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St. Elizabeth of Hungary is in for Hands from Home 2020 service week! Our service only begins here! Let's go out and change some lives!! Any families with 6th-12th grade are invited to join in July 13-17, 2020! More details to come...!
[06/17/20] Weekend Masses will Resume at St. Elizabeth of Hungary on June 27th - The normal Mass schedule will be in effect - Saturday at 5, Sunday at 8, 10, and Noon. Seating will be limited to 50% of the normal capacity so that social distancing can be maintained. Please wear masks and be respectful of others' space.
[06/13/20] ATTENTION - No Confessions Today - Church is closed due to City Water line break.
[06/10/20] Our Fatima Statue is back!
Reconciliation will return to its normal time and place...Every Saturday from 3:30 to 4:30 in the main church. Confessions are always available by appointment. Call the Parish Office at 214-331-4328 to schedule.
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Daily Mass will resume on Tuesday, May 26th at 8:00 a.m.
Masses will be held Monday through Saturday at 8:00. Per diocesan guidelines, there will only be one Mass offered per day. Mass will be celebrated in the main church and attendance will be limited to 150 people. Parishioners attending are encouraged to wear face coverings and everyone should maintain social distancing, except for members of the same household. While we will be disinfecting the church after each Mass and taking other steps for your protection, it is up to each individual to decide if they are able to attend safely. The Bishop’s dispensation from Mass attendance remains in effect until further notice. Weekly Sunday Masses will not be held at this time.
Catholic Diocese of Dallas
Update on Daily Masses-
Daily Masses at St. Elizabeth will resume after the Bishop determines that is is safe to enter into Phase 2 of the Diocesan Reopening Plan. Please check back here for updates.
When Mass does resume, we will have 2 Masses daily (8 a.m. & 7 p.m.) so that everyone may attend while maintaining social distancing.
Catholic Diocese of Dallas
During this time of the Shelter in Place order and to do all we can to stop the spread of the coronavirus, Bishop Edward Burns and Auxiliary Bishop Greg Kelly will concelebrate Mass from the Cathedral Shrine of the Virgin of Guadalupe on Sunday, March 29th at 11 a.m. on KDFW FOX 4. It will also be broadcast at Noon on KDFI Channel 27.
Livestream will be available at:
Catholic Diocese of Dallas
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Los invitamos a que vean la transmisión televisiva de la Misa en español con el Padre Jesús Belmontes por el Canal Univision 23, el 29 de marzo, a las 10 a.m.
Transmisión en vivo:
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[03/18/20] Daily Mass from Word on Fire is now available on our website at www.stelizabethdallas.org
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Diocese of Dallas churches, schools to close for 2 weeks
By David Sedeño
The Texas Catholic
Editor's note: Deletes reference to confessions, which continue as scheduled.
Mass and activities at 79 Catholic churches will be canceled and 33 Diocese of Dallas Catholic schools will close for two weeks in an effort to help prevent the spread of COVID-19, Bishop Edward J. Burns announced at a news conference on March 13.
That means that through March 30 all weekday and Sunday Masses will be canceled, as well as activities at the parishes. Classes at the schools that operate under the auspices of the Diocese of Dallas will close through March 27.
Most of the Diocese of Dallas schools and those several private Catholic schools already have Spring Break scheduled for March 16-20. That would mean an additional week off, with some of those campuses converting the second week of closure to their online academic protocols.
Bishop Burns said that the decision to cancel Masses, close the parishes and the schools through the end of the month came after a meeting on March 13 with the Presbyteral Council, a group of pastors from throughout the diocese, which extends throughout nine counties.
"To eliminate the spread, we need to eliminate the large gatherings," he said.
Churches will be open for individual prayer and Eucharistic adoration.
The diocese joins several other dioceses across the country in curtailing its Masses, public gatherings and celebrations, and school academic and extra-curricular activities in effort to curtail the spread of the virus.
The bishop also said that the faithful are encouraged to view a Mass on television or livestream.
The closure of the parishes means that the usual Sunday offerings, used to pay staff and other expenses could be impacted and the bishop asked that the faithful remain committed to supporting parishes via online giving or other ways.
Additionally, during Lent, many parishes sponsor meals on Fridays, such as Lenten fish fry dinners and those also will be impacted.
A day earlier, on March 12, Bishop Burns had issued a decree that gave dispensation for Sunday Mass to those over 60; those with chronic medical conditions, such as heart disease, diabetes, lung disease and cancer; those with compromised immune system; and to those considered at-risk.
The bishop offered prayerful suggestions for those who cannot attend Mass such as devoting oneself to prayer and reflection, Lenten meditations, reading scripture, praying the rosary or novenas and other Catholic devotions. Mass will also be livestreamed from the cathedral every Sunday in both English and Spanish.
The announcement comes on the heels of parish and diocesan school and several private Catholic schools in Dallas closing their campuses earlier in the week.
Officials at St. Rita Catholic Church and School community and Ursuline Academy of Dallas announced early on March 11 that their campuses would be closed after a person showing symptoms of COVID-19 had come into contact with individuals at those school and church communities.
Later that day, officials at Jesuit College Preparatory School of Dallas and Cistercian Preparatory School in Irving also announced that they would be closed for the remainder of the week.
Jesuit, Cistercian, Ursuline, The Highlands School, Cristo Rey Preparatory School and Mount St. Michael's Catholic School, private schools in Dallas, also will be observing Spring Break from March 16-20.
The decision of whether their campuses would remain closed an additional week and perhaps switch to online protocols would be determined by each of their administrations.
cathdal.org “In light of the ongoing concerns over COVID-19 (coronavirus) ... The following categories of individuals are dispensed from the obligation to attend Mass “on Sundays and other holy days of obligation” (canon 1247):”
Catholic Diocese of Dallas
In light of the continued rise in the number of flu cases and concerns about the coronavirus (COVID-19), the Diocese of Dallas is taking the following precautions.
* Please stay home if you are sick or are experiencing symptoms. If you are ill, you are not bound by the obligation to attend Mass, including on Sunday. Out of charity to others, sick individuals should not attend Mass or other liturgical events.
* Distribution of the Precious Blood from the chalice is suspended until further notice.
* The Sign of Peace is temporarily suspended. After the Our Father and Prayer of Peace by the priest, the Lamb of God will follow immediately.
* We do not encourage the holding of hands during Mass.
* If applicable, please strongly consider receiving Communion in your hand rather than on the tongue.
The Diocese continues to be in touch with state and local health authorities and will alter these directives as needed. Please let us continue to pray for all who are sick and affected by this virus.
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[03/17/19] Deacon Frank’s homily this morning was awesome! You still have time to get there for Noon Mass to hear it.
Don't forget to move your clocks AHEAD on Saturday night!
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[03/07/19] The phones are down at the parish and the school today. Our provider is working on the problem. If you need assistance, please email us. Thanks.
Bishop Dunne Catholic School
Thank you to Russ Mower and the St. Elizabeth of Hungary community for a beautiful Ash Wednesday celebration. Our students, faculty, and staff look forward to a Lenten season of prayer and renewal!
[03/06/19] Ash Wednesday Masses are at 6:30, 8:00, 10:00, 12:05 and 7:00 p.m.
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The Official Texas Catholic Newspaper
Dallas diocese names 31 clergy with ‘credible allegations’ of sexual abuse of minors
The Texas Catholic
Thirty-one priests who served in the Diocese of Dallas between 1950 and the present day have been deemed credibly accused of sexual abuse of a minor following a lengthy investigation by former law enforcement investigators and a local review board, Bishop Edward J. Burns announced on Thursday, Jan. 31.
The announcement in the Diocese of Dallas, presented in a pastoral letter to the Catholic faithful in the local church, coincides with similar information of “credible allegations” against priests being released in the other 14 Texas dioceses on the same day as per an agreement by the 15 bishops who comprise the Texas Catholic Conference.
Bishop Burns said that a “credible allegation” is one that after review of reasonably available relevant information in consultation with the Diocesan Review Board or other professionals, there is reason to believe is true.
“These have been very difficult days within the Church and the Diocese of Dallas,” Bishop Burns said in the letter.
“Today, I am following through on a commitment I made in October to provide the names of those priests who have been the subject of a credible allegation of sexual abuse of a minor in the Diocese during the period from 1950 to the present,” he said. “The list of names I have provided you reflects the recommendations of our Diocesan Review Board, and I am grateful for their diligence, integrity, and expertise.
“Although I have also provided this list of names to law enforcement,” he said, “inclusion on this list does not indicate that a priest is guilty of, been convicted of, or has admitted to the alleged abuse.”
He was scheduled to speak to media later in the day on Jan. 31.
The bishop said the process to compile the list in Dallas began with a group of former state and federal law enforcement officers who were hired last year to review the files of the 2,424 priests who had served in this diocese since 1950. The investigators, the bishop said, identified files which contained credible allegations of the sexual abuse of minors. He said the Diocesan Review Board, which includes local experts in law enforcement, clinical psychology, law, and medicine, then reviewed those allegations.
The release of the names comes after months of reports from other parts of the country and world about clergy sex abuse that have rocked the universal church.
In August 2018 a grand jury report in Pennsylvania that found that more than 300 priests in six dioceses were linked to sex abuse claims by more than 1,000 victims over a 70-year period, and calls by numerous bishops and clergy across the country for due diligence and transparency.
The Texas announcements preceded allegations of sexual abuse by Archbishop Theodore McCarrick, formerly of Washington, D.C., and a former cardinal, popular prelate and longtime confidant of popes, in his previous assignments in New York and New Jersey. Adding to the controversy were questions as to when the Vatican, including Pope Francis, first knew about the allegations and whether Vatican officials ignored the claims.
The Pennsylvania grand jury report also called into question the handling of abuse cases by Cardinal Donald W. Wuerl, the current archbishop of Washington, when he was the bishop of the Diocese of Pittsburgh. Cardinal Wuerl has denied any wrongdoing and offered his resignation to Pope Francis in October, but remains in Washington as apostolic administrator until a successor is named.
Last summer in Dallas, shortly after the release of the Pennsylvania grand jury report, Bishop Burns addressed parishioners at St. Cecilia Catholic Church in Oak Cliff to tell them that their former pastor, Father Edmundo Paredes, had been credibly accused of sexual abuse of three minors in years past and that he also was suspected of theft of funds from the church. Law enforcement officials have been looking for Father Paredes, but officials believe he may have fled to his native Philippines. Father Paredes is on the list.
Earlier this month, media reports revealed a lawsuit against Father Timothy Heines, a priest who served in various parishes in Dallas, by an adult male who said that Father Heines had sexually abused him as a minor. Father Heines is suspended and is on the list.
The list includes the names of at least one priest already known to Dallas-area Catholics—Rudy Kos—and includes names of other clergy deceased, convicted, laicized or suspended, including Father Jeremy Myers. His name being included on the list was a surprise to the parishioners at St. Mary Catholic Church in Sherman, where he had been the pastor more than 20 years before his removal last year.
Bishop Burns met with the St. Mary parishioners on Jan. 30, the evening before the release of the list, to tell them that allegations against Father Myers had been found to be credible, that the pastor had offered his resignation and that it had been accepted. Bishop Burns said that the ultimate goal is to protect children, but numerous parishioners left the pews crying, while others, visibly shaken, defended Father Myers and said they did not believe the allegations.
The bishop had offered prayers before and after his announcement, and after answering a few questions, he then talked to numerous parishioners individually as he walked toward the back of the church, offering blessings and prayers.
Bishop Burns’ presence at St. Mary in Sherman was the latest in his pledge to remain at the forefront of talking to parishioners directly about an issue at their parish.
In August, the bishop spoke to parishioners at St. Cecilia Catholic Church about their former pastor, pledged transparency and said that he would return. In October, he returned to the parish for a special Ceremony of Sorrow. It was a prayer service, he said, to express shame and deep remorse over the egregious sexual misconduct committed by some within the Catholic Church. He conducted a listening session immediately afterward, and over the next two weeks went to three other parishes in the diocese for similar prayer and “town hall” meetings.
At each he introduced members of his staff, in particular the Victims Assistance Coordinator, Barbara Landregan. Each parish, he reiterated his call that if anyone had been or knew of someone being abused by a member of the clergy or others to report it, as required by law, to civil authorities.
He apologized for the sexual abuse of minors and vulnerable adults at the hands of those who were entrusted to protect them and he lashed out at “wolves in shepherds’ clothing” for their betrayal of their flocks. But, he also said, “do not allow a man to separate you from our Lord, Jesus Christ.”
Perhaps the most widely publicized case of sexual abuse of a minor in the Diocese of Dallas is that of Rudy Kos. In July 1997, a Dallas County jury found the diocese liable for failing to act on years’ of warnings about Kos, accused of sexual misconduct with 11 altar boys. The diocese later reached an agreement with the victims for approximately $35.6 million, with the diocese paying $11.6 million, with insurance carriers paying the remainder.
A year later, Kos was convicted of aggravated sexual assault of former altar boys and was sentenced to life in prison.
In 2002, U.S. bishops convened in Dallas and drafted what came to be known as the “Dallas Charter,” which instituted policies and procedures to safeguard children and young people. For the Diocese of Dallas, that includes screening and criminal background checks of priests, deacons, seminarians, lay employees and volunteers serving in the diocese and mandatory attendance of annual training sessions.
“As we look back at the Church’s history, our failure to protect our most vulnerable from abuse, and hold accountable those who preyed on them, fills me with both sorrow and shame,” the bishop said in his pastoral letter. “But the painful yet necessary process that began in 2002 in this Diocese has also led to much-needed reforms that we continue to rigorously implement today. Going forward, we must remain vigilant.”
He encouraged any additional victims to report it to law enforcement or by calling the Texas Abuse Hotline at 1-800-252-5400 and contact Barbara Landregan, the Victims Assistance Coordinator, at 214-379-2812 or [email protected]
He said that he was encouraged that the “an overwhelming majority of the priests in this Diocese are, and have been, good and holy men, and I remain thankful for their witness” and asked for prayers for the priests and those in the seminaries.
“To those of you who have experienced family or friends who have walked away from the faith because of this scandal in the Church, please remind them that we must never separate ourselves from Jesus because of Judas,” he said.
“As your shepherd, I pray that you stay strong in the faith and continue to grow in your relationship of our Lord, who is the Way, the Truth, and the Life,” he said. “We pray through the intercession of Our Lady of Guadalupe that God our Father will guide us a through these difficult days.”
Over the past several months, some pastors have been talking privately to their parishioners, many delivering homilies and others writing about it in parish bulletins.
Msgr. Henry Petter, pastor of St. Ann Catholic Church in Coppell, said in a letter to parishioners the day before the release of the list that “when I read about the abuses committed by priests and bishops, I just wanted to curl up in a corner and hide.”
But he said to remember Christ’s story, which is one of hope.
“Without Christ’s Passion, we wouldn’t have the Resurrection. Catholics could not allow the darkness to remain and the only way to remove darkness is with light. Making this list of names public is that light,” he said.
And he stressed the need for the laity to hold priests accountable.
“We must not fall into the trap of clericalism, where priests might be tempted to revel in the status and power often given by many laity in the Church,” he said. “We are all sinners relying on the grace of our Savior.”
The list of Diocese of Dallas priests with "credible allegations" of sexual abuse of minors can be found at www.cathdal.org.
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