Texas bishops developing alternative burial options for aborted children

AUSTIN — Catholic cemeteries are stepping forward, working with the Catholic bishops in Texas, in response to ongoing efforts to provide a proper burial for children lost to abortion. New state regulations issued by the Department of State Health Services (DSHS) require the interment of the remains of all children who are lost through abortion or miscarriage at a healthcare …

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Que Pasa: News and Notes for Dec. 7

The annual Retirement Fund for Religious collection will be taken up Dec. 10-11 in the Diocese of Tyler. Coordinated by the National Religious Retirement Office (NRRO), the parish-based appeal benefits nearly 33,000 senior Catholic sisters, brothers, and religious order priests whose communities lack adequate retirement savings. The Diocese of Tyler contributed $44,727.24, its highest total ever, to the last collection. …

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Annual Collection Supports Eldercare Needs of Religious Communities

The annual Retirement Fund for Religious collection will be held Dec. 10-11 in the Diocese of Tyler. Coordinated by the National Religious Retirement Office (NRRO), the parish-based appeal benefits nearly 33,000 senior Catholic sisters, brothers and religious order priests whose communities lack adequate retirement savings. The Diocese of Tyler contributed $44,727.24, its highest total ever, to the last collection. Women …

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Stay Awake! – The First Sunday of Advent

“Grant your faithful, we pray, almighty God, the resolve to run forth to meet your Christ with righteous deeds at his coming, so that, gathered at his right hand, they may be worthy to possess the heavenly Kingdom. Through our Lord Jesus Christ, your Son, who lives and reigns with you in the unity of the Holy Spirit, one God, …

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Pope warns new cardinals against falling into polemics, division

VATICAN CITY (CNA/EWTN News) – On Saturday Pope Francis handed a red hat to 17 new cardinals, warning them against the danger of falling into polemics and animosity and encouraging them to be close to their people, imitating God’s mercy. “Ours is an age of grave global problems and issues. We live at a time in which polarization and exclusion …

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DiNardo, Gómez elected new heads of US bishops

BALTIMORE, Md. (CNA/EWTN News) – The United States Conference of Catholic Bishops on Tuesday elected Cardinal Daniel DiNardo of Galveston-Houston as its president, and Archbishop Jose Gómez of Los Angeles vice-president. Cardinal DiNardo has served as conference vice-president since 2013. He was elected president at the bishops’ fall assembly Nov. 15 in Baltimore, and will serve a three-year term. The …

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Papal nuncio to US bishops: mercy will heal wounds of division

BALTIMORE, Md. (CNA/EWTN News) – The Church needs to “be on the move” to bring Christ to young people in an ever-changing world, Pope Francis’ representative to the U.S. told bishops on Monday. “Mercy is what this country needs to heal the wounds of division after a polarizing campaign,” Archbishop Christophe Pierre, the new Apostolic Nuncio to the U.S., stated …

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Pastoral Exhortation: God’s Mercy through the Ministry of the Church

To conclude the Year of Mercy, Bishop Joseph E. Strickland has issued a pastoral exhortation to the faithful of the Diocese of Tyler on the Sacrament of Penance and Reconciliation. The complete text of the exhortation is below in English and Spanish and can also be printed in English and Spanish from this PDF. JOSEPH EDWARD STRICKLAND BY THE GRACE …

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Coming Together as Faithful Citizens for the Common Good

Bishop Joseph E. Strickland of Tyler joins the statement of Archbishop Joseph E. Kurtz, president of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops, and encourages all Americans to come together following Tuesday’s election. “With this historic election concluded, I encourage all to pray for President-Elect Trump and our reelected or newly-elected officials from both parties, that they might work together to …

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Diocese of Tyler sends more than $60K for flood recovery in La.

Through a special appeal by led by Bishop Joseph E. Strickland and Catholic Charities – Diocese of Tyler, the faithful of the Diocese of Tyler have sent more than $60,000 to Catholic Charities of the Diocese of Baton Rouge to assist with the ongoing flood relief efforts. “The floods that devastated the entire Diocese of Baton Rouge in August left …

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Search Committee Formed for Bishop Gorman Principal

A search committee to replace long-time principal Jim Franz at Bishop T.K. Gorman Catholic School has been announced, according to Very Rev. Daniel P. Dower, episcopal vicar of education for the Diocese of Tyler. Franz announced his retirement earlier this year after 19 years as principal at Bishop Gorman. He will remain through the 2016-17 academic year. Members of the …

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Bishop Strickland urges faithful to pray National Novena

Bishop Joseph E. Strickland of Tyler is urging the faithful of the diocese to join together in praying the National Novena which will run from Oct. 30 to the eve of the election on Nov. 7. “Please pray this novena with me and urge everyone you know to join us. We face a dire situation in our nation where the sanctity of …

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Francis canonizes seven new saints, stresses prayer

ROME (CNA/EWTN News) – On Sunday, Pope Francis canonized seven new saints in the Catholic Church, saying that prayer isn’t always a smooth path, but that like the saints, Christ supports us even when it is difficult. “The saints are men and women who enter fully into the mystery of prayer. Men and women who struggle with prayer, letting the Holy …

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