Que Pasa: News and Notes for Sept. 21

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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 Daughters of Divine Hope will offer Mass for bishops and priests who have ordination anniversaries and birthdays, for deacons who have ordination anniversaries, and for deceased clergy Oct. 10 at 11:30 a.m. in the Cathedral of the Immaculate Conception. Lunch will follow in the Cathedral Center. Future Mass dates are Nov. 14 and Dec. 12.

The Diocese of Tyler Young Adults will gather on Friday, Sept. 23, at 7 p.m. at True Vine Brewing Company in Tyler. Deacon Gary Treviño will speak on the Communion of Saints. For more information, see www.facebook.com/dotyams. All young adults are welcome.

Volunteers are needed for the Catholic Church booth at the East Texas State Fair in Tyler Sept. 23-Oct. 3. Volunteers will pass out materials about our faith and greet people who stop at our booth. Call Margaret Galland at 903-882-5539 to volunteer to staff the booth and receive free admission to the fair.

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Archbishop Michael Sheehan, archbishop emeritus of Santa Fe, N.M., will be the homilist at the annual Red Mass 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, Nov. 5-6 (Spanish) at Casa Betania in Tyler. A marriage preparation day has been scheduled for Saturday, Dec. 3, 8 a.m.-5 p.m. at the Chancery 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 Saturday, 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.

cathcharities-2Catholic 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.

Catholic Charities is hosting a fundraiser, Forget-Me-Not in the Garden of Charity, Saturday, Nov. 5, 6:30-8:30 p.m. in a backyard garden at 6090 Graemont Blvd., Tyler. The event, to be held in honor of Louis Owen, will include cocktails, heavy hors d’oeuvres, and desserts, and is intended to raise funds for Catholic Charities hunger relief mission and other programs benefitting the poor, devalued, and marginalized in society. Sponsorships at various levels are available. For information, contact CCET at 903-258-9492, email info@cctyler.org, 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 Diocesan Liturgical Commission will host a class on the chants of the Roman Missal Saturday, Nov. 5, 9 a.m.-4 p.m. in the Cathedral Center. Chant master Dr. Lowell A. Davis will lead the class. Topics covered will include: Why sing chant today in the liturgy; what chant is, and what chant can be sung today by a schola, a congregation, or a cantor; the spiritual and liturgical role of chant in the Novus Ordo; chant as sacred language; and chant as singing the text of the liturgy. After the class, participants will sing at the 5:30 p.m. Mass at the Cathedral of the Immaculate Conception. The cost is $20 before Nov. 1 and $25 at the door; lunch is included. For reservations, contact: Deacon John Ragland, 936-558-8708, jragland@catholicweb.com.

ww-marriage-encounterA 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.

Worldwide Marriage Encounter will hold an encounter weekend in Spanish (Encuentro Matrimonial Mundial) Oct 7-9. 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 that will greatly improve their relationship as couple. This weekend will be facilitated by three team couples and a priest, but individuals of all faiths are welcome. The emphasis is on communication and a tool husbands and wives need to support them in living God’s desire for marriage. For information, contact Dyana and Luis Noriega, 903-705-3751, or email tyler21emm@gmail.com.

Fin de semana del Encuentro Matrimonial Mundial. Oct. 7-9 en Tyler. El Encuentro matrimonial mundial tiene como misión proclamar el valor del Matrimonio y Vida consagrada en la Iglesia y en el mundo. El fin de semana provee a las parejas con una experiencia Catolica que mejorara de manera importante su relación como matrimonio. Este fin de semana sera presentado por tres matrimonios y un sacerdote, pero individuos de otras denominaciones son bienvenidos. Este sera el segundo Fin de semana del Encuentro Matrimonial Mundial que es organizado en Tyler. El énfasis es en una técnica de comunicación que usan los esposos para ayudarse a vivir su matrimonio de acuerdo al plan de Dios. Para mas información, Dyana y Luis Noriega, 903-705-3751, tyler21emm@gmail.com.

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.

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. The annual LifeChain will be Sunday, Oct. 2, 2-3:30 p.m. on the west side of the Henderson County Courthouse. We will offer prayers for our nation and for an end to abortion. For information, contact Father Lowry, 903-675-2509, or pastor@stedwardsparish.org.

Youth Night is the first and third Wednesday of each month. To set up a reminder, text @youth2121 to 81010. We have partnered with the Malakoff youth group. For information, email mqhstedsyouth@gmail.com.

Father Lowry will be teaching adults the Gospel of St. Matthew on second and fourth Thursday of each month at 6:-7:45 p.m. in the hall during regular children’s faith formation classes. The syllabus is on the eBulletin, or you may come by the office to collect it. All are welcome. Please bring your Catholic Bible.

Tickets for the St. Edward’s 50-50 Raffle are on sale, $5 each or 5 for $20. The drawing will be on December 10, and the person holding one half of the winning ticket will win half the pot. Proceeds will go to parish debt reduction.

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.

Atlanta

St. Catherine of Siena Church. Faith formation classes resume Wednesday, Sept. 28. Faith formation Norma Olvera will ask parents to commit themselves to being present on those evenings.

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

Buffalo

St. Kateri Tekakwitha Church. A workshop on Render Unto Caesar: Faithful Citizenship, the Constitution, and the Church has been tentatively scheduled for Oct. 15, 9 a.m.-1 p.m.

Carthage

St. William of Vercelli Church. Starting Sept. 25, the English Mass will be moved back to 10 a.m.

A meeting for parents and their children who need the sacraments will be Oct. 1 at 2 p.m. in the church hall.

Cajun Fiesta News: Pick up tickets from Mike Kojis after Mass. We need Bingo/Lotería donations. If you or someone you know can obtain prizes for Cajun Fiesta Bingo/Lotería for men, women, kids, or home and garden, bring them to the church office.

The next Open Door will be Oct. 10 at 8 a.m.

Crockett

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.

We have 5 people interested in becoming Catholic. We need an RCIA team here at St. Francis. If you would be interested in the ministry of Adult Initiation please contact Ron Foster or Nani Wood so that we may begin orientation and training for this process.

We will have an inquiry night for persons interested in joining the Church Tuesday, Sept. 27, at 6 p.m. The evening is open to all. Father Matthew Stehling will be present to answer questions about the faith.

The annual LifeChain will be Sunday, Oct. 2, 2-3:30 p.m. on the downtown square. If you would like to help with this event, please come by the church office for information.

Fairfield

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 a.m.–2 p.m. Blood donors get dinner for half price. 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.

Flint

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.

Frankston

St. Charles Borromeo Church. The annual Chicken-to-Go Dinner will be Sunday, Oct. 2. We need to borrow medium-sized coolers. Please bring them to the church office before Sept. 30. We also need donations of cases of bottled water, pound cakes, and cash. There are sign-up sheets in the vestibule or please see Esther Cooper to sign up and to donate.

Looking for a way to help us help the hungry? You can become a volunteer at the East Texas Food Bank-Tyler and earn credits for the SCB Food Pantry! Currently, four of our parishioners volunteer. If you are interested, or want more information, contact Sandy Nichols at 903-876-2936, or you can complete your own volunteer application form at EastTexasFoodBank.org, and note that you want your hours to be applied to SCB Food Pantry, Account #674.

Gun Barrel City

St. Jude Church. The parish Garage Sale and Craft Show will be Oct. 28-29. Every Wednesday, someone will be available at the church office garage, 9 a.m.-noon, to take your collected items. To schedule pickup of large items, please call 903-887-5589.

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

Holly Lake

Holy Spirit Church. The annual LifeChain will be Sunday, Oct. 2, 2-3 p.m. LifeChain is a peaceful and prayerful public witness of pro-life Americans standing for one hour and praying for our nation and for an end to abortion.

The second annual Knights of Columbus Baby Shower benefitting the Gabriel Project will be Oct. 1-2 and Oct. 8-9. The Gabriel Project is a pro-life network of volunteers offering hope and support to mothers facing an unplanned pregnancy. Pack & Carry playpens will be set up in the Narthex to accept donations of various baby items (clothes, pamper, onesies, bottles, etc.).

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.

Exposition is every Tuesday, 9:30 a.m.-4 p.m. We pray for peace in our nation.

We will have 36-hour adoration beginning Monday, Nov. 7, at 7 a.m. and ending at Tuesday, Nov. 8, at 7 p.m. The sign-up sheet is in the narthex.

Jefferson

Immaculate Conception Church. On Sunday, Oct. 2, we will have our Walk for Life at 10:30 a.m., and our LifeChain at 2-3 p.m. Please join us in praying for an end to abortion.

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.

The next Ladies Altar Society meeting is Oct. 5. We will elect officers for the next two years. If you or someone you know would like to be nominated, please contact Rosemarie Klassen.

Longview

st mary st nick bazaarSt. Mary Church. The St. Nicholas Bazaar will be Nov. 19, 9:30 a.m.-4 p.m., and Nov. 20, 9:30 a.m.-2 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. For more information, call Pat Smith, 903-240-1635. The bazaar also will feature a café, vendors, a Kids Korner, raffle, silent auction, and Mr. and Mrs. Claus.

St. Matthew Church. Our parish picnic is Sunday, Sept. 25. Mass will be celebrated in McWhorter Park at 11 a.m. There will be no other Masses that day.

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.

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.

Lufkin


st-patricks-lh-webSt. Patrick Catholic School.
Come to the Chipotle at 1813 Tulane Drive in Lufkin on Wednesday, Oct. 12, 5-9 p.m., and support St. Patrick Catholic School. Bring the flyer from the bulletin or tell the cashier you’re supporting St. Patrick, and 50 percent of the proceeds will go to the school.

If you are interested in selling Yankee Candles to support the school, please call the office at 936-634-6719. Candles may also be ordered from students.

St. Patrick Church. Father Vaverek will offer adult faith formation classes Oct. 8, and Nov. 12, 9 a.m.-2 p.m. Topics will include 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.

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.

The Angelina County Mass, sponsored by the parishes of St. Andrew and St. Patrick in Lufkin and Our Lady of Guadalupe in Diboll, is Oct. 2 at 11 a.m. in the Lufkin Convention Center.

The annual LifeChain will be Sunday, Oct. 2, 2-3 p.m., along Timberland in Lufkin and North Street in Nacogdoches. Please pick up signs in Lufkin at Kiwanis Park between 1:30-1:50 p.m. and at Tipton Ford in Nacogdoches. LifeChain is a peaceful and prayerful public witness of pro-life Americans standing for one hour and praying for our nation and for an end to abortion.

We need volunteer catechists. If you feel called to share the faith with our children, please contact the parish office.

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.

We are planning a trip to Rome April 23-30, 2017. If interested, please contact Jan Kupec for details, 936-671-3863, or jan.kupec@yahoo.com.

Madisonville

St. Elizabeth Ann Seton Church. Adult faith formation is coming. Walk with Jesus begins Oct. 5 at 7 p.m. This is a series of four six-week video presentations. Pre-registration is requested, and cost is $40 per person, which includes a light supper and child care.

The Guadaloupians will be selling treats on the fourth weekend of every month. Proceeds benefit the building fund.

Malakoff

Mary Queen of Heaven Church. The MQH Council of Catholic Women will hold a garage sale Sept. 29-30, 8 a.m.-5 p.m., at 15741 Point LaVista Road in Caney City. Proceeds will be used to help furnish the new kitchen.

Faith formation classes are Wednesdays at 6:30pm. For information, please contact Brandy Rushing, 214-529-8122.

Don’t forget Movie Night Sept. 24 following Saturday evening Mass, 5:45-7:45 p.m. Join us for hot dogs and popcorn.

Marshall

St. Joseph Church. Faith formation classes start Sept. 25.

Right to Life of East Texas is holding its third annual Baby Bottle Campaign through Oct. 2. Please take a baby bottle and fill it with pocket change or a check. Bottles can be returned to the church office by Oct. 2.

We have adoration every First Friday, 11 a.m.-5 p.m. Please prayerfully consider spending an hour with the Lord. The sign-up book is on the baptismal font. For information, call Tyna at 903-938-6637.

The food bank is in need of cereal and canned meats. Please help us feed the hungry in our midst.

Mineola

St. Peter the Apostle Church. The parish Fall Festival will be Oct. 9. Watch the bulletin for more details.

Nacogdoches

St. Mary’s Catholic Campus Ministry. St. Mary’s Catholic Campus Ministry at SFA is having the 2nd annual Spirit Brunch on Saturday, Nov. 5, in Ganter Hall, 211 E. College St. in Nacogdoches. The Spirit Brunch is the annual fundraising event for the ministry, held the Saturday of homecoming week. This is a time for alumni to reunite, and SFA Campus Ministryfor the students, parents, and friends of the ministry to celebrate and give thanks. We will enjoy a champagne brunch, live jazz band, and a cupcake auction with our guest of honor and keynote speaker, Bishop Joseph E. Strickland. Seats are $25.  Raffle tickets are also available. Go to sfacatholic.net/spirit-brunch to make a reservation or purchase raffle tickets. Checks can also be sent to the office, or to reserve by phone, contact the office at 936-564-0661.

Sacred Heart Church. Join your fellow parishioners for the National Life Chain on Sunday, Oct. 2, 2-3 p.m. in Nacogdoches on North Street to lend your public and moral support for a pro-life America. Bring your whole family, rain or shine, and stand with pro-lifers throughout the country.

The Christmas Shoppe is in need of items for the first weekend in November. Any new or like-new items would be appreciated. Please bring them to Margil Center marked for the Christmas Sale. Like-new decorations or items that someone else might consider for a gift would be great. For information, please call Jackie Cates, Gloria Durr, or Camille Bolinger.

There will be a meeting for the 3rd grade parents and the parents of those who have children to receive Confirmation and Eucharist for the first time Sept. 28 after the 6 p.m. Mass in the library. Please plan on attending.

All youth in grades 6-12 are invited to join in on the fun with Sacred Heart Outstanding Catholic Kids, or SHOCK, every Wednesday night from 6:45-8:30 pm. in the gym. Contact Rebecca Higgins, 936-715-5359. All SHOCK members and those interested are asked to fill out a registration form that can be found in the Upper Room, on the parish website or in the church office, and turn it in to the office or drop it off on meeting night. Note: there is a section that needs a parent consent and signature.

Palestine

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.

Texarkana

Sacred Heart Church. We need new adorers or temporary substitutes for adoration on Tuesdays, 2-3 a.m. and 3-4 a.m., and Wednesdays, 3-4 a.m. If you would like a time or to be a substitute, please call Victoria Shelton, 903-831-9933, or David Blanton, 903-278-0244.

Tyler

Bishop T.K. Gorman Catholic Schools. Bishop Gorman Homecoming is Friday, Oct. 21, at 7:30 p.m. in McCallum Stadium.

The Bishop Gorman PTO “Oktoberfest” is 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.

stgregory-fun-runSt. Gregory Cathedral School. The annual St. Gregory Fun Run is Saturday, Oct. 1, on Easy Street, next to McCallum Stadium on the Bishop Gorman campus. The day will feature a 5K run/walk, a 1 Mile run and Kids Dash. The 1 Mile begins at 8 a.m., and the 5K at 8:30 a.m. The Kids Dash is at 9 a.m. Registration is $45 for the 5K and $40 for the 1 Mile. For more information, see the website.

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

Cathedral of the Immaculate Conception. 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.

Baptism preparation class in English will be Monday, 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 Cathedral once again is able to offer a faith formation class for children with special needs. We are blessed to have two certified teachers returning from last year who have once again dedicated themselves to offering this class. These classes are for any student with a special need or who might benefit from some extra help. For more information please contact Peggy Hammett at 903-592-1617, ext. 119 or phammett@thecathedral.info.

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