Que Pasa: News and Notes for Oct. 28

Archbishop Michael J. Sheehan, a Texarkana native and Archbishop Emeritus of Santa Fe, N.M., will be the featured speaker at the Dec. 6 dinner benefitting Catholic Charities of East Texas. The dinner, at Willow Brook Country Club in Tyler, begins at 6 p.m. and will include a silent auction.

The Daughters of Divine Hope will offer an 11:30 a.m. Mass Nov. 9 and Dec. 14 for clergy celebrating birthdays and ordination anniversaries in those months, and for deceased clergy. The Mass will be celebrated in the Cathedral of the Immaculate Conception, and lunch will follow in the Cathedral Center.

The Diocese of Tyler Office of Faith Formation is holding a series of workshops focused on assisting parishes and families to develop practices and programs for those with special needs. Sessions are scheduled for Nov. 7 at St. Francis of Assisi in Gilmer, Nov. 14 at St. Patrick in Lufkin, and Nov. 21 at St. Francis of the Tejas in Crockett. Topics to be covered include formation and awareness, making parishes accessible and inclusive, providing tools and resources, understanding disabilities, and adaptive Finding God Program. The sessions are intended for catechists, parish leaders, clergy, caregivers for this with special needs, and educators. To register or for more information, contact the diocesan Office for Faith Formation, 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., or call 903-266-2146. Cost for each session is $10.

The major relics of St. Maria Goretti will travel to Tyler and be available for veneration Nov. 2 at the Cathedral of the Immaculate Conception. This will be the first time St. Maria Goretti’s body has traveled to the United States, and Tyler and Houston are the only Texas locations for veneration.Bishop Joseph E. Strickland will celebrate All Souls Day Mass Nov. 2 at 7 p.m. over the relics.

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

The Legion of Mary will hold its annual diocesan fall social Nov. 7 at 10 a.m. at St. Peter the Apostle Church in Mineola. All active and auxiliary members and their families and anyone else interested in the Legion are welcome. A potluck lunch will be served at noon.

Catholic counseling services are now available in the Diocese of Tyler. Simone Key, MA, LPC-I, is on staff at the Cathedral of the Immaculate Conception to provide faith-based family, marriage, individual and group counseling. Initial phone consultations are free, and services are provided on a sliding fee scale. For information, call 214-640-0651.

To speak with a priest about a possible vocation, call Father Justin Braun at the chancery, 903-534-1077, ext. 171, or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. To speak with a nun, contact Sister Angelica Orozco, EFMS, at the chancery, 903-534-1077, ext. 145, or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

If you are not sending your parish bulletin to Catholic East Texas, please do so. Bulletins are our best source for information about your parish events. Email electronic versions (PDF or Word documents) to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. and mail paper versions to Susan De Matteo, Catholic East Texas, 1015 ESE Loop 323, Tyler, TX 75701.

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. The first issue can be read here.


St. Edward Church. A mandatory meeting for all parents of Sacramental Preparation II students will be Oct. 29 in the faith formation building.

Each First Friday, there will be a bilingual Mass at 6 p.m., with devotions to the Sacred Heart during the Eucharistic Holy Hour at 5 p.m. There will no longer be a 7 p.m. Mass in Spanish on First Fridays. We will no longer be calling this Mass a “Healing Mass,” because every Mass is a celebration of God’s infinite mercy and each Communion heals our soul. The Sacrament of the Anointing of the Sick, because it is meant for those who are gravely ill or about to undergo life-threatening surgery, will only be given on an individual basis at the pastor’s discretion. For further clarification, please ask Father Lowry.

A training session for those interested in serving as extraordinary ministers of Holy Communion will be Nov. 14 at 9 a.m. Please keep in mind that serving in this ministry includes being available to visiting the sick, homebound and those in nursing homes. Register for the training by emailing Father Lowry at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

Father Lowry’s formation class, “The Gospel of Jesus Christ,” is given every Thursday in English from 6:30pm to 7:30pm in the parish hall. Everyone is invited.

La clase de formación de fe del P. Lowry, “El Evangelio de Jesucristo,” es cada Miércoles en español de 6:30 p.m. a 7:30 p.m. en el salon parroquial. Todos están invitados.

Parishioners are invited to a traditional breakfast Nov. 8 after the 8 a.m. Mass in the parish hall. Please bring your favorite Thanksgiving treat to share.

The next parish game night is Tuesday, Nov. 10, at 7 p.m.in the parish hall. For more information, contact Penny Finch at (903) 675-3749.

Bible study is every Thursday at 2 p.m. in the parish hall.

The parish Youth Night is Tuesday, Nov. 3, with Mass at 6 p.m., dinner at 7 p.m. and activities at 7:30 p.m. All youth in grades 7-12 are invited.

With the holidays nearing, please remember those in our community who are in need and give generously to the food pantry. Place your non-perishable goods in the basket in the church hall.

The Athens Community Service of Thanksgiving will be Nov. 18 at 12:15 p.m.


St. Kateri Tekakwitha Church. The intentions for all Masses 2-10 November will be for your departed loved ones. Please complete an envelope with their names. If you would like to make an offering (of no more than $10) please place it in the envelope.

Las intenciones de todas las Misas 2-10 noviembre serán para sus seres queridos fallecidos. Por favor, llene un sobre con sus nombres. Si usted desea hacer una ofrenda (de no más de $ 10) por favor colocar en el sobre.

The Saint Forge youth group meets Tuesdays in the parish hall. The evenings begin with Mass.

The Sociedad de San José meets Oct. 28 at 7:30 p.m. in the parish hall.

Family Sunday Potluck is Nov. 1, beginning at 12:30 p.m.


St. Francis of the Tejas Church. The parish turkey and canned food drive is coming up in November. Please remember those in need and be generous.

Family faith formation is every Sunday at 10:15 a.m. We will be reviewing basic Catholic traditions and doctrines, such as the Trinity and when we light that big candle.


St. Charles Borromeo Church. Parish t-shirts will be available in the parish hall Nov. 1 after Mass, and in the foyer of the church Oct. 31. Cost is $10. Adult and youth sizes are available.

The Ladies of St. Charles meet for their regularly monthly meeting Nov. 3.

St. Charles hosts the first Families Anonymous chapter in the Diocese of Tyler. Families Anonymous is primarily for those who have known a feeling of desperation concerning the destructive behavior of someone very near to them, whether caused by drugs, alcohol, or related behavioral problems. When you come into this room you are no longer alone, but among friends.  St. Charles Borromeo Catholic Church in Frankston will host a meeting the second Monday of each month at 6:30 p.m.

The parish Sunday Brunch is Nov. 8. We will be celebrating the feast of St. Charles Borromeo.

The Men’s Club will hold their November dinner social Nov. 12 in the parish hall at 6 p.m. with barbecue meats and trimmings from Hickory House BBQ. Cost will depend on the number of people attending, from $11-$13. Please RSVP by Nov. 2 to Joe and Diane Bartelme at 903-825-2327.

For the Thanksgiving and Christmas holidays, we would like to provide our food pantry clients with some holiday-type foods. For the next twos weekends (Oct. 31-Nov. 1 and Nov. 7-8) we would like to give you an opportunity to donate some specific food items. Suggested items are: stuffing mixes, instant potatoes, chicken broth, cranberry sauce, canned pumpkin pie, and baking items such as flour, sugar, or oil. We have plenty of canned vegetables. Also, if anyone would like to donate a ham or turkey, we will place them in our freezers and give to larger families. As always we have purple envelopes in the foyer for your monetary donation that specifically go to Food Pantry purchases. Our next food pantry will be Nov. 12th and Dec. 10th.

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St. Jude Church. Lectors are needed for the 5 p.m. Saturday Mass. If interested, please call the church office, 903-887-1452.

The Cenacle Prayer Group meets in the chapel after 8 a.m. Mass every Tuesday. All are welcome to join the group and pray.

The Blessed Mother Teresa Ministry meets every second Monday of the month in the parish hall.

Men’s and women’s ministries meet the first Tuesday of the month in the parish hall at 6 p.m.

Guitar classes are held Tuesdays in the parish hall, 6-7 p.m. for children and 6:15-7:15 p.m. for adults.

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St. Thomas More Church. The fall fish fry is Friday, Oct. 30, 3-7 p.m. or until all the food is gone, on the church grounds, located at 1 Ranch Rd and FM 3 near Hilltop Lakes. Delicious fried fish with all the trimmings will be available for $10 for adults and $5 for children. Arts and crafts items will be on sale.


St. Mary Church. The St. Nicholas Bazaar is Dec. 5. There will be plenty of fun for the whole family, including meeting Mr. and Mrs. Claus, a traveling St. Nicholas display, the St. Nicholas Express, a general store, cake walk, food and more. Vendors, including gift-wrapping, will be present. The bazaar will include a silent auction, raffle, and gift baskets for sale. We still need donations of items for that baskets and paper goods for the café. Items may be placed in the donation box in the church office. For more information, call Pat Smith, 903-240-1635.


The Dominican Laity of Lufkin invites parishioners from both parishes to join them in praying the Liturgy of the Hours (Vespers) each Wednesday and Sunday evening at 5:30 p.m. in Saint Andrew’s Chapel. In so doing we honor God’s command to “pray without ceasing” (1 Thessalonians 5:1).

Monastery of the Infant Jesus. The Dominican Order celebrates its 800-year jubilee Nov. 7. Join the Sisters of the monastery for Mass at 10:30 a.m. and a reception following.

St. Andrew Church. RCIA weekly sessions are under way. Anyone interested in participating in the program or assisting the RCIA team should contact Elaine Jackson, 936-632-5914 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

Adult faith formation, “The New Evangelization and Gospel-Centered Catholicism,” is under way. Classes are Sunday mornings, 8:45 a.m.-9:45 a.m. in the new parish hall. Coffee and donuts are available 8:30 a.m.-8:45 a.m.

The youth group is raising funds to travel to Krakow, Poland, next year for World Youth Day with Pope Francis. To donate, contact Ben Honeywell, 936-676-9754. To leave prayer requests for the young people to take with them, contact Katie Glanton, 704-962-0097.

St. Patrick Church. If you are 55+, come join us Tuesday, Oct. 27, at noon in the parish hall for a potluck social.

The St. Patrick Catholic School Pumpkin Patch is open daily 10 a.m.-6 p.m. until Oct. 30.

A ministry training session will be offered Nov. 5, 6-7:30 p.m. for those who currently or would like to serve as readers, ushers or extraordinary ministers of Communion. The sign-up sheet is in the church.

The Ladies of the Rosary meet Tuesdays at 10 a.m. in the parish office to make rosaries. Come join us in this mission!

All high school students are invited to come to SPYG. We meet each Wednesday in the parish office from 6-8 p.m. Join us for fellowship, Bible study, games, and refreshments. For more information contact Rosie Pool at 936-675-0713.


St. Elizabeth Ann Seton Church. Beginning with All Souls Day, Monday, Nov. 2, our deceased loved ones, friends, relatives and benefactors are remembered in a special way throughout the month. You are invited to inscribe the names of your beloved ones in The Book of the Names of the Dead, located on the table near the fount. This book will be enshrined on All Soul’s Day at the beginning of the 5:30 pm mass to invoke God’s mercy upon all named therein.

The well-known and highly regarded National Evangelization Team comes to Bryan this November. All area high school students are welcome to experience this daylong retreat on Sunday, Nov. 1, hosted at St. Anthony Catholic Church. Watch for registration forms.

The tamale sale and pancake breakfast will be Nov. 8.

Bible study is held Mondays at 6:30 p.m.


St. Joseph Church. The parish is seeking a youth minister. Please contact the church office, 903-935-2536, for information.

RCIA and adults education classes meet Wednesdays at 7 p.m. Our textbook is the U.S. Catholic Catechism for Adults (ISBN 978-1574554502). We invite all to come and learn about the one holy catholic and apostolic Church.

A penance service will be celebrated Nov. 4 at 6 p.m. Those preparing to receive the sacraments in November are encouraged to attend.

A liturgical music study day will be held Nov. 21 at the Cathedral Center in Tyler. Cost is $10 for registration by Nov. 14 and $15 at the door. Lunch is included. For information or to register, see Nancy Vines.


St. Peter the Apostle Church. The parish is starting a Little Flowers Girls’ Club for girls in grades K-5. LFGC is a fun way for girls to develop Catholic friendships and learn about their Catholic faith, heritage and traditions. For more information, visit the LFGC website. www.beholdpublications.com/LFGC_home_htmq

We are in need of extraordinary ministers of Holy Communion for the Saturday 5:30 p.m. Mass. We presently have only three and need at least 10. Please help us by calling Maria Tittle, 903-569-3225, or the church office, 903-569-3665, if you feel called to this ministry.

We are in need of ushers, especially for the 9 a.m. Mass. Please consider being a part of this worthwhile ministry. Women also are welcome. For information, contact Linda Wray, 903-569-2422.

Applications for the Angel Tree will be accepted Nov. 9-16. The church office must have all applications ready by Nov. 23. Gifts are due by Dec. 7, and the spending limit per person is $30. Requests for electronics and high-tech gadgets will not be accepted. Contact the church office for more information.

Christmas pageant practice has begun and will continue through Advent. Practices are held in the parish hall on Sundays, 11:25-11:55 a.m. Encourage your children to join! We will need angels, shepherds, three Kings, Mary and Joseph.


St. Mary SFA Campus Ministry. St. Mary’s SFA Campus Ministry invites you to attend our Spirit Brunch on Saturday, Oct. 31, from 9:30 am to 11:00 am.  We will have a live jazz band, champagne brunch, raffle, and cupcake auction.  Tickets can be purchased at the website http://www.sfacatholic.net or at the event.

Adoration of the Blessed Sacrament is daily at 4 p.m., every Wednesday, 9 a.m.-5 p.m., with Benediction at 4:50 p.m., followed by Mass, and Monday and Friday, 9-10 a.m.

Every Wednesday, join us at the Circle! Come for Mass, then come on over to Ganter Hall around 5:45pm for free dinner, fellowship, and opportunities to learn more about the faith.

St. Mary’s would like to add a new or like new pool table and a stove ($400) for St. Joseph’s & the Ganter hall kitchen. If you happen to have one that you would like to donate or buy for us, you know that they would get lots of appreciation and use.


Dominican Sisters of Our Lady of the Rosary of Fatima. In this Year of Consecrated Life, the sisters will have an open house at their convent, 419 E. Neches St., 9 a.m.-4 p.m. Come meet the sisters, listen to their stories and share the joy of their service to Christ and his Church.


Sacred Heart Church. An ACTS women’s mini-retreat, Bread for the Journey, will be Nov. 7 in the church, beginning with Mass at 9 a.m. The retreat will include Mass, adoration, prayer, reconciliation, food, fellowship and a guest speaker. For information or to RSVP, contact the parish office.


Wellspring Spirituality Center. A Rosary Retreat will be held at Wellspring in Whitehouse on Wednesday, November 18th. Retreat begins at noon in the Mother of Compassion Shrine. Rosary will be prayed, and Mass will also be celebrated. Afterwards, there will be a brief meeting of the Rosary Society. Come join us for an inspirational Rosary Retreat, and for discussion on ways to perpetuate the beautiful and necessary devotion of the Holy Rosary. All are welcome! Wellspring is located at 16828 FM 2964 (Rhones Quarter Rd. off Grande Blvd.), website: wellspringcommunity.net, telephone: (903) 839-1280. A $5 donation to Wellspring is requested. For more information, contact Susan Mills, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or (903)780-2935.

Cathedral of the Immaculate Conception. The annual St. Vincent de Paul Christmas Store will be Nov. 13, 7 a.m.-4 p.m., and Nov. 14, 7 a.m.-noon, in the Cathedral Center. The larger sale this year will feature everything needed to decorate a home for Christmas, plus many specialty items including clothes and toys. Proceeds from the event will be used to support the St. Vincent de Paul Center.

The Knights of Columbus Ladies Auxiliary is taking orders for pumpkin rolls. Profits will be used to support local area Catholic charities. Orders will be taken through Nov. 8, and can be picked up on Sunday, Nov. 22, at the Knights of Columbus Hall, 3509 South Southwest Loop 323 in Tyler noon-4 p.m. Orders can be placed by calling Diana at 903-539-5710 or Mary at 903-939-1032.

Bishop Gorman PTO raffle tickets are now on sale for a chance to win a TWOK grill, Yeti cooler and 4 Yeti tumblers, the perfect tailgating package. Tickets are $10 each, 6 for $50 and 12 for $100. The PTO Auction is Nov. 14, but you do not need to be present to win. To buy tickets or for more information, please contact Barbara King at (903) 561-2424 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

With the body of Maria Goretti coming to Tyler to be venerated, many of us may wonder why we pray for and venerate the dead. We also may wonder why we pray for the dead. Is any of this in the Bible? Come get your questions answer at our class on Monday, Oct. 26 at 7 p.m. in the Cathedral Center. Allison Low will be presenting on Church’s teaching on praying for the dead and with the saints in heaven. All are welcome.

Public veneration of St. Maria Goretti’s relics will be Nov. 2-3, 9 a.m.-1 a.m. Bishop Joseph E. Strickland will celebrate All Souls Day Mass Nov. 2 at 7 p.m. over the relics.

St. Gregory Cathedral School invites everyone to tune into students’ morning program, Good Morning St. Gregory. The program features students in starring roles as they present news of the day. View the programs here.

SVdP is currently seeking two part-time employees.

Position 1 is for an Executive Director at SVdP, Immaculate Conception Conference. Job duties include interviewing clients, determining eligibility for assistance, providing referrals for other community resources, and working with the SVdP board to maintain established budget. Job applicants should be objective, adept at making decisions and resolving conflict, and possess good verbal and written communication skills, listening skills, and basic computer skills. Confidentiality and personal integrity are essential. Experience in social work is beneficial. Bi-lingual is preferred. Approximately 16 hours per week (Tuesdays and Thursdays).

Position 2 is for a SVdP Thrift Store manager in Tyler. Job duties include opening and closing the store, cashier, balancing cash drawer daily, pricing, and managing of volunteer schedule. Job applicants should be dependable, organized, customer-focused and possess general math skills. 24 hours per week (days negotiable). All applicants will be required to pass a criminal background check. All employees are required to have a current Diocesan Ethics and Integrity certificate. Interviews will be conducted Oct. 19-30. Start date on or about Dec. 7. For additional information and to apply for either job, contact Anne Kent at 903-521-0557 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

Family catechesis is in need of volunteers. We need adults who can walk children safely across the cathedral parking lot to various classroom sites and return them to their parents after classes. Certification in Ethics and Integrity training is required. For more information or to volunteer, 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..

Parents who wish to have their children baptized are invited to the baptism classes on Nov. 9 and 16, 6:30– 8:30 p.m. in the Cathedral Center. We also invite expectant parents to come to the baptism class. Please give us a call if you have questions or would like further information at 903-592-1617 ext. 30, or email us This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

A Rosary Holy Hour is held weekly on Tuesdays at 11 a.m. in the Adoration Chapel in the Chapel of Sts. Peter and Paul. The hour is open to all. 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..