TYLER – As the Diocese of Tyler marks the 30th anniversary of its establishment as the Church in East Texas, Bishop Joseph E. Strickland said it is important both to look back and take stock of the past and to look forward and prepare for the future. Above all, though, he said, the Diocese of Tyler must always keep in mind why it was called into existence in the first place.

Bishop Joseph E. Strickland, fourth Bishop of Tyler, celebrates the Liturgy of the Eucharist in the Cathedral of the Immaculate Conception during the Feb. 17 Mass of Thanksgiving celebrating the Diocese of Tyler’s 30th anniversary. Concelebrating are, from left, Father Hank Lanik, cathedral rector; Bishop Álvaro Corrada, SJ, third Bishop of Tyler and currently Bishop of Mayagüez, Puerto Rico; Father Anthony McLaughlin, pastor of Mary Queen of Heaven Parish in Malakoff and vicar general of the diocese; and Father John Jairo Gomez, pastor of Holy Cross Parish in Pittsburg and vicar general of the diocese.

Surrounded by priests of the diocese and assisted by deacons, with religious and laity filling the Cathedral of the Immaculate Conception to capacity, Bishop Strickland celebrated a Mass of Thanksgiving Feb. 17 marking the 30 years that have gone before and ushering in the next stage in the life of the Diocese of Tyler.

Also present was Bishop Álvaro Corrada, SJ, third Bishop of Tyler and Bishop Strickland’s predecessor, now Bishop of Mayagüez, Puerto Rico.

“Happy anniversary!” Bishop Strickland greeted as he began his homily. “It truly is a joy to gather, celebrating 30 years of the life of our Catholic community.”

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He offered “a very special welcome to Bishop Álvaro Corrada, my predecessor, whom we all know so well. He is very much with us in prayer as we continue to journey as people of faith. There haven’t been many times when this cathedral has had two bishops here at the same time. But I think it’s a sign of the way that the Holy Spirit continues to work among us and call us to live in the light of Christ and teach and live his truth.”

Sacred vessels – A chalice and paten were commissioned from Rome for the celebration of the diocese’s 30th anniversary. Bishop Strickland blessed the sacred vessels at the Feb. 17 Mass of Thanksgiving.

He pointed to a chalice and paten commissioned specially from Rome for the anniversary. The sacred vessels, which he blessed during the Mass, will travel around the diocese during this year to be used in parish Masses.

“I call your attention to this chalice here, a beautiful gift that you have donated to yourselves, a gift for the diocese. This diocesan chalice, commemorating 30 years of the local Church here in (East Texas), will travel around the diocese in the year to come. I hope that all your priests will have the chance to celebrate with this chalice. It truly is a beautiful gift that you give as an expression of faith to each other.”

The anniversary Mass offered those gathered an opportunity to remember and reflect on what Bishop Strickland called “the blessings and all the challenges of the past 30 years.”

The creation of the Diocese of Tyler was announced Dec. 12, 1986, in Rome during the pontificate of St. Pope John Paul II. The diocese was officially erected Feb. 24, 1987. Msgr. Charles E. Herzig, a priest of the Archdiocese of San Antonio, was ordained and installed first Bishop of Tyler that evening in a Mass celebrated in what for one night was known as the “Holy Oil Palace,” a place more known for rodeos and monster truck rallies than liturgical celebrations.

The diocese given Bishop Herzig that night was a stitched-together collection of parishes that had been on the fringes of three other dioceses – Dallas, Beaumont, and Galveston-Houston – and that were small, predominantly rural, and isolated. The new diocese encompassed 32 counties spread over 23,000 square miles and was populated by roughly 30,000 Catholics in 41 parishes and missions. Most counties had only one Catholic church; two had none at all. Even Smith County, home of the see city of Tyler, had only one.

This vast patchwork was served by 39 priests, a handful of deacons, and just a few communities of religious.

Priests of the Diocese of Tyler process into the Cathedral of the Immaculate Conception for the Feb. 17 Mass of Thanksgiving celebrating the diocese’s 30th anniversary. From left to right are Father Mark Kusmirek, pastor of St. Mary Church in Longview; Father Gary Rottman, Coordinator of Prison Ministry; Msgr. Ron Diegel, pastor of St. Mary of the Cenacle Parish in New Boston; and Father Christopher Ruggles, pastor of Sacred Heart Parish in Nacogdoches.

Three decades later, the Diocese of Tyler, while still largely rural and still grappling with issues of isolation, has changed dramatically. Spread now over 33 counties, the diocese boasts more than 120,000 Catholics in 70 parishes and missions served by 88 priests and more than 100 deacons. Men and women religious from 22 communities minister in a variety of ways. Every county is home to at least one church, and many have two or three.

The diocese once considered too under-populated, too rural, and too poor to succeed has since established a thriving Catholic Charities that serves the poor and the immigrant; countless St. Vincent de Paul Societies, food pantries, and soup kitchens; four Catholic hospitals; two Catholic high schools; an efficient Tribunal staffed with Rome-trained judges; a Faith Formation Office that has trained and endorsed some 3,000 catechists; and an Ethics and Integrity Office devoted to protecting children and vulnerable adults that consistently exceeds standards set by the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops.

Bishop Álvaro Corrada, SJ, third Bishop of Tyler (2001-2011) and currently Bishop of Mayagüez, Puerto Rico, returned to East Texas for the Feb. 17 Mass of Thanksgiving celebrating the 30th anniversary of the creation of the Diocese of Tyler. Under Bishop Corrada, the diocese became known nationally as a vocations powerhouse and was often called “the little diocese that could.”

It also became, under Bishop Corrada, a vocations powerhouse. Where Bishops Herzig and Carmody had depended mostly on “supply priests,” largely from other nations, to serve the people of God, Bishop Corrada concentrated on nurturing local vocations and recruiting seminarians to ordain specifically for this diocese. He also devoted resources to sending young priests to Rome for further education.

At present, the Diocese of Tyler has 13 seminarians in various stages of preparation for the priesthood.

Bishop Strickland has seen those challenges and blessings up close. Ordained a priest of the Diocese of Dallas in 1985, he was parochial vicar at Immaculate Conception Church in Tyler when the new diocese was created, thus becoming a priest of the Diocese of Tyler. He was one of the priests assisting when Bishop Herzig was ordained, and in the three decades since, has served the Church in East Texas as a parish priest, vocations director, judicial vicar, and administrator, twice, while the diocese awaited a new bishop.

He was named fourth Bishop of Tyler on Sept. 29, 2012, and ordained Nov. 28 at a Mass in Caldwell Auditorium in Tyler before parishioners from his native St. Catherine of Siena Parish in Atlanta and the various other parishes he’d served.

At the anniversary Mass, he called upon all gathered in the cathedral, and throughout the diocese, to remember those early days and the distance the Church in East Texas has come since its founding. Even more strongly, he called upon the faithful to remember the mission that has animated the whole Church from her very beginning.

“The beautiful Collect prayer of today’s Mass for the Holy Church speaks of us, all of us, as being the leaven and the soul of human society,” he said in his homily. “The leaven and the soul. That is who we are called to be.

Bishop Joseph E. Strickland prepares for the procession into the Cathedral of the Immaculate Conception for the Feb. 17 Mass celebrating the Diocese of Tyler’s 30th anniversary. The bishop is a native of Atlanta, one of the dioceses northern parishes, and the diocese’s first “homegrown” shepherd.

“We are called to teach Christ, to live Christ. Probably for most of us, whether bishop, priest, deacon, mother, father, religious sister or brother, wherever we find ourselves, we teach best by example. And our Lord and Savior, with his wonderful words and teachings, taught by example as well.”

Unusually for him, Bishop Strickland delivered his homily from the cathedra, the bishop’s chair, a marked change from his familiar habit of roaming around sanctuaries as he preaches. He noted the break with tradition.

“I realize that it’s somewhat unusual in our practice to be seated during the homily,” he said. “The liturgy does call for it, but most of the time I’m out there wandering around a bit. But I sit here as we celebrate 30 years as a local Church to emphasize how the Lord has taught us, working through four different bishops, many priests and deacons, religious, and the wonderful priestly people of God.

“This cathedra, yes, is the bishop’s chair,” he said, “but it is mainly about teaching Christ. And we thank Bishop Corrada who always did that, with his predecessor Bishop (Edmond) Carmody, and of course Bishop (Charles E.) Herzig. Pray for me that I don’t just sit here, that I’ll get to work proclaiming the truth this world needs so desperately.”

Bishop Strickland dedicated the Mass to “my brother priests, because, as Bishop Corrada taught us a few years ago, if it doesn’t happen in the parish, it doesn’t happen in the diocese. Wise words that I carry with me. You’re the ones there day to day, in sickness and in health, in tragedy and in celebration, in darkness and in light, being that leaven and soul to your community, whether Paris to the north or Waskom to the east, Diboll to the south, and all in between. And I can’t leave out Gun Barrel City,” he added to laughter from the congregation. “Wherever you are, fathers, my dear brothers in the priesthood, you’re the ones on the front lines. And so I dedicate this to you, because you are who we need, serving the Church in all these communities, with the support of deacons and religious, and, hopefully, a bishop who is not an obstacle but an encouragement, as my predecessors have been so well.”

Deacons Larry Edwards of St. Therese Parish in Canton, Loren Seeley of St. James Parish in Sulphur Springs, Richard Sykora of St. Jude Parish in Gun Barrel City, and Clarence Blalock of Prince of Peace Parish in Whitehouse participate in the Feb. 17 Mass of Thanksgiving celebrating the Diocese of Tyler’s 30th anniversary. In the three decades since the diocese’s founding, the number of deacons serving in a variety of ministries has more than doubled.

The congregation gave a long and loud round of applause to the priests, and the bishop used that as an opportunity to encourage those studying for the priesthood.

“I hope the seminarians heard that applause, not as a matter of pride, but as a matter of energy, to serve the Lord with joy in their priesthood,” he said. “I know that my brother bishop, Bishop Corrada, all my brother priests, and the deacons who share in sacred orders (would agree) there is no better life, young men. All the obstacles, all the studies, all the papers, are worth it and more. Study hard, work and develop and grow, allow yourselves to be formed, like this beautiful chalice, formed to serve, formed to teach Christ. Look to my brother priests, your mentors, to be that. Talk to these men; get to know them in your journeys.

“My brothers,” he urged the gathered priests, “reach out to the seminarians, support them and encourage other young men to embrace this beautiful call, this leaven that only we can provide to a world that needs that light so desperately.

Women religious serve the Diocese of Tyler in numerous ministries, from parishes and hospitals to the constant prayer of the cloistered Dominican nuns in the Monastery of the Infant Jesus in Lufkin. Sister Margarita Maria Igriczi-Nagy of the Brigitteni Servitores Sanctissimi Salvatoris Institute (OSsS) serves St. Joseph the Worker traditional Latin parish in Tyler.

“The Church gathers around her priests at every altar in the diocese, and beautifully we grow – in liturgy, in teaching Christ, in working with the youth, in forming for the sacraments and preparing for matrimony, in all the ways we are called to teach. The priests are essential, and they need the support of the deacons, their right hands working in our parish communities.”

Bishop Strickland reminded all present of what the work of the Church is, and what those who make up her body are called to do.

“The Scriptures today speak beautifully of what we celebrate every time we gather at the altar,” he said. “‘Rise up in splendor, Jerusalem, your light is come. The glory of the Lord shines upon you’ (Isaiah 60:1). We have the light. We are called to joyfully and powerfully and with great clarity teach that light, share the light of Christ. I thank you for all the ways you do that.

“From the Book of Revelation, with all those mysterious images, ‘It gleamed with the splendor of God’ (Revelation 21:11). The splendor of God!” he exclaimed. “What a treasure we share in our priesthood with his son Jesus Christ, and all of us as a priestly people. That is what we offer to human society, this leaven. It is not just daily food. It is beyond imagining. The splendor of God calls us to rise up from the baseness of humanity and our sin, to rise up to being children of God.

“And finally in the Gospel, ‘Whoever remains in me and I in him will bear much fruit, because without me you can do nothing’ (John 15:5). Let us remember that, all of us, baptized in the Lord: ‘Without me, you can do nothing.’ Without Christ, how can we be priests? Without Christ, how can we be the priestly people called to share the splendor of God?”

He said the 30th anniversary is “hopefully” a day of “great joy and celebration.” But, he added, “it really is only a moment, a pause of thanksgiving, because the Christ of yesterday, today, and tomorrow, Christ for the ages, is always calling us to tomorrow, to bring this light to the little children, who will be the teenagers, who will then be the next generation of mothers and fathers, of priests and brothers and sisters, working in the vineyard of the Lord.

“We give thanks that, for 30 years, we have done well, we have grown,” Bishop Strickland said. “But, brothers and sisters, we have much more to do. Much more teaching, much more of the splendor of God to share. So let us be on our way. Let us turn the corner with great care, with great love, with great dedication to our Lord Jesus Christ.

“Without Christ, we are empty, we are lifeless, we are sad,” he said. “With Christ, we share in the splendor of God.”

In 2017, the Diocese of Tyler will honor our past and look forward to the future as we celebrate our 30th year of carrying out the saving mission of Jesus Christ and his Church in East Texas. The Diocese of Tyler was canonically erected on Dec. 12, 1986, by an Apostolic Bull of Pope St. John Paul II, which created the new diocese out of territory from the Dioceses of Dallas, Beaumont, and Galveston-Houston. On Feb. 24, 1987, the new diocese was officially established as Charles E. Herzig received his episcopal consecration and became the first shepherd of the portion of the people of God in Northeast Texas.

Since that time, the diocese has grown from just under 29,000 Christian faithful served by 35 priests and 30 deacons in 41 parishes and missions to over 120,000 faithful in the care of 111 priests and 120 deacons in 69 parishes and missions.

Bishop Joseph E. Strickland will celebrate a Mass of Thanksgiving Friday, Feb. 17, at 1:30 p.m., in the Cathedral of the Immaculate Conception with the priests, deacons, and religious of the diocese. Lay representatives from every parish will also join in the Eucharistic celebration. A public reception will follow at 3 p.m.

At the Mass, Bishop Strickland will consecrate a 30th Anniversary Chalice for the Diocese of Tyler. This chalice will travel to all parishes in the diocese during the anniversary year, and special prayers will be offered for the diocese.

The diocesan Facebook and Twitter accounts will feature historical information throughout the year.

During the anniversary year, parishes and missions are asked to set aside a time to honor their history. Parishes may celebrate their own anniversary dates and their patronal feast days, compile parish histories, and recall the clergy, religious, and lay faithful who have served their communities in the past. The diocesan archives can assist in providing historical information. Works of mercy and charity, undertaken as a community, would also be an ideal way to commemorate the year.

Bishop Strickland will celebrate Mass for the World Marriage Day Anniversary Celebration Saturday, Feb. 11, at 2 p.m., in the Cathedral of the Immaculate Conception in Tyler. All couples celebrating 5, 10, 15, 20, 25, 30, 35, 40, 45, 50, and 55+years of marriage in the year 2017, are invited to attend the Mass. A reception will follow in the Cathedral Center. To receive an invitation, fill out and send in the form found here.

The Gabriel Project of East Texas is a pro-life network of volunteers from parishes within the diocese of Tyler, committed to offering hope and support to mothers and fathers so that they may choose life even though in crisis. Both men and women are invited to become a trained volunteer. The Gabriel Project will offer a training session at St. Charles Borromeo Church in Frankston on Saturday, Feb. 25. Mass will be celebrated at 9 a.m., followed by training from 10 a.m.-3 p.m. Representatives from TDCCW, local pregnancy centers, maternity homes, and government and community resources will be speaking. Lunch, snacks, and beverages will be provided. RSVP to 903-876-3309 or 888-300-5112. For more about the Gabriel Project, see the website here.

The Diocese of Tyler Catholic Committee on Scouting invites all Catholic Scouts and Scouting volunteers to a special Mass with Bishop Strickland on Feb. 25 at 10 a.m. in the Cathedral of the Immaculate Conception in Tyler. If you have questions, you may contact Gordon George at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

The diocesan Youth Evangelization Office is hosting several events for youth and youth leaders in the diocese in the coming months. They include:

Middle-School Youth Retreat, Feb 18-19 at The Pines Catholic Camp near Big Sandy (300 White Pine Rd, Big Sandy TX). The weekend will include a zip line, ropes course, sports, Mass, and adoration. Cost is $110 per student and $55 per adult. Only 60 student spots are available. For information, see the Youth Evangelization website.

RUKUS Catholic Music Fest, March 4, at Casa Betania (10645 County Rd 35, Tyler, TX 75706). The day will include music from Kairy Marquez, Kyle Sinkule, and Chad Minchew. Cost is $20 for adults, $10 for ages 11-16; children under 10 who are accompanied by parents get in free. VIP tickets are $30, and include front row parking, covered seating, meet and greets, and a signed poster. For information or to register, see the youth evangelization website.

The Office of Faith Formation is sponsoring You Have Put on Christ, an interactive presentation for catechists and all others interesting living as a disciple of Christ, Saturday, Feb. 11, 10 a.m.-3 p.m. in the Milam Joseph Community Center Building on the campus of Bishop TK Gorman Catholic Schools in Tyler. Presenter for the day will be Dr. Jerry Galipeau, Vice President and Chief Publishing Officer at J. S. Paluch Company and its music and liturgy division, World Library Publications. Cost is $15 by Feb. 9, and $20 after. For information, see the website here. To register, email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or call 903-266-2146.

Bishop Strickland 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. Modified 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. or call 903-266-2146. January 27 is the feast day of St. Angela Merici. She has been designated patroness of those with special needs for the Diocese of Tyler. Please include intercessory prayers on that day for these families.

Catholic Charities East Texas is seeking volunteers for the Parish Nurse Ministry. Part-time RN’s wanted to practice within Catholic churches in East Texas. Eight hours per week at $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.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 Daughters of Divine Hope will offer Mass for bishops and priests who have ordination anniversaries and birthdays, for deacons who have ordination anniversaries, and for deceased clergy Feb. 13 at 11:30 a.m. in the Cathedral of the Immaculate Conception. Lunch will follow in the Cathedral Center. The next Mass and luncheon will be March 13.

The American Federation Pueri Cantores, the official student choral organization of the Catholic Church, will host two choral festivals in Texas this year. Each year, the organization holds choral festivals for Catholic school and church youth choirs across the U.S. The 2017 Texas High School Choral Festival for singers in grades 9-12 will be held at Chapel of the Incarnate Word in San Antonio on March 3. The next day, March 4, will be the Houston Treble Festival & Mass for singers in grades 4-8 at the Co-Cathedral of the Sacred Heart. For information about AFPC or the festivals, see the organization’s website.

The Texas Catholic Conference Advocacy Day at the State Capital is April 4, 2017. 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 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. Youth night is the first and third Wednesday of each month, 6-8 p.m. To set up text reminders, text @youth2121 to 81010. We have partnered up with the Malakoff Youth Group. Contact us at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

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.

A team from St. John’s Parish in Ennis will lead a retreat for adult women Feb. 18-19. There is no cost for this retreat, but please fill out a registration form (available in the back of the church). Another team from St. John’s will be here the weekend of Feb. 25-26 to lead a retreat for adult men, and the registration for this is the same. These retreats will be in English, but father Lowry is planning a Spanish version later in the year.

We are ready to start collecting for our annual garage sale fund-raising event. All proceeds go to debt reduction of our note. You may leave your donated items on the porch at the Faith Formation building. The garage sale is scheduled for March 18, 7 a.m.-3 p.m.

St. Edward is hosting the West Central Deanery Tyler Diocesan Council of Catholic Women Quarterly Meeting Monday, Feb. 20. Lunch/registration fee is $5 and can be paid at the door. Registration begins at 9 a.m. followed by the business meeting. Father Lowry will celebrate Mass. Lunch will be served in the parish hall immediately following Mass. A program and guest speaker are planned for the afternoon. The meeting will adjourn at 1:45 p.m. The day of events is an opportunity for fellowship with the ladies of other parishes. All attendees are asked to bring an unwrapped baby item for the Gabriel Project. If you plan to attend, please RSVP to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or text 903-275-5392.

Buffalo

St. Kateri Tekakwitha Church. We will have nocturnal adoration Feb. 11-12.

The women’s retreat is March 11.

The parish pilgrimage to EWTN in Alabama is March 13-17.

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

The youth retreat is tentatively scheduled for April 8. Watch the bulletin.

Si usted está interesado en el aprendizaje de Inglés, la parroquia le gustaría ofrecer clases. Las clases comenzarán el 27 de febrero y durarán de 9 a 12 pm. Por favor, póngase en contacto con Claudia, tan pronto como sea posible en el 903-391-1164.

Crockett

St. Francis of the Tejas Church. We will have lector training on Wednesday. Feb. 8, at 6 p.m. If you have ever considered proclaiming the first and second readings at Mass, please join us. We still have a need for more lectors, altar servers and Eucharistic ministers. If you would like Eucharistic minister training, please talk to Father Gary or Deacon Juan to schedule a session.

Preparations have begun for the Lenten Fish Fry. If you would like to help with this project, please see Ginger Gregg or any member of the Ladies Guild. Ash Wednesday is March 1.

Little Rock Scripture Study meets Sundays in the hall, 2-3:30 p.m. We are studying the Gospel of Luke.

Volunteers are needed to unload the East Texas Food Bank Truck February 14 and 28, 10 a.m. at S.H.A.R.E.

We will have Basic Ethics and Integrity Certification in English Saturday, Feb. 18, at 10 a.m. Contact the church office if you need re-certification. The Diocese of Tyler requires Ethics and Integrity certification on file in the chancery for all church employees and volunteers who work with children and vulnerable adults.

Holy Mass from the sanctuary of St. Francis of the Tejas is broadcast Sundays at 5 p.m. on KIVY Channel 16.

Emory

St. John the Evangelist Church. The parish Valentine Dance will be Feb. 11. Have a wonderful evening with parish family and friends while supporting the Ladies Guild Scholarship Fund. Purchase tickets ($20) from Deb Boyd. Can’t make it? Donations are always welcome!

For those participating in the first year sacramental preparation program, there is a meeting Saturday, Feb. 11, 9-11 a.m.

High School students and parents are invited to attend “College Info Night” Wednesday, Feb. 22, from 6-8 p.m., here at St. John’s Gurkin Hall. Plan now to attend!

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 May 26.

Frankston

St. Charles Borromeo Church. We are planning the 20th anniversary of our parish. Bishop E. Joseph Strickland will be the main celebrant at our anniversary Mass Wednesday, March 8. A reception will follow in the Parish Hall. Because of this special reception, the Pot Luck on Sunday, March 5th will be changed to a Social. We would like to get as many pictures and memorabilia as possible for display at the anniversary celebration. If you have anything that you can share, please contact Ramona Chance or Father Jonathon.

The Ladies of St. Charles will meet Tuesday, Feb. 7, in the Parish Hall. The meeting will begin at 6 p.m. All ladies of the parish are invited to attend. Please RSVP to the church office if you plan to attend.

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. Knights of Columbus Council #15174 will offer Lenten Friday fish fries Feb. 24, March 10 and 24, and April 17. 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.

Ash Wednesday is March 1. In order to make it convenient for those wishing ashes, we will have two Masses, at 7:45 a.m. and 5:30 p.m.

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.

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

We are planning a 10-day pilgrimage to the Holy Land Oct. 2-11, 2017 with Father Mike. Cost is $3,200.00 per person and includes hotels (double occupancy), two meals a day, daily Mass, daily sightseeing, airport taxes, and fuel surcharge. The pilgrimage begins in Israel, then on to Tel Aviv/Sea of Galilee; Mt. Tabor, Cana, Nazareth; Capernaum, Tiberias; Haifa, Mt. Carmel, Stella Maris, Caesarea by the Sea-Jerusalem; Bethlehem, Shepherd’s Field, Church of the Nativity, Ein Karem; Mt. of Olives, Gethsemane, Pater Noster, Dominus; Jordan Valley, Jericho, Qumran, Dead Sea. Please sign-up in the Narthex if interested.

Jefferson

Immaculate Conception Church. The Parish Fish Fry will be Friday, Feb. 10, 5:30-7 p.m. in the parish hall. Fish (crappie) and fresh onion rings will be provided by George and Frances Carney, with additional help and support provided by the Men’s Club and the Ladies Altar Society. Please sign up; so we are sure to have enough food and do not waste the good gifts that God gives us.

Longview

Our Lady’s Guild of Longview. The Ladies Guild will hold their 47th Enchilada Roll on Friday, Feb. 24, 8 a.m.-noon. Lunch, babysitting, and door prizes will be provided to all volunteers. Enchilada trays will be available for pickup Saturday, Feb. 25, at St. Mary’s Parish Center, 405 Hollybrook, from 11 a.m. until enchiladas are sold out. Trays of six enchiladas are $8 each, with a limit of 20 trays.

St. Mary Church. Knights of Columbus Council 11093 is inviting all married couples to a Marriage Vow Renewal ceremony following the 5:30 p.m. Mass on Saturday, February 11. All couples renewing their vows will receive a certificate signed by Father Kusmirek.

Every Sunday from 9:40-11:15 am in the Parish Center. St. Mary’s will offer two new opportunities for adults who want to strengthen their relationship with Christ, grow in faith, and enjoy fellowship with others on this journey.

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

St. Mary’s Middle School Youth Group will meet on the second Tuesday of every month 6-8 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, March 8 and 22 and April 12 and 26 at 7 p.m. in the parish hall.

The St. Mary’s Knights of Columbus Scholarship Raffle for the Class of 2017 is Kicking Off! In order to display the names of all Catholic high school seniors on the back of our raffle tickets, we request an e-mail be sent to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. indicating your name, high school, and parish that you most closely associate. Our goal is to provide multiple scholarships to as many graduating seniors as possible, depending on the success of our raffle. Please send your name today!

St. Matthew Church. 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.

Our annual fund-raiser, “God Bless Texas,” will be Saturday, Feb. 25. Please mark your calendar. Formal invitations go out soon. Invite your friends and family. This is an adults-only event.

Lufkin

St. Patrick Catholic School. The annual Green and Gold Gala benefitting the school is Friday, Feb. 24, 6:30-11 p.m. at VFW Post #1836, 1800 Ford Chapel Road. Please consider sponsoring or supporting our Catholic school in some way. Call 936-634-6719 or see the website for more information.

St. Patrick Church. Baptismal class sessions have been scheduled. The English-language call will meet Feb. 23 at 6 p.m. in the Faith Formation building. Spanish-language classes meet the second and third Thursday of each month, 7-9 p.m. Parents and godparents must attend.

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.

Baby Palooza, a Texas-sized baby shower, runs through Feb. 18. A box has been set up in the church foyer to collect baby items for the Pregnancy Help Center. Please see the bulletin for items needed.

Join us for the workshop From Religion to Spirituality Saturday, March 4, 9:30 a.m.012:30 p.m. For more information or to register, call 936-634-6833. There is no cost to attend.

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. A series of special sessions for children preparing for first reconciliation will begin Sunday, Feb. 19 at 3:30 p.m. The entire family is expected to participate with their child. All meetings will take place in the Seton Center with new bi-lingual materials.

It’s time to bring back your old palm branches to become the ashes for the beginning of Lent. Ash Wednesday is March 1, with masses at 5:30 p.m. and 7:30 p.m.

Come join us for Father Barone’s annual Surprise Birthday Party Sunday, Feb. 12, following the 9:30 a.m. and 1 p.m. Masses.

Please remember that the construction area is off limits to everyone. During all of the construction, due to insurance requirements, no one is permitted on the site without approval of the contractor. Please keep your children safe. Keep an eye on them so that they do not get harmed near or around the construction site.

Malakoff

Mary Queen of Heaven Church. Deepest thanks to all those who have pledged to our Church Building Fund. Pledge worksheets are available on the table at the back of the church for those who have not had an opportunity to make a pledge yet. Please note that our pledge campaign is spread over five years.

Marshall

St. Joseph Church. Mardi Gras 2017 will be Saturday, Feb. 25, 7-11 p.m. at the Marshall Convention Center with live music by the Steve Wells Band. The evening will include finger food, dancing, a silent auction, and raffle. Tickets are $25 each, and $5 for raffle tickets. Raffle prizes include 55” 4K curve TV with sound bar, 4-camera wireless security system with remote viewing and motion detection, 10-karat amethyst ring with personalized sizing, and $100 gift card. Need not be present to win.

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 halls.

Mineola

St. Peter the Apostle Church. If you are interested in joining a pilgrimage to EWTN in Alabama March 13-17, please contact the church office or Father Love.

The Ladies Guild’s International Food Tasting Dinner is Saturday, Feb. 18, immediately after the 4:30 p.m. Mass. Prizes will be awarded for winners in each category. Tickets may be purchased Feb. 18 after Mass for $10 for adults and $5 for children ages 7-12. Children six and under eat free.

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.

Our church hosts Financial Peace University Wednesday evenings at 6 p.m. The program seeks to provide participants with the tools and inspiration to conquer debt and move toward financial security.

Nacogdoches

Sacred Heart Church. Join us for our Hope Retreats as we strive to become men and women of hope, speak a language of hope, becomes more optimistic and bless the world that is desperately in need of hope. Retreats are scheduled on Saturdays, 9:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m. Most retreats will be on the second Saturday of the month. All are welcome. No registration is necessary. The first Hope Retreat is Feb. 11.

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..

SHOCK is taking registrations now for our middle school rally and retreat, to be held Feb. 18-19. We also will be making Valentines for the elderly and visiting Willowbrook Nursing Home.

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. We will have a phone-a-thon to raise money for the new chapel Thursday, Feb. 23, 5-9 p.m., and Friday, Feb. 24, 10 a.m.-1 p.m. Come join us and take a chance at winning an iPad.

“Men, Women, and the Mystery of Love,” with insights from Pope St. John Paul II’s Love and Responsibility, will be offered every Saturday during February, 3-4:45 p.m., in Ganter Hall.

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. Sacred Heart Youth will have a Valentine Dinner and Dance Saturday, Feb. 11. Couples and families are welcome.

A baptism class is scheduled for March 16.

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 (www.cctyler.org) 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. 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.

St. Gregory Cathedral School. The annual school auction and dinner is Feb. 25, 2017. Tickets are on sale now in the school office for $50 each. All are welcome to share a fabulous and fun night out with all proceeds benefitting St. Gregory Cathedral School. Win a $5,000 shopping spree to Susan Robinson. Raffle tickets are $10 each.

Cathedral of the Immaculate Conception. Get your sweet treats at the Catholic Daughters of the Americas Bake Sale Feb. 19 after the 8 a.m., 10 a.m., and noon Masses. Proceeds benefit our charities.

The Senior Lunch Bunch will meet on Wednesday, Feb. 15, for 12:05 p.m. Mass at the Chapel of Sts. Peter and Paul and then for lunch at BJ’s, 242 Loop 323 WSW. We invite all seniors to come join us. Please call 903-258-0995 for further information.

Ethics and Integrity training sessions will be offered Sunday, Feb. 19, 3:30-6:30 p.m. in the Cathedral Center (basic training) and 7:30-9 p.m. in the Cathedral Center (recertification). Please call Veronica at 903-592-1617, ext. 117 or e-mail This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. to register. The Diocese of Tyler requires Ethics and Integrity certification on file in the chancery for all church employees and volunteers who work with children or vulnerable adults.

The high school retreat is Feb. 24-26 at The Pines Catholic Camp near Gladewater. Between grades, sports, theater, homework, family time, and everyone’s expectations, life gets a little overwhelming at times. We know, so let’s talk about it! We’ll have talks, prayer time, community building, high ropes, zip lining, food, and so much more. Forms will be available at ICY nights and outside Mass. The cost is $75 per youth, but scholarships are available. We do not want anybody unable to go because of money, so please talk to Chris about the retreat.

A Baptism Preparation class in English will be held on Monday, March 13 and 20 and 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. Please help us help others!! Plan to attend our annual fundraising event: February 28 CARE’N Confections annual fundraiser. 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.

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. 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 next meeting is Saturday, Feb. 4.

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. The next meeting is Saturday, Feb. 4.

A Women’s Morning of Reflection will offered Saturday, Feb. 18, at Mater Dei Church in Irving, 9:30 a.m.-1:30 p.m. The day will feature talks, a holy hour and confession, and lunch.

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..

Good Shepherd Health System (GSHS) has announced the finalization of an agreement to become a part of CHRISTUS Health. This agreement brings together two prestigious health systems to create CHRISTUS Good Shepherd Health System. This joining will allow the two health systems to work together to improve access to care for patients and expand health care services throughout East Texas.

In addition, Good Shepherd Medical Center will become CHRISTUS Good Shepherd Medical Center – Longview, and Good Shepherd Medical Center – Marshall will become CHRISTUS Good Shepherd Medical Center – Marshall. CHRISTUS Good Shepherd Health System will become a Catholic health system, like all other CHRISTUS services, and be sponsored by three congregations of religious women – the Sisters of Charity of the Incarnate Word of Houston and San Antonio, and the Sisters of the Holy Family of Nazareth.

CHRISTUS Health and its system participants form a Catholic, faith-based health system with the Mission to “extend the healing ministry of Jesus Christ” and is committed to the Core Values of Dignity, Integrity, Excellence, Compassion, and Stewardship.

CHRISTUS institutions, now including Good Shepherd, are committed to observing the Catholic moral tradition, the Ethical and Religious Directives for Catholic Health Care Services (ERD) approved by the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops, and the relevant requirements of the Code of Canon Law.

CHRISTUS Good Shepherd will become part of the CHRISTUS Health Northeast Texas region. The strategic plan of CHRISTUS Good Shepherd envisions playing a pivotal role in growth across East Texas and throughout the area.

“This is a day of celebration for our new health system and for the people of East Texas. Today, we bring together two great, not-for-profit organizations who share the same commitment to providing high quality health care and improving the health of the communities we serve,” said William Huffman, chair of the CHRISTUS Good Shepherd Health System Board of Directors. “We are delighted to join CHRISTUS Health and excited to carry on our proud tradition of caring for East Texans.”

“Our mission for the last 150 years has been to extend the healing ministry of Jesus Christ, and with the finalization of this agreement, we are continuing to build upon and strengthen our mission for years to come,” said Ernie Sadau, president and chief executive officer for CHRISTUS Health. “We’re so very fortunate that Good Shepherd Health System has joined CHRISTUS Health, and we are looking forward to continuing to provide the residents of East Texas continue with high quality health.”

As part of the agreement, the experienced and respected physicians and medical providers of Good Shepherd Medical Associates will become part of the CHRISTUS Trinity Clinic. Together, GSMA and CHRISTUS Trinity Clinic, two of the area’s most preferred multi-specialty medical groups, will include more than 500 physicians and providers representing 36 specialties in 63 locations serving East Texans. In additions, the clinics and offices will bear the name of CHRISTUS Trinity Clinic.

The signing of this agreement means revitalization for Good Shepherd as part of CHRISTUS Health, a health system growing in the U.S. and Latin America. As part of this change, Good Shepherd president and CEO Steve Altmiller will transition out of the system.

As a result, effective Feb. 1, 2017, two experienced CHRISTUS leaders will join the CHRISTUS Good Shepherd leadership team to continue the system’s hard work so Good Shepherd can operate far into the future from a position of financial and operational strength.

Todd Hancock will join as market president and CEO. He has been with CHRISTUS Trinity Mother Frances Health system since 2008, and most recently served as senior vice president and chief executive officer in the system’s Operations Division. Hancock has over 20 years of health care management experience in hospital operations, business development and strategy.

Jason Adams will join as market COO. He was most recently at CHRISTUS St. Vincent Regional Medical Center in Santa Fe, New Mexico where he served as regional chief operating officer. Adams has almost 20 years of health care experience in physician recruitment, hospital operations and facility expansion.

Both leaders will be relocating to become part of the Longview/Marshall community.

“We’re excited to welcome CHRISTUS Good Shepherd into the CHRISTUS family, and we are honored that Todd and Jason, two strong CHRISTUS leaders, are joining the CHRISTUS Good Shepherd family,” said Jeff Puckett, executive vice president and chief operating officer of CHRISTUS Health. “I feel very confident that the CHRISTUS Good Shepherd employees, physicians and volunteers will find Todd and Jason to be outstanding leaders with a strong commitment to high quality patient care for the communities of Longview and Marshall. Both Todd and Jason are very excited to become active in the community over the coming weeks and months.

The Good Shepherd Foundations and Auxiliary will remain and continue operating within the Longview and Marshall communities. Donors can continue to designate specific health projects that benefit the hospitals and local community as they always have.

For more information about CHRISTUS Health, CHRISTUS Good Shepherd Health System and their health care offerings visit www.christushealth.org.

Very Rev. Dr. Anthony McLaughlin has been appointed President of Bishop Thomas K. Gorman Catholic School in Tyler, Bishop Joseph E. Strickland has announced.

“I am very pleased to appoint Father Anthony McLaughlin as President of Bishop Gorman School,” said Bishop Strickland. “As a faithful priest, a gifted teacher and an experienced administrator, he brings considerable and unique talents along with a great energy to the school and I am confident that he will be able to build on the solid foundation that has been established.”

Father McLaughlin becomes the first President of the school under a new President-Principal administrative structure announced by Bishop Strickland in early January.

The President-Principal model of leadership is currently the most common form of administration for Catholic secondary schools in the United States. The President is the chief administrator for the school and ensures institutional mission, vision, development and community involvement. The President appoints the Principal to manage day-to-day school operations and oversee academics, athletics, fine arts and faculty.

“As a diocese, we face great challenges in making our Catholic schools affordable and available for many children, so it is exciting to launch this new model as the diocese celebrates 30 years and looks to a bright future for all the faithful,” Bishop Strickland said.

Father McLaughlin currently serves as Vicar General of the Diocese of Tyler and Pastor of Mary Queen of Heaven Parish in Malakoff. Relocating to Tyler effective June 1, he will continue in his capacity as Vicar General while serving as President of the school.

“It is with great joy and even greater enthusiasm that I accept Bishop Strickland’s appointment to serve as the first President of Bishop Gorman Catholic School,” Father McLaughlin said. “Ultimately the mission of a Catholic school is to form students to become holy, saintly, well-educated and productive members of the Church and society. With this as our goal, I look forward to leading Bishop Gorman and helping the school continue to be the best choice for education in our area.”

Father McLaughlin, a native of Belfast, Northern Ireland, was ordained a priest for the Diocese of Tyler in 1997. He holds a doctorate in Canon Law from the Catholic University of America. He has served in numerous positions in the diocese, including Rector of the Cathedral of the Immaculate Conception, Judicial Vicar of the diocese, judge of the diocesan tribunal and Defender of the Bond.  During the 2014-2015 academic year, he returned to Catholic University of America as Assistant Professor of Canon Law and Director of the Institute on Matrimonial Tribunal Practice.

Bishop Gorman, a nationally recognized Catholic secondary school for grades 6-12, is the longest serving non-public secondary school in Smith County.  Founded in 1958, Bishop Gorman has in recent years been recognized on the National Catholic High School Honor Roll.

As President, Father McLaughlin will lead Bishop Gorman’s search for a new Principal, which continues following the announcement of long-time principal Jim Franz’s stepping down at the end of the academic year. The new Principal is expected to be named later this spring.

For a video message from Father McLaughlin, visit: http://bit.ly/GormanPresident2017

For more information on Bishop Gorman School, visit: http://www.bishopgorman.net/

In 2017, the Diocese of Tyler will honor our past and look forward to the future as we celebrate our 30th year of carrying out the saving mission of Jesus Christ and his Church in East Texas. The Diocese of Tyler was canonically erected on Dec. 12, 1986, by an Apostolic Bull of Pope St. John Paul II, which created the new diocese out of territory from the Dioceses of Dallas, Beaumont, and Galveston-Houston. On Feb. 24, 1987, the new diocese was officially established as Charles E. Herzig received his episcopal consecration and became the first shepherd of the portion of the people of God in Northeast Texas.

Since that time, the diocese has grown from just under 29,000 Christian faithful served by 35 priests and 30 deacons in 41 parishes and missions to over 120,000 faithful in the care of 111 priests and 120 deacons in 69 parishes and missions.

Bishop Joseph E. Strickland will celebrate a Mass of Thanksgiving Friday, Feb. 17, at 1:30 p.m., in the Cathedral of the Immaculate Conception with the priests, deacons, and religious of the diocese. Lay representatives from every parish will also join in the Eucharistic celebration. A public reception will follow at 3 p.m.

At the Mass, Bishop Strickland will consecrate a 30th Anniversary Chalice for the Diocese of Tyler. This chalice will travel to all parishes in the diocese during the anniversary year, and special prayers will be offered for the diocese.

The diocesan Facebook and Twitter accounts will feature historical information throughout the year.

During the anniversary year, parishes and missions are asked to set aside a time to honor their history. Parishes may celebrate their own anniversary dates and their patronal feast days, compile parish histories, and recall the clergy, religious, and lay faithful who have served their communities in the past. The diocesan archives can assist in providing historical information. Works of mercy and charity, undertaken as a community, would also be an ideal way to commemorate the year.

Bishop Strickland will celebrate Mass for the World Marriage Day Anniversary Celebration Saturday, Feb. 11, at 2 p.m., in the Cathedral of the Immaculate Conception in Tyler. All couples celebrating 5, 10, 15, 20, 25, 30, 35, 40, 45, 50, and 55+years of marriage in the year 2017, are invited to attend the Mass. A reception will follow in the Cathedral Center. To receive an invitation, fill out and send in the form found here.

The Gabriel Project of East Texas is a pro-life network of volunteers from parishes within the diocese of Tyler, committed to offering hope and support to mothers and fathers so that they may choose life even though in crisis. Both men and women are invited to become a trained volunteer. The Gabriel Project will offer a training session at St. Charles Borromeo Church in Frankston on Saturday, Feb. 25. Mass will be celebrated at 9 a.m., followed by training from 10 a.m.-3 p.m. Representatives from TDCCW, local pregnancy centers, maternity homes, and government and community resources will be speaking. Lunch, snacks, and beverages will be provided. RSVP to 903-876- 3309 or 888-300- 5112. For more about the Gabriel Project, see the website here.

The Diocese of Tyler Catholic Committee on Scouting invites all Catholic Scouts and Scouting volunteers to a special Mass with Bishop Strickland on Feb. 25 at 10 a.m. in the Cathedral of the Immaculate Conception in Tyler. If you have questions, you may contact Gordon George at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

The diocesan Youth Evangelization Office is hosting several events for youth and youth leaders in the diocese in the coming months. They include:

Middle-School Youth Retreat, Feb 18-19 at The Pines Catholic Camp near Big Sandy (300 White Pine Rd, Big Sandy TX). The weekend will include a zip line, ropes course, sports, Mass, and adoration. Cost is $110 per student and $55 per adult. Only 60 student spots are available. For information, see the Youth Evangelization website.

RUKUS Catholic Music Fest, March 4, at Casa Betania (10645 County Rd 35, Tyler, TX 75706). The day will include music from Kairy Marquez, Kyle Sinkule, and Chad Minchew. Cost is $20 for adults, $10 for ages 11-16; children under 10 who are accompanied by parents get in free. VIP tickets are $30, and include front row parking, covered seating, meet and greets, and a signed poster. For information or to register, see the youth evangelization website.

The Office of Faith Formation is sponsoring You Have Put on Christ, an interactive presentation for catechists and all others interesting living as a disciple of Christ, Saturday, Feb. 11, 10 a.m.-3 p.m. in the Milam Joseph Community Center Building on the campus of Bishop TK Gorman Catholic Schools in Tyler. Presenter for the day will be Dr. Jerry Galipeau, Vice President and Chief Publishing Officer at J. S. Paluch Company and its music and liturgy division, World Library Publications. Cost is $15 by Feb. 9, and $20 after. For information, see the website here. To register, email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or call 903-266-2146.

Bishop Strickland 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. Modified 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. or call 903-266-2146. January 27 is the feast day of St. Angela Merici. She has been designated patroness of those with special needs for the Diocese of Tyler. Please include intercessory prayers on that day for these families.

The diocesan Office for Marriage and Family Life has scheduled several marriage preparation days and weekends in the coming year. Preparation weekends in English are scheduled for May 5-7, Sept. 22-24, and Dec. 8-10, all at Wellspring Spirituality Center, 16828 FM 2964, Whitehouse, TX. Cost is $225 per couple, and includes room for the two nights and meals. Weekends in Spanish are scheduled for April 22-23 and Oct. 28-29 at Casa Betania, 10645 CR 35, Tyler, TX, 75706. Cost is $175 per couple and includes room and meals. Preparation days in Spanish have been scheduled for Feb. 4 and July 15 at the chancery in Tyler, 8 a.m.-5 p.m. Cost is $75 per couple. For other dates, registration, and other information, see the website, contact the office at 903-534-1077, ext. 165, 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 RN’s 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.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 Daughters of Divine Hope will offer Mass for bishops and priests who have ordination anniversaries and birthdays, for deacons who have ordination anniversaries, and for deceased clergy Feb. 13 at 11:30 a.m. in the Cathedral of the Immaculate Conception. Lunch will follow in the Cathedral Center. The next Mass and luncheon will be March 13.

The American Federation Pueri Cantores, the official student choral organization of the Catholic Church, will host two choral festivals in Texas this year. Each year, the organization holds choral festivals for Catholic school and church youth choirs across the U.S. The 2017 Texas High School Choral Festival for singers in grades 9-12 will be held at Chapel of the Incarnate Word in San Antonio on March 3. The next day, March 4, will be the Houston Treble Festival & Mass for singers in grades 4-8 at the Co-Cathedral of the Sacred Heart. For information about AFPC or the festivals, see the organization’s website.

The Texas Catholic Conference Advocacy Day at the State Capital is April 4, 2017. 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 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. Ethics and Integrity basic training will be Saturday, Feb. 4, at 9 a.m. Please be prompt. The Diocese of Tyler requires Ethics and Integrity certification on file at the chancery for all church employees and volunteers who minister to young people and vulnerable adults.

Knights of Columbus Council 10524 Super Bowl Sunday Chicken Dinner is Feb. 5. A donation of $9 buys a plate including a grilled half chicken, beans, coleslaw, and dessert. Pick up dinners 11 a.m.-11:30 p.m. at the rear parking lot on E. Tyler Street behind the church. Proceeds benefit local charities.

St. Edward Parish Parishioners will feed the hungry at the Athens Soup Kitchen Thursday, Feb. 2. To volunteer, call 903-675-0076 and leave your name and phone number.

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.

A team from St. John’s Parish in Ennis will lead a retreat for adult women Feb. 18-19. There is no cost for this retreat, but please fill out a registration form which are available in the back of church. Another team from St. John’s will be here the weekend of Feb. 25-26 to lead a retreat for adult men, and the registration for this is the same. These retreats will be in English, but father Lowry is planning a Spanish version later in the year.

We are ready to start collecting for our annual garage sale fund-raising event. All proceeds go to debt reduction of our note. You may leave your donated items on the porch at the Faith Formation building. The garage sale is scheduled for March 18, 7 a.m.-3 p.m.

St. Edward is hosting the West Central Deanery Tyler Diocesan Council of Catholic Women Quarterly Meeting Monday, Feb. 20. Lunch/registration fee is $5 and can be paid at the door. Registration begins at 9 a.m. followed by the business meeting. Father Lowry will celebrate Mass. Lunch will be served in the parish hall immediately following Mass. A program and guest speaker is planned for the afternoon. The meeting will adjourn at 1:45 p.m. The day of events is an opportunity for fellowship with the ladies of other parishes. All attendees are asked to bring an unwrapped baby item for the Gabriel Project. If you plan to attend, please RSVP to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or text 903-275-5392.

Buffalo

St. Kateri Tekakwitha Church. The first platica de quinceañera will be Saturday, Feb. 4, at 9 a.m.

We will have nocturnal adoration Feb. 11-12.

The parish pilgrimage to EWTN in Alabama will be March 13-17. Watch the bulletin for further details.

Crockett

St. Francis of the Tejas Church. Holy Mass from the sanctuary of St. Francis of the Tejas is broadcast Sundays at 5 p.m. on KIVY Channel 16.

We need more lectors and altar servers for the English Masses. If you have ever considered helping in the sanctuary please call the church office. You do not have to be a young adult to be an altar server and this service to the parish.

Diboll

Our Lady of Guadalupe Church. A Spanish-language Ethics and Integrity basic training session will be held Sunday, Feb. 5, 3-6 p.m. in the parish hall. An English-language recertification session will he held Tuesday, Feb. 7, 6-7:30 p.m. in the parish hall. The Diocese of Tyler requires Ethics and Integrity certifications on file in the chancery for every all employees and volunteers who work with youth and vulnerable adults.

Febrero 5 habrá un entrenamientro session básica en Español 306 p.m. aquí en el salon parroquial y Febrero 7 recertificación de session en Inglés 6-7:30 p.m. también aquí en el salon parroquial para voluntaries y personas que trabajan con niños y personas vulnerables.

Emory

St. John the Evangelist Church. The SJE Youth Group will meet Friday, Feb. 3, at 5:30 p.m. for Adoration and Mass, then fellowship. All young people in grades 8-12 are encouraged to participate.

The parish Valentine Dance will be Feb. 11. Have a wonderful evening with parish family and friends while supporting the Ladies Guild Scholarship Fund. Purchase tickets ($20) from Deb Boyd. Can’t make it? Donations are always welcome!

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 May 26.

Frankston

St. Charles Borromeo Church. We are planning the 20th anniversary of our parish. Bishop E. Joseph Strickland will be the main celebrant at our anniversary Mass Wednesday, March 8. A reception will follow in the Parish Hall. Because of this special reception, the Pot Luck on Sunday, March 5th will be changed to a Social. We would like to get as many pictures and memorabilia as possible for display at the anniversary celebration. If you have anything that you can share, please contact Ramona Chance or Father Jonathon.

The Ladies of St. Charles will meet Tuesday, Feb. 7, in the Parish Hall. The meeting will begin at 6 p.m. All ladies of the parish are invited to attend. Please RSVP to the church office if you plan to attend.

Gun Barrel City

St. Jude Church. The Knights of Columbus Super Bowl Chicken Dinner is Sunday, Feb. 5, 9 a.m.-2 p.m. in the parish hall. The dinner costs $9 and is take-out only. Dinner includes half a chicken, coleslaw, and beans. Deadline for orders is Friday, Feb. 3.

The Guadalupano Ministry will meet Feb. 8 to elect new officers. All are invited to attend.

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. The Blessing of Throats will be Friday, Feb. 3, after 9 a.m. Mass.

The Ministry/Organizations/ Volunteers Sign-up Weekend is Feb. 4-5. We also will have blessing of throats after each Mass for those unable to attend the Friday Mass.

Holy Spirit is forming a new group to keep the community aware of our parish and welcome new parishioners who join us. If you would like to be a part of this committee, please notify Bridget in the church office.

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

The Knights of Columbus breakfast will be after 9:30 a.m. Mass Feb. 5.

The KC fish fry will be Friday, Feb. 10.

Ash Wednesday is March 1. In order to make it convenient for those wishing ashes, we will have two Masses at 7:45 a.m. and 5:30 p.m.

We are planning a 10-day pilgrimage to the Holy Land Oct. 2-11, 2017 with Father Mike. Cost is $3,200.00 per person and includes hotels (double occupancy), two meals a day, daily Mass, daily sightseeing, airport taxes, and fuel surcharge. The pilgrimage begins in Israel, then on to Tel Aviv/Sea of Galilee; Mt. Tabor, Cana, Nazareth; Capernaum, Tiberias; Haifa, Mt. Carmel, Stella Maris, Caesarea by the Sea-Jerusalem; Bethlehem, Shepherd’s Field, Church of the Nativity, Ein Karem; Mount of Olives, Gethsemane, Pater Noster, Dominus; Jordan Valley, Jericho, Qumran, Dead Sea. Please sign-up in the Narthex if interested.

Jefferson

Immaculate Conception Church. First Friday Eucharist will be Friday, Feb. 3, at 9:00 a.m., followed by Benediction and Adoration until 11 a.m.

The Parish Fish Fry will be Friday, Feb. 10, 5:30 – 7 p.m. in the parish hall. Fish (crappie) and fresh onion rings will be provided by George and Frances Carney, with additional help and support provided by the Men’s Club and the Ladies Altar Society. Please sign up; so we are sure to have enough food and do not waste the good gifts that God gives us.

Longview

St. Mary Catholic School. Come celebrate Catholic Schools Week with us. See a schedule of all our events here.

Our Lady’s Guild of Longview. The Ladies Guild will hold their 47th Enchilada Roll on Friday, Feb. 24, 8 a.m.-noon. Lunch, babysitting, and door prizes will be provided to all volunteers. Enchilada trays will be available for pickup Saturday, Feb. 25, at St. Mary’s Parish Center, 405 Hollybrook, from 11 a.m. until enchiladas are sold out. Trays of six enchiladas are $8 each, with a limit of 20 trays.

St. Mary Church. An Ethics and Integrity basic training session will be offered Monday, Feb. 6, 6-9 p.m. in the St. Mary Catholic School library. The session is free, but there is a $10 fee for a background check. The Diocese of Tyler requires an Ethics and Integrity certification on file in the chancery for all church employees and volunteers who work with children and vulnerable adults.

Every Sunday from 9:40-11:15 am in the Parish Center. St. Mary’s will offer two new opportunities for adults who want to strengthen their relationship with Christ, grow in faith, and enjoy fellowship with others on this journey.

St. Mary’s Middle School Youth Group will meet on the second Tuesday of every month 6-8 p.m. in the Parish Center. All middle school students are invited. Let’s get together to love God, love others and make disciples!

Young adults who have graduated from high school or are in their 20s and 30s and who wish to grow in faith are invited to join us Sunday, Feb. 5, 10-11:15 a.m., in room 304 of the parish center. We will meet every other Sunday. Please call Shea Vogel at 903-746-0319 for information.

Adult confirmation classes for those adults who have not yet received the sacrament will be offered on Wednesday evenings, March 8 and 22 and April 12 and 26 at 7 p.m. in the parish hall.

The St. Mary’s Knights of Columbus Scholarship Raffle for the Class of 2017 is Kicking Off! In order to display the names of all Catholic high school seniors on the back of our raffle tickets, we request an e-mail be sent to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. indicating your name, high school, and parish that you most closely associate. Our goal is to provide multiple scholarships to as many graduating seniors as possible, depending on the success of our raffle. Please send your name today!

St. Matthew Church. 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.

Our annual fund-raiser, “God Bless Texas,” will be Saturday, Feb. 25. Please mark your calendar. Formal invitations go out soon. Invite your friends and family. This is an adults-only event.

Lufkin

St. Patrick Catholic School. The annual Green and Gold Gala benefitting the school is Friday, Feb. 24, 6:30-11 p.m. at VFW Post #1836, 1800 Ford Chapel Road. Please consider sponsoring or supporting our Catholic school in some way. Call 936-634-6719 or see the website for more information.

St. Patrick Church. 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.

Feb. 3 is the First Friday of the month. There will be Adoration after the 9 a.m. Mass until the English Mass at 5:30 p.m. At 7 p.m., we will have Holy Hour following the Spanish Mass at 7:30 p.m. Adoration continues until midnight. Please come and pray. Thank you for honoring your commitment to the schedule.

Baby Palooza, a Texas-sized baby shower, runs through Feb. 18. A box has been set up in the church foyer to collect baby items for the Pregnancy Help Center. Please see the bulletin for items needed.

Madisonville

St. Elizabeth Ann Seton Church. A series of special sessions for children preparing for first reconciliation will begin Sunday, Feb. 19 at 3:30 p.m. The entire family is expected to participate with their child. All meetings will take place in the Seton Center with new bi-lingual materials.

Classes for students preparing for first Eucharist and confirmation will resume Feb. 5.

Father Gary Rottman will be here on Saturday, Feb. 4, to offer the Sacrament of Reconciliation beginning at 6:30 p.m. so that our Hispanic community may confess their sins in Spanish. Father will also preside at the 7:30 p.m. Mass.

It’s time to bring back your old palm branches to become the ashes for the beginning of Lent. Ash Wednesday is March 1, with masses at 5:30 p.m. and 7:30 p.m.

Come join us for Father Barone’s annual Surprise Birthday Party Sunday, Feb. 12, following the 9:30 a.m. and 1 p.m. Masses.

Please remember that the construction area is off limits to everyone. During all of the construction, due to insurance requirements, no one is permitted on the site without approval of the contractor. Please keep your children safe. Keep an eye on them so that they do not get harmed near or around the construction site.

Malakoff

Mary Queen of Heaven Church. Deepest thanks to all those who have pledged to our Church Building Fund. Pledge worksheets are available on the table at the back of the church for those who have not had an opportunity to make a pledge yet. Please note that our pledge campaign is spread over five years.

Marshall

St. Joseph Church. Father Ricardo Pineda, CPM, will present a parish mission, “If You Knew the Gift of God,” is Feb. 5-9, 5:30-8 p.m. each night at the church. Confessions will be available.

The Catholic Daughters of the Americas will hold their casserole sale Feb. 4-5 after all Masses.

Mardi Gras 2017 will be Saturday, Feb. 25, 7-11 p.m. at the Marshall Convention Center with live music by the Steve Wells Band. The evening will include finger food, dancing, a silent auction, and raffle. Tickets are $25 per person, and $5 for raffle tickets. Raffle prizes include 55” 4K curve TV with sound bar, 4-camera wireless security system with remote viewing and motion detection, 10-karat amethyst ring with personalized sizing, and $100 gift card. Need not be present to win.

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 halls.

Mineola

St. Peter the Apostle Church. If you are interested in joining a pilgrimage to EWTN in Alabama March 13-17, please contact the church office or Father Love.

The Ladies Guild’s International Food Tasting Dinner is Saturday, Feb. 18, immediately after the 4:30 p.m. Mass. Prizes will be awarded for winners in each category. Tickets may be purchased Feb. 18 after Mass for $10 for adults and $5 for children ages 7-12. Children six and under eat free.

Mount Pleasant

St. Michael Church. The parish bereavement Mass is Saturday, February 4, at 5:30pm. Widows are invited to dine after.

We will celebrate the Feast of the Presentation of Jesus at the Temple Thursday, Feb. 2. We will meet at the church soccer field to begin the procession followed by a Bilingual Mass at 7 p.m. We invite everyone to bring their Baby Jesus and candles to be blessed. A fellowship will follow right after Mass and be held at St. Michael’s Hall.

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.

Our church hosts Financial Peace University Wednesday evenings at 6 p.m. The program seeks to provide participants with the tools and inspiration to conquer debt and move toward financial security.

Nacogdoches

Sacred Heart Church. Our food pantry will be open on the second Tuesday of every month from 9 a.m.-noon. All monetary support is appreciated, and special envelopes are now available in the vestibule for your support.

St. Mary’s Chapel, Stephen F. Austin State University. The Holy Rosary and First Friday Devotion-First Saturday Vigil will be Friday, Feb. 3, in the chapel. We will have adoration, 6 p.m.-midnight, and confessions followed by Mass.

Ethics and Integrity will be offered Saturday, Feb. 4 in Ganter Hall. Basic training is at 10 a.m. and recertification is at 2:30 p.m. The Diocese of Tyler requires certifications to be on file at the chancery for all church employees and volunteers who work with children and vulnerable adults.

The Catholic Daughters of the Americas Charity Masquerade Ball is Saturday, Feb. 4, at 7 p.m. in and around Ganter Hall. Tickets are $15 and money will be donated to SmileTrain. Money for tickets can be given to any Catholic Daughter officer. Please come and support this awesome cause and have a great night with great friends!

“Men, Women, and the Mystery of Love,” with insights from Pope St. John Paul II’s Love and Responsibility will be offered every Saturday during February, 3-4:45 p.m., in Ganter Hall.

Palestine

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

Texarkana

Sacred Heart Church. Sacred Heart Youth will have a Valentine Dinner and Dance Saturday, Feb. 11. Couples and families are welcome.

Baptism classes are scheduled for Feb. 5 (Spanish) and March 16.

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. 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.

Professional actors from the Texas Shakespeare Festival will present to the Gorman student body the original production, “Shakespeare’s Greatest Hits”, on Monday, Feb. 6, at 2:30 p.m. in Haddad Gymnasium. This hour-long show uses live music and audience interaction to present five of Shakespeare’s most famous scenes. All are welcome. Texas Commission on the Arts and National Endowment sponsors the program.

St. Gregory Cathedral School. The annual school auction and dinner is Feb. 25, 2017. Tickets are on sale now in the school office for $50 each. All are welcome to share a fabulous and fun night out with all proceeds benefitting St. Gregory Cathedral School. Win a $5,000 shopping spree to Susan Robinson. Raffle tickets are $10 each.

Cathedral of the Immaculate Conception. The Knights of Columbus Super Bowl Party will be Sunday, Feb. 5, at the Knights of Columbus Hall, 3509 SW Loop 323, across from Sweet Sue’s. There is no charge to attend, but bring some bucks to have fun and play various games. Come and watch the game on a really big screen, and enjoy some good food and drinks. A cash bar will also be available. Doors will open at 3 p.m.

Between grades, sports, theater, homework, family time, and everyone’s expectations – life gets a little overwhelming at times. We know, so let’s talk about it! The High School retreat will take place on February 24-26 at The Pines Catholic Camp. We’ll have talks, prayer time, community building, high ropes, zip lining, food, and so much more. Forms will be available at ICY nights and outside Mass. The cost is $75 per youth, but scholarships are available. We do not want anybody unable to go because of money, so please talk to Chris about the retreat.

A Baptism Preparation class in English will be held on Monday, March 13 and 20 and 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.

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..

The Altar Society will meet Monday, Feb. 6, at 10:30 a.m. Please join us for a Valentine Tea at Eileen Kosnik’s historic home at 1312 W. Oakwood St. Please come and invite a friend or someone new to our parish. The Altar Society provides a lovely way to meet others and become more closely connected with the Church. The activities and ministries promote friendships as we grow together in faith and love of the Lord while we joyfully serve him and his Holy Church. RSVP to Eileen Kosnik at 903-535-7864 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

St. Joseph the Worker Church. Men 18 years of age and older are invited to a Men’s Group Meeting Wednesday, Feb. 1, at 6:30 p.m. The evening will begin with Holy Mass, followed by a meal, fellowship, and a talk by Father Valentine in the parish hall. For information, call Kevin Kukla, 972-890-5760.

The Feast of the Purification of the Blessed Virgin Mary will be observed Thursday, Feb. 2, with the traditional blessing of candles before the 7 a.m. Mass.

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 next meeting is Saturday, Feb. 4.

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. The next meeting is Saturday, Feb. 4.

A Women’s Morning of Reflection will be offered Saturday, Feb. 18, at Mater Dei Church, 9:30 a.m.-1:30 p.m. The day will feature talks, a holy hour and confession, and lunch.