New staff, office announced for chancery

Three new staff members have joined the Chancery Office in the last month to assist in all areas of diocesan administration. Elizabeth Carlson has joined the development office as associate director of development for donor services.  She will assist Peter Kane in coordinating the Bishop’s Annual Appeal and other giving programs, as well as managing donor communications  and events. Carlson comes to the …

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St. Matthew Catholic Church Receives 2016 Best of Longview Award

St. Matthew Catholic Church has been selected for the 2016 Best of Longview Award in the Places of Worship category by the Longview Award Program. Each year, the Longview Award Program identifies companies that we believe have achieved exceptional marketing success in their local community and business category. These are local companies that enhance the positive image of small business through service to their customers …

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US bishops throw support behind conscience protections on marriage

Washington D.C., Jul 14, 2016 / 12:44 am (CNA/EWTN News) – Two leading U.S. bishops have spoken out in favor of a proposed law which would ensure federal religious freedom protections to individuals and faith-based organizations who disagree with same-sex marriage. In a joint statement released Tuesday, Archbishop Salvatore J. Cordileone of San Francisco and Archbishop William E. Lori of …

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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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Que Pasa: News and Notes for July 13

World Youth Day pilgrims from throughout the diocese are collecting prayer requests to take with them to Poland. Young people will write the prayers on cloth, and carry them throughout the July 23-Aug. 2 pilgrimage. Go to this website to submit a prayer request. Almost 60 pilgrims from the Diocese of Tyler will be attending WYD 2016 in Krakow. The diocesan Office of …

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Deacon Rubén Natera given Lumen Gentium Award by University of Dallas Neuhoff School of Ministry

TYLER – Deacon Rubén Natera was presented the University of Dallas Neuhoff School of Ministry’s Lumen Gentium Award July 3 during Mass in the Cathedral of the Immaculate Conception. The award is given annually by UD to a graduate of the university’s Neuhoff School of Ministry whose established record of outstanding accomplishment reflects the fruit of “theological education for transformative …

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Mission Nuestro Señor de San Francisco rededicated 300 years after founding

CHEROKEE COUNTY – Clad in colorful 18th-century Spanish military costumes and the brown robes of Spanish friars, members of the Cherokee and Nacogdoches County Historical Commissions reenacted the founding of Mission Nuestro Señor de San Francisco by Spanish Franciscans near present-day Alto on July 5, 1716. The July 5 rededication of the former Mission San Francisco was the first of …

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Going Full Catholic: Deandra Lieberman’s Journey from Judaism to Christianity

This interview appears in the May 2016 issue of the Catholic East Texas magazine. Deandra Lieberman converted from Judaism to Christianity, and now is studying to become a Scripture scholar. We asked her about growing up Jewish in East Texas, the difference between Orthodox and Reformed Judaism, what it means to keep kosher, and the relationship between Judaism and Catholicism… What …

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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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Bishop Announces New Assignments & Appointments

For the good of the People of God in the Diocese of Tyler, Bishop Joseph E. Strickland has announced the following pastoral assignments and appointments. All assignments are effective August 1, 2016, unless otherwise noted. Pastor Rev. Msgr. Zach Kunnakkattuthara assigned as Pastor of St. Joseph Parish in Marshall (from Coordinator of Diocesan Prison Ministry). Rev. Lawrence Love assigned as …

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Que Pasa: News and Notes for June 22

The Diocese of Tyler Catholic Youth Conference (DCYC) is scheduled for July 8-10 at Bishop Gorman High School in Tyler.  DCYC is a diocesan wide conference for high school students, and is held once a year during the summer. DCYC is a chance for high school students to grow in their Catholic faith by building community within their own youth group, …

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Que Pasa: News and Notes for June 8

Bishop Joseph E. Strickland will ordain Deacon Jonathon Frels to the priesthood Saturday, 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 …

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