Diocese of Tyler

Que Pasa: News and Notes for Oct. 14

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, lporter@dioceseoftyler.org or tramirez@dioceseoftyler.org, 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. Photo courtesy of Cynthia Schorr

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.

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 ffice Meeting Room (not the Cathedral Center) at 7 p.m. For information, call Peggy Hammett, 903-592-1617, ext. 19, or email phammett@thecathedral.info.

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 retreatsatwellspring@gmail.com 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 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.


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.


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.


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


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 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. 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


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.


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, mattrowley1964@gmail.com.

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.

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. 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.


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.


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.


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.


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 jackcajun@aol.com. 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 cjohnson@thecathedral.info or Lauren Shea at lauren.shea626@gmail.com 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 bking@bishopgorman.net.

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 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.

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 svdpicc@aol.com.