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Church of the Incarnation

Church of the Incarnation



Commencement for our May 2020 graduates is the weekend of December 5-6, 2020. 

Due to this, there will be no Anticipatory Mass at 5:00pm on Saturday, December 5. 

The 9:00am and 11:00am Masses on Sunday, December 6, will be celebrated as usual. 

Our holiday-break liturgical schedule will begin on November 30, 2020. 

Please see the "Mass Times" page for the schedule. 



Christmas Mass (Vigil): December 24 at 6:00 p.m.

Christmas Mass (at Night): December 24 at 10:00 p.m.*

Christmas Day Mass: December 25 at 10:00 a.m.*

*Mass will be livestreamed HERE


In collaboration with the University of Dallas, face masks are required in the Church of the Incarnation, for all persons over the age of 10.  Please be sure to bring a face covering with you when you come for Mass, Reconciliation, or private prayer. Thank you! 

Please note if you are attending Mass: Once we reach capacity, we will not be able to allow more people inside. Thank you in advance for your understanding and compliance with our guidelines. 

Sunday Masses will continue to be livestreamed, and the obligation to attend Mass on Sunday and Holydays of Obligation is also temporarily suspended.  Click here for upcoming and previous live-streamed Masses.

 If you come to the Church of the Incarnation for Mass or Confession, please follow the instructions given by the ushers and the celebrating priest.  We are eager to celebrate these sacraments with you physically once more: following instructions will not only keep you safe, but your priests and other people that the priests come into contact with.

Thank you!


General Guidelines for Mass:

  • Maintain a distance of 6 feet (3 empty chairs) between individuals or family groups.
  • Wearing a face mask is required. 
  • You will be seated by an usher.  This helps us maximize the number of people we can have in the church. When you enter the church, please wait to be seated. 
  • Collection baskets will not be distributed during Mass.  The collection basket will be placed in the narthex.  Online giving is also available.  
  • The church will be sanitized after every Mass.  To facilitate this cleaning, please do not linger or visit inside the church.

Guidelines for Receiving Holy Communion:

  • Please follow the instructions of the ushers to come forward for Communion.
  • Bishop Burns strongly encourages receiving Communion in the hand.  Receiving in your hand is not sinful, and we are not trying to discourage your piety.  The goal is to keep the priest, other people, and yourself safe.
  • Please remove your face mask when you stand before coming forward for Communion.
  • Communion is distributed to one section of the church at a time. 
  • Please sanitize your hands before receiving Communion.  The ushers will offer you hand sanitizer as you leave your row.  If you have brought your own hand sanitizer, you may sanitize your hands with that.
  • Please keep six feet apart from each other in the Communion line and after Mass.
  • If you are not prepared to receive Communion, please do not come forward to receive a blessing, but remain in your place and continue to pray there.
  • Finally, please do not rush Communion.  Wait for each other to be six feet apart and for the hand sanitizer to dry on your hands.  This is a good opportunity to receive Communion reverently and patiently.  Thank you!



The University of Dallas is in its 61st academic year. Since opening its doors in September 1956 with 96 students, the University has grown to over 3,000 students at the undergraduate and graduate levels. The original chapel, named in honor of St. Thomas Aquinas, was located on the west side of campus and was used for daily Mass and private prayer until the opening of the Chapel of the Incarnation on March 24, 1985.

On August 15, 2001 the Diocese of Dallas changed the status of Chapel of the Incarnation to the Church of the Incarnation. This title indicates and emphasizes the church's special status as a faith community that is centered not in a geographical setting, but rather on a university campus. The church has as its primary responsibility to serve the spiritual needs of the students, faculty, staff, and alumni of the university and all those others who choose it as their spiritual home. 

As a Catholic faith community, it stands in a position of openness and hospitality to all who desire to worship here.

In 2014, the American Institute of Architects Dallas Chapter awarded the Church of the Incarnation the 2014 AIA Dallas Twenty-Five Year Award.  This award, the highest award bestowed by AIA Dallas, is given annually to an enduring post-war architectural work that is at least 25 years old.


On Thursday, January 31, 2019, the Diocese of Dallas published on this website - - a list of clergy credibly accused of sexual abuse of a minor in the diocese dating back to 1950.  
Situations involving abuse of minors must be reported to the Texas Department of Family and Protective Services at 1-800-252-5400 or txabuseho  In emergency, call 911.