Lift Capacity Restrictions in Dallas Diocese

Dear Most Reverend Bishop Edward J. Burns,


As Catholics under your care in the Diocese of Dallas, we present to you this petition with zeal for our faith and the salvation of souls. 

It is our request that capacity restrictions on parishes in the diocese of Dallas be lifted after the winter season has ended, starting by March 28th, in time for the celebration of Holy Week. 

At the very least, we beg of you to leave it up to each pastor's discretion whether to reopen his parish to full capacity starting March 28th (or sooner). 

Faithful Catholics have suffered a great deal already from one Holy Week being closed to us, we beg of you to not allow this to happen again this year, especially when our State Governor has already supported religious institutions' rights to fully reopen. 

If we have faith even the size of a mustard seed, should we not trust that God would hear our petitions, especially during this holiest week of the year? Should we not congregate, begging his mercy and protection, as generations of faithful have done in the past during times of great illness, sometimes to recieve miraculous aid due to the depth of their faith and trust in God Almighty?

We urge you as shepherd of your flock to hear our plea, that our churches may be able once again to be a refuge against the ragings of the world, for ALL who come to our doors. May they not feel turned away for the very reason they are seeking out refuge in the Lord's house. 

We humbly pray for you, and beg you to hear our petition. 

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