Texas Bishop’s Statement on Federal and State Investigations of Planned Parenthood


Texas’ Catholic Bishops have expressed deep concern and moral disgust at recent videos showing executives of Planned Parenthood Inc. casually negotiating the sale of infant body parts that have been harvested from abortions. The two undercover videos by the Center for Medical Progress has awakened national attention to the atrocity of dismembering infants and then using those parts for medical ...

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Diocese begins new round of Ethics and Integrity Recertification

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TYLER – Bishop Joseph E. Strickland has promulgated a revised policy for Ethics and Integrity for Church Personnel in the Diocese of Tyler, an updated set of Guidelines for the Conduct of Church Personnel, and a new version of the recertification training. This updating of policy reaffirms “the commitment of the Diocese of Tyler to consistently act in a way ...

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Bishop Strickland’s Message for NFP Awareness Week 2015

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This week, the Bishops of the United States remember Pope Paul VI’s Encyclical Letter Humanae Vitae (Of Human Life) by celebrating National Family Planning Awareness Week. National NFP Awareness Week provides an opportunity to spread the word about Catholic teaching on marriage, conjugal love and responsible parenthood. Sharing basic information about the methods of NFP and why they support God’s design ...

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Meeting Our New Priests… Father Nelson Muñoz


As part of a new video series from the staff of the Catholic East Texas, we’ll be introducing the new priests of the Diocese of Tyler – those recently ordained and those who’ve transferred to the diocese from elsewhere. In our second interview, we meet Father Nelson Muñoz who was ordained for the Diocese of Tyler by Bishop Joseph E. Strickland on June 27, 2015. ...

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Nurturing Disciples: 2015 Diocesan Catechetical Conference

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“Nurturing Disciples” is the theme of the 2015 Diocese of Tyler Catechetical Conference set for August 7-8 at the Holiday Inn South Broadway in Tyler. Open to the entire diocese, the conference features two days full of workshops for clergy, catechists, parents, youth ministers and other groups. “The goal of the catechetical conference is twofold: to rekindle the fire within our ...

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Father George Elliott, Other Young Priests Launch New Podcast


Rome, Italy, Jul 16, 2015 / 04:02 am (CNA/EWTN News).- Podcasts are arguably the greatest comeback-kids of the internet. Once thought to be slowing fading into oblivion, the boom of smartphones and Bluetooth technology, and hits like “Serial,” brought the medium back with a force. Visit CatholicBytesPodcast.com>>> There are podcasts about every subject under the sun, from sports to mystery ...

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Bishop Strickland Appoints Fathers Anthony McLaughlin and John Gomez as Vicars General

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Bishop Joseph E. Strickland has announced that Father Anthony McLaughlin, JCD, and Father John Gomez, JCL, have been appointed to serve as the Vicars General for the Diocese of Tyler. The appointments are effective July 15, 2015. The Vicar General is the principal deputy of the diocesan bishop for the exercise of administrative authority and possesses the canonical title of local ordinary. ...

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Father Lawrence Rasaian Named Judicial Vicar, Deacon Fred Arrambidez Appointed Moderator for Deacons


Bishop Joseph E. Strickland has announced that Father Lawrence Rasaian, JCD, has been appointed Judicial Vicar for the Diocese of Tyler. He has also named Deacon Fred Arrambidez as Moderator of Permanent Deacons. The Judicial Vicar heads the diocesan Tribunal and acts as a resource to the Bishop on canonical matters while advising priests, religious and laity in canonical affairs. ...

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Que Pasa: News & Notes for July 15


The Diocese of Tyler is continuing its formation series on the liturgy Aug. 1 and Sept. 12, 10 a.m.-3 p.m. at the chancery in Tyler, to help the faithful Joyfully Celebrate the Liturgy. The sessions will focus on the Roman Missal (Aug. 1) and environment and gestures (Sept. 12). All sessions will feature instruction from The Catechism of the Catholic ...

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Meeting Our New Priests… Father Kevin Young


As part of a new video series from the staff of the Catholic East Texas, we’ll be introducing the new priests of the Diocese of Tyler – those recently ordained and those who’ve transferred to the diocese from elsewhere. In our first interview, we meet Father Kevin Young who joined the Diocese of Tyler in July of 2015. Fr. Young, a native ...

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Diocesan youth to gather July 24-26 to Set A Fire in faith


More than 200 teens from around the diocese will gather on the Bishop T.K. Gorman Catholic School campus July 24-26 for the first Diocesan Catholic Youth Conference. The conference, called Set A Fire!, is for high school students, from those entering in the fall to those who have just graduated. It opens July 24 at 4 p.m. with registration and ...

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Body of St. Maria Goretti to be in Tyler for Public Veneration Nov. 2

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The major relics of St. Maria Goretti will be available for veneration at the Cathedral of the Immaculate Conception in Tyler on Nov. 2, 2015, Father Carlos Martins, CC, and Father Hank Lanik, rector of the Cathedral have announced. With some 40 other locations around the country, Tyler and Houston are the only locations chosen in Texas for the public ...

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Liturgical Formation Series Begins July 11

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A three-part series aimed at improving knowledge and understanding of how the Catholic Church worships is set to begin July 11 at the Chancery Office in Tyler. The theme of the series, “Joyfully Celebrate the Liturgy”, is based on Bishop Joseph E. Strickland’s presentation at the 2014 Diocesan Liturgical Conference. The sessions, coordinated by the Diocesan Liturgical Commission, will focus on ...

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Jim Smith Announces Retirement as Finance Officer

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Jim Smith, who has served as finance officer for the Diocese of Tyler for the past 22 years, has announced his retirement. Former Bishop Edmond Carmody named Smith, who worked in the insurance field in San Antonio before coming to Tyler, to the finance position in August of 1993. “On behalf of all the clergy and people of the Diocese ...

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