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 began on Aug. 15, the Solemnity of the Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary, and will continue until Oct. 7, the Memorial of Our Lady of the Rosary. The 54-Day Rosary Novena consists of praying three novenas of the daily Rosary in petition for the first 27 days, followed immediately by praying three novenas of the daily Rosary in thanksgiving during the second 27 days, for a grand total of six Rosary novenas over the course of 54 days. For more information, see the website here.

On Wednesday, August 16, students, parents and faculty of Bishop Thomas K. Gorman Catholic School in Tyler joined Bishop Joseph Strickland at the Chapel of Sts. Peter and Paul for the opening school year Mass, followed by the Eucharistic procession to the campus.

In his opening homily, School President Fr. Anthony Stoeppel, STD, stressed to the students that the journey of going to school has one true end.

The Regional Diocesan Mass for Families with Special Needs will be held August 26, 2017, 10 a.m. at St. Michael Parish in Mt. Pleasant, TX. The presider for the Mass will be Reverend Denzil Vithanage.

All families with children or adults with special needs are welcome. A modified liturgy will be celebrated to accommodate these needs.

A special dispensation for the Sunday obligation for this weekend will be granted to those who attend.

If you plan to attend the luncheon reception following the Mass, please RSVP to Eduardo Mendoza at 985-276-0911 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. by August 23.

An information and orientation meeting for people interested in becoming spiritual directors is being offered Saturday, Sept. 16, 9 a.m.-noon at St. Mary Church in Longview.

The meeting is intended to introduce people to the two-year spiritual direction training course offered by the diocese in the hope of attracting more people to that ministry.

Training will begin in January, with sessions held once a month at St. Mary. The course also will include two annual retreats at the Montserrat Jesuit Retreat House in Dallas.

bannonFuneral services have been set for Will Brannon, 17, Heath Faucheux, 16, and Thomas Larry, 11, the three Boy Scouts who died as a result of an Aug. 5 boating accident on Lake O’ the Pines.

The three were members of Boy Scout Troop 620. Brannon and Faucheux died at the scene when their boat came in contact with a power line. Larry was transported to LSU Medical Center in Shreveport, where he died Aug. 7.

Brannon and Faucheux were both Eagle Scouts. Brannon’s father Stan is Scoutmaster of Troop 620. Faucheux’s father Dion is assistant Scoutmaster.

All three boys were in the Hallsville High School Band. Brannon played French horn and Faucheux played the sousaphone tuba. Larry was set to enter beginning band in the fall.