2018 Open Enrollment has officially started on October 16, 2017 and will end on November 1, 2017. If you are a full-time employee working 30 hours or more, per week, you are eligible to enroll in the Diocese of Dallas Group Insurance Plan. All eligible employees will have the opportunity to make changes, add or remove dependents and purchase additional coverage such as Vision, Flexible Spending Accounts, Voluntary Life Insurance and Long Term Disability Insurance. Eligible employees should have received an insurance packet that included an open enrollment form, an insurance benefit guide and a letter showcasing all the comprehensive benefits the Diocese of Dallas offers to all eligible employees. If you are eligible for group insurance coverage and did not receive an enrollment form or an enrollment packet, please contact your Business Manager.
Employees, you may waive coverage again this year, but if you decide to waive coverage, you must complete a 2018 Open Enrollment form indicating your desire to waive the coverage and submit proof that you have coverage through another insurance company to your business manager. Please be advised, if you waive medical coverage through the diocese, you also waive the Short Term Disability benefit and the Basic Life Insurance benefit offered to employees enrolled in the medical plan and paid by the diocese. All open enrollment forms with changes must be submitted to your location business manager no later than November 1, 2017. All benefits will be effective 1/1/18.
The Medical and pharmacy coverage is administered by Blue Cross/Blue Shield (Blue) and offers many exciting new tools and resources available to you as a member of the diocesan health plan. The dental benefit is administered by AETNA, the Vision benefit are administered by VSP, and the life insurance and disability insurance benefits is administered by UNUM.
Please be sure to read the Enrollment Guide carefully to familiarize yourself with your options. If you are not making any changes to your insurance plan, you do not have to turn in an enrollment form, all benefits will roll over to 2018. Except for the Flexible Spending Account, you must submit a form once more if you are enrolling in the Health FSA and/or Dependent FSA.
Reminder for the two remaining collections for the month of October.
World Mission Sunday - October 21-22, 2017
This collection is a unique, global effort for the entire Church to provide for the building up of more than 1,000 local churches in Asia and Africa, the Pacific Islands, and parts of Latin America and Europe. Through the work of these churches, and their witness to Christ, the poor receive practical help and experience God's love and mercy, His hope and peace.
Diocesan Retired Priests Fund - October 28-29, 2017
The Diocesan Priest Retirement Fund provides for the futures of our local priests, men who have given their lives in priestly service to our diocese. The Diocese of Dallas is committed to caring for our retired priests.
For more information and additional resources for promoting these collections, please visit: https://www.cathdal.org/stewardship#collections
If you have any further questions, please contact Jonathan Baca, Associate Director of Parish Engagement and Mission: 214-379-3190 |
FOCCUS / In Faithful Love (IFL) / Living Your Marriage As A Sacrament (LYMAS) SPONSOR COUPLE FACILITATOR TRAINING in SPANISH: There will be a 3-part Sponsor Couple Facilitator Training Workshop hosted at St. Pius X Catholic Church, 3030 Gus Thomasson Rd., Dallas TX 75228. Interested couples are asked to please contact the Family Life Director or Marriage coordinator in their parish.
Saturday, October 28, 2017 - 9:00am - 4:00pm
IN FAITHFUL LOVE
Saturday, November 18, 2017 - 8:00am - 12:00pm
LIVING YOUR MARRIAGE AS A SACRAMENT
Saturday, November 18, 2017 – 1:00pm – 5:00pm
For more information please contact Family Life – Marriage Office, Alicia Saucedo 214-379-2881
Please click on the following attachment for more information: Workshop Flyer
Catholic Charities' Annual Second Collection is on November 11-12 this year! Please answer the call to give generously to people in need across our diocese.
Bilingual Bulletin Inserts, Pulpit Announcements, and Prayers of the Faithful are available at ccdallas.org/parishtimeofgiving/
Contact Megan at with questions!
Thank you for your generosity!
Please click on the following attachment for more information: Bulletin Insert
Last month in Rome, Pope Francis announced a new initiative entitled Share the Journey. This is a two-year program aimed at highlighting the needs of immigrants and refugees in our country and to encourage and foster support for them. In the United States, it is under the auspices of the USCCB, Catholic Charities USA and Catholic Relief Services.
On September 27, Bishop Edward J. Burns also announced the local launch of Share the Journey and asks that all parishes, Catholic schools, and organizations in the Diocese of Dallas participate in the campaign.
Please announce this initiative this weekend and invite people to participate in the week of activities October 7-13.
With Share the Journey, Pope Francis hopes the Catholic Church can help dispel the widespread fear of newcomers and raise awareness of Gospel teaching and the words of Christ on welcoming immigrants. In addition, the Church hopes to help others better understand why so many people are compelled to leave their homes at this time in history. Pope Francis has said he hopes the initiative will inspire communities to build relationships with refugees and immigrants and to love their neighbors in the U.S. and around the world in a variety of ways.
Please find extensive Share the Journey resources here for use in parishes and schools. This includes bulletin inserts, prayers, pulpit announcements and much more.
The form for the October Mass Count was mailed to each pastor on September 15th. Kindly return the completed and signed form to Rita Gracia (fax or e-mail preferable) by November 2nd. An extra form is attached.
Fax: 214-523-2429 no cover page necessary
If you need further information, please contact Rita at 214-379-285
Please click on the following attachment for more information: October Count
Effective October 1, 2017
Reverend Frederick Bayler, a priest of the Diocese of Fairbanks, Alaska, appointed Parochial Vicar of St. Joseph Parish, Waxahachie, Texas, and Sacramental Minister of Corpus Christi Parish, Ferris, Texas.
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 email@example.com
Please click on the following attachment for more information: NPBO Monthly Release
The Development Office is happy to share the new logo for the Bishop’s Appeal. Please look for this new branding on all printed and online materials for the 2018 Appeal and beyond.
National Vocations Awareness Week is November 5-11, 2017. Here are a few events from the Office of Vocations to help promote and encourage vocations in parishes.
Please click on the following attachment for more information: Vocation Awareness Flyer
The RCIA process has begun heading toward 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 firstname.lastname@example.org or (214) 379-2840 or (214) 808-6397.
The Catholic Physicians Guild of Dallas will hold the annual White Mass for Healthcare Professionals set to commence at 5:00 pm on Saturday, October 28th, at the Cathedral Shrine of Our Lady of Guadalupe in downtown Dallas. Mass will be celebrated by Bishop Greg Kelly with a dinner reception to follow in the Grand Salon. Father Joshua Whitfield will offer a reflection following dinner. The event is open to all healthcare professionals and their families. Participants are asked to wear their white coat. Please RSVP at www.cathmeddallas.org. Cost for the reception is $15 dollars per adult in advance, $20 at the door.
Please click on the following attachment for more information: Flyer White Mass 2017
V-Encuentro online registration is now open, Please click here to register and download an informative flyer that can be posted on bulletin boards or used as a bulletin insert.
All current job postings in the Diocese of Dallas can be found at www.cathdal.org/Job_Opportunities.
Please click here for current Tribunal Educational Opportunities.