In his first year as pastor at St. Mary’s in Longview, Fr. Mark Kusmirek has focused on a traditional Catholic Christmas custom that he credits with first exposing him to the priesthood.
As of this Wednesday, the priests and deacons at St. Mary’s have visited the homes of almost 90 parish families for the traditional Epiphany blessing of homes. The custom recalls the visit of the Magi to the Christ Child.
Born in Barcelona, Spain, St. Raymond of Penafort was the third Superior-General of the Domincan Order. He is famous for his work in the freeing of slaves. He wrote five books of Decretals which are now a valuable part of the Canon Law of the Church. The Summa Casuum, which is about the correct and fruitful administration of the Sacrament of Penance, is the most notable of his works.
Courtesy of CatholicCulture.org Liturgical Year
By Francis X. Rocca Catholic News Service
VATICAN CITY (CNS) — Pope Francis condemned the killings of at least 12 people at the Paris offices of a satirical weekly newspaper Jan. 7 and denounced all “physical and moral” obstacles to the peaceful coexistence of nations, religions and cultures.
“The Holy Father expresses the firmest condemnation of the horrible attack,” said a statement from the Vatican spokesman, Jesuit Father Federico Lombardi, who added that the killings had deeply disturbed “all persons who love peace, well beyond the borders of France.”
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.
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.