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.
Bishop Joseph E. Strickland will present the 2016 Bishop Charles E. Herzig Humanitarian Award Sunday, Sept. 11, during the 10 a.m. Mass at the Cathedral of the Immaculate Conception in Tyler. The award recognizes individuals who have made outstanding contributions within the Diocese of Tyler in seeking to promote human welfare. Recipients demonstrate a great charitable love for the people of God and posses a life in the Church that has been marked by actions that have enabled individuals or families to receive basic human care. The award is named in honor of Bishop Herzig, who led the diocese from its creation in 1987 until his death on Sept. 7, 1991, after a long battle with cancer. It is annually presented on the Sunday nearest this day.
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 Sept. 12 at 11:30 a.m. in the Cathedral of the Immaculate Conception. Lunch will follow.
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 the group’s Facebook page. 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.
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 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 email@example.com.
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.
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.
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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, firstname.lastname@example.org.
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 email@example.com 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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
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.
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.
Knights of Columbus Council 10524 will host a Chicken Dinner Sunday, Sept. 11, 11 a.m.-1:30 p.m. in the rear parking lot of the church. For a donation of $9, get a grilled half chicken, beans, coleslaw, and a dessert in a take-out container. Proceeds benefit church and community charities.
The parish fiesta is Saturday, Sept. 17 in the white house parking lot, 10 a.m.-4 p.m., with a dance and crowning of the Fiesta Queen 7-11 p.m. Come join us for Mexican food, drinks, music, folk dancing, games, a bounce house, face painting, and more.
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.com; or Jane Ayres, email@example.com.
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.
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 Sunday, Oct. 2, at 2 p.m. at Main and Louis Streets.
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.
St. Therese Church. The St. Therese Ladies Guild Spaghetti Dinner & Auction will be Sunday, Sept. 17, 5-8 p.m. in the parish hall. The evening will include dinner, homemade goodies, live and silent auctions, and a country store. Tickets are $8 for adults and $4 for children. All proceeds benefit church projects.
St. William of Vercelli Church. The Sunday social is Sept. 11 following Mass. We will share memories of 9/11 and honor the victims of that day.
We need faith formation teachers and classroom helpers. Please call Debbie if you have an interest in forming our children in the Catholic faith.
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. Young ladies of St. William, ages 5-18, help us sell prize tickets by signing up to compete to be the first Cajun Fiesta Queen. Get your parents’ permission on the entry form found in the church hall, then turn it in to Mike Kojis, Leticia Garcia, or Judy Stallone.
St. Francis of the Tejas Church. A training day for catechists has been set for Saturday, Sept. 10, 10 a.m.-3 p.m. in the parish hall. The day will focus on “Getting Started” and “Methods” for grades 1-2, and “Methods” for grades 3-4. There is a $10 charge for three workbooks. Lunch will be provided, but no childcare. The next training day will be Oct. 15, 10 a.m.-3 p.m.
The next St. Francis Festival planning meeting will be Monday, Sept. 12, at 6:30 p.m.
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.
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.
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.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
St. Charles Borromeo Church. 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.
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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. An organizational meeting will be held Sept. 15 at 6:30 p.m. We want to get the sign-up list started for the four-day set-up, Oct. 24-27, as well as work schedules for the two days. We also will be selling food concessions. If you would like to get involved and meet your fellow parishioners, please come to this meeting. For information, call Vickie at 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 you feel called to teach our children, please contact the Faith Formation Office, 903-887-9795.
Faith formation classes begin Sept. 18 and Sept. 21.
We will show a movie of St. Paul’s journeys and missions Sept. 18, 4-6 p.m.
Holy Spirit Church. Children’s faith formation registration deadline is Sept. 11. Classes begin 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 Sunday, Oct. 2, 2-3 p.m.
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.
The Knights of Columbus fish fry will be Friday, Oct. 21.
Casino Night will be Saturday, Nov. 5.
Immaculate Conception Church. Faith formation classes resume Sept. 11.
The parish council meeting is Wednesday, Sept. 14, at 6 p.m.
On Sunday, Oct. 2, we will have our Walk for Life at 10:30 a.m. and LifeChain 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.
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 six months for $598.50. One subscription is $19.95 for the year. Thank you for helping cover the cost.
St. Mary Church. Teens are invited to a Survivorz Lock-In Sept. 17-18 in St. Mary Gym. For information, contact Shea Vogel at email@example.com.
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. We will celebrate a Blue Mass honoring all first responders – police, sheriff’s department, fire fighters and EMS – Sunday, Sept. 11, at 6 p.m. A special blessing and reception will follow the Mass.
We need English-speaking catechists. If you feel called to share your faith with others, volunteer to help pass it on.
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.
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.
A sacramental preparation class for parents and their children preparing to receive the sacraments is Saturday, Sept. 17, 8:30 p.m. in the Saint John Paul Center.
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. 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.
Young people interested in being altar servers are invited to a training day, Saturday, Sept. 10, 11 a.m.-1 p.m., with Deacon Mijares. A potluck lunch will follow in La Salette Hall.
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.
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 sacramental preparation meeting will be Monday, Sept. 12, at 6 p.m. in the faith formation building.
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. The Altar Society will be hosting their famous Pancake and Sausage Breakfast Sept. 11 after the 9:30 mass. All you can eat for only $2.00 until they run out.
The Altar Society will have its first fall meeting Sunday, Sept. 15, in the Seton Center. All women in the parish are invited to become part of this ministry and outreach. Join and you just might learn how to make tamales!
St. Joseph Church. Faith formation classes start Sept. 25.
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.
St. Peter the Apostle Church. A Women’s Peace Luncheon will be Sept. 17, 11 a.m.-1:30 p.m.
The parish Fall Festival will be Oct. 9. Watch the bulletin for more details.
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. Sacred Heart ACTS is hosting a wine-tasting party Saturday, Sept. 10, at 6:30 p.m. in the parish center. The theme is a cruise around the world, stopping at the ports of Italy, Spain, New Zealand, and Australia. Wine and tapas from each country will be served. Dressy attire is requested, as we will be attending the Captain’s Happy Hour. Tickets are $50 each and are available in the church office. The evening also will feature a closed-bid auction.
The Little Rock Scripture Study begins Wednesday, Sept. 14, at 6:45 p.m. It will be an open study of First 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. 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, firstname.lastname@example.org.
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. 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 email@example.com. Please bring a copy of the child’s birth certificate to the class.
The parish Picnic and Multi-Cultural Fest will be Sunday, Sept. 11, at the cathedral, beginning at 6 p.m. The day will feature family fun and food from 13 ethnic and cultural groups. Come sample the variety that is the Cathedral parish!
The Senior Lunch Bunch will meet on Wednesday Sept. 21 for the 12:05 p.m. Mass at Saints Peter & Paul Chapel. After Mass we will have lunch at Oliveto, located at 3709 Troup Hwy. Suite 100
We invite all seniors to join us. Please call 903-581-1169 for further information.
The Altar Society will hold a “Meet and Greet” Tuesday, Sept. 13 at 6:30 p.m. Please join us for a pot luck salad and dessert buffet and visit with our special guest, Father Kevin Young.
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.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
All men are invited to come together to pray for each other and their families in a holy hour, Tuesday, Sept. 13, at 7 p.m., in the Chapel of Sts. Peter and Paul. The holy hour consists of Eucharistic adoration, evening prayer, a reflection from Fr. Hank, silence, and Benediction. Confession will be available during adoration.