Solemnity of Mary, Mother of God
The Universal Church celebrates Our Lady under her title of Mother of God on Jan. 1. This is a holy day of obligation for the faithful. Additionally, two opportunities for plenary indulgences are provided to the faithful and pastors may choose to recite these prayers publicly following Holy Mass on the days indicated:

Te Deum. PLENARY INDULGENCE when recited publicly on the last day of the year (Dec. 31). Otherwise a partial indulgence is granted to those who recite theTe Deum in thanksgiving.

Veni, Creator Spiritus (Come, Holy Spirit, Creator Blest). PLENARY INDULGENCE if recited on the first of January (Jan. 1)  or on the feast of the Pentecost. Otherwise, a partial indulgence is granted to those who recite it.

Youth ministry in the Diocese of Tyler will have a new focus and energy with the addition of Mark Knox as the diocese’s full-time Director of Youth Ministry, Bishop Joseph E. Strickland has announced.

Knox, who will begin his duties in Tyler in January, comes to the diocese with almost ten years of experience in youth ministry. Most recently, he managed the youth and young adult programs for Good Shepherd Catholic Church in Colleyville, Texas.

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 http://dioceseoftyler.org/pages.php?id=177.

Advent is the season of “remembering” and “waiting” for the King.  Christ, the Light of the World, has already come, but we are still waiting for Him to come again.  Advent is a type of “bridge” connecting the first and second comings of Jesus Christ.  Like the season of Advent, the holy Mass is also a bridge between the two comings of Christ — but it is a more perfect connection.  This form of Catholic worship was not invented by the Catholic Church.  The Eucharist was instituted by Christ at the Last Supper, ratified by His death and resurrection, and extends His real, true, substantial presence until the end of time when He will return in glory.  History and the writings of the early Church Fathers confirm that the Mass was the way the earliest Christians worshipped God.  Although the form, gestures, and some externals have developed over the centuries, the essentials of the Mass have remained the same.  St. Justin Martyr, writing in the second century, attests that a “proclamation of the word” and a “breaking of the bread” were present in the earliest Eucharistic liturgies.

‘Besides this you know what hour it is, how it is full time now for you to wake from sleep. For salvation is nearer to us now than when we first believed” (Rm 13:11).

For us Catholics, the new Liturgical Year commences with the first Sunday of Advent. In this new liturgical year, the Church not only wishes to indicate the beginning of a period, but the beginning of a renewed commitment to the faith by all those who follow Christ, the Lord. This time of prayer and path of penance that is so powerful, rich and intense, endeavors to give us a renewed impetus to truly welcome the message of the One who was incarnated for us. In fact, the entire Liturgy of the Advent Season, will spur us to an awakening in our Christian life and will put us in a ‘vigilant’ disposition, to wait for Our Lord Jesus who is coming.