About us

History of our Council

 

October 1984, in the upper room of the recently established new parish, Christ the Redeemer Catholic Church, a group of dedicated and loyal Catholic men came together to begin a new Charter in the Knights of Columbus. Through prayerful discernment and dedication to their pastor at the time, Rev.George Sheltz, the Knight brothers discussed, “Who shall we name our Council after?” The end result? Knights of Columbus Council 8771 chose Right Reverend Monsignor Anton Joseph Frank as the name of their new Council. Since then, the Council has grown exponentially, to include over 700 brother Knights.  

Read more about our namesake, Msgr. Anton Frank, here.

History of our Parish

 

In 1980, due to the growing number of Catholics in the Cypress area, Christ the Redeemer Catholic Church was erected. Rev. George Sheltz, now auxiliary bishop of the Archdiocese of Galveston-Houston, would be Christ the Redeemer's first pastor. Before the construction of the first church, Holy Mass was celebrated at Millsap Elementary School which was about one mile north of the present-day Christ the Redeemer Catholic Church. It was fondly referred to as "St. Millsap." Each Friday, parishioner-volunteers would carry all the necessary items for Mass down to the elementary school, set up chairs in the cafeteria, and arrange the altar in preparation for the Holy Sacrifice of the Mass. Then, after the last Sunday Mass each week, those same volunteers would carry everything back and setup the cafeteria for school the following Monday. Through this dedication and perseverance, the true spirit of Christ the Redeemer Catholic Church was born.

 

Throughout the coming decades, Christ the Redeemer Catholic Church would welcome newly-assigned pastors, continuing to flourish into the present-day parish we now enjoy. In 2007, the present-day church began being constructed, under the guidance of Rev. Sean P. Horrigan. The old church was later renovated in 2009 to convert the space into a small chapel , permanent adoration chapel, oratory, classrooms and storage space. 2012 and 2014, the parish saw the expansion of buildings to include the Parish Life Center and our Catholic School, respectively. We have been blessed throughout the years with a dedicated pastors and parishioners alike. 

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Most Rev. Bishop George Sheltz.

First pastor of Christ the Redeemer Catholic Church.

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Christ the Redeemer Catholic Church.

November 22, 2007.

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Christ the Redeemer Catholic Church.

Circa 2013.