Our Beautiful Blessed Mother watches over her children and leads us to her Son. May this month dedicated to Our Lady lead you to a deeper relationship with her!
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 This book of stories will also serve as a historical document for the Diocese of Tyler.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
Celeste V. Spitz
- 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?
To comply with these measures from the bishops would be to assent, by my conduct, to the false claim on which these measures are based
June 4, 2020 (LifeSiteNews) – As Catholics, as Christians, and as people of good will (regardless of their faith or non-faith), we are all supposed to love truth. This includes not only theological truth, but scientific truth, medical truth, historical truth, and truth about matters of justice, laws, policies and politics.
The response of Canada’s federal and provincial governments to COVID-19 appears to have been driven by Dr. Neil Ferguson of Imperial College, who predicted in March 2020 that as many as 510,000 people in the United Kingdom would die of COVID-19, along with 2,200,000 Americans. Once unleashed, this “Ferguson Fever” infected the minds of politicians around the globe, as well as the media and the public at large.
In the name of “saving lives,” politicians have shut down schools, universities, businesses, gyms, recreation and entertainment facilities of every kind, restaurants, bars, pubs, cafes, libraries, mosques, temples, synagogues, churches, and much of the economy. All of this to make room for the wave of COVID-19 patients who would soon overwhelm our hospitals, needing thousands of ventilators and Intensive Care Units. With very few exceptions, politicians have made no effort to calculate, or even to attempt to calculate, the numerous harms and the predictable suffering which these lockdown measures would inflict, and indeed have inflicted, on so many people.
What we now know in June, and sadly did not know in March, is that the global COVID-19 death toll (374,000 as of June 1) is within the range of deaths resulting from the annual flu. The annual flu tragically claims between 290,000 and 646,000 lives each year, most of them people who are elderly and already very sick. We also know now that COVID-19 poses little if any threat to children and healthy adults. Yet Dr. Ferguson’s wildly inaccurate predictions are still used by fearmongering politicians to frighten Canadians into accepting the continued violation of their Charter freedoms to move, travel, associate, assemble and worship.
Government measures which continue to violate our human dignity and our fundamental Charter freedoms could arguably have been justified in March, and imposed temporarily, at a time when we did not know what we know now. But in June, we know that 95% of COVID-19 deaths occur amongst those 60 and older, with more than two-thirds of COVID-19 deaths in people 80 and over, and next-to-zero deaths among people under 20. COVID-19 tragically targets the same demographics as the annual flu. This is what publicly available government data is telling us, from provinces, states, and countries around the world.
Sadly, it seems the Catholic bishops of Alberta have accepted the Ferguson-like predictions of Premier Jason Kenney, who claimed in early April that as many as 32,000 Albertans could die of COVID-19. At the end of May, COVID-19 had claimed the lives of 143 Albertans, not 32,000. Putting aside conjecture, hypothesis and speculation, there is no actual evidence that the number of COVID-19 deaths would have been higher without a lockdown.
Premier Kenney has repeatedly compared COVID-19 to the Spanish Flu of one hundred years ago, which killed between 20 and 100 million adults, most aged 20-40, at a time when the world’s population was only two billion. Globally, the 374,000 COVID-19 deaths (as of June 1, 2020) constitute 0.00005 of the world’s population: one half of one percent of one percent. This means the Spanish Flu was between 200 and 1,000 times more deadly than COVID-19. Any comparison of the two is ignorance of fact, or deliberate fearmongering.
Relying on the inaccurate and fear-inducing predictions of March rather than on the facts that have been readily available since early May, Alberta’s Catholic bishops are asking their flock to behave as though COVID-19 is a very serious threat to everyone, regardless of age or health.
Rather than quelling unfounded fears, Alberta’s bishops, touting “safety,” now require Mass attendees to wear masks; to subject themselves to personal health questions before being allowed to enter the church; and to provide their names, addresses and phone numbers to be written on a sheet and made available to the government upon request.
While Alberta’s more than 11,000 restaurants can seat six people from six different households at the same table, only a foot or two apart from each other, the bishops insist that Catholics at mass must maintain “social distancing” of six feet or two metres, unless they are from the same household. While restaurants can operate at 50% capacity, such that a large restaurant can welcome 100 or 200 people at the same time, the bishops insist that no more than 50 people be permitted inside a church, even a large Cathedral that can seat over 1,000 people.
While the Alberta government has re-opened daycares and day camps, the bishops insist that infants and children at Mass must remain with their parents or guardians at all times, in spite of the fact that COVID-19 is less likely to kill children than a lightning strike.
Restaurant patrons are treated like adults, free to shake or not shake the hand of another person, but the bishops prohibit Catholics from shaking hands before, during and after Mass. Albertans are now free to socialize at bars, pubs, restaurants and cafes, but the bishops insist that Catholics cannot socialize with each other before or after Mass.
Tim Hortons, McDonald’s, and many other drive-throughs serve hundreds of thousands of Albertans every week, yet the bishops prohibit the faithful from receiving Holy Communion on the tongue “in view of the common good.” The bishops’ requirements pre-suppose that the wildly inaccurate predictions made by Dr. Neil Ferguson and Premier Kenney are correct, that COVID-19 kills people as the Spanish Flu did, and that everyone should be very, very worried. The bishops seem to have forgotten that the common good must be based on truth, not on fearmongering predictions that were discredited many weeks ago.
The bishops have also banned congregational singing as a “high-risk activity”; the presentation of the gifts; and our entrance and recessional processions. The bishops have banned summer camps for Catholic children and families, which is entirely unnecessary.
Since the lockdown in March, Premier Kenney has deemed box stores, hardware stores, abortion clinics and liquor and marijuana outlets as “essential.” By failing to insist to government that churches are more essential than gyms and health clubs, the bishops have effectively taught that, while Tim Horton’s coffee may be essential, the Holy Mass is not.
Perhaps the average Catholic cannot be faulted for failing to spend a few minutes to get acquainted with readily-available government data that suggests that COVID-19 is not more deadly than the annual flu and targets the same demographic as the annual flu. Perhaps the average Catholic can be forgiven for remaining fearful when Alberta’s Chief Medical Officer Deena Hinshaw made a demonstrably false claim when stating, in regard to COVID-19, that “some people who are young and healthy will go on to have severe disease and die.”
In contrast to the laity, bishops have a higher duty: to acquaint themselves with the facts that were already available in early May. When politicians impose measures which very obviously violate the freedom of Catholics to practice their faith, Catholic bishops have a duty to look at the facts, rather than permit themselves to be led about by dubious political claims.
In the past 2,000 years, whenever Caesar demanded that Christian worship be curtailed, appropriate disagreement with Caesar has been a vital part of our Christian tradition, from which we should draw wisdom and courage. Bishops should be guided by love that is rooted in truth, rather than encouraging Catholics to live in daily fear.
Attendance at Mass is currently not obligatory. Why then do we need all these prohibitions and restrictions, which are not enforced on other public places? Those who attend Mass in person, instead of virtually, assess the risks and choose to attend, just as people decide to enter a grocery store or a restaurant rather than ordering online. Why not hold separate Masses, with a myriad of precautions, for the truly vulnerable?
My objection to the Alberta bishops’ new requirements (even if the requirements are supposed to be temporary) is that they are based entirely on the acceptance of the government’s demonstrably false claim that COVID-19 is an exceptionally deadly killer that threatens everyone.
For me to comply with these measures would be to assent, by my conduct, to the false claim on which these measures are based. As someone who is called to love the truth, and to bear witness to the truth, I will not do so.
This article is written by a young, passionate theologian. You may or may not agree but please read all the way through before you decide.
I do not know about you, but these past two months have felt like an eternity. Time has taken on a new dimensionality that I did not know was possible. I used to always lament that time was flying and that the weeks, months, and years were disappearing before my eyes. Now it is the exact opposite, time has slowed down to a crawl. When I reflect to March of this year, it seems like it was forever ago and a million things have happened since then, and at the same time, nothing has happened! It truly is a weird paradoxical feeling that has been created with this whole Corona virus scam that has captured the world.
The Spirit of the Anti-Christ is now working overtime to accomplish his evil plans. This is why we are seeing the leaders and “experts” of our time sowing so much confusion and disorientation into the world. The number one thing I keep hearing from people in conversation is that “none of this makes any sense.” And they are correct. It does not make sense. But this is by design. The confusion surrounding everything is what keeps people in fear and ultimately in control. We must try and see through the thick fog that has enveloped the world and clouded the minds of millions. The light of Christ is truly the only way that we will have any understanding and clarity in these dark and diabolical times.
“The God who rules this world has blinded the minds of unbelievers. They cannot see the light, which is the good news about our glorious Christ, who shows what God is like” (2 Corinthians 4: 4-5). For those with the eyes to see, the scamdemic plot to overtake the minds and hearts of the world is as plain as day. These people do not wear masks, they do not believe in or promote the new terms that have been created out of thin air and repeatedly pounded into our heads (social distancing, quarantining the healthy, flattening the curve, etc.) The children of light must reject all this evil and do so publicly. Christ is King and we belong to him. Our lives must reflect this truth and our actions and words make this a reality.
Depending on how much you have been paying attention to the situation in the Church, this either comes as a complete shock to you, or it does not. The Church as an institution has been completely infiltrated by Satan and the errors that have spewed forth from its clergy have infected the minds and souls of millions of Catholics worldwide for decades. To some extent, this threat was always present in the Church from its inception, but in our times, it has hit a critical mass. It is hard for many of us who have only known one version of the Catholic Church, the Church that began after Vatican II. This version of the Catholic Church, that preached Ecumenism and tolerance of all the world’s false religions, weakened the Catholic Church to such a degree that the majority of “Catholics” today do not believe in anything that even remotely resembles the true Faith that Christ handed to his Apostles.
The lack of familiarity with the early Church and what it went through to survive is another major issue. I believe the answers to today’s problems are found best by looking back to the early Church to see exactly how they would have attempted to preserve the Faith against all the odds. These early Christians paid for their Faith with their blood. We celebrate these martyrs in the Church, but we have removed ourselves from them in how we believe. This is best evidenced by the fact that the hierarchy in the Church has allowed the complete and total shut down of the masses worldwide. This is the victory of the spirit of the Anti-Christ.
The true Church has now returned to its early form. It has moved underground out of necessity. There are priests now risking their ecclesial livelihood and ostracization from the hierarchy for bringing the people the Sacraments. The step of laying down one’s life for the flock for these true shepherds cannot be far off. You should seek out one of these true shepherds and pray you can find them in these times. Stay constantly near to them because they are the ones who have the power to bring heaven to earth and bring you the living Word in the flesh. If not, do not fear, for Christ has overcome the world and he will reward those whose faith has not been disturbed by these evil events. Things will continue to get much worse before they get better but that only means the opportunity for greater Saints to be raised up in these last days is available to us. Let us purify ourselves daily in our renewed commitment to follow Christ all the way to the cross, knowing full well the cost.
Written by JB of the Remnant
These are the days that have been foretold to us through Scripture, countless Saints, and numerous Marian apparitions. If we are not aware, it is because of our own ignorance and lack of desire to understand what our Faith is truly about. The Corona virus fear that has gripped the entire world is without a doubt a demonic plot to control the minds and hearts of the people of this world. But why is the Church and so many of the lay faithful going along with the world? We are not called to live as people in the world live. We are Christians and we are called to live as Christ lived.
We do not look to the world for answers or for hope in times of crisis. We should be picking up our rosary and bible and looking towards God for answers. If we aren’t doing that it means we are putting our faith in the world by absorbing the messages that are being given to us through the secular media, which is always atheistic and anti-God. The world can not tell us anything that will help us save our souls. It despises us because we are followers of Christ. We know Satan is the ruler of this world and yet we look to the world for information. This is a classic example of insanity! The Father of Lies runs the world and we want to listen to him and his minions? No, we should open our bibles and let God speak to us here and now.
God’s word is alive and eternal. The Truth never changes and what was written 2,000 years ago under the guidance of the Holy Spirit (God) is full Truth. In fact, you will learn more about the reality of things today by reading that living word of God than you could ever learn through the news and media reports that come from the world every second of every day. It is sheer chaos and hysteria being spread by the world and the Devil. There is NO truth in them! We need to regain our senses and understand that God is in control of all things and figure out what His plan for us is in this current moment. He is not asking us to be afraid of a virus that can infect our bodies. He is more concerned with the spiritual virus, that is Sin, that is infecting our minds, hearts, souls and the Church!
This is all the more reason that we should not be accepting the closing of the masses by our Bishop(s)! If they had even an ounce of supernatural Faith they would not agree to go along with this diabolical agenda of the world and would resist until the point of death. We the laity must protest this horrific abuse with all our might. We must write emails, plan protests, rally outside of our churches, depose unfaithful clergy, whatever it takes! It amazes me that so many Catholics on social media are celebrating this atrocity as a prudent decision by the Church. The Catholic Church is not what you think it is. It is not just the hierarchy who get to make decisions and the rest of us just blindly accept it even to our own eternal detriment. This is not using our God given intellect and will.
We do not follow faithless men. We, the Church of light who are called to be the salt of the earth for the rest of humanity, must retain our zeal! If we have lost that, then we are no longer good for anything except to be thrown out and trampled underfoot (cf. Matthew 5:13-16).
I am sick to my stomach watching these unnatural men who run the Church telling us, the faithful, what we must do. They use your ignorance of the Faith and of your rights as Christians, to lie to get you to agree to things that no Christians in the history of the world would ever have agreed to. The true Church does not take its marching orders from the State (Satan). It takes its orders from Christ and those who are in communion with Him. This means those who are in a state of Grace and who reside in the Truth.
We must despise all forms of lying in our own lives if we ever wish to be able to see the Truth as it clearly is. The sin of lying obstructs us from being able to see when others are lying to us. The current hierarchy of the Church is filled with immoral men who can lie with an unsettling ease that is impossible to detect unless you have trained your eyes and ears to only seek truth. Christ is the truth we must seek right now and always if we are ever going to be able to live as he has called us to live in this world.
Fear of God is the only respectable form of fear. If we are afraid, because the world has caused it in us, then we are not exhibiting true faith. If you tell me I cannot receive the most precious and holy Eucharist because of fear of contracting a cold virus then you are doing the devil’s work and you have cut yourself off from the true vine that gives life. Please understand that your Church is being ripped away from you and if you’re ok watching mass on television and not receiving the most blessed Sacrament than I feel sorry for you. If this is not ok with you than let us, the militant Church, do something about it right now.
Stay away from people who are not followers of the Lord! Can someone who is good get along with someone who is evil? Are light and darkness the same? Is Christ a friend of Satan? Can people who follow the Lord have anything in common with those who don’t? Do idols belong in the temple of God? We are the temple of the living God (2 Corinthians 6:14-16).
“Who’s going to save our Church? It’s not our bishops, it’s not our priests and it is not the religious. It is up to you, the people. You have the minds, the eyes and the ears to save the Church. Your mission is to see that the priests act like priests, your bishops act like bishops, and the religious act like religious.” – Archbishop Fulton Sheen
“Anyway, they are no more than false apostles and dishonest workers. They only pretend to be apostles of Christ. And it is no wonder. Even Satan tries to make himself look like an angel of light. So why does it seem strange for Satan’s servants to pretend to do what is right? Someday they will get exactly what they deserve.” 2 Corinthians 11:13-15
“For the shepherds are stupid, and do not inquire of the Lord; therefore they have not prospered, and all their flock is scattered.” Jeremiah 10:21
“It is an easy matter for many to be shut up in the hands of a few: and there is no difference in the sight of the God of heaven to deliver with a great multitude, or with a small company: For the success of war is not in the multitude of the army, but strength cometh from heaven. They come against us with an insolent multitude, and with pride, to destroy us, and our wives, and our children, and to take our spoils. But we will fight for our lives and our laws: And the Lord himself will overthrow them before our face: but as for you, fear them not.” 1 (Maccabees) 3:18-22
Viva Cristo Rey!
JB of the Remnant