INTRODUCTION AND WELCOME TO ST. PAUL CHONG HASANG PARISH
We welcome all the new parishioners who have recently joined this parish. As you know, every Catholic family must be registered in a parish of their choosing. The parish then assumes responsibility for that family in the administration of the Sacraments and the pastor becomes “their” priest. That is why we have to actually register before we can be classified as a member. We have these registration forms available in the church porch. Please complete one and then hand it into the Parish Office, place it in the collection basket, or give it to Father Richard O’Rourke, our Pastor.
Fr. Richard O'Rourke, M.S.C., a native of Ireland, is a member of a Religious Congregation founded by Father Jules Chevalier in France in 1854: Missionaries of the Sacred Heart (Sacre-Coeur). The initials M.S.C. stand for the Latin translation of the name of the Congregation. Fr. Richard is assigned to the Irish Province, U.S.A. Section, in the Austin Diocese. In the USA, the Irish Province MSCs minister in California, North Carolina and Texas. He has previously served in Ireland, 10 years in England (Liverpool and London), and 20 years in South Africa (Cape Town and Johannesburg) prior to his assignment to the United States. He became an American Citizen in 2013, and in the year 2015, he celebrated his 50th Year of Ordination as a Priest. Our Associate Pastor, Father Virchand Lakra, I.M.S. (Indian Missionary Society), a native of India, has recently joined our Parish.
SOME THINGS TO KNOW ABOUT YOUR NEW PARISH
- Year Founded - 1986
- Approximate number of families - 1,500 +
- Assigned to the Diocese of Austin
- Assigned to the Killeen/Temple Deanery - Fr. Richard is Dean of the Killeen/Temple Deanery. He was appointed to that position by Bishop Aymond (now Archbishop of New Orleans), and continued in that role by our new bishop, Bishop Vásquez. The Deanery includes the following parishes: St. Paul Chong Hasang (HH), Christ the King (Belton), St. Monica (Cameron), Holy Family (Copperas Cove), St. Joseph (Cyclone and Mission: Marak, Sts. Cyril and Methodius), St. Joseph (Killeen), St. Ann (Rosebud and Mission: St. Michael, Burlington), St. Stephen (Salado), Our Lady of Guadalupe (Temple and Mission: St. Matthew, Rogers), St. Luke (Temple), St. Mary (Temple), and Church of the Visitation, (Westphalia).
- The old Parish Hall was the original Church.
- The Adoration Chapel, the current Church, the Religious Education Building (including the current addition), and the new Parish Center were all constructed during Fr. Richard’s tenure and leadership as Pastor.
- An overhead protected drive-thru is available for discharging and picking-up passengers at the entrance to the Church. Please use extreme caution when approaching and departing this area, and contact an usher in the Church if assistance is needed.
- St. Paul Chong Hasang Church was designed with entrance doors wide enough to accommodate standard wheelchairs and walkers. Pews are also offset to accommodate a wheelchair/walker next to the aisles.
- A wheelchair and a pair of crutches are available for use on site. Ask an usher for assistance.
- St. Paul has a Family Room located inside the Church, just to the right of the Altar as viewed from the pews. The room is equipped with chairs, space for walking around, a restroom, and a diaper changing area. A darkened glass wall subdues sound within and permits a full view of the Mass. Installed speakers relay everything said on the Altar.
- For Parishioners who need assistance in or out of the confessional, please contact the office to make arrangements with Fr. Richard (254-698-4110).
For those of you who are new to St. Paul Chong Hasang and those who attend our weekday Masses, we invite you to join us for coffee and fellowship in the old Parish Hall after the 9:00 am Mass on Monday, Wednesday and Friday (unless the Hall has been reserved for another activity). Please come by, meet some of your fellow parishioners, and make new friends. We welcome you!
PARISH MINISTRIES AND ORGANIZATIONS
As members of the Laity of the Church, WE ARE ALL asked to consider and reflect on our contribution of Time, Talent and Treasure. The activities and programs in the Parish don't just happen...it takes VOLUNTEERS.
There are over forty (40) ministries and/or organizations that provide assistance to our Pastor and Associate Pastor in administering to the needs of our parishioners, as well as the support of others in our community and beyond - a prime example of which is the Tucker Mission in Cambodia which cares for children that have contracted Aids through no fault of their own.
You are encouraged to browse the "Get Involved" page on this site which lists the ministries and organizations (including some of the external community service/charitable organizations) and their points of contact. Hopefully, you will find something that interests you, or you may get an idea for a new ministry that you can discuss with our Pastor.
ETHICS AND INTEGRITY IN MINISTRY (EIM)
The Ethics and Integrity in Ministry (EIM) policies of the Austin Diocese were established in 2002 to help educate Catholics on how to help prevent sexual abuse of minors and vulnerable adults. ALL Parish employees and volunteers who minister to youth or vulnerable adults (this has been interpreted to mean ANY ministry/organization in this Parish) are required to complete an Application for Ministry, which permits the diocese to run a criminal background check.
In addition, all new applicants are required to attend an EIM workshop for adults within 60 days of their EIM application submission. Every three years thereafter, employees and volunteers must attend an EIM refresher course. For questions or assistance in registering for a workshop, contact the Parish EIM Coordinator (Donna Perry / 254-526-0202).
SEE THE "NEWS" PAGE FOR THE LATEST INFORMATION PERTAINING TO THE EIM PROGRAM.
HOW TO REPORT AN INCIDENT OF CONCERN
The reporting requirement of the Ethics and Integrity in Ministry (EIM) Policies of the Diocese of Austin (5th Ed., 2011) states:
"In accordance with Texas law, any citizen who has cause to believe a minor or vulnerable adult is being, or may have been, abused, is required to report his or her suspicions to the Texas Department of Family and Protective Services (TDFPS) or local civil authorities (Police). To report child or elder abuse, TDFPS maintains a 24-hour abuse hotline at 1-800-252-5400; or a report may be made on their website at www.dfps.state.tx.us . This reporting requirement is the same for allegations against Church personnel and/or a parent or caregiver. Once reported to civil authorities, suspected or known abuse of a minor or vulnerable person that may involve Church personnel, and/or other suspected or observed violations of the Ethics and Integrity in Ministry Policies of the Diocese of Austin, shall be reported immediately to any of the following persons: their immediate supervisor; the pastor of the parish or principal of the school; a designated representative of the Diocese (e.g. the diocesan coordinator of pastoral care at 512-949-2400); or one may submit an anonymous, specific and verifiable letter to the Vicar General or Bishop of Austin." (Excerpt from "We are called to protect...and to report," by Emily Hurlimann, Catholic Spirit, Vol. 30, No. 1, January 2012, p. 22.)
PRAYER FOR VOCATIONS
"O Sacred Heart of Jesus, Savior of the world and source of all holiness, we ask You to implant in the hearts of young men and women in this parish, a call to serve You as priests or religious, either for the Diocese or for Missionary work. Give them the guidance and courage to answer Your call, so that they may give themselves completely in Your service, without reservation. This we ask through Christ, Our Lord. Amen."
THE PARISH BEREAVEMENT COMMITTEE
...needs volunteers to bring dishes/baked goods for Funeral Receptions. Please contact Norma Thompson (254.423.9011) if you would like to help.
SIGN-UP SHEET FOR ALTAR FLOWERS
A sign-up sheet is on the bulletin board in the Church Foyer. People dedicate Altar flowers to the memory of a loved one, or to mark a special occasion such as a birthday, anniversary or Feast Day. (No flowers during Advent.)
Please sign-up and make sure you include your name, phone number, and the person or occasion for the flowers.
"FLOWERS AND GIFTS WITH AMOR"
This vendor manages the Altar Flowers for our Parish. Please contact Virgie or Kat at 254-680-2667, (or www.flowerswithamor.com) the week before your chosen weekend, to make arrangements. Thank you for your support.
HOLY COMMUNION FOR THE HOME-BOUND MINISTRY
If you know of a Catholic who is home-bound and would like to receive Communion, please contact Norma Thompson at 423-9011, to make arrangements.
BLESSED SACRAMENT - PERPETUAL ADORATION CHAPEL
Please consider scheduling one hour to spend with our Precious Lord. Our 24/7 Adoration Chapel is badly in need of adorers. Adoration before the Blessed Sacrament is a wonderful spiritual exercise that refreshes the soul and brings great graces to those who adore in the presence of our Savior. For our new parishioners, the Adoration Chapel is located between the Rectory (Fr. Richard's house) and the Old Parish Hall. Please stop by and discover the beauty of this spiritual practice. (Please contact Mrs. Darla Prather at 698-6217 to schedule your Holy Hour.)
If you are moving, changing address and/or phone numbers, please contact the Parish Office at 698-4110 so that we can keep all our records up to date and ensure that you have relevant paperwork (Religious Education records for the children, etc.) to take with you. Thank you for your presence and support.
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Perpetual Adoration Chapel
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Regular Meeting Postings
CCD CLASSES (WHEN IN SESSION) SEE BELOW:
Sundays (starting Sept. 9, 2018) - Watch the Weekly Bulletin & this web site for confirmation of starting date/time for classes.
Rosewood Retirement Home
|Dec. 29, 2018||Melody Clemons & Joanne Gelsthorpe|
|Jan. 5, 2019||Carolyn Farmerie & Donna Perry|
|Jan. 12||Debra Ponce & Jane Barr|
Indian Oaks Living Center
FOR MORE INFORMATION ON THIS MINISTRY, PLEASE CONTACT MR. CHUCK SCHNAPP (698-2990 or 290-3474).
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