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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 Holy Cross Cemetery is a final resting place for many original parish pioneers.

Parish Staff:
Rev. Charles Otsiwah

Director of
Religious Education

Patsy Krenek


Donna Cavness 
Records and
Cemetery Administration

Evelyn Vacek

Archived bulletins:
July 14, 2019 July 7, 2019 June 30, 2019 June 23, 2019 June 16, 2019
June 9, 2019 June 2, 2019 May 28, 2019 May 19, 2019 May 12, 2019
May 5, 2019 April 28, 2019 April 14, 2019 April 7, 2019 April 1, 2019
March 24, 2019 March 17, 2019 March 10, 2019 March 3, 2019 February 24, 2019
Holy Cross Catholic Church
Rev. Charles E. Otsiwah, 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
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