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THE HISTORY OF ST. MARTIN DE PORRES CHURCH
The Holy Spirit , alive in our world, gives us hope that in opening the doors to Christ we can achieve great things.

After the great Mississippi flood of 1927, many Catholics of African-American background migrated from Louisiana into Texas, settling along the Southern Pacific Railway. A number of newcomers moved into Barrett Station where, for many years they attended Mass at Sacred Heart Church in Crosby. In 1934, after some racial problems, Father Carl F. Schappert, S.S.J. and Father George Reynolds, S.S.J. of St. Nicholas Church in Houston were invited to care for the African-American Catholics in Barrett Station. Mass was held in Mr. Samuel Goudeau’s home in Crosby and later at the public school ground in Barrett Station, located diagonally across the highway from where St. Martin De Porres is now seated. Mass in those days was celebrated on either Saturday or Sunday, based on the availability of the priest from St. Nicholas Church.

Father Schappert erected the first Blessed Martin De Porres Church after having purchased approximately one acre of land from the Barrett Family. It was the fourteenth church to be dedicated to the colored people in the Diocese of Galveston-Houston. In 1937, Bishop Christopher E. Bryne to Blessed Martin De Porres who did much good. St. Martin was the perfect example for how the grace of God lifts man out of the lowest state and places him as a model for all ages. His father had no need of him, but his mother struggled alone as best as she could. Martin was patient and bore his trials. He had Jesus for his model and he accomplished much. His heart was filled with love for man. He went out among the poor, cleansing their sores, mending their fractured bones and bathing their fever-heated brows. He fed the hungry and brought medicine to his creatures. There is a definite model for Catholic action in Martin De Porres. He taught us how we must have regard for the poor and the sick around us.