The Diocesan Office of Youth Evangelization and the Cathedral of the Immaculate Conception are hosting a Sanctity of Life Day for Teens Saturday, Jan. 7, 8:30 a.m.-5 p.m. Topics for the day will include Bioethics/Stem cell Research, presented by Dr. Allison Low, MD, MA; Euthanasia and Assisted Suicide, by Father Anthony Stoeppel; Theology of the Body and Same-Sex Attraction, by Father Nolan Lowry, STL; and Abortion, Contraception, and Human Trafficking, by Pamela Hemphill. For more information or to register, see the youth evangelization office website.
The Youth Evangelization Office is hosting several events for youth and youth leaders in the diocese in the coming months. They include:
- Youth Worker Retreat for catechists, youth group leaders, and volunteers Jan. 8-9 at Casa Betania (10645 County Rd 35, Tyler, TX 75706). Cost is $30. For information, contact Mark Knox at email@example.com.
- Middle-School Youth Retreat Feb 18-19 at The Pines Catholic Camp near Big Sandy (300 White Pine Rd, Big Sandy TX). The weekend will include a zip line, ropes course, sports, Mass, and adoration. Cost is $110 per student and $55 per adult. Only 60 student spots are available. For information, see the Youth Evangelization website.
- RUKUS Catholic Music Fest, March 4, at Casa Betania (10645 County Rd 35, Tyler, TX 75706). The day will include music from Kairy Marquez, Kyle Sinkule, and Chad Minchew. Cost is $20 for adults, $10 for ages 11-16; children under 10 who are accompanied by parents get in free. VIP tickets are $30, and include front row parking, covered seating, meet and greets, and a signed poster. For information or to register, see the youth evangelization website.
The Diocesan Office of Faith Formation will hold a formation day for special needs catechesis Saturday, Jan. 28, 10 a.m.-3 p.m. at the chancery in Tyler. Esther Garcia, a certified master catechists and director of faith formation at Sacred Heart Catholic Church in Rowlett, will be the main presenter. She holds a bachelor’s degree in communications and has over 27 years of experience as a catechist, community, and ecclesial volunteer programs. She has worked as a teacher at the Autism Treatment Center of Dallas and specializes in leading catechetical programs for children, youth, adults, and families. In addition, she leads programs in special education – autism and other disabilities – and early childhood in multicultural communities. She is a member of the Council on Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities (CIDD) of the National Catholic Partnership on Disability, the National Conference for Catechetical Leadership, and the Federación para la Catequesis con Hispanos (FCH).
The Office of Faith Formation is sponsoring You Have Put on Christ, an interactive presentation for catechists and all others interesting living as a disciple of Christ, Saturday, Feb. 11, 10 a.m.-3 p.m. in the Milam Joseph Community Center Building on the campus of Bishop TK Gorman Catholic Schools in Tyler. Presenter for the day will be Dr. Jerry Galipeau, Vice President and Chief Publishing Officer at J. S. Paluch Company and its music and liturgy division, World Library Publications. Cost is $15 by Feb. 9, and $20 after. For information or to register, email firstname.lastname@example.org or call 903-266-2146.
The diocesan Office for Marriage and Family Life has scheduled marriage preparation weekends for Jan. 27-29, 2017, and April 22-23 (Spanish). A Spanish-language marriage preparation day has been set for Feb. 4 (Spanish). For other dates, registration, and other information, contact the office at 903-534-1077, ext. 165, or email email@example.com.
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 Jan. 9 at 11:30 a.m. in the Cathedral of the Immaculate Conception. Lunch will follow in the Cathedral Center. Future Mass and lunch dates include Feb. 13 and March 13.
The American Federation Pueri Cantores, the official student choral organization of the Catholic Church, will host two choral festivals in Texas next year. Each year, the organization holds choral festivals for Catholic school and church youth choirs across the U.S. The 2017 Texas High School Choral Festival for singers in grades 9-12 will be held at Chapel of the Incarnate Word in San Antonio on March 3. The next day, March 4, will be the Houston Treble Festival & Mass for singers in grades 4-8 at the Co-Cathedral of the Sacred Heart. For information about AFPC or the festivals, see the website.
The Texas Catholic Conference Advocacy Day at the State Capital is April 4, 2017. Advocacy Day is a daylong 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.
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 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.
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. The annual Parish Appreciation Dinner will be Jan. Saturday, Jan. 7, following 5 p.m. Mass. Sign-up is required to ensure we order enough food, and sign-up sheets are at the front and back entrances of the church. Sign-up deadline is Jan. 1. The evening will include a barbecue dinner catered by Danny’s BBQ, desserts, and a fun photo booth. Bring your cameras or smart phones!
St. Catherine of Siena Church. We now have four adults who need and desire the Sacrament of Confirmation. We hope to have an intensive sacramental preparation class beginning on Monday and/or Tuesday, Jan. 9-10. If you know of someone who is in need of Confirmation, please speak with the pastor for more details.
St. Kateri Tekakwitha Church. Masses for the Solemnity of Mary, the Mother of God, a holy day of obligation, are Saturday, Dec. 31, at 5 p.m., with adoration from 8 p.m.-midnight, and Sunday, Jan. 1, at midnight, 9 a.m., and 11:15 a.m.
St. Therese Church. Masses for the Solemnity of Mary, the Mother of God, a holy day of obligation, are Dec. 31, 5:30 p.m., and Jan. 1, 5:30 pm; Sun. 7 a.m., 9 a.m., and 11:30 a.m. (Spanish).
St. Francis of the Tejas Church. Masses for the Solemnity of Mary, the Mother of God, a holy day of obligation, are Dec. 31, 5:30 p.m., and Jan. 1, 8:30 a.m. and 11:30 a.m.
Little Rock Scripture Study will begin in January. Sign up Jan. 1 after the 8:30 a.m. Mass.
We need more lectors and altar servers for the English Masses. If you have ever considered helping in the sanctuary please call the church office. You do not have to be a young adult to be an altar server and would be of great help to us.
St. John the Evangelist Church. Masses for the Solemnity of Mary, the Mother of God, a holy day of obligation, are Dec. 31, with adoration beginning at 8 p.m. and Mass (bilingual) at 9:30 p.m.
Faith formation and sacramental preparation classes will resume Jan. 3 and 4.
The parish Valentine Dance will be Feb. 11.
St. Mary Magdalene Church. Masses for the Solemnity of Mary, the Mother of God, a holy day of obligation, are Dec. 31, 5 p.m., and Jan. 1, 9 a.m.; 11:30 a.m.; 1:30 p.m. (Spanish).
St. Charles Borromeo Church. Faith formation classes will resume Jan. 4.
If you have not picked up your 2017 envelopes, please do so today. They are in the vestibule of the Church. After January 1st, they will be available for pick up in the Church Office.
The Book of Mass Intentions 2017 is now open. You may request Masses for dates throughout 2017. Please remember that there is only one intention per Mass, so if you want a specific date, you you should schedule as soon as possible. Schedule Masses by seeing Therese during regular office hours, or by filling out a Mass intention envelope, available in the vestibule.
St. Pius I Church. Masses for the Solemnity of Mary, the Mother of God, a holy day of obligation, are Dec. 31, 5 p.m., and Jan. 1, 10:30 a.m.
Holy Spirit Church. Masses for the Solemnity of Mary, the Mother of God, a holy day of obligation, will be Jan. 1 at 9:30 a.m.
Exposition is every Tuesday, 9:30 a.m.-4 p.m. We pray for peace in our nation.
Immaculate Conception Church. Masses for the Solemnity of Mary, the Mother of God, a holy day of obligation, are Dec. 31 at 5 p.m. and Jan. 1 at 9 a.m.
Faith formation classes will resume Jan. 8 at 10:30 a.m.
The Bethlehem Group will be ay the church Jan. 7 and 8 selling handcrafted items after Masses.
Holy Family Church. On Dec. 30, the Feast of Holy Family, Masses will be at 8 a.m. and 6.30 p.m. The evening Mass will include a special prayer for all families followed by hors d’oeuvres in the parish hall. Masses for the Solemnity of Mary, the Mother of God, a holy day of obligation, are Dec. 31 at 5 p.m. and Jan. 1 at 9 a.m. and 11 a.m. (Spanish).
St. Patrick Church. Masses for the Solemnity of Mary, the Mother of God, a holy day of obligation, are Dec. 31 at 5:30 p.m. and 7 p.m. (Spanish), and Jan. 1 at 9 a.m., noon (Spanish), and 5 p.m. (bilingual).
St. Elizabeth Ann Seton Church. Masses for the Solemnity of Mary, the Mother of God, a holy day of obligation, are Saturday, Dec. 31, 5:30 p.m., and Sunday, Jan. 1, at 9:30 a.m. and 1 p.m.
A few of the 2016 limited-edition parish Christmas ornaments are still available for purchase. $5.00 each. They are located on a table in the rear of the church near the Nativity scene.
Every coffee drinker loves the size of our parish mugs. Extra large and extra special with our parish logo and welcoming sign, they are just $10 each.
Come join us for Father Barone’s annual Surprise Birthday Party Sunday, Feb. 12, following the 9:30 a.m. and 1 p.m. Masses.
Mary Queen of Heaven Church. Masses for the Solemnity of Mary, the Mother of God, a holy day of obligation, are Saturday, Dec. 31, at 4:30 p.m. (with confessions 3-4:15 p.m.) and Sunday, Jan. 1, at 10 a.m. (with confessions 9-9:30 a.m.) and 12:30 p.m. (Spanish).
The Epiphany barbecue to honor parish volunteers will be Jan. 7, 5:45-7 p.m. All volunteers and parishioners are welcome.
Right to Life of East Texas is offering four $1,000 scholarships to graduating seniors who plan to further their careers (college, trade school, military, other). Theme: In the context of the recent election results in a divided America, what political, ethical, legal, and constitutional advice would you give to state and national elected officials to win the culture war for the pro-life cause. Must be postmarked by Jan. 28. Applications are available in the church office.
St. Joseph Church. Masses for the Solemnity of Mary, the Mother of God, a holy day of obligation, are Dec. 31, 6 p.m., and Jan. 1, 10:30 a.m. and 12:30 p.m. (Spanish).
Sacred Heart Church. Are you and your spouse looking to develop friendships with other Catholic couples while becoming stronger in your faith and prayer life? All married couples are invited to an informal meeting for Teams of Our Lady on Sunday, Jan. 8, at 1:30 p.m. in the Margil Center.
Our food pantry will be open on the second Tuesday of every month from 9 a.m.-noon. All monetary support is appreciated, and special envelopes are now available in the vestibule for your support.
SHOCK – Sacred Heart Outstanding Catholic Kids – will resume meeting Jan. 4. We meet Wednesday nights from 6:45-8:30 p.m. Around 50 middle & high school youth are coming to the “Upper Room” to have fun and fellowship! All 6th-12th grade youth are invited to join in on the fun. Questions, please contact Rebecca Higgins at 936-715-5359 or email email@example.com.
Sacred Heart Church. Masses for the Solemnity of Mary, the Mother of God, a holy day of obligation, are Dec. 31 at 5 p.m. and 6:30 p.m. (Spanish), and Jan. 1 at 8 a.m., 10:30 a.m., and 1 p.m. (Spanish).
Adult confirmation classes for those over the age of 18 who have received the Sacraments of Baptism and First Eucharist but have not been confirmed are Jan. 4, Jan. 11, Jan. 18, and Jan. 25, 6-8 p.m., in the Activity Building, RCIA Room (#118).
LifeTeen, for young people in grades 9-12, is held on Wednesdays, 6:30-8 p.m.
Our Lady of Victory Church. Masses for the Solemnity of Mary, the Mother of God, a holy day of obligation, are Dec. 31, 5:30 p.m., Jan. 1, 9 a.m. and noon (Spanish).
St. Augustine Church. Masses for the Solemnity of Mary, the Mother of God, a holy day of obligation, are Dec. 31 at 7 p.m. (Spanish) and Jan. 1, 8:30 a.m.
Sacred Heart Church. The second All Parish Meeting and Potluck Supper will be Sunday Feb. 19, at 4 p.m. Questions from our first meeting will be answered and new questions/comments will be taken. All Sacred Heart members are invited.
Cathedral of the Immaculate Conception. Masses for the Solemnity of Mary, the Mother of God, a holy day of obligation, will follow the regular weekend Mass schedule at the Cathedral and the Chapel of Sts. Peter and Paul.
Baptism Preparation class in English will be held on Monday, Jan. 11 and 18, and March 14 and 21 from 6:30–8:30 p.m. in the Cathedral Center. Parents and Godparents are required to attend. If you have questions please call 903-592-1617 ext. 130, or email us at firstname.lastname@example.org. Please bring a copy of the child’s birth certificate to the class.
A Bereavement Mass is scheduled for Jan. 21, at the 5:30 p.m. Mass at the Cathedral. There will be a reception in the Cathedral Center immediately following the Mass. If you have a loved one that has recently passed away and would like to attend the Mass and reception, please contact the church office at 903-592-1617 or contact Kathy McCabe at email@example.com or 903-561-2849.
All current and new lectors and extraordinary ministers of Holy Communion must attend one of two training dates in January. Training sessions at the Chapel of Sts. Peter & Paul will be Saturday, Jan. 21, 9:30-10:30 a.m. for lectors and 11 a.m.-noon for extraordinary ministers of Holy Communion. Training sessions at the Cathedral will be Saturday, Jan. 28, 9:30-10:30 a.m. for lectors, and 11 a.m.-noon for extraordinary ministers of Holy Communion. Those who minister primarily at the Cathedral should attend the session at the Cathedral, and those who minister primarily at the Chapel should attend the session at the Chapel. Those who minister at both the Cathedral and Chapel may attend either day, and those with schedule conflicts may choose whichever date works best. Call Brian Braquet at 903-592-1617, ext. 114 or e-mail at firstname.lastname@example.org.
The Cathedral will send a mission team to the Dominican Republic February 19-25. This will be our fifth missionary trip there. We seek to serve our brothers and sisters in conjunction with Young Mission, a well-established voluntary organization that promotes the Catholic faith through works of charity. Last April, 21 participants from six parishes of our diocese traveled to the Dominican Republic and built seven homes, provided medical care to nearly 1,000 people, and worked in three schools teaching Bible stories. There are still places available on this mission trip. Participants with medical training are especially needed (doctors, nurses, people with a background in family practice, internal medicine, or pediatrics). Other participants are also welcome. Bilingual ability is welcome, but not required. For more information, contact Kelly at email@example.com or 903-570-1800.