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Vicar General

 

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

The Official Catholic Directory - PJ Kenedy

 

Please carefully review, update and submit your listing for inclusion in the 2019 edition.

To avoid confusion over account access and usernames and/or passwords, the PJ Kenedy has cleared all user accounts. Therefore, you will need to create a new OCD Account. To do so, please visit the OCD Online Update System at www.ocdedits.com and click the REGISTER button.

The deadline for completing updates and submitting listings is November 30th.  

If further information is needed, please contact Rita Gracia, 214-379-2853 or


Human Resources

 

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

2019 OPEN ENROLLMENT - CONFIRMATION STATEMENTS

 

Open enrollment for 2019 has come to a close on October 31, 2018.  All benefit selections have now been recorded. A Confirmation Statement listing the selected changes and their associated cost per month will be mailed to the home address of all employees on file.  Please look for your confirmation statement the week of  November 19th. 

It is important to review the confirmation statement carefully as this is the last opportunity to make any changes for 2019 unless an employee has a qualifying event such marriage, newborn, divorce, loss of other coverage, etc.  If the statement lists incorrect information or if a change is needed,  please cross out the incorrect selection and neatly print the revised benefit selection next to it.  Authorize the correction(s)  requested by signing and dating this form.  The confirmation statement with all corrections must be returned by fax to 214-379-3224 or scanned and emailed to   no later than November 30, 2018. No changes will be accepted after November 30, with the exception of a Qualifying Event and submit proper documentation.  Please call Human Resources at 214-379-2824 with any questions.


Communications Office

 

To: All Staff

Pastoral Center Offices Closed and PC News Holiday Schedule

 

The offices of the Pastoral Center, located at 3725 Blackburn Street in Dallas, will be closed in observance of Thanksgiving beginning Thursday, November, 22nd and will reopen Monday, November 26th at 9:00 a.m.  

Please note that there will be no Pastoral Center News sent out the week of November 22nd. PC News will resume its regular schedule the week of November 26th, 2018 with the deadline for submissions on Tuesday at noon, November 27th and delivery on Thursday, November 29th.


Family Life Ministry

 

To: Pastors, Pastoral Administrators, Deacons, Parish Secretaries, Ministry Leaders, Wedding Coordinators and Sponsor Couples, Marriage Preparation Coordinators, Family Life Ministers

Pre-Advent Retreat 2018 - "Family: As the Source of Support & Strength"

 

The Family Life Department of the Diocese of Dallas cordially invites all Parish Family Life Directors, Coordinators and Parish Secretaries to a BILINGUAL Advent Retreat on “Family: As the Source of Strength & Support” 

Family Life Directors, Coordinators and Parish Secretaries are highly encouraged to attend this retreat. The outstanding speakers for the retreat are Kevin & DeAnn Stuart from the Austin Institute and Dr. Juan Rendon, who has been an adjunct professor for the School of Ministry at the University of Dallas. The "Jesus A team" will also be on hand for praise & worship.

The retreat is to be held at Blessed Sacrament Catholic Church in Dallas, on Wednesday, Nov. 28th from 9:00 am to 3:00 pm

Registration and more information can be found at www.cathdal.org/adventretreat

Please consider using the following resources in English and Spanish for church bulletin and promotional purposes.


Catechetical Services

 

To: All Pastors, Priests, and Staff

Re-Imagine Faith Formation! Faith Formation with a New Generation Innovation Lab

 

Join the Office of Catechetical Services for this exciting Innovation Lab and explore ways to develop faith formation that addresses the unique life tasks, needs, interests, and spiritual journeys of children. Discover how to develop and approach faith formation that integrates intergenerational relationships and faith experiences, family and parent formation, and peer group formation. Tuesday, February 12, 2019, from 9am-3pm at St. Mark Church/Plano.

Please consider using this flyer for church bulletin and promotional purposes.


Holy Trinity Seminary

 

To: All Parishes, Schools & Entities Staff, Bulletin Editors, Webmasters

An Advent Festival of Lessons & Carols

 

Holy Trinity Seminary cordially invites all to an Advent Festival of Lessons & Carols on Sunday, December 2 at 6:30 PM in the seminary chapel.  Admission is free.  Reception with the seminarians to follow.

Please consider promoting this event by using this flyer in church bulletins, bulletin boards, and parish websites and social media.


Reminders

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 rgracia@cathdal.org


Development Office

 

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

Upcoming Second Collection for December 2018

 

Retirement Fund for Religious - December 8-9, 2018

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.

If you have any further questions, please contact Jonathan Baca, Annual Appeal Coordinator: 214-379-3190 | 

Please consider using this flyer for church bulletin and promotional purpose.


Tribunal

 

To: All Staff

RCIA Process

 

Easter Vigil is on Saturday, April 20, 2019.  As the RCIA process begins, may we again remind you 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.


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

2018 World Day of the Poor

 

November 18, 2018, marks the second annual World Day of the Poor. Last year, Pope Francis suggested the Catholic Church set aside one day each year when communities can “reflect on how poverty is at the very heart of the Gospel.” He designated this day as the World Day of the Poor, and it will be celebrated on the 33rd Sunday in Ordinary Time each year. In this year’s World Day of the Poor message, Pope Francis reflects on Psalm 34:7, “This poor man cried, and the Lord heard him.” He challenges us to use the World Day of the Poor as an opportunity to make an examination of conscience and consider whether we truly do hear the cry of the poor.

Resources: www.crs.org/get-involved/learn/resource-center/world-day-poor-resources

 

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

November 2018 Share the Journey continues

 

Pope Francis launched Share the Journey a two-year migration campaign on September 27, 2017, and in doing so implored each of us to be a witness and take a public stand in support of migrants and refugees during this global crisis . His challenge calls to mind the command of our Lord to welcome the stranger as if the stranger were Christ himself. Considering this, Pope Francis writes, “Biblical revelation urges us to welcome the stranger; it tells us that in so doing, we open our doors to God, and that in the faces of others we see the face of Christ himself .” (Message on World Day of Migrants and Refugees, 2016 .)

This brief liturgy for migrants and refugees can be used in a variety of settings. It may be duplicated for free distribution. 
https://files.catholiccharitiesusa.org/general/Prayer-for-Refugees-and-Migrants.pdf?mtime=20170404090738

 


Catholic Schools Office

 

To: All School Staff, Bulletin Editors

Bishop Lynch High School - Open House

 

Make plans to attend BL Sunday, Bishop Lynch High Schoolʼs annual open house and learn what the Friar high school experience is all about!  Join us December 2, 2018, at 1:00 pm as the event kicks off with an opening ceremony in the Competition Gym, followed by classroom visits, information sessions, club fair, and more. All teachers, coaches and many current students will be on hand to answer your questions about Bishop Lynch.

BL provides a rigorous college preparatory learning environment and is the largest co-educational private school in Texas. Find out why more than
11,000 families have chosen BL as the next step in their childʼs educational journey during the schoolʼs proud 55-year history!

Please consider using this flyer for church bulletin and promotional purposes.


Pastoral Services

 

To: Ministry Leaders, Bulletin Editors, Webmasters

Tis the Season

 

Join the Deaf and Disabilities Office for a free, fun, family and friends gathering to welcome our brothers and sisters in Christ to a celebration of the Advent season. This social event is open to all people and families with disabilities, within the Catholic Diocese of Dallas.  Activities, caroling, dinner, and dessert will be provided.  

Date: December 1, 2018
Location: St. Mark Catholic Church, Parish Center
1105 W. 15th St. Plano, TX 75075


RSVP: By November 23rd, 2018 to 214-379-2895 or to www.cathdal.org/tistheseason

Please include a specific number of adults, children, and people with disabilities who will be attending, as well as any special accommodations needed.

Please consider using this flyer for church bulletin and promotional purposes. 


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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