Que Pasa: News and Notes for June 22

The Diocese of Tyler Catholic Youth Conference (DCYC) is scheduled for July 8-10 at Bishop Gorman High School in Tyler.  DCYC is a diocesan wide conference for high school students, and is held once a year during the summer. DCYC is a chance for high school students to grow in their Catholic faith by building community within their own youth group, and the other groups from around the diocese.  There will be bounce houses, team competitions, laser tag, and other group engaging activities. There are several speakers from around the country that will give relevant, and powerful talks about Christ and the Church. There will be two Holy Masses, confession, adoration and a Eucharistic procession. Students will get to choose from 20 breakout sessions from local Catholic clergy, speakers, artists and entertainers that will engage our youth. For more information, visit the website.

World Youth Day pilgrims from throughout the diocese are collecting prayer requests to take with them to Poland. Young people will write the prayers on cloth, and carry them throughout the July 23-Aug. 2 pilgrimage. Go to this website to submit a prayer request. Almost 60 pilgrims from the Diocese of Tyler will be attending WYD 2016 in Krakow.

Deacon Ruben Natera will receive the University of Dallas Lumen Gentium Award July 2 during the 5:30 p.m. Mass in the Cathedral of the Immaculate Conception. Bishop Joseph E. Strickland will present the award, which is given annual by UD to a graduate of the university’s School of Ministry whose established record of outstanding accomplishment reflects the fruit of “theological education for transformative service.” The award honors graduates who have given exemplary service to the local church in general, the work of faith formation in particular, and the larger community, especially the poor and needy.

Deacon Natera, ordained in 2001, has served as co-director for Hispanic Ministries, Vice-Chancellor and Chancellor for Bishop Álvaro Corrada del Rio, SJ, and briefly for Bishop Joseph Strickland, between 2002 and 2012. He has been actively involved in leadership with deacon formation, Hispanic, music, prison, and other ministries in the diocese. He is an adjunct instructor for the UD School of Ministry. is a retired civil engineer from the U.S. Forest Service and retired Civil Engineer Corps Commander from the U.S. Naval Construction Force (Seabees). He and his wife Maria Guadalupe have five children and 16 grandchildren.

The Daughters of Divine Hope will offer an 11:30 a.m. Mass July 11 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. Future Mass dates are Aug. 8, Sept. 12, Oct. 10, Nov. 14, and Dec. 12.

The diocesan Office for Marriage and Family Life has scheduled 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.

The diocesan Office of Faith Formation will hold an in-service training day for all faith formation leaders Saturday, Aug. 6, 10 a.m.-3 p.m., in the Cathedral Center in Tyler. These days are essential training for successful parish catechetical programs. Every parish should send the FFL, or someone to represent the parish for training. Call the Office of Faith Formation to register by Friday, August 5 to 903-266-2146 or email lporter@dioceseoftyler.org. There is no fee for this day but pre-registration is required.

A Worldwide Marriage Encounter weekend is scheduled for Sept. 30-Oct. 2 in Tyler. To apply, visit the website. For more information, email apply@dfwme.org or call 469-444-0904.

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. Father Lowry will lead a retreat for young men ages 13-18 for the discernment of a priestly vocation. The retreat will be June 27-29 at the home of Sally Keenan on Cedar Creek Lake. For information, call Father Lowry, 903-570-3139. All protocols of the Ethics and Integrity/Safe Environment Policy of the Diocese of Tyler will be followed and chaperones meeting these criteria will be in attendance.

Seminarian Michael Ledesma will be leading a study on the Book of Revelation for the youth on Wednesdays during the summer, 11-11:45 a.m. The youth will be able to attend the noon Mass afterwards. Please encourage our teenagers to attend!

During the weekend of June 25-26, Father Lowry will bless readers and commission Extraordinary Ministers of Holy Communion (EMHC) at all five weekend Masses. If you are a new or old reader or EMHC and are going to be away, please let Father Lowry know so you can be blessed/commissioned at another time.

Father Joshua Neu will present he parish Mission of Mercy July 3 and 5-8, 6:30 p.m. each night.

In an effort to unite our community, the 4:30 p.m. and 6 p.m. Masses on Saturday evenings will be combined into one bilingual 5 p.m. Mass effective July 2.

Father Lowry in consultation with the pastoral council is proposing a strategic planning committee for the future needs of St. Edward’s. This will include but not limited to facilities management and a master plan. If you would like to nominate someone, please email or call Father Lowry.

Pre-registration for the year of 2016-2017 faith formation school year continues every Tuesday, 4-6 p.m. in the CCD building.

Confirmation photos are in. Please see Zoila Hunt in the CCD building, Tuesdays, 4-6 p.m.

Youth Night is every other Tuesday in the parish hall, beginning with Mass at 6 p.m. To set up a reminder, text @youth2121 to 81010. We have partnered up with the Malakoff youth group. Contact us at mqhstedsyouth@gmail.com.

The Society of St. Vincent de Paul is accepting referrals of those who need help. If you know of someone in need, please call 903-681-8043 on weekdays, and 972-454-9524 on weekends.

A joint pilgrimage to the Holy Land with First Baptist Church and First United Methodist Church of Athens is being planned for Jan. 16-27, 2017.


St. Catherine Church. We have a summer wish list: formation of an English-language choir; a simple, new baptismal font; candidates for deacon formation; and a faith formation leader and new catechists. If you can help, please do.

The Loaves & Fishes food pantry needs to be restocked for summer. Please bring canned meats and fish, canned fruits, coffee, peanut butter, jams and preserves, fruit juices, milk, mac and cheese, crackers, and dried fruits. The pantry has served seven families over the past few months. Please help us feed the hungry in our midst.

The church needs bookshelves to hold spiritual reading material for adults and children.


St. Kateri Tekakwitha Church. Totus Tuus summer catechesis for young people will be July 17-22 at St. Leo the Great Church in Centerville.


St. William of Vercelli Church. St. William hosts an ESL class, presented by Panola College, each Wednesday evening at 6 p.m. All are welcome to participate.

Please pick up your tickets for Cajun Fiesta as soon as possible. We have a goal of 6,000 tickets sold, and need everyone’s participation to succeed. We also need arts and crafts to sell in the country story, resale items for the flea market, and all kinds of baked goods.

The parish feast day potluck is Sunday, June 26, at 11 a.m.

Footprints in the Sand dedication will be Sunday, July 3, at 7 p.m. Please come and support Father Jesu and our Knights of Columbus in the celebration.

The Open Door parish outreach will be Saturday, July 9, at 8 a.m.


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.


Nuestra Señora de Guadalupe. Invito a todas las personas que están interesadas en aprender más sobre la fe y la Sagrada Biblia los Miércoles después de a misa a 6 p.m. en el Templo Parroquial.

Pedimos sus oraciones para formar buen equipo de formación de fe y así poder trabajar juntos en el crecimiento de la fe de nuestros hijos. Si usted quiere ayudar como voluntario(a) o catequista por favor comuníquese con el Padre Ariel o con Yvette de la Cruz.

The Padres (priests and seminarians) faced off against the Flock of Sheep (laymen) at the second annual Seminarian Softball Classic, June 12 at Faulkner Park in Tyler. The Flock of Sheep defeated the Padres, bringing the series to 1-1. The event, sponsored by the Diocese of Tyler Office of Vocations, offers an opportunity for the people of the diocese to get to know their priests and future priests in a relaxed and casual environment.
The Padres (priests and seminarians) faced off against the Flock of Sheep (laymen) at the second annual Seminarian Softball Classic, June 12 at Faulkner Park in Tyler. The Flock of Sheep defeated the Padres, bringing the series to 1-1. The event, sponsored by the Diocese of Tyler Office of Vocations, offers an opportunity for the people of the diocese to get to know their priests and future priests in a relaxed and casual environment.


St. Charles Borromeo Church. We are always looking for new voices to add to our choir. We practice on Wednesdays and work on four-part music. If you can sing on key, we can teach you to read music. If you don’t have a background in singing four-part music, we can teach you. If you are interested, please contact Lance Brown, 817-680-4392.

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St. Jude Church. Blessed Mother Teresa Ministry breakfasts will be July 3, Sept. 4, and Nov. 6.

The Knights of Columbus potluck will be July 10 at the noon Mass and Oct. 9 at the 9 a.m. Mass.

There will be no daily Masses July 15-Aug. 15 as Father Dan will be on vacation. All scheduled Mass intentions will be celebrated privately by him during this time.

When leaving food for the food pantry, please wait to bring it until the food pantry weekend, and place them in the cart in the vestibule. If food items need to be delivered before the scheduled weekend, please bring them to the parish hall kitchen and place them in the food cart. Help us keep the church clean and free of God’s little creatures.

Softball practice for the GBC Halos is every Sunday at 3 p.m. behind the church.

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Holy Spirit Church. The pledge drive for the new parking lot retaining wall is under way. Please fill out and submit a pledge form as soon as possible. Forms are available in the narthex and on the church website.

The annual Knights of Columbus officers installation and dinner will be July 14.


Immaculate Conception Church. Please remember that we have the poor among us always. Bring food to the church weekly to help us care for those who come to us in need.

The parish council meeting will be June 22 at 6 p.m.

The Immaculate Heart of Mary Conference of the Society of St. Vincent de Paul meets Thursday mornings at 8 a.m. All are welcome to join us in our mission to serve the poor.


Christ the King Church. We are starting a parish wellness ministry. The goal is to provide basic health and wellness services to those who do not have the means or who are otherwise unable to receive such services elsewhere. If you are interested in learning more about this ministry and how you might assist, contact Father Dower. Volunteers do not have to be associated with the health care industry in any way, but must simply be willing to help those in need. A volunteers meeting will be held June 28 at 6 p.m.

The middle school youth group for youngsters in grades 6-8 will meet Sunday, June 26, at 6:30 p.m.


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St. Mary Church. Summer Catechist Camp will be June 27-30, and LIFE classes are July 18-21 and July 25-28. The parish will pay registration for these classes. We encourage all catechists and their aides to participate in these camps as continued education. Please call Freeda if you wish to attend or for further information.

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.

Teens can access Formed online at www.formed.org, with the parish login PR2VYP. Access great resources to learn more about the faith, and share with your friends.

St. Matthew Church. Our parish now has an app! Go to the App Store or Play Store and search for “St. Matthew Longview.” Download the app, and you’ll have everything you need for personal spiritual growth, from our parish to the Vatican.

Enrollment is now open for 2016-2017 faith formation classes. June-August, registration is $20 per child. After August, cost increases to $30 per child.

A Teen ACTS retreat will be July 14-17. Cost is $140. Application forms are in the foyer, and application deadline is July 10. For more information call, Cyndi Starr, 903-720-3873; our TEEN retreat directors, Alyssa Brazell and Paul Keeler; or Sonya Pereira, 903-295-3890. This is a great opportunity for all the youth. Parents, please encourage your teenagers to apply.

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 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).

The Angelina County Community Shoe Drive benefitting the Back-to-School Bonanza will run through July 29. Please donate new boys’ or girls’ canvas or athletic shoes in sizes youth 1-adult 12+. There is always a big demand for larger sizes. Please be generous in outfitting our local children for school. For information, call Buckner Children and Family Services of Lufkin, 936-637-3300.

St. Andrew Church. 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.


St. Elizabeth Ann Seton Church. Too hot to cook? Let us help. Three quarts of soup (from the Woodbine, but we won’t tell if you don’t) are just $10.

Our gardens have weeds, and we’ve got weed-whackers and plenty of water. All we need are volunteers.


Mary Queen of Heaven Church. The Knights of Columbus will serve chicken lunches after Masses June 26.

The Council of Catholic Women bake sale will be after Masses July 2-3.

Father Nolan Lowry will lead a retreat for young men ages 13-18 for the discernment of a priestly vocation. The retreat will be June 27-29 at the home of Sally Keenan on Cedar Creek Lake. For information, call Father Lowry, 903-570-3139. All protocols of the Ethics and Integrity/Safe Environment Policy of the Diocese of Tyler will be followed and chaperones meeting these criteria will be in attendance.


St. Joseph Church. We are seeking adorers to spend an hour with Christ as we have adoration every First Friday, 11 a.m.-5 p.m., and every Saturday, 1-5 p.m. The signup book is on the baptismal font. Please prayerfully consider giving an hour to the Lord.

Spanish young adults and college students are invited to meetings every Sunday evening at 7 p.m. in the St. Joseph “Chili’s” Youth House.

All high school youth are invited to YOUCAT every Wednesday evening at 7 p.m. in the parish hall.

Hot meals are served each Tuesday, 4:30-5:30 p.m., in the parish hall. The food bank needs caned fruit and pork and beans. In this Year of Mercy, help us feed the hungry in our midst.


St. Peter the Apostle Church. The Totus Tuus youth summer catechesis program will be June 26-July 1. A team composed of members of different parishes will lead the youth to a deeper understanding of their faith through exciting and fun activities.

Join us after 9 a.m. Sunday Mass as we sing the Psalms and other sacred music.

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St. Michael Church. We are getting ready to start an addiction support group and are looking for volunteers. Contact the parish office for further information at 903-572-5227.

Every Year St. Michael’s participates in the Summer Feeding Program for the children of Titus County. Our week this year to serve lunch to the children is July 25-July 29. We are looking for volunteers to assist in the cooking and serving at this wonderful event. Times needed are from 9 a.m.- 1:30 p.m., Monday-Friday. If you are willing to help, please contact the parish office, 903-572-5227.

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St. Mary of the Cenacle Church. The Women’s Society is collecting items for the local animal shelter and animal hospital. Items needed include dry dog and cat food, collars, leashes, used blankets. Donation boxes are in the hall and all donations are welcome throughout the month.


Sacred Heart Church. The parish 4th of July Family Picnic will be Monday, July 4, at 4 p.m. at the Knights of Columbus Hall. The day will include food, drinks, games, entertainment, a dunking booth, bounce house, and face painting.

Tickets are now on sale for the 2nd annual Boots& Jeans dinner and dance, Saturday, Sept. 24 at the KC Hall. Tickets include a barbecue dinner and chance to win the $5,000 reverse raffle. Cost is $50 each.


Sacred Heart Church. The St. Vincent de Paul Society is asking for “bags of blessings” to help the hungry in our midst. Please take a brown paper bag after Mass. Attached to each bag is a list of needed non-perishable food items. Please fill the bag with a few items and bring it back to Mass. This project will continue through Nov. 20 as part of the Year of Mercy declared by Pope Francis. Let us help our hungry brothers and sisters throughout the year, not just during holidays. Also, please contact the St. Vincent de Paul Society if there is someone who is hungry and could benefit from this program.


Cathedral of the Immaculate Conception. The Annual Peach Sales to benefit the Boy Scouts of America, Cathedral of the Immaculate Conception, Troup 333, will be held after all Masses the weekend of June 25th and 26th. The peaches have been graciously donated by the family of John Sattler. Blueberries will also be available.

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

Presently the Saint Vincent de Paul Center is in need of all men’s clothing such as pants and shorts in sizes 28-36, shirts and t-shirts in sizes Large-4X, plus underwear, socks, and shoes. Also, Saint Vincent de Paul is now doing Home Visits. Volunteers are needed to help answer calls and inform callers of the types of assistance that SVdeP provides. This ministry will also consist of an occasional home visit to give food and prayer. Volunteers must have Ethics and Integrity training. To get more information or volunteer, please call Toni at 903-316-8642.

Our Texas weather is heating up. There are many in our community who are in need of box fans to help them get through the summer days. If you can help, please drop off box fans at the St. Vincent de Paul Center.

All youth entering grades 6-12 are welcome to attend ICY (Immaculate Conception Youth) events. There will be sports nights, water park trips, movie days, work weeks, and so much more. Please email cjohnson@thecathedral.info to be added to our mailout list. We send an email out every Monday with more information about events, locations, and ICY in general.

The Called and Gifted Workshop, designed to help individuals deepen their relationship with Christ and discern his direction for their lives, will be July 29, 7-9 p.m., and July 30, 9 a.m.-4 p.m. To register, go to the cathedral website (thecathedral.info) or email Peggy Hammett at phammett@thecathedral.info.

The Women’s Bible Study Group will study the Gospel of John, beginning Aug. 30 at 10 a.m. in the Cathedral Center. The registration fee is $50, with scholarships and childcare available. Please send your registration fee to Shawna Tankersley, 2301 Firestone Cir., Tyler 75703 as soon as possible. For more information, contact Susan Weeks at susankayweeks1@gmail.com or 903-539-3760.

Planning for the annual parish picnic is under way. To volunteer, contact Kathy McCabe, kmccabe@suddenlink.net.

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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