Que Pasa: News and Notes for Dec. 7

retired-religiousThe annual Retirement Fund for Religious collection will be taken up Dec. 10-11 in the Diocese of Tyler. Coordinated by the National Religious Retirement Office (NRRO), the parish-based appeal benefits nearly 33,000 senior Catholic sisters, brothers, and religious order priests whose communities lack adequate retirement savings.

The Diocese of Tyler contributed $44,727.24, its highest total ever, to the last collection. Women and men religious who serve or have served in the diocese but whose communities are based elsewhere may benefit from the Retirement Fund for Religious.

Catholic bishops of the United States initiated the collection in 1988 to address the significant lack of retirement funding among U.S. religious communities. Proceeds help underwrite retirement and health-care expenses. Nearly 95 percent of donations directly support senior religious and their communities.

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. Also, she has worked as a teacher at the Autism Treatment Center of Dallas. She is specialized in leading catechetical programs for children, youth, adults, and families. In addition, she leads programs in special education – autism and others disabilities – and early childhood in multicultural communities. Esther 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). She has been a speaker at the Autism Society. Esther lives in Texas with her husband and their two children. Her love for the persons with disabilities and her desire to serve them arose from having her own child, Eric, with autism.

To register, contact lporter@dioceseoftyler.org or call 903-266-2146 by Thursday, Jan. 27. Cost is $15 by January 27. Cost at the door or after Jan. 27 is $20. You may email or call and pay at the door.

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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 been set for Feb. 4 (Spanish). For other dates, registration, and other information, contact the office at 903-534-1077, ext. 165, or email mbesze@dioceseoftyler.org.

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 Dec. 12 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 Jan. 9, 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.

cclogoetxSupport 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 phammett@thecathedral.info.

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. Masses for the Feast of the Immaculate Conception, a holy day of obligation, will be celebrated Thursday, Dec. 8, at noon, 6 p.m. (bilingual), and 7:30 p.m. (Spanish).

We will celebrate the Feast of Our Lady of Guadalupe Saturday, Dec. 10, with a procession from the church at 1:30 p.m. to the Cain Center, where Bishop Joseph E. Strickland will celebrate Mass at 4 p.m. There will be no evening Mass at the church.

Las mañanitas y rosario para la Virgen de Guadalupe serán el 12 de Diciembre a las 5:00 am Seguido con convivencia en el salon.

There will be a training day for new and old ushers on Tuesday, Dec. 13, at 6:30 p.m. This training will also address the need of extra ushers during the Christmas Masses. There are also some issues that Father Lowry would like to address regarding proper protocol before, during, and after Mass.

Habrá un entrenamiento para los nuevos y viejos acomodadores el martes, 13 de diciembre a las 6:30 p.m. En este entrenamiento también se hablara de la necesidad de mas acomodadores durante las Misas de Navidad. También hay algunos temas que el Fr. Lowry quisiera abordar acerca de el protocolo adecuado antes, durante y después de la Santa Misa.

The next altar server training session will be Saturday, Dec. 17, 9 a.m.- noon.

El proximo entrenamiento para los monaguillos sera el 17 de Diciembre 9 a.m.-12 p.m.

Please bring your Angel Tree gift to the parish hall and leave it under the tree with the angel you chose attached to it. Please leave the gift unwrapped or in a gift bag so we can mark the clothes with their name if needed. Please have all gifts under the tree by Dec. 11.

Buffalo

St. Kateri Tekakwitha Church. Masses for the Feast of the Immaculate Conception, a holy day of obligation, will be celebrated Thursday, Dec. 8, at 9 a.m. and 7 p.m., with a rosary at 7:45 p.m.

The Feast of Our Lady of Guadalupe will be celebrated Sunday, Dec. 11, with las Mañanitas at 6 a.m., danzas and snacks at 3:30 p.m., a rosary at 5:30 p.m., and a convivium at 6 p.m.

Crockett

St. Francis of the Tejas Church. Masses for the Feast of the Immaculate Conception, a holy day of obligation, will be celebrated Thursday, Dec. 8, at 9 a.m. and 7 p.m. (bilingual).

First-year catechist training will be Saturday, Dec. 17, at 3 p.m. in the parish hall.

The Men’s Club and Ladies Guild meeting will be Sunday, Dec. 18, after the 8:30 a.m. Mass. Don’t forget to bring your ornament.

Diboll

GuadalupeOur Lady of Guadalupe Church. El 8 de Diciembre es Día de Obligación, se celebra La Inmaculada Concepción, misas 8:30 a.m. y 6:30 p.m.

Gracias a todos los que están hacienda possible la celebración de Nuestra Fiesta Patronal que tendremos desde el 9 de diciembre a las 6:30 en honor a San Juan Diego. 11 de diciembre alas 8:30 a.m. en el Post Office empieza procession. Alas 10 a.m. Santa Misa, 11:30 a.m. Cantante-comida y compartir. 1:30 p.m. English Mass, 4 p.m., preparación Pre-Bautismal.

12 de diciembre 5 a.m., las Mañanitas, 6 a.m. oración, Rosario, y desayuno. Misa en la Catedral alas 11:30 a.m. con el Obispo. 6:30 p.m., misa en la Parroquia.

Posibles lugares para confesión: Diciembre 9, 6-8 ap.m., y Diciembre 16, 9-10 a.m., en San Augustine; Diciembre 16 en Hemphill, 10:30 a.m.-12 p.m.; Diciembre 17 en Moral, 3-4:15 p.m.; Diciembre 18 en Chireno, 7:30-8:15 a.m.; Diciembre 20 Sacred Heart Nacogdoches, 6:30-8:30 p.m.; Diciembre 21 Diboll, 7-9 p.m.

Emory

St. John the Evangelist Church. Masses for the Feast of the Immaculate Conception, a holy day of obligation, will be celebrated Thursday, Dec. 8, at 4 p.m. and 7:30 p.m. (Spanish).

Honor your loved ones (deceased or living) this Christmas season by donating to the Christmas flowers that will adorn the sanctuary during Christmas. Names will be published in the Christmas bulletins for anyone who makes a $10 minimum donation before December 12th. Envelopes are available in the entry hall. Drop in the collection basket or in the church office.

The parish Advent reconciliation service will be Tuesday, Dec. 13, at 7 p.m. Several priests will be available to hear confessions in English and Spanish.

All are invited to a dinner and reception celebrating the 10th anniversary of Father Victor’s ordination to the priesthood, Friday, Dec. 16, at 6 p.m. in Gurkin Hall. Please bring a covered dish to share. The Christmas Novena will be prayed in the church sanctuary at 5 p.m. before the dinner, and Las Posadas will be held in the sanctuary after dinner at 7:30 p.m.

The Christmas Novena will be prayed Dec. 16-24. The novena commemorates Joseph and Mary’s search for shelter in preparation of Mary giving birth to our Savior, Jesus. Each night we move as pilgrims from home to home seeking shelter for Mary and Joseph so that the world in waiting might welcome Jesus Christ. At each home we reflect on the true meaning of Christmas through prayer, song, fellowship and dinner. The sign-up sheet to host a novena night is on the parish office door. Questions? Call Maggie Conder at 972-679-9330.

Frankston

St. Charles Borromeo Church. Masses for the Feast of the Immaculate Conception, a holy day of obligation, will be celebrated Thursday, Dec. 8, at 8 a.m. and 6 p.m.

The SCB Food Pantry will be open on Thursday, Dec. 8, 9-11:30 a.m., for anyone needing help with groceries.

Faith Formation for Sacraments Class and for youth will be on Sunday, Dec. 11, due to the Parish Christmas Meal on Dec. 18. Babysitting will be provided so that parents can attend.

Please bring all Angel Tree gifts back to the Church no later than Dec. 18 before Mass. The angels should be attached to the gifts.

The Parish Christmas Meal will be held on Sunday, Dec. 18, after the 9 a.m. Mass. There is a sign up sheet to bring sides, salads, breads, and desserts.

We need volunteers to help decorate the church for Christmas Monday, Dec. 19, beginning at 10 a.m.

The Advent reconciliation service will be Monday, Dec. 19, beginning at 6:30 p.m. There will be three priests hearing confessions.

Please return Christmas poinsettia orders and payments by Dec. 21. Forms are in the vestibule. Return forms and checks to either Suzanne or Therese. Make out checks to St. Charles Borromeo Catholic Church.

Hemphill

St. Pius I Church. Masses for the Feast of the Immaculate Conception, a holy day of obligation, will be celebrated Thursday, Dec. 8, at 10:30 a.m. and 5 p.m.

Mass will be celebrated Friday, Dec. 16, at 10 a.m., with confessions at 10:30 a.m.

Holly Lake

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

Masses for the Feast of the Immaculate Conception, a holy day of obligation, will be celebrated at 9 a.m. and 5 p.m.

Sunday, Dec. 11, is the last day to return unwrapped gifts gift cards to the Angel Tree.

The Rosary Group will have a bake sale after Masses Saturday, Dec. 17 and Sunday, Dec. 18. Cookies will be sold by the baker’s dozen.

We are looking for voices for our Saturday evening choir. We also welcome musicians. We practice Tuesday evenings at 5 p.m. in the church. Come help us make a joyful noise.

Jefferson

Immaculate Conception Church. Mass for the Feast of the Immaculate Conception, a holy day of obligation, will be celebrated Thursday, Dec. 8, at 9 a.m. and 5:30 p.m. A potluck meal will follow the evening Mass.

We will celebrate the Feast of Our Lady of Guadalupe Saturday, Dec. 10, with Mass at 10 a.m. followed by a potluck Mexican brunch in the parish hall.

Children will be collecting donations for our church Christmas tree and poinsettias after Masses Dec. 10 and 11.

The parish Advent reconciliation service will be Thursday, Dec. 22, at 6 p.m.

Lufkin

st-patricks-lh-webSt. Patrick Catholic School. The school will host a pancake dinner Tuesday, Dec. 13, at 6 p.m. in the cafeteria. Tickets are $8 each. Tome Catering will be cooking, and handmade ornaments will be sold. Call the school office to reserve your ticket.

St. Patrick Church. Masses for the Feast of the Immaculate Conception, a holy day of obligation, will be celebrated Thursday, Dec. 8, at 7:30 a.m., 9 a.m., 5:30 p.m., and 7 p.m. (Spanish).

We will celebrate the Feast of Our Lady of Guadalupe Sunday, Dec. 11, with Mass at 9 a.m., a procession from the HEB grocery store at 10 a.m., and Masses at noon (Spanish) and 5 p.m. (bilingual), followed by las Mañanitas until the midnight Mass (Spanish). On Monday, Dec. 12, las Mañanitas will be sung at 5:30 a.m., with Masses at 6 a.m. (Spanish), 7 a.m., noon (Spanish), and 7 p.m. (Spanish).

Las Posadas will be Dec. 15-23 at 6:30 p.m. each night.

A reconciliation service in English and Spanish will be held Monday, Dec. 19, 6:30-8:30 p.m.

Madisonville

St. Elizabeth Ann Seton Church. Mass for the Feast of the Immaculate Conception, a holy day of obligation, will be Thursday, Dec. 8, at 7 p.m.

The Advent penance service will be Sunday, Dec. 11, at 4 p.m.

We will celebrate the Feast of Our Lady of Guadalupe Monday, Dec. 10, with las Mañanitas at 5 a.m. and Mass at 7:30 p.m. followed by a fiesta.

The Altar Society will debut an all-new brunch menu Sunday, Dec. 11, after 9:30 a.m. Mass. After the brunch, the Men’s Club will be putting up Christmas decorations. Help is always appreciated.

The freezer has been restocked with soup, for $5 per quart.

Marshall

St. Joseph Church. Confessions are heard every weekday one hour before Mass during Advent.

A Mardi Gras planning meeting will be held Thursday, Dec. 8, at 7 p.m. Everyone is welcome to come help plan Mardi Gras 2017.

The annual Marion-Harrison County Christmas banquet will be Monday, Dec. 12, at 6 p.m. in the parish hall. Brisket will be provided, please bring a side dish. We will present a check to Living Alternatives, Right to Life. Please RSVP by Dec. 9 to Pamela Payne.

We are conducting a Winter Readiness Drive to help the homeless and at-risk veteran population cope with cold temperatures. We are seeking new or gently-worn blankets, hats/toboggans, scarves, gloves, thermal wear, sweatshirts and pants, coats, thick socks, zero temp sleeping bags, backpacks, single use hand/foot heat packs, and boots. Please drop these items in the Winter Readiness Box in the front of the church before Dec. 13.

Join us for the celebration of Our Lady of Guadalupe Sunday, Dec. 11, starting at 9:30 a.m. with a rosary procession from St. Joseph’s School to the Convention Center. A bilingual Mass will be celebrated at 10:30 a.m., followed by food made by the Hispanic community and traditional dances.

Las Mañanitas for Our Lady of Guadalupe will be sung Dec. 12 at 4 a.m., followed by a rosary at dawn and breakfast in the parish hall.

We will celebrate Las Posadas Dec. 16-24 at 7 p.m. in the church.

The Senior Citizen Christmas lunch will be Dec. 21 at noon in the parish hall.

Mineola

St. Peter the Apostle Church. Masses for the Feast of the Immaculate Conception, a holy day of obligation, will be celebrated Thursday, Dec. 8, at 8 a.m. and 6:30 p.m. (bilingual).

We will celebrate the Feast of Our Lady of Guadalupe Sunday, Dec. 11, with las Mañanitas con Mariachi at 5 a.m., followed by a rosary and canto con corro at 6 a.m., breakfast at 7 a.m., procession at 11:30 a.m., Mass at noon, a convivio in the parish hall at 1 p.m., and dances at 2 p.m.

The Ladies Guild Christmas lunch will be Wednesday, Dec. 17, at Liefies in Winnsboro, preceded by a short meeting. A carpool will leave from the church at 11 a.m. If attending, please contact Linda Wray, 903-569-2432.

There are still some angels left on the Angel Tree. Please help us make this a merry Christmas for those in need. Gifts do not need to be wrapped. Please return gifts with angels to the church office.

Spirit Brunch – Bishop Joseph E. Strickland was guest of honor and keynote speaker at St. Mary's Catholic Campus Ministry;s 2016 Spirit Brunch last month. The brunch raised $21,000 for the campus ministry at Stephen F. Austin State University in Nacogdoches. Shown with Bishop Strickland is Father Denzil Vithanage, St. Mary chaplain. Photo courtesy St. Mary Catholic Campus Ministry
Spirit Brunch – Bishop Joseph E. Strickland was guest of honor and keynote speaker at St. Mary’s Catholic Campus Ministry;s 2016 Spirit Brunch last month. The brunch raised $21,000 for the campus ministry at Stephen F. Austin State University in Nacogdoches. Shown with Bishop Strickland is Father Denzil Vithanage, St. Mary chaplain. Photo courtesy St. Mary Catholic Campus Ministry

Nacogdoches

Sacred Heart Church. Masses for the Feast of the Immaculate Conception, a holy day of obligation, will be celebrated Thursday, Dec. 8, at 7 a.m., noon, 6 p.m., and 7 p.m. (Spanish).

The Sacred Heart Food Pantry will be collecting blankets December 10 and11 to give to needy families during pantry hours on December 13th. Please bring new or clean, gently used blankets to the weekend Masses. Blankets may also be dropped off at the church office through Dec. 9. For more information, contact Cynthia Davis at davis.cynthia.s@gmail.com or 936-305-3637.

Third Age will meet on Wednesday, Dec. 14, at noon for their Christmas potluck dinner and White Elephant gift exchange. Anyone 50+ is welcome.

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.

Mañanitas a la Virgen: Se llevaran acabo el lunes 12 de Diciembre a las 5:30 a.m.

Palestine

Sacred Heart Church. The Advent penance service will be Wednesday, Dec. 14, at 6:30 p.m., with confessions in English and Spanish.

We will celebrate the Feast of Our Lady of Guadalupe Sunday, Dec. 11, at 2:30 p.m. with a parish meal.

St. Augustine

Saint Augustine Church. Masses for the Feast of the Immaculate Conception, a holy day of obligation, will be celebrated Thursday, Dec. 8, at 8:30 a.m. and 7 p.m. (Spanish).

Confessions in Spanish will be heard Friday, Dec. 9, 6-8 p.m., and the rosary will be prayed in Spanish at 7:30 p.m.

We will celebrate the Feast of Our Lady of Guadalupe Saturday, Dec. 10, and Monday, Dec. 12, with a Spanish-language Mass at 7 p.m.

Confessions in English will be heard Friday, Dec. 16, 9-10 a.m.

Tyler

Cathedral of the Immaculate Conception. Masses for the Feast of the Immaculate Conception, a holy day of obligation, will be celebrated in the cathedral at 7 a.m., 9 a.m., 12:05 p.m., and 7 p.m. (Spanish), and in the Chapel of Sts. Peter and Paul at 12:05 p.m. and 6 p.m. The 6 p.m. Mass will also mark the 5th anniversary of the dedication of the chapel.

Children are invited to participate in the Nativity Pageant at the 5 p.m. Christmas Eve Mass as shepherds, Magi, angels, and reading parts. Practice is on Saturday, Dec. 17, 1:30-3 p.m. in the Cathedral. Contact Phyllis Vallejo at 903-343-8530 or email parvallejo@suddenlink.net for information. Some costumes are available.

Families interested in having their children participate in the Children’s 6 p.m. Christmas Eve Mass at the Chapel, please contact Suzanne Liles. Parents are needed to help children with costumes and lining them up in order, and assisting young lectors. See Suzanne after Mass, or email sliles@thecathedral.info or call/text 903-520-1710.

The Catholic Daughters December Dinner is Tuesday, Dec. 13, at 6 p.m. at the Potpourri House. For attendance count, rsvp by Dec. 11 to catholicdaughterstylertx@gmail.com.

The Senior Lunch Bunch will meet on Wednesday, Dec. 14, for the 12:05 p.m. Mass at the Saints Peter and Paul Chapel. After Mass we will have lunch at the Potpourri House located at 3320 Troup Hwy. We invite all seniors to join us. Please call 903-258-0995 if you have any questions.

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