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Vocations Office


To: Communications Representatives, Bulletin Editors, Webmasters, Youth Directors, Youth Ministers, Young Adult Ministry Directors, College-Age Campus Ministry Directors

Marian Dinner


The Office of Vocations is hosting a Marian Dinner on Monday, March 9, 2020 at the University of Dallas.  This evening is for women 18 years of age or older who are interested in learning about or discerning their vocations.  The evening will begin at 6:30 pm with Mass at the Church of the Incarnation and then dinner will follow in room #122 of SB Hall with a short program, led by Fr. Edwin Leonard and Religious/Consecrated Women throughout the Diocese of Dallas. 

Register at 

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Catechetical Services


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

Sacramental Ministry: Coaching Parents to Pass on Their Faith


The faith formation of every child is found in the faith of the parents. Join us as we welcome Paul Canavese, Director of Growing Up Catholic, as he shares how to engage and coach parents through sacramental catechesis. 

At both Infant Baptism and Beyond workshops, Dr. Patty Hughes and Sylvia Garcia from the Office of Worship will join Paul and preview the (NEW!) Order of Baptism for Children.          
Parishes are encouraged to invite all leaders and volunteers involved in the sacramental catechesis of Infant Baptism, First Eucharist, and Reconciliation. All sessions will be in English; however, at both sessions at Nuestra Senora del Pilar,  headsets will be provided for those who register for simultaneous Spanish translation.
Sessions will be held at the following locations:
Tuesday, March 3: Holy Trinity: 3826 Gilbert Avenue, Dallas, TX 75219
Wednesday, March 4: Nuestra Señora del Pilar: 4455 W Illinois Ave, Dallas, TX 75211
Thursday, March 5: Mother of Perpetual Help: 2121 W. Apollo Road Garland, TX 75044

Register Today!

Questions? Please contact Beth Wright:  or  214.379.2850

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Safe Environment


To: All Parish Staff

Monthly Update Non-Parish Based Organizations


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 

Persons with Disabilities, Caregivers and to the Deaf Ministries


To: All Staff, Bulletin Editors, Webmasters, Support Groups

Faith Inclusion Network of Dallas (FIND) Symposium 2020 – February 25


Faith Inclusion Network of Dallas (FIND) is a collaboration of faith communities from churches, temples, synagogues, and mosques coming together to help identify exemplary programs and create awareness of the special needs community within all faith communities. The FIND Symposium is scheduled for Tuesday, February 25, 2020 and will be an opportunity to share best practices and resources with the goal of providing a sense of belonging for all.

Tickets to the symposium are $65 and include a kosher lunch.

Keynote Speakers

Bill Gaventa, M.Div., Founder of the Collaborative on Faith and Disability and The Institute on Theology and Disability.

Vance Gilmore, Director Belong Disability, Highland Park United Methodist Church.

Reverend Ramsy Patton, Associate Minister, Care and Engagement Ministries, Highland Park United Methodist Church.

The full schedule and panel lists are on the website

The Symposium will include three tracks with tailored content for Parents, Educators, and Faith Leaders. Be sure to select the track you’re planning on attending when you register.

The program will be interpreted in American Sign Language.

Hosted by multiple faith and disability leaders in Dallas.
For a full list of our Advisory Council members, visit

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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

Important information concerning parish involvement in the 2020 US Census and Census training in Spanish scheduled for Feb. 29


The Diocese of Dallas has partnered with the 2020 U.S. Census. We are working with the Census Regional Office and the Dallas Area Interfaith staff to provide training and resources for our parishes. We encourage you to send your leadership to this informative session.

It will be held on Saturday, February 29 from Noon to 2 pm at Holy Trinity Parish located at 3826 Gilbert Avenue, Dallas 75219 in Trinity Hall. Please rsvp to .

La Diócesis de Dallas se ha asociado con el Censo de los Estados Unidos 2020. Estamos trabajando con la Oficina Regional del Censo y el Dallas Area Interfaith para proporcionar capacitación y recursos para nuestras parroquias. Los exhortamos a enviar su liderazgo a esta sesión informativa.

Se llevará a cabo el sábado, 29 de febrero de 12 del mediodía a 2pm en el Trinity Hall de la Parroquia Holy Trinity, ubicada en 3826 Gilbert Avenue, Dallas 75219. Le pedimos que confirme su asistencia a .

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Suspicious Call Warning 

We have received notifications from several parishes of calls from persons identifying themselves as U.S. Census staff requesting information about parishioners addresses and contact information. At this time, we are in contact with Census officials to confirm whether or not these calls are genuine or a scam.

We ask that parish staff refrain from giving this information to anyone.

The diocese is working with the Census and will provide training and resources on the upcoming census. If you receive a call requesting the above information or have any questions please contact Lynn Rossol at .

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

Latest update on the Supreme Court ruling on January 27, 2020 Public Charge


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The Supreme Court ruled on January 27, 2020 that the Department of Homeland Security can implement its rule defining the public charge and would look at whether an applicant is likely to receive one of more of certain public benefits during 12 months of a three-year period. The final implementation date is still unknown. The affected cases include immigrant and non-immigrant visa petitions submitted to US Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) and Department of State. Someone who is “Likely at any time to become a public charge” means that anyone who is more likely than not to receive public benefits for 12 months in a period of 36 months would be considered inadmissible.

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New videos for Prayer and Action as Faithful Citizens


At their November General Assembly, the full body of bishops approved scripts for videos to inspire prayer and action in political life and to help Catholics apply the teachings of Pope Francis to our day. The videos complement Forming Consciences for Faithful Citizenship, the bishops’ teaching document for the faithful on the political responsibility of Catholics, and they seek to help the faithful participate in public life, prioritize faith over partisan politics, engage with civility, and respond to pressing issues of our day. Each video ends with a prayer. 

The videos are available on the USCCB’s YouTube channel and at in four languages (English, Spanish, Tagalog, and Vietnamese):  



To: All Staff, All Parish Staff, All Pastors, Priests, and Staff, Deacons

Master Data Base of Baptism Records


In June 2000, Operation Update, a Master Data Base of individual Baptism Records on an Excel spreadsheet from parishes was begun.  This continues today with parishes submitting records electronically to or .  

The baptism records from 2019 are due March 1, 2020.  Since January, some parishes have already started sending in these records. However, there are still a few parishes who have not sent in the records for 2018.  We need the baptism records for young, old, and those participating in RCIA religious education programs, etc. At some of the parishes, the baptisms are handled by more than one person and are based on the individuals or group which they serve.  The parish should submit one report for all. Included in these records, we need all of the information that is requested. The date of birth and the baptized person’s name is required data.  In addition, we need the father’s full name and the mother’s name including the mother’s maiden name. If you have professions of faith, they should be noted. For the place of birth, we prefer the city and state. 

Further instructions and a sample Excel spreadsheet can be found at and

If you have any questions, please contact Joyce Higgins at the Diocesan Archives, 214 379 2870 .

Communications Office


To: All Staff

Plans for St. Patrick's Day?


In an effort to support Christian films, we encourage you to share the following information on social media about  I am Patrick - The Patron Saint of Ireland, a movie about the life of St. Patrick.

Please see the media kit here.

Disney on Ice Discount for Diocesan Employees

The show Disney On Ice presents Road Trip Adventures is coming to the American Airlines Center, April 3-5, 2020!

Producers of Disney On Ice are offering employees of the Diocese of Dallas exclusive savings for the event.

The attached flyer contains the event dates and times and special pricing options. Anyone interested in purchasing tickets can contact FELD Productions directly to receive the savings. The number to call is on the flyer.

The deadline to order is Thursday, March 26, 2020 at 11:00 AM CDT. All orders must be placed BEFORE this date, ordering deadlines are strictly enforced.

Ministries Office


To: All Pastors, Priests, and Staff, Ministry Leaders, Bulletin Editors

NCCW Celebrates Centennial at 2020 Convention


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The National Council of Catholic Women will celebrate its 100th Anniversary in Arlington, Virginia, August 26-29, 2020, with the theme A Vision for the Future.

The centennial celebration of the National Council of Catholic Women (NCCW) is underway, as registration opens February 3rd for the 2020 Convention to be held in the Washington, D.C. area—where it all began!  Catholic women of all ages are invited to discover NCCW’s rich history and its vision for the future through inspiring conferences, daily liturgies, informative exhibits and fun events. Together with women from around the country, attendees will deepen their faith, grow as leaders and as sisters in Christ, and discover new ways to serve the needs of society both today and in the future.

“Convention is an exceptional opportunity to learn, pray, and celebrate the unique gifts of women as we look to the future, transforming the world through fulfilling our mission to support, empower and educate all Catholic women in spirituality, leadership and service,” said NCCW President Jean Kelly. 

The beautiful convention hotel, Crystal Gateway Marriott, is ideally located minutes away from Reagan National Airport and a short metro ride to downtown Washington D.C., the Arlington Cemetery, Pentagon City, and Old Town Alexandria.

Speakers at the 2020 Convention include:

His Eminence, Timothy Cardinal Dolan, Archbishop of New York, will give the keynote address and celebrate the opening Mass on Thursday, August 27th.

Abby Johnson, internationally known pro-life activist, who will receive the 2020 NCCW Lifetime Achievement Award and will speak at the AWARDs Breakfast Friday, August 28, 2020

Gloria Purvis, the creator and host of the popular EWTN TV series, “Authentically Free at Last,” who will speak on Saturday, August 29, 2020

In addition to touring the famous monuments and memorials of Washington D.C., convention attendees will have the opportunity to experience The Jersey Tenors™, an Opera/Rock mash-up sensation and to attend the NCCW Centennial Mass in the Great Upper Church at the Basilica of the National Shrine of the Immaculate Conception on Wednesday, August 26th at 12:30 pm.

The National Council of Catholic Women was founded by the US Catholic bishops in 1920. For more information about the 2020 NCCW Convention, visit the website To schedule an interview with Jean Kelly, NCCW President, please contact Laraine Bennett at (703) 224-0990 or email .

NCCW Province Gathering

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NCCW Reflecting God’s Joy: Caring for God’s Creation Retreat will take place on April 17-19, 2020, in Dallas, hosted by the Province of San Antonio. Mass. Leadership Training. Business Meeting. Spiritual Retreat. Please see the flyer for more information or Contact Mary Trelc at 903-450-6369 or email at

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Pastoral Services


To: All Pastors, Priests, and Staff, Deacons, Business Managers, Bulletin Editors, Webmasters, Family Life Ministers

Pastoral Care Ministry Training for Staff and Volunteers


The Pastoral Services Office invites all Volunteers, Eucharistic Ministers, Administrative Assistants, Prison Ministers and other lay ministers who visit nursing homes, hospital patients, and homebound parishioners in developing and enhancing listening skills to help meet the needs of those who suffer loss, not only loss through death of a loved one, also the loss of health, hearing, mobility, independence, etc.

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To: All Clergy, RCIA Directors, Lay Ministers

RCIA process & Easter Vigil


The RCIA process is underway and heading toward Easter Vigil on Saturday, April 11, 2020. Please familiarize yourself again with ministering to RCIA Catechumens and Candidates (and/or their intended spouses) regarding marriage in the Catholic Church by visiting
RCIA and Marriage Bonds Policy (or  RICA y Vínculos Matrimoniales).
Should you have questions, contact Margaret Gillett at  or (214) 379-2840 or (214) 808-6397

Please click here for current Tribunal Educational Opportunities.

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  


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