A Christmas Message from Fr. John

Dear Everybody,  ​​​​​​​ What a year this has been. Some of us lost part or all of our homes or jobs to floodwaters and the economy. Others adjusted to having not just a winning, but a really winning baseball team in Houston! Lots of locals saw snow for the first time. And, hey, isn't it great to have the Grand Parkway?   And now, here we are at Christmas. 

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The Message of Christmas

As we approach the celebration of the birth of Jesus Christ, we tend to focus on some of the values that have come to be associated with Christmas: generosity, family, forgiveness, sharing, reconnecting, warmth, joy, happy memories. Thus, many people see the messages of Christmas more clearly on The Hallmark Channel than they do the Bible or Christian worship.

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The Generous Year

There are few among us who have not given or received during this year’s hurricanes and floods and parade of natural disasters, acts of terrorism and humanitarian catastrophes. Our response to the needs of so many has been rooted in our human compassion as well as our Christian calling.

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Sr. Rani Maria

By Fr. Biju Mathew, Parochial Vicar

History has proved that violence and death will not silence the voice of the prophets. They live even after their death. Rani Maria, woman of substance and authentic existence will continue to inspire many to hear the cry of the poor and bear witness the Christ’s love.

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Fr. Biju Mathew, MSFSComment
A Humble Prayer

In the last blog, we talked about Mary, the Mother of God, as we began this month of the rosary. The rosary is a repetitious form of prayer in which a rhythm is set up to facilitate reflection on the mysteries of our salvation.  It is sometimes criticized by other Christians, citing Matthew 6:7, “In praying, do not babble like the pagans who think that they will be heard because of their many words. Do not be like them.”

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The God-Bearer

This month each year, we recall that wonderful device for prayer and learning the aspects of our faith that we call the rosary. This collection of beads was a tremendous aid to prayer and a sort of catechism for the illiterate of past centuries. It remains a source of blessing and instruction to the millions of us who pray it today.

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Fr. John Keller, PastorComment
Dear POP Sisters and Brothers

There has been so much destruction to our homes, our school schedules and the tranquility of our lives. Even as the darkness and damage has closed around us, we have been blessed to welcome a new member through adult baptism and two beautiful babies born into our midst.

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Sunday Update from Fr.John

Today we celebrate the Lord’s Day and give thanks together as a faith community. Our visitors, our residents, those who escaped the ravages of Harvey and those who were plundered by the flood waters, those who believe and those who are struggling to have faith: you are welcome at the table of the Lord at Prince of Peace.

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Saturday Update from Fr.John

We are so blessed to have our parish campus in full use this weekend! Two small roof leaks in the St. Joseph Center and Community Center did very little damage. All the buildings are fully powered and in good condition. We welcome our brothers and sisters from St. Ignatius and other places in Texas and Louisiana who are currently residing temporarily in our area.  Our church worship space is open all weekend for Mass and for private prayer.

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UPDATE FROM FR.JOHN

As we continue to dry out from Harvey’s attacks, many members of our community are returning to their homes.Please keep in your prayers those who are staying with family or friends or at area hotels. We are also praying for those who have lost their automobiles, their places of employment and their entire neighborhoods.

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Great is Your Faith

Have you ever asked yourself, “Am I a good Christian?” There are many ways to test oneself. What is, for example, your attitude towards others? What is your attitude towards Jesus in this particular Gospel story? According to you, was he impolite and rude towards the woman?

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7 Summer Suggestions

lthough Midsummer is astronomically around June 24, the rhythm of our lives puts it precisely right now: July 15. We are roughly 50% through the summer break and not yet into the hysteria of back-to-school, after-vacation busyness. May I offer some suggestions for this middle of the summer lull, centering on improving the practice of your faith?

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