Virtual Diocesan Family Room

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Welcome from the Director

Welcome to the Virtual Diocesan Family Room! This is a place for the diocese to connect during the COVID-19 pandemic. As the teaching arm of the Diocese of Tyler, Bishop Joseph Strickland’s St. Philip Institute offers you these resources to deepen your faith during this unprecedented time. Look for recordings of Sunday Masses, pastoral messages from Bishop Strickland, help for homeschooling, prayers and meditations to join us at the family altar, resources to increase your knowledge of our beautiful Catholic faith, and more. Scroll down to browse a collection of our resources and our Virtual Bulletin Board where you can share what’s going on around the diocese. A mother myself, I know how hard it can be to find a new normal. Thank you for visiting our family room.

Gratefully in Christ,

Daily Mass at Noon with Bishop Strickland

Follow us on Facebook to stream daily Mass from the chancery live. You can be with Bishop Strickland and with Christ in real time and participate in the Mass by adding comments and praying along to receive Spiritual Communion.

Sunday Masses

The St. Philip Institute will stream live and record Sunday Masses on YouTube. Be sure to join us in Spiritual Communion!

Help us Teach the Faith

You can help Bishop Strickland and the St. Philip Institute teach the Catholic faith with the fervor of first century Christians, with truth, goodness, and beauty, with reverence for the Real Presence of Christ in the Eucharist, and for all seasons of life.

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If your parish has anything to post on the Virtual Bulletin Board, please email it to Stacy Trasancos.

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Pray with Us at the Family Altar

Download these materials provided by Fr. Gus Tharappel, MSFS at the Wellspring Fransalian Center for Spirituality.

Browse Our Resources to Learn the Catholic Faith

Try it Out Teens and Parents!

Try out these sample lessons on the Eucharist, the Source and Summit of the Christian life. Why and how do we worship?

Help Flatten the COVID-19 Curve with Faith and Reason

Here are some practical, prayerful tips from Stacy Trasancos at the National Catholic Register to help slow the spread of the Coronavirus. The number of cases isn’t known. Therefore, the mortality rate cannot be known. What is known is that the virus spreads easily, even through asymptomatic individuals, and it leads to pneumonia. People who cannot survive pneumonia, especially the elderly, are most at risk of death. If the virus spreads too quickly, hospitals will be overwhelmed, and no one will have medical care. It’s up to each of us. Stop the spread.

Learn More About Confession

Learn more about what the Sacrament of Reconciliation is and why we need it to follow Christ and constantly renew our souls. We have content for kids, teens, and adults.

Catholic teaching spells out exactly what the virtues are and how to practice them. Browse our material for adults and kids to learn how to form habits for happiness.

Take the Challenge!

Follow the Way of Christ

During the COVID-19 Quarantine, the St. Philip Institute and Bishop Strickland encourage you to Follow the Way of Christ. We offer our small catechism, approved by Bishop Strickland, downloadable for free. Use this book to work through the lessons using our videos and 10-question quizzes for each lesson. When you pass the quiz with 100%, you will receive a certificate by email. Collect them all to Follow the Way of Christ! Use this time to learn your Catholic Faith.

Video Hutch

Browse our COVID-19 videos.

Podcast Hutch

Browse our podcast to teach the faith.

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Faith at Home is FREE

During these challenging times, the Augustine Institute is extending complimentary access to FORMED for all parishioners in the Diocese of Tyler for 40 days. Content in English and Spanish.

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