Que Pasa: News and Notes for Feb. 23



The 2017 Bishop’s Annual Appeal is under way. Please see the website and prayerfully consider your gift.

The season of Lent begins on March 1 with Ash Wednesday. Lent runs from Ash Wednesday until the Mass of the Lord’s Supper on Holy Thursday exclusive. Ash Wednesday and Good Friday are obligatory days of fasting and abstinence for Catholics. In addition, Fridays during Lent are obligatory days of abstinence.
Everyone 14 years of age or over is bound to abstain from meat on Ash Wednesday and all the Fridays of Lent and Good Friday.
Everyone 18 years of age and under 60 years of age is bound to fast on Ash Wednesday and Good Friday.
On Ash Wednesday and Good Friday, only one full meatless meal is allowed. Two other meatless meals, sufficient to maintain strength, may be taken according to each one’s needs, but together they should not equal another full meal. Eating between meals is not permitted. When health or ability to work would be seriously affected, the law does not oblige.

For questions and answers about Lent and Lenten practices, see the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops’ website.

Bishop Joseph E. 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. A 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 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 RUKUS Catholic Music Fest Saturday, 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 Tyler Diocesan Council of Catholic Women has launched a Rosary Crusade for 2017, calling upon Our Lady of Lourdes to intercede on behalf of the sick, the unborn, families, religious liberty, and more. To see the suggested dates of prayer, see the flyer here. For more information, email smcoter@gmail.com.

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 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. 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. Youth night is the first and third Wednesday of each month, 6-8 p.m. To set up text reminders, text @youth2121 to 81010. We have partnered up with the Malakoff Youth Group. Contact us at mqhstedsyouth@gmail.com.

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 men the weekend of Feb. 25-26. Registration form which are available in the back of church. The retreat is 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. We also need help pricing items. We will meet at the store rooms on the new property every Tuesday at 9 a.m. If you have any question call Zoila Hunt, 903-677-1922.

Come and join us at a YOUTH 2000 Retreat for a fun, faith-filled Eucharistic centered retreat for youth (ages 13-18), led by the Franciscan Friars of the Renewal, April 21-23, here at St. Edward’s. The YOUTH 2000 Retreat includes lively music, inspiring talks led by the Franciscan Friars of the Renewal, a time for fellowship and fun, sharing the faith, personal testimonies, panel discussions, Mass, Eucharistic Adoration, Reconciliation. YOUTH 2000, a Eucharistic centered Retreat, leads young people to seek a personal relationship with Jesus Christ. Through talks, music, adoration, prayer, workshops, fellowship, the Sacrament of Reconciliation, and the celebration of the Mass, the young people deepen their love and understanding of the Catholic faith, and encounter the power and richness of God’s love and mercy. This Retreat brings young people to know the joy of a life lived in the worship of God and in service to God’s people. This weekend Retreat empowers them to go forth with renewed faith, to be witnesses to the Faith, to share the Good News and to be the evangelizers of the New Evangelization. Cost is $25 per person. For more info, please email Jessica Bentley, mqstedsyouth@gmail.com.

We are offering confirmation classes for anyone 5th grade and older who has not received the sacrament of confirmation. Classes are Saturday, April 1 and April 8. Both sessions are required. Registration is Tuesday, March 28 at 7 p.m. For information, call Zoila Hunt at 903-677-1922.


St. Catherine of Siena Church. Join us for our traditional Shrove Tuesday/Mardi Gras flapjack, sausage, and fruit supper after evening Eucharist Feb. 28 at 6:15 p.m. The Knights of Columbus and Ladies Altar Society are joining efforts to sponsor this seasonal celebration.


St. Kateri Tekakwitha Church. The women’s retreat is March 11.

The parish pilgrimage to EWTN in Alabama is March 13-17.

Quinceañera platicas are scheduled for April 1 and May 6, 9 a.m.-noon.

The youth retreat is tentatively scheduled for April 8. Watch the bulletin.

Si usted está interesado en el aprendizaje de Inglés, la parroquia le gustaría ofrecer clases. Las clases comenzarán el 27 de febrero y durarán de 9 a 12 pm. Por favor, póngase en contacto con Claudia, tan pronto como sea posible en el 903-391-1164.


St. Francis of the Tejas Church. The Ladies Guild annual Mardi Gras dinner and social will be held on Friday, February 24. Our resident chef, Sandi Sagrera, will be preparing her world famous crawfish étouffee and chicken/sausage gumbo along with potato salad, beans, bread, and dessert. Pre-sale tickets can be purchased from any Ladies Guild member.

We are gearing up for our Friday Lenten Fish Fries. We will be serving lunch and dinner beginning March 3 and ending April 7. If you have ever aspired to be a fry cook, waitress, or short order cook, come try your hand at it. All help is appreciated.

Little Rock Scripture Study meets Sundays in the hall, 2-3:30 p.m. We are studying the Gospel of Luke.

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


St. John the Evangelist Church. 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. Lent begins March 1. We will pray the Stations of the Cross at 6 p.m. each Friday during Lent, beginning Friday, March 3. Following Stations of the Cross, there will be a meatless soup supper in the parish hall. We need volunteers to sign up to bring soup and to help serve and clean up afterward. Please volunteer to help out for one or more of these soup suppers.

Bishop E. Joseph Strickland will be the main celebrant at Mass Wednesday, March 8, celebrating the 20th anniversary of the founding of our parish. A reception will follow in the parish hall.

Our 20th annual fish fry will be held on Sunday, March 19, 10:30 a.m.-1:30 p.m. Volunteers are needed. Please see Ramona Chance or Mike Heine to sign up to help prepare, cook, serve, and clean up. See Esther Cooper to donate money or cakes. See Therese to donate bottled water.

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St. Jude Church. The St. Jude Chili Cook-Off is Saturday, Feb. 25, following the 5 p.m. Mass. Participating ministries should drop off their entries for the contest between 3-5 p.m. All parishioners are invited to taste and vote on their favorite chili. The evening also will include music, dessert, and a hot chocolate bar. Bring a dessert to share!

Ash Wednesday services will be Wednesday, March 1, at 9 a.m. and 6:30 p.m. (bilingual).

The 2017 St. Jude softball team is taking signups now for the upcoming season. A signup sheet is available in the vestibule of the church.

The Knights of Columbus will have a membership drive throughout the month of March for all men interested in becoming a Knight. Men must be over the age of 18 and practicing Catholics. For more information, contact Grand Knight Joe Castillo, 469-254-1947, Jim Bowles, 903-340-7174, or any other Knight.

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. Knights of Columbus Council #15174 will offer Lenten Friday fish fries Feb. 24, March 10 and 24, and April 17. Dinner includes fried fish, coleslaw, beans, hush puppies, desserts, and beverages. Serving begins at 5:30 p.m. The dinners are open to the entire community, and funds raised will purchase wheelchairs for those in need, fund donations to Hawkins Helping Hands and East Texas Food Bank, purchase food for holiday gift baskets, and fund donations to the Gabriel House Project.

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 will have a Scripture study the Wednesdays of Lent beginning Ash Wednesday, March 1, 6-7 p.m. in the Parish Hall. BYOB (Bible).

Faith formation volunteers are needed for the Confirmation Retreat Saturday, March 18, 9 a.m.-1 p.m. If you can help with the activity station monitoring, table decorations, set-up, and clean-up, call or text Wanda Stephens at 903-360-6927 or 903-769-1180.

We need a large group of volunteers to do some spring cleaning on and in our church grounds, windows, cleaning meditation garden, including weeding, raking pine needles, painting of benches, planting, etc. We will meet Saturday, April 22, at 8:30 a.m. Please bring rakes, cleaning clothes, ladders, etc. Please sign the sheet in the narthex. The more volunteers we have, the less time it will take to complete the different jobs.

We are looking for short book reviews/reports to be printed in our local newspaper, The Journal, in the “Church News” section. These books may be fiction or nonfiction with a storyline tied to “religion” or “beliefs.” The submitter’s name does not need to be listed with the report. Email to parkerbiz52@yahoo.com.

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


Immaculate Conception Church. Cardboard “rice bowls” will be available at the entrance of the church building. You might think of giving up something for Lent (not eating meat every day, fasting, abstaining, no candy, cake, soft drinks, coffee, no sugar, whatever) and putting the daily money not used in the rice bowl. Return the bowls to the church during Holy Week or Easter.

We are trying to bring food to church every week for those in need who come to our Immaculate Conception Catholic Community for help and assistance. If we do a can/package every day from Ash Wednesday to Easter Sunday we actually would have 47 cans/packages. Why not make it a full case of 48? Our canned foods offerings help keep our St. Vincent de Paul food pantry open and active. We are blessed to be able to look for and to find and to feed Christ in our brothers and sisters who are in need. Help us help the hungry in our midst.

Join us for Junk in the Trunk, Saturday, April 1, 8 a.m.-3 p.m. in the church parking lot. It’s like a garage sale, but out of the trunk of your car. Price your items or negotiate a price. Give your profits to our Saint Vincent DePaul Society. Take your leftover items to the charity of your choice.


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.

We are offering two $1000 scholarships. Anyone who is going to college or technical school in the fall and is a member of St. Mary’s, St. Matthews, St. Anthony’s, or Our Lady of Grace is eligible. Applications are available in all church offices. Deadline for submission of application is Friday, April 7. Please call Katherine Zuniga with any questions or for more information, 903-315-7510.

St. Mary Church. The Catholic Daughters of the Americas will celebrate their anniversary with a potluck for members and their spouses Sunday, Feb. 26. Lunch begins at 12:30 p.m. in the parish hall.

Married couples are invited to a morning retreat focusing on Marriage, Family and Faith Saturday, March 18, 8:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m. in the Parish Hall. The retreat is part of our parish’s weekend encounter with the family of Michael and Michelle Mette. On Sunday, March 19, Michael Mette will present a free concert in the Parish Center. The Mettes travel with their six children bringing the word of Christ to parishes around the country. To attend the retreat, couples should make a reservation by call the church office. There is a $20 fee per couple.

Please join us at the Parish Center every Friday during Lent, beginning March 3 following the 5:30 p.m. Mass, for the parish fish fry. The meal includes fried catfish, French fries, hush puppies, mac-n-cheese, coleslaw, tea or lemonade. Adults eat for $8/plate, children ages 5-10 $4, children under 5 eat free. Families of 4 or more eat for $25.

Our Bereavement Committee is looking for some new volunteers to help with meals for families following a funeral. Please call Waynell Kuhlman at 903-757-5904 if you are interested in this ministry of compassion.

The annual Right to Life garage sale will be March 24-25. This would be a great time to start spring-cleaning. Any gently used items may be dropped off at the Saint John Paul II Family Center beginning Monday, March 20.

St. Mary’s Teen Connection meet the first and third Wednesdays of the month. Come join us, 7-9 p.m. in the parish hall, for fellowship, faith, food, and fun.

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!

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.

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. Baptismal class sessions have been scheduled. The English-language call will meet Feb. 23 at 6 p.m. in the Faith Formation building. Spanish-language classes meet the second and third Thursday of each month, 7-9 p.m. Parents and godparents must attend.

Ladies of the parish are invited to “The Gathering” Mardi Gras feast and fun Tuesday, Feb. 28, at 6 p.m. in St. Andrew’s Hall.

Join us for “From Religion to Spirituality,” a workshop to help deepen your relationship with Jesus Christ, Saturday, March 4, 9:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m. at St. Patrick Catholic School. For more information or to register (at no cost), call 936-634-6833.

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.

Join us for the workshop From Religion to Spirituality Saturday, March 4, 9:30 a.m.012:30 p.m. For more information or to register, call 936-634-6833. There is no cost to attend.

The Ladies of the Rosary group meets Tuesdays at 10 a.m. in the parish office. Join us and make mission rosaries. For more information, contact Mrs. Wanda Brandon at 936-824-3253 or Mrs. Bea Treviño at 936-829-2209.


St. Elizabeth Ann Seton Church. Ash Wednesday is March 1, with masses at 5:30 p.m. and 7:30 p.m.

The Altar Society’s annual International Dinner will be March 26. Your creative ideas and culinary expertise that reflects your heritage are deeply appreciated. For more information join the Society today.

The next baptism classes will be Tuesday and Thursday, April 4 and 6, at 7 p.m.


St. Joseph Church. Mardi Gras 2017 is 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. Laissez les bon temps rouler!

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.

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St. Michael Church. 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.


Sacred Heart Church. The Annual Multicultural Festival will be May 6 -7. Multicultural Festival Meetings will be held March 21, April 4 and 18, and May 2 in the library from 6:30-7:30 p.m. We need volunteers to help in all areas. You can sign up to volunteer or become a chairperson by calling Joy Fuller at 936-462-0005 or emailing her at wjf@suddenlink.net.

Sacred Heart now accepts one-time and recurring donations conveniently from our website! You can make your secure donation via electronic check or debit/credit card by simply: 1. Going to the parish website using any device 2.Choose One-time or Recurring donation 3. Select your preferred form of payment (electronic check or debit/credit card) 4. Enter your information 5. Submit your donation.

Sacred Heart Outstanding Catholic Kids (SHOCK) youth group meets Wednesday nights, 6:45-8:30 p.m.

All young people in grades 6-12 are invited to join us in the “Upper Room” for faith, fun, and fellowship. For information, please contact Rebecca at rebeccahiggins@sbcglobal.net.

Our food pantry is open on the second Tuesday of every month, 9 a.m.-noon. All monetary support is appreciated, and special envelopes are now available in the vestibule for your support. Help us feed the hungry in our midst.

St. Mary’s Chapel, Stephen F. Austin State University. We will have a phone-a-thon to raise money for the new chapel Friday, Feb. 24, 10 a.m.-1 p.m. Come join us and take a chance at winning an iPad.

In the past two years, we have seen an increase of 70 percent in Sunday attendance, have 25 Bible studies (mostly student led), over 30 students in formal discipleship, and are reaching an estimated 700-800  students per year. Statistics show that the 80% of Christians that leave their faith, do so between the ages of 18 and 23. Our goal is for students to remain in the faith, to become lifelong disciples and leaders in the Church, to live abundant lives, and to bear much fruit as they remain in Christ. We are at a point in this important ministry where we need a new Student Center. Our current “student center”, which is made up of an old house that dates back to early 1900’s, and an attached steel structure, needs to be replaced. Not only is it out of date and unattractive, it is also not large and functional enough for the students. A new student center will allow us to better meet the needs of the current and future students at SFA.

A new student center will attract more students, as they will have adequate space and accommodations to meet their individual and group needs. There will also be adequate room for events, group meetings, study, and various other activities. With the addition of a kitchen, a library, and offices for students and staff, there will be a stronger sense of community, greater interaction, and an increased potential for seeing and meeting the needs of the students.

Check donations can be mailed to St. Mary’s Catholic Campus Ministry, 214 Wettermark, Nacogdoches,TX 75965 (please designate for “New Student Center”). Online donations can be made at the website.


Sacred Heart Church. Eucharistic adoration is every Thursday at noon.

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


Sacred Heart Church. A baptism class is scheduled for 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. The Milam Joseph Golf Tournament is Friday, March 31, at the Cascades Golf Club in Tyler. Registration opens at 11 a.m., lunch is at 11:30 a.m., and tee off is at 12:15 p.m. Come join us for fun, prizes, and more. Proceeds support tuition assistance at St. Gregory Cathedral School and Bishop Thomas K. Gorman Catholic School in the form of merit scholarships. For more information, please contact Kara Camp at 903-520-2117 or tylercamps@msn.com.

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 percent of your purchase to Bishop Gorman. To participate, go to smile.amazon.com and log in 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.

St. Gregory Cathedral School. The annual school auction and dinner is Saturday, 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.

Wellspring Center for Spirituality. We are offering several Lenten retreats for those who wish to deepen their experience of this penitential season:

  • Lenten Retreat, Saturday, March 4, 9:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m. Take this opportunity to reflect on the meaning and significance of the season of Lent. As we begin the season of Lent, you are invited to join us as we strive to learn what God is calling forth from us as we remember and celebrate the life, death, and resurrection of Jesus.
  • Four Week Lenten Series, March 14-April 4, 7-8:30 p.m. Our hope is rooted in the unconditional love of God. Join us as we strive to become men and women of hope during the season of Lent.
  • Retreat in Preparation for Holy Week, Saturday, March 26, 9:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m. The journey through Holy Week is a call to walk with Jesus. The journey we began in ashes will take us to the cross. Take this opportunity to reflect on the merciful and spiritual significance of Holy Week.

Father Gus will guide the retreats and classes. All are welcome. No registration is necessary. For more information about the Wellspring programs, contact us at retreatsatwellspring@gmail.com or 903-839-1280.

Cathedral of the Immaculate Conception. Construction has started on the new covered entrance for the Chapel of Sts. Peter and Paul. The main entrance to the Chapel will be fenced off for approx. eight weeks. There will be no change to the Mass schedule, but please use the side entrances for access to the Chapel. Because this will be an active construction site, please watch kids closely. We apologize for any inconvenience, but the end result will be beautiful!

Many of us have questions about the Catholic Church or have been asked questions about the Church by family or friends. Come hear Allison Low (in English) and Father Guillermo Gabriel-Maisonet (in Spanish) explain how they journeyed back to the Catholic Church. They will explain the questions they had about the Church and the answers they found. Come join us on Monday, Feb. 27, at 7 p.m. in the Cathedral Center.

All women are invited to the Altar Society coffee and meeting March 6 at 10 a.m. in the Cathedral Center. Allison Low will speak on what the Church teaches and believes about angels.

Come join St. Veronica’s Sewers, Saturday, March 11, from 10 a.m.-noon in Samperi Hall in the Cathedral in the basement for our organizational meeting. We will not be sewing that day, but planning an orderly structure to function properly and grow. Prayer, pen, paper, and day planners are all you need. On Saturday April 22, 8 a.m.-3 p.m. at the Cathedral Center we will cut, sew, and get creative for the Greater Glory of God and our brothers and sisters in need.

Join Knights of Columbus Council 1502 for Lenten fish fries March 24, March 31, and April 7, 6-8 p.m. at the KC hall. Advance tickets are $9 for adults and $5 for children 10 and under; prices at the door are $10 for adults and $6 for children 10 and under.

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.

C.A.R.E. (Christ-centered Abortion Recovery and Education)  offers once weekly, eight-week healing Bible studies and weekend retreat opportunities. The next healing opportunities are a March 24-26, Journey abortion recovery Bible study weekend for women and a March 24-25 Journey abortion recovery Bible study weekend for men. Please help us help others. Plan to attend our annual fundraising event: February 28 CARE’N Confections annual fundraiser. For information, contact Anthony and Angela Vrba, 903-360-5547 or avrba58@gmail.com, Deacon Steve Curry at 903-920-3891, or see the website.

The Cathedral once again is able to offer faith formation for children with special needs. We have two certified teachers who have dedicated themselves to this educational ministry. 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 email phammett@thecathedral.info.

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.

St. Joseph the Worker Church. The Blessing Table will be Sunday, Feb. 26, after the 10 a.m. Mass in the Parish Hall.  Please place items to be blessed there before 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, March. 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, March. 4.

St. Joseph the Worker’s Homeschool Group is a parish based support group for all mothers.  We meet once a month to plan activities for our children, prayer, reading to encourage us in our vocation, sharing and fellowship.  If you would like to join or receive email of planned events, contact gracebezner@yahoo.com or milissa@prolifeamerica.com.

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