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Office of the Bishop

 

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

Code / Código

 

Due to numerous requests, please see the Penal Code below in English and Spanish to be used in parish bulletins.


Pursuant to section 30.06, Penal Code (trespass by license holder with a concealed handgun), a person licensed under Subchapter H, Chapter 411, Government Code (handgun licensing law), may not enter this property with a concealed handgun.

Conforme a la Sección 30.06 del Código Penal (el ingreso sin autorización de titular de licencia con un arma de fuego oculta), una persona con licencia bajo el Subcapítulo H, Capítulo 411, Código Gubernamental (ley de licencias para portar arma de fuego), no debe entrar a esta propiedad portando un arma de fuego oculta. 


Pursuant to section 30.07, Penal Code (trespass by license holder with an openly carried handgun), a person licensed under Sub chapter H, Chapter 411, Government Code (handgun licensing law), may not enter this property with a handgun that is carried openly

Conforme a la Sección 30.07 del Código Penal (el ingreso sin autorización de titular de licencia con un arma de fuego a la vista), una persona con licencia bajo el Subcapítulo H, Capítulo 411, Código Gubernamental (ley de licencias para portar armas de fuego), no debe entrar a esta propiedad portando un arma de fuego a la vista.


Vicar General

 

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

The Official Catholic Directory

 

We have received notification from The Official Catholic Directory that the forms for the yearly updates were mailed from their New Jersey office.  As of today, all entities should have received their forms.  The deadline to complete the updates is December 31st. 

We ask that the parishes use the data already provided to the diocese in September to complete the online report to The Official Catholic Directory.  

If you have questions or need additional information, please contact Rita Gracia at 214-379-2853 or


Texas Catholic

 

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

Update - 2017-2018 Directories

 

The 2017-2018 directories will be available later this week. Price of $20 is unchanged from the previous directory. If mailed for delivery, an additional $3 per book will be added for postage costs. We will let you know when we are ready for distribution. Please send order information to


Ministries Office

 

To: Parish Business Managers, Pastors, Pastoral Administrators, Parish Secretaries, Business Managers

Remitting for Second Collections

 

The USCCB requires that we remit funds from the Second Collections after 90 days.  If you haven’t already, please send your checks to the Pastoral Center for the following collections:

World Mission Sunday -  October 21-22, 2017

Diocesan Priests Retirement - October 28-29, 2017

Thank you for all your help!


Catholic Pro-Life Committee

 

To: All Staff, All Clergy, School Principals, Bulletin Editors, Webmasters, Parish Catechetical Leaders, Youth Directors, Youth Ministers

2018 Diocesan Roe Memorial Mass and North Texas March for Life

 

2018 Roe Memorial Events: On January 20, 2018, North Texas will mark the 45th anniversary of the U.S. Supreme Court's tragic Roe v. Wade decision making abortion available on demand in America. The theme of the 2018 Roe Memorial is “One small step for her, one giant leap for LIFE!”  

The schedule of events includes:
8:30 a.m.  Youth For Life Rally (for high school students) at St. Jude Chapel, 1521 Main St, Dallas, TX 75201. Featuring inspiring presentations, great music, and Mass! Register at www.prolifedallas.org/yflrally. (Youth under 18 must be accompanied by a parent, legal guardian or safe-environment cleared chaperone.)

8:30 a.m. Roe Memorial Rosaries at Southwestern abortion facility, 8616 Greenville Ave, Dallas, and Planned Parenthood, 7989 West Virginia Dr, Dallas

10:00 a.m. Procession of Roses at Cathedral Shrine of the Virgin of Guadalupe, 2215 Ross Avenue, Dallas

10:30 a.m. Roe Memorial Mass (bilingual) at Cathedral Shrine of the Virgin of Guadalupe, 2215 Ross Avenue, Dallas, celebrated by Bishop Edward Burns

12:30 p.m. North Texas March for Life from Cathedral to rally outside the Earle Cabell Federal Courthouse featuring Bishop Edward Burns, CEO of CareNet Waco Deborah McGregor, Catholic Pro-Life Committee Sidewalk Counselor Cristina Sanchez, and Host of A Better Way Radio Ministry Dr. Adam Dooley.

Don’t miss this annual event for Life!!  More information coming soon at www.prolifedallas.org/roe or contact or 972-267-LIFE (5433).


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Eventos Memoriales de Roe 2018: El 20 de enero de 2018, el Norte de Texas conmemorará el 45 aniversario de la trágica decisión del Tribunal Supremo de los EE. UU. Roe v. Wade haciendo que el aborto esté disponible en demanda en Estados Unidos.  El tema del Memorial Roe 2018 es "¡Un pequeño paso para ella, un salto gigante para la VIDA!" 

Calendario de eventos:
8:30 a.m. Reunión de Jóvenes Por La Vida (para estudiantes de secundaria) en la capilla de San Judas, 1521 Main St, Dallas, TX 75201. Regístrese está disponible en www.prolifedallas.org/yflrally. Jóvenes menores de 18 deben ser acompañados por un padre, guardián legal, o chaperón que esta aprobado con el ambiente seguro. (El evento es en inglés solamente.)

8:30 a.m. Rosarios Memoriales de Roe afuera del centros de abortos, Southwestern, 8616 Greenville, Dallas, y Planned Parenthood, 7989 West Virginia Dr, Dallas 

10:00 a.m. Procesión de Rosas en la Catedral Santuario de la Virgen de Guadalupe, 2215 Ross Ave, Dallas

10:30 a.m. Misa Memorial de Roe (bilingüe) celebrada por Obispo Edward Burns en la Catedral Santuario de la Virgen de Guadalupe, 2215 Ross Ave, Dallas.

12:30 p.m. Marcha por la Vida del Norte de Texas de la Catedral hacia la reunión afuera del Edificio de la Corte Federal Earle Cabell, con el Obispo Edward Burns, Deborah McGregor de CareNet Waco, Cristina Sanchez del Comité Católico Pro-Vida, y el anfitrión de la radio Dr. Adam Dooley.

Para obtener más información sobre estos eventos, visite www.prolifedallas.org/roe o póngase en contacto con el Comité Católico Pro-Vida al 972-267-5433.

Please click on the following attachment for more information: Roe Memorial 2018 Bilingual Flyer


Reminders

Office of the Chancellor

 

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

Clergy Assignments

 

Effective December 1, 2017
Reverend John B. Hung Pham, C.Ss.R., appointed Confessor for Redemptorist seminarians, St. John Neumann Formation House, Dallas, Texas.


Effective January 1, 2018
Reverend Dominic Hao Pham, C.Ss.R., appointed Parochial Vicar of Mother of Perpetual Help Vietnamese Parish, Garland, Texas.

Reverend Joseph Quang Nguyen, C.Ss.R., Parochial Vicar, Mother of Perpetual Help Vietnamese Parish, Garland, Texas reassigned outside the diocese.


Business Office

 

To: All Staff

2017 Year-End Giving Deadlines

 

Refer to the following guidelines to ensure that contributions are received and processed by December 31, the IRS deadline for yearly tax deduction eligibility.

Please note that the Diocese of Dallas Pastoral Center will close for the Christmas and New Year Holidays at 11:00 a.m. on December 21, 2017 and reopen at 9:00 a.m. on January 2, 2018.

 

 

To: Parish Business Managers, Pastors, Pastoral Administrators, Parish Secretaries

Support for Mexico Earthquake, Hurricane Irma, and Hurricane Maria

 

Thanks to the generosity of the parishes in the diocese, we collected and sent $750,000 for Hurricane Harvey.

For those parishes that have not remitted funds for the Mexico Earthquake, and Hurricanes Irma and Maria, please send them to the business office at the Pastoral Center as soon as possible so we can send the much-needed financial support to our brothers and sisters in these areas.

Thank you.


Risk Management

 

To: All Staff, All Pastors, Principals, and Business Managers

Holiday Decorating

 

And To All, a Safe Night!

'Tis the season when our Church buildings are filled with light and life as we prepare for and celebrate Christmas.

While many parishes have their beloved decorating traditions, it is important to ensure that trees, lights, and candles don't present safety hazards. The National Fire Protection Association has a code against live trees, wreaths, and garland in many non- residential places, including schools and churches, and we recommend adhering to that standard - even if local code regulations don't  prohibit live trees. 

Here are other safety recommendations to keep in mind:

1.)Artificial trees should contain the label of a nationally recognized testing laboratory indicating that they are fire-retardant.

2.) Metallic trees can be used, however, only indirect lighting should be used on these types of trees as they could become electrically charged if the edges of the metal come in contact with an exposed wire from a string of lights.

3.) All trees should be properly secured to prevent the chance of tipping over. Trees should be held upright in sturdy stands that have a broad

base for effective support. 

4.) Larger trees may need to be secured with thin, strong wires, from points on the wall and ceiling.

5.) Decorations should be noncombustible or flame-retardant. Electric cords and lights should be UL- approved. 

6.) While we generally don't recommend using extension cords at all, if they are used, they should be in new condition and appropriately sized to accommodate electrical requirements.

7.) All electrical cords and light strings should be carefully examined to ensure there are no exposed wires, cracked sockets, loose connections or worn insulation.

8.) No open flames should be used within a five-foot radius measured from the outer extremities of the branches of any live tree or wreath. 

9.) Candles must be in double-insulated containers or in a sturdy non-combustible base.

10.) Be sure to unplug all electrical decorations and extinguish all candles before leaving the premises.

 

To: All Pastors, Principals, and Business Managers

Boiler Inspections

 

With all of the warm weather,  heating systems may not be at the top of mind. However, the cold weather is right around the corner. Click Here for tips from the diocese’s boiler insurance carrier and always contact a qualified contractor for boiler maintenance and repairs


Capital Campaign

 

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

Our Faith…Our Future Capital Campaign donors

 

The Diocese of Dallas publishes a semi-annual newsletter to all Our Faith…Our Future Capital Campaign donors to provide insight on the campaign’s current status, progress, and accomplishments throughout our community. Please click here to find out more about the impact this history-making campaign is having throughout the Diocese of Dallas.


Vocations Office

 

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

Redemptoris Mater Seminary Christmas Concert

 

Redemptoris Mater Seminary invites all in the Diocese of Dallas to a Christmas Concert of Songs and Carols.

Please click on the following attachment for more information: Christmas Concert


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

Please click on the following attachment for more information: 2017December


Human Resources

 

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

Blue Cross/Blue Shield ID Cards

 

Open enrollment for 2018 has come to a close, all the changes have been submitted to our provider Blue Cross/Blue Shield and all changes will be effective on 1/1/18.  If your open enrollment change consisted of removing or adding dependents to your medical plan, your new medical insurance ID card should arrive to your home address before January 1st.  Watch your mailbox the week of Christmas.  The insurance cards will only have the primary subscriber/employee’s name; dependents names are not required to be listed on the card, as medical providers will verify eligibility with BCBS.  Please click on the following attachment for more information, and to download the document (BCBS- ID CARDS).  Please be reminded that the dental plan is still with AETNA and your vision plan is with VSP.

Please click on the following attachment for more information: BCBS - ID Cards


Communications Office

 

To: All Staff

The Catholic Community Calendar is now available

 

The Office of Communications, in collaboration with The Catholic Foundation, is pleased to announce the new and improved Catholic Community Calendar. All parishes, schools and approved Catholic organizations are encouraged to participate by submitting large events that could affect multiple parishes or entities. Please visit the new calendar at https://www.cathdal.org/calendar.

Events for the calendar can be submitted at https://www.cathdal.org/calendar-form.



To: Parish Secretaries, Business Managers, Communications Representatives

Add your Christmas Mass schedule to the Christmas Mass Parish Finder on Cathdal.org
 

The diocesan web site (www.cathdal.org), will feature a listing of Christmas Mass times for parishes who submit their information to the site. Any parish that would like its Christmas Mass times listed on the site is asked to please submit the information at www.cathdal.org/christmas-form. The page where the Mass times will be featured is www.cathdal.org/christmas. All Mass Times must be submitted by 5:00 PM on Wednesday, December 20.


Bishop’s Delegate for Ecumenism and Legislative Advocacy

 

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

Share the Journey Advent Resources

 

During Advent, we prepare our hearts for Christ’s coming. We pray and reflect individually, with our families and in our faith communities. This year, we celebrate Advent during the Share the Journey campaign led by Pope Francis, which calls the Church around the world to reach out to our immigrant and refugee neighbors. As we reflect on how Mary and Joseph welcomed Jesus into the world in a stable, we remember in a special way families who are on the road around the world looking for shelter—especially during the winter months. Please use the following link for resource information: https://www.sharejourney.org/resource-library/advent-toolkit
 

"Nine Ways to Pray" Advent Resources

Listen to God’s call! Try out one of the “Nine Ways to Pray” exercises to reflect on the connection between love of God and neighbor. Learn more about how poverty affects families and communities and how the Church is responding at PovertyUSA.org, a website of the U.S. Catholic bishops.
 

National Black Catholic Congress releases its National Plan

The NBCC is pleased to release the Pastoral Plan of Action Instrument which was developed by delegates from across the country, appointed by their bishops. Read the document and use the action steps as guides to help structure the outreach within your diocese, parish, or organization.


Tribunal

 

To: All Staff

RCIA Policy

 

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 mgillett@cathdal.org or (214) 379-2840 or (214) 808-6397.


Bishop’s Delegate for Ecumenism and Legislative Advocacy

 

To: All Staff

January 11, 2018 Anti-Poverty Coalition of Greater Dallas meeting with Dallas City Manager T.C. Broadnax

 

The diocese has been a founding member of the Anti-Poverty Coalition of Greater Dallas. Join us as we hear from Dallas City Manager T.C. Broadnax about what has been accomplished since he joined the City of Dallas a year ago, and what he has planned moving forward. His remarks will be followed by a panel-led community conversation on tackling poverty through a focus on workforce development, financial stability, and equity. For more information and for registration please follow this link.


Catechetical Services

 

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

Bible Survey

 

The Diocese of Dallas Catechetical Services department is working to learn more about the current level of engagement with Scripture among the faithful of our diocese. Please take time to take this short survey and send it to people you know and minister with: https://www.cathdal.org/biblesurvey. The deadline for submissions is December 15th!


Ministries Office

 

To: Parish Business Managers, Pastors, Pastoral Administrators, Communications Representatives, Bulletin Editors, Webmasters

Upcoming Second Collection for December 2017

 

Retirement Fund for Religious - December 9-10, 2017

Proceeds from the annual Retirement Fund for Religious appeal enable the National Religious Retirement Office to distribute financial assistance to hundreds of religious communities each year.

The majority of donations—ordinarily 80 to 90 percent—are distributed as Direct Care Assistance. Additional funding is allocated throughout the year for communities with the greatest needs and for retirement education and programming.

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 |

 

To: All Pastors, Priests, and Staff, Pastoral Administrators, Business Managers, Ministry Leaders, Bulletin Editors, Hispanic Ministries

V Encuentro Thank you - Agradecimiento

 

With all our hearts we thank God and all those who have participated in the process of the V Encuentro accepting the call to live as missionary disciples and giving testimony of the love of God.

De todo corazon damos gracias a Dios y a todos lo s que han participado en el proceso del V Encuentro aceptando el llamado a vivir como disicipulos misioneros y dando testimonio del amor de Dios. 

Please click on the following attachment for more information: V Encuentro Thank You!


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 www.cathdal.org/Job_Opportunities.  


Tribunal

 

To: All Clergy, RCIA Directors, Lay Ministers

Tribunal Educational Opportunities

 

Please click here for current Tribunal Educational Opportunities.



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