Love does no evil to the neighbor; hence, love is the fulfillment of the law (Romans 13,10)

Our Mother of Sorrows & Holy Cross Catholic Church



 Working to Be One


In the late 1930s, a Catholic missionary priest named Fr. Fredrick Schmidt, who serving at the Lampasas Catholic Church , came across a survey noting that a number of Catholic Hispanics lived around in Burnet and Bertram, were attending services in Lampasas and Llano. It was then he set out to establish a church for them and others in Burnet.


In 1938 the members of two Mexican families, the Castillo's and the Salazar's, met with Fr. Schmidt in the field near the present site, for their first Mass. Attendance grew quickly in 1939. Also in 1939, the Austin Diocese appointed Fr. William Roach as administrator of the Lampasas and Burnet area, and Fr. Roach set about establishing a church in Burnet. Approval was given fora church to be built in Burnet.

On June 11, 1941, Bishop Byrne of Galveston came to dedicate the new Church.

Over the next several years, many hardships were overcome, including getting heat and water to the church without much funding. There was also no confessional, so the visiting priest heard confessions in the sacristy seated on a suitcase behind a makeshift screen.


During the 1950's various families, individuals and other Catholic churches donated the altar, statues, altar drapes, holy water fonts, the bell , the vestments, a stand for the sanctuary lamp, votive candle stands and rock work.

In 1954, Our Mother of Sorrows got their first resident pastor and in 1956 the west wing to the Church was added.


From our humble beginnings we have added families, several more buildings, Catholic Spirituality and Love of the Lord and His Church? Each priest who has served at Our Mother of Sorrows has contributed his own individual mark, pointing the way along the road to God.

After much consideration and prayers, the Holy Cross missionary priests named our parish “Our Mother of Sorrows”.


Our mother of sorrows,

with strength from above you stood by the cross, sharing in the sufferings of Jesus, and with tender care you bore Him in your arms, mourning and weeping.


We praise you for your faith, which accepted the life God planned for you. We praise you for your hope, which trusted that God would do great things in you. We praise you for your love in bearing with Jesus the sorrows of His passion.


Holy Mary, may we follow your example, and stand by all your children who need comfort and love.


Mother of God, stand by us in our trials and care for us in our many needs. Pray for us now and at the hour of our death. Amen.

Get Directions To:
507 Buchanan Drive
Burnet Texas 78611

Pastor:  Fr. Jose Luis Comparán

Administrative Assistant
 Mariana Mata

Location of Our Mother of Sorrows + Holy Cross Office 
is in Burnet



Tuesday & Thursday: 10:00 am - 2:00 pm

Wednesday & Friday: 10:00 am - 12:00pm

Litany of the Cross


The cross is the hope of Christians
the cross is the resurrection of the dead
the cross is the way of the lost
the cross is the savior of the lost
the cross is the staff of the lame
the cross is the guide of the blind
the cross is the strength of the weak
the cross is the doctor of the sick
the cross is the aim of the priests
the cross is the hope of the hopeless
the cross is the freedom of the slaves
the cross is the power of the kings
the cross is the water of the seeds
the cross is the consolation of the bondsmen
the cross is the source of those who seek water
the cross is the cloth of the naked.
We thank you, Father, for the cross.





Like many other mission churches in the Austin Diocese, the Mission of Holy Cross in Bertram was founded by the Congregation of Holy Cross priests and brothers.  Although our church was founded in 1943, priests were celebrating Mass in homes as early as 1920 …baptizing, officiating at marriages and conducting funerals of those Catholics in and around Bertram, Liberty Hill and Leander. Holy Cross priests served our church exclusively until the summer of 2005, when Bishop Gregory Aymond appointed the first Diocesan Priest to serve the mission of Holy Cross Church (HCC).

Holy Cross is a faith-filled community that has continued to grow over the years and attract more families from Bertram and surrounding areas.

Holy Cross has a Food Pantry that is totally supported and staffed by volunteers from church parishioners. Administrative, liturgical, teaching and maintenance duties are handled by church volunteers. We are truly blessed with people who lovingly care for the needs of our church.