This is my entry for find an old Texas church. Hope you enjoy a little history and my photo's for this church.
BEAUTIFUL 1878 NATIVITY OF THE BLESSED VIRGIN MARY CATHOLIC CHURCH
This church was founded in1876 and was built in and dedicated in 1878 in Cestohowa, Texas (originally Czestochowa) located on Cibolo Creek in northern Karnes City, TX. It is a daughter settlement of Panna Maria, the oldest Polish settlement in America. In 1873 a group left Panna Maria and moved five miles north and named the city after Our Lady of Czestochowa, the patroness of Polish Catholics. They first built a small school that served as a chapel. A priest came once a month to hold mass. The church was completed in 1878 and named under the patronage of the Nativity of the Blessed Virgin Mary. Tried to get the steeple all in but would have had to go into the creek.
This church was remodeled in 1931, repaired and painted in 1973. In 1936 the community had about 100 residents and about 200 in 1970. As of today 110 families call this their church home.
The church was originally built of native rock and stone and was plastered over through the years. This church is well maintained and is visited frequently by tourist because of it's Polish heritage.
Here are some pictures that will show how well the grounds are maintained. They do not have a website. Head Sister said maybe in the future.
Cestohowa, Texas (Czestochowa)
Telephone Number: 1-830-745-2633 Visitor' Welcome... Bluebonnets in bloom on church grounds. March 2008
GOD BLESS TEXAS