Catholic Life & Culture

Bishop Strickland: Ash Wednesday a time to reflect on the hope of God’s mercy

TYLER – Bishop Joseph E. Strickland said Ash Wednesday is a time to reflect on the promise and constant availability of God’s mercy. Celebrating an Ash Wednesday service at the chapel in Mother Frances Hospital in Tyler Feb. 10 for hospital employees, Bishop Strickland said Ash Wednesday is “a time to be aware, yes, of our sinfulness,” but also to …

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The Season of Lent: Repent & Believe in the Gospel

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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Thousands Venerate Saint Maria Goretti at Cathedral

Thousands of Catholic faithful and others came to the Cathedral of the Immaculate Conception on Monday to venerate the relics of St. Maria Goretti, the youngest canonized saint in the Catholic Church.  Long lines snaked through the Cathedral and out the side doors as visitors came from across the Diocese and from surrounding states to spend a few moments in prayer …

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Red Mass: Flores calls on legal community to focus on what is good

TYLER – Bishop Daniel Flores of Brownsville called on the legal community of Tyler to “incline your hearts to what is good” at the 2015 Diocese of Tyler Red Mass on Monday at the Cathedral of the Immaculate Conception. The Red Mass is an annual celebration scheduled around the traditional beginning of the legal year.  Celebrating the Votive Mass of the …

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St. Michael the Archangel procession draws 1,000 participants

TYLER – More than 1,000 people participated in a Sept. 27 procession for and celebration of St. Michael the Archangel at St. Peter Claver Church in Tyler. Father Luis Larrea, pastor, said this is the fourth year for the event, which draws people from far beyond East Texas. “We have a community of people here (in the parish) from the …

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CET: Where Did the Bible Come From?

The following article by Father Joshua Neu of the Diocese of Tyler appeared in the September-October edition of the Catholic East Texas magazine. Catholics in the Bible Belt often feel as if somehow the Bible belongs to non-Catholic Christians. Although we read the scriptures at Mass, everyone else seems to be more comfortable with the Bible than Catholics. In reality, …

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Pope Francis institutes World Day of Prayer for the Care of Creation

Pope Francis has instituted the World Day of Prayer for the Care of Creation, which will be commemorated annually on September 1, as has become customary in the Orthodox churches. In a letter dated August 6 and released four days later, the Pontiff said that the idea was suggested by Metropolitan John Zizioulas of Pergamon, who represented the Ecumenical Patriarch …

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Bishop Strickland’s Message for NFP Awareness Week 2015

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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CET Profile: Texarkana’s Bill Cork Serving the Mass

I am a pew-sitting Catholic.  Supporting the Mass is something that other people do, for me.  I have done a variety of jobs in the Church and volunteered for different things, but none of them have been liturgical.  I sometimes wonder what it takes to do these very public ministries in the Church, and what sort of spiritual preparation it …

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CET: Bishop Concludes Pilgrimage Across Diocese

TYLER – “Extraordinary.” This is the word Bishop Joseph E. Strickland chose to describe his recently-concluded pilgrimage across the Diocese of Tyler from March 2-19. In all, the Bishop Strickland visited 61 parishes and missions as part of his pastoral visit which was geared toward praying with the faithful in each community and hearing about the successes and challenges across …

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