Catholic Charities East Texas seeking new director

The Board of Directors of Catholic Charities East Texas is seeking qualified applicants for the position of executive director, Father Timothy Kelly, president of the board, has announced. Nell Lawrence, who has served as executive director since the organization’s founding in 20005, recently announced her retirement. Catholic Charities East Texas, incorporated in 2005, is a non-profit agency dedicated to service, …

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Father Harold Paulsen, longtime pastor and prison chaplain, passes away

Father Harold P. Paulsen, former pastor of Sacred Heart Parish in Palestine, Texas, and chaplain to numerous prisons in East Texas, died on Wednesday. He was 84. Bishop Joseph E. Strickland will offer the Mass of Christian Burial on Tuesday, March 15 at 11 a.m. at Sacred Heart Church in Palestine; internment will follow at St. Joseph’s Cemetery. A Rosary …

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The Catholic Church grew faster than the global population in past decade

VATICAN CITY (CNA/EWTN News) – The number of Catholics has increased at a faster rate than the rest of the population, newly released statistics by the Vatican reveal. Over the course of nine years, the number of Catholics worldwide has increased by 17.8 percent, compared to the global population, which increased by 17.3 percent. From 2005-2014, the number of Catholics grew …

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24 Hours for the Lord: March 4-5

On Friday, March 4, and Saturday, March 5, selected parishes and missions throughout the Diocese of Tyler will be joining Catholics around the world to celebrate God’s mercy. As part of the “24 Hours for the Lord” initiative for the Year of Mercy requested by Pope Francis, many churches will offer additional confession times. When calling for the Year of …

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Our Mission: Care for Retired Priests

This feature highlights how the 2016 Bishop’s Annual Appeal will assist retired priests in the Diocese of Tyler.  “One of the things that I’ve noticed in the Catholic Church that really impresses me is the number of people who have come from all over the world—like priests from Ireland and India—to East Texas to minister to my family. And I feel strongly that we …

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Bishop Strickland prays with candidates, elect of the diocese as they prepare to enter the church

TYLER – Some 33 parishes and missions in the Diocese of Tyler presented their candidates and elect, those persons seeking to enter full communion with the Catholic Church, to Bishop Joseph E. Strickland during evening prayer services Feb. 14 and 21 in the Cathedral of the Immaculate Conception. About 300 people attended each service. Those present included candidates, or those …

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Que Pasa: News and Notes for Feb. 24

Bishop Joseph E. Strickland will celebrate a Mass for families with special needs Saturday, March 12, at 10 a.m. in the Chapel of Sts. Peter and Paul on the Bishop Gorman Catholic Schools campus. All families with children or adults with special needs are invited to attend. The liturgy will be a modified one to accommodate those needs. A special …

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Our Mission: Rural Parishes & Missions

This feature highlights how the 2016 Bishop’s Annual Appeal will support Rural Parishes and Missions in the Diocese of Tyler.  “God’s flock is in our midst; give it a shepherd’s care” (1st Peter 5:2). Nowhere in East Texas are St. Peter’s words truer than in the beautiful, rural communities that make up so much of our Diocese. Here committed Catholics families meet in …

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Bishop moves celebration of Chrism Mass to midday, March 22

TYLER – Bishop Joseph E. Strickland has changed the time of the Chrism Mass, celebrated during Holy Week. The Chrism Mass will be celebrated March 22 at 11 a.m. in the Cathedral of the Immaculate Conception, rather than in the evening as in past years. During the Mass, Bishop Strickland will bless and distribute the sacramental oils to be used …

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7,000 years of marriage represented at World Marriage Day Mass

TYLER – More than 160 couples celebrating anniversaries in 2016 marked World Marriage Day and National Marriage Week with a Mass celebrated by Bishop Joseph E. Strickland at the Cathedral of the Immaculate Conception on Saturday. This is the third year-in-a-row- that the Diocese of Tyler has held the special Mass which normally takes place around St. Valentine’s Day. Collectively, those present for the …

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Pope Francis to Mexican bishops: follow example of Our Lady of Guadalupe

MEXICO CITY (CNA/EWTN News) – Pope Francis met with the bishops of Mexico on Saturday at the Metropolitan Cathedral of the Assumption of Mary, where he highlighted the intercessory power of Our Lady of Guadalupe and encouraged the country’s clergy to overcome their challenges through perseverance and unity. “I know that by looking into the eyes of the Blessed Virgin, I …

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‘We are brothers’ – Pope Francis and Patriarch Kirill hold historic meeting

HAVANA (CNA/EWTN News) – Christian brotherhood and unity were the focus of Pope Francis and Russian Orthodox Patriarch Kirill when they met on Friday afternoon in Havana. “We spoke as brothers,” Pope Francis said. “We have the same baptism. We are bishops. We spoke of our Churches.” “We agreed that unity is created by journeying together,” he told a gathering …

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Our Mission: Our Seminarians – Our Future Shepherds

This feature highlights how the 2016 Bishop’s Annual Appeal will support seminarians and help build vocations in the Diocese of Tyler.   “I started thinking about my life: “What am I going to do? What do I need to do?” And eventually it came down to what God wanted for me.” “I said, “God, I want what you want. I’m …

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Bishop Strickland: Ash Wednesday a time to reflect on the hope of God’s mercy

TYLER – Bishop Joseph E. Strickland said Ash Wednesday is a time to reflect on the promise and constant availability of God’s mercy. Celebrating an Ash Wednesday service at the chapel in Mother Frances Hospital in Tyler Feb. 10 for hospital employees, Bishop Strickland said Ash Wednesday is “a time to be aware, yes, of our sinfulness,” but also to …

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