Immaculate Conception in Sealy kicks off 125th anniversary

December 24, 2013

SEALY — Immaculate Conception Church kicked off its 125th anniversary on Dec. 8, a day prior to the Solemnity of the Immaculate Conception of the Blessed Virgin Mary in 2013, with a celebration commemorating the establishment of the parish. 

Auxiliary Bishop George A. Sheltz served as Mass celebrant and special guest. A reception followed in the fellowship center.

The “Inauguration of Parish” event marked the beginning of a year-long anniversary celebration for the parish community located in Austin County, 50 miles west of Houston. To commemorate the milestone, the parish is also planning a dedicated Novena and two musical concerts for 2014 before Daniel Cardinal DiNardo presides at a Mass scheduled for next December, according to Father Eric Pitre, pastor.

“This is a very unique and multicultural parish community,” Father Pitre said of Immaculate Conception Church. “(125 years) is a big milestone and everyone is invited to participate in celebrating the anniversary.”

There are currently more than 1,000 households registered at Immaculate Conception Church. The parish community was founded by the Diocese of Galveston in 1889 before joining the then-newly formed Diocese of Austin in 1947. Following Vatican-approved diocesan boundary changes by Texas bishops, Immaculate Conception rejoined the Diocese of Galveston-Houston in 1989.

For more information about Immaculate Conception Church’s 125th anniversary, call the parish office at 979-885-3868 or email