Message from Fr. Tom
Dear Brothers and Sisters in Christ,
With joy and thanksgiving to Almighty God for his many blessings, it is a true grace to be called to this wonderful parish family to serve as your priest and pastor. I am most grateful to His Eminence, Daniel Cardinal DiNardo, for his paternal solidarity and for his confidence in requesting that I accept my first pastorate. I thank our Archbishop for the great example of pastoral governance and personal witness to both the priests and the people of God in the local Church of Galveston-Houston. I also want to express appreciation to your good pastor of twenty-three years, Monsignor Jack Dinkins, for giving this community of faith a shepherd’s care and for strengthening the foundations upon which we shall continue to build. I would be remiss if I did not publicly acknowledge the support of Bishop George Sheltz, Bishop Emeritus Vincent Rizzotto, Fr. Dan Warden, Fr. Brendan Cahill and the clergy who administered the sacraments during this time of transition. And to the dedicated staff and team of volunteers who contributed to the ministerial and liturgical life of the parish, I am truly thankful for your sacrifice for the common good.
As the family of God here at Epiphany of the Lord Catholic Community, it is my hope that we may continue our observance of the “Year of Faith,” which His Holiness, Pope Emeritus Benedict XVI inaugurated and encouraged us to celebrate until the Solemnity of Christ the King in November of this year. By its nature, the Profession of Faith is a public and communal exercise intended to focus our mind and heart on the shared mission as co-laborers in the Lord’s vineyard and to manifest the light and love of the Gospel into the world. We all bring talents, not only in the form of material, but also spiritual, ministerial, intellectual and leadership gifts. I offer my earnest prayer as pastor that you may come to realize your depthless potential to deepen your faith, both in knowledge and in holiness, and that in the gift of yourself to the Lord, you may encounter Christ more truly and deeply.
Finally, I would like to take this occasion to renew my faith in the providential goodness of God’s Divine Will as well as entrust myself to your prayerful remembrance and spiritual union in order that I may fulfill generously and well my new pastoral responsibilities. With the pledge of my strength and peace in the Lord, invoking God’s blessings upon you and your family, I am
Sincerely yours in Christ,
Father Tom Lam