News & Notes: December 9, 2014

Our Lady of Guadalupe Photo Album
Please email us your parish’s photos of church and statue decorations, processions and special events from your celebration of the Feast of Our Lady of Guadalupe so that we can create a special online photo album to honor Our Lady.  Send your photos toThis email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

Year of Consecrated Life Web Site
The Diocese has created a special page for Consecrated Life as part of the world-wide celebration of religious this year.  The page will be continually updated with resources for parishes to use.  Please visit

Retirement Reception for CET Editor Jim D’Avignon
Bishop Strickland will host a retirement reception onSaturday, December 13, at the Cathedral Center from1:00 pm to 2:30 pm to honor Jim D’Avignon and his 20 years of service to the Dioceseand the Catholic East Texas. This is an informal event and all are encouraged to stop by and say thank you and farewell.

To the Heart: Diocese of Tyler Youth Retreat
High School-aged students from across the Diocese ofTyler are invited to attend the 2015 “To the Heart” Retreat, sponsored by the diocesan Office of Youth Ministry. The theme “To the Heart” is to not only to focus on keeping Christ in our heart, but also to live out our baptismal call as Catholics to witness to the truth from our hearts that are filled by the Holy Spirit. This is why we pray, “Come, Holy Spirit, fill the hearts of your faithful…” The retreat will be held January 2-4, 2015, at The Pines Catholic Camp near Big Sandy.  The cost is $100 per attendee. Information and registration information is here.

Three Diocesan Schools Seek Principals
Three schools in the Diocese of Tyler are currently looking to fill positions for principals for the 2015-16 academic year.  Job descriptions, requirements and contact information can be found on the Catholic Schools web site.

Marriage Prep Dates Announced
Deacon Jerry & Mary Besze have announced the following upcoming Marriage Prep dates:

January 31, 2015 from 8:00-5:00
May 16, 2015 from 8:00-5:00
English:   Catholic Chancery, Tyler
Spanish:  Our Lady of Guadalupe Church, Tyler

Diocesan Marriage Preparation Weekend Retreat
March 6, 7, 8 2015
Wellspring Spirituality Center, Whitehouse

For further information and registration, contact the
Marriage & Family Life Office
903 534 1077, ext 165, 166 orThis email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Bridging the Gap: Faith Formation for Special Needs
The Office of Faith Formation will host a workshop 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. For more information, see this flyer.

YWAM Kerygma Events
The Kerygma Texas ministry has several upcoming retreats and events.  Please visit their web site for more information:

Jan. 22 Roe vs. Wade Anniversary
The USCCB Pro-Life Committee is developing the following page as a resource as dioceses around the country gear up for prayer on Jan. 22. Additional materials will be added in the coming weeks.

Canonical Marriage Advocate Training
Fr. John Gomez, JCL, has announced training opportunities for tribunal advocates beginning in January.  These sessions are for those interested in serving as canonical advocates for marriage.  The sessions are also open to all clergy to help refresh our knowledge about the Church’s laws and processes regarding marriage.  For more information, see this