Bishop Richard Stephen of the St. Nicholas Eparchy      Patriarch Sviatoslav of the Ukrainian Greek-Catholic Church      Bishop Kevin Vann of the Fort Worth Diocese      Bishop Kevin Farrell of the Dallas Diocese      Benedict XVI, Pope of Rome
July 6th, 2013

Eastern Catholics Communing in a Roman Mass

Just in time for your summer travels! Those of you traveling to areas where the priests aren’t familiar with Eastern Catholicism can now print off a guide that hits all the important points about Eastern Catholic faithful communing in Roman Catholic parishes.When Eastern Catholics Commune at a Roman Catholic Mass Front

Questions answered include:

  • What should Eastern Catholics do when visiting a Roman Catholic Mass?
  • Is the Eastern Catholic held to western rules when in the Latin Church?
  • What happens when the norms contradict each other?
  • Does it contradict the Latin rite’s liturgical norms to commune an infant?
  • Is a person who is under the age of reason properly disposed to receive?
  • May the priest apply prudential judgment if he thinks the visitor is significantly lacking in knowledge or understanding of the Eucharist?
  • What if the congregation might be scandalized by a child receiving?
  • What makes an Eastern Catholic properly disposed to receive?
  • How can the Eucharist be administered to an infant or toddler?

We hope it will assist many–clergy, religious, and laity of East and West alike–in greater appreciation and participation in the universal nature of the Church. We encourage you to share it far and wide online and in person!

The pamphlet is the first major work of The Star of the East, a canonically established public association of the faithful, headquartered at St. Sophia. The Star of the East has a primary mission of disseminating reliable and orthodox material from appropriate and competent authorities to Eastern Catholic clerical, religious, and lay leaders on the topics of evangelism, catechesis, and missiology.

We want every Catholic to have free access to this meticulously accurate, easily comprehensible guide and we put in all the work to make that a reality. All that needs to happen now is to have it shared!

You can direct others to the St. Sophia website to see more about it, or to download and share the fantastic resource.

This pamphlet is offered under an “Attribution, Non-Commercial, No Derivatives” Creative Commons license. That means others may download and share the pamphlet as long as the author/publisher is attributed, it isn’t used commercially or for profit, and isn’t changed in any way. Using 2-sided printing, it fits on a single 8.5″ x 11″ paper.

June 21st, 2012

Fortnight For Freedom Begins Today

Religious Liberty Resources:

For more info, visit

Local Fortnight for Freedom activities and resources

Fortnight for Freedom Diocesan Event in English: June 30, St. Rita, 12521 Inwood Rd, Dallas

The evening will begin with the 5:30 p.m. Vigil Mass celebrated by Monsignor Robert Coerver, V.F., followed by an educational program in Sweeney Hall, presented by Frank Valenzuela of the St. Thomas More Society, the Catholic Lawyers’ Guild of the Diocese of Dallas, and closing with the Litany for Liberty. For more information, contact 214-379-2876,

Click here for a flyer.

Evento Diocesano por la Quincena por la Libertad en español24 de junio, Inmaculada Concepción, 610 N.E. 17th St, Grand Prairie

La tarde empezará con Misa a las 2:30 p.m. celebrada por Reverendo Douglas Zavala, seguida por un programa educacional presentado por Aurora Tinajero, Coordinadora Diocesana del Congreso Hispano de las Americas para Respeto a la Vida y Evangelización, y cerrando con Letanía por Libertad.  Para más información, contacte 214-379-2876,

Haga clic aquí para volante.

February 16th, 2012

Dallas Maternity Home

Maggie’s Place Maternity Homes is looking into the possibility of establishing a hospitality home in Dallas. If you’re interested in supporting the effort, contact Estelle and/or attend the local meeting Thur Feb 23rd at 7PM in St. Elizabeth Ann Seton’s faith formation center.

January 13th, 2012

Roe Memorial Events

Roe Memorial Events – January 21, 2012
On January 21, 2012, Dallas will mark the 39th anniversary of the U.S. Supreme Court’s tragic Roe v. Wade decision of January 22, 1973, legalizing abortion in America and leading to the death of over 50 million unborn children.  Roe v. Wade started here, and what started in Dallas must end in Dallas.  Come and be a voice for LIFE!

7:30 a.m.: Buses at the Cathedral are boarded for the Roe Memorial Rosary to be prayed with Bishop Mark Seitz outside the Routh Street abortion center, 4321 Central Expwy., Dallas.

10:00 a.m. Roe Memorial Mass:  In memory of the more than 52 million babies who have died and in prayer for the mothers and fathers who have been hurt by abortion, a bilingual Mass will be concelebrated by the Most Reverend Kevin J. Farrell, Bishop of Dallas; Auxiliary Bishops of Dallas Mark Seitz and Doug Deshotel; the Most Reverend Kevin W. Vann, Bishop of Fort Worth; and diocesan clergy at the Cathedral Shrine of the Virgin of Guadalupe, 2215 Ross Ave. at Pearl St., Dallas, with homilist Fr. Jason Cargo and music led by Curtis Stephan.

10:00 a.m. Alternative: Praise & Worship Service at First Baptist Dallas, 1707 San Jacinto.

12:00 p.m. Dallas March for Life and Ecumenical Rally: The Dallas March for Life begins at downtown Cathedral Plaza, 2215 Ross Ave. at Pearl St., proceeds to First Baptist Dallas, 1707 San Jacinto, and continues to Rally outside the Earle Cabell Federal Courthouse where Roe v. Wade was first filed in 1970.

1:45 p.m. Pro-Life Ministry Fair at First Baptist Dallas.

Bishop Farrell would like for as many families and young people as possible in the diocese to participate in this great witness for Life!  Bring your family-friendly signs and club or school banner for the Dallas March for Life!  For more information, visit or call 972-267-LIFE (5433).

December 4th, 2011

Christmas Pierogies

A few pictures and a short video from pierogie making today. Christmas orders are pouring in! Father Pavlo, Pani Luba, Janet, Rich, John, Daria, Chris, Maggie, Raia, Roddy, Marie-Diane, Carol, Brian, and Dorothy were among those pinching and rolling. Many thanks to them all!

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November 12th, 2011

Parish Picnic Fall 2011

The parish picnic was a great success! A few of the activities we had were face painting, temporary tattoos, a hula hoop contest, bean bag toss, cake walk, a lollipop pull, our delicious food, Christmas cards for soldiers, singers, cotton candy, a reptile petting zoo, and our delicious food! And Liz was the lucky winner of a Kindle!

You’ll definitely want to mark your calendars for next year’s picnic! If you have pictures to add, please email them to the webmaster and they’ll be posted!

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October 23rd, 2011

Pierogies on 10/22/11

We made nearly 1500 pirogies yesterday! Potato and sauerkraut, potato and onion, potato and jalapeño, potato with cheddar cheese, potato with farmer’s cheese, and sauerkraut were all made and are available for order. You can call the parish office any time, stop by the coffee hour after Sunday Liturgy, or come to our picnic on Nov 12th where we’ll have pirogies, halupki, and much more available!

A special THANKS to all the volunteers who came and helped to make pirogies!!!
Особлива ПОДЯКA всім волонтерам що прийшли та допомогли робити вареники!!!

We were so busy reconnecting with old friends and meeting new ones that we didn’t get any pictures except this snapshot of the last few dozen coming out of the kitchen. We hope to see you at the next one!

October 3rd, 2011

Sleeping Mats for the Homeless

Your trash is another man’s treasure!
Turn your used grocery bags into sleeping mats for the homeless. Please leave clean and dry shopping bags of any size or color in the designated blue bin at the office.

Recycle Plastic Bags At St. Sophia'sThe recycled bags will be cut into strips which will be used as plastic yarn, or plarn. A bag that would sit indefinitely in a landfill unable to biodegrade, or which would have blown as litter through our streets to land in a sea turtle’s stomach, or some other similarly tragic outcome, will instead become a vulnerable person’s sleeping mat which will repel parasites and be moisture resistant, durable, lightweight, easy to store, and a great temperature barrier from the cold. How cool is that?

The first Plarn Party will coincide with the October 22 Pirogie Party. Bags will be turned into plarn and all interested, especially the youth, will be taught how to single crochet the mat. It’s the only stitch on the entire mat, so anyone can do it!

October 2nd, 2011

Manna Cards

They say you can’t get something for nothing, but they’re wrong! You can get a gift card to use at your favorite restaurant or store just as you would use cash and the church will get a percentage of your purchase amount! That’s right… it’s a fundraiser that is free. Choose cards for stores you frequent so you can use them yourself and give them as gifts.

1. Log onto and click on “Vendor List
2. Choose which gift cards you would like to order.
3. Fill out an order form (available at church)
4. Make check payable to “Sisterhood of St. Sophia”
5. Enjoy your gift cards while St. Sophia enjoys a percentage of your purchase!

Everyone Wins!

Please contact Daria for more details or to place your orders. There is a list of vendors available at St. Sophia for those who do not have access to a computer. The choices sometimes change, but here is a small sample of the gift cards you can choose as of October 2, 2011 along with the amount the church will receive from your purchase. To see the full and up-to-date list of available choices, go to the Manna Group Scrip Company’s Vendor List hereRead more…