BALTIMORE CNA/EWTN News) – In a historic statement outlining the challenges pornography poses to the family and individuals as well as the tools available within the Church and society to combat its negative effects, the U.S. bishops say they have created a resource for healing and mercy.

Read the document “Create in Me a Clean Heart”>>>

“Our statement is not meant to just be a condemnation of pornography,” explained Bishop Richard J. Malone of Buffalo, N.Y., “but an outreach and a welcome in the spirit of Pope Francis’ call: that God is merciful.”

Bishop Malone serves as chairman of the Committee on Laity, Marriage, Family Life and Youth for the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops, which created the document.

“The statement is really meant to raise the consciousness of our people both on the problems of pornography but also of the ways the Church offers for people to be healed of it. It’s our plan then to develop resources and make those known to people,” Bishop Malone elaborated.

The bishops passed the statement, “Create in Me a Clean Heart: A Pastoral Response to Pornography” with 98 percent approval on Nov. 17, during the bishops’ annual November meeting in Baltimore. The document is the first formal statement the bishops have issued specifically addressing pornography use and production.

The document is available online in both Spanish and English, and addresses both the challenges pornography presents as well as suggested resources and practices to help families and individuals impacted by pornography use. The bishops also are investigating creating an abridged version that can be distributed as a pamphlet.

Archbishop Thomas Wenski of Miami, who served on the committee that created the document, explained that the call to address the issue of pornography grew out of an increasing need they were finding in their dioceses.

“We, as priests and pastors are coming across it increasingly in the confessional, for example,” he explained, adding that many people “are dealing with a lot of guilt and they bring it to the confessional.” In addition, “pornography is breaking up marriages, breaking up relationships.”

Bishop Malone said that while technological advances like internet access and smartphones should not be condemned and are good in and of themselves, they “can also be an instrument for bad things like pornography.”

“It has just become so pervasive and so easily accessed by people, including children,” he continued.

Additionally, he said, “as Catholics we would say that the use and the production of pornography is seriously sinful, so there’s that aspects as well.”

However, the bishops’ statement does not only speak out on the effects of pornography on society and the soul but also tries “to see that there are ways to find healing and freedom.”

“Especially for us, as Christians, as Catholics, we see that in Christ there’s tremendous grace of freedom from pornography and from other bad things that catch hold of us, and healing.” Bishop Malone pointed specifically to the Sacrament of Reconciliation to address “the sinful dimension of it.”

“One of the ways the Church wants to reach out in mercy is to say that if you’re caught up in this use of pornography, God’s mercy is there for you, beckoning you to come and receive that mercy and become free,” he stated.

The bishop also noted other resources such as counseling and “support groups for people who struggle with pornographic addictions” as ways for individuals and families to seek healing from pornography’s effects.

The document also offers other practical solutions for “parents and others to protect our kids” from pornography use and involvement with the industry, Archbishop Wenski added. He suggested that because parents “can’t presume the children are protected,” they should monitor children’s computer use and other activities.

In focusing on what can be done to address pornography use, the Church offers a plan of action and a way forward Archbishop Wenski said. “I think our statement is also trying to be a message of hope, saying ‘listen, let’s get better and treat ourselves.’”

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 Wellspring Center for Spirituality will offer an Advent retreat Dec. 5, 9 a.m.-noon. In the midst of this hectic and busy season, take a much-needed break to prepare for the coming of our Lord. This is an opportunity to reflect on the meaning and spiritual significance of Advent.  Father Gus Tharappel will guide the retreat.  Registration is not necessary.  All are welcome.  For more information about Wellspring programs and retreats, call 903-839-1280 or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

The diocesan Office of Family Life has announced its schedule for marriage prep days and weekends for 2016. Click on the brochure link next to set of dates to learn more. Marriage Prep Days in English: January 23 and June 16 (brochure); Marriage Prep Weekends in English: April 8-10 and September 23-25 (brochure); Marriage Prep Days in Spanish: January 23 and August 6 (brochure); Marriage Prep Weekends in Spanish:  April 9-10 and November 5-6 (brochure).

The Daughters of Divine Hope will offer an 11:30 a.m. Mass 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 Daughters of Divine Hope invite all to an open house Nov. 21. Please join us in celebrating the Year of Consecrated Life, the Daughters of Divine Hope’s fifth birthday in giving thanks to God for the good work he has begun in this new community of consecrated life. The St. John Neumann Convent is at 625 S. Vine St., Tyler, TX 75701.

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. 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 Diocesan Liturgical Commission will present a Liturgical Music Study Day on Nov. 21, 2015, at the Cathedral Center, Tyler, 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.  Lunch will be provided.  Presentations are in English. This is for all Music Ministers, Musicians, Parish Liturgical Coordinators, and interested members of the Parish Liturgical Commissions, Priests and Deacons.

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..

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. Access the magazine online here.

Athens

St. Edward Church. The Athens Community Service of Thanksgiving will be Nov. 18 at 12:15 p.m. on the west side of the courthouse. Worship leaders from all Athens churches will be present.

Young people in grades 7-12 are invited to Movie Night Tuesday, Nov. 17. Mass is at 6 p.m., dinner at 7 p.m., and the movie starts at 7:30 p.m. Don’t forget to bring pillows and blankets and goodies to share.

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.

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

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.

Buffalo

St. Kateri Tekakwitha Church. The Children’s St. Nicholas Party/Domingo Familial will be Dec. 6 at 12:30 p.m.

The Saint Forge Youth Group meets Tuesday evenings. Meetings begin with Mass.

Centerville

St. Leo the Great Church. We need volunteers each Sunday to bring donuts or other treats to welcome visitors and encourage hospitality after Mass each Sunday. See Anita for details.

Crockett

St. Francis of the Tejas Church. The parish turkey and canned food drive is this month. 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 who made me.

Sunday Mass can be viewed Sunday at 5 p.m. on KIVY, local channel 16.

Daily Mass can be seen online at www.stfranciscrockett.org.

Flint

St. Mary Magdalene Church. The annual Belles Bake Sale will be Nov. 14-15 after all Masses in Peaches Hall.

Frankston

St. Charles Borromeo Church. There will be no Mass on Tuesday, Nov. 17.

The Ladies of St. Charles are taking pre-orders for tamales. Proceeds will benefit the scholarship fund. To order, contact Gail Eubank, 903-876-7319 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it., or Joyce Lestina.

Join David Etheridge at the Frankston Nursing Home for sing-

ing and visiting with the residents this Saturday, November 21st, beginning at 10:30 AM. It’s a great way to spread God’s love to others.

St. Charles is host to 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. For information, call Kathy Brockington, 817-319-9843.

Our next food pantry will be Dec. 10th. Please consider donating time and/or money to help us feed the hungry in our area.

Gun Barrel City

St. Jude Church. The parish youth group is hosting a soccer tournament Nov. 21 at 8 a.m. at the church for children ages 14 and up. Registration is $60 for a team of seven. Any additional players are $5 per person. The last day to register is Nov. 15. For more information, contact Hugo Murrillo, 903-880-4480.

The Knights of Columbus potluck is Nov. 19 at the Foundation Building.

There will be no daily Masses Dec. 8-11.

A bilingual Mass for the Feast of the Immaculate Conception will be celebrated Dec. 8 at 6:30 p.m. This is a holy day of obligation.

Hilltop Lakes

St. Thomas More Church. The fall fish fry will be held Friday, Nov. 13, 3-7 p.m. on the church grounds. Should it rain again, the fish fry will be held in the Community Center on Lodge Drive.

Jefferson

Immaculate Conception Church. The parish Thanksgiving dinner will be Nov. 26 at noon in the parish hall.

The church will be part of this year’s Jefferson Candlelight Tours. The church and hall will be open Thursdays, Dec. 3 and Dec. 10, 3-7 p.m., and Fridays, Dec. 4 and Dec. 11, 5-9 p.m.

The parish feast day and opening of the Year of Mercy will be celebrated Dec. 8, the Feast of the Immaculate Conception, with Mass at 9 a.m. and 5:30 p.m. A potluck dinner will follow the 5:30 p.m. Mass in the parish hall.

The Feast of Our Lady of Guadalupe will be celebrated Dec. 12 with Mass at 10 a.m., followed by a Mexican brunch in the parish hall.

The parish Advent reconciliation service will be Dec. 16 at 6 p.m.

Lindale

Holy Family Church. There will be an AARP Driver Safety Class in the parish hall Saturday, Nov. 21, noon-4 p.m. The cost is $15 for AARP members and $20 for non-members. The class is open to all drivers with a valid driver’s license but is geared to participants over 50. After completion of the class you may be eligible for a discount on your automobile insurance premium. Contact Harry H. Rayner, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or 903-768-2032 or 713-252-9496, for information or to register.

The Friendship, Faith & Fun Middle School Retreat will be Feb. 20-21, 2016. All 6-8th-graders & youth workers are invited. The retreat will be at The Pines Catholic Camp near Big Sandy, TX.

Longview

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 Adoration Chapel is open 24 hours a day, seven days a week. There are openings Wednesdays, 3-4 p.m., Thursdays, 3-4 p.m., and Fridays, 1-2 a.m. Can you spend an hour with Our Lord? For information or to volunteer, contact Sharon Milam, 903-753-9527, or Sheila Hargrave, 903-295-1728.

Remember the troops and their service dogs. There are still service members overseas this Christmas. Brighten up their days during the holidays with a gift of candy, magazines, snacks, powdered drink mixes, and snacks. Their service animals would love a doggie treat, too! Please put any items in the box in the usher’s room or drop by the church office. For more information, call Barbara Ratcliff, 903-234-9195.

Do you know someone who needs help this Christmas? We are now accepting referrals for Adopt-a-Family for this coming Christmas. Please pick up a form from the foyer table and return to the church office as soon as possible. Funds are limited; this is on a “first-come, first-served�? basis. We focus on children whose families would otherwise be unable to provide a special Christmas for them, but are also open to assisting the elderly, particularly those with no family to celebrate Christmas. For more information, call the church office, 903-757-5855.

Our Sunday morning faith for­mation program needs your help as Catechists, helpers, office help, clean up or nursery. Please consider volunteering your time to help with the formation of our community. Den. Blue at the church, 903-757-5855, ext. 305.

St. Matthew Church. Our Lady’s Guild will meet on Thursday, Nov. 19, at 9:30 a.m. at Our Lady of Grace Catholic Church in Hallsville. All ladies of the parish are invited to attend. We will be playing Bingo & preparing bags for the homeless. Please bring any toiletries, snacks, socks, gloves, etc. that you would like to donate for the homeless bags. Baby-sitting will be provided at St. Mary’s Rosary Room. If you would like to carpool, meet at St. Mary’s parking lot at 9:00 a.m. For more info, contact Pat Smith at 903-240-1635.

All choir members and their families are invited to a Choir Appreciation Dinner in honor of St. Cecilia, the patroness of music. Monday, November 23, at 6:30 pm at the Saint John Paul Family Center. Please RSVP to the church office by Nov. 18. We appreciate your commitment to sing for the Lord.

All high school youth are invited to LifeTeen nights on Sundays, beginning with Mass at 6 p.m., followed by dinner and LifeNight until 8:30 p.m. Watch the bulletin for a schedule of events.

Lufkin

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).

St. Andrew Church. The annual parish Thanksgiving dinner will be Nov. 15 at 4 p.m. in the new parish hall. Turkey, dressing, gravy and desserts will be provided. Please bring side dishes, enough to serve 12. Put your name on your dishes and utensils to make sure they go home with you.

Green envelopes are available in the red sleigh at the church entrance for donations to the annual St. Andrew’s Gala. If you can’t provide hands-on help this year, please consider a financial donation.

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..

The St. Andrew Charity will provide Christmas assistance for parish families in need. If your family has a need, please visit the parish office and fill out a form. You will be contacted by a St. Andrew Charity member.

St. Andrew’s has also begun renting the Education Building and Parish Hall to non-parishioners. If your company is looking for a location for a holiday party or event, please call the parish office to reserve the space.

St. Patrick 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.

Madisonville

St. Elizabeth Ann Seton Church. Lectors and those who would like to share in this ministry are asked to plan now for the annual meeting. Be prepared to stay after Mass Sunday, Nov. 22. We’ll be meeting in the Chapel of Our Lady of Guadalupe, distributing the new workbooks and planning the 2016 schedule.

The religious goods counter has purple and rose candle sets for Advent for $10 while supplies last. Browse through the catalogues for Christmas gifts.

Each year during the month of November our church helps to restock the shelves of the Son-Shine Center. Please use your coupons and check for extra savings and discounts so that we can fill the grocery cart with food staples and toiletry items.

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

Marshall

St. Joseph Church. Volunteers are needed to work the food pantry Nov. 17-19, 10 a.m.-2 p.m. To volunteer, contact Cathy Lay, 903-934-4668. Help us feed the hungry in our area.

This year, we are collecting the following items for the food bank: sweet potatoes, corn, peas, rice, beans, stuffing mix, cranberry sauce, cooking oil, flour, sugar. Please drop off your donations at the church office before Nov. 20. Our goal is enough items for 125 families.

The Hispanic community will be selling tamales the weekend of Nov. 14-15. Cost is $10 a dozen.

Mineola

St. Peter the Apostle Church. Applications for the Angel Tree will be accepted through Nov. 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.

Palestine

Sacred Heart Church. The Ladies Auxiliary will hold their annual Turkey Bingo fundraiser Nov. 18, 6:30 pm, at the KC Hall. The evening will include bingo, an auction, door prizes and fun. A raffle will feature two handmade quilts and other items. Bingo tickets are available from any member of the Ladies Auxiliary or at the door. Bingo tickets are $7 each; raffle tickets are $1 each or six for $5. Food will be available as early as 6 p.m. Bingo will begin at 6:30 p.m. Join us and make this a successful fundraiser.

St. Vincent de Paul Society invites you to participate in our Holiday Food Baskets Ministry, as we will provide 100 families with a Thanksgiving Food Basket and a different 100 families with a Christmas Food Basket. You can donate any of the following: green beans, corn, stuffing mix, instant potatoes, sweet potatoes, pumpkin, cornbread mix, cranberry sauce. Items can be left in the vestibule of the church, in the church office or at the SVDP office. If you would like to donate money, we will use that money to purchase items that are needed to complete the baskets. Please be generous in your giving, for it is in giving that we receive.

The annual parish Thanksgiving Dinner will be Nov. 15 at noon.

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

Texarkana

Sacred Heart Church. Basic, intermediate and advanced Spanish classes are available at the church, Fridays at 1 p.m. in the parish center. Cost is $10 per lesson. For information, contact Betty Rodriguez, 903-691-7931.

Middle and high school youth are invited to Barn Bash, a fall fun day on the farm, Nov. 15.

Tyler

Wellspring Spirituality Center. A Rosary Retreat will be held at Wellspring in Whitehouse Wednesday, Nov. 18. The retreat begins at noon in the Mother of Compassion Shrine. The rosary will be prayed, and Mass will also be celebrated. A brief meeting of the Rosary Society will follow. All are welcome. Wellspring is at 16828 FM 2964 (Rhones Quarter Rd. off Grande Blvd.). For more information, contact Susan Mills, 903-780-2935 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it., or see the Wellspring website, wellspringcommunity.net. A $5 donation to Wellspring is requested.

An Advent retreat will be held Dec. 5, 9 a.m.-noon. In the midst of this hectic and busy season, take a much-needed break to prepare for the coming of our Lord. Make this an Advent to remember!  This is an opportunity to reflect on the meaning and spiritual significance of Advent.  Fr. Gus will guide the retreat. Registration is not necessary. All are welcome. For more information about our programs and retreats, contact us at 903-839-1280 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

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.

SVdP needs two drivers for pickups of donated items. Each driver would only be needed one day each week. No special driver’s license is required. Please give consideration to this very important ministry that helps the needy throughout our area.

The Catholic Daughters of the Americas Memorial Ceremony and meeting will be Nov. 17 at 6 p.m. in the Cathedral Center.

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..

Bishop Gorman needs volunteer or paid bus drivers for field trips and other school events, CDL preferred, required for larger bus drivers. If interested or for more information, please contact Steve Chenevert at 903.561.2424.

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.

Family catechesis is in need of volunteers. Currently we have 230 families with a total of 399 children attending classes on Wednesday nights. We do not want to ever have to turn a family away because we do not have enough volunteers to help teach and guide and keep all safe during our programs. Please as we approach this year of Mercy consider helping in some way our Faith Formation Department. 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..

VATICAN CITY (CNA/EWTN News) – On Sunday Pope Francis again expressed shock and sorrow for Friday’s terror attacks in Paris, condemning the acts as an “affront to human dignity,” and encouraging attendees to find hope in Jesus.

“I wish to express my deep sorrow for the terrorist attacks which on Friday evening covered France in blood,” the Pope said in his Nov. 15 Angelus address.

“Such barbarity leaves us shocked and makes us wonder how the human heart can conceive and carry out such horrible events, which have shaken not only France but the entire world.”

Speaking to pilgrims gathered in St. Peter’s Square, the Pope said that when faced with such “intolerable” acts of violence, one “cannot but condemn the disgraceful affront to human dignity.”

Francis assured his closeness to French president Francois Hollande, as well as to the families of the dead and wounded, entrusting them to the mercy of God.

“I wish to forcefully reaffirm that the path of violence and hate can never solve the problems of humanity!” he said, adding that “to use the name of God to justify this path is blasphemy.”

He prayed that Mary would protect and watch over France, Europe and the entire world, and paused for a moment of silence before leading pilgrims in praying a Hail Mary.

The Pope’s comments come in wake of the worst terrorist attack Europe has seen since the Madrid train bombings of 2004, when Islamic extremists killed 191 people.

On Nov. 13 eight Islamic terrorists carried out a violent siege across Paris, targeting bars, restaurants, a concert hall and a football stadium in the heart of the city.

It was the deadliest attack on French soil since WWII, killing at least 129 people and leaving 352 injured, 99 of whom remain in critical condition, Reuters news reports.

Eyewitnesses reported hearing the terrorists cry out “Allahu Akbar!” – Arabic for “God is Great!” as the violence unraveled.

In his reflections on the day’s Gospel, Pope Francis focused on Jesus’ description of the end times in the day’s Gospel, taken from Mark Chapter 13.

Among the apocalyptic signs Jesus mentions are wars, famines and cosmic catastrophes, such as the darkening of the sun and the moon. However, the Pope emphasized that these elements “are not the essential part of the message.”

The heart of Jesus’ message, Francis said, “is himself; the mystery of his person and of his death and resurrection, and his return to the end of time.”

Our ultimate goal is to encounter the Risen Lord, he said, explaining that “we aren’t waiting for a time or a place, but we’re going toward a person: Jesus.”

Because of this, our main concern shouldn’t be how or when the signs will occur, but rather to be ready, and focused on how we should live and act today, he said.

He turned to the parable Jesus tells his disciples of the fig tree that sprouts and grows leaves when the summer is near. What the image shows us, he said, is that “the prospect of the end doesn’t distract us from present life, but makes us look to our days with a perspective of hope.”

“That virtue is so hard to live: hope. It’s the smallest of the virtues, but it’s the strongest,” he said, adding that our hope is found in a concrete person: “the face of the Risen Lord.”

Jesus’ victory at the end times will be the triumph of his Cross, Francis said. It is the proof that self-sacrifice done out of love for another is “the only victorious power” and the only stable point in the midst of the tragedies and turmoil of the world.

In addition to being the final destination of our earthly pilgrimage, Jesus is also a constant presence in our lives, he said, explaining that Jesus references the future as a means of inspiring his disciples to live the present better.

“(Jesus) stands against false prophets, against the visionaries who perceive that the end of the world is near, and against fatalism,” the Pope said, explaining that in every age the Lord seeks to rescue his disciples from “curiosity, dates, projections, horoscopes,” and to help them focus on the present.

In off-the-cuff remarks, Pope Francis asked how many of those gathered read daily horoscopes. He told them not to answer aloud, but to respond “internally.”

For those who read it, Francis told them instead to turn to Jesus, “who is with you,” adding that “It’s better. It will be better for you.”

The Pope closed by stressing the importance of being vigilant, and warned against the extremes of either impatience or “drowsiness,” as well as the temptations to either look too far into the future or remain too attached to the present, without thinking about our final destination.

“Even to this day there is no shortage of natural and moral disasters, nor of adversity and hardships of every kind,” he said, and reminded attendees that the Lord is the “only guiding light that refreshes our steps.”

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.

Athens

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.

Buffalo

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.

Crockett

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.

Frankston

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.

Gun Barrel City

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.

Hilltop Lakes

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.

Longview

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.

Lufkin

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.

Madisonville

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.

Marshall

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.

Mineola

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.

Nacogdoches

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.

Palestine

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.

Texarkana

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.

Tyler

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..

Bishop Joseph E. Strickland and Catholic Charities of East Texas invite all to hear Archbishop Michael J. Sheehan, Texarkana native and Archbishop Emeritus of Santa Fe, NM, at Willow Brook Country Club in Tyler, Dec. 6 at 6 p.m. The evening’s theme is Where Charity and Love Prevail, and will feature dinner and a silent auction. Proceeds will benefit Catholic Charities of East Texas. Dinner is $85 per person. Seating is limited, so please register early. For ticket information, contact Catholic Charities-East Texas, 903-258-9492.

The Diocese of Tyler Office of Finance will host two seminars to help parishes with year-end accounting and financial work. The sessions will be Oct. 20 and Oct. 22 at the Diocesan Chancery in Tyler. Parish representatives may attend either session. For more information, see the website.

The Texas Catholic Conference will co-host a policy conference entitled Journey to Mercy: Rethinking the Death Penalty in Texas Oct. 23, 9 a.m.-3 p.m., in the State Capitol in Austin. The conference precedes a Capitol march and rally sponsored by the Catholic Mobilizing Network on Saturday, Oct. 24 from St. Mary’s Catholic Church to the Texas Capitol.

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 Oct. 17 at the Cathedral in Tyler, 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.

Pilgrims to the pope – Pilgrims from the Diocese of Tyler traveled to Philadelphia to see Pope Francis Sept. 24-28, 2015. They toured Philadelphia and, on Sept. 26, attended the Festival of Families. The highlight of this evening was the presence of the Holy Father. On Sept. 27, they attended the Mass celebrated by Pope Francis and concelebrated by thousands of priests from around the world, including their pilgrimage group leader, Father Bernard Boteju and several other priests from our Diocese of Tyler. 

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.

Marriage preparation weekends will be Oct. 9-11 at Wellspring Retreat Center in Whitehouse and Nov. 7 (Spanish) at Our Lady of Guadalupe Church in Tyler. Couples preparing for marriage are given the opportunity to focus on their relationship and their future life together in a relaxed, retreat-like setting. The format includes presentations, reflective exercises, and time for private dialog and discussion. The weekend begins on Friday evening and ends Sunday noon. For more information, call the diocesan Marriage and Family Life Office at 903-534-1077, ext. 165 or 166, or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

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..

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.

Wellspring Couples Retreat will be Oct. 16-17 at the Wellspring Spirituality Center, 6 p.m. Friday-1 p.m. Saturday. The retreat will include adoration, prayer, meditations with Father Gus, quality time for reflections for couples and delicious meals. Cost is $150. Contact Wellspring at 903-839-1280 or email us at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. for more information or to register. Visit the website for more information about Wellspring.

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.

Athens

St. Edward Church. A mandatory meeting for all parents of sacramental preparation students will be Oct. 22 (Sac I) and Oct. 29 (Sac II) in the faith formation building.

Jan Wood with the Tyler Gabriel Project will give an information presentation Oct. 17 at 9 a.m. in the parish hall. If you are interested in attending, please contact Father Lowry.

The Knights of Columbus Council 10524 will host their chicken dinner Oct. 18, 11 a.m.-1 p.m. Cost is $9 for a grilled half chicken, cole slaw, beans and dessert. Dine in or pick up. Proceeds benefit the food pantry, Disciples Clinic and other local charities.

St. Edward’s Garage and Bake Sale will be Oct. 17. All donations are welcome. We will be picking up donations Oct. 14 and Oct. 15 only. To schedule a pick-up, call Zoila Hunt at 903-677-1922 or Maria Campa at 903-681-5245.

The enchilada dinner is Oct. 25, 9:30 a.m.-2 p.m.. Cost is $7.

Youth in grades 7-12 are invited to Youth Night, Oct. 20, with Mass at 6 p.m., dinner at 6:50 p.m., and activities at 7:30 p.m.

Fr. 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.

Crockett

St. Francis of the Tejas Church. The weekly Mass is televised Sundays at 5 p.m. on local channel 16-KIVY.

A ministry workshop for those who are or wish to be involved in liturgical ministry as an altar server, lector or extraordinary minister of Holy Communion will be held Saturday, Oct. 24.

Si usted actualmente, o quisiera estar involucrado en ministro litúrgico como un servidos del altar, lector, o ministro extraordinario de la Santa Comunión habrá un taller de ministro el Sábado 24 de Octubre.

Fairfield

St. Bernard of Clairvaux Church. Fallfest will be Oct. 17, 10 a.m.-3 p.m. on the church grounds. The day will include an Asian food lunch, silent auction (closes at 3 p.m.), Sweet Shoppe and Country Store, horseshoe tournament, cakewalk, fun run, music, and a handmade quilt raffle (drawing will be Dec. 6). The Carter Bloodmobile will be on site 9 a.m.-2 p.m. Raffle prizes include a Henry Golden Boy 22. Cal rifle, a Masterbuilt electric smoker, and various gift cards. Raffle tickets are $1 each or six for $5. For more information contact co-chairpersons Mike Gokey, 903-389-5583, or John Gallegos, 903-389-2815. Proceeds go toward retiring the parish hall debt.

Stand for Life – Members of St. Patrick and St. Andrew Churches in Lufkin stand for life in the Oct. 4 Life Chain in Lufkin. Life chain events were held around the country Oct. 4, protesting abortion. Photos courtesy of Kevin Adams

Flint

St. Mary Magdalene Church. Please join us for the “Out of the Darkness Walk” Saturday, Oct. 24, at 10 a.m. at Bergfeld Park. This is a Suicide Prevention and awareness walk which is being sponsored by the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention. Join Team Jack Ryder by registering at www.afsp.donordrive.com/event/tyler Team Jack. Or, if you would like to organize a team in honor or memory of a loved one, email Mary Vandervorste at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. If you have questions about the walk, sponsoring or Team Jack, contact Rachel Gregory at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. All funds raised will go to research, education and advocacy to assist those with mental illness and help those that have been impacted by suicide.

Frankston

St. Charles Borromeo Church. Nursing Home Singing happens this Saturday, October 17th, at 10:30 AM. Come join David Etheridge in bringing a little happiness to the residents. All are welcome!

The Tyler Civic Chorale is coming to First Baptist Church of Frankston for a concert Oct. 18 at 6 PM. Ramona would like to invite everyone at St. Charles to attend. This is not a ticketed event but a love offering will be taken up.

St. Charles is launching 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 SCB Food Pantry is open and serving. Volunteers have been trained, but we can always use more Helping Hands. Contact Mary Ann Cluley if you are interested in helping. However, if you can’t give of your time, there are other ways you can help. For the first 3 months of operating a food pantry, SCB is not considered a qualified agent of the East Texas Food Bank until we are approved. Until then, we have to buy our food items from other places than ETFB, which is about half the cost. Please consider donating to the Food Pantry where your dollars can go toward the purchase of food by our expert shoppers who vow to get the best deals. Special Food Pantry envelopes are located at the back of the Church and in the Parish Center.

Stand for Life – Father Mike Snider of Holy Spirit Catholic Church in Holly Lake and the Knights of Columbus partnered with Dr. Tim Mink, Pastor of Holly Tree Chapel to lead their congregations for a Pro Life Chain in Holly Lake Ranch on Oct. 4. Over 1500 Life Chains were held in the United States and Canada. Photo courtesy of Holy Spirit Church

Longview

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.

Are you looking for a way to help maintain our church? St. Martha’s Guild is a group of volunteers who pray while they work. If you wish to help keep our church environment clean and bright, all in the service of God and his church, come to our informational meeting Oct. 18 at 1 p.m. in the Rosary Room. For information, contact Kathy Lusk, 903-984-4549, or Martha Carden, 903-452-0755.

St. Matthew Church. The parish raffle will be Oct. 17. Tickets are $10 each, and prizes include a 2006 Honda pickup truck, iPad, and gift cards. Proceeds benefit the building fund.

Lufkin

The joint Mass for all Catholic parishes in Angelina County (St. Andrew and St. Patrick in Lufkin and Our Lady of Guadalupe in Diboll) will be Oct, 18 at 11 a.m. at the Expo Center in Lufkin. Each parish will have its regular Saturday evening Mass schedule, but cancel their Sunday Masses. St. Andrew’s will offer a Sunday evening Mass at 6 PM. St. Patrick’s will have only Saturday evening Masses Oct. 17, and no Masses on campus Oct. 18.

Pray without ceasing – Members of Lufkin’s St. Thomas Aquinas chapter of lay Dominicans gather in St. Andrew Church to pray the Divine Office. The group meets Wednesday and Sunday evenings at 5:30 p.m. to pray evening prayer in community. Photo courtesy of Matthew Rowley

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). For more information about the group, contact Matthew Rowley, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

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.

Madisonville

St. Elizabeth Ann Seton Church. Join us for public prayer Oct. 16 at noon on the steps of the courthouse. Ministers of different faiths will be present.

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

Marshall

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

Christian Initiation classes are Wednesday evenings, from 7-8:30 p.m., and will explore the beauty of the one holy catholic and apostolic church. Classes are for all adults, but primarily geared toward those interested in joining the church.

The 2016 Fall Fest is Oct. 24, 6-9 p.m, with fun for everyone, including a hamburger dinner, games, face painting, hayride, and a silent auction and raffle. Hamburger supper tickets are $5 each, and raffle tickets are available for $5 each, with a mini iPad and a Yeti cooler as prizes. Tickets may be purchased from any St. Joseph Catholic School student or by contacting the school office, 903-935-5502. Proceeds benefit St. Joseph Catholic School.

The 23rd annual Walk for Life is Oct. 18 at 2:30 p.m. in the Courthouse Square. This annual event benefits pro-life activities in Marshall and Harrison County. All proceeds will stay in Harrison County and support the Marion-Harrison County Chapter of East Texas Right to Life, the Pregnancy Resource Center and two $1,000 scholarships for graduating seniors in these counties. For information, contact Pamela Payne, 903-777-0650.

The Knights of Columbus are sponsoring a number of activities this month. The garage sale is Oct. 17, 8 a.m.-2 p.m. The barbecue is Oct. 17, 11 a.m.-6:30 p.m. and Oct. 18, 10:30 a.m.-2 p.m. Tickets are $8, for your choice of chicken, beef or sausage. The blood drive is Oct. 18, 10 a.m.-2 p.m.

Mineola

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. A parent information meeting will be held Oct. 6 at 6 p.m. in the education building. For more information, visit the LFGC website.

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.

Nacogdoches

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.

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.

Tyler

Cathedral of the Immaculate Conception. St. Vincent de Paul, Immaculate Conception Conference, will have its annual Friends of the Poor Walk Sunday, Oct. 25, at the track on the Bishop T.K. Gorman Catholic School campus. Walker check-in begins at 10 a.m. near the Chapel of Saints Peter and Paul. 1-mile walk begins at 12:30 p.m. Refreshments and activities will follow the walk. In case of rain, all events will be held in the HS Gym. Register on-line and choose beneficiary #5079 – Immaculate Conception Conference, Tyler. When you register on-line, please remember to send e-vites to friends, neighbors & relatives, asking them to sponsor you. You can also make an on-line contribution yourself. Registration forms are also available at the Cathedral office, the SVdP Center (410 S. College) & the SVdP Thrift Store (500 S. Vine). For additional information contact Kelly at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. 100 percent of pledges made on behalf of registered walkers in a given community will benefit those most in need in that same community.

ICY and C-Moms will be teaming up to host this year’s All Saints Festival and Trunk or Treat. It’s a free event held at the Chapel of Sts. Peter and Paul Oct. 25, 3-5 p.m. The event is for the youth of our parish so please bring the whole family. There will be prizes, games, and treats. All youth (youth only please) are invited to dress up as Saints and there will be a contest for the best dressed. Please contact Chris Johnson at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or Lauren Shea at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. with any questions.

Th Knights of Columbus Ladies Auxiliary is taking orders for delicious 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.

The Tyler Catholic School Foundation annual Appreciation Dinner is Sunday, Oct. 25, at Willow Brook Country Club. Please mark your calendars for an evening dedicated to those who support and assist the education of students in our Tyler Catholic Schools. All parishioners are welcome. For ticket information, contact the Tyler Catholic School Foundation at 903-526-5988 or 214-701-7415.

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..

All men over 21 are invited to Theology Uncapped Oct. 20 at Spring Creek BBQ on Broadway at 6:30 p.m. Come enjoy beer, food, fellowship, and an informative presentation by Bishop Strickland. Take a break from work and home and enjoy spending time with the guys.

Please join us for the “Out of the Darkness Walk,” Saturday, Oct. 24, at 10 a.m. at Bergfeld Park in Tyler. This is a suicide prevention and awareness walk sponsored by the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention. Register online and join Team Jack. Or, if you would like to organize a team in honor or memory of a loved one, email Mary Vandervorste at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. If you have questions about the walk, sponsoring or Team Jack, contact Rachel Gregory at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. All funds raised will go to research, education and advocacy to assist those with mental illness and help those that have been impacted by suicide.

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.

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..