By Lindsey McMillan – The Catholic Daughters of the Americas hosted the 52nd Biennial State Convention in Texarkana April 14-18, 2021. This was a big undertaking seeing as the convention which usually hosts over a thousand women was taking place just a year after the pandemic began. Texarkana and Sacred Heart Catholic Church were honored to be hosting the event, says former State Regent Melodie Brunt. All CDC precautions and protocol were followed as 482 CDA members and state officers gathered at the Texarkana Convention Center for a weekend filled with events and seminars.
Diocesan News – The Diocese recognizes the importance of forming all married couples, from newlyweds to empty nesters, to live out their vocation in holiness and joy! As St. John Paul II famously said, “As goes the family, so goes the nation, and so goes the entire world in which we live.” It is of crucial importance that families in the Church are empowered to understand and live out their vocation.
Interview with Angelina Estrada – One thing that is really important to me is creating memorable events to help strengthen people’s relationships with Christ. Oftentimes our events are the first time those in attendance encounter Christ. For example when we have marriage retreats, many couples tell us that the retreat was the first time they had the opportunity to pray together as a couple. It brings me joy to know that the events and retreats I manage create that opportunity for people.
Diocesan News – This summer, over 160 high school youth from the Diocese of Tyler attended Steubenville Lone Star, a youth conference hosted by Life Teen in Irving, TX.
Diocesan News – In August of 2020, Fr. Greg Bramlage brought the Missionaries of the New Evangelization to the Diocese of Tyler to teach, evangelize and help people find healing and deliverance. One of the ways Fr. Bramlage does this is through Deliverance Conferences for priests and the laity. The first conference in the Diocese of Tyler will be August 6-7, 2021 at Bishop Gorman High School.
Diocesan News – St. Mary’s Catholic Church in Longview, TX will be holding a parish mission with Fr. Casey Cole, OFM July 9th-11th. The topic for this weekend will be Fr. Casey’s book “Let Go: Seven Stumbling Blocks to Christian Discipleship” and how to overcome the obstacles that often get in the way of following Christ.
Diocesan News – Sacred Heart Catholic Church in Nacogdoches will be hosting its annual Multicultural Festival on June 26 and 27, 2021 from 10 a.m. – 5 p.m. on the grounds of Sacred Heart Catholic Church located at 2508 Appleby Sand Road, Nacogdoches, Texas
Interview with Dr. Luke Arredondo – Building up the domestic church is an incredibly important and challenging endeavor. But we need to remember that even small steps are important and will help. Pray together as a family whenever you can, even if it’s just a short prayer. Read scripture, tell stories about the saints, and above all go to the Eucharist and Confession as a family. Start where you are, and make a small step in the right direction. You don’t have to turn your home into a silent retreat hall with a full monastic prayer schedule. But we have to try something, and we have to keep trying. So, again: why not try?!
By Elizabeth Slaten – In a special way, these new priests are called by our Lord to follow him, serve him and to care for his Church. As the lay faithful, we are called to love and support these priests in their mission to be servants of Christ and his Church. Let us be sure to constantly keep them in our prayers.
By Elizabeth Slaten – We hear in 1 Peter 4:10, “As each one has received a gift, use it to serve one another as good stewards of God’s varied grace.” As Christians, we are all called to respond to this commission and use the gifts we’ve been given to serve God and his people. For Daniel and Diana Collins this means opening a Catholic store 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.