The Acts of the Apostles tells the story of a church growing from the seeds of faith planted in the first generation of believers. These worshipers were the original storytellers of the resurrection of Our Lord Jesus Christ. To that small group gathered in Jerusalem, thousands more joined around the world through the preaching of Peter and later, Paul, the leadership of James and the witness of Stephen.
In time, communities grew larger; distinct Churches were needed, and one faith-filled generation was followed by another and another.
We see these fruits today in our thriving community of faithful. St. Anne has grown from humble beginnings in an abandoned farmhouse (called the “chicken coop”) on the outskirts of Houston, to a parish bursting with life, faith and community in the midst of one of the fasting growing cities in the United States. As Houston has grown around us, we have added parishioners by the hundreds. To best serve the needs of our community today and well into the future, we are launching the Generations of Faith Capital Campaign.
Over the last 93 years, St. Anne Parish has embraced each of us, reflecting a story of welcome, hospitality, care, and community. With its landmark Spanish architecture, generations of Houstonians and travelers from near and far, have come to make St. Anne their home, gracing us as they intermingle families, marriages, births and loss into our community. If a generation is 25 years, St. Anne will soon be enjoying the wonders of our fourth generation of families coming through the doors. Ours is a simple, but profoundly important story. It is that of Generations of Faith. With that growth as a backdrop, our generation of faithful is now called to fulfill the developing needs of the St. Anne Catholic Community (St. Anne Church and St. Anne Catholic School). After extensive planning and interviews with hundreds of parishioners, we are humbled to embark upon St. Anne’s Generations of Faith Campaign, to meet our community’s needs today and for those of future generations.
St. Anne campus circa 1940
This Generations of Faith Capital Campaign benefits our community through:
A commons building that includes a new gymnasium, athletic and multi-purpose space for enhanced learning centers, educational facilities, and theatrical productions. This building will help provide a modern learning environment, best serving the growing needs of St. Anne School students and charting a course to make the School the most modern 21st century Catholic grade school in the Archdiocese and among the highest ranked private schools in the region.
A community center with a parking garage and expanded ministry facilities will bring more parking spaces inside the Parish grounds. Ministry facilities will be added for Parish organizations, such as the Boy Scouts and Girl Scouts, the St. Anne School Foundation, and other ministries.
Renovation of athletic fields to enhance the current space with a more competitive and modern soccer field and track. Both the commons building and the athletic playing fields will provide dual use for the School and the Parish.
Father Al Sinasac, C.S.B. Maureen and David Holt, Chairs Victoria and Bryan Benoit Pat Budinger Fran Callahan Tripp Carter Anthony D’Ambra Beth Robertson Frank Rynd Matthew Veech Susan Welch
Capital Campaign Objectives
Gymnasium, locker rooms, bleachers
Multi-purpose rooms for enhanced learning
Stage for performances
Multi-purpose rooms for ministries, St. Anne School Foundation, Scouts, and related Parish activities
312 parking spaces in the garage
Covered walkway from parking garage to Church
Security office and a guard house at main entry drive
New access road connecting Shamrock Way to Shepherd Drive