The Diocese of Tyler will observe a week of prayer Oct. 15-21 for those affected by abuse. Bishop Joseph E. Strickland has issued a decree urging each parish, mission, and other institution in the diocese, as well as the faithful of the diocese, to join in prayer for victims and for the conversion of hearts of perpetrators. All are encouraged to pray for St. Maria Goretti‘s intercession. Particularly in this Holy Year of Mercy, we can draw inspiration from the witness of St. Maria Goretti in desiring and interceding for the conversion of her abuser. The diocese is committed to establishing a safe environment for all people, especially young people and vulnerable adults, where all will be treated with the dignity and respect due to all children of God. The diocese also is committed to providing help to anyone who may have been abused by a priest, deacon, religious, or anyone working in the name of the Church. Concerns about conduct of church personnel should be directed to the pastor or to the diocesan Promoter of Justice, Father Gavin N. Vaverek, JCL, at 903-266-2159 or by email at email@example.com. All communications are confidential.
The Diocesan Marian Convocation will be Oct. 22, 8 a.m.-5 p.m., in the Cathedral of the Immaculate Conception. The theme is Popular Religiosity: A True Treasure of the People of God. Presentations in English and Spanish will focus on Popular Religiosity and devotional expressions from the perspective of the New Evangelization; Mary, full of grace and mercy as Mother of God: model of faith, prayer and service; and ministry in the Church and diocesan life. There is no cost to attend, but donations are accepted. For more information, see the website.
The Catholic bishops of the United States are pleased to offer once again to the Catholic faithful Forming Consciences for Faithful Citizenship, our teaching document on the political responsibility of Catholics. This statement represents our guidance for Catholics in the exercise of their rights and duties as participants in our democracy. We urge our pastors, lay and religious faithful, and all people of good will to use this statement to help form their consciences; to teach those entrusted to their care; to contribute to civil and respectful public dialogue; and to shape political choices in the coming election in light of Catholic teaching. The statement lifts up our dual heritage as both faithful Catholics and American citizens with rights and duties as participants in the civil order. The statement is in English and Spanish.
The Texas Catholic Conference Advocacy Day at the State Capital is April 4, 2017. Advocacy Day is a day-long event with a rally on the steps of the State Capitol with the bishops of Texas to promote the Church’s values of life, justice, charity, and religious freedom to members of the Texas Legislature. After the rally, small teams of Catholics will meet with their state lawmakers and educate them on the Texas bishops’ legislative priorities.
The Organization for Faith, Education, and Community at Stephen F. Austin State University in Nacogdoches will host Faith and Justice: Exploring the Crisis of Empathy, a one-day interfaith dialogue on injustice and its effects on local communities on Friday, Nov. 4, 9 a.m.-5 p.m. in the Baker Pattillo Student Center Theater. The conference will explore how different faiths understand and respond to issues of injustice. Father Pat Delahanty, chair of the Kentucky Coalition to Abolish the Death Penalty, will be the keynote speaker. The day will feature three breakout sessions with 14 speakers) and a panel discussion. The organization also will sponsor a free showing on Friday, Oct. 14, of Dead Man Walking, the 1995 theatrical film starring Susan Sarandon as Sister Helen Prejean, an advocate for abolishing the death penalty. The film will be shown at 7 p.m. in the Cole Art Center in downtown Nacogdoches. Register here for the conference. Cost is $45 by October 20 (includes lunch and garage parking pass); later or at conference $55. Student price is $20 (must bring ID).
St. Mary’s Catholic Campus Ministry at Stephen F. Austin State University in Nacogdoches is having its second 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 for 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. Make reservations or purchase raffle tickets here. Checks can also be sent to the office, or to reserve by phone, contact the office at 936-564-0661.
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 Nov. 14 at 11:30 a.m. in the Cathedral of the Immaculate Conception. Lunch will follow in the Cathedral Center. The next clergy Mass will be Dec. 12.
The diocesan Office for Marriage and Family Life has scheduled marriage a preparation weekend for 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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
Catholic Charities East Texas 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 email@example.com, or see the website.
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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.
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 email@example.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, firstname.lastname@example.org.
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 email@example.com.
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.
St. Edward Church. Young people are invited to Becoming What You Receive Saturday, Oct. 15, 1-7 p.m. at the church. Guest speaker will be Alex Gotay. Cost is $15. For information, email MqhStedsyouth@gmail.com.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
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.
La próxima clases de quinceañera serán los sábado 22 y 29 de Octubre de 10:30 a.m. a 1:30 p.m. en la Casa Blanca. Todas las quinceañera que no tienen las platicas y van a tener su celebarcion para el mes de Julio– Agosto y Septiembre tienen que asistir. Si desea mas información favor de llamar al 903-675-2509 o pase a la oficina para registrarse.
St. Kateri Tekakwitha Church. A workshop on Render Unto Caesar: Faithful Citizenship, the Constitution, and the Church will be held Oct. 15, 9 a.m.-1 p.m., in the parish hall. The day will include the opportunity to hear about and discuss the role of Christians as citizens with a retired county judge, a student of the Constitution, and a moral theologian. A light lunch will be provided during the Q&A session for $5.
Building Fund Bingo will be Saturday, Nov. 6, after Mass.
The children’s St. Nicholas Party will be Dec. 4 at 12:30 p.m.
St. William of Vercelli Church. Cajun Fiesta is Saturday, Oct. 15 Enjoy food, music, games, and family fun, and help support our parish.
The Ladies Guild will have lunch and games Monday, Nov. 7. Come join us for a few hours of friendship.
The next St. William’s Open Door will be Saturday, Nov. 12, at 8 a.m.
St. Francis of the Tejas Church. We need an RCIA team. Anyone interested in participating in the ministry of adult initiation should contact Nani Wood in the church office or Ron Foster so that we may begin training and orientation for this process.
A catechist training session will be held Saturday, Oct. 22, 10 a.m.-3 p.m., in the parish hall. The day will include discussions on lesson planning and handing on the faith. Catechists will receive their workbooks and set up classrooms.
We need four more adults with Ethics and Integrity training to serve as catechists. We will have formation the first and third Sundays of the month, with the fourth Sunday reserved for sacramental preparation.
Our Lady of Guadalupe Church. Habrá una clase básica de ética e integridad el domingo, 16 de octubre, 3-6 p.m. Para más información contactar a Yvette de la Cruz.
A Spanish-language Ethics and Integrity basic training session will be held Sunday, Oct. 16, 3-6 p.m. For information, contact Yvette de la Cruz.
Invito a todas las personas que están interesadas en aprendar más sobre la fe y la Sagrada Biblia los Miércoles después de a misa a 6 p.m. en el Templo Parroquial.
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. Charles Borromeo Church. Bishop Strickland has set the week of October 15-21 as a week of prayer for the healing for those affected by abuse. Joining in prayer for victims and for the conversion of hearts of perpetrators is a particularly important effort in this Year of Mercy.
October is the month of the rosary. Please join us in praying the rosary 30 minutes before weekend Masses this month, 4:30 p.m. on Saturdays and 8:30 a.m. on Sundays.
Confirmation classes begin on Oct. 16 for those students who made their First Reconciliation last year. Classes will be 10:30-11:30 a.m. in the Education Building and will be held every third Sunday. Parents are encouraged to attend this first class.
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St. Jude Church. All are invited to join in the novena to St. Jude, our patron saint. The novena will be Oct. 20-28 at 7 p.m., and will conclude with a Mass on Oct. 29 at 11 a.m.
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 pick-up of large items, please call 903-887-5589.
Holy Spirit Church. 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 Fall Festival will be Sunday, Oct. 30, 5-7 p.m. at Summit Heights. Holy Spirit is one of the churches sponsoring this annual event. Come join us for food, live music, games, and more. Sign-up sheets to volunteer are in the narthex.
Exposition is every Tuesday, 9:30 a.m.-4 p.m. We pray for peace in our nation.
Casino Night will be Saturday, Nov. 5, at 6 p.m. Tickets are $35 per person or $280 for a table, and include $1,500 in casino chips per person. Raffle tickets are $5 each or 5 for $20. Tickets will not be sold at the door. Please stop by before or after Mass to buy your tickets, or call Bridget Rich at 903-769-3235 or 972-979-3985.
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.
Parishioners of all ages are invited to attend Putting on the Armor of God religious education classes Sundays at 10: 45 a.m. in the Activity Center. The classes are open to anyone, ages pre-K-99, at no cost, and are approximately an hour long. The topics to be covered include the Trinity, relationship with God, faith, the Church, Scripture, human dignity, social justice, and more. Plans call for a “special” monthly meeting which might include a skit or musical presentation.
Immaculate Conception Church. 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.
St. Anthony Church. RCIA classes begin Oct. 18, 6:30-7:30 p.m. in the School Building. If you or someone you know is interested in joining the Catholic Church, or if you are in need of the sacraments of baptism, first Communion, or confirmation, please join us.
Adult faith formation begins Oct. 20 at 6:30 p.m. in the Shopka Center.
Our schedule for All Saints Day (a holy day of obligation) and All Souls Day is as follows: vigil Mass for All Saints Day, Oct. 31, 6 p.m. and 7:30 p.m. (Spanish); All Saints Day, Nov. 1, 8:45 a.m., 6 p.m., 7:30 p.m. (Spanish). All Souls Day, Nov. 2, 8:45 a.m., 6 p.m., 7:30 p.m. (Spanish).
Catholic Daughters of the Americas Court 1339 is sponsoring Turkey Bingo Thursday, Nov. 19, in the Shopka Center. Food goes on sale at 6 p.m., and the games begin at 7 p.m. Prizes include cash, a turkey, and two food baskets. Tickets are $2 each.
The Knights of Columbus Council 2771 is sponsoring a “Coats for Kids” Drive. Please consider donating any gently used coats. All coats can be dropped off at the church office during the week.
If you have old cell phones that you no longer use, please consider donating them to the church. They can be dropped off at the church office.
St. 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. 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.
St. Patrick Catholic School. The school is collecting boxtops to raise money to purchase new computers and keep art supplies on hand. The boxtops can be found on cereal and granola boxes, Ziploc brand items and more. To see a complete list of participating products, see the website. Each boxtop is worth $0.10. Turn in boxtops to the school office.
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.
The school Pumpkin Patch is open weekdays, 8 a.m.-7 p.m., and weekends, 10 a.m.-7 p.m.
St. Patrick Church. Please join us in praying a public rosary for our nation Saturday, Oct. 15 at noon in Kiwanis Park on Tulane Drive. For information, contact Philip Hybner at 936-553-2639.
The Support-a-Student collection is the weekend of Oct. 15-16. Please consider being even more generous with this collection. Proceeds are used to help students attend St. Patrick Catholic School by providing much-needed scholarships.
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.
Father Vaverek will offer an adult faith formation class Nov. 12, 9 a.m.-2 p.m., on Amen: Our Liturgy, Our Faith. The class has a $5 registration fee for lunch.
Anyone interested in becoming a lector and proclaiming the readings at Mass is asked to contact Theresa Williamson, 936-635-0083 or email@example.com.
We are planning a trip to Rome April 23-30, 2017. If interested, please contact Jan Kupec for details, 936-671-3863, or firstname.lastname@example.org.
St. Elizabeth Ann Seton Church. All women in the parish are cordially invited to join the Altar Society for their October meeting Sunday, Oct. 16, after Mass. It’s all about tamales! And so much more.
Mary Queen of Heaven Church. Young people are invited to Becoming What You Receive Saturday, Oct. 15, 1-7 p.m. at St. Edward Church in Athens. Guest speaker will be Alex Gotay. Cost is $15. For information, email MqhStedsyouth@gmail.com.
St. Joseph Church. Our annual Fall Fest will be Saturday, Oct. 29, 6-9 p.m. at the school. Come join us for food, games and fun for the whole family. A spaghetti supper, prepared by the Knights of Columbus, is $5 a plate. Proceeds benefit the church. We need volunteers, so please contact the church office if interested.
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, corn, and green beans. Please help us feed the hungry in our midst.
St. Peter the Apostle Church. The Bread of Life breakfast is Saturday, Oct. 15, 7-9:30 a.m. in the parish hall. The Bread of Life ministry helps feed the hungry in our community.
The Ladies Guild garage sale will be Oct. 21-22.
The St. Peter’s Outreach breakfast fundraiser will be Sunday, Oct. 30 after the 9 a.m. Mass. Come join us for good food and fellowship, and help us help others.
First Communion and Confirmation will be celebrated Nov. 12 at 4 p.m.
Sacred Heart Church. Children’s Outreach Program is starting up and they are asking for colored, standard size pillowcases so every child has their own. The pillowcases will be stamped with Sacred Heart’s name. Please bring them as soon as possible. Last year they served more than 500 children.
We have adoration on Fridays, 7:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m., in the old church, and need adorers to cover every hour. The sign-up sheet is in the foyer.
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.
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.
Sacred Heart Church. Come join us for Oktoberfest Sunday, Oct. 16, beginning at 4 p.m.
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.
Bishop T.K. Gorman Catholic Schools. The Macy Chenevert Memorial Golf Tournament is Monday, Oct. 17, at the Cascades of Tyler. All proceeds will benefit Make-A-Wish, the Ronald McDonald House, and the Macy Chenevert Award of Courage Scholarships. To sponsor, participate or donate, contact Steve or Becky Chenevert at email@example.com or call 903-593-9337.
Bishop Gorman Homecoming is Friday, Oct. 21. The pep rally will be 2:30-3:30 p.m. in the high school gym, followed by a Mass for alumni. A tailgate party will be held at 5 p.m. on the softball field, followed by the football game 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, firstname.lastname@example.org.
Cathedral of the Immaculate Conception. 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 email@example.com. 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 firstname.lastname@example.org.