Que Pasa: News and Notes for Oct. 1

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 the website.

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.

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.

A nine-week course on the U.S. Constitution sponsored by the Center for Advancing Freedom in Tyler is held at the Diocese of Tyler Chancery every Tuesday for nine weeks from 7 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. 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.

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. 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, lporter@dioceseoftyler.org or tramirez@dioceseoftyler.org, 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.

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 mbesze@dioceseoftyler.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 beginningexperiencedfw@gmail.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, rnatera@aol.com, 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 swells@stmarylgv.org 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 fatherbraun@gmail.com. To speak with a nun, contact Sister Angelica Orozco, EFMS, at the chancery, 903-534-1077, ext. 145, or email sistera@dioceseoftyler.org.

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 sue@catholiceasttexas.com 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.

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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.

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 pastor@ stedwardsparish.org.

Youth Night will be Oct. 6, with Mass at 6 p.m., dinner at 6:50 p.m. and activities beginning at 7:30 p.m. All youth in grades 7-12 are invited.

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.

Fr. Lowry’s formation class, “The Gospel of Jesus Christ,” is given every Thurs-day 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.


St. Kateri Tekakwitha Church. The convivium/potluck in honor of Our Lady of the Holy Rosary will be Oct. 13 at 7 p.m.


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

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

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.


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.


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 smmacts2015@gmail.com.

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 Team Jack. Or, if you would like to organize a team in honor or memory of a loved one, email Mary Vandervorste at mvorste@aol.com. If you have questions about the walk, sponsoring or Team Jack, contact Rachel Gregory at rtctagregory@yahoo.com. 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.


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 pgeubank@aol.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.

Young members of Sacred Heart Outstanding Catholic Kids (SHOCK) of Sacred Heart Church in Nacogdoches paint a house built by Habitat of Humanity. Photo courtesy of Sonja Gehrmann.
Young members of Sacred Heart Outstanding Catholic Kids (SHOCK) of Sacred Heart Church in Nacogdoches paint a house built by Habitat of Humanity. Photo courtesy of Sonja Gehrmann.


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. 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.


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.

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. 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 odetojoy.72@gmail.com.

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. During the month of October, the month of the Holy Rosary, we focus on the God-given rights to life. We celebrate Respect Life Sunday, Oct. 4, by our participation in the National Life Chain. Plan to join us at Courthouse at 1:30 p.m. for prayer and the distribution of signs. Feel free to create your own signs. The Stand for Life from 2 p.m.- 3 p.m. will be along Main Street on the square.

The blessing of the new doors will be Oct. 11 at the beginning of the 9:30 a.m. Mass. Gather at the narthex.

Quinceañera preparation will be Oct. 10, 9 a.m.-1 p.m. Cost is $25. The class is for girls who will celebrate their 15th birthdays between now and April.

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 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.


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.

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. The Mineola Ministerial Alliance is asking each church in the Mineola area to provide 12-15 dishes for the annual Teachers’ Luncheon Oct. 12. Our participation in this event is our way of appreciating those who help shape our children for their future.

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.


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. New adorers or temporary substitutes are needed Tuesdays, 2 a.m.-3 a.m., Fridays, 8 a.m.-9a.m., and Saturdays, 2 a.m.-3 a.m. If you would like a time or to be a substitute, call Victoria Shelton, 903-831-9933, or David Blanton, 903-278-0244. In the event of a change of phone number or address, please let Victoria or David know.

The existing sacramental preparation group will meet Oct. 4 at 2 p.m. in the parish center. Parents and children must attend the session together.

New sacramental preparation students and their parents will meet Oct. 11 at 2 p.m. in the parish center. Parents and children must attend together.


Cathedral of the Immaculate Conception. 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 tylersvdp@gmail.com.

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.


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