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Annunciation Catholic Church

Archdiocese of Galveston-Houston

 

Mass Schedules

Proclaiming the Good News of The Gospel, in Majestic Beauty
Confession: 15 minutes before every Mass.

With the exception of Civic Holidays, Sunday and all other days listed, are observed as holy days of obligation in the Latin Rite dioceses of the United States of America. (Canon §1246)

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Sunday

  • 6:00 AM - English
  • 8:00 AM - Latin (Tridentine)
  • 9:30 AM - English
  • 11:00 AM - Latin (Novus Ordo)
  • 5:30 PM - English
  • Mon-Wed-Fri
  • 6:30 AM - English
  • 12:10 PM - English
  • Tue-Thu
  • 6:30 AM - English
  • 12:10 PM - Latin (Tridentine)
  • Sat
  • 8:00 AM - English
  • 5:30 PM - English (Sunday Vigil)

 

History

Celebrating 145 years in Houston 1869-2014

To "The Church of The Annunciation" justly belongs the honor of being the oldest as well as the most important Parish in Houston.

"In the aftermath of the Civil War, money and building supplies were scarce, but a priest had $1,000, so he bought an old courthouse, dismantled it, cleaned the brick and built the current church's foundation, according to the plans. With no additional funds available, the foundation remained a church without walls, until people of other denominations began asking the Catholics, why they didn't finish it. When Houstonians discovered money was the problem, they raised the funds required to finish the building, through festivals and Ice Cream socials.

"It was a very ecumenical effort and very different from what you might find today." Msgr Anton Frank told the Houston Post in 1981. The contents of the cornerstone reveal that ecumenical nature. In addition to Confederate and Union currency, a French Catholic newspaper from New Orleans, the names of 11 priests and a bishop, and a copy of the Texas Baptist Herald.

The Church of The Annunciation was the second Catholic Church established in Houston and was an outgrowth of the original St Vincent’s established in 1839. It was the work of the Very Rev. Joseph Querat, a canon of the Cathedral in Lyons, France and a missionary to Texas from 1852-1878.

In 1866 the bishop of Galveston, Claude M. Dubuis, purchased from Peter W. Gray the half block at Texas and Crawford streets for $2,000. The bricks from the old Harris County Courthouse were purchased and used for the construction of the church which was started in 1867 and completed in 1873. On April 4, 1869, the cornerstone was laid by dignitaries who marched to this site from old St Vincent’s; the sacristy and steeple were added between 1881 and 1884. Texas architect Nicholas J. Clayton, later designed the bell tower and entrance using the Gothic forms of European cathedrals.

Standing near the business center of Houston, Annunciation was the home of the city’s early leaders and continues to minister to the faithful of Houston and thousands of visitors each year. Although Rev. Joseph Querat, the founding pastor, planned an edifice in a style worthy of a Cathedral, it never gained that status. The church is located at the corner of Texas Ave and Crawford and is the oldest existing church building in the city.

Nicholas J. Clayton was the man most responsible for the remarkable buildings found in Houston and Galveston. In addition to Annunciation Church, Clayton's work includes the Bishop's Palace, St Patricks, St. Mary's, Sacred Heart, St. Mary's University, St. Mary's Cathedral in Austin, and Ursuline Academy in Dallas and many others...

Annunciation was recorded as a Texas historic landmark 1969.

Source: Lisa May, Archivist, Archdiocese of Galveston-Houston.

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Sacraments

Please use the links provided to contact the office directly to register for CCE classes, RCIA, Baptism, and Weddings.

Confession

15 minutes before every Mass or by special appointment.

Baptism

By Appointment only

He comes to sanctify the Jordan for our sake . . . to begin a new creation through the Spirit and water.

St Gregory Nazianzen

Liturgy of the Hours, I, 634

The origin and foundation of Christian Baptism is Jesus Christ.

Before starting his public ministry, Christ submitted himself to the baptism given by John the Baptist. The waters did not purify him; he cleansed the waters. Christ's immersion in the water is a sign of the need to die to ourselves and to do God's will. By commanding his disciples to baptize all nations, he established the means by which people would die to sin—Original and actual—and begin to live a new life with God.

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Matrimony

Sacred Scripture begins with the creation and union of man and woman and ends with "the wedding feast of the Lamb" (Rev 19:7, 9). Scripture often refers to marriage, its origin and purpose, the meaning God gave to it, and its renewal in the covenant made by Jesus with his Church.

Parishioners, please contact the office at least 6 months ahead of the wedding date to ensure availability and to begin pre-cana classes.

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C.C.E.

Catholic Christian Education

Religious education for Annunciation Parish is offered as a means of supporting and assisting parents in the privilege and responsibility of passing on our Catholic faith to our children.
Volunteers needed, if you can help or require additional information, please contact the Rectory.

Please note: Baptismal certificate required for all children not Baptised at Annunciation.

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R.I.C.A.

Rite of Christian Initiation of Adults

If you or someone you know are looking into becoming a Catholic, RCIA classes meet on Wednesday at 6:30 PM. Please call the Rectory for additional information or to confirm your attendance

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Announcements

News & Events

Project Mercy - Tuesday September 16th 7:00PM

An evening of prayer to make reparation for the abortion holocaust - second Tuesday of each month at Annunciation. Exposition of The Blessed Sacrament, Confession, Holy Rosary of The Blessed Virgin Mary, Holy Mass.


Annunciation Temporary Location We have moved!

We have completed the move out of the Rectory and into our temporary office at the Old Co-Cathedral Rectory office at 1111 Pierce. (Enter the circular driveway from Pierce.) The carport/garage will be demolished soon. As soon as the millwork/doors are removed (for use in the new Rectory) the Rectory and old school will be demolished.

Thank you...to everyone who has generously donated time and talent in helping us prepare and move!

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Event Calendar

September 16th
Project Mercy - Tuesday 7:00PM

September 20th
Rachel Retreat private and confidential retreat in English
Voter Registrar Training

October 1st
40 Days For Life

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Resources

Indulgences

A PLENARY INDULGENCE is granted to those who visit the Most Blessed Sacrament for at least one half hour (together with the three prerequisites; Sacramental Confession,Communion, and Prayer for the intention of the Holy Father, all to be performed within days of each other if not at the same time) of a plenary indulgence. A partial indulgence is granted to those who visit and adore the Most Blessed Sacrament without the three constants or for any period less than one half hour.

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Prayers

The Thesaurus Precum Latinarum is a collection of Latin prayers and Latin hymns with English translations and brief commentaries. The commentaries outline the origins, history and use of many of the items with the prayers themselves being drawn from the entire 2,000 year history of the Church. The collection contains a wide range of items, such as basic prayers (Gloria Patri, Pater noster, Ave Maria), creeds, prayers before and after Mass, Eucharistic Adoration, Litanies, Hymns, Little Offices, Marian devotions, the Rosary, the Angelus, prayers to the Angels and Saints, and prayers for various occasions.
Courtesy of Michael Martin

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True Faith TV

Online resource dedicated to the New Evangelization. Catholic and other Christian video's, wallpaper, and an explanation of what Catholics believe and why.
Courtesy of True Faith TV

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Contact

Pastor

Father Paul Felix

Deacons

Robert Alexander
L. Bart Hock

Physical Address:

1618 Texas Street
Houston, TX 77003

Mailing Address:

PO Box 214
Houston, TX 77001-0214

Phone: 713.222.2289
FAX: 713.222.2280

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Temporary Offices Location - 1111 Pierce Street