(Below in Spanish / Abajo en español)

Marzo 24, 2024


Hosanna to the son of David: blessed is he who comes in the name of the Lord, the King of Israel. Hosanna in the highest.—Entrance Antiphon

Almighty ever-living God, who as an example of humility for the human race to follow caused our Savior to take flesh and submit to the Cross, graciously grant that we may heed his lesson of patient suffering and so merit a share in his Resurrection. Who lives and reigns with you in the unity of the Holy Spirit, one God, for ever and ever.—Collect

Through the Passion of your Only Begotten Son, O Lord, may our reconciliation with you be near at hand, so that, though we do not merit it by our own deeds, yet by this sacrifice made once for all, we may feel already the effects of your mercy. Through Christ our Lord.—Offertory Prayer

Father, if this chalice cannot pass without my drinking it, your will be done. (Mt 26: 42)—Communion Antiphon

Nourished with these sacred gifts, we humbly beseech you, O Lord, that, just as through the death of your Son you have brought us to hope for what we believe, so by his Resurrection you may lead us to where you call. Through Christ our Lord.—Prayer after communion




To give life to someone is the greatest of all gifts. To save a life is the next. Who gave life to Jesus? It was Mary. Who saved his life? It was Joseph. Ask St. Paul who persecuted him. Saint Peter who denied him. Ask all the saints who put him to death. But if we ask, “Who saved his life?” Be silent, patriarchs, be silent, prophets, be silent, apostles, confessors and martyrs. Let St. Joseph speak, for this honor is his alone; he alone is the savior of his Savior.—Blessed William Joseph Chaminade


7:30 PM (Saturday 3/23) +Elvia Torres; intention of the Torres Family

9:30 AM “pro populo”      

12:00 PM +Sylvia Meléndez; intention of the Meléndez Family.






Brothers and Sisters,

The journey we began on Ash Wednesday and the sacrifices we have made have led us to Holy Week. On Palm Sunday, after our Lord’s triumphant entrance into Jerusalem, we move directly into Holy Week, the most solemn time of the liturgical year. The Church asks us to enter more deeply into the Passion, Death, and Resurrection of Jesus Christ.   

 On Thursday, March 21st, we will celebrate the Chrism Mass at the Cathedral of the Immaculate Conception in Tyler.  At this Mass, the Sacred Chrism is consecrated, and the Oils of the Catechumens and the Sick are blessed. Through anointing, these blessed oils accompany each one of us from baptism to death. And at this Mass, priests from throughout the diocese renew the promises made at their priestly ordination.

On Holy Thursday, we begin the Paschal Triduum, comprised of Holy Thursday, Good Friday, and Holy Saturday.  The Mass of the Lord’s Supper celebrates the institution of the Holy Eucharist as Jesus’ Body and Blood.  It was on this night that Jesus gave us the gift of the priesthood. 

On Good Friday we commemorate the Passion of the Lord, which is a day to reflect on the suffering, Passion and Death of Jesus and on the saving power of the Cross.  On Holy Saturday night, we celebrate the Easter Vigil which marks the Resurrection of the Lord, Jesus Christ. This is the most solemn liturgy of the Church which begins with the blessing of the Easter fire and the lighting of the Easter candle. The paschal candle leads us into the dark church which is a sign of Christ dispelling the darkness of sin and conquering death. On this blessed night, the Church initiates new Christians, and we renew our baptismal promises to follow Christ – our hope and Resurrection!

I invite all to join in these solemn celebrations. May this Holy Week be a grace-filled time where we experience the mercy of God and the new life in Christ. 

Bishop Vásquez


Today is Palm Sunday of the Lord's Passion during which we commemorate Christ's entry into Jerusalem for the completion of the Paschal Mystery. In Liturgical Calendar preceding Vatican II, the Church celebrated Passion Sunday two Sundays before Easter, and then Palm Sunday was the beginning of Holy Week. The Church has combined the two to reinforce the solemnity of Holy Week.

The Palm Sunday procession is formed of Christians who, in the "fullness of faith," make their own the gesture of the Jews and endow it with its full significance. Following the Jews' example we proclaim Christ as a Victor... Hosanna to the Son of David! Blessed is He who comes in the Name of the Lord. But by our faith we know, as they did not, all that His triumph stands for. He is the Messiah, the Son of David and the Son of God. He is the sign of contradiction, acclaimed by some and reviled by others. Sent into this world to wrest us from sin and the power of Satan, He underwent His Passion, the punishment for our sins, but issues forth triumphant from the tomb, the victor over death, making our peace with God and taking us with Him into the kingdom of His Father in heaven.


The summit of the Liturgical Year is the Easter Triduum—from the evening of Holy Thursday to the evening of Easter Sunday. Though chronologically three days, they are liturgically one day unfolding for us the unity of Christ's Paschal Mystery.

The single celebration of the Triduum marks the end of the Lenten season, and leads to the Mass of the Resurrection of the Lord at the Easter Vigil.

The liturgical services that take place during the Triduum are:

  • Mass of the Lord's Supper
  • Good Friday of the Lord's Passion
  • Mass of the Resurrection of the Lord

Although Holy Thursday and Good Friday are not holy days of obligations, and your Sunday obligation can be fulfilled either Saturday evening (Easter Vigil) or Sunday of the Resurrection, we want to encourage you to participate in all these services. They are the zenith of our liturgical life. Everything we do during the whole year points to and it’s in anticipation of The Day composed of three days (the Paschal Triduum), and everything flows from it. Be generous with the Lord, giving him your heart by giving him your time.



March 28               HOLY THURSDAY

7:30 PM Mass of the Lord’s Supper, Bilingual, followed by adoration of the Blessed Sacrament until midnight.

March 29               GOOD FRIDAY      

3:00 PM Stations of the Cross, in English

6:00 PM Service of the Passion of the Lord (Bilingual).

7:30 PM Stations of the Cross, in Spanish

March 30 (Saturday)          EASTER VIGIL IN THE HOLY NIGHT

8:30 PM Bilingual

March 31               EASTER SUNDAY

9:30 AM English                     12:00 PM Spanish



Fasting = only one full meatless meal during the whole day. May take two snacks (ordinarily understood as two smaller meals that together should not equal another full meal).

Abstinence = No consumption of meat (red or white). Fish and other seafood is allowed.

WHO? All Catholics 18 to 59 are obliged to fast. All Catholics 14+ are obliged to practice abstinence.

Exceptions: pregnancy, serious health issues, or physical weakness that endangers safety. VERY IMPORTANT!

Intentionally and carelessly disregarding Church law concerning fasting and abstinence constitutes a grave sin that binds us to sincerely repent and go to the sacrament of confession to obtain absolution from a priest, before approaching the altar to receive Holy Communion.




Sacrament Preparation Classes

(Parents must attend with their children)


Tuesday, April 16  5pm-7pm

Thursday, April 18 5pm-7pm


Tuesday, April 23  5pm-7pm

Thursday, April 25 5pm-7pm


24 de marzo de 2024




7:30 PM (sábado 23/marzo) +Elivia Torres; intención de la Familia Torres

9:30 AM                 “pro populo”

12:00 PM                +Sylvia Meléndez; intención de la Familia Meléndez



Flores de Pascua


1ST $3,045



Hermanos y hermanas,

El camino que iniciamos el Miércoles de Ceniza y los sacrificios que hemos hecho nos han llevado a la Semana Santa. El Domingo de Ramos, después de la entrada triunfal de nuestro Señor en Jerusalén, pasamos directamente a la Semana Santa, el tiempo más solemne del año litúrgico. La Iglesia nos pide entrar más profundamente en la Pasión, Muerte y Resurrección de Jesucristo.

El jueves 21 de marzo celebraremos la Misa Crismal en la Catedral de la Inmaculada Concepción en Tyler. En esta Misa se consagra el Sagrado Crisma y se bendicen los Óleos de los Catecúmenos y de los Enfermos. A través de la unción, estos aceites benditos nos acompañan a cada uno de nosotros desde el bautismo hasta la muerte. Y en esta Misa, los sacerdotes de toda la diócesis renuevan las promesas hechas en su ordenación sacerdotal.

El Jueves Santo comenzamos el Triduo Pascual, compuesto por Jueves Santo, Viernes Santo y Sábado Santo. La Misa de la Cena del Señor celebra la institución de la Sagrada Eucaristía como Cuerpo y Sangre de Jesús. Fue en esta noche que Jesús nos dio el don del sacerdocio.

El Viernes Santo conmemoramos la Pasión del Señor, que es un día para reflexionar sobre el sufrimiento, Pasión y Muerte de Jesús y sobre el poder salvador de la Cruz. La noche del Sábado Santo celebramos la Vigilia Pascual que marca la Resurrección del Señor Jesucristo. Esta es la liturgia más solemne de la Iglesia que comienza con la bendición del fuego pascual y el encendido del cirio pascual. El cirio pascual nos lleva a la iglesia oscura, que es un signo de Cristo disipando las tinieblas del pecado y venciendo la muerte. En esta noche bendita, la Iglesia inicia a nuevos cristianos y renovamos nuestras promesas bautismales de seguir a Cristo: ¡nuestra esperanza y resurrección!

Invito a todos a unirse a estas celebraciones solemnes. Que esta Semana Santa sea un tiempo lleno de gracia donde experimentemos la misericordia de Dios y la vida nueva en Cristo.

Monseñor Vásquez


Hoy es Domingo de Ramos de la Pasión del Señor durante el cual conmemoramos la entrada de Cristo a Jerusalén para la consumación del Misterio Pascual. En el Calendario Litúrgico anterior al Vaticano II, la Iglesia celebraba el Domingo de Pasión dos domingos antes de Pascua, y luego el Domingo de Ramos era el comienzo de la Semana Santa. La Iglesia ha combinado ambos para reforzar la solemnidad de la Semana Santa.

La procesión del Domingo de Ramos está formada por cristianos que, en la "plenitud de la fe", hacen suyo el gesto de los judíos y le confieren todo su significado. Siguiendo el ejemplo de los judíos proclamamos a Cristo Vencedor... ¡Hosanna al Hijo de David! Bendito el que viene en el Nombre del Señor. Pero por nuestra fe sabemos, a diferencia de ellos, todo lo que representa su triunfo. Él es el Mesías, el Hijo de David y el Hijo de Dios. Él es el signo de la contradicción, aclamado por unos y denostado por otros. Enviado a este mundo para arrebatarnos del pecado y del poder de Satanás, sufrió Su Pasión, el castigo por nuestros pecados, pero sale triunfante de la tumba, vencedor de la muerte, haciendo las paces con Dios y llevándonos con Él a el reino de su Padre en el cielo.



JUEVES SANTO (28 de marzo)

7:30 PM Misa de la Cena del Señor, Bilingüe, seguida de adoración al Santísimo Sacramento hasta la medianoche.

VIERNES SANTO (29 de marzo)

3:00 PM                  Vía Crucis. Inglés

6:00 PM Servicio de la Pasión del Señor, bilingüe

7:30 PM Vía Crucis. Español


8:30 PM Bilingüe

DOMINGO DE PASCUA (31 de marzo)

9:30 a. m. inglés 12:00 p. m. español



Ayuno = sólo una comida completa sin carne durante todo el día. Puede (no tiene) tomar dos meriendas (comúnmente entendidos como dos comidas más pequeñas que juntas no deben equivaler a otra comida completa).

Abstinencia = No consumo de carne (roja o blanca). Se permite pescado y otros mariscos.

¿QUIENES? Todos los católicos desde los 18 hasta los 59 años están obligados a ayunar. Todos los católicos desde los 14 años en adelante están obligados a practicar la abstinencia.

Excepciones: embarazo, problemas de salud graves o debilidad física que ponga en peligro la seguridad.


Ignorar intencionada y descuidadamente la ley de la Iglesia sobre el ayuno y la abstinencia constituye un pecado grave que nos obliga a arrepentirnos sinceramente y acudir al sacramento de la confesión para obtener la absolución de un sacerdote, antes de acercarnos al altar para recibir la Sagrada Comunión.


Clases de preparación sacramental

(Los padres deben asistir con sus hijos)


Martes 16 de abril                5pm-7pm

Jueves 18 de abril               5pm-7pm


Martes 23 de abril                5pm-7pm

Jueves 25 de abril               5pm-7pm