January 11, 2018
Liturgy Adaptions and Restrictions during the Flu Season
Effective immediately, and until further notice, please begin implementing the following liturgical adaptions as precautionary steps to prevent the spread of the influenza virus during church services.
Catholic Schools Special Collection
Noting that, “Catholic education has to be accessible to all, and as baptized Catholics, we each have the responsibility to provide that education to all children,” Most Reverend Michael F. Olson has announced a special collection for The Catholic School Tuition Assistance Fund on January 27-28 in all parishes in the Diocese of Fort Worth. The Catholic School Tuition Assistance Fund was established in 2006 to increase available financial aid for families who demonstrate financial need. The goal is to offer affordable Catholic school education to as many families as wish to send their children to a Catholic school. Bishop Olson invites everyone in the Diocese to be exceptionally generous to this collection, which begins Catholic Schools Week, January 28-February 3.
Pastors are asked to read the attached letter from Bishop Michael Olson at all Masses the weekend prior to the collection (January 20-21). English and Spanish resources for parishes are attached.
St. Andrew’s Dinner
South West Deanery January 17, 2018
Young men discerning priesthood who are in high school and college within the South West Deanery, are invited to the St. Andrew Discernment Dinner on Wednesday, January 17, 2018 at Our Lady of Lourdes Parish (108 NW 4th Avenue, Mineral Wells, TX 76067). Mass will begin at 6:30 pm, followed by dinner and discussion. Please RSVP by January 12th to your local pastor or to the Vocations Office by email at or by calling 817-945-9321. For a list of the South West Deanery Parishes click here.
Marriage Saving Weekend
Retrouvaille Weekend Retreat, January 19-21, 2018
Most couples across the nation who have attended Retrouvaille (pronounced retro-vi with a long i) tell us they learned about this program from their weekly Bulletin. Many are afraid to ask their pastor or friends for help with their marriages. Others are just hoping time will make things better. By running the announcement below of the upcoming Retrouvaille weekend right now and continuing to run it every week (if possible) you give troubled marriages and their hurting families a chance to heal. Please find attached the bulletin insert and ad below.
Annual Respect Life Mass
Monday, January 22, 2018 at 6:30 pm
Celebrated by Bishop Michael F. Olson, the Annual Respect Life Mass will begin with a rose procession to commemorate the more than 60 million babies who have died from abortion since 1973. Please join us as we pray for respect for all human life, from conception to natural death.
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 25th, at 7 PM at Most Blessed Sacrament Church, 2100 North Davis Drive, Arlington, TX 76012, 817-460-2751. Our meeting will be held in Classroom #1. 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 or Ron and Rita Clegg at 817-795-9747.
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 de oración y conversación el jueves, 25 de enero a las 7 de la noche en la Iglesia Catolica MOST BLESSED SACRAMENT, 2100 North Davis Drive, Arlington, 76012, 817-460-2751. Nos reunimos en salon #1. 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.
St. Andrew’s Breakfast
South Deanery January 27, 2018
Young men discerning priesthood who are in high school and college within the South Deanery, are invited to the St. Andrew Discernment Breakfast on Saturday, January 27, 2018 at Immaculate Heart of Mary Parish (601 W. Houston Street, Abbott, TX 76621). Mass will begin at 9:00 am, followed by breakfast and discussion. Please RSVP by January 24th to your local pastor or to the Vocations Office by email at or by calling 817-945-9321. For a list of the South West Deanery Parishes click here.
Ninth Annual Hike for Life
January 27, 2018
Please join us for the 9th annual Hike for Life in Weatherford on Saturday, January 27, 2018. The proceeds from this event go to local pro-life programs.
Where: St. Stephen Catholic Church 1802 Bethel Road, Weatherford. Additional information can be found on the attached flyer.
Annual Christmas Art Contest
Join us to help the Pontifical Mission Department reach those in kindergarten through eighth grade, to share their joy of the season through this year’s Christmas Art Contest. Please pass out the attachments above to the youth you think would enjoy participating. The attachment that reads MCA Art Promo are Flyers that can be hung anywhere you seem fit. Please note that the flyers are in Spanish and English. If a child is interested both attachments that read Entry Form provides the rules and regulations. You may also forward this link, Art Contest, to the parents of the students. If anyone has questions please email or Thank you for helping spread the news.
Adoration for Life
All are invited to attend Adoration for Life on the 2nd Monday of each month at St. Teresa of Calcutta Perpetual Adoration Chapel, which is located at St. Peter the Apostle in White Settlement.
Come and See
Vocations Weekend Retreat, March 23-25, 2018
The Spring retreat 2018 Come & See St. Joseph Seminary College will take place at St. Joseph Seminary College in Covington, LA. This vocations weekend retreat is scheduled for March 23-25, 2018 for young men 16 years and older.
Please invite young men to experience what life is like at St. Joseph’s Seminary with others who are discerning a call to the priesthood. Reserve your spot today by March 9, 2018.
For more information contact: Father Keith Hathaway at or by calling 682-429-3554. Please find the attached bulletin announcement and flyer.
Seminarian Daily Prayer List
We invite everyone to pray for our seminarians this year. Attached please find the 2017-2018 Seminarian Daily Prayer List. For any additional information please contact the
Tax Reform and Charitable Giving
The new tax law went into effect on Jan. 1, 2018 and it no doubt will create questions for you. The Advancement Foundation Supporting the Diocese of Fort Worth wants to make you aware of some of the changes to be mindful of as you consider your charitable giving this year. For additional information, please download the document below, visit http://advancementfoundation.planmygift.org or contact us at 817-945-9441.
2018 Diocesan Travel Program
Promote in Your Bulletin
Posted below are a bulletin insert and a bulletin announcement promoting a 10-day opportunity to travel with the Diocese of Fort Worth to England, Scotland and Wales, June 7-18, 2018. Fully escorted tour includes daily Mass in historic sites and travel with one of our priests. Please use the insert in your bulletin and on your parish website through January 28. Visit www.advancementfoundation.org for more information, or contact at 817-945-9440.
Please join us for the first information session on Thursday, January 11, 2018.
It is suggested that all parishes include a Stewardship reflection each week in their bulletin, to encourage parishioners to give more time to God in prayer, service to others and generous with their material goods. Please see below the Weekly Bulletin Stewardship Reflection insert and the Prayers of the Faithful (both in English & Spanish).
For more Stewardship resources please visit www.advancementfoundation.org/stewardship-themes or contact Diana Liska at or 817-945-9444.
Advancing the Mission Newsletter
Happy New Year!! The Advancement Foundation hopes your 2018 is blessed and full of goodness. The January 2018 Advancing the Mission newsletter is attached. Please take note of the many upcoming events and be sure to save the date. Also, the Advancement Foundation Team is here to serve you, please let us know if you need additional information about anything you read in this edition.
Advancing the Mission Newsletter (January)
Annual Diocesan Appeal Newsletter
Peace and blessings during this Advent season of preparation for the Lord’s birth. Thank you for supporting the Annual Diocesan Appeal through your financial contributions and your prayers. Click here to read the December issue of Faith Hope Charity, that spotlights how Catholic Charities is working to eradicate poverty in our lifetime, in part with funding from the Appeal. The issue also provides Year End Giving reminders and information about the 17 parishes that have met their goals for the Appeal.
As a reminder, you may contribute to the Annual Diocesan Appeal through payroll deduction and ensure that your parish receives credit. If you are not yet supporting the Appeal through payroll deduction, please contact .
IRA Charitable Rollover
Individuals age 70½ or older, can give up to $100,000 from their IRA directly to the Catholic Diocese of Fort Worth Advancement Foundation without having to pay income taxes on the money. Gifts from an IRA may be credited to a parish capital campaign, a Catholic school, to the Annual Diocesan Appeal or to a particular ministry of the Diocese of Fort Worth.
For more information, visit advancementfoundation.planmygift.org or contact Renée Underwood at the Advancement Foundation, or 817-945-9441.
Special Collection Calendar
Revisions to 2018-2019
Throughout the year, parishes throughout the Diocese of Fort Worth take up special collections to support the work of Christ in our Diocese, in the United States and throughout the world. Please give generously when these collections are announced in your parish.
St. Francis de Sales
Diocesan Catechist Formation Program
St. Francis de Sales is the Diocesan formation program for catechists who serve in the parish religious education programs with children, teens and adults. The program offers two levels of formation:
Basic Level: consists of nine sessions covering the bases of what catechesis is, catechetical lesson planning, the use if the catechism and sacred Scripture in catechesis, etc.
The second level or doctrinal units, consists of 25 sessions focused on the study of specific Catholic Doctrines such as the Trinity, temptation and sin, etc.
St. Francisco de Sales
Programa de Formación Diocesano para Catequistas
San Francisco de Sales es el programa diocesano de formación para los catequistas que sirven en las parroquias en los programas de educación religiosa de niños, adolescentes y adultos. Este programa ofrece dos niveles de formación:
El nivel básico que consta de nueve sesiones que cubren las bases de lo que es la catequesis, la planeación de lecciones catequéticas, el uso del catecismo de la Iglesia Católica y de la Sagrada Escritura en Catequesis, etc.
El segundo nivel o Unidades doctrinales que consta de 25 sesiones que se centran en un estudio de doctrinas Católicas específicas, como la Trinidad, la Tentación y el Pecado, etc.
St. Junipero Serra Institute
St. Junipero Serra Institute had successfully started their classes. The first course offered entitled Evangelization and Catechesis has concluded and registration for the second course entitled Introduction to apologetics is on the way. The course will start on November 6th and will be held at St. Joseph catholic school in Arlington on Monday’s from 7-9pm for 4 weeks (not including holidays).
The third course will be II Vatican Council and will take place in the same location starting on January 8th, 2018.
Instituto St. Junípero Serra
El Instituto San Junipero Serra inicio con éxito sus clases. El primer curso ofrecido titulado Evangelización y catequesis ha concluido y las inscripciones para el segundo curso titulado introducción a la apologética ya se encuentran abiertas. Este curso inicia el 11 de Noviembre y se llevara a cabo en la Parroquia de San Pedro el Apóstol (Youth Center) en Fort Worth los sábados de 10am a 12pm por 4 semanas (sin contar los días festivos).
El tercer curso será concilio Vaticana segundo y se ofrecerá en la misma ubicación a partir del 6 de enero del 2018.
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. To register please go to: www.montserratretreat.org and click "upcoming retreats".
Catholic Charities: What's Happening
News from Catholic Charities Fort Worth.
Bulletin Inserts Links
Annual Diocesan Appeal Newsletter: Faith Hope Charity (December)
Advancement Foundation Newsletter: Advancing the Mission Newsletter (January)
St. Junipero Serra Institute: Registration is now open: Register Now
Instituto St. Junípero Serra: Las inscripciones ya están abiertas: Registro
Montserrat Retreat House Upcoming Retreats:
Men's Silent Ignatian Retreat, Jan. 25-28
Diocesan Firearms and Weapons Policy:
Diocesan Employment Opportunities
Full-Time: View full-time jobs
- Admissions Assistant, Cristo Rey High School at Our Mother of Mercy, Fort Worth
- Junior High School Youth Minister, St. Elizabeth Ann Seton Catholic School, Keller
- Certified Academic Language Therapist, Nolan Catholic High School, Fort Worth
- Director of Adult Faith Formation and Outreach Ministries, St. Andrew Parish, Fort Worth
- Assistant Principal, Notre Dame Catholic School, Wichita Falls
- Director of Development, Cassata High School, Fort Worth
Part-Time: View part-time jobs
- Communications Coordinator, St. Elizabeth Ann Seton Parish, Keller
- Associate Coordinator of Youth Ministry, St. Elizabeth Ann Seton Parish, Keller
- Secretary / Data Entry Position, Immaculate Heart of Mary Parish, Fort Worth
- Preschool Teacher-STAR Program, St. Vincent de Paul Parish, Arlington
- Coordinator/Assistant Director, St. Philip the Apostle Parish, Lewisville
- Bookkeeper, St. Patrick Cathedral, Fort Worth
- Maintenance Assistant, St. Philip the Apostle Parish, Lewisville
- Liturgical Musician, St. Mary of the Assumption Parish, Fort Worth
- Facilities Assistant, St. Elizabeth Ann Seton Parish, Keller
- Administrative Assistant, St. Patrick Cathedral, Fort Worth
- Learning Center Coordinator, St. Andrew Parish, Fort Worth
- Facility Maintenance, St. Joseph Parish, Arlington
- Extended Day Aide, St. Elizabeth Ann Seton Catholic School, Keller
- Extended Care Worker, St. George School, Fort Worth
- After School Care Worker, St. Martin de Porres Catholic School, Frisco/Prosper
- Bus Driver, Nolan Catholic High School, Fort Worth
- Deaf Ministry Interpreters Needed, Diocese of Fort Worth
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.
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.
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