Que Pasa: News and Notes for Feb. 8

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.

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. Eight hours per week at $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.

Athens

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 women Feb. 18-19. There is no cost for this retreat, but please fill out a registration form (available in the back of the 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 are 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.

Buffalo

St. Kateri Tekakwitha Church. We will have nocturnal adoration Feb. 11-12.

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.

Crockett

St. Francis of the Tejas Church. We will have lector training on Wednesday. Feb. 8, at 6 p.m. If you have ever considered proclaiming the first and second readings at Mass, please join us. We still have a need for more lectors, altar servers and Eucharistic ministers. If you would like Eucharistic minister training, please talk to Father Gary or Deacon Juan to schedule a session.

Preparations have begun for the Lenten Fish Fry. If you would like to help with this project, please see Ginger Gregg or any member of the Ladies Guild. Ash Wednesday is March 1.

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

Volunteers are needed to unload the East Texas Food Bank Truck February 14 and 28, 10 a.m. at S.H.A.R.E.

We will have Basic Ethics and Integrity Certification in English Saturday, Feb. 18, at 10 a.m. Contact the church office if you need re-certification. The Diocese of Tyler requires Ethics and Integrity certification on file in the chancery for all church employees and volunteers who work with children and vulnerable adults.

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

Emory

St. John the Evangelist Church. 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!

For those participating in the first year sacramental preparation program, there is a meeting Saturday, Feb. 11, 9-11 a.m.

High School students and parents are invited to attend “College Info Night” Wednesday, Feb. 22, from 6-8 p.m., here at St. John’s Gurkin Hall. Plan now to attend!

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.

Frankston

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.

Gun Barrel City

St. Jude Church. 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.

Holly Lake

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.

When I was hungry, you gave me food – Volunteers from Knights of Columbus Council #15174 from Holy Spirit Catholic Church, Holly Lake Ranch, pack food boxes at the East Texas Food Bank for distribution to the hungry throughout East Texas. From May-December 2016, the Holy Spirit Knights and Ladies packed some 42,000 meals, all with an average of 17 members working three hours a month. Photo courtesy Bob Quinn, KC Council #15174

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.

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

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; Mt. of Olives, Gethsemane, Pater Noster, Dominus; Jordan Valley, Jericho, Qumran, Dead Sea. Please sign-up in the Narthex if interested.

Jefferson

Immaculate Conception Church. 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.

Longview

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. Knights of Columbus Council 11093 is inviting all married couples to a Marriage Vow Renewal ceremony following the 5:30 p.m. Mass on Saturday, February 11. All couples renewing their vows will receive a certificate signed by Father Kusmirek.

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 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.

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.

Lufkin

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.

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.

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.

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.

Madisonville

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.

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.

Malakoff

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.

Marshall

St. Joseph Church. 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 each, 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.

Mineola

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.

Mount Pleasant

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.

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.

Nacogdoches

Sacred Heart Church. Join us for our Hope Retreats as we strive to become men and women of hope, speak a language of hope, becomes more optimistic and bless the world that is desperately in need of hope. Retreats are scheduled on Saturdays, 9:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m. Most retreats will be on the second Saturday of the month. All are welcome. No registration is necessary. The first Hope Retreat is Feb. 11.

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.

SHOCK is taking registrations now for our middle school rally and retreat, to be held Feb. 18-19. We also will be making Valentines for the elderly and visiting Willowbrook Nursing Home.

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 Thursday, Feb. 23, 5-9 p.m., and Friday, Feb. 24, 10 a.m.-1 p.m. Come join us and take a chance at winning an iPad.

“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.

Palestine

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.

Texarkana

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

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 (www.cctyler.org) 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.

Tyler

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% 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.

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. Get your sweet treats at the Catholic Daughters of the Americas Bake Sale Feb. 19 after the 8 a.m., 10 a.m., and noon Masses. Proceeds benefit our charities.

The Senior Lunch Bunch will meet on Wednesday, Feb. 15, for 12:05 p.m. Mass at the Chapel of Sts. Peter and Paul and then for lunch at BJ’s, 242 Loop 323 WSW. We invite all seniors to come join us. Please call 903-258-0995 for further information.

Ethics and Integrity training sessions will be offered Sunday, Feb. 19, 3:30-6:30 p.m. in the Cathedral Center (basic training) and 7:30-9 p.m. in the Cathedral Center (recertification). Please call Veronica at 903-592-1617, ext. 117 or e-mail phammett@thecathedral.info to register. The Diocese of Tyler requires Ethics and Integrity certification on file in the chancery for all church employees and volunteers who work with children or vulnerable adults.

The high school retreat is Feb. 24-26 at The Pines Catholic Camp near Gladewater. 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! 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.

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, and Deacon Steve Curry at 903-920-3891, or see the website.

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 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 offered Saturday, Feb. 18, at Mater Dei Church in Irving, 9:30 a.m.-1:30 p.m. The day will feature talks, a holy hour and confession, and lunch.

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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