ACTS Retreats

ACTS Retreats spread the Gospel of Jesus Christ among Catholic communities. Our goals are to strengthen our faith, to spiritually renew ourselves, and to build lasting friendships.

Retreats are presented by lay people and spiritual direction is provided by clergy. Discussions and activities during the retreat focus on Adoration, Community, Theology, and Service. Holy Scripture and the teachings of the Roman Catholic Church are the guides for the retreats. Mens' and womens' retreats are open for adults age 21 and older.

Retreats will be on the following dates:

Men’s Retreat: October 13-16, 2015

Women’s Retreat: January 14-17, 2016

Women's Director: Elizabeth Bell 214-695-9266

For more information about upcoming training or retreats, please visit the ACTS Mission website at . For ACTS questions that are unrelated to retreats, please contact Frank Gonzales at .


Register Now for an ACTS Retreat


Adult Catholic Education

(Appropriate for Adults over 18 years of age)

Mission: To educate adults in the Roman Catholic church using fundamental Catholic teachings from the Catechism, the Bible, and authorized church sources.

Vision: Class participants will freely observe and discuss current topics designed to educate and stimulate Christians into a deeper relationship with the Catholic faith.


Sundays: 9:30 am

All classes are conducted in room #217 of the Family Center. Classes are open to individual sessions at anytime without prior registration. Teenagers are also allowed and day care is provided during the 9:30 a.m. class on Sundays.

Current Courses

  • Living the Discerning Life: The Spiritual Teaching of St. Ignatius of Loyola
    June 14 - August 23 (No class on July 5)
    Video Presentation followed by Class Discussion
    St. Ignatius Loyola designed the Spiritual Exercises over 450 years ago, to help retreatants discern those influences arousing discouragement and deception in their spiritual lives. Fr. Timothy Gallagher, O.M.V. devotes this 10-part series to those same 14 rules, more relevant today than ever before. As they facilitate our drawing closer to God, they awaken new hope in those who practice them."

Future Courses

  • TBD

For details on textbooks, homework, and course sessions click here.

To register for a course call Chuck Suter at 972-401-0471.

Centering Prayer

The main purpose of this ministry is the spiritual enrichment of those who participate in it. Centering Prayer is a simple method for accessing the gift of contemplation which is not so much something we do as it is something God does in us with our willing consent and cooperation. This is a silent, receptive way of praying based on the principle of the divine indwelling present within us as “temples of the Holy Spirit.”

The heart of Centering Prayer involves consenting to God’s presence and action within us as Father, Son and Holy Spirit. It is a way of deepening our relationship with God which extends from our regular times of formal prayer into the details of daily life. The regular practice of this prayer initiates a dynamic of inner purification, healing and transformation in the soul where we move from conversation with God into communion with God beyond words, thoughts, feelings and images.

 The prayer group meets on Mondays from 6 p.m. to 7 p.m. in the Narthex and Saturdays from 9:00 a.m. to 10:30 a.m. in the Family Center Room 217. Contact Madeleine Hedrick at 214-890-0354 or . For more information view the Dallas Chapter website


Eucharistic Adoration Society

Jesus is in need of people willing to give Him one hour a week to save souls and to make reparation for all those who do not believe, do not adore, do not trust and do not love Him in the Blessed Sacrament. He hungers and thirsts for our presence because He loves us and earnestly desires to give us Himself which is our greatest need.

There are particular hours which are difficult for us to fill. There is a great need for personal commitment. Commitment requires sacrifice and willingness to change from adoration as an optional activity to adoration, a commitment of discipleship. Every moment that we spend in the presence of the Blessed Sacrament will leave our souls everlastingly more glorious and beautiful in heaven because the Blessed Sacrament is Jesus, our Risen Savior, with all the glory and beauty of His resurrection flowing out on those who come into His Eucharistic presence.

Members commit to spend an hour per week with Our Lord in prayer. For details or to get involved contact coordinator Marge Giangiulio at (214) 769-4407.

Hourly Captains

9, 10 & 11 am Mary Thompson Home: (214) 358-2683 Cell: (214) 789-2833
12, 1 & 2 pm Kathy Gilbride Home: (469) 644-6364
3, 4 & 5 pm Theresa Martter Home: (972) 490-0086 Cell: (214) 708-7060
6, 7 & 8 pm Bill & Leanne Galyean Home: (214) 357-5773
9, 10 & 11 pm Wade Stanley Cell: (214) 223-3422

Family Chalice

The St. Monica Chalice Program, which has over 200 families as participants, surely played a role in the great increase of seminarians. However, we still need more priests and you can help us! This is a program in which each family can help to overcome the vocation shortage by daily prayer in front of the Chalice in your home for one week. Our goal is to have someone, or family take home a chalice at every Mass, every weekend to pray for vocations. To participate call Don Wetzel at 214-368-3640 or email Eleanor Wetzel at .

Lay Apostles

  • A lay apostle walks closely with Jesus throughout each day. The first goal is the personal movement toward unity with Jesus.
  • We serve Jesus through service to others. We learn to love Jesus through loving others.


We meet the first Thursday of the month from 7:30 p.m. to 9 p.m., first in the chapel for rosary, and then in the JCLC Board Room in McManus Hall. For questions or more information contact coordinator Marge Giangiulio at 214-769-4407 or .

Little Rock Sunday Scripture Study

“And such is the force and power of the Word of God that it can serve the Church as her support and vigor and the children of the Church as strength for their faith, food for the soul, and a pure and lasting font of spiritual life.” 

Dei Verbum, Pope Paul VI, 1965

Whether you are a veteran or a beginner, Bible study is a rewarding way to deepen your faith and understanding of the Word of God. We meet on Sundays (except in the summer) in the Family Center immediately after the 9:30 Mass for about 1.5 hours. There are four essential elements to Little Rock Scripture Study: a) daily personal study (reading scripture and commentary, and reflecting on study questions); b) Sunday morning small-group meetings to share responses to the week’s study; c) wrap-up lecture following the small-group discussion; and d) prayer, both individually and with your group.  

This fall we will start with the study of the book of Genesis. No prior scripture study experience is necessary. The fee for the class is $15, which covers the cost of study materials. To register, or for more information, please contact Dan and Sally Cook at  , or at 214-794-6575. We invite you to join us!



Monday Bible Study

The group meets Monday at 1:00 p.m. in the Family Center room 217. Classes last about one hour. We offer an informal study of Sacred Scripture. Being a relatively small group (15-20 attendees) this class encourages open discussion. This year we will be studying the Gospel of St. John. A class schedule with material to be covered each meeting will be available at the first class. All are welcome. Contact Phillis Conces at 214-546-6287 or at .
You can also contact Roger Fischer at 214-352-4537 or .

Triumph of the Immaculate Heart Cenacle

This group is a member of the Marian Movement of Priests which is "a spirit", a work of love that the Immaculate Heart is stirring up in the Church today to help all her children to live with trust and filial hope, to assist first and foremost the priests who are the sons of her maternal predilection. It is open to all priests, religious, and laity and its main purpose is the living out of the consecration to the Immaculate Heart of Mary. Contact Geraldine Schafer 972-243-4321.

Tuesday Scripture Study

This group meets on Tuesdays in the Conference room from 1:30 - 3:00 p.m. for fellowship, spiritual discussion, and study of the scripture. We meet in the fall and spring with a break for Christmas and the summer. Karen Jones facilitates the group and leads us on our spiritual journey. Call or email Madeleine Hedrick if you are interested at 214-890-0354 or .

Serra Club of Metropolitan Dallas

We are an organization of lay men and women who wish to grow spiritually by supporting our priests and seminarians through prayer and action. Contact John Vallala at 972-849-5494 or at .