Que Pasa: News & Notes for the Diocese of Tyler – June 18

The Diocese of Tyler is sponsoring a three-part series on the liturgy July 11, Aug. 1 and Sept. 12, 10 a.m.-3 p.m. at the chancery in Tyler, to help the faithful Joyfully Celebrate the Liturgy. The sessions will focus on music (July 11), the Roman Missal (Aug. 1) and environment and gestures (Sept. 12). All sessions will feature instruction from …

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USCCB Statement on Pope Francis’ Encyclical Letter Laudato Si’

Statement on the Occasion of the Promulgation of Laudato Si’ Archbishop Joseph E. Kurtz Archbishop of Louisville, Kentucky President, United States Conference of Catholic Bishops  Read the Encyclical Letter>>> With an open heart and gratitude I, along with my brother bishops in the United States, welcome Laudato Si’. In this beautiful and extensive treatment on care for our common home, …

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Beeler Joins Diocesan Staff as Appeal Manager

TYLER – Bishop Joseph E. Strickland has hired Killian Beeler as Manager of the Bishop’s Appeal. Beeler, 22, is a native of Bryan-College Station and a recent graduate of the University of Dallas with a degree in history. He is a son of Ricky and Pam Beeler and has two siblings – a brother, Paul, and a sister, Cesare. The Beelers are converts …

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MOVIE REVIEW: The Way…’Catholic’ movies, and talking about cremation

By FATHER MATTHEW STEHLING We are used to seeing the Church portrayed in movies. Many aspects of the Church are so iconic that when a filmmaker needs a religious aspect, Catholic traditions are used. I can’t think of an exorcism horror movie that doesn’t have a Catholic priest as a main character. How many church wedding scenes in cinematic history …

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When you care for a sick family member, you are a ‘hidden hero,’ Pope says

VATICAN CITY (CNA/EWTN News) – During his weekly general audience, Pope Francis lauded families for the “hidden heroism” of caring for a sick loved one. “These are the heroes. This is heroism of the family!” the pontiff said during his June 6 catechesis. The Pope spoke of men and women who come to work, sleep-deprived after having cared for a sick …

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Father Anthony McLaughlin Sworn-in as U.S. Citizen

Father Anthony McLaughlin, a native of Belfast, Northern Ireland, and priest of the Diocese of Tyler, became a United States citizen this past Tuesday, completing a process started almost a year ago. Father McLaughlin is currently living in Washington, D.C., where is he is teaching Canon Law at the Catholic University of America.  He is returning to ministry in the …

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Additional Clergy Assignments Announced for Diocese

Bishop Joseph E. Strickland has announced the following assignments for priests of the Diocese of Tyler. The assignments are effective on the dates indicated below. To see previous assignments made this summer, see this post. Effective June 20 Reverend Devaraj ARULAPPA as parochial vicar of Sacred Heart, Nacogdoches. Effective July 3 Reverend Carlos RANGEL as parochial vicar of Sacred Heart, …

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Elliott, Muñoz, Neu to be Ordained for Diocese June 27

FLINT, TX and ROME, ITALY – Three men are preparing to be ordained to the priesthood by Bishop Joseph E. Strickland for the Diocese of Tyler later this month.  Deacons George Elliot, Nelson Muñoz, and Joshua Neu are making canonical retreats and readying themselves for the Mass of Ordination at 10 a.m. on June 27 at the Cathedral of the …

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Living Flesh and Blood: Fr. Nolan Lowry, STL

Today the Universal Church celebrates the Solemnity of the Most Holy Body and Blood of Christ — popularly known as the Feast of Corpus Christi (not to be confused with the Texas coastal town). Jesus Christ’s presence in the Holy Eucharist is the very center of the life of the Church. For me personally, not only as a priest but …

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Bishop Names Cleckler Diocesan Business Manager

Chad Cleckler has joined the Diocese of Tyler as Business Manager, Bishop Joseph E. Strickland has announced. “The diocese is fortunate to have someone of Chad’s ability and experience with us at the Chancery to coordinate long-range growth and development for the Diocese of Tyler,” Bishop Strickland said. “His oversight of our business operations will help the diocese as we …

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New Clergy Assignments Announced for Diocese

Bishop Joseph E. Strickland has announced the following assignments for priests of the Diocese of Tyler. “I am grateful to all of these priests for their service and we wish them well in their new assignments,” Bishop Strickland said. The assignments are effective on the dates indicated below. Effective June 1 Reverend Matthew STEHLING as adminstrator of St. Leo the …

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Year of Consecrated Life: Monastery of the Infant Jesus

As the nuns of the Monastery of the Infant Jesus say, more than one kind of seed can grow in the piney woods.  In 1945 a special seed was sown in Lufkin:  Dominican cloistered contemplative life. 15 sisters, ranging in age between 18 and 72, came from the Monastery of the Blessed Sacrament in Detroit to found the cloister.  For …

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CET Profile: Texarkana’s Bill Cork Serving the Mass

I am a pew-sitting Catholic.  Supporting the Mass is something that other people do, for me.  I have done a variety of jobs in the Church and volunteered for different things, but none of them have been liturgical.  I sometimes wonder what it takes to do these very public ministries in the Church, and what sort of spiritual preparation it …

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Dr. Jonathon Frels to be Ordained Transitional Deacon on May 30

Bishop Joseph E. Strickland will ordain Jonathon Frels to the transitional diaconate May 30 at 10 a.m. in the Cathedral of the Immaculate Conception. Frels, 41, is a native of Corpus Christi and a son of Dan and Susan Frels, both deceased. He has a younger brother, Matthew. He has a bachelor of science in chemistry from Southwest Texas State …

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