IN BRIEF: Rector's Cup, Priest vs. Seminarian basketball, St. Patrick's Day Festival and more

February 25, 2020

St. Mary’s falls to Holy Trinity in 2020 Rector’s Cup contest

HOUSTON — In a contest of brotherhood, sport and camaraderie, St. Mary’s Seminary took on men from Holy Trinity Seminary in the annual Rector’s Cup, a sports contest consisting of flag football, basketball and soccer games.

Despite a close basketball win, St. Mary’s narrowly dropped the two remaining soccer and flag football matches to Holy Trinity, sending the Rector’s Cup to Dallas for the first time in three years, according to reports.

The weekend includes fellowship and gathering for members of the St. Mary’s Seminary community and family to come together to cheer on the seminarians. Many of the same seminarians who played in the Rector’s Cup will go on to play against priests in the 2020 Priests vs. Seminarians basketball game, which is set for Friday, March 6. 

Priests ready for re-match against seminarians at March 6 basketball game at new venue

HOUSTON — After their first victory, the St. Mary’s Seminarian basketball team is out for a repeat against the priests of the Archdiocese in the upcoming March 6 Priests vs. Seminarians basketball game. In its fourth year, the annual match up upgrades to the more spacious Delmar Fieldhouse, located at 2020 Mangum Rd. in Houston. The March 6 event begins with tailgating at 5 p.m. followed by a 7 p.m. tip-off.

Tickets, which range between $5 to $25, are on sale online at In recent years, tickets have quickly sold out in days. Proceeds will go to assist seminarians through the care of the Archdiocese’s Office of Vocations and St. Mary’s Seminary. 

Galveston parish hosts annual St. Patrick’s festival March 14

GALVESTON — Holy Family Parish of Galveston and Bolivar hosts its annual St. Patrick’s Festival on March 13 to 14. The event begins on Friday, March 13 with a fish fry and Bingo at Holy Family Catholic School, located at 2601 Avenue N in Galveston, from 4 p.m. to 8 p.m.

Tickets available at the door. The festival continues on Saturday, March 14 at St. Patrick Church, 1010 35th St., Galveston, from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. Activities feature games for all ages, including a kids area with a bounce house; multi-cultural food vendors with tacos, barbecue, turkey legs and more; a cake walk; silent auction and raffle; crafts and vendor booths. Grounds admission is free, tickets for sale for activities.

As the Holy Family’s major fundraiser, proceeds benefit parish needs, including maintenance of the parish’s historic churches, general operating costs and needs. For more information, call the parish office at 409-762-9646 or visit

Registration open for Young Adult Day

HOUSTON — Young adults ages 18 to 39 are invited for a day of fellowship, music, prayer and workshops Saturday, March 21, from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. at St. Jerome Catholic Church, located at 8825 Kempwood Dr. in Houston.

Presented by the Office of Young Adult and Campus Ministries, the event is open to single, dating and married young couples who want to grow in their relationship with God and with others. The day will provide opportunities for formation in English and Spanish with local and national speakers, music and plenty of time to pray and fellowship along with Mass celebrated by Auxiliary Bishop George A. Sheltz.

The sixth-annual Young Adult Day, themed “Your Burning Heart is Holy Ground,” will include talks by Father Nicolas Ramirez, parochial vicar of St. Frances Cabrini; Father Richard McNeillie, director of the Office of Vocations; Youth Minister Matt Regitz; and Father Kingsley Nwoko, parochial vicar of St. Anthony Catholic Church in The Woodlands.

Presented in English and Spanish, registration is $35 per person until March 13. On-site day-of registration is an option on a space-available basis. To register, visit or contact 713-741-8778 or email †

Galveston’s Cathedral Basilica restoration effort continues

GALVESTON – St. Mary Cathedral Basilica, located at 2011 Church St. in Galveston, continues to undergo renovation efforts during its restoration campaign.

The St. Mary, Star of the Sea statue atop the church was removed in 2019 from the church building structure for restoration. The roof where the statue sits is also undergoing repairs. The restoration process for both the statue and roof may take up six to eight weeks for completion.

The Cathedral Basilica had endured many storms since it was built in 1847. It was one of the few Galveston landmarks to survive the Great Storm of 1900. In 2008, the Cathedral Basilica was damaged significantly during Hurricane Ike. The interior of the historic church building was completely renovated and returned to full service in April 2014.

St. Mary Cathedral Basilica is a part of Holy Family Parish in Galveston. To donate to the St. Mary Cathedral Basilica restoration fund, visit