St. Anthony of Padua - Our Story

Fr. John-Vincent Rouse accepted the founding pastor role and set up the framework for the new parish. Original registrants for the parish totaled appoximately 300 families in July 1997. Weekend Masses were celebrated in the cafeteria of Oak Ridge High School and Wednesday evening Masses were celebrated in parishioners’ homes. Most parish organization meetings were held at Montgomery College on Hwy 242, in parishioners’ homes, or at the temporary rectory.

Parish History

 

In the Summer of 1997, Bishop Joseph Florenza announced the establishment of a new parish in response to the needs of the growing community of the faithful in The Woodlands, Texas. Additionally, a mandate was given to establish the first Catholic elementary school in the rapidly growing South Montgomery County community.

St. Anthony of Padua - Our Story

Msgr. George A. Sheltz became the pastor in October 1999. He led the community through its initial building phase with the completion of the first 4 buildings on our campus; the Parish Life Building, Fellowship Hall, the Rectory, and the beautiful new Church. By December 2000, when we celebrated the first Mass in our new church, there were 1,500 families registered in the parish.

St. Anthony of Padua - Our Story
St. Anthony of Padua - Our Story

Over 100 active ministries with many parishioners involved in parish life.

St. Anthony of Padua - Our Story

In July 2007, Fr. Thomas Rafferty became the Pastor of St, Anthony’s, followed by Fr. Jesse Garcia, our current Pastor, in September 2021. Today, We are a growing, vibrant Catholic community of over 7,200 families. Stressing Stewardship as a way of life, our parish has over 100 active ministries with hundreds of parishioners active in parish, local community, diocesan wide, and global outreach.

St. Anthony of Padua - Our Story Infographic
St. Anthony of Padua - Our Story

Story of Our Founding

 

Responding to many parishioner inquiries over the past several year, the books on the historical founding and first three years of the formation of our parish are now available for purchase direct from the publisher online. The books, written by a founding parishioner, Joe Weber, were last printed in 2006. Volume I – The written Story, and Volume II  – Color Pictures, Exhibits and Commentary, can be obtained on a single item/order basis from Author House. The prices are on a non-profit, cost-to-publish basis. Author House Online Bookstore.