Parishes in diocese schedule Masses and events for Advent, Christmas

TYLER – Bishop Joseph E. Strickland will open the Year of Mercy, which will run through November, with the opening of the Door of Mercy at the Cathedral of the Immaculate Conception Dec. 8, on the Feast of the Immaculate Conception, at 6 p.m. Mass will follow in the Cathedral.

The Feast of the Immaculate Conception, celebrated Dec. 8, is a holy day of obligation. Churches in the Diocese of Tyler have scheduled Masses to celebrate the feast. Please see your church’s bulletin or website for details.

The chancery will be closed for this holy day.

Churches and parish organizations throughout the Diocese of Tyler have scheduled services and events for the Advent and Christmas seasons. Among them are:

Tyler, Cathedral of the Immaculate Conception. The Feast of the Immaculate Conception, a holy day of obligation, will be celebrated Dec. 8 with Masses at 7 a.m., 9 a.m. (All Schools Mass), 12:05 p.m. at the Cathedral and Chapel, 6 p.m. at the Cathedral and 7 p.m. (Spanish) at the Chapel of Sts. Peter and Paul. At the 6 p.m. Mass, Bishop Joseph E. Strickland will open the cathedral’s Holy Door to begin the Year of Mercy and will celebrate Mass for the feast day. The Cathedral and Chapel choirs will present Advent Lessons and Carols Dec. 11 at 7 p.m. in the Chapel of Sts. Peter and Paul. The Feast of Our Lady of Guadalupe will be celebrated Dec. 11-12 with a procession at 7 p.m. followed by prayer until the singing of las mañanitas at 5 a.m. Bishop Strickland will celebrate Mass at 10:30 a.m., followed by food and a fiesta. Michael Cumble will present an Advent parish mission Dec. 14-16 in the Cathedral at 7 p.m. each evening. St. Gregory Cathedral School students will present a Christmas concert with the Cathedral strings and choir Dec. 15 at 1 p.m. in the Cathedral. An Advent penance service will be held Dec. 16, with multiple priests available for confession. Posadas will be Dec. 16-23, beginning at 7 p.m. each evening, with a procession around the Cathedral campus while praying the rosary.

Christmas Masses for the Cathedral are: Dec. 24, vigil Mass for the Nativity of Our Lord, 5 p.m., with Children’s Pageant; 7 p.m. (beginning with carols at 6:30 p.m.); 9 p.m. in Spanish; midnight (beginning with carols at 11:30 p.m.). Dec. 25, Mass for the Nativity of Our Lord, 10 a.m., 11:30 a.m. in Spanish. Vigil for the Solemnity of Mary the Mother of God, Dec. 31, 7 p.m. in Spanish. Mass for the Solemnity of Mary the Mother of God, a holy day of obligation, Jan. 1, 10 a.m. and 11:30 a.m. in Spanish.

Christmas Masses for the Chapel of Sts. Peter and Paul: Dec. 24, 6 p.m., with Children’s Pageant; 9 p.m. Dec. 25, 9 a.m. Vigil Mass for the Solemnity of Mary the Mother of God. Dec. 31 6 p.m. Mass for the Solemnity of Mary the Mother of God, a holy day of obligation, 9 a.m.

Athens, St. Edward Church. An Advent penance service will be held Dec. 15, 6-8 p.m. Christmas Eve Masses will be 6 p.m., 9 p.m. (Spanish) and midnight. A bilingual Mass will be celebrated at 10:30 a.m. Christmas Day. The vigil Mass for the Solemnity of Mary the Mother of God will be celebrated Dec. 31 at 6 p.m. and 9 p.m. (Spanish). The Mass for the Solemnity of Mary the Mother of God, a holy day of obligation, will be celebrated Jan. 1 at 10:30 a.m.

Buffalo, St. Kateri Tekakwitha Church. Masses for the Feast of the Immaculate Conception, a holy day of obligation, will be celebrated Dec. 8 at 9 a.m. and 7 p.m. (bilingual). The parish will celebrate the Feast of Our Lady of Guadalupe Dec. 12 with las mañanitas at 8 a.m., a bilingual Mass at 9 a.m., and snacks and traditional danzas at 10 a.m.

Chireno, Our Lady of Lourdes Church. The parish Christmas party and auction will be Dec. 18 at 6 p.m. in the parish hall. The Christmas vigil Mass will be Dec. 24, with carols starting at 5:45 p.m. and Mass at 6:15 p.m. Christmas Day Mass will be celebrated at 8 a.m., with carols at 7:30 a.m. The vigil Mass for the Solemnity of Mary the Mother of God will be Dec. 31 at 6:15 p.m. Mass for the Solemnity of Mary the Mother of God, a holy day of obligation, will be Jan. 1 at 8 a.m.

Emory, St. John the Evangelist Church. Masses for the Feast of the Immaculate Conception, a holy day of obligation, will be celebrated Dec. 8 at 4 p.m. and 7:30 p.m. (Spanish). The parish will celebrate the Feast of Our Lady of Guadalupe Dec. 12 with las mañanitas at 5:30 a.m., danzas at 1 p.m. and Mass at 2 p.m. An Advent penance service will be Dec. 15 at 6:30 p.m. Students in faith formation classes will present The Nativity following the penance service. A Christmas novena will be prayed Dec. 16-24. The parish Christmas dinner will be Christmas Day at 2 p.m.

Frankston, St. Charles Borromeo Church. Mass for the Feast of the Immaculate Conception, a holy day of obligation, will be Dec. 8 at 8 a.m. The Helping Hands Food Pantry will be open Dec. 10, 9-11:30 a.m., to distribute food and some clothing. An Advent penance service will be Dec. 16 at 6 p.m., with priests available for confessions in English and Spanish. Christmas Eve Mass will begin with a choir concert at 6:30 p.m. and Mass at 7 p.m. Christmas Day Mass will be at 9 a.m. Mass for the Solemnity of Mary the Mother of God, a holy day of obligation, will be celebrated Jan. 1 at 9 a.m.

Hemphill, St. Pius I Church. Advent confessions are available Dec. 16, 5 p.m., for CCD students, and Dec. 18, 10:30 a.m. Christmas Eve Masses will be 5 p.m. and midnight. Christmas Day Mass is at 10:30 a.m. The vigil Mass for the Somenity of Mary the Mother of God will be Dec. 31 at 5 p.m. Mass for the Solemnity of Mary the Mother of God, a holy day of obligation, will be Jan. 1 at 10:30 a.m.

Jefferson, Immaculate Conception Church. Masses for the Feast of the Immaculate Conception, a holy day of obligation and the parish feast day, will be celebrated at 9 a.m. and 5:30 p.m. A potluck dinner in the parish hall will follow the 5:30 p.m. Mass. The church will be part of the Jefferson Candlelight Tours Dec. 10, 3-7 p.m., and Dec. 11, 5-9 p.m. The church and parish hall will be open. The Feast of Our Lady of Guadalupe will be celebrated Dec. 12 with Mass at 10 a.m., followed by a Mexican brunch in the parish hall. The parish Advent penance service will be Dec. 16 at 6 p.m. The children’s Christmas program will be Dec. 20 at 10:30 a.m. in the social hall, followed by a potluck lunch. Christmas Eve Masses will be celebrated at 4 p.m. and 8 p.m., with carols at 7:30 p.m. Christmas Day Mass will be celebrated at 9 a.m. The vigil Mass for the Solemnity of Mary the Mother of God will be celebrated Dec. 31 at 5:30 p.m. Mass for the Solemnity of Mary the Mother of God, a holy day of obligation, will be celebrated Jan. 1 at 9 a.m., followed by benediction and adoration until 11 a.m. The parish Christmas fish fry will be Jan. 7, 5-6:30 p.m., followed by a parish-wide “Where We Are as a Parish” meeting at 7 p.m.

Lindale, Holy Family Church. Christmas Eve Masses are at 5 p.m. and midnight, with caroling at 11:15 p.m. Christmas Day Masses are at 9 a.m. and 11 a.m. (Spanish). The vigil Mass for the Solemnity of Mary the Mother of God will be Dec. 31 at 5 p.m. Masses for the Solemnity of Mary the Mother of God, a holy day of obligation, will be Jan. 1 at 9 a.m. and 11 a.m. (Spanish).

Longview, St. Mary Church. Mass will be celebrated for the Feast of the Immaculate Conception, a holy day of obligation, Dec. 8 at 7 a.m.; 8 a.m.; 12:05 p.m.; and 6:30 p.m. An Advent parish luncheon will be held Dec. 13 at 12:30 p.m. Bring unwrapped gifts to donate to the Adopt a Family program. The gifts and Knights of Columbus food boxes will be distributed to families in need Dec. 18 and 19. An Advent reconciliation service will be held Dec. 17, 6:30-8 p.m. Masses will be celebrated Christmas Eve at 5 p.m., 7 p.m. and midnight. Mass will be celebrated Christmas Day at 8:30 a.m. and 10 a.m.

Longview, St. Matthew Church. The VIP social and Christmas party is Dec. 10 at 6 p.m. in the parish hall. The Feast of Our Lady of Guadalupe will be celebrated all day Dec. 12, beginning with mariachis at 2 a.m. and ending at 6:30 p.m. Posadas begin Dec. 16 after faith formation and run through Dec. 24. The Altar Society will decorate the church Dec. 18, beginning at 11 a.m. The children’s Christmas party is Dec. 20 at 3 p.m. in the St. John Paul II Center. Priests will be available for confessions by appointment Dec. 21-23. Christmas Eve Masses will be celebrated at 4 p.m. (children’s); 6 p.m. (youth); 8 p.m. (Spanish); midnight, with carols at 11:30 p.m. Christmas Day Masses will be celebrated at 8:30 a.m. and 10:30 a.m. (Spanish). Vigil Masses for the Solemnity of Mary the Mother of God will be celebrated Dec. 31 at 5 p.m. and 7 p.m. (Spanish), with benediction at 11:30 p.m. followed by Mass. The Solemnity of Mary the Mother of God, a holy day of obligation, will be celebrated Jan. 1 with Masses at 8:30 a.m., 10:30 a.m. and 12:30 p.m. (Spanish).

Madisonville, St. Elizabeth Ann Seton Church. Mass for the Feast of the Immaculate Conception, a holy day of obligation, will be Dec. 8 at 7 p.m. The parish will celebrate the Feast of Our Lady of Guadalupe Dec. 12 with a Spanish Mass and fiesta, beginning at 7:30 p.m. An Advent penance service will be Dec. 13, 4-6 p.m. Christmas Eve Mass will be celebrated at 9:30 p.m. Christmas Day Mass will be at 9:30 a.m. The vigil Mass for the Solemnity of Mary the Mother of God will be celebrated at 5:30 p.m. Dec. 31. Mass for the Solemnity of Mary the Mother of God, a holy day of obligation, will be at 9:30 a.m. Jan. 1.

Marshall, St. Joseph Church. The celebration of the Feast of Our Lady of Guadalupe will begin at 4 a.m. Dec. 12 with las mañanitas, followed by breakfast in the parish hall. Mass in Spanish will be at 7 p.m. The Catholic Daughters of the Americas Christmas party will be Dec. 13 at 5 p.m. The St. Joseph School Christmas program will be Dec. 15 at 6 p.m. The Knights of Columbus Christmas party will be Dec. 21 at 7 p.m. in the KC Hall. Bring the kids to see Santa. Christmas Eve Mass times are 4:30 p.m., carols, followed by Mass at 5 p.m. Midnight Mass begins with carols at 11:30 p.m.. Christmas Day Masses are 10:30 a.m. and 12:30 p.m. (Spanish). The parish will host the community-wide Christmas party Dec. 25, noon-2 p.m. The vigil Mass for the Solemnity of Mary the Mother of God will be Dec. 31 at 5 p.m. Masses for the Solemnity of Mary the Mother of God, a holy day of obligation, will be at 10:30 a.m. and 12:30 p.m. (Spanish).

Moral, Immaculate Conception Church. Mass for the Feast of the Immaculate Conception, a holy day of obligation, will be Dec. 8 at 6 p.m., followed by the parish Christmas party. The Christmas vigil Mass will be Dec. 24 at 4:15 p.m. Christmas Day Mass will be at 10:30 a.m. The vigil Mass for the Solemnity of Mary the Mother of God will be Dec. 31 at 4:15 p.m. Mass for the Solemnity of Mary the Mother of God, a holy day of obligation, will be Jan. 1 at 10:30 a.m.

San Augustine, St. Augustine Church. Confessions in Spanish will be Dec. 11 at 5:30 p.m. The Feast of Our Lady of Guadalupe will be celebrated with Mass at 5 p.m. Dec. 12, followed by a procession to the rodeo arena. Confessions in English will be Dec. 18, 9-10 a.m. Christmas Eve Mass will be at 5 p.m. Christmas Day Masses will be at 8″30 a.m. and 10 a.m. (Spanish). The vigil Mass for the Solemnity of Mary the Mother of God will be Dec. 31 at 5 p.m. (Spanish). Masses for the Solemnity of Mary the Mother of God, a holy day of obligation, will be Jan. 1 at 8:30 a.m. and 5 p.m. (Spanish).

Texarkana, Sacred Heart Church. The Feast of the Immaculate Conception, a holy day of obligation, will be celebrated Dec. 8 with Mass at 12:05 p.m. and 6 p.m., with exposition of the Blessed Sacrament, reconciliation and benediction at 8 p.m. The parish will celebrate the Feast of Our Lady of Guadalupe Dec. 12 with las mañanitas at 5 a.m., followed by danzantes y desayuno, and a procession at 11:30 a.m., followed by Mass, a meal and matachine dancers. An Advent penance service will be Dec. 16 at 6:30 p.m., with guest priests available for confessions. Carolers will go to the Whispering Pines Assisted Living Facility Dec. 16 at 6 p.m. Middle and high school youth are invited to participate. Rehearsals for the children’s Nativity program will be Dec. 17 and 21 at 5:30 p.m. The children will present the program at 5 p.m. Mass Dec. 24. Midnight Mass will begin with sacred music at 11:30 p.m., and a reception will follow Mass in the parish center. Mass will be celebrated Christmas Day at 10:30 a.m., followed by a Christmas dinner at noon, and at 12:30 p.m. in Spanish. Vigil Mass for the Solemnity of Mary the Mother of God will be celebrated Dec. 31 at 6 p.m., followed by a reception afterward. Bring your favorite hors d’oeuvre. Mass for the Solemnity of Mary the Mother of God, a holy day of obligation, will be celebrated Jan. 1 with Mass at 10:30 a.m. and 12:30 p.m. in Spanish.