St. Charles Borromeo Catholic Church

P.O. Box 1748, 1927 RR 1431,

Kingsland TX 78643

Office: 325-388-3742

Lee Hall: 325-388-0397

Reverend Father Uche Evaristus Obikwelu

Mission: Our Lady of the Lake

120 RR 2233,

Sunrise Beach TX 78643,

4 miles off TX Hwy 71

Sunrise Beach, Texas

As the community of Sunrise Beach Village grew, so did the need for a Catholic church, as the nearest one was in Llano, Texas – 25 miles away. The bridge across the Llano River in Kingsland had not yet been built.

A group of Catholics met at the home of Mr. and Mrs. Joseph Funke to begin gathering information necessary for the formation of a parish. Herb Stehling chaired the meeting, Joseph Funke was appointed treasurer and recording secretary was Mrs. Shirley Moczygemba. This first meeting on November 30, 1963 showed by survey that there were 42 Catholic families in the area.

A committee consisting of Herb Stehling, Frank Kalinowski, William Funke, and F. E. Moczygemba approached the Bishop at Austin, Most Rev. Louis J. Reicher.

Father Luyton, priest for Llano and Mason was contacted to also serve the Sunrise Beach community, early in 1964. He consented, the Bishop gave approval January 21, 1964, and the committee proceeded with plans for the church. In October of 1964 a meeting with the committee, Fr. Luyton, and the builder, Mr. Leo Blanchard, resulted in the beginning of the church.

Mrs. Joseph Funke (Virginia Dupree Funke) was reminded of Joseph’s niece in San Antonio, a religious sister at Our Lady of the Lake College, Sister Charlene Wedelich. Because of the Sunrise Beach church’s closeness to the lake, Virginia suggested “Our Lady of The Lake” for the name of the new church.

Groundbreaking was October 11, 1964 at 4:00 pm. The first mass was offered March 6, 1965 at 7:00 pm. Dedication was April 30, 1965 with Bishop Reicher officiating. The first baptism was Tina Marie Funke, on October 2, 1965.

Priests that have served the community of Our Lady of the Lake are:

1964-1965  Rev. Wm J. Luyten, O.M.I. – Mason, TX (Deceased)
1966-1969  Rev. Raymond Jacobs, O.M.I. – Mason, TX (Deceased)
1970-1978  Rev. Anthony Goosens, O.M.I. – Mason, TX (Deceased)
1979-1980  Rev. James Olenhausen
1981-1982  Rev. Peter McCabe
1985  Rev. Gregory Patejko
1983-1994  Rev. Walter J. Dalton, C.S.P. – Horseshoe Bay, TX (Deceased)
1995  Rev. Neal Wise
1996  Rev. Bob Scott, C.S.P. – Horseshoe Bay, TX (Deceased)
1997-2006  Rev. Joseph Mitrano, C.S.B – Kingsland, TX (Deceased)
1999-2005  Rev. Peter Higgins (Deceased)
2007-2013  Rev. Bernard Nguyen Hung – Kingsland, TX
2013-2016  Rev. Anthony Alphonse – Kingsland, TX
2016  Rev. Uche Obikwelu - Kingsland, TX


Our church family is growing slowly and steadily, the weekend mass attendees almost fill the church. We welcome our weekend friends who worship with us.


Currently the weekend mass is celebrated at 4:00 pm Saturday. Mass for the Holydays is offered the evening prior to the feast day, at 4:00 pm.