Pro Life

Diocesan special needs ministry receives grant from Our Sunday Visitor

The Ministry for Special Needs and Disabilities in the Diocese of Tyler has received a $5,000 grant from Our Sunday Visitor. The money will be used to provide materials and resources to parishes, as well as to continue raising awareness of the need for the ministry and formation for those involved. “I’d like to thank Our Sunday Visitor for supporting …

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The beauty of God’s creation is measured not by man’s standards, but by God’s, Father Dan Dower says at Mass for those with special needs

In a culture obsessed with physical fitness and impossible standards of beauty, people with disabilities are too often marginalized, looked down upon or not looked upon at all, considered as “less” than the fully abled. In past times – and, to some extent, even today – disabilities were considered punishments or judgments from God. Such thinking, said Father Dan Dower, …

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Texas Catholic Conference Advocacy Day

Join Catholics from the Diocese of Tyler and fellow Texas Catholics at the Capitol in Austin to promote life, dignity and the common good on April 4, 2017. Catholics from across the Lone Star State will unite for the Texas Catholic Conference’s 2017 Texas Catholic Faith In Action Advocacy Day. This bi-annual rally is hosted by the Texas bishops to promote …

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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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