Diocese of Tyler

Que Pasa: News & Notes for the Diocese of Tyler – June 24

The Diocese of Tyler is sponsoring a three-part series on the liturgy July 11, Aug. 1 and Sept. 12, 10 a.m.-3 p.m. at the chancery in Tyler, to help the faithful Joyfully Celebrate the Liturgy. The sessions will focus on music (July 11), the Roman Missal (Aug. 1) and environment and gestures (Sept. 12). All sessions will feature instruction from The Catechism of the Catholic Churchi, the General Instruction of the Roman Missal, and the documents Sacrosanctum Concilium, Redemptionis Sacramentum and Sacramentum Caritatis.

Cost for each session is $10 for early registration and $15 at the door, and lunch is included. For more information or to register, contact Deacon John Ragland, 936-558-8708 or mailto:jragland@catholicweb.com.

The diocesan Marriage and Family Life Office is sponsoring a marriage preparation day July 18, 8 a.m.-5 p.m. at the chancery in Tyler. Cost is $50 per couple and includes all materials, but not lunch. Marriage preparation days are daylong retreats designed to give couples time to focus on each other and their relationship. Topics covered include personality styles, family of origin, communication, conflict resolution, faith issues, finances, children and more.s For more information, call the diocesan Marriage and Family Life Office at 903-534-1077, ext. 165 or 166, or email mailto:mbesze@dioceseoftyler.org.

Marriage preparation weekends will be Aug. 7-9 (Spanish) at Casa Betania Retreat Center in Tyler and Oct. 9-11 at Wellspring Retreat Center in Whitehouse. For more information, call the diocesan Marriage and Family Life Office at 903-534-1077, ext. 165 or 166, or email mailto:mbesze@dioceseoftyler.org. Registration forms are available online at the diocesan website.

To speak with a priest about a possible vocation, call Father Justin Braun at the chancery, 903-534-1077, ext. 171, or email mailto:fatherbraun@gmail.com. To speak with a nun, contact Sister Angelica Orozco, EFMS, at the chancery, 903-534-1077, ext. 145, or email mailto:sistera@dioceseoftyler.org.

Nominations are now open for the 2015 Bishop Charles E. Herzig Humanitarian Award. The award, named for the Diocese of Tyler’s founding bishop, recognizes individuals who have made outstanding contributions within the diocese in seeking to promote human welfare, who demonstrate a great charitable love for the people of God and possess a life in the church marked by actions that have enabled individuals or families to receive basic human care. Nomination formas cane be found on the diocesan website.

Registration is open for the Diocesan Catholic Youth Conference, slated for July 24-26 at the Bishop T.K. Gorman Catholic School campus in Tyler and open to all graduated 8th-graders to 18-year-olds. All clergy are invited and encouraged to attend. Priests will be needed for confessions throughout the weekend. Registration is available through the diocesan youth office website.

The Beginning Experience is a peer group ministry for widowed, separated or divorced individuals that seeks to help them move from the darkness of grief into the light of a new beginning of hope for the future. Rooted in the Catholic tradition, this ministry is open to men and women of all faiths. The next weekend retreat will be held July 17-19 at the Catholic Conference and Formation Center in Dallas. To register, call or text the voicemail number at 682-233-3946, or email beginningexperiencedfw@gmail.com. Information is available at the website, www.beginningexperiencedfw.org


     St. Mary Magdalene Church. Adoration is every Tuesday, 7 a.m.-7 p.m. Several hours are still available. To sign up, contact Connie Jessup, 903-574-3339 or conjessup@aol.com.

The Quest Scripture study for women meets Thursdays at 10 a.m. in the media room. Cost is $7 for the booklet, with additional materials covered.


Holy Family Church. The St. Aloysius Gonzaga Youth Group meets Fridays at 6 p.m. Follow the group on Instagram at Staloysiusgonzagayouthgroup.


      St. Matthew Church. A teen ACTS Retreat will be held July 16-19. Registration deadline is June 9. Cost is $140. For information, contact Cyndi Starr, 903-720-3873, Kaitlyn Thornton, 903-238-4721, Andrew Thornton, 903-238-7271, or Sonya Pereira, 903-295-3890.


St. Elizabeth Ann Seton Church. Have breakfast with the pastor! Father Mike will treat any and all who show up on time to any weekday morning Mass to breakfast.

Volunteers from the church are needed to help with registration and other simple chores for Restoration Garden Summer Fridays. The group is offering Friday activities for children ages 5 and up from 9:45 a.m.-noon. Each area church has been asked to volunteer for a day, and St. Elizabeth Ann Seton’s day is July 10. Help fill the snack packs with peanut butter crackers, spaghetti Os, juice boxes or similar items. Cash donations for supplies are also welcome. See Father Mike for more details or to help.

Wacky Wednesday #2 will be July 15. Gather at 11 a.m. at the Seton Center for lunch and fun, then it’s off to the swimming pool until 3 p.m. Bring towels, swim wear and sun screen. Adults are needed to help chaperone.


St. Joseph Church. Mission Marshall is participating in the Summer Feeding Program through East Texas Food Bank. The program serves children in low-income communities who participate in free and reduced-cost feeding programs during the school year. Since these programs end when the school year does, the Summer Feeding Program helps fill that hunger gap, ensuring that children will continue to receive nutritious meals during the summer. We need teams of three people to serve meals to the kids and play with them from noon-1 p.m. Contact the church office, 903-935-2536, to volunteer.

Totus Tuus youth program will be June 21-25, 7:30 p.m.-9:40 p.m. for grades 7-12 and June 22-26, 9 a.m.-2:30 p.m. for grades 2-6. All sessions will take place at the school, and cost is $15 per child. Children preparing to receive sacraments must attend all sessions. For information, contact Charlotte Smith, 903-935-2536.

Hot meals are served each Tuesday, 4:30-5:30 p.m. in the parish hall.

Youth group meetings are held at St. Joseph “Chili’s” Youth House Wednesdays, 7-8:30 p.m. for high school students, Thursdays, 7-8:30 p.m. for middle school students, and Sundays at 7 p.m. for college students.

Adult faith formation and fellowship groups meet on Sundays at 9 a.m., in the parish hall and school cafeteria (Spanish).

St. Joseph Catholic School is enrolling students in pre-K3-4 for the 2015-2016 school year. For information, see the school website, www.sjcsm.org, or call the school at 903-935-5502.


St. Peter the Apostle Church. Totus Tuus youth program is July 5-10. Totus Tuus instructs youth in the basic tenets of the Catholic faith to cultivate both a firm intellectual growth and a solid relationship with Jesus.

A retreat for altar servers will be July 13-15 in Paris.


Sacred Heart Church. Vacation Bible School for children in pre-K-5th grade will be July 19-23 in the evenings. Young people in grades 6-12 are invited to volunteer. Dinner will be served each night before activities begin. Registration forms are available in the church office and narthex.

To subscribe to The Grapevine, the parish newsletter, click on the link at the parish website.

Join Father Adams for summer movie night, Tuesday evenings beginning at 6 p.m. in the parish center. Watch Catholic-themed movies, and bring a covered dish to share.

Parish groups meeting during the summer include:

The Latin Mass is celebrated every Thursday, 6 p.m.

The parish nursing office is open Wednesdays, 1 p.m.-6 p.m..

The feast of Our Lady of Mount Carmel is July 16 and will be celebrated at the July 18-19 Masses with the blessing, investiture and distribution of the Brown Scapular.

Father Michael Adams will lead a 13-day tour to Italy Sept. 1-12, 2015. The cost is $3,699 (double occupancy), which covers airfare, overnight accommodations at a Roman religious house, all breakfasts and three regional dinners, papal audience, sightseeing and an excursion to Assisi. For more information, call the church office at 903-794-4444.


Cathedral of the Immaculate Conception. The parish will hold a reception for Father Eugene after the 5:30 p.m. Mass June 27 to thank him for his time at the Cathedral and wish him well as he prepares to take up his new assignment in Hallsville.

Adults 18 and over are invited for evenings of fellowship and games at Cathedral Game Nights July 11 and Aug. 8, 6:30 p.m.-10 p.m., in the JJ Saleh Building behind the cathedral of Front Street. Bring a light snack and your favorite game to share. Child care for ages 0-5 will be available at the Angel House, Please call Pennye Rhodes, 903-504-5312 or email pennye.rhodes@gmail.com, to reserve a place for child care.

A Bereavement Mass for families who have lost loved ones within the last year will be held on Saturday, July 11th at the 5:30 PM Mass at the Cathedral. If you have someone you would like to have remembered, please contact the Church Office at 903-592- 1617 or email Kathy McCabe at kmckabe@suddenlink.net. Even if you are not free to attend, a candle will be lit in memory of your loved one. A reception will follow in the Cathedral Center for family and friends of those remembered.

St. Vincent de Paul is in need of volunteers for pickup coordinator, truck drivers, cashiers and sorters/pricers at the thrift store, food and clothing distribution and sorters at the St. Vincent de Paul Center. For information or to volunteer, call Kelly Jackman, 903-570-1800 or email jackcajun@aol.com.

Inventory at St. Vincent de Paul is low. Please remember the thrift shop when doing spring cleaning. Donations are accepted at the shop at 500 S. Vine St., Mondays, Tuesdays and Thursdays, 10 a.m.-5 p.m., and the first Saturday of the month, 9 a.m.-3 p.m. To arrange pickup of large items, please call 903-707-1407, or email tylersvdp@gmail.com.

Student volunteers are needed at St. Vincent de Paul this summer. Volunteer hours can be applied to students’ community service hours requirements. Students interested in volunteering at the SVdP Center or the thrift store should contact Kelly Jackman, 903-570-1800 or jackcajun@aol.com. All student volunteers are required to fill out a SVdP Student Volunteer Form and sign up online for days/times. Instructions for signing up online will be provided to students after they fill out the volunteer form.

The Maria Goretti Network, a peer ministry group for survivors of abuse and their families, meets the third Saturday of every month at the cathedral office meeting room (not the Cathedral Center) at 7 p.m. For meeting information call 903-592-1617, ext 19, or email phammett@thecathedral.info.

Journey of Hope is a 13-week support program to help Catholics recover from the emotional pain of divorce or separation and to regain hope. With its uniquely Catholic prospective, Journey of Hope addresses the key challenges brought on by divorce and leads participants down the path to recovery by helping them more fully understand and live their faith. A new women-only class will begin on Thursday, August 27, 2015. To reserve your spot or for more information regarding this class, please contact Pennye Rhodes 806-441-2108 or pennye.rhodes@gmail.com. Due to limited class size, all interested participants will need to register by August 10, 2015.