Catholic Life & Culture

Mission Nuestro Señor de San Francisco rededicated 300 years after founding

CHEROKEE COUNTY – Clad in colorful 18th-century Spanish military costumes and the brown robes of Spanish friars, members of the Cherokee and Nacogdoches County Historical Commissions reenacted the founding of Mission Nuestro Señor de San Francisco by Spanish Franciscans near present-day Alto on July 5, 1716. The July 5 rededication of the former Mission San Francisco was the first of …

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Bishop Strickland says ordination of Father Jonathon Frels is a continuation of the Acts of the Apostles

TYLER – Bishop Joseph E. Strickland said that the ordination of Deacon Jonathon Frels to the priesthood is a sign that the work of the Church written about in the Acts of the Apostles continues today. “Through the Church that Jesus Christ established, his apostles continue to act,” Bishop Strickland said in his homily during the June 11 Mass of …

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Que Pasa: News and Notes for June 8

Bishop Joseph E. Strickland will ordain Deacon Jonathon Frels to the priesthood Saturday, June 11, at 10 a.m. in the Cathedral of the Immaculate Conception. The entire diocese is invited to this day of prayer and celebration. Deacon Frels, 42, is a native of Corpus Christi and a son of Dan and Susan Frels, both deceased. He has a younger …

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Father Anthony Stoeppel, pastor of Our Lady of Victory in Paris, receives doctorate in bioethics

PARIS – Father Anthony Stoeppel, pastor of Our Lady of Victory Church in Paris, has been awarded his doctorate in sacred theology in the field of bioethics by the Pontifical University of the Holy Cross in Rome. Father Stoeppel defended his doctoral dissertation on moral objections to bodily mutilation on May 13. He is the first priest of the Diocese of …

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Que Pasa: News and Notes for May 11

Bishop Joseph E. Strickland will ordain Deacon Jonathon Frels to the priesthood June 11 at 10 a.m. in the Cathedral of the Immaculate Conception. The entire diocese is invited to this day of prayer and celebration. Deacon Frels, 42, is a native of Corpus Christi and a son of Dan and Susan Frels, both deceased. He has a younger brother, …

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Que Pasa: News and Notes for April 20

Parishes across the diocese will be celebrating Blue Sunday, a day of prayer for the victims of child abuse. Please see your parish bulletin for information. The State of Texas mandates that any suspicion of abuse must be reported. Contact the Texas Department of Family and Protective Services, 800-252-5400, or www.texasabusehotline.org. In an emergency, please call 911. Report any concerns …

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Que Pasa: News and Notes for April 6

The Diocese of Tyler Office of Youth Evangelization is sponsoring Rukus 2016, a Catholic music festival, April 16, 11 a.m.-9 p.m., at 10645 CR 35 in Tyler. The festival will include such acts as the Dave Moore Band, the Josh Blakesley Band, Alex Gotay, and Toni Harris. The event also will feature an open mic, 11 a.m.-noon. Bishop Joseph E. …

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24 Hours for the Lord: March 4-5

On Friday, March 4, and Saturday, March 5, selected parishes and missions throughout the Diocese of Tyler will be joining Catholics around the world to celebrate God’s mercy. As part of the “24 Hours for the Lord” initiative for the Year of Mercy requested by Pope Francis, many churches will offer additional confession times. When calling for the Year of …

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Bishop Strickland prays with candidates, elect of the diocese as they prepare to enter the church

TYLER – Some 33 parishes and missions in the Diocese of Tyler presented their candidates and elect, those persons seeking to enter full communion with the Catholic Church, to Bishop Joseph E. Strickland during evening prayer services Feb. 14 and 21 in the Cathedral of the Immaculate Conception. About 300 people attended each service. Those present included candidates, or those …

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Bishop moves celebration of Chrism Mass to midday, March 22

TYLER – Bishop Joseph E. Strickland has changed the time of the Chrism Mass, celebrated during Holy Week. The Chrism Mass will be celebrated March 22 at 11 a.m. in the Cathedral of the Immaculate Conception, rather than in the evening as in past years. During the Mass, Bishop Strickland will bless and distribute the sacramental oils to be used …

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