Proclaiming that “love has come to Mineola,” Bishop Joseph E. Strickland formally installed Father Lawrence Love as pastor of St. Peter the Apostle Church in Mineola March 12.
The bishop also consecrated a new tabernacle, crafted in Italy and purchased with funds given to the parish by a donor who wishes to remain anonymous.
In his homily, Bishop Strickland recognized Father Efren Naño, who is in residence at St. Peter and has served the parish for many years despite serious health problems.
“As we formally install Father Lawrence Love, we’re blessed to have Father Efren Naño with us,” the bishop said. “And we give thanks for all the priests who have served this community since 1964, when this church was built.”
Father Love, in his remarks after his installation, also paid tribute to Father Naño.
“You were right,” he said to Bishop Strickland, “love is here, and not just me, but lower-case love, because this man over here,” he gestured to Father Naño, “is a sign of the love that has been in this parish. We are so happy to have him still here with us and staying in the parish, and we hope that he will be with us for a long, long time, in many ways.”
Father Love’s formal installation as pastor came seven months after he was assigned to that position on Aug. 1. Prior to that, he was administrator of the parish.
In his homily, Bishop Strickland said the installation of Father Love, the presence of Father Naño, and the blessing of a new tabernacle present “an opportunity to rejoice” in St. Peter’s history of faith “and give thanks for the priests and deacons, and all the wonderful people who have lived their faith journey here, and for all of you who have gathered his this morning to continue that journey.”
That journey, he said, never ends.
“The Lenten season, as we celebrate this second Sunday, really is a beautiful reminder in our Catholic faith that it’s always a journey. We can never say we’ve fully arrived, but we should never despair either, because we’re always drawn closer to the Lord. We can always journey a little closer, even with our sinfulness and the brokenness of our world, even when we sometimes think we’ve taken a step backwards rather than forward.
“There is always hope in Christ,” he stressed.
That eternal hope is celebrated in every Mass, every baptism, every confession, every wedding, every funeral celebrated in St. Peter throughout its history and into its future.
“This place, as the beautiful introductory part of the formal installation of a pastor reminds us, is a family home, the family of God,” he said. “And all the family things happen here, with the grace flowing through the ministry of priests and deacons, through the support of all the faithful of the community.”
Even before the installation of Father Love, the bishop said, “love was already here, primarily in Christ, but also through the wonderful priests who have served here, all the deacons, all the faithful who have been part of this community through many years.”
Another sign of Christ’s presence in St. Peter is the tabernacle, which Bishop Strickland blessed during Mass. The tabernacle stood open and empty until its consecration, and Bishop Strickland used that as a teaching moment, or an opportunity to explain, as he said, “why Catholics do that.”
“You’ll notice that we did not genuflect (during the entrance procession). I’ll confess, coming into the church early this morning, I did. Then I realized, nobody’s home,” he said to laughter from the congregation.
He also pointed out that, having removed his zucchetto, “or, as I know some people call it, ‘little pink hat,’” at the consecration of the bread and wine, he kept it off until the tabernacle was blessed and the Eucharist reposed within it after Communion.
“It’s a sign that, as bishop, I must be humble before the Lord and take off all signs of the office I’m called to carry out,” he said. “And as we leave, we will genuflect, because Christ is alive and present in the Eucharist in repose in the tabernacle.
“The Lord is here,” Bishop Strickland proclaimed. “Certainly he dwells in us, but the Eucharistic presence of the Lord is that strongest sign, Christ himself, alive and present in us, beautifully, to be our food.”
The Lord also is present in the persons of the priests and deacons who serve St. Peter and in the community that gathers to worship there, the bishop said. And the readings for the second Sunday of Lent spoke clearly of what they are called to do.
The first reading was from Genesis, with God calling Abraham – then still Abram – to leave his homeland and journey to a land that God would show him.
“Abram is directed by God,” Bishop Strickland said. In that same spirit of faith and obedience, “Father Love and all of us as a priestly people, like Abram, are called to allow ourselves to be directed by God.” Such faith and obedience also require prayer and discernment from those who would follow God’s direction. “What is God calling out of my life, out of our lives, out of the life of Father Love in this community?” the bishop asked.
The second reading, from Paul’s second letter to Timothy, made clear what is expected from people of faith.
“Bear all hardships for the sake of this community,” Bishop Strickland said. “That’s Paul’s instruction to Timothy, but we can all be Timothy in that setting. Bear your share of the hardships for the sake of the Gospel. What does Christ tell us? ‘Take up your cross and follow me.’”
It is a stark and often fearful command, but one that cannot be ignored.
“In the mystery of our Catholic faith,” he said, “the heart of Christianity, we have all learned the truth of what the Scriptures tell us. If we try to avoid the cross, if we try to pretend it’s all just blessing and wonder, we’re taking the heart out of what it means to follow Christ. He tells us, ‘Take up your cross and follow me.’
“Father Love, you must hear those words,” he urged. “Replace the name Lawrence for Timothy in that reading and listen: ‘Bear your share of hardship for the sake of the Gospel.’ And not just Father Love,” he turned to face the congregation, “but all of you. (Father Love) cannot do this alone. It is not his job to live your life of faith. But together, as a community, as the body of Christ, (you must) allow yourselves to be directed by God, like Abram, and be willing to take up your share of the cross for the sake of the Gospel.”
But the Gospel reading from Matthew, he said, shows what lies at the end of those hardships.
“Ultimately, in the beautiful Gospel reading today, we hear about the Transfiguration of the Lord. What does the voice of the Father say? ‘Listen to him.’
“Father Love, listen to Christ in your life,” the bishop instructed. “Let his Eucharistic presence speak to you, speak to this community. All of you members of this community of St. Peter’s in Mineola, Texas, let us all be aware. Listening to Christ is the call of those like Abram, willing to be directed by God, willing to bear their share of hardship. We listen to Christ, and what is the result? Transfiguration.”
And as those who hear and heed Christ’s call are transfigured, so can they transfigure others.
“That’s the call we all share – Father Love with you, you with Father Love, having an effect not just on the people who gather in this beautiful little church here on the outskirts of Mineola, Texas, but on every person on this area.”
He urged all present to “go out, strengthened by Christ, energized by the love and supportive ministry of Father Lawrence Love, and bring Christ to this corner of God’s world.”
Whether at work or in school, or even in the aisles of Wal-Mart, “wherever we are, we bear Christ, the hardship, the direction by God, and we can bring that transfiguring love that even right here in Mineola is desperately needed, by many of your neighbors. Sometimes our own family members, who have forgotten who they are, don’t come and worship here every Sunday. Beckon to them, welcome them, bring them in. Let them know we are called to go on this journey and cooperate with Father Love in following Christ.”
The readings lay out a daily plan for Christians.
“Be directed by God,” Bishop Strickland said. “Bear whatever hardships are necessary for the sake of the Gospel. And seek by listening to Christ to be transfigured in him. That is our purpose on this planet.
“All of us too easily forget that purpose and we wander into darkness, into foolishness, into sin, into destruction. That is not God’s plan. That is not the journey we are called to and what Jesus Christ the Son of God has revealed to us.
“So, people of St. Peter here in Mineola, work with Father Lawrence Love, support him, challenge him, be challenged by him, and ultimately, together, listen to Christ and allow this beautiful tabernacle, which will be the Eucharistic presence of Christ shining forth from this community, to be not just a beautiful work of art, but something much more – the presence of the very light and love of God, here with us and calling us on the journey.”
Father Love was ordained June 28, 2014, and has served in Our Lady of Victory Church in Paris and St. Peter in Mineola. He is a native of St. Paul, Minn., and was an ophthalmologist prior to entering the seminary. He was married to the late Nancy Meredith Love and has two children and several grandchildren.
Father Francis “Frank” Zakshesky, one of the 39 original priests of the Diocese of Tyler, has died.
Father Zakshesky died at his home in Sinton, TX. He was 72.
His rosary, led by Bishop Joseph E. Strickland, will be Monday, March 27, at 6 p.m. at Stewart Funeral Home, 7525 Old Jacksonville Hwy., Tyler. Bishop Strickland will celebrate Mass of Christian Burial Tuesday, March 28, at 12:30 p.m. in the Cathedral of the Immaculate Conception.
Interment will follow in the diocesan section of Rose Hill Cemetery in Tyler.
Francis Zakshesky was born Sept. 3, 1944, in Alpena, Mich., to Anthony and Regina Kapalla Zakshesky. He was baptized in St. Casimir Church in Posen and graduated from Alpena Catholic Central High School in 1962.
He did not immediately enter the seminary, but chose a career in engineering. He received a Bachelor of Science in electrical engineering from Michigan Technological University in 1966 and a Master of Science in electrical engineering from Southern Methodist University in Dallas in 1974.
He spent the next 10 years in Dallas, working for Rockwell International Corporation as an electrical engineer, first in communications and then in computers. He helped design technology used by the U.S. Air Force.
After a decade at Rockwell, he began to discern a vocation to the priesthood. In 1976, he entered Holy Trinity Seminary in Dallas and began studying for that diocese.
Father Zakshesky was ordained a priest of the Diocese of Dallas May 2, 1981, at Holy Spirit Church in Duncanville by Bishop Thomas Tschoepe.
He served as parochial vicar in St. Mark Church in Plano (1981-1984) and St. Paul the Apostle Church in Richardson (1984-1985). In July 1985, he was named pastor of Sacred Heart Church in Texarkana.
When the Diocese of Tyler was created in 1987 from the Dioceses of Dallas, Beaumont, and Galveston-Houston, Father Zakshesky was one of 39 priests who were incardinated into the new diocese. He served as an auditor for the Tribunal in the early days of that office. He also was a member of the Priests’ Pension Board.
Father Zakshesky was pastor of Sacred Heart in Texarkana until Oct. 21, 1993, when he was reassigned as pastor of St. Anthony Church in Longview. He served there until 1995, when he moved to Sacred Heart Church in Palestine as priest-in-residence while he sought a chaplaincy in the Federal Correctional System.
In 1996, he requested early retirement from active ministry for medical reasons.
After retirement, he spent some time in his native Alpena, caring for his ailing mother until her death, and then moved to South Texas for health reasons, where he remained until his death.
Bishop Joseph E. Strickland has issued a dispensation from the discipline of abstinence from meat on March 17, St. Patrick’s Day, for the faithful of the Diocese of Tyler
Normally, and by immemorial tradition, Catholics are bound to abstain from meat on the Fridays of Lent in remembrance of the crucifixion of Jesus Christ. However, approximately every seven years, the Memorial of St. Patrick (March 17) falls on a Friday and many bishops dispense with the obligation in favor of allowing Irish-American customs. Without the dispensation, Catholics would not be able to enjoy foods traditionally associated with the celebration, namely corned beef and cabbage.
St. Patrick, was a fifth century missionary and bishop who brought Christianity to the island. He is the patron saint of Ireland and is known as the “Apostle of Ireland.”
To learn more about fasting and abstinence from meat during Lent, visit the USCCB’s information page.
Join Catholics from the Diocese of Tyler and fellow Texas Catholics at the Capitol in Austin to promote life, dignity and the common good on April 4, 2017.
Catholics from across the Lone Star State will unite for the Texas Catholic Conference’s 2017 Texas Catholic Faith In Action Advocacy Day.
This bi-annual rally is hosted by the Texas bishops to promote the Church’s values of Life, Justice, Charity, and Religious Freedom to members of the Texas Legislature.
The Bishops and event participants will address a broad range of diverse issues including:
- Protecting Human Life
- Children & Families
- Health & Human Services
- Justice for Immigrants
- Protecting the Poor & Vulnerable
- Criminal Justice
The group from Tyler will be led by Father Nolan Lowry, pastor of St. Edward Parish in Athens and co-director of the sanctity of life program for the Diocese.
The overnight trip from Tyler will follow the agenda below. Those attending are responsible for the cost of overnight lodging and food on the trip.
2017 Catholic Faith in Action Advocacy Day
DIOCESE OF TYLER
April 3- 4, 2017
Texas State Capitol
Monday, April 3
9:00am Depart Chapel of Sts. Peter & Paul by Charter Bus for Austin
12:00pm Lunch (en route to Austin)
1:30pm Arrive at hotel (TBD) and check-in
2:30pm Depart hotel for Capitol to tour or visit legislators
4:30pm Walk to St. Mary’s Cathedral
5:00pm Mass at Cathedral with Bishops of TX
6:00pm Bus to depart for dinner (TBD)
Tuesday, April 4
7:00am Mass (at hotel?) celebrated by Fr. Lowry
7:30am Breakfast (at hotel)
8:30am Depart hotel for Capitol
9:00am Arrive at Capitol; legislative visits; proceed to the House Gallery on the third floor to be seated for the opening prayer and recognition.
11:00am Begin Assembling on the South Grounds for the Rally
IN CASE OF RAIN: We will move and hold a small press conference in the Senate Press Room located on the 2nd floor just in front of the Senate Chamber at room 2E.9.
11:30am Rally with Bishops begins on South Steps of Capitol
12:15pm Lunch service begins
2:00pm Depart by bus from Austin
6:00pm Arrive at Chapel of Sts. Peter & Paul
The 2017 Bishop’s Annual Appeal is under way. The appeal theme is 30: Turning the Corner and focuses on preparing the Diocese of Tyler for the next 30 years, and beyond, of continuing the mission of Jesus Christ. Pledges and donations may be made online. To learn more about the appeal, or to make a pledge or donation, please see the website.
Bishop Joseph E. Strickland will preside over Presentation of the Elect Sunday, March 12, at 4 p.m. in the Cathedral of the Immaculate Conception. Candidates and catechumens making the journey toward full initiation into the Church at Easter will travel from their individual parishes, where their names will have been entered into the Book of the Elect, to Tyler to meet and be welcomed by the bishop in his church.
Father Gavin Vaverek will offer a presentation on Dealing Successfully with Failed Marriages Saturday, March 25, 10 a.m.-noon, at Sacred Heart Church in Nacogdoches in the Margil Center. The presentation is intended for those who are divorced and remarried or married outside the Church and who wish to return to the sacraments. The session will offer a brief explanation of the how and why of the Church’s respect for every marriage and the processes for establishing that a failed marriage was in reality never what Christ intended marriage to be. The session will also explain the specific steps for moving forward with addressing a failed marriage with the help of the Church. Father Vaverek, pastor of St. Patrick Church in Lufkin and a canon lawyer, will talk about divorce and remarriage, the Tribunal, and steps toward returning to the sacraments. The day is free with no pre-registration required. Sacred Heart Church is at 2508 Appleby Sand Road in Nacogdoches.
The Abortion Dialogue Academy will offer a workshop on responding to common pro-choice arguments Thursday, April 6, 6-8 p.m., at St. Matthew Church in Longview. The Abortion Dialogue Academy is a national non-profit organization dedicated to teaching anti-abortion advocates to speak persuasively on the issue. For more information about the ADA, see the group’s website.
Catholic Charities East Texas 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 East Texas 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.
The Texas Catholic Conference Advocacy Day at the State Capital is April 4. Advocacy Day is a daylong event with a rally on the steps of the State Capitol with the bishops of Texas to promote the Church’s values of life, justice, charity, and religious freedom to members of the Texas Legislature. After the rally, small teams of Catholics will meet with their state lawmakers and educate them on the Texas bishops’ legislative priorities.
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. Stations of the Cross are prayed the Fridays of Lent at 6 p.m. On March 17, St. Patrick’s Day, we will have “ecumenical” Stations. Non-Catholics will be invited to participate, and during food and fellowship after Stations, Dr. Allison Low will be making a presentation, “Why Do Catholics Do That?” with an opportunity for discussion and question about unique Catholic beliefs and practices.
Join us for Bible Study after the noon Mass on Wednesdays. We are starting “Follow Me: Meeting Jesus in the Gospel of John” in mid-March. 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.
The garage sale is March 18, 7 a.m.-3 p.m. We also need help pricing items. We will meet at the storerooms on the new property, every Tuesday at 9 a.m. If you have any question call Zoila Hunt, 903– 677-1922.
We are offering confirmation classes for anyone 5th grade and older who has not received the sacrament of confirmation. Classes are Saturday, April 1 and April 8. Both sessions are required. Registration is Tuesday, March 28 at 7 p.m. For information, call Zoila Hunt at 903-677-1922.
St. Catherine of Siena Church. Soup and bread suppers are served the Fridays of Lent at 5:20 p.m., with Stations of the Cross prayed at 6:10 p.m.
Stroke Scan will be here Saturday, March 25, in the parish hall.
St. Kateri Tekakwitha Church. The women’s Lenten day of reflection is March 11.
The parish pilgrimage to EWTN in Alabama is March 13-17.
The celebration of the feast of St. Joseph with a parish convivium will be March 20.
We will have nocturnal adoration March 25-26.
Quinceañera platicas are scheduled for April 1 and May 6, 9 a.m.-noon.
The youth retreat is April 8.
St. Francis of the Tejas Church. Our Friday Lenten Fish Fries are serving lunch and dinner, 11 a.m.-1 p.m. and 4:30-7 p.m., through April 7. Buffet is $12 for adults, $6 for children (ages 5 and under eat free). Delivery to downtown merchants is available for $15. For to go orders, call 936-545-8549.
Volunteers are needed to help unload the East Texas Food Bank truck March 14 and 28, 10 a.m., at SHARE.
All young people preparing for first Eucharist and confirmation must meet with Father Joby. Meetings begin the week of March 13.
Ethics and Integrity recertification will be April 22 in both English and Spanish.
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. John the Evangelist Church. We will have a class for those in first-year sacramental preparation Saturday, March 11, 9-11 a.m.
The Bethlehem Nativity Group will be offering the finest hand-carved olive wood seasonal and religious gifts from Bethlehem Sunday, March 12, after Mass.
Envelopes for donations to the Easter flower fund are available in the church entry hall. Drop your envelope in the collection basket by April 9. Give $10 or more to have a loved one’s name printed in the bulletin.
Stations of the Cross are prayed Fridays after the 6 p.m. Benediction and Mass. The Knights of Columbus serve Lenten suppers after Stations.
Join our faith community, and nearly 14,000 Catholic communities across the United States, in a life-changing Lenten journey of encounter with CRS Rice Bowl. Pick up your family’s CRS Rice Bowl from the entry hall today, and don’t forget to download the CRS Rice Bowl app! May these 40 days better prepare us to encounter ourselves, our neighbors, and our God. For more suggestions, see the CRS website.
A reconciliation service will be April 4.
First Friday each month the sanctuary is open for adoration with exposition of the Blessed Sacrament from 8:15 a.m.-6 p.m.
Volunteers and sponsors are needed for the golf tournament Saturday, April 1. The tournament will be at Land’s End Golf and Country Club. Registration is $100 per person. Forms are available in the church entry hall. For information, contact Sherry Badalich, 903-473-2275.
El primer viernes de cada mes, el santuario está abierto para la adoración con la exposición del Santísimo Sacramento de 8:15 am a 6:00 pm.
Bishop Joseph E. Strickland will celebrate confirmation June 10.
St. Charles Borromeo Church. The SCB Food Bank will be open for anyone needing help with groceries on Thursday, March 9, from 9-11:30 a.m.
Stations of the Cross are prayed at 6 p.m. each Friday during Lent, followed by a meatless soup supper in the parish hall. We need volunteers to sign up to bring soup and to help serve and clean up afterward. Please volunteer to help out for one or more of these soup suppers.
Bishop Joseph Strickland will be the main celebrant on Wednesday, March 9, at the 6 p.m. Mass celebrating our 20th anniversary. Concelebrants include Msgr. Zach, Father Ruggles, and Father Jonathon. Following Mass, a reception will be held in the parish hall.
Our 20th Annual Fish Fry will be held on Sunday, March 19, 10:30 a.m.-1:30 p.m. Volunteers are needed. Please see Ramona Chance or Mike Heine to sign up to help prepare, cook, serve, and clean up. See Esther Cooper to donate money or cakes. See Therese to donate bottled water.
Join our faith community, and nearly 14,000 Catholic communities across the United States, in a life-changing Lenten journey of encounter with CRS Rice Bowl. Pick up your family’s CRS Rice Bowl from the vestibule today, and don’t forget to download the CRS Rice Bowl app! May these 40 days better prepare us to encounter ourselves, our neighbors, and our God. For more suggestions, see the CRS website.
Gun Barrel City
St. Jude Church. The 2017 St. Jude softball team is taking signups now for the upcoming season. A signup sheet is available in the vestibule of the church.
The Knights of Columbus are having a membership drive throughout the month of March for all men interested in becoming a Knight. Men must be over the age of 18 and practicing Catholics. For more information, contact Grand Knight Joe Castillo, 469-254-1947, Jim Bowles, 903-340-7174, or any other Knight.
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. Knights of Columbus Council #15174 will offer Lenten Friday fish fries March 10 and 24, and April 17. Dinner includes fried fish, coleslaw, beans, hush puppies, desserts, and beverages. Serving begins at 5:30 p.m. The dinners are open to the entire community, and funds raised will purchase wheelchairs for those in need, fund donations to Hawkins Helping Hands and East Texas Food Bank, purchase food for holiday gift baskets, and fund donations to the Gabriel House Project.
Join us for a Scripture study the Wednesdays of Lent, 6-7 p.m. in the Parish Hall. BYOB (Bible).
Faith formation volunteers are needed for the Confirmation Retreat Saturday, March 18, 9 a.m.-1 p.m. If you can help with the activity station monitoring, table decorations, set-up, and cleanup, call or text Wanda Stephens at 903-360-6927 or 903-769-1180.
A liturgical ministry training for altar servers, extraordinary ministers of Communion, lectors, and ushers (in that order) will be Sunday, March 26, after the 9:30 a.m. Mass. This is a mandatory training. If you cannot attend, please see Father Mike or Deacon Sam.
We need a large group of volunteers to do some spring cleaning on and in our church grounds, windows, cleaning meditation garden, including weeding, raking pine needles, painting of benches, planting, etc. We will meet Saturday, April 22, at 8:30 a.m. Please bring rakes, cleaning clothes, ladders, etc. Please sign the sheet in the narthex. The more volunteers we have, the less time it will take to complete the different jobs.
We are seeking parishioners willing to accept a nomination to Holy Spirit’s Pastoral Council. An election will take place at Mass on the weekend of April 22-23 (tentative). New members will be determined by a vote of the parish community. Five members will be selected from all the nominees based on vote totals. This is a very important and serious commitment to the future growth and well being of our parish. The term is three years, renewable. The signup sheet is in the Narthex. For more information, contact a member of the nomination committee, Deacon Sam or Nancy Mullen, Verna Sloan or Barbara Emma. The open nomination period will close on March 12.
Exposition is every Tuesday, 9:30 a.m.-4 p.m. We pray for peace in our nation.
Immaculate Conception Church. Join our faith community, and nearly 14,000 Catholic communities across the United States, in a life-changing Lenten journey of encounter with CRS Rice Bowl. Pick up your family’s CRS Rice Bowl from the church entrance today, and don’t forget to download the CRS Rice Bowl app! May these 40 days better prepare us to encounter ourselves, our neighbors, and our God. Return the “bowls” to the church during Holy Week or Easter. You might think of giving up something for Lent (not eating meat every day, fasting, abstaining, no candy, cake, soft drinks, coffee, no sugar, whatever) and putting the daily money not used in the rice bowl. For more information and suggestions, see the CRS website.
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. (If we did a can/package every day from Ash Wednesday to Easter Sunday we actually would have 47 cans/packages. What the heck, why not make it a full case of 48?) 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/God.
On the Fridays during Lent, we pray Stations of the Cross at 4:45 p.m., celebrate Mass at 5:15 p.m., and have a Lenten supper at 6 p.m.
Our Lady’s Guild of Longview. We are offering two $1000 scholarships. Anyone who is going to college or technical school in the fall and is a member of St. Mary’s, St. Matthews, St. Anthony’s, or Our Lady of Grace is eligible. Applications are available in all church offices. Deadline for submission of application is Friday, April 7. Please call Katherine Zuniga with any questions or for more information, 903-315-7510.
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 school website.
St. Mary Church. Carter Bloodcare will be here Sunday, March 12, 9:30 a.m.-1:30 p.m. Sign up sheets are in the church office.
St. Mary’s Knights of Columbus is sponsoring a food collection initiative called “40 cans for 40 days” in which we are asking each family to donate one can of food for each day of lent. The food will be given to the local food pantry. The bin is located by the church office.
Please join us at the Parish Center every Friday during Lent following the 5:30 p.m. Mass for the Parish Fish Fry. The meal includes fried catfish, French fries, hush puppies, mac-n-cheese, coleslaw, tea or lemonade. Adults eat for $8/plate, children ages 5-10 $4, children under 5 eat free. Families of 4 or more eat for $25.
Married couples are invited to a morning retreat focusing on Marriage, Family and Faith Saturday, March 18, 8:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m. in the Parish Hall. The retreat is part of our parish’s weekend encounter with the family of Michael and Michelle Mette. On Sunday, March 19, Michael Mette will present a free concert in the Parish Center. The Mettes travel with their six children bringing the word of Christ to parishes around the country. To attend the retreat, couples should make a reservation by call the church office. There is no cost, and childcare will be provided.
The annual Right to Life garage sale will be March 24 and 25, 8 a.m.-5 p.m. Friday and 8 a.m.-noon Saturday. Any gently used items may be dropped off at the Saint John Paul II Family Center beginning Monday, March 20. Volunteers are welcome those days to help sort and price and are also needed during the sale and Saturday afternoon to clean up. This sale is our primary fundraiser for the scholarships, newsletter, and other pro-life activities for the entire year.
Our Bereavement Committee is looking for some new volunteers to help with meals for families following a funeral. Please call Waynell Kuhlman at 903-757-5904 if you are interested in this ministry of compassion.
St. Mary’s Teen Connection meets the first and third Wednesdays of the month. Come join us, 7:30-9 p.m. in the parish hall, for fellowship, faith, food, and fun.
St. Mary’s Middle School Youth Group will meet on the second and 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!
Adult confirmation classes for those adults who have not yet received the sacrament will be offered on Wednesday evenings, March 8 and 22 and April 12 and 26 at 7 p.m. in the parish hall.
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.
Monthly confessions for students in faith formation are available Tuesdays and Thursdays at 5 p.m. Parents also are invited to make use of the sacrament as an example to their children.
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. The Support a Student collection will be next weekend. Proceeds from this collection are used to help students attend our Catholic School. Your donations makes it possible for us to provide much needed scholarships for students. FYI: $600/month educates one child. We have many students on partial scholarship, so whatever you are able to provide is a help to the students and to our community.
Volunteers are needed for our parish cleanup Saturday, March 25, 8 a.m.-noon. Call the church office for more information.
Stations of the Cross are prayed Friday evenings during Lent, 6:30 p.m. in English and 7 p.m. in Spanish.
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. Stations of the Cross are prayed the Fridays of Lent following the 5:30 p.m. Mass.
Confessions are available on Saturday mornings 11 a.m.-noon or by appointment. Just call or text.
The Altar Society’s annual International Dinner will be March 26. Your creative ideas and culinary expertise that reflects your heritage are deeply appreciated. For more information join the Society today.
The next baptism classes will be Tuesday and Thursday, April 4 and 6, at 7 p.m.
Join our faith community, and nearly 14,000 Catholic communities across the United States, in a life-changing Lenten journey of encounter with CRS Rice Bowl. Pick up your family’s CRS Rice Bowl from the rear of the church today, and don’t forget to download the CRS Rice Bowl app! May these 40 days better prepare us to encounter ourselves, our neighbors, and our God. For more information and suggestions, see the CRS website.
The Easter raffle is under way. Tickets are $1 each or 6 for $5, on the honor system (drop your ticket and money into barrel). First prize is a Sony 32” LED Bravia TV. Feel free to donate more prizes to make the raffle even more exciting.
Mary Queen of Heaven Church. Stations of the Cross are prayed the Fridays of Lent at 6 p.m., followed by a simple meal.
The Rosary Group meets on Fridays. During Lent, the rosary will be cited starting at 5:20 p.m. at the church with Stations to follow.
St. Joseph Church. The Knights of Columbus Lenten fish fry will be Friday, March 10, 5-8 p.m. in the parish hall. Cost is $8 per plate.
Each family is asked to collect one canned good per day for the 40 days of Lent. Cans may be dropped off at the church or church office at any time. The collection benefits the Marshall Food Bank.
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.
St. Peter the Apostle Church. Knights of Columbus fish fries are at 6 p.m. on the Fridays of Lent.
Bishop Strickland will celebrate Mass Sunday, March 12, at 9 a.m.
If you are interested in joining a pilgrimage to EWTN in Alabama March 13-17, please contact the church office or Father Love.
St. Michael Church. We have fish fries in the parish hall the Fridays of Lent, 5-8:30 p.m. If you wish to volunteer to help, please contact the church office.
We will have Lenten retreats Wednesday, March 29, at 9 a.m. (English) and 6 p.m. (Spanish) in the church, and at 7 p.m. (English) in St. Michael Hall. Confession times will be available before and after the talks.
We need participants for the Way of the Cross play. We practice Mondays, 6:30-8:30 p.m. in St. Michael Hall. All are welcome to participate.
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.
We are trying to update our parish records. If there are still families who need to register as members of this parish, update personal information, or wish to have offering envelopes for the year 2017, please come by or call the parish office as soon as possible at 903-572-5227.
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.
St. Mary’s Chapel, Stephen F. Austin State University. Stations of the Cross are prayed the Fridays during Lent after Mass.
Knights of Columbus are offering fish fries on the Fridays of Lent.
The Men’s Retreat will be March 31-April 2. The Women’s Retreat will be April 1-2.
Sacred Heart Church. Eucharistic adoration is every Thursday at noon.
LifeTeen, for young people in grades 9-12, is held on Wednesdays, 6:30-8 p.m.
Sacred Heart Church. Father Brian Mullady, OP, will lead a Lenten mission March 25-30, at 6 p.m. each evening, with Mass, confession, and talks.
Stations of the Cross are prayed every Friday during Lent at 7 p.m. (English) and 7:30 p.m. (Spanish)
A baptism class is scheduled for March 16.
We will have a sacramental preparation session Sunday, March 12, at 2 p.m.
Mass is celebrated at 12:05 p.m. every Thursday of Lent.
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 school website.
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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 school website.
Wellspring Center for Spirituality. We are offering several Lenten retreats for those who wish to deepen their experience of this penitential season:
- Four Week Lenten Series, March 14-April 4, 7-8:30 p.m. Our hope is rooted in the unconditional love of God. Join us as we strive to become men and women of hope during the season of Lent.
- Retreat in Preparation for Holy Week, Saturday, March 26, 9:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m. The journey through Holy Week is a call to walk with Jesus. The journey we began in ashes will take us to the cross. Take this opportunity to reflect on the merciful and spiritual significance of Holy Week.
John Paul the Great Catholic Campus Ministry (UTTyler). There will be no adoration, confession, or Mass during spring break March 10-20. The JPII Center will be open 8:30 a.m.-4:30 p.m. during the break.
We have Mass, adoration, confessions, and the rosary throughout the week. See our schedule on our website.
Cathedral of the Immaculate Conception. Construction has started on the new covered entrance for the Chapel of Sts. Peter and Paul. The main entrance to the Chapel will be fenced off for approx. eight weeks. There will be no change to the Mass schedule, but please use the side entrances for access to the Chapel. Because this will be an active construction site, please watch kids closely. We apologize for any inconvenience, but the end result will be beautiful.
The St. Joseph’s Table will be Saturday, March 18, after the 5:30 p.m. Mass. Please bring an Italian-themed dish, salad, or dessert to share with fellow parishioners.
Join us the evening of Sunday, March 26, at the Bishop Gorman Middle School Gym for a concert by the Mette family. Michael James Mette is a Catholic musician and speaker who travels the country with his wife Michelle and their six young children. His music is a modern reflection of his faith blending alternative rock with faith-based lyrics. The concert will be 90 minutes and will include lights, video, music, and testimonies by Michael and Michelle.
If you would like to donate flowers for Easter Sunday in honor or in memory of a loved one, the donation is $10 and must be turned in to the Cathedral office on or before April 10. Please remember to provide the name of the person you wish to honor. Envelopes are in the foyer of the church.
The Knights of Columbus Council 1502 Lenten fish fries are March 24, March 31, and April 7, 6-8 p.m. in the KC Hall on the Loop. Advance tickets are $9 for adults, $5 for children (ages 10 and under eat free); at the door, tickets are $10 and $6.
A reconciliation service will be Tuesday, March 21, at 6 p.m. (English) in the Chapel of Sts. Peter and Paul and 7 p.m. (Spanish) in the Cathedral.
“Tenebrae: Service of Darkness,” a Lenten evening of solemn prayer, readings from Scripture, and sacred music, is March 31, at 7 p.m. The name Tenebrae is the Latin word for darkness or shadows and has for centuries been applied to the ancient monastic night and early morning services of the last three days of Holy Week, which in medieval times came to be celebrated on the preceding evenings. This service is marked by readings from Sacred Scripture, the singing of psalms and hymns, and a gradual extinguishing of candles and other lights until a single candle, a symbol of the Lord, remains. Come join us for this time of reflection and prayer in the Light of the Lord Jesus Christ.
Young people wanting to go deeper into their faith are invited to the second Underground meeting Monday, March 27, 6-7:30 p.m. in the church basement.
St. Joseph the Worker Church. Stations of the Cross are prayed the Fridays of Lent at 6:20 p.m.
Ember days are March 8, 10, and 11.
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.
A reconciliation service will be Thursday, March 9, at 6 p.m.