Que Pasa: News and Notes for April 5

Bishop Joseph E. Strickland will preside at the Chrism Mass Tuesday, April 11, at 11 a.m. at the Cathedral of the Immaculate Conception. The bishop will bless the oil of the sick, the oil of catechumens and the holy chrism to be used in the administration of the sacraments in parishes throughout the diocese in the upcoming liturgical year. The oils will be distributed to representatives from the parishes in attendance.

April is Child Abuse Prevention Month, a time to recognize that we each can play a part in promoting the social and emotional well-being of children and families in our communities. The Catholic Church is a leader in abuse prevention programs and procedures, so that we may protect our most valuable gift from God – our children. For information on how you can become more informed and involved in keeping our children safe, see the Safe Environment website or call Maria Flores 903-534-077, ext. 188. Suggestions for Safe Environment educational materials, bulletin inserts, prayers in English and Spanish, and links to other resources are available there.

Father Dan Dower, pastor of Christ the King Church in Kilgore and diocesan Episcopal Vicar for Education, 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 bilingual 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 lportertyler@gmail.com for information or to register. Information about the diocese’s Special Needs Ministry is available at the website.

The cloistered Dominican nuns of the Monastery of the Infant Jesus in Lufkin are having a Holy Hour for vocations April 7 at 7 p.m. The monastery is at 1501 Lotus Lane, Lufkin, TX, 75904.

The Abortion Dialogue Academy will offer a workshop on responding to common pro-choice arguments Thursday, April 6, 6-8 p.m., at St. Matthew Church in Longview. The Abortion Dialogue Academy is a national non-profit organization dedicated to teaching anti-abortion advocates to speak persuasively on the issue. For more information about the ADA, see the group’s website.

The Diocesan Marian Conference is Saturday, May 13, 10 a.m.-6 p.m. on the campus of Bishop Gorman Catholic School in Tyler. The conference will mark the 100th anniversary of the apparition of Our Lady of Fatima. The day will include presentations in English and Spanish, and Bishop Strickland will celebrate Mass in honor of Our Lady of Fatima. For information, contact Deacon Rubén Natera, 903-530-2164, Father John Mary Bowlin, 903-322-3705, Father Raymundo García, 936-404-8182, Father Carlos Rangel, 903-742-5000, or Sisters Maria Carmen and Georgina Sierra, 903-931-1836. Donations for the conference are accepted.

The Office of Youth Evangelization is sponsoring a Catholic Family Camp weekend June 23-25 at Casa Betania near Tyler, featuring nationally-known Catholic speaker Cooper Ray. There will be family activities, Mass and adoration, formation opportunities, camp fires, games and skits, and much more! This will be an opportunity to help your family grow closer to one another and to Christ. For more information, see the youth office website here.

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-Diocese of Tyler is participating in the East Texas Giving Day to raise funds for its programs benefitting the poor and vulnerable of our Diocese. East Texas Giving Day is an 18-hour day of giving that provides critical funding for our area nonprofits. The purpose of an area-wide Giving Day is to bring the region together on one day and as one community, raising money and awareness for East Texas nonprofits. This initiative, organized by East Texas Communities Foundation (ETCF), provides citizens an easy platform to support the mission of local nonprofits that serve our many communities. The Giving Day is Tuesday, April 25, 6 a.m.-midnight, but donations can be prescheduled anytime from April 10-April 25 by visiting the East Texas Giving Day website.

Catholic Charities-Diocese of Tyler is seeking volunteers for the Parish Nurse Ministry. Part-time RNs 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-Diocese of Tyler 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-Diocese of Tyler through Amazon.com. When ordering from Amazon, go to smile.amazon.com and choose Catholic Charities, Diocese of Tyler, as the recipient of the donation from the purchase.

The Maria Goretti Network is a peer ministry group for survivors of abuse and their families. The East Texas Chapter of the Maria Goretti Network meets the third Saturday of every month in the Cathedral Office meeting room (not the Cathedral Center) at 7 p.m. For information, contact Peggy Hammett, 903-592-1617, ext. 19, or email phammett@thecathedral.info.

Catholic East Texas, the diocesan magazine, is online! Share the link to our full-color publication with family and friends. The magazine is an evangelical publication designed to implement Bishop Strickland’s vision for sharing the beauty of Catholic teaching, history, culture, spirituality, and liturgy in a way that makes our ancient faith attractive to both Catholics and non-Catholics in Northeast Texas. Every article, column, and review in the magazine is written by the clergy, religious, and lay faithful of the Diocese of Tyler. Access the magazine online here.

Athens

St. Edward Church. The Holy Week schedule is: Holy Thursday, Mass of the Lord’s Supper, April 13, 7 p.m.; Good Friday, Celebration of the Lord’s Passion, April 14, 3 p.m. and 7 p.m. (Spanish); Holy Saturday, Vigil Mass, 8 p.m.; Easter Sunday, Mass of the Resurrection, 8 a.m., 10:30 a.m., 12:30 p.m. (Spanish)

Bilingual Stations of the Cross are prayed the Fridays of Lent at 6 p.m. Join us afterwards in the parish hall for food and fellowship.

The Knights of Columbus will host a fish fry Friday, April 7, after Stations of the Cross. Donations will be accepted to fund the various charities the Knights support.

The children of Sacramental Prep 2 will present a play of “Noah’s Ark” Tuesday, April 11, 6-7 p.m. For information, call Aida Cooper, 903-288-9567, or Zoila Hunt, 903-675-2509.

Join us for Bible Study after the noon Mass on Wednesdays. We are studying “Follow Me: Meeting Jesus in the Gospel of John.” For information, contact Ron Williams at 903-288-0013.

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.

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.

Atlanta

St. Catherine of Siena Church. Soup and bread suppers are served the Fridays of Lent at 5:20 p.m., with Stations of the Cross prayed at 6:10 p.m.

Please help us restock our food pantry so we can continue to serve the hungry in our midst. Please bring canned meats and fish, bags of potatoes, cereal, oatmeal, peanut butter and preserves, crackers, soups, lentils, and juices.

Buffalo

St. Kateri Tekakwitha Church. A Quinceañera platica is scheduled for May 6, 9 a.m.-noon.

The youth retreat is April 8.

Our Catholic Summer University will be June 5-9, 11 a.m.-5 p.m. each day.

Crockett

St. Francis of the Tejas Church. Bishop Strickland will join us Friday, April 7, for Mass and Stations of the Cross, starting at 5 p.m., and the fish fry after.

Father Joby is looking for volunteers for Holy Thursday April 13 for washing of the feet at the 7 p.m. Mass of the Lord’s Supper. Please call or come by the church office if you are willing to participate.

St. Francis will host the Houston County Ministerial Association’s Noon Time Prayer Service on Holy Thursday, April 13.

Family Faith Formation is collecting plastic eggs, treats and prizes for our Easter Egg Hunt on Sunday, April 16, at 10:30 a.m. Please bring your donations to the church hall on Sundays or the office between 9 a.m.-3 p.m. during the week.

The St. Francis Community Crawfish Boil is Sunday April 23, 11 a.m.-1 p.m. $20 per person. Come join us for great food and fellowship!

Scholarship applications are available in the church office for all graduating high school seniors. Deadline is May 5.

Ethics and Integrity recertification will be April 22 in both English and Spanish.

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.

Diboll

Nuestra Señora de Guadalupe Parroquia. Rehearsal for the Passion Play is every Tuesday at 6 p.m. until Holy Week.

Invito a todas las personas que están interesadas en aprendar más sobre la fe y la Sagrada Biblia los Miércoles después de a misa a 6 p.m. en el Templo Parroquial.

Jueves a las 6:30 p.m. inicia con la Santa Misa. Grupo de Oración Huellas en la Arena and Come Lord Jesus.

Emory

St. John the Evangelist Church. The Holy Week schedule is: Holy Thursday, April 13, Mass of the Lord’s Supper, 7:30 p.m.; Good Friday, April 14, Living Stations of the Cross, 6 p.m., Celebration of the Lord’s Passion, 7:30 p.m.; Holy Saturday, April 15, Vigil Mass, 9:30 p.m.; Easter Sunday, 11 a.m. and 12:30 p.m. (Spanish)

Envelopes for donations to the Easter flower fund are available in the church entry hall. Drop your envelope in the collection basket by April 9. Give $10 or more to have a loved one’s name printed in the bulletin.

Stations of the Cross are prayed Fridays after the 6 p.m. Benediction and Mass. The Knights of Columbus serve Lenten suppers after Stations.

A reconciliation service will be April 4.

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 June 10.

Frankston

St. Charles Borromeo Church. Adoration is held on the Wednesdays of Lent, from 6-7:30 pm. Please come and spend time with Jesus, whether you can stay for just a few minutes or for the entire 90 minutes.

Stations of the Cross are prayed at 6 p.m. each Friday during Lent, followed by 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.

The parish reconciliation service is Wednesday, April 5, at 6 p.m. The priests from the Cathedral, including Father Nelson, who is fluent in English and Spanish, will be here for confessions.

Gun Barrel City

St. Jude Church. The 2017 St. Jude softball team will begin its season Saturday, April 8, with games at 4 p.m. and 5 p.m. Come out and support our team!

The parish Seder Supper is Saturday, April 8, at 6 p.m. (English) and Sunday, April 9, after the noon Spanish Mass (Spanish). The signup sheet is in the vestibule.

Knights of Columbus fish fries are the Fridays of Lent, 5-7 p.m. in the parish hall.

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. The celebration of first Communion and confirmation is Wednesday, April 5, at 6:30 p.m.

The Holy Week schedule is: Holy Thursday, April 13, Mass of the Lord’s Supper, 7 p.m.; Good Friday, April 14, the church will be open from noon-3 p.m., with veneration of the cross and Holy Communion at 3 p.m.; Holy Saturday, April 15, Easter Vigil, 8 p.m.; Easter Sunday, Mass of the Resurrection at 9:30 a.m.

The final Knights of Columbus Council #15174 Lenten Friday fish fry is April 7. 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.

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.

Divine Mercy Sunday is April 23. We will pray the Chaplet of Divine Mercy Chaplet at 3 p.m.

The next pastoral council meeting is Wednesday, April 26, at 6 p.m.

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

Jefferson

Immaculate Conception Church. Our Holy Week schedule is: Holy Thursday, Mass of the Lord’s Supper, April 13, 6 p.m.; Good Friday, April 14, Stations of the Cross at 2:15 p.m., Veneration of the Cross, 3 p.m.; Holy Saturday, April 15, Easter Vigil, 8 p.m.

We will have a parish reconciliation service Wednesday, April 5, at 6 p.m. Fathers Eugene Tillekeratne and Bernard Boteju will be here for confessions.

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 did a can/package every day from Ash Wednesday to Easter Sunday we actually would have 47 cans/packages. What the heck, 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. We are called to recognize the truth that we are completely and totally dependent on God for all the needs of our lives. And we hopefully do recognize our own need and hunger for Christ/God.

On the Fridays during Lent, we pray Stations of the Cross at 4:45 p.m., celebrate Mass at 5:15 p.m., and have a Lenten supper at 6 p.m.

Longview

Our Lady’s Guild of Longview. 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 Catholic School. St. Mary Catholic School is enrolling for the 2017-2018 academic year. St. Mary is a college preparatory PreK3-12 program focusing on academic excellence and with a program that includes fine arts and competitive athletics. To schedule a tour, call 903-753-1657. For information about the program or tuition, call principal Amy Blalock, 903-918-7182, or Melinda Dunn, 903-806-0175, or see the website.

A Knight to Remember Gala will be Saturday, May 13. Raffle tickets are $25 and can be purchased from any school family or from the church office. Don’t miss your chance to win a Dodge Challenger. All proceeds benefit the students and programs at St. Mary Catholic School.

St. Mary Church. St. Mary’s Knights of Columbus is sponsoring a food collection initiative called “40 cans for 40 days” in which we are asking each family to donate one can of food for each day of lent. The food will be given to the local food pantry. The bin is located by the church office.

Discover the richness of the Mass. Our adult Sunday school class has begun a new series called “A Biblical Walk Through the Mass.” We will come to know and understand the Mass as never before and learn the rich meanings behind what we say and do during the liturgy. Please join us in the Parish Center, Room 302. All are welcome! For more information contact Karen Scibona at 903-353-3261 or scibona@cablelynx.com.

High school students are invited to be part of Ski Retreat 2018, Jan. 12-15, 2018, in Durango, Colo., at Purgatory Mountain and Silverpick Lodge. Cost is $700, with monthly payments of $65. For information, email svogel@stmaryslgv.org.

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.

St. Mary’s Teen Connection meets the first and third Wednesdays of the month. Come join us, 7:30-9 p.m. in the parish hall, for fellowship, faith, food, and fun.

St. Mary’s Middle School Youth Group will meet on the second and fourth Wednesday of every month 5:30-7 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, April 12 and 26, at 7 p.m. in the parish hall.

Gluten Free hosts are available at all our Masses for people with celiac disease. Please see the instituted acolyte or deacon before Mass to request a gluten-free host. Those hosts will be consecrated separately from the other hosts. Please go to the instituted acolyte or deacon you informed to receive that host for Holy Communion.

Young Adults is starting a new series in room 304 in the Parish Center. Free childcare is provided! Catholic Atheist will look at five specific ways in which we profess God, but then act and think as if he doesn’t exist. We meet every Sunday.

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.

Lufkin

Ladies of St. Patrick and St. Andrew parishes are invited to gather and explore the faith together Saturday, April 8, at 10 a.m., with Holy Mass celebrated by Father Gavin Vaverek, followed by an open forum Q/A session. If you’ve ever been asked and unable to answer a question about the Catholic faith, now is the time to learn. Email your questions to theresalwilliamson@yahoo.com. Refreshments will be served.

St. Andrew the Apostle Church. First Friday adoration will be April 7, 8 a.m.-5 p.m. Come spend some time with the Lord.

Stations of the Cross will be prayed Friday, April 7, 5:30 p.m. and 6 p.m. (Spanish).

If you are graduating from high school or college in 2017, please send us your name and mailing address. You may call the office to report this information during usual office hours or you can e-mail standrewsec@catholicweb.com.

St. Andrew’s Youth Group would like to invite all middle school and high school students to our Life and Edge Nights on Wednesdays, 6:30-8 pm, at the church.

St. Patrick Catholic School. Registration for the 2017-2018 academic year is open. St. Patrick is a co-educational private Catholic school serving students of all faiths in grades PreK3-8. We offer exceptional educational opportunities to our students and are dedicated to their spiritual, academic and physical development. Our programs emphasize religious education, advanced curriculum, technology and physical fitness. Students learn the skills that empower them to excel in today’s society. St. Patrick is the only school in the Lufkin area to offer the Kumon math program and to be designated as a PreK Center of Excellence, a gold standard in high-quality PreK by the State of Texas. For more information, call 936-634-6719 or see the website.

St. Patrick Church. The Holy Week schedule is: Holy Thursday, Mass of the Lord’s Supper, April 13, 7 p.m., followed by adoration until midnight; Good Friday, April 15, Stations of the Cross at noon (Spanish) and 2 p.m. (English), bilingual Chaplet of Divine Mercy, 3 p.m., confessions, noon-1 p.m. and 2-3 p.m., Passion liturgy, 7 p.m. (bilingual); Holy Saturday, April 15, Chaplet of Divine Mercy, 3 p.m., bilingual Easter Vigil Mass, 8 p.m. Easter Sunday, April 16, Masses at 9 a.m., noon (Spanish), and 5 p.m. (bilingual), bilingual Chaplet of Divine Mercy, 3 p.m.

Rehearsals for the Easter Vigil Mass choir are Sundays at 6 p.m. in the church. Come share your voice with us

First Friday is April 7. We will have Mass at 9 a.m., followed by adoration until the 5:30 p.m. Mass. Spanish Mass will be at 7 p.m., followed by a Holy Hour. Adoration continues until midnight.

Father Gavin is looking for an adult willing to help in training and scheduling altar servers. Training can be provided. Altar servers help our Mass go smoothly so everyone can join in prayer with fewer distractions. If you would be willing to help, please contact the church office or Father Gavin.

The St. Benedict Prayer Group invites everyone to come every Tuesday, 7:30-9 p.m., to praise the Lord.

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. The Holy Week schedule is: Holy Thursday, Mass of the Lord’s Supper, April 13, 7:30 p.m.; Good Friday, Celebration of the Lord’s Passion, April 14, 3 p.m.; Holy Saturday, Vigil Mass, April 15, 8:30 p.m.; Easter Sunday, Mass of the Resurrection, April 16, 9:30 a.m. and 1 p.m. (Spanish)

Students in sacramental preparation will celebrate their first confession Saturday, April 22, at 10 a.m.

First Eucharist and confirmation will be celebrated at both Masses Sunday, May 7.

Confessions are available on Saturday mornings 11 a.m.-noon or by appointment. Just call or text.

The next baptism class will be Thursday, April 6, at 7 p.m.

The Easter raffle is under way. Tickets are $1 each or 6 for $5, on the honor system (drop your ticket and money into barrel). First prize is a Sony 32” LED Bravia TV. Feel free to donate more prizes.

Malakoff

Mary Queen of Heaven Church. The Holy Week schedule is: Tuesday, April 11, 6 p.m., Communion service; Wednesday, April 12, 7:45 a.m., morning prayer, 8 a.m., Mass, 6-8 p.m., confessions; Holy Thursday, Mass of the Lord’s Supper, 6 p.m., confessions and adoration until 9 p.m.; Good Friday, April 14, Celebration of the Lord’s Passion, 6 p.m., with confessions afterward; Holy Saturday, April 15, confessions, 3-5 p.m., Vigil Mass, 8 p.m.; Easter Sunday, April 16, Mass of the Resurrection, 10 a.m. and 12:30 p.m. (Spanish)

Stations of the Cross are prayed the Fridays of Lent at 6 p.m., followed by a simple meal.

Easter lilies can be purchased for $10 each. Help us decorate the altar at Easter and remember loved ones. To purchase lilies, see Carol Leonard, Pat Rummel, or Judy Harrell.

The Rosary Group meets on Fridays. During Lent, the rosary will be cited starting at 5:20 p.m. at the church with Stations to follow.

Refreshments are served after the 10 a.m. Mass on Sundays in the parish hall. Come join us, and get to know your parish family.

Marshall

St. Joseph Church. Our Holy Week schedule is: Holy Thursday, April 13, bilingual Mass of the Lord’s Supper, 7 p.m., followed by Altar of Repose in the parish hall; Good Friday, April 14, confessions, 11 a.m.-1 p.m., English Stations of the Cross, 12:05 p.m., Spanish Celebration of the Lord’s Passion, 3 p.m. at the school; English Celebration of the Lord’s Passion, 7 p.m.; Holy Saturday, bilingual Easter Vigil, 8 p.m.; Easter Sunday, Mass of the Resurrection, 7:30 a.m., 10:30 a.m., 12:30 p.m. (Spanish).

Our nursing home ministry will go to Oakwood House, 2907 Victory Drive, Sunday, April 9, at 2:30 p.m. Please join us for afternoon worship.

Travel with Deacon John Sargent to Ireland June 23-July 2. Cost is $3,700 per person. To register, call 855-842-8001 or 508-340-9370, or register online at www.proximotravel.com.

Each family is asked to collect one canned good per day for the 40 days of Lent. Cans may be dropped off at the church or church office at any time. The collection benefits the Marshall Food Bank.

All graduating high school seniors of Marshall and surrounding areas are invited to give your name, address, and school name to the office. We will be mailing invitations to our upcoming Senior Mass and lunch soon.

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 hall.

Mineola

St. Peter the Apostle Church. Knights of Columbus fish fries are at 6 p.m. on the Fridays of Lent.

Mount Pleasant

St. Michael Church. We have fish fries in the parish hall the Fridays of Lent, 5-8:30 p.m. If you wish to volunteer to help, please contact the church office.

We need participants for the Way of the Cross play. We practice Mondays, 6:30-8:30 p.m. in St. Michael Hall. All are welcome to participate.

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.

Mount Vernon

Sacred Heart Church. The Holy Week schedule is: Wednesday, April 12, Evening Prayer, 6:45 p.m., bilingual Tenebrae, 7 p.m.; Holy Thursday, April 13, bilingual Mass of the Lord’s Supper, 7 p.m.; Good Friday, April 14, Stations of the Cross, 3 p.m., at the square, bilingual Celebration of the Lord’s Passion, 7 p.m.; Holy Saturday, April 15, bilingual Easter Vigil, 9 p.m.; Easter Sunday, April 16, Mass of the Resurrection, 9:30 a.m., followed by Easter egg hunt, 11:30 a.m. (Spanish)

Nacogdoches

Sacred Heart Church. 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. The Seder meal is Saturday, April 8, at 6 p.m.

We will pray living Stations of the Cross Friday, April 7 at noon in the gardens of the Ferguson Building. We will walk there together from St. Mary’s at 11:45 a.m.

We will have 40 hours of adoration Monday, April 10-Tuesday, April 12. The signup sheet for time slots is in the chapel.

The 3rd annual Spring Block Party is Saturday, May 6. To help out or to sponsor an activity or item, contact Austin Thurman, 972-765-8335, orb email athurman@sfacatholic.net.

Palestine

Sacred Heart Church. The Holy Week schedule is: Monday, April 10, 6 p.m., procession with crosses from the corner of Queen St. and Green St. to the church; Holy Thursday, April 13, Mass of the Lord’s Supper, 7:30 p.m., followed by adoration until midnight; Good Friday, April 14, Via Crucis Viviente y celebración de la Pasión del Señor (Live Stations of the Cross), 3 p.m., Stations of the Cross (in the Church) followed by Passion reading & Veneration of the Cross, 5:30 p.m.; Holy Saturday, April 15, Easter Vigil Mass, 8 p.m., 10:30 p.m. (Spanish); Easter Sunday, April 16, Mass of the Resurrection, 8 a.m., 10:30 p.m., followed by Easter egg hunt in the church yard, and 1 p.m. (Spanish)

The parish Seder Dinner is Thursday, April 6, 6:30 p.m. The Seder Dinner is a Christian celebration of the Jewish Feast of Passover, when the Jewish people remember and celebrate their release from slavery in Egypt. We will celebrate and explore our Jewish ancestors’ traditional meal from a Catholic perspective. In doing so, we will be better able to appreciate Jesus’ institution of the Eucharistic at the Last Supper. Tickets are $25 per person. Please call the church office for reservations.

Adult Christian Initiation classes will begin April 19 and will be held each Wednesday, 6-8 p.m., in the Activity Building.

The Ladies Auxiliary Appreciation Dinner is Thursday, April 20, at 6 p.m. in the Activity Building. Please join us for a meal and the opportunity to visit with one another as we say “thank you” to parishioners and their families for all they do for the Lord and our church.

We are taking reservations for an 11-day pilgrimage to Fatima, Lourdes, and the Camino de Santiago in November. Cost is $2,999 per person, and registration ends June 1. We will celebrate the 100th anniversary of Our Lady’s apparitions to three children in Fatima, relive the story of Lourdes, visit the walled city of Ávila, tour Madrid and the Prado Museum, and visit Santiago de Compostela, the burial place of St. James. If we do not get 10 reservations, the pilgrimage will be canceled. Contact the church office or Father Rajain Mathias for more information.

Texarkana

Sacred Heart Church. The Holy Week schedule is: Wednesday, April 12, showing of “The Passion of the Christ,” 6 p.m.; Holy Thursday, April 13, Mass of the Lord’s Supper, 6:30 p.m., with procession to the altar of repose, exposition of the Blessed Sacrament, and adoration until 11 p.m.; Good Friday, April 14, confessions noon-2:30 p.m.; Via Crucis (live Way of the Cross), 12:30 p.m., on the parish grounds, solemn Stations of the Cross, 2:30 p.m., Celebration of the Lord’s Passion with veneration and Communion, 3 p.m. and 7:30 p.m. (Spanish); Holy Saturday, April 15, Easter Vigil, 8 p.m., with a reception following in the parish center; East Sunday, April 16, Mass of the Resurrection, 8:30 a.m., 10:30 a.m., 12:30 p.m. (Spanish)

Mass is celebrated at 12:05 p.m. every Thursday of Lent.

We have faith formation for all ages Wednesdays, 6:30-7:45 p.m.

Father Mike Adams will lead an Advent pilgrimage to the Holy Land Nov. 27-Dec.8. The 12-day “Where Christ Was Born Tour” will include visits to Tel Aviv and Nazareth, Capernaum, Cana and Mount Tabor, Jerusalem, Bethlehem, and the Dead Sea. Cost is $2,920 per person without airfare and $4,420 all-inclusive. A deposit of $1,000 per person is required at the time of booking. For information, call John or Natalie at 800-675-9088, email info@oc-travel.com, or see the website.

Stations of the Cross are prayed every Friday during Lent at 7 p.m. (English) and 7:30 p.m. (Spanish)

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.

Tyler

Bishop Gorman Catholic Schools. Registration for the 2017-2018 academic year is open. Bishop Gorman is a college preparatory 6-12 program that focuses on academic excellence with an emphasis on Catholic Christian formation. Bishop Gorman is a Top 50 Catholic High School, 2005-2015; a Blue Ribbon “Excellence in Education” Award Winner 1998 by the U.S. Department of Education; TAPPS 3A Overall State Champions 2001 and 2002; TAPPS 3A Academic State Champions, 1999, 2000, and 2002; and Middle School PSIA State Academic Champions 2014. For more information, call the school at 903-561-2424 or see the website.

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.

The school will present its student production of Elton John and Tim Rice’s musical “Aida” April 7-9 in Haddad Gym. Starring students Rachel Mikita, Sean-Riley Cunningham, Molly Breedlove, and Matthew Navarro, the bittersweet musical tells the story of people who must choose between love, honor, and duty to their people. For ticket information, contact the school at 903-561-2424.

St. Gregory Cathedral School. Registration for the 2017-2018 academic year is open. St. Gregory is Tyler’s oldest private, Christian elementary school, serving grades PreK-5 and the city’s only U.S. Department of Education Blue Ribbon School, a distinction earned by scoring in the top 15 percent of the nation on national standardized tests.  St. Gregory has the distinction of being a three-time Blue Ribbon school, one of the very few in the nation to achieve this honor. For more information, call the school at 903-595-4109, or see the website.

John Paul the Great Catholic Campus Ministry (UTTyler). We have Mass, adoration, confessions, and the rosary throughout the week. See our schedule on our website.

Tyler Junior College Apache Catholics Campus Ministry. We meet Tuesdays at 5:30 p.m. in TJC’s Jenkins Hall, first-floor conference room. Come join us for weekly liturgies and a pizza supper. For information about the group, contact Deacon Bill Necessary, 903-780-3519 or dnecessary@bishopgorman.net.

Cathedral of the Immaculate Conception. The Holy Week schedule is: Holy Thursday, April 13, Mass of the Lord’s Supper, 6 p.m., Chapel of Sts. Peter and Paul, 7 p.m., bilingual, Cathedral; Good Friday, April 14, Celebration of the Lord’s Passion, 3 p.m., Cathedral, 6 p.m., Chapel of Sts. Peter and Paul, 7 p.m., Cathedral (Spanish); Holy Saturday, April 15, Vigil Mass, 8 p.m., Cathedral; Easter Sunday, April 16, is the usual Mass schedule for the Cathedral and the Chapel, with the exception of the 5 p.m. Youth Mass, which will not be celebrated.

If you would like to donate flowers for Easter Sunday in honor or in memory of a loved one, the donation is $10 and must be turned in to the Cathedral office on or before April 10. Please remember to provide the name of the person you wish to honor. Envelopes are in the foyer of the church.

The final Knights of Columbus Council 1502 Lenten fish fry is April 7, 6-8 p.m. in the KC Hall on the Loop. Advance tickets are $9 for adults, $5 for children (ages 10 and under eat free); at the door, tickets are $10 and $6.

The Catholic Mothers of Ministry will host their annual Father-Daughter Dance Saturday, April 8, 5-8 p.m. in the Cathedral Center. Cost is $20 per couple, and proceeds benefit the Magdalene Home.

Baptism Preparation classes in English will be held on Mondays, 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.

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. Come and join us in celebrating the 2017 Easter season with prayer, food, and fellowship. In anticipation of Divine Mercy Sunday, our parish will begin, on Good Friday until Easter Saturday, with the daily public recitation of the Divine Mercy novena and chaplet. On Low Sunday, also known as Divine Mercy Sunday, to celebrate this great feast day, we will have a Holy Hour with Exposition and Benediction of the Blessed Sacrament, confessions, and prayers. To conclude our celebration, please join us in the parish hall for an Easter potluck. Kielbasa and sauerkraut will be provided. Please bring side dishes to share. It’s a perfect opportunity to showcase any special Easter family dishes your family treasures and share with your parish family. Divine Mercy Novena and Chaplet pamphlets will be available in the vestibule.For more information please contact Monica Lewis, 903-352-7079, or email mrs.monica.lewis.1977@gmail.com.

Whitehouse

Prince of Peace Church. Springfest 2017 is May 13. We need your help and support to make it a joyful community event. Please contact any of the following if you can help: Jim and Annette Krause, 713-594-4484; Linda Rossler, 903-839-7138; Tony Zapata, 903-530-3639; or Julie Miller, 903-245-1223.

 

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