Saint Nicholas Catholic Church

Archdiocese of Galveston-Houston

2508 Clay       Houston, Texas 77003-4406

(713) 223-5210       Fax: (713) 222-0424 


August 24, 2014 – 21st Sunday in Ordinary Time

Mass Schedule



9:00 AM  and 11:00 AM

1st and 3rd Sunday: 1:00 PM

Unity Mass-Last Sunday of the Month - 10:00 AM

Tuesday - 6:00 PM

Weekends & Holy Days listed in Bulletin


Devotional Prayers


Rosary – 8:30 AM



 Legion of Marian Devotions – 6:45 pm


Pastor: Fr. George Okeahialam, MSP   936-334-4661


Reola M. Bellard-Reed     713 – 482  - 8049





Anointing of the Sick

Visiting the sick may be arranged by calling Fr. George or the parish office


Registered parishioners must contact the Parish Office for an interview with the Pastor.  Pre-Baptism classes are required before Baptism.

Eucharist and Confirmation

Baptized person wishing to receive these sacraments need to contact the CCE Director


Registered engaged couples must call the Parish Office at least one year before their expected wedding date.  No date can be set until a couple has met with a Priest for preliminary instructions.


30 minutes before Mass and anytime by request.


Receiving Holy Communion

Only Catholics, in good standing, are allowed to participate in receiving the Holy Eucharist.  Receive the Eucharist with reverence, bow slightly and respond “Amen”.  If receiving the host by hand, place the left hand over the right (or opposite if you are left handed) and raise your arms slightly.

CCE Education

Classes are available for children who need preparation for First Communion or confession.  Classes are held on Sundays from September through May.

Funeral Services

In the event of the death of a parishioner, please contact the Parish Office before finalizing any arrangements with the Funeral Director

St. Therese Novena

Perpetual Novena began in the ’40 and continues every Tuesday evening beginning at 5:50 pm


The Rosary begins 8:30 am on Sunday morning before Mass.  Please join us in reciting this devotional in honor of our Blessed Mother.







Mission Statement

St. Nicholas’, Houston’s Historic Black Church, parishioners guided by the Holy Spirit, celebrates the presence of Jesus Christ in our daily lives, in prayer, in liturgy, in religious education, and in scripture.  Joyfully we reach out to others and invite everyone to come and serve the Lord in a spirit of love and join us in working for peace, justice and in building a community that welcomes and accepts all people as children of God.


Parish Staff

Pastor – Fr. George Okeahialam, MSP

Administrative Assistant – Reola M. Bellard-Reed

Parish Organizations Chairperson

Altar Servers

Grant Brown


Birthday Club

Deborah Dirden


Choir Director

Deborah Dirden


Eucharistic Minister

Cassandra Edmondson



Alvin Gabriel



Deborah Dirden


Holy Name Myriam Marin-Khyne 713-426-2440


Velocia Ulmer





Parish Council

James Khyne


Project Manager

James Khyne


CCE Director



St. Vincent de Paul

Norman Lee



Thomas Washington


Yard Maintenance

Preston Reed




Marie Guillory – 6th

Tracy Murray – 29th

Rita Hill-Delasbour – 31st




Ralph and Mary Radley – 7th

Gerald and Gloria Lemond – 21st

                                Patrick and Misha Gabriel – 24th


Grant Brown  - (713) 501 – 7041          

August 3:    Lawton/Carmon/Gabriel/Gordon/Murray

August 10:  Denton/Ndayishima/Carmon

August 17:  Lemond/Gabriel/Gordon/Murray

August 24:  Carmon/ Gabriel/Lawton/Murray

August 31: Lemond/Ndayishima/Denton/Gordon


Velocia Ulmer  (713) 654 – 1147

August 3:     T Gabriel / Comeaux

August 10:   M Owens / T Owens

August 17:   M Gabriel / K Gabriel

August 24:   G Champ / W Champ

August 31:  Brown / Ulmer


 Stewardship of Time

Dear Lord, You know our friends so much better than we do. You know the sickness and the burden each one carries. You also know each one’s heart. Lord, we ask you to be with John Alexander, Anthony, Austin and Mary Broussard, Rita Dorsey, Julia Fuller, James A. Garvey, Carnelia Khyne, Rose Kornbacker, Percy LaFleur, Jr., Percy LaFleur, Sr., Matthew Mullone, Suzanne Petteway, Mayola Reed, Marie & Elijah Southern, Lillie Taylor, Revis Willis, Eleanor Williams and everyone who asked for our prayers.  Lord, we don't always understand your ways and we don't know why they have to suffer, but we trust you. We ask that you look with mercy and grace toward them. Nourish their spirit and soul in this time of suffering and


Sunday Contributions

Envelope - $989.00   Loose - $200.00

Total - $1,603.00


DSF - $8,200.00

                           Pledged: $5,625.00     Paid:  $4,965.00     



Cassandra Edmondson  

(713) 641–4240


Body and Blood of Christ

Barbara Montgomery


                                               Body of Christ

                    Lucy Jackson and Gloria Lemond




Sunday, August 24, 2014: 

          Anniversary Blessings for

                        Patrick and Misha Gabriel


                       William and Toya Robinson

           Requested by parents – Alvin and Theresa Gabriel 


Tuesday, August 26, 2014:

             In Loving Memory of  

                  Mariam Lyman and Patricia Bradford

             Requested by Marie Owens


Sunday, August 31, 2014: 

          In Loving Memory of  

                        Patrick Bradford

          Requested by June Cushingberry


Weekly Reading

Monday: Aug. 25: 2 Thess 1:1-5, 11-12; Matt 23:13-22

Tuesday: Aug. 26: 2 Thess 2:1-3a, 14-17; Matt 23:23-26

Wed: Aug. 27: 2 Thess 3:6-10, 16-18; Matt 23:27-32

Thurs: Aug. 28: 1 Cor 1:1-9; Matt 24:42-51

Friday: Aug. 29: 1 Cor 1:17-25; Mark 6:17-29

Saturday: Aug. 30: 1 Cor 1:26-31; Matt 25:14-30


Stewardship Reflection

   21st Sunday in Ordinary Time: August 24 

That we may show our gratitude for God’s great gifts through our active participation in the ministry of God’s Church. “Or who has given the Lord anything that he may be repaid?” - Romans 11:35  St. Paul reminds us of a central fact of stewardship. We cannot give the Lord anything, because God already owns it all. God made everything. All that we can do is return a portion of God’s many gifts back to Him. Sincere gratitude for our gifts opens our hearts to joyful generosity!  


Sermon Starters by Deacon Dick Folger          

     In today’s Gospel, Jesus says to Peter, “You are Rock and on this rock I will build my church.” With that, Jesus handed over the keys. Why would God choose Peter, a hard-working fisherman, to be the boss? Like any of us, Peter may have loved food, wine and sleep a little too much. He answered the questions in Cesarea Philippi correctly, but he gave the wrong answers three times before the cock crowed. Peter’s job resume didn’t look all that great. Yet, Jesus chose this regular guy to be the leader.

     Now, 266 “regular guys” later, we come to Pope Francis, who has captured our hearts with his humility, love and enthusiasm. Francis is the vicar of Christ on this earth, snapping selfies with the faithful and struggling, even as Jesus struggled, to act as the beloved of God.


After Mass

Some Guidance For The Conversation


  • Thank Him for having come to your soul
  • For have created, redeemed, made you Christian and gave you life
  • For all He has given you (your family, health, sickness, friends, qualities, talents, etc.)
  • For His forgiveness
  • For what He has in mind for you that you do not know


  • To help you grow in Faith, Hope, and Charity
  • To help you have a better interior life
  • To ask for your personal holiness
  • For the Church, the Pope, the Clergy and Priests
  • For your spouse, your family, your friends
  • For the salvation of the world, and those that do not know him


  • Make acts of love and reparation for those that do not love Our Lord, for those that want to love Him but can’t for those that hate Him


  • Ask forgiveness for your sins and for the ones of all humanity
  • For your lack of love and commitment, forgetfulness, indifference and routine
  • No greater contempt than do appreciate it, and how often men have not appreciated what He does for us!

There are many prayers that can be said; through the centuries several prayers have been composed, St. Thomas Aquinas has a beautiful prayer of thanksgiving after communion which has become a classic.

Thanksgiving Prayer - After Mass

I thank You, Lord, Almighty Father, Everlasting God, for having been pleased, through no merit of mine, but of Your great mercy alone, to feed me, a sinner, and Your unworthy servant, with the precious Body and Blood of Your Son, our Lord Jesus Christ. I pray that this Holy Communion may not be for my judgment and condemnation, but for my pardon and salvation. Let this Holy Communion be to me an armor of faith and a shield of good will, a cleansing of all vices, and a rooting out of all evil desires. May it increase love and patience, humility and obedience, and all virtues. May it be a firm defense against the evil designs of all my visible and invisible enemies, a perfect quieting of all the desires of soul and body. May this Holy Communion bring about a perfect union with You, the one true God, and at last enable me to reach eternal bliss when You will call me. I pray that You bring me, a sinner, to the indescribable Feast where You, with Your Son and the Holy Spirit, are to Your saints true light, full blessedness, everlasting joy, and perfect happiness. Through the same Christ our Lord. Amen.not be exposed, etc.

ari Petteway for helping!eoined last Sunday



   In Our Parish



September 1:        Labor Day

September 6-7:    Family Day/Bazaar

October 4:             Hall Rental – Cameroon Choir

October 26:           Priesthood Sunday

November 11:      Hall Rental - Meeting

November 30:      Memorial Mass – Henriette Delille

December 7:         127th Anniversary Celebration

  To St. Nicholas

                  Houston’s Historic Black Parish                                                                


Raffle Donation:

Your donation is due today Sunday, August 21 for anyone who pledged a donation towards our raffle prizes. 


Family Day/Bazaar Raffle

Please return your raffle booklets as you sell them. All Raffle Booklets must be returned, whether you sold them or not, by Sunday, September 7, no later than 4:00 pm.  The Raffle will begin at 5:00pm. Also, Raffle Booklets are available for anyone who would like to sell more booklets - see Percy LaFleur today.


Parish Hall Closed

The parish hall is still not ready for use.  The exterminator will be here again tomorrow for a follow up treatment.  We’ve getting it under control.



Fr. Solomon is available for anyone who is in need of making a confession this morning.  A “Guide for Confession” is available, on table by the confessional, for anyone to read before making confession.


Bazaar Donation Needed:

  • Auction Basket – Organization members get with your president for more information on your basket
  • Country Store – No Clothing!  See James Khyne
  • Bake Sale – Cakes, cookies, pies, etc. needed.  Please make and bring on Saturday and or Sunday

Other Donations – Please keep in mind that this is a fund raiser for the church.  So any item to lessen our expense is deeply appreciated.  We can use sodas, school items, paper towels, napkins, etc.

Next Bazaar Meeting

The next Bazaar meeting is August 31, 2014 after Sunday Mass.

All Donations for the Bazaar are needed by next Sunday August 31


Please Remember:

Michael Henry, who was buried yesterday, and his family in your prayers.

Myriam Khyne who had surgery on her leg this pass Wednesday.

John Alexander who is recovering from walking pneumonia.

Laverne Smith who is recovering from heart surgery.


Preparation for Bazaar Parish Hall Cleaning

Anyone who is available is asked to meet in the parish hall on Wednesday, September 3, so we can clean the hall and get everything ready for our Bazaar which will start on Saturday September 6 at 11 am.


August 24, 2014

21stSunday In Ordinary Time

Our Testimony of Jesus

How did so problematic a figure survive as the church’s model for leadership?

     Scripture is never simple. Even before we begin to read, we must know who is speaking, and why, and to whom, and with what agenda. To make matters even harder, the events and teachings we read about took place millennia ago in a language, culture and context different from our own. Despite this, we return to the scriptures again and again to understand what God wants of us. We need to know what God’s love is asking of us here and now in our own culture, language and circumstances.

     The Lectionary readings this Sunday provide a good example of just how complex our search is as we look at one of the most contested passages in the Christian Testament: Peter’s identification of Jesus as the Messiah.

     In 16:13-20, Matthew’s Jesus calls Peter the “Rock” on which he will build his church and gives Peter the keys to the kingdom of heaven, an authority that includes the power to bind and loose in the here and hereafter. It is noteworthy that in Chapter 18, this same power is given to the church community as it deals with offending or dissenting members (18:18) and when it prays, guaranteeing that whatever two or three agree to pray for, God will grant it. Questions of authority and leadership were critical in the life of the early church.

    While Jesus is still giving Peter the keys to the kingdom, our contemporary minds think about concepts like authority, papal primacy and apostolic succession. These historical developments were no doubt beyond Matthew’s concern. It is only in hindsight that this scene at Caesarea Philippi becomes important as the church emerges from its early roots in Palestine to become Christendom.

     Comparing Matthew 16 with the same scene in Mark 8, we note that the dialogue between Peter and Jesus in Matthew does not appear in Mark, which is thought to be the source text for Matthew. Both Gospels have the dramatic scene in which Jesus asks his disciples who they think he is. Both show Peter professing that Jesus is the Messiah. But Mark says nothing about a special selection of Peter as leader. So why did Matthew add this? Is it actually the primacy of politics that we are reading about here?

     One theory is that Mark, written 20 years earlier, reflects a time in the early church when the question of authority was still being debated. But by the time Matthew wrote his Gospel, Peter’s faction had won out, and, because Peter was associated with “the Jewish wing of Christianity,” this appealed to Matthew’s predominantly Jewish Christian community.

     More importantly, though, for Matthew this new ekklésia — literally “the called-out gathering” — is not simply a movement that arises after the resurrection to promote Jesus’ teachings. Matthew wants the emerging local Christian community to understand itself as formed by the earthly Jesus to continue his work. It is Jesus’ identity and authority that Matthew is primarily focused on in this reading, not Peter’s. Matthew uses Peter to point to the divine at work in the newly forming community. And why is there a need for this?

     In Matthew 15, the Pharisees and Sadducees had accused Jesus of not following the Law. “Why do your disciples break the traditions of the elders?” They accuse them of not washing their hands before eating. Jesus in turn, asks them, “And why do you break the commandments of God for the sake of your traditions?”

     Not long after, when the Pharisees and Sadducees ask Jesus for a sign (of who he is), he chides them for not being able to read the signs of the times. Today’s Gospel passage therefore emphasizes the formation of a new community in response to the Jewish leaders’ rejection of Jesus’ ministry and his divine identity, now revealed through Peter.

     Let us remember that Matthew was writing at a time of conflict as the early church formed itself into an entity apart from the Jewish community. Many of us have been present at the beginning of organizations. We know what it takes to regroup after losing an institutional affiliation, how many meetings it takes to reach a shared mission statement, choose leadership and figure out lines of authority and decision-making. The backdrop of both readings from the Christian Testament today is conflict: conflicting views about the identity and mission of the new ecclesia; authority and autonomy; and, in the absence of Jesus, relations with the “non-believing” Jewish community as well as believers.


For the grace this week to accept the discipline God

gives us in order to strengthen us in holiness!