Bishop Joseph E. Strickland proclaims 2022 “Year of Mary and the Eucharist”

“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”

2022: Year of Mary and the Eucharist – Catholic East Texas


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.”

More about this event:

Samples of other Eucharistic statements by Bishop Joseph E. Strickland:

A Reflection on My Relationship with the Eucharistic Lord” by Bishop Strickland

“I consider my deepening relationship with Our Lord in His Eucharistic Presence to be one of the most profound blessings in my life and I have to say, it is all His doing. I have to admit, I become emotional even as I write these words because the Lord has blessed me so deeply as He has drawn me closer to His Sacred Heart in the Eucharist. As I begin to share, I must pause to acknowledge the role of the Immaculate Virgin Mary, the mother of every priest and the woman that has become my mother in a profound way. I was blessed with a natural mother who started me on the path of faith and I pray she is overjoyed to know how kindly the Blessed Virgin has placed her mantle of intercession and love over me. I have to credit Our Lady and Our Lord with the wonders they have wrought in my life.

“All of the above begins to speak to how significant a deepening relationship with Christ in the Eucharistic is for every person in the human family. It is deeply tragic that too many in our time have lost this golden thread of truth. Hopefully, this broken reality enhances the deep gratitude we feel that by the grace of God, we do know the truth of the Eucharist. Let us humbly seek to evangelize the world with this profoundly good news.

“In prayer I often find myself wondering why me? Why do I find myself drawn so deeply into Eucharistic faith and coming to know the Lord more and more profoundly? The answer of course, is the complete and resounding gift of grace.

“Domine non sum dignus, ‘Lord I am not worthy,’ is simply a statement of fact for me and for every person. I suppose the question “why me?” is a natural response but it highlights the reality that it is rather daring to even ask the question. The best approach is to simply be profoundly grateful for the free gift of God’s love.

“In this context developing an ever deeper relationship with Our Lord and His Eucharistic Face becomes a must. To know Him is to love Him. And one is compelled to grow closer to Him as we become more aware of the mystery of His great love for us.

“Moving on from wondering why I have been so blessed, a profound responsibility begins to dawn on me. I’m reminded of a phrase my mother often repeated: ‘Of those who have been given much, much will be expected.’ She said this in the context of our Catholic faith and I have come to know just how weighty this statement is. The Lord has given us Himself completely and as we come to know Him it begins to dawn on us that we must be willing to pour ourselves out as He poured himself out. Completely!

“My journey into Jesus in the Eucharist has challenged me to seek ever deeper reverence for Him in every facet of His presence with us. If you feel called to deeper faith in the Real Presence of Jesus on the altar at every Mass, I urge you to join me in seeking a more profound devotion to Him. We can never plumb the depths of His love, but in striving, a wondrous transformation can happen for us and for our world. Jesus promised He would never leave us and I know He has kept his promise. Let us turn to Him and live fully as people of his promise.”

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Spanish translation: https://www.catholiceasttexas….

Bishop Strickland has declared 2022 to be a Year of Mary and the Eucharist

French translation that is more accurate than Google translate version:

« Je considère que l’approfondissement de ma relation avec Notre-Seigneur en sa Présence eucharistique est l’une des plus profondes bénédictions de ma vie, et je dois dire que c’est entièrement son œuvre. Je dois admettre que je suis rempli d’émotion au moment même d’écrire ces lignes, parce que le Seigneur m’a béni très profondément en me rapprochant de son Sacré-Cœur dans l’Eucharistie. En commençant à en parler, je dois prendre le temps de reconnaître le rôle de la Vierge Marie Immaculée, la mère de chaque prêtre et la femme qui est devenue ma mère en un sens profond. J’ai eu le bonheur d’avoir une mère terrestre qui m’a guidé sur le chemin de la foi, et je prie pour qu’elle soit ravie de savoir avec quelle bonté la Sainte Vierge m’a couvert de son intercession et de son amour. Je rends hommage à Notre-Dame et à Notre-Seigneur pour les merveilles qu’ils ont opérées dans ma vie.

« Tout cela permet de pressentir l’importance de l’approfondissement de la relation avec le Christ dans l’Eucharistie pour chaque personne de la famille humaine. Il est profondément tragique que trop de gens à notre époque aient perdu ce fil d’or de la vérité. Espérons que cette réalité brisée renforce la profonde gratitude que nous ressentons parce que, par la grâce de Dieu, nous connaissons la vérité de l’Eucharistie. Cherchons humblement à apporter au monde l’évangile de cette grande bonne nouvelle.

« Dans la prière, je me demande souvent : Pourquoi moi ? Pourquoi est-ce que je suis attiré si profondément dans la foi eucharistique et que je viens à connaître de plus en plus profondément le Seigneur? La réponse, bien sûr, est le don complet et retentissant de la grâce.

« Domine, non sum dignus, ‘Seigneur, je ne suis pas digne’, c’est simplement une déclaration de fait pour moi et pour chaque personne. Je suppose que la question « pourquoi moi? » est une réaction naturelle, mais elle fait bien voir qu’il est plutôt audacieux de poser la question. La meilleure attitude est simplement d’être profondément reconnaissant pour le don gratuit de l’amour de Dieu.

« Dans ce contexte, nourrir une relation toujours plus profonde avec Notre-Seigneur et son visage eucharistique est une nécessité. Le connaître, c’est L’aimer. Et l’on se sent poussé à se rapprocher de Lui à mesure qu’on devient plus conscient du mystère de son grand amour pour nous.

« Au lieu de me demander pourquoi j’ai été si béni, je commence à ressentir une profonde responsabilité. Je me souviens d’une phrase que ma mère répétait souvent : “De ceux à qui on a beaucoup donné, on attendra beaucoup.” Elle a dit cela dans le contexte de notre foi catholique, et j’ai appris à quel point cette déclaration est lourde de sens. Le Seigneur S’est donné complètement à nous et, à mesure que nous apprenons à Le connaître, nous commençons à comprendre que nous devons être prêts à nous donner entièrement comme Il l’a fait. Complètement !

« Mon chemin vers Jésus dans l’Eucharistie m’a mis au défi de rechercher une révérence toujours plus grande pour Lui sous tous les aspects de sa présence avec nous. Si vous vous sentez appelé à une foi plus profonde en la Présence réelle de Jésus sur l’autel à chaque messe, je vous exhorte à vous joindre à moi dans la recherche d’une dévotion plus profonde envers lui. Nous ne pouvons jamais sonder les profondeurs de son amour, mais si nous nous efforçons de le faire, une transformation merveilleuse peut se produire en nous et dans notre monde. Jésus a promis qu’Il ne nous quitterait jamais, et je sais qu’Il a a tenu sa promesse. Tournons-nous vers lui et vivons pleinement en tant que peuple de sa promesse.

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Traduction espagnole : https://www.catholiceasttexas….

Mgr Strickland a déclaré que 2022 est l’Année de Marie et de l’Eucharistie.

Son diocèse de Tyler célébrera son 35e anniversaire en tant que diocèse avec un congrès eucharistique à Tyler, Texas, à l’école secondaire Bishop Gorman les 10 et 11 juin 2022. Le thème de cet événement sera « L’Eucharistie, source et sommet de la vie familiale ».