The Church of the Annunciation

The Church of the Annunciation has been home to Roman Catholics in Houston for 150 years. Its walls have witnesses dramatic changes over nearly two centuries. From the Industrial Revolution to the advent of electricity, the invention of the automobile, and the dawning of the digital age.

Change has brought progress to Parishioners throughout the years. It's also brought unique challenges to each generation. For the purpose of our current conversation, unique is an understatement. Between a "once in a hundred years" pandemic and an historic shortage of priests, our rapidly growing community must adapt to unparalleled constraints.

As your Pastor, time is my greatest restraint. The plethora of Sunday Masses served our forebears when it was normal to have three or four priests stationed at a Church. However, they are simply not practical today. Try as I might, I am not Padre Pio and still cannot bi-locate.

Compounding these problems Masses are only separated by an hour and a half. During Holy Week, Easter Season, and beyond, Masses consistently overlap causing disruptions for all of us.

But I don't want to take a "top-down" approach to Mass time changes. Our new schedule should consider the needs and desires of all parishioners. Which is why I need your valuable input.

Please answer the following questions in a spirit of charity and collaboration. Bear in mind, with the Astros next door we have parking limitations and cannot start the last Sunday morning Mass later than 11 a.m. I also invite you to think of your fellow parishioners. I invite you to consider what is in the best interests of your fellow parishioners and the parish as an institution. 

Your feedback will inform my decision. While our new schedule may not conform to everyone's preference, my hope is through this process we can arrive at at Mass times that accommodate as many of our people as possible.

Please complete this survey no later than September 30th, 2020.

~ Fr. Paul Felix

*This survey only applies to Sunday morning. The 5:30 p.m. Mass will not change.

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* 1. How frequently do you attend Sunday Mass at Annunciation?

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* 3. Prior to COVID-19 restrictions, which Sunday Mass did you attend at Annunciation?

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* 4. Click the arrows next to each option for the 7:00 a.m. Mass. Rank them in order of your preference. Choose 1 for your favorite and 4 for your least favorite.

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* 5. Click the arrows next to each option for the 9:00 a.m. Mass. Rank them in order of your preference. Choose 1 for your favorite and 4 for your least favorite.

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* 6. Click the arrows next to each option for the 11:00 a.m. Mass. Rank them in order of your preference. Choose 1 for your favorite and 4 for your least favorite.

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* 7. If the times above do not work for you, which alternative do you prefer?

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* 8. If the new schedule does not reflect your preference, what will you do?

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