Thy Kingdom Come! – Solemnity of Christ the King: Fr. Nolan Lowry, STL

Most of us who grew up in this country were taught in American History that what made the United States of America great was that this country was founded on freedom and democracy. We have a Bill of Rights and a Constitution that guarantee certain rights that cannot be taken away. And our leaders are elected by us, the people. …

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End-of-Life Decisions – Spiritual and Physical: Fr. Nolan Lowry, STL

During the month of November, many Sunday and daily readings of the holy Mass direct us to think about the “end times” and the fact that our lives are short. The gospel reading for this Sunday (Mt 25:14-30) is the “Parable of the Talents.” Many preachers tend to prepare a homily about “how we use our talents for Christ”— which …

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Bishop Strickland to Open Year of Consecrated Life with Solemn Vespers

Bishop Joseph Strickland will open the Diocese of Tyler’s observance of the Year of Consecrated Life with solemn vespers and benediction on Friday, November 21 at 6 p.m. at the Cathedral of the Immaculate Conception in Tyler. Before the opening liturgy, clergy and religious from the diocese will attend a workshop focused on preparing for the Year and planning diocesan …

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Office of Youth Ministry Announces “To the Heart” Retreat

High School-aged students from across the Diocese of Tyler are invited to attend the 2015 “To the Heart” Retreat, Fr. Justin Braun, director of youth ministry, has announced. The theme “To the Heart” is to not only to focus on keeping Christ in our heart, but also to live out our baptismal call as Catholics to witness to the truth …

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Respect for Mortal Remains: Fr. Nolan Lowry, STL

When non-Catholics come to a Mass of Christian Burial, they often comment that Catholic funerals are the most beautiful funerals. Perhaps they are moved by the ritual, or the vestments, or the emphasis on praying for the beloved deceased, or maybe even the music and the chant. When my mother died in September 2005, Fr. McLaughlin and Fr. White celebrated …

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Diocese Supports Retired Religious Fund

The 27th national collection for the Retirement Fund for Religious will be held December 13-14 in the Diocese of Tyler. The annual, parish-based appeal is coordinated by the National Religious Retirement Office (NRRO) in Washington and benefits more than 35,000 senior Catholic sisters, brothers and religious order priests. Last year, the Diocese of Tyler contributed $36,499.56 to this collection. Women …

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Purgatory and All Souls (Commemoration of All the Faithful Departed)

The contrast between the feast of All Saints and the memorial of All Souls is stark: On November 1, the liturgical colors are festive white and/or gold which is a sign of the rejoicing in the heroic lives of the saints; but on November 2, the standard color is purple or black signifying Christian grief and the need to pray …

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Bishop Strickland’s Statement on Election 2014

On November 4, 2014, citizens of our great state will again head to the polls to make their choice for candidates to lead Texas and our nation into the future. In the week before the election, the time is opportune for us to reflect on our beliefs and responsibilities as Catholic voters. By our baptism, Christians are committed to following …

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Diocese to Welcome Fatima Dominicans Thanks to Catholic Extension

The Diocese of Tyler will welcome consecrated religious from the Dominican Sisters of Our Lady of the Holy Rosary of Fatima as part of a five-year grant from Catholic Extension aimed at creating a partnership for the Latin American congregations as well as the U.S. dioceses involved, Bishop Joseph Strickland has announced. Catholic Extension, a papal society that has been …

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Marian Conference Focuses on Family

About 250 people from across the Diocese of Tyler attended Saturday’s Marian Conference on the campus of Bishop Gorman Schools in Tyler which focused on the Virgin Mary’s role in the family. The day began with Solemn Mass and a Eucharistic Procession celebrated by Bishop Joseph Strickland at the Chapel of Sts. Peter & Paul. In his homily, Bishop Strickland focused …

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Preparing for Mass (28th Sunday in Ordinary Time)

I can do all things in Christ who strengthens me. St. Paul’s faith in Jesus Christ and his hope in the fulfillment of God’s promises helps him to persevere in any circumstance: when things are going well and when they are going badly; when he has an abundance or when he is in want; when he has a full stomach …

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Bishop Strickland’s Statement on the Extraordinary Synod for the Family

From October 5-19, 2014, bishops from around the world will gather with Pope Francis in Extraordinary Synod in Rome to consider the pastoral challenges facing the family. A Synod is simply a gathering of bishops that advise the Holy Father by providing counsel on important issues facing the people of God. By their very nature, the topics that will be …

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Elliott, Neu Ordained to the Diaconate in Rome

Calling the men before him to missionary discipleship and stressing their role in the New Evangelization, Donald Cardinal Wuerl, Archbishop of Washington, ordained 43 seminarians from the Pontifical North American College, including two from the Diocese of Tyler, to the Order of Deacon on Thursday morning at the Altar of the Chair at St. Peter’s Basilica in Rome. With their …

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To Have the Attitude of Christ Jesus (26th Sunday in Ordinary Time)

Last Saturday in his keynote address at the Diocesan Liturgical Conference, Bishop Strickland warned about the danger of arrogance — certainly arrogance in regard to Church teachings and documents on the liturgy, but really any form of arrogance. The Bishop said that arrogance, that is, thinking I know best (and no one is going to tell me otherwise) is at …

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Liturgical Conference Audio Presentations Now Available

Audio from selected presentations at the 2014 Diocese of Tyler Liturgical conference is now available on the diocesan web site and via the Diocese of Tyler iTunes Podcast feed. The presentations can be heard below on this page, or listeners may subscribe to “Diocese of Tyler” in the Podcast App on iPhones. Additional presentations will be made available in October. The …

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