The Ministry for Special Needs and Disabilities in the Diocese of Tyler has received a $5,000 grant from Our Sunday Visitor. The money will be used to provide materials and resources to parishes, as well as to continue raising awareness of the need for the ministry and formation for those involved.

“I’d like to thank Our Sunday Visitor for supporting the special needs ministry in our diocese and for helping us to continue expanding and improving it,” said Linda Porter, coordinator of the ministry for the Diocese of Tyler.

Bishop Joseph E. Strickland is calling on the clergy, religious, and lay faithful of the Diocese of Tyler to pray a 54-day Rosary Novena in support of his vision for a teaching diocese.

The Novena will begin on Aug. 15, the Solemnity of the Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary, and continue until Oct. 7, the Memorial of Our Lady of the Rosary.

“I recently outlined in my Constitution for Teaching the Catholic Faith a bold new vision for catechesis and evangelization in the Diocese of Tyler. My earnest hope is that we as a Diocese more boldly and effectively proclaim our faith in Jesus Christ and in the teachings of his Church. But for our efforts to bear fruit we must begin with prayer,” said Bishop Strickland. “Therefore, I invite all the people of the diocese to join me in praying a 54-Day Rosary Novena asking our Lady’s intercession for the Diocese of Tyler to become an outstanding teaching diocese in the service of the Lord.”

Bishop Joseph E. Strickland celebrated Mass of Christian Burial for Sister Mary John of the Precious Blood, OP, July 17 in the Chapel of the Monastery of the Infant Jesus in Lufkin.

Sister Mary John died July 14 in the monastery. She was 76.

She was born Helen Anne Molesworth to Anne Fetsch and Charles Henry Molesworth on Aug. 21, 1940, in Houston. She attended Holy Rosary Elementary School, St. Agnes Academy, and Sacred Heart Dominican College, all in Houston. Before entering the monastery, she taught at Holy Ghost Elementary and Corpus Christi Elementary, also in Houston.

There has been a change in itinerary for the centennial visit of the pilgrim statue of Our Lady of Fatima to the Diocese of Tyler July 21-27.

The statue will visit Our Lady of Fatima Church in Daingerfield July 24-25 instead of Our Lady of Victory Church in Paris.

The Alliance of the Holy Family International (AHFI) is sponsoring a visit of the International Centennial Pilgrim Image of Our Lady of Fatima to five 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.