Diocese of Tyler

Que Pasa: News and Notes for Aug. 24

The second annual East Texas Sanctity of Life Banquet is Monday, Oct. 10, at 6:30 p.m. at the KE Bushman Event Center in Bullard. Nikolas Nikas, co-founder and president of the Bioethics Defense Fund, will be the featured speaker. The banquet will focus on the sanctity of all human life, from infants at the first moment of conception to people with special needs, the elderly, the poor, and the imprisoned.

The Bioethics Defense Fund is a pro-life public-interest legal and educational organization that advocates for the human right to life and the fundamental right of conscience throughout the United States and abroad.

Nikas is known for his expertise in clearly integrating the principles of natural law and political theory with the facts of science and medicine to be used as the foundation for strategic legislation, litigation, education, and media. Nikas is consulted across the nation and the world – by legislators, attorneys general, and parliamentarians – on issues of abortion, healthcare rights of conscience, human cloning/embryonic stem cell research, and physician assisted suicide.

Among many other cases, Nikas has litigated ballot initiatives regarding human cloning and embryonic stem cell research, healthcare rights of conscience, clinic regulations, and state-passed limits on late-term abortion.

Tickets are $45 per person or $450 to reserve a table for 10. To purchase tickets or for more information, see the banquet website.

The Diocese of Tyler is now accepting nominations for the 2016 Bishop Charles E. Herzig Humanitarian Award.

The award is named in honor of Bishop Herzig who led the diocese from its creation in 1987 until his death in 1991.

The annual award recognizes individuals who have made outstanding contributions within the Diocese of Tyler in seeking to promote human welfare. Those who receive the award demonstrate a great charitable love for the people of God and posses a life in the Church has been marked by actions that have enabled individuals or families to receive basic human care.

The award will be presented at the 10 a.m. Mass at the Cathedral of the Immaculate Conception on Sunday, Sept. 11.

Nominations can be made using the form at this link, and are due to the diocese by Thursday, Sept. 1.

The annual Red Mass will be Monday, Oct. 3, in the Cathedral of the Immaculate Conception. The Red Mass has been celebrated throughout the world for hundreds of years to mark the opening of legislative and judicial sessions as a means of invoking the Holy Spirit’s gifts of wisdom and truth upon those sessions. All members of the judicial and legislative professions in the diocese are invited.

The diocesan Office for Marriage and Family Life has scheduled marriage preparation weekends for Sept. 23-25 at Wellspring Spirituality Center in Whitehouse and Nov. 5-6 (Spanish) at Casa Betania in Tyler. For information or to register, contact the office at 903-534-1077, ext. 165, or email mbesze@dioceseoftyler.org.

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.


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 or see the website.

Support Catholic Charities East Texas through Amazon.com. When ordering from Amazon, go to Smile.amazon.com and choose Catholic Charities, Diocese of Tyler, as the recipient of the donation from the purchase.

The Diocese of Tyler will sponsor a booth at the East Texas State Fair in Tyler, Sept. 23-Oct. 2. Volunteers are needed to staff the booth and share free Catholic information in this evangelization effort. Time commitment can be as little as three hours, and volunteers receive free fair admission. Call or text Margaret Galland, 903-216-4523, or Jose Saucedo, 903-577-8702, for more information or to sign up.

A Worldwide Marriage Encounter Weekend will be held in Tyler, Sept. 30-Oct 2. Worldwide Marriage Encounter’s mission is to proclaim the value of Marriage and Holy Orders in the Church and in the world. The weekend provides couples with a Catholic experience, facilitated by three team couples and a priest, but individuals of all faiths are welcome. The emphasis is on communication and the tools husbands and wives need to support them in living God’s desire for marriage. Dates fill fast. To apply, visit our website. For more information email apply@dfwme.org or call 469-444-0904.

The Maria Goretti Network is a peer ministry group for survivors of abuse and their families. The East Texas Chapter of the Maria Goretti Network meets the third Saturday of every month in the Cathedral Office meeting room (not the Cathedral Center) at 7 p.m. For information, contact Peggy Hammett, 903-592-1617, ext. 19, or email phammett@thecathedral.info.

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.

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. See the Vocations Office website for more information.

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 are purchasing new English hymnals for St. Edward’s. For a donation of $15, you can dedicate a hymnal in honor of a loved one or in memory of a deceased loved one. A label will be pasted on the inside cover to indicate your hymnal’s dedication and that the hymnal is property of St. Edward’s Catholic Church. Your donation will offset the cost.

Jane Ayres and Ron Williams will lead an adult Bible study on Unlocking the Mystery of the Bible starting Wednesday, Sept. 14, at noon in the Parish Hall. Bring a sack lunch. Class time is about 90 minutes. For more information, contact Ron Williams, 903-288-0013, cell 530-613-7724, Dustofffarm@wildblue@live.com; or Jane Ayres, janeayres@live.com.

The Faith Formation program at St Edward is growing. We will be having CCD classes two nights each week to accommodate the growing numbers of children in our parish. In order to do this, we need teachers and classroom helpers. No experience is necessary. Just bring your faith, hope, and love, and we will do the rest. For information or to volunteer, call Zoila Hunt, faith formation director, at 903-677-1922.

Are you called to serve the poor? The Society of St. Vincent de Paul meets the first Wednesday of the month after noon Mass and the second Tuesday after 6 p.m. Mass.


St. Catherine of Siena Church. The Knights of Columbus will serve a pancake breakfast Sept. 11 at 10:30 a.m. to celebrate Grandparents Day.

The parish Adopt-A-Highway trash pickup is Sept. 17. Meet at the parish hall at 9:45 a.m.

A silent pro-life vigil will be held on Sanctity of Life Sunday, Oct. 2, at 2 p.m. at Main and Louis Streets.


St. Kateri Tekakwitha Church. Male or female volunteers are needed to work side-by-side or individually with other Catholic volunteers at nearby Texas prison units on Tuesdays or Wednesdays, from all or part of 9 a.m.-2 p.m. The units are only 34 mi. northeast of Buffalo. The job is monitoring, not teaching, RCIA classes conducted by diocesan-certified inmate catechists. Mentoring to prisoners is a rewarding avocation and fulfills an obligation to evangelize the Catholic faith. If interested, please contact Bill at wmweissert@gmail.com.


St. William of Vercelli Church. St. William Outreach is asking for plastic bags. They can be put in the big wooden box in the breezeway.

We are in need of volunteers. The Outreach “Gift Center” needs help. Ask Father Steve what you can do to help. Our Adoration sign-up list has empty spaces most weeks. Please come and spend time with our Lord.

We need Faith Formation teachers and classroom helpers. Please call Debbie if you have an interest in forming our children in the Catholic faith. Classes will begin on Wednesday, Sept. 7, 6-7 p.m., in the Holy Family Center.

Little Flowers, Blue Knights, and St. William Youth Group Meetings will start on Wednesday, Aug. 24, 6-8 p.m. There will be pizza!

The Sacramental Preparation second-year class will resume Saturday, Aug. 27, at 2 p.m., in St. Frances Hall. If your child did not attend last year and they need the Sacraments of Reconciliation, Confirmation and/or first Communion, please fill out an orange registration card, found in the narthex, and return it to Father Steve or to the church office.

We need volunteers to help with the commemoration of the 15th anniversary of Sept. 11. Please call Arthur W. Lorenzo, 718-619-2360.


St. Francis of the Tejas Church. The St. Francis Day Festival will be Saturday, Sept. 24, 10 a.m.-4 p.m., on the church grounds, and will feature booths, Bingo, a silent auction, a raffle, food, fun for the whole family, and crowning of the St. Francis Festival Queen.


Our Lady of Guadalupe Church. All are invited to the Nocturnal Adoration Society’s second anniversary celebration Saturday, Sept. 3, 8 a.m.-1:30 p.m., at Our Lady of Guadalupe Church. 100 Maynard St., Diboll. The day will include reflections on the Eucharist, exposition and adoration, Mass, and a reception following.


St. Bernard of Clairvaux Church. The annual parish Fall Fest will be Saturday, Oct. 15, 10 a.m.-3 p.m. The day will include a raffle and Asian barbecue dinner. Raffle prizes include: Henry Goldenboy .22 cal. rifle, $300 Visa card, $250 Brookshire Bros. card, $100 Visa gift card, $100 Visa gift card, $100 Texas Outfitters card, $100 Visa gift card, and $100 Conoco gift card. Other activities will include a horseshoe tournament, silent auction, sweet shoppe, country store, 5K fun run, bounce house for kids, music and entertainment, and a Carter Blood Drive, 9:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m. Blood donors get ½ off on dinner. Hot dogs and soft drinks also will be available. For information, call 903-389-5583 or 903-388-4793. Raffle tickets are $1 each or six for $5.


St. Mary Magdalene Church. The next Women’s ACTS Retreat will be Sept. 29-Oct. 2 at Pine Cove Camp. For information, contact 903-780-1424 or email smmacts2016@gmail.com.


St. Charles Borromeo Church. Please turn in faith formation registration forms by Aug. 28.

The SCB Food Pantry is in need of plastic bags. If you have extras to donate, please bring them to the church office during regular hours.

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St. Jude Church. The parish Garage Sale and Craft Show will be Oct. 28-29. The first collection day will be Sept. 10. Bring your items to the church parking lot at 9 a.m. and we will move them into storage. To arrange large-item pick-up, call 903-887-5589.

Crafters, bring your items for the sale to the Sept. 6 or Oct. 4 Women’s Ministry meeting at 6:30 p.m.

Faith formation needs volunteers to help teach our children. If interested, please contact the Faith Formation Office, 903-887-9795.

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Holy Spirit Church. Children’s Faith Formation registration forms are available in the narthex. Please fill out the information and place in Bridget’s folder on her door. Registration deadline is Sept. 11. Class begins following the 9:30am Mass on Sept. 18.

The parish Pig Roast will be Saturday, Sept. 17, at 6:30 p.m. Cost is $30 per person. The meal includes roast pig, potato salad, coleslaw, pinto beans, bread and peach cobbler. Wine and beer will be available for each table.

LifeChain will be Sanctity of Life Sunday, Oct. 2, 2-3 p.m.

Cajun Fest is Friday, Oct. 14, at 6 p.m. in the parish hall. Cost is $40 per person. Seating is limited, so buy your tickets early and make plans not to miss it. Tickets will be available Sept. 19. Cajun Fest includes chicken and sausage gumbo, jambalaya, appetizers, dessert, beer, and wine.


Immaculate Conception Church. The parish picnic is Sunday, Sept. 4, after the 9 a.m. Mass and until 3 p.m.

Faith formation classes resume Sept. 11.

The parish retreat is Oct. 21, 7-8:30 p.m. in the church, and Oct. 22, 9 a.m.-3 p.m. at the Moore “Tall Pines” Farm.

The Society of St. Vincent de Paul is in need of boxed food items like macaroni and cheese, Hamburger Helper, etc. Please help us feed the hungry in our midst.

It is time to renew our subscription to Give Us This Day. If you would like to help cover the cost, please give your donation to either Father Joe or Denise, or bring by the office. We are getting 60 copies a month for 12 months at a cost of $1,197.00 for the whole year. The break down would be 60 copies for a month at $99.75 per month or three months for $299.25 or 6 months for $598.50. One subscription is $19.95 for the year. Thank you for helping cover the cost.


Christ the King Church. Ethics and Integrity recertification in Spanish will be Aug. 27, 9-10:30 a.m. There is a $10 fee for the background check.


St. Mary Church. Teens are invited to a Survivorz Lock-In Sept. 17-18 in St. Mary Gym. For information, contact Shea Vogel at svogel@stmaryslgv.org.

The St. Nicholas Bazaar will be Nov. 19, 9:30 a.m.-4:00 p.m., and Nov. 20, 9:30 a.m.-2:00 p.m. We are collecting items to be sold in the general store, such as new and gently used nativities, Santas, wreaths, candles, ornaments, homemade canned goods, and gift items. Call Jeanie Folsenlogen, 903-736-5653, or drop off items next to the church office in the big box. We also need Christmas trees of all sizes, burlap, mason jars, rolls of Christmas ribbon, and Christmas lights. We will pick up trees; call Margaret at 903-452-3474. The bazaar will feature a café, vendors, a Kids Korner, raffle, silent auction, and a visit from Mr. and Mrs. Claus. For more information, call Pat Smith, 903-240-1635.

St. Matthew Church. Middle-school students are invited to join Edge, a Catholic middle-school youth ministry program. It provides a safe, fun place for youth to find solid Catholic community, to get answers to their questions about faith, and, most importantly, to experience Jesus in a profound and personal way. Edge resources speak to the physical, psychological, cognitive, relational, and spiritual maturation of middle school youth. Meetings will be Wednesdays at 6 p.m., beginning with Mass. Daniel and Rebecca Anguiano are coordinators.

The LifeTeen Kick-Off Lake Party is Saturday, Aug. 27, 11 a.m.-2 p.m. at the home of Pat and Sheila Sweeney. The caravan will leave St. Matthew’s at 10:30 a.m. Please contact Cyndi Starr to RSVP or for more information. Also, if you are an Ethics and Integrity-trained adult and are willing to help, please contact Cyndi at 903-720-3873.

We invite those over the age of 18 to become a volunteer for the LIFE Teen and EDGE CORE groups. We are creating committees to help our programs run effectively – food, communications, planning, events, etc. Some volunteer positions are very short term and some can be long term. We have a place for you on our teams! To volunteer or for more information, contact Cyndi Starr at 903-720-3873.

Ethics and Integrity recertification in Spanish will be Aug. 27, 9-10:30 a.m. at Christ the King Church in Kilgore. There is a $10 fee for the background check.

We will begin a parish study on Luke: The Gospel of Mercy Sept. 13 at 6:30 p.m. in the parish hall. Call the parish office to register for classes.

St. Matthew’s annual raffle will be Saturday, Oct. 22. Tickets are $10 each. Prizes include a 2012 Kia Sorento SUV, a $1,000 gift card, a $750.00 gift card, a $500 gift card, a $250 gift card, and five $100 gift cards. Tickets are available after weekend Masses or from the church office during the week. Please return ticket stubs and money. Proceeds benefit the Building Fund.

The next Men’s ACTS Retreat will be Oct. 27-30. All men of St. Matthew’s and surrounding parishes are welcome to attend. For more information, contact the retreat directors: Charlie Eckel, 903-985-2499, Tim Lemoine, 903-736-7960, and Ray Voisin, 903-353-4122.


St. Patrick Church. The 60-5 Club will meet Tuesday, Aug. 30 at noon in the faith formation hall. Please bring your favorite potluck dish. Anyone age 55 or older is invited to join us each month! For more information, contact Mrs. Edna Garza at 936-675-5761.

Father Vaverek will offer adult faith formation classes Sept. 10, Oct. 8, and Nov. 12, 9 a.m.-2 p.m. Topics will include Introduction to the New Testament, The Church: How Does the Church Understand Herself and Her Mission? and Amen: Our Liturgy, Our Faith. Each class has a $5 registration fee for lunch.

A free women’s self-defense class will be offered Sept. 9, 1-3:30 p.m. in LaSalette Hall. For information, call Patricia Boles, 936-676-8171.

The annual parish arts and crafts sale is Oct. 1, 8 a.m.-5 p.m. We are now accepting registrations. Call the office at 936-634-6833 for booth information.

A Year of Mercy morning of reflection and praise will be Saturday, Oct. 29, 9 a.m.-noon. The day will begin with Mass followed by a presentation by Shannon M. Deitz, founder of Hopeful Hearts Ministry.


St. Elizabeth Ann Seton Church. Faith formation classes resume Sept. 7. The 7:30 p.m. Mass on Saturdays resumes Sept. 11.


Sacred Heart Church. The Boots & Jeans dinner and dance will be Saturday, Sept. 24, at 6:30 p.m. in the KC hall. Tickets are $50 each and include one barbecue dinner and one chance at the $5,000 reverse raffle per ticket.

Lois Wisnoski and Evelyn Ballard are collecting donations for the Fall Fest “Lucky You Shoppe.” Items needed are jewelry, figurines, music boxes, and anything giftable. We will also have an “Attic Gleanings” booth for things that might show wear but are still serviceable such as small electrical appliances, etc.


Sacred Heart Church. The Little Rock Scripture Study begins Wednesday, Sept. 14, at 6:45 p.m. It will be an open study of 1 Corinthians.

Faith Formation classes resume Sept. 14.

High school youth ministry will have a meet-and-greet for parents Sept. 14. Mass will be at 6 p.m. and meetings will start at 6:35 p.m. Refreshments will be served.


Bishop T.K. Gorman Catholic Schools. Bishop Gorman’s Military Appreciation Night is Saturday, Aug. 27, at the Azalea Classic Gorman varsity football game against Garrison. All servicemen and servicewomen who have served or are currently serving are asked to come down to the track at 6:15 p.m. to be recognized. All military personnel will have free admission to the game. Please contact Julie Schuricht at jschuricht@bishopgorman.net for additional information.

Plan now to attend the Bishop Gorman PTO “Gormanfest” Saturday, Oct. 29, 7-11 p.m. in the Mayfair Building at the East Texas Fairgrounds. Sponsorship opportunities are available. For more information, please contact Auction Chair Diane Mezayek, mezayek@suddenlink.net.

St. Gregory Cathedral School. St. Gregory has a full-time dyslexia specialist on staff to serve all faculty and students with reading needs.

Cathedral of the Immaculate Conception. The cathedral is hosting a Family Movie Night Friday, Sept. 2, at 7 p.m. in the Cathedral Center. The movie will be “The Letters,” about Mother Teresa’s life. We will have refreshments, popcorn, and more. The evening is free. Bring the whole family!

Baptism Preparation class in English will be held on Monday, Sept. 12 and 19 and November 14 and 21, 6:30-8:30 p.m. in the Cathedral Center. Parents and Godparents are required to attend the classes. If you have questions, contact 903-592-1617 ext. 130, or email edietel@thecathedral.info. Please bring a copy of the child’s birth certificate to the class.

The parish picnic will be Sunday, Sept. 11, at the cathedral, with Mass at 5 p.m.

Roses & Rosaries, the annual fundraising gala, will be Sunday, Sept. 25, at 6 p.m. at Willow Brook Country Club in Tyler. Cooper Ray, a nationally known Catholic speaker and musician, will speak. Funds raised by the gala have been earmarked to build a covered walkway for the Chapel of Sts. Peter and Paul from the front doors to the parking lot. For information and tickets, see the cathedral website at www.thecathedral.info.

ICY is in need of volunteers for the middle school, high school, and meal teams. Middle school ICY meets Sundays, 3:30-4:45 p.m. in the Cathedral Center, and high school ICY meets Sundays, 6:45-8:30 p.m. in the Cathedral Center. We will eat meals from 6:15-6:45 p.m. We need core team leaders who will be present consistently to interact with the young people and provide positive adult role models. We also need volunteers to donate and deliver food. If you can help in any of these capacities, please contact Chris Johnson at 903-592-1617, ext. 120, or email cjohnson@thecathedralinfo.

Starting on September 18th, we will be adding a 5 p.m. “Youth Mass” to the Cathedral weekend Mass lineup. It will be held at the Cathedral and open to everyone of all ages, but with a focus on youth serving as ushers, greeters, lectors, servers, and more. To be able to serve, youth must be trained in their specific areas. We will have a training day for all middle school and high school youth (6-12th grade) on Saturday, Aug. 27, from 10:30 a.m.-1:15 p.m. in the Cathedral Center. Please contact Chris Johnson at cjohnson@thecathedral.info to reserve a spot for your youth and to let him know if they will want training as a lector, Eucharistic Minister of Holy Communion, usher/greeter, altar server, or in the choir. If your youth is interested but unable to attend, please let Chris know as well.

The Society of St. Vincent de Paul is in need of a volunteer chef for its “Cooking Matters” six-week cooking class Wednesdays, 11 a.m.-1 p.m. in the Cathedral Center, Sept. 7-Oct. 12. Volunteers also are needed for the Society’s September Walk for the Poor. For more information or to volunteer, call Mary at 903-312-7927 or SVDP at 903-592-0027. The Society also is in great need of men’s clothing – underwear, tees, sports shirts, etc – and large women’s clothing.