Que Pasa: News and Notes for Jan. 11

In 2017, the Diocese of Tyler will honor our past and look forward to the future as we celebrate our 30th year of carrying out the saving mission of Jesus Christ and his Church in East Texas. The Diocese of Tyler was canonically erected on Dec. 12, 1986, by an Apostolic Bull of Pope St. John Paul II, which created …

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Archbishop Emeritus Patricio Flores of San Antonio dies

Archbishop Patricio Fernandez Flores, 87, fourth archbishop of San Antonio who was the first Mexican-American elevated to the hierarchy in the Catholic Church in the United States, died of pneumonia and congestive heart failure on Jan. 9 at Padua Place Residence for retired priests in San Antonio. He had previously been briefly hospitalized at Baptist Medical Center. Prior to the …

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Office of Faith Formation issued record number of catechist endorsements in 2016

TYLER – The diocesan Office of Faith Formation issued 123 catechist endorsements in 2016, the highest number of endorsements issued since the process began in 2002, said Linda Khirallah Porter, diocesan faith formation director. Endorsements are offered at four levels: beginning, basic, intermediate, and advanced. Endorsements as professional religious educators also are offered, as are endorsements in prison ministry and …

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Job Opening: IT Manager for Diocese of Tyler

The Diocese of Tyler is seeking qualified applicants to fill the full-time position of Information Technology Manager, Chad Cleckler, director of operations, has announced. The IT Manager coordinates and supervises all aspects of the information technology for the diocese, under the direction of the director of operations and in accordance with established policies and procedures. The IT Manager assesses and …

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Bishop Gorman School seeking new principal

Applications are now being accepted for the position of principal of Bishop Gorman Regional School in Tyler, Dr. James Klassen, superintendent of schools, has announced. The position is open following the announcement of the retirement of long-time principal Jim Franz last fall. Bishop Gorman School is a distinguished Catholic middle and college preparatory school with 354 co-ed students in grades …

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Que Pasa: News and Notes for Dec. 28

  The Diocesan Office of Youth Evangelization and the Cathedral of the Immaculate Conception are hosting a Sanctity of Life Day for Teens Saturday, Jan. 7, 8:30 a.m.-5 p.m. Topics for the day will include Bioethics/Stem cell Research, presented by Dr. Allison Low, MD, MA; Euthanasia and Assisted Suicide, by Father Anthony Stoeppel; Theology of the Body and Same-Sex Attraction, …

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Christmas Message of Bishop Joseph E. Strickland

It is a joy to greet you as we celebrate, once again, the birth of Our Lord Jesus Christ this Christmas. As your bishop, it truly is a blessing and an honor to serve you throughout the year, living in the light of the Savior that we welcome during this blessed season. The Incarnation of the Son of God that …

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Pope Francis pleads for end to ‘homicidal madness’ of terrorism

VATICAN CITY (CNA/EWTN News) – What are being called two major acts of terrorism in just the past 24 hours have prompted Pope Francis to again beg for an even stronger commitment to putting such bloody attacks, which have marred many parts of the world over the past 18 months, to an end. “Pope Francis unites to all men and women …

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Texas bishops developing alternative burial options for aborted children

AUSTIN — Catholic cemeteries are stepping forward, working with the Catholic bishops in Texas, in response to ongoing efforts to provide a proper burial for children lost to abortion. New state regulations issued by the Department of State Health Services (DSHS) require the interment of the remains of all children who are lost through abortion or miscarriage at a healthcare …

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Que Pasa: News and Notes for Dec. 7

The annual Retirement Fund for Religious collection will be taken up Dec. 10-11 in the Diocese of Tyler. Coordinated by the National Religious Retirement Office (NRRO), the parish-based appeal benefits nearly 33,000 senior Catholic sisters, brothers, and religious order priests whose communities lack adequate retirement savings. The Diocese of Tyler contributed $44,727.24, its highest total ever, to the last collection. …

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Annual Collection Supports Eldercare Needs of Religious Communities

The annual Retirement Fund for Religious collection will be held Dec. 10-11 in the Diocese of Tyler. Coordinated by the National Religious Retirement Office (NRRO), the parish-based appeal benefits nearly 33,000 senior Catholic sisters, brothers and religious order priests whose communities lack adequate retirement savings. The Diocese of Tyler contributed $44,727.24, its highest total ever, to the last collection. Women …

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Stay Awake! – The First Sunday of Advent

“Grant your faithful, we pray, almighty God, the resolve to run forth to meet your Christ with righteous deeds at his coming, so that, gathered at his right hand, they may be worthy to possess the heavenly Kingdom. Through our Lord Jesus Christ, your Son, who lives and reigns with you in the unity of the Holy Spirit, one God, …

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Pope warns new cardinals against falling into polemics, division

VATICAN CITY (CNA/EWTN News) – On Saturday Pope Francis handed a red hat to 17 new cardinals, warning them against the danger of falling into polemics and animosity and encouraging them to be close to their people, imitating God’s mercy. “Ours is an age of grave global problems and issues. We live at a time in which polarization and exclusion …

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