Weekly Announcements

Get to Mass a little late on Sunday? Need to double check a meeting time? Want to stay up-to-date with all the great events happening at St. Anthony of Padua? Here is an archive of all our weekend announcements, which are announced at the start of each weekend Mass. Enjoy!

4/15 - 4/16

Weekend of April 15th & 16th

  • This weekend, we celebrate Divine Mercy Sunday, and all parishioners are invited to a special holy hour at 3pm today in the church. There will be Adoration, Prayers of St. Faustina, the Divine Mercy Chaplet, a 1st class relic of St. Faustina and more. We hope to see you there!
  • We have two powerful new events at St. Anthony coming up at the end of the month for all parishioners to participate. On Saturday, April 22nd, we will have our first Glorify Praise and Worship night starting at 6:30pm in the church. Come join us for an evening of prayerful singing with your family and parish community. Secondly, on Thursday, April 27th, we will have a Memorial Mass in honor of children lost through miscarriage, infant loss and stillbirth. The 6:45pm evening Mass in Our Lady of the Angels Chapel will be a special vigil to honor and remember the precious lives lost. All are welcome to attend, regardless of whether or not you have been directly impacted by the loss of a child. Visit ap.church/events for full details on both of these April prayer opportunities. 
  • There’s still time to register for the upcoming Fullness of Truth conference on April 28th and 29th at St. Anthony. All parishioners are invited to this timely evangelization event titled, “Search & Rescue: How to Bring Loved Ones Back – or Into – the Church!” Featuring dynamic talks, inspiring prayer opportunities, and the largest traveling Catholic bookstore and gift shop in Texas, this is a conference you won’t want to miss! There will be a table in Sheltz Hall after Mass with more information, and you can also visit ap.church/searchandrescue
  • Lastly, we have a busy campus this weekend, with Fellowship Sunday in Sheltz Hall, a Blood Drive from 8AM to 2PM, and Knights of Columbus tamale sales outside after Mass. Come enjoy the community of friends and family as we continue to celebrate the joy of Easter. 

3/25 - 3/26

Weekend of March 25th & 26th

  • Today is the collection day for our 2023 Lenten Donation Drive. You can drop off your donations over at the St. Teresa Center between 6:30AM to 7:30PM today. If you didn’t have a chance to pick up an item, you can still donate online today at ap.church/lentdrive. Thank you for your generosity. 
  • Our new pro-life ministry Walking With Moms In Need is recruiting volunteers this weekend after all Masses. Please stop by Sheltz Hall to learn about this exciting and integral USCCB program designed to help connect pregnant and parenting mothers with community resources they need. We need more volunteers who are ready to keep creating a culture of life in The Woodlands, and beyond. 
  • This coming week, we have two adjustments to our confession schedule. Confessions are canceled this Wednesday night, March 29th due to an Archdiocesan event for our priests. However, we have added an extra confession opportunity next Sunday, April 2nd, from 3pm to 5pm. Pick up a bulletin to see all remaining Confession opportunities for Lent, as well as our 2023 Holy Week schedule of liturgies, relic venerations, Easter food blessing, and more. 
  • Lastly, we have some great faith-building opportunities coming up on our calendar for parishioners of all ages! Vacation Bible School registration opens up this week for our little ones to enjoy in June, all high schoolers are invited to sign up for Steubenville Lone Star, a powerful and engaging youth conference in Irving, Texas, and just next month we’ll be hosting a Fullness of Truth conference titled “Search and Rescue – How to bring your loved ones back, or into, the church.” Find details and sign up links for all these and more at ap.church/events. 

3/18 - 3/19

Weekend of March 18th & 19th

  • Next Sunday, March 26th, is the collection day for our 2023 Lenten Donation Drive. You can drop off your donations over at the St. Teresa Center anytime on Sunday, as we work together to help families in need this Easter. For those still wishing to participate, you can find full shopping lists and donation links at ap.church/lentdrive. Thank you for your participation. 
  • Don’t forget about all the great faith building opportunities you can get involved in at St. Anthony. You can still sign up to attend the Parenting Seminar with Deacon Mitch next weekend, the Men’s English ACTS Retreat in May, or even help with the Kolbe Prison Ministry retreat in June. From support groups to community groups to Bible studies, there’s something for everyone at St. Anthony of Padua. Find all details in the bulletin or at ap.church/events
  • There is a second collection this weekend to support Catholic Relief Services, an integral organization focused on assisting the poor and vulnerable overseas. Since the war in Ukraine has begun, humanitarian assistance from the CRS has reached more than 1.4 million people with shelter, food and mental health support. Thank you for your generosity in today’s second collection. 
  • Lastly, all parishioners are invited to join us this Monday, March 20th, to celebrate the feast of St. Joseph. We will pray a rosary, and Act of Consecration to St. Joseph before the 9AM Daily Mass, as well as a Meditation on Scripture pertaining to St. Joseph after Mass. We will now pray the Novena together, which you can find in the bulletin, on prayer cards in the narthex, or at ap.church/joseph

3/11 - 3/12

Weekend of March 11th & 12th

  • Our 2023 Lenten Donation Drive is underway, and we’re just two weeks from our collection day on March 26th. You can stop by the signs outside the church to grab a bag for our Easter Project, or help one of the other organizations we’ve partnered with to help make a difference this Easter. Visit ap.church/lentdrive for a full shopping list and details! 
  • This year, St. Patrick’s Day falls on a Lenten Friday. After consideration of the traditions often related to this festive holiday, Daniel Cardinal DiNardo is granting a dispensation from meat on March 17, 2023 for local and visiting faithful in the  Archdiocese of Galveston-Houston. Cardinal DiNardo is asking Catholics who decide to enjoy the dispensation that day to do an extra act of charity or penance in exchange for eating meat.
  • The last few weeks of March are very busy at St. Anthony of Padua. We have a new parishioner welcome social following the 9AM Mass next weekend, a parenting course with Deacon Mitch Vicknair and his wife Karen on March 25th, a big weekend for our Walking With Moms in Need group on the 25th and 26th, and the 40 Days For Life campaign will have prayer vigils on every Tuesday of the month. Keep up to date with everything happening by picking up a bulletin, or reading it online, always available at ap.church/bulletin
  • Lastly, we have begun our Novena to St. Joseph, going from March 11th to 19th. It will be prayed before each Daily and Sunday Mass ahead of the Solemnity of St. Joseph, which will be celebrated on Monday, March 20th. You can find the novena in the bulletin, on prayer cards in the narthex, or at ap.church/joseph

3/4 - 3/5

Weekend of March 4th & 5th

  • Our 2023 Lenten Mission is finally here! Join us and guest speaker Nora Creech at 3pm today for “Seeking The Face of Christ”, a Lenten Mission focused on the Shroud of Turin. This informative presentation will help you better understand God’s redemptive love through contemplating this intriguing historical image. We hope to see you there.
  • This coming Friday, March 10th, will be our next Mass with the anointing of the sick. Please note that it will be held at a different time than usual, 5:30pm, and anyone wishing to receive the sacrament of anointing must register beforehand at ap.church/anointing 
  • Next week begins our St. Joseph Novena, which will take place March 11th through the 19th. We will be praying this novena after each Daily Mass, and before the Sunday Masses on the 12th and 19th. You can find the novena prayer, as well as information on the Solemnity of St. Joseph in this weekend’s bulletin. 
  • Registration is now open for the 2023 Men’s English ACTS Retreat. The retreat will take place May 4th through 7th at Circle Lake Retreat Center, and is a great opportunity for the men of our parish to grow in faith, community, and discipleship. You can sign up today at ap.church/events
  • Lastly, we’ve officially kicked off our 2023 Lenten Donation Drive. We’ve teamed up with outreach ministries in the area to help make a difference this Easter, and we need your help. Pick up a bag after Mass to help with the St. Anthony Easter Project, or you can shop to support one of the other ministries such as Loving Choice Pregnancy Center, Kolbe Prison Ministry, and more. To learn more, visit ap.church/lentdrive

2/25 - 2/26

Weekend of February 25th & 26th

  • This Wednesday, March 1st, is our Lenten reconciliation service. We’ll have more than 20 visiting priests attending, so join us from 6pm to 9pm to receive the healing grace through the sacrament of reconciliation. 
  • All parishioners are invited to our 2023 Lenten Mission titled “Seeking The Face of Christ” next Sunday, March 5th. Guest speaker Nora Creech will be giving a presentation on the Shroud of Turin at 3pm here in the church, and we’re excited for you to learn about this incredible artifact, and how it can help us pray this Lent. We hope to see you there. 
  • If one of your Lenten goals was to get more involved at the parish or serve in a new way, our Kolbe Prison Ministry is the perfect place to start. Kolbe is an apostolate to the incarcerated men in the Ferguson Unit located in Madisonville, Texas, and there will be a retreat this June that needs more volunteers. Please pick up a bulletin or visit ap.church/kolbe to learn more. 
  • Next Sunday, March 5th, will be the first opportunity to pick up Easter bags as part of our Lenten Donation Drive. This outreach event is a collaborative effort with some of the largest charitable organizations in the area to help gather high-demand items for families in need this Easter. Visit ap.church/lentdrive to learn more. You can also bring any unused computers from around your house next Sunday for the Catholic Daughters computer drive. You can drop off any unwanted laptops or computers at the St. Teresa Center from 11:30 to 1pm.
  • Lastly, there is a second collection this weekend to support the Missionaries of St. Frances De Sales. Our own Mr. Mathew is a member of this order, and we’ll hear from him today about how we can help many of the faithful priests who have served in our Archdiocese for more than 20 years. Thank you for your generosity.

2/18 - 2/19

Weekend of February 18th & 19th

  • This Wednesday, February 22nd, is Ash Wednesday, and we look forward to entering into the season of Lent with you. We have 4 different Mass times, 5 Liturgies of the Word, and 12 hours of confession opportunities. All liturgies will be in the church, and all confessions in Our Lady of the Angels Chapel. For the full schedule, please visit ap.church/ashes
  • Along with our parish reconciliation service on March 1st with more than 20 visiting priests attending, we are also reinstituting our additional Sunday confession opportunities, beginning next Sunday. Priests will be available in the Our Lady of the Angels Chapel before the 9AM, 11AM and 1PM Masses. For a full list of confession opportunities during Lent, please be sure to pick up a bulletin this weekend. 
  • Friday, February 24th marks the return of our weekly Knights of Columbus Fish Fry and Stations of the Cross on Fridays. Fish fries will be from 5 to 7pm in Sheltz Hall, and Stations of the Cross will be at 7pm – with English in the Church, and Spanish in Our Lady of the Angels Chapel. We hope to see you there. 
  • We are looking forward to our 2023 Lenten Mission, coming up on Sunday, March 5th. Nora Creech will be presenting a powerful and insightful look into the Shroud of Turin, an ancient linen cloth that holds a graphic depiction of a scourged and crucified man. Join us in the church from 3 to 5pm to hear about God’s redemptive love through contemplating this enigmatic image. 
  • Lastly, we are excited to announce the ordination of two new deacons at our parish. Deacon Dan Dragone and Deacon Mitch Vicknair were both ordained Friday at the Co-Cathedral. Please continue to pray for these two holy men and their families as they begin this new role of service at our parish. 

2/11 - 2/12

Weekend of February 11th & 12th

  • Today is World Marriage Day, an annual celebration highlighting the importance of marriage in today’s society. There will be extra festivities today at Fellowship Sunday in Sheltz Hall, with wedding donuts, a photo booth, and “longest married couple” competition. There will also be information about some upcoming Marriage & Family Enrichments events, so be sure to stop by Sheltz Hall after Mass today.
  • This weekend, we’re kicking off a Parish Legacy Survey from our Pastor Fr. Jesse and the Development Council. On the heels of Fr. Jesse’s 1-year anniversary here, and 25 years as a parish community, we want to hear from you. What do you need from our parish? What do you like about St. Anthony of Padua, and not like? After Mass today, please visit ap.church/survey for a brief questionnaire to help Fr. Jesse get a pulse on the parish. Thank you for your participation. 
  • Registration is open now for the 2023 St. Anthony Men’s Retreat. All men are invited to Holy Name Retreat Center on March 3rd through the 5th for this year’s retreat, “Rise up in Christ’s Love: Generations in Action”. Join us for a weekend as we explore unique ways to share Christ’s love through our faith and action, and inspire future generations. Visit ap.church/events to register today.
  • Don’t forget about our ongoing Deacon Ordination Novena as we pray for Mitch Vicknair and Dan Dragone ahead of their February 17th ordination. There will also be a welcome reception on Saturday, February 18th after the 5PM Vigil Mass to celebrate our new deacons. Visit ap.church/deacons to find the novena prayer. 
  • Lastly, our Lenten events are just around the corner. Ash Wednesday is February 22nd, our parish Reconciliation Service is March 1st, and Lenten Mission is March 5th. Pick up a bulletin to learn more about all three of these important events. 

2/4 - 2/5

Weekend of February 4th & 5th

  • In less than two weeks, we will have two new Deacons at our parish. We are excited for the upcoming ordinations of Deacon Dan Dragone and Mitch Vicknair to the permanent Diaconate. All parishioners are invited to join us in an Ordination Novena, to pray for Dan, Mitch, and their families, beginning this Wednesday, February 8th. You can find the novena here.
  • Our Boy Scout Troop 1180 will have their famous Scout Slam Breakfast in Sheltz Hall after the 7AM, 9AM and 11AM Sunday Masses. Be sure to stop by to support the scouts, with tickets just $5 per person or $20 per family.
  • Are you or a loved one experiencing the hurt of divorce? A new divorce recovery ministry from our friends at Saints Simon & Jude Catholic Church is beginning next week to help navigate the path to healing. There is an information session this Tuesday, February 7th, and the series begins the following week. Visit ap.church/events to learn more.
  • Our new Director of Music, Johnny Philp, is seeking more parishioners to lend their musical talents to St. Anthony of Padua. If you are a singer, instrumentalist, or have live audio experience, please email Johnny at jphilp@ap.church for more information.
  • Lastly, we’re excited to join the 2023 Diocesan Services Fund campaign for the Archdiocese of Galveston Houston. We exceeded our goal last year for this important fundraiser, which supports more than 60 ministries around the Archdiocese. This year’s theme for DSF is “God is the Strength of My Heart.” There is a second collection this weekend, and you can visit https://www.archgh.org/dsf to learn more.

1/28 - 1/29

Weekend of January 28th & 29th

  • All parishioners are invited to join us next Thursday, February 2nd for Candlemas. In this unique Mass, we’ll be blessing the candles that will be used throughout the liturgical year. At both the 9AM & 6:45PM Masses, parishioners are invited to bring their own unused and labeled candles to Mass to have them blessed. The following day, February 3rd, we will celebrate the feast of Saint Blaise at the 9AM Mass. The patron saint of throat diseases, we will call upon his intercession with a throat blessing. We hope you’ll join us for both of these special liturgies!
  • Ash Wednesday is less than a month away, and we’re looking forward to journeying into Lent together. Our full schedule for the day with Mass times and confession opportunities is available now at ap.church/ashwednesday so be sure to mark your calendars for the start of a new Lenten season. 
  • We’re excited to continue our many great devotions and prayer workshops in 2023. In the first week of February, we’ll have our First Friday Devotion, Spanish Family Rosary, Communal First Saturday, the start of our Prayer and Life Workshops, and more. Pick up a bulletin to learn more about these great opportunities to grow in your faith.
  • Bring your family and friends to a fun night of dancing at the Marriage Celebration Dance, hosted by our Marriage and Family Ministry, on Saturday, February 11th, from 6 to 9 pm in the St. Anthony’s gym. Visit ap.church/events to learn more.
  • Lastly, today marks the beginning of Catholic Schools Week, an annual celebration of Catholic education in the United States. There will be a second collection today to support St. Anthony of Padua Catholic School. Thank you for your generosity.

1/21 - 1/22

Weekend of January 21st & 22nd

  • Tax filing season starts on Monday, and we have our Annual Giving Statements ready to go. If you donated to the parish last year, check your email for your charitable giving statement or visit https://ap.church/opportunities/statement/ to get yours today. Thank you to everyone who supported St. Anthony of Padua in 2022.
  • This weekend, we will be hosting a New Parishioner welcome social after the 11am Mass If you’re new to the parish, or simply feel new, please join our pastor Fr. Jesse in the Paduan Center – out the main doors and to the left – for coffee, donuts, and fellowship with your fellow parishioners.
  • This Thursday, January 26th, the Honduras Mission Group will hold a kickoff and commitment meeting at 6:30pm in the Parish Life Building. Plans for a June 2023 trip are underway, so if you’re interested in joining this powerful mission trip, we’ll see you this Thursday. Visit https://ap.churchcenter.com/registrations/events/1049551 to learn more.
  • The last chance to register for The Great Adventure bible study is coming up. An insightful journey through the Bible, this can be a life-changing approach to scripture! There are five different meeting times to choose from, so visit https://ap.churchcenter.com/registrations/events/632504 to sign up now.
  • Looking to get involved at the parish? We are seeking volunteers to join the Parish Festival Committee. Any couples or individuals out there who are interested in helping plan and implement an upcoming parish-wide event, please contact Hank and Jeannie Halbach at hank_halbach@yahoo.com.
  • Lastly, there is a second collection today for the Bishop’s Fund for Latin America. For more than 50 years, the collection has been a sign of solidarity between Catholics of the United States and those in Latin America and the Caribbean by funding pastoral programs, seminarian and religious formation, and youth and family ministries. Thank you for your generosity.

1/14 - 1/15

Weekend of January 14th & 15th

  • The Knights of Columbus are hosting a Free Throw tournament today from one to three PM in the St. Anthony gymnasium. All boys and girls aged nine to fourteen are invited to participate, with separate contests and awards per age group. Registration and practice begins at 12:30, so we hope to see you there.
  • We have some great pro-life events coming up this month that you should join us for. This coming Thursday, the pro-life council is holding a prayer night, with a holy hour in the Our Lady of the Angels Chapel at 8pm, overnight adoration, and a Mass of Thanksgiving Friday morning. We also have a “9 Days for Life Novena” starting on the 19th, and a Day of Prayer for the Legal Protection of Unborn Children on Monday, January 23rd. Find all details and more at ap.church/events
  • There’s still time to sponsor Fr. Jesse in the upcoming “Steps for Students” 5k race on February 11th. All donations will directly support our Catholic school, so help Fr. Jesse lace up those running shoes and donate at ap.church/fj5k
  • Lastly, two of the saints in the Our Lady of the Angels Chapel reliquary have feast days coming up. St. Anthony of the Desert is celebrated on January 17th, along with St. Thomas Aquinas on January 28th. Their relics will be available for veneration after the Daily Mass on their feast day, and you can learn more about these inspiring saints by picking up a bulletin this weekend or visiting ap.church/events

1/7 - 1/8

Weekend of January 7th & 8th

  • This weekend, we celebrate Epiphany Sunday. Also known as Three Kings Day, Epiphany marks the occasion of a time-honored Christian tradition of “chalking the doors.” There is blessed Epiphany chalk in baskets by every exit, and you can learn more about how to chalk your doors at ap.church/epiphany
  • Next month, our Pastor Fr. Jesse will be participating in the Steps for Students 5K, an annual race benefiting the 56 Catholic schools in our Archdiocese. Fr. Jesse is raising funds for the 5K, and any money sponsoring Fr. Jesse will go directly to supporting our school!  Donate today at ap.church/fj5k
  • There’s still seats available to attend the Texas Rally for Life, coming up on January 28th in Austin, Texas. We are sending a group to join the thousands of Texans marching in support of human life, and would love for you to join us. Visit ap.church/events to sign up today. 
  • Looking for a way to grow in faith this year? Start 2023 strong by joining a bible study, going on a retreat, and more at St. Anthony. Registration is now open for the Women’s ACTS Retreat coming up in March, we have a Theology of the Body event next weekend that’s free to register for couples, and much more. Pick up a bulletin this weekend to find something for you to join. 
  • Lastly, this weekend is Fellowship Sunday. Stop by Sheltz Hall after Mass for coffee, fellowship, and fun. We’re glad to have you with us at St. Anthony of Padua.

12/31 - 1/1

Weekend of December 31st and January 1st

  • Beginning this coming week, all Confessions and the majority of our Daily Masses will move over to the Our Lady of the Angels Chapel. We will retain our normal times, and still have Mass in the main church on Wednesdays. Stop by the signs outside for the full 2023 update. 
  • This coming Friday is our second Mass with the anointing of the sick. This sacrament is for a member of the faithful who, having reached the age of reason, begins to be in danger of death by illness or old age. If you would like to receive the sacrament, please visit ap.church/anointing
  • Next weekend, we celebrate Epiphany Sunday. There will be blessed epiphany chalk for your home placed in baskets at each of the exits, and to learn more about the epiphany chalk tradition, and how to mark your home, you can visit ap.church/epiphany
  • The Texas Rally for Life is coming up on January 28th in Austin, Texas. We are sending a group to join the thousands of Texans marching in support of human life, and would love for you to join us. Visit TexasRallyForLife.org for information about the Austin event, and visit ap.church/events to sign up. 
  • Lastly, January brings a variety of faith-building opportunities at our parish. From open registration for the Great Adventure Bible Studies, to a Theology of the Body Marriage Enrichment seminar, there’s no better way to start the new year than by growing in prayer, faith, and love of the Lord. Pick up a bulletin to learn more about our upcoming parish events.