Fr. Samuel's e-Epistle for August 23, 2019
Please pray for
who died this past week. His funeral mass was at Emmaus on Tuesday, Aug. 20.
who died on Wednesday. His funeral mass is scheduled for Sept. 7, 11am at Emmaus.
Habitat for Humanity:
From 2003 until 2015 Emmaus parishioners were very involved in volunteering for Habitat for Humanity. After several years of focusing on other missions we are pleased to announce that we are rejoining the Habitat ministry of building homes in our community. We invite all who would like to participate in a build on Sept. 21, Oct. 26 and Nov. 16 to contact our Director of Parish Social Ministries, Paloma Rodriguez at
are at 512-261-8500 x404. Anyone age 16+ is welcome to participate
Are you looking to grow in your faith and understanding of the social teaching of the Church? Would you like to understand how the Church calls us to respond to the needs of the world with compassion? JustFaith has helped thousands of Catholic faithful over the years to do just that. Emmaus is teaming up with St. John Neumann to offer this opportunity to our parishioners. The process consists of 3 eight week sessions held here and at St. John Neumann as follows:
Tuesday evenings, 6:30 PM Sept. 10-Nov. 4 @ SJN: Journey to Compassion
Tuesday evenings, 6:30 PM Jan. 11-March 10 @ Emmaus: Journey to Justice
Tuesday evenings 6:30 PM, April 21-June 2@ SJN: Journey to Peace
Deacon Michael Glenn and his wife, Lisa, will facilitate all three sessions. You may attend one, two or all three sessions. To learn more about JustFaith watch this 2 minute video:
For more information or registration contact Paloma Rodriguez at the above e-mail address or phone number.
Join us this evening (Friday) for Family Bingo Night in the Great Hall of the PLC. Lots of fun. Beginning at 6:30 PM.
We will host our second weekend of the Ministry Fair. Please consider volunteering for at least one ministry. It is not just about serving your parish, but also about the wonderful relationships which develop from becoming involved.
Two book recommendations:
The Judas Field:
Set some years after the Civil War a woman who is dying of cancer decides to make a journey from her home in Mississippi to the site of a battle in Franklin, Tenn. In which her father and brother were killed and buried. She wants to bring them home to be buried with her family. She enlists the aide of an old friend, Cass Wakefield, who was also at that battle. The journey becomes one of memory as Cass remembers his experiences as they travel through places he had last seen during the war. This novel is not for the faint hearted because Cass’s memories of the war and what he and thousands of men endured on the battlefields. War is presented in this novel in stark reality. It is a story of human beings caught in forces beyond their control yet, in which, even in the face of horrendous suffering and death, which seeks to rob them of emotion, compassion does sometimes prevail.
Beyond the Shadow of Night
Two boys, one Jewish and one Christian, are born a few months apart in a Ukrainian village in the early 1920’s. They grow up as “brothers in all but blood.” Their families survive the famine caused by Stalin in the 1930’s but then the Second World War comes. The Jewish family had, by then moved to Warsaw, in hopes of better life. However, the war leads both boys, now young men, onto paths on which they have to find desperate means to survive, one in the Warsaw Ghetto and the other in Nazi occupied Ukraine. This is a wonderfully written novel about how evil forces in this world can overwhelm and destroy the human spirit. At the same time there are forces stronger than that evil. Among them is the simple love that two people can share with one another.
Yours in Christ,
Fr. Samuel Hose
on Friday, August 23 at 11:25AM