Jyra Films Produces Video for One Heart Project Event at Cowboys Stadium

November 10, 2010

McKinney, TX (MetroCatholic) — Fort Worth based Jyra Films partnered with the One Heart Project to produce a video highlighting One Heart’s efforts to reach a forgotten population of America. Each year, more than 2 million juveniles are arrested. 100,000 of them are sent to prison. Developed in concert with the One Heart Movie, the One Heart Project will mobilize millions of Americans to join a national movement to transform the lives of juveniles who are incarcerated and at-risk.

This video played a key role in communicating this opportunity to a group of 1000 attendees at the One Heart Project kick-off event at Cowboys’ Stadium Monday, November 8th hosted by Jason Witten and other Dallas Cowboy players and coaches.

Jyra Films, a turn-key video production company in the Fort Worth area serves ministries and non-profit organizations locally and globally in their efforts to reach the lost, the poor, and victims of injustice.

“We seek to capture and craft compelling stories of the least of these. Their needs, their circumstances, how they can be reached and what organizations are doing to impact them,” commented Jyra Films President Kyle Rogers.

The video produced for the One Heart Project (video at www.jyrafilms.com/one-heart-project) focused on it’s two results oriented initiatives: redirection and reentry.

The challenges that incarcerated youth face when reentering society often set them up for failure. The One Heart reentry initiative will provide a residential environment for them to successfully transition back into society. At this facility, programs will equip participants with the tools and skills necessary for a true second chance, including: character development, life skills, job skills, financial skills, and etiquette. In addition, residents will be provided with opportunities for practical hands-on job training and experience, and an introduction to potential employers — all within a safe and nurturing environment, led by house parents, that will provide an environment of mentoring and personal growth. The initial facility, in North Texas, will become a model for other facilities across the nation.

The One Heart redirection initiative provides intensive curricular programming to equip those currently incarcerated, those in the probation system, and those identified as high-risk youth. Programs are standardized and measurable and will be deployed through alliances with local and national service partners.

Through these two initiatives, the One Heart Project will impact thousands of lives in Texas, and hundreds of thousands across the nation. The result will transform neighborhoods, communities, and most importantly, individual lives.

To learn more about Jyra Films, visit www.JyraFilms.com or call 817-366-5358. To learn more about the One Heart Project, visit www.OneHeartMovie.com.

Solving the Leadership Crisis - Man UP! Christian Men’s Network Provides Coaching and Mentoring

October 27, 2010

DALLAS (MetroCatholic) — “Winners are not those who never fail but those who NEVER QUIT,” said the late Dr. Edwin Louis Cole, founder of Christian Men’s Network (CMN). At the Lions Roar 2010 Global Men’s Summit of Christian Men’s Network in Dallas, Texas, November 1-3, leaders are uniting from over 20 nations to discuss solutions for crisis including leadership training, economic empowerment, mentoring, social issues and political action.

“When top leaders come from all over the world, many who are literally changing nations and rewriting national constitutions, you cannot help but be inspired,” states Dr. Jim Garlow, Chairmen of ReAL (Renewing American Leadership). On election eve, Monday Nov. 1st, Dr. Jim Garlow, will speak to need to renew America and nations by mobilizing leaders, defending faith and family values, strengthen judeo-Christian culture and rebuild economic integrity. ReAL is a non-profit organization established by the former Speaker of the House, Newt Gingrich. Dr. Garlow is a well known author, historian and has been Senior Pastor of Skyline Wesleyan Church in San Diego for fourteen years.

Leaders are defined by how they deal with crisis. “Crisis is the natural result of change,” explained the bestselling Dr. Cole, who is called the “Father of the Men’s Movement.” Crisis solutions and crisis management are strategies all men, fathers, clergy, and community leaders need. Today, there are 266 CMN Facebook groups alive and well proving that mentoring is the key for leadership training.

Today, the CMN legacy continues under son, Paul Louis Cole, who states, “Mentoring men is growing around the world because it works! Christian leaders are seeing remarkable changes after coaching their men.” Lion’s Roar 2010 will also host “roundtable” topics addressing: the art of manhood, fatherhood, servanthood, integrity, and being culture influencers locally and nationally.

Lion’s Roar 2010 begins Monday, November 1st at noon and ends Wednesday Nov. 3rd at noon. Evening sessions are free (Nov. 1-2nd) and women are invited. Day sessions are for registered conference delegates only. The summit will be held at Shady Grove Church, 2404 N. Carrier Parkway in Grand Prairie, Texas (south of DFW airport.) Spanish translation will be available. For more information and registration information, please visit www.LionsRoar2010.com.

Paul Louis Cole, CMN President along with global leaders are available for interviews.

Join in Celebration of Lives Saved and Hearts Converted on Nov. 1!

October 27, 2010

Rejoice in the Lives Saved, Hearts Converted

and Graces Received


at the

40 Days for Life-Dallas Victory Celebration!

November 1, 2010 at 7 p.m.

Shiloh Worship Center
2204 S. Shiloh Road, Garland (Map here)

40_DFL_Youth_Day.JPGIn Dallas alone, more than 2000 have prayed on site since the beginning of the constant 24 hour/7 day a week vigil of 800 hours so far, including persons of all ages and many faiths alongside their children and their church leaders. Regardless of weather, despite infirmities and no matter what the hour … the Dallas faithful have been there in prayer without fail!

And through the grace of God working through this constant presence and the many prayers offered in support of sidewalk counselors speaking lovingly to mothers and fathers approaching the Southwestern late-term abortion center for scheduled abortions, the lives of at least 12 precious babies have been spared!

Thank you for your prayers and presence, directly helping to save these babies’ lives!!

There are just five days left in the 24/7 prayer vigil, which concludes at 11:59 p.m. on Sunday, October 31st.  On November 1st, we will raise our hearts, hands and voices to mark the conclusion of this amazing campaign and our continued devotion to LIFE beyond these 40 Days.  Please join us!

The celebration will begin with praise and worship music followed by dynamic speakers including:

Former Abortion Provider, Spokeswoman and Author


Carol Everett

Carol will share her personal testimony of the pro-life conversion she experienced and for which we have also been praying these past 40 Days for all those who are involved in abortion.

We will also hear from

Father Tony Lackland, SMU Catholic Campus Ministry

Bishop John Lawson, Children of God Ministries and

Father Wilmer de Jesús Daza, Nuestra Señora del Pilar Church

**We hope to see all of our pro-life friends at the Victory Celebration … to share testimonies, enjoy fellowship and gain strength as we continue the battle for the Culture of Life!**

Over 2000 Pro-life advocates in Dallas outside late-term abortion center

October 26, 2010

Dallas, Texas (MetroCatholic)- Since September 22, more than 2000 pro-life advocates have prayed to stop the abortions up to 24 weeks (6 months) of pregnancy occurring at the Southwestern late-term abortion center at the NE corner of Greenville Avenue and Royal Lane.  Dallas citizens have participated in this 24/7 peaceful, prayerful vigil to end abortion as part of the national 40 Days for Life campaign.  “The response to this year’s campaign has been incredible,” says co-coordinator of the Dallas campaign, Lauren Muzyka.  “We have seen upwards of 300 people on the sidewalk at one time to demonstrate that this wound on our community cannot be tolerated, including many participants who have stayed multiple hours through the night and some who have remained at the vigil for 24 hours straight.”

The new late-term abortion center opened its doors in October 2009.  The facility is run by long-time abortionist Curtis Boyd, who has a deep-rooted abortion history in Dallas since 1973 when he opened and began performing abortions at the first abortion center in Dallas and the state of Texas.  Boyd has admitted to 300,000 abortions performed in his Dallas and Albuquerque, New Mexico facilities since 1973, and in a shocking revelation, stated in a television interview, “Am I killing?  Yes, I am.  I know that.”

Since the opening of Southwestern, two crisis pregnancy centers have taken up residency nearby:  White Rose Women’s Center, located diagonally across the street from Southwestern, and Birth Choice, located in the very same business complex as Southwestern.  Campaign co-coordinator and sidewalk counselor Joanne Underwood noted that with “the crisis pregnancy centers and the prayer and counseling presence on the sidewalks, Boyd and his abortuary are surrounded by the pro-life message.  And as Dallas faithful of all ages and many denominations have joined to stand vigil during 40 Days for Life, that message has been even more resounding.”

The national 40 Days for Life campaign reports 445 mothers making a decision for life for their unborn babies scheduled for abortion deaths in the 238 cities where 40 Days vigils are being held.  This includes 12 mothers choosing life outside the Southwestern late-term abortion center in Dallas.  A Victory Celebration to celebrate the lives saved and hearts converted during this fall’s campaign will be held Monday, November 1, at 7:00 p.m. at the Shiloh Worship Center of Garland.

To learn more about 40 Days for Life-Dallas, visit: www.40daysforlife.com/dallas.

For assistance or for more information, please contact Becky Visosky, Director of Communications of the sponsoring organization, the Catholic Pro-Life Committee of North Texas, at [email protected] or 972-267-LIFE (5433).

Sarah Palin to speak in Dallas on behalf of Heroic Media

September 17, 2010

DALLAS (MetroCatholic) – Former Republican Vice Presidential Candidate Sarah Palin is speaking on behalf of Heroic Media Nov. 10, 2010 at the Majestic Theatre in Dallas.

Heroic Media president, Brian Follett, said the organization is pleased to have Palin speak. “We are honored to have her share her personal experiences regarding the Life issue with us,” he said.

Heroic Media, a Majella Cares Outreach, is a faith-based non-profit that places television, internet and billboard advertisements to help women facing unexpected pregnancies.  Their advertisements provide help line numbers that connect women with pregnancy resource centers.  Since Heroic Media began operations in Austin Texas six years ago, the abortion ratio there has dropped 24 percent. The abortion ratio is the number of abortions for every 1,000 live births.

Because Heroic Media celebrates the heroism of motherhood, Executive Director Mike Murray said it was fitting to invite Palin to speak. “Sarah’s faith and commitment to protecting life at every stage is evident in her words and actions,” he said.

Sarah Palin first made history in 2006 when she was sworn in as the first female governor of Alaska. In August 2008, Senator John McCain tapped Palin to serve as his vice-presidential running mate, making her the first woman to run on the Republican Party’s presidential ticket. She is the author of “Going Rogue: An American Life,” which was an immediate best seller.

For sponsorship information, call 214-491-0026. Tickets are available online at www.heroicmedia.org/events.

Sports Charities hosts Fun Run/Ride Norbuck Park White Rock Lake

July 30, 2010

McKinney, TX (MetroCatholic) -Sport Charities, a Pro-life ministry is to host a “Fun Run/Ride” to be held at White Rock Lake’s, Norbuck Park this Saturday, July 31st.  The event will start at 7am.

Look for the Blue Ford Explorer with the Sports Charities sign on the side in the Norbuck Park parking lot. They will have bagels, juice, water and the NEW SHIRTS!!! The park is located at the corner of Northwest Hwy and Buckner Blvd.

They are planning a 9 mile ride around the lake, led by Steve Niles, a 1.5 mile walk and a 3 mile run.
Here are directions…
Directions from the Northwest Hwy:
Northwest Hwy turn South on Buckner Blvd. Exit E. Lawther Dr. Proceed to stop sign and turn left under Buckner Blvd. Parking lot is straight ahead.
Directions from Mockingbird Lane:
Mockingbird Lane to East side of lake. Go over Buckner and turn left on the service road. Park will be on your right.
Directions from the South:
Buckner Blvd. North. Exit Mockingbird Ln/Peavy Rd. Stay on service road past Mockingbird. Park is on the right.

Sports Charities was formed by Marc and Susan McKinney to help charities with their fundraising through sports activities.  Some of the charities benefiting  from Sport Charities events are Birth Choice, Catholic Pro-life Committee of Dallas and the White Rose Women’s Center.  Sports Charities offices are located in McKinney, TX. Marc and Susan became involved in the pro-life movement as prayer partners during the 40 Days for Life campaign in 2009. They are active in the pro-life committee of their parish, St. Gabriel the Archangel in McKinney. Their goal is to have a nationwide presence for the Pro Life Teams and help finance the many pro-life organizations in the U.S.

For information, contact Marc McKinney at [email protected] or 972-369-2400.  The clubs are open to all who are interested, of any or no religious faith; so invite anyone you know to run or bike for life!

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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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KATH 910 AM & KJON 850 AM Speakers Series Presents Sharon Lee Giganti

June 22, 2010

Sharon’s conversion story reveals how her “New Age” influence may have unwittingly played a part in several personal horrific tragedies, and how God’s Saving Word brought her out of that spiritual darkness and into the Light of Truth! Her eye-witness testimony exposes the hazardous aspects of recent New Age block-busters such as “The Secret,” “A Course in Miracles” and Eckhart Tolle’s “A New Earth”— and in doing so, actually reinforces the saving Truths of The Catholic Faith. Sharon is a regular guest on Catholic Answers Live and is a national speaker. Visit www.NewAgeDeception.com for more information.

Thursday, June 24, 2010

6:30 pm Hors d’oeuvres — 7:00 pm Presentation

Frontiers of Flight Museum

6911 Lemmon Ave, Dallas Texas

(Southeast corner of Love Field Airport)


Major Blessings for the Diocese of Dallas in New Auxiliary Bishops

April 20, 2010

aux_bishopsOn April 27, 2010 Father J. Douglas Deshotel, 58, and Msgr. Mark J. Seitz, 56, will officially assume their roles as auxiliary bishops of the Diocese of Dallas. Having each served in the diocese for over 30 years, both men possess a genuine understanding of the needs of the community and are eager to assist Bishop Farrell in guiding the more than one million Catholics across the diocese.

The ordinations, set to take place at the Cathedral Shrine of the Virgin of Guadalupe in downtown Dallas, will mark the first time an auxiliary bishop has served in the Diocese of Dallas since 1969. This recent decision by Pope Benedict XVI to appoint two auxiliary bishops to the diocese is a sign of the continued growth of the Catholic community throughout the Dallas area.

“The mission of the diocesan bishop is to insure the proclamation of the Good News of the Gospel, be the Good Shepherd of the people under his care, and build up the community through the celebration of the sacraments of our faith,” said Bishop-elect Deshotel, current vicar general of the Diocese of Dallas. “In a large and diverse diocese like Dallas, I hope to help Bishop Farrell in fulfilling this mission.”

The boom in the Catholic population within the Diocese of Dallas over the past decade has presented a challenge for the clergy in meeting all the needs of the people.

“My hope is that going from one bishop to three will make it possible for people to have a greater sense of the Church’s closeness to them,” said Bishop-elect Seitz, current pastor of St. Rita’s parish in Dallas. “A ministry of presence will be one of the most important, and I hope helpful, changes that people will note.”

Both priests will lean upon the examples of the saints and role models to aid in the shaping of their new ministries.

Bishop-elect Seitz holds a special devotion to his patron, St. Mark, and will use the winged lion – the symbol of St. Mark – on his coat of arms. “[St. Mark’s] boldness in recording and proclaiming the Gospel has always been important to me,” he said. “I also love the fact that he was a living link between St. Peter and St. Paul, both of whom he assisted.”

Bishop-elect Deshotel has held his childhood parish priest, Father Jules C. Speyer, as a model throughout his lifetime of ministry. “He was a part of every family – joined in their happy celebrations, comforted them in their difficulties and walked through their lives at all the key moments from birth to death,” he said. “His kindness and gentleness truly gave me a picture of Christ the Good Shepherd.”

In a statement to the press, Bishop Farrell said that both auxiliary bishops will be a “tremendous help…and a continued blessing to the people of the diocese.”

Render unto Caesar: Defending Life in the Public Square

April 12, 2010

Saturday, July 17, 2010
St. Ann’s Catholic Church
Coppell, TX

A conference to train grassroots citizens to become involved in defending life in the public square.

More info

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