Pro Life

Texas bishops call for abolition of death penalty

AUSTIN — The Texas Conference of Catholic Bishops has released a statement calling for the abolition of the death penalty, denouncing its effects not only on victims and others immediately affected, but also on society. [English and Spanish versions of the statement suitable for bulletin inserts.] “Capital punishment vitiates our hearts’ capacity for mercy and love,” the bishops write, noting …

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“We Love Lucy”: Lindale’s Holy Family staging July 16 benefit for Lucy Heller

LINDALE – Holy Family Church in Lindale is sponsoring “We Love Lucy,” a fundraiser benefitting Lucy Heller, whose family is struggling with medical bills they cannot afford. The event will be July 16, 3-7 p.m. in the Holy Family Life Center, 111 West Van and Henry Street, Lindale. Lucy, 6, was born with cerebral palsy, cortical vision impairment, epilepsy, osteopenia, …

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Texas Bishops highly concerned with ruling that puts women at grave risk

The US Supreme Court has decided, in a 5-3 decision, to strike down key provisions of Texas HB2, a law that protects women’s safety while seeking an abortion. The Texas State Legislature overwhelmingly approved HB2. The Texas Catholic Conference supported the passage of this pro-life law and submitted an Amicus brief to the court in support of the provisions challenged …

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Harry Named Catholic Charities Executive Director

TYLER – Bishop Joseph E. Strickland has announced that Kathy Shieldes Harry, former principal of St. Gregory Cathedral School in Tyler, will be the new head of Catholic Charities of East Texas, beginning June 1. “Kathy is a lifelong Catholic and educator in both public and Catholic schools in the Tyler area.  Her experience gives her strong connections not just …

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‘Sanctity of Life’ new title for diocesan efforts

Using the occasion of the U.S. Bishop’s National Day of Prayer for the Legal Protection of Unborn Children, Bishop Joseph E. Strickland announced that he is placing the Diocese of Tyler’s efforts to promote the sacredness of human life under the new title of “Sanctity of Life” and will be expanding the ministry to include a wider range of groups in the diocese. Prior …

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Sanctity of Life Banquet: “Love Never Fails”

Passionately stressing the value of human life in all stages and underscoring how the love of God can even be seen when the dignity of life is not respected, Bishop Joseph E. Strickland served as the keynote speaker at the first East Texas Sanctity of Life Banquet on Oct. 12 at the Holiday Inn in Tyler. Almost 300 people of all …

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First East Texas Sanctity of Life Banquet set for Oct. 12

The Diocese of Tyler will host the first East Texas Sanctity of Life Banquet on Monday, Oct. 12, 2015 at the Holiday Inn – South Broadway in Tyler. Bishop Joseph E. Strickland will be the featured speaker for the event which is being held to promote the dignity of all human life, including the unborn, those with special needs, the elderly, the …

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Diocesan College Campus Ministries Schedule Fall Fundraisers

Campus ministry programs for UT Tyler, Tyler Junior College and Stephen F. Austin State University have scheduled fundraisers for this fall. St. John Paul the Great Catholic Campus Ministry, serving UT Tyler and Tyler Junior College, will host its annual fundraising event on Tuesday, Sept. 15, from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. at the Ornelas Activity Center in Tyler. The …

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Cardinal O’Malley: Planned Parenthood’s Work Reflects ‘Throwaway Culture’ Decried By Pope Francis

WASHINGTON—Cardinal Seán O’Malley, OFM Cap., archbishop of Boston and chairman of the Committee on Pro-Life Activities of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops (USCCB), responded, July 29, to recent videos showing leaders from Planned Parenthood discussing the provision of fetal organs, tissues, and body parts from their abortion clinics. Full text of Cardinal O’Malley’s statement follows: Pope Francis has called …

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Dunk the Bishop! Diocese to Support Magdalene Home Festival

Bishop Joseph E. Strickland will make himself a target May 16 as he exchanges his cathedra for a dunking booth. Bishop Strickland will take to the dunking booth as part of the Lovin’ on Kids Benefit Festival at Bergfeld Park in Tyler, May 16, 10 a.m.-4 p.m. The event will benefit The Magdalene Home, a home in Tyler seeking to …

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