Homilies and Other Audio Available from Diocese

The Diocese of Tyler Communications Office offers audio recordings of homilies by Bishop Joseph E. Strickland and other priests of the diocese, as well as other presentations, for the faithful of the diocese and beyond.  Some of the recent recordings are below, including audio from Holy Week.  For instructions on how to get the latest audio on your computer, phone or mobile device, see …

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CET: Prisoner 22689 -The Story of Fr. John Przydacz and the Dachau Rosary Ring

The following story appears in the April 2015 print edition of the Catholic East Texas.  On April 29, 1945, American troops of the 7th Army’s 45th Infantry Division liberated the Nazi concentration camp at Dachau.  They found murder and torture on an incredible scale.  Thousands of prisoners lay dead in the camp, thousands more were dying of starvation and infection.  The scene …

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Easter Reflection: God is Not Dead

All around us, nature is rejoicing. The grass is green, the leaves are coming out on the trees, flowers are blooming — and thank God – the temperature is not soaring yet! We have looked forward to putting on our new suit or new dress for this holiday, of celebrating egg hunts in the afternoon, and having a great time …

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Bishop Strickland to Celebrate Chrism Mass on March 31

Bishop Joseph E. Strickland will celebrate the Diocese of Tyler’s Chrism Mass on March 31 at 7 p.m. at the Cathedral of the Immaculate Conception in Tyler. At the Mass, which is concelebrated by all the priests of the diocese, the bishop consecrates the Sacred Chrism and blesses the Oil of the Sick and the Oil of Catechumens.  The Chrism …

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Saint’s relic with miraculous tendencies does it again for Pope Francis

Rome, Italy, Mar 21, 2015 / 01:24 pm (CNA/EWTN News) – While Pope Francis was giving some advice to the religious, priests and seminarians of Naples on Saturday, a miracle occurred: a vial of dried blood from a fourth century saint liquefied. This stunning but locally known and accepted phenomenon is said to happen three times a year: May 1, …

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Anniversary interview: Pope talks about his election, papacy, future

VATICAN CITY (By Cindy Wooden, CNS) — When Pope Francis went out onto the balcony of St. Peter’s Basilica for the first time, he said he did not prepare what he was going to say, but “I felt deeply that a minister needs the blessing of God, but also of his people.” He did not know if it was right …

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CET: Fisher Named Managing Editor

Ben Fisher has joined the Diocese of Tyler as managing editor of the Catholic East Texas and assistant director of communications, Peyton Low, director of communications, has announced. As managing editor, Fisher will oversee the day-to-day management of the Catholic East Texas including content, layout, publication and circulation. He will also assist the communications office in other areas, especially content …

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CET: Longview landmark Johnny Cace’s to close March 28

There was a man who entered the United States illegally. Fleeing violence in his home country, he sought out a community of other immigrants who shared his culture and traditions. He worked at hard manual labor and built a life for a growing family in tough times. Sometimes facing discrimination and personal tragedy, the growing family relied on their Catholic …

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Bishop Invites Feedback on Family Topics for Synod

This October, Cardinals and Bishops from across the world will gather in Rome for the Ordinary Synod of Bishops. This Synod will be considering the vocation and mission of the family both in the Church and in contemporary society. The Vatican has a working preparatory document (called a lineamenta) that is composed of the concluding report from the 2014 Extraordinary Synod …

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Reflection: Transfiguration of the Lord

“Rabbi, it is good that we are here!” (Mk 9:5).  Here we are at the Second Sunday of Lent, and Mother Church offers us an appropriate set of readings: the Genesis account of Abraham’s sacrifice of Isaac (Gn 22); St. Paul’s famous Romans passage, “If God is for us, who can be against us?” (Rm 8); and the Transfiguration of …

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Our Mission: Retired Priests

This feature highlights how the 2015 Bishop’s Annual Appeal will assist retired and infirm priests in the Diocese of Tyler.  To learn more, visit dioceseoftyler.org/ourmission.  Our priests in the Diocese of Tyler have come from all over the world, committing their entire life to the missionary fields of East Texas. Many retire after years of service in the various parishes and …

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During Lent, Pope Francis Offers Handy Tips for Confession

VATICAN CITY (CNS) — As Catholics are encouraged to make going to confession a significant part of their lives during Lent, Pope Francis offered some quick tips to help people prepare for the sacrament of penance. After a brief explanation of why people should go to confession — “because we are all sinners” — the pope listed 30 key questions …

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Our Mission: Youth Ministry

This feature highlights how the 2015 Bishop’s Annual Appeal will support youth ministry in the Diocese of Tyler.  To learn more, visit dioceseoftyler.org/ourmission.  Building the faith in our youth is critical to strengthening our world and building up our culture both for now and the future. Young people have a deep longing to know the truth, to know the friendship of …

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Penance Services Planned Across Diocese for Lent

Through the season of Lent, parishes and missions across the Diocese of Tyler will offer special opportunities for the faithful to participate in the Sacrament of Reconciliation (also called penance or confession). These “Penance Services” are in addition to the parish or mission’s normal times for confession. At the services, multiple priests will be available and, unless noted, confessors are …

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Church Prepares to Enter Lent: Questions About the Season

Lent is the penitential season of approximately 40 days set aside by the Church in order for the faithful to prepare for the celebration of the Lord’s Passion, Death and Resurrection. During this holy season, inextricably connected to the Paschal Mystery, the Catechumens prepare for Christian initiation, and current Church members prepare for Easter by a recalling of Baptism and …

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