St. Mary Class of 2016 to graduate May 29

LONGVIEW – Bishop Joseph E. Strickland will celebrate the Baccalaureate Mass and commencement exercises for the St. Mary Catholic School Class of 2016 Sunday, May 29, at 5:30 p.m. St. Mary Church in Longview. The 12 students comprising the Class of 2016 have received more than $550,000 in scholarship offers, and have been accepted into 22 colleges and universities across …

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Bishop Gorman Class of 2016 to graduate May 13

TYLER – Bishop Joseph E. Strickland will celebrate the Baccalaureate Mass for the Bishop T.K. Gorman Catholic School Class of 2016 Thursday, May 12, at 6 p.m. in the Chapel of Sts. Peter and Paul on the Gorman campus. Commencement exercises will be Friday, May 13, at 6 p.m. in the University of Texas at Tyler Herrington Patriot Center. The …

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Que Pasa: News and Notes for May 11

Bishop Joseph E. Strickland will ordain Deacon Jonathon Frels to the priesthood June 11 at 10 a.m. in the Cathedral of the Immaculate Conception. The entire diocese is invited to this day of prayer and celebration. Deacon Frels, 42, is a native of Corpus Christi and a son of Dan and Susan Frels, both deceased. He has a younger brother, …

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A crash course in Miracles 101

What do a grilled cheese sandwich and the tilma of Our Lady of Guadalupe have in common? Both bore what appeared to be images of Mary. One was determined to be authentically miraculous, the other was not. Not to spoil any secrets, but it’s not Our Lady of the Grilled Cheese that converted Mexico and continues to draw millions of …

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Que Pasa: News and Notes for April 20

Parishes across the diocese will be celebrating Blue Sunday, a day of prayer for the victims of child abuse. Please see your parish bulletin for information. The State of Texas mandates that any suspicion of abuse must be reported. Contact the Texas Department of Family and Protective Services, 800-252-5400, or www.texasabusehotline.org. In an emergency, please call 911. Report any concerns …

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Bishop Strickland names Father Charles Vreeland full-time chaplain at Bishop Gorman

TYLER – Bishop Joseph E. Strickland has named Father Charles Vreeland full-time chaplain for Bishop T.K. Gorman Catholic Schools in Tyler, effective June 1. “I’m pleased to appoint Father Charles Vreeland as full time chaplain for Bishop Gorman Catholic School,” Bishop Strickland said. “He has demonstrated a genuine love for the Bishop Gorman community during his first year at the …

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Bishop Strickland welcomes Amoris Laetitia as “beautiful teaching” on love, marriage and family

Today the Church welcomes a beautiful teaching from our Holy Father Francis on the splendor of Christian marriage and the family. Entitled Amoris Laetitia (“The Joy of Love’), this letter recalls the essential aspects of the Church’s teaching on marriage and the family which are based on Divine Revelation found in Sacred Scripture and Sacred Tradition. The document is intended …

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No doctrine change from Pope Francis – but a call for better pastoral care

VATICAN CITY (CNA/EWTN News) – Catholics who have divorced-and-remarried need the fullness of Church teaching. They also need a wise pastoral and community response to their difficulties that can help them grow in the Christian life, Pope Francis said on Friday in his new document on love in the family. “The Church’s pastors, in proposing to the faithful the full ideal …

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Que Pasa: News and Notes for April 6

The Diocese of Tyler Office of Youth Evangelization is sponsoring Rukus 2016, a Catholic music festival, April 16, 11 a.m.-9 p.m., at 10645 CR 35 in Tyler. The festival will include such acts as the Dave Moore Band, the Josh Blakesley Band, Alex Gotay, and Toni Harris. The event also will feature an open mic, 11 a.m.-noon. Bishop Joseph E. …

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Bishop Gorman senior receives prestigious Coca Cola Foundation scholarship

TYLER – Grace Knight, a senior at Bishop T.K. Gorman Catholic High School in Tyler, has been recognized as an outstanding leader by the Coca Cola Scholars Foundation and awarded a $20,000 scholarship. Knight, a daughter of Scott and Lori Knight of Tyler, is the first student from Bishop Gorman to receive the award, and the only one in East …

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Bishop Appoints Father McLaughlin as Director of Diaconate Formation

Very Rev. Anthony McLaughlin, JCD, VG, has been appointed to serve as Director of Diaconate Formation for the Diocese of Tyler, Bishop Joseph E. Strickland has announced. In this role, Father McLaughlin will coordinate both the formation process for candidates for the permanent diaconate, as well as ongoing formation for those already ordained deacons in the diocese. “The initial and …

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Mary’s ‘yes’ to God changed history, Pope Francis says

VATICAN CITY (CNA/EWTN News) – Pope Francis marked the Feast of the Annunciation on Monday by reflecting on the power of Mary’s “yes” to God. “Mary’s ‘yes’ opens the door to Jesus’ ‘yes’: I have come to do Your will, this is the ‘yes’ that Jesus carries with him throughout his life, until the cross,” he said in his April 4 …

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EWTN’s Mother Angelica, 92, dies on Easter Sunday

IRONDALE, Ala. (CNA/EWTN News) – The Catholic Church in the United States has lost the Poor Clare nun who changed the face of Catholicism in the United States and around the world. Mother Mary Angelica of the Annunciation, foundress of the Eternal Word Television Network (EWTN), passed away on March 27 after a lengthy struggle with the aftereffects of a …

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