|Holy Cross Catholic Church, located in East Bernard, Texas, is currently a spiritual home for approximately 700 families and has grown substantially since it was established by Czechoslovakian immigrants in 1900. Holy Cross Parish community is prominently involved in many groups. Some but not all are, Catholic Daughters of the Americas, Knights of Columbus, the Czech organization KJT and KJZT, and the youth’s ACT NOW. Parishioners are greatly active in music, altar society, and Hispanic ministries. Each Fall, the parish gathers together as one family for the Church bazaar held that the local Riverside Hall to celebrate with neighboring parishes and communities.
The present church building was built in 1925, representing a Spanish colonial style exterior and interiorly decorated with elegant Czech and German inspirations. Angelic mosaics on the inside of the church were imported from Munich, Germany. Especially made for Holy Cross, the Stations of the Cross were hand painted on copper and imported from Czechoslovakia. One of the most striking features are the stained glass windows in which beautiful emblems and designs are worked in “roundel” glass made by the Otmar Vackar Company in Brno, Czechoslovakia.
In 1997, a Texas Historical Marker was installed on the Parish Campus honoring the century year old parish. Another historical reminder is the Pioneer Chapel, built on the same site as the first wooden church, is a replica of the original church’s entrance. The Religious Education Building, across the street, was once the home to the Catholic school for 45 years. Another significant part of the campus is the Holy Cross Cemetery, which although as undergone several changes through the years, is still a final resting place for many original parish pioneers.
Rev. Donald Ruppert
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|Holy Cross Catholic Church
Father Donald Ruppert, Pastor
Rectory • 979-335-7551
P.O. Box 1325 • 839 Church Street • East Bernard, Texas 77435
Monday - Friday • 8:00 AM to 12 Noon • 1:00 PM to 4:00 PM
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Cemetery & Religious Education • 979-335-4071