Catholic Life & Culture

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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Fullness of Truth Conference Registration Continues

Registration for the Fullness of Truth Conference in Tyler on Feb 20-21 is continuing, according to event organizer Charlie Mercer. The well-known conference is returning to Tyler for the second time, and the theme of this year’s event is, “Why the Cross? Salvation and Suffering in Scripture.” Attendees will experience a deeper meaning to Lent and will leave with a better …

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Scouts Honored at Annual Mass with Bishop Strickland

Linking their journey as Scouts with the journey as Christian disciples to mature in the Gospel, Bishop Joseph E. Strickland presided at a Holy Mass and awards presentation for the Boy Scouts of the Diocese of Tyler on Saturday at the Chapel of Sts. Peter & Paul in Tyler. Bishop Strickland encouraged the young men to recognize that the goal …

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Sacred Heart in Rusk to Hold Mission with Fathers of Mercy

Sacred Heart in Rusk will hold a four-night mission featuring Fr. Jewel Aytona of the Fathers of Mercy order, Fr. Juan Carlos Rivera has announced. The mission will be held from February 1-4, with confessions and adoration beginning each evening at 6 p.m., followed by the mission presentation at 7 p.m. Sacred Heart is located at 760 South Main St. …

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Catholic Culture: Fitting Resolutions

by Jennifer Gregory Miller for CatholicCulture.org From the end of December into January, everyone is abuzz about making  New Year’s resolutions. Most resolutions revolve around health of the body: lose weight, exercise more, change bad eating habits. As we enter the third week of January, so many resolutions are already forgotten, broken, or being revised. The new gym memberships are lying …

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Traditional Epiphany Blessings in Longview Recall Visit of the Magi

In his first year as pastor at St. Mary’s in Longview, Fr. Mark Kusmirek has focused on a traditional Catholic Christmas custom that he credits with first exposing him to the priesthood. As of this Wednesday, the priests and deacons at St. Mary’s have visited the homes of almost 90 parish families for the traditional Epiphany blessing of homes. The custom recalls …

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Jan. 7 Optional Memorial of St. Raymond of Penafort, priest; St. Andre Bessette, religious (Can), Opt. Mem.

Born in Barcelona, Spain, St. Raymond of Penafort was the third Superior-General of the Domincan Order. He is famous for his work in the freeing of slaves. He wrote five books of Decretals which are now a valuable part of the Canon Law of the Church. The Summa Casuum, which is about the correct and fruitful administration of the Sacrament …

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