In order to prevent the spread of coronavirus disease (COVID-19) in the territory of the Diocese of Tyler, Bishop Joseph Strickland has promulgated the following temporary regulations. These are effective March 10, 2020, and until further notice.

  • The faithful should stay home if they are sick or are experiencing symptoms. If a person is ill, they are not bound by the obligation to attend Mass, including on Sunday. Out of charity to others, sick individuals should not attend liturgical celebrations or other parish events.
  • Distribution from the common chalice during Communion is temporarily suspended.
  • The exchange of a sign of peace is to be retained in all Masses (Order of the Mass, No. 128), temporarily, however, it is to be exchanged without physical contact.
  • The holding of hands during Mass is not encouraged.
  • The manner of receiving the host (in the hand or on the tongue) is the choice of each individual communicant. Both methods may risk the spread of disease, so it is important for ministers of Communion to exercise good hygiene. Nevertheless, if applicable, the faithful may consider receiving Communion in the hand rather than on the tongue.
  • Ordinary and extraordinary ministers of Communion should practice good hygiene, washing hands with soap and water or alcohol-based hand sanitizer, before and after distributing Communion.

As a reminder, following the guidelines from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (, the Diocese of Tyler recommends everyday preventive actions to help prevent the spread of respiratory diseases, including:

  • Avoid close contact with people who are sick.
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth.
  • Stay home when you are sick.
  • Cover your cough or sneeze with a tissue, then throw the tissue in the trash.
  • Clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces using a regular household cleaning spray or wipe.
  • Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds, especially after going to the bathroom; before eating; and after blowing your nose, coughing, or sneezing. If soap and water are not readily available, use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer with at least 60% alcohol. Always wash hands with soap and water if hands are visibly dirty.

Diocese of Tyler Guidelines in English and Spanish (PDF)

Thanks to the step-in-faith that 6,246 households have taken, our seminarians finally have a financial foundation from which to grow. As we continue to make pledge payments to grow this foundation, we meet your commitment by agreeing to three principles:

1. Forming more seminarians, into good men and holy priests, as the central use of your funds.

2. Working, in a cost-effective way, to help you make pledge payments, adjust or correct pledges.

3. Being thankful and mindful of the sacrifices you've made. A strong Church stands in East Texas because of the grace and gifts you give.

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Decree Relegating the former St. Augustine Church at 102 W. Market, San Augustine to Profane but not Sordid Use

Having opened and dedicated the new St. Augustine Church on August 28, 2019, and issued a decree so testifying (Prot. N. 2019/C-0360); and

Bishop Joseph E. Strickland has declared a Year of the Eucharist for the Diocese of Tyler for the 2020 liturgical year. 

The year, fully titled, "Year of the Eucharist: Fostering Reverence for the Real Presence," will begin on Dec. 1, 2019, the first Sunday of Advent, and end on Nov. 22, 2020, the Solemnity of Christ the King.

To celebrate October, the month dedicated to the Rosary, and in honor of the anniversary of the apparitions of the Blessed Virgin Mary at Fatima, you are invited to join Bishop Strickland to pray the Rosary on Oct. 13 at 3 p.m. at the Chapel of Sts. Peter and Paul in Tyler.

If you are not able to come to Tyler, you are invited to gather with your friends, family, and community to pray the Rosary in your church or home at 3 p.m. 

The prayer will also be live-streamed on the Diocese of Tyler Facebook page at

This effort to have as many people as possible pray the Rosary on Oct. 13 is being jointly sponsored by the Diocese of Shreveport. 

How to Pray the Rosary: