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January 7, 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



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.



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 Ministry with Gay/Lesbian Catholics

The Fort Worth Diocesan Ministry with Lesbian and Gay Catholics, other sexual minorities, their families and friends will hold their monthly meeting of prayer and conversation on Thursday, January 28th, at

7 PM at The Catholic Center, 800 West Loop 820 S, Fort Worth, 76108. Fr. Bob Sieg, OFM, Coordinator of the ministry, encourages those interested to come join us for prayer and sharing.  For additional information, contact Fr. Bob Sieg at 817-292-3274, Ron and Rita Clegg at 817-795-9747 or the Catholic Center at 817-560-3300.


Ministerio Diocesano para Gays/Lesbianas Catolicos

El Ministerio Diocesano de Fort Worth para Gays, Lesbianas, otras minorías sexuales Católicas, sus familias y amigos tendrán su reunión mensual de oración y conversación el jueves, 28 de enero a las 7 de la noche en el Centro Catolico, 800 West Loop 820 S, Fort Worth, 76108.  El padre Bob Sieg, OFM, Coordinador del Ministerio, anima a los interesados a que vengan y se únan a nosotros para orar y compartir experiencias.  Si necesita más información, póngase en contacto con el padre Bob Sieg en el 817-292-3274, Ron y Rita Clegg en el 817-795-9747 o con el Centro Catolico en el 817-560-3300.



Diocesan Formation Day

The Diocese of Fort Worth RCIA and RCIA Adapted for Children Diocesan Formation Day will be held Saturday, January 30 from 8:30 a.m. to 3:30 pm. at St. Patrick Cathedral Pastoral Center, 1300 Throckmorton St., Fort Worth. Please register by Jan. 15 with Melissa Loza at or 817-945-9356. The cost is $20 and includes food and materials. Click here for printable flyer.



Roe Memorial/March for Life

On January 16, 2016, North Texas will mark the 43rd anniversary of the U.S. Supreme Court's tragic Roe v. Wade decision of January 22, 1973, making abortion available on demand in America through all 9 months of pregnancy and leading to the death of over 56 million unborn children. A bilingual Mass will be celebrated by Bishop Kevin Farrell with concelebrants Bishops Michael Olson and Douglas Deshotel and Father Abbot Peter Verhalen, along with diocesan clergy at the Dallas Convention Center (seating for 9,000!). This year's homilist will be Father Edwin Leonard. This year’s theme is "SPEAK LIFE to this present darkness."

View schedule of events

Roe Memorial flyer

The Bishops would especially like to see many young people participating (from parish youth groups, Catholic high schools, Scout troops, etc.). Bring your school, club or troop banner for the march! Also – Consider riding the DART Rail to the Roe Memorial Events this year to save time and money on parking. We are also in need of volunteers, particularly Knights of Columbus, parish ushers and police or security officers. Don’t miss this annual event for Life! For more information, visit or call 972-267-5433.



Texas Catholic Pro-Life Day in Austin

The Diocese of Austin invites Catholics from around the state to participate in the Texas Catholic Pro-Life Day in Austin on January 23, 2016. Participants will have the opportunity to be part of the following Pro-Life activities: A Prayer Vigil, Rosary, Diocesan Mass, March, Rally and Party. For More Information, contact the Office of Pro-Life Activities at 512-949-2486. For a complete schedule of events, click on the flyers below.

English flyer
Spanish flyer



Diocesan Respect Life Mass

The Diocesan Respect Life Mass will be celebrated by Bishop Michael F. Olson on Thursday, January 28, 2016 at St. Patrick Cathedral in downtown Fort Worth. Please join us at 7:00 p.m. to pray for mothers, fathers, family and babies. A reception will follow in the Parish Hall.


La misa diocesana de Respeto a la Vida

La misa diocesana de Respeto a la Vida será celebrada el Jueves 28 de Enero, 2016 por el Obispo Michael Olson en catedral San Patricio a las 7:00 p.m. seguida por una recepción en el salón parroquial. Por favor únete para rezar por las madres, padres, familias y bebes.



Rachel’s Vineyard Retreat for Healing After Abortion

Rachel Ministries is offering a confidential weekend retreats for healing after abortion.  The retreat will help if you are struggling with grief, guilt and pain after abortion and want to find healing and hope.  Come and experience the mercy, forgiveness and healing love of God in the company of others who understand what you’re going through.  For more information, please call our confidential helpline at 817-923-4757 or email . Confidentiality is strictly observed.  Visit the diocesan website at for schedule.


Retiro de Viñedos de Raquel para Sanación después del Aborto

Ministerios de Raquel está ofreciendo un retiros confidencial de fin de semana para sanación después del aborto. El retiro ayudará si estás enfrentando aflicción, culpa y dolor después de un aborto y quieres encontrar sanación y esperanza. Ven y experimenta la misericordia, compasión y sanación del amor de Dios en la compañía de otros quienes entienden por lo que estás pasando. Para más información por favor llama a nuestra línea de ayuda al 817-923-4757 o por correo electrónico, . Todo bajo criterio de estricta confidencialidad. Visite la página web de la diócesis para ver el horario



Bulletin Inserts Links


Our Mother of Mercy doors schedule

Diocesan Formation Day flyer

Roe Memorial flyer

Texas Catholic Pro-Life Day in Austin
Día Pro-Vida de los Católicos de Texas en Austin



Diocesan Employment Opportunities


Full-Time:  View full-fime job descriptions

  • Assistant Website Coordinator

Part-Time:  View part-time job descriptions

  • Spanish Choir Director
  • After School Care Worker
  • Coordinator of Youth Ministry
  • Secretary/Bookkeeper
  • Administrative Assistant for the Office of Religious Education
  • 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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