Que Pasa: News and Notes for April 20

Parishes across the diocese will be celebrating Blue Sunday, a day of prayer for the victims of child abuse. Please see your parish bulletin for information.

The State of Texas mandates that any suspicion of abuse must be reported. Contact the Texas Department of Family and Protective Services, 800-252-5400, or www.texasabusehotline.org. In an emergency, please call 911.

Report any concerns about church personnel to Father Gavin Vaverek, diocesan Promoter of Justice, at 903-266-2159, email promoter@dioceseoftyler,org, or fax him at 903-939-1037. All reports are confidential.

Deacon Jonathon Frels will be ordained to the priesthood June  11 at 10 a.m. in the Cathedral of the Immaculate Conception in Tyler.
Deacon Jonathon Frels will be ordained to the priesthood June 11 at 10 a.m. in the Cathedral of the Immaculate Conception in Tyler.

Bishop Joseph E. Strickland will ordain Deacon Jonathon Frels to the priesthood June 11 at 10 a.m. in the Cathedral of the Immaculate Conception. The entire diocese is invited to this day of prayer and celebration.

Deacon Frels, 42, is a native of Corpus Christi and a son of Dan and Susan Frels, both deceased. He has a younger brother, Matthew.

He has a bachelor of science in chemistry from Southwest Texas State University and a PhD in chemistry from Texas A&M. He is a seminarian at Pope John XXIII National Seminary in Boston, Mass.

Deacon Frels has lived in East Texas since 2002, when he moved to Longview to work at Eastman Chemical Company there. He has been serving at the cathedral.

The Daughters of Divine Hope will offer an 11:30 a.m. Mass May 9 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 next Mass will be June 13.

The diocesan Office for Marriage and Family Life has scheduled a marriage preparation day for June 16 at the chancery in Tyler, and marriage preparation weekends for 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.

Msgr. John Brennan, a retired priest of the diocese and former pastor of St. Mary Church in Longview, will be one of the honorees at the June Jamboree, a dinner, dance, and auction benefitting Padua House, a retirement home for priests in San Antonio. The Jamboree will be June 3, 6-11 p.m., at Pedrotti’s North Wind Ranch, 13715 FM 1560 North, Helotes, TX 78023. Tickets are $60 per person. Live music will be performed by the Cactus Country Band. For information or tickets, contact Betty Cronin, 210-820-3211, or Rita Hannan, 210-658-1276. Reservations must be made by May 30.

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. http://issuu.com/catholiceasttexas

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St. Edward Church. Ethics and Integrity training classes for basic and recertification will be May 21. Basic training will be at 9 a.m., and recertification will be at noon. Anyone 18 years and older interacting with our children must have Ethic and Integrity certification. Both classes will be in English. Please call Nancy Pitts, 903-681-3040, for more information.


St. Leo the Great Church. The parish hosts a Game Night the fourth Saturday of each month 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. Charles Borromeo Church. Mother’s Day Cards are now available in the vestibule. Please return the envelope with your loved ones’ names so that they can be placed on the altar and remembered in all Masses during May. Please place the envelopes in the collection basket by May 1st.

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Holy Spirit Church. The May Crowning will be May 8, Mother’s Day.

The parish picnic will be May 15. Please watch the bulletins for more information.

The Italian Dinner, scheduled for May 20, has been canceled due to community conflicts.


St. Mary Church. The church will recognize graduating seniors at all Masses the weekend of May 14-15. Please bring a photo of your senior along with a short biography, including plans after graduation, to Susan Wells, Lea Kottwitz, or the church office prior to that weekend.

Father Kusmirek will lead a pilgrimage to the Holy Land Sept. 19-30. Reservations are being taken now. Walk where Jesus walked, and pass through the doors of St. Peter’s Basilica during this Year of Mercy. For information, call 903-757-5893, ext. 303.

The Society of St. Vincent de Paul needs your help. Last year, our society received 500 requests for assistance, helped 1,200 people, made 251 home visits, and provided 250 telephone responses. Assistance payments totaled approximately $27,000. Support the society with your time or financial donation. Call the church office, 903-757-5855, for information or to volunteer.

St. Matthew Church. A women’s ACTS Retreat is scheduled for April 28-May 1. Applications are in the wall pockets in the foyer. Take this opportunity to relax and nurture your relationship with God and fellow parishioners. For additional information, please contact: Roma Jones, director (903-738-3493), or Becky Anguiano, co-director, (903-746-9146).

The Siervos de Cristo will be cooking lunch and planning a cultural program to honor the mothers of our parish on Mother’s Day. We invite all men, youth and children to join them to celebrate this day with their families and friends from 2-5 p.m. in the St. John Paul Center.

Catholic Daughters will be raffling off a “Mother’s Day Spa Basket.” Tickets will be sold after each Mass the weekends of April 23-24 and April 30-May 1. The cost is $1.00 per ticket. The drawing will be held Sunday evening, May 1.

Msgr. Xavier Pappu will be leading a pilgrimage to the Holy Land Nov. 7-17. Cost is $3,000 per person. An informational meeting will be held May 3 at 7 p.m. in the parish hall. For information call 1-844-400-9559, or email info@nativitypilgrimage.com. The website is www.nativitypilgrimage.com.

The Sacrament of Confirmation will be administered May 7 at 10 a.m. and 1 p.m. (Spanish). Rehearsal will be April 30 at 9 a.m.

Registration is open for Vacation Bible School, June 13-17. Cost is $10 per child. Call the church office for information or to register.

Volunteers for VBS are needed. Please contact the church office for information.


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. The baccalaureate Mass for seniors graduating from high school and college will be May 15 during the 5:30 p.m. Mass. All graduates and their families are invited to attend the Mass and dinner afterward, provided by the Ladies Guild. Please RSVP to the church office or Katie Glanton, 704-962-0097.

Godparents and parents who wish to have their children baptized must attend a baptism preparation class scheduled every second and third Friday of the month at 7 p.m. in Spanish. English classes are by appointment. All baptisms are held the third Saturday of the month at 11 a.m. Please contact the parish office 2-3 months prior to register. Please bring a copy of the child’s birth certificate.

Please keep St. Andrew parishioners serving our country in your daily prayers: Bianca Hernandez, Rita Martinez, Daniel Hughes, Harvey Olivares, Kari Grass, Ernest Grass, Tyler Oliver, Daniel Guerrero, John Jost, Luis Medina Jr., Angela Callaway, and James Carlin.

St. Patrick Church. The 60-5 Club will have a potluck lunch April 26 at noon in the parish hall. Anyone age 55 or older is invited to join the group each month. For information, call Edna Garza, 936-675-5761.

Baptism classes are April 28 at 6 p.m. in the faith formation hall in English, and every Thursday, 7-9 p.m., in Spanish.

Anyone over the age of 18 who has not celebrated first Eucharist or confirmation should call the parish office to register for instruction.

Couples who wish to have their civil or common law marriages validated by the Church and receive the Sacrament of Marriage are invited to call the church office at 936-634-6833 and make an appointment with Father Gavin or Father Raymundo to begin the process.


Mary Queen of Heaven Church. Faith formation classes for adults and children are held on Wednesdays. The first Wednesday of each month is Sacramental Preparation class. It is important that all parents with their children attend.

MQH Youth Group has joined with St. Edward’s in Athens. This combined youth group will meet on Tuesdays at St. Edward Church, 6-8 p.m. For further information contact our youth leaders, Chad & Jessica Bentley, mqhstedsyouth@gmail.com. You can also text 81010 and put @youth2121 to receive announcements and updates from our youth group.


St. Joseph Church. 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 parish rummage sale is Friday, April 22, beginning at 8 a.m.

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St. Michael Church. St. Michael’s annual Spring Carnival will be May 26-29 at the Fair Grounds in Mount Pleasant. Join the fun Memorial Day Weekend, Thursday, 5-9 p.m., Friday, 5-11 p.m., Saturday, 11 a.m.-11 p.m., and Sunday, noon-10 p.m., for food booths, rides, games, music, and more.


St. Mary Chapel, Stephen F. Austin State University. The first annual Appreciation Picnic for the St. Mary community is May 8 after the 11 a.m. Mass. Join us and Bishop Strickland so we may thank you for all you do to support our ministry.

Fundraising is under way for Phase 1 of a new Catholic student center and chapel. Construction is scheduled to begin in June. For more information, and to help, please visit the website. www.sfacatholic.net/new-student-center


Cathedral of the Immaculate Conception. Parents who wish to have their children baptized and raise them in the Catholic faith are invited to the baptism classes on 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.

Registration for Vacation Bible School is open until May 13. Forms are available online, thecathedral.info, and in the cathedral foyer. VBS will be June 6-10 in the Cathedral Center, and will have the theme Cave Quest: Following Jesus, the Light of the World.

All 6-8th graders are invited to join ICY on a short weekend retreat on May 6th-7th at The Pines Catholic Camp. This retreat will help youth understand how to live a joyful Catholic life in their everyday lives! There will be messy games, praise and worship, small groups, dynamic talks, and much more. Please pick up a “Make a Mess” registration form in the back of the church for more information.

The Tyler Council of the Society of St. Vincent de Paul is participating in the first annual East Texas Giving Day on Tuesday, May 3. The on-line donation event is sponsored by The East Texas Community Foundations. This will cover 32 counties of Northeast Texas (which looks like a close match to the diocese). There are over 60 other non-profits participating during the 24 hour giving period. The event is intended to attract first-time donors, especially younger people. The funds raised for The Society of St. Vincent de Paul will be used by the Diocesan Council and our ten local conferences to provide assistance to our neighbors in need.  Donations on May 3 can be made at www.easttexasgivingday.org and selecting Society of St. Vincent de Paul. Watch for local events on May 3 that will include mobile donation stations, entertainment and information about the participating agencies.

The Holy Eucharist is exposed for adoration at the Chapel of Sts. Peter & Paul Sundays, 7 p.m.-midnight, Monday-Friday, 4 a.m.-midnight, and Saturdays, 6 a.m.-noon. Make an Easter Promise to commit to one weekly Holy Hour, and you will find that Our Risen Christ bestows an abundance of love and mercy upon you and your loved ones. For more information, please contact coordinator, Kaylene Mongeau 903-894-7411, or email kaylenekarin@gmail.com.

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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