EMORY – St. John The Evangelist Church in Emory was destroyed by one of the tornadoes that ripped across East Texas the evening of April 29. About 45 people were sheltering in the parish hall some 10 feet away from the church during the storm, but no injuries were reported.
Mass was held outside the church April 30, with parishioners gathering “in prayer and gratitude,” according to St. John’s Facebook page.
St. John is a small parish of about 150 families in Rains County. The Catholic community formed in 1994, and was named a parish in 2013.
Catholic Charities-Diocese of Tyler has established a Disaster Relief Fund to assist those affected by the tornadoes that devastated the Canton and Emory areas including St. John the Evangelist Catholic Church. To contribute to this fund, please follow this link to the Catholic Charities website>>>
Bishop Strickland has also directed that a special collection to assist in the recovery efforts will be taken in up in all parishes and missions of the Diocese on May 6-7. There is no volunteer assistance needed at this time at St. John’s Parish.
The National Weather Service has confirmed that four tornadoes hit East Texas Saturday night, though more may be confirmed as information is collected. Van Zandt and Henderson Counties were hardest hit, according to local press reports.
Five deaths have been confirmed, and at least 45 people were injured. Local law enforcement is conducting door-to-door search efforts in hardest-hit areas.
Numerous homes and other structures were damaged or destroyed.
Displacement centers have been set up in local churches, and the Red Cross has opened shelters in First Methodist Church Life Center, 600 S. Buffalo, in Canton and the Emory City Center, 735 Texas Street North, Emory. The Sears Home Store in Canton has been designated an animal shelter for those who need a safe place for pets.
The Red Cross has set up a website for those looking for loved ones in affected areas or those seeking to let loved ones know they are safe. See the website here.
Information on St. John damage estimates, as well as relief efforts, will be updated as it comes. Please watch the website, as well as the diocesan Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram accounts, for that information. The St. John website is here.
After due consultation and prayerful reflection, and in order to provide for the proper care of souls entrusted to him, Bishop Joseph E. Strickland is pleased to announce the following pastoral assignments and appointments for the Diocese of Tyler, which are effective this spring and summer.
Very Rev. Daniel Dower, STL, assigned as Pastor of St. Mary Parish in Longview (from Pastor of Christ the King Parish in Kilgore). Effective June 1, 2017.
Very Rev. John Gomez, JCL, assigned as Pastor of Christ the King Parish in Kilgore (from Pastor of Holy Cross Parish in Pittsburg). Father Gomez will remain Vicar General. Effective June 1, 2017.
Rev. Mark Kusmirek assigned as Pastor of St. Elizabeth Ann Seton Parish in Madisonville (from Pastor of St. Mary Parish in Longview). Effective June 1, 2017.
Rev. Juan Carlos Rivera assigned as Pastor of Holy Cross Parish in Pittsburg (from Priest-in-Charge of Sacred Heart of Jesus Mission in Rusk and Ven. Antonio Margil Mission in Alto). Effective June 1, 2017.
Rev. Morgan White assigned as Pastor of Mary Queen of Heaven Parish in Malakoff (from full-time academic studies at The Liturgical Institute at the University of St. Mary of the Lake in Mundelein, Ill.). Effective June 1, 2017.
Rev. Nelson Muñoz assigned as Parochial Administrator of St. Therese of Lisieux Parish in Center and Priest-in-Charge of St. Mary of the Epiphany Mission in Timpson (from Parochial Vicar of the Cathedral of the Immaculate Conception in Tyler). Effective June 1, 2017.
Rev. George Elliott, STL, assigned as Priest-in-Charge of Sacred Heart of Jesus Mission in Rusk and Ven. Antonio Margil Mission in Alto (from Parochial Vicar of St. Michael Parish in Mount Pleasant). Effective June 1, 2017.
Rev. Joshua Neu, STL, assigned as Parochial Vicar of the Cathedral of the Immaculate Conception in Tyler (from full-time academic studies at the Pontifical Biblical Institute in Rome). Effective August 1, 2017.
Rev. Jose Luis Vidarte assigned as Parochial Vicar of the Cathedral of the Immaculate Conception in Tyler (from Pastor of St. Therese of Lisieux Parish in Center and Priest-in-Charge of St. Mary of the Epiphany Mission in Timpson). Effective June 1, 2017.
Rev. Kevin Young assigned as Parochial Vicar of St. Anthony Parish in Longview (from Parochial Vicar of the Cathedral of the Immaculate Conception in Tyler). Effective August 1, 2017.
Rev. Cristian Zelaya assigned as Parochial Vicar of St. Michael Parish in Mount Pleasant (from Parochial Vicar of St. Matthew Parish in Longview). Effective June 1, 2017.
Other Assignments and Appointments
Very Rev. Daniel Dower, STL, appointed Dean of the East Central Deanery (from Episcopal Vicar of Education). Effective June 1, 2017
Very Rev. Anthony McLaughlin, JCD, assigned as President of Bishop Gorman Catholic School (from Pastor of Mary Queen of Heaven in Malakoff). Father McLaughlin will remain Vicar General. Effective June 1, 2017.
Rev. Michael Barone granted retirement from active ministry and appointed to Senior Priest Status (from Pastor of St. Elizbeth Ann Seton, Madisonville). Effective June 1, 2017.
Additional assignments and appointments may be announced later this summer if pastoral needs develop.
April is Child Abuse Prevention Month, a time to recognize that we each can play a part in promoting the social and emotional well-being of children and families in our communities. The Catholic Church is a leader in abuse prevention programs and procedures, so that we may protect our most valuable gift from God – our children. For information on how you can become more informed and involved in keeping our children safe, see the Safe Environment website or call Maria Flores 903-534-077, ext. 188. Suggestions for Safe Environment educational materials, bulletin inserts, prayers in English and Spanish, and links to other resources are available there.
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 Joseph E. 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 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 is participating in the East Texas Giving Day to raise funds for its programs benefitting the poor and vulnerable of our Diocese. East Texas Giving Day is an 18-hour day of giving that provides critical funding for our area nonprofits. The purpose of an area-wide Giving Day is to bring the region together on one day and as one community, raising money and awareness for East Texas nonprofits. This initiative, organized by East Texas Communities Foundation (ETCF), provides citizens an easy platform to support the mission of local nonprofits that serve our many communities. The Giving Day is Tuesday, April 25, 6 a.m.-midnight, but donations can be pre-scheduled anytime from April 10-April 25 by visiting the East Texas Giving Day website.
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 faith formation Easter egg hunt is Wednesday, April 19, at 6 p.m. Please bring your Easter baskets.
Las siguientes clases bautismales serán el Lunes, 24 de Abril de 6-8 p.m. Donación: $20 por pareja solo se programarán bautizos el segundo y cuarto sabado del mes. Si desea mas información o registrarse favor de llamar al 903-675-2509 en horas de oficina.
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.
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. 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. The parish spring cleaning day is Saturday, April 22, beginning at 10 a.m.
We will celebrate Divine Mercy Sunday April 23 at 3 p.m. with confessions and a holy hour.
A Quinceañera platica is scheduled for May 6, 9 a.m.-noon.
The youth retreat is April 8.
Our Catholic Summer University will be June 5-9, 11 a.m.-5 p.m. each day.
St. Francis of the Tejas Church. The St. Francis Community Crawfish Boil is Sunday April 23, 11 a.m.-1 p.m. $20 per person. Come join us for great food and fellowship!
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.
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. First Friday each month the sanctuary is open for adoration with exposition of the Blessed Sacrament from 8:15 a.m.-6 p.m.
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. Mary Magdalene Church. We will have a special celebration in honor of Divine Mercy Sunday, April 23. Please come and join in prayer and ask for God’s mercy on us and on the whole world. We need his mercy now more than ever. The celebration will include procession and Chaplet of Divine Mercy after the 9 a.m., 11:30 a.m. and 1:30 p.m Masses. After the Chaplet there will be food, live music, bounce houses, water slide, and more activities for the whole family! Breakfast – eggs, sausage, pancakes, juice, and coffee – is $5 plate or $25 for a family of 5 or more. Lunch choices include brisket tacos, gorditas, flautas, burgers or hot dogs. All come with chips, drink, and dessert. Plates are $6 each or $35 for a family of 5 or more. Cash, checks or credit cards will be accepted.
Una celebración especial en honor a la Divina Misericordia, 23 de Abril. Por favor únase a nosotros en oración y pidamos a Dios su Misericordia por nosotros y el mundo entero. Ahora mas que nunca necesitamos de Su Misericordia. El Ministerio Alas nos acompañará durante la celebración! 1:30 pm, Misa; 2:30 pm, procesión con la Imagen de la Divina Misericordia; 3:00 pm, Coronilla a la Divina Misericordia. Después de la Coronilla tendremos: comida, musica, brincolines, resbabadilla de agua y mas para toda la familia! Comida: tacos de brisket, gorditas, flautas, hamburguesas o hot dogs. Todos incluyen, bebida, papitas y postre. $6 platillo o $35 por familia de 5+ Puede pagar con efectivo, cheques o tarjeta.
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 and Student Minister.
St. Charles Borromeo Church. The LOSC has three $500 scholarships available to students of junior/community college or college/university. Applications are available at the back of the church or in the church office. Deadline for submission is Monday, May 1.
Divine Mercy Sunday is April 23. A Holy Hour in honor of Divine Mercy beginning at 3 p.m. will be celebrated at Saints Peter and Paul Chapel. Father Jonathon Frels will lead the celebration with praying the Chaplet of Divine Mercy, the Praises of Divine Mercy, prayers for Pope Francis, Exposition of the Blessed Sacrament, Benediction, and confessions. All are invited and encouraged to attend.
The Men’s Club will sponsor a Pancake Breakfast Sunday, April 30, after the 9 a.m. Mass. Come support their good works and enjoy a yummy breakfast!
Eucharistic Adoration is every Wednesday from 6-7:30 p.m. Come spend a little time with Jesus.
We are now collecting toilet paper and paper towels for our food pantry patrons. Please bring your donation to church the weekend of April 29-30.
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St. Jude Church. 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. 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.
Divine Mercy Sunday is April 23. We will pray the Chaplet of Divine Mercy Chaplet at 3 p.m.
The next pastoral council meeting is Wednesday, April 26, at 6 p.m.
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.
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 Knights of Columbus scholarship drawing will be April 29 in the West Fellowship Hall. Tickets are $5 each and can be purchased from any Knight or from the church office.
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.
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!
An adult confirmation class for those adults who have not yet received the sacrament will be offered on Wednesday, April 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.
St. Matthew Church. We will celebrate Divine Mercy Sunday April 23, with benediction at 3 p.m.
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.
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 the Apostle Church. Calling all 8th Graders! Please join the Edge Middle School Youth Group on Saturday, April 29, from 11 a.m.-7 p.m. at the Parish Hall at St. Andrew’s Catholic Church. We will be hosting a retreat for all 8th graders preparing for high school and discussing our hopes, fears, and faith life. Cost is $20 per student. Contact Katie Glanton at704-962-0097, Rose Juan at 936-676-6658, or the church office to register.
Deep East Texas Right to Life will be placing an ad in the Mother’s Day issue of the Lufkin Daily News thanking Moms for the gift of life. For a $5 donation we will add your name or your family name to the ad. We will have tables after Mass on April 29-30 and May 6-7 to take names and donations, or you can contact Stefani Brunner at 936-240-8367.
Please join us in the recitation of the rosary after the 10 a.m. Mass Sunday, April 30, in the Chapel. Place your intentions in the box to be offered during the rosary. Everyone is welcome.
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 pm Saturday Mass. If you are interested, please call Angela Quillin at 936-632-7688 after 5 or let the office know. Training will be scheduled soon for all who have not been trained within the last 2 years.
The next English-language baptism class is Thursday, April 20, at 6 p.m. in the Faith Formation Hall.
The 60-5 Club invites those age 55 and over to join us Tuesday, April 25, at noon for a potluck lunch in the Faith Formation Hall. Come socialize with us. We also will be playing the “LCR” games so bring $3.00 and you may be the “big winner” for the day! We look forward to seeing you there. For any questions please contact Mrs. Edna Garza at 936-675- 5761.
Deep East Texas Right to Life will be placing an ad in the Mother’s Day issue of the Lufkin Daily News thanking Moms for the gift of life. For a $5 donation we will add your name or your family name to the ad. We will be in the foyer of the church after Mass on April 29-30 and May 6-7 to take names and donations, or you can contact Stefani Brunner at 936-240-8367.
Our youth group is planning on doing a garage sale. If would like to donate clothes, toys or any item they can sell please bring them to the Faith Formation Hall on Mondays at 6 p.m.
Father Gavin is looking for an adult willing to help in training and scheduling altar servers. Training can be provided. Altar servers help our Mass go smoothly so everyone can join in prayer with fewer distractions. If you would be willing to help, please contact the church office or Father Gavin.
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. Students in sacramental preparation will celebrate their first confession Saturday, April 22, at 10 a.m. Please keep them in your prayers.
First Eucharist and confirmation will be celebrated at both Masses Sunday, May 7.
Confessions are available on Saturday mornings 11 a.m.-noon or by appointment. Just call or text.
Mary Queen of Heaven Church. 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.
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. Faith formation classes will resume Sunday, April 23.
St. Peter’s Outreach will host a breakfast Sunday, April 30, at 10 a.m. The next SPO meeting is Monday, May 1, at 6 p.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.
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.
There will be a “Coleadero” at the Tellez Family Ranch Saturday, April 29. Raffle tickets are $5, and prizes include a 43” television, a $75 gift certificate, a $50 gift certificate, an outdoor statue of Our Lady of Guadalupe, and a blender. All proceeds will go to the church. We are looking for volunteers in order to make this a successful event. Please contact Pedro Valle or Tony Macias if you would like to help.
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.
The Ladies Auxiliary Appreciation Dinner is Thursday, April 20, at 6 p.m. in the Activity Building. Please join us for a meal and the opportunity to visit with one another as we say “thank you” to parishioners and their families for all they do for the Lord and our church.
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. We have faith formation for all ages Wednesdays, 6:30-7:45 p.m.
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. The annual St. Gregory musical is Thursday, May 4, at 6 p.m. in Caldwell Auditorium. The theme for this year is Turn the Page. Reserved seating is still available. Call the school at 903-595-4109 for more information.
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. Divine Mercy Sunday is April 23. A Holy Hour in honor of Divine Mercy beginning at 3 p.m. will be celebrated at the Chapel of Sts. Peter and Paul Chapel. Father Jonathon Frels will lead the celebration with praying the Chaplet of Divine Mercy, the Praises of Divine Mercy, prayers for Pope Francis, Exposition of the Blessed Sacrament, Benediction, and confessions.
The Catholic Daughters of the Americas annual Cafe Italiano is Saturday, April 29, 5-8 p.m. Cost is $8 for adults $4 for children 6 and under. Join us for food, fun, and fellowship. We also will have a silent auction and Country Store. Proceeds benefit our charities.
The garage sale to benefit the Society of St. Vincent de Paul is Friday, April 28, and Saturday, April 29, beginning at 8 a.m., at 342 Robert E. Lee St., Tyler, 75703. Sale includes gift items, baby and infant supplies, bake ware, silver and glassware. Proceeds benefit the Society’s efforts to help the poor in our area.
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.
Catholic Charities-Diocese of Tyler will participate in the second annual East Texas Giving Day Tuesday, April 25.
The Giving Day, sponsored by East Texas Communities Foundation, is an 18-hour period of giving that provides critical funding for local non-profits. According to the Giving Day website, the effort last year raised $479,000 for non-profits in the 32 counties served by East Texas Communities Foundation.
Though the official Giving Day is April 25, 6 a.m.-midnight, donors can “pre-give,” or schedule a donation, through the website.
The day is “an awareness opportunity for non-profits across East Texas, a chance for them to get their message across,” said Kathy Harry, Catholic Charities executive director. “If donors are interested, they simply need to visit the East Texas Giving Day website or the Catholic Charities-Diocese of Tyler website, which is ccetx.org.”
This is the first year Catholic Charities has participated. Donations to the agency will help fund its programs benefitting the poor, the vulnerable, and the marginalized in East Texas.
“We’re really focused on helping parishes throughout the Diocese of Tyler” in their efforts to feed the hungry in East Texas, Harry said. “We now have over 30 parishes participating. Catholic Charities is providing some financial assistance, as well as mentorship for those that would like to start a food pantry and walking them through that process, or just some simple ideas for hunger relief efforts within their own particular parishes.”
Catholic churches are often the first stop for individuals or families seeking assistance with food, and the characteristically small and rural parishes in East Texas are no exception.
“Many of our priests will tell you that people knock on their doors at all times, day and night, needing assistance with feeding their families,” Harry said. “We’re trying to give them some concrete ways and ideas that they can accomplish that. We’d love for every parish to be able to participate as they’re able and to have the funds to continue to sustain it.”
Many of the parishes in the sprawling and largely rural Diocese of Tyler are small, with limited resources. Yet, with help from Catholic Charities, and the $500 grants the agency provides, even they are finding ways to serve the needy in their areas.
“A $500 grant will go a long way in a small community,” Harry said. “They may not be able to start a food pantry, but they may have a volunteer who could go to the local grocery store and buy staple goods. We’d encourage the pastor or church office to bag those goods and have them available for those who come to the door. They have food there, ready to distribute. Or they might provide some sort of coupon for a local restaurant or eatery at least to provide the person a meal or two to tide them over. So even in the very small parishes, we think we can make an impact to provide hunger relief as much as they’re able.
“Several of our churches are involved in a community-wide hunger relief effort, a food pantry for their county or their immediate area. And the way this typically works is that the churches that participate commit either a certain amount of manpower or financial resources to help sustain the pantry. And the Catholic Charities assistance helps relieve some of that responsibility from the parish so they can then fulfill their commitment to the community endeavor. And that’s another wonderful way to achieve multiple aspects of our giving and our need to reach out to the community.”
Catholic Charities partners with the East Texas Food Bank in Tyler. Through Catholic Charities, parishes, or the food pantries or soup kitchens to which they contribute, can set up accounts at the food bank to purchase food in bulk at a discounted price for distribution back in their communities. Every dollar spent at the Food Bank for pantry assistance provides eight nutritious meals to individuals and families.
Catholic Charities grants also have helped parishes purchase refrigeration units and other equipment, and the agency stands ready to provide whatever technical or educational assistance parishes might require.
“We even have volunteers from one food pantry, at St. Charles Borromeo in Frankston, who are willing to go to other parishes for mentoring,” Harry said. “Theirs is a relatively new pantry, but it’s really taken off. They’ve offered to go to other parishes and walk them through the process.”
The need for hunger relief is as real, and as urgent, in East Texas as it is as it is throughout the rest of the nation, and the world. Statistics from the East Texas Food Bank state that:
- 1 in 4– East Texas children are food insecure;
- 1 in 5– East Texas adults are food insecure;
- 473,000– East Texans are “at-risk of hunger,” according to the American Communities Survey.
Additionally, the food bank’s 2014 study, Hunger in America, found that among East Texans surveyed:
- 75 percent made a choice between paying for food and paying for utilities;
- 72 percent made a choice between paying for food and paying for transportation;
- 76 percent made a choice between paying food and paying for health care.
“My sense is that most people are not aware of the need on a daily basis,” said Harry. “Often, we think of hunger relief at Thanksgiving and Christmas, and of providing a meal for people then. A lot of efforts are made during those holidays. But the reality is that hunger exists 365 days a year, and that’s the message that we need to communicate. There is a severe need for hunger relief throughout East Texas. And that also leads to other medical needs if people are going without food, clothing, and shelter, and other basic care needs.”
Driven by Catholic social teaching, Catholic Charities seeks to fulfill Christ’s command to feed the hungry, care for the sick, and welcome the immigrant (Matthew 25:35-40).
“In its simplest form, the Catholic Church is here to serve the poor,” Harry said. “Pope Francis reiterates that day in and day out. Catholic Charities for the Diocese of Tyler simply echoes that. We’re here to serve the poor, the vulnerable, the marginalized, those who are in greatest need in our region. We serve all people, whether Catholic or non-Catholic, just sharing our resources to be able to help those in greatest need.”
Catholic Charities-Diocese of Tyler serves the Body of Christ in East Texas in a number of ways. The agency offers immigration services through low-cost legal assistance and has on staff caseworkers trained and certified by the Department of Justice and Homeland Security. A local law firm, Flowers and Davis works with Catholic Charities and provides its services at minimal cost.
As an extension of its immigration services, the agency is currently offering a GED program, and hopes to expand into citizenship and computer literacy classes.
It also has launched a parish nursing program, placing registered nurses with specialized training in parishes to provide faith-based medical outreach, particularly to people with limited access to health care. The pilot program was established in Sacred Heart Parish in Texarkana, and is scheduled for expansion into the Tyler area in July.
The agency also is launching a program directed at the very smallest of “the least of these,” called Infant Safe Sleep, through which it will provide “baby boxes” crafted by the Baby Box Company to new mothers who do not have a crib, cradle, or bassinette for their infants.
“The tendency is to place that infant in bed with (parents) or with siblings,” Harry said, “and we know that can often be a precursor to SIDS. And there is a high infant morality rate in NE Texas, so we’re hoping to be able to distribute these to all OB providers through hospitals and physicians to all mothers who would like one, at no cost to them.”
And, of course, for the ministry born in the wake of Hurricanes Katrina and Rita in 2005, disaster preparedness and relief remains an ongoing effort.
The reality is that hunger exists 365 days a year, and that’s the message that we need to communicate.
Yet hunger relief remains a primary focus for Catholic Charities-Diocese of Tyler. And to Harry, who is of Lebanese descent, that emphasis on food is inherently Catholic.
“I think there’s just a very real connection with mind, body, and soul,” she said. “I think that’s pretty much the basis of all that we are as a faith community, as the Catholic community.” In the central act of the Catholic faith, “we gather around the altar, the Eucharistic table, to be nourished by Christ’s body. We know that in order to nourish the mind and nourish the soul, we have to nourish the body. I think those three things are just interwoven and tie together beautifully. That’s the heritage of our church. Think about the Last Supper. Christ sat with the Apostles and they broke bread together. There are so many ways that we see Christ demonstrate God the Father, God the Son, God the Holy Spirit through food. It’s all throughout Scripture, and I think that’s mirrored in our culture today in the ways that we go about caring for one another.
“I think, for me, when you think about hunger relief and feeding others, it’s very typical of the culture of the Catholic Church and of the ethnic cultures in our Church. There’s clearly something about the importance of feeding one another, and it certainly ties back to the table of the Eucharist. That is how Christ reached out to all of us, by offering himself as food.
“You have to nourish the body so that we can nourish the soul,” Harry said. “It’s as vital as the air we breathe.”
Parishes across the Diocese of Tyler are scheduling Lenten missions and reconciliation services to help the faithful prepare more fully for Easter. Holy Week schedules also are being posted.
Bishop Joseph E. Strickland will celebrate the Mass of Holy Chrism Tuesday, April 11, at 11 a.m. in the Cathedral of the Immaculate Conception. The bishop will consecrate the Oil of Catechumens, Oil of the Sick, and Holy Chrism to be used in parishes in the coming liturgical year. Oils will be distributed to parish representatives. The Mass also will include a renewal of priestly vows.
Parish services and missions are below. If your parish is not listed, please see your bulletin.
St. Edward Church. Bilingual Stations of the Cross are prayed every Friday during Lent at 6 p.m., followed by food and fellowship in the parish hall.
St. John the Evangelist Church. The parish reconciliation service is April 4 at 7 p.m.
The Holy Week schedule is: Holy Thursday, April 13, Mass of the Lord’s Supper, 7:30 p.m.; Good Friday, April 14, Living Stations of the Cross, 6 p.m., Celebration of the Lord’s Passion, 7:30 p.m.; Holy Saturday, April 15, Vigil Mass, 9:30 p.m.; Easter Sunday, 11 a.m. and 12:30 p.m. (Spanish)
St. Charles Borromeo Church. The parish reconciliation service will be Wednesday, April 5, beginning at 6 p.m. In addition to Father Frels, priests from the Cathedral of the Immaculate Conception will be present to hear confessions, including Father Nelson Muñoz, who speaks Spanish.
Adoration is each Wednesday of Lent, 6-7:30 p.m. Stations of the Cross are prayed each Friday of Lent at 6 p.m., followed by a meatless soup supper in the parish hall.
We need altar servers for the Holy Week liturgies (April 13-16). Any server who can serve at one or more services during Holy Week please meet Father Jonathon and Deacon Jim in the Church after Mass on Palm Sunday, April 9th. We need you to volunteer for one or more of the following: Holy Thursday, Good Friday, Easter Vigil, and Easter Sunday.
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St. Jude Church. The Lenten mission concludes Friday, March 30, 6-8 p.m.
The English Seder Supper is Saturday, April 8, following 5 p.m. Mass. The Spanish Seder Supper is Sunday, April 9, immediately following Mass.
The Holy Week schedule is: Holy Thursday, April 13, bilingual Mass of the Lord’s Supper at 6:30 p.m., followed by a procession to the altar of repose and adoration until midnight; Good Friday, April 14, Celebration of the Lord’s Passion, 3 p.m., 5 p.m. (Spanish); Holy Saturday, April 15, Vigil Mass, 7:15 p.m.
Holy Spirit Church. Stations of the Cross are prayed each Friday of Lent at 5:45 p.m.
The Holy Week schedule is: Holy Thursday, April 13, Mass of the Lord’s Supper, 7 p.m.; Good Friday, April 14, Celebration of the Lord’s Passion, 3 p.m.; Holy Saturday, April 15, Vigil Mass at 8 p.m.; Easter Sunday, April 16, Mass of the Resurrection at 9:30 a.m.
Immaculate Conception Church. The parish reconciliation service is Wednesday, April 5, at 6 p.m.
Stations of the Cross are prayed each Friday of Lent at 4:45 p.m., followed by Mass at 5:15 p.m. and a parish Lenten dinner at 6 p.m.
The Holy Week schedule is: Holy Thursday, April 13, Mass of the Lord’s Supper, 6 p.m.; Good Friday, April 14, Stations of the Cross, 2:15 p.m., Celebration of the Lord’s Passion, 3 p.m.; Holy Saturday, April 15, Vigil Mass, 8 p.m.
St. Mary Church. The Lenten penance service will be Monday, April 10, 6:30-8:30 p.m.
Lenten Bible studies are Sundays at 5 p.m. and Thursdays following 12:05 p.m. Mass.
St. Andrew the Apostle Church. Capuchin Father Simeon Gallagher will lead a Lenten mission on A Theology and Spirituality for Relationships April 3-6 at 7 p.m. each night. Father Gallagher is the Director of the Preaching Ministry Office of the Mid-America Province of the Capuchin Order. He conducts retreats, parish development programs, parish missions and religious education workshops. His association with the Emmaus Spirituality Program for Priests has gained him an international reputation in conducting retreats for priests. He was instrumental in founding Emmaus in Great Britain and he has presented ecumenical lectures at the Jean XXIII Centre, Geneva, Switzerland. His work has taken him to various countries and for the past several years, he has worked closely with the U.S. Armed Forces at various military bases around the world. He recently returned from engagements in Asia and Australia. Father Gallagher holds advanced degrees in Ascetical Theology, Religious Education and 19th century British Literature. He literature degree has earned him a reputation as a scholar in the works of John Henry Cardinal Newman. The mission schedule is:
- Monday, April 3, 7 p.m., Hebrews 11:1-6, Sustaining Good Relationships: Faith as Foundation
- Tuesday, April 4, 7 p.m., Psalm 23, Communication in Relationships: Prayer as Model
- Wednesday, April 5, 7 p.m., Romans 7:14-27, Breaking Relationships: Sin as Interpersonal
- Thursday, April 6, 7 p.m., Corinthians 12:12-26, Building Better Relationships: Graces for Growth
St. Patrick Church. Confessions will be heard Tuesday, April 4, 6-8 p.m. and 7-8:30 p.m. (Spanish).
The Holy Week schedule is: Holy Thursday, April 13, bilingual Mass of the Lord’s Supper at 7 p.m., followed by adoration until midnight; Good Friday, April 14, Stations of the Cross, noon (Spanish) and 2 p.m., bilingual Chaplet of Divine Mercy, 3 p.m., confessions noon-1 p.m. and 2-3 p.m., bilingual Celebration of the Lord’s Passion, 7 p.m.; Holy Saturday, April 15, bilingual Chaplet of Divine Mercy, 3 p.m., bilingual Vigil Mass, 8 p.m.; Easter Sunday, April 16, Masses at 9 a.m., noon (Spanish), 5 p.m. (bilingual). A bilingual Chaplet of Divine Mercy will be prayed at 3 p.m.
St. Elizabeth Ann Seton Church. The Holy Week schedule is: Hoy Thursday, Mass of the Lord’s Supper, April 13, 7:30 p.m.; Good Friday, April 14, 3 p.m., Celebration of the Lord’s Passion; Holy Saturday, April 15, 8:30 p.m., Easter Vigil; Easter Sunday, April 16, 9:30 a.m., 1 p.m. (Spanish).
St. Joseph Church. The parish Lenten penance service is Sunday, April 2, at 5:30 p.m.
The Holy Week schedule is: Holy Thursday, April 13, bilingual Mass of the Lord’s Supper, 7 p.m., followed by procession to the altar of repose; Good Friday, April 14, Stations of the Cross at 12:05 p.m., Celebration of the Lord’s Passion (Spanish), 3 p.m. at the school, 7 p.m. (English) in the church; Holy Saturday, April 15, bilingual Vigil Mass, 8 p.m.; Easter Sunday, 7:30 a.m., 10:30 a.m., 12:30 p.m. (Spanish).
St. Peter the Apostle Church. The parish Lenten retreat is Friday, March 31, beginning with Mass at 8:30 a.m. The speaker is Mark Knox, diocesan Director of Youth Evangelization. A light breakfast will be provided, but please bring a sack lunch. The day will include time for reflection.
Sacred Heart Church. The Holy Week schedule is: Holy Thursday, April 13, Mass of the Lord’s Supper, 6:30 p.m., followed by Eucharistic procession to altar of repose and adoration; Good Friday, April 14, confessions, noon-2:30 p.m., Via Crucis, 12:30 p.m., Knights of Columbus rosary, 2:30 p.m., Stations, veneration of the cross, and Communion service, 3 p.m. and 7:30 p.m. (Spanish); Holy Saturday, April 15, Vigil Mass, 8 p.m., followed by a reception in the parish center; Easter Sunday, April 16, Mass of the Resurrection of the Lord, 8:30 a.m., 10:30 a.m., and 12:30 p.m. (Spanish)
Cathedral of the Immaculate Conception. The Tenebrae “Service of Darkness” is Friday, March 31, 7 p.m. The service will include readings from Scripture, and sacred music. 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.
Stations of the Cross are prayed every Friday during Lent at 6 p.m. in the Chapel of Sts. Peter and Paul on the Bishop Gorman campus.
The Holy Week schedule is: Holy Thursday, April 13, Mass of the Lord’s Supper, 6 p.m., Chapel of Sts. Peter and Paul, 7 p.m., bilingual, Cathedral; Good Friday, April 14, Celebration of the Lord’s Passion, 3 p.m., Cathedral, 6 p.m., Chapel of Sts. Peter and Paul, 7 p.m., Cathedral (Spanish); Holy Saturday, April 15, Vigil Mass, 8 p.m., Cathedral; Easter Sunday, April 16, is the usual Mass schedule for the Cathedral and the Chapel, with the exception of the 5 p.m. Youth Mass, which will not be celebrated.