Que Pasa: News and Notes for Feb. 24

Bishop Joseph E. Strickland will celebrate a Mass for families with special needs Saturday, March 12, at 10 a.m. in the Chapel of Sts. Peter and Paul on the Bishop Gorman Catholic Schools campus.

All families with children or adults with special needs are invited to attend. The liturgy will be a modified one to accommodate those needs. A special dispensation from Sunday Mass will be granted to those who attend.

All parishes in the diocese are asked to send representatives to see how the modified liturgy may be celebrated for their families.

A reception will follow in the chancery.

To register or for more information, contact Linda Khirallah Porter, lporter@dioceseoftyler.org, or call 903-266-2146. Registration deadline is March 10.

The Diocese of Tyler has a resource page on its website to encourage the faithful to cultivate a deeper understanding of Lent and a deeper spiritual participation in the season. The website contains educational resources as well as suggested Lenten activities for families and children.

The Chrism Mass will be celebrated March 22 at 11 a.m. in the Cathedral of the Immaculate Conception.

The change to a midday celebration of the Mass was made to ease the schedules of priests who celebrate a number of evening Masses during Holy Week, and to accommodate priests who must drive long distances from their parishes to Tyler.

During the Mass, Bishop Strickland will bless and distribute the sacramental oils to be used in the coming liturgical year: the oil of catechumens, used at baptism; chrism, used at baptism; and the oil of the sick, used in anointing of the sick.

The diocesan Office of Faith Formation has scheduled a number of formation events for parish catechists.

The office is sponsoring a Spanish-language catechists’ formation day for children with special needs March 5, 10 a.m.-3 p.m. in the chancery.

Formation days for parish Christian Initiation teams will be April 2 and June 25.

John Barone will present a session on How to Succeed in Learning Situations for parish catechists March 5, 10 a.m.-3 p.m. at the chancery. Cost is $15 by March 3 or $20 at the door.

To register for any of the events or for more information, contact the diocesan Office for Faith Formation, lporter@dioceseoftyler.org or tramirez@dioceseoftyler.org, or call 903-266-2146.

The Daughters of Divine Hope will offer an 11:30 a.m. Mass March 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. Other Masses will be celebrated April 11, May 9 and June 13.

The Diocese of Tyler Office of Youth Evangelization is sponsoring Rukus 2016, a Catholic music festival, April 16, 11 a.m.-9 p.m., at 10645 CR 35 in Tyler.

The festival will include such acts as the Dave Moore Band, the Josh Blakesley Band, Alex Gotay, and Toni Harris.

The event also will feature an open mic, 11 a.m.-noon.

Bishop Joseph E. Strickland will celebrate Mass.

Cost is $40 per ticket, or $60 for VIP tickets. There will be a $10 cooler charge. No alcohol is permitted. Food vendors will be on site. All proceeds will benefit diocesan pilgrims traveling to Krakow, Poland, for World Youth Day with Pope Francis this summer.

For information, contact Mark Knox at mknox@dioceseoftyler.org or see the Office of Youth Evangelization website.

The Youth Evangelization Office still has spaces available for the 10-day pilgrimage to Krakow for World Youth Day with Pope Francis, July 23-Aug. 1.

The pilgrimage will include visits to the Polish holy site of Czestochowa, Auschwitz, and Wadowice, the birthplace of Pope John Paul II, as well as WYD events in Krakow.

To travel, teens must be 15 years of age before getting on the plane. This is a youth pilgrimage, with limited space available for adults. The adults will guide, support and encourage the young people. All adults participating must have completed background checks and certification in Ethics and Integrity training.

Please keep in mind that this is a pilgrimage, not a vacation trip. We will be walking several miles every day and visiting holy sites.

For information, contact Mark Knox at mknox@dioceseoftyler.org or see the Office of Youth Evangelization website.

The diocesan Office for Marriage and Family Life has scheduled marriage preparation weekends for April 8-10, April 9-10 (Spanish), Sept. 23-25, and Nov. 5-6 (Spanish). For information or to register, contact the office at 903-534-1077, ext. 165, or email mbesze@dioceseoftyler.org.

The Tyler Catholic School Foundation will host its 24th Milam J. Joseph Golf and Tennis Tournament on Monday, April 11, at Willow Brook Golf Club in Tyler. Registration begins at 11 a.m., followed by lunch and tee time at 12:30 p.m. Proceeds are dedicated to support scholarships at St. Gregory Cathedral School and Bishop T. K. Gorman Catholic School. There will be raffle prizes, complimentary lunch, goody bags and more.

Format is a six-player team, with a shotgun start. Individual tickets are $150 and a team of six is $900. Tickets may be purchased by contacting the foundation office at 903-526-5988 or by email at nmurchison@tcsf.net.

A tennis tournament will be held concurrently with the golf tournament. Tennis format is a doubles round robin with light snacks preceding the tournament. Afterwards, players join for happy hour while prizes are awarded.

For more information, or to discuss sponsorship opportunities, please contact Nickie Murchison, development director, 903-526-5988 or nmurchsion@tcsf.net, or Beth Page at beth@myclassictoyota.com. For more information regarding the tennis tournament, please contact Kara Camp at tylercamps@msn.com. The foundation accepts all major credit cards.

Families Anonymous, a support group for those affected by a loved one’s addiction, alcoholism or other destructive behaviors, meets the second Monday of every month at 6:30 p.m. in the parish hall at St. Charles Borromeo Church in Frankston. The group is the only FA chapter in East Texas, and is open to anyone who has known the despair of a loved one’s addiction. Meetings follow the 12-step model, and the anonymity of members is paramount. For information, contact Rick at 817-994-8248 or Kathy at 817-319-9843.

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 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.

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. Access the magazine online here.

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St. Edward Church. The faith formation garage sale will be April 23. Donations may be dropped off at the storage building on Hwy. 175. Please call Zoila Hunt, 903-677-1922, or Chayo Campa, 903-681-5245, if you make a drop off.

The Society of St. Vincent de Paul is hosting an informational meeting Saturday, Feb. 27, at 10 a.m. Come and find out about this charitable and spiritual organization.

The Widows’ Luncheon is March 2 at noon. Please RSVP to Wanda Cincar, 903-675-6630 or 903-288-7525.

The parish Lenten penance service is March 8 at 6 p.m. in the church.


St. Kateri Tekakwitha Church. The Men’s Retreat will be Saturday, Feb. 27, 9 a.m.-3 p.m. at the church. The day will begin with Mass. Please bring a sack lunch. Come join us for a day of prayer and reflection.

The Father-Son/Padre-Hijo Movie Night is March 19 at 6:30 p.m. The movie will be “Secondhand Lions,” with Robert Duvall, Michael Caine, and Haley Joel Osment. The Motion Picture Association of America rating is PG. The USCCB rated the movie A-II, for adults and adolescents, for sporadic mildly crude language and some action violence.

Father Bowlin will lead a pilgrimage to the Eternal Word Television Network and Shrine of the Most Blessed Sacrament in Irondale and Hanceville, Ala., during spring break, March 7-11. If interested, let Father Bowlin know. We also need two volunteers to drive and are looking for 2 high-capacity vehicles for the trip.

Stations of the Cross are prayed Fridays during Lent at 7 p.m.


St. Leo the Great Church. The parish will host a Game Night the fourth Saturday of each month, beginning Feb. 27, at 6 p.m. in the parish hall. Come join us for board games, card games and more, and build community.

The rosary is prayed each Sunday, 30 minutes before Mass. All are invited to pray.


St. John the Evangelist Church. Companions of the Cross Father Michael Scherry will lead a Lenten retreat for Catholic women March 4-6 at Sky Ranch in Van. For information, call 903-343-3567.

A communal reconciliation service will be March 15 at 7 p.m.

The Knights of Columbus monthly “Bi-lingo Bingo” is Feb. 27 at 7 p.m. Bring the family and friends for games, snacks, prizes, and fun.


St. Charles Borromeo Church. The annual parish fish fry will be Sunday, March 13, 11 a.m.-2 p.m.

We want the children and youth, along with their families, to participate in the Stations of the Cross at least once during Lent. Please join us in praying this devotional. Stations of the Cross are prayed the Fridays of Lent at 6 p.m., with a meatless soup supper following in the parish hall.

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St. Jude Church. The Knights of Columbus are hosting Lenten fish fries on Friday nights during Lent – Feb. 26 and March 4, 11, and 18, 5-7 p.m. in the parish hall. Cost is $9 per plate ($5 for children 12 and under), with choices of a catfish plate, shrimp plate, or combo plate. Proceeds benefit the Knights’ local charities.

Terry Francher will lead a Lenten mission Thursday-Saturday, Feb. 25-27, 6:30-7:30 p.m. each night, in the church nave.

Knights of Columbus Council 8806 is offering one $500 scholarship to a qualified graduating senior. Applications are in the back of the church and should be returned to the Administration Office by April 1.

The parish Seder Supper is March 19 after Mass in English, March 20 after Mass in Spanish, in the parish hall. Dress is semi-formal. Sign up to bring needed items.


Holy Family Church. The Knights of Columbus are offering one $500 scholarship to a graduating senior who attends Holy Family. Applications are in the parish office, and should be filled out and returned by March 31.

The Knights of Columbus Lenten fish fries will be March 4 and March 18. Adult dinners are $10 each, children 12 and under, $5.


Our Ladies Guild will award two scholarships to parishioners of St. Mary, St. Matthew, St. Anthony, or Our Lady of Grace. Anyone attending college or technical school in the fall is eligible. Applications are available in church offices. For more information, contact Lisa Williams, 903-663-2925.

St. Mary Church. Stations of the Cross are prayed the Fridays of Lent at 7 p.m.

Knights of Columbus host fish fries the Fridays of Lent, 6-7 p.m., in the parish center. Adults are $8, children ages 5-10 are $4, and children under 5 are free. Proceeds benefit the Knights and their charitable activities.

St. Matthew Church. The parish will host a Ministry Fair at the St. John Paul Center Feb. 27-28. Ministry heads may set up a table with info about their ministry to inform the parishioners and recruit new members. All weekend Masses will be held in the St. John Paul Center during this weekend so that anyone interested may browse the ministries after the Mass.

Collect a can of food per day during Lent, and drop them off at the church. Donations benefit the St. Matthew food pantry.

The Knights of Columbus are hosting fish fries the Fridays of Lent.


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. Stations of the Cross are prayed every Friday of Lent at 5:30 p.m. in English and 6 p.m. in Spanish.

Fish fries are Feb. 26 and March 4, 6-7 p.m. Plates are $8 for adults, $5 for children.

St. Patrick Church. Do you have a superhero baby or toddler able to run faster than a speeding bullet? Enter them into Battle of the Babies, March 5. Registration begins at 9 a.m., and the first race is at 9:30 a.m. Cost is $25 per child. Proceeds benefit the Pregnancy Help Center of Lufkin. For information, call 936-632-9292, or see the website.


St. Elizabeth Ann Seton Church. Honors Raffle #2 is under way! The mountain bike was donated back, so it could still be yours. Second prize, just in time for Easter, is a bountiful basket of Godiva chocolates. Tickets are $1 each or 6 for $5. We shall draw the winning tickets on Palm Sunday, March 20.

Volunteers are needed for the annual International Dinner, to be held March 6. We need chefs, servers, clean-up crew, and help with transporting items to the Kimbro Center and back to the church. For information, call Susie Miller at 936-399-4784.

The parish Lenten penance service will be Sunday, March 13, at 4 p.m. Visiting priests will be available for confessions.

Each Friday of Lent, we shall gather to walk and pray the Stations of the Cross. If you have never participated in this moving devotion, you owe it to yourself and your family to join us for this special Lenten devotion every Friday at 7 pm in English and 8 pm in Spanish.

The Men’s Club will host a fish fry Friday, Feb. 26, 5-7 p.m.


Mary Queen of Heaven Church. Knights of Columbus Council 12253 and the Council of Catholic Women will hold their annual fish and shrimp dinner Friday, March 4, 5-8 p.m. at the Malakoff Civic Center. Tickets are $9 for adults and $6 for children 12 and younger. Proceeds benefit local charities.


St. Joseph Church. Stations of the Cross are prayed the Fridays of Lent, 5:30 p.m. and, in Spanish, after the 6:30 p.m. Mass.

High school seniors, please give your name and address to the church office so you can be included in the special Mass and reception to be held in May.

All high school youth are invited to Rediscover Jesus, Wednesdays at 7 p.m. in the parish hall.


St. Peter the Apostle Church. The Knights of Columbus will host Lenten fish fries March 11 and March 18 at 6:30 p.m. Cost is $9 for adults and $4 for children 12 and under.


St. Mary Chapel, Stephen F. Austin State University. St. Mary’s students will be partnering with Family Missions Company to take a mission trip to General Cepeda, Mexico, during spring break. See the website, sfacatholic.net, or one of the campus ministers for information.

For many years, there have been plans for a new Catholic student center and chapel. We are now moving forward with Phase I, the student center.  A building committee is raising funds and planning to commence construction in June. For more information, and to help, please visit the website.


Our Lady of Victory Church. Father Bill Casey, former superior general of the Fathers of Mercy and a frequent contributor to EWTN, will lead a Divine Mercy Sunday Mission April 3 at 3 p.m. Father Casey is a powerful speaker whose presentation will deepen the faith of all those who attend during this Year of Mercy. For more information, call 903-784-1000.


Sacred Heart Church. Parish high school youth will serve a Lenten pancake meal Friday, Feb. 26, at 6 p.m. Cost is $6 per plate for pancakes with all the toppings, scrambled eggs, hash browns, and biscuits and gravy.

The Sacred Heart Women’s Society invites parishioners to “Painting with a Purpose” March 16, 7-9 p.m., at Painting with a Twist, 2700 Richmond Rd., Suite #1. Proceeds benefit the St. Vincent de Paul Society. Come enjoy a night with friends for a good cause, no experience or talent required. Cost is $35, and wine and snacks will be provided. For information, contact Janet Lyons, 930-280-6167.

New adorers or temporary substitutes are needed for Mondays, 6-7 a.m. and 1-2 p.m., and Saturdays, 1-2 p.m. To get on the list, please call Victoria Shelton, 903-831-9933, or David Blanton, 903-278-0244.

Knights of Columbus fish fry dinners are Fridays, 6-7 p.m.

Stations of the Cross are prayed at 7 p.m. and 7:30 p.m. in Spanish.

ACTS retreats are scheduled for March 10-13 for women and April 7-10 for men at Lakeview Baptist Assembly Camp and Conference Center. The retreats begin Thursday evening with sign-in at Sacred Heart Parish Center and end Sunday with a meal in the parish center following 10:30 a.m. Mass. Transportation to and from the camp will be provided. Cost is $175 per retreatant, with a $50 deposit due at registration. Financial aid is available. Registration forms are available in the bulletin. Return them to the parish office.


Cathedral of the Immaculate Conception. The kick-off meeting for planning this year’s Vacation Bible School, “Cavequest: Following Jesus, the Light of the World,” will be Tuesday, March 1, at 7 p.m. in the home of Anna Andrews. Those who wish to help with this summer’s VBS are welcome to attend. For information and directions, contact Anna Andrews, anna_utex@hotmail.com, Jill Coan, jcoan@suddenlink.net, or Ari Popovich, ariadnecita@embarqmail.com.

Parents who wish to have their children baptized and raise them in the Catholic faith are invited to the baptism classes on March 14 and 21, May 9 and 16, July 11 and 18, September 12 and 19, and November 14 and 21, 6:30-8:30 p.m. in the Cathedral Center. Expectant parents also are invited. For information, call 903-592-1617, ext. 30, or email edietel@thecathedral.info.

St. Vincent de Paul is in the process of strengthening our Home Visit Program. We will be setting up teams of 2-4 people to visit with those in need and pray with them in their homes. These teams will be “on call” 1 week each month to answer phone calls concerning the type of assistance our SVdP provides and to assess whether a home visit is appropriate. (Pay as you go phones will be provided.) The teams will probably meet once a week for 30 minutes to exchange information and pass on the phones. If you are interested in this important ministry, please contact Kelly at jackcajun@aol.com or 903- 570-1800. We are also seeking a volunteer coordinator for this program. We will meet in mid-February (tentatively February 15th at 2 p.m.) at the Cathedral Center for orientation and information sharing. Please attend if you are interested.

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 mills_susan@sbcglobal.net.

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