Sunday Masses may resume on June 28, 2020 at 50% of building capacity. At that time, the pastor is to determine the proper schedule for Sunday Masses, taking into consideration the needs of his community and the need to allow time to sanitize the church between Masses. Sunday Masses and other devotions will continue to be livestreamed. In addition to parishes, the Diocese continues to broadcast live Masses and recorded events on the Diocese of Dallas website and local television. During such Masses, there will be an act of spiritual communion.
- All Catholics of the Diocese of Dallas remain dispensed from the obligation to attend Mass “on Sundays and other holy days of Obligation” (canon 1247) and remain dispensed until further notice, even after public Sunday Masses begin.
- Saturday Masses, including vigil Masses, may continue at 50% of building capacity. Saturday vigil Masses may continue on June 27, 2020 at 50% of building capacity. The number of Masses celebrated on Saturdays is to be determined by the pastor.
- Public weekday Masses (Monday through Friday) may continue at 50% of building capacity. The number of Masses celebrated on weekdays is to be determined by the pastor.
The biblical story of Jesus denouncing the scribes and the Pharisees for cleaning the outside of a cup while the inside is full of filth is one of those incidents that get my attention the most. I have given that a lot of thought and have as well tried to disallow what the Pharisees were accused of to become my own “modus operandi”. To be honest and from my personal experiences working with others, it is very easy to be entrapped by a lot of externalities and to confuse them with the true piety expected of the children of God. It was not that our Lord was in anyway against washing of hands as a thing of hygiene, but to make a religion out of it and a thing of piety was indeed taking it too far. It is very much like a popular society demand or customary fashion of the day turning into simple minded code of global morality.
There are indeed so many of things that occur in similar fashion in the present time. It ranges from an unqualified authority that pretends it has the right to inform everyone else of where, when and how to eat, the radio or television station to listen to and how to make up one’s mind about every single social issue. There are things like I have heard in recent times about the language of the liturgy. Someone once told me that unless a Mass is celebrated in Latin, he has no desire to attend, even though the current Roman Missal is a copious translation from the original Latin. In my thought, understanding our relationship with God in this manner and to view spirituality in these terms is very much like turning everyone into a religious, cultural, or political bigot.
It is clear that our Lord was drawing our attention to the fact that religion or spirituality goes beyond a mere affiliation to a world view, meticulously attending a Church service at a particular time or place, going to Mass celebrated in certain form or in a certain language, and taking on a particular side in every conversation. There is a big difference between taking a position and being positioned. I think the latter is where we all need to be in order to avoid forcing our views to become a global morality or worst still disguising our arrogance with an unqualified and deceptive attempt at making our personal views the measure of all things.
Fr. Louis Chijioke
- Saturday 5 pm (English) in the church
- Sunday 8 and 10 am (English) and 12 pm (Spanish) in the church
- Monday – no services
- Tuesday – Thursday 12 pm in the chapel
- Friday 8 am in the chapel
- Tuesday – Thursday 11:30 am before noon Mass @ PFC Plaza
- Appointment – call the parish office 972.938.1953
- Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
- Parish Office: 972.938.1953
- Emergency If you need a priest for an extremely serious medical emergency or in danger of death, please leave a message.
Volunteers – if the date on your badge has the current month and year – it’s time to renew!
- New Adult Volunteers
- Current or Renewing Adult Volunteers
- Safe Environment Officer, Nancy Martinez
- Office Hours: Monday thru Thursday, 8:30 am – 4 pm
The Diocese of Dallas has created the Safe Environment Program and its requirements for all volunteers must completed before serving with the children, youth and vulnerable adults of the diocese.
All people of faith are welcome to worship at St. Joseph Catholic Church. We believe that membership in our faith community is signified by completing a parish registration form, participating in the sacramental life of the community and contributing to the support of the parish.
Proof of membership or a letter from your previous parish is required before enrolling children and youth in our faith formation programs.
Contribution envelopes are only printed once a year and distributed in December to members who request them.
Click here Parish Registration Form.