Bishop Joseph E. Strickland will be the featured speaker at the first East Texas Sanctity of Life Banquet Oct. 12, 6:30 p.m.-8 p.m. at the Holiday Inn South Broadway in Tyler. This event is open to ministers, political leaders and all people of good will. For tickets and more information, visit www.easttexaslifebanquet.com.
Bishop Joseph E. Strickland and Catholic Charities of East Texas invite all to hear Texarkana native and Archbishop Emeritus of Santa Fe, NM, Archbishop Michael J. Sheehan 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.
A nine-week course on the U.S. Constitution sponsored by the Center for Advancing Freedom in Tyler will be held at the Diocese of Tyler Chancery every Tuesday for nine weeks from 7 p.m. to 8:30 pm beginning Sept. 22 in the St. Paul Meeting Room of the Chancery Office, Diocese of Tyler, 1015 ESE Loop 323, Tyler, TX 75701. See this flyer for more details.
Wellspring, the Fransalian center for spirituality, is hosting a Women’s Retreat Sept. 25-26. The theme is Women, Wisdom and Compassion. The retreat will include adoration of the Blessed Sacrament, celebration of the Eucharist, meditations with Father Gus Tharappel, fellowship, and food. The retreat begins Friday, Sept. 25 at 6 p.m., and concludes Saturday, Sept. 26 at 1 p.m. Cost is $85, which includes lodging, all meals and retreat materials. Financial assistance is available. For information or to register, call 903-839-1280 or email
firstname.lastname@example.org.The Diocese of Tyler has announced a 10-month vocation discernment program for women who may be interested in religious life. The sessions are open to all women ages 16 to 30. The discernment program will take place one Saturday per month for ten months beginning in September. The sessions will be held at St. Mary Magdalene Church in Flint, Texas; they will begin at 9 a.m. and conclude at 4 p.m. All presentations will be made in English and Spanish. See here for complete details.
The Diocese of Tyler Office of Faith Formation will hold a series of workshops focused on assisting parishes and families to develop practices and programs for those with special needs. The programs begin Sept. 19 at Sacred Heart Church in Mt. Vernon, followed by Sept. 26 at St. Joseph in Marshall, Oct. 3 at St. Therese in Canton, 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, email@example.com or firstname.lastname@example.org, or call 903-266-2146. Cost for each session is $10.The Diocesan School Advisory Council is seeking individuals to represent the Catholic schools in the Diocese of Tyler. The council functions in an advisory position to Bishop Strickland regarding the direction of all Catholic schools in the Diocese of Tyler. Our schools are located in Longview, Lufkin, Marshall, and Tyler. Interested individuals should contact the Office of Catholic Schools at email@example.com or at 903-534-1077, ext. 142 for more information.
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.
St. Maria Goretti is the youngest person ever canonized by the Catholic Church. She was killed at age 11 by Alessandro Serenelli during his attempted sexual assault of her. She forgave him before her death, and appeared to him while he was in prison to proclaim her forgiveness. Her mercy led to his conversion, and he lived the rest of his life as a Franciscan lay brother. She was canonized in 1950 by Pope Pius XII with her mother and siblings present. She is the patroness of mercy, of youth, and of victims of sexual assault.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org. Registration forms are available online at the website.
A Worldwide Marriage Encounter weekend is being offered on Oct. 2-4 at the Magnuson Hotel in Tyler. A Marriage Encounter weekend offers couples 44 hours to get away from jobs, kids, chores and phones – and focus only on each other. Away from the distractions of everyday life, each couple has the time to focus on each other and learn new ways of communicating more effectively in a private and positive atmosphere. Couples also hear wonderful and interactive presentations on God’s desire for marriage, ways to begin and improve couple prayer and also formation of the Church’s teachings on the Sacrament of Matrimony. Information and registration are here.
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 email@example.com. Information is available at the website.
The diocesan Marian Conference will be Oct. 9-10 at the Shrine of Our Lady of Mount Carmel at St. Peter Claver Church in Tyler, 1402 Border Ave. Msgr. Eduardo Chávez will be main speaker.
For information, contact Deacon Rubén Natera, firstname.lastname@example.org, Father Raymundo García, 936-404-8182, or the Misioneras Guadalupanas de Santa Ana, 903-931-1836.
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.
The diocese is launching a second round of training for spiritual direction. Father Ron Boudreaux, SJ, director of Montserrat Retreat House in Dallas, is directing the program. Training sessions will be held the second weekend of each month for two years at St. Mary Church in Longview. Cost is minimal. For information, contact email@example.com or see the website.
To speak with a priest about a possible vocation, call Father Justin Braun at the chancery, 903-534-1077, ext. 171, or email firstname.lastname@example.org. To speak with a nun, contact Sister Angelica Orozco, EFMS, at the chancery, 903-534-1077, ext. 145, or email email@example.com.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org and mail paper versions to Susan De Matteo, Catholic East Texas, 1015 ESE Loop 323, Tyler, TX 75701.
Catholic East Texas, the diocesan magazine, is online! Share the link to our full-color publication with family and friends. The magazine is an evangelical publication designed to implement Bishop Strickland’s vision for sharing the beauty of Catholic teaching, history, culture, spirituality and liturgy in a way that makes our ancient faith attractive to both Catholics and non-Catholics in Northeast Texas. Every article, column and review in the magazine is written by the clergy, religious and lay faithful of the Diocese of Tyler. The first issue can be read here.
St. Edward Church. Bishop Strickland will come to celebrate mass at St. Edward’s on Wednesday, Sept. 30 at 6:30 p.m. to officially install Father Lowry as our new pastor. Please join us for the celebration.
Athens Soup Kitchen, Inc., located in the Athens Alley ON 421 N. Prairieville St. needs volunteers on Tuesdays or Thursdays from 8:30 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. If you are interested in volunteering or heading a crew, please call the church office. El Comedor Benefico de Athens localizado en el Athens Alley, 421 N. Prairieville, necesita voluntarios los Martes o Jueves de 8:30 a.m. a 3:00 p.m. Si esta interesado en ser voluntario o ser lider de un grupo de voluntarios comuniquese con la oficina de la iglesia.
On Sunday, October 4th, there will be a peaceful and prayerful public witness of Pro-Life individuals at 2-3:30 p.m. at the West side of the Henderson County Courthouse. During this time, prayers will be offered for our nation and for an end to abortion. Official signs from the National Life Chain will be provided. For more information, please contact Fr. Lowry. El domingo, 4 de Octubre, habrá un testigo público pacífico y orante de individuos Pro-Vida de 2:00-3:30 p.m. en el lado Oeste de la corte del condado de Henderson. Durante este tiempo, las oraciones serán ofrecidos para nuestra nación y para un fin al aborto. Los carteles oficiales de la Cadena de la Vida Nacional serán proporcionados. Para más información, favor de ponerse en contacto con el P. Lowry. Phone 903-675-2509 or email email@example.com.
The 19th annual fiesta will be Saturday, Sept. 19, 10 a.m.-4 p.m., in the church parking lot. The day will include Mexican food, drinks, music, folk dances, games, face-painting and more. The dance will be 7 p.m.-11 p.m. in the parish hall, with the crowning of the queen at 11 p.m.
St. Catherine of Siena Church. St. Catherine will celebrate its 50th anniversary with a bilingual liturgy Sept. 20. Bishop Joseph E. Strickland, who grew up in the parish, will celebrate first Eucharist and confirmation at 10 a.m., and bless the new hospitality space. Bishop Strickland also will bless the Memorial Prayer Garden. A catered meal will be served at 12:15 p.m. in the Family Life Center of First Baptist Church, just across the street from the rectory. St. Catherine will celebrate its golden jubilee throughout the year with the theme Belonging, Building, Blessing, Becoming the Body of Christ.
St. Kateri Tekakwitha Church. The waterslide and bounce-house fund-raiser is Saturday, Sept. 19, 10 a.m.-7 p.m. at 917 Buffalo Ave., across from Community Bank. Cost is $5 per person.
If anyone is willing to sponsor any of the parish youth for the SMYRT retreat Oct. 9-11 in Palestine, please contact Father Bowlin. Cost for the retreat is $100 each, and Father Bowlin would like to ensure that cost would not keep any interested youth from attending.
Saint Forge for the youth group is Sept. 22, and begins with Mass.
Faith formation classes will not meet Sept. 23 (youth) and Sept. 24 (adults).
Adoration of the Blessed Sacrament on First Fridays is 4:30-8 p.m., with Mass at 6 p.m.
St. Francis of the Tejas Church. St. Francis Day Festival will be Sept. 26, 10 a.m.-5 p.m., on the church grounds. The day will include entertainment, food, games, pet blessing, a Kiddie Korner, cash bingo, silent auction and water fun.
St. Mary Magdalene Church. A Women’s ACTS Retreat will be held Oct. 1-4 at St. Mary Magdalene Church. The retreat begins the evening of Oct. 1 and concludes Oct. 4 with Mass at 11:30 a.m. All women are invited for an opportunity for spiritual renewal and forming a deeper relationship with God. The ACTS retreat was formed from the Cursillo Movement and has a focus on Adoration, Community, Theology and Service. For information, call Mica Perez at 903-372-0064 or Michelle Overmeyer at 903-360-6848, or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
St. Charles Borromeo Church. 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 Chicken-to-Go Dinner will be Oct. 4, 11 a.m.-2 p.m. This is a parish-wide event to help add to the Building Fund. If you can help, we need the following: providing tickets to attendees after Mass to sell; helping to clean up at the end of the dinner; providing pound cakes (NO icing); and lending coolers and roasters to hold beans or chicken. Please contact Gail Eubank at 903-876-7319 or email@example.com if you can help.
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.
Longview ACTS Retreat. The next Men’s ACTS Retreat is Oct. 8-11 at Lakeview Retreat Center in Lone Star. The closing Mass will be at St. Matthew Church. The ACTS retreat was formed from the Cursillo Movement and has a focus on Adoration, Community, Theology and Service. For information or to register, contact Jerry Stock, 903-238-9636.
St. Mary Church. The 25th annual Wünderfall will be held Saturday, Sept. 19th, 6:30 p.m.-midnight at Maude Cobb Convention and Visitor’s Center. The annual fundraiser for St. Mary’s Catholic School features a German meal and drinks in the tradition of Octoberfest, a silent auction and dancing with live music by The Pictures from Austin. Tickets are $75 per person. A raffle drawing will be held with several prizes: Grand Prize is a $5,000 Visa Gift Card; 2nd prize is an 18-ct. gold bracelet with diamonds; 3rd prize is a one-year family membership from Good Shepherd Health Institute; 4th prize is a 13” 2-1 laptop/tablet; 5th place is a Nintendo console with two games; 6th–10th prizes are $100 Visa Gift Cards. Call 903-753-1657 or visit the website.
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.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
Sacramental preparation classes resume Oct. 7.
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. Elizabeth Ann Seton Church. The Altar Society will meet Sept. 20 in the Seton Center after Mass. All women of the parish are automatically members of the Society, which looks after and provides all the necessary items for the celebration of the Eucharist. Come get acquainted and join in the fun.
Faith formation classes meet Wednesdays at 5:30 p.m., and conclude with Mass at 6:15 p.m. All are welcome and encouraged to learn more about the Catholic faith and all our special traditions. Diocesan policy requires that all children participate in these sessions for two years before they may begin their sacramental preparations for Confirmation and Holy Communion. Five or more absences will require an addition year of preparation.
Ethics and Integrity training is scheduled for Sunday, Sept. 27, beginning at 4:00 p.m. in the Seton Center. The Diocese of Tyler requires all church employees and volunteers who work in the presence of minors or vulnerable adults to be certified in the Ethics and Integrity Program. This is for new volunteers and re-certification of all who have been through the process already. There is no charge for this program.
The next baptismal preparation classes for parents and godparents are Oct. 6 and Oct. 8 at 7 p.m. in the Seton Center. Both sessions are required. For information, contact Deacon Steve or Idalia Summers, 936-348-6147.
The freezer is filled with those delicious homemade soups from the Woodbine Hotel and Restaurant, still only $5 per quart.
St. Joseph Church. 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.
Faith formation classes for children ages 3 years to eighth grade start Sept. 20, 8:45-10 a.m. at the school. Classes for high school students begin Sept. 23.
The first planning meeting for the 2016 Mardi Gras is Sept. 26 at 6:15 p.m. in St. Joseph Hall. Food will be provided. Please RSVP with Ed Juno.
Donations of wrapped candy and items for the silent auction are needed for the 2016 Fall Fest, scheduled for Oct. 24, 6-9 p.m. Hamburger supper tickets are on sale at $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.
St. Peter the Apostle Church. Each year the Diocese of Tyler sponsors a booth at the East Texas State Fair, to be held this year Sept. 25-Oct. 4. St. Peter will have a number of organizations represented, including Reina del Santo Rosario Praesidium, Mystical Rose and Morning Star Praesidia, and Sociedad de San José. Volunteers are welcome to participate. Please call Margaret Galland at 903-882-5539 or Manuel Montiel at 469-865-6305.
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 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.
Sacred Heart Church. Adorers or temporary substitutes are needed at adoration Tuesdays, 2-3 a.m. and 3-4 p.m., Wednesdays, noon-1 p.m., and Saturdays, 2-3 a.m. If you would like to become an adorer or a substitute, please contact Victoria Shelton, 903-831-9933, or David Blanton, 903-278-0244.
The Patriotic Rosary is Sept. 19 after the 9 a.m. Mass.
RCIA begins Sunday, Sept. 20, at 10 a.m. in the parish center.
Cathedral of the Immaculate Conception. Roses and Rosaries, the major parish fundraiser, is Sept. 27, 6:30 p.m., at Willow Brook Country Club in Tyler. Father Anthony McLaughlin, JCL, diocesan vicar general, pastor of St. Joseph Parish in Marshall, a vicar general for the diocese and former cathedral rector, will be the featured speaker. The evening includes dinner and a silent auction. Tickets are $150 each. Silent auction items will be posted on the cathedral website, and online bids will be accepted. For information, contact Eileen Kosnik, email@example.com, or call 903-330-1946.
Please remember the St. Vincent de Paul Thrift Store when doing your cleaning. Donations are accepted at the SVdP Store at 500 S Vine Street on Mondays, Tuesdays, & Thursdays from 10 a.m. until 5 PM & the first Saturday of the month from 9 AM until 3 PM. To arrange for pickup of large items, please call 903-747-3174 or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org.
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 email@example.com.
The 30th annual St. Gregory Fun Run will be Sept. 19 on the Bishop Gorman Catholic Schools Campus in Tyler. For information or to volunteer, please contact the school at 903-595-4109 or firstname.lastname@example.org.