Dear Parishioners of St. Anthony of Padua Catholic Church,
For a number of years the members of St. Anthony’s have been discerning God’s will as we identify and address the needs of our faithful, especially those who will join us in the future. We have developed a Master Plan which will address present and future needs. We've shared that Master Plan with you and the greater community of The Woodlands over the past two years. I assure you that we desire to be good neighbors, and that our Master Plan meets, and in some areas, exceeds, all the regulations and requirements of our township governing board.
A major element of the Master Plan is a creative harmony between new construction and nature. An example of this is that a significant portion of our resources have been allocated to reforest and to build an 8-foot fence along the length of our property and the drainage ditch.
I am excited about St. Anthony's increasing ability to reach out to the heart of The Woodlands as we strive to make known the truth of the love that God has for all. I want to continue the vision of George Mitchell where churches provided a strong spiritual foundation for our community. As Holy Father, Pope Francis, has said, “I invite all Christians, everywhere, at this very moment, to a renewed personal encounter with Jesus Christ, or at least an openness to letting him encounter them; I ask all of you to do this unfailingly each day. No one should think that this invitation is not meant for him or her, since no one is excluded from the joy brought by the Lord.” (Apostolic Exhortation, "The Joy of the Gospel")
I look forward to partnering with you in sharing the invitation to encounter Jesus Christ, both now and in years to come, with all the people of our beloved home of The Woodlands.
Sincerely in Christ,
Father Tom Rafferty