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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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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