Que Pasa: News and Notes for June 8

Bishop Joseph E. Strickland will ordain Deacon Jonathon Frels to the priesthood Saturday, 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 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. Speakers from around the country will give relevant and powerful talks about Christ and the Church. The event will include two Holy Masses, confession, adoration, and a Eucharistic procession. Students will get to choose from 20 breakout sessions with local Catholic clergy, speakers, artists, and entertainers. 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.

The diocesan Office of Vocations is hosting a Seminarian Softball Classic Sunday, June 12, at 5 p.m. at Faulkner Park in Tyler. The event will feature seminarians and priests of the diocese against a group of laymen in a friendly game. Food and refreshments will be available. The event will offer an opportunity for people of the diocese to meet their present and future priests in a relaxed, informal environment. Admission is free and open to all.

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 annually 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, 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 June 13 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 July 11, Aug. 8, Sept. 12, Oct. 10, Nov. 14, and Dec. 12.

The diocesan Office for Marriage and Family Life has scheduled marriage preparation days for Saturday, Saturday, June 11, 8 a.m.-5 p.m., and Saturday, Aug. 6, 8 a.m.-5 p.m. (Spanish), 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.

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.

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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Athens

St. Edward Church.  A garden work day is scheduled for Saturday, June 11, 9 a.m.-1 p.m., to pull weeds and other unwanted plants from the church gardens. This can be used for community service hours. For information, contact Yvonne Sparks, 281-851-2717, or Cecilia Bowles, 903-681-4414.

Father Lowry is offering faith formation endorsement classes the second and fourth Wednesdays of the month, 6-7:15 p.m. in the parish hall. All current faith formation teachers and those who wish to teach must have endorsement credits.

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.

Atlanta

St. Catherine Church. The Ministry of Sacred Heart will be here Sunday, June 12, at 2 p.m. to entertain and sing Christian songs with high school students. We also will talk about the upcoming DCYC Illuminate conference in Tyler (July 8-10). We encourage parents to be present and involved in this important ministry.

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 is in need of bookshelves to hold spiritual reading material for adults and children.

Getting their wings – Pro-Life ACE Wings Ray Crowell and Ron Eamma of the Knights of Columbus Holy Spirit Council #15174 were recognized at the State Convention in Corpus Christi for achieving their Pro-Life ACE Wings. Chaplain Reverend Mike Snider made a presentation in a ceremony following Mass on Sunday, May 17th at Holy Spirit Catholic Church, Holly Lake Ranch, while Joann Crowell and Barbara Eamma proudly pinned the Wings on their husbands. The Pro-Life ACE Wings are awarded to Brother Knights who have shown through daily actions and personal involvement that they support Pro-Life from conception to natural death through activities such as pro-life Masses, 40 Days for Life, pro-life rosaries, sidewalk counseling, and other activities. ACE stands for Pro-Life without Apology, without Compromise, and without Exception. Photo courtesy of Bob Quinn
Getting their wings – Ray Crowell and Ron Eamma of the Knights of Columbus Holy Spirit Council #15174 were recognized at the State Convention in Corpus Christi for achieving their Pro-Life ACE Wings. Chaplain Reverend Mike Snider made a presentation in a ceremony following Mass on Sunday, May 17th at Holy Spirit Catholic Church, Holly Lake Ranch, and Joann Crowell and Barbara Eamma pinned the Wings on their husbands. The Pro-Life ACE Wings are awarded to Knights who have shown that they support life from conception to natural death through activities such as pro-life Masses, 40 Days for Life, pro-life rosaries, sidewalk counseling, and other activities. ACE stands for Pro-Life without Apology, without Compromise, and without Exception. Photo courtesy of Bob Quinn

Buffalo

St. Kateri Tekakwitha Church. Catholic Summer University will be June 20-24.

Totus Tuus will be July 17-22 at St. Leo the Great Church in Centerville. Totus Tuus is a catechetical summer youth program in which seminarians and college students proclaim the Gospel through catechetical instruction, Mass, confessions, games, and fun.

Carthage

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.

The Ladies Guild evening social will be Monday, June 13, at 6 p.m. All are welcome.

The hospitality ministry will honor all fathers on June 12 after the 9:30 a.m. Mass. Come help us show our gratitude for all the love, guidance, patience, and even discipline we have received from our fathers.

Centerville

St. Leo the Great Church. We will begin a four-week adult faith formation series on C.S. Lewis’ The Screwtape Letters Wednesday, June 8, at 7 p.m. All are invited to participate. Some copies of the book will be available, but it can also be ordered from Amazon or purchased in most bookstores.

We will be selling fajita tacos at the Fourth of July Festival on the town square. We will need help cooking and serving and are looking for donations of water and sodas. Please see Ray Muñoz for more information. Any children who would like to be on the St. Leo’s float, please see Father Stehling.

Totus Tuus will be July 17-22 at St. Leo the Great Church in Centerville. Totus Tuus is a catechetical summer youth program in which seminarians and college students proclaim the Gospel through catechetical instruction, Mass, confessions, games, and fun.

Adoration begins at 11 a.m. on Fridays, followed by Mass at noon.

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.

Crockett

St. Francis of the Tejas Church. Ethics and Integrity training will be Sunday, June 12, at the church. Recertification training will be 11:30 a.m.-1 p.m. Basic training will be 1:30-4:30 p.m. The Diocese of Tyler requires that all church employees and volunteers who work with youth and vulnerable adults have Ethics and Integrity certification on file. Please register in advance at the church office.

Frankston

St. Charles Borromeo Church. The SCB Food Pantry will be open to any families needing food Thursday, June 9, 9-11:30 a.m. Please continue to support this effort to feed the hungry in our midst with your time and money.

Please join David Etheridge at the Frankston Nursing Home this Saturday, June 18, beginning at 10:30 AM. This is a wonderful opportunity to lift the spirits of the residents and bring a smile to their face. This is a great way to perform a corporal work of mercy during this Jubilee Year of Mercy.

Father’s Day is June 19. Cards are in the vestibule. Please return the envelope with your loved ones’ names so that they can be placed upon the altar and remembered at all Masses during June. Please place the envelopes in the collection basket as soon as possible.

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.

Gun Barrel City

St. Jude Church. The Knights of Columbus are sponsoring a Father’s Day chicken dinner picnic June 19 after the noon Mass. Dinner includes grilled half chicken breast, baked beans, cole slaw and dessert. Cost is $8 for adults and $3 for children. Proceeds will benefit scholarships for area high school students, veterans organizations, the food pantry, and Special Olympics.

Cave Quest: Following Jesus, the Light of the World, is coming this summer for vacation Bible school. Kids will learn the rock-solid foundation of God’s love through songs, skits, crafts, and games. We are looking for volunteers. If you wish to help, contact Sister Magdalena at 903-887-9795 or the church office at 903-887-1452.

Softball practice for the GBC Halos is every Sunday at 3 p.m. behind the church. The next game is Sunday, June 11, at noon on Field 1, against Legendary.

Holly Lake

Feed my sheep – Members of the Knights of Columbus Council # 15174 of Holy Spirit Catholic Church, Holly Lake Ranch, work at East Texas Food Bank in Tyler on June 1 to fulfill Christ's command to feed the hungry. The group consisted of 15 representatives of the Council to include Chaplain Father Mike Snider and Grand Knight Gary Laudt. The volunteers worked a combined total of 45 hours as part of their monthly service mission. They worked on the “Mobile Pantry,” putting together 640 boxes of food weighing 9,856 pounds, filling 8 pallets which will provide 8,213 meals. The “Mobile Pantry” is one of the many programs offered for families through the East Texas Food Bank. The East Texas Food Bank distributes food to more than 200 Food Banks in 26 counties in East Texas. Photo courtesy of Bob Quinn
Feed my sheep – Members of the Knights of Columbus Council # 15174 of Holy Spirit Catholic Church, Holly Lake Ranch, work at East Texas Food Bank in Tyler on June 1 to fulfill Christ’s command to feed the hungry. The group consisted of 15 representatives of the Council to include Chaplain Father Mike Snider and Grand Knight Gary Laudt.
The volunteers worked a combined total of 45 hours as part of their monthly service mission. They worked on the “Mobile Pantry,” putting together 640 boxes of food weighing 9,856 pounds, filling 8 pallets which will provide 8,213 meals.
The “Mobile Pantry” is one of the many programs offered for families through the East Texas Food Bank. The East Texas Food Bank distributes food to more than 200 Food Banks in 26 counties in East Texas. Photo courtesy of Bob Quinn

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.

Jefferson

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.

Kilgore

Christ the King Church. Vacation Bible School will be June 13-179:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m. At Cave Quest VBS, kids explore the rock solid foundation of Jesus’ loveKids will learn the rock-solid foundation of God’s love through songs, skits, crafts, and games. Parents, and friends are invited to join us for the closing Mass for each day at 12:05pm. Cave Quest VBS is open to all children from kinder through 6th grade.

Longview

St. Anthony Church. The parish will celebrate 136 years and the Feast of St. Anthony with a parish festival on Sunday, June 12, 11:30 a.m.-5 p.m. at the Shopka Center, 400 N. 6th Street. The day will include food, games, raffles, entertainment, and live music from Bayou Texas and Shiloh.

St. Mary Church. Summer Catechist Camp will be June 20-23 and 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.

Totus Tuus is coming to St. Mary’s June 19-24. Totus Tuus is a catechetical summer youth program in which seminarians and college students proclaim the Gospel through catechetical instruction, Mass, confessions, games, and fun. Sessions for entering grades 1-6 will be June 20-24, 9 a.m.-3 p.m., for $20 per child (or a family rate of $50 for three or more children). Sessions for students entering grades 7-12 will be June 19-23, 7:30-9:45 p.m., with no cost for registration. For more information or to register, contact the church office, 903-757-5855, ext. 301, or email lkottwitz@stmaryslgv.org.

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.

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.

We will celebrate Father’s Day June 19 at all Masses, and at 2 p.m. in the St. John Paul Center will have lunch and entertainment.

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.

Lufkin

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).

Gathering in Christ – Members of The Gathering 2, a new ministry for women 18 and older in St. Andrew Church in Lufkin, gather monthly for fun, fellowship, and faith-sharing. In June, the women came together to share their faith and to learn how to paint on canvas. Photo courtesyof Joyce Pezdirtz
Gathering in Christ – Members of The Gathering 2, a new ministry for women 18 and older in St. Andrew Church in Lufkin, gather monthly for fun, fellowship, and faith-sharing. In June, the women came together to share their faith and to learn how to paint on canvas. Photo courtesyof Joyce Pezdirtz

St. Andrew Church. Women 18 and older are invited to join The Gathering 2, a fellowship for faith-building and faith-sharing. The group meets monthly, and members are encouraged to build up the Body of Christ by interacting with their own faith family. For more information, contact Gail Nichols at nichols21575@aol.com.

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.

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. Patrick Church. The Angelina County Community Shoe Drive is going on through July 29. Please donate new boys’ or girls’ canvas or athletic shoes in sizes youth 1-adult 12+. There is a big demand for larger shoe sizes. Please help provide hope and shoes for the children in our midst.

Madisonville

St. Elizabeth Ann Seton Church. Training sessions for those who wish to serve at the altar are held after each Sunday Mass. Classes are open to boys and girls, men and women, who have completed the fifth grade.

Just because we are not meeting here together for faith formation doesn’t mean that we should stop learning about God. Read Bible stories together. Check out some of the faith-enriching videos from our local library. Visit the residents in one of the local care centers. Also we have a daily Mass throughout the week. It is the 25 minute “pause that refreshes!” Check the weekly schedule in the bulletin for days and times.

Father Mike will happily but your breakfast after any of the weekday morning Masses – as long as you arrive before we begin. Then you get to choose where we go, anywhere in town.

Marshall

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.

Mount Pleasant

St. Michael Church. Ethics and Integrity training will be Saturday, June 11, 9 a.m.-noon for basic training and 1-2:30 p.m. for recertification, in St. Michael’s Hall. The Diocese of Tyler requires all church employees and volunteers who work with young people and vulnerable adults to have Ethics and Integrity certification on file.

Faith formation registration for 2016-2017 is June 20-25, 2-6 p.m. in St. Mary’s Hall.

New Boston

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.

Palestine

Sacred Heart Church. Vacation Bible School is June 13-17, 6-8:30 p.m., and is open to children who have finished kindergarten through 5th grade. The theme for this year is God Loves You to Infinity and Beyond. Register in the church office.

Father’s Day Remembrance Cards are available in the vestibule and church office. Fill out and place your cardin the collection basket or drop it by the church office. Fathers will be celebrated at Masses June 18-19.

Texas Conquest, a retreat for boys ages 10-15, will be Sunday, June 26-Saturday, July 2. Dads are highly encouraged to attend as helpers and participants. Grow in friendship with Christ through prayer workshops, spiritual coaching, a personalized game plan, masculine leadership and team competition with Legionaries of Christ and trained college counselors. Activities include a zipline, paintball, high ropes course, talks, sacraments, and more. Cost is $625 and includes all activities, meals, lodging, and transportation. Stop by the church office and talk to Lucy or call Sara Flynn at 903-724-3152 for information and registration. Registration ends June 15.

Parents who wish to have a child baptized are invited to a class June Saturday, June 11, 9 a.m.-noon in Room 118 of the Activity Building. Both parents and the godparents are required to attend. Registration forms are in the parish office. Please bring a copy of the child’s birth certificate, a copy of the godparents’ marriage certificate if they are married, and a recent copy of the godparents’ baptismal certificate (with notations) to the office when registering or to the session.

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.

Paris

Our Lady of Victory Church. An altar server retreat has been scheduled for June 20-22. Please call the parish office for more information.

Knights and Maidens of the Altar have scheduled a cookout Saturday, June 11, at noon. Anyone interested in joining either of these organizations is welcome.

A money-management seminar will be presented Sunday, June 12, at 12:30 p.m. in the Activity Center. The seminar will be presented by Alliance Catholic Credit Union. Food and refreshments will be provided.

Texarkana

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.

Tyler

Cathedral of the Immaculate Conception. All men are invited to come together to prayer for each other and their families at a Holy Hour, Tuesday, June 14, at 7 p.m. in the Chapel of Sts. Peter and Paul. The Holy Hour consists of Eucharistic adoration, Evening Prayer, a reflection from future Father Jonathon Frels, silence, and Benediction. Confession will be available during adoration.

June’s Theology on Tap will be held Friday, June 24 from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. at True Vine Brewing Company in Tyler. This is an evening filled will fellowship with other local young adults (20s and 30s – parents and single). Our special guest Alex Gotay will be speaking on mercy.

The Cathedral is offering a series of Lifelong Individual Faith Enrichment (LIFE) classes this summer to those wanting to grow in their faith. Don’t let the summer be a time when we neglect the need to think about our call as Christians and learn more about the most important thing in our lives. All classes will be held at the Cathedral Center on Mondays, Wednesdays, and Thursdays, 6:30-8:30 p.m. Classes include: Basic Elements of the Christian Message, June 20, 22, 23, 27, 29, 30; The Liturgy and Seven Sacraments, June 20, 22, 23; Introduction to the Old Testament, June 27, 29, 30; and Apologetics: Defending our Faith, June 20, 22, 23. See here for more information.

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 25-26. The peaches have been graciously donated by the family of John Sattler.

We have two spots remaining for all entering 9-12th graders for our trip to Dallas for the Steubenville conference June 17-19th. If you are interested in a weekend of fellowship, Mass, adoration, and the best Catholic speakers, email Chris at cjohnson@thecathedral.info.

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.

Tyler CMOMs (Catholic Mothers of Ministry) is a group of Catholic women who desire to draw nearer to God and his Church and encourage each other to be better wives, mothers, and daughters of Christ. We meet monthly and offer playgroups, children’s parties, adult socials, faith-building activities, and most importantly, friendship! We also serve ministries in the parish such as VBS and Saint Vincent de Paul. Whether you’re a new mom or veteran mom of six, we would love for you to join us! Contact new member coordinator, Lauren Shea, lauren.shea626@gmail.com or 361-227-4067, to find out more! For a complete listing of our upcoming events, visit our website.

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 wlecome 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 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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