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Office of the Chancellor


To: All Staff

Clergy Assignments


Effective February 20, 2019

Reverend Paul Cao, S.D.D. in residence at the Domus Dei House, Hubbard, Texas reassigned to the Motherhouse in New Orleans.

Reverend John Tran, S.D.D. assigned in residence at the Domus Dei House, Hubbard, Texas.

Development Office


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

CRS Rice Bowls


CRS Rice Bowl - Lent 2019

The Diocese of Dallas invites all parishes  to "share the journey" with Catholic Relief Services (CRS) by participating in the yearly Lenten formation program, Rice Bowl.  Through prayer, fasting, and almsgiving we unite ourselves closer to Jesus and in solidarity with our brothers and sisters in need around the world.

CRS Rice Bowl is not to be confused with the CRS Collection, which occurs this year on March 31st.  These are two separate programs.  The funds for the CRS Collection go to 6 different Catholic Organizations; CRS happens to be one of them.

Unlike the CRS Collection, 75% of the proceeds from Rice Bowl go to support programs overseas, 25% remains in the Diocese of Dallas for local programs.  None of the money from the CRS Collection on March 31st comes back to the local diocese.

Any parish or school in need of free Rice Bowls or other promotional materials are asked to please visit

For any other questions, please email Jonathan Baca, Annual Appeal Coordinator at 


Safe Environment


To: All Parish Staff

Non-Parish Based Organizations - Monthly Release


Non-Parish Based Organizations Monthly Update 
The diocese has a registration process in place for all non-parish based organizations.  There are certain criteria each organization must fulfill in order to stay in compliance.  Parish leadership and NPBO leadership are reminded that all clergy and lay presenters invited in from outside the Diocese of Dallas must comply with the ‘Visiting Speaker Policy’ posted on the diocesan web page.  

Click here for a monthly updated list of non-parish based organizations in compliance and non-compliant.  For additional information, contact Rita Gracia in the Diocesan Office of Safe Environment at 214-379-2853 or

Bishop’s Delegate for Ecumenism and Legislative Advocacy


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

Civil Discourse Series: Asylum in America by Dallas Holocaust Museum/Center for Education and Tolerance


Each year, thousands of people leave their homes and seek asylum in the United States. Join us for a discussion on the United States’ approach to asylum and the laws that govern this process. Panelists will explore questions like: What does it mean to seek asylum? Who is eligible for this status and why? What standards for asylum applicants are currently in place? Are U.S. asylum laws working in the most effective and efficient ways? Do U.S. asylum laws need to be changed or revised?

This panel will be moderated by Jenny Manrique, Multimedia Reporter for Al Día and The Dallas Morning News.

Confirmed Panelists:
Elizabeth Cassidy, Director of International Law and Policy, U.S. Commission on International Religious Freedom
Laura Collins, Director, Bush Institute – SMU Economic Growth Initiative, George W. Bush Institute
Bill Holston, Executive Director, Human Rights Initiative of North Texas

Date: March 19, 2019
7:00 PM – 8:30 PM
Unity of Dallas
Please RSVP here

Communications Office


To: Parish Secretaries, Business Managers, Communications Representatives, Bulletin Editors, Webmasters

Add your Holy Week and Easter Mass Times on


The diocesan website will soon feature a Holy Week and Easter Mass Times Directory which can be seen at  A prominent graphic advertising the directory will be located on the front page of the site.  Information regarding Mass and Devotional times may be added at All Mass times must be submitted by Monday, April 15th to be added to the Easter Mass Times Directory.  

Please check your information on the Parish Finder to make sure it is correct


The Office of Communications does its best to keep up with all of the current information for each parish as listed in the Parish Finders on the website ( and

However, we need your help in keeping this information correct. Please visit these links and review the information for your parish to make sure it is correct. For any changes that need to be made, please email the correct information to Lorena Gonzalez at .

Ministries Office


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

Pastoral Center Closed for Lenten Retreat


The Pastoral Center staff will be attending a Lenten Day of Reflection on Friday, March 29th. The Pastoral Center will be closed so that all staff may attend and will reopen on Monday, April 1st at 9:00 am.

To: All Clergy, All Parish Staff, All Pastors, Priests, and Staff, Bulletin Editors

The Light is ON for You, Lenten Initiative


The Light is On for You Lenten Initiative began on Ash Wednesday, March 6. The Church encourages all faithful Catholics to make confession a regular part of spiritual life, especially during the holy season of Lent. 

The Diocese of Dallas will once again offer The Light is On for You, two special evenings set aside for a diocesan-wide celebration of the sacrament. On Wednesday, April 10th and Wednesday, April 17th, parishes in the Catholic Diocese of Dallas will have their “Lights On” for the diocesan-wide evenings for Reconciliation. Please check with the parish for reconciliation times offered.

For information on parish resources, please visit The Light is ON For You

Catholic Pro-Life Committee


To: All Clergy, All Parish Staff, Parish Secretaries, Communications Representatives, Bulletin Editors, Youth Directors, Youth Ministers

Bishop's Pro-Life Dinner / Cena Pro-Vida del Obispo


Bishop Edward J. Burns invites you to the 26th Annual Bishop's Pro-Life Dinner on April 13th at the Renaissance Dallas-Addison Hotel.    This spectacular event benefiting the Catholic Pro-Life Committee will feature the personal reflections and acoustic performance of award-winning Christian artists Tenth Avenue North, as well as special guest and EWTN radio host Gloria Purvis. The evening will include a raffle, wine and jewelry pulls, and private reception at 5 p.m., followed by a seated banquet, live auction and program at 6:30 p.m. This event raises critical funds to save babies, support families, provide education and spread the Gospel of Life! Reservations are $125 for an individual seat, $1,250 for a table of ten. Premium tables with tickets to the Private Reception begin at $5,000. Raffle tickets for a chance to win $15,000 in MasterCard® gift cards are available now for $30 each, 4 for $80 and 8 for $125. Dinner reservations are requested by April 2, 2019, after which the price increases to $150. Seating is limited. Reservations may be made at or call 972-267-LIFE (5433). Spanish translation headsets available.

El Obispo Edward J. Burns lo invita a la 26a Cena Pro-Vida del Obispo el 13 de abril en el Hotel Renaissance Dallas-Addison Hotel. Este es un evento espectacular que beneficiará al Comité Católico Pro-Vida con las reflexiones personales y una actuación acústica de los galardonados artistas Cristianos Tenth Avenue North, así como la invitada especial y anfitriona de radio en EWTN Gloria Purvis. La noche incluirá un sorteo de rifas, sorteos de vinos y joyería,, y una recepción privada a las 5 p.m., seguida por un banquete, una subasta en vivo, el programa a las 6:30 p.m. Este evento recauda fondos críticos para salvar a los bebés, apoyar a las familias, proporcionar educación y para difundir el Evangelio de la Vida. El costo es $125 por un asiento individual y $1,250 por una mesa de diez. Las mesas de prioridad con entrada a la recepción privada están disponibles desde $5,000. Los boletos de rifa para tener la oportunidad de ganar $15,000 en tarjetas de regalo MasterCard® están disponibles por $30 cada uno, 4 por $80 y 8 por $125. Las reservaciones para la cena se deben solicitar antes del 2 de abril, 2019, después de lo cual el precio aumentara a $150. El cupo es limitado. Las reservaciones se pueden hacer en o llamando al 972-267- 5433. Auriculares para traducción al español estarán disponibles.



To: All Clergy, RCIA Directors, Lay Ministers

RCIA Process


Easter Vigil is on Saturday, April 20, 2019.  With the RCIA process well underway,  may we again offer a reminder of the RCIA and Marriage Bonds Policy (or RICA y Vínculos Matrimoniales). Please become familiar with ministering to RCIA Catechumens and Candidates (and/or their intended spouses) regarding marriage in the Catholic Church. Should you have questions, contact Margaret Gillett at  or (214) 379-2840 or (214) 808-6397.

Please click here for current Tribunal Educational Opportunities.


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