Solidarity

Catholic Charities offering long-term recovery assistance for victims of recent tornadoes

CANTON – Catholic Charities-Diocese of Tyler in conjunction with Catholic Charities-Dallas is launching a long-term recovery assistance effort for victims of the recent tornadoes. Catholic Charities will have disaster case managers on site at St. Therese Church in Canton, in the parish hall, Tuesdays-Thursdays, May 30-June 30, 9 a.m.-2 p.m. or by appointment, to discuss assistance options. St. Therese is …

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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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St. John the Evangelist Church in Emory destroyed in tornadoes that swept East Texas Saturday; Catholic Charities establishes assistance fund

EMORY – St. John The Evangelist Church in Emory was destroyed by one of the tornadoes that ripped across East Texas the evening of April 29. About 45 people were sheltering in the parish hall some 10 feet away from the church during the storm, but no injuries were reported. Mass was held outside the church April 30, with parishioners …

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Catholic Charities to participate in East Texas Giving Day April 25, donations will help fund programs

Catholic Charities-Diocese of Tyler will participate in the second annual East Texas Giving Day Tuesday, April 25. The Giving Day, sponsored by East Texas Communities Foundation, is an 18-hour period of giving that provides critical funding for local non-profits. According to the Giving Day website, the effort last year raised $479,000 for non-profits in the 32 counties served by East …

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Thousands of Catholics to visit Texas Capital April 4

Nearly 4,000 Catholics have registered to participate in Catholic Advocacy Day, to be held April 4 at the Texas State Capital. The day will include a rally with  the state’s bishops, who lead the 15 Catholic dioceses in Texas, on the steps of the Capital beginning at 11:30 a.m. The Texas Catholic Conference of Bishops, which is organizing the day, …

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Diocese to offer session on “Dealing Successfully with Failed Marriages” Saturday in Nacogdoches

Father Gavin Vaverek, pastor of St. Patrick Church in Lufkin and a canon lawyer and defender of the Bond for the diocesan Tribunal, will present a session on “Dealing Successfully with Failed Marriages” Saturday, March 25, 10 a.m.-noon in the Margil Center at Sacred Heart Church in Nacogdoches, 2508 Appleby Sand Road. The session will offer a brief explanation of …

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Father Francis “Frank” Zakshesky, one of diocese’s founding priests, dies

Father Francis “Frank” Zakshesky, one of the 39 original priests of the Diocese of Tyler, has died. Father Zakshesky died at his home in Sinton, TX. He was 72. His rosary, led by Bishop Joseph E. Strickland, will be Monday, March 27, at 6 p.m. at Stewart Funeral Home, 7525 Old Jacksonville Hwy., Tyler. Bishop Strickland will celebrate Mass of Christian …

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Diocese of Tyler sends more than $60K for flood recovery in La.

Through a special appeal by led by Bishop Joseph E. Strickland and Catholic Charities – Diocese of Tyler, the faithful of the Diocese of Tyler have sent more than $60,000 to Catholic Charities of the Diocese of Baton Rouge to assist with the ongoing flood relief efforts. “The floods that devastated the entire Diocese of Baton Rouge in August left …

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Catholic Church commits to ongoing work for refugees

AUSTIN — Catholic charitable and social services will continue to work with other nonprofits serving refugees in Texas, as the state government announced its intention to step away from its role. Speaking on behalf of two dozen Catholic organizations and his fellow Catholic bishops in the state, Bishop Michael F. Olson of Fort Worth said, “Our first priority is to …

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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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