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January 28, 2016


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e-Bulletin Statement of Purpose

e-Bulletin is Catholic Diocese of Fort Worth’s electronic newsletter to communicate news and information from the Diocese, its departments and its ministries to diocesan, parish and school employees as well as select volunteers. Diocesan department directors are responsible for generating information for e-Bulletin and ensuring that the content is within diocesan rules and policies.

Diocesan Communications Director Pat Svacina,
, 817-945-9420

Declaración de Propósito del e-Bulletin

e-Bulletin es un boletín informativo electrónico de la Diócesis Católica de Fort Worth para brindar noticias e información de la Diócesis, sus departamentos y ministerios a los empleados de la Diócesis, las parroquias y las escuelas. Los Directores de los departamentos son los responsables de generar la información que será publicada en el e-Bulletin.

Director de Comunicaciones, Pat Svacina a
, o al teléfono .817-945-9420



Diocesan Policy Bans Weapons in Church and Parish Facilities

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.

Read the Firearms and Weapons Policy here.



Diocesan Marriage Tribunal on the Move

The Catholic Diocese of Fort Worth Marriage Tribunal has relocated from the Catholic Center to new offices located on Nolan Catholic High School Campus. The Tribunal now is located on the east side of the Nolan Campus, in the old Renewal Center building.

The telephone number of the Tribunal office and the numbers of individual staff as email addresses remain the same.  Mail should continue to be sent to the Catholic Center address, 800 West Loop 820 South, Fort Worth, 76108.  An internal process is in place to transfer mail back-and-forth to the Tribunal office.

As the Tribunal office is in the process of setting up and getting organized in their new location, it is recommended that individuals call in advance to coordinate a date and time to visit the office.



Young Adult Lenten Retreat

February 19-21, 2016 6:00 pm (Friday) to 2:00 pm (Sunday) at the Diocesan Formation Center, 2221 NW 26th Street, Fort Worth.

This is a two night retreat to help you more fully enter into Lent.

What to Expect: Masses and talks given by Bishop Olson and Fr. Hathaway, other presenters are Kim Brown and Luisa Martini. There will also be Confession, Adoration, Liturgy of the Hours, Faith Sharing, quiet time and recreation time. Cost $50.00. For more information and registration visit the website at



Theology on Tap

Theology on Tap is a series with dynamic speakers and engaging discussions on topical theological issues. Each evening will start with a few minutes to meet and greet fellow young adults prior to the presentation. Afterward, each speaker will have the opportunity to answer questions on the topic of the night.

There are four locations throughout the Diocese for this Young Adult Ministry event:  First Tuesday of the month in Fort Worth: Second Tuesday of the month in Colleyville: Second Thursday of the month in both Denton and Wichita Falls. For details on speaker, topic and locations visit the website at:



Fort Worth DCCW Luncheon Meeting

The C/E Deanery of Fort Worth DCCW invites all women to join them for the their luncheon meeting to be held at St. Elizabeth Ann Seton Church, 2016 Willis Ln., Keller Thursday, Feb. 18. Registration will begin at 9:30 a.m. Donations of items for Easter baskets for nursing home patients would be appreciated. For more information and to make reservations, please contact Kathy Thome at 817-236-8518. Registration deadline is Feb. 14.



Principal Doors of Mercy: Established hours

Our Mother of Mercy, 1007 E. Terrell in Fort Worth, the principal church for the Jubilee of Mercy, has established hours that its doors will be open for pilgrims to journey to the church through the Year of Mercy.

Parishes are asked to print the announcement in the bulletin and post it on the parish web site.

Click here for details on when Our Mother of Mercy doors will be open.



Year of Consecrated Life Closing Ceremony

Please consider placing the following announcement concerning the conclusion of the Year of Concentrated Life in the parish bulletin.

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. 

The Year of Consecrated Life, a call by Pope Francis to celebrate Consecrated Life, opened in the Catholic Diocese of Fort Worth on November 30, 2014 with a Vesper Service at St. Patrick Cathedral. 



Join “Year of Mercy” Annual Men’s Conference

To  celebrate the  Jubilee Year of Mercy, Catholic men who are 18-years-old or older are invited to attend the Fifth Annual North Texas Catholic Men’s Conference with theme:  “Mercy and Virtue: Our Faith in Action.”

North Texas Catholic Men’s Conference will be held Saturday April 23, 2016 at St. Francis of Assisi in Grapevine and is open to men from both Fort Worth and Dallas Dioceses.

Conference speakers include Fr. Wade Menezes, of The Fathers of Mercy; noted author Vinny Flynn, 7 Secrets of Divine Mercy; and author of Man Up, Jared Zimmer, and award-winning composer/musician Curtis Stephan.

Attendees will experience a day of fun, food, fellowship, uplifting music, reconciliation, praying the Rosary, Eucharistic Adoration and a concluding Mass at 5 p.m. St. Francis of Assisi Catholic Church, 861 Wildwood Lane,Grapevine is near the Gaylord Texan Hotel.

To register in advance and save money, please visit Complete information about the conference is at the site.  The registration fee includes a hot breakfast and box lunch.



CCFW: What's Happening

An informative email newsletter from Catholic Charities of Fort Worth.

View email newsletter (January 28, 2016)



Bulletin Inserts Links

Our Mother of Mercy doors schedule



Diocesan Employment Opportunities


Full-Time:  View full-fime job descriptions

  • Internal Auditor
  • Assistant Director of Safe Environment
  • Assistant Website Coordinator
  • Facilities Manager

Part-Time:  View part-time job descriptions

  • Summer Activities Coordinator
  • Spanish Choir Director
  • After School Care Worker
  • Organist
  • Deaf Ministry Interpreters Needed



Diocesan Calendar

The Diocesan Electronic Calendar is a listing of major events and activities at the Diocese as well as in parishes and schools. Parishes and schools may submit information that may be of interest to individuals outside of a parish or school for inclusion on the diocesan electronic calendar with a hotlink to details if appropriate.

Diocesan calendar


El Calendario de la Diócesis

El Calendario Electrónico de la Diócesis es una lista de los principales eventos y actividades en la Diócesis, así como en las parroquias y las escuelas. Las parroquias y las escuelas podrán presentar información que pueda ser de interés para las personas fuera de la parroquia o de la escuela para que se pueda incluir en el calendario electrónico de la Diócesis con un enlace directo a la información, si procede.

Calendario diocesano



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