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 …

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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 …

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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 …

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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 …

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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 …

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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 …

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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 …

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News & Notes: December 9, 2014

Our Lady of Guadalupe Photo Album Please email us your parish’s photos of church and statue decorations, processions and special events from your celebration of the Feast of Our Lady of Guadalupe so that we can create a special online photo album to honor Our Lady.  Send your photos tocommunications@dioceseoftyler.org. Year of Consecrated Life Web Site The Diocese has created a special …

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Symbols of the Altar: Fr. Nolan Lowry, STL

Advent is the season of “remembering” and “waiting” for the King.  Christ, the Light of the World, has already come, but we are still waiting for Him to come again.  Advent is a type of “bridge” connecting the first and second comings of Jesus Christ.  Like the season of Advent, the holy Mass is also a bridge between the two …

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Advent Penance Services Scheduled for Many Parishes

‘Besides this you know what hour it is, how it is full time now for you to wake from sleep. For salvation is nearer to us now than when we first believed” (Rm 13:11). For us Catholics, the new Liturgical Year commences with the first Sunday of Advent. In this new liturgical year, the Church not only wishes to indicate …

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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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