Emmaus Catholic Parish had its beginning 1963 when Monsignor Richard McCabe, at the request of Lakeway residents, began celebrating Mass at the Lakeway Inn and in parishioners’ homes. In the late 1960s, the Protestant congregation also began holding services in the homes of its members. The two congregations made the unique decision in 1972 to become an ecumenical church and, on June 9, 1975, the Lakeway Ecumenical Church was dedicated.
Twenty years later in 1995, due to the tremendous growth in the area, the two congregations agreed to separate. Their ties remain, however, in faith. Emmaus purchased land and began building.
In January 2001, our church was dedicated as The Church of the Resurrection of the Lord-Emmaus Catholic Parish. The new church was modeled after the Cooper Memorial Chapel in Bella Vista, Arkansas.
The name “Emmaus” comes from the town mentioned in Luke 24:13-35 in which Jesus appeared, after His death and resurrection, before two of His disciples while walking on the road to Emmaus. That evening when they broke bread, the two disciples recognized Him to be Jesus.
A parcel of land in Spicewood was donated to the parish and, in December 2004, Queen of Angels Chapel was dedicated. As a part of Emmaus Catholic Parish, the Chapel shares in all ministries and events for the entire parish and is administered by the staff of Emmaus Catholic Parish.
The Emmaus Parish Life Center, which includes classrooms for the Emmaus Early Childhood Education Program as well as our Faith Formation programs (for both youth and adults), a youth space, a fellowship hall, and kitchen, was dedicated in 2011.
As Pastor, I would like to welcome you to Emmaus Catholic Parish!
We are always grateful for new faces who help to make our parish even more vibrant than it has already become. It is my heartfelt hope that you will feel welcome here and will want to make Emmaus Catholic Parish - whether you most often attend our church in Lakeway or our chapel in Spicewood - your home church.
I would like to introduce you to our pastoral staff. I serve as pastor of Emmaus Catholic Parish. Our parish is also served by our Parochial Vicar, Fr. Everardo Cazares, and two deacons: Terry Guilbert and John Hill. We are fortunate to have the assistance of two retired priests, Fr. Larry Connelly and Fr. Jim Evans. Please introduce yourself to us after Mass or anytime you see us.
There are many opportunities to become involved, from learning to teaching to serving to volunteering. As you can see from the ministry listings, there is something for everyone! Please feel free to call the office if you would like more information on anything Emmaus has to offer or with any other questions you may have.
Our faith teaches us that we do not land in a parish by chance, but rather, God calls us to a particular place for a specific purpose. Your presence at Emmaus will not only benefit you as a Catholic, but all of those around you as you discover and live out God’s call for your life.
Welcome to Emmaus...we are blessed to have you here!
Yours in Christ,
Rev. Samuel L. Hose, Pastor