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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Diocesan Marian Conference Set for Oct. 11

The Diocese of Tyler will hold its annual Marian Conference on Saturday, October 11, 2014, from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. at Bishop Gorman Regional Catholic School in Tyler. The Family Under the Protection of the Blessed Virgin Mary is the theme for this year’s conference according to organizers Fr. John-Mary Bowlin and Fr. Raymundo Garcia. The scheduled presentations are: …

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Called to be a Worker in the Vineyard (25th Sunday in Ordinary Time)

For to me life is Christ, and death is gain (Phil 1:21). With St. Paul, there is no sense of comfortable Christianity, no “Health & Wealth Gospel” or “Prosperity Gospel.” For St. Paul, the Christian faith — the living of the “good news” — is not a Sunday religion or something that is merely social like getting together for a …

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Bishop Highlights ‘Joy’ at First Liturgical Conference

Calling the Eucharistic liturgy the “pearl of great price” and the treasure from which our joy as Christians flows, Bishop Joseph E. Strickland opened the Diocese of Tyler’s first liturgical conference on Saturday at Bishop Gorman Schools in Tyler. Over 500 people attended the all-day event which was also held in Spanish at Our Lady of Guadalupe in Tyler. Participants included clergy, liturgical …

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Lufkin Daily News Features St. Patrick Teaching Duo

This Monday’s (Sept. 15) edition of the Lufkin Daily News highlights Lok Fung and Shannon Law, newly weds who are teaching at St. Patrick Catholic School in Lufkin. The feature written by Rhonda Oaks with the Lufkin News, begins: While many newlyweds long to spend as much time together as possible, one couple is accomplishing that — in the classroom. Team teachers Lok Fung …

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Bishop Gorman Recognized as School of Excellence

Bishop Gorman Regional Catholic School in Tyler has been recognized as a “School of Excellence” by The Cardinal Newman Society as part of its annual Catholic Education Honor Roll, the organization announced today. Since 2004 the Honor Roll has celebrated quality Catholic education throughout the United States. Bishop Gorman has been on the national honor roll since its creation in …

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Mother Susan Catherine to take Solemn Vows

Mother Susan Catherine, foundress of the Daughters of Divine Hope religious order, will profess her solemn vows before Bishop Joseph E. Strickland Sept. 14 at 6 p.m. in the Chapel of Sts. Peter and Paul in Tyler. With the profession, Mother Susan Catherine will enter permanently into religious life. She will profess vows of poverty, chastity, obedience and fidelity. “My …

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