Novena for Bishop Joseph E. Strickland

Join us, the faithful sheepfold of the Diocese of Tyler, and become a Prayer Warrior for our Good Shepherd. Let’s unite to pray, from wherever you call home, in or outside the Diocese of Tyler, and show our love and support for his Excellency Bishop Joseph E. Strickland, Bishop for the World!

Beginning on Tuesday, November 29th & Ending on December 7th

Novena to the Immaculate Conception

During the nine days of prayer, you are invited to make a Holy Hour for Bishop Strickland at the Chapel of Sts. Peter & Paul or wherever you can adore Jesus in the Eucharist. The intentions of Bishop Strickland’s Novena will be submitted at the tomb of Venerable Fulton J. Sheen at the Cathedral of Saint Mary of the Immaculate Conception in Peoria, Illinois.

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“Please assure all those who join in this Novena that I will offer Mass for them.”

~ Bishop Joseph Strickland~

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What Time Is It?

Something we all need to consider. Especially with Thanksgiving this week and Lent starting on Sunday. May our eyes be lifted up to Jesus who holds us in His Sacred Heart. And, may we take Our Mother’s hand and ask her to make our hearts like hers. Blessed Mother, help us to trust in your direction and lead us back to your Son during these dark days.

Newcomers ~ November Event

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We will have our November Newcomers event at the Young’s beautiful ranch. Everyone is welcome. Newcomers and those who have led the way! Come enjoy a day in the country with family and make some new friends.

Enjoy fishing at the lake, playing games on the lawn or taking a hike around the property. Kids can enjoy bobbing for apples and we will have a big bonfire in the evening!

First Annual Chili Cook Off!

    • Bring your best and compete for the Title: Chili Champion!
    • Only 5 Entries will be allowed so register now if you want to participate.
    • Make your chili at home and bring enough for 20 cups!
    • Sunday, November 13, 2022
    • Starting at 2pm until after the sun goes down!
    • Location: Lindale TX ~ Address will be provided to those who register.

What to bring:

    • Camp chairs
    • Beverages to share
    • Dish to share
    • Musical instrument if you play
    • If you have kids (or just want to act like one) a couple of apples for bobbing
    • Dress for the weather

Register Here

Newcomers September Event

Welcome Reception and Dinner
for All Newcomers to the Diocese of Tyler!

Saturday, September 24th at 6:30 pm
Cathedral Center of the Immaculate Conception Parish

423 S. Broadway, Tyler Tx

Cathedral of the Immaculate Conception, Tyler

All New Families Are Welcome to Join Us!

Saturday, September 24 at 6:30 pm, directly after the 5:30 Mass, we will be welcoming all those who have moved to Tyler in the last year. The Parish Council will greet newcomers in the lobby of the Cathedral Center, then dinner will follow in the main room, hosted by the “oldcomers.”

If you’re a recent arrival,
you get to be the honorees!

If you attended the first Newcomer Reception last year or have been in Tyler for over a year… you are on the reception committee. We will be providing the food and drinks for dinner.

Bring a dish according to your last name:
A-G    Main courses
H-M   Salads, vegetables or bread
N-S   Desserts
T-Z    Wine, beer or sodas

Please email Sheryl what you plan
to bring so we can fill in any gaps!
Sclare27@aol.com

Tyler Diocesan Rosary Congress

Ushering in the Triumph of the Immaculate Heart of Mary
with the Pillars of Victory: The Holy Eucharist and The Holy Rosary!

At the Request of
Bishop Strickland,
the Diocese of Tyler
will pray for the
Church, our families,
and our nation
starting on October 1st.

The Rosary Congress is an intense week of prayer that hastens the triumph of the Immaculate Heart of Mary. This truly spiritual experience is a foretaste of how beautiful the world will be when humanity returns to the love and service of God. It will be that period of peace foretold by Our Lady of Fatima wherein the Eucharistic Heart of Jesus will be the center of our lives and the Holy Spirit will fill our hearts with the fire of his love to renew the face of the earth. 

The Diocese of Tyler is one of many Diocese across the nation offering a week of 24 hours a day of prayer by hosting a Diocesan Rosary Congress (DRC). The DRC consists of Perpetual Adoration and Hourly Rosary offered in a spirit of reparation. The Rosary Congress will travel to 7 different parishes throughout the Diocese from October 1st through October 7th, 2022. Learn More Here

The Cathedral of the Immaculate Conception in Tyler will kick off the Diocesan Rosary Congress on Saturday, October 1st at the 8:30 am Mass

Sign up for a Holy Hour at the
Cathedral of the Immaculate Conception in Tyler

Schedule:

Saturday, October 1st – Cathedral of the Immaculate Conception

  • 8:30am – Opening Holy Mass – Bishop Strickland
  • Followed by Eucharistic Procession – Bishop Strickland
  • Holy Rosary Chanted During Procession – Fr. Nick Napier
  • Followed by Consecration of Our Families to the Immaculate Heart of Mary – Bishop Strickland
  • Continual Adoration begins with the Holy Rosary said every hour – Laity
  • 1pm Blessed Sacrament Reposed for Wedding
  • 4pm Blessed Sacrament Exposed
  • 5:30pm Vigil Mass
  • 6:30pm Continual Adoration begins again with the Holy Rosary said every hour – Laity
  • Sunday, October 2nd, 6:00am Benediction – Bishop Strickland
  • 6:30am Closing Mass – Bishop Strickland

The DRC Continues to the Following Parishes:

  • Sunday, October 2nd – St Patrick’s, Lufkin
  • Monday, October 3rd – St Edward’s, Athens
  • Tuesday, October 4th – Sacred Heart, Mt Vernon
  • Wednesday, October 5th – St. Francis of the Tejas, Crokett
  • Thursday, October 6th – St Anthony, Longview
  • Friday, October 7th – Sacred Heart, Texarkana

Please join in this National endeavor to hasten
The Triumph of the Immaculate Heart of the Virgin Mary!

Sign up for a Holy Hour Here

For more information contact Celeste Spitz at (916) 923-8272 or email her at maryschildcvs@gmail.com

Let’s Pray for Bishop Joseph E. Strickland!

Join us, the faithful sheepfold of the Diocese of Tyler, and become a Prayer Warrior for our Good Shepherd. Let’s unite to pray, from wherever you call home, in or outside the Diocese of Tyler, and show our love and support for his Excellency Bishop Joseph E. Strickland, Bishop for the World!

Beginning on Wednesday, September 7th & Ending on Thursday, September 15th
The Feast of our Lady of Sorrows

During the nine days of prayer, you are invited to make a Holy Hour for Bishop Strickland at the Chapel of Sts. Peter & Paul or wherever you can adore Jesus in the Eucharist. The intentions of Bishop Strickland’s Novena will be submitted at the tomb of Venerable Fulton J. Sheen at the Cathedral of Saint Mary of the Immaculate Concept ion in Peoria, Illinois.

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“Please assure all those who join in the Novena that I will offer Mass for them.”

~ Bishop Joseph Strickland

EFFICACIOUS NOVENA TO THE SACRED HEART OF JESUS

In the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit. Amen.

I. O my Jesus, you have said: “Truly I say to you,
ask and it will be given you, seek and you will find,
knock and it will be opened to you.”
Behold I knock, I seek and ask for the grace of…

 (Mention your intention here)

Our Father…Hail Mary…Glory be to the Father…

Sacred Heart of Jesus, I place all my trust in you.

II. O my Jesus, you have said: “Truly I say to you,
if you ask any thing of the Father in my name, He will give it to you.”
Behold, in your name, I ask the Father for the grace of…

(Mention your intention here)

Our Father…Hail Mary…Glory be to the Father…

Sacred Heart of Jesus, I place all my trust in you.

III. O my Jesus, you have said: “Truly I say to you,
heaven and earth will pass away but my words will not pass away.”
Encouraged by your infallible words I now ask for the grace of…

 (Mention your intention here)

Our Father…Hail Mary…Glory be to the Father…

Sacred Heart of Jesus, I place all my trust in you.

O Sacred Heart of Jesus, for whom it is impossible not to have compassion on the afflicted,
have pity on us miserable sinners and grant us the grace which we ask of you,
through the Sorrowful and Immaculate Heart of Mary, your tender mother and ours.

  • I PRAY for Bishop Strickland to receive all the graces needed to carry out the mission given to him by God the Almighty Father.
  • I PRAY for Bishop Strickland to be led by the Holy Spirit in all his daily actions carried out with Divine Wisdom as he guides his flock to eternal happiness in heaven.
  • I PRAY for Bishop Strickland to be continually protected by the intercession of Immaculate the Heart of Mary and the Sacred Heart of Jesus as he defends the True Catholic Faith and the Sanctity of Life.
  • I PRAY also for State Senator Bryan Hughes, R-Mineola, who authored the Texas Heartbeat Law which was recently upheld by the U.S. Supreme Court. Bless and protect him, his family and his good work for the sanctity of life and for the sovereignty of the states.
  • I PRAY also for the increase, within our Diocese, of priestly vocations and for all seminarians and religious.

Sacred Heart of Jesus, Have Mercy On Us!

We Want Your Story!

The East Texas Catholic community welcomes you and would love to know the story of how you landed in the Diocese of Tyler. We believe sharing your story will inspire others and will give God glory by sharing how He is working in your life.

We would also like to use your story to produce a book to give to Bishop Strickland to fill his heart with hope for the future of the Church. This book of stories will also serve as a historical document for the Diocese of Tyler.

In addition to your story, we have a professional photographer, Mark Tanner, who is available to capture our beautiful faces for the book.

To organize your thoughts, the outline below may help. You don’t have to follow the order or the exact prompts. Please feel free to be as detailed as you would like.  Include dates and experiences before, during and after your arrival in Texas. 

A rough draft is all we need.  We want to make this easy for you.  After all, you have had a lot going on! Your submission will be edited, with your permission, to have some unity in format. If you would like to share but want to remain anonymous, just let us know.  We won’t print anything without your permission.

Submit your story to Celeste Spitz in digital format. This can be done by email, on a thumb drive, or through the website TruthForSouls.com.  We will provide you with a copy of the final draft for your review.  Again, rough drafts are all we need!

Thank you so much for participating in this collection.  May God bless you and your families and enrich your faith through our beautiful Catholic community here in East Texas. 

Contact us with any questions or to submit your story below:

Rebecca Cali, MD

Publisher

Celeste V. Spitz

Editor


Outline

  1. Begin with a short paragraph about you and your family.
  • Where are you from?
  • What was your home like? 
  • Were you and your family member working, retired, students, etc.    

2. What was the situation in your community and parish during the time you first had thoughts about relocating?

  • What factors impacted your decision? 
  • Were restrictions or regulations of the state a factor?       
  • What was your previous parish life like and were you active in the parish?

3. Describe the point at which you made a definite decision to move.

  • Was there a specific incident that was the tipping point?
  • Was it a result of prayer- perhaps a novena to St Joseph? Special devotions?
  • Did you hear about or do research about other places to live besides Tyler?

4. How did Tyler or East Texas enter as a possible relocation place?

  • Did you know about the Bishop here?
  • Did you have friends or family in the area?
  • Employment opportunities?

 5. The moving process. 

  • What was your experience selling your home and finding a new home.
  • Did you quit a job (how was that?).  Did you have to find a new job?
  • How did you get your belongings to Texas?
  • What was the experience when you actually left your former home?

6. Settling in Texas.  Describe the process of assimilating into your new community and parish.

  • Did you and your family members feel welcome right away or did it take time?
  • Do you find daily life very different than where you came from?
  • Have you gotten involved in the parish?  Do you see yourself in a specific role?

7. Looking Back.  

  • As you look back, do you see how God worked in your life to guide and direct you to this point?
  • Did you have any experiences during this process that you would consider miracles?
  • Has it turned out to meet your expectations, your hopes?  Or has the experience been just different than what you expected. 
  • Has this experienced increased your faith?
  • Anything else you would like to add?