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 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 firstname.lastname@example.org. There is no fee for this day but pre-registration is required.
The Daughters of Divine Hope will offer an 11:30 a.m. Mass Aug. 8 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 Sept. 12, Oct. 10, Nov. 14, and Dec. 12.
Catholic Charities East Texas will host a Family Fun Day Saturday, Sept. 24, 10 a.m.-2 p.m. at Tyler Indoor Sports, 12041 Spur 364, Tyler, 75709. The event, sponsored by Catholic Charities Immigration Services, will feature a bounce house, face painting, games, music, a car show, silent auction, and more. The day also will provide a chance to learn more about the community resources available at Catholic Charities. For information, call CCET, 903-258- 9492.
The Diocesan Council of Catholic Women will hold its general assembly Sept. 24, 9 a.m.-4 p.m., in the Cathedral Center at the Cathedral of the Immaculate Conception in Tyler. The day will have as its theme The Sanctity of Life, the Face of Mercy … the Face of Love. Come learn what resources and programs are available in the Diocese of Tyler, and what women of faith in parishes are doing. Cost is $20, payable at the door, and includes lunch. To register, contact Stanley4345@hotmail.com, or call 903-292-7881.
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 email@example.com.
The Diocese of Tyler Office of Youth Evangelization will host “SUMMIT,” the annual training for youth ministers in the diocese, August 13, 9 a.m.-7 p.m., with optional “social time” Saturday evening and overnight. Cost is $30, with scholarships available if needed. The training will be held at Casa Betania, 10645 CR 35, Tyler. The day includes practical information for ministry to the youth of the church. Online registration is available here.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
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 email@example.com. To speak with a nun, contact Sister Angelica Orozco, EFMS, at the chancery, 903-534-1077, ext. 145, or email firstname.lastname@example.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 email@example.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.
St. Edward Church. We will celebrate Father Lowry’s birthday and sixth anniversary of his ordination July 16. The celebration begins with Mass at 5 p.m. and a potluck supper afterward in the hall. Bring a dish to share.
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!
Pre-registration for the year of 2016-2017 faith formation school year continues every Tuesday, 4-6 p.m. in the CCD building.
Faith formation classes are growing, and we need more teachers and classroom helpers. If you are interested in helping pass on the faith to our children, please contact Zoila Hunt, 903-677-1922. No experience is needed, only faith, hope, and love. We will take care of the rest.
Love to sing? Join the choir! Open to all ages. We practice at 9:30 a.m. on Sundays.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
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. The cost per person will be roughly $4,000. Please let Father Lowry or the church office know if you are interested in joining this pilgrimage. Details will be finalized soon.
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 will be July 17-22 at St. Leo the Great Church in Centerville. Grades 1-6 meet Monday-Friday, 9 a.m.-3 p.m., grades 7-12 meet Sunday-Thursday, 7:30-9:45 p.m.
St. William of Vercelli Church. A planning meeting for Cajun Fiesta will be July 17 after the 9:30 a.m. Mass. This is a very important meeting, so please attend if possible.
We will have a Farewell Feast for Father Jesu July 24 in the Holy Family Center after the 9:30 a.m. Mass. Please bring sides, salads, or desserts to share. The Knights of Columbus will barbecue chickens.
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.
St. Leo the Great Church. The Totus Tuus summer catechetical program will be July 17-22. Grades 1-6 meet Monday-Friday, 9 a.m.-3 p.m., grades 7-12 meet Sunday-Thursday, 7:30-9:45 p.m.
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. Francis of the Tejas Church. The Totus Tuus summer catechetical program will be July 24-29. Help is needed in preparing meals and snacks for the students. Call the church office or Carolyn Andrade to volunteer.
The Festival Queen candidate garage sale will be Aug. 6.
The annual St. Francis Festival will be Sept. 24, 10 a.m.-4 p.m., on the church grounds. The day will include barbecue plates for $10 each, raffles, a silent auction, bingo, games, a plant sale, a Kiddie Corner with games and a water slide, a blessing of pets, a volleyball tournament (entry fee is $50), and a biergarten. The St. Francis Queen’s Coronation will be at 2 p.m. Come join the fun, and take your chance at some wonderful prizes.
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.
St. Charles Borromeo Church. A Thank You Brunch for Father Ruggles will be held on Sunday, July 31. Please bring an egg casserole or breakfast dish or lunch side dish to round out the meal. Come join us in celebrating his time at St. Charles!
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 Sept. 4 and Nov. 6.
The Knights of Columbus potluck will be Oct. 9 at the 9 a.m. Mass.
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.
Holy Spirit Church. The parish is in need of a coordinator for children’s faith formation. The coordinator would register students and be responsible for records, attendance, sacrament information, etc.; follow the diocesan curriculum guide for ages 4-18 and for sacramental programs; attend the diocesan in-service day for faith formation leaders; seek endorsement training and keep records for catechists; set up a class schedule and yearly calendar; and help prepare every other year for sacramental preparation. For more information or to volunteer, contact Bridget Rich, church secretary, 903-769-3235.
Exposition of the Blessed Sacrament is every Tuesday, 9:30 a.m.-4 p.m.
The fundraising committee will meet July 20 at 6 p.m. We need all members to attend.
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 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.
Holy Family Church. The parish is sponsoring a benefit, “We Love Lucy,” July 16, 3-7 p.m., in the Holy Family Life Center, 111 West Van and Henry Street, Lindale, for Lucy Heller, a 6-year-old girl with multiple medical challenges. Lucy and her parents, Terri and Ed Heller, are members of Holy Family, and Lucy’s medical bills have risen above their ability to pay. The day will feature a spaghetti dinner and cook-off with Father Steve Paradis, Deacon Dennis King, and Jim Curry competing for bragging rights. Suggested minimum donation is $10. Tickets will be available from several volunteers and Simply Berties restaurant. Baked goods will be available to purchase. There will be fun and games based on “I Love Lucy” TV show. Several classic “Lucy” videos will be shown, and some scenarios recreated by those willing to pay to perform. A 50-50 drawing, guess the number of items in a container, dress up “Lucy” photos, and other exciting challenges will be featured. Come out, bring your family, and help support Lucy and her family. Donations may also be made to the Society St. Vincent DePaul FOB (for benefit of) Lucy Heller, P.O. Box 303, Lindale, TX 75771, and online through PayPal.
St. Anthony Church.
St. Mary Church. Summer 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. The Doors of Mercy is an eight-week biblical study with no written homework, just eight simple sessions that will allow you to experience God’s hope, healing and loving mercy in this once-in-a-lifetime program. Classes are on Tuesdays at 6:30 p.m. and are repeated on Wednesday at noon. To register or for more info, contact the church office at 903-295-3890 or e-mail email@example.com.
Summer LIFE classes are July 18-21 and July 25-28 at St. Mary Church. The parish will pay the registration fee for catechists to attend these classes. Please call Freeda if you plan to attend, or if you need more information.
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.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org. 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. Patrick Church. St. Patrick School is seeking a full-time Religious Education Teacher. This position would be responsible for teaching grades 1-8. The candidate must hold a bachelor’s degree in Education or similar field. The ideal candidate would have catechetical experience through college level theology courses. Pay is based on experience and work hours are 7:45am – 3:30pm and starting date is August 9, 2016. Please send resume and letter of interest to Mrs. Martha L. Coleman email@example.com or call 936-634-6719 for more information.
St. Elizabeth Ann Seton Church. Wacky Wednesdays are back! Come to the Seton Center at 11 a.m. for a fun activity, enjoy the lunch our volunteers have prepared for us, and then we’re off to the Oak Ridge Country Club as guests of Karl Richter, where we’ll enjoy the pool until 3 p.m. Bring swim wear and pool toys. Children under 6 must be accompanied by an adult over the age of 17.
The large white ice chest is missing. If you borrowed it, please return it. We rent these items to raise additional funds for the new building.
Mary Queen of Heaven Church. The Rosary Group will meet Friday, July 15 at Steve and Karen Fowler’s home, 6279 Point LaVista, Malakoff. Please join us for prayer and fellowship starting at 7 p.m. Everyone is welcome to attend.
The Outreach Group will do the annual Back-to-School Program in August. We provide children in need with a pair of jeans, a T-shirt, 3 pairs of underwear, 3 pairs of socks, and a pair of shoes. The clothes are new and intended to allow these children to have a new outfit to wear the first day of school. It is a token of our support for families in our area. Clothing is collected throughout the year. We already have many of the items, but we still have items to fill. If you would like to contribute items please bring them to the church. Thank you for your help.
The parish Mission of Mercy will be July 24-28, 6:30 p.m. each evening. The mission will include adoration, sermons, prayer, and reconciliation.
The Mary Queen of Heaven Council of Catholic Women invites all women of the parish to join. Our meetings are held the second Sunday of the month after 10 a.m. Mass, and dues are $10 a year.
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.
The food bank needs canned fruit and pork and beans. Please help us feed the hungry in our midst.
Mission Marshall needs your help. We need teams of three people to serve children lunch from noon-1 p.m. on weekdays this summer. The meals are pre-prepared and will be served at Ward Plaza Apartments on MLK Blvd. Individuals and groups may sign up for days that work best. Sign up at 903-472-4944, by email to firstname.lastname@example.org, or online at missionmarshall.org/volunteer.
The adult Sunday morning faith formation fellowship group meets Sundays at 9 a.m. in the parish hall.
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. Join us after 9 a.m. Sunday Mass as we sing the Psalms and other sacred music.
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 through Friday. If you are willing to help, please contact the parish office, 903-572-5227.
St. Mary of the Cenacle Church. A faith formation endorsement class for all catechists will be held Sunday, July 17, at 10:30 a.m. Please see or call Chris Goodsell for more information.
Adoration of the Blessed Sacrament is the last Friday of each month, following the 9 a.m. Mass until noon.
Sacred Heart Church. 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. Sacred Heart and St. Edward’s Summer Celebration 2016 will be July 17-21. It will begin with 5:30 p.m. Mass at St. Edward’s Thursday evening, with dinner for the family at 5:45 p.m. in the parish hall and the children’s program at 6:30 p.m. Adults will have the opportunity to hear Deacon Harold Burke-Sivers, the “Dynamic Deacon” from EWTN, speak at 7 p.m. in the church. See the bulletin for more details.
Vacation Bible School is July 17-21.
Parish youth meet Wednesdays during summer, 6-8 p.m.
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 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 email@example.com.
The Legion of Mary will sponsor it’s annual Catholic Booth at the East Texas State Fair, Sept. 23-Oct. 2. To volunteer to help staff the booth and receive free fair admission, contact Margaret Galland, 903-216-4523, or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
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 email@example.com to be added to our email 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 or email Peggy Hammett at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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 email@example.com or 903-539-3760.
Planning for the annual parish picnic is under way. To volunteer, contact Kathy McCabe, firstname.lastname@example.org.
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 email@example.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 firstname.lastname@example.org.