Although construction did not begin until 1749, this cathedral was established in 1731 by the Canary/Spanish Islanders, who sought to build their own place of worship. It is one of the oldest cathedral sanctuaries in the United States. The famous Alamo defender James Bowie was married here and during the siege of the Alamo Santa Anna used it as an observation post. Notable historic figures Bowie, William Travis and Davy Crockett are buried here. The cathedral still draws huge crowds for Mass and always welcomes visitors.
The cornerstone of St. Mark's was laid in 1859, but the onset of the Civil War delayed construction. Work resumed in 1873 and the first service was held on Easter Sunday in 1875. An interesting note about St. Mark's Episcopal Church is that Lyndon Baines Johnson and Claudia "Lady Bird" Taylor were wed at this location on November 17, 1934. This was also the first Episcopal Cathedral built west of the Mississippi River. The first Sunday service is the 7:45a Holy Eucharist. At 8a, breakfast is offered for a small charge, while another Holy Eucharist is offered at 9a. The children's chapel is also in service at 9a. At 10:10a, an all-age-group Sunday School is offered. The third Holy Eucharist takes place at 11a and is followed by 'Tea Under the Trees'. If you are looking for a traditional Episcopalian service in a very historical church, this may be just the place for you to visit.
A popular dining place, Southerleigh Fine Food & Brewery has established a place for itself in the minds of diners due to its fabulous food and creative brews that are prepared onsite. Take a quick tour of the brewery and then sit back and enjoy the food put together by Chef Jeff Balfour. Each of the beers created by Les Locke has a distinct flavor that stands out from the others. A special favorite is the Smoke on the Water that is recommended to be enjoyed along with Boiled Shrimp and Pork Jowl. Plenty of outside-seating also allows diners to enjoy the fine weather.
Established on March 2, 1879, this church forms an integral part of the history of La Villita. No particular denomination met here consistently, but it continues to exist, and is the favorite local wedding venue. The church also supports and hosts the Starving Artist Art Gallery's annual show—so whether you wish to wed or enter your art-work in the event, call to register!
Time Magazine has referred to Trinity Baptist Church as "The Boom Church" because it is one of America's fastest-growing churches. Its humble beginnings date back some 50 years to 1949, when a small group of Christians gathered with a vision of creating a church in Laurel Heights. Today, the congregation exceeds 8,000 members. The church is led by world-renowned evangelist Dr. Buckner Fanning. Billy Graham calls Dr. Fanning "the ideal pastor...a pastor evangelist whom God has greatly used." The church offers two identical worship services on Sunday mornings, one at 8a and the other at 11a. Bible study takes place in between the two services at 10a.
This Catholic church boasts a large and active congregation in the heart of North San Antonio. With daily mass, numerous parish committees and strong community organizations, there is something with which everyone can become involved. In addition to regular church services and activities, Blessed Sacrament offers a private school, day care and an after-school program for children.
If you are looking for a contemporary Christian church service, then BRCC might just be the place for you. Pastor David Saathoff delivers messages from the Bible and relates them to today's society. BRCC's demographic is younger than most churches. The services use PowerPoint slides as well as video and visual presentations to help convey the message, and the music has a definite rock flair. BRCC may not cater to the traditional church-going crowd, but in this case that's not necessarily a bad thing. Casual attire is accepted, and even encouraged, and the music leans more towards rock and roll (no traditional organ/piano music here). BRCC also has a children's program called Promised Land, which runs concurrent with the adult service.