The Episcopal Church of the Messiah is located at 721 Saint Louis Street in Gonzales, Texas

Our office phone number is 830.672.3407. 

Our mailing address is P.O. Box 139, Gonzales, Texas 78629.  

Our parish email address is 



10:30 AM Sunday Worship (Holy Eucharist) 

7PM Monday & Friday: (AA Meetings) 

WOMEN'S GROUP, 2nd Wednesday, 6 PM at Elk's Lodge (Except in Lent)

MEN'S GROUP, 2nd Wednesday, 6 PM at Elk's Lodge (Except in Lent)

Vestry Meetings normally 3rd Wednesday 6pm 

The Rev. Shanna Neff






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Worship is the most important thing Christians do. Every Sunday we gather together to listen to God's word, hear it interpreted, offer prayers for ourselves and others, confess our sins and receive the renewed grace of God's forgiveness of our sins, pass the peace of God to one another,  share the Lord's sacramental Body and Blood in Holy Communion with the communion of saints, and praise the Lord for all the ways God blesses us. We look to the Holy Spirit to empower us to serve Jesus faithfully and boldly, so that God's Name is glorified through the thoughts and actions of our lives as we seek to serve others in Christ's Name and live our faith as well as believe it!


Worship TimesSundays, 10:00 a.m.    Morning Prayer (with prayers for individuals in parish family)

Sundays, 10:30 a.m.    Sunday Eucharist (Holy Communion)

Regular Meeting Times:

7:00pm       Monday and Friday, Alcoholics Anonymous (for Recovering addicts)

1:15 p.m.   Wednesday Bible Study 

2:15 p.m.   Wednesday, Cursillo Group Reunion

6 p.m.       3rd Wednesday of the Month


Annual Church Worship and Meeting Times

10:30 p.m.    December 24, The Celebration of our Lord Jesus' birth (Christmas)

5-7 p.m.        Tuesday before Ash Wednesday, Mardi Gras Pancake Supper

                     (Traditionally to eat all the milk, cheese, butter [fats] prior to Lenten fast)

6:30 p.m.      Ash Wednesday with Imposition of Ashes on forehead in sign of the cross

                     Reminds us that we rely on God's grace always, as forgiven sinners

                     Lent begins...40 days to spiritually prepare ourselves for Easter

Noon             All Fridays in Lent, Stations of the Cross


HOLY WEEK is the week before Easter (Palm Sunday, Maundy Thursday, Good Friday)

6:30 p.m.      Maundy Thursday (Celebrates Jesus' last meal with his Disciples) 

                     With Foot Washing (following Jesus'example of humility and service)

                     Altar Stripping (signifying Jesus' arrest in the prayer garden),

                     Garden Vigil (Jesus: "Could you not stay awake with me for one hour?")

6:30 p.m.      Good Friday Liturgy (The Day Jesus Dies) and Veneration of the Cross

                     (The cross is holy wood...Jesus dies on the cross to save us from our sins).


5 p.m.           2nd Sunday of October, Blessing of the Animals

                     (Bring your animals to church yard to receive a blessing)

10:30 a.m.    1st Sunday after November 1, All Saints' Day (God's people, living and dead)

                     Necrology remembers all who have died and Banners made for them

5th Sunday Sunday Healing Service

Periodically     Guitar Mass

Pentecost Sunday, with most folks wearing Holy Spirit RED!

Red signifies the fire of the Holy Spirit as described in Acts 2:1-11, the Day of Pentecost.

Easter Sunday Flower Cross with smiles of Resurrection joy!

Processional Cross 

Preparing to Process

 1st Day to Acolyte (serves at the altar to assist priest)...

Another First Day to acolyte...

Boys don't get to have all the fun! Service with a smile!

Bell ringing is harder than it looks!

Two of the smaller bell ringers teaming up to do the job!

The priest and Jesus have a dialogue sermon!

Beautiful setting to worship Jesus!


 Wedding anniversary prayer   

Receiving a Marriage Blessing on their Anniversary.