LIBERTY

O God our Creator, from your provident hand we have received our right to life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness. You have called us as your people and given us the right and the duty to worship you, the only true God, and your Son, Jesus Christ.

We ask you to bless us in our vigilance for the gift of religious liberty. Give us the strength of mind and heart to readily defend our freedoms when they are threatened; give us courage in making our voices heard on behalf of the rights of your Church and the freedom of conscience of all people of faith.

We ask this through Christ our Lord. Amen.

POPE FRANCIS SPEAKS OUT FOR MARRIAGE, RESPECT FOR LIFE

In an address to the United Nations on Friday, September 25th, Pope Francis told world leaders that the right to life is a foundational human right, and that it includes unborn children. His remarks come one day after he urged members of Congress to “defend life at every stage of development.”

“First, it must be stated that a true ‘right of the environment’ does exist,” the Holy Father said. “First, because we human beings are part of the environment. Because every creature, particularly a living creature, has an intrinsic value, in its existence, its life, its beauty and its interdependence with other creatures.

“Consequently, the defense of the environment and the fight against exclusion demand that we recognize a moral law written into human nature itself, one which includes the natural difference between man and woman, and absolute respect for life in all its stages and dimensions.

He concluded: “The common home of all men and women must continue to rise on the foundations of a right understanding of universal fraternity and respect for the sacredness of every human life, of every man and every woman, the poor, the elderly, children, the infirm, the unborn, the unemployed, the abandoned, those considered disposable because they are only considered as part of a statistic."

COMPLETE TEXT OF UN ADDRESS IN ENGLISH

WHY WE MARCH

  • Photo by Caleb Ecarma, Daily Signal
  • March for Life 2017 - Breitbart
  • January 27, 2017 March for Life in our nation's capital. - Breitbart
  • Photo by Caleb Ecarma, Daily Signal
  • Photo by Caleb Ecarma, Daily Signal

St. Thomas Aquinas was represented at both the March for Life in Washington, D.C., and at the Texas Rally for Life in Austin. The events were held January 27th and January 28th respectively.

JANUARY 27TH MARCH FOR LIFE IN D.C.

Tens of thousands of people marched for life Friday on the grounds of the Washington Monument in our nation's capital. For the first time in 44 years, the March for Life included a sitting Vice President of the United States. Vice President Mike Pence encouraged the crowd to continue its fight for the lives of the unborn.

Since the Roe v Wade Supreme Court decision in January 1973 legalized abortion through all nine months of a woman's pregnancy, close to 60 million unborn babies have been aborted.

This week, President Donald Trump will name his nominee to succeed the late Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia. Pray for an end to abortion and for a conversion of hearts in our country.

WHERE DOES PRAYER COME FROM?

Whether prayer is expressed in words or gestures, it is the whole man who prays. But in naming the source of prayer, Scripture speaks sometimes of the soul or the spirit, but most often of the heart (more than a thousand times). According to Scripture, it is the heart that prays. If our heart is far from God, the words of prayer are in vain. -- Catechism of the Catholic Church, #2562.

FREE ENGLISH CLASSES

Learn English Ministry teaches English to non-English speaking people free of charge.

There are two sessions of the classes during the school year, September through April. Mon.-Wed. ( 7-8:30 pm).

FMI: Volunteers contact Pat Fahy, Ministry Coordinator - learnenglishministry.sta@gmail.com. Students contact: learnenglishministry.sta@gmail.com or 281-240-6721.

NOVENAS

 For novena prayers and email reminders for ongoing novenas, go to Pray More Novenas.

FROM DANIEL CARDINAL DINARDO / ARCHDIOCESE OF GALVESTON-HOUSTON

The Supreme Court's narrow majority decision (June 26th) is gravely unjust as it attempts to change the nature of marriage. Mandating marriage redefinition across the country is a tragic error harming the common good and the most vulnerable among us. The ruling does not and cannot change what marriage really is. No one and no court can make what is false true.

Marriage is a perennial institution, with deep roots in who we are and in our nation's culture and laws. Marriage is and always will be the union between one man and one woman. This truth is inseparable from the duty to honor the God-given dignity of every human person, to protect the beautiful truth of marriage, which concerns the essential well-being of the nation, especially children. Children have a basic right, wherever possible, to know and be loved by their mother and father together. The law has a duty to support every child in this most basic right.

With renewed purpose, we call upon all people of good will to promote and defend marriage as the union of one man and one woman for life. The redefinition of legal marriage to include any other type of relationship has serious consequences, especially for religious freedom.

Our Church will continue its efforts to support public policy issues, including a version of the marriage and religious freedom act, which would prohibit the government from discriminating against those who act in accordance with a religious belief or moral conviction that marriage is the union between a man and woman.

I encourage the faithful of the Archdiocese to move forward with faith, hope, and love: faith in the unchanging truth about marriage, hope that these truths will once again prevail in our society, and love for all our neighbors. Together, we must increase our efforts to strengthen marriages and families and rebuild a marriage culture. And, we shall continue to reach out with love and support to all people, including those who experience same-sex attraction knowing that all people are loved by God and are called to love Him.