January 17, 2019
Special Collection for Catholic School
Tuition Assistance Fund January 26-27, 2019
Truth, beauty and goodness are the hallmarks of Catholic education in North Texas as students are prepared for their future with quality academics, enrichment activities through the arts and faith formation. As Catholics we are invited to assist in the mission of ensuring that all who desire a Catholic education have access to financial assistance if needed. All funds raised remain in our Diocese and are for the purpose of making a Catholic education affordable for all families. Please generously promote and support the Catholic School Tuition Assistance Fund. For more information please contact .
Code of Conduct for Social Media
Note to E-Bulletin Editors and Social Media Coordinators: As more diocesan and parish ministries use social media as a means to communicate, it is important that the people who view and respond on our social media know that the dialogue should be marked by Christian charity and respect for the truth. The Diocese Code of Conduct is included that sets the standard for dialogue. Please click below.
Annual Respect Life Mass
Monday, January 21, 2019 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 61 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.
New St. Francis de Sales
Diocesan Catechist Formation Site Open
A catechist is a person who desires to teach the faith, is an effective witness of the Gospel and brings others to an intimate relationships with the Person of Jesus Christ. Through the St. Francis de Sales program, the catechist will become familiar with basic catechetical concepts, lesson planning, methodology and other important skills that will allow them to deliver "the word of faith” not in mutilated, falsified or diminished form but whole and entire, in all its rigor and vigor” CT 30.
If you are interested in learning how to be a catechists or further your skills, please join the new site that will open at St. Martin of Porres in Prosper. Classes start in January. More information click here.
Ministry with Gay/Lesbian Catholics
Ministerio para Gays/Lesbianas Catolicos
The Fort Worth Diocesan Ministry with Lesbian and Gay Catholics, their families and friends will hold their monthly meeting of prayer and conversation on Thursday January 24th at 7 PM at Most Blessed Sacrament Church in Classroom #1. For additional information, contact Ron and Rita Clegg at 817-795-9747.
El Ministerio Diocesano de Fort Worth para Lesbianas, Gays Católicos, sus familias y amigos tendrán su reunión de oración y conversación el jueves, 24th de Enero a las 7 de la noche en la Iglesia Catolica Most Blessed Sacrament, 2100 N Davis Drive, Arlington TX 76012. Nos reuniremos en el salon #1. Para obtener más información, póngase en contacto con Ron y Rita Clegg al 817-795-9747.
Annual Giving Statements for 2018
Thank you to the generous donors who supported the work of the Diocese of Fort Worth in 2018 – through supporting the ministries of the Annual Diocesan Appeal, to the formation of our future priests through the St. John Paul II Shepherd’s Guild, to assisting families through the Catholic Schools Tuition Assistance Fund, to contributing to one of our many endowment funds, to helping parishes grow with gifts to a capital campaign, and many more. Detailed statements of all 2018 gifts will be mailed to donors no later than January 31, 2019. Please watch for it in your mailbox.
If your mailing address has changed recently, please update your records by emailing .
RCIA Formation Day
Día de Formación de RICA
The Department of Catechesis invites all those involved in the ministries of RCIA and RCIA Adapted for Children to attend our annual RCIA Formation Day on Saturday, January 26, 2019 at St. Patrick Cathedral. Our central theme is “The Period of the Catechumenate.” The day will consist of keynote talks as well as a number of workshops in English and Spanish. Breakfast and lunch will be served. We are looking forward to this wonderful day of formation. Please click below for more details and to register.
El Departamento de Catequesis invita a todos los involucrados en los ministerios de RICA y RICA Adaptados para Niños a asistir a nuestro Día de Formación de RICA el Sábado 26 de enero de 2019 en la Catedral de San Patricio. Nuestro tema principal es "El Período del Catecumenado". El día consistirá en varios talleres educativos en inglés y español. Se servirá desayuno y almuerzo. Los esperamos para iniciar este día de formación. Por favor haga clic abajo para más información y para registrarse.
MCA Art Contest
Now –January 31, 2019
Attention all who work with youth, from Kinder to 8th grade. Please start encouraging our youth throughout the Diocese to be creative and spread the joy of the Coming of Our Lord. Have them enter an art contest where they could win on a local and nation level. See the flyer and entry form below.
Concurso de Arte MCA
Ahora –31 de enero de 2019
Atención a todos los que trabajan con jóvenes, desde Kinder hasta 8º grado. Por favor, anime nuestros jóvenes, de la Diócesis, a ser creativos y anunciar el gozo de la Venida de Nuestro Señor. Invítelos a que participen en un concurso de arte en el que puedan ganar a nivel local y nacional. Vea el folleto y el formulario de inscripción abajo.
Worldwide Marriage Encounter
The Diocese’s program to building better marriage is coordinated by Worldwide Marriage Encounter.
Information from Worldwide Marriage Encounter coordinators is available for parishes to inform couples of upcoming Encounter events. Feel free to include this valuable information in your bulletins.
McGread Stewardship Reunion
Monday, March 4, 2019
Have you or your parishioners attended the McGread Stewardship Conference in Wichita, Kansas previously? If so, we would like to invite you to a reunion on Monday, March 4 from 11:30am-1pm at St. Michael parish in Bedford. For more information or to RSVP please contact , or 817-945-9444.
Texas Conference of Catholic Bishops
Advocacy Day, Tuesday, March 26, 2019
Note to Pastors: With the Texas Legislature coming into session, the Catholic bishops of Texas through the Texas Conference of Catholic Bishops (TCCB) have developed a legislative agenda. The bishops along with Catholics from throughout the state gather on one day in Austin to advocate for life, to stand for social justice, and to promote the tenets of our faith to the state’s elected officials. Please click below for more information.
Diocese of Fort Worth
Catholic Charities Fort Worth (CCFW) is the social justice arm and charity of the Catholic Church. CCFW encourages all to know, understand, and end poverty as our call to serve our fellow brothers and sisters with the face of Christ. It’s time to take action. Let’s change the conversation about poverty. Let’s inspire others to join our mission.
Parish bulletin and web site editors: Please include the attached Catholic Charities Fort Worth image and web link in your parish’s web site and weekly bulletin distribution.
2019 New Year’s Resolution
A new year will offer a fresh start on your personal goals and resolutions. It’s also the perfect time to take stock of where you’re at in your estate planning. Please click below for a helpful guide.
For questions you may contact or call 817-945-9441.
Advancing the Mission Newsletter
Happy New Year from the Advancement Foundation! We are excited about the possibilities that 2019 bring and look forward to sharing various opportunities with you along the way. The January edition of Advancing the Mission highlights our recent travels, both local and international, along with ways to support our Catholic schools and numerous upcoming events that we hope you will be interested in.
To learn more about the Advancement Foundation or for more information about this newsletter please contact at 817-945-9443.
February Annual Diocesan Appeal Theme
Parish/School Bulletins, Website, Social Media
Feature Ministry Focus for the Month: Marriage and Family Life/Monthly Giving
General Intercession: That in giving to the Annual Diocesan Appeal, we will make a difference for those preparing for marriage whom we will accompany in our shared journey of faith, hope and charity as one Church united in Christ.
Bulletin/Pulpit Announcement: Support important ministries, including those that support Marriage and Family Life, through monthly bank or credit card draft to the Annual Diocesan Appeal. When you give this way, you help PARISH NAME meet its goal while reducing expenses for printing and mailing. Text SFC to 91999, or select the Saint Francis Circle option on the forms available (PLEASE INDICATE LOCATION). Click here for more resources. Please find the social media ads attached below.
Third Quarter Edition
The Advancement Foundation is pleased to share the third quarter Crossroads Newsletter with our pastors and parish business managers. This edition is full of valuable information about the Annual Diocesan Appeal, special collections and upcoming events. If you have any questions regarding information in this edition of Crossroads or about the work of the Advancement Foundation please email or call 817.945.9443.
Seminarian Daily Prayer List
We invite everyone to pray for our seminarians this year. Attached please find the 2018-2019 Seminarian Daily Prayer List. For any additional information please contact the
Deacon Candidates Daily Prayer List
Please keep our deacon candidates in your prayers this year. Attached find the 2018-2019 Deacon Candidates Daily Prayer List. For additional information about the diaconate formation process visit us at fwdioc.org/deacon-formation.
Special Collection Calendar
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.
Diocesan Employment Opportunities
To better serve potential candidates for diocesan jobs, the e-Bulletin “Diocesan Employment Opportunities” has been streamlined into categories with links to the diocesan website that features comprehensive information about each job and a link to an application. The employment opportunities are broken into three categories: Catholic Center, parishes and schools. Click on a category to go to the diocesan web site to view all available jobs.
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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