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Vicar General


To: All Pastors, Principals, Clergy, Business Managers, All Staff Members of Pastoral Center, Parishes, Schools and Entities

The Official Catholic Directory


The Official Catholic Directory - Deadline Extension

Due to overlap with the Thanksgiving Holiday, The Official Catholic Directory has extended the Online Update System deadlines:

The deadline for entities to submit data for the 2022 Edition has been extended to December 6, 2021.

The OCD update system is a browser-based application that works better by the use of Google Chrome.
The contact person needs to enter the website and follow the registration process.

Upon logging in the person will have a video tutorial available to familiarize themselves with the updating process.

After registration, the contact person will have access to all the requests for update for the specific entity registered under his/her e-mail, such as parishes, schools, trusts, endowments, etc.  
Parishes are asked to use the diocesan pastoral report to complete the yearly update for The Official Catholic Directory to make sure the data is the same on both reports. Both reports should be within a period of reporting of September 1, 2019 through August 31, 2020.
For further information, please contact Rita Gracia at or 214-379-2853.

Ministries Office, Pastoral Cultural Ministries


To: All Staff

Our Lady of Guadalupe Novena


In preparation of the formal launch of the diocesan synod process on December 12th, the Diocese of Dallas entrusts itself to the care of Our Lady of Guadalupe with the celebration of a novena. The Pilgrim Virgin of Guadalupe will travel through the diocese as our bishops and priests celebrate Masses in six different languages to celebrate the rich cultural diversity of the diocese. Please refer to the following schedule to join us as we honor Our Lady and pray for the success of the synod in our diocese. 

12/ 3      San Juan Diego                                             Spanish | Español - 7:00 PM
12/4       Holy Cross                                                     English | 5:00 PM
12/5       Ntra. Señora del Pilar                                    Spanish | Español - 6:00 PM
12/6       St. Joseph, Grand Prairie                              Vietnamese | Tiếng Việt - 6:00 PM
12/7       St. Andrew Kim, Irving                                   Korean | 한국인 - 7:30 PM
12/8       St. Martin of Tours, Forney                            English 6:00 PM
12/9       Divine Mercy of Our Lord, Mesquite              Tagalog | 6:00 PM
12/10     Sacred Heart of Jesus, Plano                        Chinese | 中文  7:30 PM

En preparación a la apertura oficial del proceso sinodal el 12 de diciembre, la Diócesis de Dallas se confía al cuidado de Nuestra Señora de Guadalupe con la celebración de una novena en la que la Virgen Peregrina de Guadalupe viajará por toda la diócesis. Nuestros obispos y sacerdotes celebraran Misas en seis idiomas diferentes para celebrar la rica diversidad cultural en la diócesis.

Vea el calendario a continuación para participar con nosotros en esta novena en honor a Nuestra Señora y a orar por el éxito del sínodo en nuestra diócesis.

3 de  Dic.     San Juan Diego                                         español | 7:00 PM
4 de  Dic.     Holy Cross                                                 inglés | 5:00 PM
5 de  Dic.     Ntra. Señora del Pilar                                español | 6:00 PM
6 de  Dic.     St. Joseph, Grand Prairie                          vietnamita | Tiếng Việt - 6:00 PM
7 de  Dic.     St. Andrew Kim, Irving                               koreano | 한국인 - 7:30 PM
8 de  Dic.     St. Martin of Tours, Forney                        inglés  |  6:00 PM
9 de  Dic.     Divine Mercy of Our Lord, Mesquite          tagalo | 6:00 PM
10 de Dic.     Sacred Heart of Jesus, Plano                   chino 中文 | 7:30 PM

Office of the Synod


To: All Staff

Opening Mass & Festival celebrating the beginning of our Synodal Process to be held on December 12


Please consider sharing the following announcement via all digital media platforms:

The Diocese of Dallas will mark the opening of the synod process with a special Mass celebrated by Bishop Edward J. Burns on Sunday, December 12th at St. Ann Parish in Coppell. All are invited to attend this momentous occasion. The day's festivities include the opening Mass beginning at 12:00 p.m. and a family-friendly festival on the grounds of the parish from 11:00 a.m. – 5:30 p.m. See the signing of the decree officially opening the synod process, learn more about the synod and how you can get involved, and celebrate with members of the community from across the diocese with food, fun, and fellowship. 

Ministries Office


To: Parish Secretaries, Communications Representatives, Bulletin Editors

Add your Christmas Mass schedule to the Christmas Mass Parish Finder on


The diocesan web site (, will feature a listing of Christmas Mass times for parishes who submit their information to the site. Any parish that would like it's Christmas Mass times listed is asked to submit the information at The page where the Mass times will be featured is beginning December 7th. All Mass Times must be submitted by 12:00 PM on Wednesday, December 22nd.

Catholic Pro-Life Community


To: All Pastors, Principals, Clergy, Business Managers, All Staff Members of Pastoral Center, Parishes, Schools and Entities, School Principals, Youth Directors, Youth Ministers

Youth Leadership Series


The CPLC Leadership Series helps give our youth the tools they need to stand up for the light of Christ, the light of TRUTH and empowers them to combat a culture of death.


SESSION DATES: DECEMBER 4  |  MARCH 5, 2022  |  APRIL 2, 2022
10 A.M. - 12 P.M. 

Join us as we explore the pro-life issues of today and learn how youth can overcome the lies using SIMPLE TRUTHS. These fun, interactive sessions will help youth find their place in the movement, whether they are great orators like St. John Paul II or a computer whiz like Bl. Carlo Acutis.

• local pro-life resources and organizations
• pro-life websites for information and guidance
• pro-life apologetics
• breakout groups to discuss and strategize how to start a club and keeping it going
• networking opportunities

All students and moderators who either want to start a youth pro-life club at their school or parish or who are officers of an existing club are invited to participate. Anyone 18 and older attending must provide proof of Safe Environment clearance.

For more information, or to sign up, visit or contact Maddie Brown at 214-500-6505.

Please click on the following attachment for more information: Youth Leadership Series

Catholic Pro-Life Community


To: All Staff, All Pastors, Principals, Clergy, Business Managers, All Staff Members of Pastoral Center, Parishes, Schools and Entities, School Principals, Youth Directors, Youth Ministers

Texas Rally for Life


Attention all high schoolers! Let your voice be heard! Join Youth For Life for our pilgrimage to the Texas Rally for Life in Austin, Texas. Stand up and let it be known that Texans deserve more than abortion. 

When: January 21-23, 2022
Who: High school youth ages 14-18
Cost: $175 all inclusive

Register Today. Space is Limited. Contact Maddie Brown, 214-500-6505, or

We are also in need of chaperones aged 21+

All trip attendees and their parents must attend a mandatory pre-trip meeting on January 8, 2022.


Communications Office


To: All Staff

Submit your Advent and Christmastide events


Just a reminder – please submit your Advent  and Christmastide events for inclusion on the Catholic Community Calendar. Bishop Burns would like to see this calendar be as robust as possible and all parishes, schools and approved Catholic organizations are encouraged to participate by submitting their major events. Please visit the calendar at

Events for the calendar can be submitted by completing the form at

Worship Office


To: All Staff, All Clergy, Ministry Leaders

Southwest Liturgical Conference 2022 Virtual Study Week


The 2022 Southwest Liturgical Conference Study Week is a VIRTUAL conference which will be held January 18-20, 2022.  The conference content will be available for 60 days beyond its conclusion so if you are concerned about being present on those days, rest assured you can still see the keynotes and all the workshops and exhibits and immerse yourself in its rich content. Register by November 19 to get our special $60 60th anniversary rate at Group registration is also available for groups of up to 10 persons at the same time.

Worship Office


To: All Clergy, All Parish Staff

Bishops' National Meeting in Baltimore, Nov 16-18, Summary of Liturgy-related Items


The following provides a brief summary of liturgy-related action items which the Bishops considered
at their national meeting in Baltimore, November 16-18.

▪ The Mystery of the Eucharist in the Life of the Church - Approved -- 222 votes in favor, 8 against, and 3 abstentions 

▪ National Eucharistic Congress in the summer of 2024 in Indianapolis, Indiana. - Approved -- 201 votes in favor, 17 against, and 5 abstentions 

▪ Chair-Elect of the BCDW - Bishop Steven Lopes, Personal Ordinariate of the Chair of Saint Peter 

▪ The revised English edition [arrangement] of the Order of the Christian Initiation of Adults - Approved -- 215 votes in favor, 6 against, and 2 abstentions 

▪ The revised Spanish edition of the Ritual para la Iniciación cristiana de adultos - Approved -- with 218 votes in favor, 3 against, and 1 abstention 

▪ The revised National Statutes for the Catechumenate for Use in the Dioceses of the U.S. - Approved -- 222 in favor, 1 against, with 0 abstentions ▪ Estatutos Nacionales para el Catecumenado for Use in the Dioceses of the U.S. - Approved -- 224 votes in favor, 0 against, and 1 abstention 

▪ Proposal to inscribe Saint Teresa Calcutta [Kolkata] in the particular calendar for the Dioceses of the United States as an optional memorial on September 5. - Approved -- 213 votes in favor, 0 against, and 1 abstention
▪ The ICEL translation of Holy Communion and Worship of the Eucharistic Mystery Outside Mass for use in the dioceses of the United States - Approved -- 200 votes in favor, 14 against, and 4 abstentions.

Worship Office


To: All Clergy, Parish Catechetical Leaders, Catechists, RCIA Directors

Order of Christian Initiation of Adults


from the FDLC:
In November 2019, the Bishops of the United States passed the revised English translation
of the Order of Christian Initiation of Adults. That was a translation of the editio typica. On November 17, 2021, the bishops approved the arrangement of the English text as well as the arrangement of Ritual de Iniciación Cristiana de Adultos.. Both texts will now be sent to the Vatican for confirmation and recognition. We do not expect that these new versions will be published and available to parishes until 2023.

The Bishops also passed the revised National Statutes for the Catechumenate, in English and Spanish. These, too, must go to the Vatican for approval.

For the past eighteen months, a task force of FDLC members has been anticipating pastoral needs and has been preparing nationwide formation on the revised OCIA. This formation will focus not only on new words, but on a renewed appreciation of the initiation process and rites. Methods will include twenty online webinars, kits for local diocesan offerings, and in-person regional presentations.

Please join Rita Thiron, Executive Director of the FDLC, and Todd Williamson, Chair of the FDLC OCIA Task Force for a Town Hall meeting on Wednesday, December 15th from 1:00 – 2:15pm Eastern. They will report on the recent actions of the USCCB, share basics about changes to the text, and will announce major plans for the FDLC formation initiatives. These opportunities will include a comprehensive live webinar series, workshop kits, and in-person events for select regional or diocesan gatherings. To register for this free Town Hall, please visit our newly updated and improved FDLC website at


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