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March 2, 2017


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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




Lenten Discernment Nights

The Vocations office will host a weekly series of discernment events on the Mondays evenings of Lent. This event is for men high school aged to 35+ years old. The evening begins with Holy Hour at 6 p.m. followed by dinner and a discussion of topics on prayer, seminary life, and the priesthood. The location for this year’s Lenten Discernment Nights will be at St. Patrick Cathedral, 1206 Throckmorton Rd. in Fort Worth. To RSVP, please contact the Vocations office at 817-945-9321 or email .

March 6, 2017  

March 13, 2017 

Mar 20, 2017

March 27, 2017

April 3, 2017



Lenten Guidelines for Fast & Abstinence

Ash Wednesday and Good Friday are obligatory days of fasting and abstinence for Catholics. In addition, Fridays during Lent are obligatory days of abstinence.

For members of the Latin Catholic Church, the norms on fasting are obligatory from age 18 until age 59. When fasting, a person is permitted to eat one full meal, as well as two smaller meals that together are not equal to a full meal.

The norms concerning abstinence from meat are binding upon members of the Latin Catholic Church from age 14 onwards.

If possible, the fast on Good Friday is continued until the Easter Vigil (on Holy Saturday night) as the "paschal fast" to honor the suffering and death of the Lord Jesus, and to prepare ourselves to share more fully and to celebrate more readily his Resurrection.



History of Diocese Book in the Works

The Catholic Diocese of Fort Worth has entered into an agreement with Éditions du Signe (EDS), a France-based publisher that has produced books on the history of a number of U.S. dioceses and institutions, to produce a book on the history of the Catholic Diocese of Fort Worth and its parishes in conjunction with the 50th anniversary of the establishment of the Diocese in 1969. Éditions du Signe has engaged North Texas journalist and North Texas Catholic Newsmagazine reporter Jerry Circelli to author the book. The book will be divided into two segments. One segment of the book will be the history of the Diocese. The other segment will be a history of each parish in the Diocese. Each section will be generously accompanied by historic photographs.

As part of his effort to write the history of each parish, Jerry will be contacting parishes over the next few months to gather not only historical information on each parish, but also current parish information. To ensure the history about your parish is accurate and complete, please return Jerry’s calls or email. Jerry also will be asking for photographs that may be used with each parish history.

The anniversary book will be the first comprehensive history of the Diocese and its 91 parishes. When the book is about to be printed in 2018, representatives of Éditions du Signe will contact each parish on how members of your congregation may purchase the publication.

Thank you to each parish for assisting Jerry in writing the history of our Diocese and our parishes.



Tribunal Information Nights

The Catholic Diocese of Fort Worth Tribunal will host a series of Information Nights for RCIA directors, priests, deacons and people of the Diocese.

The Tribunal Information Nights will be offered at the Tribunal Office located at 4503 Bridge Street in Fort Worth.  The office is located on the Nolan Catholic High School campus in the former Renewal Center.

The Information Nights are:

Thursday, March 30, 2017, 7 to 8:30 p.m.

Thursday, July 27, 2017, 7 to 8:30 p.m.

Thursday, November 30, 2017, 7 to 8:30 p.m.

Registration is not required. For more information, contact Anna Marie Chamblee at 817 945-9432.



Retreat of Spiritual Renewal

Through our baptism, each of us received a universal call to holiness, that we may become saints! As disciples of Jesus, our response also includes the lived reality of Stewardship.  Join us as we welcome Fr. Kemberling who will share with us how living Stewardship as a way of life is The Way to holiness. Enjoy a day of spiritual reflection, best practice sharing, networking with other parishes and growing deeper in the richness of our Catholic faith Saturday, April1, 8:15 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. at Holy Family Parish, 6150 Pershing Ave., Fort Worth. The cost is $10 and includes breakfast and lunch. For more information, contact Diana Liska, at 817 945-9444 or by e-mail at Registrations may be made online at



Vocation Awareness Program June 16-18

Is God calling you? The Vocation Awareness Program is a weekend opportunity for you to listen and find out more information about Priesthood and the religious life. The Vocation Awareness Program helps single Catholic men and women, ages 18-40, find answers to questions they may have about life as a Priest, Sister, or Brother. The weekend includes presentations, panel discussions, question and answer sessions, one-on-one personal conferences with diocesan and order Priests, Sisters, and Brothers who volunteer to serve as staff. There are no fees, private rooms and meals are furnished, and no one will pressure you or seek commitment. Sign-up to attend or get more information at



Texas Catholic Voice

The Texas Catholic Conference of Bishops (TCCB) advocates on behalf of the Roman Catholic Bishops of Texas for policies and programs that support the life and dignity of every human person from conception through natural death. Under the guidance of the Texas Bishops, the TCCB staff conducts policy assessments to evaluate public policy needs and opportunities across the state. The legislative agenda and the bishops' position on bills filed by legislators are result of a rigorous process of reflection and consultation.  Bishops, with assistance from teams of clergy, ministry directors and lay persons, have designated April 4, 2017 as the TCC Advocacy Day at the Legislature. Each member of the Legislature will be visited on April 4 to explain the bishops' legislative agenda.

The Texas Catholic Voice is a publication of the TCCB to keep all Texas Catholics informed of the bishops' public policy efforts, the bishops' position on bills pending before the Legislature and on Advocacy Day.

Please feel free to share the attached newsletter with your parishioners.  To access the website with the newsletter click: Texas Catholic Voice.  The “Grow our Texas Catholic Network!” item at the end of this edition of the newsletter gives instructions on how your parishioners can subscribe. Please feel free to provide these instructions in your bulletin.



Catholic Diocese of Fort Worth Statement on Border Security

The Catholic Diocese of Fort Worth respects the responsibility of the federal government to secure our borders and ensure the safety of our citizens for the common good.

We urge federal officials to consider the real needs of immigrant families as they implement border security measures. We also remind federal officials, as well as all citizens of the United States, that we are a welcoming nation; our legitimate responsibility to provide safe borders does not justify hostility and animus against families of immigrants. As we read in Leviticus 19:33-34 "When an alien resides with you in your land, you shall not oppress the alien. The alien who resides with you shall be to you as the citizen among you; you shall love the alien as yourself, for you were aliens in the land of Egypt: I am the Lord your God." Just and legal immigration is essential to the health and flourishing of our nation. As Catholics we will not close the door to our neighbor in need out of our fear and selfishness.

U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops

Read a statement by the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops (USCCB) on building a border security wall and other measures.

Complete Statement

Declaración sobre seguridad en la frontera México, Estados Unidos.

La Diócesis de Fort Worth, respeta la responsabilidad del gobierno federal para asegurar nuestras fronteras y garantizar la seguridad de nuestros ciudadanos para el bien común. Instamos a los funcionarios federales a considerar las necesidades reales de las familias inmigrantes mientras implementan medidas de seguridad en la frontera.  También les recordamos a los funcionarios federales, así como a todos los ciudadanos de los Estados Unidos, que somos un país acogedor; nuestra responsabilidad legítima para proporcionar las fronteras seguras no justifica la hostilidad y animosidad contra las familias inmigrantes. Como leemos en Levítico 19:33-34 "Cuando un extranjero reside con vosotros en vuestra tierra, no deberás  oprimir al extranjero.  El extranjero que reside con ustedes estará como el ciudadano entre vosotros; Amarás al extranjero como a ti mismo, recuerda que vosotros eran extranjeros en la tierra de Egipto: Yo soy el Señor tu Dios.“  La inmigración legal y justa es esencial para la salud y florecimiento de nuestra nación. Como católicos no cerramos las puertas a nuestro prójimo por causa de nuestro miedo y egoísmo.

Lea aquí una declaración por la Conferencia estadounidense de obispos católicos (USCCB) en la construcción de un muro de seguridad de frontera y otras medidas

Declaración completa



Montserrat Jesuit Retreat House Retreats

Montserrat Jesuit Retreat House,  600 N. Shady Shores Drive, Lake Dallas, continues to offer retreats for men and women. Relax and take time for yourself, be renewed and draw closer to God at a serene setting located on Lake Lewisville.

Saturday of Renewal, “Speak, Lord – Listening to God during Lent:” March 4, 2017 9:00 AM to 12:00 PM

#12 Women's Retreat with Fr. John Payne, SJ: Mar. 9-12

#11 Men's Retreat with Fr. John Lan Tran, SJ: Mar. 16-19

#14 Women's Retreat, "Doubt and Hope," with Mrs. Carol Ackels: Apr. 6-9

#15 Men's Holy Week Retreat, "No Greater Love," with Fr. Anthony Borrow, SJ: Apr. 9-12



Advancement Foundation "AT-A-Glance E-Newsletter"

Please enjoy this Feb/Mar 2017 At-A-Glance Advancement Foundation E-Newsletter.

AT-A-GLANCE Feb/Mar Newsletter



Catholic Charities: What's Happening

News from Catholic Charities Fort Worth.

CCFW Newsletter


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Marian Dinner: Flyer

Montserrat Retreat House Upcoming Retreats:

Saturday of Renewal, “Speak, Lord – Listening to God during Lent:” March 4, 2017 9:00 AM to 12:00 PM

#12 Women's Retreat with Fr. John Payne, SJ: Mar. 9-12

#11 Men's Retreat with Fr. John Lan Tran, SJ: Mar. 16-19

#14 Women's Retreat, "Doubt and Hope," with Mrs. Carol Ackels: Apr. 6-9

#15 Men's Holy Week Retreat, "No Greater Love," with Fr. Anthony Borrow, SJ: Apr. 9-12

Diocesan Firearms and Weapons Policy



Diocesan Employment Opportunities


Full-Time:  View full-time job descriptions

  • Math Teacher, Cassata Catholic High School, Fort Worth
  • Administrative Assistant, Nolan Catholic High School, Fort Worth
  • Secretary / Receptionist, Our Lady of Guadalupe Parish, Fort Worth
  • Coordinator of Youth Ministry, Good Shepherd Parish, Colleyville
  • General Maintenance Worker, Nolan Catholic High School, Fort Worth
  • Administrative Assistants, Tribunal Office, Fort Worth
  • Director of Religious Education, St. Peter the Apostle Parish, Fort Worth
  • Coordinator High School/Young Adult Ministries, Good Shepherd Parish, Colleyville
  • Director of Liturgy and Music, St. Jude Parish, Mansfield
  • President, Nolan Catholic High School, Fort Worth
  • Associate Director, Advancement Foundation, Diocese of Fort Worth, Catholic Center
  • Defender of the Bond, Tribunal Office, Fort Worth
  • Advancement Associate, Catholic Diocese of Fort Worth, Catholic Center
  • President, Cristo Rey High School, Fort Worth
  • Director of Campus Ministry, Nolan Catholic High School, Fort Worth

Part-Time:  View part-time job descriptions

  • Maintenance Worker, St. Bartholomew Parish, Fort Worth
  • Director of Development, St. Philip the Apostle Parish, Lewisville
  • Bus Driver, Nolan Catholic High School, Fort Worth
  • Bookkeeper, Immaculate Heart of Mary Parish, Fort Worth
  • Security / Maintenance, St. John the Apostle Parish, North Richland Hills
  • Nursery Workers, St. Maria Goretti Parish, Arlington
  • Early Childhood Classroom Teacher, Holy Trinity Catholic School, Grapevine
  • After School Care Worker, Holy Trinity Catholic School, Grapevine
  • Spanish Choir Director, St. Joseph Catholic Parish, Arlington
  • Organist, St. Joseph Catholic Parish, Cleburne
  • Deaf Ministry Interpreters Needed, Diocese of Fort Worth



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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