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St. Vincent de Paul Catholic Church
Just as a building has doors, so to our mind and hearts have 'doors' as well. Open yours as you step within these doors to explore the wonders within.
In 1839, just three years after the Battle of San Jacinto, Pope Gregory XVI officially recognized the new Republic of Texas by creating a Texas prefecture. The Rev Jean Tomon (1797-1867) was appointed Prefect, and the Rev Jean Marie Odin (1801-1871) was appointed Vice-Prefect. Both priests were members of the Vincentian Order established by St Vincent de Paul in Paris in 1626.
Late in 1841, Bishop Odin founded the first Catholic Church in the five-year-old city of Houston and named it after the founder of his order, St Vincent de Paul.
St Vincent de Paul Catholic Church
As you enter the Church the first thing that catches your heart is the dramatic cross of our Lord reminding us of the sacrifice He paid for our lives and the world.
From the stunning crucifix over the tabernacle of the high altar, to the stained glass windows, to the moving stations of the cross and much more, this is a place where pilgrims will want to go for prayer and the Holy Mass.
Our Lord does not come down from Heaven every day to lie in a golden ciborium. He comes to find another heaven which is infinitely dearer to him - the heaven of our souls, created in His Image, the living temples of the Adorable Trinity.
Saint Therese of Lisieux
As it was in the beginning
Is now and ever shall be, world without end.
Our Lord is ever present
The Bible and the Lord's Supper
When Jesus saw His mother, and the desciple whom He loved standing near. He said "woman, behold your son!" Then He said to the disciple, "Behold, your mother!" (John 19:26-27).
"Take My yoke upon your shoulders and learn from Me, for I am meek and humble of Heart."-Mt 11:28
Holy Baptism holds the first place among the sacraments, because it is the door of the spiritual life; for by it we are made members of Christ and incorporated with the Church. And since through the first man death entered into all, unless we be born again of water and the Holy Ghost, we can not enter into the kingdom of Heaven, as Truth Himself has told us.
Icons representing the 14 Stations of the Cross surround the nave. These are a work of art in their simplicity and beauty. As we look upon these works of art our hearts and minds should be drawn to God in prayer.
"In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. He was in the beginning with God."-Jn 1:1-2
Some beautiful art work is beheld in the eyes (windows) of the church
This statue of Jesus and His sacred heart is calling to you with open arms.
In honoring the Heart of Christ, our homage lingers on the Person of Jesus in fullness of His love.
This beautiful inviting image of our Lady is there to greet you. Mary is Oueen of Heaven and earth.
Mary and The Bible
St. Jean-Baptise Vianney (1786-59)
Patron of Parochial clergy.
St. Jude Thaddeus
The Infant Jesus of Prague.
"Unless you change and become like children, you will not enter the Kingdom of God" (Mt 18:3).
Jesus, help me to simplify my life by learning what you want me to be - and becoming that person.
St Vincent de Paul.
Few saints have ever been so loved as he; few have so perfectly filled their whole lives with Christ's own love for all mankind, with Christ's compassion for the multitude
In any of these photos, or in your next visit to a church - stop, look and listen. Ponder the Cross. Pray to hear what the Lord might be saying to you through a Station of the Cross, a picture or statue of His blessed Mother, an angel or saint. What do you see in their eyes? Do you see a look of humility? Are their feet bare or in sandals? Every statue or photo can have an amazing richness of messages. This is why, for centuries, the Church used sacred art to teach the people - especially before reading became common. Today, when the graphic arts have become powerful means of influencing people, isn't it fitting that we look to spiritual art to inspire us to lead lives pleasing to God?
Thank you for taking our tour of St Vincent de Paul Catholic Church. Please visit this page again soon to see more photos and downloadable pages with more information about this parish, .
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Why not visit this holy place in person? Plan to spend a some time before and after Mass. You'll be moved in ways that may surprise and inspire you. .
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