In and About St. Theresa Catholic Church - February 19, 2021
Father Phil gives us the context on what Lent is. If you are pondering on what to do keep loving, loving God will show you what it is you need to do. Father Phil shares with us some words from Carlo Carretto when he found answers to universal questions that each of us must face while he had chosen life as a monk in the desert.
Enjoy Father Phil's reflections and share it all with friends, family, and the world, go to our
Watch our Sunday services online. We will stream live at 5:00 p.m. Saturday (Vigil Mass), 10:00 a.m., and 5:30 p.m. Sunday at
. In addition to the live stream of our services, check our
The reconciliation schedule will remain the same during the closure. Sunday obligation to attend Mass and Holy Days continues to be suspended. In-person gatherings on parish campuses are allowed only for programs of sacramental preparation. This permission for in-person catechetical gatherings does not include adult bible studies, conferences, or special presentations.
Previous Week Mass Attendance
February 13th - February 14th
Saturday 5:00 p.m. Mass attendees - 126
Sunday 10:00 a.m. Mass attendees - 150
Sunday 5:30 p.m. Mass attendees - 49
Online views - 644
The church office will be closed until further notice, but our staff is working remotely to serve you, please see our parish directory at the end of this note.
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Please plan accordingly, thank you for your consideration.
Sunday, February 21st, 5:30 p.m. Mass Offered for the 16th Anniversary of Fr. Giussani’s Death
“Fr. Giussani has truly become the father of many. He has conquered hearts, helped to make the world better, and to open up the doors of the world to heaven.”
Cardinal Joseph Ratzinger at Fr. Giussani’s funeral
The Servant of God, Fr. Luigi Giussani lived and proposed Christianity as an encounter, an event, and a love story. For him, Faith lived out in communion, is the foundation of the true liberation of man. Thus, in the 1950s around him, grew up a friendship that later became a Catholic Movement called Communion and Liberation (CL) that has spread to over ninety countries. CL members will be present at that mass. Communion and Liberation, in its essence, is a proposal for education in the Catholic faith. It is an education that doesn’t end at a certain age but lasts a lifetime because it is always being renewed and deepened. The same is true of the Gospel, which reveals new discoveries even after we’ve heard them a thousand times. The same is true in the experience of love, artistic creativity, and even in the simplicity of everyday life. The search for what is true, beautiful, and good, and for happiness is neverending. This is Christianity: the adventure of life, not a kind of training for life.
February 19th - March 25
Lent an excellent opportunity for spiritual growth and the time set aside to prepare us to renew our baptismal promises, something still foundational in our life.
St. Theresa Catholic Church will have in-person and broadcast Stations of the Cross every Friday during Lent at 6:00 p.m. in English in the church.
Wath the Stations of The Cross On-Demand at
The Stations of the Cross in Spanish will be every Friday during Lent at 8:00 p.m. in the church in-person only.
(Todos los viernes durante la cuaresma se rezará el Via Crucis en la iglesia a las 8:00 p.m. solo en persona, no habra transmición en linea).
The greatest evils have been destroyed
The fact of the Resurrection confirms that Jesus Christ has destroyed evil, especially the power sin and death have had over us. St. Paul and the early Christians proclaimed the Resurrection as the first great Christian message. Experience the power and importance of the Resurrection yourself here:
Why was the Resurrection of Jesus the key message of St. Paul and the early Church?
How does the Resurrection assure us that Jesus’ statement in the Gospel of Matthew is reliable: “Do not be afraid of those who kill the body but cannot kill the soul” (Matthew 10:28)?
What do Jesus Christ’s passion, death, and resurrection mean to you personally?
After watching, please add a comment sharing your thoughts.
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St. Theresa Catholic Church and School invite you to join us for an exhilarating afternoon at the Houston Polo Club on
April 25, 2021.
This year the gala auction is an all-outdoor event. You'll enjoy the thundering excitement of a polo match, live music, player parade, best gentlemen and ladies hat contest, and a champagne divot stomp at halftime.
St. Theresa Gala and Auction is our annual premier fundraising event.
Proceeds from this event support our Church Ministries as well as our School.
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The silent and live auction committee is
in search of some great items for the
2021 Auction; restaurant or retail gift
cards, gift certificates to your favorite
salon, yoga or spin studio, professional
or collegiate sports memorabilia,
vacation home for a weekend getaway,
frequent flyer miles, or hotel points.
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Lent is our 'Come to Jesus moment'
“Jesus came to Galilee proclaiming the gospel of God: ‘This is the time of fulfillment. The kingdom of God is at hand. Repent, and believe in the Gospel.’”
I was visiting a historic cemetery adjacent to a church where I preached recently on behalf of Unbound. As I stood at one gravesite, a vehicle pulled up alongside me. The driver rolled down the window and identified himself as a descendant of the man whose grave I happened to be looking at. We talked a bit and the conversation turned to his own life and the difficulty of his struggle with COVID-19, personally and as a family man and member of his community.
“I’m very close,” he admitted, “to having a ‘Come to Jesus moment.’”
The origin of that expression likely goes back to the kind of dramatic moment of conversion represented by an “altar call,” but today it’s often used in a more informal sense to describe any moment of realization and truth that requires a reassessment of priorities.
Sometimes, when a new Unbound sponsor is filling out a form, I’ll ask what led him or her to decide to offer their support for a child, youth or elder in need. Often, it seems to be the result of a sudden, intuitive perception, a moment of realization or an opportunity to express a deeply felt need to make a significant difference in another person’s or family’s life.
I truly believe that to one degree or another, every sponsor who fills out a form does so as the result of a “Come to Jesus Moment” that I’m privileged to witness.
We have words in our language that seem alike and are often used interchangeably. For example, “remorse” and “repentance.” Both suggest that we’ve done something wrong and we won’t do it again. But, on this first Sunday of Lent, the repentance Jesus is calling us to involves a deeper inner change.
Lent challenges us to discern if there is some more significant change we are being called to.
Let the discernment begin.
Father, as we begin another Lent that one word, “repent,” says it all. Hearing it, help us to accept its challenge. Or, as another prayer puts it, “give us the courage to change what needs to be changed.” Amen.
This reflection for the
First Sunday of Lent
was written by Unbound preacher Father David Noone.
St. Theresa will be donating 5 meals
for every parishioner who creates an account or signs up for recurring giving during Lent. St Theresa's goal is to give 2,500 meals to our social ministry partners: Casa Juan Diego, Christian Community Service Center (CCSC), and Covenant House.
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St. Theresa is holding a community-wide blood drive on
Sunday, March 7th, from 8:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.
supporting Gulf Coast Regional Blood Center, as they strive to keep the blood supply stocked during Covid-19.
The Gulf Coast Regional Blood Center has created a safe and well-sanitized process for those wishing to donate. As an added bonus, blood donors receive a free Covid antibody test. Anyone from the community is invited to make an appointment and give blood. Find more information and register to give blood at
The sealing of the Holy Spirit in Confirmation is the final sacrament of initiation into the Catholic Church. If you have not received this wonderful sacrament, we encourage you to do so!
Baptized Catholic adults who need to prepare and receive the Sacrament of Confirmation are welcome to register for our upcoming preparation classes. Please contact Jackie
, for more information.
We’re going to give you some ideas for the Lenten Season, perhaps you’ll choose to take one of these challenges to rediscover the beauty and power of our call to be co-redeemers with the Lord Jesus Christ.
Admit your sins to God. Ask his forgiveness and accept it with gratitude, thanksgiving, and humility. Celebrate the
Sacrament of Reconciliation
. Can’t remember how? Here’s a
with some tips. Tell Fr. Phil it’s been a while, and ask him to guide you through it. St. Theresa offers confessions on
10:00 AM to 10:45 AM,
5:30 PM to 6:15 PM
, and by appointment. Please call Fr. Phil at 346-335-1803.
: You wouldn’t attempt to pass a class without studying the materials or take on a new job without knowing what is expected of you. Making Christ the center of your life is no different; make a commitment to read the
Sunday Mass. In the same way that reading up on football players, opposing teams, and coaching strategies will help you experience a game more fully, familiarizing yourself with the readings ahead of time will help you experience them in a deeper way on Sunday.
Working from home often means working with terrible posture. Make it a point to sit up straight while you sit at your laptop or watch TV. Your body is a reflection of God's image. Take care of it. If you are conscious of your posture, think about a habit that has kept you from being whom God is calling you to be. Consciously give up that habit for Lent.
Donate one thing each day, For example, you could donate a lightly worn piece of clothing or a blanket, a toy, a book, or a can of food. Can't find a thing to donate? Leave a tip on your next fast food meal or leave a dollar on a donation jar. Everything counts at this time where a lot of people are in great need.
Pray for somebody. As you’re walking the streets, driving the highways, or waiting for a meeting to start, pick out a person who appears to be in need and
for that person. Everyone is in need of God's love.
Try a new spiritual practice. Come or sign up for an hour of
Thursday, between 7:30 a.m. and 6:30 p.m.
It's essential to have two or more adorers each hour so that Jesus is not left alone. If you would like to commit to adore our Lord for one hour per week, please contact
Wake up a half-hour earlier and spend that extra time reading a devotional, doing some light exercise, or savoring your morning coffee and breakfast.
Whenever you find yourself in a feedback loop of negative thoughts, try to think of three things you're thankful for.
Use media to spread the Word of God or post a photo about the themes of Lent on a visual, personal level.
Create your own Friday fish fry at home! There are tons of recipes online that you can cook. It’s not the healthiest thing in the world, but a fun Catholic tradition to help you abstain from eating meat on Fridays during Lent.
Get to know your lectors. This week the following parishioners will be reading at mass:
Saturday, February 20, 2021, 5:00 p.m.
Sunday, February 21, 2021, 10:00 a.m.
Sunday, February 21, 2021, 5:30 p.m.
If you want to participate in this ministry or if you want more information about lectors, please contact
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That we may place our lives in God’s hands and have the strength to carry out His unique plan for each of us.
After John had been arrested, Jesus came to Galilee proclaiming the gospel of God….”
Do you ever think about how difficult it must have been for Jesus to come into Galilee, knowing that John had just been arrested for teaching the same message that Jesus was proclaiming? It must have taken great love and trust for Jesus to do what the Father had sent Him here on earth to do. In the same way, following a life of stewardship takes great love and trust from us. We must be willing to surrender completely to God, trusting that God will always give us all that we need to fulfill His plan for us.
Pledged gifts allow St. Theresa Catholic Church an opportunity to budget with an actual income in mind.
1. Stewardship pledge cards can be placed in one of the collection baskets after Mass or they can be mailed into our office.
2. Visit our giving site to set up your stewardship pledge electronically
and click “Stewardship
Donations” under the “Giving” tab.
For cash and check contributions please mail your envelope to
St. Theresa Catholic Church at
6622 Haskell St. | Houston TX | 77007
Thank you for supporting our mission.
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Casa de Esperanza
The winter storm has affected so many in the Houston community. As opportunities to help or needs expressed, we will be reaching out to our St. Theresa parish with the information.
Casa de Esperanza said they are in great need of food for the aftercare program as the storm has left families without power, food, or the ability to work. If you could donate to their Amazon wishlist they would be greatly appreciative.
Alcoholics Anonymous (AA)
American Red Cross:
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention:
Christian Community Service Center:
Counseling (Grief, Family, etc.)
Families of Addicts
If you have a life-threatening emergency, call
. Non Emergencies:
Narcotics Anonymous (NA)
National Suicide Prevention Lifeline Center:
Overeaters Anonymous (OA)
Sex Addicts Anonymous (SAA)
Texas Department of Family and Protective Services
United Way of Greater Houston:
PARISH AND SCHOOL DIRECTORY
6622 Haskell St., Houston, TX 77007 Phone: 713-869-3783 Fax: 713-869-3784
Fr. Phil Lloyd
Deacon Dwight Coles,
Deacon Larry Vaclavik,
Mary Ann Virgilio
Jeanette B. Deciderio
Pastoral Associate Matrimony/Annulment App./Funerals
10:00 a.m. Mass Choir Director/Organist/Media Ministry Coordinator
Director of Maintenance
Director of Technology
St. Theresa School
Director of Admissions
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Early Childhood Center
Director of Admissions
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