Catholic Culture: Fitting Resolutions

by Jennifer Gregory Miller for CatholicCulture.org From the end of December into January, everyone is abuzz about making  New Year’s resolutions. Most resolutions revolve around health of the body: lose weight, exercise more, change bad eating habits. As we enter the third week of January, so many resolutions are already forgotten, broken, or being revised. The new gym memberships are lying …

Read More »

Pope Proclaims Sri Lanka’s First Saint, Right to Religious Freedom

By Francis X. Rocca Catholic News Service COLOMBO, Sri Lanka (CNS) — Canonizing Sri Lanka’s first saint, who ministered to Catholics under persecution three centuries earlier, Pope Francis proclaimed what he called the “fundamental human right” of religious freedom. “Each individual must be free, alone or in association with others, to seek the truth, and to openly express his or …

Read More »

Diocese Observes Week of Prayer for Abuse Victims

As part of the Diocese of Tyler’s Safe Environment Program, Bishop Joseph Strickland has designated the week of January 10-16, 2015, as a “Week of Prayer for Those Affected by Abuse.” During the week, every parish, mission and community has been asked by Bishop Strickland to offer prayers for the victims, families and others affected by abuse. “During this week, …

Read More »

St. Joseph’s Hosting Mardi Gras Party to Benefit School

St. Joseph’s Parish in Marshall will host a “Cupid Does Mardi Gras” event benefiting St. Joseph Catholic School on Saturday, Feb. 14, at the Marshall Convention Center. Beginning at 7:30 p.m., the event will feature live music from the Steve Wells Band and catering by the Blue Frog Grill, along with a beer and wine cash bar. The evening will …

Read More »

Funeral Mass for Longtime Deacon Set for Wednesday

The Mass of Christian Burial for Deacon Michael T. Doyle Sr. will be celebrated on Wednesday, January 14 at 2 p.m. at Sacred Heart Catholic Church in Nacogdoches. Bishop Joseph Strickland and Msgr. James Young will be the main celebrants. Deacon Doyle passed away last Friday after a long battle with cancer. Born on in Syracuse, NY, in 1937, Deacon Doyle served …

Read More »

Special Needs Focus of Diocesan Workshop

The Diocese of Tyler Office of Faith Formation will host a series of three workshops focused on assisting parishes and families to develop practices and programs for those with special needs. Organized by Linda Khirallah Porter, the director of faith formation for the diocese, the fist of the three workshop scheduled for this Saturday (Jan. 10) will cover what resources are available for …

Read More »

Traditional Epiphany Blessings in Longview Recall Visit of the Magi

In his first year as pastor at St. Mary’s in Longview, Fr. Mark Kusmirek has focused on a traditional Catholic Christmas custom that he credits with first exposing him to the priesthood. As of this Wednesday, the priests and deacons at St. Mary’s have visited the homes of almost 90 parish families for the traditional Epiphany blessing of homes. The custom recalls …

Read More »

Cathedral to Host Married Couples Retreat March 21-22

The Cathedral of the Immaculate Conception is sponsoring a “Married Couples Retreat” on March 21–22 at the Magnuson Hotel, Tyler, Texas.  Lloyd and Jan Tate are the presenting couple. The Tates have served the Catholic Church as a couple in numerous ministries over the years with a particular emphasis on engaged preparation and marriage enrichment.  They have prepared engaged couples for …

Read More »

Pope issues ‘firmest condemnation’ of killings at French weekly

By Francis X. Rocca Catholic News Service VATICAN CITY (CNS) — Pope Francis condemned the killings of at least 12 people at the Paris offices of a satirical weekly newspaper Jan. 7 and denounced all “physical and moral” obstacles to the peaceful coexistence of nations, religions and cultures. “The Holy Father expresses the firmest condemnation of the horrible attack,” said …

Read More »

Diocesan News & Notes: January 6, 2015

Fullness of Truth Conference Returns The Diocese of Tyler is pleased to announce that the Fullness of Truth Conference is returning to Tyler on Feb. 20-21. These conferences are among the best in the nation and we are extremely blessed to have one right here in Tyler! The topic for this year’s conference is “Why the Cross: Suffering and Salvation …

Read More »

News & Notes: December 30, 2014

Solemnity of Mary, Mother of God The Universal Church celebrates Our Lady under her title of Mother of God on Jan. 1. This is a holy day of obligation for the faithful. Additionally, two opportunities for plenary indulgences are provided to the faithful and pastors may choose to recite these prayers publicly following Holy Mass on the days indicated: Te …

Read More »

Marriage Preparation Events Announced for 2015

The Diocese of Tyler’s Office of Marriage & Family Life has announced its schedule of marriage preparation days and weekends for 2015. These sessions, held in both English and Spanish, are designed to give couples preparing for marriage the tools that will help them live out a faithful, permanent and fruitful commitment. January 31, 2015 – Marriage Prep Day February …

Read More »

Knox to Lead Diocesan Youth Ministry

Youth ministry in the Diocese of Tyler will have a new focus and energy with the addition of Mark Knox as the diocese’s full-time Director of Youth Ministry, Bishop Joseph E. Strickland has announced. Knox, who will begin his duties in Tyler in January, comes to the diocese with almost ten years of experience in youth ministry. Most recently, he …

Read More »
Translate »