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. - Make a Donation to Donation

Youth For Life Needs for Boot Camp 2010 July 30 – August 4

July 8, 2010

Dallas, TX (MetroCatholic) - Requests from YFL Bootcamp:



Those interested in being Chaperones (age 21+) may apply online at All adults are required to attend a special training the evening of Thursday, July 29th and are asked, if possible, to begin their stay at UD Thursday night so that they may assist with set-up for camp. Chaperones are required to provide proof of Safe Environment clearance.

As of July 5th: We are in need of 2 male chaperones for the weekend and female chaperones for both weekend and whole camp.

Part-Time Volunteers During Camp

Volunteers will be required to provide proof of Safe Environment clearance

Set-up on Thursday afternoon at UD about 2:00 – 5:00 (July 29th) (SE clearance not required) - Basic unloading of materials and organizing them in the dorms

Set-up on Friday at UD about 9:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m. (July 30th) (SE clearance not required)

- Major set-up for camp, decorating of dorms, stuffing folders, putting names on room doors, stuffing bags, etc.

Check-in on Friday at UD about 5:00 – 7:00 (July 30th)
- Help with check-in of all the campers

Check-out on Sunday at UD about 8:00 – 10:00 p.m. (August 1st) - Help with check-out of weekend campers

Check-out on Wednesday at UD about 12:30 – 2:30 p.m. (August 4th) - Help with check-out of week campers

Clean-up on Wednesday at UD about 12:30 – 5:00 p.m. (August 4th)

- Help pack and load materials and clean out dorms. Dorms must be cleared of all Boot Camp materials and keys turned in by 5:00 p.m. Materials need to then be unloaded at the CPLC office.

Airport Drivers from DFW or Love Field Friday, Sunday and Wednesday - Provide transportation for out-of-town campers and chaperones - Needed: Proof of insurance and permission to check your driving record

Planning Help Prior to Boot Camp

See list of committee needs at VolunteerCamp Volunteer


Cash, checks, or gift cards to Wal-Mart, Target, Sam’s, etc. Scholarships for Youth and Adults from your Parish

There are many students that come to us asking for scholarships. Unfortunately we are very limited in scholarship money because the fees we charge do not cover the costs of the camp. It is always a great help when parish pro-life groups or Knights of Columbus Councils provide sponsorship for a youth or adult to attend camp. Some parishes hand-pick whom they want to sponsor by holding an essay contest. Other parishes just see who wants to attend and then they pay their fees. We have even had a parish pro-life group give us a lump sum and ask us to pick who needs the scholarship the most. Whichever way your group can provide scholarship support would be awesome.


Items should be brought to UD on Thursday, July 29th (after 3:00) or Friday, July 30th (before 5:00). Items may be dropped off at the CPLC office, but WE STRONGLY PREFER that you bring them directly to UD. There is a lot that needs to be transported to Boot Camp and having some items already there really helps!

We need everything listed below, but starred items are the greatest need. NOTE: Fees collected from campers do not cover the actual costs of the camp.

*100 personal bottles of Gatorade

Coffee, creamer, sugar and snacks for 30 adults/chaperones for 5 days

*Snacks for movie night for 150 (Saturday)

Cookies and refreshments for skit night for 250 – this includes families (Sunday)

*Pizza for 100 (Wednesday afternoon)

*White or solid color onesies and kids’ t-shirts of all sizes (we’ll be decorating them to donate to moms) Tie-dye supplies, fabric paints and brushes

White burp cloths or bibs (for decorating)

700 plastic cups

20 rolls paper towels

400 paper plates

Poster board, white and colored, all sizes

3-5 wide rolls masking tape

*Hardcover copies of “Shorter Christian Prayer” (50-100 copies)

Items for hospitality bags for youth (snacks, rosaries, pro-life or Catholic items, card games, etc.) Clotheslines and clothespins

*Sponsorship for the following:

Speakers and clergy - $3,000

T-shirts - $1,400

Religious items for the youth - $300

Prayer Books for use at the abortion centers - $400

PFL Pro-Life Reflections for Every Day - $1,050


Fans for use in the dorm lounges 10-gallon drink dispensers for onsite Large coolers (for travel)

If you can help with any of these needs please contact Youth For Life Director Jacquelyn Smith at
972-416-9591 or [email protected].

In Response to the Dallas Morning News Article about Father Robert Crisp

June 30, 2010

Dallas, TX (RCDOD) - The allegations reported on in the newspaper article date back to the mid-1970’s and 80’s and there were never any reports of sexual misconduct with minors or any criminal behavior of any sort by Father Robert Crisp on record with the diocese. Therefore, when Bishop Kevin Farrell arrived three years ago, and during his tenure in the Diocese of Dallas, there was nothing that would have set off a warning about concerns of criminal behavior.

The complaint of misconduct with a minor reported in the Dallas Morning News had not been reported to the diocese and the Dallas Morning News’ source confirmed that in the story.

When the complaints at Sacred Heart in Rowlett were reported as more than boundary violations, Bishop Farrell immediately removed Father Crisp from ministry.

Father Crisp remains removed from ministry and there are no plans to reassign him.

Don’t Miss Your Chance for Early Registration for the 8th Annual Youth For Life Boot Camp by June 30th

June 25, 2010

Join in the Revolution!

Dallas, TX (CPLC) - Youth For Life will hold its 8th Annual Pro-Life Boot Camp — “It’s a Revolution - Theology of the Body” (TOB) — for high school youth, ages 14-17.  The camp will be held July 30-August 4 at the University of Dallas under the sponsorship of the Dallas Catholic Pro-Life Committee’s YFL and the Fort Worth Catholics Respect Life’s YFL.  Youth may attend for just the weekend or join us for the the entire six-day immersion into the pro-life experience!  Activities include praise and worship, youth-created pro-life skits, prayer time in front of abortion centers, community service projects, as well as presentations from guest speakers Monica Ashour, TOBET 4 Teens by Teens, and the Franciscan Friars of the Renewal on the following topics: The Language of the Body, TOB and Respect for Life, and How to Share TOB.

Come for the weekend, July 30-August 1, or come for the whole Boot Camp, July 30-August 4.  The weekend costs $120; the whole Boot Camp costs $210.  After June 30th prices go up and space may be limited.  Home schoolers welcome!  Young adults ages 18-20 may apply online to be Junior Staff.  Adults ages 21+ may apply online to be Chaperones.  Contact Jacquelyn Smith at 972-416-9591 or [email protected].  Register online at

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As Sacred Heart Mission Ends, Ministry Begins

June 11, 2010

124-1By Chad Simpson

I am on a spiritual high as I write this article; an article that I know will fall flat in its attempt to capture the awe-inspiring, grace-filled mission that just concluded at St. Gabriel the Archangel parish in McKinney, TX.  Let me begin with a little background on how we got to where we are today.  Sandra Palutis, the spiritual director for the spring 2009 women’s Christ Renews His Parish (CRHP) ministry at St. Gabriel’s had a burning desire to begin a ministry of enthroning homes to the Sacred Heart of Jesus.  She answered this call from the Holy Spirit by reaching out to Monsignor John Esseff, who in turn urged her to contact two individuals who carry the torch of the fire lit by Saint Margaret Mary Alocoque nearly 400 years ago, Fr. Bill Gaffney, CSsR, and Mrs. Gloria Anson.

The Enthronement of the Sacred Heart Apostolate was founded in 1907 by Fr. Mateo Crawley-Boevey, SS.CC.  While the enthronement itself involves placing an image or statue of the Sacred Heart in a public place of honor within the home, it is much more than hanging a picture.  Enthroning your home to the Sacred Heart of Jesus involves a consecration of the entire family to Mary by the mother of the family, as well as the father of the family consecrating the entire family to the Sacred Heart of Jesus and proclaiming a covenant of love with Jesus.  There is much prayer and preparation the family does as well in the days leading up to the actual enthronement.  Since the process of enthroning a home to the Sacred Heart involves much more than the hanging of a picture, it is necessary to not only educate families on the ceremony but also to educate them on the 12 promises Jesus revealed to Saint Margaret Mary Alocoque for those who practice devotion to his Sacred Heart.

Gloria Anson has been evangelizing and educating families on the many graces of devotion to the Sacred Heart and home enthronement for over 30 years.  During her 30 plus years of ministry, Gloria has conducted over 5,000 enthronements, distributed Sacred Heart enthronement kits to all 50 states in the U.S. as well as the UK, Guam, the West Indies, the Philippines, and Nigeria.  Father Gaffney, who joined Gloria in the Sacred Heart Apostolate in 1996, will be celebrating the 50th anniversary of his ordination this month.  Father Gaffney and Gloria rack up the frequent flyer miles as well as many miles on the car odometer travelling to parishes throughout the U.S.  Their busy travel schedule keeps them on the road about 50 percent of the time.

During the four-day mission at St. Gabriel the Archangel, they averaged over 200 people in attendance each night.  I witnessed almost full participation as over 200 sinners answered Father Gaffney’s call to partake in the sacrament of reconciliation during the second evening of the mission.  I watched and listened as Gloria used her personal testimony to bring us all closer to Christ’s Sacred Heart.  I smiled a toothy grin as Father Gaffney engaged the children throughout the glorious four-day mission in games and song.  I witnessed a man with a debilitating and degenerative disease go from barely being able to get out of bed, to walking with a cane, to standing cane-free and cooking all of the Sacred Heart ministry team dinner on the fourth night.  During the four-day mission, sixty families signed up to have their homes enthroned and twenty people signed up to be promoters who assist with the enthronement ceremony.

As I said, words cannot do justice to what I witnessed over the past four evenings.  I can say though that the mission put on by the Sacred Heart Apostolate should be done by all parishes in order to restore our love and faith in Christ and in each other.

Support for Industrial Areas Foundation pervasive in the Dallas Diocese

June 4, 2010

I’ve learned more about the social ministry training conference to be held June 11-12 at St. Elizabeth Seton in Plano, and it is not good.  In fact, it’s bad.  First, Seton has had a ’social justice’ ministry for the last 8-9 years or more.  This ministry has been a member of an organization called Dallas Area Interfaith during that entire time.  Dallas Area Interfaith is a part of the Saul Alinsky founded Industrial Areas Foundation.  Industrial Areas Foundation was formed  to help spur political action by various groups in order to lobby for a more socialist/communist economic system in the United States.  The organization was founded  in 1940 with well meaning but, to me, foolhardy support from the former auxiliary Bishop of Chicago, Bernard James Shiel. 

Dallas Area Interfaith requires member organizations pay annual dues equal to 1.5% of their operating budget, to a $15,000 cap.  There is some evidence that the $15,000 cap is exceeded by “generous” instititutions.  The Dallas Area Interfaith website maintains a list of those churches that are members - over 50% of the membership of Dallas Area Interfaith is made up of Catholic churches.  A list of the Dallas Diocese churches that Dallas Area Interfaith claims as members:

Catedral Santuario de Guadalupe - the Dallas Diocese Cathedral

Blessed Sacrament
Holy Cross Catholic Church
Holy Trinity Catholic Church
Our Lady of Angels Catholic Church
Our Lady of Lourdes Catholic Church
Our Lady of Pilar Catholic Church
Our Lady of Perpetual Help Catholic Church
Prince of Peace Catholic Church
Santa Clara Catholic Church
St. Anthony Catholic Church
St. Augustine Catholic Church
St. Edwards Catholic Church
St. Elizabeth Ann Seton Church
St. Elizabeth of Hungary Church
St. Francis of Assisi Catholic Church
St. James Catholic Church
St. Joseph Catholic Church
St. Pius X Catholic Church
St. Rita Catholic Church

If you are a member of any of the above parishes, then your money, your tithe, has gone to support an Alinsky-founded member of the Industrial Areas Foundation, Alinsky’s far left lobbying organization.  Of 39 churches that make up Dallas Area Interfaith, 20 are Roman Catholic.  It would appear that without the support of these Catholic churches, Dallas Area Interfaith would virtually collapse.  I am willing to bet that essentially no parishioners at any of these churches know that their money is going to fund CCHD/Alinsky style “community organizing” that is little more than cover for lobbying efforts aimed at socialist economic goals. 

Before I wrap this up, keep the following in mind.  Catholic Campaign for Human Development and the Industrial Areas Foundation are extremely closely linked.  No organization receives more funding from CCHD than Industrial Areas Foundation (IAF) affiliate organizations.   There have been numerous scandals in the past year involving CCHD’s IAF affiliates having public positions on issues directly contrary to the Catholic faith.  A number of these were ‘defunded,’ but a number of problem organizations remain.

If you are a member of any of the above parishes, are you pleased that your money is going to fund organizations like the Industrial Areas Foundation?  Can you, in good conscience, continue to financially support your parish if it does so?  Do you feel that your parish has tens of thousands of extra dollars lying around that can serve no better purpose than to be used for leftist lobbying?  Would you be willing to take a stand and contact your pastor to inform him of your opinion?

There is much more on this issue.  Look for more later today or tomorrow.  And pray for the Church.  Pray for a changing of hearts - as I said yesterday, “charity” given under duress through government  mandated wealth transfers is not charity.

UPDATE: Fr. Dwight Longenecker gives his take on the social justice crowd.

UPDATE 2: Putting some figures together, Dallas Diocese churches are contributing $300,000 or more per year to the Dallas Area Interfaith group.  A commenter pointed to a report that starting any new chapter of the Industrial Areas Foundation, of which Dallas Area Interfaith is a member, requires a minimum of $200,000 in seed money.  Given the close ties between the Church and IAF (CCHD as started essentially as a vehicle to fund IAF type organizations), and the fact that Catholic churches dominate the membership rolls of Dallas Area Interfaith, is it not likely that much of that $200,000 (and that figure from 1995) came from Catholic churches?  Given that many of these churches have been members of Dallas Area Interfaith 10 years or more, we are talking about millions of dollars in parishioners money being given to Dallas Area Interfaith’s lobbying efforts, all without the knowledge of the vast majority of parishioners.  And that’s not all, the report also shows that the more involved or ‘generous’ churches may be giving sums of over $30,000 per year.  At this point, we have no idea how many millions of parishioner’s dollars have gone to Dallas Area Interfaith.

UPDATE 3: There is another parish that may be a dues paying member of DAI.  St. Mark in Plano is listed as a member on the DAI website.  However, Fr. Cliff Smith, pastor at St. Mark, maintains that they are no longer members of DAI.  It is certain that St. Mark has been a member in the past - what is uncertain is whether they are currently members.  I have asked for clarification of the contradictory evidence I have learned thus far, but am awaiting a reply from Fr. Smith

Dallas Mass of Ordination to the Priesthood

June 2, 2010

Dallas, TX (RCDOD) - Please join in the joyful celebration of the Mass of Ordination at which Rev. Mr. Marco Rangel and Rev. Mr. John Szatkowski will be ordained to the priesthood on Saturday, June 5, 2010 at 10 a.m. at the Cathedral Shrine of the Virgin of Guadalupe, 2215 Ross Avenue in downtown Dallas. Bishop Kevin Farrell will be the main celebrant with Auxiliary Bishops Douglas Deshotel and Mark Seitz along with the priests of the Diocese of Dallas as concelebrants.

Window into Life/White Rose Women’s Center

May 17, 2010

Recognizing that education is critically important for changing “hearts and minds” regarding the sanctity of life, the White Rose Women’s Center developed Window Into Life™ a dynamic presentation that allows youth a view of developing human life while emphasizing Catholic values regarding purity and marriage.  The presentation features live, real-time ultrasound demonstrations with pregnant volunteers and a formal talk presented by an experienced LMFT/counselor.

The White Rose Women’s Center is now taking reservations for Window into Life for the summer and fall of 2010! If you are interested in bringing this eye-opening presentation into your parish youth group or school please call Cristina Caine at 214.821.5942

Urgent Request From CPLC

April 29, 2010

From the Catholic Pro-Life Committe:

BD_2010_05We of the Catholic Pro-Life Committee warmly thank all who joined us to celebrate “The Splendor of the Gospel of Life” And to those who shared generously to further the work of the CPLC, we’re delighted to have your partnership in our ministries.

Because we know how much our life-saving work means to you, we feel that we can come to you to share our situation today.  We fell $16,000 shy of our goal for the matching gift, and we urgently need your help – especially if you haven’t made a donation this year to the CPLC, the Respect Life Ministry of the Diocese.

Please pray about what gift you can give for this ministry this year.

What’s at stake?  Well, let’s consider.  What if, instead of growing, or even maintaining, we actually had to cut back on our outreach?

Who will stand every day outside the abortion centers to offer love, hope and a way out to desperate moms praying for a sign?  Who will give those precious babies a final chance at life?  I just got a report that our sidewalk counselors helped 49 mothers turn away from the Dallas abortion centers last month, with another 53 “hopeful turnaways.”  That’s the most we’ve ever helped turn away from abortion in a single month! 

Who will take those moms who choose life by the hand, in friendship, for the challenging weeks and months to come?  To provide emotional, spiritual, material and even vocational support for a happy, healthy motherhood?  To present the adoption option effectively and prayerfully?

Who will embrace the mother who made the wrong choice that she can speak of to no one, that haunts her, that wakes her up at night hearing babies cry?  Who will help restore her hope?

Who will support Catholic parents by sharing with their children the Church’s clear and dignified message of chastity?  Who will train these youth to take pro-life into the future?

Who will bring the startling facts about abortion and contraception, and the beautiful truths of life and marriage, to the Spanish-speaking community targeted by the culture of death?

Who will encourage our pastors and enliven our parishes with the Gospel of Life?

Who, if not the CPLC?

We in the CPLC are committed, and through our nine ministries, we’re doing these things each and every day, and much more.  Each one of our staff and volunteers is called to this ministry, and we rejoice in the daily successes, the hearts touched and changed, for life.  We know it’s working.  We feel God’s blessing.  We can’t stop.  Not now.  This is the first time in 37 years that more American people say they are opposed to abortion than are for it.  Now is not the time to pull back, but to keep moving forward. 

Please make a donation today to help us raise the $16,000 we urgently need to keep moving forward.

God bless you. 

In Christ, For Life,

Karen Garnett
Executive Director

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Hats off to all who made the event a success!

Thank you to our auction supporters, exhibitors and Pro-Life Partners

A keepsake of the evening that can help save lives 


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