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Bishop’s Delegate for Ecumenism and Legislative Advocacy


To: All Staff, Webmasters, Parish Catechetical Leaders, Catechists

Tolton: From Slave to Priest Live Production - April 10, 13 & 14


Tolton: From Slave to Priest is a powerful new live production based on the life of Fr. Augustus Tolton, the first African American priest. This compelling true story of courage, forgiveness, and reconciliation resonates deeply with modern American audiences. The production runs 75 minutes, and is suitable for middle school age and up. The highly-acclaimed one-man drama production is sponsored by the Catholic Diocese of Dallas Office of Ecumenism and Legislative Advocacy and Black Catholics of the Diocese of Dallas, and scheduled for three live performances in the Dallas Diocese on April 10, 13 and 14, 2018. 

  • Tuesday, April 10th, 2018, 7:00 p.m. - Bishop Dunne Catholic School Auditorium
    FREE Admission, RSVP required

  • Friday, April 13th, 7:00 p.m. - St. Rita Catholic Community Sweeney Hall
    FREE Admission, RSVP required

  • Saturday, April 14th, After 5:30 p.m. Mass - St. Rita Catholic Community Sweeney Hall
    $6.00 admission for Dinner Theater production includes spaghetti dinner


For more information, please contact Lari Newman-Williams at (214) 374-7614, and to learn more or purchase tickets and RSVP,  visit

Please click on the following attachment for more information: Tolton: From Slave to Priest Printable Flyer

Pastoral Juvenil Hispana


To: Pastors, Parish Secretaries, Bulletin Editors, Youth Ministers

Pastoral Juvenil - Retiro Vocacional


The Diocesan Pastoral Juvenil Hispana office is sponsoring the following event in Spanish only.

La oficina Diocesana Pastoral Juvenil Hispana está patrocinando el siguiente evento en español.


Office of the Chancellor


To: All Staff

Clergy Assignments


Effective Immediately
Reverend Vincent Anyama assigned Sacramental Minister of Corpus Christi Parish in Ferris, and Priest in Residence at St. Rita Parish, Dallas.
Reverend Paul Binh Cao, S.D.D. assigned to the Domus Dei House in Hubbard.
Reverend Paul Vu, S.D.D. previously of the Domus Dei House in Hubbard reassigned out of the Diocese.

Safe Environment


To: All Staff, All Parishes, Schools & Entities Staff

Non-Parish Based Organizations Monthly Release


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

Race for the CommUNITY


Operation Blue Shield  1 mile, 5K, and 10K brings North Texas citizens, our faith communities, first responders, local government, commerce, and schools together in a shared commitment for UNITY and a goal of safe vibrant neighborhoods on April 7th. Please consider using this flyer for promotional and church bulletin purposes.  



To: All Staff, All Clergy, Lay Ministers

Need for Advocates


The Tribunal is very much in need of additional Advocates who can serve by introducing nullity cases and remaining with the person throughout the process that leads toward the rendering of the decision. The Tribunal staff can come to parishes to train suitable Advocates. Bilingual  Advocates are especially needed, particularly English/Vietnamese, but anyone wishing to assist in the process would be welcome and appreciated. Pastors wishing to arrange for training, either  in the Tribunal or  parish are asked to please contact Margaret Gillett at (214) 379-2840 or 

To: All Staff, All Clergy, Lay Ministers

Children Sacraments


Please be aware that when an adult approaches the parish to arrange for the sacraments of a minor child,  it must be confirmed that he/she has the legal authority to do so. If her/his name is not reflected on the birth certificate, or in the case of an already baptized minor child, on the baptismal certificate, please ask for documentation that shows this person has the legal right to arrange for the spiritual needs of this child.

Be mindful also that in the case of minor child of parents who are divorced, it is imperative to review the divorce document to determine which parent has been given the right to make the determination about the child’s religious education and spiritual development.

If there is any question as to whether the person  has the legal (canonical and civil) right to do so, please contact Margaret Gillett at (214) 379-2840 or .

To: All Staff, All Clergy, Lay Ministers

Prenuptial Time Frames

Please become familiar with the document, “How to Process Prenuptial Paperwork or “Cómo Procesar Documentos Prenupciales" to become familiar with  the necessary time frames for submitting prenuptial papers to the Tribunal.

When papers are going to another diocese, such as Fort Worth, for permissions/dispensations, arrive only a day or two before the marriage, it is impossible to obtain the necessary permissions/dispensations. Please know that all prenuptial papers coming into the Dallas Tribunal need to arrive no later than 30 days before the wedding. If the papers need to go outside the Diocese of Dallas, they need to arrive no later than 60 days before the wedding.

Should there be questions, please contact Margaret Gillett at (214) 379-2840 or .

To: All Staff, All Clergy, Lay Ministers

RCIA Policy

Information on the RCIA process which ends on Easter Vigil on Saturday, March 31, 2018. Please read this article concerning RCIA and Previous Marriage Bonds Policies (or  RICA y Vínculos Matrimoniales Previos). Please familiarize yourself with ministering to RCIA Catechumens and Candidates (and/or their intended spouses) with previous marriage bonds. Should you have questions, contact Margaret Gillett at or (214) 379-2840 or (214) 808-6397.

Communications Office


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

Add your Holy Week and Easter Mass Times on


The diocesan website will soon be featuring 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 Wednesday, March 28th to be added to the Easter Mass Times Directory.

Holy Trinity Seminary


To: Bulletin Editors, Webmasters

Living Stations of the Cross


The seminarians of Holy Trinity Seminary invite you to the Living Stations of the Cross on Palm Sunday, March 25th at 7:30 PM in the seminary chapel. This meditation on our Lord's Passion and death is a beautiful way to begin  Holy Week.  Admission is free and a reception will follow.  Please visit for more information and consider using this flyer for promotional and church bulletin purposes. 

Catholic Pro-Life Committee


To: All Staff, All Clergy, Bulletin Editors, Webmasters

25th Annual Bishop’s Pro-Life Dinner / La 25a Cena Annual Pro-Vida del Obispo


25th Annual Bishop’s Pro-Life Dinner, April 21:  Bishop Edward J. Burns invites you to the Silver Anniversary of the Bishop’s Pro-Life Dinner on April 21st at the InterContinental Hotel. This spectacular event benefiting the Catholic Pro-Life Committee will feature actor and pro-life advocate Kevin Sorbo. The evening will include a raffle, wine, and jewelry pull, and private reception at 5 p.m., followed by a seated banquet, live auction and program at 6:30 p.m., and an after-party with live music and dancing!

This event raises critical funds to save babies, support families, provide education and facilitate post-abortion healing. 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 10, 2018, 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.

Please consider using this flyer promotional and church bulletins.


25a Cena Anual Pro-Vida del Obispo, 21 de abril: El Obispo Edward J. Burns lo invita al 25a Aniversario de la Cena Pro-Vida del Obispo el 21 de abril en el Hotel InterContinental. Este es un evento espectacular que beneficiará al Comité Católico Pro-Vida con el actor  y defensor de la vida Kevin Sorbo. ¡La noche incluirá un sorteo de rifas, vino y joyas, 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., y una fiesta después de la cena con música en vivo y baile!

Este evento recauda fondos críticos para salvar a los bebés, apoyar a las familias, proporcionar educación y facilitar sanación después del aborto. 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 10 de abril, 2018, 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.

Por favor considere usar este volante promocional y boletines de la iglesia

Human Resources


To: All Parish Staff, All School Staff

Job Postings in the Diocese of Dallas


All current job postings in the Diocese of Dallas can be found at  



To: All Clergy, RCIA Directors, Lay Ministers

Tribunal Educational Opportunities


Please click here for current Tribunal Educational Opportunities.


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