Liturgy

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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Bishop Strickland opens Cathedral Door of Mercy to inaugurate Holy Year

TYLER – Bishop Joseph E. Strickland opened the Door of Mercy in the Cathedral of the Immaculate Conception in Tyler on Tuesday to inaugurate the Year of Mercy. The Holy Year proclaimed by Pope Francis began Dec. 8, the Solemnity of the Immaculate Conception, and continues through Nov. 20, 2016, the feast of Christ the King. Bishop Strickland was main celebrant and homilist …

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Parishes in diocese schedule Masses and events for Advent, Christmas

TYLER – Bishop Joseph E. Strickland will open the Year of Mercy, which will run through November, with the opening of the Door of Mercy at the Cathedral of the Immaculate Conception Dec. 8, on the Feast of the Immaculate Conception, at 6 p.m. Mass will follow in the Cathedral. The Feast of the Immaculate Conception, celebrated Dec. 8, is …

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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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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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Reflection: Ten Ways to Get More Out of Mass by Fr. Nolan Lowry

At some point or another, you have probably heard someone say, “I don’t get anything out of the Mass.”  This is common among some kids and a few adults.  The first problem with this complaint is that, if someone looking to get “something” out of Mass, they have set their expectations too low.  The Mass gives us not something but someOne—Jesus Christ.  The second problem …

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Liturgical Formation Series Begins July 11

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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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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Liturgical Music Workshop for Hispanic Choirs Set for April 17-18

Jaime Cortez, a well-known talented and popular composer, arranger and performer, will lead a workshop for hispanic choirs in the Diocese of Tyler April 17-18 at St. Peter Claver Catholic Church in Tyler. The conference begins with a portion for choir directors at 6:30 p.m. on Friday (April 17), and opens for all choir members and other interested individuals 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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