TYLER – Bishop Daniel Flores of Brownsville called on the legal community of Tyler to “incline your hearts to what is good” at the 2015 Diocese of Tyler Red Mass on Monday at the Cathedral of the Immaculate Conception.
The Red Mass is an annual celebration scheduled around the traditional beginning of the legal year. Celebrating the Votive Mass of the Holy Spirit, the Mass is an opportunity for judges, attorneys, legal staff and political leaders to join in praying for wisdom.
The video of Bishop Flores’ homily is below. A photo gallery from the event is available here.
Bishop Joseph E. Strickland has announced the following assignments for priests of the Diocese of Tyler.
The assignments are effective on the dates indicated below.
Effective October 15, 2015
Very Rev. Anthony McLAUGHLIN as pastor of Mary Queen of Heaven Parish, Malakoff (and continuing as Vicar General of the Diocese of Tyler).
Rev. Morgan WHITE as pastor of St. Joseph Parish, Marshall
The Diocese of Tyler Office of Finance will host two seminars to help parishes with year-end accounting and financial work.
The sessions will be held on Oct. 20 and Oct. 22 at the Diocesan Chancery in Tyler; parish representatives may attend either session.
There is no charge for the workshops and lunch will be provided.
Topics covered will include:
- How to process 941 forms
- How to process W-2’s
- What information should be included on W-2’s
- Who receives which form—1099 or W-2
- Health Insurance
- Reportable Health Care—Form 1095 (Filing Mandatory for Year End 2015)
- Pension—Representative from Mutual of America
Registration is available online at: https://dioceseoftyler.formstack.com/forms/finance2015
Attendees can also print and fax the registration form (below).
Jim Smith, who has served as finance officer for the Diocese of Tyler for the past 22 years, has announced his retirement.
Former Bishop Edmond Carmody named Smith, who worked in the insurance field in San Antonio before coming to Tyler, to the finance position in August of 1993.
“On behalf of all the clergy and people of the Diocese of Tyler, I sincerely thank Jim for his long service to the Church in East Texas,” Bishop Joseph E. Strickland said. “Jim’s tireless efforts were instrumental in helping our young diocese develop into a vibrant Christian community of almost 125,000.”
Chad Cleckler, who was named business manger for the diocese earlier this month, will oversee the finance office until a new finance officer is named.
The Diocese of Tyler is sponsoring a three-part series on the liturgy July 11, Aug. 1 and Sept. 12, 10 a.m.-3 p.m. at the chancery in Tyler, to help the faithful Joyfully Celebrate the Liturgy. The sessions will focus on music (July 11), the Roman Missal (Aug. 1) and environment and gestures (Sept. 12). All sessions will feature instruction from The Catechism of the Catholic Churchi, the General Instruction of the Roman Missal, and the documents Sacrosanctum Concilium, Redemptionis Sacramentum and Sacramentum Caritatis.
Nominations are now open for the 2015 Bishop Charles E. Herzig Humanitarian Award. The award, named for the Diocese of Tyler’s founding bishop, recognizes individuals who have made outstanding contributions within the diocese in seeking to promote human welfare, who demonstrate a great charitable love for the people of God and possess a life in the church marked by actions that have enabled individuals or families to receive basic human care. Nomination formas cane be found on the diocesan website.
Registration is open for the Diocesan Catholic Youth Conference, slated for July 24-26 at the Bishop T.K. Gorman Catholic School campus in Tyler and open to all graduated 8th-graders to 18-year-olds. All clergy are invited and encouraged to attend. Priests will be needed for confessions throughout the weekend. Registration is available through the diocesan youth office website.
The Quest Scripture study for women meets Thursdays at 10 a.m. in the media room. Cost is $7 for the booklet, with additional materials covered.
Holy Family Church. The St. Aloysius Gonzaga Youth Group meets Fridays at 6 p.m. Follow the group on Instagram at Staloysiusgonzagayouthgroup.
St. Matthew Church. A teen ACTS Retreat will be held July 16-19. Registration deadline is June 9. Cost is $140. For information, contact Cyndi Starr, 903-720-3873, Kaitlyn Thornton, 903-238-4721, Andrew Thornton, 903-238-7271, or Sonya Pereira, 903-295-3890.
St. Elizabeth Ann Seton Church. Have breakfast with the pastor! Father Mike will treat any and all who show up on time to any weekday morning Mass to breakfast.
Volunteers from the church are needed to help with registration and other simple chores for Restoration Garden Summer Fridays. The group is offering Friday activities for children ages 5 and up from 9:45 a.m.-noon. Each area church has been asked to volunteer for a day, and St. Elizabeth Ann Seton’s day is July 10. Help fill the snack packs with peanut butter crackers, spaghetti Os, juice boxes or similar items. Cash donations for supplies are also welcome. See Father Mike for more details or to help.
Wacky Wednesday #2 will be July 15. Gather at 11 a.m. at the Seton Center for lunch and fun, then it’s off to the swimming pool until 3 p.m. Bring towels, swim wear and sun screen. Adults are needed to help chaperone.
St. Joseph Church. Mission Marshall is participating in the Summer Feeding Program through East Texas Food Bank. The program serves children in low-income communities who participate in free and reduced-cost feeding programs during the school year. Since these programs end when the school year does, the Summer Feeding Program helps fill that hunger gap, ensuring that children will continue to receive nutritious meals during the summer. We need teams of three people to serve meals to the kids and play with them from noon-1 p.m. Contact the church office, 903-935-2536, to volunteer.
Totus Tuus youth program will be June 21-25, 7:30 p.m.-9:40 p.m. for grades 7-12 and June 22-26, 9 a.m.-2:30 p.m. for grades 2-6. All sessions will take place at the school, and cost is $15 per child. Children preparing to receive sacraments must attend all sessions. For information, contact Charlotte Smith, 903-935-2536.
Hot meals are served each Tuesday, 4:30-5:30 p.m. in the parish hall.
Youth group meetings are held at St. Joseph “Chili’s” Youth House Wednesdays, 7-8:30 p.m. for high school students, Thursdays, 7-8:30 p.m. for middle school students, and Sundays at 7 p.m. for college students.
Adult faith formation and fellowship groups meet on Sundays at 9 a.m., in the parish hall and school cafeteria (Spanish).
St. Joseph Catholic School is enrolling students in pre-K3-4 for the 2015-2016 school year. For information, see the school website, www.sjcsm.org, or call the school at 903-935-5502.
St. Peter the Apostle Church. Totus Tuus youth program is July 5-10. Totus Tuus instructs youth in the basic tenets of the Catholic faith to cultivate both a firm intellectual growth and a solid relationship with Jesus.
A retreat for altar servers will be July 13-15 in Paris.
Sacred Heart Church. Vacation Bible School for children in pre-K-5th grade will be July 19-23 in the evenings. Young people in grades 6-12 are invited to volunteer. Dinner will be served each night before activities begin. Registration forms are available in the church office and narthex.
Join Father Adams for summer movie night, Tuesday evenings beginning at 6 p.m. in the parish center. Watch Catholic-themed movies, and bring a covered dish to share.
Parish groups meeting during the summer include:
- Rosary Makers, the third Wednesday of each month, 5 p.m.
- St. Dymphna Support Group for caregivers, the third Thursday of each month, 6:30 p.m. in the parish hall
- Summer Youth Group for students in grades 8-12, every other Wednesday, 6-8 p.m.
- Exercise class, Mondays, 1:15 p.m.
The Latin Mass is celebrated every Thursday, 6 p.m.
The parish nursing office is open Wednesdays, 1 p.m.-6 p.m..
The feast of Our Lady of Mount Carmel is July 16 and will be celebrated at the July 18-19 Masses with the blessing, investiture and distribution of the Brown Scapular.
Father Michael Adams will lead a 13-day tour to Italy Sept. 1-12, 2015. The cost is $3,699 (double occupancy), which covers airfare, overnight accommodations at a Roman religious house, all breakfasts and three regional dinners, papal audience, sightseeing and an excursion to Assisi. For more information, call the church office at 903-794-4444.
Cathedral of the Immaculate Conception. The parish will hold a reception for Father Eugene after the 5:30 p.m. Mass June 27 to thank him for his time at the Cathedral and wish him well as he prepares to take up his new assignment in Hallsville.