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Remembering George Floyd

Auxiliary Bishop Greg Kelly of the Catholic Diocese of Dallas and Father Arthur Unachukwu, chaplain at SMU Catholic Community and incoming pastor of Holy Cross Catholic Church in Dallas, were among two hundred people who gathered June 5 at City Hall Plaza to remember George Floyd, who died on May 25 in Minneapolis after police officer Derrick Chauvin held a knee to his neck for nearly 9 minutes.
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Sharing Jesus’ love will help U.S. return to its true ideals, cardinal says

Praying for George Floyd and all those who suffer from discrimination and violence in the United States, Cardinal Kevin Farrell said Christians cannot hold any hatred or contempt in their heart when it is filled with God’s love. http://ow.ly/xUa850A0grj

texascatholic.com Praying for George Floyd and all those who suffer from discrimination and violence in the United States, a top U.S. cardinal said Christians cannot hold any hatred or contempt in their heart when it is filled with God's love.

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After ‘taking a knee,’ border bishop gets a call from the pope

Surrounded by priests from his diocese who also kneeled with him and holding a “Black Lives Matter” sign, Bishop Mark J. Seitz on June 1 put both knees on the grass at El Paso’s Memorial Park, where a protest had taken place a day earlier and closed his eyes.

“It’s a scene of solidarity and self-giving that has played out across the country so many times in the last week," Bishop Seitz said. "Here in El Paso there were two young police officers who knelt down with protesters here during our protest and it helped diffuse some tension. There is something profoundly eucharistic about that and I’m so inspired by our young people. They are teaching us something.”

http://www.texascatholic.com/2020/06/04/after-taking-a-knee-border-bishop-gets-a-call-from-the-pope/

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On May 31, as protests occurred throughout the country concerning the death of George Floyd, members of the Dallas faith community gathered for a prayer vigil outside Dallas police headquarters. Among those in attendance were Auxiliary Bishop Greg Kelly and Father Arthur Unachukwu. Bishop Kelly shared the following reflection from the evening:

A Reflection for Pentecost by Bishop Greg Kelly

A week ago…
An image appeared on TV and newspapers and social media platforms: a white Minneapolis police officer kneeling on the neck of an African-American man already in custody. The expression on the face of the officer seemed nonchalant. While a man was dying: George Floyd, repeatedly telling the officers he was unable to breathe, asking for help, calling for his mother. We all know this story now.

A week later…
There have been so many images of protest and anger and violence, images of people at rallies and at prayer. I attended a gathering for prayer on Sunday evening along with Father Arthur Unachukwu, a service in front of Dallas Police Headquarters, with many Anglo and African-American pastors and faith leaders calling for change, speaking of the change needed on an individual basis, in the heart of each one of us; and change needed on an institutional level: in society, in cities and churches, in all the institutions where the effects and consequences of racism are woven into the fabric of things, often hidden from view.

The long and often forgotten history of racism in Dallas was recalled: a lynching in 1910 on Main Street near the arch welcoming people to the city; Ku Klux Klan Day at the State Fair, said to have always been a well-attended day; the single day reserved each year for African-Americans, who were excluded every other day until the 1960s. And the litany of names so familiar, ending with George Floyd — which hopefully will be the last one on that long list.

We listened and we prayed together, sometimes on our knees, sometimes with our arms extended: Christians and Jews, others as well. We prayed as brothers and sisters, struggling to be brothers and sisters, asking for the guidance of the Holy Spirit to be brothers and sisters: to do right, to love justice, and to walk humbly with our God—and with one another, not only in that moment but more importantly in the days and weeks ahead. This familiar passage from Micah 6:8 invoked in the prayer service was also invoked in the US Bishops recent Pastoral Letter on Racism: Open Wide Our Hearts: The Enduring Call to Love .

Catholics were not present in great numbers as far as I could tell. I felt sorrow at this, also a sense of hope, that it was time to do something new, and that the Lord would lead us into that. Sunday was the celebration of the feast of Pentecost, the coming of the Spirit on the apostles in the upper room, the whole church gathered together and sent out to the world, the same Spirit given to all for the preaching of the gospel. We all came from that, even with all the divisions and sinfulness among Christians. The effects of that Spirit were evident in the ministers who spoke: white and black, male and female, all spoke with courage and passion and hope that we could be better, as a city and a church.

In the days between the Ascension and Pentecost, as the disciples gathered and prayed, Mary prayed with them. The bishops ended their letter with a prayer for her intercession. It is a good place to end this reflection:

Mary, friend and mother to all, through your Son, God has found a way to unite himself to every human being, called to be one people, sisters and brothers to each other. We ask for your help in calling on your Son, seeking forgiveness for the times when we have failed to love and respect one another. We ask for your help in obtaining from your Son the grace we need to overcome the evil of racism and to build a just society. We ask for your help in following your Son, so that prejudice and animosity will no longer infect our minds or hearts but will be replaced with a love that respects the dignity of each person. Mother of the Church, the Spirit of your Son Jesus warms our hearts: pray for us.

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Crowds of protesters descended upon downtown Dallas the evening of May 29, echoing protests across the nation of the May 25 death of George Floyd while in police custody in Minneapolis. St. Jude Chapel, located on Main Street, just a few minutes from Dallas City Hall, was among the downtown buildings damaged during the protests. The chapel had two glass panes broken.
"It's two panes of glass, and glass can be replaced," said Father Jonathan Austin of St. Jude Chapel. "I don't want that to detract from the issue at hand, which is social justice and peace. The essence of the protest is seeking peace, justice and unity among our community. I want that to be the emphasis not the glass."
Another protest was held the afternoon of May 30.
"They are seeking a better way of life for all, and we're with them," said Father Austin, adding that there's a profound sense of unity downtown. "There's a lot of love and a lot of friendship."

Updated with comments from Father Jonathan Austin.

The Texas Catholic is offering a special opportunity for parents, family and friends to congratulate their beloved high school graduates this June.

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Deadline is June 10. Cost $50.

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History in Motion

Parishioners and staff gathered at Sacred Heart Catholic Church in Rowlett on May 20 to watch the relocation of the parish's historic sanctuary, making room for planned construction of a new sanctuary in the future. The historic building is the oldest in the city of Rowlett, was dedicated in 1900 and will remain in use once renovations are complete.

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Cistercian Abbey of Our Lady of Dallas

Fr. Denis Farkasfalvy, our beloved brother in Christ, former Headmaster, and former Abbot, passed away peacefully at 10:40 last night. Arrangements are pending for a rosary and funeral Mass in the Abbey Church.

Let us all pray for the repose of Fr. Denis’ soul, even as we give thanks for this wonderful teacher, priest, monk, abbot, and man who has touched and blessed countless lives.

Visitation, a vigil and a funeral Mass have been scheduled for Father George Patrick Monaghan, pastor of Our Lady of the Lake Catholic Church in Rockwall and a priest of the Diocese of Dallas for 40 years, who passed away on May 18.

http://www.texascatholic.com/2020/05/20/obituary-father-george-patrick-monaghan/

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Class of 2020 Virtual Awards Ceremony

Tune in now to watch the JPII Class of 2020: Virtual Senior Award Ceremony! 🎉

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EtNdiLj1meY&feature=youtu.be

JPII honors the seniors of the Class of 2020.

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It is our sad duty to announce the death of Father George Monaghan, Pastor of Our Lady of the Lake Catholic Church in Rockwall. Father Monaghan passed away yesterday, May 18, 2020.

Arrangements for Father Monaghan are pending at this time.

Eternal rest grant unto Father Monaghan and may the perpetual light shine upon him. May he and all the faithful departed rest in peace. Amen.

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Es nuestro deber comunicarles del sensible fallecimiento del Reverendo George Monaghan, Párroco de la Iglesia Católica Our Lady of the Lake en Rockwall. El Padre Monaghan falleció el día de ayer, 18 de mayo de 2020.

Los servicios funerarios del Padre Monaghan están pendientes en este momento.

Dale Señor el descanso eterno al Padre Monaghan. Brille para él la luz perpetua. Que él y todos los fieles difuntos descansen en paz. Amén.

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Dallas Diocese Announces Incremental Reopening Plan - PHASE TWO

English:
https://www.cathdal.org/news-article?r=1UI71QHLTB&send_to=%2Fnews

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La Diócesis de Dallas Anuncia un Plan de Reapertura Gradual - FASE DOS

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https://www.cathdal.org/news-article-es?r=1UI71QHLTB&send_to=%2Fnews

Wedding at University of Dallas

In a ceremony at the Church of the Incarnation at the University of Dallas on Friday, May 15, William Rackers and Katie Johnson exchanged marriage vows in front of God and a handful of friends and relatives wearing masks. UD Chaplain Father Thomas More Barba, O.P., talks about the simple, but powerful ceremony amid the COVID-19 pandemic.
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"Run to You"

Father Adam Zettel, LC, a chaplain at The Highlands School in Irving, plays guitar and sings "Run to You," a song he wrote on a challenge from Father Daren Weisbrod, LC, another chaplain at the school, to honor the Blessed Mother. The performance was on Guadalupe Radio's KATH 910 recently.
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Regnum Christi
Legionaries of Christ

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Amid pandemic, nurses have given heroic example, pope says

Marking International Nurses Day May 12, Pope Francis offered his early morning Mass for nurses who “carry out this profession which is more than a profession; it is a vocation, a commitment.” http://ow.ly/JotE50zDTy5

texascatholic.com Marking International Nurses Day May 12, Pope Francis offered his early morning Mass for nurses who

Bishop Lynch Cap & Gown Parade

Bishop Lynch High School (Official) hosted a Cap & Gown Parade on May 6 and hundreds of parents and members of the Class of 2020 drove in to receive the attire and have a last look at their school.
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Cistercian Abbey of Our Lady of Dallas

Dear Friends of Our Lady of Dallas,

Thank you for your prayers and support. After some six weeks of quarantine and isolating in our rooms, the Abbey is working hard to become Covid-free. As you may recall, of the 21 monks living in the abbey now (Fr. Bernard, Fr. Joseph, and Br. Francis are all in Europe, and Fr. Denis is temporarily in a skilled nursing facility), nine monks tested positive for the Corona virus in the middle of April. Three monks were hospitalized. Our maintenance man also tested positive and is still hospitalized. Fortunately, the three monks have all returned home. At this point no monk is exhibiting any symptoms of the virus. All are working on regaining their strength and stamina. More specifically, Fr. Julius, Fr. James, and Fr. Robert are doing very well. Unfortunately, our maintenance man is on a ventilator and very much needs your prayers.

We are trying to get back to a more normal life in the monastery so that the monks could once again celebrate the liturgy together and share our meals. At the same time we are very aware that we are a particularly vulnerable community and want to take all the precautions we can to assure insofar as we can that we will not have to quarantine and isolate ourselves again. We will have to follow our own timeline, not that of the Diocese of Dallas, for offering the sacraments and spiritual direction. At the present we have started common Adoration in the evening and praying vespers together. We hope in the next few weeks to resume livestreaming our Masses, to open up for confessions, spiritual direction and public Mass, all with the proper precautions in place.

Please do continue to pray for the monastery, especially our maintenance man, and all those affected by this terrible time of uncertainty. You are certainly in our daily prayers.

Fr. Peter

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Bishops around country consecrate U.S. to Mary amid COVID-19 pandemic

Bishops around country consecrate U.S. to Mary amid COVID-19 pandemic

http://www.texascatholic.com/2020/05/01/bishops-around-country-consecrate-u-s-to-mary-amid-covid-19-pandemic/

texascatholic.com Bishops throughout the United States reconsecrated the country to Mary as the nation continues to struggle in the midst of the coronavirus pandemic.

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On St. Joseph feast day, pope prays for workers, employers

On St. Joseph feast day, pope prays for workers, employers http://www.texascatholic.com/2020/05/01/on-st-joseph-feast-day-pope-prays-for-workers-employers/

texascatholic.com With a statue of St. Joseph, mallet in hand, placed near the altar, Pope Francis dedicated his morning Mass May 1 to workers, especially those paid unjustly or virtually enslaved.

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Bishop initiates four-phase plan to re-open diocese

Bishop Edward J. Burns has announced the start of opening up the Diocese of Dallas in four phases, beginning with scheduled confessions and the celebration of the Sacraments of Initiation and religious celebrations for families that may now begin in small groups. http://ow.ly/oIvX50ztmkh

texascatholic.com Bishop Edward J. Burns has announced the start of opening up the Diocese of Dallas in four phases, beginning with scheduled confessions and the celebration of the Sacraments of Initiation and religious celebrations for families that may now begin in small groups.

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Bishops of U.S., Canada will consecrate their nations to Mary on May 1

U.S. bishops will join the Canadian Conference of Catholic Bishops May 1 in consecrating the two nations to the care of the Blessed Mother under the title “Mary, Mother of the Church.” http://ow.ly/WM3A50zoSBq

texascatholic.com Archbishop Jose H. Gomez of Los Angeles, president of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops, has announced the U.S. bishops will join the Canadian Conference of Catholic Bishops May 1 in consecrating the two nations to the care of the Blessed Mother under the title “Mary, Mother of the Church......

At approximately 9:30 a.m., April 25, a fire was reported at St. Michael the Archangel Catholic Church in Grand Prairie. The parish is currently building a new sanctuary. The area impacted included the front of a new bell tower that is being constructed. Firefighters responded and the fire was contained. A few construction workers were on site and no one was injured.

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Statement regarding Masses for the weekend of April 25/26

Public Masses and gatherings will not resume this weekend at churches in the Diocese of Dallas. The health and safety of parishioners and the community at large are priorities of Bishop Edward Burns. The bishop is staying steadfast with his decree issued March 31st indicating that churches are closed through the end of this month.

A new decree will be announced after details of the Governor’s next statement can be considered. The bishop will consider information from medical experts and government officials before consulting with the diocese’s priest advisory council in coming to a decision on the best time and way to resume public services.

To see the decree issued March 31, visit: https://www.cathdal.org/covid19-home/additional-decree-by-bishop-edward-j-burns-and-holy-week-guidelines?send_to=%2F

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