Sts. Simon and Jude Catholic Parish marks 40 years in The Woodlands

Parishioners including Msgr. Charles Domec, third from right, gather near the construction site of the Sts. Simon and Jude Catholic Parish church building in The Woodlands in 1980. Courtesy Sts. Simon and Jude Catholic Parish
Parishioners including Msgr. Charles Domec, third from right, gather near the construction site of the Sts. Simon and Jude Catholic Parish church building in The Woodlands in 1980. Courtesy Sts. Simon and Jude Catholic Parish

Parishioners including Msgr. Charles Domec, third from right, gather near the construction site of the Sts. Simon and Jude Catholic Parish church building in The Woodlands in 1980. Courtesy Sts. Simon and Jude Catholic Parish

Sts. Simon and Jude Catholic Parish marked its 40th year in The Woodlands with several days of celebration in October.

The Woodlands' first parish was originally designated by the Diocese of Galveston-Houston in August 1979, and parishioners celebrated its first Mass in October 1979, according to Sts. Simon and Jude. The parish originally met at Interfaith of The Woodlands and Knox Junior High School prior to the construction of its church building on an 8.2-acre campus at 26777 Glen Loch Drive, The Woodlands, where it remains today. The church building opened in 1981.


According to the parish, its name was chosen as a compromise between its founding priest Charles Domec, who desired the St. Jude moniker, and regional diocese chancellor Rev. Joseph Fiorenza, who desired St. Simon.

Sts. Simon and Jude marked its 40th anniversary with a series of events in late October, including a service, fall festival, feast day and Mass. 281-367-9885.
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By Ben Thompson
Ben joined Community Impact Newspaper in 2019 as a reporter for The Woodlands area and began working as Austin's City Hall reporter in April 2021.