Mary Immaculate Church  
Flash: ON   March 3, 2015 

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Mary Immaculate Church
2800 Valwood Pkwy
Farmers Branch, TX 75234  
Phone: 972-243-7104
Fax: 972-406-1254

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Family Life Ministry
Priscilla Mahaffey
972-243-7104 ext. 26

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Addictions Ministry
Divorced Catholics Ministry
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Marriage Enrichment
Natural Family Planning
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Sacrament of Marriage

Journey of Hope

10:15AM - 11:30AM
Parish Conference Room


In his book, “On Heaven and Earth”, Pope Francis is quoted stating that Divorced, Separated and Remarried Catholics should, "integrate into the parish life". If you look around, you will find that most Divorced, Remarried and Separated are not sitting in our pews. This is because many times the topic of Divorce makes us feel uncomfortable. We tend to shy away from asking or getting involved. Christ calls us to Charity for the poor and the needy. Our Divorced and Separated brothers and sisters are in need. Some are poor in spirit. As soldiers for Christ, we are called to evangelize by being inviting and attentive to those in need.

If you are separated or divorced, or know of a Catholic that has fallen away due to their Divorce or Separation, the road to healing is available through our Journey of Hope program here at Mary Immaculate!

Those seeking healing are invited to take the first step by attending our weekly meetings on Sundays, 10:15 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. in the Parish Conference room. For more information contact Alma at or


Saying I Do…
What Happens at a Catholic Wedding

Are you recently engaged, planning a wedding or thinking about the Sacrament of Marriage? A great video for couples, families and anyone considering marriage in the Catholic Church, “Saying I do…What happens at a Catholic Wedding”, is available for viewing online.

This video walks you through the Rite of Marriage, whether you’re marrying another Catholic, a baptized person who is not Catholic, or someone who is not baptized. It also answers several FAQs about Catholic weddings.

For more information contact Priscilla Mahaffey at 972-243-7104 Ext. 26 or

"50 Ways to Leave Your Mother"
A Prayer Service and a list of "50 Ways to Leave Your Mother” for college bound kids and their families
Click HERE

Pro Bono Legal Services
Neighborhood Legal Clinics

The Dallas Volunteer Attorney Program provides advice, brief assistance, and representation in family, benefits, consumer, employment, housing, landlord-tenant, probate, and wills matters. Services are free to eligible clients; however, clients may be responsible for filing fees and other court costs. DVAP clients must meet strict financial guidelines to qualify for assistance. If a person needing free legal services has been sued, please bring copies of your legal documents to the clinic. All clients must fall below 125% of the federal poverty guidelines.

Please click HERE for all clinic locations

For an explanation of what to do if you do not qualify for pro bono, please click HERE

Sacrament of Baptism

Parents and Godparents must attend a Baptism Class prior to the Baptism of their child. Godparents must be: at least 16 years of age, have celebrated the Sacraments of Baptism, Confirmation and First Communion, they should be practicing Catholics who attend Mass regularly, if married must be married in the Catholic Church.

$25.00 registration fee
Contact Priscilla Mahaffey for registration and information.

Baptism Preparation Class

 For Parents and Godparents
English 2014 Schedule
School Library


English 2015 Baptism Schedule


CLASS DATE                          BAPTISM DATE
JAN 6  @ 7:00 pm                            Jan 10 @ Noon
FEB 3  @ 7:00 pm                             Feb 14 @10:00 am
MAR 3  @7:00 pm                             Mar 14 @ 10:00 am
APR 7  @ 7:00 pm                             Apr 18 @ 2:30 pm
MAY 5  @ 7:00 pm                            No regular baptisms
JUN 2  @ 7:00 pm                            June 13 @ 10:00 am
JUL 7  @ 7:00 pm                            Jul 18 @ 10:00 am
AUG 4  @ 7:00 pm                            Aug 8 @ 10:00 am
SEP 1  @ 7:00 pm                            Sep 12 @ 10:00 am
OCT 6  @ 7:00 pm                            Oct 10 @ 10:00 am
NOV 3  @ 7:00 pm                            Nov 14 @ 10:00 am
DEC 1  @ 7:00 pm                             Dec 12 @ 10:00 am

Call the church office for details

Información de Bautismo en Español

Sacrament of Marriage

Marriage Preparation is for engaged couples who meet with a married sponsor couple. Over a 4 week period, the married sponsors present “In Faithful Love” – the marriage preparation for those preparing to marry in the church.

Marriage Enrichment offers different presentations throughout the year to keep Marriages growing and help couples in their spiritual journey.

Marriage Encounter is a two day program to strengthen a marriage. Typically, a session is held at a local hotel and is given by trained volunteer couples. Registration information is available by contacting the church office.

 The Sponsor Couple Marriage Preparation Ministry is open to couples who have been married at least 5 years and would like to share their Sacrament of Marriage with an engaged couple preparing for their vocation of Marriage. The meetings are held in the home of the sponsor couple at a time convenient for their family schedule. If you are interested in joining this Ministry, please call Priscilla, 972-243-7104, ext. 26.

Creighton Model System
Natural Family Planning
The Creighton Model System of Natural Family Planning is a medically based method which is easy to learn and 99% effective.  For more information contact Jenny Lynn Ellis at 972-247-6967 or, or contact the church office.

Click HERE for more information

Quiz for Couples
(Click HERE for downloadable version)

By Susan Vogt
1. When I’m behind a slower driver:
     A. I relax. I’m in no hurry
     B. I feel sympathetic since I assume the driver is elderly, cautious, or lost.
     C. I feel irritated and pass as quickly as I can, even on the right side.

2. When leaving for a party:
     A. I’m relaxed but I’m also late. It doesn’t bother me. Does it bother others? That’s their problem. Life’s too short to hurry.
     B. I’m always ready ahead of time and leave 5-10 minutes early in case there’s heavy traffic or bad weather.
     C. I’m more or less ready when we agreed to leave but in no hurry since parties are not meant to start at a precise time. (Let’s assume this is not a surprise party.)
     D. I have good intentions to leave on time, but generally find myself scurrying around at the last minute while my spouse waits impatiently at the door (or worse, in the car).
     E. Both of us are frantically racing at the last minute and our friends have taken to telling us parties start an hour before the actual time.

3. When watching TV or some other mindless activity:
     A. I relax and enjoy the down time.
     B. I schedule screen time so it doesn’t interfere with work or other priorities.
     C. I make sure I can multitask (fold laundry, nurse a baby, knit, etc.) at the same time.
     D. I never watch scheduled TV. I tape or TIVO everything so I can skip thru commercials. When I do watch TV I multitask and check e-mail during the slow parts.

4. When on a car trip, but not doing the driving:
     A. I chat and enjoy the scenery.
     B. I nap to prevent being tired later.
     C. I’m busy taking care of children’s needs or navigating for the driver.
     D. I make cell phone calls, work on my laptop, check traffic reports, or listen to NPR to maximize my time.
     E. I do almost all of the “D” items at the same time.

5. When leaving to catch a plane:
     A. I pack the night before, leave plenty of time to get to the airport (accounting for the possibility of an unseasonable blizzard in July), and plan to arrive more than one hour before flight time.
     B. My philosophy is JIT (just in time). I calculate when I need to leave for the airport in order to be there one hour ahead of time. (Glitches hardly ever happen anyway and I don’t like to waste time waiting.)
     C. I’m usually hectically gathering my stuff and doing last minute chores until I must leave. Then I search for my car keys, call my cell phone to find out where I last put it (It vibrates in my pocket.) and rush to the airport.
    D. I consider being at the airport an hour early a waste of valuable time. Sure, I cut it close and have been known to miss a flight, but life is an adventure. When on the plane, I always have my trusty laptop to catch up on work.

6. When waiting in line (at the supermarket, the bank, a bus stop or metro, etc.)
     A. I’m bored.
     B. I’m fine. I figure waiting time is praying time.
     C. I fidget and feel annoyed with people who dally, chit chat, or have more than 10 items in the quick checkout line.
     D. I try to calculate the fastest line, switch back and forth if necessary or just leave and decide to do my errands at a less busy time.

A answers = 1 point
B answers = 2 points
C answers = 3 points
D answers = 4 points
E answers = 5 points

6-12 points: You’re either very laid back or very cautious. Unless your spouse has a similar style, you may be causing each other stress. Look for compromises.

13-19 points: Your timing may not always be perfect, but at least you’re in the sane and practical range.

20-25 points: Whoa! If not headed for a heart attack, you’re at least headed to stress your spouse and miss smelling the roses. If your spouse has a significantly lower score, you might also head for counseling.

*The term spouse is used for simplicity. If you are dating or engaged just substitute boy/girl friend or fiance.


Marriage Care is about rediscovering, revitalizing and enriching your love for each other.  Whether you are married 1 year or 50 years the websites listed below gives a wealth of information on workshops, seminars and conferences.
World Wide Marriage Encounter (WWME)
A very special weekend together...
Gail and Chip Entringer (972) 758-9600

Smart Marriages 
A coalition of Marriage, Family and Couple Education
Caring For Marriage
Building Better Marriages
Association for Couples in Marriage Enrichment (ACME)
Healthy Marriages
Long Distance Relationships
The Third Option
Marriage Savers
Preparing, Strengthing and Restoring Marriage
A Lifeline for Troubled Marriages

World Marriage Day honors husband and wife as head of the family, the basic unit of society. It salutes the beauty of their faithfulness, sacrifice and joy in daily, married life.
The idea of celebrating marriage began in Baton Rouge, La., in 1981, when couples encouraged the mayor, the governor and the Bishop to proclaim St. Valentines Day as "We Believe in Marriage Day". The event was so successful; the idea was presented to and adopted by Worldwide Marriage Encounter's national leadership.
By 1982, 43 Governors officially proclaimed the day and celebrations spread to U.S. military bases in several foreign countries. In 1983, the name was changed to "World Marriage Day", designated to be celebrated each year on the second Sunday in February. WMD celebrations continue to grow and spread to more countries and faith expressions every year.
The World Marriage DaySymbol speaks of the role and values we proclaim.  Husband and wife are symbolically seen as two candle-like figures, reminding us that married love calls us to help enlighten the world. The couple is joined by a heart, focusing on love as the power that fosters unity within the couple and generates the capacity to be life-giving and inspire others to fruitfulness and unity.
The Theme for WMD has been permanently adopted as "Love One Another". This phrase is the commandment given us by Jesus in John 15:12. It speaks to us in a simple but challenging way of how our Heavenly Father wishes us to live. Loving one another is a daily decision - simple, but challenging.

Prayer for our Marriage
Heavenly Father, we thank You for your tremendous gift of the Sacrament of Marriage. Enable us to grow in our intimacy with you and with each other. Teach us the beauty of forgiveness so we may become more and more one in heart, mind and body. Strengthen our communication with each other, and help us become living signs of your Love. Help us to be examples of commitment, love, and service to our families and children. Make us a sign of the unity which Jesus prays for at the Last Supper. We open ourselves to the guidance of your Holy Spirit, who empowers us to love in Jesus’ name and walk in His footsteps. Amen.
For a printable flyer of the above, please click HERE


Couple Enrichment:


Down to earth questions and answers about praying as a couple
Why bother?
As you probably know, 46-48% of marriages end in divorce (even among Catholics)
But did you also know that:
  • For couples who worship together each Sunday only about 20% divorce
  • For couples who also regularly pray together at home marital stability is even greater.
OK, so praying together can be divorce insurance but it sounds kind of awkward to me. Sure it’s fine for priests and nuns or really holy people, but we’re just a normal married couple.
But we go to Mass on Sunday and say grace before meals. Isn’t that enough?
That’s great! Of course these prayer times are important and valuable, but they are different from couple prayer. There is a certain intimacy and vulnerability that comes from opening your heart to God in the presence of your spouse.
OK, we might give it a try, but where do we start?
There is no wrong way to pray and the desire to try is prayer in itself. First some preliminary decisions:
  1. Decide a time
    Presumably both of you are very busy. Isn’t everyone these days? So finding an agreeable, semi-reliable time is essential. After experimenting with several times of day my husband and I agreed on first thing in the morning (about 15-20 min. before the first child is expected to awake). Since Jim is a morning person and I’m not, his job is to wake me and say it’s time.
  1. Decide a place
    Anywhere will do, but it’s nice to have a bible or whatever reading you plan to use handy. If clutter is endemic to your home at least find a place where you can cover it or turn your back on it. Personally, I like to have a window that I can look out of and see the sky. If it’s dark, lighting a candle can be inspiring.
  1. Decide how often
    Ideally, daily is the way to go since there is a rhythm and regularity to it. In our own marriage, however, we have made peace with a less than ideal but workable goal. We commit to weekdays since that’s more predictable than the weekends. We figure Mass takes care of Sunday. We also make exceptions for illness, being out of town, pregnancy (when almost any time felt nauseous), or unexpected interruptions like crying babies. It’s not perfect, but we feel we’re doing OK if we meet our bottom line of “doing it more often than not.” God wants our attention not our guilt.
So what do we do once we’re sitting together?
There are many ways to pray depending on your style and preferences. Here are a few:
___Memorized prayers
___Reflection on today or tomorrow
___Reading scripture
___Guided meditation (from a book)
___Writing in a journal
___Reading an inspirational book
___Rosary or devotions
___Meditation on a spiritual theme
___Liturgy of the Hours
___Your own creation _____________________
Rank the above styles from 1 to 10 and find the ways that appeal to both of you.
Hey, we’re not theologians. What do we do with the information above?
Keep it simple
After trying to be creative and experimenting with a variety of styles my husband and I found that for regular couple prayer to work for us it had to be very simple. Eventually we settled on the following format:

One Model – 5 Easy Steps
  1. Jim finds the scripture reading of the day (since he’s more awake than I am).
  2. One of us opens the prayer with a phrase like “Lord, we come before you at the start of our day.”
  3. One of us reads the scripture out loud.
  4. We sit in silence for awhile. (We may think about the scripture, the upcoming day and how we will live it out, or perhaps put some thoughts in a journal). Inevitably for me, some time is spent daydreaming. I’m not proud of this, but I would do you no favor to suggest that you fail when not fully concentrating. Sometimes I just offer up the distraction and figure I’m honoring God by the effort I made just to show up.
  5. At the appointed ending time, each of us makes a petition flowing from our silent prayer.
Can you simplify “simple”?
How about after the alarm goes off (before you get out of bed) hold hands and offer a prayer for a good day, help with a particular problem, or thanksgiving. Likewise, at night, after turning off the light, hold hands and offer a prayer of thanks for any thing that day.
What if my spouse just isn’t into couple prayer? (S)he is a good person and we pray individually but we just aren’t going to be able to do it together.
Don’t beat yourself up over this. Sure couple prayer is good and can bring you closer together, but God’s love is bigger than any prayer form. Pray for each other in your own way. I know two women whose husbands did not want to join them in prayer so they called each other daily at an appointed time and prayed over the phone. Strange I suppose, but do what feeds you.
How do we find the scripture of the day or other books, after all we don’t live in a church?
  1. To find the scriptures of the day, check the Missalette at church
  1. Meditation books:
    1. Daily Meditations (with Scripture) for Busy Couples by Dave Fortier and Patricia Robertson. ACTA Publications, 1-800-397-2282 $8.95
    2. Vision (or Action or Mission) 2000, Praying Scripture in a Contemporary Way by Mark Link, S.J., Tabor Publishing, Allen, TX $8.95 


“FIREPROOF” is a movie about a firefighter, his wife, and a marriage worth rescuing. In reality, every marriage matters, because marriage comes from the hand of God. God brings a man and a woman together to love and support each other.

The Catholic community believes marriage happens with the help of the Lord and is a relationship that parallels the love of Christ for his people.  It is a lifelong commitment to one person and a dwelling place of God’s spirit. As Caleb Holt learns in FIREPROOF, marriage is a lasting covenant.

The movie also reminds us that Christian marriage is a demanding vocation that needs the support and encouragement of the entire community. We believe that the well being of all society is closely tied to the healthy state of marriage and family life.

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A Mary Immaculate
for Moms with young children
Meet other Catholic moms and their children for a play- date
as well as praying the Rosary
 for our families, our friends, and for our faith.
Pray and Play meets every 2nd and 4th Wednesday of the month.
The location alternates at different homes each time.
(It is not necessary to host a pray and play to be a part of the group).
For more information please call:
Joanna Chabot @ 214-505-8450

Texas Advocacy Day
On Tuesday, March 31st  over 400 Catholics from around our Lone Star State gathered in Austin to participate in the Texas Catholic Conference second Advocacy Day for Life and Families. Catholic Charities collaborated with the Diocese of Dallas and the Catholic Pro-Life Committee to send over 90 Dallas Catholics to meet with over 45 legislators and advocate for life and family issues.  We had High School students, families, and members from 15 parishes among our Dallas team.  Some of the issues and bills that were addressed were the Ultrasound Bills (HB 36, SB 182), Funding for Abortion Alternatives (SB 73, HB 1695), Twogether in Texas promoting fee marriage education classes (HB 480), Choose Life License Plates (HB 109, SB1098), Abolition of the Death Penalty (HB 297, 682), and Abstinence Education.  
For more on this story click here or visit the Texas Catholic Conference website: for further details and information on these bills and how you can help support not only life and family issues, but also immigration, criminal justice, and healthcare reform.
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