The St. Philip Institute of Catechesis and Evangelization will present a Diocesan Teaching Event: Full of Grace: Understanding the Immaculate Conception, on Saturday December 9, from 9am-approximately 1 pm.

Dr. David Tamisiea, executive director of the St. Philip Institute, will speak on “The development of the dogma of the Immaculate Conception.” Father Johua NMeu, SSL, will speak on “The Immaculate Conception in Sacred Scripture.” Father George Elliot, STL, will speak on “The Immaculate Conception in the Early Church.” Finally, Father Mitch Pacwa, SJ, will give the homily at the closing Mass to end the event.

The event is free, and will be held at the Chapel of Sts. Peter and Paul, 1435 ESE Loop 323 in Tyler.

St. Andrew the Apostle Catholic Church in Lufkin will host “Sword of the Spirit: The Church Speaks to the Modern world,” a conference on the teaching of Pope Leo the XIII. For more information, please CLICK HERE.

On Friday, October 13th, the centennial of the Miracle of the Sun and the final apparition of the Blessed Virgin at Fatima, St. Peter Claver parish in Tyler will host a showing of “The 13th Day”, a film about the events at Fatima. The showing will be 7-8:45 pm in either the St. John of the Cross room, or the parish hall, depending on turnout.

Bishop Corrada and his family are ok. Thanks be to God, Mayagüez was spared from catastrophic damage as a result of Hurricane Maria.

Our Seminarians who are studying in Mexico City and their families are ok. They were all a bit frightened, but didn’t suffer any injuries and are not displaced as a result of the earthquake.

Bishop Carmody has reported that the city of Corpus Christi and the diocesan offices are pretty much back to normal; although, the school in Rockport was completely destroyed as a result of Hurricane Harvey.

Please keep our diocesan family and the Texas Bishops in prayer as they continue to recover from these recent weather events.  – Bishop Strickland

Bridging the Gap: Special Needs Ministry

This workshop will provide the participants new ideas and techniques in ministering to families with special needs and disabilities. Luci Holloway with Loyola Press will be with us and have available all the adaptive resources for faith formation for individual or parish use.  Five locations in the diocese have the kits Finding God Adaptive Resources; Seven locations have the Sacraments adaptive kits.