Around the Archdiocese

Events by ministries and parishes throughout Galveston-Houston

The Around the Archdiocese is an brief calendar listing of events by the Archdiocese, parishes, ministries and other organizations throughout our ten-county region. Learn how to submit your own event to Around the Archdiocese here. The Herald cannot acknowledge each submission.

Nov. 28

St. Francis of Assisi Documentary Screening, 7 p.m. at St. Jerome Parish Activity Center (8825 Kempwood, Houston). St. Maximilian Kolbe Secular Franciscan Fraternity hosts a screening of “Sign of Contradiction,” a new full-length documentary about St. Francis of Assisi produced by Father Dave Pivonka, TOR. For free tickets, visit

Nov. 30 - Dec. 1

Toys for Tots Barbecue Cookoff and Dance, at Knights of Columbus Council 2917 (607 E. Whitney, Houston). Dance Nov. 30 with Telstars 8 p.m. to midnight. Cookoff Dec. 1. Contact Pete at 713-826-2415 or Linda at 832-692-2222.

Dec. 1

Communal First Saturdays Devotion, 9:15 a.m. to 11:15 a.m. at St. Anthony of Padua (7801 Bay Branch, The Woodlands). Prayer service for the 10th anniversary of Communal First Saturdays Devotion in reparation for the sins against her Immaculate Heart, for peace in the world and salvation of souls and to fulfill Our Lady’s reqest -- Four Practices: Rosary, Mass, 15 minutes of 15 minutes of Rosary meditations.

Dec. 1-5

Advent Parish Mission, St. Mary’s Cathedral Basilica (2011 Church Rear, Galveston). Weekend Masses, then Monday through Wednesday, 12:10 p.m. Mass and 7 p.m. service. All services are different. All are welcome.

Dec. 2

Winter Festival, 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. at St. Pius V Catholic School (312 Main, Pasadena). Festival includes student-led Posada, holiday music, garage sale and more. 713-472-5172.

Dec. 3

Militia Immaculata (MI) Consecration/Enrollment Ceremony, 6:30 p.m. Confessions, 7 p.m. Mass (Extraordinary Form) with MI Enrollment Ceremony following sermon at Our Lady of Czestochowa Church (1731 Blalock, Houston). Consecrate yourself to Mary and enlist in St. Maximilian Kolbe’s Militia of the Immaculata in preparation for the Feast of the Immaculate Conception. The MI movement is open to all Catholics, 7 years and older. RSVP and more info at:;

Dec. 8

Snacks with Santa, 9 noon at St. John Paul II Catholic School (1400 Parkway Plaza, Houston). Santa photos, face painting, crafts, and snacks will be available. Cost: $8 per child. Tickets are available online at or pay at door (cash or check).

Holiday Market, 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. at St. John Paul II Catholic School (1400 Parkway Plaza, Houston). Holiday on the Parkway Market features vendors with holiday crafts and goods for gift giving. Free, open to the public. Mingo's Latin Kitchen food truck will be available for purchase. For vendor information, contact 

Dec. 9

Archdiocesan Our Lady of Guadalupe Celebration, 9 a.m. at Downtown Chancery (1700 San Jacinto, Houston) and George R. Brown Convention Center - General Assembly Theater (1001 Avenida de las Americas - 3rd Floor, Houston).  Annual procession and celebration begins at Downtown Chancery and processes through south Downtown Houston, ending at the George R. Brown Convention Center - General Assembly Theater on the 3rd floor.  Scores of matachines, or indigenous folk dance troupes, mariachis and other singers, as well as hundreds of families will participate in the procession and Mass. 713-213-9289; View the flyer here.

Italian Mass & Pasta Lunch, 10:30 a.m. at Italian Cultural & Community Center (1101 Milford, Houston). Second Sunday Mass celebrated in Italian and English. Open to the public., 713-524-4222.

Dec. 16

Shrine Blessing, 11 a.m., St. Francis of Assisi (5102 Dabney, Houston). Blessing of the Shrine of the Risen Christ. Mass celebrant is Archbishop Emeritus Joseph A. Fiorenza, blessing to follow.

Chorus Angelorum, 4 p.m. to 5:30 p.m., free Lessons and Carols service at The Cathedral of Our Lady of Walsingham (7809 Shadyvilla, Houston). Reception following.

Dec. 19

Christmas Concert, 7:30 p.m. at Co-Cathedral of the Sacred Heart (1111 St. Joseph, Houston). Co-Cathedral Cor Jesu and Schola Cantorum choirs, under the direction of Crista Miller and Patrick Schneider present the 2nd annual free Christmas at the Co-Cathedral concert, which features music by Johann S. Bach, Gutierrez Hidalgo, Mozart, as well as traditional carols and hymns, featuring the Cathedral Brass. Free. 713-659-1561.

Dec. 21

Christmas Concert and Dinner, 7 p.m., St. Mary Magdalene (527 South Houston, Humble). STMM Youth Orchestra and guests perform Christmas songs directed by Percival M. Cacanindin in Hope Is Arriving concert. Proceeds benefit STMM Music Ministry. Tickets:

Dec. 25

Midnight Mass, 12 a.m. at Co-Cathedral of the Sacred Heart (1111 St. Joseph, Houston). Daniel Cardinal DiNardo will celebrate Midnight Mass to usher in the Christmas season. 713-659-1561;

Jan. 1

New Year’s Day Mass, 9 a.m. at Co-Cathedral of the Sacred Heart (1111 St. Joseph, Houston). Archbishop Emeritus Joseph A. Fiorenza will celebrate Mass to welcome the New Year. 713-659-1561;

Jan. 5 - 6

Women’s Discernment Retreat, “Gathering in the Upper Room: An Interlude with God,” Retreat for single women ages 18 and older who are interested in religious life. Input on discernment, private prayer and reflection, sharing with other women and sisters, Mass and lunch. Registration Deadline: Dec. 28. Registration: or information at 713-652-8239.

Jan. 12

Our Catholic Homes Workshop, 8 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. at St. Paul the Apostle (18223 Point Lookout, Houston). Half-day workshop for families with pre-school and elementary aged children explores how to put the truth and beauty of the faith into children’s daily lives. Childcare available for a free. $15 per family. 864-680-2904.

Jan. 16

Information Gathering, 6:30 to 8 p.m., Dominican Charism and the Dominican Family informational gathering at Dominican Sisters of Houston Campus (6501 Almeda, Houston). Following wine and snacks, there will be a short presentation on St. Dominic by Sr. Carol Mayes, OP. RSVP by Jan. 11 to Blanca Perez at 713-440-3710.

Jan. 19

Insight Retreat for Women, 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. Home of Consecrated Women of Regnum Christi (22730 Lain Rd., Spring) High school girls visit a convent, interact with sisters from several congregations who serve Archdiocese, pray together, build friendships, learn about religious life, share lunch and ask questions. Ends with a 4 p.m. vigil Mass to which families are welcome. Free to attend. Donations are accepted. Register at

Jan. 23

Infant Loss Memorial Mass, 7 p.m., at Prince of Peace Mary Chapel (19222 Tomball Parkway, Houston). St. Gianna’s Hope Candlelight Memorial Mass for Infant Loss is open to the public. Bring a new teddy bear to honor a child’s life to donate to the Mercy Ministry. Reception follows Mass. 281-381-0309.

Jan. 26

Vocations Expo, 9 a.m. at St. Mary’s Seminary (9845 Memorial Dr., Houston). Mass followed by a workshop. There will be break-out groups, presentations by religious communities, networking, resources and more. All parish vocation committees, priests, religious, deacons, DREs, youth ministers, campus ministers, Serrans and other Catholics concerned about vocation awareness are invited to attend. Cost is $5 (includes lunch). Deadline: Jan. 18. No child care available. Registration online:

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