March 27, 2020

Dear parishioners and friends of Holy Trinity,

  The outbreak of the corona virus pandemic, and the shutting down of so many enterprises bring about fear and confusion.  What lies ahead? The answer is: God alone knows.  We hear about the death of many people, hospitals are overwhelmed, people panicking, and hoarding etc…  This pandemic has interrupted our individual lives, disturbed the social fabric of our community and put the economy of the world into a gigantic crisis.  The future is at best uncertain.  But for us Catholics, this is a time of prayer and faith in the plan of God.  We need to pray with the Psalmist (91:15) “He shall call upon me, and I will answer him:  I will be with him in trouble; I will deliver him, and honor him.”  For us this is not only a crisis but an opportunity to turn to God on our knees and surrender to him.  During these troubled times we need to join Pope Francis and say: “Let us be vaccinated by the precious blood of Jesus Christ.  No virus can touch me.”   We need to face this not with fear and frustration but with hope and trust in the Lord.

For us Catholics, the Eucharist is everything.  It was heartbreaking for me last Sunday when we were not able to gather as a family, as the living Church in our temple to offer the sacrifice of the Cross.  But then I remembered that even before the physical churches were established, in the early Church, the breaking of the bread was done in families or homes of believers.  This virus may have shut down the churches, but our faith tells us that through spiritual communion we join the Eucharist celebrated by the pastor. Let us be reminded of the early Church where through family prayer, devotions, breaking of the bread, sharing of one’s material goods the Church triumphed.

All our daily and Sunday Masses will continue to be celebrated by me alone at our altar – the Center of our faith.  All these Masses are live-streamed, and when I say the act of spiritual communion after I receive the Lord, please join me in saying that beautiful prayer.  Let us pray for the whole world through our daily family prayer.  Let us find more time to read and meditate on the word of God.  Let us seek the protection of the Blessed Mother by reciting the rosary with all our family members.  Let us make our hearts and homes the temple of the Lord.  Let us not forget that when the Israelites prayed in the wilderness, uncertain about the future, Yahweh was very close to them.

Finally, I am asking for your support for our Church. As a new Parish, we have a huge loan to pay back but we also need funds to function on a daily basis.  This can only be accomplished through your generous contributions.  Below are your options how you can help keep our parish commitments during this time:

  • Online Giving for your regular contribution, which can be found on
    our  website at www.HolyTrinityAzle.org by clicking Online Giving
    tab.
  • Bank draft from your bank directly to Holy Trinity Catholic Church.
  • Mailing your contribution to: Holy Trinity Catholic Church, 800 High Crest Dr., Azle, TX 76020
  • Stop by the front of the Office Entrance of church and insert it into the locked Postal Box under the portico.  (Only staff can unlock this box, the Post
    Office does not have a key to this box….it is for incoming mail &
    correspondence).

I love you all and I assure you of my prayers and support during this chaotic time. God bless you all and let our Blessed Mother intercede for us all.

Yours in Christ

Fr. Wilson Lucka TOR

Estimados amigos de Holy Trinity,

El coronavirus y el cierre de tantas empresas provocan miedo y confusión. ¿Que nos espera? La respuesta es: solo DIOS lo sabe. Escuchamos sobre la muerte de muchas personas, los hospitales están llenos, la gente entra en pánico.  Este virus ha interrumpido nuestras vidas individuales, ha perturbado el ambiente social de nuestra comunidad y ha puesto a la economía del mundo en una crisis gigantesca. El futuro es, en el mejor de los casos, incierto. Pero para nosotros los católicos, este es un momento de oración y fe en el plan de Dios. Necesitamos orar con el salmista (91:15) “Él me llamará y yo le responderé: estaré con él en problemas; Lo entregaré y lo honraré. Para nosotros, esto no es solo una crisis, sino una oportunidad para volvernos hacia Dios de rodillas y rendirnos a él. Durante estos tiempos difíciles necesitamos unirnos al Papa Francisco y decir: “Déjanos vacunarnos con la preciosa sangre de Jesucristo. Ningún virus puede tocarme”. Necesitamos enfrentar esto no con miedo y frustración sino con esperanza y confianza en el Señor.

Para nosotros los católicos, la Eucaristía lo es todo. Fue desgarrador para mí el domingo pasado cuando no pudimos reunirnos como familia, como la Iglesia viva en nuestro templo para ofrecer el sacrificio de la Cruz. Pero luego recordé que incluso antes de que se establecieran las iglesias físicas, en la Iglesia primitiva, el partimiento del pan se hacía en familias y sus hogares de creyentes. Este virus puede haber cerrado las iglesias, pero nuestra fe nos dice que a través de la comunión espiritual nos unimos a la Eucaristía celebrada por el pastor. Recordemos la Iglesia primitiva donde a través de la oración familiar, devociones, partiendo el pan, compartiendo los bienes materiales de uno, la Iglesia triunfó.

Todas nuestras Misas diarias y dominicales continuarán siendo celebradas por mí solo en nuestro altar, el Centro de nuestra fe. Todas estas misas se transmiten en vivo, y cuando digo el acto de comunión espiritual después de recibir al Señor, únanse a mí para decir esa hermosa oración. Oremos por el mundo entero a través de nuestra oración familiar diaria. Encontremos más tiempo para leer y meditar en la palabra de Dios. Busquemos la protección de la Santísima Madre recitando el rosario con todos los miembros de nuestra familia. Hagamos de nuestros corazones y hogares el templo del Señor. No olvidemos que cuando los israelitas oraron en el desierto, inseguros sobre el futuro, Yahvé estaba muy cerca de ellos.

También con mucha oración, les pido su apoyo para nuestra Iglesia. Como nueva parroquia, tenemos un gran préstamo para pagar, pero también necesitamos fondos para funcionar diariamente. Esto solo se puede lograr a través de sus generosas contribuciones. Sabemos que muchas personas no están trabajando en este momento, solo se le pide al que pueda dar en este momento. A continuación se encuentran sus opciones sobre cómo puede ayudar a mantener nuestros compromisos parroquiales durante este tiempo:

• Donaciones en línea para su contribución regular, que se puede encontrar en nuestro sitio web en www.HolyTrinityAzle.org haciendo clic en donde dice Donaciones en línea.

p>• Giro bancario de su banco directamente a la Iglesia Católica Holy Trinity.

• Envío de su contribución por correo a: Holy Trinity Catholic Church, 800 High Crest Dr., Azle, TX 76020.

• Pase por el frente de la entrada de la iglesia y póngalo en el buzón postal.

Los amo a todos y como siempre estoy orando por todos ustedes durante este tiempo. Dios los bendiga a todos y permita que nuestra Santísima padre interceda por todos nosotros.

Tuyo en Cristo

Padre Wilson Lucka TOR

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March 15, 2020

One of the Lenten practices in the Catholic Church is the Way of the Cross on Fridays. It is believed that abundant spiritual graces are obtained from this great popular devotion of the Church. Earlier many indulgences were attached it. Every year thousands of people join the Holy Father in the Way of the Cross at the Colosseum in Rome, while in Jerusalem, every Friday throughout the year, there is the Way of the Cross on the Via Dolorosa. Moreover, thousands of faithful gather in their own respective churches on Lenten Fridays to participate in this devotion. This helps us to recall historically what Jesus endured in his last moments on earth and to recognize our own journey on earth to the spiritual paradise.
After the death of Jesus, shrines began to be built on Mount Golgotha. St. Jerome, in the 4th century, mentions that many people visited these Holy Places. In the 5th century, as it was not possible for many to visit the Holy Land, a few chapels were constructed at the monastery of St. Stephen in Bologna, Italy. These sites portrayed important events in the Passion of Jesus. Thus, the devotion to the Stations of the Cross began in Europe.
St. Francis of Assisi had an ardent affection for the humanity of Christ and His suffering. In 1217 he founded his first friary in Jerusalem in order to guard and promote the devotion to the sacred places. In 1342, Pope Clement VI declared the Franciscans “Custodians of the Holy Land” and even today most of the Shrines are still under their care. They also popularized this devotion in Europe and other parts of the world by building shrines adorned with paintings and sculptures representing the Stations of the Cross in their monasteries and churches. The Franciscans also created a “St. Francis Prayer before the Crucifix”. They gradually added this beautiful prayer at each Station.
Let us recite this prayer every day as we kneel before a crucifix at home and experience its power.

Most High glorious God, enlighten the darkness of my heart
Give me true faith, certain hope and perfect charity, sense and knowledge Lord,
That I may carry out Your holy and true command.

God bless us all!
Fr.Wilson TOR

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