Mass and Sacraments

Mass is held in St. Mary’s Chapel which is located at 1714 Rice Blvd.
Our Mailing and Student Center Address is 1703 Bolsover St.
Phone 713.526.3809

Parking during the this time of COVID-19 is a challenge. Street parking in the blocks surrounding the chapel is available. Student are encouraged to walk or bike over!

Until Further Notice the following changes are in effect: (updated March 10, 2021)

Statement of the Archdiocese of Galveston-Houston

Earlier this week, Governor Abbott issued an executive order to be effective March 10, 2021, allowing all Texas businesses to reopen at 100%. The order also ends the statewide mask mandate, but strongly encourages the wearing of face coverings when it is not feasible to maintain social distancing from another person not of the same household. Private businesses, including churches, are allowed the discretion to determine whether face coverings will remain mandatory.

Over the last few days, Archdiocesan officials have engaged in a series of consultations regarding the order, which included input from clergy and medical professionals. Recognizing the needs of this local Church, in particular the need to protect the most vulnerable among us, we have determined that…

all our current COVID-19 protocols will remain in place until further notice, including the requirement for face coverings at Mass and other liturgical celebrations.

In person attendance of Sunday Mass is still not obligatory as of August 14, 2020 in the Archdiocese of Galveston-Houston. You may watch via livestream to fulfill your Sunday obligation.

Sunday 10:00 am Mass is available via livestream on YouTube. We can accommodate 70 people with safe social distancing in the chapel. People may also gather on the lawn for Mass and come inside the chapel during Communion.

Sunday at 4:00 pm takes place during the semester. Again we will limit the number of students in order to safely social distance.

(Please see Calendar of Events for more Daily Mass and Holy Days Information – If a Holy Day of Obligation is not listed on the calendar we encourage you to attend the Co-Cathedral or Holy Rosary.) The Co-Cathedral is two blocks off the Metro Line.

Observed Silence in Chapel (Oraison “The act of sitting and praying in silence before our Lord while Jesus is present in the Tabernacle”)
Monday – Thursday 2:00pm – 4:00pm

Sacrament of Reconciliation
By appointment until further notice. Please email the Chaplain at chaplain@catholics.rice.edu

Adoration
See Calendar of Events for Adoration Schedule
Adoration will take place weekly or daily dependent upon having an acolyte present.
Extended and 24-hour adoration will take place during Advent and Lent

Adult Confirmation
Twice per year at the Co-Cathedral
Classes are required – email ministry@catholics.rice.edu for more information

RCIA Sacraments (Baptism, Confirmation, and First Eucharist)
Easter Vigil Mass – Classes take place Sunday’s at 9:00 am – Required
Email ministry@catholics.rice.edu for more information

Sacrament of the Sick
At time of need

Marriage Preparation email ministry@catholics.rice.edu
Preparation is for Students, faculty, and community members only.

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