January 21, 2021
Respect Life Mass
Join us for Respect Life Mass!
Join Most Rev. Michael F. Olson for the annual Respect Life Mass as we pray together for an end to abortion, euthanasia and all the offenses to the sanctity and dignity of human life. Help us pray as we remember the millions of preborn babies that have died since January 22, 1973.
Saturday, January 23, 2021
St. Patrick Cathedral, Fort Worth
10:00 AM Mass
Church in Latin America Special Collection
January 23-24, 2021
For many living in Latin America and the Caribbean, a rising secular culture, difficult rural terrain, and a shortage of ministers make it difficult for people to practice the faith. Your donations fund catechesis, marriage and family life programs, and seminarian formation so people can grow closer to Christ. In addition to the Sunday collection during weekend Masses on January 23-24, donations can also be made through your parish online giving portal or https://bit.ly/DioceseSpecialCollections. Please use the files attached (including the letter from Bishop Olson to be read at all Masses on January 16-17) to promote a generous response to this special collection.
Stewardship Webinar Series-New!
Please join us January 28 at 2 p.m. for our first monthly webinar; “The need for Stewardship in our Parishes (especially during Covid)- Back to the Basics!”
The monthly Stewardship webinar series address a variety of topics designed to guide, educate and support Stewardship efforts in our parishes and schools. This webinar series is available to all. Registration is required. You may register here for the January webinar. Webinars are the fourth Thursday of every month from 2 p.m.-3 p.m. A list of the topics are listed below. For more information, please contact , Director of Stewardship and Parish Relations at 817-533-3178.
St. Andrew’s Breakfast
January 30, 2021
The next St. Andrew Breakfast will be on Saturday morning January 30, 2021 at St. Patrick Cathedral, Fort Worth, Texas at 8:00 AM. The day will begin with Mass followed by breakfast. We encourage young men in high school and college of the Diocese of Fort Worth to attend. With limited space, please reserve your spot by January 26th to the or by calling 817-945-9321.
International Catholic Stewardship Council (ICSC) Conference
Register Now for the 59th ICSC Annual Conference in Orlando, Florida; In-person and virtual rates available! Hurry! Rates increase January 31, 2021!
The 59th Annual ICSC Conference takes place September 12-15, 2021 in Orlando, Florida. In addition to its traditional “live” conference format from Sunday afternoon through Wednesday morning, ICSC is offering a virtual only option so that even more people can take benefit from the valuable information and networking available to pastors, business managers, stewardship and development committees and school development officers. Please visit www.catholicstewardship.com or contact , Director of Stewardship and Parish Relations at 817-533-3178 for more information.
Catholic Schools Open House and Virtual Events
Celebrate Catholic Schools Week January 31- February 6, 2021
Celebrate the truth, beauty and goodness in our Catholic Schools the week of January 31-February 6, 2021. The Catholic Schools week theme for 2021 is “Catholic Schools: Faith. Excellence. Service.” Click here to learn more about the Catholic schools in our Diocese or follow us on Facebook.
Our Catholic School Mission: Catholic school educators in the Diocese of Fort Worth empower students and their families by proclaiming the faith, celebrating values and ministering to the spiritual, academic, social, cultural and physical needs of diverse communities.
Now Accepting applications for the 2021-2022 school year: Due to COVID-19, open houses are limited. Please refer to select open house dates or schedule a tour at one of our schools by appointment only. To locate a school near your home or office, visit our catholic school webpage.
Catholic Schools Virtual Events: Please consider joining one of our virtual events in support of Catholic education. Click attachment below.
Parishes: please share information to support our schools in the Diocese. Even if a parish does not have a school, we would love for you to share the opportunities to learn more about our Catholic schools and support their mission.
January Stewardship Resources
The International Catholic Stewardship Council-ICSC:
January Stewardship Resources from ICSC. The International Catholic Stewardship Council provides a wide variety of resources for parishes and schools to promote stewardship, discipleship and engagement. Please use the January 2021 ICSC newsletters for bulletin announcements, stewardship saint of the month, prayers, family activities and more. If you need additional resources to use in your parishes, schools and faith formation programs, please visit www.catholicstewardship.com or contact , Director of Stewardship and Parish Relations at 817-533-3178.
Montserrat Jesuit Retreat House
January - February 2021 Retreats
Jesus promises that if we are weary He will give us rest when we come to Him (Matt 11:28-30). This has been a hard year for all of us, but the year end is fast approaching. In the weariness of this year and the busyness of the season are you having a hard time finding rest? Montserrat Jesuit Retreat House, on the shores of Lewisville Lake, in Lake Dallas, Texas wants to help you find the peace that surpasses understanding. Reserve a spot for one of our upcoming retreats today! Spaces are limited due to COVID and are going fast!
Worldwide Marriage Encounter
We have some great news! In response to the Covid-19 pandemic, WWME is offering “virtual” experiences so couples can benefit from a Worldwide Marriage Encounter weekend without the risks of in person gatherings. One of the benefits of this approach is that those attending do not have to live close to a central location.
May God bless you for your help in reaching out to married couples, priests, and religious about Worldwide Marriage Encounter. We appreciate you printing the announcements as often as possible to encourage couples to invest in their relationships.
Attached is a WORD document with bulletin announcements in English as well as in Spanish. Additionally, there are .jpeg images, one for each Sunday in the month that can be placed into the weekly parish bulletins. 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.
Retiro matrimonial, 6-7 de Febrero 2021
Jornada Familiar es un retiro para parejas que desean vivir su unión en gran unidad. La Jornada Familiar tiene la misión primaria de formar matrimonios y familias que valoren el amor cristiano y vivir el evangelio constituyendo nuestros hogares en iglesias domésticas.
El próximo retiro virtual será el dia sábado y domingo 6 y 7 de febrero del 2021. Regístrese ahora ya que el cupo es limitado.
Msgr. MCGread Stewardship Conference
March 3-4, 2021
Learn about the practical components needed to encourage Parishioners to become better Christian Stewards. This conference is for clergy and lay leaders and will provide a setting for you to discover how to teach your parishioners to become better Christian Stewards. Held at the Spiritual Life Center, 7100 E. 45th St. N., Wichita, KS.
REGISTER today! Register early, as limited space is available!
My Catholic Giving Guide
A Resource to Discern Your Giving Level
The beginning of a new year it is a good time to assess your charitable giving from the perspective of a disciple of Christ. My Catholic Giving Guide is a tool to help you give from your “first fruits,” not from your leftovers, and plan your giving on an annual basis. For additional Stewardship resources to use personally or in your parish, please visit www.advancementfoundation.org/starting-parish-stewardship. (Permission is granted to all parishes and schools to add these documents – or links to them - to your website.)
Catholic Charities Fort Worth
Helping Families Impacted by COVID-19
CCFW is pleased to be able to offer limited housing (rent or mortgage) and utility assistance for families affected by the COVID-19 crisis. This financial assistance is available to anyone residing in the 28-county diocese. Those in need may contact our Community Care Team at 817.534.0814, Monday-Friday, 8am-12pm.
Parish Partners may email referrals directly to . See more information below regarding our Parish Partner Program.
Parish Stewardship Resources
First Quarter, January-March 2021
Below please find General Intercessions and Bulletin/Website Announcements tied to the weekly readings in both English and Spanish. For additional Stewardship Resources for Parishes (including resources for prior quarters), please visit: fwdioc.app.box.com or contact at the Advancement Foundation or call 817-533-3178.
Seminarian Daily Prayer List
We invite everyone to pray for our seminarians this year. Attached please find the 2020-2021 Seminarian Daily Prayer List. For any additional information please contact the .
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 note the revised calendar for 2020. Generously support these collections in your parish.
Diocesan Employment Opportunities
To better serve potential candidates for diocesan jobs, the e-Bulletin “Diocesan Employment Opportunities” has been streamlined into two categories with links. Click on a category to view all available jobs.
El Calendario de la Diócesis
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 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.
The following outlines what is needed when submitting events to be added to the Diocesan website calendar. For complete details, please review the PDF document below.
Requisitos para publicar eventos en el Sitio de Internet Diocesano. Para información más detallada porfavor revise el archivo PDF abajo.
For any questions or concerns about the e-Bulletin please contact the
Director of Communications, or