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A Change is Happening

Over the past several weeks Bishop Strickland and I have been in conversation about my transfer from our parish.  This week I received a letter assigning me as Pastor of St. Mary’s in Longview.  This change will be effective August 1st.   

Fr. Patrick Hartnett has been assigned as the new Pastor our OLOS.  He will begin here on August 1st as well.  Fr. Patrick is a wonderful priest who has been ordained four years.  He is currently serving as Parochial Vicar at St. Michael’s in Mount Pleasant.  He was ordained for our diocese and was born in Ireland.  He has been well-loved by the people of St. Michael’s and will add greatly to OLOS. 

Change is always very hard.  For the past ten years you have all been my family.  We have been together for many marriages, births, illnesses, family turmoil and deaths.  You have been very patient and kind to me as well as very forgiving of my faults. I will be here at OLOS through July.  If possible I may be away for a few days for rest and prayer before taking on the new challenge. If you would like to visit or call please do so. 

You are all very dear to me. 

With Confidence in Christ,




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Stuff the Van

Help us help children with our annual “Stuff the Van” event. Binder paper, pencils and 24 count Crayola crayons.  Our goal is 600 boxes of Crayons.  For each of the past nine years of the Jacksonville CHamber of Commerce's Back to School Fair we have hhelped more than 600 students and their families.

Please bring your crayons to the parish office or to mass on Sundays.


I Love My Parish Yard Signs


How can we evangelize? By simply saying who we are. These yard signs can show our Catholic faith is deeply embedded in our community. Please buy at least one and place it in your yard or place of business.


            They are $15 each. Order forms are at the entrance of the church. We will order and you can make your donation when they arrive.



Who are the Ladies of LaSalette?


We are the parish ladies who Father calls upon to assist in spiritual advancement of its membership; to unite women of the parish in religious, educational, social, and service activities; and to serve as the agency through which the women of the parish shall participate in the diocesan program of the Lay Apostolate by affiliation with the Tyler Diocesan and National Council of Catholic Women.

We would also welcome YOU as a NEW MEMBER. Please consider joining!


Summer Lunch Program for Children:

The summer is hot and many of the children who come may have nothing else to do.

Would you like to help provide lunch to children one day a week?  The meals are already prepared, we distribute them as the children arrive.  This year we will again be playing age and content appropriate movies for the children. 

            Drivers will also be needed to use our parish van to pick up and return the children home.  Our times of service are from 11:30 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.



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Join us Thursday nights at 6:30 p.m. in the Parish Hall http://www.wordonfire.org/Home.aspx

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