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ABOUT THE ARCHDIOCESE

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.


Cardinal's Corner

February 13, 2024

A Shepherd's Message - Lent 2024

Lent enables us, by great traditional practices of prayer, fasting, almsgiving and new acts of justice, to recognize that we are sons and daughters and not slaves.

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Mar 26

Featured Event

Chrism Mass

  • Catholic Relief Services has long maintained a presence in Eastern Europe and is on the ground in Ukraine offering care and support amid the hostilities there. On the weekend of the Fourth Sunday of Lent, March 18th and 19th, all parishes in Galveston-Houston will be taking up the annual second collection for Catholic Relief Services.

    The annual CRS collection as an opportunity for the faithful of Galveston-Houston to support the Church's work of bringing mercy and comfort to people in need in Eastern Europe. Contributions to this second collection will have a tangible effect in the lives of countless people in Ukraine.

    The Catholic Relief Services Collection supports Catholic Church organizations that carry out international relief and solidarity efforts. Programs include relief and resettlement for victims of persecution, war, and natural disasters; development projects to improve living conditions for the poor; legal and support services for poor immigrants; peace and reconciliation work for people suffering from violence; and advocacy on behalf of the powerless.

    https://www.usccb.org/national-collection/catholic-relief-services-collection

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  • The Chrism Mass will be celebrated this evening at the Co-Cathedral of the Sacred Heart in downtown Houston. The Mass will be livestreamed on Facebook, YouTube, and at www.archgh.org/live
    At the Chrism Mass, the bishop blesses three oils — the Oil of Catechumens, the Oil of the Sick, and Sacred Chrism — which will be distributed and used in the administration of the sacraments throughout the diocese for the year.

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  • On Holy Thursday, the Mass of the Lord’s Supper is held in the evening and begins the Paschal Triduum.

    This Mass commemorates the institution of the Eucharist and the priesthood, rooted in Christ’s commands to “love one another” (Jn 15:17) and to “do this in memory of me.” (Lk 22:19) To this end, many priests will perform the optional ritual of the washing of feet, which imitates the example of Christ who humbled himself to wash the feet of his disciples at the Last Supper.

    At the end of this Mass, the Eucharist is carried by the priest in solemn procession through the church until it arrives at a special place of repose where the faithful are encouraged to spend time in adoration before the Blessed Sacrament. Meanwhile, the altar in the church is stripped bare and crosses are veiled or removed from the sanctuary.

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  • On Good Friday, the only day of the year on which the Mass is not celebrated, the faithful instead receive Holy Communion from sacred Hosts consecrated the previous night.

    The liturgical celebration focuses on the suffering and Death of the Lord as the Passion narrative from the Gospel of John is proclaimed and the Holy Cross is adored and presented before the people for veneration.

    Chancery offices will be closed on Good Friday.

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  • Throughout Easter Sunday, the Church celebrates the Resurrection of the Lord.

    The Paschal Triduum ends at sunset with the celebration of Evening Prayer, but the paschal candle will remain prominently displayed in the sanctuary for the next fifty days. This pillar of light will remind us that the long night of sin and death is over and that our Lord Jesus Christ stands revealed as the Light and Salvation of the world.

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