Texas is a US State that has a rich Catholic heritage. It is evident through its Catholic Churches, such as monasteries and other pilgrimage sites. One of its cities, Houston, is home to these Catholic sites. In this blog post, we will delve into the Catholic Churches in Houston, visiting these spiritual gems for your travel reference.
Houston is famous for space and science. It became NASA’s Mission Control Facility the reason for its nickname, Space City. Other than this, the city also has beautiful Catholic Churches, offering spiritual nourishment that is beyond science.
Here are the must-visit Catholic Churches in Houston.
St. Joseph Catholic Church
Let’s start our virtual tour with St. Joseph Catholic Church. Located in Houston Texas, this Parish was founded in 1880 to serve the school (established by the Sisters Incarnate Word and Blessed Sacrament) and the community around Houston’s Sixthward. The present Church has a Romanesque Revival architectural style making it a traditional structure. The statue of St. Joseph on the outside is evocative. There are stained glass windows everywhere. But the one that could catch one’s attention is the rose window behind the elegant American and Italian Altar. The bell is also impressive. The ground is well-maintained. Most of all, the Parishioners are welcoming. This historic Church is really Houston’s gem.
Our next stop is the Annunciation Church. Situated in Downtown, Houston, Texas, it is on the list of the US National Register of Historical Places and Recorded Texas Historic Landmark. It was built in 1869 making it the oldest Catholic Church in the city. Its architecture is a blend of Romanesque and Gothic Styles. It has remarkable stained-glass memorial windows, gothic arches, graceful columns, and breathtaking statues and frescoes making the whole structure picturesque. To add, the Altar is just breathtaking! Since it offers Traditional Latin Mass, there are also communion rails with music that is reverent. If you happen to visit Houston, this must be on your bucket list.
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Our Lady of Cedar Church
Another Church you should not miss is Our Lady of Cedar Church. If you want to experience a new rite, you should not miss attending this Parish. Our Lady of Cedar is a Maronite Church. To cater to their growing number, Lebanese Maronites felt the need to worship in their own Church. Its construction was not seamless. The completion was after two (2) decades. It was finally dedicated on March 9, 2003. The Church architecture is simple. It is painted in cream. There are also statues and stained glass windows making up the structure. Since it is in a different rite, expect a different liturgy as well. They celebrate Mass in English, Arabic, and Syriac. The community is friendly and lively, making you feel at home.
Christ Redeemer Catholic Church
Next on our list is Christ the Redeemer Catholic Church. Located on Huffmeister Road in Houston Texas, it is under the Archdiocese of Galveston-Houston. With its contemporary mission-style structure, this Church is truly one of a kind. It is a combination of traditional and modern. The stained glass windows installed in the Parish will make your jaw drop. It features a bell tower and a dome with an interior of a mosaic of the Triumphant Lamb that is just eye-catching. It also has minimalist statues everywhere. Since the music ministry in this Parish is huge, expect the heavenly sound playing at the services. The congregation as a whole is welcoming. This is truly one of Houston’s treasures.
All Saints Catholic Church
Located in Houston Heights, Houston Texas, All Saints Catholic Church is on the U.S National Register of Historic Places, U.S Historic District Contributing Property, and City of Houston Historical Landmark lists. It was constructed in 1926 with a Romanesque-Revival style making it classic and traditional looking. This Church’s uniqueness is evident on its Altar. Unlike others, its Altar has a Tabernacle from Spain with Saints icons around it. In addition, there are stained glass windows on the west side which present numerous Saints. The totality of this Church really fits its name, All Saints. This is one of the Churches in the world that has impeccable iconography! Also, the music they play is reverent. Worth visiting in Houston!
Holy Rosary Church
Holy Rosary Church is located at Milam St. in Houston Texas. Its foundation was in 1913 by the Dominican Friars. This Church has a traditional classical architectural style which makes it aesthetically pleasing. The exterior and interior materials are Bedford stone and Texas limestone, respectively. When you get inside, the main Altar with a bronze Tabernacle will welcome you. Above the main entrance, there is a transom depicting Our Lady of the Rosary. Notable statues and stained glass windows are everywhere. Since it is under the care of Domicans, expect a reverent and pious liturgy with inspiring music. When you visit Houston, drop by this Instagram-worthy Catholic Church and be in awe!
There you have the stunning Catholic Churches in Houston!
Houston is more than space exploration and sports, it also prides its cultural heritage, preserving and honoring its past. If you want to experience spiritual renewal through visuals, Houston is your friend and will offer you this. It shelters some of the most beautiful Catholic Churches (inside and outside) in the state of Texas.
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