Que Pasa: News and Notes for Feb. 1

In 2017, the Diocese of Tyler will honor our past and look forward to the future as we celebrate our 30th year of carrying out the saving mission of Jesus Christ and his Church in East Texas. The Diocese of Tyler was canonically erected on Dec. 12, 1986, by an Apostolic Bull of Pope St. John Paul II, which created the new diocese out of territory from the Dioceses of Dallas, Beaumont, and Galveston-Houston. On Feb. 24, 1987, the new diocese was officially established as Charles E. Herzig received his episcopal consecration and became the first shepherd of the portion of the people of God in Northeast Texas.

Since that time, the diocese has grown from just under 29,000 Christian faithful served by 35 priests and 30 deacons in 41 parishes and missions to over 120,000 faithful in the care of 111 priests and 120 deacons in 69 parishes and missions.

Bishop Joseph E. Strickland will celebrate a Mass of Thanksgiving Friday, Feb. 17, at 1:30 p.m., in the Cathedral of the Immaculate Conception with the priests, deacons, and religious of the diocese. Lay representatives from every parish will also join in the Eucharistic celebration. A public reception will follow at 3 p.m.

At the Mass, Bishop Strickland will consecrate a 30th Anniversary Chalice for the Diocese of Tyler. This chalice will travel to all parishes in the diocese during the anniversary year, and special prayers will be offered for the diocese.

The diocesan Facebook and Twitter accounts will feature historical information throughout the year.

During the anniversary year, parishes and missions are asked to set aside a time to honor their history. Parishes may celebrate their own anniversary dates and their patronal feast days, compile parish histories, and recall the clergy, religious, and lay faithful who have served their communities in the past. The diocesan archives can assist in providing historical information. Works of mercy and charity, undertaken as a community, would also be an ideal way to commemorate the year.

Bishop Strickland will celebrate Mass for the World Marriage Day Anniversary Celebration Saturday, Feb. 11, at 2 p.m., in the Cathedral of the Immaculate Conception in Tyler. All couples celebrating 5, 10, 15, 20, 25, 30, 35, 40, 45, 50, and 55+years of marriage in the year 2017, are invited to attend the Mass. A reception will follow in the Cathedral Center. To receive an invitation, fill out and send in the form found here.

The Gabriel Project of East Texas is a pro-life network of volunteers from parishes within the diocese of Tyler, committed to offering hope and support to mothers and fathers so that they may choose life even though in crisis. Both men and women are invited to become a trained volunteer. The Gabriel Project will offer a training session at St. Charles Borromeo Church in Frankston on Saturday, Feb. 25. Mass will be celebrated at 9 a.m., followed by training from 10 a.m.-3 p.m. Representatives from TDCCW, local pregnancy centers, maternity homes, and government and community resources will be speaking. Lunch, snacks, and beverages will be provided. RSVP to 903-876- 3309 or 888-300- 5112. For more about the Gabriel Project, see the website here.

The Diocese of Tyler Catholic Committee on Scouting invites all Catholic Scouts and Scouting volunteers to a special Mass with Bishop Strickland on Feb. 25 at 10 a.m. in the Cathedral of the Immaculate Conception in Tyler. If you have questions, you may contact Gordon George at CCS@dioceseoftyler.org.

The diocesan Youth Evangelization Office is hosting several events for youth and youth leaders in the diocese in the coming months. They include:

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 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, see the website here. To register, email lporter@dioceseoftyler.org or call 903-266-2146.

Bishop Strickland will celebrate the annual Mass for families with special needs Saturday, April 29, at 10 a.m. in the Chapel of Sts. Peter and Paul on the Bishop Gorman Schools campus. A reception will follow in the chancery. All families with children or adults with special needs are welcome. Modified liturgy will be celebrated to accommodate these needs. All parishes are asked to send a representative so they can see how to model this liturgy in their parish. Special dispensation from your Sunday obligation for this weekend will be granted to those who attend. Please RSVP to Linda Porter by April 27 so we can provide for the reception. Email lporter@dioceseoftyler.org or call 903-266-2146. January 27 is the feast day of St. Angela Merici. She has been designated patroness of those with special needs for the Diocese of Tyler. Please include intercessory prayers on that day for these families.

The diocesan Office for Marriage and Family Life has scheduled several marriage preparation days and weekends in the coming year. Preparation weekends in English are scheduled for May 5-7, Sept. 22-24, and Dec. 8-10, all at Wellspring Spirituality Center, 16828 FM 2964, Whitehouse, TX. Cost is $225 per couple, and includes room for the two nights and meals. Weekends in Spanish are scheduled for April 22-23 and Oct. 28-29 at Casa Betania, 10645 CR 35, Tyler, TX, 75706. Cost is $175 per couple and includes room and meals. Preparation days in Spanish have been scheduled for Feb. 4 and July 15 at the chancery in Tyler, 8 a.m.-5 p.m. Cost is $75 per couple. For other dates, registration, and other information, see the website, contact the office at 903-534-1077, ext. 165, or email mbesze@dioceseoftyler.org.

Catholic Charities East Texas is seeking volunteers for the Parish Nurse Ministry. Part-time RN’s wanted to practice within Catholic churches in East Texas. 8 hrs. per week $20/hr. Flexible hours. Please submit resumes via email to info@cctyler.org. For information, call Catholic Charities at 903 258-9492 or see the website.

Catholic Charities East Texas will offer free GED classes (High School Equivalency) starting soon. Classes will be held twice a week at Catholic Charities 202 W. Front St. Tyler, TX Call today, 903-258-9492.

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 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 Feb. 13 at 11:30 a.m. in the Cathedral of the Immaculate Conception. Lunch will follow in the Cathedral Center. The next Mass and luncheon will be March 13.

The American Federation Pueri Cantores, the official student choral organization of the Catholic Church, will host two choral festivals in Texas this 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 organization’s 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.

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.


St. Edward Church. Ethics and Integrity basic training will be Saturday, Feb. 4, at 9 a.m. Please be prompt. The Diocese of Tyler requires Ethics and Integrity certification on file at the chancery for all church employees and volunteers who minister to young people and vulnerable adults.

Knights of Columbus Council 10524 Super Bowl Sunday Chicken Dinner is Feb. 5. A donation of $9 buys a plate including a grilled half chicken, beans, coleslaw, and dessert. Pick up dinners 11 a.m.-11:30 p.m. at the rear parking lot on E. Tyler Street behind the church. Proceeds benefit local charities.

St. Edward Parish Parishioners will feed the hungry at the Athens Soup Kitchen Thursday, Feb. 2. To volunteer, call 903-675-0076 and leave your name and phone number.

St. Vincent de Paul needs you. If you can volunteer 1-5 hours a week, you can give comfort to our friends and neighbors in crisis. Attend a meeting (1st Wednesday of the month after the noon Mass) or call 903-675-0076.

A team from St. John’s Parish in Ennis will lead a retreat for adult women Feb. 18-19. There is no cost for this retreat, but please fill out a registration form which are available in the back of church. Another team from St. John’s will be here the weekend of Feb. 25-26 to lead a retreat for adult men, and the registration for this is the same. These retreats will be in English, but father Lowry is planning a Spanish version later in the year.

We are ready to start collecting for our annual garage sale fund-raising event. All proceeds go to debt reduction of our note. You may leave your donated items on the porch at the Faith Formation building. The garage sale is scheduled for March 18, 7 a.m.-3 p.m.

St. Edward is hosting the West Central Deanery Tyler Diocesan Council of Catholic Women Quarterly Meeting Monday, Feb. 20. Lunch/registration fee is $5 and can be paid at the door. Registration begins at 9 a.m. followed by the business meeting. Father Lowry will celebrate Mass. Lunch will be served in the parish hall immediately following Mass. A program and guest speaker is planned for the afternoon. The meeting will adjourn at 1:45 p.m. The day of events is an opportunity for fellowship with the ladies of other parishes. All attendees are asked to bring an unwrapped baby item for the Gabriel Project. If you plan to attend, please RSVP to carlettamorris@msn.com or text 903-275-5392.


St. Kateri Tekakwitha Church. The first platica de quinceañera will be Saturday, Feb. 4, at 9 a.m.

We will have nocturnal adoration Feb. 11-12.

The parish pilgrimage to EWTN in Alabama will be March 13-17. Watch the bulletin for further details.


St. Francis of the Tejas Church. Holy Mass from the sanctuary of St. Francis of the Tejas is broadcast Sundays at 5 p.m. on KIVY Channel 16.

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 this service to the parish.


Our Lady of Guadalupe Church. A Spanish-language Ethics and Integrity basic training session will be held Sunday, Feb. 5, 3-6 p.m. in the parish hall. An English-language recertification session will he held Tuesday, Feb. 7, 6-7:30 p.m. in the parish hall. The Diocese of Tyler requires Ethics and Integrity certifications on file in the chancery for every all employees and volunteers who work with youth and vulnerable adults.

Febrero 5 habrá un entrenamientro session básica en Español 306 p.m. aquí en el salon parroquial y Febrero 7 recertificación de session en Inglés 6-7:30 p.m. también aquí en el salon parroquial para voluntaries y personas que trabajan con niños y personas vulnerables.


St. John the Evangelist Church. The SJE Youth Group will meet Friday, Feb. 3, at 5:30 p.m. for Adoration and Mass, then fellowship. All young people in grades 8-12 are encouraged to participate.

The parish Valentine Dance will be Feb. 11. Have a wonderful evening with parish family and friends while supporting the Ladies Guild Scholarship Fund. Purchase tickets ($20) from Deb Boyd. Can’t make it? Donations are always welcome!

First Friday each month the sanctuary is open for adoration with exposition of the Blessed Sacrament from 8:15 a.m.-6 p.m.

El primer viernes de cada mes, el santuario está abierto para la adoración con la exposición del Santísimo Sacramento de 8:15 am a 6:00 pm.

Bishop Joseph E. Strickland will celebrate confirmation May 26.


St. Charles Borromeo Church. We are planning the 20th anniversary of our parish. Bishop E. Joseph Strickland will be the main celebrant at our anniversary Mass Wednesday, March 8. A reception will follow in the Parish Hall. Because of this special reception, the Pot Luck on Sunday, March 5th will be changed to a Social. We would like to get as many pictures and memorabilia as possible for display at the anniversary celebration. If you have anything that you can share, please contact Ramona Chance or Father Jonathon.

The Ladies of St. Charles will meet Tuesday, Feb. 7, in the Parish Hall. The meeting will begin at 6 p.m. All ladies of the parish are invited to attend. Please RSVP to the church office if you plan to attend.

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St. Jude Church. The Knights of Columbus Super Bowl Chicken Dinner is Sunday, Feb. 5, 9 a.m.-2 p.m. in the parish hall. The dinner costs $9 and is take-out only. Dinner includes half a chicken, coleslaw, and beans. Deadline for orders is Friday, Feb. 3.

The Guadalupano Ministry will meet Feb. 8 to elect new officers. All are invited to attend.

Adoration is after 8:30 a.m. Mass every Friday.

The Cenacle Prayer Group meets every Tuesday after 8 a.m. Mass in the chapel to pray. All are invited to join us.

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Holy Spirit Church. The Blessing of Throats will be Friday, Feb. 3, after 9 a.m. Mass.

The Ministry/Organizations/ Volunteers Sign-up Weekend is Feb. 4-5. We also will have blessing of throats after each Mass for those unable to attend the Friday Mass.

Holy Spirit is forming a new group to keep the community aware of our parish and welcome new parishioners who join us. If you would like to be a part of this committee, please notify Bridget in the church office.

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

The Knights of Columbus breakfast will be after 9:30 a.m. Mass Feb. 5.

The KC fish fry will be Friday, Feb. 10.

Ash Wednesday is March 1. In order to make it convenient for those wishing ashes, we will have two Masses at 7:45 a.m. and 5:30 p.m.

We are planning a 10-day pilgrimage to the Holy Land Oct. 2-11, 2017 with Father Mike. Cost is $3,200.00 per person and includes hotels (double occupancy), two meals a day, daily Mass, daily sightseeing, airport taxes, and fuel surcharge. The pilgrimage begins in Israel, then on to Tel Aviv/Sea of Galilee; Mt. Tabor, Cana, Nazareth; Capernaum, Tiberias; Haifa, Mt. Carmel, Stella Maris, Caesarea by the Sea-Jerusalem; Bethlehem, Shepherd’s Field, Church of the Nativity, Ein Karem; Mount of Olives, Gethsemane, Pater Noster, Dominus; Jordan Valley, Jericho, Qumran, Dead Sea. Please sign-up in the Narthex if interested.


Immaculate Conception Church. First Friday Eucharist will be Friday, Feb. 3, at 9:00 a.m., followed by Benediction and Adoration until 11 a.m.

The Parish Fish Fry will be Friday, Feb. 10, 5:30 – 7 p.m. in the parish hall. Fish (crappie) and fresh onion rings will be provided by George and Frances Carney, with additional help and support provided by the Men’s Club and the Ladies Altar Society. Please sign up; so we are sure to have enough food and do not waste the good gifts that God gives us.


St. Mary Catholic School. Come celebrate Catholic Schools Week with us. See a schedule of all our events here.

Our Lady’s Guild of Longview. The Ladies Guild will hold their 47th Enchilada Roll on Friday, Feb. 24, 8 a.m.-noon. Lunch, babysitting, and door prizes will be provided to all volunteers. Enchilada trays will be available for pickup Saturday, Feb. 25, at St. Mary’s Parish Center, 405 Hollybrook, from 11 a.m. until enchiladas are sold out. Trays of six enchiladas are $8 each, with a limit of 20 trays.

St. Mary Church. An Ethics and Integrity basic training session will be offered Monday, Feb. 6, 6-9 p.m. in the St. Mary Catholic School library. The session is free, but there is a $10 fee for a background check. The Diocese of Tyler requires an Ethics and Integrity certification on file in the chancery for all church employees and volunteers who work with children and vulnerable adults.

Every Sunday from 9:40-11:15 am in the Parish Center. St. Mary’s will offer two new opportunities for adults who want to strengthen their relationship with Christ, grow in faith, and enjoy fellowship with others on this journey.

St. Mary’s Middle School Youth Group will meet on the second Tuesday of every month 6-8 p.m. in the Parish Center. All middle school students are invited. Let’s get together to love God, love others and make disciples!

Young adults who have graduated from high school or are in their 20s and 30s and who wish to grow in faith are invited to join us Sunday, Feb. 5, 10-11:15 a.m., in room 304 of the parish center. We will meet every other Sunday. Please call Shea Vogel at 903-746-0319 for information.

Adult confirmation classes for those adults who have not yet received the sacrament will be offered on Wednesday evenings, March 8 and 22 and April 12 and 26 at 7 p.m. in the parish hall.

The St. Mary’s Knights of Columbus Scholarship Raffle for the Class of 2017 is Kicking Off! In order to display the names of all Catholic high school seniors on the back of our raffle tickets, we request an e-mail be sent to jandskirch@sbcglobal.net indicating your name, high school, and parish that you most closely associate. Our goal is to provide multiple scholarships to as many graduating seniors as possible, depending on the success of our raffle. Please send your name today!

St. Matthew Church. Monthly confessions for students in faith formation are available Tuesdays and Thursdays at 5 p.m. Parents also are invited to make use of the sacrament as an example to their children.

Our annual fund-raiser, “God Bless Texas,” will be Saturday, Feb. 25. Please mark your calendar. Formal invitations go out soon. Invite your friends and family. This is an adults-only event.


St. Patrick Catholic School. The annual Green and Gold Gala benefitting the school is Friday, Feb. 24, 6:30-11 p.m. at VFW Post #1836, 1800 Ford Chapel Road. Please consider sponsoring or supporting our Catholic school in some way. Call 936-634-6719 or see the website for more information.

St. Patrick Church. We are planning a trip to Rome from April 23-30. If you are interested in going, please contact Jan Kupec for more details at jan.kupec@yahoo.com or 936-671-3863.

Feb. 3 is the First Friday of the month. There will be Adoration after the 9 a.m. Mass until the English Mass at 5:30 p.m. At 7 p.m., we will have Holy Hour following the Spanish Mass at 7:30 p.m. Adoration continues until midnight. Please come and pray. Thank you for honoring your commitment to the schedule.

Baby Palooza, a Texas-sized baby shower, runs through Feb. 18. A box has been set up in the church foyer to collect baby items for the Pregnancy Help Center. Please see the bulletin for items needed.


St. Elizabeth Ann Seton Church. A series of special sessions for children preparing for first reconciliation will begin Sunday, Feb. 19 at 3:30 p.m. The entire family is expected to participate with their child. All meetings will take place in the Seton Center with new bi-lingual materials.

Classes for students preparing for first Eucharist and confirmation will resume Feb. 5.

Father Gary Rottman will be here on Saturday, Feb. 4, to offer the Sacrament of Reconciliation beginning at 6:30 p.m. so that our Hispanic community may confess their sins in Spanish. Father will also preside at the 7:30 p.m. Mass.

It’s time to bring back your old palm branches to become the ashes for the beginning of Lent. Ash Wednesday is March 1, with masses at 5:30 p.m. and 7:30 p.m.

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.

Please remember that the construction area is off limits to everyone. During all of the construction, due to insurance requirements, no one is permitted on the site without approval of the contractor. Please keep your children safe. Keep an eye on them so that they do not get harmed near or around the construction site.


Mary Queen of Heaven Church. Deepest thanks to all those who have pledged to our Church Building Fund. Pledge worksheets are available on the table at the back of the church for those who have not had an opportunity to make a pledge yet. Please note that our pledge campaign is spread over five years.


St. Joseph Church. Father Ricardo Pineda, CPM, will present a parish mission, “If You Knew the Gift of God,” is Feb. 5-9, 5:30-8 p.m. each night at the church. Confessions will be available.

The Catholic Daughters of the Americas will hold their casserole sale Feb. 4-5 after all Masses.

Mardi Gras 2017 will be Saturday, Feb. 25, 7-11 p.m. at the Marshall Convention Center with live music by the Steve Wells Band. The evening will include finger food, dancing, a silent auction, and raffle. Tickets are $25 per person, and $5 for raffle tickets. Raffle prizes include 55” 4K curve TV with sound bar, 4-camera wireless security system with remote viewing and motion detection, 10-karat amethyst ring with personalized sizing, and $100 gift card. Need not be present to win.

The food bank is requesting cans of soup. Please help us feed the hungry in our midst.

Hot meals are served to those in need Tuesdays, 4:30-5:30 p.m. in the parish halls.


St. Peter the Apostle Church. If you are interested in joining a pilgrimage to EWTN in Alabama March 13-17, please contact the church office or Father Love.

The Ladies Guild’s International Food Tasting Dinner is Saturday, Feb. 18, immediately after the 4:30 p.m. Mass. Prizes will be awarded for winners in each category. Tickets may be purchased Feb. 18 after Mass for $10 for adults and $5 for children ages 7-12. Children six and under eat free.

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St. Michael Church. The parish bereavement Mass is Saturday, February 4, at 5:30pm. Widows are invited to dine after.

We will celebrate the Feast of the Presentation of Jesus at the Temple Thursday, Feb. 2. We will meet at the church soccer field to begin the procession followed by a Bilingual Mass at 7 p.m. We invite everyone to bring their Baby Jesus and candles to be blessed. A fellowship will follow right after Mass and be held at St. Michael’s Hall.

Come and Join our Apologetics/Bible Study Wednesdays in St. Michael Hall from 9-10:15 a.m. and 6-7:30 p.m. Everyone is invited to come and participate in learning the word of the Lord.

We are trying to update our parish records. If there are still families who need to register as members of this parish, update personal information, or wish to have offering envelopes for the year 2017, please come by or call the parish office as soon as possible at 903-572-5227.

Our church hosts Financial Peace University Wednesday evenings at 6 p.m. The program seeks to provide participants with the tools and inspiration to conquer debt and move toward financial security.


Sacred Heart Church. 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.

St. Mary’s Chapel, Stephen F. Austin State University. The Holy Rosary and First Friday Devotion-First Saturday Vigil will be Friday, Feb. 3, in the chapel. We will have adoration, 6 p.m.-midnight, and confessions followed by Mass.

Ethics and Integrity will be offered Saturday, Feb. 4 in Ganter Hall. Basic training is at 10 a.m. and recertification is at 2:30 p.m. The Diocese of Tyler requires certifications to be on file at the chancery for all church employees and volunteers who work with children and vulnerable adults.

The Catholic Daughters of the Americas Charity Masquerade Ball is Saturday, Feb. 4, at 7 p.m. in and around Ganter Hall. Tickets are $15 and money will be donated to SmileTrain. Money for tickets can be given to any Catholic Daughter officer. Please come and support this awesome cause and have a great night with great friends!

“Men, Women, and the Mystery of Love,” with insights from Pope St. John Paul II’s Love and Responsibility will be offered every Saturday during February, 3-4:45 p.m., in Ganter Hall.


Sacred Heart Church. LifeTeen, for young people in grades 9-12, is held on Wednesdays, 6:30-8 p.m.


Sacred Heart Church. Sacred Heart Youth will have a Valentine Dinner and Dance Saturday, Feb. 11. Couples and families are welcome.

Baptism classes are scheduled for Feb. 5 (Spanish) and March 16.

Catholic Charities is seeking to expand the Parish Nursing Program in neighboring areas (Atlanta, New Boston, etc). Part-time nurses are wanted to work in a parish setting eight hours a week at $20/hour. The hours are flexible. Please submit resumes via email to Jennie Pierce MSN, APRN-CNS, Parish Nurse Coordinator, NurseCoordinator@cctyler.org. For information, see the Catholic Charities website or call 903-372-3229.

Learn the Spanish language. Lessons in basic, intermediate, and advanced are available. Lessons are $10 each. For information, call Betty Rodriguez, 903-691-7931.


Bishop Gorman Catholic Schools. Giving to Gorman has never been easier. Let your Amazon purchases help Bishop Gorman. Bishop Gorman is part of the Amazon Smile program. Amazon Smile pays .5% of your purchase to Bishop Gorman. To participate, go to smile.amazon.com and login using your normal Amazon username and password. Set up an Amazon account first if you do not already have one. Once on Amazon Smile, search for Bishop Gorman Catholic School as your charity of choice and continue shopping. Each subsequent time you shop on Amazon, start at smile.amazon.com instead of the usual Amazon website.

Professional actors from the Texas Shakespeare Festival will present to the Gorman student body the original production, “Shakespeare’s Greatest Hits”, on Monday, Feb. 6, at 2:30 p.m. in Haddad Gymnasium. This hour-long show uses live music and audience interaction to present five of Shakespeare’s most famous scenes. All are welcome. Texas Commission on the Arts and National Endowment sponsors the program.

St. Gregory Cathedral School. The annual school auction and dinner is Feb. 25, 2017. Tickets are on sale now in the school office for $50 each. All are welcome to share a fabulous and fun night out with all proceeds benefitting St. Gregory Cathedral School. Win a $5,000 shopping spree to Susan Robinson. Raffle tickets are $10 each.

Cathedral of the Immaculate Conception. The Knights of Columbus Super Bowl Party will be Sunday, Feb. 5, at the Knights of Columbus Hall, 3509 SW Loop 323, across from Sweet Sue’s. There is no charge to attend, but bring some bucks to have fun and play various games. Come and watch the game on a really big screen, and enjoy some good food and drinks. A cash bar will also be available. Doors will open at 3 p.m.

Between grades, sports, theater, homework, family time, and everyone’s expectations – life gets a little overwhelming at times. We know, so let’s talk about it! The High School retreat will take place on February 24-26 at The Pines Catholic Camp. We’ll have talks, prayer time, community building, high ropes, zip lining, food, and so much more. Forms will be available at ICY nights and outside Mass. The cost is $75 per youth, but scholarships are available. We do not want anybody unable to go because of money, so please talk to Chris about the retreat.

A Baptism Preparation class in English will be held on Monday, March 13 and 20 and May 8 and 15, 6:30–8:30 p.m. in the Cathedral Center. Parents and Godparents are required to attend Baptism Preparation Classes. If you have questions please call 903-592-1617 ext. 130, or email edietel@thecathedral.info Please bring a copy of the child’s birth certificate to the class.

A Rosary Holy Hour Held is weekly on Tuesdays at 11 a.m. in the Adoration Chapel at Saints Peter and Paul. All are invited to join us. For more information, contact Susan Mills 903-780-2935 or email mills_susan@sbcglobal.net.

The Altar Society will meet Monday, Feb. 6, at 10:30 a.m. Please join us for a Valentine Tea at Eileen Kosnik’s historic home at 1312 W. Oakwood St. Please come and invite a friend or someone new to our parish. The Altar Society provides a lovely way to meet others and become more closely connected with the Church. The activities and ministries promote friendships as we grow together in faith and love of the Lord while we joyfully serve him and his Holy Church. RSVP to Eileen Kosnik at 903-535-7864 or ekosnik@mac.com.

St. Joseph the Worker Church. Men 18 years of age and older are invited to a Men’s Group Meeting Wednesday, Feb. 1, at 6:30 p.m. The evening will begin with Holy Mass, followed by a meal, fellowship, and a talk by Father Valentine in the parish hall. For information, call Kevin Kukla, 972-890-5760.

The Feast of the Purification of the Blessed Virgin Mary will be observed Thursday, Feb. 2, with the traditional blessing of candles before the 7 a.m. Mass.

The Little Flowers Girls’ Club, a club for Catholic girls ages 5-10, meets the first Saturday of every month through the month of May, beginning with Mass at 9 a.m. The next meeting is Saturday, Feb. 4.

The Little Women Hospitality Club for Catholic girls ages 11-18 meets the first Saturday of every month through the month of May, beginning with Mass at 9 a.m. The next meeting is Saturday, Feb. 4.

A Women’s Morning of Reflection will be offered Saturday, Feb. 18, at Mater Dei Church, 9:30 a.m.-1:30 p.m. The day will feature talks, a holy hour and confession, and lunch.


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