Catholic Charities-Diocese of Tyler has established a Disaster Relief Fund to assist those affected by the tornadoes that devastated Canton and Emory, including St. John the Evangelist Church in Emory, on April 29. To donate to the relief effort, please see this webpage. Bishop Joseph E. Strickland has announced that a special collection to assist in recovery efforts will be taken up in churches throughout the diocese May 6-7.
The Diocesan Marian Conference is Saturday, May 13, 10 a.m.-6 p.m. on the campus of Bishop Gorman Catholic School in Tyler. The conference will mark the 100th anniversary of the apparition of Our Lady of Fatima. The day will include presentations in English and Spanish, and Bishop Strickland will celebrate Mass in honor of Our Lady of Fatima. For information, contact Deacon Rubén Natera, 903-530-2164, Father John Mary Bowlin, 903-322-3705, Father Raymundo García, 936-404-8182, Father Carlos Rangel, 903-742-5000, or Sisters Maria Carmen and Georgina Sierra, 903-931-1836. Donations for the conference are accepted.
The Diocesan Office of Youth Evangelization is sponsoring the Diocesan Catholic Youth Conference for young people in grades 9-12 the weekend of July 7-9 at Tyler’s Harvey Hall Convention Center. Theme of the weekend is Elevate 2017: Where Heaven and Earth Collide, and it will feature speakers, musicians, Mass, and prayer. Early registration runs through May 15, with a cost of $65. After that date, cost rises to $75 by June 15, and $85 after that. For more information or to download the registration form, please see this webpage.
The Office of Youth Evangelization is sponsoring a Catholic Family Camp weekend June 23-25 at Casa Betania near Tyler, featuring nationally known Catholic speaker Cooper Ray. There will be family activities, Mass and adoration, formation opportunities, campfires, games and skits, and much more! This will be an opportunity to help your family grow closer to one another and to Christ. For more information, see the youth office website here.
Catholic Charities-Diocese of Tyler will offer free GED classes (High School Equivalency) starting soon. Classes will be held twice a week at Catholic Charities 202 W. Front St. Tyler, TX. Call today, 903-258-9492.
Support Catholic Charities-Diocese of Tyler through Amazon.com. When ordering from Amazon, go to smile.amazon.com and choose Catholic Charities, Diocese of Tyler, as the recipient of the donation from the purchase.
Catholic East Texas, the diocesan magazine, is online! Share the link to our full-color publication with family and friends. The magazine is an evangelical publication designed to implement Bishop Strickland’s vision for sharing the beauty of Catholic teaching, history, culture, spirituality, and liturgy in a way that makes our ancient faith attractive to both Catholics and non-Catholics in Northeast Texas. Every article, column, and review in the magazine is written by the clergy, religious, and lay faithful of the Diocese of Tyler. Access the magazine online here.
St. Edward Church. The St. Edward’s Parish family is invited to the annual Mother’s Day Brunch Sunday, May 14, immediately after 10:30 a.m. Mass. The brunch is hosted by Knights of Columbus Council #10524. Sign-up sheets are located at front and back entrances of church.
Come join us for the parish Spring Festival Saturday, May 13, 10 a.m.-3 p.m.
Un equipo de la Iglesia de la Inmaculada Concepcion, de Corsicana TX presentara un retiro para mujeres en Mayo 20-21. No hay ningún costo por este retiro, pero por favor, llene un formulario de inscripción que están disponibles en la parte posterior de la iglesia. Otro equipo de la Iglesia de la Inmaculada Concepcion, de Corsicana TX, estará aquí el fin de la semana de Mayo 27-28 para presentar un retiro para los hombres. Por favor oren por este retiro. Dios podría estar llamandolos a este retiro.
Join us for Bible Study after the noon Mass on Wednesdays. We are studying “Follow Me: Meeting Jesus in the Gospel of John.” For information, contact Ron Williams at 903-288-0013.
St. Vincent de Paul needs you. If you can volunteer 1-5 hours a week, you can give comfort to our friends and neighbors in crisis. Attend a meeting (1st Wednesday of the month after the noon Mass) or call 903-675-0076.
St. Catherine of Siena Church. Please help us restock our food pantry so we can continue to serve the hungry in our midst. Please bring canned meats and fish, bags of potatoes, cereal, oatmeal, peanut butter and preserves, crackers, soups, lentils, and juices.
St. Kateri Tekakwitha Church. A Quinceañera platica is scheduled for May 6, 9 a.m.-noon.
Our Catholic Summer University will be June 5-9, 11 a.m.-5 p.m. each day.
St. Francis of the Tejas Church. The last day of formation will be May 21 with confirmation and first Communion meeting on May 28 for final reconciliation before receiving the sacraments.
Scholarship applications are available in the church office for all graduating high school seniors. Deadline is May 5.
Little Rock Scripture Study meets Sundays in the hall, 2-3:30 p.m. We are studying the Gospel of Luke.
Holy Mass from the sanctuary of St. Francis of the Tejas is broadcast Sundays at 5 p.m. on KIVY Channel 16.
Nuestra Señora de Guadalupe Parroquia. Invito a todas las personas que están interesadas en aprendar más sobre la fe y la Sagrada Biblia los Miércoles después de a misa a 6 p.m. en el Templo Parroquial.
Jueves a las 6:30 p.m. inicia con la Santa Misa. Grupo de Oración Huellas en la Arena and Come Lord Jesus.
St. Charles Borromeo Church. Friday, May 5, is First Friday. Mass will begin at 6 p.m., followed by exposition of the Blessed Sacrament, adoration, and benediction.
The SCB Food Pantry will be open Thursday, May 11, 9-11:30 a.m., for any family needing help with groceries.
The Rosary will be prayed 30 minutes before the Saturday and Sunday Masses during the month of May. We encourage you to come early and join us.
There will be a First Sunday Potluck Meal next Sunday, May 7, after the 9 a.m. Mass. Please bring a dish and join us for a good meal and fun fellowship!
St. Charles Borromeo t-shirts will be available for pre-order on the weekends of May 20-21 and May 27-28. The cost for a t-shirt is only $10.
We are now collecting toilet paper and paper towels for our food pantry patrons. Please bring your donation to church next weekend or to the church office during regular office hours.
Eucharistic adoration is every Wednesday from 6-7:30 p.m. Come spend a little time with Jesus!
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St. Jude Church. The Crowning of Mary will be Sunday, May 7, before the 9 a.m. and noon Masses. All children are invited to bring a flower for the crowning of our Blessed Mother.
Our softball team will play games May 6 at 10 a.m. and 11 a.m., May 13 at 11 a.m. and noon, and May 20 at 9 a.m. and 10 a.m. Come out and support our team!
The last day of faith formation classes is May 21.
All graduating seniors from Kemp, Mabank, Eustace, Malakoff, and Athens will be honored at Mass May 21 at noon, with a reception following.
Adoration is after 8:30 a.m. Mass every Friday.
The Cenacle Prayer Group meets every Tuesday after 8 a.m. Mass in the chapel to pray. All are invited to join us.
Holy Spirit Church. Our International Food Fest is Saturday, May 6, 11 a.m.-2 p.m. Taste tickets are $1 per ticket (sold in packs of 5). Tickets may be exchanged at any food vendor for a sample of food from that vendor. Raffle tickets are $5 each or 5 for $20. Turn the tickets into the church office or collection basket in an envelope with your name on the front of the envelope or to the person that collecting or selling tickets. Raffle prizes include a one-week stay at Table Rock Lake in Branson, MO; one round-trip ticket anywhere Southwest Airlines flies domestically; one $250.00 Visa gift card.
Exposition is every Tuesday, 9:30 a.m.-4 p.m. We pray for peace in our nation.
Immaculate Conception Church. We are trying to bring food to church every week for those in need who come to our Immaculate Conception Catholic Community for help and assistance. Our canned foods offerings help keep our St. Vincent de Paul food pantry open and active. We are blessed to be able to look for and to find and to feed Christ in our brothers and sisters who are in need. We are called to recognize the truth that we are completely and totally dependent on God for all the needs of our lives. And we hopefully do recognize our own need and hunger for Christ.
St. Mary Catholic School. St. Mary Catholic School is enrolling for the 2017-2018 academic year. St. Mary is a college preparatory PreK3-12 program focusing on academic excellence and with a program that includes fine arts and competitive athletics. To schedule a tour, call 903-753-1657. For information about the program or tuition, call principal Amy Blalock, 903-918-7182, or Melinda Dunn, 903-806-0175, or see the website.
A Knight to Remember Gala with dinner, dance, and silent auction will be Saturday, May 13, 6:30 p.m. at the Summit Club, 3700 Judson Road. Tickets are $80 each, and can be purchased on line at www.stmaryslgv.org. Raffle tickets are $25 and can be purchased from any school family or from the church office. Don’t miss your chance to win a Dodge Challenger. All proceeds benefit the students and programs at St. Mary Catholic School.
St. Mary Church. Graduating seniors will be recognized at all Masses May 13 and 14. Help us congratulate the young people of the Class of 2017.
Father Kusmirek will celebrate the 40th anniversary of his ordination. Baskets for spiritual bouquets are available at the church entrance. Bring cupcakes to share after Mass.
The Catholic Daughters end-of-the-year dinner and business meeting will be Monday, May 15, at 6:30 p.m. All Catholic women 18 and older are invited to learn more about the organization.
The St. Nicholas Bazaar is collecting homemade jams and jellies for the 2017 bazaar. Bring donations to the church office. Please label and leave your name and phone number. For information, contact Margaret at 903-452-3474.
The Totus Tuus summer formation program will be July 9-14.
St. Mary’s Teen Connection meets the first, second, and third Wednesdays of the month. Come join us, 7:30-9 p.m. in the parish hall, for fellowship, faith, food, and fun. Our pool party will be June 7, 2-7 p.m.
Midsummer Madness Service Week is June 12-17, 9 a.m.-4 p.m.
St. Mary’s Middle School Youth Group will meet on the fourth Wednesday of every month 5:30-7 p.m. in the Parish Center. All middle school students are invited. Let’s get together to love God, love others and make disciples!
Gluten Free hosts are available at all our Masses for people with celiac disease. Please see the instituted acolyte or deacon before Mass to request a gluten-free host. Those hosts will be consecrated separately from the other hosts. Please go to the instituted acolyte or deacon you informed to receive that host for Holy Communion.
Young Adults is starting a new series in room 304 in the Parish Center. Free childcare is provided! Catholic Atheist will look at five specific ways in which we profess God, but then act and think as if he doesn’t exist. We meet every Sunday.
St. Matthew Church. The celebration of confirmation will be Saturday, May 6, at 9 a.m., and Saturday, May 13, at 9 a.m. and noon (Spanish).
The celebration of first Communion will be Saturday and Sunday, May 27 and 28. Families may choose any of the Masses on these dates. Please contact Freeda in the Faith Formation Office.
Enrollment is open now for vacation Bible school, June 12-16. Cost is $10 per child and includes a T-shirt.
Enrollment is open for faith formation for the year 2017-2018. Cost by the end of May is $10 per child; June-August, $20 per child; and $30 per child after August.
St. Andrew’s Youth Group would like to invite all middle school and high school students to our Life and Edge Nights on Wednesdays, 6:30-8 pm, at the church.
Godparents and parents who wish to have their children baptized must attend a baptism preparation class scheduled every second and third Friday of the month at 7 p.m. in Spanish. English classes are by appointment. All baptisms are held the third Saturday of the month at 11 a.m. Please contact the parish office 2-3 months prior to register. Please bring a copy of the child’s birth certificate.
Padres y Padrinos que desean tener a sus hijos bautizados deben atender dos clases de preparación bautismal. Serán cada segundo y tercer viernes del mes a 7 pm. Todos los bautismos se llevarán a cabo el tercer sábado del mes a 11am. Por favor llamar a la oficina 2-3 meses antes del bautismo. Traer una copia del certificado de nacimiento de su hijo.
St. Patrick Catholic School. Registration for the 2017-2018 academic year is open. St. Patrick is a co-educational private Catholic school serving students of all faiths in grades PreK3-8. We offer exceptional educational opportunities to our students and are dedicated to their spiritual, academic and physical development. Our programs emphasize religious education, advanced curriculum, technology and physical fitness. Students learn the skills that empower them to excel in today’s society. St. Patrick is the only school in the Lufkin area to offer the Kumon math program and to be designated as a PreK Center of Excellence, a gold standard in high-quality PreK by the State of Texas. For more information, call 936-634-6719 or see the website.
St. Patrick Church. Eucharistic Ministers are needed for all English Masses, especially the 5 pm Sunday Mass and the 5:30 p.m. Saturday Mass. If you are interested, please call Angela Quillin at 936-632-7688 after 5 p.m. or let the office know. Training will be scheduled soon for all who have not been trained within the last two years.
First Friday is May 5. We will have adoration after the 9 a.m. Mass until the 5:30 p.m. Mass. After the 7 p.m. (Spanish) Mass, we will have a holy hour, followed by adoration until midnight.
Our youth group is planning a garage sale. Please bring donations of clothes, toys, or any item they can sell to the Faith Formation Hall on Mondays at 6 p.m.
Fiestas Patrias will be in September. Any young woman who wishes to register as a candidate for queen should call the parish office.
The St. Benedict Prayer Group invites everyone to come every Tuesday, 7:30-9 p.m., to praise the Lord.
The Ladies of the Rosary group meets Tuesdays at 10 a.m. in the parish office. Join us and make mission rosaries. For more information, contact Mrs. Wanda Brandon at 936-824-3253 or Mrs. Bea Treviño at 936-829-2209.
St. Elizabeth Ann Seton Church. First Eucharist and confirmation will be celebrated at both Masses Sunday, May 7. Those being confirmed during the 9:30 a.m. Mass will practice at 9:30 a.m. on Saturday. Those being confirmed during the 1 p.m. Mass will practice at 1 p.m. on Saturday. Receptions will follow both celebrations on Sunday.
During the merry month of May, our church is asked to assist in restocking the pantry at our local outreach center. Use your coupons to their advantage so we can fill the grocery cart every week next month.
Confessions are available on Saturday mornings 11 a.m.-noon or by appointment. Just call or text.
A new order for additional Memorial Bricks will soon be placed. Now is the perfect time to honor the memory of a special loved one. Forms with all the directions are available in the narthex or on the parish website.
Is it time to consider purchasing a niche in the parish columbarium? Have the peace of mind knowing that you will not be leaving difficult decisions to your children. Details are here.
Mary Queen of Heaven Church. Graduating seniors will be honored at the 10 a.m. Mass May 28, with a reception to follow.
Refreshments are served after the 10 a.m. Mass on Sundays in the parish hall. Come join us, and get to know your parish family.
St. Joseph Church. The Knights of Columbus spaghetti dinner for scholarships will be Sunday, May 11, 11 a.m.-2 p.m. Cost is $8 a plate. Tickets can be purchased from any Knight.
All graduating high school seniors of Marshall and surrounding areas are invited to give your name, address, and school name to the office. We will be mailing invitations to our upcoming Senior Mass and lunch soon.
The food bank is requesting cans of soup. Please help us feed the hungry in our midst.
Hot meals are served to those in need Tuesdays, 4:30-5:30 p.m. in the parish hall.
Travel with Deacon John Sargent to Ireland June 23-July 2. Cost is $3,700 per person. To register, call 855-842-8001 or 508-340-9370, or register online at www.proximotravel.com.
St. Peter the Apostle Church.
St. Michael Church. Come and Join our Apologetics/Bible Study Wednesdays in St. Michael Hall from 9-10:15 a.m. and 6-7:30 p.m. Everyone is invited to come and participate in learning the word of the Lord.
Sacred Heart Church. We will have our end of the year celebration for Faith Formation and also celebrate “Kids Day” on Wednesday, May 3. If you would like to donate food or candy please contact Cristina Narvaez, Margarita Torres or Corazon Gonzalez.
Confirmations will be Saturday, May 27, at 5:30 p.m.
Sacred Heart Church. Sacred Heart Outstanding Catholic Kids (SHOCK) youth group meets Wednesday nights, 6:45-8:30 p.m.
Our food pantry is open on the second Tuesday of every month, 9 a.m.-noon. All monetary support is appreciated, and special envelopes are now available in the vestibule for your support. Help us feed the hungry in our midst.
Sacred Heart Church. Adult Christian Initiation classes are held each Wednesday, 6-8 p.m. in the Activity Building.
We are taking reservations for an 11-day pilgrimage to Fatima, Lourdes, and the Camino de Santiago in November. Cost is $2,999 per person, and registration ends June 1. We will celebrate the 100th anniversary of Our Lady’s apparitions to three children in Fatima, relive the story of Lourdes, visit the walled city of Avila, tour Madrid and the Prado Museum, and visit Santiago de Compostela, the burial place of St. James. If we do not get 10 reservations, the pilgrimage will be canceled. Contact the church office or Father Rajain Mathias for more information.
Sacred Heart Church. Sacramental prep practice for confirmation and first Eucharist will be Wednesday, May 10, at 6:30 p.m.
The Women’s Society Unit III fundraiser, Painting with a Purpose, will be Thursday, May 11, 6:30-8:30 p.m. at Painting with a Twist, 2700 Richmond Rd. The cost is $35, and proceeds will go to the McInturrff family. To reserve a seat, please go to paintingwithatwist.com/Texarkana or call 903-838-9178. Seating is limited.
Learn the Spanish language. Lessons in basic, intermediate, and advanced are available. Lessons are $10 each. For information, call Betty Rodriguez, 903-691-7931.
Bishop Gorman Catholic Schools. Registration for the 2017-2018 academic year is open. Bishop Gorman is a college preparatory 6-12 program that focuses on academic excellence with an emphasis on Catholic Christian formation. Bishop Gorman is a Top 50 Catholic High School, 2005-2015; a Blue Ribbon “Excellence in Education” Award Winner 1998 by the U.S. Department of Education; TAPPS 3A Overall State Champions 2001 and 2002; TAPPS 3A Academic State Champions, 1999, 2000, and 2002; and Middle School PSIA State Academic Champions 2014. For more information, call the school at 903-561-2424 or see the website.
Giving to Gorman has never been easier. Let your Amazon purchases help Bishop Gorman. Bishop Gorman is part of the Amazon Smile program. Amazon Smile pays .5% of your purchase to Bishop Gorman. To participate, go to smile.amazon.com and log in using your normal Amazon username and password. Set up an Amazon account first if you do not already have one. Once on Amazon Smile, search for Bishop Gorman Catholic School as your charity of choice and continue shopping. Each subsequent time you shop on Amazon, start at smile.amazon.com instead of the usual Amazon website.
St. Gregory Cathedral School. Registration for the 2017-2018 academic year is open. St. Gregory is Tyler’s oldest private, Christian elementary school, serving grades PreK-5 and the city’s only U.S. Department of Education Blue Ribbon School, a distinction earned by scoring in the top 15 percent of the nation on national standardized tests. St. Gregory has the distinction of being a three-time Blue Ribbon school, one of the very few in the nation to achieve this honor. For more information, call the school at 903-595-4109, or see the website.
The annual St. Gregory musical is Thursday, May 4, in Caldwell Auditorium. This year’s theme is “Turn the Page.” Dress rehearsal is at 10 a.m. and the performance is at 6 p.m.
John Paul the Great Catholic Campus Ministry, University of Texas at Tyler. We have Mass, adoration, confessions, and the rosary throughout the week. See our schedule on our website.
Baptism Preparation classes in English will be held on Mondays, May 8 and 15, 6:30–8:30 p.m. in the Cathedral Center. Parents and Godparents are required to attend Baptism Preparation Classes. If you have questions please call 903-592-1617. Please bring a copy of the child’s birth certificate to the class.
Registration for Vacation Bible School, June 5-9, 9 a.m.-noon, is open. Register online or volunteer by May 15 here. Cost is $20 per child, capped at $60 per family. Fee includes shirt, CD, and daily snack and drink.
A basic Ethics and Integrity training is Saturday, May 7, 3:30-6:30 p.m. in the Cathedral Center. The Diocese of Tyler requires that all church employees and volunteers who work with children and vulnerable adults have a signed Ethics and Integrity certification on file at the Chancery.
The Senior Lunch Bunch will meet on Wednesday, May 17, for 12:05 p.m. Mass at Saints Peter and Paul Chapel. After Mass we will meet to have lunch at Cotton Patch Café, located at 322 ESE Loop 323. We invite all seniors to join us. Please call 903-258-0995 for information.
St. Joseph the Worker Church. The Little Flowers Girls’ Club, a club for Catholic girls ages 5-10, meets the first Saturday of every month through the month of May, beginning with Mass at 9 a.m.
The Little Women Hospitality Club for Catholic girls ages 11-18 meets the first Saturday of every month through the month of May, beginning with Mass at 9 a.m.
Prince of Peace Church. Springfest 2017 is May 13. We need your help and support to make it a joyful community event. Please contact any of the following if you can help: Jim and Annette Krause, 713-594-4484; Linda Rossler, 903-839-7138; Tony Zapata, 903-530-3639; or Julie Miller, 903-245-1223.