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.

Father Dan Dower, pastor of Christ the King Church in Kilgore and diocesan Episcopal Vicar for Education, will celebrate the annual Mass for families with special needs Saturday, April 29, at 10 a.m. in the Chapel of Sts. Peter and Paul on the Bishop Gorman Schools campus. A reception will follow in the Chancery. All families with children or adults with special needs are welcome. A modified bilingual liturgy will be celebrated to accommodate these needs. All parishes are asked to send a representative so they can see how to model this liturgy in their parish. Special dispensation from your Sunday obligation for this weekend will be granted to those who attend. Please RSVP to Linda Porter by April 27 so we can provide for the reception. Email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. for information or to register.

The music ministry of Stephen F. Austin State University’s St. Mary’s Catholic Campus Ministry will be giving a 6 p.m. choir concert of sacred music at Sacred Heart Church on Saturday, April 29. The “Lord of the Dance” Eastertide music celebration will follow the 5 p.m.vigil Mass with Father Christopher V. Ruggles of Sacred Heart and Father Denzil Vithanage of St. Mary’s con-celebrating and with the combined choir-led music ministries of both St. Mary’s and Sacred Heart Church. “Lord of the Dance” is open to the public with free-will donations accepted towards a planned 2018 spring break choir monastery retreat. A reception for all who attend will immediately follow in the Margil Center. Sacred Heart Church is located at 2508 Appleby Sand Road in Nacogdoches, TX 75965. For more information, contact Linda Parr at 936-715-5148 or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. If you cannot attend but would like to support the effort, donations can be made online at sfacatholic.net or mailed to 214 Wettermark, Nacogdoches, TX 75965.

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.

The Tyler Diocesan Council of Catholic Women has launched a Rosary Crusade for 2017, calling upon Our Lady of Lourdes to intercede on behalf of the sick, the unborn, families, religious liberty, and more. To see the suggested dates of prayer, see the flyer here. For more information, email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

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 is seeking volunteers for the Parish Nurse Ministry. Part-time RNs wanted to practice within Catholic churches in East Texas. 8 hrs. per week $20/hr. Flexible hours. Please submit resumes via email to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. For information, call Catholic Charities at 903 258-9492 or see the 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.

The Maria Goretti Network is a peer ministry group for survivors of abuse and their families. The East Texas Chapter of the Maria Goretti Network meets the third Saturday of every month in the Cathedral Office meeting room (not the Cathedral Center) at 7 p.m. For information, contact Peggy Hammett, 903-592-1617, ext. 19, or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

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.

Athens

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.

Come and join us at a YOUTH 2000 Retreat for a fun, faith-filled Eucharistic centered retreat for youth (ages 13-18), led by the Franciscan Friars of the Renewal, April 21-23, here at St. Edward’s. The YOUTH 2000 Retreat includes lively music, inspiring talks led by the Franciscan Friars of the Renewal, a time for fellowship and fun, sharing the faith, personal testimonies, panel discussions, Mass, Eucharistic Adoration, Reconciliation. YOUTH 2000, a Eucharistic centered Retreat, leads young people to seek a personal relationship with Jesus Christ. Through talks, music, adoration, prayer, workshops, fellowship, the Sacrament of Reconciliation, and the celebration of the Mass, the young people deepen their love and understanding of the Catholic faith, and encounter the power and richness of God’s love and mercy. This Retreat brings young people to know the joy of a life lived in the worship of God and in service to God’s people. This weekend Retreat empowers them to go forth with renewed faith, to be witnesses to the Faith, to share the Good News and to be the evangelizers of the New Evangelization. Cost is $25 per person. For more info, please email Jessica Bentley, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

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.

Atlanta

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.

Buffalo

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.

Crockett

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.

Diboll

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.

Emory

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.

Flint

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.

Frankston

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.

Gun Barrel City

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.

Holly Lake

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.

Jefferson

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.

Longview

St. Mary Catholic School. St. Mary Catholic School is enrolling for the 2017-2018 academic year. St. Mary is a college preparatory PreK3-12 program focusing on academic excellence and with a program that includes fine arts and competitive athletics. To schedule a tour, call 903-753-1657. For information about the program or tuition, call principal Amy Blalock, 903-918-7182, or Melinda Dunn, 903-806-0175, or see the website.

A Knight to Remember Gala with dinner, dance, and silent auction will be Saturday, May 13, 6:30 p.m. at the Summit Club, 3700 Judson Road. Tickets are $80 each, and can be purchased on line at www.stmaryslgv.org. Raffle tickets are $25 and can be purchased from any school family or from the church office. Don’t miss your chance to win a Dodge Challenger. All proceeds benefit the students and programs at St. Mary Catholic School.

St. Mary Church. The Catholic Daughters of the Americas Court St. Bridget #2269 is offering a $500 scholarship to any young Catholic woman who is a high school senior or college student. Applications are in the church office and are due April 30. Applicants are asked to write on one of the following subjects: what the Eucharist means to you; how being Catholic brings joy to you and to others; your Catholic mentor. Applications for the Dolores Kohlman Memorial Scholarship may also be emailed to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. Please include name, phone number, and email.

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.

Discover the richness of the Mass. Our adult Sunday school class has begun a new series called “A Biblical Walk Through the Mass.” We will come to know and understand the Mass as never before and learn the rich meanings behind what we say and do during the liturgy. Please join us in the Parish Center, Room 302. All are welcome! For more information contact Karen Scibona at 903-353-3261 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

High school students are invited to be part of Ski Retreat 2018, Jan. 12-15, 2018, in Durango, Colo., at Purgatory Mountain and Silverpick Lodge. Cost is $700, with monthly payments of $65. For information, email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

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.

Lufkin

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.

If you are graduating from high school or college in 2017, please send us your name and mailing address. You may call the office to report this information during usual office hours or you can e-mail This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

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.

Madisonville

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.

Malakoff

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.

Marshall

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.

Mineola

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.

Mount Pleasant

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.

Mount Vernon

Sacred Heart Church. We will celebrate Father Freddy’s 30th anniversary as a priest Friday, April 21, at 7 p.m., with a Mass and reception. Please pick up your personal invitation in the foyer. Please RSVP as it is needed for the reception. Email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

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.

Nacogdoches

Sacred Heart Church. Sacred Heart Outstanding Catholic Kids (SHOCK) youth group meets Wednesday nights, 6:45-8:30 p.m.

All young people in grades 6-12 are invited to join us in the “Upper Room” for faith, fun, and fellowship. For information, please contact Rebecca at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

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 music ministry St. Mary’s Catholic Campus Ministry will be giving a 6:00 pm choir concert of sacred music at Sacred Heart Church on Saturday, April 29, 2017. The “Lord of the Dance” Eastertide music celebration will follow the 5:00 pm vigil Mass with Father Christopher V. Ruggles of Sacred Heart and Father Denzil Vithanage of St. Mary’s con-celebrating and with the combined choir-led music ministries of both St. Mary’s and Sacred Heart Church. “Lord of the Dance” is open to the public with free-will donations accepted towards a planned 2018 spring break choir monastery retreat. A reception for all who attend will immediately follow in the Margil Center. Sacred Heart Church is located at 2508 Appleby Sand Road in Nacogdoches, TX 75965. For more information, contact Linda Parr at 936-715-5148 or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

The 3rd annual Spring Block Party is Saturday, May 6. To help out or to sponsor an activity or item, contact Austin Thurman, 972-765-8335, orb email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

Palestine

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.

Texarkana

Sacred Heart Church. We have faith formation for all ages Wednesdays, 6:30-7:45 p.m.

Father Mike Adams will lead an Advent pilgrimage to the Holy Land Nov. 27-Dec.8. The 12-day “Where Christ Was Born Tour” will include visits to Tel Aviv and Nazareth, Capernaum, Cana and Mount Tabor, Jerusalem, Bethlehem, and the Dead Sea. Cost is $2,920 per person without airfare and $4,420 all-inclusive. A deposit of $1,000 per person is required at the time of booking. For information, call John or Natalie at 800-675-9088, email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it., or see the website.

Catholic Charities is seeking to expand the Parish Nursing Program in neighboring areas (Atlanta, New Boston, etc.). Part-time nurses are wanted to work in a parish setting eight hours a week at $20/hour. The hours are flexible. Please submit resumes via email to Jennie Pierce MSN, APRN-CNS, Parish Nurse Coordinator, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. For information, see the Catholic Charities website or call 903-372-3229.

Learn the Spanish language. Lessons in basic, intermediate, and advanced are available. Lessons are $10 each. For information, call Betty Rodriguez, 903-691-7931.

Tyler

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.

Tyler Junior College Apache Catholics Campus Ministry. We meet Tuesdays at 5:30 p.m. in TJC’s Jenkins Hall, first-floor conference room. Come join us for weekly liturgies and a pizza supper. For information about the group, contact Deacon Bill Necessary, 903-780-3519 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

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.

Baptism Preparation classes in English will be held on Mondays, May 8 and 15, 6:30–8:30 p.m. in the Cathedral Center. Parents and Godparents are required to attend Baptism Preparation Classes. If you have questions please call 903-592-1617 ext. 130, or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. Please bring a copy of the child’s birth certificate to the class.

SAVE THE DATE FOR VBS! Plan to join us June 5-9 from 9 a.m.-noon for Maker Fun Factory VBS, where kids will discover not only that God made them the way they are, but for a purpose too! We need your help to make this a great week of fun and faith-filled activities. Please contact Jill Coan at 678-571-7926 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. regarding volunteer opportunities or for further information.

We will have an English Ethics and Integrity recertification on Sunday April , 5:30-7 p.m. in the Cathedral Center. We will have an English basic certification on Sunday May 7, 2017 (moved from the original date of May 14 because of Mothers Day) from 3:30-6:30 p.m. in the Cathedral Center. Please register with Veronica at 903-592-1617, ext. 117, or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. There is plenty of room so please just leave your name so we can plan on handouts. The Diocese of Tyler requires that all church employees and volunteers who work with children or vulnerable adults have Ethics and Integrity certification on file in the Chancery.

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 Cathedral once again is able to offer faith formation for children with special needs. We have two certified teachers who have dedicated themselves to this educational ministry. These classes are for any student with a special need or who might benefit from some extra help. For more information, please contact Peggy Hammett at 903-592-1617, ext. 119, or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

A Rosary Holy Hour Held is weekly on Tuesdays at 11 a.m. in the Adoration Chapel at Saints Peter and Paul. All are invited to join us. For more information, contact Susan Mills 903-780-2935 or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

St. Joseph the Worker Church. Join us Sunday, April 23, immediately after the 10:30 a.m. Holy Mass for our first parish Divine Mercy Celebration. We will have prayer, with exposition and benediction of the Blessed Sacrament, confessions, the rosary and Divine Mercy Chaplet; food, with Kielbasa and sauerkraut and anything your family wishes to share with the community; and fellowship as we continue rejoicing at the resurrection of the Lord. For more information please contact Monica Lewis, 903-352-7079 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

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.

St. Joseph the Worker’s Homeschool Group is a parish-based support group for all mothers.  We meet once a month to plan activities for our children, prayer, reading to encourage us in our vocation, sharing and fellowship.  If you would like to join or receive email of planned events, contact This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

Whitehouse

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.

Athens

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.

Emory

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)

Frankston

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.

Gun Barrel City

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.

Holly Lake

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.

Jefferson

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.

Longview

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.

Lufkin

 

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.

Madisonville

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).

Marshall

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).

Mineola

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.

Texarkana

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)

Tyler

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.

The 2017 Bishop’s Annual Appeal is under way. Please see the website.

Bishop Joseph E. Strickland will preside at the Chrism Mass Tuesday, April 11, at 11 a.m. at the Cathedral of the Immaculate Conception. The bishop will bless the oil of the ick, the oil of catechumens and the holy chrism to be used in the administration of the sacraments in parishes throughout the diocese in the upcoming liturgical year. The oils will be distributed to representatives from the parishes in attendance.

The Pines Catholic Camp near Big Sandy will host a Pines Picnic Sunday, April 2, noon-4 p.m. The day will include Mass with Bishop Joseph E. Strickland, lunch, tours of the camp, and more. The day is free and is open to camp alumni and new families who want to see for themselves what The Pines has to offer. The camp is at 300 White Pine Road Big Sandy, TX 75755. For more information and to register, see The Pines website.

A formation day for catechists involved in quinceañeras will be Saturday, April 8, 10 a.m.-3 p.m. at the Chancery in Tyler.

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 Texas Catholic Conference Advocacy Day at the State Capital is April 4. Advocacy Day is a daylong event with a rally on the steps of the State Capitol with the bishops of Texas to promote the Church’s values of life, justice, charity, and religious freedom to members of the Texas Legislature. After the rally, small teams of Catholics will meet with their state lawmakers and educate them on the Texas bishops’ legislative priorities. The group from Tyler will be led by Father Lowry, pastor of St. Edward Parish in Athens and co-director of the sanctity of life program for the diocese. The deadline to register is Monday, March 27. More information and registration flyer are here.

Father Dan Dower, pastor of Christ the King Church in Kilgore and diocesan Episcopal Vicar for Education, will celebrate the annual Mass for families with special needs Saturday, April 29, at 10 a.m. in the Chapel of Sts. Peter and Paul on the Bishop Gorman Schools campus. A reception will follow in the Chancery. All families with children or adults with special needs are welcome. A modified bilingual liturgy will be celebrated to accommodate these needs. All parishes are asked to send a representative so they can see how to model this liturgy in their parish. Special dispensation from your Sunday obligation for this weekend will be granted to those who attend. Please RSVP to Linda Porter by April 27 so we can provide for the reception. Email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. for information or to register.

Father Gavin Vaverek will offer a presentation on Dealing Successfully with Failed Marriages Saturday, March 25, 10 a.m.-noon, at Sacred Heart Church in Nacogdoches in the Margil Center. The session will offer a brief explanation of the how and why of the Church’s respect for every marriage and the processes for establishing that a failed marriage was in reality never what Christ intended marriage to be. The session will also offer the specific steps for moving forward with addressing a failed marriage with the help of the Church. Father Vaverek, pastor of St. Patrick Church in Lufkin and a canon lawyer, will talk about divorce and remarriage, the Tribunal, and steps toward returning to the sacraments. The day is free with no pre-registration required. Sacred Heart Church is at 2508 Appleby Sand Road in Nacogdoches.

The cloistered Dominican nuns of the Monastery of the Infant Jesus in Lufkin are having a Holy Hour for vocations April 7 at 7 p.m. The monastery is at 1501 Lotus Lane, Lufkin, TX, 75904.

The Abortion Dialogue Academy will offer a workshop on responding to common pro-choice arguments Thursday, April 6, 6-8 p.m., at St. Matthew Church in Longview. The Abortion Dialogue Academy is a national non-profit organization dedicated to teaching anti-abortion advocates to speak persuasively on the issue. For more information about the ADA, see the group’s website.

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, camp fires, 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.

The Tyler Diocesan Council of Catholic Women has launched a Rosary Crusade for 2017, calling upon Our Lady of Lourdes to intercede on behalf of the sick, the unborn, families, religious liberty, and more. To see the suggested dates of prayer, see the flyer here. For more information, email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

Bishop Joseph E. Strickland and Catholic Charities East Texas invite parishioners in Mount Pleasant, Pittsburg, Dangerfield, and Mount Vernon to join him on Sunday, April 2, 6-8 p.m. for a Garden of Charity event in the rectory of St. Michael Church in Mount Pleasant.  The evening will benefit social services at Catholic Charities and the four parishes.  For ticket information contact Catholic Charities at 903-258-9492, ext. 103, or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

Catholic Charities East Texas is seeking volunteers for the Parish Nurse Ministry. Part-time RNs wanted to practice within Catholic churches in East Texas. 8 hrs. per week $20/hr. Flexible hours. Please submit resumes via email to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. For information, call Catholic Charities at 903 258-9492 or see the website.

Catholic Charities East Texas will offer free GED classes (High School Equivalency) starting soon. Classes will be held twice a week at Catholic Charities 202 W. Front St. Tyler, TX Call today, 903-258-9492.

Support Catholic Charities East Texas through Amazon. When ordering from Amazon, go to smile.amazon.com and choose Catholic Charities, Diocese of Tyler, as the recipient of the donation from the purchase.

The Maria Goretti Network is a peer ministry group for survivors of abuse and their families. The East Texas Chapter of the Maria Goretti Network meets the third Saturday of every month in the Cathedral Office meeting room (not the Cathedral Center) at 7 p.m. For information, contact Peggy Hammett, 903-592-1617, ext. 19, or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

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.

Athens

St. Edward Church. Bilingual Stations of the Cross are prayed the Fridays of Lent at 6 p.m. Join us afterwards in the parish hall for food and fellowship.

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.

Come and join us at a YOUTH 2000 Retreat for a fun, faith-filled Eucharistic centered retreat for youth (ages 13-18), led by the Franciscan Friars of the Renewal, April 21-23, here at St. Edward’s. The YOUTH 2000 Retreat includes lively music, inspiring talks led by the Franciscan Friars of the Renewal, a time for fellowship and fun, sharing the faith, personal testimonies, panel discussions, Mass, Eucharistic Adoration, Reconciliation. YOUTH 2000, a Eucharistic centered Retreat, leads young people to seek a personal relationship with Jesus Christ. Through talks, music, adoration, prayer, workshops, fellowship, the Sacrament of Reconciliation, and the celebration of the Mass, the young people deepen their love and understanding of the Catholic faith, and encounter the power and richness of God’s love and mercy. This Retreat brings young people to know the joy of a life lived in the worship of God and in service to God’s people. This weekend Retreat empowers them to go forth with renewed faith, to be witnesses to the Faith, to share the Good News and to be the evangelizers of the New Evangelization. Cost is $25 per person. For more info, please email Jessica Bentley, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

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.

Atlanta

St. Catherine of Siena Church. Soup and bread suppers are served the Fridays of Lent at 5:20 p.m., with Stations of the Cross prayed at 6:10 p.m.

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.

Stroke Scan will be here Saturday, March 25, in the parish hall.

Buffalo

St. Kateri Tekakwitha Church. We will have nocturnal adoration March 25-26.

Quinceañera platicas are scheduled for April 1 and May 6, 9 a.m.-noon.

The youth retreat is April 8.

Our Catholic Summer University will be June 5-9, 11 a.m.-5 p.m. each day.

Crockett

St. Francis of the Tejas Church. Our Friday Lenten Fish Fries are serving lunch and dinner, 11 a.m.-1 p.m. and 4:30-7 p.m., through April 7. Buffet is $12 for adults, $6 for children (ages 5 and under eat free). Delivery to downtown merchants is available for $15. For to go orders, call 936-545-8549.

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.

Diboll

Nuestra Señora de Guadalupe Parroquia. A faith formation catechist meeting will be Sunday, March 26, 3-5 p.m. in the parish hall.

Reunión de catequistas de formación de fe en el salon parroquial Domingo 26 de Marzo 3-5 p.m.

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.

Emory

St. John the Evangelist Church. Envelopes for donations to the Easter flower fund are available in the church entry hall. Drop your envelope in the collection basket by April 9. Give $10 or more to have a loved one’s name printed in the bulletin.

Stations of the Cross are prayed Fridays after the 6 p.m. Benediction and Mass. The Knights of Columbus serve Lenten suppers after Stations.

Join our faith community, and nearly 14,000 Catholic communities across the United States, in a life-changing Lenten journey of encounter with CRS Rice Bowl. Pick up your family’s CRS Rice Bowl from the entry hall today, and don’t forget to download the CRS Rice Bowl app! May these 40 days better prepare us to encounter ourselves, our neighbors, and our God. For more suggestions, see the CRS website.

A reconciliation service will be April 4.

First Friday each month the sanctuary is open for adoration with exposition of the Blessed Sacrament from 8:15 a.m.-6 p.m.

Volunteers and sponsors are needed for the golf tournament Saturday, April 1. The tournament will be at Land’s End Golf and Country Club. Registration is $100 per person. Forms are available in the church entry hall. For information, contact Sherry Badalich, 903-473-2275.

El primer viernes de cada mes, el santuario está abierto para la adoración con la exposición del Santísimo Sacramento de 8:15 am a 6:00 pm.

Bishop Joseph E. Strickland will celebrate confirmation June 10.

Frankston

St. Charles Borromeo Church. Adoration is held on the Wednesdays of Lent, from 6-7:30 pm. Please come and spend time with Jesus, whether you can stay for just a few minutes or for the entire 90 minutes.

Stations of the Cross are prayed at 6 p.m. each Friday during Lent, followed by a meatless soup supper in the parish hall. We need volunteers to sign up to bring soup and to help serve and clean up afterward. Please volunteer to help out for one or more of these soup suppers.

Join our faith community, and nearly 14,000 Catholic communities across the United States, in a life-changing Lenten journey of encounter with CRS Rice Bowl. Pick up your family’s CRS Rice Bowl from the vestibule today, and don’t forget to download the CRS Rice Bowl app! May these 40 days better prepare us to encounter ourselves, our neighbors, and our God.

We will have a potluck meal Sunday, April 2, after the 9 a.m. Mass. Everyone is welcome. Please bring a meat, salad, veggie, side dish, or bread.

The parish reconciliation service is Wednesday, April 5, at 6 p.m. The priests from the Cathedral, including Father Nelson, who is fluent in English and Spanish, will be here for confessions.

Gun Barrel City

St. Jude Church. The Knights of Columbus are offering two $1,000 scholarships to qualified seniors for the 2017 fall semester. Applications are at the back of the church, and must be turned in to a Knight or the parish office before April 1.

The 2017 St. Jude softball team is taking signups now for the upcoming season. A signup sheet is available in the vestibule of the church.

The Knights of Columbus are having a membership drive throughout the month of March for all men interested in becoming a Knight. Men must be over the age of 18 and practicing Catholics. For more information, contact Grand Knight Joe Castillo, 469-254-1947, Jim Bowles, 903-340-7174, or any other Knight.

Knights of Columbus fish fries are the Fridays of Lent, 5-7 p.m. in the parish hall.

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.

Holly Lake

Holy Spirit Church. Knights of Columbus Council #15174 will offer Lenten Friday fish fries March 24 and April 7. Dinner includes fried fish, coleslaw, beans, hush puppies, desserts, and beverages. Serving begins at 5:30 p.m. The dinners are open to the entire community, and funds raised will purchase wheelchairs for those in need, fund donations to Hawkins Helping Hands and East Texas Food Bank, purchase food for holiday gift baskets, and fund donations to the Gabriel House Project.

We will pray vespers Friday, March 31, at 5:30 p.m., followed by Stations of the Cross at approximately 5:45 p.m. and a Cajun soup supper and art auction after.

The Rosary Makers’ fashion luncheon will be Saturday, April 1, 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Tickets are $15 each. Call 903-857-9868 for information or to purchase tickets.

Join us for a Scripture study the Wednesdays of Lent, 6-7 p.m. in the Parish Hall. BYOB (Bible).

A liturgical ministry training for altar servers, extraordinary ministers of Communion, lectors, and ushers (in that order) will be Sunday, March 26, after the 9:30 a.m. Mass. This is a mandatory training. If you cannot attend, please see Father Mike or Deacon Sam.

We need a large group of volunteers to do some spring cleaning on and in our church grounds, windows, cleaning meditation garden, including weeding, raking pine needles, painting of benches, planting, etc. We will meet Saturday, April 22, at 8:30 a.m. Please bring rakes, cleaning clothes, ladders, etc. Please sign the sheet in the narthex. The more volunteers we have, the less time it will take to complete the different jobs.

The Holy Week schedule is: Holy Thursday, April 13, Mass of the Lord’s Supper, 7 p.m.; Good Friday, April 14, the church will be open from noon-3 p.m., with veneration of the cross at 3 p.m.; Holy Saturday, April 15, Easter Vigil, 8 p.m.; Easter Sunday, Mass of the Resurrection at 9:30 a.m.

Exposition is every Tuesday, 9:30 a.m.-4 p.m. We pray for peace in our nation.

Jefferson

Immaculate Conception Church. Men’s Club meeting is Thursday, March 30, at 6 p.m.

We will have a parish reconciliation service Wednesday, April 5, at 6 p.m. Fathers Eugene Tillekeratne and Bernard Boteju will be here for confessions.

The cardboard “rice bowls” are available at the entrance of the church building. God willing, you will be able to return the “bowls” to the church later during Holy Week or Easter. You might think of giving up something for Lent (not eating meat every day, fasting, abstaining, no candy, cake, soft drinks, coffee, no sugar, whatever) and putting the daily money not used in the rice bowl.

We are trying to bring food to church every week for those in need who come to our Immaculate Conception Catholic Community for help and assistance. (If we did a can/package every day from Ash Wednesday to Easter Sunday we actually would have 47 cans/packages. What the heck, why not make it a full case of 48?) Our canned foods offerings help keep our St. Vincent de Paul food pantry open and active. We are blessed to be able to look for and to find and to feed Christ in our brothers and sisters who are in need. We are called to recognize the truth that we are completely and totally dependent on God for all the needs of our lives. And we hopefully do recognize our own need and hunger for Christ/God.

On the Fridays during Lent, we pray Stations of the Cross at 4:45 p.m., celebrate Mass at 5:15 p.m., and have a Lenten supper at 6 p.m.

Our Holy Week schedule is: Holy Thursday, Mass of the Lord’s Supper, April 13, 6 p.m.; Good Friday, April 14, Stations of the Cross at 2:15 p.m., Veneration of the Cross, 3 p.m.; Holy Saturday, April 15, Easter Vigil, 8 p.m.

Longview

Our Lady’s Guild of Longview. We are offering two $1000 scholarships. Anyone who is going to college or technical school in the fall and is a member of St. Mary’s, St. Matthews, St. Anthony’s, or Our Lady of Grace is eligible. Applications are available in all church offices. Deadline for submission of application is Friday, April 7. Please call Katherine Zuniga with any questions or for more information, 903-315-7510.

St. Mary Catholic School. St. Mary Catholic School is enrolling for the 2017-2018 academic year. St. Mary is a college preparatory PreK3-12 program focusing on academic excellence and with a program that includes fine arts and competitive athletics. To schedule a tour, call 903-753-1657. For information about the program or tuition, call principal Amy Blalock, 903-918-7182, or Melinda Dunn, 903-806-0175, or see the website.

A Knight to Remember Gala will be Saturday, May 13. Raffle tickets are $25 and can be purchased from any school family or from the church office. Don’t miss your chance to win a Dodge Challenger. All proceeds benefit the students and programs at St. Mary Catholic School.

St. Mary Church. St. Mary’s Knights of Columbus is sponsoring a food collection initiative called “40 cans for 40 days” in which we are asking each family to donate one can of food for each day of lent. The food will be given to the local food pantry. The bin is located by the church office.

Please join us at the Parish Center every Friday during Lent following the 5:30 p.m. Mass for the Parish Fish Fry. The meal includes fried catfish, French fries, hush puppies, mac-n-cheese, coleslaw, tea or lemonade. Adults eat for $8/plate, children ages 5-10 $4, children under 5 eat free. Families of 4 or more eat for $25.

Ethics & Integrity Recertification will be Saturday, April 1, noon-1:30 p.m. in the Parish Center. The class is free but there is a $10 fee for the background check. The Diocese of Tyler requires that all church employees and volunteers who work with children or vulnerable adults have a certification on file at the Chancery.

Discover the richness of the Mass. Our adult Sunday school class will begin a new series Sunday, April 2, called “A Biblical Walk Through the Mass.” We will come to know and understand the Mass as never before and learn the rich meanings behind what we say and do during the liturgy. Please join us in the Parish Center, Room 302. All are welcome! For more information contact Karen Scibona at 903-353-3261 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

High school students are invited to be part of Ski Retreat 2018, Jan. 12-15, 2018, in Durango, Colo., at Purgatory Mountain and Silverpick Lodge. Cost is $700, with a deposit of $50 due by April 1 and monthly payments of $65. For information, email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

Our Bereavement Committee is looking for some new volunteers to help with meals for families following a funeral. Please call Waynell Kuhlman at 903-757-5904 if you are interested in this ministry of compassion.

St. Mary’s Teen Connection meets the first and third Wednesdays of the month. Come join us, 7:30-9 p.m. in the parish hall, for fellowship, faith, food, and fun.

St. Mary’s Middle School Youth Group will meet on the second and fourth Wednesday of every month 5:30-7 p.m. in the Parish Center. All middle school students are invited. Let’s get together to love God, love others and make disciples!

Adult confirmation classes for those adults who have not yet received the sacrament will be offered on Wednesday evenings, April 12 and 26, at 7 p.m. in the parish hall.

Gluten Free hosts are available at all our Masses for people with celiac disease. Please see the instituted acolyte or deacon before Mass to request a gluten-free host. Those hosts will be consecrated separately from the other hosts. Please go to the instituted acolyte or deacon you informed to receive that host for Holy Communion.

Young Adults is starting a new series in room 304 in the Parish Center. Free childcare is provided! Catholic Atheist will look at five specific ways in which we profess God, but then act and think as if he doesn’t exist.

We meet every Sunday.

St. Matthew Church. A Women’s ACTS Retreat will be offered March 30-April 2 at Lakeview Baptist Assembly in Lone Star. The goals of the retreat are to allow participants an opportunity to focus on their faith and its application during their daily lives, to build purpose in their prayer life, to increase their presence at the liturgy, and to cultivate friendship among members of the church community. The retreat begins Thursday evening with check-in at St. Matthew’s Catholic Church at 6 P.M. and ends Sunday with a reception in the John Paul II Family Center following 10:30 a.m. Mass. Round trip transportation to and from the Retreat Center will be provided for all retreatants. Cost for each retreatant is $160. A deposit of $20 must be submitted. The balance is due at the Thursday check-in before the retreat begins. Financial difficulties should not prevent anyone from attending. If you are unable to pay part of the fee, or need further information regarding the Retreat, contact Rita Fyffe at 903-424-7334 or by email to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

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.

Lufkin

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. 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.

Confession times will be available Tuesday, April 4, 6-8 p.m. (English) and 7-8:30 p.m. (Spanish).

The Holy Week schedule is: Holy Thursday, Mass of the Lord’s Supper, April 13, 7 p.m., followed by adoration until midnight; Good Friday, April 15, Stations of the Cross at noon (Spanish) and 2 p.m. (English), bilingual Chaplet of Divine Mercy, 3 p.m., confessions, noon-1 p.m. and 2-3 p.m., Passion liturgy, 7 p.m. (bilingual); Holy Saturday, April 15, Chaplet of Divine Mercy, 3 p.m., bilingual Easter Vigil Mass, 8 p.m. Easter Sunday, April 16, Masses at 9 a.m., noon (Spanish), and 5 p.m. (bilingual), bilingual Chaplet of Divine Mercy, 3 p.m.

Father Vaverek will present sessions on The Sacraments: How These Signs Instituted by Christ Bring Us Grace on Monday evenings, 6:30-8:30 p.m. in the faith formation building through April 3. For more information or to register, contact Oralia Aguilar, 936-634-6833, ext. 225, or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

Volunteers are needed for our parish cleanup Saturday, March 25, 8 a.m.-noon.

Stations of the Cross are prayed Friday evenings during Lent, 6:30 p.m. in English and 7 p.m. in Spanish.

We are planning a trip to Rome from April 23-30. If you are interested in going, please contact Jan Kupec for more details at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or 936-671-3863.

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.

Madisonville

St. Elizabeth Ann Seton Church. Stations of the Cross are prayed the Fridays of Lent following the 5:30 p.m. Mass.

Confessions are available on Saturday mornings 11 a.m.-noon or by appointment. Just call or text.

The Altar Society’s annual International Dinner is March 26. Cuisine from six different countries will be featured, so possibilities are endless: American, German, Mexican, Vietnamese, Cajun and Italian. And desserts, lots and lots of desserts! What will you prepare? Sign up sheets are in the narthex. Our Altar Society will be glad to answer any questions. Additional help is needed to transport things to the Kimbro Center, set up, clean up, and then return things to Seton Center. Monetary donations are always welcome. For more information or to lend a helping hand, please call Susie Miller at 936-399-4784.

The next baptism classes will be Tuesday and Thursday, April 4 and 6, at 7 p.m.

Join our faith community, and nearly 14,000 Catholic communities across the United States, in a life-changing Lenten journey of encounter with CRS Rice Bowl. Pick up your family’s CRS Rice Bowl from the rear of the church today, and don’t forget to download the CRS Rice Bowl app! May these 40 days better prepare us to encounter ourselves, our neighbors, and our God. See the CRS website.

The Easter raffle is under way. Tickets are $1 each or 6 for $5, on the honor system (drop your ticket and money into barrel). First prize is a Sony 32” LED Bravia TV. Feel free to donate more prizes.

Malakoff

Mary Queen of Heaven Church. Stations of the Cross are prayed the Fridays of Lent at 6 p.m., followed by a simple meal.

The Rosary Group meets on Fridays. During Lent, the rosary will be cited starting at 5:20 p.m. at the church with Stations to follow.

Knights of Columbus Council 12253 will hold a seafood gumbo dinner Friday, March 31, 5-7:30 p.m. in the church. All are welcome and the meal is free, though the council is accepting donations to help fund local charities.

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.

Easter lilies can be purchased for $10 each. Help us decorate the altar at Easter and remember loved ones. To purchase lilies, see Carol Leonard, Pat Rummel, or Judy Harrell.

Marshall

St. Joseph Church. The Knights of Columbus Lenten fish fry will be Friday, March 24, 5-8 p.m. in the parish hall. Cost is $8 per plate.

A sacramental preparation class for those preparing to receive the sacraments of Eucharist and confirmation is Sunday, March 26, at 4 p.m. in the school.

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.

Each family is asked to collect one canned good per day for the 40 days of Lent. Cans may be dropped off at the church or church office at any time. The collection benefits the Marshall Food Bank.

Our Holy Week schedule is: Holy Thursday, April 13, bilingual Mass of the Lord’s Supper, 7 p.m., followed by Altar of Repose in the parish hall; Good Friday, April 14, confessions, 11 a.m.-1 p.m., English Stations of the Cross, 12:05 p.m., Spanish Celebration of the Lord’s Passion, 3 p.m. at the school; English Celebration of the Lord’s Passion, 7 p.m.; Holy Saturday, bilingual Easter Vigil, 8 p.m.; Easter Sunday, Mass of the Resurrection, 7:30 a.m., 10:30 a.m., 12:30 p.m. (Spanish).

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.

Mineola

St. Peter the Apostle Church. Knights of Columbus fish fries are at 6 p.m. on the Fridays of Lent.

Mount Pleasant

St. Michael Church. We have fish fries in the parish hall the Fridays of Lent, 5-8:30 p.m. If you wish to volunteer to help, please contact the church office.

We will have Lenten retreats Wednesday, March 29, at 9 a.m. (English) and 6 p.m. (Spanish) in the church, and at 7 p.m. (English) in St. Michael Hall. Confession times will be available before and after the talks.

We need participants for the Way of the Cross play. We practice Mondays, 6:30-8:30 p.m. in St. Michael Hall. All are welcome to participate.

Come and Join our Apologetics/Bible Study Wednesdays in St. Michael Hall from 9-10:15 a.m. and 6-7:30 p.m. Everyone is invited to come and participate in learning the word of the Lord.

We are trying to update our parish records. If there are still families who need to register as members of this parish, update personal information, or wish to have offering envelopes for the year 2017, please come by or call the parish office as soon as possible at 903-572-5227.

Nacogdoches

Sacred Heart Church. Sacred Heart Outstanding Catholic Kids (SHOCK) youth group meets Wednesday nights, 6:45-8:30 p.m.

All young people in grades 6-12 are invited to join us in the “Upper Room” for faith, fun, and fellowship. For information, please contact Rebecca at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

Our food pantry is open on the second Tuesday of every month, 9 a.m.-noon. All monetary support is appreciated, and special envelopes are now available in the vestibule for your support. Help us feed the hungry in our midst.

St. Mary’s Chapel, Stephen F. Austin State University. Stations of the Cross are prayed the Fridays during Lent after Mass.

Knights of Columbus are offering fish fries on the Fridays of Lent.

The Men’s Retreat will be March 31-April 2. The Women’s Retreat will be April 1-2.

Palestine

Sacred Heart Church. Eucharistic adoration is every Thursday at noon.

LifeTeen, for young people in grades 9-12, is held on Wednesdays, 6:30-8 p.m.

Texarkana

Sacred Heart Church. The Catholic Daughters of the Americas will serve a baked potato supper Friday, March 24, 6-7 p.m.

Father Mike Adams will lead an Advent pilgrimage to the Holy Land Nov. 27-Dec.8. The 12-day “Where Christ Was Born Tour” will include visits to Tel Avib and Nazareth, Capernaum, Cana dnd Mount Tabor, Jerusalem, Bethlehem, and the Dead Sea. Cost is $2,920 per person without air fare and $4,420 all-inclusive. A deposit of $1,000 per person is required at the time of booking. For information, call John or Natalie at 800-675-9088, email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it., or see the website. Stations of the Cross are prayed every Friday during Lent at 7 p.m. (English) and 7:30 p.m. (Spanish)

Mass is celebrated at 12:05 p.m. every Thursday of Lent.

Catholic Charities is seeking to expand the Parish Nursing Program in neighboring areas (Atlanta, New Boston, etc). Part-time nurses are wanted to work in a parish setting eight hours a week at $20/hour. The hours are flexible. Please submit resumes via email to Jennie Pierce MSN, APRN-CNS, Parish Nurse Coordinator, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. For information, see the Catholic Charities website or call 903-372-3229.

Learn the Spanish language. Lessons in basic, intermediate, and advanced are available. Lessons are $10 each. For information, call Betty Rodriguez, 903-691-7931.

Tyler

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.

The Milam Joseph Golf Tournament is Friday, March 31, at the Cascades Golf Club in Tyler. Registration opens at 11 a.m., lunch is at 11:30 a.m., and tee off is at 12:15 p.m. Come join us for fun, prizes, and more. Proceeds support tuition assistance at St. Gregory Cathedral School and Bishop Thomas K. Gorman Catholic School in the form of merit scholarships. For more information, please contact Kara Camp at 903-520-2117 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

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 login 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.

The school will present its student production of Elton John and Tim Rice’s musical “Aida” April 7-9 in Haddad Gym. Starring students Rachel Mikita, Sean-Riley Cunningham, Molly Breedlove, and Matthew Navarro, the bittersweet musical tells the story of people who must choose between love, honor, and duty to their people. For ticket information, contact the school at 903-561-2424.

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.

Wellspring Center for Spirituality. We are offering a retreat in preparation for Holy Week, Saturday, March 26, 9:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m. The journey through Holy Week is a call to walk with Jesus. The journey we began in ashes will take us to the cross. Take this opportunity to reflect on the merciful and spiritual significance of Holy Week. All are welcome. No registration is necessary. For more information about Wellspring programs, contact us at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or 903-839-1280.

John Paul the Great Catholic Campus Ministry (UTTyler). We have Mass, adoration, confessions, and the rosary throughout the week. See our schedule on our website.

Tyler Junior College Apache Catholics Campus Ministry. We meet Tuesdays at 5:30 p.m. in TJC’s Jenkins Hall, first-floor conference room. Come join us for weekly liturgies and a pizza supper. For information about the group, contact Deacon Bill Necessary, 903-780-3519 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

Cathedral of the Immaculate Conception. Construction has started on the new covered entrance for the Chapel of Sts. Peter and Paul. The main entrance to the Chapel will be fenced off for approx. eight weeks. There will be no change to the Mass schedule, but please use the side entrances for access to the Chapel. Because this will be an active construction site, please watch kids closely. We apologize for any inconvenience, but the end result will be beautiful.

Join us the evening of Sunday, March 26, at the Bishop Gorman Middle School Gym for a concert by the Mette family. Michael James Mette is a Catholic musician and speaker who travels the country with his wife Michelle and their six young children. His music is a modern reflection of his faith blending alternative rock with faith-based lyrics. The concert will be 90 minutes and will include lights, video, music and testimonies by Michael and Michelle.

Donations for flowers for Easter Sunday in honor or in memory of a loved one are$10. The money must be turned in to the Cathedral office on or before April 10. Please remember to provide the name of the person being honored. Envelopes are in the foyer of the church.

The Knights of Columbus Council 1502 Lenten fish fries are March 24, March 31, and April 7, 6-8 p.m. in the KC Hall on the Loop. Advance tickets are $9 for adults, $5 for children (ages 10 and under eat free); at the door, tickets are $10 and $6.

“Tenebrae: Service of Darkness,” a Lenten evening of solemn prayer, readings from Scripture, and sacred music, is March 31, at 7 p.m. The name Tenebrae is the Latin word for darkness or shadows and has for centuries been applied to the ancient monastic night and early morning services of the last three days of Holy Week, which in medieval times came to be celebrated on the preceding evenings. This service is marked by readings from Sacred Scripture, the singing of psalms and hymns, and a gradual extinguishing of candles and other lights until a single candle, a symbol of the Lord, remains. Come join us for this time of reflection and prayer in the Light of the Lord Jesus Christ.

The Catholic Mothers of Ministry will host their annual Father-Daughter Dance Saturday, April 8, 5-8 p.m. in the Cathedral Center. Cost is $20 per couple, and proceeds benefit the Magdalene Home.

Baptism Preparation classes in English will be held on Mondays, May 8 and 15, 6:30–8:30 p.m. in the Cathedral Center. Parents and Godparents are required to attend Baptism Preparation Classes. If you have questions please call 903-592-1617 ext. 130, or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. Please bring a copy of the child’s birth certificate to the class.

C.A.R.E. (Christ-centered Abortion Recovery and Education) offers once weekly, eight-week healing Bible studies and weekend retreat opportunities. The next healing opportunities are a March 24-26, Journey abortion recovery Bible study weekend for women and a March 24-25 Journey abortion recovery Bible study weekend for men. For information, contact Anthony and Angela Vrba, 903-360-5547 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it., and Deacon Steve Curry at 903-920-3891, or see the website.

The Cathedral once again is able to offer faith formation for children with special needs. We have two certified teachers who have dedicated themselves to this educational ministry. These classes are for any student with a special need or who might benefit from some extra help. For more information, please contact Peggy Hammett at 903-592-1617, ext. 119, or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

Young people wanting to go deeper into their faith are invited to the second Underground meeting Monday, March 27, 6-7:30 p.m. in the church basement.

A Rosary Holy Hour Held is weekly on Tuesdays at 11 a.m. in the Adoration Chapel at Saints Peter and Paul. All are invited to join us. For more information, contact Susan Mills 903-780-2935 or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

St. Joseph the Worker Church. Stations of the Cross are prayed the Fridays of Lent at 6:20 p.m.

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.

St. Joseph the Worker’s Homeschool Group is a parish based support group for all mothers.  We meet once a month to plan activities for our children, prayer, reading to encourage us in our vocation, sharing and fellowship.  If you would like to join or receive email of planned events, contact This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

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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.

 

Father Gavin Vaverek, pastor of St. Patrick Church in Lufkin and a canon lawyer and defender of the Bond for the diocesan Tribunal, will present a session on “Dealing Successfully with Failed Marriages” Saturday, March 25, 10 a.m.-noon in the Margil Center at Sacred Heart Church in Nacogdoches, 2508 Appleby Sand Road.

The session will offer a brief explanation of the how and why of the Church’s respect for every marriage and the processes for establishing that a failed marriage was in reality never what Christ intended marriage to be. The session will also offer the specific steps those in failed marriages can take to begin moving forward in addressing their situation with the help of the Church.

Father Vaverek said the session is part of an outreach by the diocese to encourage those in failed or irregular marriages to come forward and begin rectifying their situation by taking advantage of the diocesan Tribunal.

“Pope Francis has made a great effort to make the Tribunal more accessible to people,” he said. “Our diocese has invested a lot in our Tribunal. We have a good number of canon lawyers to serve as judges, we have no large backlog of cases, and since Pope Francis eliminated the second instance automatic appeal, we’ve basically cut in half the amount of time (a case takes) because it’s heard only by us and not by (the Tribunal in) San Antonio. So we’re in a position where we can deal with more cases than we’ve been seeing. And we can get a judgment rendered in 6-12 months instead of 18-24 months.

“So we’ve been putting in place the steps to be able to do some outreach to invite people to consider it,” he said.

The session also is intended to correct the various misunderstandings of the Tribunal and marriage process that are so common.

“Practically, we find continually that people have a lot of misconceptions about the process,” Father Vaverek said. “There are people who think that because they’re divorced, they can’t go to Communion. That’s not the issue. The issue is whether they’re divorced and remarried. And sometimes that can be dealt with fairly readily. Sometimes it’s a longer process, but it’s not as long as it used to be.”

The issue of rectifying marriages within the Church has a direct bearing on the faith lives of Catholics.

“As Bishop (Álvaro) Corrada told a cardinal in France when the cardinal had commented about how, in the United States, ‘they’re so crazy about annulments,’ Catholics in the United States want to live their faith. They want to attend Mass and receive Communion.

“Religious practice is higher here than anywhere else in the developed world,” Father Vaverek said. “People want to be able to participate, including in the celebration of the Eucharist. Our culture comes from a very legalistic, law-and-order tradition, and, unlike in Europe where people aren’t necessarily so constrained by this, our people will allow themselves to be kept from this full and active participation by their situation. So if we can relieve them of that barrier, then it’s our obligation to do everything we can to restore them to the full practice of their faith.”

The session is aimed at those who work in Christian Initiation and encounter people with marriage issues “so that they have good information and can accurately help those they encounter,” he said.

“And, hopefully, we’ll also attract couples or individuals who have these issues in their lives and who have been hesitant to talk to their local priest about them.”

Whatever the individual or couple’s situation is, Father Vaverek stressed that “we have a number of well-trained and experienced people who can help. We want to help as many people as possible correct their situations so that they can return to a full life in the sacraments.”

The session is free, and no registration is required.