"Go therefore and make disciples" by welcoming all into our Eucharistic Community where we grow in our knowledge, love and service to God, so we can go forth proclaiming the Good News.
Peter 4: 10
As each one has received a gift, use it to serve one another as good stewards of God’s varied grace.
About Our Parish
The Saints Simon and Jude Parish began in 1979, when Bishop Fiorenza sent Reverend Monsignor Charles C. Domec (1931-2013, Ordained May 26,1956) to The Woodlands to plant a church and bring people together to build a community in Catholic faith. It was quite a challenge he had.
With the guidance of the Holy Spirit and the leadership of decades of devoted parishioners, the original Catholic Church in The Woodlands has evolved into a vibrant voice of faith with its people working together to continue to grow its beloved parish.
Today, Reverend Patrick Garrett continues to lead our Catholic Faith. “Our faith is a mystery, That’s what faith means. Especially our Catholic faith. It’s a mystery built on mysteries. It’s a mystery about us entering into the mysteries, about how we develop our relationship with Christ by entering into the Body of Christ from our hearts and through a change in our lives. It’s not about what’s in our head, it’s about what’s in our heart.”
- Father Pat Garrett
Saints Simon and Jude
Both Simon and Jude were ordinary men who were chosen by Jesus himself to teach others about God’s love and to “make disciples of all nations” (Matthew 28:19). Their lives help us to understand that even the most average people can become saints when they decide to follow Jesus.
Both of these men were known by other names during their lives. Simon was often called “the Zealot.” A zealot is a person who is strongly committed to something. In Simon’s case, he firmly believed in the importance of people following Jewish law. Once he met Jesus, his life was changed and he became convinced that the most important thing was to follow Jesus and his teachings. We believe that another reason Simon had a nickname was to keep people from confusing him with the other apostle named Simon, the one Jesus called Peter.
Jude was also known as “Jude Thaddeus.” People used this formal title so that he was not confused with Judas, the apostle who betrayed Jesus and handed him over to be arrested. Jude is the patron saint of hopeless cases and desperate situations. People often pray to Jude when they feel that there is no one else to turn to. They ask Jude to bring their problem to Jesus. Because Jude had such great faith, we know that nothing is impossible for those who believe in the Lord.
Simon and Jude traveled together to teach others about Jesus. Because of their eyewitness accounts of Jesus’ miracles and his death and Resurrection, many people became believers and were baptized. Simon and Jude died for their faith on the same day in Beirut. Jude’s body was later returned to Rome where it was buried in a crypt under St. Peter’s Basilica.
We honor our Saints on their Feast Day, October 28.
All of the parish ministries, organizations and small communities fall under one of the five commission areas. Each commission area is represented by one or two parishioners and a staff person as part of the Pastoral Council for the church. This group of individuals help Fr. Pat move the priorities toward the mission of the church through communication to their commission group.
The life of a “Christian Steward”
models the life of Jesus, and we commit ourselves to totally following Christ and answering “yes!” To the vocation and talents God has given us. Stewardship
We need the help and support of others to grow spiritually. We need to promote LOVE, with a welcoming environment to instill a sense of belonging and engagement in our parish community