Que Pasa: News and Notes for June 14

Bishop Joseph E. Strickland will ordain Dr. Martin Ahiaba to the transitional diaconate Sunday, July 9, at 5 p.m. at St. Mary Magdalene Church in Flint. Martin is currently studying for the priesthood at Notre Dame Seminary in New Orleans. He recently completed a Ph.D. in systematic theology from Duquesne University. All in the diocese are invited to join in this special day.

The Alliance of the Holy Family International (AHFI) is sponsoring a visit of the International Centennial Pilgrim Image of Our Lady of Fatima to parishes in the Diocese of Tyler in celebration of the 100th anniversary of Our Lady’s apparition to three shepherd children at Fatima, Portugal, in 1917. The visit has the theme, The Urgent Call for Prayer and Reparation: The Appeal of Our Lady of Fatima. The statue, one of six blessed by Pope Francis in January for travel to six continents, will visit:

  • The Cathedral of the Immaculate Conception, Tyler, July 21, 5 p.m., until July 22, noon;
  • The Shrine of Our Lady of Mt. Carmel in St. Peter Claver Church, Tyler, July 22, 6 p.m., until July 23, 2 p.m.;
  • Our Lady of Victory Church, Paris, July 24, 5 p.m., until July 25, 10 a.m.;
  • St. Mary Church, Longview, July 25, 5 p.m., until July 26, 9:15 a.m.;
  • Sacred Heart Church, Nacogdoches, July 26, 5 p.m., until July 27, 8:30 a.m.

The campaign to each continent featuring the pilgrim images is based on the appeal communicated via Sister Lucia, the primary visionary of Fatima, which was focused on penance and prayer. Missionaries will accompany the statues to parishes and other venues where families will be invited to participate in the Fatima devotions of prayer and reparation.

The Daughters of Divine Hope invite all to the following Masses to be celebrated around the diocese throughout June to honor priests and deacons with ordination anniversaries this month. Masses will be celebrated on the following dates in the following churches: 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 has established 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 webpage.

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, 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 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. Theme of the weekend is Elevate 2017: Where Heaven and Earth Collide, and it will feature speakers, musicians, Mass, and prayer. Early registration runs through May 15, with a cost of $65. After that date, cost rises to $75 by June 15, and $85 after that. For more information or to download the registration form, please see this webpage.

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 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 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.

Athens

St. Edward Church. We will have an altar server training for boys ages 7-18 Saturday, June 17, 9 a.m.-noon. This training is for boys only. Girls are asked to come to the training for the “Maidens of the Altar.” For more info, please talk to Father Lowry.

Practica para los niños el sábado, 17 de junio, 9:00 am a 12:00 del mediodía, habrá una capacitación para los niños de 7-18 años para servir en la Misa como monaguillo. Esta capacitación es sólo para varones. Las niñas están invitadas a venir a la capacitación para la “Las Servidoras del Altar.” Para más información, por favor hable con Fr. Lowry.

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. Father Lowry would like all who received their sacraments of first Eucharist and confirmation to participate, wearing first Communion outfits.

Seminarian Nick Nappier will be leading a bible study for the youth on Wednesdays during the summer, 11-11:45 a.m. The youth will be able to attend the noon Mass afterwards. Please encourage our teenagers to attend!

El Seminarista Nick Nappier estara guiando un studio sobre la biblia para los jóvenes los miércoles durante el verano, de 11:00am-11:45am. Después los jóvenes podrán asistir a la Misa de las 12:00 del mediodía . Por favor anime a nuestros adolescentes para que asistan!

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. 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.

Atlanta

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

The Loaves & Fish pantry here at St. Catherine now needs for the summer: juices (large and small containers), cereals, canned meats, and chili, crackers, preserves and jams, small bags of sugar, bags of potatoes, even Gatorade and gelatin. We could use some perishables like cheese and cold cuts for sandwiches. Please bring to church on any weekend and the ladies will organize them in the kitchen pantry. Seasonal fruit is always a plus for the families.

Buffalo

St. Kateri Tekakwitha Church. The parish pilgrimage to San Antonio is June 26-29.

We are offering the youth 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.

Crockett

St. Francis of the Tejas Church. We will be honoring all fathers of our parish with a Potluck Brunch Sunday, June 18, after the 8:30 a.m. Mass. Please bring your delicious dish to the Parish Hall before Mass. All are welcome.

Estaremos honrando a todos los padres de nuestra parroquia con un Almuerzo que se celebrará 6-18-17 Después de la misa de 8:30 am. Por favor traiga su delicioso plato para el Salón Parroquial antes de la misa. Todos son bienvenidos.

If your youth is planning on going to the Youth Conference on July 7-9, we need the registration forms turned in soon so that transportation can be arranged. So far, we have 8 youths and two chaperones signed up.

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.

Diboll

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.

Flint

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.

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.

Frankston

St. Charles Borromeo Church. June 18 is the Solemnity of the Most Holy Body and Blood of Christ (Corpus Christi). We will hold 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.

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, we will have 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. Anyone planning to attend the meal is asked to bring a side dish of your choice.

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

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

Our gift shop is located in the parish hall to the right of the kitchen, in the hallway, across from the restrooms. It is generally open after weekend Masses. We carry a large selection of medals, holy cards, religious art and rosaries made by our own rosary group. If you have questions or need to place a special order, call Jean Kelly at 903-857-9868.

The rosary group meets every Friday after 9 a.m. Mass.

Jefferson

Immaculate Conception Church. 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.

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

We need three new dedicated, committed members on the parish council. If interested, please talk with Father Joe.

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.

Longview

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 Summer Catechists Camp is June 19-22, 26-29, in St. Mary’s Parish Hall. Please contact Lea Kottwitz at lkottwitz@stmaryslgv.org for more information. Registration forms are available in the Narthex.

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

Do you want to help the homeless in the Longview community? We are collecting 8″ squares, knitted or crocheted, to make blankets for the homeless. In order to have them ready, we need to be working on them now. Please knit or crochet squares of approximate­ly eight inches on each side, and donate to this cause. This can save lives. Squares may be left at the church office. For more infor­mation, and if you would like to volunteer to help put the squares together to make blankets, call Susan Wells 903-235-5693.

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. 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.

El Grupo de Oracion y Nueva Evangelizacion de la Iglesia de San Mateo en Longview TX. Los invita a su retiro anual de sanación. Viernes 30 de Junio, 6:00 P.M. – 9:30 P.M. Sábado 1 de Julio 8:00 A.M. – 6:45 P.M. Domingo 2 de Julio 8:00 A.M.  – 12:30 P.M. En el centro Familiar San Juan Pablo 2904 Arrow Lane  Longview, TX 75604. Para más información, 903-240-6035 o 903-371-7122. Tendremos Guarderia.

We will offer Marriage Preparation in Spanish on Saturday, June 24, at 8 a.m.  The cost is $50 per couple and includes materials and lunch. Please contact Deacon Joel Gonzalez to register, 903-841-3839.

Marriage Preparation in English will be offered on Saturday, July 8, at 8 a.m.  The cost is $50 per couple and includes materials and lunch.  Please contact Deacon Joe Bianca to register, 903-240-7812. These classes are open to all in the diocese, not just St. Matthew parishioners.

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. Cost by the end of May is $10 per child; June-August, $20 per child; 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.

Lufkin

St. Andrew the Apostle Church. 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.

Join us for our summer fundraiser, Loteria y Tamales (chicken tamales with rice and beans), Saturday, June 17, at 4 p.m. in Sacred Heart Church Gym in Nacogdoches. Loteria plus tamales plate is $25, Loteria is $20, tamales plates are $8. Loteria tickets include 20 games of Loteria with prizes from NacBurger, Glass Castles, Los 3 Potros, Botas Hernandez, Walmart, and more! This can be your opportunity on getting volunteer hours: Friday, June 16, tamale making and set-up at Sacred Heart, starting at 5 p.m., and Saturday, June 17, cooking begins at noon.

St. Patrick Church. Baptism classes are Thursday, June 15 (Spanish), 7-9 p.m., and Thursday, June 22 (English), 6-8 p.m. Parents and godparents are required to attend.

All ladies of the parish are invited to a Paint Party Tuesday, June 20, at St Andrew Church in John Paul II Parish Hall at 6 p.m. Cost is $30 and covers paint supplies Take home a masterpiece! An RSVP is required to jujubarr60@gmail.com. For more information contact Gail Nichols at nichols21575@aol.com or leave a message at 936-414-1031.

Vendor applications for the Gift and Craft Fair are in the church office.

We will have a Eucharistic procession Sunday, June 18, 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.

Malakoff

Mary Queen of Heaven Church. 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.

Marshall

St. Joseph Church. The Knights of Columbus social is Monday, June 19, at 7 p.m., in Meyer Hall. Please bring a covered dish.

The Senior Citizen Lunch is Wednesday, June 21, at noon in the parish hall. Please join us for food, fun, and fellowship.

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. All those preparing to receive first Communion and confirmation are required to come as this is your sacramental preparation for June.

We have adult faith formation Sundays at 9 a.m. in the parish hall.

We are looking for a team of adults to help organize activities for our youth ages 13-18 for the summer. If you would like to help, please see Msgr. Zach.

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.

Mineola

St. Peter the Apostle Church. 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.

St. Peter’s Outreach meeting will be July 3 at 6 p.m.

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.

Mount Vernon

Sacred Heart Church. If you would like to donate flowers for the altar please contact volunteers Marie LaTortue and Linda Edmondson.

Marisol Ramirez and Jaqueline Castro will be competing as candidates for queen for Sacred Heart Catholic Church. They will have different activities to raise funds for our church. We ask your support given that all funds will be for the church.

We have Zumba classes Monday-Friday, 6-7 p.m. in the Family Life Center. Cost is $10 per person per week. Funds will be for the Building Maintenance.

Nacogdoches

Sacred Heart Church. 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.

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.

St. Mary’s Chapel, Stephen F. Austin State University. Save the date for the annual St. Mary’s Catholic Jacks Spirit Brunch, Saturday, Oct. 21, at 10:30 a.m. in Ganter Hall, 211 E. College, Nacogdoches, 75965. Sprit Brunch is the annual fundraiser for Catholic campus ministry at Stephen F. Austin State University.

Palestine

Sacred Heart Church. 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.

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

Texarkana

Sacred Heart Church. Vacation Bible School is July 23-27.

We need adorers for Mondays, 2-3 a.m., Tuesdays, 1-2 a.m., and Saturdays, 4-5 a.m. If you would like a time or to be a substitute, please call Victoria Shelton, 903-831-9933, or David Blanton, 903-278-0244.

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.

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.

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.

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. The Corpus Christi Procession will be Sunday, June 18, at 3 p.m. stating in the Cathedral and will process on Front St., College, Houston, and Broadway to end back in the Cathedral. Please join us in this beautiful tradition.

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 how to evangelize to our fellow Christian brothers and sisters. The class will be Wednesday, June 21, 7 p.m. in the Cathedral Center.

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. We will have our first ever Friday Afternoon Adoration, following the 11 a.m. Holy Mass until 7 p.m. on Friday, June 23, the Feast of the Sacred Heart of Jesus. Come and respond to the initial request of Our Redeemer in the Garden: “Could you not watch one hour with me.” Let us put ourselves aside and give Him our attention, our love, our reparation, our adoration and our gratitude. To sign up for a time, see this page. For information, please contact Monica Lewis, 903-352-7079 or mrs.monica.lewis.1977@gmail.com.

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.

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.

Whitehouse

Prince of Peace Church. We need help with the ministry to the sick, the homebound, and those in nursing homes. Please call the Church Office or talk with Fr. Gus if you are interested in helping.

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

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