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Our Lady of Perpetual Help Catholic School welcomed families to join their students and staff on campus for a special Th...
11/19/2022

Our Lady of Perpetual Help Catholic School welcomed families to join their students and staff on campus for a special Thanksgiving lunch on Friday, Nov. 18.

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The Catholic Foundation awarded more than $950,000 to 15 local schools, parishes and community organizations on Thursday...
11/17/2022

The Catholic Foundation awarded more than $950,000 to 15 local schools, parishes and community organizations on Thursday, Nov. 17, as part of its 2022 fall grant ceremony at Network Community Ministries in Richardson. Read more about the grant ceremony and the recipients in the Nov. 25 print edition of The Texas Catholic.

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Jacob Coffman’s path to the Diocese of Dallas took a few twists and turns, including a trek to the far northwest to work...
11/11/2022

Jacob Coffman’s path to the Diocese of Dallas took a few twists and turns, including a trek to the far northwest to work for a certain bishop who he’d reunite with in Dallas. While the journey may have taken some time, Coffman now finds himself right where he needs to be. Read more about the new Diocese of Dallas the associate director of content development for the Office of Youth, Young Adult and Campus Ministries at http://www.texascatholic.com/2022/11/03/offering-opportunities-to-encounter-jesus-christ/.

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On the Feast of the Dedication of the Lateran Basilica in Rome, Auxiliary Bishop Greg Kelly celebrated a Mass of Thanksg...
11/10/2022

On the Feast of the Dedication of the Lateran Basilica in Rome, Auxiliary Bishop Greg Kelly celebrated a Mass of Thanksgiving and dedication for the recently renovated Guadalupe Chapel at the Catholic Conference and Formation Center, located in Oak Cliff, which Bishop Kelly announced is changing its name to the Saint Raphael Retreat Center. The organization is undergoing an extensive rebranding effort in response to community needs assessment and renewal of its pastoral mission.



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Celebrating the Sacrament of Matrimony, Bishop Edward J. Burns welcomed couples to the Cathedral Shrine of the Virgin of...
11/07/2022

Celebrating the Sacrament of Matrimony, Bishop Edward J. Burns welcomed couples to the Cathedral Shrine of the Virgin of Guadalupe on Nov. 5 for the annual Diocesan Newlywed Mass.

With a celebration of Mass by Father Ignacio Olvera, the faithful gathered at Calvary Hill Cemetery on Nov. 2 in remembr...
11/03/2022

With a celebration of Mass by Father Ignacio Olvera, the faithful gathered at Calvary Hill Cemetery on Nov. 2 in remembrance of the faithful departed.

Eternal rest grant unto them, O Lord, and let perpetual light shine upon them.

To all who have participated in the 2022 Bishop's Annual Appeal - THANK YOU! Your generosity to the Bishop’s Annual Appe...
11/02/2022
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To all who have participated in the 2022 Bishop's Annual Appeal - THANK YOU! Your generosity to the Bishop’s Annual Appeal for Catholic Ministries reflects Christ’s glory and love for all. We invite you to see the impact your gift had in the Diocese of Dallas over the last year through our Bishop's Annual Report for Catholic Ministries.

On behalf of our ministry leaders and those who benefit from your generosity, we extend our sincere gratitude for your prayerful and financial support of the apostolic mission of the future for the Church in North Texas. Your generosity made a difference in the lives of countless Catholics in our community, from seminarians to job seekers to young families to retired priests and so many others. Thank you!

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Eighth-graders at St. Mark Catholic School - Plano, TX for All Saints Day dressed as saints for their “Living Saints” pr...
11/01/2022

Eighth-graders at St. Mark Catholic School - Plano, TX for All Saints Day dressed as saints for their “Living Saints” project, where they made presentations to younger students at the school.



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Students at James L. Collins Catholic School in Corsicana celebrated All Saints Day by dressing up as their favorite sai...
11/01/2022

Students at James L. Collins Catholic School in Corsicana celebrated All Saints Day by dressing up as their favorite saints. All you Holy Men and Women, pray for us.



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ICYMI: More than 630 volunteers from the Bishop Lynch High School (Official) community gathered in shifts at the school’...
11/01/2022

ICYMI: More than 630 volunteers from the Bishop Lynch High School (Official) community gathered in shifts at the school’s competition gym to pack more than 145,000 meals during the school’s fourth annual Feed My Starving Children MobilePack effort on Oct. 22.

Read more at http://www.texascatholic.com/2022/10/31/coming-together-to-help-those-in-need/

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10/31/2022

On Oct. 29, nearly 200 people gathered at the Kaycee Club in Dallas for a Catholic Diocese of Dallas Synod Listening Session to discuss “Non-Practicing Catholics and Non-Catholics: Dialogue and Outreach.” The event was one in a series of listening sessions planned as part of the Diocese of Dallas Synod 2024. Read more about the session in the Nov. 11 print edition of The Texas Catholic.

The parish is “the normal environment where we learned to hear the Gospel, to know the Lord Jesus, to serve with gratuit...
10/31/2022

The parish is “the normal environment where we learned to hear the Gospel, to know the Lord Jesus, to serve with gratuitousness, to pray in community, to share projects and initiatives, to feel part of God’s holy people,” Pope Francis told leaders of the young adult section of Italian Catholic Action, a parish-based program of faith building and social outreach.

Read more at http://www.texascatholic.com/2022/10/31/pope-parishes-are-essential-places-for-growing-in-faith-community/

In observance of October as Respect Life Month, Auxiliary Bishop Greg Kelly joined St. Bernard of Clairvaux Catholic Com...
10/26/2022

In observance of October as Respect Life Month, Auxiliary Bishop Greg Kelly joined St. Bernard of Clairvaux Catholic Community and Catholic Pro-Life Community in celebrating a bilingual Respect Life Mass on Oct. 25. During the Mass, Bishop Kelly offered a special blessing for all those in the Catholic Diocese of Dallas who work in the pro-life ministry. Following the Mass, a Ministry Fair was held in the parish courtyard where a number of the pro-life ministries were present.



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10/24/2022

The community at Bishop Lynch High School (Official) came together on Oct. 22 for its fourth annual Feed My Starving Children MobilePack, coinciding with the observance of World Mission Sunday. Read more in the Oct. 28 print edition of The Texas Catholic.

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“Every Christian is called to be a missionary and witness to Christ. And the church, the community of Christ’s disciples...
10/21/2022

“Every Christian is called to be a missionary and witness to Christ. And the church, the community of Christ’s disciples, has no other mission than that of bringing the Gospel to the entire world by bearing witness to Christ,” Pope Francis wrote in his message for the World Mission Sunday celebration, which will be held Oct. 23.

Read more at http://www.texascatholic.com/2022/10/21/ordinary-people-called-to-be-extraordinary-christian-witnesses-pope-says/



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The Catholic Foundation named Robert Opel of Garland as the 17th winner of its annual Art On The Plaza competition. Opel...
10/19/2022

The Catholic Foundation named Robert Opel of Garland as the 17th winner of its annual Art On The Plaza competition. Opel's artwork, "Wings of Joy," was unveiled Oct. 19 on the 28-by-9-foot public art wall in the Catholic Foundation Plaza and will remain on display for one year in the downtown Dallas Arts District.

Learn more about the artist and the inspiration behind his award-winning artwork in the Oct. 28 print edition of The Texas Catholic.

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A recent graduate of the University of Notre Dame in Indiana, Edith Torres Monzón arrived at the Diocese of Dallas in Ju...
10/19/2022

A recent graduate of the University of Notre Dame in Indiana, Edith Torres Monzón arrived at the Diocese of Dallas in July to serve as the associate director of Outreach and Diversity Office of Youth, Young Adult and Campus Ministries. We recently sat down with Torres to talk about her role in promoting multicultural awareness in the Diocese of Dallas and what she hopes to accomplish in the Hispanic youth ministry called Pastoral Juvenil Hispana.

Get to know more about Edith at http://www.texascatholic.com/2022/10/12/helping-young-catholics-grow-in-faith-build-community/



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Bishop Edward J. Burns installed Father Jet Garcia as the pastor at St. Michael the Archangel in McKinney and Holy Famil...
10/13/2022

Bishop Edward J. Burns installed Father Jet Garcia as the pastor at St. Michael the Archangel in McKinney and Holy Family in Van Alstyne during a special Mass celebrated on Oct. 8 at the McKinney parish. Congratulations Father Jet!



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Father John Bayer, O.Cist., writes that one of the most laudable questions he receives is about how to discern God’s wil...
10/12/2022

Father John Bayer, O.Cist., writes that one of the most laudable questions he receives is about how to discern God’s will. "A decision is easy to make when the choice is between something right and something wrong," he writes. "But a decision can be difficult when the choice is between two goods and I have to discover the specific will God has for me."

Read more at http://www.texascatholic.com/2022/09/29/father-bayer-discerning-the-will-of-god/

10/04/2022

Celebrating the Feast of St. Francis of Assisi at Holy Trinity Catholic School-Dallas

As part of its outreach into the greater community, the Bishop Lynch High School (Official) Friar Choir has been collabo...
10/04/2022

As part of its outreach into the greater community, the Bishop Lynch High School (Official) Friar Choir has been collaborating with the Dallas Street Choir in a shared love of music. This music ministry is a special service outreach to people experiencing homelessness.

Read more at http://www.texascatholic.com/2022/10/04/lifting-up-others-through-song/



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ICYMI: On Sunday, Sept. 18, Bishop Edward J. Burns celebrated a Mass at St. Ann Catholic Church installing Father Edwin ...
09/22/2022

ICYMI: On Sunday, Sept. 18, Bishop Edward J. Burns celebrated a Mass at St. Ann Catholic Church installing Father Edwin Leonard as the Coppell parish's pastor. Congratulations to Father Leonard on becoming the fourth pastor of St. Ann Catholic Parish.



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Father Thomas Esposito writes that technological advances in computers and phones in recent decades have altered many es...
09/21/2022

Father Thomas Esposito writes that technological advances in computers and phones in recent decades have altered many essential activities and aspects of being human. While Father Esposito says we should be grateful for "the obvious blessings those innovations have produced, a smug ignorance tends to accompany our use of the devices that are fundamentally disabusing us of certain truths that once were self-evident."

Read more of Father Esposito's most recent "Word to Enkindle" column at http://www.texascatholic.com/2022/09/20/father-esposito-technologys-trap-and-our-humanity/

Father Jacob Dankasa writes that Grace is defined as "an unmerited favor we receive from God. It’s freely given through ...
09/20/2022

Father Jacob Dankasa writes that Grace is defined as "an unmerited favor we receive from God. It’s freely given through God’s benevolence, and God bestows His grace upon anyone He chooses. By our creation as God’s children, every human is potentially a recipient of God’s grace, especially those who draw closer to Him."

Read more in Father Dankasa's latest column at http://www.texascatholic.com/2022/09/19/father-dankasa-opening-the-door-to-receiving-gods-grace/



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Golfers and supporters of Diocese of Dallas Catholic Schools are beginning to gather for the annual Bishop’s Golf Invita...
09/19/2022

Golfers and supporters of Diocese of Dallas Catholic Schools are beginning to gather for the annual Bishop’s Golf Invitational.

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09/16/2022

Congratulations!

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Congratulations!

We are officially a Blue Ribbon THREE-PEAT!

Dear All Saints Community,

It is with great joy that we are writing this letter! All Saints Catholic School has been named a recipient of the 2022 National Blue Ribbon of Excellence School. As a National Blue Ribbon of Excellence School, All Saints has been identified as one of the top-performing schools in the United States. Only 24 private schools in the nation earned this distinction in 2022. Schools may apply for the National Blue Ribbon of Excellence every 5 years. We have received this honor in 2006, 2015, and now 2022. All Saints is one of the few schools in the country to earn a third National Blue Ribbon of Excellence Award. As three-time recipients, we truly serve as a model for schools across the country.

This award is indicative of the exemplary teaching our students receive every day. Great teachers make great schools, and we have great teachers. Due to their efforts, our students achieve excellence in their faith, academics, service, and character. We could not do it without your partnership, prayers, and support.

We will celebrate this achievement throughout the school year, and most especially later this fall during Blue Ribbon Week, November 14-18.

Once again, congratulations on being a part of our three-time National Blue Ribbon of Excellence School. Thank you for being a part of All Saints.

Yours in Christ,
Shana Druffner and Colin Campbell


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In the world of social media and the Internet, where many people argue and debate about which faith, religion or church is the best, we must be careful not to come across as teachers who lack the witnessing component of our lessons, Father Jacob Dankasa warns. Read more at http://www.texascatholic.com/2022/06/16/father-dankasa-modern-man-listens-more-to-witness-than-teachers/
The next Catholic Diocese of Dallas Synod listening session will be held Aug. 20 at Bishop Lynch High School (Official) with the focus on "Catholic Social and Moral Teaching and the Church in the World." Register today at www.cathdal.org/synod.


The faithful gathered June 14-17 at the Embassy Suites Hotel in Grapevine for the Archbishop James P. Lyke Conference, a national conference that celebrates the gifts that Black Catholics bring to liturgies and ministries. On hiatus for two years because of COVID, this annual national conference, named for the late Atlanta Archbishop James Lyke, was preceded by specialty workshops that focus on music, preaching, and spiritual movement. Attendees were present from Washington, D.C., Ohio, Alabama, Illinois, Louisiana, and Texas, including significant participation from both the Dallas and Fort Worth Catholic dioceses. (Photos by Kevin Bartram/Special Contributor)
Finding healing and exploring ways to work more effectively with diverse communities was the focus of the general session on the second day of the “Alive in Christ: Young, Diverse, Prophetic Voices Journeying Together,” a multicultural national gathering of Catholic ministry leaders in Chicago June 23-26. Read more at http://www.texascatholic.com/2022/06/28/speakers-embracing-historical-memory-strengthens-church-ministries-today/



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On Sunday, June 26, Bishop Edward J. Burns celebrated the closing Mass at the 2022 Steubenville Lonestar Conference held June 24-26 at the Irving Convention Center.



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Bishop Edward J. Burns is among the U.S. bishops participating in the Encounter Alive in Christ: Young, Diverse, Prophetic Voices , taking place in Chicago.

“We are grateful that this day has come and give thanks to God for the gift of life. Let us continue to pray that all will come to acknowledge this sacred right to life,” said Bishop Edward J. Burns as the U.S. Supreme Court overturns Roe in anticipated Dobbs decision. Read more at http://www.texascatholic.com/2022/06/24/supreme-court-overturns-roe-in-anticipated-dobbs-decision/
Families are called to bridge the gap between older and younger generations and defend life, said U.S. Cardinal Kevin J. Farrell, prefect of the Dicastery for Laity, the Family and Life, during a Mass beginning the first full day of the World Meeting of Families. Read more at http://www.texascatholic.com/2022/06/23/meeting-looks-at-how-families-protect-life-pray-connect-generations/

The Catholic Church professes marriage and family life to be a path to holiness -- a daunting concept -- but one that can start with a tiny step, Pope Francis said.

"Start from where you are, and, from there, try to journey together: together as couples, together in your families, together with other families, together with the church," the pope said June 22, opening the World Meeting of Families with an evening "Festival of Families" in the Vatican audience hall.

Read more at http://www.texascatholic.com/2022/06/22/pope-asks-families-to-take-a-small-step-toward-greater-holiness/

On Saturday, June 11, our local Church in Dallas gathered for a Diocese of Dallas Synod listening session on the topic of “Marriage and Family Life.” Juan Carlos Moreno, director of the Office of Evangelization, Catechesis and Family for the Diocese of Dallas, recently offered his reflection on how there is hardly a more important topic for the Catholic Church today. Read more at http://www.texascatholic.com/2022/06/20/focusing-on-the-importance-of-marriage-and-family/


The June print edition of The Texas Catholic offers plenty to celebrate as we highlight the recent ordination of six men to the priesthood, 17 men as permanent deacons, and spotlight the Class of 2022 with our annual graduation edition. Be on the lookout for your copy in the mail.
As we come to celebrate Father’s Day, Peter J. Ductrám, senior director of ministries for the Diocese of Dallas, shares a few words from a dad to other dads, thanking you for all you do every single day for your family, especially your little ones. Read more at http://www.texascatholic.com/2022/06/19/ductram-a-letter-for-fathers-day/
The faithful came together June 17-18 for “Leadership in a Multicultural Church: A Workshop for Ministers and Catholic School Teachers,” sponsored by the Diocese of Dallas Ministries Office and Office of Cultural Diversity at Holy Trinity Catholic Church in Dallas. Guest speakers for the event were Dr. Hosffman Ospino, Assistant Professor of Hispanic Ministry and Religious Education at Boston College, School of Theology and Ministry and Sr. Guadalupe Ramirez, D. Min, Associate Professor of Pastoral Theology at the Mexican American Catholic College. The workshop offered those faithful in attendance a basic level of cultural awareness that will allow them to engage and communicate effectively with people from different ethnic and cultural groups in the Diocese of Dallas.


Five rising seniors from Cistercian Preparatory School spent the first week of their summer break digging up native grass and wildflowers from a restored prairie at Harry Moss Park in Dallas and transplanted them into a new traffic circle in northern Oak Cliff as part of an effort to restore the urban area to its natural Blackland Prairie appearance. On Thursday, June 16, the boys accompanied by Father Raphael Schaner, O.Cist., to come bless their "pocket prairie" and the traffic circle surrounding it. Read more in the July print edition of The Texas Catholic.



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A special Mass and program were held at the St. Pius X Catholic Church’s Over 55 Club’s regular monthly meeting on May 17 to honor six couples that are celebrating their 50-plus wedding anniversaries during the past two years. http://ow.ly/hOVN50JttIl
"We are all tempted to hide our vulnerability, to hide our illness, our age and our seniority, because we fear that they are the precursor to our loss of dignity," Pope Francis said June 1 at his weekly general audience in St. Peter's Square. “Do not hide old age, do not hide the fragility of old age.” Read more at http://www.texascatholic.com/2022/06/01/shame-on-those-who-take-advantage-of-the-elderly-ill-pope-says/
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