March for Life 2015 Unites ‘Pro-life Generation’, 200,000 Attend

Washington D.C., Jan 22, 2015 / 05:55 pm (CNA/EWTN News) – “We are the pro-life generation! We are the pro-life generation!” The chant could be heard along Constitution Avenue, as cold weather in the nation’s capital did not deter the masses from taking part in the 2015 March for Life. The massive crowds – consisting largely of young people – …

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Sacred Heart in Rusk to Hold Mission with Fathers of Mercy

Sacred Heart in Rusk will hold a four-night mission featuring Fr. Jewel Aytona of the Fathers of Mercy order, Fr. Juan Carlos Rivera has announced. The mission will be held from February 1-4, with confessions and adoration beginning each evening at 6 p.m., followed by the mission presentation at 7 p.m. Sacred Heart is located at 760 South Main St. …

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Austin Diocese Receives Auxiliary Bishop

WASHINGTON (CNS) — Pope Francis has appointed Father Daniel E. Garcia, the vicar general of the Diocese of Austin, Texas, as an auxiliary bishop of the diocese. Bishop-designate Garcia, 54, is an Austin diocesan priest and also is moderator of the curia. The appointment was announced Jan. 21 in Washington by Archbishop Carlo Maria Vigano, apostolic nuncio to the United …

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Sacred Music for Hispanic Choirs Focus of April Workshop

The Diocesan Liturgical Commission is offering a two day workshop on Liturgical Music for Hispanic Choirs on April 17-18 at St. Peter Claver Catholic Church in Tyler. The Friday evening session is designated for choir leaders, while the Saturday session is open to all choir members. Jaime Cortez will lead the workshop. The cost is $15 per person. For more …

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History Made! Philippine Crowd for Pope Francis Hits 6-7 million

Manila, Philippines, Jan 18, 2015 / 04:39 am (CNA/EWTN News) – The Vatican’s spokesman said that papal history was made Sunday during Pope Francis’ visit to the Philippines where an estimated 6 to 7 million people attended his closing Mass. “The official number that has been given to us is between six and seven million,” Father Federico Lombardi told journalists …

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Nine Days for Life Begins Across Diocese of Tyler

On January 22 our nation will mark the 42nd anniversary of Roe v. Wade, the Supreme Court decision that made abortion legal throughout the U.S. Since that tragic decision, more than 56 million children’s lives have been lost to abortion, and many suffer that loss — often in silence. Join the Diocese of Tyler and millions of Catholics across the country …

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Reflection: Civil Rights vs. Planned Parenthood

On Monday, our nation will celebrate the birthday of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. A movie has just been released, Selma, which is based on the 1965 Selma to Montgomery voting rights marches in Alabama. In the past several months, the news media has focused on white police officers who have fatally apprehended black criminals, which has caused much racial …

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Bishop Issues Liturgical Instruction on Sign of Peace at Mass

Bishop Joseph Strickland has issued a liturgical instruction to the clergy and lay faithful of the Diocese of Tyler designed to foster a better understanding of the ritual “Sign of Peace” offered during Holy Mass and to ensure that this rite is carried out in a reverent manner. The instruction comes after discussions by the Diocesan Liturgical Commission in response to the …

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Diocesan-wide Prayer Aims to Foster Vocations

Beginning earlier this month, all parishes and missions in the Diocese of Tyler began a common prayer together to increase vocations to the priesthood and religious life for the diocese.   The prayer, which most communities are offering at the conclusion of the General Intercessions (Prayers of the Faithful) at Mass, asks for God’s grace for both young people to …

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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 …

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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 …

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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, …

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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 …

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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 …

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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 …

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