Visit Holy Cross Chapel in Downtown Houston Today!
If you work in Downtown Houston and would like to have a place to simply spend a few moments in silence or prayer, feel free to stop by the Holy Cross Chapel. People from all denominations are welcome! If you are Catholic, then you will find additional benefit from the Chapel as a place where you can attend weekday mass, go to confession, browse a bookstore full of solid and trustworthy Catholic doctrine and literature, have access to regular spiritual direction from holy and excellent priests, and receive good formation to foster spiritual growth and a stronger relationship with God... all conveniently located within close proximity to your workplace.
From the Weekly Bulletin
In the Roman Catholic church, All Souls Day commemorates all the Christians believed to be in purgatory. Celebrated on November 2, it was first established by Odilo (d. 1049), Abbot of Cluny, in the 11th century, and it was widely celebrated by the 13th century. The date follows All Saints' Day, with the idea that remembering the saints in heaven should be followed by remembering the souls awaiting release from purgatory. Roman Catholic doctrine holds that the prayers of the faithful on earth will help cleanse these souls in order to prepare them for heaven.
It is a tradition for Catholics to offer Masses for their deceased family and friends on this day and during the month of November. If you would like to do this for a dear one, envelopes will be available in the narthex of the Chapel. You may take an envelope, complete the information, insert your offering and place it in the Offering Box in the lobby. The envelopes will rest on the tabernacle table during the month of November and your loved ones will be remembered in prayer throughout the month.
The next Morning Recollection for Professional Women is scheduled on Saturday, December 6th. The schedule is:
9:30 am Meditation
10:15 am Talk
11:00 am Mass with extended homily as second meditation
12:00 pm Conclusion
We hope you are able to come and unwind from your busy week in the quiet, intimate atmosphere that Holy Cross Chapel offers. For more information, please call Kathy McGarry, 713- 524-9782 Ext. 113.
Catholicism 101 will resume on Thursday, December 11, from 12:05 to 12:30 pm. Come and join us in exploring the fundamental aspects of the Catholic Faith on every second and fourth Thursday of the month. We gather for a short presentation on some feature of Catholic life such as confession, religious liberty, the Pope and the Magisterium, the Sacraments, Mary and the Saints, the Priesthood, the Laity, Salvation and many more. Presentations are followed by a friendly and frank discussion. Catholics and non-Catholics alike are very welcome! Come to whichever discussion interests you. You need not have attended prior sessions to join us.
If you like to give a special gift for someone, please consider having a Mass in honor of that Special Someone for their Birthday, Anniversary or just because. There are Masses available throughout the month of January 2015 and beyond! Read "What does it mean to have a Mass 'offered' for someone?".
You are invited to join us for the Holy Cross Chapel Women’s Advent Series as we prepare for the coming of Christ. The three-session series will be presented by Mary Caprio, Director of Adult Faith Formation at St. Michael Catholic Church and adjunct faculty at University of St. Thomas. All women are welcome to attend this series of three lunch-time talks on Tuesdays in Advent - December 2, 9 and 16. We will meet on the second floor of the Chapel. Lunch is provided. Bring a friend or coworker!
Holy Day of Obligation - December 8, 2014
The Immaculate Conception of the Blessed Virgin Mary on December 8th is a Holy Day of Obligation. We encourage you to make an extra effort to attend Mass on that day.
Mass times are 10:00 a.m., 11:00 a.m., 12:00 noon, 1:00 p.m. Celebrants are posted on our calendar. We look forward to seeing you then, and bring a friend!
Mass Times and Confession
Mass is celebrated Monday through Friday at 11:35 a.m. and 12:15 p.m. Confessions are available weekly from 9:15-11:30am and 2:00-3:30pm. Please call ahead for Priest’s availability. More on activities at the Chapel.
Daily homilies are recorded and available for listening and reference. Read book reviews of noteworthy books available in our bookstore. See a list of recommended websites and apps. More on our online resources.