Bishop Farrell and Auxiliary Bishops Deshotel and Seitz will attend the Fall General Assembly of the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops in Baltimore.

November 19, 2010

Dallas, TX (Dallas Diocese) - At the assembly, which opens November 15th, the bishops will hear addresses by the president of the USCCB, Cardinal Francis George of Chicago, and the Apostolic Nuncio to the United States, Archbishop Pietro Sambi. On Tuesday, they will elect the next president, vice president, treasurer-elect and general secretary of the USCCB, as well as the chairmen-elect of six committees.
            Other items on the agenda include discussion and votes on:

  • A common agreement between the bishops’ conference and four Reformed churches to recognize each other’s baptism
  • The request of the Pro-Life Activities Committee to begin drafting a brief policy statement against physician assisted suicide
  • The 2012 assessment, with a recommendation that it be increased by 3 percent
  • Discussion and vote of the 2011 Conference budget.

            The bishops will also receive a formal introduction of Professor John H. Garvey, the new president of The Catholic University of America, and hear reports and presentations on:

  • The Church’s response to the earthquake in Haiti
  • The Review and Renewal of the Catholic Campaign for Human Development
  • The work of the Ad Hoc Committee for the Defense of Marriage
  • Informational update on World Youth Day 2011
  • The needs of the Archdiocese for the Military Services
  • Integrating new media into diocesan communication structures.  

The livestreaming of the public sessions will begin on Monday at 9 a.m. CST and can be found at http://www.usccb.org/meetings/2010Fall/.  The proceedings will also be covered via the social media outreach of the USCCB on Twitter (twitter.com/usccb) and Facebook (www.facebook.com/usccb).

Life in the Spirit Seminar at St. Gabriel the Archangel, McKinney

November 7, 2010

McKinney, TX (MetroCatholic) -  Until recently the Holy Spirit was a complete mystery to me.  It is very easy for us to understand the Father and the Son in the Blessed Trinity because their stories and roles are made so clear to us… but, who is this Holy Spirit that makes up the third and very important part of the Trinity?

The Catechism of the Catholic Church tells us in paragraph 691 that “the Holy Spirit” is the proper name of the one whom we adore and glorify with the Father and the Son.  The Church has received this name from the Lord and professes it in Baptism of her new children.   The term “Spirit” translates the Hebrew word ruah, which, in its primary sense, means breath, air, wind.”

The Holy Spirit gives us the gift of complete intimacy with our Lord.  It is the very air that we breathe to survive.  The Holy Spirit is calling to us to say yes to our Lord and live our lives for Him, with complete love and accepting of His will.  St. Augustine told us that the Spirit is to our souls what our souls are to our bodies.

If you are longing for a better relationship with our Lord, want a better prayer life, and/or a better understanding of the role that the Holy Spirit plays in that journey you will not want to miss the “Life in the Spirit Seminar” at St. Gabriel the Archangel in McKinney, TX.

The Life in the Spirit seminar will be a two-day Mission, which will be presented by The Disciples of our Lord Jesus Christ (www.dljc.org/english) and hosted by St. Gabriel’s Holy Spirit Prayer Group.  The seminar will be held on Friday, November 19th (7-9pm) and Saturday, November 20th (8am-4pm) followed by Mass at 5pm with music by the Praise Band, all our welcome!

This will be my first time attending so I have asked a couple of members of the Holy Spirit Prayer Group at St. Gabriel to tell us about their experiences attending the seminar.  Rob Karl, who attended last years seminar said,  “After attending the Life in the Spirit seminar it gave new meaning to Scripture, the Eucharist, and brought to life how the Holy Spirit works in and around us all the time.  The seminar is life changing and has helped me connect more with my Catholic faith and the prayer group that has formed from the weekend has been a source of joy and inspiration as well. This seminar should be done at all parishes.”  Rob’s enthusiasm was echoed by Tracy Stewart’s testimony as well, “The Life In the Spirit Seminar was a wonderful experience.  Not only did it educate me about the meaning of living a life in the Spirit;  it was also uplifting and fulfilling.  I truly felt the Holy Spirit was with us during the singing and praise and worship.  I would say that if you’ve never been to a Life in the Spirit Seminar, you should check it out because it can change your life.  If you have been, I’d recommend attending again to refresh yourself in the Spirit.  I’m personally looking forward to hearing the charismatic Franciscan nuns of the Disciples of Our Lord Jesus Christ speak.  They have dedicated their lives to teaching about the Holy Spirit’s gifts and the charismatic life.  You don’t want to miss this one!”

So please come learn how to make the Holy Spirit come alive in your daily life.  If you’ve been to a previous Life in the Spirit seminar, please come again.  There is always more. The cost is $15 in advance and $20 at the door and includes lunch on Saturday.   For more information, please contact Steven or Rita Auguirre at 972-562-1781, email [email protected]. or visit www.stgabriel.org to register.

UD Ministry Conference a Great Success

November 5, 2010

Dallas, TX (Diocese of Dallas) - A new attendance record was set for the University of Dallas Ministry Conference held at the Dallas Convention Center on October 22-23. The fourth annual event drew more than 5,000 people, most of them ministry leaders from parishes throughout Texas and Louisiana.

Conference goers had the opportunity to hear internationally well-known speakers such as Cardinal Daniel DiNardo, Reverend Ignacio Larranaga and John Allen.  Speakers addressed topics in all areas of ministry such as youth and young adult, marriage, catechesis and social media/communications. 

The event was co-sponsored by UD, the Diocese of Dallas and the Diocese of Forth Worth.  Bishop Kevin J. Farrell expressed gratitude to those who attended, “Ongoing faith formation is vital for our ministry leaders to increase the knowledge and spirituality they pass on to the communities they serve.  I am very grateful that so many took the time out of their busy schedules to further hone their skills and gather as Catholics in prayer.” 

The bishop encourages even more people to plan to attend next year’s conference. 

The White Rose Women’s Centers Fundraiser Welcomes Teresa Tomeo

September 30, 2010

McKinney, TX (MetroCatholic)

St. Joseph’s Helpers 25th Anniversary Dinner Reception & Silent Auction to benefit the White Rose Women’s Center will be held on Saturday, Ocotber 16th. This year we’re delighted to have Teresa Tomeo from EWTN radio and television join us as our keynote speaker! For tickets please call 214-824-5942.

http://www.saintjosephshelpers.org/

Bishop Farrell:The true value of a Catholic education

September 20, 2010

From Bishop Kevin Farrell’s Blog:

Once again the importance of a Catholic education to parents is evident in the enrollment of 15,052 students in Catholic Schools in the Diocese of Dallas. The enrollment data released by Sister Gloria Cain, Superintendent of Schools, on September 17 shows 11,981 students enrolled in 31 diocesan and parochial Catholic schools and 3,071 in private Catholic schools.

Catholic parents are to be admired and commended for making the sacrifices required to provide their children with a Catholic education. In the words of Pope Benedict: “In …Catholic schools, there is always a bigger picture over and above the individual subjects you study, the different skills you learn. All the work you do is placed in the context of growing in friendship with God, and all that flows from that friendship.”

Catholic education not only provides young men and women with a Faith strong enough to endure in an increasingly secularized society, but one that equips them to confront and change that society in light of the gospel message of Jesus Christ.

“The quest for the sacred”, in the Pope’s words, “does not devalue other fields of human enquiry. On the contrary, it places them in a context which magnifies their importance, as ways of responsibly exercising our stewardship over creation”.

A Catholic school must be more than a school that offers religion as a subject, it must be a functioning Christian community that natures and enhances the seeds of Faith planted by parents in a loving Christian family.

Bishop Farrell to Be New Episcopal Moderator of Diocesan Fiscal Management Conference

August 31, 2010

BishopFarrellWASHINGTON DC (MetroCatholic) - After 25 years, Bishop Donald Trautman of Erie, Pennsylvania, is stepping down from his duties as episcopal moderator of the Diocesan Fiscal Management Conference (DFMC), the national association of financial leaders of dioceses in the United States and Canada, and will be succeeded by Bishop Kevin Farrell of Dallas. Bishop Farrell will assume the episcopal moderator’s duties at the conclusion of the DFMC’s 41st annual conference in New Orleans, September 26-29. Bishop Trautman asked Cardinal Francis George of Chicago, president of the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops (USCCB), to name a replacement.
           
“It has been an honor and privilege to see firsthand the work of faith filled professionals strengthening the Church in fiscal management,” said Bishop Trautman in a message to the members of DFMC.
           
Bishop Trautman has served as Episcopal Moderator of the organization since 1985. He has served as bishop of Erie since 1990. Bishop Kevin Farrell has served as bishop of Dallas since 2007 and is also the chairman of the USCCB Committee on National Collections.
           
The Diocesan Fiscal Management Conference is allied with the USCCB through both its episcopal moderator and the bishops of the dioceses. The DFMC’s ministry is to support the free exchange of best practices, provide on-going professional educational opportunities, and promote both the spiritual development and professional relationships of its members in matters of fiscal and administrative expertise in service to the local and national Church

‘Faith Comes By Hearing’ Fall Radiothon: September 7th-10th: KATH 910 AM

August 25, 2010

Dallas, TX (MetroCatholic) - From Dave Palmer, General Manager GRN Network, North Texas:

Thanks to those who emailed back and signed up for a volunteer shift for our upcoming KATH 910 AM ‘Faith Comes By Hearing’ Fall Radiothon on the Guadalupe Radio Network.  We are still in need of a lot of volunteers so please respond asap if you are able to assist us for one or more shifts during the four day Radiothon.  Here is a list of the eight shifts we’re trying to fill and how many spots are still available as of this moment.   We need ten volunteers per shift.
Tuesday, September 7th. 

Shift 1 (8:00 am- 1:30 pm)              Still need 3 volunteers
Shift 2 is (1:30 pm - 7:00 pm)          Still need 9 volunteers

Wednesday, September 8th. 

Shift 1 (8:00 am- 1:30 pm)              Still need 9 volunteers
Shift 2 is (1:30 pm - 7:00 pm)          Still need 7 volunteers  

Thursday, September 9th. 

Shift 1 (8:00 am- 1:30 pm)              Still need 9 volunteers
Shift 2 is (1:30 pm - 7:00 pm)          Still need 10 volunteers

Friday, September 10th. 

Shift 1 (8:00 am- 1:30 pm)              Still need 8 volunteers
Shift 2 is (1:30 pm - 7:00 pm)          Still need 5 volunteers
The Radiothon will be held at our studio which is located in the Comerica Bank building at 8828 N. Stemmons Fwy Suite 106 Dallas 75247… on the SE corner of I-35 and Regal Row.

We will provide meals, snacks & drinks and a fun, prayerful environment for all volunteers.

If you can help, please call Lisa Martinez at 888-784-3476 or 432-682-1485 to let her know which shift(s) you can work.

Or simply respond to this email, which will go directly to Lisa Martinez at [email protected].
Thank you in advance for the generosity of your time. I look forward to seeing you in a couple of weeks as we raise funds to keep the Good News of Jesus Christ on the airwaves!

God bless you and your family,

Dave Palmer
General Manager
Guadalupe Radio Network- North Texas

Natural Family Planning Events in Dallas

July 29, 2010

From the Dallas Diocese:

Aug 24, Sept 28, Oct 26, 2010
Tuesday at 6:30 PM
St. Michael the Archangel Church
950 Trails Parkway, Garland TX 75043
Robert and Colleen Fries 972-278-9228

Aug 29th, Sept 26th, Oct 24th, 2010
Sunday at 1:30 PM
St Mary the Virgin
1408 N. Davis Dr., Arlington TX 76012
Vina, Kevin and Michele 940-433-5664

Sept 12th, Oct 10th, Nov 14th, 2010
Sunday at 1:00 PM
St. John the Apostle Catholic Church
801 N Frances St., Terrell TX 75160
Jackie and Pamela Driver 972-816-4023

Oct, Nov, Dec - Dates to be announced
The University of Dallas, Anselm-230
Peter and Stephanie Reisinger 972-424-0828

Fort Worth: 2010 All Schools Liturgy

July 27, 2010

From the Diocese of Fort Worth:

To mark the close of the Fort Worth Diocese’s 40th Anniversary year and to celebrate the opening of the new school year, more than 6000 students from 19 diocesan schools will gather for a special Mass of the Holy Spirit in an All Schools Liturgy. Bishop Kevin Vann will preside.

This special liturgy is for all students in grades one through 12 and will be held at the Fort Worth Convention Center Arena, Wednesday, September 1, 2010, at 11:00 a.m. Parents are welcome and encouraged to attend this celebration.

Mother Teresa Relics to Arrive in Dallas

July 21, 2010

McKinney, TX  (MetroCatholic) — Blessed Mother Teresa’s relics will arrive on Tuesday, July 27.  The only time for individual veneration will be after the Mass at 6:00 PM on July 27th at St. James Church.  The church is located at 1002 E. Saner Ave., off of 35, south of downtown Dallas.  Phone:  214-371-9209

Why not start praying the Mother Teresa Novena now for graces, and your petitions that you will bring to Blessed Mother Teresa next week.

Prayer for Canonization:

Jesus, you made Blessed Teresa an inspiring example of firm faith and burning charity, an extraordinary witness to the way of spiritual childhood, and a great and esteemed teacher of the value and dignity of every human life. Grant that she may be venerated and imitated as one of the Church’s canonized saints.

Hear the requests of all those who seek her intercession, especially the petition I now implore…

(mention here the favor or favors  you wish to pray for).

May we follow her example in heeding Your cry of thirst from the Cross and joyfully loving You in the distressing disguise of the poorest of the poor, especially those most unloved and unwanted.

We ask this in Your name and through the intercession of Mary, Your Mother and the Mother of us all.   Amen.

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