Diocesan News & Notes: January 6, 2015

Fullness of Truth Conference Returns
The Diocese of Tyler is pleased to announce that the Fullness of Truth Conference is returning to Tyler on Feb. 20-21. These conferences are among the best in the nation and we are extremely blessed to have one right here in Tyler! The topic for this year’s conference is “Why the Cross: Suffering and Salvation in Scripture.” Speakers include Fr. Leo Patalinghug (from the TV show ‘Grace Before Meals’), Dr. John Bergsma (professor of Theology and Sacred Scripture at Franciscan University) and Bishop Joseph Strickland. Tickets are on sale now at: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/why-the-cross-suffering-and-salvation-in-scripture-tyler-tx-tickets-14923986044

Week of Prayer for Those Affected by Abuse
As part of the Diocese of Tyler’s Safe Environment Program, Bishop Strickland has decreed that all parishes are to offer prayers for those affected by abuse during the week of Jan. 10-16, 2015.  The prayers can be found on our Safe Environment Program web site.  For questions or more information, contact Fr. Gavin Vaverek.

Jan. 22 Roe vs. Wade Anniversary and Nine Days for Life
On January 22 our nation will mark the 42nd anniversary of Roe v. Wade, the Supreme Court decision that made abortion legal throughout the U.S. Since that tragic decision, more than 56 million children’s lives have been lost to abortion, and many suffer that loss — often in silence.  Join thousands of Catholics across the country coming together in prayer for a “culture of life” from Saturday, January 17 –  Sunday, January 25! For assistance or more information about efforts in the Diocese of Tyler, contact Fr. Gavin Vaverek or Fr. Nolan Lowry.

Roe vs. Wade Anniversary Resources:
http://www.usccb.org/about/pro-life-activities/respect-life-program/2014/resources-for-observing-the-42nd-anniversary-of-roe-v-wade.cfm

Nine Days for Life Resources:
http://www.usccb.org/about/pro-life-activities/january-roe-events/nine-days-of-prayer-penance-and-pilgrimage.cfm

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Bridging the Gap: Faith Formation for Special Needs
The Office of Faith Formation will host a series of workshops for catechists, parents/caregivers, faith formation leaders and clergy to help to understand the diagnosis of Autism, Down Syndrome, Tourette’s Syndrome, ADD,  ADHD, Sensory Processing Disorders, and others and how to welcome them into relationship with God. The first workshop is Jan. 10. 

Communications Survey
The Diocese of Tyler is conducting a survey to help determine the best way to communicate with the faithful as we move forward. Your responses will help us plan future communications tools for Bishop Strickland and the diocese. To complete the survey, visit:http://www.dioceseoftyler.org/survey. The survey will also appear in the January issue of the Catholic East Texas.

Daughters of Divine Hope Monthly Clergy Mass
Part of the apostolate of the Daughters of Divine Hope is to offer a Mass once a month for the bishops and priests who have ordination anniversaries and birthdays, for the deacons who have ordination anniversaries and for the deceased clergy. The celebration of the Mass for January will be on Monday, January 12th at 11:30 at the Cathedral of the Immaculate Conception, 423 S. Broadway, Tyler, TX. This celebration is followed by lunch in the Cathedral Center. The Daughters of Divine Hope invite you to join with us in this celebration and luncheon and to pray with us for our bishops, priests, deacons, and seminarians.

Clergy honored in January: Most Rev. Edmond Carmody, Rev. Jorge Dinguis, Rev. Stephen J. Duyka, Rev. Daniel I. Gonzalez, Rev. Peter McGrath, Rev. Matthew Stehling, Rev. Augustine Tharappel, MSFS, Rev. Joby Cheradal Thomas, Rev. Jesudoss Thomas, STL, Deacon Martin Flynn, Deacon Martin Garcia, Deacon Juan Huerta, Deacon John T. Milton, Deacon Sam Mullen, Deacon John Shaffer, and Deacon Stephen Summers.  We also pray for Deacon Anthony George, Deacon Allen C. Breaux, and Rev. Greg Fay, O.P., may they rest in peace.

Future Mass Dates 2015: February 9, March 9, April 13