No Better Time Than Now: A Catechist’s Reflection on RCIY

By Angelina Estrada – If I had to give advice to someone thinking of becoming a catechist I would say what Fr. Victor said, “there’s no better time than now.” If God is calling you to serve, let the Holy Spirit guide you and do not be afraid to put yourself out there.

Knights of Columbus Make Significant Charitable Contributions in the Diocese of Tyler

By Lindsey McMillan – The Knights of Columbus representing the Diocese of Tyler have had an active charitable presence within Catholic communities across East Texas. With thirty councils and 2,600 members, the Knights have set goals and surpassed them each year in their quest to meet the needs of the diocese. Since 1988, the Knights have contributed over $500,000 in charitable donations to the Diocese of Tyler.

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We are excited to reintroduce the Catholic East Texas magazine. We are doing our best to provide content that you care about. You’ll find articles about the Catholic Faith, the liturgical calendar, our seminarians, social issues, and much more. Our top focus is excellent content. Be on the lookout for new articles that tell the stories of the lives of Catholics in East Texas. We are analyzing how we can provide this magazine in print form, which is much more costly than publishing online. We would greatly appreciate your help in making the decision.

Meet the Institute Team: Deanna Johnston, Director of Family Life

CET Interview with Deanna Johnston – “I wish people understood how crucial their family is to the Body of Christ. Personally, I know it can be challenging for families to fall into comparing themselves to others and getting discouraged by what we don’t see. But recognizing that as individual families, if you are what God has called you to be, then you are living your domestic church to the best of your ability, as messy and loud and chaotic and simple as it can be.”

Looking for a Personal Relationship with Jesus? Take the Eucharist, Say the Church Fathers

By James R. A. Merrick, Ph.D. – The earliest Christians clung to the Eucharist as lovingly as the Apostles clung to the resurrected Body of Christ. When Jesus no longer walked the earth after His Ascension, the early Christians talked as though he was no less physically present to them through the Eucharist. Let us look at two striking representatives who were both martyred for their Christian faith in the second century: St. Ignatius of Antioch (c. 35 – 110) and St. Justin Martyr (c. 100 – 165).

Icon Writing Workshop Comes to East Texas

By Teresa Darby
Iconography is the art of writing icons. It is proper to say that the icons are written rather than painted, meaning that there is a certain language being used in the creation of an icon. As with any language, the language of Iconography has its own rules and requires study and understanding. The discipline of exploring the symbolic meaning of this language is called Iconology.

Lenten Practices for Youth

In the Gospels, whenever Jesus traveled alone it was usually to find a place to pray. Jesus prays in order to teach us how to pray. In the sixth chapter of Matthew, the disciples asked Jesus to teach them how to pray and it is on this occasion that Jesus gives us the “Our Father.”