“As we draw to the close of the Year of Saint Joseph, we give thanks for all of the graces and inspirations we have received. Although the Year of Saint Joseph closes officially on December 8, 2021, we will of course continue to be inspired by his model of manly faith. Joseph, the adoptive father of Jesus the Son of God and Patron of the Universal Church, continues to strengthen our faith as we journey through life.
“It is with great joy that I now proclaim that beginning with the first Sunday of Advent, November 28, 2021, we will enter into a Year of the Immaculate Virgin Mary and the Eucharist. My hope in sharing this spiritual focus for the coming liturgical year is to help us all grow in devotion to the Immaculate Virgin Mary, a deeper relationship with his mother always draws us closer to Jesus. During the coming year, we will focus on the tremendous attributes of the Blessed Virgin Mary, woman of faith.
“In addition, as we continue to prepare for our Eucharistic Congress in June of 2022, this Year of Mary and the Eucharist will help us to be inspired to deepen our faith in Jesus especially as he is with us ‘until the end of the age’ in his real presence in the Blessed Sacrament.
“I also want to share my plan as your shepherd to focus on the seven sacraments of our faith for the coming seven years. We will begin with the Eucharist this Advent 2021 and continue with Baptism, Confirmation, Confession, Anointing of the Sick, Marriage, and Holy Orders in subsequent years culminating in Advent 2027. I pray that this will allow us to embrace more deeply these seven signs of faith that, along with Sacred Scripture, are at the very heart of our Catholic faith. The Saint Philip Institute collaborating with our clergy and our diocesan staff will be developing materials for individuals, families, parishes, missions, and organizations that will help all to delve more deeply into these treasures.
“Given at Tyler on November 5, 2021.
“+ Joseph Edward Strickland”
Above: Real symbol of the Holy Spirit descends upon Archbishop Salvatore Cordileone
2022 Eucharistic Congress – “The Eucharist: Source and Summit of Family Life.”
The Diocese of Tyler, Texas will celebrate it’s 35th anniversary as a diocese with a Eucharistic Congress at Bishop Gorman High School on June 10 and 11, 2022. “The theme for this event will be “The Eucharist: Source and Summit of Family Life.”
“Keynote speakers for this event will include Archbishop Salvatore Cordileone, archbishop of San Francisco and Fr. Richard Castro, a priest of Miles Christi. There will be presentations in English and Spanish. More information to come soon!” CET staff
Note: “Bishop Joseph E. Strickland was named the fourth bishop of Tyler in September of 2012 by Pope Benedict XVI. Prior to being named bishop, he served a number of roles in the diocese, including vicar general, judicial vicar, and pastor of the Cathedral parish. He was ordained to the priesthood in 1985.”
Samples of other Eucharistic statements by Bishop Joseph E. Strickland:
- “The Eucharist and Confession go hand in hand” by Bishop Joseph E. Strickland
- “Eucharistic faith from 100 years ago” by Bishop Joseph E. Strickland
- “Eucharistic Procession” by Bishop Joseph E. Strickland
- “Eucharistic Procession for the coronavirus and other challenges” by Bishop Joseph E. Strickland
- “Year of the Eucharist – Fostering Reverence for the Real Presence” by Bishop Strickland