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We are a multicultural Church with 1.7 million members from every continent of the world that prays and celebrates in over 14 languages in 146 parishes. We participate in activities of social justice, support the good works of persons in other countries — and we do all this in the name of our Lord, Jesus Christ.

Justice for Immigrants

Cardinal's Corner

September 11, 2018

Letter to the Faithful

The last few months have been very difficult in the life of the Church. With the confirmed sexual abuse of minors and seminarians by then-Cardinal Theodore McCarrick and his removal from the College of Cardinals, as well as the publication of a detailed report of sexual abuse of minors by Catholic clergy in six dioceses of the State of Pennsylvania, a genuine state of moral and spiritual crisis in the Catholic Church in the United States has hit us all with great force.

Immigrants at the Border: How to Help

Many people of goodwill are trying to assist people who are approaching our border with Mexico, families who are fleeing violence and seeking a better life for their children. Learn how you can help make a difference.

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Upcoming Events Full Calendar

  • Auxiliary Bishop George A. Sheltz will preside at the Annual Blue Mass honoring all law enforcement, criminal justice personnel, support staff and their families. The Mass will be held Saturday, Sept. 29, at 5 p.m. at the Co-Cathredral of the Sacred Heart, 1111 St. Joseph Pkwy. in downtown Houston.

    Officers are encouraged to wear dress uniforms without the hat. Agencies are encouraged to bring equipment for the public to see and to be blessed after the Mass. For more information, email or call 713-741-8745.

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  • This dinner is for high school boys ages 14-18 and parish priests.  It is an evening of prayer, Eucharistic Adoration, group sharing, and dinner with Vocation Director, Fr. Richard McNeillie and other priests from the Archdiocese.  

    If you are interested in knowing more about the seminary and a vocation to priestly life, please contact your parish priests to be able to participate in this event.

    This event will take place at St. Mary’s Seminary (9845 Memorial Dr, Houston, TX 77024).  Check-in begins at 6:30pm. In the application, we ask that the applicant be approved by the Pastor or Youth Minister. Applicants should demonstrate basic character traits such as maturity, honesty and desire to serve. Limit of five participants per parish (Space is limited).  No cost and donations are accepted.

    Info:   Questions: Call 281-652-8239.

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  • A dinner with Sisters from around the Archdiocese, for high school girls at Villa de Matel (6510 Lawndale St. Houston, 77023). Must register in advance to attend, seating is limited. Deadline is Oct 12. Free Event. Videos, registration and forms, visit or to register:

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  • In recognition of the work and dedication of those in the medical profession, the Catholic Health Professionals of Houston and the Archdiocese of Galveston-Houston will host the Annual White Mass at 5:00 p.m. on Saturday, October 20, at the Co-Cathedral of the Sacred Heart, 1111 St. Joseph Parkway, Houston. Rev. Lawrence Jozwiak will be the celebrant. All doctors, nurses and other medical personnel are invited to attend and encouraged to wear their white coats.

    Following mass, there will be an optional catered reception and speaker, Dr. Michael Brescia, MD. Dr. Brescia will be discussing “The Nature and Treatment of Human Suffering”.  For more info and to RSVP for the reception, please visit

    The White Mass is so named because health care workers traditionally wear white coats. In addition, white is a symbol in the Church of hope and comfort to the ill and hospitalized. Having an annual White Mass for health care professionals is a tradition within the Catholic Church honoring St. Luke as Patron of Physicians and those who serve in the medical field. During the Mass, Catholic physicians, residents, medical students and healthcare workers renew their special promise to carry out the healing work of the Lord while abiding by His laws.

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  • His Eminence Daniel Cardinal DiNardo will celebrate the golden wedding anniversary Mass for those who are commemorating their 50th Anniversary years of married life.

    The Mass for couples celebrating 50 years of sacramental marriage will be held on  Sunday, October 21, 2018, 3:00 pm, at the Co-Cathedral of the Sacred Heart located at 1111 St. Joseph Parkway in Houston.

    Registration will begin soon. Please stay tuned.

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