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
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.
Most of us who grew up in this country were taught in American History that what made the United States of America great was that this country was founded on freedom and democracy. We have a Bill of Rights and a Constitution that guarantee certain rights that cannot be taken away. And our leaders are elected by us, the people. We are not governed by the monarchs of Europe. However, today’s feast is a reminder that ultimately we are not citizens of this world but adopted children in the kingdom of God. Jesus Christ is our King. But what does this mean?
Proclaiming Christ as King does not make us any less patriotic but rather asserts His supreme sovereignty over our lives while we are in this world. Of course, we must always choose the values of our faith over partisan politics, but the real meaning of this feast has very little to do with politics. A question to ask ourselves today is: Who or what is ruling my life? Now it can be easy to think that everything is going fine . . . “I go to church, so that’s something good at least.” Yes, attending Mass is a good thing to do, but our Lord tells us that at the Final Judgment, we will be judged by our attitudes and actions toward the “least of the brethren” (Mt 25:31-46). We also must remember that the King has an Enemy, and we must understand how this enemy operates. Satan beguiles us — deceives us — as he tempts us in subtle ways to overthrow the reign of God in our lives. And how does he do this? He often perverts good things in our lives in order that our lives will be ruled by these creatures instead of by the Creator Himself.