Welcome to St. John Neumann Catholic Church
The parish of St. John Neumann Church is a Catholic community of over 3,600 families located in the heart of Westlake in Austin, Texas. Our vision is to focus on the spiritual renewal of our children, youth, families and adults. Spiritual renewal is a lifelong process that involves learning and living our faith, both individually and as a community, and moving to a deeper understanding of and relationship with Christ in our lives.
How do I register with the parish?
New members may register online here. To register in person new members may pick up a parish registration form from the Secretary in the Pastoral Center or in the back of the church.
How do I contact the parish office?
- Phone: (512) 328-3220
- Fax: (512) 328-3226
- Mailing address: 5455 Bee Cave Road, Austin, Texas 78746
- E-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org
What is required to have my child baptized?
Your family must be registered members of St. John Neumann Church and attending Sunday Mass regularly for at least three months. Please contact our Sacraments Coordinator Janice Maginn at email@example.com.
How do I register my children for faith formation classes?
Please select your children's age under Faith Formation tab.
I am planning to get married. Where do we start?
For those preparing for marriage at St. John Neumann, please contact our Sacraments Coordinator Janice Maginn at (512)328-3220 or firstname.lastname@example.org for the initial interview, assistance and further information.
How can I have Masses said for friends, family or deceased loved ones?
Contact the Secretary to select a date. A donation of $5 per Mass requested is suggested and, in accordance with Church Law, only one intention per Mass is permitted. You will also be given a Mass intentions card that gives a place for you to write in the name of the deceased, the day the Mass is being offered for him or her, and more information, which can then be kept for personal use or mailed to someone.
How do I arrange Communion for someone who is sick or homebound?
Contact the church office to arrange for an Extraordinary Minister of Holy Communion or a clergyman to visit the person and bring him or her Communion.
Whom do I contact if I or a family member is sick or in the hospital?
Call the church office, or if it is outside of office hours, call the parish emergency phone number at (512) 467-4738, (512) 494-6335 or (512) 431-3117. Depending upon your needs, a priest or one of our deacons will arrange to visit you or your family member.
How do I make an appointment to meet with one of the priests?
Please call (512) 328-3220. If it is an emergency, please call the parish emergency lines at (512) 467-4738, (512) 494-6335 or (512) 431-3117.
How do I submit something to be published in the Bulletin?
Please contact our Director of Communications at email@example.com.
I or someone I know is interested in becoming a Catholic. To whom may I speak to for more information?
Contact Laura Hughes, Director of Adult Faith Formation, at 512-328-3220, ext. 117 or email her at firstname.lastname@example.org. She can give you more information about the Catholic Church and our process for welcoming new Catholics into the Church and parish. The Catholic Church has established the Rite of Christian Initiation for Adults (RCIA) as the process for forming and incorporating new members.
How do I get info on the Preschool?
Please visit St. John Neumann Preschool’s Web site at sjnpreschool.com.
What are your Mass times?
Saturday Vigil Mass is at 5:00 p.m. Sunday Masses are available at 7:30 a.m., 9:00 a.m. and 11:00 a.m. as well as 5:00 p.m. We offer Daily Mass Monday through Friday at 8:45 a.m. in the Church.
How can I get a copy of my child’s baptismal certificate?
Who is the Pastor of St. John Neumann Catholic Church?
Fr. Dean Wilhelm
Fr. Dean Wilhelm is our pastor. Rev. Dean Wilhelm received his B.A. in Philosophy at the University of St. Thomas in Houston in 1984. He was a seminarian at the Pontifical North American College in Rome from 1984 until 1988. He received his License in Sacred Theology from the Pontifical Gregorian University in Rome in 1987 as well as his diploma in Pastoral Theology in 1988. Fr. Dean was ordained a priest on July 23, 1988. He was Associate Pastor at St. Thomas More Catholic Church and at the St. Mary’s Catholic Center in College Station, TX. He was the Pastor from June 1997 to June 2005 at St. Thomas Aquinas Catholic Church in College Station, TX. Furthermore, he was the Formation Director at St. Mary’s Seminary in Houston, TX from July 2005 to May 2006 and from 2006 to 2009 he was the Vice Rector. He was the Pastor at St. William Catholic Church in Round Rock, Texas from July 2009 - January 2021.
Fr. Dean tells us that he had the immense blessing to be a seminarian in Rome during the papacy of St. John Paul II. During those years, he also had the profound opportunity to work with St. Teresa of Calcutta’s Missionaries of Charity. These experiences have greatly formed him and impacted the exercise of his priestly ministry. They instilled in him a great love for the Real Presence of Christ in the Mass and in His Mercy in the Sacrament of Confession. He says, “having the blessing of meeting these two saints has had an amazing influence in my life as a priest. They have challenged me to desire to see the face of Christ in every human person I encounter.”
What are the requirements to receive the sacrament of Confirmation?
Our hope is that students are continually involved and engaged in faith formation, youth ministry and the life of their parish. However, pursuant to the diocesan policy for Confirmation, students must have, at a minimum, two years immediately prior to beginning confirmation formation in a formal parish religious education, comprehensive youth ministry or Catholic school education. At St. John Neumann Church, since our formation begins in the spring of the 10th grade year, students have to be active in the program from their second semester eighth grade year until Confirmation begins in the spring of their 10th grade year. For more information, please visit our webpage on Confirmation for more information.
St. John Neumann parish was officially established in the West Lake area of Austin in May of 1984, with its earliest Masses held at Valley View Elementary School and later at Cedar Creek Elementary School. By the fall of 1986, the congregation moved to the site at Bee Caves Road and Westlake Drive. Originally intended as the temporary location until a permanent church could be built on land purchased off of River Hills Road, the congregation ultimately faced the economic realities, sold the land and renovated their temporary facility into St. John Neumann’s “home” site by 1988.
The office building across the street at 102 Westlake Drive was purchased in 1995 to meet the growing needs of the parish. In addition, St. John Neumann purchased three home sites adjacent to the parish grounds, with long-range hopes for more parking spaces and a larger church in the same location. Regrettably, zoning restrictions and neighborhood concerns stifled any expansion efforts.
A steering committee pursued an alternative plan to acquire land within the West Lake Hills neighborhood that could be rezoned for the parish’s needs. Construction of the new church at the 28-acre site between Loop 360 and Bee Caves Road began in the spring of 2000, and the parish officially moved to the new site in January of 2003.
Over the years, diocesan priests have nurtured this growing community. Father Vaughn Meiler served as St. John Neumann’s first pastor from 1984 to 1992. Father Patrick Zurek served the parish from 1992 until his ordination as Auxiliary Bishop of the Archdiocese of San Antonio in February 1998.
Father David Jaeger, a Franciscan Friar of the Holy Land, became pastor in 1998 until he was called to Rome in May of 1999. Monsignor Edward Jordan assumed parish responsibilities here in June of 1999 to lead the congregation through its Capital Campaign and organizational move to the new facility.
Father Kirby Garner joined the parish in July 2006 and led the parish Capital Campaign to build a new church. Under his leadership, the parishioners of St. John Neumann pledged $12 million for this effort.
Father Bud Roland joined our parish in July of 2008, leading the way for the continued growth of our parish. Under his shepherding, St. John Neumann has reached new heights of membership, stewardship, and spirituality. Fr. Bud Roland retired on December 2020.
From a relatively small beginning of several hundred families, St. John Neumann has grown to over 2,800 families, with a faith formation program that supports Christian formation for many children and adults. A full complement of vital ministries, too numerous to identify in this brief history, has been established. These ministries enable the parish to not only serve her members but also thousands of our brothers and sisters throughout the Austin community and far beyond. SJN is a strong parish, still young, and committed to spreading God’s Word through Catholic living and outreach.