The Record Newspapers wishes all of Orange County a Happy Easter. This is the holiest week of the year for Christian religions. Listed are just a few local services to be held this week at several area churches. Feel free to visit the church of your choice. All visitors are welcome.


St. Mary will host a Mass of the Lords Supper at 6:30 p.m. Thursday with adoration of the Eucharist afterwards until 10 p.m. in the chapel.

The passion, veneration of the cross and communion service will be at 3 p.m. Good Friday, with Stations of the Cross at 6 p.m.

Easter Vigil mass begins at 7:30 p.m. Saturday.

Easter Sunday mass will be held at 7 and 10 a.m.

St. Mary Catholic Church is located at 912 W. Cherry Ave.

St. Henry will have mass at 7 p.m., Thursday; a Good Friday service, no mass, is scheduled at 3 p.m., Friday. Saturday Vigil begins at 8 p.m.

Easter Sunday mass will be held at 8 and 10 a.m.

St. Henry is located at 475 W. Roundbunch in Bridge City.

St. Helen will hold a Seder meal at 6:30 p.m. Wednesday. Thursday confessions will be heard 8-10 a.m. Eucharist of the Lord’s Last Supper with washing of the disciples feet will be held at 6:30 p.m. Adoration of the Blessed will continue until midnight. On Good Friday, the Stations of the Cross will be observed at 3 p.m., followed by the liturgy of the Passion. Holy Saturday will begin with confessions 7:30-8:15 p.m. and Vigil Service at 8:30 p.m. There will be no 4:30 p.m. mass on Saturday.

On Easter Sunday, mass and Baptisms will be at 8 a.m. with an additional mass at 11 a.m.

United Methodist:

Faith United Methodist Church will host Easter celebration services beginning with Holy Thursday Communion at 7 p.m. They will host a Good Friday Tenebrae Service at 7 p.m. Easter Sunrise service will be held at 7 a.m. on Sunday, with a breakfast to follow. Sunday school for all ages will start at 9:30 a.m. with the Sunday worship service beginning at 10:50 a.m. Other activities include Faith Kidz for children 5 years old to fifth grade from 5:15 to 6:15 p.m. on Wednesdays and STAND25 for sixth through 12th grade from 6 to 7:30 p.m. on Wednesdays.

Faith UMC is located at 8608 MLK Jr. Drive in Orange. For more information, please call 409-866-1291 or log on to

First United Methodist Church of Orange will present their Wesley Player’s production of “The Living Last Supper” at 7 p.m. on Thursday at in the Praise Center at 503 Fifth Street in Orange.

The Wesley Players’ cast includes Rico Vasquez, Kevin Doss, Justin Sanders, Al Vasquez, Doug Rogers, Chris Abshire, James Rogers, Kenneth Wiemers, John Warren, Paul Burch and others.

Each of the disciples will quicken and speak their mind in light of Jesus’ revelation to them, just a moment earlier, that “one of you will betray me.” This was the perspective from which DaVinci painted the original fresco four hundred years ago in Milan, Italy.

The performance is presented free of charge to the public as a Holy Week worship opportunity and is less than an hour in length.

Holy Communion will be served to all believers and followers of Jesus Christ who wish to receive it at the conclusion of the performance.

The United Methodist communion is always open to all believers, regardless of denomination or even lack of the same.

Easter Sunday, First United will hold services at 8, 9 and 11 a.m. Breakfast will be served 9-10:30 a.m.

St. Paul United Methodist Church will hold services Wednesday, Thursday and Good Friday at 7 p.m. A sunrise service will be held at 6:30 Sunday with breakfast served at 7 a.m. They will also hold Sunday services at 8:15 a.m. and 10:45 a.m.

The church is located at 1155 W. Roundbunch Road in Bridge City. Call 409-735-5546 for more information.


First Baptist Bridge City will host a Wednesday service at 6:30 p.m. and choir practice at 7:30 p.m.

First Baptist Orangefield will have an outdoor service at 8 a.m. Sunday morning with breakfast following. Sunday school will be at 9:15 a.m. and a Cantata at 10:30 a.m.

The Cowboy Church of Orange County will hold its annual sunrise service at 7 a.m. on Easter Sunday. It will be held outdoors, behind the church, below a hill where a large wooden cross stands. Attendees are asked to bring lawn chairs. The public is invited to attend. Coffee, juice, and donuts will be available after the service. The church is located at 673 FM 1078, just off of Hwy. 62, about one mile north of IH-10. For more information, contact Pastor Dale Lee at 409-718-0269.


Shangri La Botanical Gardens and Nature Center in Orange will host an Easter Sunrise Service at 6:30 a.m. on Sunday. The service will be led by Pastor Eddie Lee Smith of New Beginnings Church Outreach Ministry with music provided by the New Beginnings Choir of Orange. The public is invited to enjoy free admission for the service and visitors are welcome to bring lawn chairs for seating. Following the service, attendees may enjoy a complimentary stroll through the gardens until 9 a.m.

Located at 2111 West Park Avenue, Shangri La is open to the public Tuesday through Saturday from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. For more information, call 409-670-9113 or visit