Adoration Chapel

Adoration Chapel History

   St. Anthony de Padua Catholic Church, located in the area that once was commonly referred to as “Cementville,” was formed in 1927, when a small Chapel, the “Little Shrine of St. Anthony,” was constructed by “Cementville” workers, pecan shellers, and others under the direction of Father Peter Baque. The small mission-style Chapel opened to the public on June 13, 1927, the Feast of St. Anthony de Padua. In 1957, the current church building, modeled after San Antonio’s first church, the Alamo, was erected with financial assistance from Catholic, Protestant, and Jewish communities.
    Today, the original St. Anthony de Padua Church is the St. Anthony de Padua Adoration Chapel. On December 6, 2003, the parish celebrated the restoration of the beautiful Adoration Chapel and its rededication as a shrine to St. Anthony de Padua. The St. Anthony de Padua Adoration Chapel is a sacred place for prayer. The parish welcomes persons to holy space of the Adoration Chapel for adoration of the Blessed Sacrament, prayer and meditation.


Adoration Chapel Perpetual Novena

  The Adoration Chapel Perpetual Novena is a daily prayer practice designed to unite all parishioners in prayer, whether or not they are able to travel to the Adoration Chapel, and join the novena prayers with the prayers of the Church as a whole. The phrase “perpetual novena” means the parish will sponsor one nine-day novena after another to honor our perpetual devotion to Jesus Christ. General and specific shared intentions for any nine-day novena will be listed in the weekly parish bulletin and, of course, a person can pray the novena for private intentions. You are invited to pray the daily novena prayers inside the holy space of the Adoration Chapel at a time of your choosing, but the Adoration Chapel Perpetual Novena can be prayed at any place and at any time of the day or night.

  St. Anthony de Padua Adoration Chapel Perpetual Novena booklets are for sale in the parish office. The novena booklet contains further information on the Adoration Chapel and the Perpetual Novena, including the outline of prayers. Please contact the parish office to add a name for the perpetual novena.











Perpetual Novena to St.Anthony de Padua