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Jourdanton in Atascosa County, Texas — The American South (West South Central)

St. Matthew Catholic Parish

St. Matthew Catholic Parish Marker image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Brian Anderson, February 17, 2019
1. St. Matthew Catholic Parish Marker
Inscription.  Following the establishment of Jourdanton in 1909, many Catholic families of Hispanic, Irish, Polish, and German descent expressed interest in building a church. Bishop J.W. Shaw traveled from San Antonio to assist in preparing a new church building. In 1912, the church held dedication ceremonies for the mission-style brick building on land donated by the Central Townsite Company. For the next decade, the parish grew rapidly and received guidance from Rev. Manuel Moreno and other priests in the area. One leader, Father Kasper, assisted the Czech parishioners by helping to establish K.J.T and K.J.Z.T. Organizations for Czech men and women.

In 1925, Rev. Smith became the first resident pastor and the first church rectory and Parish Hall was built in 1926. Father Smith contributed much to the parish, including organizing the first 4th of July picnic and founding the group, Children of Mary. Under Father Benz’s leadership, a second parish hall was built in 1934, and a Catholic school opened in September 1937, but was forced to close in 1940. In May 1961, under Father Lieb’s direction, a new church was built utilizing the original cast
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iron bell. A new parish hall was built in 1979. The St. Matthew Catholic Parish contributed to many aspects of the community, including participating in fraternal, cultural, and religious groups such as a Czech Sokol gymnastics group in the early 1940s, the Sociedades Guadalupanas for Catholic women, Knights of Columbus, Ladies’ Altar Society, Catholic Daughters of Americans, and youth organizations. The church continues to serve their neighbors with a soup kitchen and thrift store, and remains a beacon of light in the community.

175 Years of Texas Independence * 1835-2011

Erected 2011 by Texas Historical Commission. (Marker Number 16964.)
Topics. This historical marker is listed in this topic list: Churches & Religion. A significant historical year for this entry is 1912.
Location. 28° 55.279′ N, 98° 32.88′ W. Marker is in Jourdanton, Texas, in Atascosa County. Marker is at the intersection of Zanderson Avenue (State Highway 16) and Commerce Street, on the right when traveling west on Zanderson Avenue. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 1608 Campbell Avenue, Jourdanton TX 78026, United States of America. Touch for directions.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Old Atascosa County Jail (about 400 feet away, measured in a direct line); Martin Abstract Company (approx. 0.2 miles away); Atascosa County Courthouse
St. Matthew Catholic Church image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Brian Anderson, February 17, 2019
2. St. Matthew Catholic Church
(approx. 0.2 miles away); Atascosa County (approx. 0.2 miles away); a different marker also named Atascosa County Courthouse (approx. ¼ mile away); Jourdanton United Methodist Church (approx. 0.4 miles away); First Baptist Church of Jourdanton (approx. ¾ mile away); Mercy Hospital (approx. 0.8 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Jourdanton.
Credits. This page was last revised on February 21, 2019. It was originally submitted on February 21, 2019, by Brian Anderson of Humble, Texas. This page has been viewed 228 times since then and 34 times this year. Photos:   1, 2. submitted on February 21, 2019, by Brian Anderson of Humble, Texas.

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