Thousands of Catholics to visit Texas Capital April 4

Nearly 4,000 Catholics have registered to participate in Catholic Advocacy Day, to be held April 4 at the Texas State Capital. The day will include a rally with  the state’s bishops, who lead the 15 Catholic dioceses in Texas, on the steps of the Capital beginning at 11:30 a.m. The Texas Catholic Conference of Bishops, which is organizing the day, …

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Parishes schedule Lenten missions, Holy Week liturgies

Parishes across the Diocese of Tyler are scheduling Lenten missions and reconciliation services to help the faithful prepare more fully for Easter. Holy Week schedules also are being posted. Bishop Joseph E. Strickland will celebrate the Mass of Holy Chrism Tuesday, April 11, at 11 a.m. in the Cathedral of the Immaculate Conception. The bishop will consecrate the Oil of …

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Que Pasa: News and Notes for March 24

The 2017 Bishop’s Annual Appeal is under way. Please see the website. 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 ick, the oil of catechumens and the holy chrism to be used in the administration of the …

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Diocese to offer session on “Dealing Successfully with Failed Marriages” Saturday in Nacogdoches

Father Gavin Vaverek, pastor of St. Patrick Church in Lufkin and a canon lawyer and defender of the Bond for the diocesan Tribunal, will present a session on “Dealing Successfully with Failed Marriages” Saturday, March 25, 10 a.m.-noon in the Margil Center at Sacred Heart Church in Nacogdoches, 2508 Appleby Sand Road. The session will offer a brief explanation of …

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CET: Fathers and Sons – An Interview with Terry and Fr. Justin Braun

Terry Braun, father of Tyler priest Father Justin Braun, converted to Catholicism on Christmas Day, 2016. We interviewed them at their home parish, St. Mary’s in Longview, a few days before Terry was to be received into the Church. We asked about conversion, what it’s like to have a priest as a son, and to have a dad about to …

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Father Francis “Frank” Zakshesky, one of diocese’s founding priests, dies

Father Francis “Frank” Zakshesky, one of the 39 original priests of the Diocese of Tyler, has died. Father Zakshesky died at his home in Sinton, TX. He was 72. His rosary, led by Bishop Joseph E. Strickland, will be Monday, March 27, at 6 p.m. at Stewart Funeral Home, 7525 Old Jacksonville Hwy., Tyler. Bishop Strickland will celebrate Mass of Christian …

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Bishop installs Father Lawrence Love as pastor, blesses tabernacle in Mineola

Proclaiming that “love has come to Mineola,” Bishop Joseph E. Strickland formally installed Father Lawrence Love as pastor of St. Peter the Apostle Church in Mineola March 12. The bishop also consecrated a new tabernacle, crafted in Italy and purchased with funds given to the parish by a donor who wishes to remain anonymous. In his homily, Bishop Strickland recognized …

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St. Patrick’s Day Dispensation

Bishop Joseph E. Strickland has issued a dispensation from the discipline of abstinence from meat on March 17, St. Patrick’s Day, for the faithful of the Diocese of Tyler Normally, and by immemorial tradition, Catholics are bound to abstain from meat on the Fridays of Lent in remembrance of the crucifixion of Jesus Christ. However, approximately every seven years, the …

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Texas Catholic Conference Advocacy Day

Join Catholics from the Diocese of Tyler and fellow Texas Catholics at the Capitol in Austin to promote life, dignity and the common good on April 4, 2017. Catholics from across the Lone Star State will unite for the Texas Catholic Conference’s 2017 Texas Catholic Faith In Action Advocacy Day. This bi-annual rally is hosted by the Texas bishops to promote …

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Que Pasa: News and Notes for March 8

The 2017 Bishop’s Annual Appeal is under way. The appeal theme is 30: Turning the Corner and focuses on preparing the Diocese of Tyler for the next 30 years, and beyond, of continuing the mission of Jesus Christ. Pledges and donations may be made online. To learn more about the appeal, or to make a pledge or donation, please see …

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Bishop Corrada blesses new hall at Christ the King Church in Kilgore

Bishop Álvaro Corrada, SJ, former Bishop of Tyler, blessed a new parish hall named for him at Christ the King Church in Kilgore Feb. 19. The Bishop Alvaro Corrada Family and Parish Center is an 8,625-square foot structure that incorporates the existing and renovated hall with new construction. It includes a fully equipped professional kitchen and pantry, expanded restrooms including a family …

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Linda Porter retires, ending an era in the Diocese of Tyler

An era has come to a close in the Diocese of Tyler. Linda Khirallah Porter, diocesan Director of Faith Formation since 1994, retired Feb. 28 after more than two decades of shaping how the Catholic faith is taught in East Texas. Under Porter’s leadership, thousands of catechists have been trained and endorsed to teach in parishes, and those catechists have …

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Que Pasa: News and Notes for Feb. 23

    The 2017 Bishop’s Annual Appeal is under way. Please see the website and prayerfully consider your gift. The season of Lent begins on March 1 with Ash Wednesday. Lent runs from Ash Wednesday until the Mass of the Lord’s Supper on Holy Thursday exclusive. Ash Wednesday and Good Friday are obligatory days of fasting and abstinence for Catholics. In addition, …

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Father Brian Mullady, OP, to preach Lenten missions in three parishes

Dominican Father Brian Mullady, a popular preacher and EWTN contributor, will be in the Diocese of Tyler in March offering Lenten missions in three parishes. He will preach in: Mary Queen of Heaven Parish, Malakoff, March 6-9, at 6:30 p.m. each evening; Our Lady of Victory Parish, Paris, March 19-23, 7-8 p.m. each evening; Sacred Heart Parish, Texarkana, March 25-30. …

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