In the past we would not hold classes on the Wednesday during the Wilson County Stockshow. But since attendance is limited for the show WE WILL hold classes on Wednesday,
Jesus watched the people make their temple offerings. Many wealthy people gave great sums from their surplus. But Jesus pointed to another as having given more than all the rest—a poor widow who shared two small coins. Grateful for the Lord’s love and blessings and resilient in faith and service, she gave everything she had back to God. She was the richest of all in love.
The past year has been especially difficult. As the Archbishop’s Appeal for Ministries begins, let us pray for the courage and conviction to follow the widow’s example. In a spirit of love and with a generous heart, let us give willingly and joyfully to meet other’s needs.
Help our Parish meet its goal by making a gift. You can make a one-time gift, a monthly pledge ending by December 31, 2021 or a recurring monthly gift. A recurring gift is a monthly gift with no end date. This gift will continue until you indicate otherwise.
The following are some other options for giving.
•Text-To-Give. (210) 750-6712 Keyword: APPEAL
•Give online at www.archsa.org/appeal
•Complete & return the gift form you received through the mail.
•Call the Archdiocese at (210) 734-1604.
All parishes in the Archdiocese are working towards an individual parish participation goal of 25% or more. Your generosity is very much appreciated. May God Bless you abundantly!!!
We are excited to announce that the KC’s will be hosting their Annual Super Bowl Chicken Dinner to be held on Sunday, February 7th. The dinner will be Drive Thru at the Parish Hall and serving will begin at 10:30am. Tickets are now available at our local Ticket Headquarters, JANSKY’S SERVICE STATION. Plates are $10.00.
In conjunction with the KC’s Super Bowl Dinner, The Catholic Daughters will be including a slice of dessert with each dinner sold. All Catholic Daughters are asked to bring their baked goods pre-sliced to the Parish Hall on Saturday, February 6thfrom 4:00-5:15pm or 6:30-7:30pm. We will take desserts Sunday morning from 8:00-10:00am but we would like to have a majority of the desserts packaged and ready for delivery on Sunday morning. Please, no desserts that require refrigeration. If you are unable to bake something, a $15 donation would be greatly appreciated.
Best thing about all of this – You don’t have to get out of your car to get your plates and NO DISHES. AMEN!!!!
In all the Dioceses of the United States of America, January 22 (or January 23, when January 22 falls on a Sunday) shall be observed as a particular day of prayer for the full restoration of the legal guarantee of the right to life and of penance for violations to the dignity of the human person committed through acts of abortion. As individuals, we are called to observe this day through the penitential practices of prayer, fasting and/or almsgiving. A Novena is also available.
PRAY TO PROTECT HUMAN LIFE!
JANUARY 21-29, 2021
9 Days for Life is a Novena for the protection of human life. Each day’s intention is accompanied by a short reflection and suggested actions to help build a culture of life. Prayers for Novena can be found on the website: respectlife.org/9-days-for-life.
PRO LIFE ROSARY
Saturday, January 23rdwill be Texas Catholic Pro Life Day. This is in memory of the Roe vs. Wade Supreme Court Abortion decision. We will pray a Rosary for Healing & Mercy asking for an end to legalized abortion and to celebrate life. The Rosary will be Sunday, January 24th at 8:30am,either at our tombstone for the unborn child (weather permitting), or in church. Everyone is invited. Prayer is especially needed more with the Pro Choice Agenda taking over in Washington.
The membership fees ($25.00) for 2021 are now due. You can bring your donation to the meeting or you can place your payment into the donation basket at one of the weekend masses. Please make sure to mark it CDA Dues.
You can also mail it to :
Poth TX 78147.
Formula (any kind), Newborn, 1 & 2 Size diapers, & Infant Books-soft pages.
On December 4, the Archdiocese issued a statement regarding the moral permissibility of using the vaccines for COVID-19 developed by Pfizer and Moderna, which are the only ones currently approved, distributed, and administered in the United States for people 16 years (Pfizer) and 18 years (Moderna) of age and older. Knowing that under the current circumstances we may in good conscience use the Pfizer and Moderna vaccines, each of us will soon have to decide whether or not to take such vaccines when they become available in our area. While making this discernment, we must keep in mind that not everyone will be able to take them right away. Some will not be able to take them at all. For example:
----Upon the emergency approval of the Pfizer and Moderna vaccines, the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) issued specific indications for its use among special populations, such as people with immunocompromising conditions, women who are pregnant or plan to be pregnant, women who are breastfeeding, and people with a moderate/severe acute illness. Some within these special groups might need to wait to be vaccinated, even if the vaccine is already available for them to use.
----Other people, such as those with a history of severe allergic reactions (e.g. anaphylaxis) may simply not be able to get vaccinated due to their particular condition. Additionally, the process of making and distributing enough vaccines for everyone who can take them will require months, which means that many people in our country and around the world will remain at risk of becoming infected for an extended period of time. Under such circumstances, it is important to keep in mind that, along with our natural obligation to care for our personal health, we have a moral responsibility to care for those around us. Given the extremely serious risk to public health currently posed by the COVID-19 pandemic, this means that we are called upon to protect others from infection and care for the common good. We take vaccines not only to protect ourselves but to protect others, which is why this is not only a matter of our personal preferences or rights, but a matter of fulfilling our duty to care for all. At the entrance of the church you will find copies of the latest comments on the permissibility of the use of vaccines against COVID-19. Please take a copy.
We continue to maintain a 25% capacity in attendance to comply with the Governor's Executive Order and the guidelines and rules set forth by Archbishop Gustavo. Reservations and Seating Arrangements for Blessed Sacrament will remain in effect until further notice. If you are feeling ill, stay safe at home. We highly encourage those who are vulnerable (such as the elderly and people with underlying medical conditions) continue to participate in Mass via our livestream.You will be allowed to enter the church ONLY through the front entrance. Please come early if at all possible. Masks are mandatory. If you forget your mask we will have some available in the church. Sanitizers will be available as well. You are to use the hand sanitizers when entering the church. Much like Holy Water.
Choir and Music
To adhere to the guidelines set forth by Archbishop Gustavo, the Church will allow one instrument and one cantor to sing during the Liturgy. If the members are within one family they may sing together. Masks are mandatory. The Congregation is asked to NOT participate in singing during the Mass.
Upon the arrival of the Corona Virus to our world, a group of ladies and gentlemen of the Parish formed a Cleaning Ministry that adheres to all rules of sanitizing the Church as recommended by Archbishop Gustavo. All pews, kneelers, door knobs and regularly touched surfaces are cleaned with a special chemical provided by the Church. All missalettes and literature or mass aids have been removed from the Church until further notice. Choir and Music To adhere to the guidelines set forth by Archbishop Gustavo, the Church will allow one instrument and one cantor to sing during the Liturgy. If the members are within one family they may sing together. Masks are mandatory. The Congregation is asked to NOT participate in singing during the Mass.
Masks are mandatory upon entering and visiting the Church Office and Rectory.
Employees and/or guests who are exhibiting symptoms of COVID-19 but have not been evaluated by a medical professional are presumed to have COVID-19 and should not be allowed to work until the following criteria are met.
An employee or guest who has symptoms that could be COVID-19 related and wants to return to work before completing the above criteria must obtain a medical professional's note clearing the individual for return based on an alternative diagnosis.
Employees and/or guests who have direct contact with a person known to have COVID-19 should self-quarantine for 14 days from exposure. If at the end of that period no symptoms develop, then the employee may return to work.
Employees and/or guests who have had secondary exposure to an individual known to have COVID-19 (meaning contact with someone who had direct contact with a person known to have COVID-19), should wear a mask at all times within the Church Office/Rectory for 14 days.
Employees and/or guests who have an elevated temperature or answer positively to the health screening questions, will be instructed to leave the Church Office/Rectory and return to their home and seek professional medical guidance. Will not be allowed to return to the Church Office/Rectory until the conditions set forth by the CDC and State of Texas criteria outlined above have been met.
Employees in the Church Office/Rectory do not have to wear their masks in the office if Social Distancing can be maintained. Masks must be worn if guests enter the site.
Currently we have chosen NOT to rent the hall to outside individuals. Facility may be used by our Church Organizations and our Faith Formation Program provided that all guidelines set forth by the Governor, CDC, and Archbishop Gustavo will be adhered to.
Masks and Social Distancing will apply and attendance will be limited to 50% capacity.
Organizations will be responsible for sanitizing and cleaning the facility once their function is complete. Supplies will be provided by the Church.
Faith Formation Classes will not be required to clean the facility after their classes are done. A professional cleaning crew will sanitize and clean the facility the following day.
Faith Formation Building
Masks for all employees, volunteers and/or students are mandatory upon entering and visiting the Faith Formation Building. Hand sanitizer must be used when entering the Building.
Employees, volunteers and/or students who are exhibiting symptoms of COVID-19 but have not been evaluated by a medical professional are presumed to have COVID-19 and should not be allowed to work, volunteer or attend class until the following criteria are met.
An employee, volunteer and/or student who has symptoms that could be COVID-19 related and wants to return to work, volunteer or attend class before completing the above criteria must obtain a medical professional's note clearing the individual for return based on an alternative diagnosis.
Employees, volunteers and/or students who have direct contact with a person known to have COVID-19 should self-quarantine for 14 days from exposure. If at the end of that period no symptoms develop, then the employee, volunteer and/or student may return to work, volunteering or class.
Employees, volunteers and/or students who have had secondary exposure to an individual known to have COVID-19 (meaning contact with someone who had direct contact with a person known to have COVID-19), should wear a mask at all times within the Faith Formation Building for 14 days
Employees, volunteers and/or students who have an elevated temperature or answer positively to the health screening questions, will be instructed to leave the Faith Formation Building and return to their home and seek professional medical guidance. The employee, volunteer and/or student will not be allowed to return to the Faith Formation Building until the conditions set forth by the CDC and State of Texas criteria outlined above have been met.
Snacks and drinks will be provided in individual packaging and served by food preparers or distributers who wear masks and gloves at all times. Process should be designed in such a way as to limit contact between the food preparer and the students they are serving.
All classrooms (to include desks/tables, chairs, door knobs and all frequently touched surfaces) will be cleaned between classes. Restrooms and kitchen will also be cleaned between classes.