Ministries for a Growing Diocese is a series focusing on works of the various diocesan ministries—ministries that serve the more than 800,000 Catholics in North Texas and the 91 parishes and missions as well as the 20 Catholic schools.
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February 2, 2016
WASHINGTON—The Office of General Counsel of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops (USCCB) filed an amicus curiae brief in the U.S. Supreme Court, February 1, on behalf of USCCB, the Texas Catholic Conference and several Christian partners in support of a Texas law mandating health and safety standards protecting women who undergo abortions. Other groups joining the brief include the National Association of Evangelicals, the Lutheran Church-Missouri Synod, the Ethics & Religious Liberty Commission of the Southern Baptist Convention, and the Southern Baptists of Texas Convention. The case is Whole Woman’s Health v. Hellerstedt, currently before the U.S. Supreme Court.
January 6, 2016
Our Mother of Mercy Catholic Church, 1007 E. Terrell in Fort Worth, designated by Bishop Michael F. Olson as the principal church for the celebration of the Jubilee Year of Mercy for the Catholic Diocese of Fort Worth, has established hours that it will be open for pilgrims to journey to the church through the Year of Mercy.
During the jubilee year, pilgrims coming to and entering the church through the doors of Our Mother of Mercy Church will receive a plenary indulgence by...
January 7, 2016
In light of the new state law that enables individuals to openly carry guns, Bishop Michael F. Olson has established a "Firearms and Weapons Policy". The policy is effective immediately. The policy bans both firearms and weapons which are carried openly and firearms and weapons which are concealed. However, the ban becomes effective only after proper notice is provided and state-mandated signs are posted.
The policy bans firearms and weapons in all diocesan locations, including churches, schools and all other facilities that are located on parish or diocesan sites.
Diocesan legal counsel indicates that since state law is not clear what constitutes "effective notice," it will be necessary for each parish to use several types of notices in English and Spanish in addition to the posting of signs at all entrance to churches and other facilities.
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December 8, 2015 - November 20, 2016
The Extraordinary Jubilee of Mercy will be held from the Solemnity of the Immaculate Conception of the Blessed Virgin Mary, December 8, 2015 to Solemnity of Our Lord Jesus Christ, King of the Universe, on November 20, 2016. Visit the web page for more information on diocesan and parish events happening throughout the Year of Mercy.
Save the Date - February 5, 2016
Indianapolis Archbishop Joseph W. Tobin, C.Cs.R., and Bishop Michael F. Olson will bring the Year of Consecrated Life to a conclusion with a Mass at 6:30 pm, Friday, February 5, at St. Francis of Assisi Catholic Church, 861 Wildwood Lane, Grapevine. All are invited to attend Mass celebrated by Bishop Olson with Archbishop Tobin delivering the homily. A reception will be held immediately following the Mass.
February 5, 2016
A Micro-Retreat (half-day) for young adults will be offered as part of the closing events for the Year of Consecrated life on Friday, February 5, 2016 at St. Francis of Assisi Church in Grapevine from 2:30 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. This retreat is sponsored by the Fort Worth Office of Vocations and the Office of Young Adult Ministry, and is open to men and women ages 18 to 35+. This retreat includes an afternoon reflection, a keynote session, dinner and much more!
February 19-21, 2016
The office of Young Adult Ministry will be offering a Lenten Retreat February 19-21, 2016 at the Diocesan Formation Center in Fort Worth. There will be Mass, Confession, Adoration, Liturgy of the Hours, Talks, Faith Sharing, quiet time and recreation time. The keynote speakers are: Most Rev. Michael F. Olson, Rev. Keith Hathaway, Kim Brown and Luisa Martini. Cost: $50 per person (Includes all meals, lodging and materials).
February 27, 2016
The annual Middle School Rally will be held on Saturday, February 27, 2016 at Nolan Catholic High School from 10:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m. This year's theme is "RISE UP!" The keynote speaker will be Bob Rice, with music by Ben Walther. Youth wishing to attend should contact their parish Youth Ministers/Leaders. We hope to see you there!
March 6, 2016
The Office of Marriage and Family Life will host the Silver and Golden Anniversary Mass Celebration for all couples who are celebrating their 25th and 50th wedding anniversary. All couples who have been married longer than 50 years are also welcome. The celebration will take place at St. Patrick Cathedral in downtown Fort Worth. Bishop Michael F. Olson will preside at this special 2:00 p.m. Mass which will include an opportunity for you to renew your marriage vows and receive an anniversary blessing. A light reception will follow immediately afterward in the Pastoral Center. Please RSVP to Irma Jimenez at 817-945-9354 or .
March 8, 10, 12, 2016 (3 locations)
We are pleased to announce that Saint Luke Productions will be returning to the Diocese of Fort Worth with three presentations of their production Thérèse: The Story of a Soul on the following dates/locations: Tuesday, March 8, at Our Lady Queen of Peace in Wichita Falls; Thursday, March 10, at St. Francis of Assisi in Grapevine and Saturday, March 12, at St. Patrick Cathedral.
In this one-woman play, based on the life of Saint Thérèse of Lisieux, audiences will experience St. Thérèse speaking directly to them with humor, grace and humility. The cost is $10 for adults, and $7 for youth (17 years of age and younger). Don’t miss this wonderful production with an encouraging message for all!
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April 23, 2016
The 5th annual North Texas Catholic Men’s Conference will take place on Saturday, April 23, 2016, at St. Francis of Assisi Catholic Church in Grapevine.
Inspired by the Jubilee Year of Mercy, the conference "Mercy and Virtue: Our Faith in Action" is blessed once again to have a lineup of great Catholic speakers including Father Wade Menezes of the Fathers of Mercy; authors and evangelists Vinny Flynn and Jared Zimmerer and award winning composer/musician Curtis Stephan.
April 30, 2016
The Office of Faith Formation and Children Catechesis of the Diocese of Fort Worth presents "Open Wide the Door of Mercy: Special Needs and Catechesis" with Sr. M. Johanna Paruch, FSGM Ph. D. on Saturday, April 30, 2016 from 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. This workshop held at St. Patrick Cathedral Pastoral Center is for DRE’s, CRE’s, Catechist or catechetical leaders. The cost is $20 if you register before Thursday, March 31, and it is $25 after. The deadline for all registrations is Friday, April 22. For more information or questions, please contact Lucia Romo at 817-945-9358 or .