Fifth National Encuentro calls Hispanics to deeper discipleship, greater leadership

Parishes in the Diocese of Tyler are currently engaging in a reflection and discernment process as part of the Fifth National Encuentro (V Encuentro), a four-year process of consultation, discernment, discussion, and collaboration. The main goal of the V Encuentro is to discern ways for the Church in the United States to better respond to the ever-growing Hispanic presence, and …

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Pentecost Reflection: Overcoming our lukewarmness in the faith

In St. Peter’s Basilica in the Vatican, as soon as you enter the magnificent church, something bright and beautiful can be seen through the baldacchino, all the way in the apse.  It is a beautiful window of the dove – who represents the Holy Spirit – shining forth into the church.  This window was designed by Gian Lorenzo Bernini, but …

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Que Pasa: News and Notes for June 1

Bishop Joseph E. Strickland will celebrate Mass Monday, June 5, at 6 p.m. at St. Mary Magdalene Church in Flint commemorating Msgr. John Flynn’s 65th anniversary of priestly ordination. Msgr. Flynn, a native of Ireland, came to the Diocese of Tyler from the Archdiocese of San Antonio and has served this diocese in a number of parishes as well as on …

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Bishop Strickland blesses site of future Broadnax Family Crusader Center on Bishop Gorman campus

TYLER – Bishop Joseph E. Strickland blessed the site of the future Bishop Gorman Catholic Schools’ Broadnax Family Crusader Center athletic field house May 25. Bishop Edmond Carmody, second Bishop of Tyler and retired Bishop of Corpus Christi, and Father Anthony McLaughlin, incoming president of Bishop Gorman, also spoke at the ceremony. The blessing coincided with the 25th anniversary of …

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Stronger religious freedoms in Texas could boost Catholic foster care

AUSTIN (CNA/EWTN News) – The Catholic Church in Texas will work to promote more foster parenting, following the state legislature’s approval of strong legal protections for religious adoption and foster care agencies. “Now Catholics can join other people of good will and serve Texas’ children in good faith,” said Jennifer Carr Allmon, executive director of the Texas Catholic Conference of …

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Catholic Charities offering long-term recovery assistance for victims of recent tornadoes

CANTON – Catholic Charities-Diocese of Tyler in conjunction with Catholic Charities-Dallas is launching a long-term recovery assistance effort for victims of the recent tornadoes. Catholic Charities will have disaster case managers on site at St. Therese Church in Canton, in the parish hall, Tuesdays-Thursdays, May 30-June 30, 9 a.m.-2 p.m. or by appointment, to discuss assistance options. St. Therese is …

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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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