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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 - Live Streamed

Wednesday, August 21, 2019
Fort Worth Convention Center
1201 Houston Street, Fort Worth, TX 76102

5:00 p.m. Doors Open
5:15 p.m. Recitation of the Rosary
5:45 p.m. Performance of the Bell Choir
6:00 p.m. Parade of Banners representing our 91 Parishes and 20 Schools, with music from Nolan Catholic High School Band
6:30 p.m. Performance of Choirs from around the Diocese
7:00 p.m. 50th Anniversary Mass with Reception immediately following in the Exhibit Hall

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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

"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

50th Anniversary Pilgrimage

June 2-10, 2020

We are excited to invite you to this pilgrimage to visit the great shrines dedicated to the Blessed Virgin Mary. This will be the "capstone" for the celebration of the diocese’s 50th anniversary. All young adults, adults, and families are invited to join Bishop Michael F. Olson and other pilgrims from our Diocese. We look forward to sharing this special pilgrimage with you.

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