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News October 16, 2013

Parish Religious Education Week Debuts in November

Parish Religious Education Week highlights the important role played by parish-based religious education and faith-formation programs across the country. In the Diocese of Dallas, 41,196 students are enrolled in pre-K-8 religious education and 8,069 at the High School level, with the number of Catechists serving our parishes at 7,285.

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Under the auspices of the Religious Education Department, the National Catholic Educational Association (NCEA) is inaugurating a Parish Religious Education Week in November to highlight the important role played by parish-based religious education and faith-formation programs across the country. This year’s observance is Nov. 3 to 9, and the plan is to observe the week annually on the first full week in November.

The week will complement the observance of Catechetical Sunday. It also will build on the current celebrations of dioceses and regions across the country, providing a national focus on the important role parishes serve in educating and forming people in the Catholic faith.

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According to Lori Dahlhoff, director of the Religious Education Department, Parish Religious Education Week will honor all those serving in parish religious education and help strengthen interconnections between Catholic parish and school education programs. "It will help educate folks about what is happening in parish religious education and why it's important,” Dahlhoff said.

More than two-thirds of Catholic children and youth in the United States, along with adults, receive formal religious education in more than 17,000 parishes.

This year’s theme is “Encountering Christ Every Day/Encuentro con Cristo cada dia.”

Resource materials will be available to underscore the significant place of the parish in catechesis and to highlight diverse models for parish-based programs. The materials will also offer suggestions for honoring partners in parish religious education and life-long faith formation, especially for Parish Catechetical Leader Appreciation Day, Nov. 6.

Thank you to our Parish Catechetical Leaders!

All Saints

Kathy McDermott

Blessed Sacrament

Jose Francisco Manzo

Cathedral Guadalupe

Imelda Ramirez

Christ the King

Charlotte Dooley


Patrick O'Sullivan

Church of the Incarnation

Denise Phillips

Corpus Christi

Maria Gutierrez


Marta Cadena

Divine Mercy

Ana Davila

Epiphany Mission

Ashlie Hallenbeck

Good Shepherd

Blanca Alanis


Olivia Cruz

Holy Cross

Paula Martinez

Holy Family of Nazareth

Linda Moses


Mary Kay  Lubbers-Reyes

Holy Family Van Alstyne

Janis Hicks

Holy Spirit

Deborah Garrison


Lindee Greer

Holy Trinity

Elizabeth  Delgado

Immaculate Conception- Cors.

Gerardo Alvarado

Immaculate Conception-GP

Gabriel Lopez


Micaela Miramontez


Sr. Mary Paul Haase

Mary Immaculate

Bris Fuentes


Sefanit Mekonnen

Beth Crouch

María Jimenez

Mother of Perpetual Help

Sout Ngo


Sr. Janine  Vân

Nuestra Señora del Pilar

Maria Angeles Amo


Reina Martinez

Our Lady of Angels

Shawn  French


Elizabeth Anne Adams


Sue Parker


Jennifer Hardy

Our Lady of Fatima

Paul Weinberger

Our Lady of Lourdes

Amy Rodriguez

Our Lady of Perpetual Help

Paula Aramburo

Our Lady of San Juan/St. Theresa

Susanna Ramirez


Hugo Salinas

Our Lady of the Lake

Sarah  Campbell


Julie Aldridge

Prince of Peace

Kay Elliott

Sacred Heart

Esther Garcia

Sacred Heart of Jesus Chinese

Louisa Chimkwan-Chow

Sacred Heart of Jesus Vietnamese

Hao Phan

San Juan Diego

Lupita Frausto


Maria  Martinez

Santa Clara of Assisi

Patricia Rodriguez

St. Andrew Kim

John Lee

St. Ann Parish-Kaufman

Karim Sullivan

St. Ann-Coppell

Debbie Kaluza


Tena Allain


Marie Zavala

Ruth Rivedeneyra

St. Anthony-Dallas

Denis Corbin

St. Anthony-Wylie

Lucy Cavazos

St. Augustine

Arabelia Martinez

St. Bernard of Clairveaux

Sandra Godina


Lisela  Morales

St. Cecilia

Estella  Castillo

St. Edward

Rita Lopez


Rosanely Suarez

St. Elizabeth Ann Seton

Bruce Baumann


Denise Gilbert


Raylene Juneau


Laura Eberius

St. Elizabeth of Hungary

Elizabeth Seidemann

St. Elizabeth-Bonham

Denise Kapp

St. Francis of Assisi-Frisco

David Utsler


Niki MacDougall


Jenny Rhode

St. Francis of Assisi-Lancaster

Sherry Granello

St. Francis of Assisi-Whitesboro

Margaret Pack

St. Gabriel the Archangel

Page Sanders


Dawn Purcell

St. James

Jane  Gray

St. John Nepomucene

Ashlie Hallenbeck

St. John the Apostle -Terrell

Susan Warner

St. Joseph Vietnamese-GP

Helen  Ta

St. Joseph-Commerce

Brenda Mulcahy

St. Joseph-Richardson

Ann Thomas

St. Joseph-Waxahachie

James  Speelman

St. Jude-Allen

Julie Buchanan


Mary Boyle


Brenda Farmer

St. Luke

Therese Frank


Daniel Segovia


Jacinta  Tran

St. Mark the Evangelist

Debbie Betz

St. Martin of Tours- Forney

Beth Wright

St. Mary of Carmel

E. Josie Tellez

St. Mary-Sherman

Annie Kremer

St. Michael the Archangel-G

Sherri  Williams

St. Michael the Archangel-GP

Ileana Cantu

St. Michael the Archangel-MK

Jimmy Perkins


Yolanda Perez

St. Monica

Mariangela Byrne


Maria  Rocha

St. Patrick-Dallas

Marty Noel

St. Patrick-Denison

Ryan Buchanan

St. Paul the Apostle

Beckie  Soto

St. Peter the Apostle

Marcella Savala-Hamilton

St. Peter Vietnamese- Garland

Hoang Nguyen

St. Philip the Apostle

Ginna Curts


Carmen Therese Lazo

St. Pius X

Maria Elena Quiroz


Anita St Clair

St. Rita

Fr. Joshua Whitfield


Susan Sheetz

St. Thomas Aquinas

Brandon Barker

St. Thomas Aquinas

Erin Antosh

St. William

Paul Weinberger