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The Eucharist Makes Us the Church

Jesus institutes the Eucharist at the Last Supper.The celebration of the 50th anniversary of the establishment of the Diocese of Fort Worth is an opportunity for renewal in our common and diverse life as the People of God in North Texas.

It is a time for gratitude for Christ's many blessings in calling us to serve Him and to evangelize and to be evangelized by the people whom we encounter in our daily lives. Our identity and belonging together as the Catholic Church in North Texas are only given to us through Christ's loving and sacrificial gift of the Eucharist.

The Eucharist unites us more integrally than simply our gathering as a congregation of individuals; the Eucharist offers us communion with each other as through its offering we worshipped God as He desires to be worshipped. In short, the Eucharist makes us the Church.

May this year be a time for us to adore Christ in the Eucharist. May this year be a time for us to be renewed in reverence and attentiveness to the celebration of the liturgy. May this year be an opportunity for us to beg Christ in the Real Presence of the Most Holy Sacrament of the Altar for holy and grace-filled vocations to the priesthood. May this year be a time of nourishment for the integrity of married couples and the peace of family life with their children. May the compassion offered us by Christ in the Sacrifice of the Mass soften our hearts to assist those most in need of mercy and kindness. May we truly become intentional and aware of our mission and vocation as the Church made so by Christ's selfless gift of the Eucharist.

Most Rev. Michael F. Olson, STD, MA
Bishop of Fort Worth

50th Anniversary Mass & Celebration

On Wednesday, August 21, the Catholic Diocese of Fort Worth celebrated Mass at the Fort Worth Convention Center in commemoration of the 50th Anniversary of its establishment. The celebration began with the recitation of the Rosary, bell choirs, parade of parish and school banners, followed by the Knights of Columbus, Knights and Ladies of Peter Claver, Equestrian Order of the Holy Sepulchre, the Order of Malta, and 35 deacons, 96 priests and 21 bishops. In attendance were Most Rev. Kevin W. Vann, who served as the third bishop of Fort Worth and Most Rev. Steven J. Berg, a former diocesan priest in Fort Worth, as well as Most Rev. Gustavo García-Siller, Archbishop of San Antonio. The main celebrant was Most Rev. Michael F. Olson, Bishop of Fort Worth. Thousands of the faithful participated in the celebration and Mass.

We give glory and praise to God for His many blessings on the Catholic Diocese of Fort Worth.

For those who missed this beautiful celebration, we have included the recorded footage of the 50th Anniversary Mass and Celebration here. We hope you enjoy it!

Our Source and Summit Video
A beautiful video from the North Texas Catholic

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40-Hour Eucharistic Adoration

There will be four locations of 40-Hour Eucharistic Adorations planned during the diocese's anniversary year. Most Reverend Michael F. Olson specifically requests prayers for priestly vocations during the Adoration because priests are necessary for the transubstantiation of the bread and wine into the Blessed Sacrament.

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50th Anniversary Book

Beyond the Frontiers of Faith

Discover the history of the Diocese of Fort Worth in this richly illustrated book with pull-out objects. A great gift for family, friends and loved ones!

Cost: $37.00

Details: 9.45" x 12.40" hard cover glossy paper, with 316 beautifully designed full color pages.

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Beyond the Frontiers of Faith
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"In the Mass and in Eucharistic Adoration we meet the merciful love of God that passes through the Heart of Jesus."
St. Pope John Paul II