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COVID-19 News and Updates


  April 30, 2020

Dallas Diocese Announces Incremental Reopening Plan

The Diocese of Dallas has released a decree outlining the way in which its 77 churches will incrementally open to welcome back the 1.3 million Catholics in the 9 counties it serves.

  April 27, 2020

Dedication Mass for Catholic Schools - April 30th at 11:00 a.m.

This Mass is dedicated to all parents, students, and educators during this time of distance learning.

  April 26, 2020

Call to Prayer - U.S. and Canadian Catholic Bishops to Seek Intercession of Mary (May 1)

Bishop Edward J. Burns asks all in the Diocese of Dallas to join in this special prayer asking for the Virgin Mary’s help in this time of great sorrow and need.

  April 24, 2020

Statement regarding Masses for the weekend of April 25/26

Bishop Burns is staying steadfast with his decree indicating that churches are closed through the end of this month. A new decree will be announced after details of the Governor’s next statement can be considered.

  April 22, 2020

2020 First Communions are delayed, not cancelled

Our children will receive Jesus in the Eucharist when the Bishop, in consultation with local authorities, determines that it is safe for us to gather together again.

  April 17, 2020

Origin of Divine Mercy Sunday, the Divine Mercy image, the Chaplet, and the Novena

On May 5, 2000, five days after the canonization of St. Faustina, the Vatican decreed that the Second Sunday of Easter would henceforth be known as Divine Mercy Sunday.

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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