Reflection: Ten Ways to Get More Out of Mass by Fr. Nolan Lowry

At some point or another, you have probably heard someone say, “I don’t get anything out of the Mass.”  This is common among some kids and a few adults.  The first problem with this complaint is that, if someone looking to get “something” out of Mass, they have set their expectations too low.  The Mass gives us not something but someOne—Jesus Christ.  The second problem …

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Que Pasa: News and Notes for Aug. 12

The Diocese of Tyler is concluding its formation series on the liturgy Sept. 12, 10 a.m.-3 p.m. at the chancery in Tyler, to help the faithful Joyfully Celebrate the Liturgy. The session will focus on environment and gestures and will feature instruction from The Catechism of the Catholic Churchi, the General Instruction of the Roman Missal, and the documents Sacrosanctum Concilium, …

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Pope Francis institutes World Day of Prayer for the Care of Creation

Pope Francis has instituted the World Day of Prayer for the Care of Creation, which will be commemorated annually on September 1, as has become customary in the Orthodox churches. In a letter dated August 6 and released four days later, the Pontiff said that the idea was suggested by Metropolitan John Zizioulas of Pergamon, who represented the Ecumenical Patriarch …

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Msgr. Theodore “Ted” Rydelek, retired pastor in Buffalo, dies

Bishop Joseph E. Strickland will celebrate the Mass of Christian Burial for Msgr. Theodore “Ted” Rydelek, retired pastor of St. Kateri Tekakwitha Church in Buffalo, on Saturday, Aug. 8 at 10 a.m., at that church. Msgr. Rydelek, 73, died Aug. 3. He had been in poor health for some time. “I met Msgr Rydelek at the airport when he arrived in …

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Meeting Our New Priests… Father George Elliott

As part of a new video series from the staff of the Catholic East Texas, we’ll be introducing the new priests of the Diocese of Tyler – those recently ordained and those who’ve transferred to the diocese from elsewhere. In our third interview, we meet Father George Elliott who was ordained for the Diocese of Tyler by Bishop Joseph E. Strickland on June 27, 2015. …

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Cardinal O’Malley: Planned Parenthood’s Work Reflects ‘Throwaway Culture’ Decried By Pope Francis

WASHINGTON—Cardinal Seán O’Malley, OFM Cap., archbishop of Boston and chairman of the Committee on Pro-Life Activities of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops (USCCB), responded, July 29, to recent videos showing leaders from Planned Parenthood discussing the provision of fetal organs, tissues, and body parts from their abortion clinics. Full text of Cardinal O’Malley’s statement follows: Pope Francis has called …

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Texas Bishop’s Statement on Federal and State Investigations of Planned Parenthood

Texas’ Catholic Bishops have expressed deep concern and moral disgust at recent videos showing executives of Planned Parenthood Inc. casually negotiating the sale of infant body parts that have been harvested from abortions. The two undercover videos by the Center for Medical Progress has awakened national attention to the atrocity of dismembering infants and then using those parts for medical …

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Diocese begins new round of Ethics and Integrity Recertification

TYLER – Bishop Joseph E. Strickland has promulgated a revised policy for Ethics and Integrity for Church Personnel in the Diocese of Tyler, an updated set of Guidelines for the Conduct of Church Personnel, and a new version of the recertification training. This updating of policy reaffirms “the commitment of the Diocese of Tyler to consistently act in a way …

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Bishop Strickland’s Message for NFP Awareness Week 2015

This week, the Bishops of the United States remember Pope Paul VI’s Encyclical Letter Humanae Vitae (Of Human Life) by celebrating National Family Planning Awareness Week. National NFP Awareness Week provides an opportunity to spread the word about Catholic teaching on marriage, conjugal love and responsible parenthood. Sharing basic information about the methods of NFP and why they support God’s design …

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Meeting Our New Priests… Father Nelson Muñoz

As part of a new video series from the staff of the Catholic East Texas, we’ll be introducing the new priests of the Diocese of Tyler – those recently ordained and those who’ve transferred to the diocese from elsewhere. In our second interview, we meet Father Nelson Muñoz who was ordained for the Diocese of Tyler by Bishop Joseph E. Strickland on June 27, 2015. …

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Nurturing Disciples: 2015 Diocesan Catechetical Conference

“Nurturing Disciples” is the theme of the 2015 Diocese of Tyler Catechetical Conference set for August 7-8 at the Holiday Inn South Broadway in Tyler. Open to the entire diocese, the conference features two days full of workshops for clergy, catechists, parents, youth ministers and other groups. “The goal of the catechetical conference is twofold: to rekindle the fire within our …

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Father George Elliott, Other Young Priests Launch New Podcast

Rome, Italy, Jul 16, 2015 / 04:02 am (CNA/EWTN News).- Podcasts are arguably the greatest comeback-kids of the internet. Once thought to be slowing fading into oblivion, the boom of smartphones and Bluetooth technology, and hits like “Serial,” brought the medium back with a force. Visit CatholicBytesPodcast.com>>> There are podcasts about every subject under the sun, from sports to mystery …

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Bishop Strickland Appoints Fathers Anthony McLaughlin and John Gomez as Vicars General

Bishop Joseph E. Strickland has announced that Father Anthony McLaughlin, JCD, and Father John Gomez, JCL, have been appointed to serve as the Vicars General for the Diocese of Tyler. The appointments are effective July 15, 2015. The Vicar General is the principal deputy of the diocesan bishop for the exercise of administrative authority and possesses the canonical title of local ordinary. …

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Father Lawrence Rasaian Named Judicial Vicar, Deacon Fred Arrambidez Appointed Moderator for Deacons

Bishop Joseph E. Strickland has announced that Father Lawrence Rasaian, JCD, has been appointed Judicial Vicar for the Diocese of Tyler. He has also named Deacon Fred Arrambidez as Moderator of Permanent Deacons. The Judicial Vicar heads the diocesan Tribunal and acts as a resource to the Bishop on canonical matters while advising priests, religious and laity in canonical affairs. …

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