CANTON – Catholic Charities-Diocese of Tyler in conjunction with Catholic Charities-Dallas is launching a long-term recovery assistance effort for victims of the recent tornadoes.
Catholic Charities will have disaster case managers on site at St. Therese Church in Canton, in the parish hall, Tuesdays-Thursdays, May 30-June 30, 9 a.m.-2 p.m. or by appointment, to discuss assistance options.
St. Therese is at 885 First Monday Lane (FM 859), Canton, Texas 75103.
To get to the church:
- From State Highway 64, head west on Hwy, 64 to FM 859, just past the Civic Center in Canton, and turn right onto FM 859. The church is less than 1 mile on the left.
- From Tyler on Interstate 20, take Exit 526 in Canton, turn left on FM 859 over the bridge. The church is approximately 1 mile on the right.
- From Dallas on I20, take exit 526 in Canton, turn right on FM 859. St. Therese will be approximately 1 mile on the right.
TYLER – Bishop Joseph E. Strickland will celebrate the Baccalaureate Mass for the Bishop T.K. Gorman Catholic School Class of 2017 Thursday, May 18, at 6 p.m. in the Chapel of Sts. Peter and Paul on the Gorman campus.
Commencement exercises will be Friday, May 19, at 6 p.m. in the University of Texas at Tyler Herrington Patriot Center.
The 60 students comprising the Class of 2017 have received more than $6.1 million in scholarship offers, and more than 185 acceptances to 100 colleges and universities across the country.
The graduating class is led by Justin Rhines, valedictorian, and Anna Pritchard, salutatorian.
Justin Thomas Rhines is a member of the National Honor Society, is a National Merit Commended Scholar and an AP Scholar, and was on the Principal’s Honor Roll at Gorman in grades 9-12. He has received numerous academic merit awards and awards for his achievements in band as a clarinetist. He was accepted to Georgia Institute of Technology, Purdue University, Rice University, Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology, Texas A&M University, University of Texas at Austin, and University of Texas at Tyler. His scholarship offers total $746,396. He will attend Purdue University to major in Mechanical Engineering in the Honors College.
Anna Louise Pritchard graduates with the highest four-year GPA in the Class of 2017. She is a National Merit Commended Scholar, a member of the National Honor Society, an AP Scholar with Honors, and was on the Principal’s Honor Roll in grades 9-12. She has received numerous academic merit awards and awards for her achievements in track and field. She was accepted to Texas A& M University, Dwight Look College of Engineering, and Baylor University. She received scholarship offers totaling $102,000. She will attend Texas A&M University to major in Biomedical Engineering.
Honor graduates for the class include: Christine Arago, Kathleen Bochow, Madison Brady, Molly Breedlove, Jon Broom, Robert Ceccoli, Andrew Culpepper, Elizabeth Danly, Hannah Detwiler, Joseph Felix;
Also, Michael Galloway, Sara Goforth, Sean Goggans, Alonso Haro, Benjamin Harvey, Zhengnan Huang, Ellisa Jorgenson, Hyukjin Ko, Savannah LaRocca;
And Elizabeth McKnight, Claire Mittica, Shannon O’Neill, Hunter Parker, Hunter Pilgrim, Tait Reininger, Matthew Robertson, Jessica Smith, Xinyi Wang, and Aoran Zhang.
Also graduating are: Judah Bell, Caroline Callender, Jewan Cheon, Robert Chiasson, Patrick Richie, Sean-Riley Cunningham, Mahir Desai, Natalie Detwiler;
Also, Peter Faber, Bryan Franks, Nicolas Kennedy, Gwanghun Kong, Elizabeth Laine, Katherine Lauffer, Irene Medina, Rachel Mikita, Ethan Milton-Tunson, Reed Navara, Dennis Nwofia;
And Hayden Reynolds, Erin Roberts, Rebecca Ruesewald, Iraxy Serrano, Wyatt Smith, Saida Solis, Alexander Watts, Devon Whitmill, Chloe Woods, and Zhenyu Yin.
LONGVIEW – Bishop Joseph E. Strickland will celebrate the Baccalaureate Mass and commencement exercises for the St. Mary Catholic School Class of 2017 Sunday, May 21, at 5:30 p.m. St. Mary Church in Longview.
The nine students comprising the Class of 2017 have received $1,927,672 in scholarship offers, and have been accepted into 29 colleges and universities across the country. Three of the graduates have been accepted into honors programs. Eight of the 9 are graduating under the Distinguished Achievement Degree plan, and have accrued from 3 to 33 college credit hours under the school’s dual credit hours system.
The graduating class is led by McKenzie Fontenot, valedictorian, and Megan Fontenot, salutatorian. Both are NHS members.
McKenzie Elizabeth Fontenot has attended St. Mary’s Catholic School since she was three years old. She plans on attending the University of North Texas and majoring in chemistry. While at St. Mary’s, McKenzie played volleyball, basketball, soccer and ran both track and cross country. She earned a state medal in ready writing at the TAPPS Academic competition. She is a member of the National Honor Society, Student Senate president and a member of Catholic Athletes for Christ. McKenzie is graduating with 33 college credit hours from Kilgore College and LeTourneau University. McKenzie is a daughter of Dr. Jonathan and Mrs. Mitzi Fontenot.
Megan Renee Fontenot has attended St. Mary’s Catholic School since she was three years old. Megan plans on attending the University of North Texas and majoring in History with a minor in Chemistry. Megan was on the volleyball, basketball, track and cross country teams while she was at St. Mary’s. She received state honors for ready writing at the TAPPS Academic competition. She is a member of the Student Senate, National Honor Society and Catholic Athletes for Christ. Megan will be graduating with 30 college credit hours from Kilgore College and LeTourneau University. Megan is a daughter of Dr. Jonathan and Mrs. Mitzi Fontenot.
Also graduating are Gabriella Aguilar, Eric Eaton, William Harrison, Harrison Howe, Jessica Monge, Josie Soehnge, and Allyson Witt.
A reception will follow the Mass and commencement at the Holiday Inn Express & Suites.
Bishop Joseph E. Strickland has released a new pastoral constitution designed to guide the teaching of the Catholic Faith in the Diocese of Tyler for the next 30 years. The constitution was promulgated to the Diocese in the May edition of the Catholic East Texas magazine and can be downloaded here.
The faithful of the Diocese of Tyler gave $46,787.86 to the collection for the Retirement Fund for Religious, held Dec. 10-11 in parishes throughout the diocese. The annual parish-based appeal, initiated in 1988 by the U.S. bishops and coordinated by the National Religious Retirement Office (NRRO), benefits nearly 33,000 senior Catholic sisters, brothers and religious order priests whose communities lack adequate retirement savings. An April 26 letter from the National Religious Retirement Office to Bishop Joseph E. Strickland expresses “sincere thanks" for the money raised and notes that, since the collection began, “generous parishioners in your diocese have donated a total of $696,722.81 to help religious communities care for senior members." For more information about the National Religious Retirement Office, please see the website.
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.
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. We will have a Eucharistic Procession Sunday, June 18, for the Feast of Corpus Christi. We will process from the church to the Henderson County Courthouse at 2 p.m.
The First Annual St. Edward’s Gala is seeking Silent Auction items. These items will be auctioned off at the Gala planned for October 14, 2017. The Silent Auction is a major part of the fundraising effort to raise money to help reduce the Church debt. Any new item, with a value of $75 or more, is greatly appreciated. Items may include individual pieces or specific services. Examples might be: a gift basket for a romantic evening (wine, wine glasses, major food components, candles, plates), large items like tools or machinery, tickets to sporting and cultural events, services such as lawn maintenance, salon/ spa services, or financial services, artwork, jewelry, quilts, sculptures, yard art, and gift cards with a value of $25 or more to be added to baskets or bundled together.
The Society of St. Vincent de Paul needs you. If you can volunteer 1-5 hours a week to serve your neighbors in need, please call 903-675-0076.
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.
St. Catherine of Siena Church. Seniors graduating from area high schools will be recognized at Mass Sunday, May 21, at 9 a.m. The Altar Society will cook breakfast. The diocesan chalice, specially commissioned for the 30th anniversary of the creation of the Diocese of Tyler, will be used at the Mass.
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. 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.
Little Rock Scripture Study meets Sundays in the hall, 2-3:30 p.m. We are studying the Gospel of Luke.
We have daily Mass on Wednesdays, Thursdays, and Fridays at 8:30 a.m.
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. Bishop Joseph E. Strickland will celebrate confirmation June 10.
St. Mary Magdalene Church. St. Mary Magdalene Food Pantry serves 60-100 families per week and our costs for obtaining food from the East Texas Food Bank are normally $400-900 weekly. Please help support the Food Pantry and use the envelopes provided in the church with a check made out to St. Mary Magdalene Food Pantry.
Registration for our Middle School Mission trip to Catholic Heart Work Camp in New Braunfels July 2nd-8th is open! This trip is for current 7th and 8th graders. See Brian for registration.
We have a large need for more volunteer help in our elementary, middle, and high school ministries. If you feel like you can contribute in any of these ministries, please pray about it and talk to Brian, our Children’s and Student Minister.
Registration for Vacation Bible School is open. VBS is June 17-21, 6-8 p.m. each day, with food available at 5:30 p.m. Cost is $35 per child, and $55 for families registering two or more children. Register at the church or online here.
St. Charles Borromeo Church. The Rosary is prayed 30 minutes before the Saturday and Sunday Masses during the month of May. We encourage you to come early and join us.
The Faith Formation Retreat is Saturday, May 20, 9 a.m.-noon. All children in sacraments class must attend. Deacon Boland will hold his parent class during this time as well. All parents are encouraged to attend. Babysitting will be provided. Please let Mrs. Chance know that you are coming so that she may plan for the babysitting and lunch.
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.
The next Sunday Social is May 21.
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. Our softball team will play 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.
Vacation Bible School, “Cave Quest," will be June 12-16, 10 a.m.-2 p.m. each day.
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. As part of our parish commemoration of the 100th anniversary of Our Lady’s apparition at Fatima, we will pray the rosary as a parish in the parking lot Saturday, May 20, and Sunday, May 21 and release balloons. We will be handing out a copy of 5 of the 7 prayers that Our Lady of Fatima asked the children to have everyone pray in addition to the Rosary.
The parish picnic is Saturday, June 4. Watch the bulletins for more details.
Exposition is every Tuesday, 9:30 a.m.-4 p.m.
Immaculate Conception Church. We will have our Third Thursday Eucharist May 18 at 9 a.m. We will pray for an end to abortion.
The Immaculate Heart of Mary Conference of St. Vincent de Paul meets on Thursdays at 8 a.m. All are welcomed. Come help us 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. Graduation exercises for the Class of 2017 will be Sunday, May 21, with the Baccalaureate Mass and commencement ceremony celebrated at 5:30 p.m. in St. Mary Church. A reception will follow at the Holiday Inn Express and Suites. The nine members of the graduating class received 38 acceptance letters to 29 colleges and universities and were offered scholarships totaling $1,927,672.00. Three students were accepted into honors programs. Valedictorian McKenzie Fontenot and Salutatorian Megan Fontenot lead the Class of 2017, which includes Gabriella Aguilar, Eric Eaton, Tate Harrison, Harrison Howe, Jessica Monge, Josie Soehnge, and Allyson Witt.
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.
St. Mary Church. Father Kusmirek will celebrate the 40th anniversary of his ordination on Sunday, May 21. Baskets for spiritual bouquets are available at the church entrance. Bring cupcakes to share after Mass.
RCIA meets the first and third Wednesdays of the month. The next meeting is May 24 at 7:15 p.m. in the parish hall. For more information, please call Gary McWilliams at 903-918-7725 or Steve Carden at 903-241-4854.
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!
The Adoration Chapel is open 24 hours, 7 days a week. Due to the number of openings, the Blessed Sacrament will be reposed on Wednesday, Thursday, and Saturday night at 10 pm. It will reopen following the 7 a.m. Mass on Thursday, Friday, and Sunday at 12:30 pm. For more information or to volunteer, please call Sharon Milam at 903-753-9527 or Sheila Hargrave at 903-295-1728.
The St. Nicholas Bazaar is collecting 2017 Homemade Jams and Jellies. No need to wait until fall, bring your donations to the church office now. Please label jars and leave your name and number. Contact Margaret at 903-452-3474.
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 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 the Apostle Church. The mandatory Confirmation/Holy Eucharist retreat is Saturday, May 20, 8:30 a.m.-1 p.m. Lunch is included. All children must attend the retreat with their godparents. Cost is $20 for each candidate. For more information, call Felipe Hernandez, 936-526-4769.
St. Andrew’s is hosting a Burger Bingo in our parish hall benefiting St. Mary’s Catholic Campus Ministries at Stephen F. Austin State University in Nacogdoches on Friday, June 9, at 6:30 pm. Tickets are $40 each or tables of 8 are $300. Ticket price includes a hamburger dinner (hamburger with your choice of toppings, beans and cole slaw or potato salad, two drink tickets for beer or wine, and one bingo card). Additional beer, wine, and bingo cards may be purchased at the event. There will be a Dessert Auction and a Half and Half Raffle. Please join us in supporting the St. Mary’s community at Stephen F. Austin. For additional information, please contact Susie Healy at 903-465-5402 or Susan Leeper at 903-635- 9307. Tickets will be available this weekend after the Saturday 5 p.m. Mass and after the 10 a.m. and 6 p.m. Mass on Sunday.
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. Graduation for 8th grade and kindergarten students will be Friday, May 19, at 9 a.m.
The Field Day and Family Picnic will be Wednesday, May 24, beginning at 8 a.m.
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 60-5 Club for those aged 55+ will meet Tuesday, May 23, at noon in the Faith Formation Hall. Come fellowship with us and have some fun! Dues are $1 per month. Bring a potluck dish and $3 in singles for games. For more information, contact Edna Garza at 936-675-5761 and leave a message.
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. We will honor our graduating seniors with a Baccalaureate Service Sunday, May 21, at 6 p.m.
On Friday evening, May 26, the parish is hosting a fundraiser for the next pastor while honoring/roasting the current one. All are welcome to join the festivities. Advance ticket reservations are required. Tickets are $50 each or you may reserve a table for eight people at $400. Proceeds help Father Mark finish the new office center to his tastes. Father Mike has limited space in his two suitcases, so he will be auctioning off some of his treasures that evening in a Silent Auction and some in a Live Auction. Proceeds from this will buy him a new suit (hopefully). The final item up for bid: The Last Supper – dinner for eight prepared by Father Mike and Father Mark in the rectory! Valid until June 30, 2017. On Sunday, May 28, there will be a farewell reception 2-5 p.m. The Hispanic community will be hosting this event, complete with a Mexican Fiesta Buffet!
During May, our parish is asked to assist in restocking the pantry at the SonShine Center, our local out-reach center. Can we fill the grocery cart every week this month? Monetary donations are appreciated. Please make checks payable directly to the SonShine Center (not the church).
Confessions are available on Saturday mornings 11 a.m.-noon or by appointment. Just call or text.
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. We will honor our graduating high school seniors Sunday, May 21, beginning with Mass at 10:30 a.m. followed by a lunch in the parish hall.
Vacation Bible School is June 26-30, 6:30-9 p.m. each evening at St. Joseph School. Help is needed in all areas. Please consider helping to assure a successful and faith-filled experience for our children. Please contact the church office for more information.
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. We will honor our seniors graduating from area high schools or college during the 9 a.m. Mass on June 3. Please let the office know if you have a student who is graduating.
Por favor, informe a la oficina tan pronto como sea posible de cualquier persona que se gradúe para la universidad o la preparatoria esta primavera. Queremos honrarlos durante la misa de 9:00 AM el 3 de junio.
The next Knights of Columbus meeting is June 8 at 7 p.m.
The Ladies Guild will meet June 14 at 11 a.m.
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. 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.
St. Mary’s Chapel, Stephen F. Austin State University. The Knights of Columbus Council 10790 First Degree ceremony will be Friday, May 19, 6-8 p.m. in Ganter Hall.
Starting May 1, 2017, and ending May 1, 2018, students from St. Mary’s Catholic Campus Ministry at SFA will be participating in the 365 Days with Mary. Totus Tuus, the devotion to Jesus through Mary and John Paul II, will help this community grow closer to Mary. Starting this summer, we will find Marian movies to gather and watch. When we learn more about our strengths and talents, we can give more effectively, like spiritually adopting a family. When we glorify we will use the devotions from the app, add Marian prayers to Mass, and have a traveling statue of Mary going around to the students.
Sacred Heart Church. The Ladies Auxiliary would like to honor and invite all graduating seniors and their immediate families with a breakfast on Sunday, May 21, at 9 a.m. in the Activity building. We look forward to seeing all of you there. RSVP to Lucy at the church office.
A Basic Ethics and Integrity training session will be offered Saturday, May 20, at 9 a.m. in the Activity Building. Please bring $10 for a background check. The Diocese of Tyler requires all Church employees and volunteers who work with young people and vulnerable adults to have an Ethics and Integrity certification and background check on file at the Chancery.
Vacation Bible School is June 12-16, 6-8:30 p.m. each evening. Registration forms are available in the office. Cost is $5 per child.
Rosary Makers will meet Saturday, May 20, at 3 p.m. in the Activity Building. Come join us and learn how to make rosaries.
Adult Christian Initiation classes are held each Wednesday, 6-8 p.m. in the Activity Building.
Sacred Heart Church. The Knights of Columbus and Catholic Daughters of the Americas will honor our graduates with a breakfast May 21 after the 8:30 a.m. Mass.
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. Commencement events for the Bishop Gorman Class of 2017 will be May 18 and 19. The Baccalaureate Mass will be Thursday, May 18, at 6 p.m. in the Chapel of Sts. Peter and Paul. The Senior Honors Convocation will be Friday, May 19, at 9 a.m. in Haddad Gymnasium on the school campus. Graduation exercises will be Friday, May 19, at 6 p.m. in the Herrington Patriot Center on the campus of the University of Texas at Tyler.
Father Anthony McLaughlin, president of Bishop Gorman, has announced that the new Brodnax Family Crusader Center field house will be blessed Thursday, May 25, at 12:40 p.m.
The middle School end-of-year Honors Convocation will Monday, May 22, 8:30 a.m. in the Middle School Gym High School. The second semester Honors Convocation will be Monday May 22, 10 a.m. in the Middle School Gym.
8th-grade graduation is Thursday, May 25, 67 p.m. at the Chapel of Sts. Peter and Paul.
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.
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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 website.
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.
Cathedral of the Immaculate Conception. 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.
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. Please join us in prayer in front of Planned Parenthood on First Friday, June 2, 9-10:30 a.m. at the corner of South Broadway and Amherst. Drop in for a few minutes or the whole time! Whatever you can do is greatly appreciated. Call John Bezner with any questions at 214-790-2750.
Calling all men, if you are 18 years of age or older, to attend a Men’s Group meeting Wednesday, June 7. The Men’s Group is geared toward strengthening Catholic manhood. The evening will begin with Holy Mass at 6:30 p.m., followed by a meal, fellowship, and a talk by Father Valentine in the parish hall. If you have any questions, please contact Kevin Kukla at 972-890-5760.
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.
It’s now even easier to connect with and get important updates about the parish. Text BVM to 84576 and follow instructions. For emails, visit the signup page here.
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.
TYLER – Patriot Catholic, the student organization of the John Paul the Great Catholic Campus Ministry at the University of Texas at Tyler, was recently named the Outstanding Student Organization of the Year by the university. The award recognizes the group’s “outstanding service to the student body” at UT Tyler.
Patriot Catholic members “work to promote Christ on campus and to offer fellowship to their peers,” said Father Justin Braun, chaplain of the John Paul the Great ministry. “They regularly have events like Monday Fundays, which is a fun social event following the praying of the rosary on campus. They’re on campus 2-3 hours a week doing outreach, which could be anything from having a prayer table or playing a sport and inviting fellow students or handing out water and prayers and inviting other students they encounter to be part of the ministry.”
Patriot Catholic was nominated for the award by Dr. Howard Patterson, vice president of student affairs.
“They were nominated for this award by the university and not by someone involved in the ministry,” said Father Braun. “So for it to come from someone on the outside is really great.”
The award comes as the Catholic campus ministry at UT Tyler is coming into its own.
Founded eight years ago with about 6-8 students as regular members, “we now regularly see 125-140 kids come through our doors during the week,” said Father Braun. “We reach more than that, certainly, but those are the ones we see regularly. They come to daily Mass, confession, adoration, and Sunday Mass.
“We’re really pleased with how it’s grown,” he said. “And next year will be the first year we’ll have a stable, cohesive team that’s worked together and knows how to work with each other. We’ve had a lot of personnel changes over the past three years, but we feel like we’re in a really good place now with a solid team. So we’re excited about the possibilities for next year.”
The ministry has a center, known as “The Blue House,” at 2603 Old Omen Road, only a block from campus. The ministry offers daily and weekly Mass, adoration, confessions, Christian Initiation classes, retreats, and other faith and formation opportunities.
For more information, call 903- 266-9110, or see the website.