Diocese of Tyler Communications

Bishop Strickland to Celebrate Chrism Mass on March 31

Bishop Joseph E. Strickland will celebrate the Diocese of Tyler’s Chrism Mass on March 31 at 7 p.m. at the Cathedral of the Immaculate Conception in Tyler. At the Mass, which is concelebrated by all the priests of the diocese, the bishop consecrates the Sacred Chrism and blesses the Oil of the Sick and the Oil of Catechumens.  The Chrism …

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Saint’s relic with miraculous tendencies does it again for Pope Francis

Rome, Italy, Mar 21, 2015 / 01:24 pm (CNA/EWTN News) – While Pope Francis was giving some advice to the religious, priests and seminarians of Naples on Saturday, a miracle occurred: a vial of dried blood from a fourth century saint liquefied. This stunning but locally known and accepted phenomenon is said to happen three times a year: May 1, …

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Anniversary interview: Pope talks about his election, papacy, future

VATICAN CITY (By Cindy Wooden, CNS) — When Pope Francis went out onto the balcony of St. Peter’s Basilica for the first time, he said he did not prepare what he was going to say, but “I felt deeply that a minister needs the blessing of God, but also of his people.” He did not know if it was right …

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Bishop Invites Feedback on Family Topics for Synod

This October, Cardinals and Bishops from across the world will gather in Rome for the Ordinary Synod of Bishops. This Synod will be considering the vocation and mission of the family both in the Church and in contemporary society. The Vatican has a working preparatory document (called a lineamenta) that is composed of the concluding report from the 2014 Extraordinary Synod …

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Reflection: Transfiguration of the Lord

“Rabbi, it is good that we are here!” (Mk 9:5).  Here we are at the Second Sunday of Lent, and Mother Church offers us an appropriate set of readings: the Genesis account of Abraham’s sacrifice of Isaac (Gn 22); St. Paul’s famous Romans passage, “If God is for us, who can be against us?” (Rm 8); and the Transfiguration of …

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Our Mission: Retired Priests

This feature highlights how the 2015 Bishop’s Annual Appeal will assist retired and infirm priests in the Diocese of Tyler.  To learn more, visit dioceseoftyler.org/ourmission.  Our priests in the Diocese of Tyler have come from all over the world, committing their entire life to the missionary fields of East Texas. Many retire after years of service in the various parishes and …

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During Lent, Pope Francis Offers Handy Tips for Confession

VATICAN CITY (CNS) — As Catholics are encouraged to make going to confession a significant part of their lives during Lent, Pope Francis offered some quick tips to help people prepare for the sacrament of penance. After a brief explanation of why people should go to confession — “because we are all sinners” — the pope listed 30 key questions …

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Our Mission: Youth Ministry

This feature highlights how the 2015 Bishop’s Annual Appeal will support youth ministry in the Diocese of Tyler.  To learn more, visit dioceseoftyler.org/ourmission.  Building the faith in our youth is critical to strengthening our world and building up our culture both for now and the future. Young people have a deep longing to know the truth, to know the friendship of …

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Penance Services Planned Across Diocese for Lent

Through the season of Lent, parishes and missions across the Diocese of Tyler will offer special opportunities for the faithful to participate in the Sacrament of Reconciliation (also called penance or confession). These “Penance Services” are in addition to the parish or mission’s normal times for confession. At the services, multiple priests will be available and, unless noted, confessors are …

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Church Prepares to Enter Lent: Questions About the Season

Lent is the penitential season of approximately 40 days set aside by the Church in order for the faithful to prepare for the celebration of the Lord’s Passion, Death and Resurrection. During this holy season, inextricably connected to the Paschal Mystery, the Catechumens prepare for Christian initiation, and current Church members prepare for Easter by a recalling of Baptism and …

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