Fr. Donald Dvorak, OP, Chaplain
Carol Norris, Director of Music Ministry
Dihan Fernando, Sexton
1845 East Northgate Drive
Irving, Texas 75062-4799
Campus Ministry Office 972-721-5375
Holy Mass - During the academic year
Saturday (Anticipatory) 5:00 pm
Sunday 9:00 am, 11:00 am, and *7:00 PM
Monday- Thursday 12:05 and *5:00 pm
Friday 12:05 pm only
*During the academic year only
Sacrament of Reconciliation - During the academic year
Monday, Wednesday, and Friday at 11:00 am
Saturday at 4:00 pm
Reconciliation is also available by appointment. Please contact Fr.Don @ 972-721-5118 or email@example.com.
Are celebrated only for University of Dallas students, alumni, faculty or staff.
A process of conversion for those wishing to explore the Catholic faith meets each Monday night from 7 – 9 pm during the academic year starting in September. For more information, please call Denise Phillips at 972-721-5168.
FREE Ministry to traveling Catholics:
For nationwide Mass times and locations, call 1-800-Mass-Times (1.800.627.7846) or visit www.masstimes.org
8/23 5pm 782.00
8/24 9am 3,362.00
Thank You For Your Generosity!
Welcome New Students!!! The Office of Campus Ministry welcomes all the new students and their parents this Orientation weekend. Be assured of our constant care and prayers for the students during their first year at the University of Dallas.
Freshman Retreat! Tools for Journey: Walking with Jesus in College. Sept. 19-21. Registration will be in Haggar Foyer or please visit Campus Ministry for more information. We will return to campus by Noon on Sunday so you will have plenty of time to study!
Mass of the Holy Spirit
Tuesday – September 2, 2014 – 5pm
Most Rev. Michael F. Olson, S.T.D M.A.
Bishop of Fort Worth, Presiding
**There will be NO noon Mass on this day**
FALL 2014 Schedule
Starts Thursday 9/3/14
Monday – Thursday: 12:05pm & 5:00pm*
Friday: 12:05pm Mass Only
Sunday: 9:00 am, 11:00am, & 7:00pm*
*(During the academic year only)
Walk in or By Appointment in the Campus Ministry Office
Fr. Dvorak can be reached by email firstname.lastname@example.org or 972-721-5118
Thursday 9/3/14 – Start of 5pm Daily Mass
Sunday 9/7/14 – Start of Sunday 7pm Mass
NATURAL FAMILY PLANNING CLASS: FALL 2014
The Couple to Couple League will present a class in Natural Family Planning on
Sept. 14 at the University of Dallas, 230 Anselm Hall, from 2:00 p.m. to 4:30 p.m.
This will be the first class in a series of three monthly classes. Oct. 12th is the 2nd class and Nov. 9th is the 3rd class. Natural Family Planning is highly effective in achieving or avoiding pregnancy, it is morally acceptable to the Catholic Church, free from medical side effects and helpful in building a better marriage relationship. Engaged couples are encouraged to come to classes at least six months before their weddings. Total cost of the course is about $150 which includes shipping costs. Pre-registration is preferred at least two weeks before the class begins. Register online at www.ccli.org. Limited financial assistance may be available. For more information or if financial assistance is needed, call Jerry or Mary Claire English @817-393-1051 before registering.
Other classes may also be available in the Dallas/Fort Worth area. Check the diocesan webpages and the above CCL website
Are you, or is someone you know, struggling after the loss of a marriage partner? The Beginning Experience is a peer ministry for widowed, separated, or divorced individuals. It is a weekend program to help move from the darkness of grief into the light of a new beginning of hope for the future. Rooted in the Catholic tradition, this ministry is open to men and women of all faiths. The next weekend retreat will be held October 24-26, 2014 at the Catholic Conference and Formation Center in Dallas. To register please call or text our voicemail number at (682) "BE-DFW-GO", that is (682) 233-3946, or e-mail the DFW Beginning Experience Team at email@example.com. Additional information can be found at www.beginningexperiencedfw.org.
I thought you would be interested in this letter we received from our Dominican Sisters in Iraq. Please keep them and all innocent civilians in your prayers. Pray that this terror, violence, and oppression will cease. ---Fr. Don
We continue to share our daily struggle with you, hoping that our cry will reach the world. We are like the blind man of Jericho (Mark 10: 46-52), who had nothing to express himself, but his voice, asking Jesus for mercy. Although some people ignored his voice, others listened, and helped him. We count on people, who will listen!
We entered the third week of displacement. Things are moving very slowly in terms of providing shelter, food, and necessities for the people. There are still people living in the streets. There are still no organized camps outside of schools that are used as refugee centers. An unfinished, three story building has also been used as a refugee centre. For privacy reasons, families have made rooms using UNHCR plastic sheets in these unfinished buildings. These places look like stables. We all wonder, is there any end in sight? We appreciate all efforts that have been made to provide aid to the displaced people. However, please note, that providing food and shelter is not the only essential thing we need. Our case is much bigger. We are speaking about two minorities (Christian and Yezedians), who lost their land, their homes, their belongings, their jobs, their money, some have been separated from their families and loved ones, and all are persecuted because of their religion.
Our church leaders are doing their best to solve the issue. They have been meeting with political leaders, with the President of Iraq and Kurdistan, but initiatives and actions of these political leaders are really slow and modest. Actually, all political meetings have led to nothing. Until now, there has been no decision made about the current situation of the displaced minorities. For this reason, trust in the political leaders has diminished, if it exists, at all. People cannot tolerate it anymore. It is too heavy of a burden. Yesterday, a young man expressed that he would rather die than live, without dignity. People feel that their dignity has been stripped from them. We are being persecuted because of our religion. None of us ever thought we would live in refugee camps because of that.
It is hard to believe that this is happening in the 21st century. We wonder what is exactly happening. Is it another plan or agreement to subdivide Iraq? If this is true, by whom and why? Why are the events of dividing the Middle East, that happened in 1916, being repeated now? At that time it was a political issue and innocent people paid for it. It is apparent that there are sinfully, cunning people dividing Iraq, now. In 1916, we lost seven of our sisters, many Christians died, and more were scattered. Is it just circumstance we face this division again, or is it deliberate?
However, the struggle is not only in the camps, with the displaced people. What has happened in our Christian towns that have been evacuated is even worse. The IS forced out of their homes those who did not leave their towns up to the night of August 6th. Yesterday, seventy-two people were driven out of Karakosh. However, not all of them arrived; those who arrived last night were in miserable condition. They had to cross Al-Khazi river (a tributary to the Great Zab) on foot because the bridge had been destroyed. There are still quite few on the side of the riverbank. We do not know when they will make it to Erbil. It depends on the situation and negotiations between the Peshmerga and the IS. There are some people who went to fetch the elderly and the unable to walk. One of our sisters went to bring her parents, and told her story. Another woman said that she was separated from her husband and children, and she knows nothing about them; they are probably among the others who are on the other bank, or they might be among the hostages taken by the IS. Also, a tree-year old daughter was taken from her mother’s lap, and she also knows nothing about her. We do not know why the IS are sending people out of Karakosh, but we have been hearing from those who just arrived, that IS are bringing barrels into Karakosh and the contents are unknown. In addition, we know of four Christian families who are stuck in Sinjar for over three weeks; they are probably running out of food and water. If they do not get help, they will die there. At the present, there is no contact with them, and there is no way to negotiate with the IS.
As for our community, we know that our convent in Tel Kaif is being used as an IS headquarter. Also, we know that they had entered our convent in Karakosh. Those that recently arrived have stated that all the holy pictures, icons, and statutes are being destroyed. Crosses have been taken off the top of churches and they have been replaced with the IS flags. That is not only in Karakosh and Tel Kaif. In Baqofa, one of our sisters heard the situation was calm, so she went back with few people, to get her medicine. She found the convent had been searched; everything was open and strewn across the rooms. The minute they entered the convent, three bombs hit the town. They left immediately.
Apart from what is happening to the Christians, yesterday, Friday the 22nd, a Shiite suicide bomber and gunmen attacked Sunni mosque of Abou Mussab in village under Iraqi government control in Diyala province leaving 68 dead. It is heartbreaking to hear about people get killed while praying. In terms of Media and news release, this massacre overshadowed what is happening to the Christians in Nineveh Plain. We are afraid that our struggle will become only our own affairs, and it will not have impact on the world anymore.
At last, we have to say that people are losing their patience. They miss everything in their hometowns: churches, church bells, streets, and neighborhood. It is heartbreaking for them to hear that their homes have been robbed. Although they love their towns, most people are now thinking of leaving the country so they can live in dignity and have future for their children. It is heard to have hope in Iraq, or to trust the leadership of the country.
Please, keep us in your prayers.
Dominican Sisters of Saint Catherine of Siena-Iraq
P.S. Please share the letter with other people. Let the world hear the cry of the poor and the innocent.