Epiphany Reflection: Bringing Our Gifts to the Lord

There is a great slogan that is often seen today on billboards and bumperstickers.  It says, “Wise men still seek Him.”  And it’s true.  Those who are wise still seek to be close to Jesus — to know Him more intimately and to love Him more profoundly.  This is what we celebrate this Sunday on the Feast of the Epiphany.  …

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Bishop Strickland’s Statement on Texas Open Carry Law

On January 1, 2016, new legislation will go into effect in Texas which allows those with licenses issued by the State to openly carry handguns in places not prohibited by law. We will see our fellow citizens openly carrying weapons in stores, restaurants, theaters, parks, and other public places. This law revises the current “concealed carry” law but continues the requirements …

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Only God can overcome ‘monstrous’ evil in the world, Pope says on Christmas

VATICAN CITY (CNA/EWTN News) – In his annual Christmas “Urbi et Orbi” blessing Pope Francis prayed for all those affected by violence, conflict and poverty throughout the world, asking that they rejoice in salvation offered by the birth of Christ. “Only God’s mercy can free humanity from the many forms of evil, at times monstrous evil, which selfishness spawns in our …

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Williams Named Diocesan Finance Director

Laura J. Williams has been named Director of Finance for the Diocese of Tyler, Bishop Joseph E. Strickland has announced. Williams, a native of Houston, brings over 15 years of administrative and financial management experience to the Diocese.  She currently serves as the Chief Financial Officer for the Diocese of Beaumont, a position she has held since March of 2008. …

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It’s official! Mother Teresa is going to be canonized

VATICAN CITY (CNA/EWTN News) – After months of anticipation, the miracle allowing for the canonization of Bl. Mother Teresa of Calcutta has officially been approved by the Vatican, though as of now no specific date for the event has been given. Rumors of the canonization have been building for months. However, the Vatican made it official in a Dec. 18 communique, …

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Que Pasa: News and notes for Dec. 11

Parishes in the Diocese of Tyler have scheduled Advent and Christmas events and liturgies. To see what your parish has scheduled, see your bulletin or the Catholic East Texas roundup of events here. Bishop Joseph E. Strickland’s pastoral reflection on mercy is available on the diocesan website. The reflection is addressed to the clergy, religious and faithful of the Diocese …

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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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It’s time to rediscover God’s mercy, Pope says at Jubilee launch

Vatican City (CNA/EWTN News) – Pope Francis has officially commenced the Jubilee of Mercy, calling those who pass through the newly-opened Holy Door to rediscover God’s mercy and experience the mystery of his love. “This Extraordinary Holy Year is itself a gift of grace,” Pope Francis said in his homily for Mass, just before opening the Holy Door in St. …

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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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Anniversary Reflection: Bishop Guided by the Holy Hearts of Jesus & Mary

On the occasion of the third anniversary of his elevation to the episcopate, which occurred on November 28, 2012, Bishop Joseph E. Strickland has offered this reflection. As I celebrate my third anniversary as Bishop of the Diocese of Tyler, I continue to be in awe of the call I have been given.  It goes without saying that I will …

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Texas Bishops Statement on Syrian Refugees and Security

The Texas Catholic Bishops encourage all parties—including governmental leaders, political officials, and advocates—to avoid impulsive judgments in setting public policies regarding the placement of Syrian refugees.  The horrors of modern terrorism are frightening, but they demand from us a strong renewal of our faith and our commitment to Christian teachings and the common good. We firmly believe that it is …

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Bishop Strickland’s Pastoral Reflection on Mercy

Joseph Edward Strickland By the Grace of God and the Apostolic See Bishop of Tyler TO THE CLERGY, RELIGIOUS & CATHOLIC FAITHFUL OF THE DIOCESE OF TYLER, HEALTH AND BENEDICTION Jesus Christ, True Mercy This Sunday we begin the holy season of Advent and with it our solemn preparations for Christmas when we welcome our Lord Jesus Christ, the incarnation …

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Confronting the porn epidemic: a major goal for the US bishops

BALTIMORE CNA/EWTN News) – In a historic statement outlining the challenges pornography poses to the family and individuals as well as the tools available within the Church and society to combat its negative effects, the U.S. bishops say they have created a resource for healing and mercy. Read the document “Create in Me a Clean Heart”>>> “Our statement is not meant to …

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Archbishop Michael J. Sheehan to speak at Catholic Charities dinner Dec. 6

TYLER – Archbishop Michael J. Sheehan, retired archbishop of Santa Fe, N.M., will speak at the Dec. 6 Catholic Charities dinner at 6 p.m. at Willow Brook Country Club in Tyler. The dinner will celebrate the 10th anniversary of Catholic Charities East Texas and has the theme Where Charity and Love Prevail. Bishop Joseph E. Strickland also will be present. …

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Using God’s name to justify violence is ‘blasphemy,’ Pope Francis says

VATICAN CITY (CNA/EWTN News) – On Sunday Pope Francis again expressed shock and sorrow for Friday’s terror attacks in Paris, condemning the acts as an “affront to human dignity,” and encouraging attendees to find hope in Jesus. “I wish to express my deep sorrow for the terrorist attacks which on Friday evening covered France in blood,” the Pope said in his …

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