Café Catholica was first held in summer of 1999. It was created by a young adult committee under the guidance of the diocesan Office of Young Adult & Campus Ministry. Key leaders were director Bill Cork along with Vivian De Jesus (Ramos), a young adult, and Fr. Sean Horrigan, parochial vicar at St. Michael Catholic Church in the Galleria area. Originally an 8-week series, they quickly realized they had planned too big. Nevertheless, the response was significant. The program took a hiatus in 2002 because of World Youth Day in Toronto. First held at St. Michael in the Galleria area, Café has been held at several parishes in town: St. Cyril of Alexandria (tollway), St. Vincent de Paul (Med Center), St. Anne (Montrose), St. Thomas HS (near Memorial Park) and is now being held at three different locations!.
Cafe is held over five consecutive Monday evenings during the summer. We begin with confession at 5:15 PM, Mass at 6:15 PM, followed by a free dinner at 7:15 PM, then our featured speaker at 8:15 PM. There are tables displaying Catholic ministries and organizations and companies from around the Archdiocese. Come worship, eat, learn, be challenged, and meet other great young Catholic adults from around the Houston area. We have 600-800 young adults join us each evening.
If you can only make it for part of the evening, please join us when you can.
2017 is our 18th summer of Café and we continue to grow and increase in energy. Café Catholica is completely funded by donations. Our Mission To help young adults develop a deeper connection to: - Christ - His Church and Her mission to evangelize - Other Catholic young adults.
What can I do as a young adult? Well, check what the United States Conference of Bishops has to say: