Welcome to St Catherine of Siena Parish! If you are looking for a church to enliven and deepen your faith, be part of a friendly, easy-going community, or would like to get involved in one of our ministries or begin a new one, I believe you may well have found the parish for which you’ve been looking!
Introduce yourself to me in the narthex before or after Mass – I’m always the first to arrive and the last to leave. I have a very good memory for faces, and in time, I will even remember your name! To get to know your fellow parishioners, come to our Saturday evening refreshments immediately after the Mass or Sunday breakfast after the 8.30 Mass. This is usually held on the weekend of the first Sunday of the month during the school year. Notification of any and all activities is in the parish bulletin which you’ll find here online. This allows us to keep our tradition of keeping Mass completely announcement-free.
As part of our charitable outreach, we donate 10% of our annual income to charities nominated by the parishioners during Lent each year. We have a food drive for a local shelter every month, and as you get to know us, you’ll discover all the other ways we are church, live our faith and serve our neighbors.
It is truly encouraging to see so many new people in our congregation; many of these new folks are here with their “little ones,” without whom we would have no future. It’s refreshing to walk into a church filled with all ages. Let’s not allow our church to feel as if you walked into a nursing home. It’s not that I have anything against nursing homes; it shall come to us all should we live to that fine old age and need new forms of care and attention. Should you, on those rare occasions, come to Mass in a “grumpy mood” and forget your fine-honed skills as a grandparent, avoid the temptation to lose it by giving “the look” or grumbling under your breath that “they should be in the cry room.” May I suggest that from now on we consign and reserve the cry room only for those in a “grumpy mood”? There will now be no cry room; it will be the Grumpy People Room. Holy ones, don’t lose that good-natured spirit we have successfully developed over the past few years.
The Young Adults’ Group met last Sunday for lunch after the 11:15 Mass by way of offering support and fellowship for those of you who are in the “young people’s bracket.” As usual, many of you, single or married, are new(ish) to the parish, and like everyone else, need to know you are not the only young person here at Mass on the weekend. For more information about get-togethers and social events for young adults in our parish, please contact Jacob and Katelyn Walker at 409-782-6410 with any questions you may have.
There is another group of people that I see more and more that I would love to get together and offer you support and the reassurance that “you are not the only ones!” I am referring to those of you whose spouse does not come to church for many varying reasons; there are more of you than you think. I know many of you from Baptism preparation/celebrations, and thankfully you have kept your promise to bring your child(ren) up in the practice of the faith. Know that you are most definitely not alone. I want to suggest that those of you who belong to this un-named group can have the opportunity to meet and share. I can offer you the space and a time that will work, and I will even supply a glass (or two) of wine after any weekend Mass or at a time that suits most. Talk to me after Mass or email me; I would love to support you in your decision to practice your faith with your children.
Saturday 5:00 pm (Vigil Mass)
Sunday 8:30 am & 11:15 am
Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday & Friday 12:15
Saturday 4:00 - 4:30 pm
On May 14, 1975, Bishop John Morkovsky issued a formal Declaration establishing the parish of St. Catherine of Siena to help provide for the corporal and spiritual welfare of the growing west Houston community with Fr. Cliff Natho being assigned as the founding pastor.
Until the completion of construction (3 years later), Sunday Masses were celebrated in neighboring churches and schools, including Congregation Beth Am Synagogue, Spring Oaks Junior High, and Fairhaven United Methodist Church.
The initial construction was completed in 1978, and included the community center (which doubled as the sanctuary), the offices and classrooms. The present sanctuary was completed in 1993 and stands as a living testament to the generous spirit of the people who gather to worship God under the patronage of St. Catherine of Siena. At the 25th anniversary celebration in 2000, our beautiful prayer plaza garden was dedicated by Auxiliary Bishop Curtis J. Guillory.
Born small and committed to growth in the Holy Spirit, the parish family of St. Catherine of Siena continues to blossom in what was once a distant Spring Branch prairie but is now part of Houston’s ever-expanding metropolis. From the beginning, this community has fostered a loving, welcoming family spirit. And as with most families, the sharing of food occupies a very important place in all our gatherings; so don’t be startled if someone offers you a cup of coffee and a doughnut. It’s just who we are.
St Catherine of Siena (1347 – 1380)
Born in 1347, St. Catherine of Siena was the twenty-third child born to Jacopo and Lapa Benincasa. Recognized as a lovely and highly intelligent youth, she was filled with a joyous spirit from an early age.
However, no one expected this lovely young girl to become one of the great mystical doctors of the Church. Yet, it was early in life that she demonstrated an uncommon desire to surrender herself completely to Christ. It is due to this desire and her willingness to live it completely that she is remembered and celebrated today. At the age of eighteen, she entered the Dominican Third Order and spent three years in seclusion and prayer. A group of followers gathered around her—men and women (lay and religious) – and an active public apostolate grew out of her contemplative life.
But it was during the Great Schism (beginning in 1378) which split the allegiance of Christendom between first two, then three popes that Catherine became most notable. She spent the last two years of her life in Rome, in prayer and pleading on behalf of the unity of the Church and arguing for the legitimacy of Urban VI. In 1380, she died at the age of 33. She was canonized in 1461.
Along with Theresa of Avila, St. Catherine was named a doctor of the church in 1970 by Paul VI. Her most famous work, The Dialogue, contains an ecstatic vision of a conversation between a soul (who rises to heaven) and God. This mystical work is often called her spiritual testament.
She is the patron of Italy and Europe.
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10688 Shadow Wood Drive, Houston, Texas 77043, United States
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