Welcome to St. Catherine of Siena Catholic Church

Welcome to St. Catherine of Siena Catholic Church

Mass Schedule

Sunday Mass

Saturday 5:00 pm (Vigil Mass)
Sunday 8:30 am & 11:15 am

Weekday Mass

Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday & Friday 12:15  

Reconciliation

Saturday 4:00 - 4:30 pm 

Welcome!

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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.


Father Niall

Weekly Message from Father Niall

 Dear Friends,


Check out our new parish webpage - it has been updated, simplified and made much more accessible, which also means that it downloads much faster than the previous version.  Those of you who came to St. Catherine’s for Mass last week when I was away on retreat may well have saved yourselves an unnecessary journey if you had looked at the parish webpage beforehand, but such is life!  It has the most up-to-date information about the parish, and now we have a feature at the bottom of the webpage where you can opt to receive the bulletin directly to your email address. What more could you ask for?!


We are about three weeks away from Lent, but if you would like to put on your thinking cap before then, start considering a charity to propose to the parish’s finance committee and me for our annual donation of 10% of total income.  Don’t just send us a name of an organization without telling us why you consider it a worthy cause; without that explanation, it won’t even be considered.  Make a good case for your cause and state why the parish should donate such a generous $ amount to it.  This has been a Lenten project for the last few years where we ask you to prayerfully consider proposing some charity for consideration.  Normally, we have donated to those charities who have the lowest possible management costs and where we can get the best bang for our buck.  Start thinking and praying about it. I will put more about this in the upcoming bulletins.


This is a very interesting thought for Lent: Genesis Butler, a 12-year-old, wrote to Pope Francis recently and asked him to become vegan for the 40 days of Lent as a further expression of his continuous call to care for the environment and indeed our overall health – now, there is something to consider!


Till next week, God bless.

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About St. Catherine Catholic Church

Our History

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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.

Our Patron

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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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St. Catherine of Siena Catholic Church

Office Hours

Mon

10:00 am – 4:00 pm

Tue

10:00 am – 4:00 pm

Wed

10:00 am – 4:00 pm

Thu

10:00 am – 4:00 pm

Fri

10:00 am – 4:00 pm

Sat

Closed

Sun

Closed

Hours may vary during holidays.