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  In 1901, Catholic immigrants gathered to celebrate the first mass in the East Bernard area. The roots of faith these pioneers planted continue to grow and flourish, and today more than 700 families call Holy Cross Catholic Church their parish home. When the early Czechoslovakian families settled in East Bernard, Texas, they brought with them their strong Catholic faith. These early pioneers sacrificed a great deal and realized the need to work together to ensure they would always have a sacred place to worship. That same spirit
can still be found among the parish family today.

Mass was celebrated in the home of parishioners from 1901 to 1905. As their numbers grew, they decided
to build a church of their own. The first mass was held in September 1905 in a little frame church. The community and the Catholic population continued to grow and the building soon became too small to accommodate their growing numbers. In 1925, the present building was dedicated.

More than 100 years later, Holy Cross Catholic Church continues to provide for the liturgical, pastoral and educational needs of the parish. A multi-generational religious education program makes it possible for parishioners of all ages to study the faith and keep current on Catholic teachings. Each new member
enriches the faith community and truly reflects the Body of Christ in today's society.

Part of the Catholic Diocese of Victoria, Holy Cross offers weekday masses and four weekend masses. We invite you to come celebrate Mass with our parish family.

Mass Times
Weekend Mass Times
Saturday Vigil | 5:00 PM
Sunday | 8:00 AM | 10:00 AM
Spanish | 11:30 AM
Weekday Mass Times
Tuesday | 6:00 PM
Wednesday, Thursday, and Friday | 7:00 AM

Confession Times
Saturday | 4:00 - 4:30 PM

Thursday | 7:30 AM - 7:00 PM
Report Abuse - Child and Vulnerable Adult Reporting Procedures
If you witness, suspect, or know of child and/or vulnerable adult abuse, YOU MUST FILE A REPORT WITHIN 48 HOURS!
Contact Civil Authorities:
Department of Family and Protective Services 1-800-252-5400 or www.txabusehotline.org If the person is in immediate danger, call 911.
If Church Personnel Is Involved In Alleged Abuse:

Step One— Contact Civil Authorities.
Step Two— Contact one of the following:
  • Coordinator of Pastoral Care and Outreach, Vicki L. Pyatt, LMSW, at (361) 827-7186 or email pastoralcare@victoriadiocese.org · Bishop or Chancellor of the Diocese of Victoria at (361) 573-0828; and Written Allegations Should Be Sent To:
    • Office of the Bishop P. O. Box 4070 Victoria, Texas 77903
    • Mark as “Personal and Confidential”
We will also help you bring your concerns to church officials outside the diocese if the abuse occurred elsewhere and you now reside in the Diocese of Victoria. If you are unsure about bringing a complaint or would like further information, please contact Vicki L. Pyatt.

Holy Cross Parish’s Safe Environment Coordinator is Patricia (Patsy) Krenek. Mrs. Krenek may be contacted by phone at (979) 335-4071 or email holycross.pcl@hotmail.com.
Holy Cross Catholic Church
Rev. Charles E. Otsiwah, Pastor

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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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