“Cheerfulness strengthens the heart makes us persevere in a good life.
Therefore the servant of God ought always to be in a good Spirit.” - St Philip Neri
Dear members of St Philip Neri Catholic Church:
It is my honor and privilege to put down a few thoughts on paper about this vibrant Community of faith; St Philip Neri Catholic Church, Houston, Texas especially in this New year and also as we begin another Liturgical Season called Ordinary Time. According to our Liturgical Calendar, the Feast of Baptism of our Lord that marks the end of Christmas season and ushers us into the Ordinary Season, where we see our Lord Jesus beginning His earthly ministry as sent by the Father, “This is my beloved Son, with whom I am well pleased.” Matthew Gospel 3:13-17
First of all, I wish to humbly acknowledge the wonderful coincidence of being installed a pastor on this memorable day. I never expected an installation ceremony but like John the Baptist, I tried to prevent it but I was consoled by profound response our Lord to John the Baptist, “allow it now, for thus it is fitting for us to fulfill all righteousness.”My special thanks to our Archbishop of Galveston – Houston Archdiocese, His Eminence, Daniel Cardinal DiNardo who was represented by his Episcopal Vicar of the Central Vicariate, Fr Albert Zanatta, CRSto carry out the ceremony on his behalf, January 12, 2014. As I was commissioned to carry out the pastorate of this parish, I was overwhelmed by the presence of so many people at the celebration. May the awesome lesson of humility, obedience and service of our Lord lead and guide me. Amen!