Pope Francis, Trump hold landmark first meeting

VATICAN CITY (CNA/EWTN News) – After months of anticipation, Pope Francis and U.S. President Donald Trump finally met at the Vatican Wednesday in a friendly encounter which included an emphasis on protection of life and freedom of conscience. According to a May 24 Vatican communique, Pope Francis and Trump expressed satisfaction “for the good existing bilateral relations between the Holy …

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Job Postings: Finance Office Administrative Assistant and Pastoral Offices Administrative Assistant

POSITIONS CLOSED: Both of these positions have been filled as of June 12, 2017. Applications are no longer being accepted.  The Diocese of Tyler is seeking applicants for two full-time positions: Administrative Assistant for the Office of Finance and Administrative Assistant for the Offices of Catechesis and Youth/Young Adult Ministry. Position 1: Administrative Assistant for the Office of Finance Reports to: Director …

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Bishop Gorman Catholic School Class of 2017 to graduate May 19

TYLER – Bishop Joseph E. Strickland will celebrate the Baccalaureate Mass for the Bishop T.K. Gorman Catholic School Class of 2017 Thursday, May 18, at 6 p.m. in the Chapel of Sts. Peter and Paul on the Gorman campus. Commencement exercises will be Friday, May 19, at 6 p.m. in the University of Texas at Tyler Herrington Patriot Center. The …

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St. Mary Catholic School Class of 2017 to graduate May 21

LONGVIEW – Bishop Joseph E. Strickland will celebrate the Baccalaureate Mass and commencement exercises for the St. Mary Catholic School Class of 2017 Sunday, May 21, at 5:30 p.m. St. Mary Church in Longview. The nine students comprising the Class of 2017 have received $1,927,672 in scholarship offers, and have been accepted into 29 colleges and universities across the country. …

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Que Pasa: News and Notes for May 17

Bishop Joseph E. Strickland has released a new pastoral constitution designed to guide the teaching of the Catholic Faith in the Diocese of Tyler for the next 30 years. The constitution was promulgated to the Diocese in the May edition of the Catholic East Texas magazine and can be downloaded here. The faithful of the Diocese of Tyler gave $46,787.86 to …

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Patriot Catholic named UT Tyler’s Student Organization of the Year

TYLER – Patriot Catholic, the student organization of the John Paul the Great Catholic Campus Ministry at the University of Texas at Tyler, was recently named the Outstanding Student Organization of the Year by the university. The award recognizes the group’s “outstanding service to the student body” at UT Tyler. Patriot Catholic members “work to promote Christ on campus and …

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Bishop Strickland promulgates constitution on teaching the Catholic Faith 

Bishop Joseph E. Strickland has released a new pastoral constitution designed to guide the teaching of the Catholic Faith in the Diocese of Tyler for the next 30 years. The constitution was promulgated to the Diocese in the May edition of the Catholic East Texas magazine and can be downloaded here. Recognizing that the darkness of evil, especially in the forms …

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The beauty of God’s creation is measured not by man’s standards, but by God’s, Father Dan Dower says at Mass for those with special needs

In a culture obsessed with physical fitness and impossible standards of beauty, people with disabilities are too often marginalized, looked down upon or not looked upon at all, considered as “less” than the fully abled. In past times – and, to some extent, even today – disabilities were considered punishments or judgments from God. Such thinking, said Father Dan Dower, …

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Que Pasa: News and Notes for May 3

Catholic Charities-Diocese of Tyler has established a Disaster Relief Fund to assist those affected by the tornadoes that devastated Canton and Emory, including St. John the Evangelist Church in Emory, on April 29. To donate to the relief effort, please see this webpage. Bishop Joseph E. Strickland has announced that a special collection to assist in recovery efforts will be …

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St. John the Evangelist Church in Emory destroyed in tornadoes that swept East Texas Saturday; Catholic Charities establishes assistance fund

EMORY – St. John The Evangelist Church in Emory was destroyed by one of the tornadoes that ripped across East Texas the evening of April 29. About 45 people were sheltering in the parish hall some 10 feet away from the church during the storm, but no injuries were reported. Mass was held outside the church April 30, with parishioners …

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Bishop Strickland Announces New Clergy Assignments

After due consultation and prayerful reflection, and in order to provide for the proper care of souls entrusted to him, Bishop Joseph E. Strickland is pleased to announce the following pastoral assignments and appointments for the Diocese of Tyler, which are effective this spring and summer. Pastors Very Rev. Daniel Dower, STL, assigned as Pastor of St. Mary Parish in …

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Fatima 100: Diocesan Marian Conference & Consecration to the Immaculate Heart

Bishop Joseph E. Strickland will consecrate the Diocese of Tyler to the Immaculate Heart of Mary and the Diocese will celebrate the 100th anniversary of the apparitions of Our Lady of Fatima at the annual diocesan Marian Conference Saturday, May 13, at the Chapel of Sts. Peter and Paul and the Bishop Gorman Catholic Schools campus. The conference, normally held …

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Que Pasa: News and Notes for April 19

April is Child Abuse Prevention Month, a time to recognize that we each can play a part in promoting the social and emotional well-being of children and families in our communities. The Catholic Church is a leader in abuse prevention programs and procedures, so that we may protect our most valuable gift from God – our children. For information on …

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Catholic Charities to participate in East Texas Giving Day April 25, donations will help fund programs

Catholic Charities-Diocese of Tyler will participate in the second annual East Texas Giving Day Tuesday, April 25. The Giving Day, sponsored by East Texas Communities Foundation, is an 18-hour period of giving that provides critical funding for local non-profits. According to the Giving Day website, the effort last year raised $479,000 for non-profits in the 32 counties served by East …

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Que Pasa: News and Notes for April 5

Bishop Joseph E. Strickland will preside at the Chrism Mass Tuesday, April 11, at 11 a.m. at the Cathedral of the Immaculate Conception. The bishop will bless the oil of the sick, the oil of catechumens and the holy chrism to be used in the administration of the sacraments in parishes throughout the diocese in the upcoming liturgical year. The …

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