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Coronavirus (COVID-19)
News and Updates


Coronavirus Announcements
  March 27, 2020

Message from Bishop Edward J. Burns and Important Announcement on Adoration and Mass

We invite everyone to join us in these online and televised liturgies. This is a time for us to pray for all who are suffering at this time and ask God for mercy, wisdom and comfort.

  March 27, 2020

Bishops support healthcare professionals by encouraging Mass Critical Care Guidelines

Guidelines must be based on sound bioethical principles; Governor should waive regulations and statutes punishing healthcare workers who use them

  March 27, 2020

Pope Francis grants Extraordinary Blessing “Urbi et orbi”

In response to the ongoing coronavirus pandemic, Pope Francis will give an extraordinary blessing "Urbi et orbi" at 12 noon (CDT) on March 27.

  March 26, 2020

Guidelines Following Shelter-in-Place Order March 24-April 3, 2020

The “Shelter in Place” order, which went into effect at 11:59 on March 23 and continues until 11:59 on April 3, has necessitated a number of changes for many people.

  March 24, 2020

Pray the "Our Father" with Pope Francis and Bishop Burns on Wednesday, March 25th

Bishop Edward J. Burns and Auxiliary Bishop Greg Kelly are asking Christians throughout North Texas to join the 1.3 million Catholics in the Diocese of Dallas in praying the Our Father at 12 noon on Wednesday, March 25th.

  March 22, 2020

USCCB Resources for Catholics at Home During COVID-19

The USCCB has shared a list of websites for Mass, prayers, and daily reflections to help us all during this trying time.

  March 21, 2020

Faith Resources for use during COVID-19 Outbreak

With all public Masses in the Diocese of Dallas cancelled through at least March 30th due to the coronavirus, diocesan ministries have developed a spiritual resources page to assist Catholics during this time.

  March 14, 2020

Additional Statement and Decree of Bishop Edward Burns

"In order to dispel any confusion concerning the cancellation of all public Masses within the diocese of Dallas ... and in order to further discourage public gatherings in light of the current health emergency, I decree that ..."

  March 12, 2020

Bishop Edward J. Burns Grants a Dispensation in Attempt to Keep Parishioners Safe

In light of the ongoing concerns over COVID-19 (coronavirus) ... The following categories of individuals are dispensed from the obligation to attend Mass "on Sundays and other holy days of obligation" (canon 1247).

  March 11, 2020

St. Rita Catholic School and Parish Closed Due to COVID-19 Concerns

At this time St. Rita Parish has voluntarily initiated the following precautions effective immediately.

  March 3, 2020

Coronavirus and Flu precautions

In light of the continued rise in the number of flu cases and concerns about the coronavirus (COVID-19), the Diocese of Dallas is taking the following precautions.


Cases of COVID-19 have been identified in Dallas County

Dallas County Health and Human Services is continuing to work closely with the Center for Disease Control and the Texas Department of State and Health Services to monitor the outbreak and test ill individuals. 

This is a rapidly evolving situation and information will be updated as it becomes available. Also, check these sites often for the latest developments and what Texans need to know about COVID‑19. 

Dallas County Health and Human Services (DCHHS)

Texas Department of State Health Services (DSHS)

Center for Disease Control (CDC)


Protect yourself and others

Residents are asked to help prevent spread of the virus by practicing non-pharmaceutical interventions (NPIs) such as:

  • Social distancing (avoiding close contact with other people, especially those who are sick)
  • Covering coughs and sneezes, and hand hygiene
  • Clean and disinfect frequently touched surfaces
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose and mouth with unwashed hands. 
  • If you are sick, stay home. 

Infographic - Stop the spread of germs


 From the Office of the Superintendent of Catholic Schools

The health and well-being of our students and their families is of utmost importance to us, and for that reason, the Catholic Schools Office alongside Bishop Burns has decided to close all diocesan and private schools and move to e-learning and remote learning protocols through March 27, 2020.

Updates from the Catholic Schools Office