Fr. Samuel's e-Epistle for February 21
Please pray for
as she recovers from surgery.
as he continues to recover from a fall.
who has been diagnosed with serious illness.
who was recently hospitalized.
February 28 Lenten Reconciliation Service has been cancelled
We were unable to get enough priests to help us with a parish reconciliation evening on February 28, so it is cancelled. In its place, I will schedule additional times for reconciliation during the Lenten season. Please check the bulletin and parish website for the additional times for reconciliation as I schedule them.
Matching Fund Challenge Update
Thank you to everyone who has responded so far to our matching campaign for the building fund. Our goal is $200,000, and as of Thursday morning, we are at $170,450. If you would like to help us to finish this out, please e-mail me at
or Jane Heckler at
or you can make a commitment on-line on the parish website. Less that 30K to meet my goal of $200K for this matching fund challenge. I would like to get to this goal by this weekend so we can really motivate all other parishioners in the pew and the Lakeway community to give accordingly.
Annual “Count On Me” Weekend
Each year at this time I come to you asking for a commitment to offertory for the upcoming year. I will outline our offertory request at all Masses this weekend at Emmaus and at the Chapel on March 3.
As is the case every year, this is a symbolic commitment. We hope that you can keep it, we use it for parish budgeting, but we do not check up on you.
In addition, each year we have a special giving aspect to the “Count On Me” campaign. This year it will be a second part of the final phase of our building fund campaign. By the way, thank you to the 457 families and individuals who have made commitments to that campaign so far. This weekend I will introduce what we are calling a 4 x 4 campaign. I will explain that at the Masses. In addition, our annual Count On Me mailing will be going out to you next week. Once we know that you have that in hand, we will make phone calls to those who have not made a commitment by then to the building campaign. I want to make sure that you have all the information you need before that phone call.
As I mentioned in my e-epistle last week, I have something of a backlog of recommendations. Here are two more, both by the same author.
Smith, Tom Rob,
Set in Stalinist Russia after World War II, this is a compelling murder mystery and the first of a trilogy centered on a crime investigator named Leo Demidov. He functions in a society in which crime allegedly does not happen except, of course, that it does. Smith does a terrific job of portraying Stalinist Russia. He is superb at creating characters and I found myself utterly drawn into the action as the mystery surrounding a serial killer of children unfolded.
Smith, Tom Rob,
The Secret Speech
This is the second novel in the trilogy. It is 1956. Stalin has died and Nikita Kruschchev, the new leader of the Soviet Union, distributes a secret speech to the nation. In it he stated that Stalin was a tyrant and that the nation will change. This novel focuses on how past sins can threaten to destroy the present, how families must overcome horrible obstacles in order to save loved ones and hope that there may be a better tomorrow. Smith again, writes a superb novel that kept me engrossed. This is a breathtaking, epic story that takes one from the streets of Moscow, to the center of the Hungarian uprising in Budapest, to the Siberian gulags.
Yours in Christ,
Fr. Samuel Hose
PS: Get your tickets for the Texas Two-Step Gala online here:
. This office is a crazy place to work now, less than two weeks before Gala, so I know it will be a good event.
on Thursday, February 21 at 4:28PM