Que Pasa: News and Notes for June 1

Msgr. John Flynn

Bishop Joseph E. Strickland will celebrate Mass Monday, June 5, at 6 p.m. at St. Mary Magdalene Church in Flint commemorating Msgr. John Flynn’s 65th anniversary of priestly ordination. Msgr. Flynn, a native of Ireland, came to the Diocese of Tyler from the Archdiocese of San Antonio and has served this diocese in a number of parishes as well as on the Tribunal. Now retired from active ministry, he is in residence at St. Mary Magdalene.

Bishop Strickland has released a new pastoral constitution designed to guide the teaching of the Catholic Faith in the Diocese of Tyler for the next 30 years. The constitution was promulgated to the Diocese in the May edition of the Catholic East Texas magazine and can be downloaded here.

The Daughters of Divine Hope religious community invites all to the following Masses to be celebrated throughout the diocese in June to honor priests and deacons with ordination anniversaries this month. Masses will be celebrated on the following dates in the following churches: Thursday, June 1, 12:05 p.m., Chapel of Sts. Peter and Paul, Tyler; Saturday, June 10, 5:30 p.m., St. Patrick Church, Lufkin; Sunday, June 11, 10:30 a.m., St. Matthew Church, Longview; Sunday, June 18, 9 a.m., St. Patrick Church, Lufkin; Tuesday, June 20, 7 p.m., St. Matthew Church (Spanish); Saturday, June 24, 5 p.m., St. Kateri Tekakwitha Church, Buffalo; Sunday, June 25, 11:15 a.m., St. Kateri Tekakwitha Church, Buffalo (Spanish).

Catholic Charities-Diocese of Tyler in conjunction with Catholic Charities-Dallas is launching a long-term recovery assistance effort for victims of the recent tornadoes that swept through East Texas with devastating effect. Catholic Charities will have disaster case managers on site at St. Therese Church in Canton, in the parish hall, Tuesdays-Thursdays, through June 30, 9 a.m.-2 p.m. or by appointment, to discuss assistance options. St. Therese is at 885 First Monday Lane (FM 859), Canton, Texas 75103.To get to the church:

  • From State Highway 64, head west on Hwy, 64 to FM 859, just past the Civic Center in Canton, and turn right onto FM 859. The church is less than 1 mile on the left.
  • From Tyler on Interstate 20, take Exit 526 in Canton, turn left on FM 859 over the bridge. The church is approximately 1 mile on the right.
  • From Dallas on I20, take exit 526 in Canton, turn right on FM 859. St. Therese will be approximately 1 mile on the right.

For information, please call 972-246-6011 (if there is no answer, please leave a message) or email TornadoRelief@ccdallas.org.

Catholic Charities-Diocese of Tyler also has a Disaster Relief Fund to assist those affected by the tornadoes that devastated Canton and Emory, including St. John the Evangelist Church in Emory, on April 29. To donate to the relief effort, please see this web page.

Our seminarians are back for the summer and ready to take the field! Join them Sunday, June 11, at 5 p.m. for the Third Annual Seminarian Softball Classic. The game will be held Sunday, June 11, at Faulkner Park in Tyler. It’s a match-up of “Collars vs. Ties,” as our seminarians and clergy take on laymen. Bring your whole family for an afternoon of food, fun, and to meet our future priests! Gates open at 5 pm and Father Anthony McLaughlin will be throwing the ceremonial first pitch. For more information, or if you would like to bring a dish to share or are interested in playing, please contact Elizabeth Carlson at the Diocese of Tyler at 903-534-1077, ext. 161, or ecarlson@dioceseoftyler.org.


The Diocesan Office of Youth Evangelization is sponsoring the Diocesan Catholic Youth Conference for young people in grades 9-12 the weekend of July 7-9 at Tyler’s Harvey Hall Convention Center. The weekend’s theme is Elevate 2017: Where Heaven and Earth Collide. Featured guests will include Bishop Strickland, Alex Gotay, Tori Harris, Jason Dueterman, and Deacon Gary Treviño of St. Andrew Church in Lufkin. Musical guest is Agnus Dei. The weekend will offer young people an opportunity to be transformed by the presence of Christ in the sacraments and to deepen their faith through Mass and prayer. Registration is $75 by June 15, and $85 after that. For more information or to download the registration form, please see the DCYC web page.

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. The weekend will feature family activities, Mass and Adoration, formation opportunities, campfires, 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. Upcoming Marian days are Our Lady of Perpetual Help, June 27; Our Lady of Mount Carmel, July 16; and the Feast of the Assumption of Mary, Aug. 15. To see the suggested intentions and other dates of prayer, see the flyer here. For more information, email smcoter@gmail.com.

Catholic Charities-Diocese of Tyler is seeking volunteers for the Parish Nurse Ministry. Part-time RNs are wanted to practice within Catholic churches in East Texas, 8 hrs. 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-Diocese of Tyler offers free GED classes (High School Equivalency). Classes are 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.


St. Edward Church. Father Lowry will celebrate Mass for graduates of the Class of 2017 Saturday, June 3, at 5 p.m. A potluck dinner will follow.

El Pr. Lowry estara celebrando la Misa para los graduados – Clase del 2017, el Sabado 3 de Junio a las 5:00 p.m. Comida y convivencia despues de Misa.

We will have a Eucharistic procession Sunday, June 18, for the Solemnity of Corpus Christi. We will process from the church to the Henderson County Courthouse at 2 p.m. Bishop Strickland has asked every parish to establish the practice of a significant procession for the Solemnity of the Most Holy Body and Blood of Christ, commonly referred to as Corpus Christi Sunday.

Youth Night is the first and third Wednesday evening of each month, 6-8 p.m. To set up a reminder, text @youth2121 to 81010. For more information, contact us at mqhstedsyouth@gmail.com.

Registration for Totus Tuus, the summer youth faith formation program, will be June 18, June 25, and July 1 between the 10:30 a.m. and 12:30 p.m. Masses. Cost is $20 for 1 child, $35 for 2, and $50 for 3 or more. Payment is due at registration. We also are in need of volunteers to assist the Totus Tuus team. Please stop by during registration to volunteer.

The Faith Formation program here at St Edward is growing. As a result, we will be having CCD classes two nights each week to accommodate the growing numbers of children in our parish. In order to accomplish our need for twice as many classes, we are asking for help from you! We need teachers and classroom helpers. No experience is necessary, just bring your faith, hope, and love and we will do the rest. Please give this your prayerful consideration. For information or to volunteer, call Zoila Hunt, 903-292-5101.

The First Annual St. Edward’s Gala is seeking Silent Auction items. These items will be auctioned off at the Gala planned for October 14, 2017. The Silent Auction is a major part of the fundraising effort to raise money to help reduce the church debt. Any new item, with a value of $75 or more, is greatly appreciated. Items may include individual pieces or specific services. Examples might be: a gift basket for a romantic evening (wine, wine glasses, major food components, candles, plates), large items like tools or machinery, tickets to sporting and cultural events, services such as lawn maintenance, salon/spa services, or financial services, artwork, jewelry, quilts, sculptures, yard art, and gift cards with a value of $25 or more to be added to baskets or bundled together.

The Society of St. Vincent de Paul needs you. If you can volunteer 1-5 hours a week to serve your neighbors in need, please call 903-675-0076.


St. Catherine of Siena Church. We will have a Eucharistic Procession Sunday, June 18, for the Solemnity of Corpus Christi.

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.


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

We are offering young people of our parish an opportunity for learning outside of the regimentation of our schools with the St. Kateri Academy, inspired by the Montessori model, on Wednesdays from noon-6 p.m. (when Holy Mass begins). We will provide books and other materials, with a focus on the arts (writing, drawing, music, etc.), and offer a place where young people may spend some constructive hours this summer developing talents and skills while learning at their own pace. We need volunteers with Ethics and Integrity certification from noon-6 p.m. on Wednesday. This will require no actual teaching or instruction (unless you want!), but we cannot have activities for minors without proper supervision. Please consider picking one or two Wednesdays this summer and volunteering to be at the parish hall the entire time. Persons with teaching experience who would like to come and run learning activities are welcome to join us. For more information, please contact Father Bowlin.


St. Francis of the Tejas Church. We have daily Mass on Wednesdays, Thursdays, and Fridays at 8:30 a.m.

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


Nuestra Señora de Guadalupe Parroquia. 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.


St. John the Evangelist Church. We will have Adoration on First Friday, June 2, followed by Mass and youth group.

Sunday Masses will be celebrated at the church site in the temporary building at regular times. Mass in English is at 11 a.m., Mass in Spanish at 12:30 p.m. We hope to see you there!

In light of our current economic climate, some teens need financial assistance if they are to participate in the Diocesan Catholic Youth Conference July 7-9. Hence, a tremendous experience to grow in faith and community can be missed due to financial issues. You have an opportunity to help provide for these teens. The cost to attend the conference is $65. By giving a check (made out to “St. John the Evangelist”) or cash, you will directly affect teens’ lives by providing for their retreat experience. Simply write “Youth Retreat Sponsorship” on the memo line of your check. Put the check in the collection basket or give it to Monica Hughes or Maggie Conder. Contact Monica with any questions.

Bishop Joseph E. Strickland will celebrate confirmations June 10.


St. Mary Magdalene Church.

Registration for our Middle School Mission trip to Catholic Heart Work Camp in New Braunfels July 2-8 is open! This trip is for current 7th and 8th graders. See Brian for registration.

We have a large need for more volunteer help in our elementary, middle, and high school ministries. If you feel like you can contribute in any of these ministries, please pray about it and talk to Brian, our Children’s and Student Minister.

Registration for Vacation Bible School is open. VBS is June 17-21, 6-8 p.m. each day, with food available at 5:30 p.m. Cost is $35 per child, and $55 for families registering two or more children. Register at the church or online here.

St. Mary Magdalene Food Pantry serves 60-100 families per week and our costs for obtaining food from the East Texas Food Bank are normally $400-900 weekly. Please help support the Food Pantry and use the envelopes provided in the church with a check made out to St. Mary Magdalene Food Pantry.


St. Charles Borromeo Church. June 18 is the Solemnity of the Most Holy Body and Blood of Christ (Corpus Christi). We will have a Corpus Christi procession at the end of Mass that day, as requested by Bishop Strickland. This is a wonderful way to show our love and devotion to Jesus in the Blessed Sacrament.

The St. Charles Borromeo Food Pantry will be open Thursday, June 8, 9-11:30 a.m. for families needing help with groceries.

Bishop Strickland will be here on Wednesday, June 28, beginning at 6 p.m., for a special Holy Hour with Adoration and Benediction. Special guests will be our diocesan seminarians. After the service has concluded, there will be a meal honoring our seminarians in the Parish Hall. All parishioners are invited to take this opportunity to meet our seminarians and let them know that they are in our prayers. We need volunteers to bring sides and salads only. There is a sign-up sheet in the vestibule.

Eucharistic Adoration is every Wednesday from 6-7:30 p.m. Come spend a little time with Jesus!

Gun Barrel City

St. Jude Church. Vacation Bible School, “Cave Quest,” is June 12-16, 10 a.m.-2 p.m. each day. We will help children discover how to follow Jesus, the light of the world.

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. Our parish picnic is Saturday, June 4, noon-3 p.m. Join us for food, fun, prizes, and a cake walk!

The next parish council meeting is Wednesday, June 7, at 5:30 p.m.

Exposition is every Tuesday, 9:30 a.m.-4 p.m.


Immaculate Conception Church. June 2 is First Friday. We will have Mass at 9 a.m. followed by Benediction and Adoration until 11 a.m.

We will have a procession with the Blessed Sacrament around the church property Sunday, June 18, following the 9 a.m. Mass for the Solemnity of Corpus Christi. Bishop Strickland has asked every parish to establish the practice of a significant procession for the Solemnity of the Most Holy Body and Blood of Christ, commonly referred to as Corpus Christi Sunday.

The Men’s Club breakfast will be Sunday, June 4, after the 9 a.m. Mass.

The third Thursday Mass will be June 15 at 9 a.m. We will pray for an end to abortion.

The Immaculate Heart of Mary Conference of St. Vincent de Paul meets on Thursdays at 8 a.m. All are welcomed. Come help us 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.


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 of the school, 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.

St. Mary Church. The Totus Tuus summer formation program will be July 9-14.

St. Mary’s Teen Connection meets the first, second, and third Wednesdays of the month. Come join us, 7:30-9 p.m. in the parish hall, for fellowship, faith, food, and fun. Our pool party will be June 7, 2-7 p.m.

Midsummer Madness Service Week is June 12-17, 9 a.m.-4 p.m.

St. Mary’s Middle School Youth Group will meet on the 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!

The Adoration Chapel is open 24 hours, 7 days a week. Due to the number of openings, the Blessed Sacrament will be reposed on Wednesday, Thursday, and Saturday night at 10 p.m. It will reopen following the 7 a.m. Mass on Thursday, Friday, and Sunday at 12:30 pm. For more information or to volunteer, please call Sharon Milam at 903-753-9527 or Sheila Hargrave at 903-295-1728.

The St. Nicholas Bazaar is collecting 2017 Homemade Jams and Jellies. No need to wait until fall, bring your donations to the church office now. Please label jars and leave your name and number. Contact Margaret at 903-452-3474.

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. Enrollment is open for vacation Bible school, June 12-16. Cost is $10 per child and includes a T-shirt.

On Saturday, June 17, after the 5 p.m. Mass, we will have our Corpus Christi procession. All extraordinary ministers of Holy Communion are encouraged to plan this special event together to honor the Lord Jesus. Please contact the church office or Msgr. Xavier for more details.

The Solemnity of the Body and Blood of Jesus Christ is the weekend of June 17-18. As Jesus saves us by shedding his blood, let us save the lives of our brothers and sisters by donating our blood. Carter Blood Care will be at St. Matthew for a Blood Drive on Sunday, June 18, from 8:30 a.m.-2:30 p.m. For more info, please contact Eric Bartlett at 903-576-2552.

We will have a Teen ACTS Retreat July 20-23 for young people in grades 9-12. Cost is $130 per person, but don’t let financial hardship stand in the way. If you need assistance or more information, please contact Cyndi Starr at 903-720-3873 or Andrew Short at 903-235-3625.

Enrollment is open for faith formation for the year 2017-2018. Registration is $20 per child June-August, and $30 per child after August.

Our parish has a mobile app! Go to the App store or Google Play store and search for “St. Matthew Longview.” You will have everything you need for your personal spiritual growth, from our parish to the Vatican.


St. Andrew the Apostle Church. We are hosting a Burger Bingo event for the St. Mary Catholic Campus Ministry at Stephen F. Austin State University in Nacogdoches on Friday, June 9, at 6:30 p.m. in St. Andrew’s parish hall. Everyone is welcome to attend. The price is $40 per person, which includes a hamburger with all the fixings, beans, coleslaw/potato salad and tea/water. Beer and wine will also be available (2 free drinks per person included). Each attendee will receive one bingo card, good for all games, with an option to buy additional game cards. There will also be a dessert auction and a 50/50 raffle. All proceeds will go to building a Catholic student center at SFA. Tickets can be purchased at the St. Andrew church office (cash or check) or the St. Mary’s Catholic Campus Ministry office in Nacogdoches. To pay by credit card, please call 936-564-0661 or pay online here.

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

Godparents and parents who wish to have their children baptized must attend a baptism preparation class scheduled every second and third Friday of the month at 7 p.m. in Spanish. English classes are by appointment. All baptisms are held the third Saturday of the month at 11 a.m. Please contact the parish office 2-3 months prior to register. Please bring a copy of the child’s birth certificate.

Padres y Padrinos que desean tener a sus hijos bautizados deben atender dos clases de preparación bautismal. Serán cada segundo y tercer viernes del mes a 7 pm. Todos los bautismos se llevarán a cabo el tercer sábado del mes a 11am. Por favor llamar a la oficina 2-3 meses antes del bautismo. Traer una copia del certificado de nacimiento de su hijo.

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 here.

St. Patrick Church. June 2 is the First Friday of the month. We will have Adoration after the 9 a.m. Mass until the English Mass at 5:30 p.m. At 7 p.m., we will have a Holy Hour following the Spanish Mass at 7:30 p.m. Adoration continues until midnight. Please come and pray.

We need lectors for English Masses. If you are interested, please call Theresa Williamson at 936-635-0083. Training will be scheduled on Monday, June 12, 6:30-8:30 p.m. for all who have not been trained within the last two years. Training will be for lectors and Eucharistic ministers.

We will have a Eucharistic procession Sunday, June 10, at 10:15 a.m. for the Solemnity of Corpus Christi. Bishop Strickland has asked every parish to establish the practice of a significant procession for the Solemnity of the Most Holy Body and Blood of Christ, commonly referred to as Corpus Christi Sunday. The procession of the people following the Most Blessed Sacrament will begin in church and, weather permitting, proceed outdoors, staying mostly to the paved parking areas. All are invited to join. The purpose of such processions is to focus on the presence of Jesus Christ in the Blessed Sacrament. Those who have celebrated their first Communion in the past year are invited to be in the procession close to the Most Blessed Sacrament.

Father Vaverek will offer two adult faith formation classes in June and July. New Testament Early Christian Community, a basic Scripture course, will be offered Mondays and Wednesdays, June 19, 21, 26, and 28, 6:30-8:30 p.m. each evening. Introduction to the Catechism: Appreciating the Catechism of the Catholic Church will be offered Saturday, July 15 and 22, 9 a.m.-2 p.m. each day. Classes will be in the Faith Formation Building. Cost is $5 for a small lunch. For information or to register, contact Oralia Aguilar at 936-634-6833 or myorojas5@gmail.com. The parish will cover the cost for catechists.

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.


Mary Queen of Heaven Church. Join the Council of Catholic Women for a Mexican dinner and to welcome Father Morgan White Sunday, June 4, after Mass. All proceeds will benefit the building fund.

The next meeting of the Council of Catholic Women will be Sunday, June 21, after Mass. All women of the parish are invited to attend.

If you would like to make a donation for the flowers at the altar in honor/memory of loved ones, please contact Pat Rummel or the church office.

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.


St. Joseph Church. Vacation Bible School is June 26-30, 6:30-9 p.m. each evening at St. Joseph School. Help is needed in all areas. Please consider helping to assure a successful and faith-filled experience for our children. Please contact the church office for more information.

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.

Mission Marshall needs volunteers for its Summer Food Program. They need teams of three people to serve children lunch from noon-1 p.m., Monday-Friday. First Baptist Church, 405 W. Austin St., is hosting Summer Feeding this year. Individuals and groups may sign up. For information or to volunteer, contact Mission Marshall at 903-472-4944 or foodpantry@missionmarshall.org. See the Mission Marshall website here.


St. Peter the Apostle Church. We will honor our seniors graduating from area high schools or college at Masses on Sunday, June 4.

Lifetouch Photography will be here June 15, 16, and 17 to take portraits.

The Knights of Columbus are offering one $500 scholarship to the best-qualified high school graduate of the Class of 2017. Applications are available at the church office or in the church vestibule. Applications must be returned no later than June 16. All St. Peter the Apostle graduating seniors are encouraged to apply.

Se otorgará una beca de $500 al major graduado calificado de la escuela secundaria 2017. Las solicitudes están ahora disponibles en la oficina de la iglesia o en el vestibule de la iglesia. Las solicitudes deben ser devueltas para el 16 de junio. Todas las personas graduadas de San Pedro Apóstol son alentado a aplicar.

Totus Tuus, the summer youth formation program, will be June 25-July 1. Children and youth of the parish will learn about the love of God through exciting and fun activities. A team composed of members from different parishes will lead the program and inspire young people to become more loving and obedient sons and daughters of God. We need volunteers from different organizations to help with food and snacks. Please call the office to volunteer.

Por favor, informe a la oficina tan pronto como sea posible de cualquier persona que se gradúe para la universidad o la preparatoria esta primavera. Queremos honrarlos durante la misa de 9:00 AM el 3 de junio.

The next Knights of Columbus meeting is June 8 at 7 p.m.

The Ladies Guild will meet June 14 at 11 a.m.

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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.


St. Mary’s Chapel, Stephen F. Austin State University. St. Andrew Church in Lufkin is hosting a Burger Bingo event for our Catholic Campus Ministry Friday, June 9, at 6:30 p.m. in St. Andrew’s parish hall. Everyone is welcome to attend. The price is $40 per person, which includes a hamburger with all the fixings, beans, coleslaw/potato salad and tea/water. Beer and wine will also be available (2 free drinks per person included). Each attendee will receive one bingo card, good for all games, with an option to buy additional game cards. There will also be a dessert auction and a 50/50 raffle. All proceeds will go toward building our new center. Tickets can be purchased at the St. Andrew office in Lufkin (cash or check) or the St. Mary’s Catholic Campus Ministry office in Nacogdoches. To pay by credit card, please call 936-564-0661 or pay online here.

Sacred Heart Church. The Bilingual Alliance of the Two Hearts Vigil will be June 2-3 in the Sacred Heart Mother Church following the 6 p.m. Mass with Adoration, MACTS, Nine Offices of the Sacred Heart, Eucharist Procession, and Midnight Mass for the Immaculate Heart of Mary. Contact Cynthia Vanzzini 560-6804.

St. Patrick’s Summer Academics Camp is June 12-20, 8 a.m.- 12:30 p.m.

Totus Tuus, the summer youth formation program, is June 11-16. Classes for PreK-K students are Monday-Friday, 9-11:15 a.m.; for students in grades 1-6, Monday-Friday, 9 a.m.-3 p.m.; and for students in grades 7-12, Sunday-Thursday, 7:30-9:30 p.m.

The Food Pantry Advisory Committee will meet Tuesday, June 6, 9-10 a.m.

Sacred Heart Outstanding Catholic Kids (SHOCK) youth group meets Wednesday nights, 6:45-8:30 p.m. Upcoming events include: Picnic at Pecan Park, June 20, noon-2 p.m.; DCYC pre-party for those attending DCYC, June 28; Putt-Putt, July 5 (tentative); Water Wars at Sacred Heart, July 12.

Todos los jóvenes mayores de 18 años en adelante que les gustaría vivir una experiencia inolvidable se les invita a vivir este encuentro. Se reunieran en el bosque atrás del salón San José en la Parroquia de Nuestra Señora de Guadalupe, en Tyler, Texas, el sábado, 3 de junio a las 8:00 de la tarde hasta el domingo a las 6:30 de la mañana del 4 de junio. No olviden sus pijamas y su sleeping bag! Para mas información: (903) 830-2461.

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.


Sacred Heart Church. The Disabled American Veterans garage sale, co-sponsored by the Knights of Columbus and Ladies Auxiliary, is Saturday, June 3, 9 a.m.-2 p.m. at the KC hall. Donations will be accepted at the hall June 1-2, 9 a.m.-1 p.m. For more information, call Dan Dudik at 903-729-5758.

We will celebrate fathers at all Masses June 17-18. Remembrance envelopes are in the church vestibule and in the office. Place your donation in the basket or drop it off at the office.

Sacred Heart Catholic Radio is up and running! Tune in to FM 107.9 to hear God’s truth with clarity and charity.

Vacation Bible School is June 12-16, 6-8:30 p.m. each evening. Registration forms are available in the office. Cost is $5 per child.

Adult Christian Initiation classes are held each Wednesday, 6-8 p.m. in the Activity Building.


Sacred Heart Church. First Friday is June 2. We will have Mass at 9 a.m., followed by Adoration until 12:30 p.m.

Totus Tuus, the summer formation program for children and youth, is June 11-17, with classes for children in grades 106 during the day and for youth in grades 7-12 in the evening.

Vacation Bible School is July 23-27.

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.

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.


St. Gregory Cathedral School. Registration for the 2017-2018 academic year is open. St. Gregory is the oldest operating private school in Tyler, serving children in grades PreK3-5, with a rich history of systematic faith formation, academic excellence, and Christian service. It is a welcoming environment for students of widely varied socioeconomic backgrounds, faith traditions, and ethnicity. St. Gregory has the distinction of being a three-time U.S. Department of Education Blue Ribbon school, earned by scoring in the top 15 percent of the nation on national standardized tests, one of the very few in the nation to achieve this honor. We are a Catholic community, tied to the Cathedral of the Immaculate Conception, but welcome all faith traditions as we build a strong educational foundation within a Christian environment. For more information, call the school at 903-595-4109, or see the website.

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 U.S. Department of Education Blue Ribbon school; 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 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. John Paul the Great Catholic Campus Ministry, University of Texas at Tyler. The Lamb’s Supper: The Mass of Heaven on Earth is a summer book study for college students, every Wednesday evening, beginning with Mass at 5:30 p.m., in the Chapel of Sts. Peter and Paul on the Bishop Gorman Schools campus.

Cathedral of the Immaculate Conception. We have a need for volunteers to visit the sick and bring them Holy Communion in our community. If you are interested in finding out more about this grace-filled ministry dedicated to bringing Jesus Christ, in the form of the Most Holy Eucharist, to those parishioners who cannot come to church to worship with the community, please contact Tammy Michaelsen 903-780-6898.

St. Veronica’s Compassionate Sewers will meet Wednesday, June 21, 9 a.m.-4 p.m. in the St. Paul Meeting Room in the Chancery in Tyler, 1015 ESE Loop 323. We will be making prayer shawls and lap blankets. Come for a little while, an hour, half a day, or longer. If you can use a pair of scissors, you can be a Compassionate Sewer! Sewing Days are LDL: Let’s do lunch. Bring a sack lunch or enjoy a local restaurant.

The Lamb’s Supper: The Mass of Heaven on Earth is a summer book study for college students, every Wednesday evening, beginning with Mass at 5:30 p.m., in the Chapel of Sts. Peter and Paul on the Bishop Gorman Schools campus.

Many people claim the Catholic faith is “unbiblical.” Come to our one-time class to learn how to show how many of our Catholic beliefs are rooted in scripture. Dr. Allison Low will answer the common questions asked by non-Catholics and teach how to evangelize to our fellow Christian brothers and sisters. The class will be Wednesday, June 21, 7 p.m. in the Cathedral Center.

Vacation Bible School is June 5-9, 9 a.m.-noon.

Come and have an adventure while exploring the Documents of the Second Vatican Council June 14-16, in the Cathedral Center, 6:30-8:30 p.m. each evening. Please register before June 9. To register or for more information, please contact Veronica Lemus at 903-952-1617, ext. 117, or vlemus@thecathedral.info.

The Senior Lunch Bunch will meet Wednesday, June 21, for 12:05 Mass at the Chapel of Saints Peter and Paul. After Mass we will meet at 1836 Texas Kitchen, 2467 Crow Rd. We invite all seniors to join us. Call 903-259-0995 for more information.

National Directory for Catechesis sessions will be offered July 12, 13, and 14, 6:30-8:30 p.m., in the Cathedral Center. Please register before July 7. To register or for more information, please contact Veronica Lemus at 903-952-1617, ext. 117, or email vlemus@thecathedral.info.

Baptism Preparation classes in English will be held on July 10 and 17, 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. We are already looking toward next year and how we can be more helpful for families that have a child with special needs and wish some help for their child’s faith formation. If you have any suggestions of how we could adapt for your family in a better way or if you would be willing to serve on a committee to enrich and grow our special needs program here at the Cathedral, please contact Peggy Hammett, Director of Faith Formation at 903-592-1617, ext. 119, or 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. Please join us in prayer in front of Planned Parenthood on First Friday, June 2, 9-10:30 a.m. at the corner of South Broadway and Amherst. Drop in for a few minutes or the whole time! Whatever you can do is greatly appreciated. Call John Bezner with any questions at 214-790-2750.

Calling all men, if you are 18 years of age or older, to attend a Men’s Group meeting Wednesday, June 7. The Men’s Group is geared toward strengthening Catholic manhood. The evening will begin with Holy Mass at 6:30 p.m., followed by a meal, fellowship, and a talk by Father Valentine in the parish hall. If you have any questions, please contact Kevin Kukla at 972-890-5760.

June 2 is First Friday. We will have Mass at 11 a.m., Exposition of the Blessed Sacrament at 5:45 p.m., with opportunities for confession, Benediction at 6:45 p.m., and Mass at 7 p.m.

June 3 is First Saturday. We will have Exposition of the Blessed Sacrament, with opportunities for confession, at 7:45 a.m., Benediction at 8:45 a.m., and Mass at 9 a.m.

It’s now even easier to connect with and get important updates about the parish. Text BVM to 84576 and follow instructions. For emails, visit the signup page here.


Prince of Peace Church. We will have a Catechists’ Meeting Thursday, June 1, at 6:30 p.m. in the Parish Hall. Please plan to attend this important meeting to review our program of this year and plan for next year. All catechists are expected to participate.

Family Day is Saturday, June 10, 11 a.m.-3 p.m. This is a family event. Children must be accompanied by their parents. Children alone will not be accepted. Please register your children with Sister Bernadette.

Please support our church by purchasing your Brookshire’s, Walmart and other gift cards in the vestibule of the church.


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