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

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Mary Immaculate Catholic Church

Join us as we hear from Kurdish-American Evangelist and Author, Daniel Ali. Daniel is an Iraqi Kurd who grew up Muslim under Saddam Hussein’s Anfal campaigns against the Kurds. He lived through gassings and chemical weapons attacks on thousands of Kurdish villages.

He is author of two books: Inside Islam: A Guide for Catholics, and Out of Islam, Free at Last. This second book spells out clearly how to evangelize Muslims using only their own book, the Koran, since many Muslims suspect the Bible is not accurate. His third book is being written in the Holy Land and is entitled Muslim Objections to Jesus Christ.

For more information, please click HERE


YEAR OF CONSECRATED LIFE

Pope Frances called for a “Year of Consecrated Life” to run from February 2015 to February 2016.

If any members of your family are consecrated lay persons, priests, nuns, friars, brothers, or anyone serving in the religious life, please feel free to bring a photo of them with  a very brief sentence about them.  We want to honor them all those religious, especially those who came through Mary Immaculate School or have been a parishioner now or in the past. 

If you have questions, please call Beth in the church office.

Please click HERE for more information from USCCB on Religious Life

FAMILY LIFE
ADVOCACY DAY 2015
March 24, 2015



Parishioners from Mary Immaculate – Linda Solis, Priscilla Mahaffey, Margaret Rosenzweig, Donna Chesshir, Joan O’Shea, Josh Clemmons
 

Most Reverend J. Douglas Deshotel, Auxiliary Bishop of the Diocese of Dallas, and   bishops from throughout the state of Texas and fellow Texas Catholics gathered  at the Capitol in Austin to promote life, dignity and the common good on March 24, 2015,  Texas Catholic Conference 2015 Texas Catholic Faith in Action Advocacy Day.

This bi-annual rally is hosted by the Texas bishops to promote the Church's values of Life, Justice, Charity, and Religious Freedom to members of the 84th Texas Legislature. Link: Texas Catholic Conference website – www.txcatholic.org

 

Please continue to pray for our legislature as they make decisions that will impact the lives of the people of Texas.
 

Diocesan Advocacy Day link
 

For more information, please click HERE


Journey of Hope

 

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 almasanchez2@yahoo.com or Priscilla at pricim@maryimmaculatechurch.org

 FREEDOM
 
"I can't forgive him, he's not sorry for what he did." was the response from Stacy when she was asked how she felt about forgiving her former spouse. She went on to explain....  Click HERE to see the rest of the daily Journey of Hope message for divorced Catholics

Financial Peace University
 
The Family Life Ministry is hosting Dave Ramsey’s “Financial Peace University” (FPU) at Mary Immaculate on Saturdays beginning February 21st from noon to 2:00 p.m. in the parish conference room.

This 9 week class will show you how to get rid of debt, manage your money, spend and save wisely, and more.

For more information and registration contact Julie Gutierrez at juliefrancesca.g@gmail.com. Scholarships are available.


 
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 pricim@maryimmaculatechurch.org

 divorcedcatholic.org
Workshop Series
 
DivorcedCatholic.org is offering one hour on-line workshops to help you navigate life after divorce. Each of these workshops tackle the most pressing challenges divorced Catholics face, and provide concrete answers and practical solutions. Come away with a clear roadmap to guide you through the uncharted territory after divorce.
RCIA

How does one
become Catholic?

Questions?

 

The RCIA INQUIRY stage is the starting place for adults who are thinking about entering the Catholic Church.  In the inquiry stage, you’re just finding out about Jesus, Christianity and the Catholic Church. Your main task here is to get to know Christ, prayer, the Catholic Church and how Christians live.
 

Click HERE for more information.

The Music Ministry Needs
YOU!


 
If you have an interest in singing in one of the choirs, playing in the handbell choir, or playing an instrument, please contact Thomas Woods, Director of Music. We look forward to hearing from you. 

OUTREACH
 
Click HERE for
Information about the

PRO-LIFE MINISTRY



ADULT CONFIRMATION PREPARATION

 
If you are a baptized, practicing Catholic, 18 years of age or older who has received First Reconciliation and First Communion, but who has not yet received the Sacrament of Confirmation, please come to a preparation session Wednesday, April 29th from 6:30 p.m. to 8:45 p.m. in the Administrative Conference Room near the Church offices.

During these sessions, you will find out what you need to do to be Confirmed on the Feast of Pentecost on Sunday, May 24th. If you have it, please bring your Baptism certificate with you to the class.

Individuals who have questions about whether they are eligible to take the class because of common law marriages or marriages outside the Catholic Church should contact Beth prior to enrolling in the class.

Call Beth in the Evangelization office at 972-243-7104 ext 46 to reserve your spot!

THE REBEKAH LEAH RIVERA
FOUNDATION




 


 




March 2015
Mary Immaculate Herald


Click HERE to read past Heralds

Are you a Mary Immaculate parishioner who has a story to share with our community? Do you want to share your ministry information or event with the parish, or maybe a human interest, personal story as it relates to your ministry event or your faith?

We would love to publish it in the Mary Immaculate Herald! To discuss your article and pictures submission for the newsletter, please contact Marci Meagher at 972-243-7104 x30 or email marci@maryimmaculatechurch.org

LIFE-LONG FAITH

HERE COMES THE
WELCOME WAGON!

How would you like to be on a committee in the church that:

1) Never has to meet
2) Has little if no responsibility level
3) Is super fun and will help you feel connected to everyone at Mary Immaculate!

If this sounds good to you, you just might be the perfect parishioner for our new Welcome Wagon!

Click HERE for more information!

Companies can help with Welcome Wagon bags!
Click HERE for information


TMIY


BECOMING A MAN
AFTER GOD'S OWN HEART


An interactive men's program combining the best research from Science with the teachings of the Catholic Faith and the wisdom of the saints to develop the vision of a man fully alive

Friday Mornings
Mary Immaculate Church - Parish Hall
6:00AM Breakfast
6:30AM Presentation
7:00AM Small Group Discussion
7:30AM Conclusion

For flyer, click HERE

Scott Ford at 469-271-8576
scottyford@msn.com
or contact the church office

STEWARDSHIP

A Stewardship Prayer

Our Blessed Lord!

Our Risen Savior!

 

We give you thanks

For the awe-inspiring gift of Easter

And the redemption we enjoy

As a result of your gift.

 

We give you thanks for calling us

your friends

and allowing us to share your body

and blood

in the holy Eucharist.

 

Oh merciful Lord,

Redeemer and Teacher,

by the power of the Holy Spirit

give us the skills to listen to you

more closely;

the wisdom to put

the Eucharist into action;

and the courage to bring

your Easter message of hope

to a world that desperately needs

your love

 

We ask this through Christ, our Lord.  Amen


 Fr. Michael's Annual
"State of the Communion"


Please click HERE to read Fr. Michael's annual "State of the Communion" as well as the 2014 year-ending Financial Reports for both the School and the Church



Mary Immaculate, Patroness of Our Country, Pray for Us!

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